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Hartford Municipal Offices

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VGBN Vermont’s Greenest Commercial Building Award 2016

Efficiency Vermont Award for “Major Renovation on a Large Building” 2016

Net Zero Ready

Hartford, VT


Originally built in two phases in the late 1800’s as the Town’s school, the Hartford Municipal Office building had been neglected for decades. Many of the original school partitions remained, making the municipal office functions incompatible, non-ADA compliant, and very challenging for public wayfinding throughout the building. In addition, the building mechanical systems and windows were outdated, making the annual operating expenses a significant burden to the Town.


Through a concerted effort to find the highest and best value for the preapproved bond of $4.95M for the total project budget, the solution was to gut renovate the three-story 24,000 square foot building. By creating a simplified open-plan layout centered on a multi-story central lobby, first time visitors could easily navigate the municipal building, while providing a transparent visual connection into each department. The building features quad-glazed fiberglass arch top windows, and a high-performance building envelope, and air source heat pumps.

Being one of the first net zero energy ready municipal buildings in the region, the building uses no fossil fuels and it demonstrates that an 1800s brick building can achieve this noteworthy level of environmental responsibility.

Project Completed with Bread Loaf Corporation