Open Science, Smart Energy: Innovative Re-Use Strategies for Aging Facilities While Lowering Carbon Footprint

Kip Ellis, EYP Architecture & Engineering
Andre Hebert, EYP Architecture & Engineering

The College of the Holy Cross' Haberlin Hall, designed in 1957, housed the departments of Chemistry and Physics. After enduring more than 40 years of use, however, it was in desperate need of retrofitting. Using this successful project as a case study, presenters will reveal new approaches to transforming vintage buildings, including radical space reorganizing, restructuring of program elements, alternative approaches to ventilation pathways, energy-conservation methodologies, and comparative data on the impact these strategies have in terms of lower carbon footprint, as well as operative costs. Attendees will also learn how the consequences of these approaches create architectural challenges, including accommodation of large energy wheels and working around existing structural limitations.

Additional points covered in this session will include examples of what buildings can teach about energy conservation through displays and data analysis, all in the midst of a learning and research environment focused on encouraging students and faculty to "come inside and stay awhile."


Kip Ellis, an academic planning and design principal at EYP Architecture & Engineering, has more than 18 years of experience as a designer and academic science expert focusing on higher education planning and design, with a specialty in technically challenging projects. He has designed a variety of academic and undergraduate science buildings for numerous prominent clients, including The College of the Holy Cross, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Scranton, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Middle Tennessee State University, and Swarthmore College. Mr. Ellis has taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College and presented papers at architectural symposia. Additionally, he frequently lectures on issues pertaining to the programming, planning, and design of 21st century undergraduate science education and research facilities at SCUP, Tradeline, and Project Kaleidoscope.

Andy Hebert, a principal at EYP Architecture & Engineering, has more than 25 years of experience in all phases of design and construction of laboratories, classrooms, and undergraduate teaching and research facilities. A licensed professional engineer and a LEED® Accredited Professional, he possesses extensive knowledge in designing technically complex systems, and has particular expertise in sustainable design, including evaluating energy-conservation measures relative to operational requirements. Mr. Hebert specializes in mechanical engineering, designing HVAC systems for higher education, government, and corporate projects. His current and previous clients include The College of the Holy Cross, Boston University, Cabrini College, Franklin and Marshall College, and the National Park Service.