Architect/Engineer: Architectural Resources, Cambridge
Project Manager: Andy Soles
The new Undergraduate Housing opened in the Fall of 2006 and provides an additional 864 student beds in four new structures totaling 325,000 square feet. The new student housing provides apartment style living quarters that includes 4 single occupancy bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and living room in each apartment unit.
Building Envelope designed to provide a very tight envelope, with insulation on the exterior of the wall and a highly reduced thermal transmittance on the exterior walls. Also, the glazing was all low E, with high SHGC for clear glazing.
A large portion of the steel framing was recycled material.
Low emitting materials utilized on project to greatly reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within the building. These included low VOC paints and water-based stains, low emitting carpets with backing that prevents mold and mildew growth.
Building design includes trash separation and recycling stations throughout the complex.
Bike racks provided throughout complex to encourage use in lieu of automobile travel.
Complex energy usage will be 20% to 25% less than a code minimum designed building. This is due to the above very tight envelope, high efficiency lighting and high efficient motors and mechanical equipment and design.
Air conditioning chiller system uses CFC free refrigerant for less ozone depletion of the earth's atmosphere.
High energy recovery wheels (30% more efficient than code) used on the 100% outside air ventilation systems for the apartments.
Variable speed drives for variable flow pumping provides only the amount of heating or cooling water to provide thermal comfort for the complex.
Ventilation air treated and dehumidified independent of other HVAC systems. This eliminates overcooling and reheat required on the main HVAC systems.
All HVAC equipment located within mechanical penthouses with ample room of proper maintenance. This greatly increases the equipments average service life.
Each apartment has two zones of temperature control of its space, one zone in the living room areas and one zone for the bedrooms. This minimizes overheating or overcooling of dissimilar spaces.
Building Automation System lets occupants know when it is advantageous to ventilate their apartments with natural ventilation via opening windows. This is accomplished via indicator lights at the lobby entrance vestibules of the building.