November 16, 2016
Watts Joins Boston City Council & Green Ribbon Commission Leaders at ABX
Architerra principal Ellen Watts spoke at the annual ABX conference as part of a panel convened by Boston Society of Architects Director of Urban Design Gretchen Rabinkin. Her remarks titled, “Learning from the Danes: 10 Ideas We Can Use in Boston,” was paired with presentations by Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and Boston Green Ribbon Commission Executive Director John Cleveland. All three panelists urged climate action to achieve equitability and livability. The presentation was attended by more than 125 people and recorded by National Public Radio.
November 15, 2016
Architerra’s Design Dedicated at First Carbon-Neutral MA Campus
Over 200 people came together to celebrate Mount Wachusett Community College’s dedication of a $32 million flagship project that transforms the educational experience for 5,500 students annually. Consisting of a new science center and academic center renovations, this project is entirely heated by biomass and powered by wind. Among other sustainable features are exterior solar shades, tripled glazed windows and curtainwall, active chilled beams, and locally-manufactured recycled concrete block. The science center was designed to LEED Gold standards and modeled to use 44% less energy than code-compliant building.
September 26, 2016
USGBC Green Building of the Year Special Merit Award
Celebrating at its annual Green Building Showcase held this year in Boston, the Massachusetts chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council doubly honored the Architerra-designed Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough. The Commonwealth’s first net zero, LEED Platinum certified public office building, designed in collaboration with VanZelm, Solar Design Associates, Souza True Partners, Towers Golde, and Green International, and built by Columbia Construction, received top honors for Energy Efficiency and a Green Building of the Year Special Merit Award. The jury cited the need for more net zero exemplars.
August 11, 2016
Clark University Celebrates Opening of Alumni & Student Engagement Center
Clark University celebrated the opening of the new Architerra-designed Alumni & Student Engagement Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony . This solar-powered academic and administrative building is home to Clark’s innovative Liberal Education & Effective Practice (LEEP) Center, bringing together alumni, students and community partners for academic and co-curricular initiatives. The building is designed with triple-glazing, LED lighting, high efficiency air-source heat pumps, and super-insulated roof and rain screen walls, and topped by a 170KW photovoltaic array supported on a cantilevered roof canopy. The building received a Net Zero Energy grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is expected to generate the majority of its annual energy requirements on site.
July 11, 2016
Boston Public Market Attains LEED Certification
Architerra designed Boston Public Market has recently been awarded LEED Silver Certification under the new LEED V.4 ID+C: Retail. Contributing sustainable design features include optimized energy performance, reduced water use, and innovation through the “Public Market as a Platform for Public Sustainability Education.” The Boston Public Market is the first public market in the U.S. to focus on local, sustainably sourced food. The design enables use of the entire market as a platform for public education, supports grower/seller interaction, features varied educational venues, and provides educational sustainability signage.
July 5, 2016
Clark University becomes Massachusetts's Newest Solar Building
The Architerra-designed Clark University Alumni & Student Engagement Center became the newest solar building in Massachusetts with the commissioning of its 170kW photovoltaic array. Supported by a Zero Net Energy grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, this building is among the first to be constructed under the “Leading by Example” program. The rooftop solar panels are expected to offset 70% of the annual energy cost of this 36,000 square foot academic and administrative building, spurring other high performance buildings throughout the Northeast. The cantilevered roof canopy is rimmed with glass, accentuating the importance of the solar panels in the overall design.
June 24, 2016
Watts & Women Leading Change Embark on Copenhagen Learning Exchange
Architerra principal Ellen Watts helped organize and lead a Boston Climate Bridge delegation of 20 women who traveled to Denmark for an intensive 5-day professional education program aimed at studying climate adaptation, carbon neutrality, renewable energy, and green buildings. This learning exchange was designed to spur climate action through firsthand knowledge of resilient cities, integrated planning, renewable energy, and community development processes. The delegation included experts in a range of fields in both the private and public sector. The group met with Danish thought leaders, designers, government officials, & renewable energy experts, and toured more than a dozen exemplary projects. Lessons learned will be shared through public presentations this fall.
June 15, 2016
Architerra Wins 2016 BSA Sustainable Design and
Educational Facilities Awards
The Architerra-designed Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters has been honored with a Boston Society of Architects Sustainable Design Award. At the same time, SUNY ESF Gateway Center, previous winner of the BSA Sustainable Design Award, has been recognized for a BSA Educational Facilities Award. The awards will be formally presented at the BSA Annual Awards Gala.
