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Class of 1966 Environmental Center 

Williams College (Williamstown, MA)

Living Building Challenge Certified by the International Living Future Institute
This classroom and office building has met all of the Living Building Challenge criteria.  The green-building certification is one of the most difficult to achieve and requires the design, materials, and construction to conform to 20 imperatives including demonstrated net zero water and net zero energy performance. The design incorporates an historic building with new construction, intentionally magnifying the difference while creating a single functional plan. The lower floors are public spaces - kitchen, reception, reading room, conference room, and classroom, while the upper floor is faculty offices. The design features an energy efficient building envelope, foam-flush composting toilets, balanced daylighting, solar PV panels, and no “red-list” materials. Extensive landscaping includes an amphitheater, outdoor classrooms, gardens and constructed wetlands. 

Project Team

Landscape Architect: Wagner Hodgson Landscape

Civil Engineer: Guntlow & Associates

Structural Engineer: Novelli Engineering

Mechanical Engineer: Kohler & Lewis

Electrical Engineer: DuBois & King

Energy Consultant: Integrated Eco Strategy 

General Contractor: Consigli Construction

“Our building is fantastic - absolutely crawling with students at all hours. It has extended our reach and our impact, which was, of course, the ultimate goal.”

Sarah Gardner, Faculty, Williams College Center for Environmental Studies
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