Kohler Ronan Consulting Engineers - Postcard: Dickinson College

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Dickinson College High Street Residence Hall Carlisle, Pennsylvania

The High Street Residence Hall is the first dormitory that Dickinson College has built on its historic campus since 1973. Recently completed, the 40,500 square foot-building accommodates approximately 130 students in a modern, light-filled space that is in perfect union with the existing campus structures. The building’s E-shaped floor plan creates peaceful outdoor courtyards and indoor study nooks. It was the intent of this project to establish new construction standards regarding sustainability for ‘sociable’ and other un-programmed space for future campus housing. The building’s LEED Platinum certification is evidence of success in achieving those standards. Connection to the college’s central energy plant helps to reduce emissions, as do energy recovery ventilators, LED high-efficiency lighting fixtures, high-efficiency windows, and energy-efficient exterior walls. Multiple rain gardens, partially watered by condensate off the building’s air-conditioning system, further contribute to the facility’s sustainability goals. In addition to designing comprehensive MEP systems for this residence, Kohler Ronan provided Information Technology and Security systems design.

Architect: Deborah Berke Partners Photography: © Chris Cooper

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