Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op


  • Better Buildings By Design
    Excellence in Comprehensive Building Design
    Honorable Mention
    Efficiency Vermont
  • Vermont Public Spaces Merit Award - 2002
    American Society of Landscape Architects, Vermont
    Vermont Planners Association
    American Institute of Architects, Vermont
    American Society of Civil Engineers


The Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, founded in 1976, had been operating since 1985 in a cramped downtown storefront. The Co-op chose Bread Loaf to double the size of the store on an adjacent but confined site. Bread Loaf’s design centers on a new plaza that creates an inviting entrance courtyard, encourages outdoor dining, and serves as a gathering place for Co-op sponsored events.

The new store offers a large uninterrupted interior space, without losing the unique, small-scale, quirky character of their old store. The building also fits into the scale and character of Middlebury’s historic downtown district.

Green Building/Sustainable Design

  • Redevelopment of downtown site
  • Removal of hazardous materials and reclamation of site
  • Deconstruction of existing buildings – major building components such as windows, doors and other salvaged materials were recycled for reuse
  • Demolition waste management plan - demolition waste was diverted from landfill
  • Tight, well-insulated building envelope
  • Daylighting provided by skylights
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Use of low-emitting interior finishes
  • Overall building energy efficiency
  • Water conserving plumbing fixtures