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Sustainability

GREEN DESIGN  |  ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP  |  LEED ACCREDITED

At MCF, we hold a steadfast commitment to sustainable design, guided by the philosophy that "a building should give back more to a site than it takes." Our projects are dedicated to minimizing their environmental footprint by adopting a conscientious energy approach. To achieve this, we embrace an integrated design process that incorporates a combination of passive strategies, active solutions, and renewable technologies.

Through careful consideration of the site's natural elements and context, our team harnesses passive design strategies that optimize energy efficiency and create a harmonious relationship between the built environment and nature. Additionally, we leverage cutting-edge active solutions to further enhance energy performance and reduce resource consumption. Embracing renewable energy sources, we strive to bring a regenerative aspect to our projects, ensuring they actively contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future.

Sustainable Campus

Antioch College

Prior to the College's reopening, MCF was asked to help Master Plan their campus for the crucial, next 10 years. One mission was at the forefront of their plan; Antioch would like to be the first 100% Carbon Neutral campus in the United States. All design and renovation would need to aid in their endeavors. Since that time, we have renovated three buildings to USGBC standards. All are, or will be, LEED Certified. We have additionally renovated an old engineering building into their Central Geothermal Plant. It currently heats & cools four buildings on campus. With expansion, it will cover the entire College. The College also added a five-acre solar array on the south of campus which will generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours of energy annually.

HIGHLIGHTS

Central Geothermal Plant
Campus Farm
One Megawatt Solar Farm
Renovated Energy Efficient facilities
Planned Carbon Neutrality

Latimer Family Library 

Saint Vincent College

The University Commons at Carlow was programmed and designed to transform the social and learning environment of the entire campus by providing accommodations for student life, dining, active learning and community engagement. The Commons building embodies the new vision of the University integrating an array of facilities to support student and faculty learning and collaboration. The University Commons is a beacon and home for the state-of-the-art Digital Learning and Innovation Center, art gallery and flexible conference space.

TYPE  Renovation

 

SIZE  82,500 sqft.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

LEED Silver Certified
Center for Digital Learning and Innovation
Multipurpose Assembly Space
McGinley Center for Student Success
Active Learning Classrooms 
New Campus Heart and Beacon