Carleton takes pride in our status as a small liberal arts college. Knowing that we won’t continually add buildings to our campus footprint, we instead maintain and update our buildings regularly and with great care.
While all our construction projects are upheld with the college’s Construction Design Standards, below is a list of the most recent certified building projects.
Green Building Projects
Evelyn M. Anderson Hall is the newest LEED construction. The project to construct Carleton’s new Integrated Science Facility included removing Mudd Hall, renovating Hulings Hall and Olin Hall, and new construction in the current science courtyard to connect the buildings into one facility. The new integrated science complex positions Carleton to better serve the needs of students and faculty and help ensure that Carleton maintains its reputation as a leader in the sciences. As of summer 2020, the building was tracking LEED Platinum, the highest green building standard by the US Green Building Council.
James & Cassat Residence Halls
Both Cassat Hall and James (formerly Memorial) Hall are Gold Certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The LEED system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.
Weitz Center for Creativity
Another LEED construction project, plans for the Weitz Center for Creativity called for the renovation and re-use of the original 1910 building in its entirety, preserving much of its history and unique architectural features. The College took great care in selecting an architect with special expertise in adapting old buildings to new purposes.
Utility Master Plan
The last time Carleton College made a major shift in its campus utilities was over 100 years ago with construction of the central plant in 1910. Before that, each individual building was heated by a coal furnace or fireplaces. Now the college is embarking on its utility plan for the next 100 years.
Our two wind turbines (installed in 2004 and 2011) have been a big help to our sustainability efforts, but we need to do more to reduce carbon emissions. Our Utility Master Plan furthers the concepts outlined in our 2011 Climate Action Plan which is the guiding document supporting our goal of making Carleton’s campus carbon free by the year 2050. Our new utility system will utilize four forms of renewable energy – wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and geothermal – and is flexible enough to take advantage of future advancements in renewable energy technologies.
When all phases of the Utility Master Plan are complete, Carleton’s plant emissions will be reduced by over 35 percent.