EXPERIENCE MARVIN: a food and drink pairing event - May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11th 4pm-7pm Marvin Design Gallery by Eldredge Lumber 317 Marginal Way, Portland Print We hope you will join us on May 11th for amazing local food and drink, great conversation, and to see the Marvin Difference for yourself! In addition to the delicious array provided by Dandelion Catering, we also have a few special surprises in store, including door prizes and a ground-breaking virtual reality experience from the Integrity from Marvin team. Please RSVP to Sarah at by Thursday, April 27th. We hope to see you there!  


We are searching for a NEW Executive Director! Carole Merrill, who has ably led PSA since our founding 10 years ago, is retiring this coming September. Under Carole’s direction we have grown from a small local professional society to a well-recognized 501©3, non-profit, making a significant impact on planning and design in the Portland community. We need your help as we begin our search for a replacement. This a part-time position-about 25-35 hours a week. We are seeking someone with non-profit administrative skills, a background in, or passion for, urban planning and design, and the leadership skills to grow our organization. The successful candidate will be a spokesperson in the community for PSA’s mission and direct fundraising from grants, our sponsors, and annual appeal. If you or someone you know might be interested in this position, please contact Paul Stevens, Chair of the Search Committee, for more information.

PSA Seeking 2017 Volunteers

Advocacy This committee promotes PSA’s mission of sustainable, responsible and creative growth for Portland. Committee representatives testify regularly at City of Portland board and committee meetings and lobby for policies affecting urban planning and architectural design. This year, Advocacy’s goals include: • Create a filter for issues to engage PSA that have a substantial impact on urban design and livability. • Create a running list of the top issues for 2017. • Provide timely expert written and oral testimony for the top issues that come before the city in the coming year. • Identify, cultivate and maintain relationships with top policy makers and community leaders in Portland. • Partner with City and other allied organizations on the rewrite of the land use code. • Participate in development of IDPs for the major institutions. Contact Addy Smith Reiman for details:   Community Engagement This group will choose Portland neighborhoods to focus on in 2017. They will facilitate conversations with the public and educate citizens about half-mile neighborhoods (possibly in collaboration with other allied organizations). They will host three design charrettes throughout the summer, attracting 50-75 people to each event. The product of the charrettes will generate a Half-Mile Neighborhood Concept Plan that includes 2D and 3D graphic information as well as a narrative describing goals to be achieved in the next ten years. The work of the 2016 Visioning Growth charrettes was included in the publication, Growing Portland: The Case for Growth – Not Whether but How. The Community Engagement group plans to create a document summarizing the results of the 2017 charrette work. Contact Alyssa Phanitdasack for more details:   PSA Signature Event This group is responsible for planning the largest event in the PSA calendar. The program is scheduled for fall (usually October). In presenting this program, PSA has collaborated with the USM Muskie School of Public Service, University of New England, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Creative Portland. This year’s focus will continue the focus on the issues related to the impact of growth in Greater Portland and the ways in which Portland would benefit from responsible urban planning. The findings of the Community Engagement committee work will inform the selection of an expert in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning to address Portland’s unique challenges. Alex Krieger’s 2016 lecture at Portland High School attracted 260 Portland citizens. Contact Sasha Salzberg for details.:   Social Committee This group spearheads the creation and execution of two informational and networking social events in spring and fall. The committee is responsible for scheduling the events, finding a locale, confirming agendas and speakers, catering, and promotion of the events. Contact Cathy Streifel: cstreifel@thorntontomasetti for more details.   Brown Bag Tours This group plans lunchtime tours of three local projects in June, July, and August. The committee is responsible for booking the projects, coordinating the project team to lead the tours, and promotion of the events. Contact Nate Merrill for more details: nathan@beckerstructural .com   Drink n’ Crit This group plans one event for August 2017 in connection with the Community Engagement charrette initiative. The Half-Mile Neighborhood Concept Plan created by the community charrettes will be the focus of this event at SPACE Gallery. The group will coordinate with SPACE to book the venue. Additional responsibilities include juror selection, event marketing, and installation of images. Contact Alyssa Keating for more details.   Annual Appeal This group is responsible for the determining the format and messaging of the Annual Appeal mailing. In addition, the group hosts sponsor feedback receptions throughout the summer and early fall. With assistance from the PSA Board of Directors, the 2017 Annual Appeal is scheduled for mailing following the Signature Event in the fall. Contact Lynn Shaffer for more details:

Designing our Way to a Better World - UNE Portland - March 27th at 5 p.m.

Detailed Event Information Here
A public reception will precede the lecture at 5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery. Good food and drinks will be served.
UNE’s Center for Global Humanities will present “Designing Our Way to a Better World” on 3/27 with Thomas Fisher, a professor of architecture at the University of Minnesota.  Fisher will explain how our educational, political, economic and health systems could be improved by applying the methods of design thinking to these realms usually considered outside the design community’s purview. Thomas Fisher, a graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, was previously the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine. Recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States, he has written 9 books, over 50 book chapters or introductions, and over 400 articles in professional journals and major publications.

Blais Civil Engineers - Job Opening for a Civil Engineer

EXPAND YOUR POTENTIAL WITH A GROWING FIRM Blais Civil Engineers is experiencing growth and it is an exciting time in our company’s development. We are a dynamic engineering consulting firm with a diverse mix of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential clients. The Civil Engineer position provides an opportunity for a dedicated, hard-working individual to participate in site design, permitting, and construction administration services. As we continue to grow, there is ample opportunity for taking on increased responsibilities. Blais Civil Engineers offers a competitive salary and benefits package. If you are the right individual, we would like you to become an integral part of our team. We appreciate your interest in Blais Civil Engineers! We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Visit to learn more about us. Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
  • Strong written, verbal, technical, and interpersonal skills
  • Design experience with commercial, residential, and industrial site design.
  • Competency in: Word, Excel, Outlook, Autocad Civil 3D, HydroCAD
  • Experience with construction documentation including drawings and specifications.
  • Experience with preparing drawings including: site layout & utilities plans, grading & drainage plans, erosion & sedimentation control plan, pre and post-development drainage plans, roadway plan & profiles, water quality worksheets, site cross-sections
  • Experience with stormwater management design and understanding of local/state permitting including MDEP Stormwater/SLODA/NRPA, and Municipal site plan/subdivision permitting
  • Construction administration and inspection experience
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
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