Worcester Polytechnic Institute
In addition to expanding the population of upperclass students on campus, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s East Hall educates its residents and the public about green design and enriches the school’s environmental science curriculum. Intended as a model for all future green buildings on campus, the LEED Gold residence hall features a palletized green-roof system and, in its lobby, a stormwater monitoring and testing station that measures the rate, quality, flow, and temperature of the water flowing from the reflective white roof, and through the green roof, during a storm.
Four-person apartments and a smattering of studios fill the five-story building’s top four floors, each equipped with a kitchen, a dining area, a living room, and compartmentalized bathrooms. “Technology suites” are available on each floor for academic work. Large expanses of glass along corridors provide visual relief and natural light. First-floor public areas, replete with views of the main campus, Founders Hall, and a landscaped, 40-foot-wide “Arts Walk,” include administrative offices, gaming and community rooms, an exercise room, two music rooms, project rooms, and a laundry/vending room.
“Students and the community are able to interact and connect with this design, while embracing learning opportunities on sustainability.” American School & University
At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the President’s Task Force on Sustainability brings together students, faculty, and staff to lead and coordinate the school’s efforts to conserve resources and reduce environmental impact. To this end, WPI’s sustainability goals are interwoven with its academic and research endeavors, both local and global.
WPI’s East Hall, intended as a model for all future green buildings on campus, embodies this institutional commitment to sustainable practices, supporting the school’s academic mission while conserving energy and natural resources. A green roof and a stormwater monitor and testing station in the ground-floor lobby educate students and the public about green design and enrich the institute’s environmental science curriculum. Energy performance optimization, system commissioning, and low-flow plumbing fixtures achieve 30% reductions in energy and water consumption. Abundant, glare-free daylighting, high air quality, and localized thermal and lighting controls create a comfortable, supportive living environment designed to lure upperclass students back to campus living.East Hall attained LEED Gold certification in June 2009.
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- Five-story, 232-bed residence hall
- 220-car parking structure with one level below grade, providing site with a landscaped edge
- Landscaped 40-foot-wide “Arts Walk” connecting center of campus with city of Worcester’s arts district
Architectural Portfolio Citation
American School & University
Brick in Architecture
Judge’s Choice for Green Design
College Planning & Management
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