College of Arts and Sciences administration building after renovations

438 College Street - Completed Project

Schedule: Completed July 2006
Project Manager: Robert Howard
Project Architect: Black River Design Architects


LEED Gold Seal438 College Street, built in 1908, is a significant historic structure within the Burlington and UVM communities. A 3019 sq ft addition was added to accommodate ADA accessibility bringing the total gsf to 12,148. The work included the addition of an elevator, mechanical and electrical work including installation of new standing column radiators, new air conditioning, new telephone and data systems, and installation of a new fire alarm system. The exterior of the building has been restored to its original design with the replacement of the porte-cochere, all porch roof balustrades, and trim. The building is home to the Dean's offices in the College of Arts and Sciences 

438 College Street has received a GOLD Level of Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED facts and energy saving features include:

  • New historically compatible, indigenous plantings designed for low maintenance and care in the northern climate were installed.
  • Careful attention was paid to the siting of the addition to minimize the visual impact, preserving the appearance of the restored building.
  • Residents have easy access to public transportation and the UVM bus system which provides 100% bio-diesel busses for transportation.
  • Existing window size and configurations provide natural daylighting and views. This feel was continued in the addition by using aluminum clad wood windows for energy efficiency. Many of the existing windows were retrofitted with insulating glass while maintaining the historic wood sash.
  • Window weights were removed, weight pockets were insulated and concealed sash balanced installed to maintain their operability providing energy efficiency and were fitted with energy efficient double-pane, low E, argon filled glazing.
  • Sun shading devices were provided on all south and west facing windows and vast majority of east and north facing windows to help control heat gain and glare and fully operable windows eliminated the need for wide spread mechanical ventilation.
  • 90% of structural and shell elements and over 60% of interior elements were reused.
  • 380 tons of material that would typically end up in landfills were diverted and turned into clean fill, and fuel for electrical generation and general reuse resulting in 82% of materials being recycled.
  • Combined energy efficiency strategies and technologies incorporated into the building led to a 45.5% reduction in the energy cost of a code compliant building of the same size and type.
  • To minimize environmental impact associated with transportation of material, special efforts were made to incorporate materials manufactured or harvested locally.