Berea College Deep Green Student Residence

Berea, KY

Mule Skidding in the Berea College Forest (© Berea College)© Berea CollegeHonorable Mention: Commercial/Institutional

Gross square feet: 41,554
Owner: Berea College 
Architect: Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects and Berea College 

  • Students worked closely with the architects and builders to create hundreds of desks, dressers and tables for the dormitory out of wood harvested (and yarded by mule) from Berea’s newly FSC-certified forest.
  • FSC-certified wood was used for all of the student-made furniture, which includes 246 Dorm Room Dressers and Desks and 12 tables for student lounges.
  • Berea College had its college forest FSC certified in 2012 for the project. The Deep Green Student Residence is tracking to be LEED Platinum and may be one the highest scoring dormitories in the country. It is also in the process of achieving Living Build Challenge Petal recognition using the materials petal.
  • FSC-certified products include the following: Southern Pine dimensional lumber from Potlatch in Arkansas, Southern Pine plywood from RoyOMartin in Louisiana, Wood Doors from Algoma Hardwoods in Wisconsin, Poplar Wood + Trim from Berea College in Kentucky, Casework from Hood Industries in Mississippi, Plywood furniture from National Industrial Lumber in Pennsylvania, Wood furniture from Scientific Certification Systems in Indiana, Student-built wooden furniture at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky 

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