Lord Jeffery 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.
Building Size: 46,000 sf
Certification: LEED NC Silver v2.2

Project Background:

Lord Jeffery Inn 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 Jeffery 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.

Project Services:

Steven Winter Associates (SWA) provided LEED Consulting and Fundamental Commissioning services for the Lord Jeffery Inn.

Primary Energy Conservation Features:

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.


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