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Northeastern University
Visitor Center
Boston, MA

This new Visitor Center serves as the “front door” to Northeastern University, a rapidly rising leader in both academics and research. A combination of innovative technology and flexible spaces make the new center an ideal platform for fully engaging the over 70,000 prospective students who visit the University annually. The Visitor Center defines a new paradigm for college admissions that moves well beyond traditional campus tours by providing an immersive, customized, interactive experience. The new “high-touch, high-tech” space captures the University’s experiential and innovative approach to education. Equipped with an 11’ high by 120’ long illuminated wall with several large interactive touch-screen displays, plus numerous iPad stations, the new Center provides a dynamic space bringing prospective students and their families together with current students, faculty, and staff.
Photography © Bruce Martin
This new 500,000 g.s.f. residential complex provides 1,500 beds in seven new buildings for the Honors Program at UMASS Amherst. The project brings together all classes of students in a mix of unit types, including approximately 600 beds of singles and doubles, and 900 beds in suites and apartments. Seven new buildings are organized around intimately scaled courtyards. The buildings step down the hillside, creating the sense of an academic village for the Honors College, with a series of open outdoor quads for students to gather. The project is currently tracking LEED Silver certification.
2016 National American Institute of Architects Housing Award
Photography: © Robert Benson
New Campus Center and Student Residence
Boston, MA

This LEED Gold certified project is the first major new building for Wheelock College in 40 years. Located along the Riverway, the project provides 108 new student beds, a 250-seat dining facility for the entire campus, and campus center common spaces. Green design features include: an accessible green roof; extensive daylighting and solar shading; large-volume heat recovery; extensive groundwater recharge to protect the nearly Muddy River from outflow; lightweight, high-recycled-content aluminum panel cladding; extensive water conservation; natural ventilation through operable windows; and innovative material recycling. Since its 2009 opening, this highly-sustainable project has inspired campus-wide initiatives in recycling and energy reduction. (26,000 s.f.)
Photography © Robert Benson
Sophia Gordon Residence Hall
Medford/Somerville, MA

Tufts’ first “green” residence hall is LEED Gold certified. The project received a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, which provide electricity for the building & 30% of domestic hot water needs. The building’s comprehensive sustainability strategy includes water conservation, energy-efficient mechanical equipment & appliances, sustainable site & material selection, & an innovative green education program that allows users to observe real-time energy-use data through computer displays & extensive signage. (61,000 s.f.)
2008 Honor Award for Housing Design, Boston Society of Architects
2007 Honor Award, Boston Society of Architects
2007 Merit Award, New England Chapter, AIA
2007 Higher Education Facilities Design Award, Boston Society of Architects
2007 Citation for Sustainable Design, Boston Society of Architects
Ashdown Graduate Residence Halls
Cambridge, MA

The first LEED Gold certified building at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this 550-bed residence hall complex sets a new standard for sustainable design on campus while also providing for a long-lasting socially sustainable culture of education and communication. Developed on a brownfield site, the project incorporates significant energy savings, daylighting to 90% of spaces, stormwater runoff management, recycling on-site and low-flow water fixtures. Other features include low-VOC paints and adhesives, high-recycled-content carpets and linoleum, and high-efficiency lighting fixtures and heating boilers. The project also serves as an educational tool, with monitors throughout the building displaying real-time energy use, and as a benchmark for future campus buildings. Completed in 2008. (250,000 s.f.)
Photography © Robert Benson
Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse
Cedar Rapids, IA

Sited on the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, IA, this new Federal District Court is part of the GSA Design Excellence program, continuing the GSA’s commitment to sustainable design for new federal buildings. Certified as LEED Gold, the project’s sustainable design strategies achieve 22.5% greater energy efficiency than the baseline standard. Sustainable features include: sustainable site design and grey water capturing for irrigation; 30% reduction in building water use; a high-performance exterior envelope; an efficient mechanical plant (employs a water side economizer, allowing the facility to operate with the chillers shut down in winter); sustainable materials (20% post-construction, post-industrial material and wood from sustainable forests); 95% of construction waste recycled; and an educational kiosk and outreach programs further integrate sustainability into the building’s civic mission. The project broke ground in Spring 2009. The Associate Architect is OPN Architects (300,000 g.s.f.)
© Robert Benson Photography
2011 Sustainable Design Award, Boston Society of Architects
2010 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards: Citation for Innovative Envelope System, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
2010 Integrated Design/Integrated Development Award (IDID) for Excellence in Sustainable Design, AIA New Hampshire
2010 Harleston Parker Medal for the “Most Beautiful Building” in Boston, Boston Society of Architects
2010 Annual Design Review Award, ARCHITECT Magazine, November 2010
2010 Honor Award for Design Excellence, AIA New England
2010 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
2010 Award for Interior Design/Interior Architecture, Boston Society of Architects
2010 Preservation Award, Massachusetts Historical Commission
2010 Cambridge Historical Commission Special Recognition
2011 Metal in Architecture Awards – Sustainable Design Category, Metal Architecture Magazine
2011 Illumination Award, Illumination Engineering Society of Boston (IES)
2011 ULI Awards for Design Excellence – Finalist
2011 International Design Awards – Finalist
2010 AGC Aon Build America Award, Associated General Contractors of America
2010 Library Design Showcase, American Libraries Magazine, April 2010
One of the 10 Best Boston-Area Buildings of the Decade (2000-2010), Boston Herald, January 4, 2010
Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge, MA

This LEED Silver main public library includes the preservation of the historic library (27,200 s.f.) and a major new building (76,200 s.f.). The project features the first double-skin curtainwall of its type in the U.S. (180’ long, 35’ high, 3’ deep with adjustable louvers), allowing for complete transparency while protecting from excessive heat gain, heat loss, and glare. The facade saves energy (50 % reduction compared to conventional curtainwall) & maximizes comfort at the reading spaces. The 3’ airspace opens in summer to keep heat from entering the building & closes in the winter to create an insulating “thermal blanket.” The Associate Architect is Ann Beha Architects.
Photography: © Robert Benson; © Chuck Choi