Construction underway on efficient Colorado residence hall
Photo courtesy of KWK Architects
Construction is well underway on a new energy-efficient residence hall at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The 178,000-square-foot Williams Village East facility is being built according to LEED gold standards, with such renewable energy features as solar panels, LED lighting, recycling areas, occupancy sensor lighting, green outlets, thermostats in each room, low-flow toilets and urinals, door closers and a VRF HVAC system, according to a release.
The projected move-in date for the $96.7 million residence hall is August 2019.
Construction on Williams Village East began in August. The building will sit just east of the Williams Village North residence hall on a site currently occupied by a parking lot and four tennis courts that are no longer in use.
The 700-bed, seven-story Williams Village East was designed to match the architectural style and exterior finish of Williams Village North, which opened in August 2011.
"A lot of the energy efficient features we designed into the building focus not only on saving energy, but also encourage students to get into the habit of being energy conscious," said Meghan Bogener, project architect and interior designer at KWK Architects. "When designing these types of projects, we often ask our clients, 'Do you want to look green, or do you want to be green?' We find that the best design solutions incorporate both aspects."
Williams Village East will provide additional on-campus housing to keep pace with recent enrollment growth and help address the growing demand from upperclassmen who want to remain in campus housing, according to information provided by the university. The building's design is that of a more traditional residence hall that allows for more beds.
Companies: U.S. Green Building Council