Altair EcoVillage is currently working with several professionals and will hire others to develop the project now that we purchased the site. We are investigating funding sources and are working with the local Township to revise the Zoning to include an EcoVillage.
With a lifetime of experience in building, developing, realty, financing, and community organizations and governmental committees, Jonathan specializes in low-density lifestyle communities. As our developer contract, he is on track to deliver the project, help with marketing, and provide homes for Altair members. His connections with sellers in the area, the Township, regional professionals, and real estate make him an ideal person to manage the project from beginning to end. He understands the concept of the EcoVillage and wants to provide an attractive, energy-efficient alternative to the housing developments that have blighted the Chester County countryside.
A registered Architect and long-time resident of Phoenixville PA, now living in the house that is the "gateway" to the Altair site, Joel has been working on the living community concept for many years. He brings his deep experience working with cooperatives and community organizations, as well as particular expertise in the EcoVillage process, having been engaged on the professional level with developers, architects, and group process leaders across the country participating in the growing movement. As an architect, Joel has specialized in construction management – getting projects built – although he is a competent designer and project manager. Joel is representing the members’ side of the project, helping to organize input and feedback from the members, and acting as a spokesperson for the group to assure their needs are met.
Adam Supplee is a Licensed Landscape Architect, a Certified Planner, and is LEED accredited (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). He has experience representing public and private clients for over 20 years.
Adam will manage a host of consultants who specialize in storm water management, traffic engineering, and others. His firm, along with his partner Carl Kelemen have recently merged with the nationally-recognized Alta Planning + Design, headquartered in Portland, OR.
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Tom and his wife Lauren of Carnevale Eustis Architects, Inc are our current architects.
With their firm established in 1997, Tom and Lauren are both LEED Accredited Professionals. They specialize in custom renovations and adaptive reuse projects, and have received Preservation awards for the Phoenixville Iron Foundry and Superintendent's Buildings. They have served on both Phoenixville's and East Pikeland's historical, planning, and zoning boards, as well as positions with the School District and the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.
"We strive to include 'green' building practice in each of our projects...there is an opportunity to make every project sustainable." Their work includes several buildings in the Camphill Villages in Kimberton and Glenmoore. They just completed the Colonial Theatre expansion project.
They are both very excited to be working on an ecological model for sustainable living using a consensus process.
Land Planner (and Zoning Consultant), Bob graduated from West Chester in 1978 with a BA degree in Geography and Planning, Bob has been employed in a number of public and private sector jobs, putting his training and knowledge to use creating long and short-range plans for both communities and landowners. Bob’s first and longest tenure, has been with the Chester County Planning Commission (1978-1989 & 1993-1994). In addition to reviewing over 4,800 subdivision plans, Bob prepared 10 comprehensive plans and 16 zoning/subdivision ordinances for 13 Chester County municipalities. While with the County, Bob also taught several citizen education courses in the zoning, subdivision, and planning process. Bob then moved to the private sector, working at Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc. (1989-1993) where he contracted with 13 municipalities to create 25 ordinances and plans, and also prepared open space, recreation, and environmental resource plans for 13 Chester County municipalities through the County’s Save Open Space initiative.
Bob had a brief stint working solo (1994-1996) before being asked to head up the zoning approvals for Sprint PCS’s Philadelphia MTA; a task he completed in 1998 resulting in the approval of 41 sites. Bob then changed hats from doing mostly municipal planning work to obtaining land development plan approvals (1998-2008) for the GenTerra Corporation, a real estate development company. Besides the approval of 400+ lots within 10 developments, Bob prepared over 200 sketch plans, 100 property evaluations for development, and 10 ordinance amendments. During this time, Bob also prepared 15 open space management plans and homeowners association documents. The downturn in the worldwide economy, and ultimately the local real estate market, resulted in Bob again being self-employed as a planning consultant starting in 2008 to the present, working with municipalities and landowners helping them to create and achieve their long-term planning goals.
Bob currently lives with his wife, Donna, in the Borough of West Chester. Bob has two sons, Chris and Justin, both married with kids (Bob’s a grandpa); one son followed in Bob’s footsteps and is an urban planner at the Chester County Planning Commission. When not working, Bob enjoys travel, genealogy, and reading history.
Long-time Kimberton resident, Realtor working with JF Gayl, Inc., Dennis has a B.S. in Civil Engineering, is a Registered Engineer, a Realtor with PA licenses, and a background in engineering, construction, and construction insurance.
On the Horizon
In the coming weeks, we are looking to form a professional team comprising the following skills:
- Site Specialists, such as a hydrologist, permaculture expert, ecologist, farmer, Living Machine expert
- Mechanical Engineer, familiar with alternative energy and central systems
- Electrical Engineer, familiar with solar energy
- Plumbing Engineer, including fire protection
- Structural Engineer
- Prefabrication Engineer (if determined we want to go that route)
- Builder familiar with this scale of development, and capable of ongoing estimating, infrastructure construction, and flexible design
- Other consultants as required
- On the Membership side, there may be a need for attorneys, marketing and public relations consultants, graphic artists, leaders in workshops on group process and team building, financial planners, and others as the needs arise.
It is our intention to begin the design process with many of the professionals in place and work as a team to assure the integrity of the project. Our Investor Members help fund the hiring of this team in the pre-approval and final approval stages.