Completion date


Owner occupied
28: FTE
292: Peak transient occupants/day
90: operating hours/wk

Days per year Building is fully occupied:


The building is an instructional laboratory building for above grade 12. The usage breakdown is as follows:
80% Laboratory/lab support/classroom
13% Lobby and shared social space
4% Office
2% Other

The net assignable square footage is 27,360, distributed on two floors. The building accommodates labs for biology, chemistry, dental hygiene, nursing, clinical laboratory science, and medical assisting. Mechanical space is 7,200sf, or 14% of the gross area.

The project include considerable site improvements across 183,338sf. The breakdown of those improvements is as follows:
39% Restored landscape
18% Other
15% Drives/roadway
14% Pedestrian/non-motorized vehicle path
9% Garden--decorative
4% Patio/hardscape
1% Shade structures/outdoor rooms

Type of Construction New
Floor area of each building 50,600
Bathrooms 6.0
Stories 2
Conditioned Building Volume 844,000 cu ft
Conditioned Floor Area 34,560 sq ft

Location and Climate Details

College instructional laboratory building

Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree St
Fall River, MA 02720
United States
Location Type Suburaban
Climate Region Zone 5
Köppen Climate Type Cfb
Lat. / Long. POINT (-71.1200645 41.7205971)
Elevation 175 ft


Site conditions:
previously developed land
Site description:

The building and landscape is situated at a prominent, highly visible campus threshold at the intersection of the campus and public realms. The site also cradles the primary campus lawn and significant grove of oak trees and is a focal point for all surrounding buildings. Lastly, the site resides at a critical stormwater juncture on campus and seamlessly integrates new and existing stormwater features

Materials and Design Strategy

Special architectural measures::

1. High performance envelope: increased r-value, air-tightness,
2. Third party envelope commissioning
3. Whole building blower door testing (tested 50% tighter than spec and just above 'passive house' standards).
4. Self shading (overhangs and glazing)
5. Natural ventilation
6. Daylighting (including labs and classrooms borrowing light from the atrium)

LCA Description:

The design and energy team has performed a life-cycle cost analysis for several additional energy conservation measures to be considered for inclusion in the project. A life-cycle cost analysis is used to estimate the total cost of ownership including construction costs, maintenance costs and energy-costs. Through this analysis, well informed decisions can be made.

Indoor Environment Description:
1. Low-emitting materials 2. Individual temperature controls 3. Individual lighting controls 4. 30% increase in outdoor air 5. Natural ventilation 6. Visual connection to outdoors 7. Shading to reduce glare