BWBR-Designed Center Earns Carroll University First LEED Certification

WAUKESHA, Wis. – A nursing and physics/engineering facility at Carroll University has set a new standard for energy efficiency and sustainability on the Waukesha campus, earning the school’s first LEED® certification while also featuring the city’s first green roof.

Part of Carroll University’s strategic mission to deliver a strengthened academic experience, the new 38,224-square-foot Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall features state-of-the-art laboratories, simulation nursing labs, classrooms and collaboration spaces. The academic center is the second phase of a BWBR-led campus redesign project, providing better space and technology for some of Carroll’s most sought-after programs. The facility follows the opening of Jaharis Science Laboratories in 2016.

Certified LEED Silver, the building features demand control ventilation utilizing occupancy sensors and CO2 monitors to greatly reduce the building’s expected energy usage — a particularly helpful feature in a building that requires high ventilation rates for multiple lab environments. Additional sustainable strategies include the reduction of estimated water usage by 44.8 percent, LED lighting tied with daylight harvesting, and the use of thermally efficient windows.

Carroll University Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall

The green roof, itself, helps manage stormwater runoff, reduces the heat island effect of the roof, and provides pleasant green space next to the rooftop patio. Occupants of the patio are treated to a view of nature paired with Carroll’s iconic terra cotta roofs and buff stone exteriors.

“We worked closely with our partners at BWBR to create a facility that is cutting edge in terms of both academic excellence and sustainability,” said Carroll University President Cindy Gnadinger. “We are proud that Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall has been certified LEED Silver in recognition of those efforts.” ​

“There are many ways the word ‘leadership’ can be applied to Carroll University, Wisconsin’s first higher education institution,” said Tom Hanley, AIA, LEED AP, principal and architect at BWBR. “Hastad Hall adds another dimension to that definition, showcasing Carroll’s commitment to both smart design and long-term thinking that will influence students for decades to come.”

The third phase of the campus redesign project — the interior renovation of Rankin Hall — is currently pursuing LEED v4 BD+C Major Renovation.

With more than 40 LEED accredited professionals currently working at BWBR, the firm is one of the leading advocates for sustainable performance design, incorporating green design strategies into complex environments like academic facilities, R&D centers, and hospitals. As part of a global movement to design smarter, BWBR signed the AIA 2030 Commitment in 2014 which challenges architects and engineers to make buildings carbon-neutral by 2030.

BWBR Welcomes Pratt to Omaha Office

Anna Pratt, AIA, a seasoned architect from the Omaha area, recently joined BWBR’s Omaha office, bringing notable healthcare design experience to the firm’s newest location.

“Anna brings knowledge and an energy that fits well with BWBR’s focus and approach,” said Scott Kirchner, AIA, managing partner of the Omaha office. “Anna complements her talent with a human-centered approach that puts the health and wellness of patients and staff at the center of design strategies. She bolsters what BWBR can do for healthcare organizations.”

Pratt, whose experience spans both clinics and hospitals, is the first architect to join the Omaha office since Kirchner helped open BWBR’s newest location in May.

An Omaha native, Pratt has spent her career in the region, working on projects in Omaha and Lincoln for CHI Health and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center; in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for Methodist Health System; and in Tecumseh, Neb., for Johnson County Hospital. With a personal interest in behavioral health, she also worked on an assessment and renovation for Faith Regional Health System in Norfolk, Neb.

Pratt is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, holding both a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural studies.