June 2, 2016
Arons Advocates for Zero Net Energy Solutions at
AIA Leadership Summit
Architerra principal and co-founder Dan Arons was among several leaders of the second annual AIA New England Leadership Summit, held this year in Boston. Arons led a two-hour session for 100 participants focusing on award-winning Zero Net Energy buildings which he demonstrated can be built for conventional budgets and yield significant operating cost savings. Arons also emphasized that beyond clean energy solutions, resiliency must be the over-riding design goal of every climate-adapted project and led a discussion on how the architectural profession must itself adapt to climate change
May 20, 2016
Bernstein, Wormser and Dalzell Promote Resiliency at the
AIA National Convention
Architerra principal Daniel Bernstein partnered with John Dalzell of the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Julie Wormser of Boston Harbor Now to present “Regenerative Futures: Envisioning Boston Living with Water” at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Philadelphia. How can resilient cities not just survive, but thrive in the face of climate change? This question was posed by the 2015 Boston Living with Water competition, and the presentation to the AIA focused on Architerra’s winning proposal which envisioned a city transformed by meeting the challenge of climate change.
May 13, 2016
Watts Urges Lawyers to Impel Climate Adaptation with Revolutionary Legal Thinking
Architerra Principal Ellen Watts, joined by Boston Harbor Now VP of Policy & Planning Julie Wormser, spoke to 150 real property lawyers at the American Bar Association’s 2016 Sectional Spring Symposia. The presentation, “Living with Water: Resilient Futures,” portrayed a positive vision for climate-adapted development, illustrating the vulnerability of two-thirds of the world’s major cities to sea level rise and increasing frequency of superstorms caused by climate change. Boston is the 12th most exposed city globally with an estimated $55B of assets exposed to 100-year storms. Watts debunked current regulations and master plans and urged lawyers to re-focus on ensuring resiliency.
May 9, 2016
REDE Boston 2100: Living with Water Wins International
Green GOOD DESIGN Award
Architerra’s Boston Living with Water project was honored as one of nine winners for the Green GOOD DESIGN award for Green Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. This international award recognizes outstanding projects “that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a healthier and more sustainable universe.” The winners of the Green GOOD Design award will be displayed at The Chicago Athenaeum’s museum in Athens, Greece and is expected to travel throughout Europe.
April 29, 2016
Arons Reports Zero Net Energy Results to Environmental
Architerra principal Dan Arons participated in the Environmental Business Council’s New England Conference on Energy Efficiency and Zero Net Energy Buildings held in the Architerra-designed Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters. Arons’ presentation highlighted that in the preceding 12 months, this building generated 98.5% of its total annual energy use, including heating, cooling and electricity, yet the Commonwealth’s first LEED Platinum certified public office building designed for zero net energy performance cost no more than conventional office buildings.
Principal Daniel Bernstein presented Architerra’s winning resilient design vision as one of four panelists speaking about “Climate Change Solutions” at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation’s preeminent annual conference, “Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy,” attracting 700 registrants to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Architerra’s innovative proposal, honored among 50 entries in the international Boston Living with Water competition, imagines the vibrant redevelopment of Fort Point Channel area for 6 million square feet of new mixed-use development with raised grades and floodable tidal basins adapted to Boston’s rising tides.
April 28, 2016
Watts Presents LEED Platinum Certified TDS Center at AIA New Hampshire Meeting
Architerra principal Ellen Watts joined 150+ members and invited guests at the AIA New Hampshire’s annual meeting celebrating the career achievements of retiring Keene State College leader Jay Kahn. Watts’ presentation focused on the Architerra-designed Keene State College TDS Center, the first LEED Platinum certified building in the University System of New Hampshire, suggesting that new design responses are needed for rapidly changing climate, infrastructure and education.
March 11, 2016
Watts and Gilman Present Winning Resiliency Strategy to
CREW Boston Sustainability Group
Architerra Principal and Co-Founder Ellen Watts and architect Caitlin Gilman presented Architerra’s winning vision for the Boston Living with Water Competition to the CREW Boston Sustainability Networking Group. Located on the Fort Point Channel, this future-looking vision imagines a resilient district built to withstand inundation caused by rising sea levels. Attended by a diverse group of women, ranging in discipline from law to engineering, the group discussed potential strategies and challenges to realizing this vision.
March 4, 2016
Architerra has completed schematic design for Northfield Mount Hermon’s new Gilder Center for Integrative Math and Science Education. This 60,000 sf center will be the greenest building on campus and will support NMH’s pioneering integrative math and science curriculum. Project completion is expected September 2018.
Sustainable Design Propels Integrative Math and Science Education
December 21, 2015
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters Achieves LEED Platinum Certification
Massachusetts’ first state office building designed for Net Zero performance, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification. This pioneering building reduced energy usage through a bioclimatic design that exceeded Passive House standards for infiltration limits and incorporated overhangs that extend the rooftop photovoltaic arrays. Renewable energy is generated through active and passive solar design. This innovative design incorporates geothermal wells, radiant floors and ceiling panels, and structural insulated panels.
