Bridgewater State University, George A. Weygand Hall
Square Footage: 160,000 new
Weygand Hall houses a Living / Learning Community and a newly integrated Health and Counseling Center. Located on East Campus, the hub of residential life, the building’s 500 beds are organized in 2 distinct yet connected wings: the South Wing houses traditional suites, organized along a double-loaded corridor, while in the North Wing, the suites are organized within a single-loaded corridor and around Living/Learning Pods overlooking the central courtyard. This inviting outdoor space is surrounded by the cantilevered Living / Learning Pods, which project into the courtyard, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior.
After conducting a Zero Net Energy Building study, the design team, in partnership with our client, implemented innovative energy-saving strategies to minimize building loads, maximize energy efficiency, and generate renewable energy on site. External shading devices, enhanced insulation, and high performance thermally broken fiberglass window frames serve to minimize building loads. Active strategies include heat recovery at shower drains, “kill-switches”, which disable thermostat control when windows are open, and a geoexchange well system, which provides heating and cooling to the building through highly-efficient valance systems.