ADD Inc. has recently added another tower to Boston’s skyline, a $52 million residence hall for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Designed by architecture firm ADD, the tower doubles the college’s housing capacity and provides an innovative environment where 493 students can live, study, and play at affordable, state college rental rates. The building received a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and its energy usage is 22 percent more efficient than code mandates. Other green features include Low-E windows with solar tint that reduce heat gain, double insulated metal panels, and low-flow plumbing fixtures that reduce the amount of potable usage by 33 percent. More than 50 percent of the material used in the residential hall has recycled content, 20 percent from local sources, and 70 percent of the wood is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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