Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus building—designed, engineered and built by Bensonwood—is a LEED Platinum Certified building. Bensonwood architect Randall Walter, AIA, LEED AP, designed the environmentally conscious building as a living classroom, blending scientific architecture with artistic abstraction. In addition to serving as a “teacher” for Burr and Burton Academy students, the design goal was to achieve LEED Platinum, Net-Zero Energy status. The building features energy-efficient triple-glazed windows and doors, dense-packed cellulose insulation in the walls and roof, recycled and reused materials, sustainable locally-sourced woods and materials, native slate tile and marble, and low or no VOC finishes. The Burr and Burton Academy Mountain Campus was designed and manufactured at the Bensonwood manufacturing facility and then assembled on-site in days.
The project won Bensonwood a 2015 Woodworks Wood Design Regional Excellence Award, an Honor Award in 2014’s Efficiency Vermont: Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction conference and a 2014 Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. In January 2014, it won an AIA New Hampshire Merit Award. In November 2013, the Burr and Burton Academy Mountain Campus earned a prestigious Engineering News-Record Award of Merit.