Building and Lands

Building and Lands

Middlebury uses demolition practices that reflect our overall commitment to sustainability. Policies are in place to ensure that hazardous and nonhazardous waste are properly managed. Most of the building materials from demolished buildings are either reused in campus construction projects or recycled.

Davis Family Library Deconstruction

In 2001, the College’s old science center was deemed structurally impractical for the building needs of the campus and was slated for removal to make room for the new Davis Family Library.

Middlebury diverted more than 97 percent of the demolition from the landfill through salvage, reuse, and recycling. More than 1,350 tons of materials—concrete, copper, rebar, stainless steel, limestone, and science equipment—had new uses. The College also saved four houses for renovation by moving them to neighborhoods in the Middlebury community.

The state of Vermont recognized Middlebury’s innovative approach to conserving resources by honoring the College with a 2002 Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention for “its ambitious building deconstruction and recycling project.”