We’re proud of engaging in projects that support our local community. We partnered with Good Samaritan Haven to design the Good Sam Welcome Center, an emergency shelter which provides for the immediate basic needs of their guests as well as broader support services. This project involved new construction in addition to adaptive reuse of the former Twin City Motel in Barre, creating 18 rooms with 35 beds, common gathering and utility spaces, as well as a separate welcome center with a large kitchen for providing meals plus meeting spaces and offices. Currently gbA is working with Good Samaritan Haven on a feasibility study for a Phase II expansion of the shelter. To learn more about @goodsamaritanhaven and how to support their important work, please check out their IG feed or website: www.goodsamaritanhaven.org.
Photo Credit: Good Samaritan Haven
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The August AIA VT newsletter includes an AIA National Strategic Council Update by gbA’s Diantha Korzun. She’s a member of the council’s carbon focused subcommittee whose work focuses on promoting climate positive architectural design and practice. Diantha also serves on the AIA National Committee for Climate Action and Design Excellence. 
Below are two excerpts from the article:

“The recent flooding in Vermont, which has uprooted businesses, families, and individuals from their homes in Cambridge (where I live) and Montpelier (where our office is), and across the rest of the state, is another stark reminder that temperatures are indeed rising and affecting our climate quickly. ……As architects, we are obligated to lead the effort to slow global climate change. You have heard this statistic before, but it is still true, the built environment creates 40% of the world’s carbon emissions.”

“Key takeaways that I hope you will consider in your own practice:
● Architects have a professional obligation to ensure that their buildings do not negatively impact communities and the environment.
● Architects have a unique position as central coordinators of integrative design practice and whole-systems thinking across disciplines to achieve positive design outcomes.
● Architects are well positioned to bring environmental sustainability considerations to building design since we are involved at the earliest stages of a project.
● Architects can guide and articulate the overarching design vision, as well as guide projects towards the most environmentally sustainable solutions.”

You can find the entire article here:
https://www.aiavt.org/news-events/news

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Meet Austin Jarvis, our summer intern at gbA! He just graduated from Roger Williams University with a bachelor’s in architecture and two minors in sustainability and the history of art and architecture. In the fall he plans to pursue his master’s degree in architecture at Roger Williams, as well as a real estate certificate. He also hopes to continue his work with the Rogers Community Partnership Center: Design and Research Team where he worked with other students to assist with small community architecture projects around Rhode Island. We’re glad to have him here!
Our hearts go out to all the families and businesses affected by the flooding in Vermont this week.  @montpelieralive is coordinating flood relief efforts locally.  Please see the link in our bio if you are able to help in any way, or if you need help.  #vermontstrong #inthistogether