Noted in 2008 by AIA judges as a "huge signpost for a small community," the Millinocket Bathhouse project is a success for young and old since opening day, and an excellent example of community investment in youth for a better future.
dooloop is an accessory dog product by inventor Elizabeth Herriman, owner of Houndswag, a new innovative dog products company in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Herriman came to ARCADIA designworks with a rough, handcrafted prototype that ARCADIA’s designers quickly transformed using SolidWorks software, plus 3D printed a series of prototypes to prove the concept and refine the design.
The dooloop, manufactured in Kennebunk, Maine by G&G Products is an injection-mold of a biodegradable plastic.
For the product-label’s graphics and hang tag, ARCADIA directed Elizabeth to the talented team of Jessica Masse and John Hafford owners ofDesignLab in Millinocket, Maine.
The dooloop is selling out quickly at local pet stores and orders are being taken for a larger run planned for mid summer, 2019.
Sterling Rope is a major U.S. manufacturer of safety rope, cord, and hardware for customers like rock climbers, arborists, firefighters or radio tower technicians. By offering a simulation training space within their factory, companies and organizations arrive on-site for learning and teaching opportunities.
The new training center is the brainchild of Sterling's President and Founder, together with ARCADIA designworks, and Becker Structural Engineers.
ARCADIA's sustainable, reuse approach was used to renovate the windowless, 5,500 square feet maze-like, mezzanine space. Floor plans were scrutinized to take advantage of existing interior walls, while doors, frames and hardware were each itemized for reuse. Salvaged equipment and material substitutions where appropriate improved project efficiency, and maintained project costs.
To simulate on-the-job demands, users will find two angled walls for rock climbing, a free-standing 30 foot radio tower, and for firefighters specifically, a vertical wall with removable window and door plugs. A key component to the new facility is the center's addition of an adjacent classroom creating easy transition from formal lecture space to the hands-on equipment.
Positioned to assist clients such as product manufacturers, ARCADIA designed a metal hardware solution called the ModCast side latch, for Duratherm Windows, a division of Pella.
This product added a dependable item to Duratherm's growing and modern line of wood windows.
ARCADIA designed the ModCast side latch to follow a geometry of two parallel rectangles: a mounting plate and finger paddle.
In addition to achieving Duratherm's goal of producing a stronger latch pawl, ARCADIA designers concealed the mounting plate fasteners and created for the end-user, a comfortable finger-paddle with a tactile sculpted underside-node discovered when the user engages the latch.
Often the story behind the making of a building is more meaningful than the creativity expressed by its architecture. ARCADIA's principal architect Patric Santerre was recently honored by the library's Board of Directors with the commission to redesign the building, one that he frequented regularly when growing up in Millinocket. Whether coincidence or fate, Patric's first architectural intern position in 1984 was with the architecture firm Wadsworth Boston the original architects and engineers who designed the building in 1963.
With tremendous support from the library's new director Matt DeLaney, the Friends of the Library who brought the library back to life after closing, and local community stakeholders, ARCADIA designworks is rethinking the idea of what a library is for a small rural community in the 21st Century. They are breathing new life into its spaces with a complimentary modern architecture, one that celebrates children in a room above ground, older patrons with a new memorial porch, while using locally produced building products and making great efforts in reducing the building's dependency on fossil fuels.
Construction Spring 2019
Assistance in rendered images via designer Derek Smythe.
Arcadia designworks was founded by architect-industrial designer Patric Santerre and planner-designer Celeste Bard in 2003.
Arcadia provides a variety of planning and design services, including challenge based creative thinking services to corporations, organizations and individuals who require services involving land, buildings and manufactured consumer goods.
On a daily basis, Patric, Celeste and their research, design and engineering consultants can be found working on plans for a multi-million dollar building or directing the development of a 3D printed model of a new product destined for manufacturing and commercial distribution.
Patric and Celeste's combined experience of planning, architecture and industrial design has enhanced their ability to look beyond conventional design solutions to progressive, smarter approaches for designing buildings and products respective of client's needs and budget and for the sustained health of our planet.
Entrepreneur and chef Peter Murphy came to ARCADIA designworks asking if the firm could help him fulfill a “life dream."
The challenge: design a mobile food cart Murphy could tow behind an electric bicycle.
Enter Rebel Cheesesteaks’ food cart, designed collaboratively with ARCADIA, Murphy, William Bruce, metal fabricator of Tunnelwerks, and seamstress Giselle Larios of Atelier Stitch. The team completed the food cart in time for the start of summer 2019 and Murphy will be selling cheesesteak sandwiches from his new cart in Portland, Maine.
Fabricated predominantly out of aluminum tubes, angles and sheets, the mobile food cart contains an on-demand, propane hot water heater, a propane grill, and a sink. Food and condiments are stored in removable coolers.
ARCADIA was especially thrilled to see Sunbrella Fabric stretch from the rigid, geometric posts and brackets creating a free-form canopy which cleverly protects the cook and cart, plus results in a charming cap.
The Teele Hair Products Company engaged ARCADIA designworks to assist them in the design and development of a four 10 oz. quadrant bowl used by hair stylist for mixing multiple color formulas. Working from hand drawings, ARCADIA’s industrial design team worked closely with Yvonne Teele in refining various design features that both improved the overall function and resulted in material cost savings.
ARCADIA also assisted in producing patent drawings and connecting the Teele Hair Products Company with G&G Products an injection molder in Kennebunk, Maine.
ARCADIA designworks is a multi-disciplined design consultancy providing architecture, industrial design, and challenge based creative thinking services to corporations, organizations and individuals.
On a daily basis, ARCADIA's team of creative people can be found working on the plans of a multi-million dollar commercial building or new products for manufacturing and commercial distribution. ARCADIA's broad cumulative experience as planners, licensed architects and industrial designers has enabled them to broaden their focus to look beyond conventional design solutions to progressive, smarter approaches of building and product design respective of the user, their clients needs and budget, and sustained health of our planet.
Every project is a combined, creative exploration of teamwork in which our firm structures creative thinking and design.