Sustainable Summer Projects

Workers install a new high low emissivity ceiling at Walter Brown Arena

Workers install a new high low emissivity ceiling at Walter Brown Arena

Low-E Ceiling at Walter Brown Arena (285 Babcock Street)

Energy prices will no longer go through the roof. A low-emissivity ceiling will be installed above the ice rink, which could save up to 30% per year in ice-generation utility costs. The new ceiling will decrease the amount of radiant heat loss from structural members, preventing condensation forming on the roof and dripping onto the ice surface.

Lighting Project (635 Commonwealth Avenue, 44 Cummington Street)

Giving the environment a green light. The University will comprehensively upgrade at 635 Commonwealth Avenue and 44 Cummington Street, replacing fluorescent and U-tube lighting with new high performance technology. There will also be new occupancy sensor controls in offices, classrooms, select hallways, and lobbies.

Oil to Gas Conversions (Campuswide)

Sustainability also means affordability. Natural gas burns cleaner, costs less, and reduces maintenance versus oil. So, after the successful conversion of the East Campus Boiler Plant from oil to gas, Facilities Management & Planning is expanding the effort. It is expected the upgrade of the following sites will pay for itself in less than two years: 712 Beacon Street, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, 1 University Road, 575 Commonwealth Avenue, and 42 Buswell Street.

CAS, MET, STH & SED Windows (685–725 Commonwealth Avenue and 2 Silber Way)

History meets efficiency in this project to replace windows at the College of Arts & Sciences, Metropolitan College, and the Schools of Theology and Education. The designs for CAS, MET, and STH were approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The new windows for SED are equally sensitive to the architectural style of the originals. Yet all are energy efficient and compatible with modern technology. The first phase—on the river side of Arts & Sciences between auditoria B12 and 522—was completed last year. The rest will be done in phases over the next two years with minimal disruption to faculty, students, and historical integrity.

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