Washington University hired a consultant to help vet every material that was selected for McKelvey Hall, which was screened against a multitude of variables, including the LEED v4 requirements; Red List chemicals; healthcare-level standards outlined in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative; and the WELL Building Standard. The interiors team, likewise, made furniture and design selections that were in line not only with the International Living Future Institute’s Declare program, but with the Cradle to Cradle certification, meaning they were manufactured with minimal waste and less harmful ingredients in facilities that use renewable, carbon-free energy.
In the Bytes cafe, for example, the design team reclaimed wood from an allee of pin oaks that had to be taken down for construction, and incorporated them into tabletops and shelving. In addition to choosing healthy, sustainable fabrics and furniture, the team also recycled furnishings from the department’s previous building.
McKelvey Hall followed an integrated design process incorporating the principles of sustainable design with attention to energy efficiency, low impact materials, reuse and recycling, quality and durability, and health and wellness. The building is on target to meet or exceed LEED 4.0 Gold v.4 standards.