Also, there was an earlier EstoNews post about the project.
GreenSource,, the magazine of Sustainable Design, covers the new biomass power plant at the Hotchkiss School, designed by Centerbrook Architects. David Sundberg’s images in both the article and accompanying slideshow describe the form and function of the new facility that burns wood chips and supplies more than 60% of the school’s power (the balance comes from purchased wind power.)
The complete set of David’s photographs of the Hotchkiss School power plant are at EstoStock.
David Sundberg recently photographed the new Biomass Central Heating Facility at The Hotchkiss School.
Centerbrook Architects designed the plant that will burn wood chips from sustainably managed forests to provide heat to the campus buildings; the new plant replaces an aging steam plant. The building also has a green roof, innovative storm water management and is built with sustainably harvested materials.
By using locally sourced wood chips from sustainably managed forests, Hotchkiss will reduce its carbon footprint by 35-45%. Biomass will save the school a minimum of $522,000 per year. This assumes a $2.50/gal oil cost and represents a reduction of approximately 62% of the annual heating costs.
More information on the building and details of the new energy plant are at the Hotchkiss School Environmental Initiatives Page.
Centerbrook was honored recently for its renovations and expansion of an historic library by the International Interior Design Association and the Library Leadership and Management Association. The Carnegie Libary, located on the campus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, was chosen as the Outstanding Historical Renovation Project – one of seven categories in the 2012 Library Interiors Competition.
The Best of Competition winner will be announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference on June 24 at the Anaheim Convention in California. The winners also will be featured on the IIDA website and in Contract and American Libraries magazines.
The new addition and extensive renovations were needed to keep pace with Cold Spring Harbor’s steady growth. The heart of the 4,425-square-foot addition is a new reading room on the first floor. The addition also houses space for the Laboratory’s archives, which include: the personal papers of Nobel Laureates Dr. James D. Watson, Barbara McClintock, and Alfred D. Hershey; a rare book collection; a room for scholarly research; rooms housing various scientific journals; a new entry and improved access for disabled users; and a collection of over 100,000 rare photographs chronicle molecular biology’s rise following World War II.
Renovations of the existing two-story structure encompassed replacing interior walls, ceiling, lighting fixtures, wiring and plumbing as well as the restoration of much of the classical oak trim, stair rails, and banisters. The Centerbrook design team was led by partner Jim Childress, partner emeritus Bill Grover, Todd Andrews, Ken MacLeod, and Vicki McCourt.
The Carnegie Building has played an important role in the history of American science. It was where plant scientist George H. Shull discovered the value of “hybrid vigor” in corn genetics in 1908, a finding that eventually led to the tripling of commercial corn yields in the United States. In 1953, scientific facilities were removed from the building, which then became a library.
The $84.4 million, 317,000 square-foot Center for Community building, which opened in fall 2010, is about 30 percent more energy and water efficient than modern code-compliant buildings of the same size and function, according to Moe Tabrizi, campus sustainability director.
An article in the local newspaper details more about the C4C building, as well as other LEED certified buildings on the Boulder campus.
More images of the Center for Community can be seen at EstoStock.
Charles Mueller, AIA, has written an article for American Libraries entitled The Once and Future Library where he argues that as both the definition and demands of libraries change, the designs, too, must morph. Mueller is a principal with Centerbrook Architects and a member of the American Library Association. The article includes this image of the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University designed by Centerbook.
Praising its architecture and ambiance, the international travel publisher and reviewer Andrew Harper has chosen the Centerbrook designed Ocean House on Watch Hill, Rhode Island as a 2012 Grand Award Winner, one of two properties in North America to be so recognized. The hotel also was named among “the best of the best” by AAA, which rated it one of its 2012 Five Diamond Award winners. The announcement of the AAA Awards was published in a USA Today article featuring a photo of the Ocean House. Other recent accolades for the Ocean House were its inclusion in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Hot List and Readers’ Choice Picks as well as Travel & Leisure Magazine’s 2011 500 World’s Best Hotels. Harper began his description of why he chose the new resort hotel this way: “An astonishingly faithful recreation of an 1868 Victorian mansion, with the same sunny clapboard exterior, black shutters, wide verandas and soaring mansard roof. It evokes the charm of another age, but is also a comfortable modern hotel.” He goes on to comment on the “inviting spa” and “meticulously wrought moldings, paneled doors, thoughtfully executed lighting … sumptuous baths with marble vanities, river-stone flooring in the showers, and soaking tubs with their own flat-panel TVs.” The replicated Ocean House – with 49 rooms and 23 private residences, all with spectacular ocean views – reopened in 2010. Centerbrook, led by Partner Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA, designed the new structure based on the early 20th century core of the original shoreline landmark, while adding some modern architectural strivings and myriad amenities. Centerbrook has received four awards for the Ocean House, including an Interiors Award from Contract Magazine and a Design Award from the American Institute of Architects, Rhode Island Chapter.
After photographing the Buckminster Fuller Dome in Ohio, Jeff Goldberg traveled to Boulder, Colorado, to shoot the new Community Commons at the University of Colorado designed by Centerbrook. His trip continued to the Utah Museum of Natural History, a new Ennead-designed building in Salt Lake City.
Here are snapshots of Jeff at work in the UC Flatirons Room: