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WMAIA Tour at UMASS Amherst Design Building

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Several Austin Design staff members joined the Western Massachusetts AIA chapter for a tour of the brand-new UMASS Amherst Design Building on Friday, Feb. 3rd. The 87,200-sf mass timber building, one of the first of its kind in Massachusetts – indeed, among American universities overall – was designed by Leers Weinzapfel and opens this month. Thank you to ADi’s Timberly Hund for the superb photos!

    That’s Yuge – Aerial View of Tree House Brewery Charlton 1-22-2017

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    Tree House Brewing Co. Twitter account posting, Jan. 22, 2017, RT’d by partner Nate Lanier @TreeHouseNate, saluting co-owner Damien Goudreau @TreeHouseDamien.

      The Alchemist Generates Local-Centric Economic Ripples

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      A story by Caleigh Cross in the Stowe Reporter describes the wide-ranging benefits that can come from a local-centric commitment to your employees, your region, and your roots. Jen and John Kimmich of The Alchemist “walk the talk” at their new brewery and visitor’s center on Cottage Club Road in Stowe, Vermont, and the impact is spreading.

      When The Alchemist brewery opened last July in Stowe, it dropped a big red pin into online maps and GPSs, and beer voyagers began pointing their cars directly for Cottage Club Road. Its Heady Topper lures beer lovers the way the mountain woos skiers.

      Those beer lovers — on a busy day, up to 1,200, says Jen Kimmich, who co-owns the operation with her husband — are having a significant impact on the local economy, according to owners of businesses in the Alchemist’s splash zone.

        Portland, OR: Miller-Sealy Residence Sparkles in the Snow

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         The compound ringing the courtyard of Austin Design’s recently completed Miller-Sealy residence in Portland, Oregon, snugly shelters its occupants from last week’s big storm.

          Alchemist Awesomeness

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          From the Twitter account of proud owner John Kimmich, @alchemistbeer

            A Tree House in the Charlton Woods


            Tree House Brewing’s new facility is taking form, rising from the forested hillside in Charlton, MA. With the aid of a 12-ton crane, the primary steel frame is going up quickly on a clean, well-managed site just south of the Mass Turnpike, seen in this drone shot  from yesterday – November 1, 2016.

              Getting Tree House Off the Ground in Charlton, MA






              Progress photos from Tree House Brewing’s new facility, just getting out of the ground in Charlton, MA – taken in mid-October by Tom Chalmers. The access road is laid out and the foundation nearly complete. The concrete crew is pulling out this week and the primary steel frame begins to arrive onsite next week.

                Meanwhile, Far Away in Inverness, Scotland


                Bill and Joan have been abroad, enjoying themselves amidst the grand scenery and ancient traditions of Scotland. Above, St. Andrew’s Cathedral on the River Ness, which links the Beauly and Moray Firths with the famous Loch Ness.


                Exploring Bill’s ancestral roots necessarily requires a bit of work-related research into the local brew, in this case Caledonia’s Best, by Tennent’s. Here’s tae ye!

                  Guilford, Vermont’s Black Barn Arts Campus

                  black barn arts campus guilford vtA view of the main farmyard complex at the [in-process] Black Barn Arts Campus in Guilford, Vermont. The farmstead contains an assemblage of historic buildings variously restored, rebuilt, and re-envisioned. It is the brainchild of artist and builder Daniel Kornguth, who, with his fiancee and his mother, is creating a family compound and residency/performance center for others of like mind. ADi’s Bryan Louisell has been working with Daniel on this project for over two years now; the Blacksmith Cottage is another part of this evolving enterprise. Watch here for more to come.

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                    Words and Images from the New Alchemist in Stowe




                     From All About Beer Magazine: an insider interview with John Kimmich of The Alchemist, on the occasion of the opening of the new facility in Stowe, VT.