Co-op Plaza Redevelopment Brattleboro, VT
Photographer: ESTO Photographics
Brattleboro Reformer – Brattleboro Food Co-op Buliding wins National Creating Community Connection Award
Part of Slow Living Summit- Presented by Gregg Gossens, Alex Wilson, Alex Gyori, and Bob Stevens.
- 2015—AIA Vermont Excellence in Architecture Award
- 2015—AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Creating Community Connection
- 2012—EPA’s National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
Sited at the towns major intersection, the Co-op Plaza caps the end of Brattleboro’s 4 story vibrant downtown presence at its most visible point (previously parking lot).
The Brattleboro Co-op is on the first floor, with administrative offices and a commissary kitchen on the second floor.
The canopies shade the visible outdoor café area and lead shoppers to the main entry just off the main street. A second floor pocket park is open to residents of the 24 apartments on the upper floors, Co-op employees, and the community.
Notable energy efficiency was gained through both conventional, passive, and innovative systems. The marketplace is daylit via skylights and open office spaces have louvers which bounce daylight deep into the space as well as awnings to block direct sun. The high traffic site encourages pedestrians with prominent walkways and landscaping.