For more than 125 years, Barnard College has been known for its distinctive academic culture
—dedicated to women of intellect, ambition, and vision, devoted to the integration of teaching and scholarship, embracing its relationship with Columbia University. To carry its mission into the future, the College has constructed a new place of interdisciplinary scholarship at the heart of its campus called the Milstein Center with the help of the WBG. The WBG acted as the purchasing agent and FF&E procurement manager for the 128,000 square foot center. It consists of flexible classrooms, a multimodal learning center, libraries, and lounges as well as a small coffee bar that is open to the public.
Targeting LEED v3 Silver certification, The Milstein Center continues Barnard College’s tradition of sustainable campus construction projects. The building’s design features support both Barnard’s environmental curriculum and the behavior change programs being enacted by the student body and faculty. Aligned with the College’s vision to build a more sustainable campus and reduce carbon emissions, The Milstein Center is designed to achieve 15 percent energy cost savings compared to ASHRAE 90.1 2007, 33 percent water savings within the building, 50 percent water savings for landscape irrigation, and 90 percent construction waste diversion.
The WBG assisted in this LEED certification by providing furniture with the following attributes: FSC certified woods, Cradle to Cradle and GreenGuard certified textiles, and other various recyclable and/or renewable resource materials. In turn, the WBG spent $2 million of Barnard College’s furniture budget, saving them over $1.5 million from their budget allocation.