Client: Connecticut Department of Public Works
Location: Willimantic, Connecticut
Architect/Engineer: The S/L/A/M Collaborative
Award: 2009 Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects - Top Design Award
The Science Building has five stories of academic space with a sixth floor dedicated to mechanical and electrical systems. The state-of-the-art facility consolidates the science and math departments into one building, including biology, computer sciences, environmental earth science, math and physical sciences. ECSU's Center for the Study of Sustainable Energy is also located in the new building. The facility houses general purpose classrooms, laboratories, a greenhouse, a large resource room, a 132-seat lecture hall and an observation deck for astronomy research.
The building was designed to meet the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Systems and materials used in construction were selected to minimize energy use and the impact on natural resources. Such attributes include daylighting controls, a grey-water system that recycles water within the building, chilled beams for cooling office space, recycled steel beams and recycled/renewable content in the carpeting, flooring, and casework. Tiered native plants outside the building help reduce rainwater run-off (which is collected and used for landscape irrigation and waste conveyance) and a bioswale limits the amount of stormwater run-off.
“This magnificent new Science Building is the most environmentally advanced facility we have built on the Eastern campus, in terms of both its design and construction.” – David O’Hearn, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut DPW