Mass. lab earns LEED gold
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The state’s transportation Research and Materials Lab off the Massachusetts Pike has been nationally recognized for its environmentally-friendly features.
The state Department of Transportation facility, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects and constructed in 2016, has achieved MassDOT’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification due to its many amenities including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, renewable materials selection, and high indoor environmental quality, according to a press release.
“MassDOT’s state-of-the-art Research and Materials lab has many environmentally-friendly features including approximately 500 kW of Solar-Carports, about 40 kW of Rooftop PV, and south-side self-tinting windows that limit over-heating in the summer and winter, and increase energy efficiency while making the workplace more comfortable for people inside,” Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said in the release.
Other green features of the first MassDOT facility to receive LEED gold certification include porous pavement to allow runoff of site rainwater to directly recharge the water table, two dual-port Level-II Electric Vehicle charging stations, and a PV system that is expected to be operational by the end of February and generate about 675,000 kWh’s per year. This is a value equal to about 75 percent of the facility’s projected annual demand, according to the release.
At the MassDOT Research and Materials Lab, MassDOT personnel test and approve products incorporated into Highway Division construction projects to ensure conformance with plans and specifications. The facility performs tests regarding concrete, soils, asphalt, chemicals, and other physical materials and is responsible for more than 500 ongoing construction projects at any given time.
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