Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary

Boylston, MA

Located on a 45-acre wildlife sanctuary and completed in September of 2014, this $5 million, 5,200 sf project provides an energy-efficient, highly-sustainable trailhead house that supports the local walking trails and provides a medium for education to the public. 

The space is highlighted by the "tree room" that allows for extensive views to the outdoors, and is constructed of local timber framing. With a rooftop rain garden, library, and gallery rooms, the building provides a comfortable program for those who visit the trailhead house. 

Sustainable aspects of the design focusedon energy efficiency, domestic and rainwater management, and indoor environmental quality which allowed the project to earn LEED® Gold certification.

Some of the key building features include an 87% water use reduction and 52% energy cost savings, with 27% of that energy cost being produced on-site with an 8-kW PV array.

For the Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary, The Green Engineer:

  • Helped to develop sustainable design goals and guided the implementation of strategies to meet these established targets;
  • Provided a building certification assessment to outline strategies to meet various preliminary certification goals;
  • Provided full service coordination and management of the LEED certification process;
  • Reviewed all project specifications and drawings against LEED criterion;
  • Performed final energy modeling services for LEED submission.

Owner: Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary, LLC
Architect: Dewing Schmid Kearns
MEP: Allied Consulting Engineering Services
Contractor: Consigli Construction

USGBC MA 2015 Green Building of the Year

LEED® BD+C, v2009 Gold certified