Exterior of James Jeffords building

James M. Jeffords Hall - Completed Project

Schedule: Completed Summer 2010
Project Manager: Michael Stevens
Project Architect: Freeman French Freeman, Inc. with Ellenzweig Associates, Inc.


LEED Gold SealThe new James M. Jeffords Hall houses the programs in the Departments of Plant Biology and Plant and Soil Science of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

The design of this facility provides a visual "first impression" of the campus from the Route 2 ( Main Street ) western approach. It also complements nearby buildings and the structural elements of Stafford Hall, Aiken Center, Health Sciences Research Facility, and the Given Medical Building. The new building was designed and located to provide for physical connections including the transportation of plants and material to the greenhouses currently connected to Stafford Hall. The location of the building also recognizes the limitations of the major utility corridor that runs north to south between Main Street and the Health Sciences Research Facility.

James M. Jeffords Hall 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

  • Vermont/Regional products used for 52.4% of total project materials cost
  • 72% of construction value performed by Vermont sub-contractors
  • Over 90% of construction and demolition waste was diverted from the landfill
  • Jeffords is projected to use 28% less energy and 50% less water than a conventionally designed laboratory building
  • In addition to 8 large areas of curtain wall, there are 62 laboratory windows, and 50 large storefront windows on the first floor including some natural ventilation
  • Aluminum framed windows with 80% recycled content and manufactured within 80 miles of UVM
  • High performance building envelope with insulation that uses a no-VOC, no-CFC, no-HCFC blowing agent, and has recycled content
  • Heat recovery to pre-heat 100% outside air to building
  • Cutting edge occupancy system for lighting and ventilation
  • Daylighting controls and reduced lighting energy density
  • Variable frequency controllers and variable volume laboratory systems
  • Power distribution monitoring
  • Run-around energy recovery loops
  • Temperature control for greater than 50% of occupants
  • CO2 Sensing
  • Water conservation
  • Energy consumption and savings monitoring