Sophia Gordon Hall (SGH) is Tufts’ newest residential hall. Construction was completed in August 2006. SGH is 61,100 square feet and has 30 suites for 126 residents. It consists of two separate four-story buildings (East and West) connected by a corridor on the first floor. The majority of both buildings is made up of dormitory units, with individual living spaces grouped with a lounge, kitchen, and bathrooms. The first and second floor of the West building also houses a multi-purpose area which can be used as a theater or exhibit space. The first floor of both buildings, including the corridor connecting them, lies partially underground, and houses the laundry area, mechanical spaces, and storage areas. The first floor of the East building also houses common lounge and corridor areas as well as some dormitory area.
The building has been designed to meet a set of stringent sustainable goals and is Tufts’ first building to be built to LEED standards. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Sophia Gordon Hall has received Gold certification from LEED .
Motivated by Tufts’ stated commitment to meet goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the project team incorporated numerous sustainable technologies and design elements into Sophia Gordon Hall, including: