Fraunhofer CSE, Jacobs to Develop Building Energy Retrofit for Holyoke Community College Buildings

The entrance to HCC Student Activities, Health Services, and WCCH 103.5. (Photo source: HCC Facebook)

The entrance to HCC Student Activities, Health Services, and WCCH 103.5. (Photo source: HCC Facebook)

Fraunhofer CSE will be working with Jacobs and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to identify at least one building envelope retrofit strategy for the Holyoke Community College (HCC) campus buildings that could be applied similar cast-in-place concrete buildings managed by DCAMM. If successful, the retrofit strategies could be applied in the future to other concrete buildings at the HCC campus and similar institutional buildings state-wide.

Construction of these campus buildings began in June of 1971 and, after about 40 years, some of the HCC buildings show signs of wear with durability problems that have arisen over the last decade, making a full-scale retrofit of these building is very desirable.

The Staniford St. side of Boston's Government Center Building. This building is also managed by DCAMM and has similar features to HCC's buildings.

The Staniford St. side of Boston’s Government Center Building. This building is also managed by DCAMM and has similar features to HCC’s buildings.

Fraunhofer CSE building enclosure experts will work with Jacobs and its façade consultant to investigate the current status of the building’s repair needs, evaluate candidate enclosure retrofit strategies, and identify effective retrofit strategies that can restore full functionality to the HCC buildings, while greatly improving wall thermal performance and energy efficiency without compromising durability. All portions of this project will be executed with the goal of identifying scalable enclosure retrofit strategies that can be effectively applied to the larger portfolio of similar DCAMM buildings.

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