Harvard University Housing recently achieved LEED-CI v3 Platinum certification for their Peabody Terrace Graduate Commons renovation.  Located in Peabody Terrace complex, which was designed by Sert, Jackson, and Gourley in 1963, the Graduate Commons project included the renovation of 6,782 square feet of space to house the interdisciplinary, community-based Graduate Commons program. In addition to ongoing envelope repair at Peabody Terrace, the HVAC system supplying the Common Area was updated, and space was reconfigured to house the new Residential Director’s suite.

Northstar, a local project management firm, worked closely with Harvard's Green Building Services Team to achieve the ambitious goal for the common space. Chris Packard, Project Manager, said, “Obtaining the LEED platinum certification was a notable accomplishment for the project team. The substantial renovation and reprogramming of the historic, fully occupied and nearly 50 year old Peabody Terrace housing complex presented many challenges including our targeted goal of achieving the highest eligible level of USGBC LEED certification. This goal was realized thru a collaborative process led by the Green Building Services group with support from project architect Elkus Manfredi and our construction manager Shawmut Design and Construction.”

The newly renovated Graduate Common Area maximizes daylight, incorporates efficient LED lighting, and includes new sustainable finish materials while maintaining the exterior design and character of an architectural landmark.

Additional project highlights include:

  • LED lighting contributes to a 56% reduction in lighting power density (watts per square foot) compared to an ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline
  • 36% reduction in indoor potable water use compared to an EPAct 1992 baseline
  • 27% of the project’s construction materials, by costs, were manufactured within 500 miles
  • Abatement and waterproofing program to preserve the building’s exterior façade

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