Listed on the National Register for Historic Places, the UVM Billings Library project was one of the most challenging, rewarding, and beautiful projects ReArch has been awarded. Interior renovations included modification to offices, study areas, and academic spaces. This project also included converting the original library basement and 1984 addition into the Special Collections Department of the University Library. ReArch Company also oversaw the restoration of interior finishes and upgrades to the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, and fire alarm systems.
Billings Library underwent an extensive exterior masonry restoration, including the removal and re-installation of the main spire and main fireplace chimney. Twenty-five percent of the slate roof was replaced due to years of damage, and the original gutter system on the building was revamped with and made operational with new sub-framing and soldered flat seamed copper. The remaining scope of work on the exterior included retrofitting 144 windows, installing new storefronts, and modifying skylights in the existing dining room.
During this project, the building was continually occupied by staff and students, which involved careful coordination. The library is now more energy-efficient and functional to meet current demands.
Burlington, Vermont Owner:University of Vermont Architect/Engineer:
Schwartz Silver Architects Inc.
ReArch differentiated themselves by the phasing plans they brought to the table before meeting us. The phasing plan made it clear they had done their homework and there was a lot of thought, and the plan made a lot of intuitive sense to us as educators.
During construction it feels like ReArch is very much at the service of the owner. They are super responsive with outstanding communication throughout the project.