Artists' residence added to the online Passive House database.

GUILFORD >> The recently completed Guilford Sound Artists' Residence Hall is the only Institutional Certified Passive House project in Vermont.

Passive House (Passivhaus) refers to a rigorous international standard for energy efficient architectural design, reducing a building's ecological footprint by requiring minimal energy to heat or cool spaces. New York-based architect Ted Sheridan has known owners Dave Snyder and Sara Coffey for years, long before they founded Guilford Sound and Vermont Performance Lab in Guilford, Vermont. Guilford Sound and the Vermont Performance Lab were created in 2006 with a mission to support the development of new performance works and to connect creation and presentation of contemporary performance with residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

As musicians, Sheridan and Snyder have acoustical interests in common. Snyder played professionally and had a successful recording studio in New York; Sheridan worked on musical-architectural projects that combined the forms of buildings and instruments. The structures on the Guilford Sound campus are not only highly energy-efficient; they have been recognized as examples of outstanding design. Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects received a 2014 American Institute of Architects Vermont Award of Excellence for the Guilford Sound Recording Studio and a 2015 AIA Vermont Honor Award for the Artists' Residence.


The five-bedroom residence hall allows artists to reside on the rural campus not far from Brattleboro, facilitating collaboration and community engagement. The structure is tucked into a gently sloping, south-facing hillside with views of the Ashworth Valley and the distant foothills of the Green Mountains. A fully vegetated roof flows seamlessly into the field grasses on the hillside. An exterior stair, open to the sky, slices through the building, encouraging residents to walk up and explore the upper reaches of the surrounding site. The building is also seeking LEED Silver certification. Temperature and humidity are stabilized using the thermal mass of the structure and the hygroscopic buffering of a dense-pack cellulose insulation envelope.

Clad entirely in one-quarter-inch thick steel plate, sandblasted and left to oxidize naturally, the exterior has a variegated appearance with different coloration and texture from plate to plate. Inside, the sleeping rooms are connected by a single hallway illuminated by a clerestory window above and a backlit chalkboard designed to be used as tool for collaboration and a shared space for messages and notes. Large windows in the common areas provide a source of natural lighting, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

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Riker hires finance director

BRATTLEBORO >> Marlboro businessman Brandon Riker announced today that he has hired Frank Lieberman as finance director for his campaign for Lieutenant Governor. The hiring comes three weeks after Riker announced the opening of his first campaign office in Brattleboro, and four weeks after hiring a campaign manager.

"The addition of Frank to the campaign shows that we are continuing to build a strong campaign infrastructure necessary to win both the primary and then the general election in November," Riker stated, adding, "Our organization is growing every day, and momentum is building behind our campaign."

Lieberman previously served as finance director for a congressional candidate in Wisconsin.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work for a candidate like Brandon," Lieberman said, "and I believe wholeheartedly in his platforms to bring well-paying jobs to Vermont and to a create a 21st century infrastructure that will allow all Vermonters access to high-speed internet. He is exactly the type of leader Vermont needs in Montpelier, someone who will work to bring bottom up-policies to Vermonters instead of the usual top-down policies."

For further information, contact Ben Young at 802-451-0172.