Husson University Living and Learning Center in Bangor, Maine. Larry Ayotte photo / Husson University

Husson University Living and Learning Center



This five-story living-learning facility on the Husson University campus includes five classrooms on the first floor and suite-style dorm room accommodations for 240 students. Acting as the owner’s sustainability representative and LEED consultant, Thornton Tomasetti played a critical role at the early stage of the project by assisting in crafting design-build qualifications with strict energy performance requirements and LEED criteria.

In addition to organizing a charrette with the design-build team, innovative energy efficiency recommendations included a drainwater heat recovery system, solar hot water system and supporting the design of classrooms through daylight modeling services.

The facility is designed to use 46% less water and 36.5% less energy than a standard code compliant building.

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Our team provides development and evaluation of preliminary sustainable daylighting concepts to determine how daylight comfort parameters can be enhanced. We use various daylighting modeling programs such as Daysim, Radiance and Ecotect to determine the daylight performance of complex façade systems. In addition, our simulation team is developing parametric modeling tools that use feedback loops to optimize shading, reflectances and geometries to achieve desired daylight levels. These tools help design teams reduce dependency on artificial lighting, improve spatial quality and reduce operational costs.