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Johnson Hall of Science: A Model of Sustainable Design

Adapted from a booklet produced in conjunction with its dedication in October 2007.

Led by sustainable design architects with Croxton Collaborative Associates, the Johnson Hall of Science is intended to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, a program initiated by the U.S. Green Building Council.  The building is designed to operate on approximately 30% less energy than a conventional building.  With a high-insulation envelope and roof, dimmable fluorescent lighting, intelligent occupancy sensors, heat recovery on ventilation exhaust, high-insulation glazing and maximizing of natural daytime lighting through its siting and orientation, Johnson Hall is the most energy-efficient building, on a per-square-foot basis, on campus.  It will, by example, change the future of all new and renovation design at St. Lawrence. 
                                                                        --Thomas W. Budd, Professor of Biology

A few of the building’s environmentally sustainable design features:

  • The landscape design is informed by water management strategy (a wetland for storm water runoff that several faculty are using the wetland for academic studies in their courses and research programs) and the creation, re-creation or preservation of on-site ecosystems.
  • The materials, systems and occupancy solutions selected for the project have been developed to enhance flexibility, durability and adaptive reuse potential.
  • The building is sited on a pure north/south solar axis to maximize deep day lighting.
  • The building incorporates “Sustainable Transition” design: future 100% renewable technology (biofuel and photovoltaic) incorporated into base building design.
  • The building plans feature passive/active solar design, energy-conserving technologies, efficient lighting strategies, and on-site renewable energy systems.
  • The building and site design incorporate strategies to conserve water resources.
  • Building materials contribute to occupant health; building durability; reduced maintenance requirements, transportation costs and life cycle environmental impact; construction waste reduction; and recycling and design strategies to promote recycling during occupancy.
  • The building plans promote a healthy and productive indoor environment in terms of day-lighting, ventilation, indoor air quality, view corridors and personal control systems.
  • The design approach to land use promotes open space for community.
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