Essex Police Facility architects win efficient design award

February 4, 2015 – Colchester, Vermont –

Wiemann Lamphere Architects, of Colchester, has received a “Best of the Best” award for energy efficient commercial construction from Efficiency Vermont. The firm was honored for its innovative, energy saving design of the new Essex Police Facility in Essex Junction.

The award winning design minimizes needs for heating, cooling and electricity. The super-insulated building retains indoor heat – and coolness in summer – while maintaining fresh air through a heat-recovery ventilation system. Heating is provided by a heat pump system that coordinates with a gas boiler, and air conditioning is supplied through a heat-transfer cooling tower. A rooftop solar array reduces electricity needs, and rooftop solar collectors preheat water for the building. Lighting innovations include high-efficiency lights connected to occupancy and daylight sensors, and daylight tubes that increase natural light to designated interior spaces.

The project team included Hardy Structural Engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers Engineering Services of Vermont, civil engineers Lamoreaux and Dickinson, construction manager Bread Loaf Corporation, photovoltaic contractor Peck Solar division of Peck Electric, commissioning engineer GWR Engineering, and Town of Essex Town Manager Patrick Scheidel.

Given annually, the Best of the Best awards recognize high achievement by architects, engineers, builders, and contractors using energy efficiency and sustainability practices to construct or renovate Vermont buildings. A total of 19 awards are given for Vermont commercial and residential new construction projects, commercial major rehabilitation projects, renovations completed by Building Performance contractors, and home improvements completed by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors.

This year’s winners were recognized on Feb. 4 at Efficiency Vermont’s annual Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington. This is the Northeast’s premier design and construction conference, focusing on building efficiency, durability, and value. More than 1,000 leading building design professionals and construction tradespeople attended.