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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.

    blacksmith shop house guilford vt architecture


      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.

        Boston Globe (Stowe)kes The Alchemist Opening Rumors

        Kimmich Alchemist July 1

         The new brewery in Stowe; photo by Jen Kimmich of The Alchemist, via Boston Globe, design by ADi.

        Rumor has it the lines will begin forming this Friday on Cottage Club Road in Stowe, Vermont. According to the Boston Globe: “We’ll probably just open up one day,” says Jen Kimmich, in a what-may-be-futile attempt to control the hype. This time around, there is plenty of parking and room to spread out on the grounds. Full story here. Look at that green grass – Never mind, look at that spiffy structure! And here’s a fitting, parting shot John Kimmich shared on his Twitter feed a couple weeks ago:

        john kimmich alchemist rainbow

        Taste the rainbow.

          Happiness Is A Bigger Tree House

          tree house brewing charlton site nov 2015

          The Charlton, MA site chosen for Tree House Brewing‘s new production facility and visitor’s center, as it looked on our first visit in November 2015.

          With The Alchemist ready to throw open the doors on their new brewery in Stowe, VT, Austin Design is delighted to announce that we are well underway with planning for the new Tree House Brewing Co. facility in Charlton, MA. Stay tuned for updates and details. A good article from the Worcester Telegram covers the basics of the early process here.


            Boston Magazine Previews the New Alchemist Brewery


            Full article at Boston Magazine, 05.11.2016.

             [The Alchemist] …followed up to say they were building a larger production facility and visitors’ center in nearby Stowe, Vt., and Jen Kimmich announced yesterday that it will open in July. “We really just miss the connection with the community. We’re excited to see people again,” she said.

            “We’ve really been trying to lay low for the past couple years. We haven’t been hyping up the brewery or anything … when we can’t meet demand as it is,” she said. The Stowe facility, a 16,000-square foot building on four acres, should relieve some of that. Or,start to. It’s a 30-barrel brewing system, which will be up and running in about two weeks, Kimmich anticipates, producing Focal Banger, an American IPA, and rotating, seasonal beers. The Waterbury facility will remain in operation, dedicated solely to brewing Heady Topper, and housing the Alchemist’s distribution arm.

            Austin Design is honored and delighted to have partnered with John and Jen Kimmich to design their new facility in Stowe, VT.  Ready for a Heady?

              Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall and Rectory Announced

              blessed sacrament rendering greenfield west view

              Rendering of  the Blessed Sacrament campus on Federal Street in Greenfield, MA, west elevation. The new hall and rectory are on the right and still in development. Design and illustration by Kevin O’Neil of Austin Design, Inc.

              blessed sacrament rendering greenfield east view

              Rendering of  Greenfield’s Blessed Sacrament parish hall and rectory, east elevation. The structure steps down to a lower level and encloses a courtyard which opens to the main parking area. Design and illustration by Kevin O’Neil of ADi.

              The weekend edition of The Greenfield Recorder reported on the fundraising efforts getting underway for a new meeting hall and rectory for the Blessed Sacrament Parish. The church is located on the east side of Federal Street in Greenfield, MA, about 6 blocks north of the center of town; the new addition will be just south of and immediately adjacent to the existing sanctuary. Design and management of the project is being handled by Austin Design’s Kevin O’Neil, a lifelong Greenfield resident and parish member. While ADi has worked with other congregations in the past to update their facilities for accessibility (Buckland’s Mary Lyon Congregational Church  and Ashfield’s First Congregational Church), this is our first new large-scale construction for a local church. Stay tuned for updates as we work through design development, refine the details, and get closer to realization.


                Tomorrow: WMAIA Mass Timber Structure Workshop at UMass

                wmaia mass timber workshop umass amherst

                When: Saturday, April 2, 2016
                Where: UMASS Amherst Campus Center, followed by tour of Design Building
                LUs: 2.5 HSW (must attend tour)
                Members of the team for the Design Building at UMASS, an 87,500-sf mass timber project currently under construction, will share insights regarding the design process and lessons learned to date. This building is the largest installation of wood-concrete composite floors in North America and one of the first university building in the United States to employ Cross Laminated Timber.

                More information & registration here.

                  Top Six Reasons to Open an Architecture Office In Brattleboro

                  Austin Design 167 Main St Brattleboro

                  It’s official and it’s delightful. It is with great pleasure that Austin Design announces we have opened a new office for our architectural firm in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. You can now find us at 167 Main Street, Suite 302. in addition to our existing headquarters in Colrain, Massachusetts. Of course, there’s method to our madness – isn’t that a distinguishing characteristic (defense) of architects everywhere? A short synopsis of our methodology (architect-speak for “how we arrived at this decision”):

                  1. We already have a significant body of work in southern Vermont, growing larger all the time. See The Hermitage Club, among many others.
                  2. Principal Bill Austin, AIA has been licensed in Vermont for 26 years (#1873). Note: we’re also licensed in MA, NY, CT, and NH.
                  3. We’re members of AIA Vermont, as well as Western Massachusetts AIA.
                  4. Half of our growing staff are already residents of the Brattleboro area; saves on gas, time, carbon footprint, and enhances local personal connections!
                  5. We found an available sweet space in a classic building, known as the Paramount, streetside and right at the main intersection, which we modified of course.
                  6. Our lunch and coffee options have vastly expanded. ‘Nuff said.

                  We’ll have a grand opening/welcoming sometime soon. In the meantime, stop by for a visit or reach us by phone at 802.451.5966. It’s good to be here.


                    New Views at Northampton Brewery

                    Photographer Michael Penney made a visit to the Northampton Brewery awhile back and we are visually the richer for it. The Brewery has been a long-time client of Austin Design, of course – we’ve done four extensive projects for owner and founder Janet Egelston there over the years.

                    Michael has an ongoing personal photographic project for which he has been visiting scores of New England breweries to capture portraits of the brewers themselves within their workspaces. During his visit to 11 Brewster Court in Northampton, Massachusetts, he composed frames with both Janet, the proprietor, and Brewmaster Donald “Boog” Pacher and his assistant. While there, he also caught a few scenes of the establishment itself, which we are happy to be able to add to our architecture portfolio of craft breweries. View the full Northampton Brewery page here, on the firm website; there will be more breweries to sample soon, as we continue to expand our work in this rather enjoyable arena.

                    northampton brewery interior window view

                    northampton brewery rooftop bar

                    northampton brewery sunroom dining room

                    northampton brewery main bar servery

                    northampton brewery brewster court night