March Tour Night held at Washington University Loop Student Living Project

The theme for the March monthly meeting was Tour Night. This year’s tour was all about the Washington University Loop Student Living Initiative, also known as the Loop Lofts.

At Tour Night, the design highlights were reviewed by Jeff Crawford, Vice President of Higher Education & Research at Ross & Baruzzini, and a live demonstration of the building automation system was given by Brian Talbot, Project Manager at Johnson Controls. Discussion included challenges associated with energy efficient design and lessons learned.

The project was awarded a St. Louis Chapter Technology Award in 2014 and is one of only nine Platinum buildings certified in Missouri. The official LEED scorecard can be found here.

Sustainable features of the project included a green roof, solar PV and solar thermal, and optimized shading on the southern exposures, among other measures.
Sustainable features of the project included a green roof, solar PV and solar thermal, and optimized shading on the southern exposures, among other measures.

After the main presentation, smaller groups were formed to tour the facility. Stops along the way included the central utility plant, a typical 3-bedroom living unit, the rooftop including the solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, and the patio rooftop area.

The rooftop houses the solar PV and solar thermal systems.
The rooftop houses the solar PV and solar thermal systems.

Thank you to all tour stop presenters:

  • Jeff Crawford, Vice President of Higher Education & Research, Ross & Baruzzini
  • Brian Talbot – Project Manager, Johnson Controls
  • Ron Hubbard – Sales Engineer, Behrmann Company
  • Mike Todd – Sales Engineer, Behrmann Company
  • Jack Waterbury – Mechanical Engineer, Ross & Baruzzini

For more information about the development, hear from Henry S. Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration at Washington University in St. Louis, in this YouTube video.