Perry Hall incorporates energy-efficient climate control systems, including a geothermal pump from deep water wells near the building. Because this water is cooler than ambient air temperatures in the summer and warmer in the winter, it requires far less energy to use for heating and air conditioning. In addition, the different heights of the two new wings off the main building, combined with the use of large glass windows, permits optimal passive solar exposures.
The ultimate goal was to earn certification from The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, and it did so in 2011 gaining Platinum status—the first building in Burlington and the third in Vermont to do so. LEED recognizes performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Click on the photo above to view the Interpretive Booklet for Perry Hall, designed by Joel Wilke '11
Engelberth Construction of Colchester was the construction manager of the project. The project created employment for many local workers and contractors over 14 months, during a particularly difficult economic time in Vermont.
An added benefit was significant cost savings due to the economy that allowed for the historic carriage barn on the property to be restored and renovated for use as a computer and digital lab and studio for Champlain students.
The modern addition to the west side of the historic building includes: an elevator, stairs, offices, restrooms and a presentation and conference room. The original structure's open staircase, ornate historic details and ground floor rooms have been carefully preserved and will be used for reception and conference spaces.
Perry Hall's former library space now houses a collection of documents, photos and historic artifacts related to the Burlington Hill Section District.