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LEED Case Study: Science Center: Cabot Library Project – FAS

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Cabot Library Project - FAS

LEED Rating System:LEED for Commercial Interiors
LEED Rating Version:4.0
Certification Level:Certifiied
Month Completed:12
Year Completed:2017
Client (School/Department):FAS

Project Highlights

  • 35% reduction in water use below code maximum
  • 83% of the eligible equipment and appliances by rated power are ENERGY STAR certified
  • 88% of the on-site generated construction waste was diverted from landfills
  • 49% reduction in lighting power density
  • 12% of the project’s materials contain recycled content, by cost

Project Summary

The Science Center—Cabot Library project was comprised of renovating the entry, common area, library, café, arcade, and courtyard in Harvard University’s Science Center. These facilities represent 39,340 square feet of gross floor area combined. The primary goal of the Science Center—Cabot Library renovation was to modernize, enhance and enliven the entire first floor of the Science Center, connecting it to the courtyard and the Science Center Plaza. At the entry level, upgrades included all parts of the foyer (entry, entry ramp, and western entry ramp seating area), café (kitchen, server, and seating), main library areas, and courtyard. The lower level scope included media-heavy spaces, group study rooms, access services, a circulation desk, areas connected with HUIT, and emergency egress. The renovation included all new mechanical, lighting, power, and plumbing upgrades.

The project team was committed to sustainability from the onset and followed the Harvard Green Building Standards to make more informed decisions. These standards led to the inclusion of a number of progressive design strategies to meet aggressive energy targets and reduced water usage without significant additional cost. The project achieved LEED-CI Version 4 certification in December 2017. The Science Center—Cabot Library project is also the second LEED-CI Version 4 project to be certified both at Harvard University and within the entire state of Massachusetts.