Amherst College Science Center
The undergraduate science center for Amherst College is approximately 250,000 ft² spread over four levels. The program includes both wet and dry laboratories typically found in an undergraduate program including physics, computer science, chemistry, biology, psychology, and physical chemistry, offices, multipurpose classrooms, informal meeting spaces, greenhouse space, and a library. The College is seeking to push the envelope in high performance building design with a focus on developing a very low energy science center. While the project may follow the practices outlined in the USGBC LEED certification program, the project will not be submitting for any form of LEED certification.
Integral Group is providing integrated sustainable design services for the new science center project and leading the project team in establishing energy and water targets based on benchmarks for similar building types in the region. Integral Group is working with the architect and the MEP engineer of record to develop and analyze both active and passive strategies to lower energy consumption.