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Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

Project Type: Education and Green Building
  • OWNER: Middlebury College
  • ARCHITECT: Smith, Alvarez, Sienkiewycz, Architects

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 workspace, faculty offices, administrative space, and a lobby/lounge.

Specific green features include an excellent building envelope, widespread use of sustainably harvested wood, a roof-mounted photovoltaic array providing 13% of the building’s electrical energy, and a ground-source air-conditioning system. The size of the building is 8,800 SF of finished space on two floors, for a total of 13,700 SF with a basement and mechanical attics.

This project received LEED Platinum certification and an Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design Award-Winning Designers & Builders.

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Photo credit Sally McCay