Vermont Business Magazine The Cultural Resources Management Program at Camp Johnson won this award for the installation by adapting five historical latrines, built approximately 1928 and standing empty for many years, to serve as transient housing needs for the Vermont National Guard. Two additional historical buildings, built in the 1930s, are also scheduled to be rehabilitated as VIP headquarters for visitors to Camp Johnson.
The buildings underwent a complete rehabilitation with heating systems, functioning modern latrines, interior fixtures, and the removal of walls to create open bunk space for sleeping. Concrete floors were also removed with new concrete floors poured to integrate radiant heat systems. New windows and a new roof were also installed.
The buildings were renovated to preserve the historical look of the buildings.
“This award highlights one of the many projects our Guardsmen work on to improve the facilities we have in an innovative manor,” said Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, Vermont Adjutant General. “Our Cultural Resources Management Program took existing facilities we had and turned them into outstanding sleeping quarters for our service members to stay in during their time at Camp Johnson.”
Camp Johnson’s CRM program is managed by the VTARNG’s cultural resources manager with support from the Environmental Office. The renovations were funded by the Environmental and Construction and Facilities Management Office. Repurposing these historic buildings will ultimately save money for the Vermont National Guard as likely demolition and new construction would have been costly.
There is a total of 58 structures on Camp Johnson’s 660 acres and 26 of the buildings are deemed eligible on the National register of Historic Places. They are not individually eligible, but rather as contributing structures to the Fort Ethan Allen District. Camp Johnson also has eight prehistoric archaeological sites, two of which have been determined eligible for the National Register. Camp Johnson has a rare pitch pine habitat and the Environmental office promotes and enhances the areas biodiversity.