American Studies

41 Wyllys Avenue

41 Wyllys

Wesleyan was awarded LEED Platinum certification for 41 Wyllys Avenue on February 5, 2013!  The former Squash Courts have been renovated into a new facility, which now houses the College of Letters, Art History Department, and the Wesleyan Career Center.  41 Wyllys features many sustainable features:

  • More than 31 percent of the total building materials content, by value, has been manufactured using recycled materials. A minimum of 10 percent is required.
  • More than 26 percent of the total building materials were manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the project site.
  • More than 52 percent of the total wood-based building materials are harvested from FSC-certified forests.
  • New low flow sinks and toilets reduce water use.
  • The building mechanical system and lighting systems are interconnected to sense occupancy and allow for day and night unoccupied setbacks to reduce energy consumption.
  • CO2 sensors provide ventilation control in all gathering and classroom spaces, improving efficiency and comfort.
  • Sealants, adhesives, and coatings with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were used to improve indoor air quality.
  • A 2,500 square foot green roof provides water filtration and a reduction of the heat island effect.
  • Triple glazing on windows on the north, south, and west sides of the building reduces heat gain in the summer, heat loss in the winter, and noise infiltration.
  • More than 90 percent of the demolition and construction debris was recycled, reducing landfill waste and manufacturing energy.
  • More than 94 percent of the building’s occupants are able to make adjustments on their light controls. Shared multi-occupant spaces, and lighting controls have been provided for 100 percent of the shared multi-occupant spaces.
  • More than 92 percent of the building’s occupants have the ability to make adjustments to room temperature controls.