Green Building at St. Lawrence

Johnson Hall of Science“Eight Sustainability Attributes” for the Johnson Hall of Science at St. Lawrence University.


PROCESS

  • Project design process incorporates broad client and community participation in terms of goal setting, design values and strategies to promote design integration.


SITE & ECOSYSTEMS

  • Design is responsive to regional ecosystems and climate as well as the ecology of the site. Landscape design is informed by water management strategy, and the creation, re-creation or preservation of on-site ecosystems.


COMMUNITY & CONNECTION

  • Design approach to land-use, promotes open space for community, sense of place, and appropriateness within regional context.


LONG LIFE, LOOSE FIT

  • Design enhances long-term flexibility and creates enduring value, identifying the anticipated service life and reuse rate.
  • Selection of materials, systems, and occupancy solutions developed to enhance flexibility, durability, and adaptive reuse potential.


LOW ENERGY and HIGH PERFORMANCE

  • Organized on a pure north/south solar axis to maximize deep daylighting.
  • “Sustainable Transition” design: future 100% renewable technology (biofuel and photovoltaic) incorporated (anticipated) in base building design
  • Passive/Active solar design, energy conserving technologies, efficient lighting strategies, and on-site renewable energy systems.
  • Utilization of extensive and on-going DOE 2.2 (energy) and Superlite 2.0 (day lighting) analysis to optimize the balance of natural and built systems.


WATER CONSERVATION

  • Building and site design strategies to conserve water resources, use site supply (precipitation on the site). 
  • Water conserving landscape design strategies, as well as water conserving fixtures, appliances, and HVAC equipment, water reuse strategies using rainwater, graywater and/or wastewater.


MATERIALS

  • Materials selected that will contribute to occupant health, building durability, reduced maintenance requirements, transportation costs and reduced life cycle environmental impact, construction waste reduction, recycling and design strategies to promote recycling during occupancy.


HEALTH and HAPPINESS

  • Quality indoor environment and connection to the regional place, strategies that will create a healthy and productive indoor environment in terms of day-lighting, ventilation, indoor air quality, view corridors and personal control systems.