…and the winner is…

We just learned that Winter Street and team took home top honors for their design of eBay’s newest Utah Data Center (aka:Project Quicksilver) at the 2014 Uptime Institute Brill Awards for Efficient IT™. The competition attracted more than 100 entries from 19 countries. Project entries were evaluated by upwards of 90 leading industry professionals for … Continue reading

eBay Announces Big Win for Team Winter Street Architects and AHA Consulting Engineers

For the past year Winter Street Architects along with EDI, and AHA Consulting Engineers has been working with eBay on their modular data center in Phoenix, Arizona.  Just as the design work for eBay’s modular data center in Phoenix  winds downs, the design work for a new project in Utah amps up. Of course this new project … Continue reading

eBay Awards Winter Street Architects, EDI and AHA New Modular Datacenter Project in Phoenix!

We are thrilled to announce that Winter Street Architects, along with our awesome partners EDI ltd, and AHA Consulting Engineers have been awarded the coveted Modular Data Center project with eBay, now being dubbed “Project Mercury!“ The team responded to eBay’s open RFP back in August of this year and was selected out of 37 … Continue reading

Why You Need an Architect in Data Center Design

(By: Mark Meche, AIA) I will be the first to admit, when thinking about great architecture, not one single data center comes to mind. The truth is data centers, for good reason, tend to be stealthy affairs that avoid attracting attention and their buildings follow suit. Despite typically splashy web portals, the whole industry has … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing in Integrated Project Delivery

(By Paul Durand, AIA) Our firm’s foray into BIM (Building Information Modeling) was largely fueled by the promises of a brave new world of Integrated Project Delivery. It seemed a godsend to the industry, in fact, the Holy Grail. It was a sane path to building success that seemed so smart and yet so obvious. … Continue reading

Not Your Average Datacenter

(By: Allison Brooks) In 2006 the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada had an imaginative notion to develop a High Performance Computing (HPC) Center inside of their decommissioned Van De Graaff particle accelerator silo. Fast forward 3 years later and that burgeoning idea has become a reality with the help of Sun Microsystems and Winter … Continue reading

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Perspectives in completing a project

Progression of Construction

(by Kathryn Giardi, LEED AP) A few weeks ago I went to the 62nd meeting at 641-643 Huntington Avenue in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area to attend the weekly meeting for the Harvard Medical School’s newest LEED™ Gold office renovation project. I walked in the front door and was greeted by a woman in dress pants … Continue reading

Your Friendly “Glocal” Architect

As architects, in many ways we are forced to work “locally” – think “locally” and manage “locally.” In fact, there are rules about it, governing how and why and when this can happen. But in the larger world of this ever expanding global economy, our networks, knowledge centers and collaboration nodes are far exceeding our “local” reach towards the complex “global” system. How does this change the way we “local” architects work?

Biting the BIM Bullet

(by Paul Durand    , AIA) If you haven’t done it by now, you better get to it!  Or fall so far behind you may never be able to catch up.  Bite the BIM bullet.  It’s the future of the building industry and the future is now or just around the corner.  Our firm swallowed the BIM … Continue reading

Needham Going Green

(By: Mike Fields, Project Manager) Nestled into a grove of pine trees alongside the Needham Reservoir, the form of the Needham Public Services Administration Building is a response to ecological constraints, setbacks, and its relationship to the adjacent Water Building. A large portion of the green aspects in this building is the energy and water savings.  The … Continue reading