Middlebury College Art and Architecture Building

Middlebury, VT

Project Information


Middlebury College

Completion Date

August 2023

Square Footage




Consulting Architect: gbArchitecture

Civil: Otter Creek Engineering

Structural: Sellers Treybal Structural Engineers

MEPFP: Huston Engineering

Envelope Consultant: Simpson Gumphertz & Heger

Acoustics: Acentech

Lighting Design: Renfro Design Group

Landscape: Park Architecture


Naylor & Breen Builders


David Sundberg, Esto

Year Designed




Gut renovation and addition to the 1967 Johnson Memorial Building, originally designed by Jean-Paul Carlhian of Shepley Bulfinch. The building is one of only three extant examples of Brutalist Modernism in Vermont, and houses the Studio Art and Architectural Studies programs. A new plaza, translucent entry pavilion, and luminous three-story elevator help bring the facility up to universal access standards while engaging a new arts quad, the campus, and the broader community. The interior of the building has been opened up to bring in more light and improve wayfinding, and new mechanical/exhaust and lighting systems improve the conditions for making, presenting, and viewing art and architecture. The building provides a new campus-wide makerspace and shared shops and labs. The original Johnson Gallery has been restored and additional exhibit and critique spaces have been created throughout the building.

Middlebury College Art and Architecture Building