December 2, 2015
Watts Serves as Juror for Maine AIA COTE Awards
Architerra Principal and Co-Founder Ellen Watts served as one of three jurors for the Maine AIA COTE Awards, together with Benisch Architekten Partner Matt Noblett and HEMESphere Design Principal Joe Hemes. Submissions ranged from single-family homes to major institutional and commercial projects, all located in Maine or designed by Maine architects. The winning projects represented an extraordinary commitment to sustainability across a broad range of project types.
November 18, 2015
Architerra, Boston Public Market Association, and Massport Present at ABX 2015
At ABX 2015, Architerra Associate Principal Michael Grant presented “Urban Attractions: Boston Public Market & Cruiseport Boston” together with BPMA CEO, Liz Morningstar, and Massport Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, Sam Sleiman. The session presented a behind-the-scenes look at two transformative Boston projects and provided strategic concepts and guidance for decision-makers intent on bringing positive change to Boston and other urban centers through creative public-private partnerships.
November 18, 2015
Four young Architerra designers presented Architerra’s winning proposal for the Boston Living with Water Competition at this year’s Architecture Boston Exposition. Nikul Patel, Jaime McGavin, Pete Hanley, and Caitlin Gilman addressed Boston’s impending crisis of a 5 ft. sea level rise by 2100, and highlighted the important role emerging professionals of the millennial generation will need to play in generating and implementing resilient design solutions.
Architerra Presents, "#yourcityyourfuture: Living with Water"
at ABX 2015
October 30, 2015
Architerra’s design of the new Boston Public Market has been honored by AIA New England with a Merit Award, one of just 13 awards given among 270 entries. The sole criteria was design excellence. The prestigious AIA New England Award program was administered this year by AIA Connecticut. Submissions were juried by three distinguished Philadelphia architects – Frank Grauman, FAIA Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Richard Maimon, FAIA, Kieran Timberlake; and Brett Webber, spg3 – who commented, “This is a project in the great tradition of urban markets, using a kit of components and paying attention to the needs of various merchants and merchandise.”
October 21, 2015
AIA New England Honors Architerra For Design Excellence,
4th Award in 5 Years
Leading Climate Change Solutions Include Architerra’s
Winning Resilient Design
October 9, 2015
Net Zero Headquarters Honored for Design Innovation
At a packed reception at the Harvard Art Museums, the U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter presented Architerra with an Innovation in Green Design Award for the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, the first Massachusetts public office building designed for net zero performance. This annual award honors a project that best demonstrates sustainability, breaks new ground, creates a significant positive impact on the environment, and is a replicable model. The innovative design met a tight state budget and features Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), operable triple-glazed windows, a ground source heat pump system, and a 300 kW rooftop solar array.
August 26, 2015
July 30, 2015
The topping-off beam was signed and hoisted into place last week for the new Science Addition designed by Architerra at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA. A ceremony was held to highlight the completion of the steel structure up to the roof level and the insertion of the final beam. The project, which also includes a renovation of the academic center, is estimated to be completed in August 2016. MWCC boasts the first carbon neutral campus in Massachusetts, powered entirely by wind energy and heated by industrial waste wood chips.
Topping-off Complete at Mount Wachusett Community College
Boston Public Market Celebrates Grand Opening
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh cut the ribbon at the highly anticipated opening of the Architerra-designed Boston Public Market. The 28,000 square-foot ground floor space is designed as a luminous showcase for 37 vendors selling locally sourced, affordable, fresh food. Contemporary, clean and crisp, the design features copper-colored pylons and white-washed canopies, creating a spacious vaulted hall for Massachusetts grower-sellers. Shopping aisles converge at the aptly named “hub,” creating a focal point for the entire market district located along Boston’s Greenway.
July 14, 2015
Watts Leads Campus Climate Neutrality Panel at SCUP-50
Architerra’s Ellen Watts, speaking with three SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry leaders – Neil Murphy, Former President & Current Senior Fellow for Environmental and Sustainable Systems, Michael Kelleher, Executive Director of Energy & Sustainability, and Tim Toland, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture – presented “Toward Campus Carbon Neutrality: SUNY-ESF Gateway Center” at the annual, international conference of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) held this year in Chicago. Their presentation revealed how this Energy-Plus, LEED Platinum project was achieved on a public budget and encouraged others to strive for climate neutrality through energy savings and on-site renewable energy.
