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Ashdown House

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Architect William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
Completed 2008
design features
  • approximately 275,000 gsf and three to five stories tall.
  • 205 efficiencies (177 regular efficiencies and 28 small efficiencies), 45 two-bedroom apartments, 32 three-bedroom apartments (19 single-floor and 13 duplex), and 50 three-bedroom suites.
  • exercise facilities, performance/lounge space, large multi-purpose community room, space for the potential of a dining option, floor lounge/kitchens, and the relocated Thirsty Ear Pub.
  • use of recycled materials and resources; low usage shower heads, toilets and appliances; energy efficient roofing materials and lamping; water reuse system for landscape irrigation.
Sustainable Design Elements
  • large courtyards that maximize the open space on the site
  • operable windows for natural ventilation and individual control
  • reflective roof material which will reduce the heat island effect
  • provisions made for future addition of solar thermal panels on the roofs
  • a storm water management system including a filtration system
  • irrigation system connected to central weather station for minimization of watering
  • recycled content and regional materials
  • installation of Energy Star appliances in the apartments
  • light pollution reduction
  • low emitting materials including low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants
  • redevelopment of a brownfield site
  • construction waste management plan for recycling and salvaging waste

LEED-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, 2009—the first LEED-Gold building on campus.

The residence hall includes 441 beds in a series of connected buildings that are three to five stories tall and are situated around two courtyards. The variety of room types available provide students with a wide range of living and financial options. The diversity of choices includes efficiencies, two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom apartments, and three-bedroom suites without kitchens or living rooms.

In addition to the private and public spaces in the buildings, the area surrounding the complex is landscaped with spaces to create “greenscape” along Albany Street. The courtyards create a singular community and serve as private outdoor gardens for the graduate residents.

Project Team 

Project Managers/MIT Gary Tondorff-Dick, AIA, LEED, Marty Deluga
design architect William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
M/E/P Engineers Vanderweil Engineers
Structural engineers LeMessurier Consultants
Landscape architect Richard Burck Associates, Inc.
Sustainable Design The Green Engineer
construction manager Bovis Lend Lease
 William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
 Digging in for the new graduate residence
 Ashdown House gets LEED-Gold certification


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