August 2020 News + Opportunities

Wednesday, August 19th at 11A
Pen Bay Medical Center Virtual Site Visit


                                                                                                                      Image courtesy of SMRT
Please join us on Wednesday, August 19th for a remote site visit and walk through of the Pen Bay Medical Center with Tim Hebert of Hebert Construction and Nicole Rogers, Principle and Director of Architecture at SMRT as they discuss adaptability around working virtual visits and the opportunities, more than challenges, the current socially-distanced situation provides.
Register HERE


Wednesday, September 9th at 10A
Still navigating concerns during COVID?


Please join Gregg Ritter of Clark Insurance and PSA Board Member Brendan O’Rourke of Thompson Bowie & Hatch via Zoom as they discuss common questions still lingering in the design and construction sectors.
Topics will include:
  • On-Site inspection responses and protocal
  • Return to work guidelines and recommendations
  • Workers compensation legal principles surrounding potential COVID-19 claims.
  • Business interruption claims
  • Managing risk of construction suspension or termination
  • Force Majeure and delay contract language
  • Changed conditions contract language
  • Increased cyber liability attacks and claims
Questions may be submitted prior to
Register HERE


Thursday, September 10th at 6P
Bramhall Square Re-imagine


                                                                                                Image Courtesy of Mitchell Associates
On Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:00pm, please join City of Portland staff, Ward 2 Councilor Spencer Thibideau, the Parkside Neighborhood, and the Portland Society for Architecture for a virtual neighborhood meeting to provide feedback on potential designs for Bramhall Square, the public plaza at the corner of Congress Street, Deering Avenue, and Bramhall Street. The City’s design consultant, Mitchell & Associates, will be providing four concepts for the neighborhood to consider and provide feedback. This process will allow the design process to conclude in time for a potential Spring 2021 construction start date, pending funding for the project.
The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. The zoom link will be provided within a week of the meeting date. In the meantime, or if you won’t be able to attend the meeting, you can review the concepts and provide feedback online here. Written comments may also be provided via email to Mike Tremblay, the City’s project manager, at
We hope to see you at the meeting and we look forward to receiving your feedback
SAVE THE DATE: October 19th
Rosanne Haggerty of Community Solutions
as part of our partnership with The Center for Global Humanities
at the University of New England


Homelessness is #Solvable | Rosanne Haggerty
Homelessness is #Solvable | Rosanne Haggerty


As part of our annual Complete City + Center for Global Humanities lecture, we are thrilled to welcome Roseanne Haggerty (whether in-person or virtually, to be determined) for a riveting discussion around the Built for Zero movement. This not-to-miss-event is even more timely given our current crisis with homelessness.


UPDATE: Portland Public Schools Outdoor Classrooms

                                                                                                                    Image Courtesy of Green School Yards
PSA, in partnership with AIA Maine and Maine BSLA, has secured 14 local design teams for the Portland Public School District Rapid Response Outdoor Classroom Initiative, creating ideas and opportunities for all mainland Portland public schools for teachers and students to practice social distancing.  Each volunteer team has worked with individual principals to inventory school sites and draft design interventions that are now in review. We anticipate some hybrid approach for a potential rapid response build-out.
This initiative, spear-headed by Laura Newman, and inclusive of many community partners, is based on the national program out of Oakland, CA, Green School Yards.
THANK YOU to our extraordinary design professional volunteers:
Liz Newman; Pamela Hawkes and Scott Teas of Scattergood Design; Amy Bell Segal of tjd&aSoren DiNord; Tracy Reed of Dextrous Creative; PSA Board Member Dan Danvers of Sebago TechnicsLauren Reiter; Jaime Broadbent of Archetype Architects, Patric Santerre of Arcadia Design Works; Christopher Briley and Harry Hepburn from Briburn Architecture, Austin Smith from Scott Simons Architects; Sashi Misner from Gawron Turgeon; Rob Barrett and Matthew Ahlberg from Barrett Made; Catherine Callahan of callahan+ lebleu and PSA Board President Tom Lane from Whitten Architects


Still streaming: City Dreamers

We are still taking feedback and hosting listening sessions for The Complete City [DIS] CONNECTED. Competition details are forming – stay tuned!