Aug 1, 2013

Champlain Investment Partners Awarded LEED-CI Silver

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design is pleased to announce that the interior office space for Champlain Investment Partners has been awarded LEED Silver Certification for Commercial Interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The design of this Class A office space was inspired by the surrounding landscape of the Lake Champlain basin and is a celebration of Vermont culture and community. The use of natural and local materials supports the LEED rating system and establishes a true Vermont character for this independent employee owned firm.

The new 13,000 sq. ft. tenant fitup is located within the recently completed Waterfront Plaza building in downtown Burlington, recently awarded LEED Certification for Core & Shell Development. The LEED Core & Shell rating system is designed to be used by developers to certify the core and shell of a project and prepare the building for environmentally conscious tenants. The LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system recognizes high performance green tenant spaces that are healthy, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The tenant project earned high marks for its downtown site location; energy efficiency measures; and superior indoor air quality. The project also received credit for utilizing sustainable materials and resources. The building materials and furnishings used in the project contain a total of 24% recycled content, and interior wood products were sourced from well-managed FSC-certified forests.

The reception area features hardwood flooring salvaged from the Vermont forest and Champlain Marble quarried from the region. A billowing ceiling of cloth panels provides a contrasting softness to the space and alludes to the gentle sailboats on Lake Champlain. The design of the workspace promotes teamwork and collaboration with shared meeting and lounge spaces in prime locations and a quiet library for focused work or small group meetings.

The project was led by TruexCullins Principal David Epstein, AIA, LEED AP, and Associate Matthew Bushey, AIA, LEED AP. The developer/contractor was Investors Corporation of Vermont. Additional design team members include: Hallam-ICS, building commissioning; Mountain Air Systems, mechanical engineering; and Pearson Associates, electrical engineering.