SE Group is pleased to announce that “Rediscovering Chester: A Master Plan for Chester Village Center” for the Town of Chester, Vermont has been recognized with two planning awards—Plan of the Year by Vermont Planners Association and a Merit Award by the Vermont ASLA!Learn More
SE Group is particularly proud to share these awards with the Town of Chester. Through the efforts of the project’s steering committee and municipal staff, the Town worked diligently to assure the development of a plan that recognized the important historic character of this quintessential Vermont village and emphasized the value of bringing the community together.
This plan has set a new bar for implementation. From the onset, a major focus of SE Group’s efforts was to identify specific and actionable initiatives that advanced the broad vision the Master Plan and supported momentum. In just the past few months the Town has moved forward with signage and wayfinding efforts, is reviewing its land use code to better support historic resources, and is developing a new pocket park. The Town has also recently secured a Transportation Assistance Program grant to design and implement a new pedestrian connection between the Chester Depot and Main Street. Each of these initiatives was fostered in the Master Plan.
Chester is on the move and SE Group couldn’t be more excited for this terrific community!
Learn more about the plan by visiting the portfolio page.
The Vermont Land Trust Headquarters project received the 2016 Going Green Commercial Building Award at the recent Vermont Green Building Network’s annual Green Building Gala.Learn More
The Vermont Green Building Network’s (VGBN) annual Green Building Gala was held this past March in Burlington. SE Group was in attendance to receive the 2016 Going Green Commercial Building Award for The Vermont Land Trust Headquarters project. SE Group, as project landscape architect, worked in collaboration with the Vermont Land Trust, Maclay Architects, and Marsh Engineering to design a renovation and addition of the headquarters building in Montpelier. The design focused on preserving the building’s historic character, ensuring occupant health, and promoting energy conservation. This building now uses about 35% of the average energy of other commercial buildings in New England (86 kBtu/sf/yr).
The VGBN’s Greenest Building Awards are a statewide competition that honor residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance. For more information please visit http://www.vtgreenbuildingnetwork.org/
SE Group welcomes Patrick Olstad to the Landscape Architecture team. As a licensed Landscape Architect and LEED accredited professional, Patrick brings over 20 years of experience creating functional and inspiring spaces. Patrick will work closely with both our planning and design teams—collaborating with team members toward successful design solutions, as well as managing projects. His past work includes notable projects within the Vermont landscape including Middlebury Riverfront Park, several Vermont State Parks, and the Winooski Downtown Redevelopment Project.Posted: 06/21/17
SE Group was honored with two 2016/17 Vermont Public Places Awards for our work at Spruce Peak Village Center at Stowe and The Center for Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College.Learn More
The Vermont Public Places Award program recognizes special public spaces, the corridors that connect them, or networks of public spaces which have been defined or enriched by planning or design, as well as regulations that promote positive public uses and benefits. Winning submittals to the 2016/17 Vermont Public Places were recently announced, with SE Group among the honorees.
Earning an Honor Award for our work at Spruce Peak Village Center and a Merit Award for The Center for Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College, SE Group was presented their awards at a ceremony held at the Vermont State House on February 14, 2017. Congratulations to our team members and to all our colleagues who collaborated on these outstanding projects.
SE Group welcomes back Jason Hoover to our team. With over 20 years of experience in all facets of landscape architecture, Jason will work closely with our planning and design teams—bringing his leadership, experience and collaborative attitude to all of our projects. His past work with SE Group includes many notable projects such as the FAHC (currently the University of Vermont Medical Center) Renaissance Project, Church Street Marketplace Master Plan, and the Ritz-Carlton Residences at Vail.
We also welcome Anita Manitius. With a Masters in Landscape Architecture and passion for the natural world and all-things recreation, Anita will be a strong contributor to SE Group’s mountain planning and design projects.Posted: 03/09/17
SE Group is pleased to announce the return of Tom Allender to the mountain planning team. As a Senior Mountain Planner, Tom will focus on detailed planning and implementation at many of our mountain planning projects worldwide.
We are also pleased to announce that Gabby Voeller, AICP, has joined the SE Group team as an Associate Planner. With her knowledge and experience in transportation, community planning and development, and environmental analysis, Gabby will be a strong contributor to a wide variety of SE Group projects.Posted: 03/01/16
The Waterbury State Office Complex Redevelopment Project
In response to the forced closure of the Waterbury State Office Complex as a result of flooding from Hurricane Irene, Governor Shumlin and the Vermont Legislature commissioned a Feasibility Study to review and evaluate a series of development alternatives to find the workforce a home.
Working with an extreme sense of urgency, SE Group provided concept master planning services in conjunction with Freeman French Freeman and Goody Clancy Architects in the evaluation of the potential development alternatives.
After critical review and evaluation, a bold vision was selected for the Waterbury site alternative. Currently in design development, the solution calls for a simplified circulation system, renovated historic core Architecture, an energy efficient new office space which serves as the main entry, restoration of the riparian buffer zone and integration of pedestrian circulation with a regional trail system.