WALLINGFORD — Shawmut Design & Construction of New Haven has been selected to build the Kohler Environmental Center at Choate Rosemary Hall. Designed by the architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP,  the structure is a 32,000-square-foot timber and fieldstone academic center that will provide an interdisciplinary focus on sustainability and the environment.


The Kohler Environmental Center is designed to achieve LEED-platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — a first for Choate — and a net-zero energy usage rating through an on-site, 290 kW, solar photovoltaic (PV) array. Design elements also include geothermal, solar hot water, as well as super-insulated walls and roof.


The building, to be constructed on 266 acres of undeveloped land north and east of Choate’s main campus, will function as a working laboratory. It will also include classrooms and seminar rooms, as well as a residential facility with a kitchen that will house two faculty apartments, up to 20 students, visiting researchers, graduate students and scholars-in-residence.