On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the U.S. Green Building Council of Massachusetts recognized the Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary Trailhead House with the 2015 Green Building of Year Award at a ceremony held at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA.
The 2015 Green Building Showcase is the USGBC of Massachusetts Chapter’s premier fall event to showcase and celebrate exceptional green buildings conceived, designed, built and operated over the past year. Over 75 projects were on display, with more than 250 industry leaders in attendance.
The 5,200 square-foot Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary Trailhead House serves as a visitor center and educational gateway to 45 acres of preserved forest, streams and wetlands, and 1.5 miles of trails in Boylston, Massachusetts. The sanctuary’s primary mission is to protect and care for the site’s wildlife and environment, and to offer a place for education and observation.
The LEED Gold Certified building was designed to minimize its impact on the environment and incorporates sustainable features that include photovoltaic panels, green roofs, thermal shutters, composting toilets, waterless urinals, reclaimed wood harvested from the site and a rain-water pool. The site design also incorporates many low-impact, sustainable techniques, including permeable pavement and roof runoff used in both underground fire protection and irrigation tanks.
Architect: Dewing Schmid Kearns Architects + Planners
Sustainable Design Consultant: The Green Engineer
Landscape Architect: Klopfer Martin Design Group
Structural Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
MEP Engineer: Allied Engineering
Civil Engineer: Outback Engineering
Contractor: Consigli Construction Co.
For more information on this year's Showcase, please visit: 2015 USGBC MA Showcase.