Walking the Walk: Syska Hennessy Group’s Cambridge Office Receives LEED® Silver Certification!
Boston, MA – September 15, 2010 – Syska Hennessy Group, a leading consulting, engineering and commissioning firm, announced that its Cambridge Office recently achieved LEED® Silver certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Applying their high performance design approach to their new Cambridge location at 2067 Massachusetts Ave was important to Syska Hennessy Group, and demonstrates their efforts in “walking the walk.” William Caretsky, PE and managing director of the Cambridge Office, commented, “Sustainability is a core value in our firm’s culture. It’s not only important to us to express this in our engineering practice and client support, but also within our own work places.”
The 9,500 sq. ft. office, located within the historic Henderson Carriage Building, comprises of existing brick and beam, open floor spaces, high ceilings and large exterior windows. These elements were adaptively re-used and demonstrated an affinity for sustainable design concepts that the Syska Hennessy team was looking for. For example, the large operable windows provide many benefits including natural lighting, thermal comforts, as well as superior air ventilation that not only improve staff well-being but also reduce energy use considerably. The original wood beams and the brick walls were also left throughout the space to preserve the historic structure and reduce materials used.
Other environmentally friendly strategies implemented include: high efficiency lighting fixtures, occupancy sensors, high efficiency heat pumps, low flow faucets, and the use of Energy Star appliances. Along with these solutions, the firm has also purchased a contract to use renewable energy sources, including wind and solar energy, to help reduce the office’s carbon footprint.
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair of the USGBC Green Building Council. “Syska Hennessy Group’s Cambridge office efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
To celebrate the firm’s achievement in receiving LEED Silver certification, Suzanne Abbott, chapter operations consultant from the USGBC’s Massachusetts Chapter, will be presenting a plaque to the firm. The ceremony will take place during Syska Hennessy’s upcoming client appreciation cocktail party on October 7, at the Taj Boston Hotel.
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. (www.syska.com) is a global leader in consulting, engineering and commissioning. The firm has helped engineer some of the world's most innovative, technically sophisticated, and energy efficient buildings. Clients include leading corporations, fast-growing and high-tech companies, educational institutions, architectural and interior designers and commercial developers, as well as state, local and federal government agencies. With offices in 14 locations throughout the U.S., as well as an office in China, and projects around the world, Syska Hennessy Group’s market specific solutions are based on local knowledge and access, supported by global staff resources and specialized expertise.
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