March 4, 2012
Once Drab and Outdated, U. of Vermont Building Is Now a Sustainability Showcase
Sally McCay, University of Vermont
Colleges across the country have hundreds, maybe thousands, of buildings as tired as the old George D. Aiken Center, a drab, 40,000-square-foot structure from 1982. Clad in brick, it had worn-out mechanical systems, few windows, and even less insulation.
Buildings like this are now reaching an age where colleges must make critical choices: Should the structures be wiped off campuses and forgotten, their sites given over to glassy, glitzy replacements? Or is it possible to dress up the