June 8, 2015
Mayor Announces Boston Living with Water Competition Finalists
After months of hard work by firms around the world, the Boston Living with Water international competition has come to a close with Mayor Walsh honoring three finalists: Architerra, Stephanie Goldberg, AIA with Mark Reed, AIA from Boston, and Thetis SpA from Venice, Italy. The competition sought resilient design solutions to address the challenges of climate change and rising sea level in Boston and has added impetus for crucial follow-up action. A few of Architerra’s regenerative design ideas for Site 2: The 100 Acres section of Fort Point Channel included an elevated ground plane with tidal basins and land wharves, an international design exposition, low carbon transit and renewable district energy. All of the submitted proposals will help inspire imminent action for Boston’s future.
May 15, 2015
Clark University Breaks Ground for Signature Building
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Architerra-designed Alumni and Student Engagement Center at Clark University in Worcester, MA. The new 35,000 sf, four story building will house Clark’s innovative LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) center, campus store, administrative offices, classrooms and conference space. The project is designed to use less than half the energy of a conventional building and includes a rooftop photovoltaic array that is expected to provide approximately half of the building’s energy needs. Construction is anticipated to be complete in June 2016.
May 8, 2015
Architerra to Design New Sustainable STEM Building
The Northfield Mount Hermon School, an independent school in Gill, MA, has selected Architerra to design a new Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) building for their campus. The school aspires to create a cutting-edge STEM building that advances curricular innovation, supports mastery-based, hands-on instruction, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, and teaches sustainability by example. The new building is expected to total 45,000 to 68,000 gsf, and construction is hoped to start in 2017.
April 22, 2015
Carbon Neutral Campus Breaks Ground for Architerra Design
The new Architerra-designed Science Addition for Mount Wachusett Community College officially began construction on Earth Day with an expected completion date of Fall 2016. The $41 million project encompasses a 44,000 square foot science addition, teaching greenhouse, as well as major renovations to the existing 300,000 square foot Haley Academic Center. The addition will include new laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices and student study areas while the renovations will include a new visitor entrance, multi-purpose room, academic advising suite, theater improvements, and refurbished campus hub.
April 20, 2015
Watts Returns to Harvard Graduate School of Design
Principal Ellen Watts was invited to speak about Architerra’s mission-driven practice to a class of 75 graduate architecture students at the Harvard School of Design. The presentation engaged the class in discussions about green design and zero net energy buildings, highlighting several Architerra-designed projects such as the SUNY-ESF Gateway Center, Cambridge School of Weston Garthwaite Center and recently completed Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters. The class was overwhelmingly supportive and asked many detailed questions about high performance form-making, energy analysis, marketing and client leadership.
Principal Dan Arons and Associate Kate Mora participated in the annual BuildingEnergy conference held in Boston and hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Arons was a panelist for the session titled Net-Zero Summit: Non-Residential Project Highlights, and discussed several Net Zero Energy public projects including the new Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters. Mora was a presenter at the Design Jury and shared the Net Zero Energy schematic design for the St. Mark’s School dormitory and faculty residences. Both presentations were aimed at accelerating the market adoption of Net Zero projects.
March 4, 2015
Arons & Mora Present at NESEA’S Net-Zero Summit & Design Crit
February 25, 2015
Boston Living with Water Competition Jury Honors Two Architerra Entries
The jury for “Boston Living with Water” – an international competition sponsored by The Boston Harbor Association, City of Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority and Boston Society of Architects – honored two Architerra submissions among 50+ entries from around the world. Architerra’s “Water District” was selected as one of three finalists for 100 acres along Fort Point Channel, while Architerra’s “Community Center / Surge Shelter” received an Honorable Mention for the North End’s Prince Building. The competition sought innovative urban design ideas to address climate change and rising sea levels. Architerra’s ideas for elevated infrastructure, floodable wharves, renewable district energy and other promising adaptations will be further developed for final judging in May 2015.
February 23, 2015
Financial Officers Learn from Architerra’s Legacy Projects
Architerra’s Ellen Watts moderated a panel of three financial officers -- Steve Ginsberg of Noble and Greenough School, Rob Laverdure of Cambridge School of Weston, and Bob Meyer of St. Mark’s School – at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) Annual Meeting. “Legacy Projects: The Tale of Three Schools” focused on the challenges and successes of three significant Architerra-designed educational projects, highlighting effective approaches to planning, fundraising, design, financing, community engagement and project delivery. Questions and answers centered on cost estimating strategies and the cost-benefit of green buildings.
October 29, 2014
Architerra Presents Zero Net Energy Case Study at ABX
Massachusetts leaders Eric Friedman of DOER and Steve O’Connor of DCAMM joined Architerra’s Dan Arons and John Selle to present “Exemplar for Zero Net Energy Office Buildings: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters” at ABX, the annual Boston Society of Architects conference. This LEED Platinum design aims to be the first zero net energy public office building in the Commonwealth, in fulfillment of a key recommendation of the Massachusetts Governor’s Zero Net Energy Task Force Report. DCAMM will be monitoring on-going building operations so that lessons learned can help advance design, construction, and operating practices that address climate change.
