2019 Workshops

Wednesday, June 5th 2019

Parking: Please plan to park at the Oak Street Municipal Parking Garage at 1 Oak St, Lewiston, ME 04240. There is a daily rate of $6.00. Please note that there is no on-site parking available. There are a few accessible spaces in front of the library. If you have mobility constraints, please email connect@build-maine.com. Walking directions on ATTEND page.



Session 1: 9:00 am — 12:00 pm
Session 2:
1:30 pm — 4:30 pm 

Royal Oak Room
1 Bates Street, Lewiston, ME

Hosted by Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Ransom Engineering, City of Lewiston, Lewiston Local Activation Team & Build Maine

As municipal budgets tighten, public works departments across the country are substituting expensive engineering studies with short-term pilot projects they can execute in-house to quickly and cheaply test ideas and gain public approval. Learn by doing the fundamentals, best practices and low-cost strategies to reduce vehicular speeds, increase safety and comfort, and attract private sector investment. Join Build Maine organizers, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, MaineDOT, and staff from the Lewiston Public Works, Fire, and Police Departments for the installation of temporary, quick build installations of a one-way to two-way street conversion, an advisory lane and intersection improvements. The workshop will involve a real-time physical installation in Lewiston, using MDOT approved plastic bollards, tape, paint, traffic cones, and other inexpensive materials. Tactics such as curb extensions, crosswalk striping, intersection narrowing, and 4-way stops will be installed and observed to assess the change in driver behavior and pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Don’t wear a suit and tie to this workshop! Followed by beer and Lightning talks event at The Pub at Baxter.


Session 1: 9:00 am — 12:00 pm
Session 2:
1:30 pm — 4:30 pm 

Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall
200 Lisbon St, Lewiston, ME

**Note: The content in Session 1 will be the same as Session 2.

Hosted by AARP Maine

Direct Action Organizing is about organizing around an issue to win a change. We focus on how to plan and implement effective issue advocacy through organizing people to act together and think strategically. The purpose of the training being offered is to learn how to plan strategy by understanding Direct Action Organizing for local, regional, and state-wide advocacy. Most importantly, the training makes people rightfully put strategy before tactics by introducing the strategy chart, which is the most important tool for successful campaign planning. Additionally, participants learn to think about power as the factor that can determine winning or losing.

Followed by beer and Lightning talks event at The Pub at Baxter. See below for more details!


2019 Build Maine Speakers

Thursday, June 6th 2019

Conference held at the Royal Oak Room & Iron Horse Court, 1 Bates Street, Lewiston, ME.

Parking: Please plan to park at the Oak Street Municipal Parking Garage at 1 Oak St, Lewiston, ME 04240. There is a daily rate of $6.00. Please note that there will be no on-site parking available. If you have mobility constraints, please email connect@build-maine.com. There will be a tactical urbanism activated walking path to the venue. Stay tuned for details!

Registration & breakfast begins at 7:30am. Conference begins at 8:00am.

Kathryn Rogers Merlino

University of Washington, Seattle | Professor of Architecture

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What does truly sustainable design look like at the building and neighborhood scale? Kathryn will share the findings from her recent book, Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design. Learn about how reusing and reimagining existing buildings can reduce carbon emissions, spur economic growth, and improve neighborhood character.  

“When we travel, we seek out existing buildings and places because they have a history and a cultural value to them. I think the messiness and complexity of older buildings appeals to our human nature, often more than new buildings, especially when they look exactly like all the rest of the buildings in the neighborhood.”  - Kathryn Rogers Merlino

Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED AP

Speck & Associates | City Planner & Urban Designer


Learn simple solutions to reclaim streets and make our downtowns and neighborhoods safe again for broad range of human and economic activity. Jeff Speck, author of Suburban Nation and Walkable Cities, will share lessons from his latest book, Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places, a “tool-kit for urban activists.”  He will describe the primacy of walkability in building more vital, resilient, and appealing cities.  

“Even the best urbanism won’t generate walkability if people think they’re going to die every time they walk out on the street. Still, most American cities that developed pre-war have a downtown. And today many have virtually everything they need in terms of walkability—except they’re utterly unsafe.”   - Jeff Speck

Andrew Howard

Team Better Block | Co-Founder / Director


Team Better Block temporarily re-engineers auto-dominated urban areas into vibrant centers. Their iterative approach is both scalable and hyper-local. Having been used in over 200 cities, The Better Block approach provides elected officials, leaders, and citizens with a greater understanding of the urgent need for more permanent change. Andrew, the principal of Team Better Block, will share lessons learned from an all-hands-on-deck approach to urban design.

“What I’ve realized through Better Block is that every community already has everybody they need. They just need to activate the talented people who are already there, and shove them into one place at one time, and that place can become better really quickly.”

