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Vermont Law School: Oakes Hall Renovations
November 29, 2016

Vermont Law School: Oakes Hall Renovations

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Oakes Hall Renovations

S. Royalton, Vermont

Project Type: Education and Green Building
  • OWNER: Vermont Law School
  • ARCHITECT: Truex Cullins Architects
  • DELIVERY METHOD: CM

The structural steel frame is sheathed with structural foam panels. Self-composting toilets were used to reduce water and waste. The New Classroom Building won the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention along with other awards, including the Green Building Award for Exceptional Leadership & Design by Boston Society of Architects.

“The project suits its purpose well. It stands as a beacon of environmental achievement commissioned by a law school dedicated to training the country’s next environmental leaders. Its honest regional expression of Spartan, yet well proportioned fenestration contrasts with the generous natural daylighting within, not only in the colorful linoleum finished hallways, but also in deep plan lecture halls.

Energy efficiency is reflected in the well appointed envelope, the skillful lighting design throughout, and the use of advanced enthalpy desiccant technology separating indoor air quality from ambient humidity and temperature requirements. And the Vermont Law School didn’t stop at that. Their bold commitment to water conservation will mightily influence the entire region.”

– Committee on the Environment, Boston Society of Architects

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ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
November 29, 2016

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

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ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Burlington, Vermont

Project Type: Education and Green Building
  • OWNER: ECHO
  • ARCHITECT: Smith, Alvarez, Sienkiewycz, Architects
  • DELIVERY METHOD: CM

ECHO is an interactive Science Center with many live exhibits. The project includes approximately 25,000 SF of public exhibit space, classrooms, gift shop, support facilities and cast in place concrete fish tanks. The building features solar panels on the roof, natural lighting, passive heating and cooling, smart lighting and specially controlled HVAC systems as well as built from renewable materials and locally sourced supplies.

ECHO is the first building in the State of Vermont to be LEED certified and is the recipient of the AIA Award of Excellence and the Hertzel Pasackow Award for Extraordinary Architectural Integrity.

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Photo credit: Brian Vanden Brink

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Borsage Education Center
November 29, 2016

Borsage Education Center

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Borsage Education Center

Boothbay, Maine

Project Type: Education and Green Building
  • OWNER: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
  • ARCHITECT: Scott Simons Architects/Maclay Architects & Planners
  • DELIVERY METHOD: CM

This 8,000 square foot structure is a prefabricated (post and beam) super insulated package by Bensonwood Homes. The exterior walls are R-40 and roofs are R-60. The project has a 45kw photovoltaic system. The windows are a high end German triple-glazed unit. High-tech daylighting sensors maximize the amount of natural light coming into the center, helping to reduce electricity use by 60%.

Water conservation is a major component of the center’s green features. Low-flow faucets and fixtures conserve water, while rainwater is collected underground in a 1,700 gallon cistern and then used for toilets. The floors and ceilings are made of maple and pine harvested from sustainable forests in Maine certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

This Net Zero project received LEED Platinum certification and the AIA Vermont Citation for Excellence in Architecture. Maclay Architects received the Zero Net Energy Award at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Conference.

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Photo credit Robert Benson

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Grafton County Department of Corrections
November 29, 2016

Grafton County Department of Corrections

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Grafton County Department of Corrections

N. Haverhill, New Hampshire

Project Type: General
  • OWNER: Grafton County
  • ARCHITECT: SMRT Architects
  • DELIVERY METHOD: CM

We were pleased to be selected for this very exciting project. This is a new 94,000 SF correctional facility, which replaced an outdated facility (constructed late 1800’s). We were involved with preconstruction services for two and a half years prior to construction. The building was constructed with masonry CMU in lieu of cast cells. Extensive analysis was conducted to determine the best building method. The masonry CMU proved to be a good choice. The access control system is electronic and consists of approximately eight miles of conduit. This highly energy efficient building contains mechanical systems that are powered by geothermal wells that consist of approximately 92 five hundred foot wells. Work included a secure connector with direct vertical access to court rooms from the Department of Corrections.

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Photo Credit:  SMRT Architects

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Green Mountain College: Biomass Plant
November 29, 2016

Green Mountain College: Biomass Plant

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Green Mountain College: Biomass Plant

Poultney, Vermont

Project Type: Education
  • OWNER: Green Mountain College
  • ARCHITECT: Smith, Alvarez, Sienkiewycz, Architects
  • DELIVERY METHOD: CM

The existing central heating plant (#6 fuel oil) was replaced as the primary heating system for the campus by a biomass plant. The project included $1.3 million in Chiptec biomass 400hp boiler equipment and a 150kw steam turbine.

The site work was challenging as the footings were below the water table and included removal of oil contaminated soils in a tight location requiring shoring. Also included was upgrading some of the equipment in the existing boiler room system.

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Vermont Technical College: New Campus Center
November 29, 2016

Vermont Technical College: New Campus Center

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Vermont Technical College: New Campus Center

Randolph, Vermont

Project Type: Education and Green Building
  • OWNER: Vermont State College
  • ARCHITECT: Banwell Architects
  • DELIVERY METHOD: CM

This project primarily involved an addition to provide space for food service, lounge and physical fitness, around 14,000 SF.

It was awarded LEED Gold certification.

Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design selected this project for “First Place” under its renovation and retrofit category.

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Photo credit Gary Hall

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North County Hospital: Primary Care Building
November 29, 2016

North County Hospital: Primary Care Building

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North Country Hospital: Primary Care Building

Newport, Vermont

Project Type: Health Care
  • OWNER: North Country Hospital
  • ARCHITECT: Lavallee Brensinger Architects
  • DELIVERY METHOD: CM

This new primary care building (33,000 sf) is the first in Vermont to be built around the concept of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This new free-standing facility was built on property adjacent to North Country Hospital. This project involved five acres of development with a structural steel frame, one story, plus a partially occupied lower level office building involving 9,442 SF of lower level and 21,740 SF of upper level space.

The lower level includes management offices, conference room, work stations, mechanical room, electrical space and storage area. The upper level features 35 exam rooms, 4 procedure rooms, 4 nurse work stations, multiple offices and administrative area.

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Photo credit Jim Hession

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