To make room for the new Stetson Library, a project scheduled to begin in June, Kellogg House is moving to a new site near Hollander Hall. A planned expansion of Kellogg will create a new home for the Center for Environmental Studies and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, physically uniting the two programs for the first time.
The original 2,800-square foot building, the second oldest on campus, is to undergo a green renovation that will add 3,700 square feet of new space. A committee of faculty, staff and students is considering various green building standards to guide the project. Options include designing a building that can qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council or one that will generate enough of its own energy requirements to achieve net zero energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Renovating a colonial house that dates back to 1794 poses other challenges, such as maintaining Kellogg’s historical features. Project leaders want to salvage and recycle surplus building materials and trees that will be removed from the site.
“We’re looking at this as a process of learning about green building,” says Zilkha Center director Stephanie Boyd. “We’d like it to be a learning experience for the entire campus.” —Jennifer Weeks ’83