Crabiel Hall, the newest building at Middlesex County College, received a LEED® silver rating from the United States Green Building Council, signifying the structure’s environmental attributes. In addition, a national publication, College Planning & Management, recently gave a Project of Distinction Award to the College for the construction, which was completed in January of 2011.
The 36,000-square-foot building includes 13 classrooms, office space, four computer labs and a demonstration kitchen.
“The silver rating was our goal, so I’m very happy to have achieved it,” said Donald R. Drost Jr., executive director of facilities management. “Crabiel Hall is the model for how buildings will be designed in the future, with an eye on protecting the environment while still creating an excellent facility.”
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence that provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “The Middlesex County College project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
Crabiel Hall’s sustainable features include occupancy sensors, daylighting, drought-resistant plantings, high efficiency HVAC with heat recovery, preferred parking for hybrid vehicles, reduction in storm water runoff, waterless urinals, construction waste recycling, use of renewable and regional materials, an indoor air quality plan that includes a building air flush-out and pre-occupancy air testing, and use of low-vapor emitting materials.
Crabiel Hall was one of 18 construction projects cited by College Planning & Management in its special section called Outstanding Design + Architecture in Education. The magazine said “The projects reflect the exciting changes and trends in educational design that are needed to create the learning environments that we can be proud to provide. All of the projects reflect the growing awareness of environmental concerns that have fostered a greater interest in ‘green’ or sustainable school design.”
In the June 2012 issue, the magazine called Crabiel Hall “an efficient, aesthetically pleasing and fiscally responsible building. The project resulted in a safe and healthy environment to serve nearly 13,000 students at Middlesex County College.”
Mr. Drost agreed.
“We’re honored to be recognized for a quality building,” he said. “Crabiel Hall was completed on time and under budget, and in the year-and-a-half since it was been occupied, it has served our students well.”