YWCA of Western Massachusetts

Location: Springfield, MA

Phase I of this ambitious master plan included a 60,000 square foot building. One wing contains administrative offices and meeting rooms, while a second wing features an on-site shelter and classrooms for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The YWCA program housed here is the first of its breadth and capacity in New England.

In Phase II, a 32,000 square foot two-story building for transitional living was completed. The resulting 21-unit transitional and congregate housing facility achieved certification through the LEED for Homes program. This is especially significant for a residential, non-profit building.

Sustainable features include: energy efficient construction methods, high efficiency HVAC equipment and building/finish materials with highly recycled content. Another feature is a large roof mounted photovoltaic solar array to produce clean electrical power. This highly efficient building will reduce water and energy consumption by 30 to 40 percent over code compliant construction.

Square Footage: 60,000/32,000


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