Western Connecticut State University Dormitory

The components aided LEED certification in several ways, in addition to helping speed construction. Among the specific areas where it helped the project achieve points were through recycled content (Credit 4.1 and 4.2 in Materials & Resources), as it included slag and recycled steel in rebar. The precast components were produced locally, helping to gain the local manufacturing point in Credit 5.1 of Materials & Resources. And the materials were harvested locally, aiding Credit MR 5.2. The precast parking structure assisted with Sustainable Site Credits 7.1 and 7.2 to reduce heat islands by limiting the exposed parking area and using high albedo (light-colored) parking surfaces.

"LEED certification is simply one more element to be concerned with during the building process," Etzel says. "Much of it involves sustainable design concepts developed in the design process and focus on energy efficiency, but some parts come into play during construction. It's something you have to keep in mind as the project moves along."

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Project Details

City:

Danbury
 

State:

CT
 

Year:

2003
 

Precaster:

 

Owner:

State of Connecticut
 

Architect:

Herbert S. Newman, New Haven, CT
 

General Contractor:

Konover Construction Corp., Farmington, CT
 

Engineer:

DiBlasi Associates, Monroe, CT
 
 
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