The Architerra-designed Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry has been honored by this year’s AIA Central New York Design Awards jury at the annual Celebration of Architecture event. The Gateway Center was one of eleven projects recognized as part of the 2014 program to honor design excellence achievements located or designed by architects in Central New York.
October 25, 2014
October 15, 2014
AIA Central New York Honors Gateway Center
Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters Opens
The newly opened Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters is designed to be the first public sector zero net energy office building in the Commonwealth. The 45,000 square foot, 3 story building provides office accommodations for 120 staff, fisheries and wildlife laboratories, environmental review hearing rooms, and flexible multi-purpose classrooms and public spaces. A live trout pond, natural rock rainwater cascade, and native plant garden help support the organization’s educational and conservation mission. This LEED Platinum design optimize energy performance with passive solar strategies, mechanically assisted natural ventilation, structural insulated panels, triple glazed curtainwall, a closed loop ground source heat pump system, and a 300 kW rooftop photovoltaic array.
More than 200 invited guests gathered to celebrate the long-awaited groundbreaking for the Boston Public
Market -- the first permanent, indoor market in the United States to focus on affordable, locally grown food including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, produce, baked goods, food specialties, and prepared foods. The Architerra-designed interiors will provide 28,000sf for over 40 local vendors and a culinary education center offering programs in cooking, nutrition, health and wellness in partnership with the Trustees of Reservations. BPM was joined by Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin Walsh, and dozens of public and private supporters. The market will be located in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation building overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
October 9, 2014
Boston Public Market Breaks Ground
July 15, 2014
Gateway Center Receives Second AIA New York State Honor
The American Institute of Architects New York State Chapter honored the Architerra-designed Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry with an AIA NYS Design Award Citation. This award recognizes outstanding works of architecture and celebrates design excellence achieved through creativity and imagination in solving clients’ design challenges. This LEED Platinum building plays a significant role in helping ESF attain campus carbon neutrality by 2015, and unifies the campus with a signature statement that expresses the institution’s 100-year old heritage as a forestry school.
June 25, 2014
Nobles Castle Project Wins National Recognition
The Architerra-designed Noble and Greenough School Castle Project was honored with a 2014 Boston Stone Institute Tucker Design Award. This prestigious national award honors projects that have achieved excellence in design through the incorporation and use of natural stone. The awards jury praised the design for expressing modernity and innovation by not slavishly copying the original structure, and admired the interplay of richness of stone detail with beautifully crafted wood.
April 28, 2014
AIA New York State Honors Gateway Center
The Architerra-designed Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry was among eight new buildings honored at the inaugural presentation of the Excelsior Awards for Public Architecture by the American Institute of Architects New York State Chapter. The jury commended the building’s formal expression, advanced performance goals and overall design excellence, citing it as a positive precedent for 21st century architecture.
April 22, 2014
AIA Announces U.S. Top Ten Green Buildings of the Year
The Architerra-designed Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science and Forestry was designated one of this year’s Top Ten Green Buildings by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment. The jury commended the design’s clear expression of SUNY-ESF’s academic mission, innovative solar design solutions, and creative use of the combined heat and power plant as a teaching tool. This national honor was previously awarded to the Architerra-designed Garthwaite Center at the Cambridge School of Weston.
April 21, 2014
Watts Presents at Harvard Graduate School of Design
Co-Founder Ellen Watts was a guest presenter at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, addressing a group of 75 students about Architerra’s mission-driven practice in the context of today’s zero net energy and sustainable design challenges. Remarks focused on Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF and Garthwaite Center at Cambridge School – both recognized as AIA/COTE Top 10 Green Buildings -- as well as the mission-centered Boston Public Market and Wind Technology Testing Center. Watts also shared images from her recent trip with others to Hamburg, Germany.
April 11, 2014
SCUP Honors ESF Gateway Center Architecture Excellence
Judged among 150 entries nationally, the Architerra-designed SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Gateway Center has won a 2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Honor Award. This honor recognizes designs that best respond to an institutional mission, academic and student life program requirements, and architectural and cultural heritage of a college or university – characteristics that the Gateway Center exhibits by reducing the overall campus carbon footprint, serving as a student hub and teaching tool, and expressing the institution’s roots as a forestry school.
April 8, 2014
LEED Platinum for Energy Positive Design
The Architerra-designed Gateway Center at SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry has earned LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The bioclimatic form promotes passive solar design and integrates a combined heat and power plant and intensive green roof. The building’s net positive energy systems serve four adjacent ESF buildings, providing 60% of annual campus heating needs and 20% of annual power needs ̶ a significant step towards campus carbon neutrality.
