Design Challenge

The Waitsfield United Church of Christ desired to renovate and expand their church and Village Meeting House facility to meet the long-term needs of the residents of the Mad River Valley. They identified critical building needs, including flood proofing, Life Safety improvements, ADA/accessibility improvements, energy performance improvements, and modernization of community spaces and the community kitchen as the primary goals of the project.


To address flood concerns, all the mechanical and electrical system components of the building were move out of the basement and above the 100-year flood plain. Basement walls were stabilized, flood proofed, and insulated. A renovated lower level plan, along with an addition to the rear of the building improves function and addresses accessibility and life-safety concerns. The newly constructed portions were built to net-zero standards, while insulation and air sealing were improved greatly in the historic building, resulting in substantial reductions in energy use and improved comfort.


The renovated building better meets the client’s diverse needs, and offers an inclusive community space. The efficiency measures performed reduce ongoing costs, while an historic village structure has been preserved for the future.

Project Details


Waitsfield, VT




4,000-4,500 sf