SAS Architects

Aiken Hall

LOCATION: Burlington, Vermont
CLIENT: Champlain College
BUDGET: $Budget
STATUS: Completed 2009

Aiken Hall is a historic building that now accomodates offices and meeting spaces for Champlain College. Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz, Architects implemented interior renovations that restored much of the original details while imporving the efficiency of the building envelope. Exterior work included the re-building of the west porch, installation of a handicap accessible ramp, and new slate roofing.

The renovation of Aiken Hall created a more energy efficient building by improving its thermal envelope and mechanical/electrical systems. The thermal envelope includes up to 7 inches of spray foam insulation, as well as double glazed low-e argon filled windows. Energy efficient lighting and controls were selected for all spaces, and the building is expected to achieve a 38.9% energy savings and a 35% water savings by the use of low flow fixtures.

During the design process, the team deliberately set out to reuse as much of the existing building as possible. All efforts were made to purchase regional recycled materials, resulting in 49% regional materials and 15% recycled materials purchased. Construction waste materials were closely monitored and a total of 51% of waste was diverted from the landfill. The project encouraged environmentally responsible forest managment by using 84% FSC certified wood products. The project team developed and implemented an Indoor Air Quality Managment Plan as well to insure good air quality during and after construction.

The building was awarded LEED Gold as a result of these renovations, and it was Champlain College's first LEED certified building.

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