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Cenacle Retreat Center and Convent Earns LEED Gold details

Cenacle Retreat Center and Convent Earns LEED Gold

APRIL 26th, 2012

The Cenacle Sisters Retreat Center and Convent, located in Ronkonkoma, New York, and designed and built by Hoffman, has earned LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Multiple environmentally friendly elements that reduce energy and water consumption and take advantage of natural light contributed to the facility’s certification, including high-efficiency boilers and fluorescent lamps; low-flow shower heads, toilets and faucets; a geothermal heating and cooling, open loop well system; and rain barrels to capture storm water and naturally irrigate the land.

The new facility’s convent space features ten Sister rooms with two guest rooms in a household layout, chapel, a Sister community/library room, a craft/music room, and a central Sister dining room. The retreat portion of the facility has 24 private rooms, a bathing spa, massage and dining areas, meeting and spiritual direction rooms, and a Four Season/Prayer space.

Following a facility evaluation of their existing 1920s building in Ronkonkoma—which was double the space required by the Sisters, would not meet their future needs in its current state, and was not a candidate for renovation—the Sisters asked Hoffman to first responsibly deconstruct their existing building and then design and build a new facility on the same location.

The certification of the two-story, 46,000 sq. ft. Cenacle Retreat Center and Convent adds to Hoffman’s list of LEED projects, which includes Holy Wisdom Monastery, the highest-rated building under LEED-New Construction v2.2 in the United States.

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