New Hampshire Institute of Art, 88 Lowell Street

Manchester, New Hampshire

This project saved Manchester’s historic, first high school building by moving it forward on the site over a new basement, restoring it, and constructing a new connector and six storey addition. 

The completed mixed-use project provides 12 classrooms and studios, 54 dormitory beds, faculty offices and support spaces. The solution employs many sustainable strategies, including reusing the embodied energy of the historic building; providing a high-performance envelope; using daylighting, shading and glazing to advantage; employing a geothermal heating and cooling energy source; using rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing; employing a photovoltaic array on the sunshades to provide a portion of the electrical needs; no-VOC materials, and locally produced materials.

This effort expects to result in a LEED gold certification for this downtown property.