Credit: Photo Courtesy of Kindra Clineff
PEOPLE: owner, Harvard Business School; architect, Finegold Alexander + Associates, Boston; HVAC and electrical engineer, BLW Engineering, Littleton, Mass.; structural engineers, Boston Building Consultants, Boston; landscape architects, Halvorson Co., Boston; interior designer, Lucas Stefura Interiors, Boston; contractor, Richard White Sons, Auburndale, Mass.; commissioning agent, Richard D. Kimball Co., Boston; and sustainability consultant, Harvard Green Campus Initiative, Boston
GREEN POINTS: Originally constructed in 1926, Hamilton Hall began renovation in 2005 and now houses MBA students at Harvard Business School. The 48,000-squarefoot (4459-m²) dormitory earned LEED for New Construction Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C. Four-pipe fan-coil units in every regularly occupied space optimize temperature control, and thermostat controls are tied to occupancy sensors. This project was the first to take advantage of the Harvard Green Campus Loan Fund for New Construction, a financing model intended to pay for increased capital costs from future operations budgets. Other green features include bamboo furniture, renewable-energy certificates, proximity to public transportation, water reduction and low-VOC-emitting materials.