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Northfield Mount Hermon School
The Rhodes Center for the Arts
Northfield, Massachusetts

Realizing that visual and performing arts facilities have a tremendous influence on the quality of instruction and student life, the Northfield Mount Hermon School embarked upon the construction of the Rhodes Center for the Arts.  This new facility encompasses 63,000 gsf to be used for a range of visual and performing arts.  The facility features teaching and professional art galleries and exhibition space, six visual arts studios, a 250-seat concert hall, an 80-seat dance practice and performance studio, a 250-seat end-stage theatre, and numerous classrooms, rehearsal, support and storage spaces.

SBS was engaged as the Commissioning Agent to ensure that the facility was designed, constructed and prepared to be operated in a manner which would serve students and faculty. The project was awarded the prestigious LEED GOLD Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The sustainable MEP design includes an air cooled chiller for space cooling, heat exchangers to utilize steam from a central heating plant, five variable volume air handling units and an assortment of pumps, fans, cabinet unit heaters and finned tube radiation to provide heating, cooling and ventilation.  The building electrical service is tied to the campus 13.8 kV electrical system and the building is served by a 1,000 kVA transformer and switchgear.  The building emergency power is provided by 75 kW diesel emergency generator located in the boiler plant.  Energy efficient fluorescent lighting is included throughout the building.  Lighting dimming systems enable the adjustment of lighting levels in the Dance Studio, Theatre and Concert Hall.

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