The New York City office of the global architecture firm Perkins+Will has earned a 2013 Award of Merit from the Connecticut Green Building Council for its LEED-NC Gold Gateway Community College campus center. The firm received the honor at a presentation held in the facility on June 20. The new building will serve Gateway’s new Center for a Sustainable Future program and itself will act as an educational tool for courses that focus on renewable energy system design and installation.
The project is one of the few community colleges in North America that is participating in the Architecture 2030 Challenge, which has set a 60 percent (rising to 70 percent in 2015 and carbon neutrality by 2030) energy consumption reduction target (against regional or national average for the same building type) for all new buildings. The reduction goals can be satisfied through design strategies, implementing renewable energy technologies, and/or the purchase of renewable energy credits (for a maximum of 20 percent).
Gateway’s new building is located in downtown New Haven across a full two city blocks. It consolidates the school’s two existing campuses and will serve nearly 7000 students. A four-story bridge over George Street connects the campus blocks together and creates what Perkins+Will calls an “urban campus hub.” “Our goal was to design Gateway Community College in a cost-effective manner but also to meaningfully engage with the city of New Haven, to have a powerful impact on the local community,” said Perkins+Will New York’s Robert Goodwin.
Indeed, the firm’s design includes an atrium with extensive natural daylighting and a facade that allows views directly from the street into the structure’s library and classrooms. Inside the building, an LED media wall art installation (pictured, left) rotates through portraits of the school’s professors and every student enrolled in the institution.
Perkins+Will’s New York office has an impressive CV of academic projects that have received LEED certification, including the LEED-CI Gold L’Oreal USA offices in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.