Design Wire April 2017

The nonprofit UNION MEETING HOUSE COMPANY in Readfield has currently raised over $100,000 for renovations on the historic building, which was originally built as an interdenominational place of worship in 1827. Edgecomb’s MAINE BARN COMPANY is replacing the deteriorated timbers in the crawl space under the floor, and New Gloucester’s TONY CASTRO AND COMPANY is restoring the trompe l’oeil artwork in the apse.

In partnership with REVISION ENERGY, HEBRON ACADEMY has installed 970 solar panels on the rooftop of their athletic center, making it the largest rooftop array in Maine. The project is expected to prevent more than 10 million pounds of carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere.

As part of the Middle School of the Kennebunks’ Talented Arts program, students visited DISTINCTIVE TILE AND DESIGN’s Portland showroom, where they helped design rooms for the NONANTUM RESORT in Kennebunkport. Owner Larry Stoddard answered questions about design principles such as selecting a grout color, while the program’s teacher Mary McCarthy guided students through the process.

Previously based in Biddeford, CALEB JOHNSON ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS is moving to a larger space at 110 Exchange Street in Portland. The relocation puts the firm in closer proximity to their custom cabinetry and mill shop at the Fort Andross Mill complex in Brunswick, as well as to the majority of their clients.

In Lewiston, BATES COLLEGE and MUSEUM L-A have collaborated to create and install wall art in two new dormitories based on 1940s and 1950s silkscreens that the Bates Manufacturing Company originally used to print household textiles. Boston’s BERGMEYER ASSOCIATES redesigned the patterns as aluminum wall cutouts, digital prints on vinyl panels, and etch film applied to glass walls.