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Dion Family Student Center, Colchester, Vt.

The 100,000-square-foot Dion Family Student Center at St. Michael's College consists of a three-story student center and a four-story residence hall that Freeman, French Freeman designed to serve as a front door to the campus.

The 100,000-square-foot Dion Family Student Center at St. Michael's College consists of a three-story student center and a four-story residence hall that Freeman, French Freeman designed to serve as a front door to the campus.

Jim Farrington, campus architect, says students love the buildings. "We had a soft opening for the first and second floors and right away they were finding nooks and rooms to settle in for study and leisure time," he says.

Rodd Roofing installed more than 29,000 square feet of Englert Inc.'s Series 1300 UltraCool standing seam roof panels on the student center and new residence dorm. Most of the existing residence buildings and other campus facilities have slate or copper roofs.

One reason the design team chose the 20-inchwide, 24-gauge standing seam metal panel was ease of maintenance and the ability to choose a mixed grey, green and blue coating for the roofs that would complement the existing slate and copper roofs.

The Dion Family Student Center has a geothermal heating and cooling system, high-performance building envelope and energy-efficient lighting. Energy recovery systems are included as part of the ventilation systems to capture remaining heat from exhausted air. Lighting is provided by a mix of natural daylighting, high-efficiency fluorescents and LEDs.

The Quad Commons Student Center includes campus dining facilities, a fitness center, student services offices, a multi-purpose meeting and banquet room for up to 400 guests and several student lounges. The attached residence hall will provide housing for 105 students in a mix of single rooms and four-person suites.

John J. Neuhauser, college president, says the student center provides superb outside-the-classroom learning and living spaces. "A real student center-a place to relax, study, gather, exercise- will enable us to better serve all students and compete more effectively in the higher education market," he says.

Architect: Freeman, French Freeman, Burlington, Vt.

Installer: Rodd Roofing, St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Metal roof panels: Englert Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J., www.englertinc.com