The Science and Engineering Complex at Tufts University earned LEED Gold certification. One of the most energy-efficient laboratory buildings of its kind in the United States, the new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) is the product of a strategic infill addition. Rather than relocate or demolish one of the significant historic buildings, the design team arrived at a solution for a smaller new addition that leverages and strengthens the existing buildings through adaptive reuse, creating an integrated complex.
As stated in a recent TuftsNow article, energy saving strategies were incorporated into every aspect of the building to minimize the building’s carbon impact. The building is predicted to use 70% less energy than a typical lab building, and triple-glazed windows will reduce building heat loss during the winter and keep the building’s interior cooler during the summer.
Tufts is exemplifying what long-term building owners like universities should always strive to do: preserve the history and traditions that we enjoy in our historic buildings by repurposing them to less energy intensive spaces...
Barb Stein, Tufts University, Vice President of Operations
Payette Director of Building Science Andrea Love further describes the sustainable design of the complex in this video.
Alcove Discussions are one way for project teams to solicit #feedback from the rest of the office design issues. There is a brief presentation from the team followed by audience questions and comments. Afterwards, the team stays in the alcove for more informal #conversation. Pictured is the most recent alcove discussion - for Phase II of the @uofpitt #SchoolofMedicine.
Building on previous work with Payette’s acoustics research project, Payette people set out to create an interactive environment where designers can explore basic concepts and consequences of acoustic design in architecture. https://payette.co/2UIVU0upic.twitter.com/pZIABZzEb7
Members of our 3D Visualization Group participated in the annual Reality Virtually Hackathon @MIT. One Payette employee joined a team that created an app that provides architects with a visual tool to be more aware of the acoustic impacts of their designs. https://payette.co/2UIVU0upic.twitter.com/S6enxhT5PR