We are very excited to announce that the Preservation Trust of Vermont has recognized COTS North Avenue as a 2018 Preservation Award Winner. COTS North Avenue was a renovation and new addition to the historic Colodny's supermarket at the junction of North Avenue and North Street in Burlington, VT. The building is now home to Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) offices, daystation, and 14 transitional apartments. Check out the video Preservation Trust of Vermont created honoring the project and its history.
Check out this story VPR featured about Trauma Informed Design and how architecture can help create healing environments for those who have experienced trauma. COTS headquarters and Daystation, COTS 95 North Ave, incorporates these healing principles into the design. The design, along with the supportive resources the COTS staff provides works together to creating a healthy and safe surrounding.
The "Imagining Home" exhibit is on display at the Fletcher Free Library from November 3, 2017 through December 15, 2017. "Imagining Home" is a project, which was conceived by Alison Cannon and supported by the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, where people who have directly experienced homelessness were paired with a Vermont architect who would listen to their needs and dreams and then design them a home. The architects, including Michael Wisniewski, brought these imaginations to life through drawings, models, and thoughtful descriptions. See more information about the exhibit within a Seven Days article here. See the home Michael designed for Stephen Marshall here.
Elm Place received three awards at the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) annual Passive Projects Competition! Awards were announced at the 2017 North American Passive House Conference in Seattle, WA. Projects were judged on their strength in multiple categories including: energy performance, design, craftsmanship, use of healthy materials, level of difficulty for the given climate/site, and cost effectiveness of the affordable projects. Elm Place was awarded Best Overall Project, Best Multifamily Project, and also received an Honorable Mention Award in the Affordable Project Category. Check out the awards and other category winners here on Green Building & Design.
Liberty House is open to residents! The historic renovation / adaptive reuse of the former St. Joseph's Orphanage finished construction this summer. Liberty House anchors and marks the first phase of Cambrian Rise, a new neighborhood development planned for Burlington's North End. Check out the in-depth story about Liberty House which was featured in Seven Days - Nest.
We are very excited to announce that DWA's own, Taryn Barrett is a recipient of the Sho-Ping Chin Leadership Fund! Sho-Ping was the founding leader of the AIA Women's Leadership Summit and the leadership fund was named in her honor. Continuing Sho Ping's legacy of women's leadership the recipients of the fund will be attending the 2017 AIA Women's Leadership Summit. Congratulations to Taryn! Read more about Sho-Ping's legacy and meet the other 2017 fund recipients here.
We were excited to join many long time supporters and community members to celebrate the COTS 95 North Avenue re-opening! The historic renovation and new addition is now home to COTS Daystation, 14 transitional housing apartments, and COTS offices. The project was completed in March 2017. Check out the full story here on COTS website.
We are excited to announce the Hickory Street Project has begun construction on it's third and final phase! Starting in 2008, we worked to rethink how the existing neighborhood flowed and connected to the surrounding area. The initial design was imagined in one phase but due to constraints the project was partitioned into three phases which spanned multiple years. Each phase included demolition of existing distressed buildings and construction of new, energy efficient, and community oriented buildings. It's been an exciting process working on this project and watching each phase transform the neighborhood into a healthier and safer environment where people are proud to live.
VPR covered a story about this project and the positive impact it's had on the community, check it out here.
Elm Place celebrated it's grand opening on June 5th! We were very proud and excited to be there alongside so many people who helped bring this project together. Elm Place is the first multifamily passive house building in Vermont. Check out the full story here from the Milton Independent.