Sculpture Building and Gallery – LEED Platinum
Completed in 2007, the Sculpture Building is a 55,000 gross square foot space that houses offices, studios, classrooms, and machine shops for undergraduate and graduate programs for the School of Art. In 2008 it won the International Architecture Award and became first building in Connecticut to receive a LEED Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council.
Energy efficiency is a fundamental focus of the building design. It is sited to maximize the amount of natural light available, reducing the need for artificial illumination which automatically dims when natural light levels are sufficient enough. The south and east facades have external shading to control the solar load of the building and occupancy sensors automatically turn off lights. All of these energy reduction features significantly reduce the energy intensity of the building.Additional sustainability features include locally manufactured and harvested materials; waterless urinals and dual flush toilets; a stormwater reuse system; operable windows; and an air monitoring system that tests for volatile organic compounds, monoxide, carbon dioxide, humidity and particulates.