Track 3- Preservation in the Heart of Development at the University of Vermont's Central Campus

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Oct 1st at 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM


Track 3- Looking to the Past 


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Presenter(s): Luce Hillman, P.E., CEFP, LEED AP BD+C The University of Vermont and Michael Feeney, Gale Associates In order to advance our academic programs and achieve our vision of continuous improvement, the University of Vermont (UVM) is currently experiencing a revitalizing development boom with $400 million in new construction and historic preservation projects within an 11-acre area known as Central Campus. Established in 1791, the campus is comprised of 280 buildings, with over half on a historic register. The magnitude of current development and building renovation occurring simultaneously resulted in the need for innovative management practices to ensure UVM's historic assets are maintained and deferred maintenance is prioritized, while the new development flourishes. To make way for new development that coexists with the commanding presence of our historic architecture, determining which buildings should be preserved and which should be demolished is the greatest challenge.

This presentation will explain how a Facilities Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) was developed and is being utilized to evaluate various infrastructure elements and prioritize deferred maintenance. The use of FRAT as a scoring, rating, and mapping management tool will be demonstrated for establishing building project prioritization. After completion of evaluation, funding can be directed toward constructing modern educational facilities, or toward renovations and repurposing existing buildings.

Case studies and interesting history of UVM campus will be presented to outline the historic buildings being saved or repurposed, and how this ties into the Campus Master Plan. Key decision elements include historical significance to the university's heritage and architecture, constructability, economic feasibility, permitting, and logistics of development and its impact on adjacent sites.

With sound facilities management practices and innovative campus logistic and evaluation tools, UVM has been able to successfully revitalize Central Campus by balancing new development with existing historic value.