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

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

National Yiddish Book Center Drives Towards Completion

This 21,000sf addition to the National Yiddish Book Center will house a new multi-purpose room, commercial kitchen, gallery, administrative offices, student center, classrooms, recording studio and climate controlled book storage.  The project is sustainably designed with emphasis on geothermal heating/cooling, day lighting, energy optimization, building system controls and eco-friendly interior products. As a cultural and … Continue reading