Makechnie Study Center

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The Sargent College Makechnie Study Center before (top) and after (middle), with the new study room (bottom), a renovation that earned a silver LEED certification for green building. Photos courtesy of Shaun Finn

The Sargent College Makechnie Study Center before (top) and after (middle), with the new study room (bottom), a renovation that earned a silver LEED certification for green building. Photos courtesy of Shaun Finn

In April 2009, the Sargent College Makechnie Study Center was awarded LEED-CI, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Commercial Interiors Silver.

The 3,000 square foot Makechnie Study Center provides a broad range of media services for students, faculty, and staff, including a digital video-editing suite, 11 computer workstations, and hi-definition LCD panels for viewing course related media and developing PowerPoint presentations for classes.

The new center houses over 90 percent EnergyStar–rated computers, printers, and copiers, exceeding industry energy-efficiency standards in lighting by 15 percent. Paint and carpet are both low VOC (volatile organic compound) meaning the materials are safe for the environment.

Features include:

  • Optimized energy performance (lighting power)
  • Lighting controls – daylight responsive controls within 15 ft of windows
  • Building materials incorporated 13.87% recycled content.
  • Ergonomically correct workstations
  • Energy-efficient glass, stainless steel panel, precast façade, highly efficient and flexible 20,000 square-foot floor plates, energy efficient building systems.

The LEED Green Building Certification System is an internationally recognized program that measures how well a building or community performs across various metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, and improved indoor environmental quality. The US Green Building Council launched the LEED system in 1998.

For more information see the story in BU Today