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Hotchkiss School - Monahan Hall

Monahan Hall was designed by Delano and Aldrich in 1937, and until recently, served as the School’s Gymnasium. With the construction of a new athletic center, the School was committed to preserving the vintage structure and finding appropriate uses. Our design realized the adaptive reuse of Monahan as a multi-use facility with an event space and kitchen (ground floor), offices for Alumni-Development (first floor), and two residential apartments for visiting faculty and space for the Center for Global Understanding and Critical Thinking (second floor).

Hotchkiss has embraced LEED certification as an objective for all new and renovated buildings. BRB led a consultant team in achieving LEED Gold for Monahan Hall. The building’s brick façade, thick walls, generous windows, southern exposure, and slate roof provided an excellent framework for innovations in energy-efficiency.

Sustainable features include:
—Water-efficient landscaping, using non-potable water
—Water use reduction, 40% beyond baseline
—Energy performance, 25% beyond baseline for existing buildings
—Building reuse, maintaining 75% of the existing shell
—10% recycled content and 20% regional materials
—Controllability of systems
—Daylight for 75% of spaces and views for 90% of spaces
—100% green power
—Green cleaning and housekeeping

The project is the subject of a feature series of six articles on sustainable design in Contract magazine: “The Anatomy of a Project: Follow the LEED,” by Robert D. Vuyosevich, LEED AP and Andrew Fuston, LEED AP.