LEED Rating System: LEED-CI


Date Completed: December, 2008

The Harvard Hiphop Archive is a 1,497 square foot, $700,000 fit-out located on the second floor of 104 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, MA. The Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of African and African-American Research leases the space from Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation. The building is a 34,526 square foot, five-story office building with retail establishments on the first floor. The renovation of the space provided an opportunity to update the energy-related systems, introduce sophisticated audio visual equipment, install a high-efficiency lighting system, and upgrade furniture and furnishings to meet the requirements of the Du Bois Institute. HVAC systems and controls were also upgraded, with the installation of two heat pumps and their associated piping, new fresh air ducts, and a programmable thermostat for each ventilation zone. The lighting and lighting controls were updated in the spaces as well. The space includes single-occupancy offices for two full-time Hiphop Archive staff, storage space, a library/archive space, and a reading/meeting area. Accessible work stations were also provided for the use of Harvard University students and staff. The Hiphop Archive is principally used by two full-time employees and several visiting groups of students and visitors.

Project Highlights:

  • 75.4% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills (6.91 TONS).
  • Purchased 47, 930 KWH of RECs, which avoids emitting 128,725 pounds of C02, and is equivalent to 6 passenger cars NOT driven for one year or 4 households’ electricity use for one year.

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