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GUND celebrates the opening of new Student and Faculty Residences at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., which coincides with the school's 125th anniversary. Community among students and among students and faculty is the hallmark of Westminster’s residential experience. Advancing several campus master planning goals, the new residences enhance the social experience for students, bring a greater number of faculty families into the heart of the student residential area, and shape a more cohesive campus fabric. The first component of this phased initiative includes two new student residence halls with faculty apartments and a new faculty carriage house, in addition to landscape improvements to the residential green. The buildings were designed to earn an Energy Star rating. A range of sustainable design features, including geothermal heat pumps, reduce the buildings' energy and water consumption and create healthy living environments. Read more about the new residences here.
Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was the project architect and project manager, and Graham Gund, FAIA, LEED AP led the design. Contact Christine for more information.
The Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (AAB) with the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recognized the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology with a 2013 Accessible Design Honor Award. GUND's Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Brent Hanson, LEED AP accepted the award with Perkins President Steven Rothstein. As Perkins' first ever social hub for students, the Grousbeck Center combines technology and recreational amenities to facilitate education, vocational training and social skills development. In addition to the student-focused areas, the Grousbeck Center also includes dedicated training facilities for Perkins teachers and visiting educators. GUND's design incorporates a variety of innovative universal design concepts that appeal to all the senses and engage the diverse student body. The LEED Silver certified project opened in 2011. Collaborative Lighting of Concord, Mass. was the lighting designer. Read more about the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology at Perkins.
The new corporate headquarters for Service Credit Union in Portsmouth, N.H. achieved LEED Gold certification. Inspired by Service Credit Union’s local roots and global mission of service to its members, GUND designed their new world headquarters to promote comprehensive sustainability, elevate member and employee value, and enable investment in new technologies. The 100,000 square-foot building creates a new regional landmark and iconic corporate image for the growing credit union.
The design incorporates a range of strategies including geothermal heat exchange, raised floor systems, Co2 monitoring, high performance glazing and envelope improvements. Thermal photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof of the building provide access to renewable energies. Daylight harvesting, automated dimmers and shades, occupational sensors, and plug load reductions provide further energy efficiencies. With 100 percent green energy credit purchases and future plans to integrate a larger photovoltaic array on site, the credit union is taking advanced steps toward carbon neutrality.
A significant amenity for staff is the 17.1-acre site. A former brownfield, the landscape is now richly planted with .33 miles of walking trails and outdoor seating areas that encourage staff to take advantage of the open space. Native plantings that bloom incrementally throughout the growing season connect the site with the surrounding landscape and reduce maintenance and water needs. Read more about the Service Credit Union Headquarters here.
Penn State trustees approved GUND Partnership's plans for the renovation and expansion to the Hetzel Union Building (HUB), Pennsylvania State University's main student union building in University Park. The HUB is Penn State's center of student activity, situated in the heart of the campus core. Responding to a significant increase in usage and student space needs, the project creates a dramatic central gathering space, informal social and dining areas, the university’s first inhabitable green roof, a flex theater and a range of multipurpose rooms, in addition to improved retail and student service areas.
This complex infill project re-purposes an underutilized alleyway and includes a 55,000 square-foot addition and 52,000 square feet of renovation. GUND's design also improves pedestrian circulation and accessibility through and around the facility and enhances the visual character of the eastern side of the building. Gilbane Construction Company is the construction manager. The project is slated for completion in 2015. Read more about the HUB Renovation and Expansion at Penn State University.
David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is the principal leading the project. Contact David for more information.
Imagined as a place where visually impaired students can be brought into the vernacular of today’s culture, so heavily entrenched in technology, the new Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology is a vibrant campus hub that encourages innovation, communication and independence, and also expands the school’s teacher training programs and educational outreach. The LEED Silver certified project opened in 2011. The building incorporates a variety of innovative universal design concepts that appeal to all the senses and engage the diverse student body. Read more about the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology at Perkins.