Crabiel Hall is a new, 36,000 square foot new academic building at Middlesex College.
Crabiel Hall achieved LEED Silver Certification. Sustainable features include occupancy sensors in each room, day lighting, drought resistant plantings, high tech air conditioning units and boiler and a highly reflective elastomeric roof coating. In addition, low VOC materials were specified and installed in construction documents to ensure that VOC limits were stated in each section where adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet systems, composite wood and agrifiber products were used.
Water use in Crabiel Hall reduced 55% from a standard design through low-flow fixtures, waterless urinals and sink faucets. Energy use reduced 24% through efficient, correctly-sized mechanical equipment. 92% of all construction waste was recycled and 19.8% of materials were manufactured locally to reduce emissions during transport. To further utilize the building as a teaching tool, DMR designed a series of educational signage highlighting the sustainable aspects of the building.
It was the first LEED certified building on the Middlesex College campus, serving as the catalyst for an embrace of sustainable building that later added the Gold-certified West Hall, also designed by DMR.