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TDS Center Building Recognized by Boston Society of Architects

January 31, 2014
TDS Center
TDS Center

College Recognized with Citation Level Award as a Result of Building’s Design

Keene State College’s Technology Design and Safety Center (TDS Center) has been recognized by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) jury to be a recipient of the 2013 Education Facilities Citation level Award. The awards are given to any education facility built anywhere in the world as long as it is designed by a New England or New York architect or firm. Education facilities built in New England or New York by any architect or firm anywhere in the world are also eligible. The criterion the jury used to select winners is design excellence, which is defined by aesthetic, functional, contextual, sustainable, social, or other characteristics.

“We are very pleased to accept this recognition. The TDS Center provides Keene State students with state of the art instruction, facilities and equipment that prepares them for manufacturing, design and construction professions and creates terrific partnerships with companies in our region. The views into and within the building allow others students and the community to observe how students apply what they’ve learned,” said Keene State College Vice President for Finance and Planning, Jay Kahn.

The TDS Center was built in 2012 and is home to three of Keene State's flagship programs – Safety and Occupational Health Science, Architecture, and Sustainable Product Design and Innovation. The building was designed by Boston-based architecture firm Architerra and engineered by Rist Frost Shumway Engineering of New Hampshire.

“The TDS Center is the physical realization of ambitious academic, administrative and campus planning goals. Three programs coalesce around a central daylit hub, creating a new community hub that is founded on sustainable principles and educational ideals that are particular to this campus, and community of individuals that study and teach here,” said Dan Aarons, AIA LEED, principal with Architerra. “The building enhances the edge of the campus and provides a forward-looking aesthetic reflective of the innovation that occurs within.”

The TDS Center is one of just three New Hampshire new buildings to achieve LEED Platinum certification by the United States Green Building Council. It features a solar array, fully operational windows equipped with sensors to maximize opportunities for passive heating and cooling, and the building is situated to take advantage of natural lighting and airflow. The building is highly efficient, using just half the energy of typical buildings of this type. The TDS Center makes Keene State College the third largest producer of solar energy on the Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) system.

A LEED Platinum Certified building, the TDS Center features a solar array, fully operational windows equipped with sensors to maximize opportunities for passive heating and cooling, and the building is situated to take advantage of natural lighting and airflow. The TDS Center makes Keene State College the third largest producer of solar energy on the Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) system.