LEED Rating System: LEED-NC


Date Completed: May, 2006

Hamilton Hall is a 48,000 square foot dormitory for MBA students at the Harvard Business School (HBS). The building was originally constructed in 1926 and a full gut renovation began in 2005. Boston architects Finegold Alexander and Associates were selected to lead the design team. The renovation resulted in a more attractive, comfortable, healthy and environmentally friendly building. Hamilton Hall achieved LEED certification at the Gold rating in December, 2007.

Hamilton Hall has four levels above grade and one below grade, which is connected to other buildings by a network of tunnels. The building has 72 dorm rooms, 6 kitchens and 8 lounges in addition to dedicated recycling storage areas and other support spaces. From very early in the design process it was decided the building would be an example of green residential design for Harvard University.

Construction was completed in the summer of 2006. The project used USGBC LEED version 2.1, and is awaiting USGBC Response to confirm certification. The project is a successful example of a green renovation project, as the project was able to implement systems with significant energy, materials, and water savings.

Project Highlights:

  • Groundwater recharge drywells
  • 38% reduction in domestic water use
  • Efficient irrigation system tied to weather station

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