Architects picked for projects

By Tom Gresham
Observer staff

A South Burlington architecture firm will partner with a prominent national company to design Williston’s new public safety facilities.

A building committee overseeing the facilities project tapped Dore & Whittier, which has an office on Williston Road in South Burlington, to handle the design for the facilities in partnership with Cole + Russell, a Cincinnati firm.

Dore & Whittier has worked on projects throughout New England and New York, according to its Web site. It designed the renovation at Williston Central School that was completed in 1991. Among its current projects is the renovation of five buildings at the University of Vermont.

Dore & Whittier does not indicate it has experience with public safety facilities, but Cole + Russell cites numerous police, fire and rescue projects in its portfolio. The firm’s Web site says it has designed 45 fire stations and “countless public safety facilities.”

Cole + Russell touts its “pioneering Training by Design program, which incorporates onsite training with architecture.”

Town Manager Rick McGuire said the decision was difficult for the building committee. He said the committee narrowed the field to three firms, interviewed representatives from each and checked lists of references.

The next step for the building committee will be hiring a construction manager.

The $6.8 million project will include the renovation of the current fire station into a police station and the construction of a new fire and rescue facility at the Mahan Farm.