Worcester Polytechnic Institute Residence Hall
WPI’s commitment to sustainability combined with Gilbane’s superior knowledge of LEED requirements earns East Hall recognition as 2009 Green Building of America.
WPI’s New East Hall is a Textbook Case of Teamwork and Collaboration
East Hall was designed to give upperclassmen a compelling reason to stay on campus, which in turn benefits the university with the leadership, mentorship, experience and talent of its students being part of the residential community. The new living/learning facility contains modern four-person apartments that include all of the amenities of independent living and a 198-vehicle parking garage.
A key challenge was the aggressive construction program implemented by the owner. By the time the site prep was completed and the planning and zoning approvals were obtained, there were only 15.5 months to complete the project. Ultimately, the project was completed on time and under budget due to an aggressive start and meeting all of the critical early schedule dates.
Gilbane Works with WPI Student Body to Deliver a State-of-the-Art Living/Learning Facility
Students were invited to attend to project meetings, provide input into the design and construction of the facility that they would ultimately use and attend guest lectures given by the Gilbane team members. Gilbane staff also mentored several students with their thesis work which were on variations of the East Hall design. Additionally, 20 students volunteered and travelled to the nursery to help plant the green roof prior to it being installed.
“From start, to finish, the project has been an extremely satisfying and enjoyable experience, and Gilbane is a large part of that success.”
-Philip N. Clay, Dean of Student, WPI