University of Vermont Firestone Medical Research Building

Encouraging team collaboration at UVM’s College of Medicine.

Brick Building
Burlington, VT
Delivery Method
University of Vermont
Year Complete

Project Overview

This new 60,000-square-foot, four-story laboratory building for UVM’s Larner College of Medicine is connected to the existing Health Science Research Facility constructed by PC in 2001. The design features flexible, cutting-edge modular facilities to improve efficiency and help interdisciplinary teams of researchers collaborate more effectively.

Construction includes research lab space, with associated lab support, write-up and office spaces, and core spaces for circulation, conference rooms and kitchenettes. The building houses multidisciplinary research teams working in the areas of cardiovascular health, brain health, cancer, and lung disease and accommodates approximately 250 faculty, post-doctoral fellow, staff and students.

An extensive waste management plan was incorporated into the construction plan. Upon project completion, more than 75% of construction and demolition waste diverted from the landfill, including 60 cubic yards of existing concrete that was removed and recycled locally during demolition.

The project is located on an active site in the heart of the UVM and UVM Medical Center campuses, requiring extensive coordination for the safety of students, teaching and medical staff, visitors and patients. In addition to construction, PC provided preconstruction services from schematic design including detailed estimates, budget and design management, constructability reviews, construction sequencing, logistics and scheduling.


  • Pursuing LEED Silver


CY Locally Manufactured Concrete Placed


Tons of 88% Recycled Structural Steel Erected


Construction Waste Diverted from Landfill