Aug. 20, 2010
New Green Residence Hall Opens Cultural Doors for Freshmen
Emory University's newest sustainable residence hall opens its doors for the Class of 2014 this month. The facility, named Longstreet-Means Hall for the two residence halls it replaced, completes Phase 3 of the university's planned freshman complex. It is anticipated that the building will receive LEED silver certification from the U. S. Green Building Council.
Located at the intersection of Asbury Circle and Means Drive, Longstreet-Means Hall has incorporated water conservation methods into the building's design that includes technology recently implemented in Georgia.
"We are one of the first facilities in the state to use captured grey-water," says Andrea Trinklein, executive director of residence life and housing at Emory. By capturing grey-water from activities like hand-washing, bathing and laundry, "Longstreet-Means Hall is designed to use approximately 30 percent less water than a typical project of comparable size."
New Longstreet-Means Residence Hall Opening to Freshmen
Freshmen who wanted to live in Longstreet-Means Hall were required to submit an application that encompasses the international theme of the university, "Global Cultures: Bringing the World to Emory."
"We will engage Emory students through various activities on campus and in the community to broaden their global perspective and challenge their perceptions and ideas to encourage informed actions," says Trinklein. The residents of Longstreet-Means Hall will have many opportunities to share their experiences in a comfortable and relaxed setting in the hall's fireplace lounge. "We've created a cozy environment so students can gather with hall mates to talk with Emory faculty, scholars and community members about the changing face of our world."
Built to achieve LEED silver certification from the USGBC, 84 percent of the construction waste was recycled during this project. Other features that will help the development achieve LEED silver certification include:
- IceStone countertops installed in bathrooms (IceStone countertops are made from 75 percent recycled glass, 18 percent white Portland cement and the rest is comprised of proprietary ingredients);
- A low solar reflective index red tile roof (low SRI allows for minimal heat absorption, making the building easier to cool);
- Air conditioning system that features an energy recovery system and outside air economizer to increase air quality and reduce energy use; and
- Flooring in the hall is made from either bamboo, a rapidly renewable product, or recycled automobile glass; tiled carpet is used to make replacement easier and more efficient.
In keeping with the university's water conservation and energy awareness efforts, Longstreet-Means Hall includes low flow showerheads and faucets, dual flush toilets and auto shut-off sensors in community bathroom sinks. The building's total energy consumption is displayed in the lobby of the building. "We anticipate friendly competition among residence halls regarding energy conservation and lowest energy use," adds Trinklein.
Built as part of Emory's housing master plan, Longstreet-Means Hall encompasses five-stories, 114,000 square feet and 351 beds, plus two complete apartments. The development includes four study rooms and two communal lounges located on each floor. The stucco building, complete with granite accents, keeps with the aesthetics of Emory's original campus design.
Emory's Board of Trustees endorsed LEED in 2002 for use as a guiding principle in the development of all of the University's construction and renovation projects. Emory's commitment to a comprehensive green building program and its emergence as a national leader in this growing trend reflects the University's intention to develop an environmentally sustainable campus.