Myrtle Hall | WASA-Studio A

Myrtle Hall / Wasa/Studio A © Alexander Severin RAZUMMEDIA

Myrtle Hall / Wasa/Studio A © Alexander Severin RAZUMMEDIA

Myrtle Hall / Wasa/Studio A © Alexander Severin RAZUMMEDIA

Myrtle Hall / Wasa/Studio A © Alexander Severin RAZUMMEDIA

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Architects: Wasa/Studio A
Location: Myrtle Avenue, 
Partner in Charge: Jack Esterson, AIA
Project area: 120,000 sq. ft.
Photographs: Alexander Severin RAZUMMEDIA

Design Highlights

• Two predominant exterior wall systems; one  curtain wall with aluminum sunscreens on the south side that allows for views into and through the building from both sides and the other a panelized brick masonry wall with aluminum and windows on the north side that allows it to relate to the surrounding mercantile brick structures along Myrtle Avenue

• Four-story atrium connects the two wall systems and allows for views into and through the building from both sides

• One of the building’s most prominent features, the atrium serves as a symbolic gesture of transparency connecting Myrtle through the building to the campus and illustrates Pratt’s collaborative spirit, as well as its openness to the community.

• Art galleries on the second and fourth floors of the atrium will showcase student, alumni, and faculty work and promise to be among the most highly-visited spaces in the building

• North façade on Myrtle Avenue features a continuous metal clad sign band and a projecting canopy on the first floor

Eco Friendly Features

• Myrtle Hall is supported by structural steel and  that is high in recycled content

• Building has a combination green roof with native plantings and white roof to control storm water run-off, absorb carbon dioxide, and reduce the “heat island” effect

• Rooftop photovoltaic panels installed to provide green electricity for the building by displacing a portion of grid electricity and reducing greenhouse gases

• North-facing wall of the building designed for thermal performance and reflected daylight with high insulation values

Exterior sunshades control the amount of daylight that filters into the building, with interior glazed partitions for enhanced daylit views

• Lighting controls include daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors to maximize energy efficiency

• Myrtle Hall contains high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems to help in maintaining good indoor air quality and thermal comfort

Building employs low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption and the demand on City’s water system

• Myrtle Hall was constructed using regional, recycled, and low volatile organic compound emitting materials

• Recycled materials that were non-polluting, non-outgassing, and low-odor were employed on interior finishes

Landscaping Features

• New eco-landscaped park adjacent to building offers an attractive, quiet, public space

• Park features light-colored pavement that reflects sunlight and reduces “heat island” effect

• Native and drought-resistant plants that require only rainwater are used in the landscaping

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