April 1, 2014
Co-Founder Arons speaks at MED-Ed Facilities Conference
Dan Arons presented a case study on Architerra’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters project as part of the “Zero Net Energy Buildings in Massachusetts” session at the MED-Ed Facilities Conference in Boston. The presentation discussed the design and testing process for Zero Net Energy Buildings and highlighted that high-efficiency projects can achieve design excellence.
March 15, 2014
In 2004, Architerra was founded to advance sustainability and climate action through design excellence. Through compilation of a 10-year review of its work, the firm launched its second decade of practice focusing on high performance buildings.
March 6, 2014
Architerra Launches Second Decade
Watts Presents as Part of BE14 ‘Resilient Cities’ Track
Principal and Co-Founder Ellen Watts spoke at NESEA’s annual BuildingEnergy Conference (BE14) in Boston, delivering one of five short talks in a Resilient Cities session. Her remarks, "Inspirations from Hamburg: Ideas for Action," illustrated a dozen German urban planning, resilient infrastructure, renewable energy, and high performance building exemplars, highlights from her participation in the NEWIRE Climate Bridge educational exchange to Hamburg.
January 7, 2014
Nobles Castle Project Takes the Gold
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED Gold certification to the Architerra-designed Castle Project recently completed at Noble and Greenough School by Shawmut Design & Construction. Conferring 5 out of 5 possible points for Innovation in Design, this certification validates the design with respect to energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable materials, and indoor air quality. The project renovated and expanded a 19th century masterwork to create a green design exemplar that has new life as contemporary campus dining facility and faculty apartments.
Architerra Co-founder and Principal Dan Arons presented to MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning about Architerra’s recent work and design principles. The primary focus of the presentation was to demonstrate the importance of building envelope design’s role for aesthetics, energy efficiency, daylighing control, comfort and durability. Examples from half a dozen Architerra projects included SUNY-ESF’s Gateway Center and Keene State College's Technology Design & Safety Center.
October 28, 2013
November 18, 2013
Arons Speaks as Part of MIT’s Building Technology Series
The trustees of Clark University approved schematic plans for a new Architerra-design building on Main Street. The new 35,000 square foot, four-story building will significantly enhance Clark’s campus and the urban environs, housing academic and administrative space including Clark’s innovative Liberal Education & Effective Practice (LEEP) Center. Incorporating a 140kW photovoltaic array, the building is designed to generate renewably approximately 50% of its annual energy needs. Architerra hopes to involve students and faculty in project-related sustainability research. Construction is expected to begin in 2014.
Clark University Approves Architerra Design
October 18, 2013
St. Mark’s School, an independent school located in Southborough, MA, has selected Architerra to design a new Zero Net Energy dormitory and faculty residences. Annual on-site renewable energy generation will be equal to or greater than 100% of the building’s annual total energy needs, including electricity, heating and cooling. The new building will also serve as an educational tool, supporting the School’s sustainability goals and promoting students’ life-long environmental awareness. Construction is hoped to start in 2015.
St. Mark’s School Taps Architerra for Zero Net Energy Project
October 5, 2013
The Architerra-designed Gateway Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry has recently been recognized at the American Institute of Architects New England Conference with an AIA New England Design Merit Award. Located in Syracuse, NY, the Gateway Center’s architecturally distinguished bold form, bioclimatic envelope, renewable combined heat and power plant, and active landscape systems blend functionality with aesthetics, creating a memorable presence at the heart of the university. The elegant double-ended parti unifies the campus and achieves fresh architectural expression while also advancing the college’s goals to towards carbon neutrality .
Gateway Center Awarded AIA New England Design Merit Award
As one of a 13 member delegation participating in a Boston-Hamburg educational exchange, Architerra’s Ellen Watts gave a panel presentation at a NEWiRE Public Strategies meeting to share ideas on implementing sustainable urban development. Nearly 50 attendees arrived to learn about strategies for carbon neutral growth and redevelopment, and integrated renewable energy advancements. Ellen specifically addressed inspirations for architecture and planning advances, and discussed the next steps to make these ideas a reality in Massachusetts.
September 26, 2013
Watts Speaks on NEWiRE Public Strategies Panel
September 17, 2013
Massport recently tapped Architerra to design new signage and graphics to enhance the historic Boston Fish Pier. Newly installed are large signs, photograph enlargements, and decorative flag poles with bright nylon pennants for a colorful and lively entrance display. These improvements mark the country’s oldest working fish pier and help celebrate the Pier's 100 year anniversary.
