Emory to Open Newest LEED Silver Pre-Certified Freshman Student Housing

By: David Nelson, project manager, Carter

Did you know that Emory University has 13 LEED-certified buildings on campus? There are currently five gold, five silver, three certified and four projects still pending certifications at Emory. Watch the video below to hear David Nelson and Glenn Kulasiewicz discuss the new dorm and Emory’s commitment to a Green campus.

Emory, a leader in providing green housing for its students, has just completed its newest development. Students will begin moving into the building, Longstreet-Means Hall, on Aug. 18. The building currently is registered for LEED Silver certification.

Sustainable techniques used include roof storm water collected for irrigation, energy monitors to display energy and water consumption, individual climate and lighting controls, low-flow showerheads and auto shut-off for bathroom faucets. This is the first hall on Emory’s campus to harvest gray water for toilet flushing. The gray water reclamation is projected to save more than 1 million gallons of potable water per year.

Carter served as the program manager of Longstreet-Means Hall. The 114,000-square-foot residence hall has a partial ground floor accessible on grade at the north end of the site with five stories of space above. The unit types include traditional doubles as well as semi-suites.

Emory Student Housing-FH_mechanical_20_tifThe project is organized into Resident Assistant communities of 25-35 beds (including one Resident Assistant and two Sophomore Assistant beds per community). The typical floors house three Resident Assistant communities with shared floor lounges and study lounges distributed throughout the floor plate.

The first floor houses common space for residents including a centrally located complex lounge and Resident Assistant communities at the north and south wings. The first floor is accessible from an elevated green space or “green roof” over structured parking below. The ground floor houses apartments for Area Directors as well as storage, mechanical, electrical, and support spaces. The architectural expression of the project is in keeping with the campus design guidelines and character of the campus.

The project is located in the northeast corner of the Freshman Housing master plan precinct. It forms the eastern edge of the main quadrangle of the master plan. The building and site are designed to allow for the master plan build out of a one level garage located below the central quad. The quad includes a cistern which captures rain water from the roofs of the building and is used for irrigation.

(Update: On Aug. 20, Emory issued a press release about the opening of Longstreet-Means Hall. The release includes a video highlighting its green features. Click here to see the release and watch the video.)

David Nelson brings a unique combination of technical engineering and business skills to provide strategic real estate solutions to his clients. He has worked with both institutional owners as well as private developers managing over $350 million worth of complex project portfolios balancing their various risks, exposures and opportunities to maximize value. David continues to achieve meaningful results through his ability to develop new insights and create lasting relationships.

Also, contributions from Dennis Lynch, AIA, LEED AP, senior associate AYERS/SAINT/GROSS and Glenn Kulasiewicz, project manager Emory University.

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