Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli of New Haven (the World Financial Center and Petronas Towers), which won an international design competition for the commission, the $150 million Connecticut Science Center is quickly taking form along downtown Hartford’s waterfront. The 370,000 square foot facility will seek a LEED Silver rating from USGBC, standing six stories tall across 2.5 acres adjacent to the
Specific green measures include solar panels, passive solar design, efficient selection of materials, and lockers and showers for employees who bike to work. In addition to its sustainable features, the project also includes some unique design elements, including a perforated stainless steel wall that will change color at night, as well as a “magic carpet roof,” which rests on glass but appears to float on air when viewed from a distance.
Integrated design, coupled with a cooperative construction team, is essential for a successful green project. The