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Oakes Hall Renovations

S. Royalton, Vermont

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

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 and other awards, including the Green Building Award for Exceptional Leadership & Design by the 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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