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JAN-FEB 2018

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN January/February 2018 StudentHousingBusiness.com 56 Minozzi: Although colleges and universities are the ultimate cli- ent, many student residence halls are developer driven. Although facilities management definitely favors more efficient equipment, and therefore more sustainable designs, these are usually in con- flict with a developer's focus on cost first. Luckily, the cost of newer, more efficient technology is steadily going down, making greener buildings more afford- able. These issues are usually addressed during bidding and value engineering efforts and we as architects have the opportunity to mediate these efforts to the ben- efit of our clients. Boarman: Having a project that represents the principles of the green community is one aspect that our clients, the develop- ers and managers, use to create a healthy environment for the residents. Some use programs like LEED or the National Multi- Housing Green Standards, and some use their local standards. We've done projects with solar panels to provide the electricity for all the common space. We've also done geothermal for ground- water/heat pumps to heat the buildings. I'd love to do a zero net energy student housing project that uses elements of the build- ing to illustrate energy consump- tion to the residents and how the building and their own lifestyle choices impact the environment. Using a laboratory concept that can become part of the course- work for sustainability is another example of integrating learning in their living environments, making those systems and metrics visible to the student. It's important to find ways to illustrate how they're connected to sustainability, pro- viding a residence that supports an environmentally responsible lifestyle with areas and programs. For instance, to multi-sort their own trash along with a building that has a positive impact on and contribution to the health of the planet. Those are things that show the value-added attitudes of the development community. Faulkner: We do a green point system calculation on all jobs. Most clients do not go for LEED certification because of the ini- tial cost. We try to incorporate features with reasonable design costs. Some of our clients are com- mitted to doing full LEED, how- ever. That's always good; I am not sure it helps leasing but some stu- dents may ask or be more aware of sustainable issues. Bartash: The vast majority of developers are invested in the concept of sustainable building and design but are now looking at the cost of the certifications and trying to find the balance. While some will make the invest- ment for the official certification, the majority choose to implement and boast the same sustainable features, but they may not nec- essarily stamp their building. We are also seeing a cross-sector translation from other systems, like WELL, which is focused on the health and well-being of the building and its occupants. Moltzan: We anticipated the increasing emphasis on build-able efficiencies and sustainability. Within the last decade, several of our architects have become certi- fied LEED and even recognized National Green Building Stan- dards Verifier. We make sure we stay informed. We keep watch of how others are solving problems, and we try to further innovate. Our growing sophistication of 3-D modeling and building information model- ing (BIM) has allowed for a more thorough design/validation pro- cess. In the cases that this has allowed the client to gain more certainty sooner, we have been able to empower the client to exceed the expectations of the residents and the university. It is imperative that building systems and tech systems are reliable. SHB At Embry-Riddle University, PQH Group designed a 659-bed residence hall that created a new gateway to the existing campus. Photo courtesy of PQH Group Design. Niles Bolton Associates provided the cover image for this issue. The firm designed the View II for Goldenberg Development. The 368-unit, 984-bed project is located adjacent to Temple University in Philadelphia. This is the second phase of a full-block project and it includes 22,000 square feet of retail and a 10,000-square-foot Innovation Center.

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