Addition: 9,600 SF; Renovation: 9,000 SF
As part of CBT’s lower academic arc master plan, the addition of a biomass heat generation component provides Middlebury with state-of-the-art energy production capabilities. The project integrates all of the disparate components of the college’s service building into a cohesive building complex.
With the first phase of the master plan nearing completion, the service building—which was once at the far edge of the campus—is now located at a major confluence of service, pedestrian, and vehicular circulation. CBT’s challenge was to design a significant addition to this existing building while integrating the other components of the precinct’s plans. In addition, the building structure, its program, and its systems were required to reflect and support the college’s mission to create a renewable energy source while promoting sustainable initiatives. In addition to housing the new biomass steam-generation equipment, the new facility enhances the efficiency of the service complex by utilizing a number of sustainable design strategies. Such strategies include an efficient footprint, low energy-use systems to operate the plant, technologies to conserve or recycle generated energy, local and/or recycled construction materials, the increased use of natural day lighting, and the use of local fabricators whenever possible.
The large glazed façade of the addition exhibits the painted structural steel armature, within which a system of materials are engaged to achieve varying levels of transparency. The composition adds a new visual interest to this area of the campus and achieves critical goals that redefine the service complex as an integrated part of Middlebury’s campus.