Rathbun Hall Renovations at Holderness School

The design work for the renovation of Rathbun Hall was completed in conjunction with a design for the renovation of Hoit Dormitory with construction on that project slated to begin in the spring of 2013. The design program for both dormitories was to create – out of the existing space – new student common areas (living rooms), new student bathrooms and a faculty apartment. Both designs incorporate high energy efficiency and sustainability features in keeping with the School’s goals.

The renovated dormitory houses 22 students (9 double rooms and 4 single rooms) and three faculty apartments (1 new and two renovated). This brings the dormitory in line with Holderness School’s goal of providing an 8:1 student to faculty living ratio.

The design for Rathbun also included a full upgrade of the thermal capabilities of the exterior walls. This was accomplished by adding insulation to the interior walls, glazing all windows, adding to the existing foundation insulation, and installing an Energy Recovery Unit (ERU) that serves the entire building with fresh air and exhaust heat recovery.   To read the energy evaluation, click here.

The new faculty apartment was designed to be accessible to students, but also provide privacy and quiet for the faculty family housed therein. The apartment is accessible through he new entrance designed to appear as if it was part of the original building. The apartment’s floor and shared walls are designed to provide a high level of acoustic separation between the faculty and student living spaces.

The Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Faculty, Jory Macomber wrote ”Just a quick note that the design and functioning of the Rathbun renovation is getting excellent reviews from parents, faculty and kids.  They like the layout and they like the details.   Thank you for your work.  Jory”

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