Residence Halls provide an interesting challenge for green designers because so much of the impact is based on behavior-change and education. Cannon Design presents a case study on Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s new LEED Gold Certified East Hall.
East Hall, WPI’s newest residence hall, was designed to support the Institute’s vision and mission to foster innovation and creativity. Not only does the building provide apartment style living space for students but additionally, collaborative in high-tech media suites and amenity spaces that encourage student wellness and life balance.
The building supports and encourages ongoing research relative to both energy and water use and continues to provide a living learning environment that extols the benefits of sustainable lifestyles. Open 3 years, East Hall continues to serve as a focal point for yearly student IQP’s (Interactive Qualifying Project) where students are encouraged to complete a project that relates technology and science to society or human needs, often relative to the green roof and associated monitors installed at East Hall.