Salem, MA

Viking Hall, Salem State University

This 353 bed residence hall at Salem State University in historic Salem, MA, is organized into two wings that define major new green space for the campus - an outward looking civic green, and a south-facing quadrangle which will be accessible to all students and the center of residential life for this new project. A glass bridge connects the two wings of the building where these two outdoor spaces come together. The project includes a large campus-wide public space that serves as a Starbucks café by day, and a performance venue for open-mic nights and other events by night. The hall houses a mix of suites and shared double rooms, as well as the residential life offices on the ground floor.

The design team coordinated effort to collectively design a more sustainable building by using energy simulation software and economic analysis to determine the most beneficial energy efficiency measures to be included in the design. Additionally, the team selected water fixtures with low flush and flow rates and designed the landscape to specifically include native and/or adaptive plantings to limit potable water use associated with the project. The design team specified and the construction team installed low-emitting, regional and/or recycled materials and products to limit the local and global environmental impact caused by a typical construction processes.  Energy-efficient LED lighting was also used in the design. Sourcing materials with the lowest environmental impact without incurring added costs to the owner proved to be a substantial challenge to the project.

LEED NC v2009 Gold

For this project, The Green Engineer provided:

  • LEED Certification Project Management
  • Energy Modeling

Owner:  Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA)

Architect: William Rawn Associates

Photography: © Robert Benson