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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.

            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:

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            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

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                  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

                    UMASS DESIGN BUILDING TOUR
                    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.