The redesign of the 23,000 square foot Monahan Building at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut by Butler Rogers Baskett Architects (BRB) has received Gold LEED Certification.
The 1930s Delano and Aldrich building, originally the school’s gymnasium, was gut renovated to accommodate a new multi-use program of flexible spaces for the alumni and development departments, two residential apartments for visiting faculty and space for the school’s new Center for Global Understanding and Independent Thinking.
Hotchkiss, a co-educational boarding school founded in the late 19th century, has embraced LEED Certification as the objective for all its buildings, new and renovated. BRB chose LEED New Construction Version 2.1 for this project because the design completely changed the building’s program. Monahan’s LEED scorecard includes: Sustainable Sites – 5 points, Water Efficiency – 4 points, Energy & and Atmosphere – 8 points, Materials and Resources – 7 points, Indoor Environmental Quality – 10 points – and Innovation and Design Process – 5 points, for a total of 40 points, one more than the 39-point Gold threshold.
The building’s brick façade, thick walls, generous windows, southern exposure, and slate roof provided an excellent framework for innovations in energy-efficiency.
Sustainable features include:
• Water-efficient landscaping, using no potable water
• Water use reduction, 40% beyond baseline
• Energy performance, 25% beyond baseline for existing buildings
• Building reuse, maintaining 75% of existing shell
• 10% recycled content, 20% regional materials
• Controllability of systems
• Daylight for 75% of spaces, views for 90% of spaces
• 100% green power
• Green cleaning and housekeeping
Butler Rogers Baskett is a New York-based architectural firm specializing in the design of facilities for institutions of higher education and independent schools, professional and corporate office interiors, sports and club facilities, and specialty retail and historic preservation projects.
BRB’s educational practice is committed to a sustainable future. Because their clients are building for future generations, BRB promotes quality construction and energy efficient high-performing building systems, which, though they may cost more initially, prove to be the prudent choice for the long term. The firm understands that healthy buildings improve learning and promote a greater sense of well-being. BRB is excited to see how their advocacy for the natural environment has proven to be contagious, as energy-efficient and earth friendly building features have become teaching tools and sources of institutional pride. This is an indication that BRB is headed in the right direction, and it reaffirms their commitment to a practice that participates, along with their clients and collaborators, in shaping a culture of excellence.
For more information about Butler Rogers Baskett Architects, visit their Website: www.brb.com