Nestled amidst the picturesque trails of Mount Tom in Woodstock, Vermont, the Forest Center stands as a captivating gateway to nature. This transformative project encompassed the meticulous renovation of a historic barn, complemented by the construction of the adjacent Education Center.
In a remarkable display of dedication, the owner orchestrated the sourcing and processing of dimensional and finished lumber directly on-site. The lumber was carefully cut and rough-sawn, then sent for kiln-drying before returning to be milled on-site. Furthermore, our commitment to sustainability was evident through the installation of solar panels and biomass boilers, enhancing the building’s energy efficiency and environmental performance.
The outstanding efforts invested in this project have been recognized with a prestigious LEED Platinum certification, a testament to its exceptional sustainability features. The Forest Center was also bestowed with an Honorable Mention, securing second place in a national competition conducted by the Forest Stewardship Council US in Minneapolis, MN. Additionally, it garnered acclaim with an Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design Merit Award in the category of New Construction.
We are humbled and delighted by the feedback we received from Rolf Diamant, Superintendent of the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service. He expressed deep satisfaction with the outcome of our work, stating, “I just wanted to say how pleased the national park is with the results of the recent work in the Forest Center. Thank you for your patient focus and steadfast commitment to the success of this project and the beautifully built building we are so proud of.”
We are immensely proud to have played a role in creating a space that not only showcases exquisite craftsmanship but also fosters a deep connection to the natural world. The Forest Center stands as a beacon of sustainability and a testament to the collaborative efforts of all those involved.
Photo credit Sally McCay