TruexCullins Receives Best of the
Best Award for Heritage Aviation
March 09, 2010 | Burlington, Vermont
TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design received a Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction New Construction Merit Award at the 2010 Better Buildings by Design Conference, sponsored by Efficiency Vermont for its Heritage Aviation project in South Burlington, Vermont. The total renovation of this vacant 60,000 SF 1955-era Army National Guard hangar, located at the south end of the Burlington International Airport, stripped the existing building of all exterior walls and windows to expose the underlying steel and concrete structure. A 25-foot wide addition at the runway-side of the building increased the size of the existing hangar space and includes a two-story passenger lobby with views to the airport and Vermont landscape through two-story glass windows. The exposed structure was outfitted with a high-performance exterior envelope including insulated metal panels, thermally efficient windows and a new high-insulation-value roof. Multiple large-format skylights and extensive glass at the upper areas of the hangar walls introduce natural sunlight to the interior of the hangar space.
A complete renovation of the building interior included new stairs and elevators, energy efficient heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems, and utilized sustainably and regionally-sourced interior finishes and state-of-the art LED lighting.
The facility will function both as a maintenance hangar for general aviation aircraft that visit Burlington and require scheduled or unscheduled service as well as an FBO (Fixed Base Operation) providing facilities for transient flight crews and allowing access for General Aviation (GA) passengers to and from their flights. Another 11,000 SF building addition at the northeast corner of the hangar provides the Customs and Border Protection Service with an air-side office and the ability to process larger numbers of international passengers.
This project is currently registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is on track to obtain a USGBC LEED Silver Certification. Its energy efficient features include:
On-site renewable energy generation through a 10 panel solar thermal (domestic hot water) system, a 120 panel solar photovoltaic (PV) array, and a 100 kW wind turbine.
Water Conservation and Control Strategies include a 30,000 gallon rainwater harvesting/storage system to supply landscape irrigation, green roof irrigation and plane-washing, parking lot of porous concrete pavement for on-site stormwater treatment, and a “bio-swale” stormwater collection area.
Building Envelope and Energy Conservation strategies included recycling the building structure to avoid waste normally associated with building demolition and reconstruction; thermally improved building envelope with air-sealing and testing; a vegetated (green) roof; high-albedo (white) roof to minimize absorption of unwanted solar gain; daylighting strategies, including vision/daylight glass specification, skylights, and lighting dimming; LED parking lot lighting and interior lighting.
Photo credit: Susan Teare