Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College
- OWNER: Middlebury College
- ARCHITECT: Smith, Alvarez, Sienkiewycz, Architects
- DELIVERY METHOD: CM
In keeping with the program’s focus on sustainability, a historic building at the center of campus was selected for renovation and expansion. The program included a colloquium (multi-use space for classes, lectures and meetings) a studio, flexible space for teaching, seminars and work space, faculty offices, administrative space and a lobby/lounge.
Specific green features include an excellent building envelope, widespread use of sustainably harvested wood, roof-mounted photovoltaic array providing 13% of the building’s electrical energy and a ground-source air-conditioning system. Size 8,800 SF of finished space on two floors; 13,700 SF total with basement and mechanical attics.
This project received LEED Platinum certification and an Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design Award-Winning Designers & Builders.
Photo credit Sally McCay