Woman's business school design achieve LEED Gold
Cannon Design's plan for the Simmons’ School of Management in Boston has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, they announced today. The project provided the opportunity to convert a former barren parking lot into a student-centered place for thriving campus life.
“I believe the School of Management and Academic Building has been transformational for Simmons College,” said Lynne Deninger, project leader and associate principal for Cannon Design. “Not only did it provide a wonderful new campus with an innovative roof approach, but it also supports the college’s aspiration to be a leader in the field of sustainable business education and in practice. Achieving LEED™ Gold certification was truly a team effort and we are all thrilled to be part of the process and the outcome.”
Specifically, the project included the design of a 66,500 sq ft academic center and creation of a new green space, the Simmons Quadrangle, which was the former parking lot. The design now conceals the 700-car parking in a five-level subterranean garage. The project has been included in Simmons’ curricula in environmental science and ethics/philosophy further enhancing the sustainable mindset at the college.
Simmons’ School of Management (SOM) is the nation’s first business school designed specifically for women. A leading center for innovative teaching, research and discourse on women, leadership and management, the SOM offers a demanding management education to women pursuing undergraduate and master’s degrees.
The Building is oriented to capitalize on natural light and views with 90% of the indoor space receiving natural daylight. The design also includes a partially vegetated roof and a high-albedo, low-emissivity roof to mitigate storm water runoff and heat-island effect. Recycled steel, carpet and ceiling tiles are also used throughout and 90% of construction waste was recycled. Furniture and finishes incorporate sustainable materials and manufacturing practices. Bamboo, a rapidly renewable material is used extensively in millwork, office desk surfaces and in the lobby.
High-efficiency lighting and control systems reduce energy expenditures and incorporate telephone, data and fire-alarm systems, fully interfacing with existing campus networks. The building’s wall envelope is superior to the most current air-barrier strategies and should surpass standard performance by 25%.