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Here Comes the Sun!

03.14.14 / Kate Shoss

After a few storm delays, and a seemingly endless winter, the third time was the charm for our trip up to Middlebury College to photograph the New Squash Center.

What started out as another dark and snowy day quickly turned to sunshine. Thanks to John Horner, our photographer, we captured some great shots.

A combination of materials were used for the exterior design including high density cement fiber board finished with multiple textures as well as a board formed concrete base to draw connections to the granite and marble material of Middlebury’s historic main campus.  A wood textured phenolic panel adds a warm accent to the façade and ties back to the wood material of the squash courts, helping to symbolize the facility’s overall function.


The new 17,775 SF Squash Center addition provides nine international-size squash courts, fitness area, a coach’s office and a public entry lobby with sprawling views of outdoor athletic fields and the green mountain landscape.


The courts are lit by a central light well and skylight carefully designed with a layer of diffusing horizontal glass which minimizes direct sunlight that might be a distracting to the athletes.  


Tiered seating adjacent to the courts provides much needed space for spectators and visiting teams, enabling Middlebury to host major tournaments. 


The building design incorporates many sustainable design elements including the re-use of the College’s five existing courts, efficient mechanical systems, high performance exterior wall and glazing, and a vegetated roof. The project is LEED Gold registered.

The new facility helped Middlebury close out a fantastic season. The women’s team ended its season with an overall team record of 9-9, ranked 15th nationally and two players were named to the 2014 NESCAC All-Conference Teams. 

The men’s team captured the Summers Cup for the fourth time in seven years and finished the season with a team record of 11-8, ranked 17th-nationally and two players were also named to the 2014 NESCAC All-Conference Teams.

For more project images click here: Middlebury College Project Information



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