LEED Rating System: LEED-CI


Date Completed: August, 2009

The Holyoke Center Floor 4/College renovation project is a 7,730 square foot renovation undertaken by the Harvard Faculty of Arts of Sciences (FAS) to renovate existing leased space for the College’s Advising Program Office and the Program in General Education. Holyoke Center, which is owned by Harvard University Real Estate Services (HRES), is a ten-story concrete building that provides leased office space for numerous Harvard organizations. The project included the north wing of the fourth floor of Holyoke Center. The renovation was an opportunity to reconfigure spaces to meet programmatic requirements for twenty-seven occupants -such as additional conference room space- update finishes and furnishings, and increase the efficiency and quality of the fourth floor lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning controls. Construction began in the spring of 2009 and was completed in August 2009.

FAS is committed to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of Harvard’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2006 levels by 2016, inclusive of growth. The project has achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Gold certification and has met all applicable Harvard Green Building Guidelines.

Project Highlights:

  • 35% reduction in lighting power by using efficient lamps and fixtures
  • 39% of the materials contain recycled content, by overall material value
  • 20,930 gallons of water are estimated to be saved annually over code-maximum fixtures
  • 25.9 tons of construction waste were diverted from landfills through recycling and salvage
  • 11% of the materials are rapidly renewable, by overall material value
  • 100% of the composite wood in the project is urea-formaldehyde free
  • Daylight dimming controls are integrated into light fixtures near windows, which dim lights when there is sufficient daylight in the space
  • Only low or zero-VOC materials were used during construction

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