Construction Begins on Two Residence Halls at Champlain College

BURLINGTON, VT. —Construction has started on two new residence halls at Champlain College that will house 180 students when completed in July 2014. The Res Tri Project consists of three residence halls, green space, landscaping and a promenade in the area bounded by Main Street, South Willard Street, Maple Street and Edmunds School on the 4.66 acre site.

A central promenade from Main Street to Roger H. Perry Hall will provide access to classrooms, dining halls, residence halls and administrative offices. The promenade creates an internal student walkway that will draw students off-of the public sidewalks to an internal campus environment.

Phase I of this project was the construction of the first residence hall — Juniper Hall with 95 beds — which was completed in July 2012 for fall occupancy. Phase II construction began at the end of March. A cornerstone of Champlain College's master plan is to house 90 percent of the college's student body on campus. The Res Tri Project is the next significant component in attaining the goals of the plan, according to John Caulo, associate vice president of Campus Planning & Auxiliary Services.

COnstructionThe primary architect working on this project is CBT Architects, a Boston-based professional design firm providing services in architecture, interior design and urban design. Founded in 1967, the firm's practice ranges from multi-family residential structures and developments, to major office towers and urban district renewals, to a host of academic campus facilities. For more information go

Like Juniper Hall, which was constructed by PC Construction last year, the two new residential halls, Butler and Valcour, will be built with views overlooking Lake Champlain and the three islands after which they are named.

The two buildings will be constructed simultaneously, staggered by only six weeks. With a 15-month construction schedule, PC Construction said the project will be mostly enclosed during the winter season, ready for site finishes next spring and open to students in July 2014.   Like Juniper Hall and Perry Hall across the street, the new buildings will incorporate geothermal heat pumps to handle the heating and cooling of the buildings.

For additional Information: JOHN CAULO, Associate Vice President / (802) 865-5470

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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