William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Moose River - St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Moose River - St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Moose River - St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Gilman Housing Trust, a local non-profit housing developer, owned a deteriorating 70's government funded housing project. Although located on a property with pleasant views, streets and parking on all sides of the buildings severely limited access and enjoyment of the site. In addition, this site was very wet with very poor drainage and poor construction detailing to keep water out of the building. The mix of nearly flat roofs, plywood siding, brick and shingles made a building that was unattractive.

First, we redesigned the site so that the road was only on one side of the building. This allowed each unit to have a traditional front porch along "a street" and a south facing back yard with a view and an area for private individual enjoyment. We fixed some structural problems and added a sloped roof to eliminate water quickly and to enhance the building exterior. In installing new exterior siding we were able to significantly improve the aesthetics of the building as well as improve energy performance and durability. Major regrading of the site and building detailing turned a project that was burdened with moisture problems into a project that demonstrates many practical ways to address moisture. The client decided to add a common building for community gatherings, laundry, and kids usage.

We were proud to have assisted in turning a major liability into a community asset.