19-0613 v3.X External Features for Historic Building
The project is an existing building that has been part of the campus community and the College legacy since 1910. The design team would like to preserve the architectural character of the building as much as possible. Preserving the architectural character also goes to the intent of achieving Imperative 9 Biophilic Environment of having a unique connection through Place‐Based Relationships, which is one of the attributes with most significance to the College, Alumni and current residents.
Currently, the building has a covered entry with a walk‐off mat that is maintained weekly. There are several architectural details that the team is trying to preserve such as the arch entryway and the contrasting limestone and brick wall that define the main entry to the building. This entrance is used on a regular basis. This space is also the first and last experience of the residents and significant points in the time as students residing in this building.
If this approach is acceptable, the existing architectural language of the main entry will be preserved, and we believe the intent of the imperative will be met. Thank you for considering our request.
Your approach is a satisfactory solution to the main entry walk‐off/vestibule requirements under I‐08 Healthy Interior Environment. You may proceed with the solution outlined above. ILFI is creating a new, general Clarification around external features for existing historic buildings:
Existing Historic Buildings
In recognition that historic buildings are often required to maintain a particular appearance, existing registered historic buildings (or international equivalent) may be exempt from certain exterior requirements, such as inclusion of a canopy at the main entrance. Teams must strive to incorporate all required exterior features, but may submit to the Dialogue requesting exemption if historical requirements prevent such exterior features. In addition to registered historic buildings, buildings located within historic areas that are similarly required by a greater authority to maintain a certain appearance may also make the case through the Dialogue that provision of certain exterior features prevents the project from meeting some requirements of the Living Building Challenge.