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Charles Hosmer Morse Center for the Arts

St. Johnsbury Academy, VT

Best Architectural Solution for Energy Efficiency | Efficiency Vermont/Better Buildings by Design
Honorable Mention, Public Space Award | American Society of Landscape Architects
Design and Accessibility Award | Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
Design Award of Excellence | National Concrete Masonry Association
The new building brings all aspects of the Academy’s Arts Program together: painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, dance, band, choral music, and theater.  A central daylit circulation spine with window openings into the studios acts as an “interior street,” which serves to expose all programs to one another to share the excitement of the arts, provide passive supervision of all areas, and create a lobby for the theater, and student gallery space.
As part of this project, a parking lot in front of the site was relocated and replaced with a new “campus green” which connects the major buildings on campus.  The intentional juxtaposition of the Arts Center and the neighboring athletic complex promotes the mixing of the two student groups.  The large overhang of the new Arts Center and the new sitting walls outside the gym create a gathering space for both groups.

Project Team
Landscape Designer: ORW (Now Greenman Pedersen)
Civil Engineer: Ruggles Engineering
Structural Engineer: JIH Structural Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: Kohler & Lewis
Electrical and Fire Protection Engineer: William Bissell, P.E.
Construction Manager: Dale Wells
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