Giddy-Up 2011!

Looking back at 2010, you can tell we talked a lot about Sustainability, Data Centers, Our Consultants, and even a few Awards! But 2011 presents a unique opportunity to look forward, to move onward and upward, even…to usher in bigger and better projects, unique collaborations and fresh ideas. Over this new year, we’re looking forward … Continue reading

Portsmouth Fire Station 2 Honored by Fire Chief Magazine!

We are very proud to announce that the LEED Silver, Portsmouth Fire Department, Station 2 has been honored by Fire Chief Magazine with a “NOTABLE” award in the Career Station category of the 2010 Station Style Awards! This station is currently being tracked as the first LEED Fire Station in NH. Working closely with the … Continue reading

What Makes Sustainability Personal for You?

Our friends at Shaw are asking a great question this week during GreenBuild: What Makes Sustainability PERSONAL for You? For every response they get on twitter tagged #ShawGreenEdge until 5:00pm 11/19/2010, they will donate $1 to the Make It Right foundation, which supports green home building for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Check out Shaw … Continue reading

A Green Roof Primer: Goat Optional

Photo Source: [http://askthefm.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/amazing-architecture-buildings-and-yards/]

(By Dana Weeder, AIA, LEED AP) What’s a Green Roof? A green roof is an engineered vegetated roof system consisting of a high quality water proofing and root repellant system, a drainage system, filter cloth and a lightweight growing medium to foster plant growth.  Or, more succinctly, a contained ‘green’ space on top of a … 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

Is Green the New Red for Fire Stations?

(By Paul Durand, AIA; with contributions from Dana Weeder, AIA LEED AP and Mike Fields) Green fire trucks instead of red ones? No, not that kind of green; the sustainable kind. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has brought sustainability to the mainstream of building design through their Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design … Continue reading

Digging Geothermal

(By: Dana Weeder, AIA LEED AP and Mike Fields) I really like geothermal energy. Before I am redressed by scientist friends, I should clarify that there is not much in the way of usable geothermal energy in the Northeast United States. Direct Geothermal Energy harvesting is probably best known in places like Iceland, where more … Continue reading

Help for Haiti

(from Architecture for Humanity) On Jan. 12th a powerful 7.0 quake hit the impoverished nation of Haiti. This was followed more than 30+ strong aftershocks. There has been widespread major damage and a loss of life estimated to be between 45,000 to 50,000 (source: Red Cross). There are projections of 2-3M without shelter, leaving record … 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