A "Green" Building

The two-story glass wall system looking out over the WPI Quadrangle. The large amount of exterior glass lets ample natural light into the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting and helping to reduce the building’s energy demand.

WPI's New Bartlett Center: A "Green" Building

Bartlett Center is the first WPI building to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGB), a national organization that certifies buildings that are green, are sustainable, and protect the environment. The architects, CBT /Childs, Bertman Tseckares Inc., Boston, designed the building using the following USGB guidelines:

Bartlett Center Features

Grounds and Landscaping: Bartlett Center sits on land that was a parking lot. Part of that space now forms the east end of an expanded Quadrangle. This substantial new green landscaped space reduces the heat island effect and stormwater runoff associated with pavement. The landscape architect, Olin Partnership, Philadelphia, used indigenous vegetation that does not require either potable water or irrigation.

Maximizing Natural Lighting: Significant amounts of glass maximize the amount of light that reaches the offices and the open spaces. In addition, 10-foot ceilings allow light to penetrate deep into the building’s interior.

Energy and Water Efficiency: A simple portico on the west side provides shade that reduces the impact of the afternoon sun on air-conditioning requirements and mitigates the heat gain in the reception lobby. The double-height reception area acts as a natural chimney to pull air through the building, and light and heat controls at each work area reduce energy usage. Operable windows and 90 percent day lighting optimize the building’s energy performance to achieve numbers that exceed the minimum state code requirements by 22 percent. Improved plumbing systems provide optimum water efficiency.

Materials:Certified wood harvested from sustainable forests was used for the substructure and millwork. The design also reduces the quantity of indoor air contaminates by avoiding materials known to produce harmful off-gases.

Waste Recycling: Gilbane Building Company recycled 90 percent of the waste during construction, reclaiming more than 1,200 tons of asphalt, 2.2 tons of dimensional gypsum wallboard, and more than 50 tons of concrete and brick. Also, 12.7 tons of metal were distributed into the regional metals commodities market and nearly 2 tons of corrugated cardboard were recycled.

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