The project involved 35,000 square feet of renovations to the Ward and West Residential Halls, including demolition of the entire interiors while existing exterior walls remained in place. A new three story addition connected the buildings together. West Hall received a new one-story addition with all new interior fit out and MEP systems.
Leach Wallace worked with Towson University to analyze the yearly utility cost of Ward and West Halls to accurately evaluate HVAC options and develop a LEED energy model to meet LEED Silver requirements. This energy model included modifications to the building envelope, an energy and lighting model to participate in BGE energy savings programs, LEED enhanced commissioning support, and post construction activities. Leach Wallace won an ASHRAE First Place Technology Award for this educational facility for achieving energy savings, cost-effectiveness, innovation through adaptive reuse, and beating the energy baseline by 25%.