The renovation of the old Blodgett Oven manufacturing plant in Burlington, Vermont, was a remarkable undertaking that focused on sustainability and breathed new life into the space. The project encompassed a complete transformation of the facility to accommodate the HULA Lakeside event and office space campus, a technology-driven coworking campus, a business incubator, and a venture capital fund.
The scope of the renovation was expansive, with a strong emphasis on sustainability measures. One notable feature was the installation of a 33,000-square-foot rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system, harnessing the power of solar energy to contribute to the campus’s energy needs. Additionally, the project incorporated three geothermal wells and two new energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems, optimizing energy efficiency and minimizing environmental impact.
To provide comfortable and efficient heating and cooling, 88 heat pumps were strategically installed throughout the facility. These heat pumps offer precise control over the indoor climate, ensuring a comfortable environment for the occupants. Energy-efficient lighting fixtures were employed, further reducing the campus’s energy consumption and promoting sustainability.
A key achievement of the project was the creation of a tight building envelope that achieved an impressive 62% lower air leakage compared to the specified maximum. This enhanced building envelope contributes to improved energy efficiency, reduced heating and cooling costs, and a more comfortable interior environment.
The HULA Lakeside event and office space campus, located on a picturesque fourteen-acre parcel along the shores of Lake Champlain, serves as a hub for Vermont-based start-ups and entrepreneurs. The integration of sustainable features within the renovated Blodgett Oven manufacturing plant aligns with HULA Lakeside’s mission to elevate and support local businesses.
The transformation of the old Blodgett Oven manufacturing plant into a vibrant, technology-driven coworking campus showcases the dedication to sustainability and innovation. This project demonstrates the successful synergy between revitalizing a historic space, implementing cutting-edge sustainable practices, and fostering a supportive environment for Vermont’s entrepreneurial community.