Boston – 150 Second Street, a LEED-CS v3 Platinum certified office building in Kendall Square has been named as a finalist in the Best Green Practices category for the Boston Business Journal’s Best in Boston Real Estate Awards. Copley Wolff Design Group designed the landscape for the building which resulted in optimum contextual design within the surrounding neighborhood.
The sustainable landscape includes Ipe benches, drought tolerant plantings and rain gardens to collect storm water. In addition, Copley Wolff Design Group provided streetscape treatments by lining adjacent sidewalks with Honey Locust and Red Maple trees. Elkus Manfredi provided the core and shell design services for the facility, which is the first commercial lab project certified Platinum under LEED v3 in New England.
The project team incorporated a number of sustainable strategies including a heat recovery loop, extensive solar control and daylighting controls, an innovative structural design that uses steel trusses to reduce the building’s weight and cost, and high performance HVAC systems produce more than 30% energy cost savings over a baseline reference.
“Since the building itself was designed for LEED Platinum certification, we wanted to ensure the landscape was designed at the same caliber,” commented Wolff.