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  Mount Holyoke College Unified Science Center, pAGE 44Mount Holyoke College Unified Science Center

412 Broadway Street, Albany, NY 12207

43 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609

South Hadley, Massachusetts
Total Square Feet: 127,700
Construction Period: May 2001 to Aug 2003

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Dufresne-Henry Inc. - P. O. Box 29, North Springfield, VT 05150
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Einhorn Yaffee Prescott - 412 Broadway Street, Albany, NY 12207

Cutler Associates has completed construction of one of the country's first LEED(R)-certified science centers, Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program recognizes commitment to sustainable design and construction. Certification is based on the ability of a project to meet high performance standards and achieve a requisite number of points through the LEED rating system. Rigorous documentation, compiled throughout Mount Holyoke College's Science Center project by Cutler Associates, architect Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, subcontractors and the college, provided evidence of sustainable features in the building.

The Cutler team focused on site location and development, water use, energy, materials use and indoor environmental quality. For example, one LEED guideline required that a portion of the building materials be manufactured within a 50-mile radius of the site to minimize the environmental impact of truck exhaust fumes. Twenty-six percent of all materials used in the Mount Holyoke project were manufactured locally. The destination of over 50 percent of the construction debris that was collected, sorted and removed was documented to prove it never entered the waste stream. Structural steel for the project contained 90% recycled content.

Another key factor in LEED certification was in the sustainability of the mechanical systems. The entire building air conditioning system makes use of CFCfree refrigerants. The 750-ton chilledwater- cooled centrifugal chiller and 850- ton cooling tower provide chilled water for the entire science center and in an expandable plant that can service additional buildings on the campus. Commissioning of the systems started at the beginning of the project and continued throughout, including individual startup and checkout forms completed for every piece of equipment. Indoor air quality was maintained by differential space pressurization to prevent dust and odors from migrating out of the work zones. With the return section of the air handlers disabled and the return ductwork sealed, the air handlers supplied 100 percent outside air to the building, providing a continuous supply of fresh air.

The impetus for seeking LEED certification came from a benefactor whose substantial donation to the college came with the stipulation that it be used for a LEED-certified science center. However, compliance with the LEED program echoes Mount Holyoke's philosophical commitment to environmentally responsible policies and practices.

The new Science Center provides the campus of a newly constructed and renovated science and laboratory space. A new 4-story, 40,000-square-foot building links 3 previously existing science buildings. Although structurally sound, the existing science buildings were out of date and past their technological prime. The 50-yearold buildings were completely redesigned and renovated as state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities with new mechanical and electrical systems that met the stringent LEED specifications.

The center houses the departments of astronomy, chemistry, biological sciences, biochemistry, mathematics and statistics, physics, computer science and earth and environmental studies.

The ambitious three-year science project at Mount Holyoke was set in motion with a generous $10 million donation from an unidentified alumnus.

Cutler Associates services clients in the education, corporate/industrial and senior housing markets from its locations in Allentown, Pa., Worcester, Mass., and Tampa, Fla.

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Manufactured Metal Wall Panels: Metecno Aluma Shield.
DIV 10: Column Covers: Alply.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis. 

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