East Hall is WPI's sustainable, award-winning residence hall, finished in 2008. "The most exciting aspect of the building is that it's a showcase of sustainable design – from the green roof to the incorporation of energy saving features throughout the building. The building sets a new standard for student residences. East Hall is a living-learning laboratory to educate students and the WPI community about the important role each individual can play in preserving the environment for present and future generations. In this sense, East Hall fully realizes WPI's motto of 'Lehr und Kunst,' as a place where theory and practice will be explored in the areas of sustainable design and sustainability." -Philip Clay, WPI's Dean of Students.
- East Hall contains the city of Worcester's first "living green roof" with a 12,985 square feet of white, EnergyStar roofing. The green roof's size is approximately 5,000 square feet of sedum.
- Features such as occupant sensor lighting and low-flush toilets.
- Large number of windows maximizing the amount of natural light that enters the building, thereby reducing the need for artificial light and electricity use during the daylight hours.
- Dedicates interior storage for bikes to encourage students to consider forms of transportation other than automobiles. The new parking lot also has 12 parking spaces for Hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.
- WPI's second "green" building; the first being the Bartlett Center. East Hall has been registered with the USGBC and is awaiting final LEED certification, which is anticipated to be at the gold level. (In February 2007, WPI's Board of Trustees voted to adopt a policy calling for all future buildings on campus to be environmentally friendly and LEED-certified structures.)
- Sustainable features of East Hall:
- Introduction 1 (pdf, 238 kb)
- Introduction 2 (pdf, 143 kb)
- grass (pdf, 395 kb)
- trees (pdf, 552 kb)
- reflections (pdf, 300 kb)
- reflectors (pdf, 274 kb)
- bottles (pdf, 289 kb)
- cardboard (pdf, 261 kb)
- water ripples (pdf, 272 kb)
- niagra falls (pdf, 241 kb)
- windmills (pdf, 275 kb)
- blue pumpjack (pdf, 293 kb)
- innovation (pdf, 293 kb)