Middlebury College - LaForce Hall
LaForce Hall marked the
first project in which the College itself, as an enrolled VFF landowner,
provided a portion (60%) of the green-certified lumber for its own building.
Original ceiling specifications for LaForce Hall would have
necessitated special milling in Wisconsin. With VFF's input,
architects altered specifications such that Tioli Woodworking
of Middlebury could produce the 23,000 board feet of ceiling
Logger Bill Torrey of Jericho, Vermont, skids hardwood for LaForce Hall to the log landing in Middlebury College's woodland.
As is the case with all VFF-approved harvests, Middlebury College's woodland remains ecologically intact immediately following the LaForce Hall timber harvest.
Bob Growney of Shoreham, Vermont, milled each beech log into
3/8" thick flitches for wall paneling in LaForce Hall's
Eleanor Ross lounge. All flitches from a given log received
the same letter, and the flitches were numbered in the order
in which they were sawed. Woodworkers then applied the finished
flitches as horizontal paneling on the lounge walls in this
same order, revealing to observant visitors how grain patterns
changes within the trees.
Growney and his daughter Cindy sort beech flitches.
was kiln-dried by Caladonia Kiln Corporation in St. Johnsbury, VT.
Sutton of southern Quebec (within the Champlain Watershed)
milled the flooring for LaForce Hall. Brian stands before
stacks of stickers, narrow pieces of wood used in stacking
wood so that it dries evenly and remains straight.
and unusual beech paneling evolved as a result of VFF's involvement
in the project. Architects originally stipulated uniform-width,
clear cherry paneling for the lounge, something that Addison County
forests could not sustainably provide. Instead, VFF showed architects
the inherent beauty in more charactered woodthis time beech,
which grows more abundantly than cherry in this region. So impressed
were the architects with the wood's beauty and with the story revealed
by the progressive layers of wood, that it became a featured element
in their design