Millbrook's Gold LEED Rated Building, designed by Voith & Mactavish Architects.
Millbrook School built a new Math & Science Center (Hamilton Math & Science Center) to advance our mission of providing quality educational experiences for students. This building was designed with the goal of achieving the gold level of LEED certification (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a designation awarded by the US Green Building Council), the first such building on Millbrook’s campus. In reaching for the gold level of certification, we are proud to make a strong statement about the importance of the cornerstone of our mission “Stewardship of the Environment”.
The building is 25,000 square feet and houses four science classrooms with attached labs: chemistry, biology, physics, and general sciences, with the appropriate prep and storage to support these labs. Advanced study areas are also included. The math department has five classrooms, as well as storage for academic support materials. The math and science department share a faculty office with desks for each department member, meeting space, and a conference area.
The building is also the central hub for the school’s information technology staff, which includes student support. The school has a significant teaching collection of eggs, taxidermy, fossils and the like which are prominently displayed within the halls to assist in student instruction. Collection storage will allow the displays to be switched while properly caring for the objects in off times. Its location on the campus was carefully chosen for its proximity to the Trevor Zoo and the natural marshes on campus, which allow for academic lessons to easily expand beyond the walls of the building.
The Frederic C. Hamilton Math and Science Center was designed in the quiet Georgian style that typifies Millbrook's campus, while simultaneously bringing the modern technology and design needed to solve the complex requirements of a science building that meets LEED standards. Much of the building is very traditional in its proportion, materials and detailing. The major building materials are clapboards and brick with a standing seam roof. Only two small areas of curtainwall glazing hint of the modern uses of the building.
Upon initial groundbreaking, there were only ten Gold certified buildings in the state of New York, making this an exciting project for both the school and the community. The LEED certification process goes through a rigorous series of reviews in six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy efficiency, efficient use of resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovative design. Millbrook is proud to have one of the first 30 Gold LEED certified buildings in New York; today, that number is 90 and growing and includes schools such as Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Manhattanville College.