Champlain College Opens New Construction Juniper Hall

Next Friday over 1,300 undergraduate students will begin moving onto Champlain College's campus in the hill section of Burlington. Of these residential students, about 150 will be moving into two new-to-Champlain residence halls, Juniper Hall and 371 Main Street, and the completely renovated Bader Hall.

In one week Champlain's new construction, Juniper Hall, will house its inaugural group of second-year students. The building features 95-beds, a shared full-kitchen, natural stone fireplace, wood floors, bike storage, a ski-tuning workshop, and beautiful views of Lake Champlain and its namesake, Juniper Island.

Construction on Juniper Hall began in May of 2011. Juniper is the first of three new residence halls being built in the southwest quadrant of campus to create a more enclosed community for future students. In the middle of this new group of residence halls, which includes new building Lakeview Hall and the restored Adirondack House, both completed in 2008, there will be an outdoor amphitheater. "Adding more outdoor space on campus will give students a spot to hang out, study, and be active," said John Caulo, Vice President of Campus Planning at Champlain College.

Juniper Hall was designed to be flexible, efficient, and to compliment its neighboring residences on the historic South Willard Street. Within the hall, the student rooms are designed for single, double or triple occupancy, but they are also in a suite configuration. There is study space on every floor and some social spaces on each floor, Caulo noted. He reported that the ground floor offers a larger gathering space; on occasion there will be opportunities for the entire dorm, made up of 95 students or so, to have a meeting or event in the space.

"Architecturally we wanted it to fit in with the established architectural pattern of the neighborhood, but also express some contemporary finishes, and I think the building is very successful in that way," explained Caulo. The east elevation of the building is brick to mimic its brick Victorian Mansion neighbors, Whiting and McDonald Halls. On the west elevation off the street, the building is clad in sheet metal. "The building's design represents a metaphor: past shown by the street view, present within the building, and future on the west elevation. It guides the students through their college journey," he continued.

Not only will Juniper Hall produce a better residential community on main campus, but it also supports Champlain's green initiative. The residence hall will be the third Champlain building to receive a LEED Green Building award from the United States Green Building Council. Juniper will join the 2008 restoration of Aiken Hall in receiving Gold LEED. The Roger H. Perry Hall Welcome & Admissions Building was awarded Platinum LEED in 2010. Both buildings use geothermal heating and cooling to efficiently maintain a consistent temperature for comfortable living. "Moving forward Juniper Hall will be an efficient building and very cost effective to operate," stated Caulo.

This summer, construction has also been in the works to renovate Bader Hall on the corner of Maple and South Willard Streets, and 371 Main Street, just acquired from University of Vermont. Both are being renovated to be more energy efficient. Bader is one of Champlain's first residence halls, acquired in 1961.

Like many buildings at Champlain College, Bader Hall was a private residence in the 19th century. The College purchased it in 1961 and converted it to institutional occupancy. Most recently it has been used as an underclassmen dorm. When this summer's major renovation is completed, Bader Hall will be an energy efficient undergraduate dormitory for 22 students. This project, that Champlain is contracting itself, is looking to preserve the integrity of the building, including reusing historic millwork, doors, and paneling. At the same time they are updating the building with heating and central air conditioning systems. Prior to renovation, the building had no insulation.

Champlain's newly acquired 371 Main Street residence hall is the former UVM fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, which was closed last year after a membership scandal. Champlain has a five-year lease on the building and it will house about 30 students. Caulo noted that the windows were replaced to help with energy efficiency, and a lot of cosmetic work was done on both the interior and exterior of the building.

To speed the process along, Champlain students received their housing assignments the second week of August. Many first-year students welcomed the news that they were placed in their first-choice residence hall. "Having the opportunity to make such a unique house like Bader our own is so exciting," said incoming first-year Tori Muzyk. "I know the other incoming residents, along with myself, are incredibly grateful to be given a newly renovated residence hall to call home."

Between new construction, Juniper Hall, and renovations to Bader Hall and 371 Main, Champlain has a net gain of about 125 beds on-campus going into the fall of 2012. The campus previously was able to house 1,244 students out of its 2,000 undergraduate students, including 390 at Quarry Hill and Spinner Place apartments in Winooski. The vision is for more Champlain students to be able to live on main campus for convenience and to build a more close-knit community.

Construction is expected to begin on Juniper Hall's two sister-buildings, Butler and Valcour Halls, in late winter/early spring of 2013 upon Trustee approval in January of 2013. In addition, conceptual design planning is in the works on two on-campus apartment buildings at the Eagles Club site on the corner of Maple and Saint Paul Streets and the Ethan Allen Club on College Street. Within the next couple of years, Champlain's leases on Quarry Hill Apartments and Spinner Place in Winooski will end, bringing students back to these on-campus housing options.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit