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Lord Jeffrey Inn: Major Energy Upgrades for a Historic Inn

Market: Commercial - Hospitality
Type: Hotel
Location: Amherst, MA
Developer / Owner: Amherst Inn Company; Amherst College
Architect: Northeast Collaborative Architects, Inc.
Project Services: Green Building Certification; Fundamental Commissioning Services
Building Size: 46,000 sf
Certification: LEED NC Silver v2.2
Primary Energy Conservation Measures: Ground source heat pumps; Water-to-Air heat pumps; Water-to-Water heat pumps; Variable refrigerant flow heat pumps; Fan coil units; Building automation system

Steven Winter Associates (SWA) provided LEED Consulting and Fundamental Commissioning services for the Lord Jeffery Inn. The property is owned by the Amherst Inn Company, an affiliate of Amherst College. Renovation and construction began in May 2011 and the project was managed by Amherst College staff.

The 46,000 sf inn was built in 1926. The $14 million project is the most extensive rehab of the Lord Jeffrey since its opening more than 80 years ago. The project includes an upgrade of the building’s internal systems, improvement of its 49 rooms and public areas, the addition of 20 parking spaces, and the creation of a new restaurant and ballroom, while maintaining the charm of a New England Inn. Northeast Collaborative Architects, Inc. provided the architectural design, with engineering services provided by Building Engineering Resources, Inc.

The project has achieved LEED Silver Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for New Construction version 2.2 (LEED-NC 2.2) Program. A partial list of the commissioned system includes, ground source heat pump system, water-to-air heat pumps, water-to-water heat pumps, variable refrigerant flow heat pumps, manufacturer’s software for VRF HPs. Fan coil units, energy recovery ventilators, exhaust fans, make-up air units, “energize” control system in guest rooms, building system automation, gas-fired water heaters, and commercial kitchen equipment were also incorporated.