Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
A bold, forward-looking design sets a new standard for energy efficiency and the promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Scheduled for completion in 2021, the building will be the first permanent home for the Irving Institute for Energy and Society. Its design demonstrates and expresses the building’s high performance while creating a space for interdisciplinary research that focuses on advancing an affordable, sustainable, and reliable energy future for the benefit of society.
The institute is a hub of collaboration that brings together multiple different users: institute researchers, the Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business, the Campus Sustainability Office, the Feldberg Library, and students moving to and from Murdough Center, to which it connects. The main atrium acts as a public living room that provides opportunities for users to formally and informally coalesce.
The institute will be an exemplar of high-performance building: materials, finishes, and systems are all being selected to maximize efficiency and a long service life. Our team is targeting an EUI of 20 and LEED Platinum certification.
Design objectives include:
- Designing a building that is a global benchmark for innovation and high-performance design
- Expressing the energy/sustainability theme in creative and appropriate ways
- Responding to the site context and respecting the aesthetic of other campus buildings
- Providing places of transparency to put learning and activity on display
- Integrating landscape and building to improve and promote accessibility through the campus
- Optimizing building efficiency and reducing energy consumption to achieve an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of below 20