The facilities at Middlebury—academic, residential, artistic, and athletic—are among the very best in the country. Over the past two decades, the College has engaged in an ambitious building program and continues to maintain its facilities to a high standard. The Center for the Arts is a 100,000-square-foot building that opened in 1992 and provides offices and performance spaces for the music, dance, and theatre programs, in addition to housing the Museum of Art. McCardell Bicentennial Hall, a 220,000-square-foot building completed in 1999, houses seven departments in the natural and social sciences and has won several awards for both energy and environmental efficiency and technological sophistication. The Davis Family Library, a library and technology center, was completed in the summer of 2004. The 135,000-square-foot building brings together the College's print, media, music, and electronic information resources. And in 2009, the College opened the Axinn Center for Literary & Cultural Studies.
On the Mountain
In addition to the main campus located in close proximity to the village of Middlebury, the College maintains extensive athletic and recreational space, including a golf course, at the periphery of the campus. The College also includes the Bread Loaf Mountain campus, located in the middle of 30,000 acres of forested land in Ripton, Vermont, 12 miles east of Middlebury. The Bread Loaf campus contains residential and academic buildings that accommodate about 350 participants in the Bread Loaf School of English and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. During the winter, the Bread Loaf campus serves as a ski touring center. The Middlebury College Snow Bowl, located adjacent to Bread Loaf in Hancock, Vermont, 14 miles from the main campus, provides facilities for recreational and intercollegiate skiing that are popular with members of the local community as well as the student body.