G13 - Speculative Platinum to Profitable Investment

Friday, November 10 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM | 205B « Back

Abstract Text:

During the recession of 2009, Skanska Commercial Development committed to build a LEED Platinum speculative research / office building at the edge of Cambridge’s biotechnology epicenter, Kendall Square. Competition for tenants during the Recession years meant that designing for a Platinum rating carried additional risk. Avoiding expensive active strategies, the design team developed a low-tech “clever-building” strategy to achieve a high performance building and a LEED-CS Platinum certification within certain financial parameters.

The presentation will focus on the programmatic and sustainable criteria for the project and how the team responded to those criteria in the 130,000-square-foot, three story building, and document specific sustainable design strategies, including site planning and building orientation, energy efficiency in the HVAC system, daylighting, solar controls, new cladding materials and innovative structural design. It will also highlight the extensive community-based planning process that guided the selection of materials, building massing, and design of the open space, resulting in a building that fits the context of surrounding neighborhood. Finally, the team will share the financial metrics for the project, demonstrating that sustainable design makes a direct contribution to profitability.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to identify design strategies for high performance speculative research / office space.

Upon completion, participants will learn how sustainable design leads to profitable investments.

Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize specific HVAC strategies to reduce energy consumption in speculative buildings.

Upon completion, participants will learn about innovative exterior cladding system to fit the building to its sensitive neighborhood context.

Learning Level:

Level 200 – Understanding/Comprehension


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Event Type: Education Sessions > Session