Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

Burlington, Vermont


Over time, as medical centers grow out of immediate necessity, they often sprawl into a series of haphazardly connected buildings. With its “Renaissance Project,” Fletcher Allen Health Care sought to resolve this challenge at its main campus in Burlington, Vt., which it operates with the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The client hired Tsoi/Kobus & Associates to design a new master plan and ambulatory care facility that would integrate health care, education, and research—and establish a clear sense of place defined by a single access point.

Even under the best of circumstances, it’s difficult to unify 10 buildings, much less find the space for a new 950,000-square-foot building on an already crowded campus. Key program elements in the Renaissance Project included facilities for diagnostic and inpatient services, the Ambulatory Care Center, a Medical Education Center, a central utilities plant, and a 1,284-car parking structure. The architect chose to locate cars in an underground parking deck, using the structure’s roof as a landscaped, ceremonial approach to a main entry pavilion in the Ambulatory Care Center.

The sweeping, contemporary lines of the new main building create clearly defined edges that establish a sense of order as well as a forward-looking image for the institution. The new Patient Access Center dramatically improves circulation for patients by providing a single point of entry and connecting both inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Deliberately situated at the interface of the Ambulatory Care Center and Patient Access Center, the new Medical Education Center provides a symbolic and physical bridge among patient care, teaching, and research. Along the southwestern elevation of this facility, which houses the medical library, a curving glass wall embraces Converse Hall, an adjacent historic structure that housed the original hospital.


Fletcher Allen Health Care in association with the University of Vermont College Of Medicine

Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
One Brattle Square
P.O. Box 9114
Cambridge, MA 02238-9114
617-475-4000 tel.
617-475-4445 fax

Associate architect(s)
Freeman French Freeman
81 Maple Street
P.O. Box 306
Burlington, VT  05402-0306

Interior designer
Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc

BR+A www.brplusa.com

Weidlinger Associates www.wai.com

Dufresne-Henry www.dufresne-henry.com

Construction manager:
Joint venture between Macomber Company www.gbhmacomber.com and Barton Malow Company www.bartonmalow.com

Cost consultant:
Vermeulens Cost Consultants www.vermeulens.com

Materials handling & distribution:
Lammers + Associates
1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 600
Reston, VA 20191

Financial modeling & programming:
650 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6108

Laboratory consultant:
Garikes Wilson Karlsberger www.karlsberger.com

Landscape design:
SE Group www.segrp.com

Lam Partners www.lampartners.com

Geotechnical consultant:
Haley & Aldrich www.haleyaldrich.com

Telecommunications consultant:
Kirick Engineering Associates
75 Hegeman Ave.
Colchester, VT 05446

Jon Roll & Associates www.rollbarresi.com

Kroll’s Security Services Group www.kroll.com

Exterior envelope consultant:
Gordon H. Smith Corporation
200 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Air & wind consultant
RWDI www.rwdi.com

Medical equipment consultan:t
Source Atlantic www.sourceatlantic.com

Construction specifier
Collective Wisdom
75 Bay State Road
Weston, MA 02493

Elevator consultant:
LeVee & Associates
2807 Baker Lane
Bowie, MD 20718

Shen Milsom & Wilke www.smwinc.com

Walker Parking Consultants www.walkerparking.com

Rolf Jensen & Associates www.rjagroup.com

Food service:
Colburn & Guyette www.colburnguyette.com

Permitting consultant:
David G. White & Associates
Realty Advisors
168 Battery Street
P.O. Box 1007
Burlington, VT 05402-1007

Traffic study consultants:
Resource Systems Group www.rsginc.com

Window washing consultant:
Pro-Bel Enterprises www.pro-bel.ca

Peter Mauss/Esto
222 Valley Place
Mamaroneck, NY  10543
914-698-4060 tel.

Carolyn L. Bates
20 Caroline St
Burlington, VT 05401
802-862-5386 tel.

Architectural Design & Development
193 Main Street
Boxford, MA 01921

Computer modeling
Neoscape www.neoscape.com

Model builders
Architectural Illusions www.architecturalillusions.com
Landfoam Topographics www.architectural-model.com

CAD system, project management, or other software used
Autodesk  www.autodesk.com




Structural system
Structural steel and two-way concrete slab (ACC); post-tension concrete (garage)

Exterior cladding
Adair Limestone installed by
D’Agostino Associates
46 Farwell St
Newton, MA 02460
617-965-3025 tel.

Metal/glass curtainwall:
Kawneer CurtainWall system www.kawneer.com installed by Galaxy® Glass & Stone www.galaxycustom.com; custom stainless steel sheet metal cladding system installed by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheetmetal www.krsm.net

EIFS, ACM, or other:
Dryvet EFIS System installed by ITR Drywall www.itrdrywall.com

Custom stainless steel sheet metal cladding system installed by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheetmetal www.krsm.net

Firestone TPO Roof www.firestonebpe.com installed by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheetmetal www.krsm.net

Viracon www.viracon.com

Architectural Skylight Co. www.archsky.com

Kawneer CurtainWall  www.kawneer.com

Revolving doors:
Boon Edam Tomsed www.boonedam.nl/inc

Installed by Thompson Company

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:
Armstrong www.armstrong.com and USG ACT/Ecophon Acoustic Plank

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
By Beaubouis www.beaubois.ca

Paints and stains:  
ICI www.ici.com installed by SOEP Painting www.soeppainting.com

Plastic laminate:
Formica www.formica.com

Special surfacing:
Duraflex seamless flooring www.dur-a-flex.com

Floor and wall tile:
Ergon represented by Stone Source www.stonesource.com (restroom floors); American Olean www.americanolean.com (restroom walls)

Resilient flooring:
Forbo Installed by Allegheny Flooring www.alleghenycontract.com

Mannington Installed by Allegheny Flooring www.alleghenycontract.com

Raised flooring:
Terrazzo installed by
Alpine Terrazzo Inc.
1000 S. Orlando Ave., B-23
Maitland, FL 32751
407-629-4008 tel.
Ronnie Roman

Otis Elevator Company www.otis.com