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, which you can read about in detail here.

  • 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.
    When you visit the building, please visit the interactive energy monitor, which allows you to see the energy used in the building instantaneously and over time.