Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announces that the Albert Sherman Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which houses the Advanced Therapeutics biomedical research facility, has achieved LEED Gold certification. Thornton Tomasetti was the Sustainability Consultant and provided Energy Analysis and LEED Consulting for the project in Worcester, Mass.
Thornton Tomasetti was hired by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge to offer sustainable design recommendations to the design team, perform energy analysis and modeling, track compliance with LEED throughout design and construction, and review and submit LEED documentation to the Green Building Certification Institute.
• The 500,000 square-foot Albert Sherman Center includes 300,000 square feet of wet research laboratory and core research space, and 200,000 square feet of dry space including a 300-seat auditorium, teaching areas, library and conference center.
• A concept level energy analysis undertaken to evaluate various building schemes and orientations was highly influential in arriving at the final design concept and enabling significant energy savings potential to be realized.
• Gradual sloping ceilings were added on the building’s north side to maximize daylight, while strategically placed solar shades on the south side reduce solar heat gains.
• The façade of the facility includes glass, aluminum, terracotta and granite elements creating 1,775 panels. Long windows were installed to allow as much natural light as possible with the addition of spandrel glass sections on all sides above and below each window. Construction costs were estimated at $225 million.
• The recommendations of the energy analysis undertaken by Thornton Tomasetti resulted in projected energy cost savings of 25 percent. The team has a plan in place to continually measure and verify the actual energy savings.
Michael Pulaski, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, associate, Portland, Thornton Tomasetti
“We had a great experience working on this project with ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, BR+A and LAM Partners. It is wonderful to see our hard work result in LEED Gold Certification, and to know that the bright students studying at the Center will have a light-filled, efficient place to learn and conduct research.”
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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