Creighton Hall

Photo of Creighton Hall

Built in 2008, this is the first newly built residence hall on campus in roughly 40 years. With lakeside views and suite style living, this residence hall offers a unique living experience for MHC students. The new residence hall will be considered two separate halls, although they form one large building. Each of the two halls share a common living room space, game room, computer lab, Golden Pear kitchen, and continental breakfast facilities. Residents of the new residence hall are housed in doubles, singles, and suite style rooms. Suites have many different variations including double roomed suites and single roomed suites. All suites have a common space that is only accessible to the residents living in the suite.

How the heat works in Creighton Hall.

Creighton Hall meets LEED™ Gold Requirements

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.