Who is Plan New Hampshire
Plan New Hampshire, The Foundation for Shaping the Built Environment (Plan NH), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 1989.
Plan NH has a Vision of a New Hampshire that is vibrant and healthy for its people, its economies and the environment.
Plan NH's role, or Mission, in achieving that Vision is to encourage good planning and design and development because, we believe, that what we build, and where and how we build it has a significant impact on that vibrancy and health.
UK Architects and Plan New Hampshire
Over the past 5 years members of UK Architects have volunteered to work on Community Charrettes undertaken by Plan New Hampshire in numerous towns in the state. We have volunteered on Charrettes in Pittsfield, Littleton, Swansea, Rindge, Chichester, Hanover, Greenfield and Enfield and look forward to participating on many more in the future.
What is a Plan NH COMMUNITY DESIGN CHARRETTE?
A Community Design Charrette brings together a team of volunteer members of Plan NH with community leaders, citizens, business owners and others related to a particular project.
Charrettes raise a community's awareness of:
- of the link between the built environment and the health and vitality of our communities
- that there are four distinct yet inextricably linked sectors of the community : social, environmental, economic and government. (thanks to Gwendolyn Hallsmith’s Key to Sustainable Cities) and that decisions made generally affect all four.
- that while planning for growth and development is still necessary to a point, we should now be thinking about planning for change so that we can manage it, rather than react to it.
- that this target area plays a role for the greater community, and that the community influences and is influenced by bordering towns and the region as a whole.
Charrettes also allow for residents and leaders to discover what is happening in their community – from various viewpoints. Thought this process it is possible for communities to find a common vision for a target area – common to citizens as a whole, and that supports each of the four sectors as well as the Master Plan
The Charrette process reinforces to residents and leaders, community assets and opportunities that will contribute to a vision for a target area and it provides recommendations from Plan NH to bring the vision to a reality.
Our most recently completed commercial project, the Prospect Street Office Building, in White River Junction, Vermont has achieved an extremely high level of air sealing. The currently adopted energy code requires a maximum of 7 air changes per hour (ACH) at an air pressure of 50 pascal. The Prospect Street Office Building test results indicate that the building has 0.14 ACH at 50 pascal, and that it is anticipated to perform at an average of 0.01 ACH at normal air pressure.
By achieving this extremely high level of air sealing, it will be possible for the building to operate with significantly less energy consumption.
Congratulations to DEW Properties, LLC (the building Owner), the State of Vermont (main building tenant), DEW Construction Corp (Construction Manager) and all the Sub-Contractors who paid attention to details and executed the details in a manner that achieved this excellent result.
We just dropped off 12 computers (towers, desktops and laptops), 3 monitors and our old phone system at Systems Plus Computers' Earth Day E-Waste Recycling. It is amazing how much this stuff piles up in the office. It is really important to make sure that e-waste is properly disposed off, hopefully recycled. Thanks Systems Plus!
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.
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 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: http://whiteandburke.com/vermont-development-conference/
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.
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.
Chris Kennedy volunteered to participate in a 2 day long community planning charette (an intense period of design or planning activity) with Plan NH in Greenfield, NH.
Plan NH brought together a team of design professionals to assist the Town of Greenfield to propose ideas for reinforcing the vitality of Greenfield's town center.
The steel frame for the Prospect Street Office Building in White River Junction, Vermont has been completed and work is progressing on the building envelope.
Chris Kennedy spent 2 days in Chichester, NH, as a volunteer design professional, assisting Plan NH in developing strategies to mitigate traffic speed and volume on Chichester's historic Main Street, while at the same time enhancing the historic, pastoral and community aspects of the street.
The Concord Monitor article about the Plan NH Charette in Chichester
Hanover, NH, April 19, 2011 – On March 31, 2011, Plan New Hampshire announced that the Hanover COOP Community Market project, designed by UK Architects in Hanover, NH, received a 2011 "Merit Award for Excellence." This honor marks the third award that the Community Market project has received. Previously, the store was awarded the 2010 American Institute of Architects, New Hampshire, "Excellence in Design Award" and the 2009 Business NH Magazine "Green Structure Award: New Building."
The store is located in Lyme, New Hampshire, and is owned by the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society. UK Architects' design team included ORW (landscape architects), Engineering Ventures (structural engineers), John F. Penney Consulting (mechanical engineers), and others. The General Contractor was Trumbull-Nelson Construction.
The 5,500 s.f. grocery store was designed to be within easy walking and biking distance of the nearby neighborhood and as a community gathering place. Its generous south-facing glass enhances the store's transparency and connection to the neighborhood. Its north-facing main entrance, with its large glazed vestibule and garage-style doors, offers protection from winter winds and opens the store to the outside in summer.
As described by Plan NH (www.plannh.com/awards), "Not only is the project a good re-use of a former gas service station site, but the COOP utilized numerous sustainable materials during construction, met many of the NH Smart Growth Principles, and collaborates with local food producers to provide a marketplace for their products." Some of the sustainable elements that were used include geothermal heating and cooling systems, closed cell foam insulation, a sealed building envelope, energy efficient lighting (including LED lighting, skylights, and daylight harvesters to automatically dim lights), energy efficient mechanical systems, and water retention systems.
Each year, Plan New Hampshire recognizes exemplary projects that reflect their mission and that incorporate the principles of Smart Growth, sustainability, social responsibility, and/or creative approaches to partnership and collaboration.
White River Junction, VT, February 22, 2011 – The newly constructed Haven Adult Shelter, located in White River Junction, Vermont, won the 2011 Efficiency Vermont Award for Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction.
