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NO. R-143.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Gossens Bachman Architects on the firm's award-winning architectural achievements.


Offered by:  Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Cummings of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District.

Whereas, Gossens Bachman Architects of Montpelier designs buildings for university, educational, cultural, community, and residential purposes, and

Whereas, the firm’s design philosophy is that “architecture is an art achieved by collaboration,” that the buildings the firm designs should be “inspired by culture and place,” and should consist of “interior and exterior spaces that are a joy to inhabit,” and

Whereas, Gossens Bachman Architects are sensitive to environmental impacts and work to incorporate into their buildings’ designs “green strategies that support community life,” and

Whereas, in recent years, Gossens Bachman Architects’ buildings have been recognized as outstanding examples of architectural excellence, and

Whereas, one of the firm’s buildings, the Vermont Center for Independent Living in Montpelier, a renovated 1940s grocery store that was converted into an office facility designed to be fully accessible for the physically disabled, was recognized with two American Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards, including a 1995 Vermont Excellence in Architecture Award and a 1997 New England Design Award for Excellence in Architecture, and

Whereas, in 2000, the AIA commended the firm’s capital district master plan for the city of Montpelier with a New England Special Citation Award, and the Northern New England chapter of the American Planning Association also recognized the plan which was “intended to unify city and state interests, and to promote cooperative planning efforts for the city of Montpelier,” and

Whereas, most recently, the AIA Vermont chapter’s 2004 Excellence in Architecture Design Awards included two honor awards that were presented to Gossens Bachman Architects, including one for the design of the new addition to Woodbury College which was described as “a simple gesture that does not overwhelm the existing conditions,” and a second that recognized the firm’s design of a private residence which the AIA declared was, “a strong response of a pure abstract shape in nature,” and

Whereas, in addition to the two honor awards, the 2004 Vermont AIA Excellence in Architecture Design Awards also included a citation for the addition to Montpelier’s Kellogg Hubbard Library which was praised for its connection to the original structure, and

Whereas, Gossens Bachman Architects can be proud of the stunning designs they have created for all in Central Vermont to use and view with pleasure, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Gossens Bachman Architects on the firm’s award winning architectural achievements, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gossens Bachman Architects in Montpelier.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont