NRG Systems, Inc.
NRG Systems, Inc., www.nrgsystems.com,
a manufacturer of wind energy measurement systems for the global wind
industry, has moved into their new 46,000 square foot office and manufacturing
facility in Hinesburg, Vermont. Designed by William
Maclay Architects and Planners, the building
features the latest in energy efficient design. Among the features and
green technology incorporated into the new facility are: a high efficiency
wood pellet boiler and radiant concrete flooring; 67 kilowatts of roof-mounted
solar photovoltaic cells for electricity generation; solar hot water;
south-facing windows for winter heat gain; and skylights to take advantage
of natural day lighting.
"NRG is a leader in the
renewable energy industry and we wanted to construct a building that
reflects our mission," says David Blittersdorf, company president
and CEO. "We hope our building will serve as a model for sustainable
businesses in Vermont."
The $8 million building is powered primarily by renewable energy and
uses just a third of the energy that conventional buildings use. Two-thirds
of NRG's building electricity is supplied by a 67-kilowatt solar photovoltaic
installation-the largest of its kind in Vermont. NRG has installing
a 10-kilowatt wind turbine on the hillside behind its building to supplement
the solar PV system. The building uses another renewable resource, wood
pellets made from lumber milling waste, for its heating needs.
NRG's new facility has received a LEED gold level certification.
LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nationally
accepted standard and rating system for high performance, sustainable
(green) buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. NRG's
building is the highest LEED-certified building in Vermont and one of
only three manufacturing facilities in North America to receive this
The prime contracts for construction were with Bread
Loaf Corporation, general contractor, and
Island Excavating Corp.,
worked closely with NRG Systems, providing full construction management
services during pre-construction and construction.
Camp Common Ground
Founded in 1994, Camp Common Ground, www.cgcvt.org,
has created a unique family camp summer experience for adults and children
of all ages grounded in the principles of respect, inclusiveness, and
cooperation. Their focus is bringing families of diverse backgrounds
and cultures together through activities that promote healthy lifestyles,
creativity, and family cohesiveness.
“……we have hired a construction
manager, Henry Erickson, to help us realistically estimate costs and
provide a construction timetable.……. Since he is not affiliated
with a specific builder, he can recommend different construction models
for various pieces of our project….” says Peg Kamen of Camp
Lumber is cut from wood logged on the property and stored on site for
use in new camp buildings. Building a new cabin.
Camp Common Ground is being developed on 700 acres
in Starksboro, Vermont, the site of an old horse and potato farm. The
property now has a farmhouse, three barns, camper’s cabins and
two other residences. Present plans call for the build-out of the property
in Phases. Phase I, a facility for 80 people, utilizing the existing
buildings, 11 new cabins and a new bathhouse was completed this spring
When all Phases are complete Camp Common Ground
will accommodate 160 people with a large swimming pond, an additional
bath house and cabins, a main lodge (dining hall, game room and library)
and renovated program buildings. It will also have new sports fields,
a playground and eventually, a fully winterized facility, with a sleeping
lodge for 50, a new recreation hall, greenhouse, animal barn, and other
William Maclay Architects & Planners,
is working with Camp Common Ground providing full design, planning and
permitting services for the project.
The prime contracts for construction of Phase I
were with Arro Design
of Waitsfield, Vt. general contractor, and Handee
Excavating of Starksboro, VT, site contractor.
is working closely with Camp Common Ground, providing full construction
management services for all aspects of this multi-phase project.
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