LEED Rating System: LEED-CI


Date Completed: September, 2007

Originally constructed in 1965, Larsen Hall was the first new classroom and office building for Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). The eight story brick building houses seven floors of classrooms, along with faculty and staff office space. It was named for Roy E. Larsen, a major voice in education reform and major HGSE supporter.

Renovations of second floor classrooms 210 and 212 began in August and concluded in September of 2007. A second phase of renovations focused on classrooms 402, 513 and 615, and was completed in August of 2008.

The renovations provided the opportunity to upgrade the finishes, furniture, lighting and technological capabilities of each classroom to bring them up to HGSE current standards. Restrooms on each floor were also retrofitted with low-flow fixtures to better improve water efficiency and reduce consumption.

The project team was committed to sustainability from the onset and throughout the duration of the project. This dedication ultimately allowed the Larsen Hall renovated classrooms to achieve a LEED Gold Certification.

Project Highlights:

  • 89.6% of construction waste was recycled.
  • 60% of the interior non-structural components were retained.
  • 40% of restroom water consumption was eliminated by using duel-flush toilets and low-flow aerators.
  • 25% of materials used in the project consist of materials with recycled content.
  • 100% of composite wood is free of urea formaldehyde

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