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.