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Designed by architects Melander and Fugelso, Montague Hall was initially built in 1964. In 2011, the building underwent a complete $6.5m renovation to not only make it compliant with ADA regulations, but also improve energy efficiency.
The new lighting system is one of the more visible changes to Montague Hall. The new lights are T5 fluorescent with Leviton lighting controls. T5 tubes are much more efficient than the previous T12. An LED monitor in the Blue Concourse displays energy usage metrics for the building.
New recycling receptacles are clearly marked and vastly out-number landfill bins.
Upgraded HVAC systems help save energy:
The new air-conditioning system is super efficient and utilizes chilled water pumps on variable frequency drives. These are controlled by occupancy and humidity sensors, so they activate only when needed.
- Variable frequency drives match the volume of air moved to the system demand.
- Sensible heat recovery uses exhaust air to pre-heat incoming air.
Accessibility upgrades were also performed which made Montague Hall more socially sustainable. These include wheelchair access to lecture halls and new Dyson Airblade hand dryers at an accessible height.
An energy efficiency rebate was earned from Minnesota Power on this project totaling $14,000, which was deposited in the UMD Green Revolving Fund account.