Green Craftsmanship: New Building Installations Center Around Champlain College's Natural History and Sustainable Practices

March 18, 2015

 

When Champlain College began building Juniper Hall they had to remove a number of large old trees.  Being a local leader in sustainable practices, a participant of the Billion Dollar Challenge, and a partner of 1% for the Planet, Champlain did not want these trees to be burned or chipped.  They wanted a way to create something from them.  What better way to do that than to make use of them for the dorm?

 

They decided to have the trees locally milled and kiln-dried.  The lumber was then sent to Beeken Parsons, a fine furniture maker located in Shelburne Farms.  

 

Beeken Parsons is SmartWood Certified, a program of the Forestry Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance. This ensures that the wood products being used are coming from sources that have high environmental standards.

 

Beeken Parsons designed beautiful handmade benches from the milled oak and pine.  Working with the natural qualities of the wood, they designed elegant, comfortable benches.  They even designed a unique fastening system to make the benches more easily repairable.  These benches are now used for seating in the residence hall.

 

Juniper Hall was completed in 2012 and is a candidate for a LEED Gold certification.  Enough wood was retrieved to make three benches and also be used as wall paneling in the ski tuning room on the ground floor of Juniper.

Peterson Consulting, Inc. served as Owner's Representative / Clerk of the Works for construction of the 30,000 square-foot, $8m new dormitory for Champlain College from 2011-2012. The project was completed on time and under-budget. For more photos or information on the Juniper Hall project, visit our Education Projects page or Contact Us.

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