Hamilton College has renovated several former fraternity houses into co-educational, on-campus residence halls. Regarding Skenandoa House, the college wanted to preserve the building’s historic character, produce a residence hall and summer conference housing that will be a “flagship,” and provide a sustainable project. The renovation improved energy performance by more CAPACITY56COST PER SQ FT$175.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation 20 percent above governing energy-code requirements.
The 20,000-square-foot space was intended for 26 occupants. The renovated space for 56 features 175 square feet per single room and bath, and includes common rooms, study rooms, kitchen and laundry. Exterior skin enhancements, an 18-well geothermal heating and cooling system, energy-
efficient lighting, extensive building materials reuse, construction waste management and commissioning services improve life for residents and satisfy the college’s sustainable requirements.
Students now enjoy improved facilities, energy-efficient systems and a new look for the building that maintained the original character of the fraternity house, which holds a special place in this campus’ history.
In 2006, this project became New York state’s first LEED-certified historically preserved building and received LEED NC silver certification for new construction.