USGBC’s Green Building Showcase ’18 Winners

| November 19, 2018

Editor’s note: High-Profile Monthly had the good fortune to attend this year’s Green Building Showcase 2018. The winning projects appear here with contents edited for print. For complete commentary, visit: 

Jim Stanislaski’s and Aminah Mcnulty’s breakout performances in the event’s opening, “Mother Earth.”

Boston – Once a year, some 300 architects, engineers, contractors, developers, owners, facility managers, building users, lenders, suppliers, and those who play a role in designing, operating, and constructing the built environment gather to celebrate industry success and innovation at USGBC MA’s Green Building Showcase (GBS ‘18). From over 150 project boards on display, here are this year’s winners:

Building of the Year

EMD Serono SagaMORE
Submitted by The Green Engineer and Ellenzweig


A bird’s-eye view of Project SagaMORE, a 30,000sf improvement and expansion of an existing building on EMD Serono’s R&D campus in Billerica achieving WELL and LEED certification.


Market Leader Award Series

“Everyone Wants a Home of Their Own” by Utile, Inc.

The building design optimizes comfort, durability, and energy-efficiency by adopting the PHIUS+ 2015 Passive House standard specific to Atlanta’s climate. Buildings will be better adapted to climate change, be net-zero ready, and achieve significant energy savings.


Chicago Riverwalk
Submitted by: 

In 2012, Sasaki, Ross Barney Architects, Alfred Benesch Engineers, Jacobs/Ryan Associates, and a broader technical consultant team, was tasked with creating a vision for the six blocks between State Street and Lake Street. Building off the previous studies of the river, the team’s plans provide a pedestrian connection along the river between the lake and the river’s confluence.

EMD Serono SagaMORE
Submitted by: Ellenzweig & The Green Engineer

Project SagaMORE is currently pending LEED NC v2009 Gold certification. It is expected to achieve a 42% water use reduction, 30% energy cost reduction, and 82% reduction in construction waste.

Project SagaMORE was designed to enhance EMD’s progressive work culture through employee engagement, wellbeing, technology, and biophilic design.

6 Industrial Way Office Park
Submitted by: Touloukian Touloukian Inc

The office building structure includes innovative cross-laminated timbers, the first of its kind in New England.

Designed as a three-story office space, this 16-acre site reverses the conventional, inwardly focused commercial building by implementing a flexible floor plan and indoor/outdoor program that advances human health and wellness.


181 Coleridge Ave Residences
Submitted by: Touloukian Touloukian Inc

The site features a central courtyard which helps elevate the building access points above the FEMA floodplains and gently slopes down towards the waterfront using native plantings and rain gardens to help control the onsite stormwater.

Located in East Boston, this new multifamily residential development faces many challenges as a waterfront site already affected by the rising coastal tides surrounding the Boston Harbor.

Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex
Submitted by: Payette

 A parametric model was developed alongside custom compositing software to allow the team to perform iterative simulations accurately predicting solar performance of the screen, optimizing the profile, form, and performance of the sunshade system.

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