William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Bennington Downtown State Office Building - Bennington, Vermont

 Exterior, Renovation - Bennington Downtown State Office Building, Bennington VT - Maclay Architects

In 2001, Vermont Governor Howard Dean decided to promote the design and management of more energy independent and efficient State buildings, as well as the reuse of buildings in downtowns. 

The building was to be renovated, formerly the home of an auto dealership and garage, was built in 1921 and constructed from brick, concrete, steel, and wood.  In the nearly 80 years that followed, the building was neglected and the use changed.  In 1998 it was purchased by the State.  At the time of purchase, the rear of the building had no roof and was unusable.  Subsequently, a building program was developed to renovate the entire structure to house two major tenants.  This program included plans for the tenants to share common spaces including, but not limited to meeting areas, showers, toilets, trash, and recycling spaces.

Entrance, Renovation - Bennington Downtown State Office Building, Bennington VT - Maclay Architects  Exterior, Renovation - Bennington Downtown State Office Building, Bennington VT - Maclay Architects

 The building uses renewable, on-site geothermal fed well water for heat pumps to power the mechanical systems.  A high-performing building envelope was built for high levels of energy conservation.  Numerous skylights were installed for day lighting with occupancy sensors and light-guided day lighting blinds.  Indoor air-quality and long term maintenance issues were addressed by installing tile flooring with recessed walk off mats at the main entry.  Careful restoration of masonry exterior and installation of high-performance windows respected the historic character of building, while providing high levels for energy conservation.

 Building Section, Skylights, Day Lighting, Renovation - Bennington Downtown State Office Building, Bennington VT - Maclay Architects

Building Section, Skylights, Day Lighting, Renovation - Bennington Downtown State Office Building, Bennington VT - Maclay Architects