As the result of a design competition, Mackey Mitchell was selected as part of the design-build team of Whiting Turner Construction and Aller-Lingle-Massey Architects for this LEED Platinum $46.5 million residence hall - the first of its size in the nation to achieve this designation. The 134,000SF building includes 500 beds, a faculty apartment, community lounge, recreation room, classrooms, and an open community kitchen which encourages social interaction.
To meet UC students' growing interest in sustainability, Mackey Mitchell was charged with maximizing green features in its design. The LEED Platinum residence hall gives students the opportunity to use the building as a living/learning laboratory. Through a variety of teaching methods and providing residents with the opportunity to track their own energy usage through LEED dashboards, students learn to apply sustainable solutions to real-world issues. With the team's focus on sustainability, the building is expected to use about 39% less energy than an average building of its size.
Williams Village earned the distinction of Best Green Multi-Residential Building from the first annual Boulder Valley Green Buildings Award program. "Designing a residence hall requires a unique understanding and dedication," said Lori Lander, Assistant Director of Residence Life, "it is a building like no other. It's about community and durable finishes which are often difficult to blend. The project team understood this."
Passion + Perspective
The project team did an outstanding job.
- Lori Lander
Assistant Director of Residence Life, University of Colorado-Boulder