Burlington, VT – Champlain College celebrated it’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, Wednesday, October 21 at Aiken Hall at Champlain College. This is the College’s and DEW’s first Gold Rating for new construction. Aiken Hall is the 5th Project in Vermont to achieve a LEED Gold rating.
A few features that contributed to Aiken’s LEED certification include:
- Energy Efficient lighting, heating and elevator installation,
- Improved building envelope through insulation upgrades,
- Salvaged hard-wood floors and re-use of many original building materials,
- Slat roof shingles and the selection of other regional building materials,
- Construction waste diverted from landfill and often donated to Re-Cycle North,
- Access to alternative transportation options such as CCTA buses and CareShare Vermont.
DEW’s 2nd “certified” project, Aiken, was built in 1885 and 100 percent renovated in 2008 to serve as the home of Champlain College’s CORE education department, with faculty offices, meeting rooms and special event facilities. Designed in the Queen-Anne Style, the three-story wood framed and masonry building was originally a residence, and converted to a dormitory in the 1980s. Aiken Hall is a historic building, listed on the Vermont Historic Sites Register and is a significant symbol of the historic “Hill Section” neighborhood developed from the 1870’s to the early 1900’s in Burlington.
DEW currently has 9 LEED registered projects pending certification.