By Nick Gilbert
Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s prominent creative interior design and architectural establishments, has proclaimed that the new Forrester Research corporate headquarters has earned the LEED Platinum authentication for commercial interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
MPA proffered the plan for interior and corporate design for the six-floor, 190,000-sq. ft. structure at Cambridge Discovery Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This Forrester Research headquarters venture is one of the very few commercial interior projects to earn the distinguished LEED Platinum from USGBC, which is one of the topmost accolades to be handed out by USGBC.
Forrester Research moved into its headquarters in August 2011 and it is one of the leading international research and advisory establishments. The structure commands a view of the newly remodeled “Urban Wild”, a landscape model that retains the beauty of the natural surroundings, which can also be used for entertain and relaxation purposes. Forrester’s office was blueprinted with the idea of providing the surrounding panoramic view to occupants. With this is mind, the closed rooms of the structure are located in the interior and the windows on the external walls of the structure can be accessed by everyone who comes into the building.
There were many attributes that earned the venture the LEED Platinum authentication. Some of them are:
- Choosing a LEED Gold base structure
- Minimizing water usage by 35%
- Lowering electricity consumption by 35%, by using LED lighting fixtures and daylight-sensitive controls
- Using equipment and appliances that passed muster by Energy Star
- Redirecting close to 80% of construction waste from landfills
- Choosing maximum recycled and regionally available materials
- Utilizing 97% FSC-authenticated wood products and
- Purchasing green energy