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We are proud to announce that PLA is working with Somerville Brewing Company, the makers of Slumbrew beers, to design their new brewery and taproom in the Boynton Yards area of Somerville. The new location at 15 Ward Street will serve as an additional 2,500 barrel production facility as well as a destination-tap room to enjoy all of Slumbrew’s finest offerings.

Somerville Brewing Company, Inc. was started in Somerville, Massachusetts by Jeff Leiter and Caitlin Jewell in 2011. To date, all of the brewery’s Slumbrew craft beer recipes have been invented and tested in Somerville and developed for commercial production at Mercury Brewing, while the business operations are also run out of Somerville.

The new brewery and taproom is slated to be open within the next five to six months, pending federal, state and local permitting.
To find out more about Slumbrew, head on over to their website. www.slumbrew.com Find the full press release announcing the new Somerville site here.

For further reading regarding Somerville Beer Company’s upcoming brewery and taproom check out, Brewbound.com, whatispouring.com and Boston Eater.


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We’re proud to announce that our project, Shaoxing Paojiang Two Lakes Area Master Plan, in collaboration with CRJA-IBI Group and Green Design Union has been awarded the 2014 Big Urban Future Project Award by the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects awards competition. The MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards are the only awards exclusively for future projects. They celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects spanning across twelve categories. With a strong focus on creativity, these awards are a chance to showcase projects that are examples of fine design, but have also responded to the client’s development brief, and considered the way in which they will impact and contribute to the community around them.


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About the Project:

The Paojiang Lake District is located north of Shaoxing, China in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Area of Zhejiang Province. The site currently consists of a large lake (Yang Jing Bang Lake – 4 Sq Km) and farm fields. The site has a strategic location with access to a high-speed train station and strong public transit options (bike, bus and future subway links to Shaoxing CBD 5 km south of the site.)

The Master plan layers the site’s existing landscape with many amenities and uses, connected by an extensive pedestrian network and multi-modal transit infrastructure. Movement around the lake and the site are encouraged by creating areas with distinct identities and sets of experiences. These identities, experiences and uses are organized thematically, based on the five elements prominent in Chinese Culture – Gold, Fire, Wood, Earth and Water. The programs, uses, amenities, materials and forms will be associated with each element. These five icons not only represent one of the respective Five Elements, but also serve as a visual landmark to be seen from multiple locations around the lake. The points from where they can be viewed are strategically located, and relate to strategies which emphasize dramatic and scenic vistas.

Principle-in-Charge:
Paul Lukez
Carol R. Johnson
Jeanne Lukenda

Project Directors:
Christopher Zarek
Jue Zhan

Project Managers:
Jing Cai
Johnathan Law

Designers:
Paul Lukez
Jeanne Lukenda
Johnathan Law
Dan Delongchamp
Jing Cai
Alex Hogrefe
Ting Huang
Matt Flynn
Ren Harada

Project Team:
Nina Chase
Menglin Jiang
Elizabeth Knox
Xin Liu
Xuan Lu
Todd Robinson
Xin You
Duo Yu


 

Last weekend PLA’s very own Megan Quigley competed in Brick Factor, a competition to find LEGOLAND Boston’s next Master Builder. The two-day competition was held at the Boston Public Library Main Branch, drawing over 100 competitors from all over the country. The LEGO experts were vying for the opportunity to become the coveted Master Model Builder for Boston’s brand new LEGOLAND Discovery Center opening in Somerville this spring. The competition was quick and intense; the rounds took between 30 – 60 minutes each and were judged by an expert team of LEGO master builder’s. Not only did Megan have to build a LEGO model she also had to engage with the spectators, many of which were children. Her multitasking skills under pressure, something in which Megan excels at here at PLA allowed her to advance through the first two rounds on Saturday to make in it to the final round with ten other competitors on Sunday afternoon. While Megan did not take the crown of Master Builder, she did have a very impressive run throughout the competition. Great Job Megan!


The event was covered by a number of local media outlets. Visit the links below to find out more about the competition.

Boston Magazine
The Somerville Times
My Fox Boston (video)



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Round 1: Build something from your favorite book
“I built a bunch of things from Harry Potter. They were from the entire series…not just one book. I built Harry’s glasses, his wand with a light at the end of it, a spell book, a golden snitch (from quidditch), a snake, a giant spider, and the sorting hat.”

Round 2: Build something from a favorite vacation
“My Family and I go to Maine every year for a week. We always visit the lighthouses and my grandmother grew up in the town we stay in. I built a lighthouse attached to land and then a giant monster lobster that had broken out of his trap and was attacking the lighthouse.”



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Round 3: Build something that represents/describes you
“I built a scaled up princess LEGO mini-figure. I love the Disney princesses and I AM a princess. I also love LEGO. But I also wanted to show girls that they can do this too. There were only two females in the final 10 and there are no female Master Builders.”

