Feature Projects

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 designation.

The prime contracts for construction were with Bread Loaf Corporation, general contractor, and Island Excavating Corp., site contractor.

Erickson Consulting 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 Common Ground.

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 of ‘05.

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 outbuildings.

William Maclay Architects & Planners
, www.wmap-aia.com, 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.

Erickson Consulting is working closely with Camp Common Ground, providing full construction management services for all aspects of this multi-phase project.


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