Creighton Hall

In Setptember 2008, MHC's first new residence hall in over 40 years was officially completed. The building received LEED™ Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the fifth LEED™ certified building on campus. It has been designed to be an attractive, functional, and efficient residential building.

Life in the Hall

The residence hall is home to 176 students in singles, doubles, and suites. Rooms are arranged in horizontal and vertical clusters, with a lounge and kitchenette located within each cluster. The building is formed by two main wings connected by a large common space that includes a game room, television room, formal living room with a fireplace, and a Golden Pear kitchen. Each room has card-swipe access and in-ceiling and floor radiant heat, with adjustable temperature controls.

Take a video tour of 'A New Place to Call Home'.

Meeting LEED™ Gold Requirements

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green building Rating System™, overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes environmentally conscious building projects by using a specified list of qualifications.  In order to obtain certification, a building project acquires "points" in various categories including water and energy efficiency, sustainable site development, design innovation, and materials. Building plans are then rated on a system from Certified to Platinum. The new residence hall accumulated points across these categories, including the following measures:

Energy and Atmosphere

  • building is 45% more efficient than the Massachusetts building code requires
  • greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 404 tons/year - the equivalent to taking 70 cars off the road
  • heat recovery wheel
  • continuously monitored building management control system 
  • daylight dimming and occupancy sensors in public spaces
  • green power purchased to run the building for its first two years
  • energy efficient lighting with occupancy sensors
  • 24 solar collectors provide 22% of domestic hot water
  • water efficiency 
  • efficient plumbing fixtures use 30% less water than allowed by Massachusetts code

Sustainable Materials

  • synthetic roof shingles made from 40% post consumer recycled materials
  • 20% of all materials used in the building were purchased locally
  • renewable bamboo and cork flooring in common spaces
  • 15% of all building materials were made from recycled content
  • 93% of all construction waste was recycled

Indoor Environment

  • CO2 monitoring system
  • light pollution reduction
  • low emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in carpet, paint, sealants and adhesives
  • composite wood products low emitting and free of added urea formaldehyde resins

Sustainable Site Development

  • storm water management minimized runoff and utilized retention systems to limit flow to the brook
  • removal of invasive species and use of plants and grasses native to the northeast
  • orientation maximized opportunities for natural light, views, and ventilation
  • prevention of exterior light illumination into the night sky
  • reduction of site compactions due to construction activities

Creighton Hall Turns Green to Gold

More information on LEED™ certification in Creighton Hall. (PDF)

Learn more about Environmentally Responsible Building at Mount Holyoke.