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Middlebury College Virtue Field House – Middlebury, VT

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Building: Middlebury College Virtue Field House
Location: Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Architect: Sasaki
Structural Engineer: LeMessurier
Construction: PC Construction
Area: 120,000 sq.ft
Completed: 2015

AE Interest: achieved LEED Gold certification; [1] a massive steel framing system has provided a 240-foot-wide, column-free interior space at the field house; to prevent the unsettlement due to low bearing capacity soil, a ground improvement system is created, where a pier is formed by pushing down through existing soil to create a cavity, followed by placing crushed stone into the cavity in 12-inch compacted layers; [2] Middlebury was able to experience a significant reduction in energy consumption due in part to the eight 24-foot-wide ceiling fans circulating air thereby eliminating the need for air conditioning, efficient LED lighting, super-insulated walls and ceilings, and an abundance of natural light. [3]

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Written by shijunxu

May 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Posted in Built

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