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  NHIA – 88 Lowell StreetNHIA – 88 Lowell Street


Dennis Mires, P.A., The Architects
697 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104

General Description

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Date Bid: Sep 2008 Construction Period: Dec 2008 to Sep 2009
Total Square Feet: 30,560 Site .20 acres
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Size: Basement, 6,000; first floor, 6,000; second floor, 6,000; 4 additional floors, 3,140 each; total, 30,560 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 11’; first floor, 11’; second floor, 11’; each additional floor, 10’; floor to floor 10’- 11’; penthouse, 7’; total, 70’.
Basic Construction Type: Historic Restoration/Addition
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall.
Roof: Asphalt shingles, membrane, green. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall. Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 30

Construction Team

Construction Manager: Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. - 1 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord, NH 03301
Commissioning Agent: GWR Engineering, P.C. - 130 Quarter Mile Road, Charlotte, VT 05445
Mechanical Engineer: Design Day Mechanicals, Inc. - 369 Page Hill Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071
Electrical Engineer: Reno Engineering & Light Design - Reno Road, Marlow, NH 03456
Fire Protection Engineer: Robert Cummings & Associates, PLLC - 181 Bow Bog Road, Bow, NH 03304

Manchester’s first high school, constructed in 1841 had been vacant for over 17 years. It was considered an historic asset and was on the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance “Seven to Save”. The New Hampshire Institute of Art purchased the property with plans to address their needs for both teaching and dormitory space.

To fulfill the needs of the Institute the historic high school was restored along with the construction of a 6-story building. The existing structure was mill construction with exterior masonry bearing walls, timber floors, and timber trussed roof on a stone foundation with a crawl space. The high school was moved forward on the site and down approximately four feet and set over a new full basement. This move provided a stepped transition from that context to the church property to the east. This also provided full accessibility through the main entrance of the historic building. It was then connected to the new 6-story addition with a 2-story element for faculty offices.

The southwest corner was articulated with shingle siding under the sloped roof of the lounge to define a taller, thinner element. The rest of the building was clad in standing seam metal of various widths. The north facade contains a five-story brick section with cornice that defines the stairs and elevator; and relates to the scale of the existing brick buildings across the street as one comes down the street. Historic photos were used to confirm window details, shutters and center stair details.

The new and restored mixed-use building provides 54 student beds over 11 teaching spaces, adding density and eliminating the need for vehicular travel.

The Institute is pleased to have the doorway to their 21st century building, New Hampshire’s only accredited degree granting Art School, be the same as Manchester’s first high school.

The Sustainable Features of the Restoration and Addition of NHIA – 88 Lowell Street

  • Reusing the embodied energy of the existing building
  • High performance envelope, 95% better than code at time of design
  • Sunshades and insulated, low-e, tinted and fritted operable windows
  • Geothermal, water source heat pump HVAC system
  • Rainwater harvesting system for toilets and minimize storm water runoff
  • Vegetated roof
  • Energy recovery limits to supplement natural ventilation 14.4KW photovoltaic array projected to generated 17,000KWH per year
  • Sustainable and no V.O.C. finish materials
  • Energy recovery limits to supplement natural ventilation
  • Daylighting strategies using light shelves, daylight sensors, and high-efficiency rebateable lighting

Product Information
Metal Siding: Pac-Clad by Petersen Aluminum
Roofing: Carlisle Flooring: Forbo, Nora
Windows: EFCO, a Pella Company
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts:
EFCO, a Pella Company
Daylighting: Pilkington Elevators: ThyssenKrupp


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