July 22, 2013
Architerra Enhances Boston Fish Pier
Architerra Honored for Sustainable Design Excellence
The Boston Society of Architects has awarded a 2013 BSA Sustainable Design Award to the Architerra-designed Gateway Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, NY. This striking new building was designed for energy positive performance through a renewable combined heat and power plant that is expected to provide that campus with 60% of its heat 20% of its power annually. Judging criteria included how sustainability and energy efficiency were integrated into the overall aesthetics of the project.
July 9, 2013
Boston Society of Architects Honors Architerra’s Educational Design
The Boston Society of Architects awarded the Architerra-designed Keene State College Technology Design & Safety Center a 2013 BSA Educational Facilities Design Award. This honor is based solely on design excellence, and judging criteria included aesthetics, functionality and sustainability. This innovative Zero Net Energy ready project is designed to LEED Platinum standards (certification pending). As modeled, it will use just 50% of the energy of a code compliant building of its type, and the initial 100 KW rooftop photovoltaic array will provide 15% of its overall energy needs, making it among the most progressive campus buildings in the United States.
June 27, 2013
Architerra Selected to Design Boston Public Market
The Boston Public Market Association has selected Architerra to design an exciting new facility – a permanent year-round market in a premiere Boston location providing fresh, healthy, local food and public education about nutrition, cooking and food sources to abroad community. The market will be located on the ground floor of State Department of Transportation’s Parcel 7 building facing the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The Grand Opening of Boston Public Market is scheduled for Fall 2014. Architerra’s goal is to create a facility that is exquisitely functional and flexible, value-oriented, sustainably designed and operated, and expressive of the beauty and bounty of food.
A Boston delegation of 13 women, including Architerra Principal Ellen Watts, traveled to Hamburg, Germany for a 5-day educational exchange focused on advanced green buildings and carbon neutral growth. Watts was a founding member of the delegation which included a Massachusetts State Senator, 7 NEWIRE members and 4 NESEA members. The group toured the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Hamburg, participated in “Build the City Anew” Conference, met with high-level German governmental, business, professional and educational leaders, and visited dozens of exemplary projects which included housing, commercial, cultural, civic, and renewable energy developments. The delegation plans to disseminate lessons learned in presentations over the next few months.
June 18-23, 2013
Watts Participates in Boston-Hamburg Educational Exchange
June 20, 2013
Bernstein Addresses National AIA Convention in Denver
Architerra Principal Daniel Bernstein addressed an overflow audience of 600 at the Building Leaders 2013 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects in Denver, speaking about Zero Net Energy Buildings: From Policy to Practice. Joining Bernstein were co-presenters Carolyn Sarno from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership and Mark Walsh-Cooke from Arup. The presentation, which was webcast to an even wider audience, focused on design approaches that reconcile functional, aesthetic, energy performance, and budget parameters to produce viable Zero Net Energy and Energy Plus buildings as demonstrated by four Architerra designs, including the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters.
May 3, 2013
Second Architerra Design Nominated for Harleston Parker Medal
Two Architerra-designed buildings are now on the list of nominees for the prestigious Harleston Parker Medal, awarded annually by the Boston Society of Boston for the most beautiful building in the Boston metropolitan area. The most recent nominee is the Noble and Greenough School’s Castle Project, seamlessly integrating new and old with bold siting, artful massing, creative detailing, flowing space, and exquisite functionality. Previously nominated was the Cambridge School of Weston’s Garthwaite Center. Both projects have also been recognized for sustainable design.
May 1, 2013
Solar Array Installed on Architerra’s Latest LEED Platinum Design
The new Architerra-designed Keene State College TDS Center is now topped with a 100 kW photovoltaic array, the first of a two phase installation planned as part of the project. With progressive additions of photovoltaics, on-site renewable energy generation will make zero net energy performance possible. The building is designed for LEED Platinum certification which is pending. Architerra has designed nearly a dozen buildings with integrated solar panels of various types, and four buildings targeting zero net energy or energy plus performance.
April 22, 2013
Harvard GSD Publishes Case Study on Architerra
The Harvard Graduate School of Design has published a case study on Architerra’s mission-driven practice. Architects as Advocates: Building Architerra’s Sustainable Practice examines how Architerra’s client relations and construction technologies differ from conventional practice to advance green buildings and carbon neutral growth. Architerra co-founder Ellen Watts, discussing the case study with a 75-member GSD class, emphasized the importance of making sustainability synonymous with beauty.
March 19, 2013
Architerra Opens Conservation Exhibit
Architerra recently installed over 100 wildlife specimens, selected from among 1,500 comprising the Theodore Roosevelt Wildlife Collection, creating a museum-quality conservation exhibit for the Architerra-designed Gateway Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. The exhibit opened on the occasion of ESF's annual wildlife conservation lecture, given for the first time in the new building and attracting more than 400 people.
