NCC is working with the Lamoille Housing Partnership and Evernorth to bring 24 new units of affordable housing to downtown Morrisville, VT.
Situated on a sloped 1/4 acre vacant lot, within walking distance of all downtown amenities, this project requires extensive logistics and safety planning. A high performance envelope, advanced Minotair heat pump building system, no fossil fuels on site, a roof top PV array, and additional off-site renewables, will all work to bring this new 18,500 sf facility to the standards of Net Zero Energy.
Located on a 1/4-acre vacant lot in downtown Morrisville, VT, this affordable housing project faced several significant site and development challenges. The constrained site was bound on three sides by existing structures, while the fourth side faced a busy, sloping cross street. The site sloped significantly from north to south and required an entire story of retaining between the east and west sides. The project’s tight site, schedule constraints, workforce shortages, and sustainability goals, made for a difficult challenge that interestingly all benefited from the same solution.
NCC partnered with a regional panelizer and a local framing crew to execute the four-story wood-framed project. The upfront coordination and logistics work ahead of production ensured the loads of wall panels, roof and floor trusses arrived on site and were erected with speed and accuracy, facilitating the quickest route to an enclosed building and resulting minimization of winter conditions. This panelized approach allowed us to avoid a large swing in lumber market pricing during the peak of that market’s volatility. This cost-effective panelization approach also dovetailed nicely with the project’s high-performance envelope goals, providing a great base for exterior insulation and air-tight envelope construction. Using output from lean manufacturing facilities produced the framing components in a controlled environment and resulted in lower construction waste.
The Neagley & Chase team played an important collaborative role in developing the design of the site and building to meet our goals around energy efficiency, resident-centered design and budget. Their constructability expertise, can-do attitude, and great working relationship with all project team members further cements their value-add on a project and their ability to be a true partner on the project.Samantha Dunne, Developer