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Card-Carrying Vermont Architect: Austin Design Joins AIAVT

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Well, we’ve officially connected a few pre-existing dots: Austin Design plus the American Institute of Architects plus Vermont. Of course, ADi has long had an active residential and commercial architecture presence in southern Vermont, now expanding into northern reaches with The Alchemist Brewery. Founder Bill Austin has held an VT architect’s license (#1873) in the Green Mountain State since 1991. We’re also members of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the AIA, here at home, of course: Bill has even served as a past President of the WMAIA Board.

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You’ll find quite a few of our projects in Vermont’s Deerfield Valley, lying halfway between Brattleboro and Bennington. From the grand Mountain House, a luxurious hand-crafted private residence at the base of Mt. Snow, to the clustered duplex condominiums of Haystack Highlands in Wilmington, Austin Design has left its considered touch on more projects than you might have realized.We cover all the bases with mountain and lakeside homes, community amenities centers, townhomes and single-family vacation homes. The largest and most ambitious project of all is under construction right now at Haystack Mountain. We have designed and are overseeing the Base Lodge for The Hermitage Club: 80,000 square feet of complexity and $22 million of douglas fir-framed soaring space within which to enjoy the views and activities of the private ski club.


Eastward over the hills in Brattleboro, you can stop in for al fresco dining and a killer sunset view at the Marina Restaurant, at the confluence of the West and Connecticut Rivers. Following a disastrous fire in July 2010, ADi re-envisioned a complete rebuild from the brand-new foundation up. Keeping the island-casual ambience its patrons cherished, the new dining experience is every bit as fun and waterfront-centric as its predecessor, but functions much more comfortably and efficiently. At the southern trailhead for the West River Trail and literally perched over a busy set of eponymous boat slips, The Marina is a destination for those who want to relax outside on a beautiful day or sheltered inside in less pleasant weather, watching the changing water and skyline.

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Another project coming to Brattleboro, which will turn heads when it begins to rise from its downtown lot, is the new wellness headquarters for Dr. Samantha Eagle’s Biologic Integrative Healthcare enterprise. Housing a very successful and growing holistic health practice and several other multi-uses, the structure and its systems will be a demonstrable showcase for the sustainable, affirmative lifestyles that Dr. Eagle and her partners espouse and encourage. Suffice it to say that Brattleboro, as well as the owners, will be proud to have this innovative and exemplary addition to the built and social environment of southern Vermont.

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Our member architect and firm listings can be found on the AIAVT website in their member directory; maybe we’ll see you at chapter events too! It’s gratifying to be able to do good work with good people, and Vermont has a special attraction for us for that reason. As we continue to create ‘Architecture for enjoying life’ in the Green Mountain State, we hope you’ll be able to enjoy the work we are honored and pleased to create here with our clients and collaborators.

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