Rick Rybeck

Just Economics, LLC | Director


Typically, public subsidies for infrastructure are used to facilitate development. Yet rising land prices near infrastructure often chase development to cheaper, but more remote sites. The resulting pattern is bad for the environment and bad for municipal  budgets due to the necessary duplication of expensive infrastructure. While towns and cities create enormous value through the provision of public services they often struggle for funds. Rick Rybeck will share how some communities have overcome these ongoing fiscal challenges while also providing more affordable housing and commercial space.

How we raise funds for infrastructure is just as important as how much funding we raise.  Different funding mechanisms have different incentives and disincentives.  Using the right tools, communities can harmonize economic incentives with public policy objectives for job creation, affordable housing, and sustainable development to become more prosperous, equitable and financially self-sustaining.” — Rick Rybeck

Jenifer Acosta

Real Estate Developer

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With a focus on downtown neighborhoods, energy efficiency, and sustainability, Jenifer Acosta revitalizes communities through targeted community investment. An affordable housing advocate turned real estate developer, Jenifer will shed light on her approach to building community trust, collaborating regionally, and resurrecting buildings on the precipice of demolition.  

“The advice I would give to anyone working to break into real estate development would be to pick a specific neighborhood and serve it. Being dedicated to a community will foster greater cumulative impact.”



3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Iron Horse Court - 1 Bates Street, Lewiston

Do you have a problem to fix back at home? Do you have an initiative or idea you want to move forward? Want some space and help to think differently and with others about it?

Join fellow conference participants and Build Maine national speakers for a post-conference work session to find your people, brainstorm, and nail down some next steps. Adam Burk from Treehouse Institute will provide some provocations, based on the principles of design thinking. 

Bear Bones Beer will be on tap to keep the ideas flowing. Complementary beer included with ticket. If you don’t have a ticket to the conference, tickets to Beer + Brainstorm will cost $10, please bring cash.



3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Iron Horse Court - 1 Bates Street, Lewiston

Free for all kids to participate in a supervised building of a skate ramp and assembling skateboards. Followed by a session to learn the creativity of skateboarding. The Riders Club teaches kids lifelong values by using their boards as a tool for discovery, a tool to develop physical skill, a tool to interact with others who share the same interest, a tool to teach problem-solving and a tool to teach perseverance.

Evening Networking Events

Wednesday, June 5th 2019


4:30 pm — 8:00 pm

The Pub at Baxter, 120 Mill Street, Mill 3, Lewiston, ME

Build Maine will kick off with a series of lightning talks, held at the Pub at Baxter. Join us to learn about innovative Maine projects from people who are building Maine’s cities and towns. You’ll find good conversation, food, and beer. Free to attend and open to the public. Welcome to all!


Thursday, June 6th 2019



12 Ash Street, Lewiston (pay your own dinner)

Continue the conversation with conference participants at one of Lewiston’s newest bars. Full dinner menu available.

Professional Development Credits

Build Maine is pleased to offer the following Continuing Education Credits for select sections:

  • Engineer Professional Development Hours (PDH)   

    6 PDHs (6/5 Full Day Workshops)

    5 PDHs (6/6 Full Day Program)

  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

    6 CLEs (6/5 Full Day Workshops) Program credits are pending

    5 CLEs (6/6 Full Day Program) Program credits are pending

  • Maine Real Estate Commission — Continuing Education Credits (CEC)

    5 CECs (6/6 Full Day Program)

  • Board of Real Estate Appraisers — Continuing Education Credits (CEC)

    5 CECs (6/6 Full Day Program)

  • AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) Credits

    6 CMs (6/5 Full Day Workshops)

    4.5 CMs (6/6 Full Day Program)

  • AIA Certification Maintenance (CM) Credits

    6 CMs (6/5 Full Day Workshops)

    5 CMs (6/6 Full Day Program)

  • LA CES

    6 CMs (6/5 Full Day Workshops)

    5 CMs (6/6 Full Day Program)

  • MTCMA Certification Credits - EOW/Elected Relations

    2.5 CHs  6/5 Full Day Workshops / DAO Workshop (1.5), TU Workshop (1)

    1 CH / 6/6 Full Day Program / Howard (1)

  • MTCMA Certification Credits - Leadership

    2.5 CHs / 6/5 Full Day Workshops / DAO Workshop (1.5), TU Workshop (1)

    1 CH / 6/6 Full Day Program / Merlino (0.5), Speck (1)

  • MTCMA Certification Credits - Finance Budget

    1 CH / 6/5 Full Day Workshops / TU Workshop (1)

    2.5 CHs / 6/6 Full Day Program / Merlino (0.5), Rybeck (1), Acosta (1)

  • CEO Contact Hours

    3 Land Use Contact Hour (6/6 Acosta, Rybeck, Speck)