March 6, 2013
Architerra Showcases Large ZNE Projects
Co-Founder and Principal Ellen Watts presented “Large Zero Net Energy Projects: Successful Design & Delivery Strategies” to a standing room only crowd at the 2013 NESEA BuildingEnergy13 Conference in Boston. Participants in this interactive session simulated making key project decisions for Architerra-led projects in Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire, and to gain an understanding of critical choices for zero net energy design.
Architerra Completes Sustainable Office Expansion
Architerra recently completed a Boston office expansion for Brown Advisory, a wealth management firm focusing on socially responsible investing. The sustainable design incorporates advanced LED lighting with programmable digital controls of each individual fixture as well as FSC certified flooring and No-VOC paints, reflecting Brown Advisory's commitment to environmental values.
FEBRUARY 1, 2013
JANUARY 23, 2013
Architerra’s co-founder Ellen Watts, together with Noble & Wickersham partners, addressed “Sustainability and Green Design: Business and Legal Issues” as part of the recent Boston Society of Architects Practice Series. Her remarks addressed the importance of Building Information Modeling, energy modeling, and LEED certification on the green building design process
JANUARY 11, 2013
Co-Founder Ellen Watts Presents at BSA Practice Series
AIA New Hampshire Recognizes Architerra's TDS Center
AIA New Hampshire bestowed an annual award on the Architerra designed TDS Center at Keene State College. The Technology Design and Safety Center was lauded for its potential to approach zero net energy and its LEED Platinum design. The jury noted that the design creates an “exceptionally sophisticated teaching environment that highlights sustainable building technology” noting that it is a “reflection of the institution’s ethos.” The building, occupied in August 2012, has garnered praise from administrators, faculty and students.
DECEMBER 19, 2012
Architerra Breaks Ground for First Zero Net Energy Office Building in Massachusetts
Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials joined Architerra at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife field headquarters. This project is designed to renewably produce more energy than it consumes on an annual basis, making it the first Zero Net Energy office building in Massachusetts. The new 45,000 square foot, high performance building is designed with a rooftop solar photovoltaic array and closed loop ground-source heating/cooling system to LEED Platinum standards. Construction will be completed in 2014.
DECEMBER 6, 2012
Architerra Tapped for New Building on Wind-Powered Campus
The Portsmouth Abbey School has selected Architerra to design a new science building that will advance the school’s commitment to energy-efficient operations and climate action. Fifty percent of campus’s electrical load is currently met by a wind turbine, one of the first in the nation installed by an independent school. The new 15,000 square foot, high performance science building will provide teaching laboratories, faculty offices, and additional classroom space, seamlessly integrated with the Pietro Belluschi designed campus, a Modernist icon.
NOVEMBER 9, 2012
Noble and Greenough School Celebrates Castle Project Completion
More than 1,400 people gathered to celebrate the recently completed Castle Project at the Noble and Greenough School. This LEED Gold design by Architerra doubles the size of the dining hall and increasing the number of faculty apartments by 50% without increasing the campus energy load (as modeled). The adaptive reuse of this 1890 structure, originally designed as an residence by H.H. Richardson and Fredrick Law Olmsted, not only achieves high performance and preserves important historic resources, but also promotes the School’s values to serve the public good.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
Architerra Launches Zero Net Energy Project for
Mount Wachusett Community College
Architerra initiated the pre-design study for a New Science Addition and Haley Academic Center Renovation at Mount Wachusett Community College, a nationally recognized carbon neutral campus entirely powered by wind and heated by biomass. As proposed by Architerra, the new Science Addition is targeting zero net energy performance. Improvements to the existing academic center will save more than enough energy to operate the new science addition which is being designed to operate using 50% less energy than a code compliant building.
MARCH 8, 2012
Arons and Shaw Present ESF Gateway Building at NESEA Conference
Dan Arons and Simon Shaw, joined Dave Madigan of VanZelm, presented the “energy plus” design of the SUNY-ESF Gateway Building, now under construction in Syracuse, NY, at the annual conference of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). The presentation detailed how this innovative 50,000 square foot building is designed to renewably produce 60% of the campus peak heating load and 20% of its annual electricity needs. Construction is scheduled to finish later this year.
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Clark University Master Plan Studies 'LEEP Ahead'
Architerra finalized master plan studies for Clark University on Leap Day, producing a vision for an innovative new facility called a Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP) Center -- a possible new 20,000 square foot facility to support internships, externships, career services, and alumni relations. Other studies examined classroom utilization, departmental space allocation, and a possible new site for an expanded graduate school of management.