Members of Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability practice helped unveil the LEED Platinum plaque at the newly certified Bentley University Arena in Waltham, Massachusetts. We provided LEED consulting and energy modeling services to ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge for the project, which was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating. The first LEED-certified building on Bentley’s campus, the mixed-use arena hosts the university’s NCAA Division I hockey team and various other events, such as career fairs, speakers and concerts.
At last week’s Celebration and Plaque Dedication, Thornton Tomasetti project manager Associate Amanda Lehman Garvey (pictured at podium) discussed the project and how our team helped the university exceed its initial target of LEED Silver. “As a consultant to many universities, we were impressed by Bentley’s uncompromising commitment to sustainability throughout the design and construction process,” Amanda said. “The university’s extraordinary leadership resulted in not only a beautiful building, but one that is also on the cutting edge for human well-being and environmental sustainability.” The facility’s sustainable features, which include a 500 kW rooftop solar PV array, help cut the anticipated energy use in half. With Amanda (photo top left) are Thornton Tomasetti Senior Project Engineer John Beaumont, ARC Associate Maria McMorran, Bentley University Director of Sustainability and Special Advisor to the President Amanda King and Thornton Tomasetti Vice President Mike Pulaski.