Warren Hall

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LEED Certified Platinum

Warren Hall achieved LEED Platinum Certification, a first for a building renovation on campus. Retrofitting existing building stock to be more energy-efficient and sustainable needs to be at the forefront of green construction. Rich in economic and social science history, the Warren Hall renovation reinvigorated and modernized a 100-year-old structure delivering a modern building with a zero increase in the energy use.

On the LEED-certified scorecard, Warren Hall scored 84 out of 110 possible points. For a full breakdown, review the report on the US Green Buildings Certification (USGBC) website.

Sustainable Sites Water Efficiency Energy & Atmosphere Materials & Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Innovation & Design Regional Priority
Points Earned 21 / 26 8 / 10 27 / 35 / 14 10 / 15 6 / 6 4 / 4

Project Highlights

Much of the character and soul of Warren Hall can be derived from the historic quality finishes that existed in the building before the renovation. Architects strove to restore and enhance the building functionality while respecting the existing building character. One opportunity seized on included the restoration of 1,600 square feet of salvaged stone flooring.

The building uses extensive daylight penetration to lower energy costs used to light the space and to create a connection between occupants and the outdoors. In addition to lowering lighting and cooling costs, increasing daylight to occupant workspaces has been shown to have health benefits for occupants and increase productivity.

An employee carrying a beam through Warren Hall
Applied Economics and Management (AEM) staff move into their newly renovated office space in Warren Hall

Instead of simply installing new forced air ventilation systems that would require energy to operate, the building designers included operable windows and trickle vents in the office spaces to allow occupants to control their own ventilation preferences, access fresh air, and save energy.

Many historic features such as windows and fireplaces were protected and maintained to preserve the character of the building, while others were recreated such as the ceiling coffering and woodwork inlay patterns. Material selections were carefully made to enhance the environmentally friendly attributes such as recycled content or regional manufacture.

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