Each year, Efficiency Vermont recognizes innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings. This year’s top design award in the category of New Construction, Small Buildings (<20,000 sq .ft.) went to UK Architects located in Hanover, New Hampshire, for the Upper Valley Haven’s Adult Shelter. The Award was presented to Christopher Kennedy, Principal of UK Architects, on February 9, 2011, at Efficiency Vermont’s annual conference, Better Buildings by Design.
The energy efficient design of the Haven’s Adult Shelter, aka the Hixon House, is projected to have annual energy savings of $9,850, compared to a design that meets the current energy code. Design elements included the use of sustainable materials throughout, energy efficient lighting and water conservation devices, a continuous high performance thermal envelope including triple-glazed windows, and energy efficient heating and ventilation equipment, as well as Energy Star® commercial appliances. The Haven has applied to the US Green Building Council for LEED® certification of the project.
The Hixon House provides shelter for homeless single men and women, and couples without minor children. The Shelter opened to guests in June 2010 and has room for up to 20 guests, with two guests in each bedroom. The building includes 10 bedrooms, staff offices, counseling rooms, phone rooms, check-in area, an elevator, computer room, kitchen, common areas for dining and recreation, bathrooms, laundry, and storage. The new Hixon House shelter provides a safe place for individuals and couples to stay while making positive changes in their life.
The project owner, the Upper Valley Haven, brought their vision to a successful completion through the collaborative efforts of the project team: Architect – UK Architects of Hanover, NH; Contractor – Shepard Construction of Quechee, VT; Thermal Envelope Consultant – Murphy’s Cell Tech of St. Johnsbury, VT; Civil Engineer – Engineering Ventures of Burlington, VT; Mechanical Engineer – Thomas Engineering Associates of Waitsfield, VT; Electrical Engineer – William Bissell of Montpelier, VT; and Commissioning Agent – John F Penney Consulting of Chester, VT.
James R. Wasser from UK Architects was the project manager for the project. Jim is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is a LEED® Accredited Professional. He brings extensive experience and energy to UK Architects and to all projects he works on.
The Upper Valley Haven is a private not-for-profit organization, founded in 1980, that provides temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults, as well as food and clothing to those in need. All Haven services are provided free of charge. For over 30 years, the Haven has fostered independence by providing resources through Education programs, Shelter Advocacy, Case Management, Outreach, Aftercare, and more.
Claremont, NH, April 23, 2010 - Plan New Hampshire announced that Monadnock Mills No. 2 and No. 6, also known as the Wainshal Mill Buildings, received a 2010 Merit Award of Excellence in Planning, Design, and Development. The design team was led by UK Architects of Hanover, NH, and included Pathways Consulting of Lebanon, NH, Engineering Ventures of Burlington, VT, and The Preservation Company of Kensington, NH. The mill buildings are located in Claremont, NH, and are owned by Wainshal Partners.
Considered to be the most important buildings in Claremont’s historic mill district, the two buildings now form one rehabilitated structure that successfully maintains the integrity of the old features while incorporating modern necessities. In addition, site elements connect the building with the river and with other parts of the mill district.
The UK Architects project exemplifies a classic public/private development with the buildings’ owner/tenants working with the City of Claremont to include stronger pedestrian connections, vibrant public spaces, improved infrastructure, and pedestrian safety. The project took an abandoned area of the downtown and provided an opportunity for additional jobs.
The awards jury commented that this is a “high quality restoration that turned a serious liability for the town into an asset… [that] reinforces the fabric and vitality of downtown Claremont.”
Awards were given to projects in New Hampshire that have been completed since 2005, and, not only exemplify excellence in sustainable planning, design, and development, but also go above and beyond in the areas of smart growth principles, sustainability, social responsibility, and/or creative approaches to partnership and collaboration. A total of five projects were recognized and celebrated at a dinner held on March 31st at The Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.
About Plan New Hampshire
Plan NH, founded in 1989, is an organization of professionals working within the industries of the built environment. Its purpose is to help maintain the unique character and quality of life in the state’s communities by advocating for and championing “excellence in sustainable planning, design, and development,” while incorporating the principles of smart growth, social responsibility, and collaboration and cooperation. Further information about Plan NH, visit www.plannh.org.
Hanover, NH, January 21, 2010 - UK Architects, PC, of Hanover, NH, received two awards for Excellence in Architecture at the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 26th Annual Awards Banquet on January 15, 2010.
The Hanover Co-Op Community Market garnered one of the top Honor Awards for what the award jury described as a “thoughtful and well resolved solution at multiple levels.” The Community Market, located on Lyme Road in Hanover, NH, embodies the organization’s ideals in the support of local economies and exemplifying “green” design practices. Geo-thermal heat systems located under the parking lot reduce the building’s energy consumption by approximately 50%, and water retention areas clean and reduce the amount of run-off leaving the site by approximately 50%. Daylight harvesters measure the amount of light from the skylights and windows and dim the electric light as needed. Large overhead doors allow flowers and produce to spill out of the entry like a farmer’s market. Trumbull-Nelson of Hanover, NH, was the construction manager for the project, and ORW of White River Junction, VT, provided landscape design.
The Monadnock Mills No. 2 & No. 6 received one of four Merit Awards for what the award jury described as a “delightfully well-executed renovation of a worthy building in a wonderful location.” The two mills were built in 1853 and 1912 respectively and form a single building. Located on the banks of the Sugar River in Claremont, NH, the rehabilitated building accommodates a boutique hotel and office space. The project utilized Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, and architectural interventions were sympathetically planned, employing contemporary design features that distinguish the new from the old. The construction manager for the project was ReArch Company of Burlington, VT.
UK Architects pursues their corporate mission of enhancing the communities around them through thoughtful design. Established in 1992 and located on South Main Street in Hanover, NH, UK Architects has designed numerous residential and commercial projects that have achieved high levels of energy efficient, sustainable design, while making meaningful contributions to their communities.
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.