Photo by Christian Santillo
Figge Hall, the newest residence hall at the College of the Holy Cross, has earned LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national organization that certifies buildings that are green and sustainable, and protect the environment. It is the second LEED Gold certified project on campus. The Integrated Science Complex received the same designation in 2010.
Completed in 2011, the $19.2 million Figge Hall is a four-story, 60,000-square foot building, accommodating 156 seniors. The 39 apartments consist of a living room, dining area, full kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms.
“As the second building on campus to receive LEED Gold certification, Figge Hall adheres to high standards of energy efficiency, and is an important example of the College’s continuing commitment to sustainability,” says Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. “In addition to exceeding our goal to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2015 ahead of schedule, the Holy Cross community is heavily vested in reducing its carbon footprint and reaching carbon neutrality.”
“We are thrilled Figge Hall is the first residence hall on campus to receive such high marks from the U.S. Green Building Council,” says Scott Merrill, director of physical plant. “The residence hall is distinctive in its use of quality, environmentally-friendly elements. It utilizes 50 percent less water than other buildings its size; incorporates recycled materials throughout the building process; and was intentionally built with a constant focus on energy efficiency.”
The residence hall is named in honor of John K. Figge ’59 (1938-2009), a former member of the Board of Trustees.
CBT Architects and RDK Engineers incorporated high energy efficiency standards in all phases of design and construction. Sustainable highlights include:
As part of the College’s participation in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), all new construction going forward on campus will be energy efficient and meet or exceed LEED silver standards.