Credit: Photo Courtesy of Chuck Choi
PEOPLE: owner, Suffolk University, Boston; architect, CBT Architects, Boston; green-building consultant, Green Roundtable, Boston; contractor, Suffolk Construction, Boston; commissioning agent, Environmental Health & Engineering, Needham, Mass.; lighting designer, Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting, Boston; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer, Zade Co. Inc., Boston
GREEN POINTS: This student residence hall achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C. The university chose to reuse an existing building; the vast majority of the structure and shell and 56 percent of the interior non-structural components were saved. Direct digital controls on the HVAC system provide centralized monitoring, adjustment and alarms for each piece of equipment. More than 75 percent of construction waste was recycled and about 20 percent of total building materials’ content by value was manufactured using recycled materials. Low-flow plumbing fixtures use about 32 percent less water than standard fixtures. Other sustainable features include low-emitting materials, a green-cleaning program, recycling on each floor and educational signage.