The Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine Vertical Expansion in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine Vertical Expansion



The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine has created a multi-phase master plan to update its facilities and has chosen to focus on including sustainability and environmental quality as part of its initiative. Thornton Tomasetti served as the LEED consultant for the first phase of the master plan, a five-story vertical expansion to the School of Dental Medicine. The expansion project is a 105,000-square-foot addition to the existing 10-story building.

The additional floors accommodate patient clinic space, classrooms, offices, and continuing education and research facilities. Throughout the building water usage was reduced by 30 percent using low-flow fixtures and metered faucets. Radiant floor heating and daylight sensors contributed to energy savings. The project used light colored roofing and paving to minimize the heat island effect. Local materials reduced transportation costs and associated emissions and had the added benefit of stimulation to the local economy. Materials that could not be locally sourced included those high in recycled content, such as aluminum door and window frames, and floor and ceiling tiles. An indoor air quality plan was also created and ensures a healthy interior environment for the lifespan of the building.

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We perform whole-building energy analysis and modeling throughout design and into occupancy to predict and measure operational performance. We use advanced analytical tools to provide data-driven strategies that maximize energy savings, increase occupant comfort, reduce carbon footprints and effectively incorporate renewable energy technologies. Our team regularly develops in-house tools that enhance our modeling capabilities and ability to accommodate increasingly complex design problems. We also use simulation programs such as Weather tools, Ecotect, Therm, Window 6, DOE-2.2 (eQuest), EnergyPlus and BLCCA.