Hermitage Club’s Green Building Initiative Sparkles In Their New Base Lodge and In The Wilmington and Dover VT Economy

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The giant four story timber frame and glass base lodge / club house is the crowning jewel of the 1,400 acre four-season Green resort in Southern Vermont’s Deerfield Valley.

Hermitage Club Base Lodge

Hermitage Club’s Green Building Initiative Sparkles In Their New Base Lodge and In The Wilmington and Dover VT Economy.

The Hermitage Club announced the completion and the grand opening of their luxurious new base lodge and club house. This green building project resulted in the largest post and beam structure east of the Mississippi spanning 80,000 sq ft, and soaring four stories high on top of three basement levels. With the vaulted post and beam construction and walls of structural insulated panels and large thermal pain glass windows, the building was designed to be a showcase of esthetics and energy efficiency.

The post and beam timber frame of the building was covered by 80,000 sq ft of pre-fabricated Structural Insulated Panels that provide the highest insulation value and air tight integrity making it one of the largest buildings composed of this highly efficient building technology in the United States.

Bob Rubin, the VP of construction at the Hermitage Club said, “When standing in the center of the building next to the large central fireplace soaring up 50’ through the vaulted timber frame ceiling, one experiences sweeping views of the Green Mountains through walls of thermal pane low E glass which represents the largest order ever received from Marvin Windows and Doors. In the evening the massive structure is illumined by over a 1000 low energy LED lights casting a soft radiance throughout the building.” In addition to five high-efficiency Modcon boilers, and the Carrier chiller supplying heat, hot water, and air conditioning, this energy efficient base lodge / club house is serviced by three of the latest regenerative elevators from world leader Otis Elevator that reduce energy usage by 50%.    

The Hermitage Club Green Building Initiative doesn’t stop with the luxurious base lodge / club house. Energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design are the hallmarks of the Hermitage Club development which has become the largest real estate development project in the state of Vermont. Plans are underway to capture the heat created by snow-making equipment re-purposing it to provide heat to buildings. Every aspect of the 1400 acre Hermitage Club development plan, from new real estate construction to the creation of scenic trails and the preservation of wetlands has had to comply with Vermont’s stringent Act 250 law which was designed to ensure Vermont’s pristine environment is not tarnished by development.

Perhaps the largest Green benefit of this project has been the resurrection of the local economy, aside from over 250 new jobs and new real estate tax revenues in Wilmington and Dover, VT - in the past three years, total Hermitage Club spending on development has exceeded $94 million.

About The Hermitage Club
The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is a 1,400-acre enclave in the Deerfield Valley of Southern Vermont. The Club, located in the towns of West Dover and Wilmington, VT, provides members with four seasons of private mountain activities, luxury accommodations and a worry free, safe environment for families of all generations. The exclusive private club community celebrates the outdoors and family fun, with activities ranging from alpine skiing and boarding to cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The Club has also recently added a variety of summer water and mountain adventure activities including hiking, swimming and kayaking in addition to golfing at its 18-hole championship golf course. The Club opened a new 80,000 square foot Clubhouse this past weekend. The facility includes multiple dining options, a full fitness area, spa, children’s center, bowling alley, 45-seat movie theater, GoPro editing suites and a retail store. The new clubhouse, combined with the residential construction taking place at The Club, qualifies as the largest real estate construction project in southern Vermont and has attracted the interest of those interested in Vermont ski resort real estate. The Hermitage Club is the fastest growing company in Vermont and was recently named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States.

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