Behind the Scenes Look at Summer Construction on Champlain College's Campus

During the summer Champlain College lacks its 2,000 undergraduate students, but this summer it is noisier than usual due to campus-wide construction.

John Caulo, Vice President of Campus Planning at Champlain College gave student reporter Kayla Hedman '14 an inside look at the new residence hall, Juniper Hall, and Champlain's existing Bader Hall, which is going through major renovation. "Res Tri A, which is going to be known as Juniper Hall, is the first of three new dormitories slated for construction. The key aspect of the design of the building is its flexibility," Caulo stated.

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," continued Caulo. 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.

Caulo shared many highlights, from wood floors to the natural stone fireplace and future views of a campus amphitheater. "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." Juniper Hall is scheduled to be complete by the end of July and ready for students to move into in the fall of 2012.

Not only will this new 95-bed residence hall bring students back to residential life on main campus, but it also supports Champlain's green initiative. "Champlain College has made a commitment to be very energy efficient; I think it's the smart thing to do," said Caulo. The Res Tri project, as well as the Roger H. Perry Hall Admission and Welcome Center have been developed to a very high energy standard and both use geothermal heating. "Moving forward Juniper Hall will be an efficient building and very cost effective to operate."

In April, Princeton Review recognized Champlain College as one of 322 Green Colleges for its commitments to sustainability throughout campus. The Green Colleges Guide is in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, who developed the LEED green building rating system. The College recently celebrated receiving LEED Platinum, its highest designation, for its Roger H. Perry Hall Admission and Welcome Center. Champlain also earned LEED Gold for Aiken Hall and expects to earn LEED Gold for its new 95-bed residence hall opening this fall.

This summer, construction is also 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 a lot of the buildings at Champlain College, Bader Hall was a private residence back in the 19th century. The College purchased it in 1961 and converted it to institutional occupancy. Most recently it's 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.

Campus planners foresee an increase in upperclassmen students living on campus affecting the traffic in Champlain's student life center and academic buildings. The College needs to expand to accommodate these students, including an alternative to the dining hall in the IDX Student Life Center and more classrooms for the students in the Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM)

New construction, Juniper Hall, and renovations to Bader Hall and 371 Main will be complete by the fall of 2012 for students to move into. The Hauke (CCM) expansion will begin soon after.

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