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White River Junction, VT, February 22, 2011 – The newly constructed Haven Adult Shelter, located in White River Junction, Vermont, won the 2011 Efficiency Vermont Award for Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction. 

Each year, Efficiency Vermont recognizes innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings.  This year’s top design award in the category of New Construction, Small Buildings (<20,000 sq .ft.) went to UK Architects located in Hanover, New Hampshire, for the Upper Valley Haven’s Adult Shelter. The Award was presented to Christopher Kennedy, Principal of UK Architects, on February 9, 2011, at Efficiency Vermont’s annual conference, Better Buildings by Design. 

The energy efficient design of the Haven’s Adult Shelter, aka the Hixon House, is projected to have annual energy savings of $9,850, compared to a design that meets the current energy code.  Design elements included the use of sustainable materials throughout, energy efficient lighting and water conservation devices, a continuous high performance thermal envelope including triple-glazed windows, and energy efficient heating and ventilation equipment, as well as Energy Star® commercial appliances. The Haven has applied to the US Green Building Council for LEED® certification of the project.  

The Hixon House provides shelter for homeless single men and women, and couples without minor children.  The Shelter opened to guests in June 2010 and has room for up to 20 guests, with two guests in each bedroom. The building includes 10 bedrooms, staff offices, counseling rooms, phone rooms, check-in area, an elevator, computer room, kitchen, common areas for dining and recreation, bathrooms, laundry, and storage.  The new Hixon House shelter provides a safe place for individuals and couples to stay while making positive changes in their life.

The project owner, the Upper Valley Haven, brought their vision to a successful completion through the collaborative efforts of the project team:  Architect – UK Architects of Hanover, NH;  Contractor – Shepard Construction of Quechee, VT;  Thermal Envelope Consultant – Murphy’s Cell Tech of St. Johnsbury, VT; Civil Engineer – Engineering Ventures of Burlington, VT; Mechanical Engineer – Thomas Engineering Associates of Waitsfield, VT;  Electrical Engineer – William Bissell of Montpelier, VT; and Commissioning Agent – John F Penney Consulting of Chester, VT.

James R. Wasser from UK Architects was the project manager for the project.  Jim is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is a LEED® Accredited Professional.  He brings extensive experience and energy to UK Architects and to all projects he works on.

The Upper Valley Haven is a private not-for-profit organization, founded in 1980, that provides temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults, as well as food and clothing to those in need.  All Haven services are provided free of charge.  For over 30 years, the Haven has fostered independence by providing resources through Education programs, Shelter Advocacy, Case Management, Outreach, Aftercare, and more.