LEED Rating System: LEED-CI

LEED Rating: SILVER

Date Completed: May, 2010

The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University is a university-wide center for the study of nonprofit organizations and civil society. The Hauser Center seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about the leadership of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations through the key goals of research, education, and practice. The department previously resided in an off-campus building adjacent to the Kennedy School. As the Hauser Center has grown, it has become critical for them to move onto campus where more casual interaction with students can occur. The Hauser Center moved into the first two levels of Belfer Hall in the fall of 2009. Built in the early 1980s, the building houses both classrooms and offices, and was designed to encourage student and administration interaction. The Hauser Center will continue to encourage this interaction while allowing areas for private interdepartmental interaction. As part of Harvard University’s sustainability initiatives—aimed at saving resources and reducing the University’s environmental impact—Harvard Kennedy School intends the design and implementation of the Hauser Center’s new offices to achieve at least LEED-CI Silver certification. The Hauser Center believes that the work environment does affect the workers’ health and wellbeing. Because of this the Center looked to the design team for a space well-lit by natural light and products with little to no VOCs. To reduce waste the existing perimeter offices were reused when possible and glazing was added to their fronts to allow light to reach staff members not directly adjacent to the exterior windows.

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