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BENEDICTINE WOMEN OF MADISON/HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY

Location: Middleton, Wisconsin

Budget / Size: $6.5M / 34,380 SF

LEED Status: LEED-NCv2.2 Platinum

Services: All LEED-related services including design and construction integration; teaming charrettes; fundamental and enhanced commissioning coordination; energy modeling; documentation, coordination and submission of LEED certification package; LEED certification process management with USGBC

Schedule Start: October 2007
Schedule Completion: December 2008

Client Contact: Mark Hanson, Director of Sustainability, Hoffman, LLC 608.692.1915
Vertegy Contact: Thomas Taylor, Principal, 314.399.9992

Description: This project involves a new chapel, dining areas, library, archive and offices for an existing monastery campus. The building contains the first phase of a PV installation and is designed to eventually become off-grid, obtaining all of its electricity from an extensive array of solar panels. The project also included the installation of 39 wells for a ground sourced heat pump HVAC system. The building envelope is extremely efficient and specially tinted, wood-framed windows were specified for the project. Over 99% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled and local materials were incorporated into the new building, including concrete, steel and many finishes. The neighboring fields on the Monastery’s property have been restored to native prairie and assist with stormwater management, in addition to providing natural habitat. Vertegy led the team to the achievement of Platinum at 63 points, making the project the highest rated LEED-NCv2.2 building in the world.


Other Awards:

  • 2009 AGC AON Build America Award
  • 2010 Design-Build Award of Merit, Design Build Institute of America
  • 2010 Best Green Building, Midwest Construction Magazine
  • 2010 Sustainability & Energy Efficient (SE2) Award of Merit, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance