Middlesex County College’s David B. Crabiel Hall Achieves LEED Silver Certification
David B. Crabiel Hall, a 36,000 square foot academic building designed by DMR Architects, a leading full-service architectural firm, achieved Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The building, on the main campus of Middlesex County College in Edison, N.J., is the College’s first sustainable building, and DMR Architects’ fourth building to receive LEED Certification.
On July 17, Crabiel Hall received LEED Silver Certification, scoring 34 points from the USGBC. LEED certification is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Dedicated to progressive, innovative and sustainable, high-quality design, DMR provided complete architectural, engineering and construction administration services for the two-story, 36,383 square foot academic space. The building includes classrooms, computer labs, administrative offices, a culinary demonstration lab, kitchen facilities and meeting rooms.
Sustainable features include occupancy sensors in each room, day lighting, drought resistant plantings, high tech air conditioning units and boiler and a highly reflective elastomeric roof coating. In addition, Low-VOC materials were specified and water use reduced 55% from a standard design through low-flow fixtures, waterless urinals and sink faucets. Energy use reduced 24% through efficient, correctly-sized mechanical equipment. 92% of all construction waste was recycled and 19.8% of materials were manufactured locally to reduce emissions during transport.
“We are particularly proud of the college’s decision to seek LEED certification for this project,” Obi Agudosi, AIA, Senior Vice President and Principal of DMR Architects said. “At Middlesex County College, we designed an incredibly modern building that just happens to be located on a traditional college campus. The materials selected were environmentally responsible, durable and also complimentary to the existing buildings on campus. This was a very exciting project for DMR.”
The approximately $10 million project has been recognized with several other design awards, including a 2012 Project of Distinction by College Planning & Management.