 

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Architectural Designer


Paul Lukez Arcitecture (PLA) is a design-intensive award-winning architectural firm located outside Davis Square in Somerville, MA.
The firm works on a range of exciting projects both locally / regionally and internationally.

We are currently seeking to hire one or two talented designers to join the firm.
The designers should have between 1-5 years’ experience in a professional practice and possess very strong design, modeling, graphic and visualization skills. The designers will work directly with partners and other team members on a variety of project types – often working on fast paced schedules. Applicants with interests and capabilities in Urban Design and Sustainable Design in addition to strong architectural design and visualization skills will be given special consideration.

We are reaching out to a wide audience in search of top talent. This is a unique opportunity for those seeking personal and professional growth. The firm provides a supportive learning and professional environment with excellent benefits. Our multi-disciplinary TEAM approach requires individuals with high EQs and willingness to work collaboratively. Successful applicants will be given significant responsibilities and opportunities while being guided and mentored by more senior staff as necessary.

The firm is also willing to accept applicants seeking Visas and will support visa applications.

Chris Zarek
Managing Director
At:
czarek@lukez.com and jobs@lukez.com

Include:

- A letter
- CV
- Samples of your portfolio
- Total size of attachments must be less than 10 MB

*No phone calls please

Successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. We apologize in advance to those applicants whom we do not contact.


Urban Designer / Planner


Paul Lukez Architecture (PLA) is a design-intensive award-winning multi-disciplinary firm located outside Davis Square in Somerville, MA. The firm works on a range of exciting planning and urban design projects locally, regionally and internationally.

PLA is currently seeking to hire a talented and enterprising Urban Designer / Planner to join the firm. The successful candidate will work directly with two senior partners and other team members on a variety of planning and urban design projects of all scales – often working on fast paced schedules.

The designer should have between 1-7 years’ experience in a professional practice and possess very strong design, modeling, graphic and visualization skills. The job also calls for applicants that are interested in participating in all aspects of the planning and design process, including writing proposals, compiling reports, presenting projects to public groups, organizing workshops, analyzing data (economic, demographic etc.), mapping, budgeting and project management. Being LEED and AICP certified is an advantage.

We are reaching out to a wide audience in search of top talent. This is a unique opportunity for those seeking personal and professional growth. The firm provides a supportive learning and professional environment with excellent benefits. Our multi-disciplinary TEAM approach requires individuals with high EQs and willingness to work collaboratively. Successful applicants will be given significant responsibilities and opportunities while being guided and mentored by more senior staff as necessary.

The firm is also willing to accept applicants seeking Visas and will support visa applications.

Interested applicants should submit the following to:

Chris Zarek
Managing Director
At:
czarek@lukez.com and jobs@lukez.com

Include:

- A letter
- CV
- Samples of your portfolio
- Total size of attachments must be less than 10 MB

*No phone calls please

Successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. We apologize in advance to those applicants whom we do not contact.

 

Last week the Sturbridge Commercial Tourist District (CTD) Improvement Plan was unanimously approved by the Town of Sturbridge Planning Board. PLA has been a part of the team that created the plan – along with McCabe Enterprises (Economic Development), Shadley Associates (Landscape Architecture), and led by Pare Corporation (Traffic Engineering). The two-mile-long CTD, along the route 20 corridor, includes one of Central Massachusetts’ biggest tourism draws, Old Sturbridge Village. The corridor also includes access points to rivers, lakes, and other recreational activities – as well as vital connections to residential neighborhoods – all while serving as a major thoroughfare from Interstate 84 to towns to the west. Many of Sturbridge’s most prominent businesses, serving tourists and locals alike, are located along the corridor.

Over the past few months the team has been tasked to create a conceptual design to improve the safety, connections, aesthetics, multi-modal access and walkability of the district. In order to achieve these goals, the team analyzed the corridor and facilitated a public process to develop conceptual elements based on the public input. After iterative rounds of design and feedback from both the CTD Working Group and the public, the team prepared recommendations for future improvements according to the goals and priorities outlined by the town. The proposed project includes multimodal access and markings, continuous and widened sidewalks, better pedestrian connections across the corridor and intersections, improved ADA access, landscaped medians where possible, new street trees, lighting, and street furniture along both sides of Route 20, and a 225-foot, two-lane roundabout serving as a gateway to the Sturbridge CTD at the intersection of Route 20 and 131. The town selectmen will vote for final approval of the plan, after which the plan can begin the funding process for the envisioned three-phase construction.

For more information, check out the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

A special thanks to all of the team members that made this project successful, including:
John Shevlin and Tim Thomson form Pare Corporation, Kathy McCabe from McCabe Enterprises, Pam Shadley and Skyler Chick from Shadley Associates as well as Chris Zarek, Megan Quigley, Alex Hogrefe and Matt Uminski from Paul Lukez Architecture.



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