When the Harris Center embarked on its renovation project in 2003, a firm commitment was made to preserve as much of the original structure as possible and to incorporate environmentally friendly materials and practices throughout the building. Recycled, natural or renewable products were used wherever possible. The new construction was timber framed using trees harvested from the Harris Center property along with beams from a recycled factory in Massachusetts. Composting toilets were installed to conserve water and electricity. A wood pellet boiler heats the 10,000 square foot building using pellets made from sawdust. The use of natural light, fluorescent lights and triple glazed windows also contribute to the energy efficiency of the building.
As stated by Dave Birchenough, former trustee and building chair,
Building green is more than just a building process; it is the whole process. Site planning, design, construction and materials must all be considered. Together, the Harris Center, Coldham Architects and Bruss Construction have created a working model of recycled older architecture that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Recycling, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and resource conservation were blended into the renewed Harris Center because we care about our heritage, we care about our people and we care about our planet.
We welcome you to visit the Harris Center and see our green building in action!