Keene State CollegeTechnology, Design and Safety Center
Project At A Glance
The new 53,000 sf Technology, Design, and Safety (TDS) Center at Keene State College is not your average academic building. The cutting-edge facility was designed to achieve near-zero net energy performance and LEED Platinum certification. It is considered a national model for preparing undergraduates to fill positions in the manufacturing and construction trades. The Center incorporates a number of features that enhance the high-intensity programs taught and includes flexible floor plan arrangements, teaching laboratories, studios, tiered and flat floor classrooms, shop and critique spaces, as well as a first floor ‘hub’ area and a full scale contained environment for safety training.
Sustainable elements include an abundance of natural light and airflow, fully operational windows equipped with sensors maximizing passive heating and cooling, low VOC and recycled building materials, and waterless and low flow fixtures. A 125-kilowatt photovoltaic array provides 15% of the energy used by the TDS Center, keeping with the College’s sustainable goals.