Nashua Community College, Health, Science & Humanities Building

Nashua, New Hampshire

The program for this project included nine general classrooms, a general lecture computer lab classroom, three science classrooms and a nursing suite that included a practice lab. All classrooms feature large windows for natural light, provide dual switching of direct/indirect lighting with controls situated on the front wall for immediate ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$152.50FEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms access, and include whiteboards and smartboards with separately switched light for board use.

In this 2 1/2-story building, the general classrooms are on floors one and two, the science classrooms on floor two and the nursing classrooms on floor three. The nursing classrooms overlook a patio on a vegetated roof where instruction is anticipated to take place in good weather.

A high-performance envelope was designed to exceed the energy code by more than 20 percent. High-efficiency natural gas-fired air handlers distribute HVAC through a VAV system. Lighting is largely dual-switched direct/indirect T5 fluorescent used in combination with occupancy sensors. Daylighting is facilitated with appropriately placed large windows, skylighted corridors, borrowed lights and well-lighted stairwells.