Cardinal Implements “Green” Building Design
Cardinal Construction represented Worcester Polytechnic Institute as the Owner’s Project Manager on the construction of a 232-bed residence hall, with a new adjacent 188 car, three-tier parking structure. Following WPI’s commitment to sustainability, this project was constructed as a “green” building under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. Cardinal worked closely with the owner, designer, and construction team to identify cost-effective sustainability opportunities, implement the opportunities and in the tracking and submission of the necessary paperwork. The LEED project documentation has been submitted with 47 points identified as achieved. The new “East Hall” residence hall is on track to be the university’s second LEED certified building, which features the City of Worcester’s first “living green roof” with 12,985 sq-ft of white, Energy Star roofing. The green roof includes approximately 5,000 sq-ft of various plant varieties. East Hall is marked by a large number of windows maximizing the amount of natural light that enters the building, thereby reducing the need for artificial light and electricity use during the daylight hours. It also includes other green features such as occupant sensor lighting and low-flush toilets. East Hall has been registered with the USGBC and is awaiting final LEED certification, which is anticipated to be at the GOLD level.