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McLaughlin Cluster Residence Halls

McLaughlin Cluster Residence Halls

The McLaughlin Cluster is part of a major campus expansion at Dartmouth. The new dormitories are a key addition to on-campus living and reinforce Dartmouth’s identity as a residential college. The buildings are visually compatible with their historic context and comfortable and contemporary inside. They foster a sense of home and community without sacrificing students’ privacy and autonomy.

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Completed: 2006 130,000 sf with Moore Ruble Yudell LEED Gold Certified

The McLaughlin buildings are LEED Gold certified, emphasizing energy performance, environmental sustainability, and occupant health. They are so energy efficient that one year, during the coldest week of the winter, it took a week to discover that heat had inadvertently been turned off in one of the buildings.

Sustainable features include a high-performance building envelope with superior insulation, doors and windows and air sealing); radiant heating and cooling integrated within each floor slab; heat recovery drawn from shower wastewater and enthalpy wheels; daylighting; and fully commissioned mechanical systems. Room furnishings are made from wood harvested from the College forest.


  • 2007 ABC Excellence in Construction Award