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Pomona and Sontag Residence Halls Receive International Design Award

Pomona Hall and Sontag Hall

Pomona’s newest residence halls, Pomona Hall and Sontag Hall, have been recognized with the 2013 Green Good Design award by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

The award recognizes “the world’s most important examples of sustainable design.” Pomona’s residence halls were among 26 projects selected from around the world. Winning projects are located in Canada, Germany, Australia, Burundi, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, Singapore and Turkey. The United States was well represented with seven awards.

Pomona and Sontag Hall opened in June 2011 and, at the time, were only the second large-scale residence project to earn LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The two buildings house approximately 150 students and feature suite-style apartments with three to six single bedrooms, a common room, shared bathrooms and a kitchenette. Each floor has a large common area with a full kitchen.

Their sustainability highlights include a 2,000-gallon solar hot water system, rooftop solar voltaic panels providing an estimated 14% of the building load, low water-use fixtures and numerous energy-saving features including operable windows and window fans coupled with mechanical/natural ventilation controls that shut off HVAC when windows are open, Energy Star appliances that decrease energy use almost 50%, and a rooftop garden. Landscaping features drought-resistant native landscaping, an arbor and bench swings. The firm of Ehrlich Architects designed the project with substantial input from a task force of students, faculty and staff.

Completion of Pomona and Sontag Halls brought the number of LEED certified buildings on campus to five. Pomona College first implemented Green Buildings Standards in 2002-03. The College now requires that all new construction projects be built to at least LEED Gold-certified standards.

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design will hold a special exhibition featuring all of the GREEN GOOD DESIGN award-winners, September through November 2013, in Athens, Greece.

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