McLendon Hall Receives Green Accolade

MADISON, NJ—Drew University’s McLendon Hall—a state-of-the-art, highly sustainable student residence—has been selected for a Green Building of America Award from Northeast Real Estate and Construction Review magazine. The magazine’s forthcoming Green Success Stories edition will feature a piece on the building’s eco-friendly elements, and their impact on residents and the community.

McLendon Hall was built in 2008 and designed to be a model of sustainable student housing. It was designed by the Philadelphia-based architecture firm of Voith and Mactavish. In 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council bestowed upon it LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification at the silver level. The building’s primary eco-friendly feature is a geothermal heating and cooling system that utilizes the Earth’s natural temperature regulate its interior heat and air conditioning. Its other green characteristics include water-efficient fixtures, energy-efficient windows, low-emissions paint and roofing materials that deflect heat absorption. At least 10 percent of the materials used during the construction of McLendon Hall were recycled.

The building, at full capacity, can house up to 159 students in mostly double-occupancy rooms located on the second through sixth floors. Each individual room is part of a larger suite that features a common space and full bathroom. The entire 9,000 square foot first floor comprises common spaces for meetings, study and recreation.

Northeast Real Estate and Construction Review is has a circulation of roughly 50,000. The publication boasts more than 100,000 Internet hits per month.

For more information about McLendon Hall and its green features, please visit www.drew.edu/construction.

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Posted: August 8, 2009