John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building

This new 50,000 SF lab building for Bristol Community College (BCC) brings together into one building all of the traditionally high-energy programs from across the BCC campus. The facility houses medical education, a dental clinic, materials labs, biology labs, and chemistry labs. Despite its demanding program, the John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building operates entirely on site-generated renewable energy. Sustainable strategies of the facility's design include: geothermal, filtered fume hoods, air quality monitoring, enthalpy wheels and natural ventilation in non-lab areas. The measured EUI is 45 kBtu/sf*yr. The Sbrega building uses on-site solar (funded via PPA) for all of its energy needs, making it the first verified Zero Net Energy lab building in a cold climate. To receive state approval for ZNE, the team had to prove this could be achieved at no additional construction cost, compared to the standard high-performance baseline design, via a detailed independent construction cost estimate. The building has also achieved LEED Platinum.

Projects Highlights

Bristol Community College
Fall River, MA, USA
50,600 ft²
LEED Platinum Certified, Zero Net Energy Certified

COTE Top Ten Award, American Institute of Architects, COTE Top Ten Awards | 2017
Go Beyond Project Award, International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, I2SL Annual Conference, Go Beyond Awards | 2016

BR+A Principal