Middlebury College-Axinn Center at Starr Library




Smart Classrooms


Educational Facilities Design Award, Boston Society of Architects, 2011

Award for Sustainable Design, Boston Society of Architects, 2009

Excellence in Architecture Award, Society for College and University Planners, 2009

CBT’s design for Middlebury’s Axinn Center at Starr Library reinvents a beloved campus landmark, creates classrooms and faculty offices, brings disparate departments together for increased interdisciplinary collaboration, and redefines the center of an expanding campus.

The project is the renovation and adaptive reuse of a historic library built in 1900, deconstruction of two additions from the 60s and 70s, and the construction of two new wings off a new central spine known as the winter garden. Together, this new facility now offers a centralized home for the Middlebury’s Center for Literary and Cultural Studies which is comprised of academic departments previously scattered around the campus including: History, English and American Literatures, and programs in American Studies, Creative Writing, and Film and Media Culture. The program for the entire 81,000-square-foot facility includes eight technologically “smart” classrooms, 52 state-of-the-art academic offices, a 65-seat screening room, film production and editing studios, a winter garden, and a landscaped, south-facing courtyard. Given the College’s commitment to sustainability, CBT took a holistic approach, focusing on comprehensive, energy-conscious solutions to the renovation and expansion.

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