Milstein Hall

LEED Certified Gold

The sustainable design goals for Milstein Hall were met through the use of good design practice to provide a healthy and comfortable environment for the building occupants.Milstein Hall

Total Score: 40 out of 69 possible points.

LEED Scorecard

How is Green Measured?

Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy / Atmosphere
Materials / Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation & Design
Accredited Professional
Possible Points
14 5 17 13 15 5 1
Earned Points
8 4 9 5 9 4 1

Project Highlights

Milstein Hall features over 24,000 gross square feet of green roofing.

Workers recycled over 50% of the waste generated during construction.

In the upper level studios, a field of custom designed lights and "chilled beams" are carefully coordinated with the structural and mechanical systems - normally hidden functional elements define the ceiling plane. The lighting is programmed by the highly efficient Lutron system, connected to daylight sensors to balance daylight with artificial light. The studio's climate is maintained by the ceiling's chilled beams, which draw cool water from a local lake, reducing the need for large traditional HVAC mechanical systems. Heating comes through the concrete slab floor. Together these two systems provide a more efficient, cleaner and comfortable controlled environment. Fifty-seven percent of the exterior walls of the three-story building are floor-to-ceiling high-performance insulated glass, allowing abundant daylight to illuminate the studios, critique rooms, exhibition space and auditorium.

The 24,000 square-foot roof is a sedum-covered green-roof punctuated by a cluster of north facing skylights that gradually increase in size to draw more daylight to the center of the deep plate further from the exterior façade. Two different types of sedum create a gradient pattern of dots that transition from small circles near the Arts Quad on the south to a dense, larger pattern of dots towards the natural landscape of the gorge to the north. Viewed from surrounding buildings, sustainability can be seen as an integrated building design feature within the campus and not merely a requirement placed on top of the building.

The interiors are designed to minimize the need for finishes. Material use was reduced by integrating the building systems with structure: concrete foundation walls are exposed, structural steel and glass are expressed visibly. Each element serves as a learning tool for the architecture students.

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