- LocationMiddlesex, Vermont
- OwnerKingsbury Companies LLC
- EngineerJ. Ina Hladky
Excellence in project management
As a design-build project, the new 4,200 SF office building required rigorous management to provide “just in time” design guidance as the construction progressed. At every step in the design, the construction budget was evaluated for economy and balanced for the overall life cycle operating costs. Energy efficiency, reduced construction waste, durability, and functionality were prioritized over trendy design, fad or luxury material selections. Special care was taken to coordinate trades so that penetrations through the building membranes were minimal and properly sealed to eliminate infiltration. The result is a very environmentally friendly and functional building with low operating costs that blends with the surrounding rural landscape while staying within budgetary constraints.
Innovation in construction techniques
The solar system provides more than enough power for the building at full occupancy with the balance net-metered back to the grid. The water to air heat pump system provides heating and cooling through geothermal exchange with the earth so that no points of combustion are necessary within the building. The building requires no fossil fuels and boasts a net zero carbon footprint. Materials were selected giving priority to locally produced products and, wherever possible, superficial finishes were eliminated in favor of more durable cost-effective finishes, such as polished concrete.
State of the art advancement
The new office meets the goals set by Kingsbury to significantly reduce its carbon footprint while providing comfortable and well-illuminated space. From the LED lighting to the variable frequency drive pumps, all of the materials and systems were chosen to work in concert to increase comfort and reduce energy consumption. Advanced technology combined with sensibly selected materials pioneers a new standard to which all new buildings in Vermont should be constructed.
Contribution to the community
The new office building was met with some trepidation at first by local residents. Some neighbors waived their arms and described all manner of building monstrosities to be built on the site during permit hearings. Many embraced the idea of the Kingsbury Companies moving to Middlesex bringing jobs and opportunities. In the end, the building receives compliments for its limited and pleasing visual impact and receives commendation for its forward progress to energy independence. The building embodies the belief that businesses can do the right thing without being compelled by regulations.
Outstanding safety record
When the new office building comes on-line in December it will be with zero incidents, accidents or injuries.