Oct 27, 2017

RAMSA'S Schwarzman College Certified LEED Gold

Robert A.M. Stern Architects' Schwarzman College at the Tsinghua University in Beijing has been certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Located at the campus of Tsinghua University in Beijing, Schwarzman College is the residential and academic home for the Schwarzman Scholars program, established to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future and for China's expanding role in the world. The building, intended to foster community among scholars from around the world and resident and visiting faculty, combines academic, social, and residential functions in a single structure. Recalling traditional houses of China, the building is organized around two courtyards: an entry courtyard behind a low garden wall at the street and a sunken interior courtyard that allows daylight to penetrate two levels below grade. The building is clad in the gray brick characteristic of Beijing accented with stone and wood details. A traditional tile roof moderates the scale of the building and accentuates its corners. Much like the program it houses, Schwarzman College synthesizes Chinese and Western traditions.

Schwarzman College is designed to use 40% less energy than a typical U.S. code baseline building, utilizing sustainable features that include reverse osmosis and ultraviolet water treatment systems; energy-efficient lighting controls including daylight harvesting and vacancy sensors; onsite stormwater controls designed to accommodate 100-year storms; and a building automation system with interactive monitors that display energy consumption in real time. High-level dual air filtration in the HVAC system optimizes indoor air quality, allowing the building to exhaust cleaner air than it takes in.

RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Graham S. Wyatt and Melissa DelVecchio led the design effort. For more information, please click here.

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