Among only a handful of LEED Platinum certified residence halls in the country, the new 121-bed Deep Green Residence Hall at Berea College is a model for sustainable student housing. It is also on target to receive Petal Certification from the Living Building Challenge (v.2.0) – only the fifth project to do so.
In addition to COST PER SQ FT$314.00FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio design, this project sought to utilize the skills and resources of the campus community. Poplar trees were harvested from Berea's FSC Certified Forest and hauled by mules to the wood studio. Students milled and cut the lumber for trim work and built desks, chests and tables for each room. Student-designed fine art is prominently incorporated throughout the facility, including the seven-foot by five-foot ceramic Berea Sundial installed on the front façade. Building systems are designed to make students aware of their own consumption via an integrated building dashboard system that monitors energy production and use. Additional features include geothermal heating and cooling, a photovoltaic roof array generating 13 percent of the building’s power, an exterior clad with 100 percent recycled brick and operable windows with low-e glazing.