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Vermont Gas Systems Interior Renovation

Professional Construction, Inc.

Posted: September 29, 2021 | Projects

Built in the 1980s, the Vermont Gas Systems office and warehouse facility was in dire need of updating. In the style of the era, the facility had typical offices around the perimeter of the floors, with open office space, conference rooms, and storage closets in the interior area of the floors.  

Photo Courtesy of Gary Hall

After careful planning, the decision was made to move to a more modern, open, and collaborative layout.  
The new design called for demolition of all private offices and the creation of an open office floor plan with smaller “focus rooms” for meetings of one to four people, and a couple of larger conference rooms for bigger meetings.  

New furniture and workstations with adjustable-height desks were arranged in pods to promote collaboration. An employee lounge and kitchen was added so all employees could utilize the same space, and promote cross-department communication. 

Paint color, new flooring, and workstations are designed to enlighten every area. With the new open design, all the employees have a wide view of natural light.
Because of the magnitude of this project, it had to be done in phases. There were two major construction phases – demolition and rebuilding. Within those phases were two to four phases of: relocating employees to new area, starting demo and construction, finishing construction, and moving employees back in.

Each phase of construction consisted of demolition of ceilings, interior walls, electrical, lights, data, telephone, HVAC ductwork, flooring, etc.  

After demolition, new walls were framed for focus rooms and conference rooms. Additionally, the project team installed new ceiling grids, new LED lighting, new power lines, new data feeds, new HVAC feeds for the open office area and new conference rooms, new ceiling tile with high noise reduction characteristics, new doors, and all new flooring. All of the new and existing walls were painted with a new color palette to liven up the areas.

Phase one of the project took 12 weeks to complete. Phase two took eight weeks.

The finished product is an amazing transformation of an older office building into a modern office environment that promotes openness and collaborative working. The low wall workstations give everyone a view of the exterior windows and the focus rooms, lounge area, and conference rooms allow spaces for teams to work together without feeling like they are disrupting others.

Flooring: Masland Contract, Nora, American Olean
Lighting: Eaton

General Contractor
Professional Construction, Inc.
45 Swift Street, #6
South Burlington, VT 05403

Freeman French Freeman, Inc.
81 Maple Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Mechanical Engineer
Climate Systems, Inc.
177 Avenue C
Williston, VT 05495

Electrical Engineer
Northwest Vermont Electric
70 Blackberry Drive
Huntington, VT 05462

Date Bid: Jun 2015
Construction Period:  Jul 2015 to Apr 2016         
Total Square Feet: 15,410
Site:  N/A
Number of Buildings: One.  
Building Sizes: First floor, 6,500; second floor, 4,700; each additional floor, 4,210; total, 15,410 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 10’; second floor, 14’, mezzanine, 4’; total, 28’.  
Basic Construction Type: Interior Renovation.
Foundation: N/A 
Exterior Walls: N/A
Roof: N/A 
Floors:  N/A 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the September/October 2021 issue of DCD