Chatham University Case Study with Committee on the Environment
Please join us at the offices of Mithun on Pier 56 for a case study of the Eden Hall Campus of Chatham University. Mithun partners Dave Goldberg, AIA and Deb Guenther, ASLA will present the project and discuss the integrated design process, sustainable design elements, and the ambitious goals for the multi-phase project.
As the first university campus planned for sustainability from the ground up, Eden Hall Campus is designed to inspire students with a hands-on living and learning environment while fostering educational tourism as a destination and gathering place for thought leaders and innovators. Located on a 388-acre working farm that was a gift to the University, it is home to the Falk School of Sustainability and will integrate sustainable principles across academics, facilities, residential life, the surrounding community and the land. When complete, the net zero energy campus will accommodate 1,200 students within programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level.
All buildings on campus are being designed to meet net zero energy standards with individual buildings slated for LEED Platinum, Living Building or Passive House certifications. The completed campus targets an average Energy Use Index (EUI) of 20 and includes many locally-sourced materials. Integrated systems will link the buildings and the landscape with “closed loop” food production, energy generation and water treatment systems. The multi-functional “mosaic” landscape includes rain gardens, a natural treatment wetland, agriculture and orchards interwoven with forests and meadows.