Centerbrook, CT – Conn Health Academic Building Addition has been certified LEED® Gold, placing it among the top one-third most sustainable buildings in Connecticut.
Designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the 12,800sf building exceeded expectations with its sustainable features. Originally targeted for LEED Silver, the Academic Building Addition scored 65 points on the LEED scale to earn BD+C (Building Design + Construction) Gold.
Built by Skanska USA, the Academic Building Addition fronts UConn’s Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Building on the Farmington campus. The building is highlighted by a large, circular space shaped for small-unit, interactive, team-based learning known as the Academic Rotunda. Classrooms and study areas ring the Rotunda, which is elevated above the newly established main entrance.
The Academic Building Addition scored high on the USGBC scorecard in the Sustainable Sites (20 of 26 points), Water Efficiency (7/10) and Innovation (5/6) categories. Perfect scores were achieved in a number of subcategories, including: Development Density and Community Connectivity, Alternative Transportation-Public Transportation Access and Water Efficient Landscaping.
The project also earned four out of five points for the Innovation in Design subcategory.