When the historic Green Mountain Club hiker center barn burned in January of 2003, the club saw an opportunity to both re-build the barn as an improved meeting space and provide the long overdue upgrades to the staff spaces, retail space and an interactive hiker center that could be used as an educational space to further the club’s mission.
The Headquarters planning committee, led by chair Jeff Schoellkopf of The Design Group, set forth to develop a design program, goals and design team for the building. Milford Cushman and Chad Forcier (of the Cushman Design Group, Inc.) were among the active participants on this volunteer committee during this effort. Pete Antos-Ketcham served as the club staff representative on this committee. His commitment to a healthy building and resource conservation was a constant source of guidance and support throughout the design process.
The outcome of this process was a building that was both environmentally conscious and completely unique. Among the incorporated features are:
During the three years of the design and construction phases of this project, The Cushman Design Group Inc. collaborated with Architect of Record, Jeff Schoellkopf to coordinate the efforts of the team of professionals who contributed on the project: L.N. Consulting Engineers (Mechanical and Electrical engineering), Engineering Ventures (Structural Engineering), Little River Survey (Civil Engineering), Energy Balance and Efficiency VT (Energy and Systems consulting), Donna Leban (Lighting consultant), Tamara Marteney (Architect), Ryan Beaulieu (Meadowbrook Design), Construction Manager J.A. Morrissey, Doug White (Project Manager) and Steve Elder (Project Superintendent).