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November 2013 eNews

DM|A Newsletter


November 2013 (No. 16)

Welcome to our newsletter. Occasionally we will update you with news about David Matero Architecture. We welcome your comments, questions and feedback.

USA vs Panama

Recently David joined 21  friends in Panama  to cheer on the USA to victory in the last World Cup qualifying match.  A four day trip exploring Panama City, the Panama Canal locks, fishing for Peacock bass on Lake Gatun, kayaking and swimming with the crocodiles (yes, literally), and taking part in the nightlife with footy fans was a great experience.  The trip did revolve around soccer. David watched Division 1 Chorrillo in their neighborhood stadium take on Chepo, then a division 2 match between Centenario and the Aletico Nacional team (national police).  The highlight was the incredible atmosphere in the stadium watching Panama come within 3 minutes of earning their first World Cup appearance only for the USA to win 3-2 with 2 goals in stoppage time. panama

Easy Day

DM|A has been working very hard on our second bowling alley design, this time on Broadway in So. Portland (formerly Norm’s BBQ).   So. Portland’s newest restaurant, bar, and a 10-lane 10-pin bowling center will be named Easy Day (as in “the only easy day was yesterday”). While, the exterior of the building will be getting a little face lift with a new entry, wood siding and signage, the interior was completely gutted and is quickly taking shape. easy-day-2

Lunch and Learn – Maine Heritage Timber

DM|A will be hosting a lunch and learn Thursday November 14th at noon.  Co-owners, Stephen Sanders and Tom Shafer, will divulge the story behind their product.  Maine Heritage Timber is undertaking the largest lake reclamation project in New England by recovering virgin first growth timber that was lost during its voyage down the historic Penobscot River over 100 years ago.  Milled into engineered flooring and wainscoting, the hues and patinas of this wood are rich and beautiful.  Please RSVP to Cathy before November 11th. heritage

Alex’s Pella Trip

Last year David toured the Pella Windows & Doors factory in Pella, Iowa.  This year it was Alex’s turn to visit the factory and the town of Pella, including the Vermeer Mill, an 1850’s working mill and the tallest in the US.  The factory tour was spectacular with very knowledgeable staff.  Alex met designers and architects from all over New England, and made sure to bring back some of the Dutch letters pastries made fresh in Pella.  She was even able to visit her college friend Sonja and get a tour of Des Moines. pella

Views from the Job Site

The Lean Too Freeport project is in the process of final punch listing. The glowing Douglas Fir screen porch is already a big hit with the owners.  It’s been interesting working with different clients on a similar house as their personal touches creates a home designed just for them.  DM|A offers Heather and Adam congratulations on moving into their new home and many years of low maintenance and even lower energy costs.  Construction by Senecal Construction Services. 941283_744730338877218_1066604435_n

Breaking Ground

The ground was recently broken for a 1,000 sf cottage on a quiet lake in Poland, ME.  Nestled in the trees with south facing views of the water, a simple palette of materials includes glass, cedar and metal siding.  The interior will be exposed Douglas fir beams, great views of the water, and a strategic placing of a wood stove and TV for Red Sox games.  Construction by Senecal Construction Services couples-cottage

Maine AIA

What a great meeting we had last weekend in Bar Harbor to discuss some AIA matters.  Kay Stevens-Rosa and Augusto Rosa from A4 Architects hosted Dave and Becca Johnson (Skaala Architects), and us for a weekend retreat of food, laughter and architecture (in that order).  Now that Acadia is back open we were able to enjoy popovers for the last time this season, walk the Jordan Pond trail, and explore a little of Bar Harbor AIA-gang

Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. Lecture – November 13

As proud supporters of SPI, we are looking forward to what will be a fascinating lecture
On Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 P.M., Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. will present an illustrated lecture by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and State Historian.  From 1865 to 1900, stereo views were a popular form of home entertainment.  Photographers in every town and city in Maine made view cards of points of local interest, including street scenes, public buildings, churches, business blocks, industries and residences.  As a major maritime center, Bath was no exception, with local photographers such as Augustus Hatch and J.C. Higgins creating many view cards.  Mr. Shettleworth will show approximately 80 of these views of Bath, which captured many aspects of the city in Victorian days.  Admission is free, although donations to SPI are gratefully accepted.  Light refreshments will be served. FMI call 443-2174 or go to www.sagadahocpreservation.org.

On the Drawing Board

Currently in schematic design, DM|A is negotiating a non-expandable footprint in Kennebunk by going up, and calling it the Stack House.  Maximizing the allowable expansion will allow for an increase in southern exposure and views of the Kennebunk River.  DM|A is working closely with Leo Richardson on preliminary pricing to move this project forward. abstract-federal
Outside National Stadium in Panama
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Cathy Matero
David Matero Architecture
100 Front Street Suite 40
Bath, ME 04530
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