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USGBC NH Tours the 2021 Building of the Year

Monday, September 26, 2022 3:20 PM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

The NH Chapter of the USGBC recently toured the Goel Center for Theater and Dance at the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.  The 63,130 square foot building won the NH Chapter’s 2021 Building of the Year Award for having the highest number of LEED points.  The building received 60 points and is certified LEED Gold.

The building has multiple theater stages, dance studios, scene shop and classrooms to support the school’s performing arts programs.  The exterior of the building has a minimalist design with limited strategically located windows (at the end of corridors, for example), front entrance and southwest corner.  Although few, the windows provide a connection to nature and provide natural light.  At night, the murals inside the building create a warming light through the windows that invites students to the building.  Since this is a theatre building, acoustics were important to the students and event attendees.  Acoustical ceiling and wall panels were used throughout the reception area and corridors to help control the sound.

The energy efficient building utilizes a geothermal heat pump system and LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.  Lighting controls allow students and staff the ability to adjust light levels based on activities.  Stormwater runoff is captured in the nearby rain garden which also provides greenery for the outdoor space.  Custom bike racks are located close to the front and back entrances to promote alternative transportation.  The project also transformed the street adjacent to the building for pedestrian use and connecting the Center with the academic campus and athletic facilities.


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