Wiemann Lamphere Architects was hired to develop a cost effective new building for 802 Toyota that could meet the demands of the growing auto dealership and serve as an example of environmental stewardship. The building site in Berlin, Vermont has a decades long history of auto dealerships and maintenance facilities which has resulted in the site being largely polluted. 802 Toyota has cleaned up the polluted environment and all of the contaminants have been removed properly to rejuvenate this site into a clean and healthy location for a building.
The new facility ensures that pollutants such as waste oil will be put to good use by utilizing waste oil burners to provide the building’s heat. On the roof there is a 62.4 kW photovoltaic solar array that will produce the majority of the buildings electricity over the course of the year. With this combination for heat and electricity, the owner has effectively pre-purchased the energy needed to run this 32,500 sf building and will benefit from years of low or no energy bills.
To assist with reducing electric loads, skylights and daylight sensors are included to minimize the use of electric lighting during daytime hours, and much of the lighting is LED, including all site lighting. Recycled and environmentally friendly building materials and finishes, low flow water fixtures, and electric vehicle plug in stations all help to make this building a special place for employees and customers alike.