Sunday, 30 August 2009
A prime concern in the renovation of Gallatin Hall was the preservation of existing exterior masonry while ensuring the building’s energy efficiency. The masonry had behaved consistently through the freeze/thaw cycles of the previous 80 years, and we were concerned that complying with modern energy codes and LEED standards could have an adverse effect by moving the location of the dew point. Using energy modeling programs, we were able to determine that with 1” thick spray foam insulation, we could achieve an exterior wall assembly with an R-Value of 6 that didn’t drastically move the dew point from ...[more]
Thursday, 20 March 2014
The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has named Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center one of two recipients of ACHA’s inaugural Legacy Project Awards. The awards were presented in Orlando on March 18 at the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Planning, Design, and Construction Summit.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock represents a paradigm shift in hospital design, incorporating and foretelling some of the most significant healthcare delivery and design issues of the past 25 years. This includes
- A patient- and family-centered campus
- A focus on managing first cost and ongoing operational costs with a series of connected, yet discrete buildings
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, which was dedicated in October following a two-year restoration and renovation, has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. It is the third Duke library project to be LEED Certified and the University’s seventh LEED Gold Certified building. The project’s most visible sustainable strategy was preserving the library building – one of the oldest academic structures on Duke’s West Campus – and elements of its 1948 and 1968 additions.
Preserving the building while preparing a new home for ...[more]
Saturday, 6 September 2014
“What do you do?”
When asked to describe what you do during the day, it’s natural to answer in the context of your current work environment. Its spaces, adjacencies, and physical parameters determine how you interact with others, how efficiently you function, and how effectively you do your job. But it doesn’t answer the question.
When it comes to the lean healthcare design, the question isn’t “how do you function in your current space?” It’s “what are you trying to accomplish?” Applying lean principles when designing a space that will optimize efficient and effective healthcare delivery means putting the outcome first.
Lean design isn’t just a matter of common sense. It’s the cornerstone ...[more]
Friday, 19 July 2013
The Boston Preservation Alliance has selected Harvard Medical School’s Gordon Hall Window Restoration to receive a 2013 Boston Preservation Achievement Award.
Gordon Hall is the iconic form that defines the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, which was designed by Shepley Bulfinch (then Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge) in 1904. Restoration of the windows and the exterior of this landmark building gave Gordon Hall the elegance and clarity of its original architectural form, injecting a lasting historic presence into this vibrant modern hub of science, medical discovery, patient care, and education.
The restoration returned ...[more]
Friday, 3 May 2013
The Brody Learning Commons at Johns Hopkins University, which has been packed since its doors opened last August, has something big to celebrate this week: LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. It’s the first new construction on the school’s Homewood campus to earn this distinction.
The Learning Commons’ sustainable strategies include:
Managing solar gain: Heat gain and loss from the glass curtain wall system was combated by high-performance glass, automated interior shades, and perimeter (hydronic) heating and cooling.
Energy efficiency: While the under-floor air distribution system ...[more]
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Colleges and universities that are looking for ways to improve energy efficiency and resulting cost savings are realizing that some habits start from the ground up, as discussed in “How to achieve a tight building envelope,” which appears in the June 2012 issue of College Planning & Management.
In the article, Jonathan Baron talks about the value to owners of investing in building component mock-ups and building commissioning, as well as the importance of evaluating the compatibility of different materials used in creating the building envelope.
Jonathan’s remarks on building ...[more]