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LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009

New Academic and Laboratory Building

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)
New Haven, CT 06515
United States

LEED Gold 2017

Configured in an L-shape, the four-story Academic Science & Laboratory Building works in concert with two pre-existing science buildings to enclose a new “science enclave” at Southern Connecticut State University. Bedecked with research displays and instrumentation visible from within and outside the building, the center is emblematic of the importance of the sciences on campus.

With a mission of enhancing STEM curricula at SCSU, the Academic Science & Laboratory Building houses teaching and research training laboratories for the Center for Nanotechnology, Physics, Optics, Materials Sciences, Astronomy, the Center for Coastal and Marine Studies, Environmental Studies, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Biology.

Designing a sustainable facility that would increase operational efficiency and reduce the university’s long-term energy and water costs was an important project goal. Sustainable measures implemented in the building include:

Site Development: Connecting to Jennings Hall and utilizing existing resources reduced the new building’s program and footprint. This also promotes connectivity between the sciences, creates a shared science quad with more native plantings and a decrease in paved areas.

Water Efficiency: Efficient fixtures reduce water use more than 20 percent while air conditioning condensation is reused for the mechanical systems, and a rainwater collection system decreases potable water used for the site’s irrigation more than 60 percent.

Energy Efficiency: An integrated approach to architectural and mechanical system design helped to maximize energy performance. Use of natural daylight, high performance glazing and building systems are a few of the strategies that help provide an energy efficient building and HVAC system, which produces a 34 percent energy cost savings compared to a similar, standard code-compliant building. Additionally, enhanced commissioning services contribute to ensuring the operational efficiency.

Materials and Resources: The building materials contain more than 34 percent of recycled content. Additionally, more than 27 percent of the materials used were either extracted or manufactured regionally, reducing the environmental effects of manufacturing and transportation.

Indoor Environmental Quality: A construction management plan was implemented to inspect, monitor, and test the indoor air quality throughout construction and prior to occupancy.

Innovation in Design: Additional measures further reduced the building’s impact on the environment. More than 94 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills through recycling and reuse. Exemplary performance was also achieved in exceeding the baseline requirements of the construction materials’ recycled content. Additionally, the furniture and seating throughout the project are Greenguard certified to reduce indoor air contaminants.

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Project details
110,920 sf
17 Mar 2017
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