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OCTOBER 2016 - NEW WEBSITE, 25TH ANNIVERSARY AND WELCOME LUKE DODGE!
In celebration of their 25th year in business, Gordon Dixon Construction, based in Stowe, is inviting visitors to get to know them better through their newly redesigned website: www.gordondixonconstruction.com. The new design is responsive — optimized for viewing on any size screen, and showcases larger format photos highlighting their work. The redesign also was intended to give prospective clients a better sense of who they are and what they do. It features bios on their employees to provide greater insight about each team member’s background and experience.
“We wanted the new site to feature high quality photographs of some of the beautiful homes we have built,” said Robin Dixon, business manager and co-owner. We also wanted it to reflect what Gordon Dixon Construction is all about: a crew focused on providing quality, sustainability, and, most importantly, integrity in their work. That is what we take the most pride in.”
The Dixons believe in taking advantage of local talent, whenever possible. They worked with a team of Vermont-based experts to revamp their site — Trisha Fong for design, Steve dePasquale of Marble Island Media for development, Larry Asam and Glenn Callahan for photography, and Amanda Kuhnert for copy.
GDC is excited to announce the following addition to their team:
Luke Dodge came on board this summer as a carpenter/project manager. Luke recently moved to the Stowe area with his wife, Erika, who is an architect with Truex Cullins in Burlington. The couple previously lived in Lake Tahoe, California, where Luke worked as a woodworker and field carpenter. Originally from New Hampshire, Luke grew up working in the family construction and custom cabinetry business, Dodge Woodworking.
GORDON DIXON CONSTRUCTION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE!!!
Gordon Dixon Construction is thrilled to announce the launch of their new website! Thanks to Trisha Fong for your beautiful design work, Amanda Kuhnert for her help with copywriting and to Steve DePasquale and Marble Island Media for his technical expertise and construction of our site. We are pretty proud of it and hope you will enjoy it!
STOWE GOES GREEN AWARD GOES TO DR. ROBERT C. BAUMAN FOR GDC PROJECT
Dr. Robert C. Bauman & Associates has won the fourth annual Stowe CAN Go Green Leadership Award.
The Go Green award, presented by the Stowe Energy and Climate Action Network, is given annually to an individual and/or organization that shows leadership in mitigating climate change, reducing energy demand, improving energy efficiency and/or promoting renewable energy use.
The awards were presented at last week’s Stowe Conservation Commission meeting.
These measures qualified Bauman’s project for incentives from Efficiency Vermont, and the projected annual energy savings from the efficiency measures is $3,000.Bauman has also installed five pole-mounted solar arrays that can produce 12.9 kilowatts of electricity. The panels supply 60 percent of Bauman’s electricity in the summer and 80 percent in the winter.
THE WAY BACK: LOCAL BUILDERS SEE SIGNS THAT THE ECONOMY IS PICKING UP
That’s a welcome change. Meehan, who owns Northern New England Homes, was been struggling with what he calls “post-traumatic stress disorder” in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse.
“We never felt like it would be good again,” he says. “But we’re working.”
However, Meehan has been keeping himself and his employees busy since the housing bubble sent the world economy into a death spiral — he’s been finding renovation work, one job at a time.
But times may be changing. Meehan says interest is picking up.
“I had one guy call about doing a half-million-dollar renovation,” he says. “In the end, the guy decided he couldn’t justify the expense, but the point is it was happening — he was a buyer who was ready and out shopping.”
According to the National Association of Home Builders, total home building permits issued in the United States jumped 35 percent from February 2011 to February 2012, including a 22 percent increase in single-family homes and a 69 percent increase in multifamily homes.
Vermont fared less well in that time, with total home building permits dropping by 41 percent. However, single-family home permits were up by 26 percent.
“There seems to be more interest than there was in the past,” says Steve Sisler of Sisler Builders in Stowe. “What I’m seeing is more permits and more requests to complete new homes. Previously, it was more significant renovations or modifications to existing homes.”
Rich Baker, Stowe’s zoning director, received 48 permit applications in the past six months, fewer than the 55 he received during the same time period last year, but other signs are good, he says.
“Just looking at permits is not always a fair indicator of activity because it reflects the past and not the future,” Baker says.
Property owners and contractors usually review projects with him before getting a permit, he says, and those interactions are on the rise.
“My sense, based upon the number of phone calls and meetings, is that construction business is picking up,” he says. “This has been the busiest March for me in several years. I’m seeing more small residential projects, such as additions and decks. People are telling me that contractors are booked up for several months out.”
Baker thinks the warmer-than-usual spring weather, which extends the construction season, may also play a factor.
Another phone ringing more often these days is Andrew Volansky’s.
Builders and architects have had to switch their approaches in recent years.
“We found ourselves focusing on things that we hadn’t been focusing on in years, like advertising and web pages,” Volansky says. “We stayed busy in 2009 and 2010, and while it wasn’t always paying work, it was planting seeds.”
Sisler has started to branch into retrofitting homes for energy efficiency. “That’s a big growth area for us,” he says.
Meehan had been doing projects with a skeleton crew of two workers, but hired three people in the past year.
“It seems like things are moving around,” he says.
STOWE GOES GREEN AWARD TO GORDON DIXON CONSTRUCTION 2010!
Gordon Dixon Construction has won the third annual Stowe CAN Go Green Leadership Award.
The award is presented by the Stowe Energy and Climate Action Network.
Dixon’s company completed the 5,000-square-foot Santos Cocina Latina restaurant on Mountain Road in Stowe late last November for owners Miguel and Maria Garcia.