Makechnie Study Center becomes the first LEED-certified space at Boston University

The renovated George K. Makechnie Study Center (MSC) at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in Boston University, Massachusetts, has received LEED-Silver certification.

The facility provides a broad range of media services for students, faculty and staff for computing, media and library needs. The design focus of the 3,000 SF renovation was to create a visible, ergonomically and psychologically comfortable open study space with access to natural light. The new center contains a central quiet zone, featuring 11 new computer workstations and office equipment, that is encompassed by glass-walled offices and group study rooms equipped with hi-definition LCD panels.

Sustainable features include the use of bamboo walls, cork flooring, energy-efficient lighting systems and electronics; the paint and the charcoal-grey carpet used in the facility contain almost no volatile organic compounds (VOC) and building materials incorporating 13.87% recycled content were used during construction.

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