Ashdown Graduate Residence Halls
Cambridge, MA

The first LEED Gold certified building at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this 550-bed residence hall complex sets a new standard for sustainable design on campus while also providing for a long-lasting socially sustainable culture of education and communication. Developed on a brownfield site, the project incorporates significant energy savings, daylighting to 90% of spaces, stormwater runoff management, recycling on-site and low-flow water fixtures. Other features include low-VOC paints and adhesives, high-recycled-content carpets and linoleum, and high-efficiency lighting fixtures and heating boilers. The project also serves as an educational tool, with monitors throughout the building displaying real-time energy use, and as a benchmark for future campus buildings. Completed in 2008. (250,000 s.f.)
Photography © Robert Benson