In what has become an annual outing, The Green Engineer, Inc. went on a walking tour - led by principal Chris Schaffner – of completed or ongoing projects in and around the city of Boston. This year’s tour took employees and guests around Cambridge to visit some of the exemplary energy efficient and LEED certified buildings in the Kendall Square / MIT area. Luckily, September 2015’s Cambridge Walking Tour was graced with both sunshine and mild temperatures.
The first scheduled visit took the group atop Cambridge Center at 355 Main St. to its rooftop garden. The Green Engineer provided sustainable design and energy modeling services to this expansion, which connects the three buildings on the campus of a well-known high tech company in Kendall Square. The extensive green roof was a clever way to meet mandated open space requirements for public use.
After taking in the views, it was back down to street level towards MIT’s E62 Sloan School of Management. Some immediate highlights of this flagship building are the wall of light-sensitive window shades in its stunning lobby facing the Charles River, the terrazzo floor made of brown and green beer bottles and the 155-million year old fossils in the limestone tiles on the stairs. However, the real highlight for us was the first-hand experience of an indoor climate regulated by active chilled-beams.
Walking along Memorial Drive the tour headed past the MIT E52 building for which The Green Engineer is providing consultation services to help MIT achieve its goal of achieving LEED certification for both its Chemistry and Math Departments.
The tour proceeded along Amherst Street past another project MIT E66 before visiting several projects in the Fairchild building of MIT’s campus. This route offered the group a glimpse of completed projects by Chris Schaffner before founding The Green Engineer, as well as several ongoing projects. While in the Fairchild building, the group couldn’t pass up the chance to view Strobe Alley, a collection of works and photographs of MIT’s esteemed ‘Doc’ Edgerton.
As the day wore on, the group made a few more stops in front of buildings , both completed and in process, that were inaccessible such as the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Genzyme’s LEED Platinum certified office building. With a full day of touring around the Kendall Square area completed, it was time for the final destination, a watering hole.