Institutional Architecture: Historic campus is linked with stone
The Fletcher Allen Health Care Center in Burlington, VT, encompasses a total of 950,000 square feet, and includes new construction as well as older, renovated buildings that date back to the 1800s. The idea behind the venture - dubbed the Renaissance Project - was to build a new Ambulatory Care Center and joint Education and Conference Center with the University of Vermont to bring together patient care, education and research. The long panoramic views of the Green Mountains, Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains provided an opportunity to establish a strong visual relationship with the natural environment, and natural stone serves as a common thread for both new construction and renovations efforts.
Tsoi / Kobus & Associates (TK&A) of Cambridge, MA, served as the lead architect for the Ambulatory Care Center, Medical Education Center and underground garage, in collaboration with local architect Freeman French Freeman, Inc. (FFF) of Burlington, VT, which was responsible for the renovation/restoration of the historic Mary Fletcher Hospital and a new Central Facilities Plant.
Ambulatory Care CenterTK&A designed the state-of-the-art Ambulatory Care Center and Medical Education Center using Canadian Adair limestone in a blue/grey color range for the exterior facades. Arriscraft International of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, supplied the material.
â€œThe choice of materials and details were meant to emphasize both a sense of craft and the natural environment,â€ said Project Architect Greg Luongo, AIA, of TK&A. â€œSelecting the right stone was key to achieving this goal.â€'
Both medium-dressed and split-faced finishes were used. â€œThe split-face finish is used exclusively on the curved entry facade of the ambulatory care center,â€ said the project architect. â€œWith its southern exposure, the split-face finish creates an ever-changing texture through the course of the day, emphasizing the natural beauty of the stone.â€
Mary Fletcher Hospital and Central Facilities PlantFFF was in charge of two major portions of the project, which included the historical restoration of the 24,000-square-foot Mary Fletcher Hospital, which now houses the offices of the Department of Surgery and the Department of Medicine, and the new 48,000-square-foot main Central Facilities Plant.
According to Jesse Beck of FFF, the main goal of the project was to weave the historical aspects together with the contemporary addition.
The base course of the Mary Fletcher Hospital is comprised of Antique Dark red sandstone from Rolling Rock Building Stone of Boyertown, PA, to match the existing dark red local building stone.
In addition, the company supplied Woodbury granite for steps and stone pavers.
â€œIt was a complex job that required a lot of fancy shapes and special elements,â€ said Gene Pawlikowski with Trowel Trades. â€œIt is a beautiful restoration with intricate multi-faceted details.â€
Macomber/Barton Malow of Burlington, VT, served as the general contractor for the central plant portion of the project, and according to Keith Spencer, the stone for this section of the project took five workers about 20 days to install, and the project was pretty straightforward with no major complications involved.
Beck agreed that there were no significant challenges associated with this portion of the project. â€œEverything on my end went very well,â€ he said. â€œThe stone was supplied as we had specified it, and shop drawings came through in pretty good shape. Overall, the craftsmanship turned out very nicely.â€
Overall construction on the Renaissance Project began in June 2001, and it was completed in October 2005. â€œThe entire city of Burlington thinks it's fantastic,â€ said Beck. â€œAll of Chittenden County uses the hospital, and it's the largest county in Vermont. People are extremely surprised at how magnificently the project turned out.â€
Fletcher Allen Health CareLead Architect: Tsoi / Kobus & Associates, Cambridge, MA
Local Architect: Freeman French Freeman, Inc., Burlington, VT
General Contractors: Stewart Construction, Essex Junction, VT (Mary Fletcher Hospital); Macomber Barton Malow, Detroit, MI (Ambulatory Care Center, Medical Education Center, Central Facilities Plant)
Stone Installers: D'Agostino Associates, Inc., Newton, MA (Adair limestone); Liszt Historical Restoration, Inc., Hinesburg, VT (Rainbow Blend sandstone, Champlain Marble, Woodbury Granite)
Stone Suppliers: Arriscraft International, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (Adair limestone); Rolling Rock Building Stone, Boyertown, PA (Antique Dark sandstone); Trowel Trade Supply Inc., Colchester, VT (Rainbow Blend sandstone, Champlain marble, Woodbury granite)