Buildings & Energy

Suffolk University occupies 10 buildings in Downtown Boston. To maintain and improve our portfolio, we employ building standards for new construction and large renovations consistent with LEED standards. This ensures new projects are designed to not just surpass industry level efficiency but to support human health through improved air quality and active design.

Design Standards for new Construction and Large Renovations

45% of Suffolk's owned square footage is LEED certified, and as additional projects are taken on, they are built with the same guiding principles. With this effort, our LEED spaces and beyond feature:

  • Sustainable Site: urban land, public transportation, walkable, underground parking
  • Water Efficiency: low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Energy & Atmosphere: efficient or commissioned HVAC equipment, LED lighting, Energy Star rated efficient appliances, restroom hand dryers, destination control elevators
  • Materials & Resources: diverting construction waste, regional material selection, certified wood, recycled content materials
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: smoke-free buildings, low-emitting paint/flooring/furniture
  • Additional Operational Highlights: bottle filling stations, ADA signage, accessible staircases to incentivize using stairs

Completed Projects

  • 20 Somerset Building: LEED Silver Certified Green Building
    • Classrooms, offices, laboratories, & cafeteria
  • 10 West Resident Hall: LEED Gold Certified Green Building
    • Residence Hall
  • Modern Theater & Residence Hall: LEED Silver Certified Green Building
    • Theater, residence hall
  • Sargent Hall 5th Floor Renovation: LEED Silver Certified Green Building
    • Classrooms, administrative offices, event spaces