The Science and Engineering Complex at Tufts University is a LEED Gold facility and is one of the most energy-efficient laboratory buildings of its kind in the United States. It is the product of a strategic infill addition and aggressive energy targets determined at the very onset of the design process. 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. The complex addresses the University’s desire for a critical mass of research and teaching space to support cross-departmental collaborations in an environmentally responsible manner.
The project was recently featured in TuftsNow, detailing the installation of a new roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system to provide solar energy to the building. The new system includes a 136-panel array on the roof of the Science and Engineering Complex that is expected to generate about 61,000 kilowatt hours per year.