Opening Fall 2016
In September 2016, a dream long held becomes a reality—Alnoba—a 14,530 square foot fathering place to share, learn, celebrate and transform. “Alnoba” is a word from the Abenaki people, a native American tribe whose homeland extended across most of Northern New England. Its literal translation is “being or becoming human”, and speaks to the idea that we are rooted in the consciousness of our birthplace and we constantly transform from the point of birth.
Alnoba is built in harmony with the earth and sheltered by towering Hemlocks and American Beech trees. It is a beautiful, environmentally responsible refuge where people and organizations can step out of their hectic lives, refresh their spirit, expand their minds and deeply reconnect to their values. It is place from which you return home transformed – energized and empowered to create positive change in your life, your company and the world.
Entering through the main doors you find yourself in a spacious gallery with vaulted ceilings, bathed in natural light. To your left is a 2,400-square foot meeting room with a dramatic central fireplace where groups can gather around, share ideas, stories and observations. Relaxing fireside people’s defenses begin to melt away, conversations deepen and real connections are made. The building also includes options for breakout space, an intimate dining room serving farm to table, a yoga and meditation studio and state-of-the-art media room.
Sustainable and Inspiring
A model for environmental stewardship, Alnoba is built with restored New England timber frames and achieves Passive House standard, a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in construction that results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for heating or cooling.
Preservation Timber, a small Maine company specializing in rescuing and restoring New England barns provided the building’s skeleton. The renowned Passive House architects at GO Logic have created a unique structure incorporating passive and active solar, and geothermal heat pump systems, resulting in a grid-tied, net-zero-energy building. The building’s minimal energy demand is the result of combining a highly insulated building shell that makes use of passive solar with heat-recovery ventilation.
Once completed it will be the first Passive House of its kind in the Northeast.