Carleton College


Carleton College Dormitories

PROJECT NAME:    Memorial Hall/Cassett Hall
LOCATION: Northfield, MN
ARCHITECT: LHB Architects & Engineers
CONCCRETE CONTRACTOR: Northland Concrete & Masonry
CONTRACTOR: JE Dunn
OWNER: Carleton College
CATEGORY: Large Commercial ICF

Quantity of Ready Mix used: 2,400 cubic yards

Quantity ICF Forms: 55,965 Sq ft

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Case History St. Paul Magazine Article

Reward Wall - In the Spotlight

Carleton College, a small, private liberal arts college founded in1866 and located in Northfield, Minnesota, is best known for its academic excellence. But it has recently been recognized for its sustainability excellence - as one of only 26 institutions of higher education in the nation to receive an A- on the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card. It is the only Minnesota school to receive that grade the last three years. Illustrative of Carleton’s leadership position in matters or sustainability is its Cassat and Memorial Hall Project.

An energy modeling analysis determined that using ICF construction would decrease energy consumption by a minimum of 28% compared to baseline building standards. Moreover, as a result of using ICF construction and in-floor radiant heat, no HVAC mechanical systems were required.

The "college gothic" design of the new residence halls – Carleton’s first new full-scale residence halls since 1967 – was developed by Minnesota architecture firm LHB to blend with similar nearby buildings. Unlike their predecessors, though, these buildings have received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) NC Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council USGBC.

This project represents one of the largest and most innovative structures utilizing Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) in Minnesota to date. The residence halls are an exceptional example of how Cemstone concrete and ICF construction can simplify the process of design and construction of a sustainable structure. ICF construction creates an airtight, quiet, mold resistant and energy efficient building envelope that creates the most comfortable of living environments for the occupants. ICFs are also one of the most durable types of construction. The expectation is that these buildings will be around for 200 plus years.

The Carleton College Cassat and Memorial Hall Project is a shining example of what CemstoneICF construction can accomplish. It demonstrates how a team of building professionals - engineers, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, and materials suppliers – can work together using innovative construction methods to complete a project that exceeds the expectations of the client.