Chris Kennedy participates in Visioning a new Gateway District to Hanover, NH

Starting in November of 2013 by participating in a Plan NH Charette to look at West Wheelock Street as an underperforming gateway to the Town of Hanover and Dartmouth College, and following that with over 6 months of weekly meetings as part of the West Wheelock Gateway Committee during 2014 and 2015, Chris and a wide variety of Hanover Residents and Stakeholders have developed a new zoning district at the request of the Hanover Planning Board.  

Attached is an article from the Valley News.

VECAN’s 7th Annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference

Adam attended the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network's 7th Annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference on Saturday December 6th at Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee VT. Keynote speaker James Howard Kunstler shared his vision of smaller, close-nit communities where there is a greater emphasis on public transportation and walkable villages. This vision dovetails with UK's dedication to community planning and community orientated design process and traditional New England town planning.

Also, keep an eye out for Vital Communities new training program for upper valley communities who are trying to make their energy committees more effective and productive by developing tools for goals and strategic planning.





The 2014 Vermont Developers Conference hosted by White + Burke

The first annual Vermont Developers Conference was held on November 5th at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel in South Burlington. It was a great opportunity to see what ground breaking projects were being delivered in Vermont by innovative developers and architects with the help of communities, lenders, and government institutions.

With a total of 11 sessions there were three focus tracks for financial, permitting, and design/construction. For more information see this link:

The PreConstruction Planning session was of particular interest.  It reinforced the fact that the best time in any project to have the biggest impact on managing costs is during the PreConstruction Phase.  Cutting costs and services offered by Design Firms and Construction Managers in the PreConstruction period can lead to additional costs later in the project.

Adam Lornitzo



Community Planning

Chris Kennedy attended the Build Maine Conference on November 6 in Lewiston, Maine.  Build Maine was hosted by the Congress for the New Urbanism's Maine Chapter (CNU Maine) with GrowSmart Maine, the Maine Municipal Association (MMA), and the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA). 

The lineup of speakers was particularly intriguing.  Build Maine was able to bring together a handful of the most influential practitioners in the field of Community Planning, Complete Street Design, Walkable Communities and Strategic Real Estate Development.  It was a great opportunity to get refreshed and reinforce UK Architects' knowledge and skill sets in Community Planning issues.  To get a better idea of the concepts that were communicated during the conference here is list of links that are worth checking out:

Jeff Speck author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, and principal of Speck & Associates LLC.

Charles Marohn President and Co-founder of the non-profit Strong Towns.

Steve Mouzon Principal of Mouzon Design, one of the nation's urban thought leaders.

Victor Dover, Principal of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning and coauthor of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.

In addition to the excellent speakers, it was also an opportunity to take a walking tour of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine, two classic Northern New England mill towns, split by the Androscoggin River.  The conference was held at the Bates Mill Complex that has been undergoing a phased renovation into offices, restaurants and housing.


Lyme, NH, October 12, 2009 - UK Architects’ design of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Community Market located in Lyme, NH, was awarded the Business NH Magazine “Green Structure Award: New Building” in its September 2009 issue.

“The 5,000-square-foot store features a geothermal heating and cooling system, spray-in foam insulation, a high-efficiency refrigeration system and energy-efficient glass panels for lighting. ’Our focal point was designing a store that felt warm and welcoming, but also made business sense,’ says Anthony White, the store’s merchandising and operations manager.”


Plainfield, NH, November 12, 2004 - “Teaching local 4th graders about the principles and history of architecture was extremely rewarding,” says intern architect, Stephen Endy of UK Architects in Hanover, NH.  Endy and architect, Hunter Ulf, AIA, recently taught three classes about architectural form and design to Plainfield, NH Elementary School 4th grade students, culminating in the design of club houses made out of shoeboxes.  This educational experience was spearheaded by the New Hampshire chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NH) as the first statewide application of a national AIA volunteer educational program called, Learning By Design

The Plainfield Elementary 4th grade class identified historic buildings in New Hampshire and learned about various architectural forms.  Then, students were asked to physically act out architectural forms such as a column, arch, dome, vault, and a truss, by standing tall or linking hands and arms as a group, and thereby demonstrating the cooperative interaction of tension and compression. 

After this exercise, teams of two students were formed to design and create a scale model of a club house using shoeboxes.  Each team determined what activities they wanted to include in their club house and how much space to provide.  Next, they drew a floor plan based on the shape and size of their shoebox.  Finally, the teams chose site locations for their club houses ranging from mountain tops, beach fronts, arid deserts, and even a tree.  Students were encouraged to consider the relationship between interior space and exterior site conditions including access to natural light.

Jonni Nichols, the 4th grade teacher at Plainfield Elementary School, was excited about the program, as it tied in well with their current study of fractions and geography.  The class chose one representative club house model to be sent to AIA NH for display with models from other schools around New Hampshire.