New Balance, the athletic shoe and sports gear company, earned LEED Platinum certification for its new world headquarters in Boston, MA where natural stone played a vibrant role in defining its sustainability and engagement with the local community. Part of the larger Boston Landing project revitalizing a former industrial area and stockyard, the 475,000 sf mixed-use design offers a blend of retail space, offices, restaurants and a state-of-the-art sports complex – there’s even an ice skating rink that has attracted the Bruins, dubbing it the Warrior Ice Arena. Natural stone contributed to the project’s enhancement of Boston’s urban heritage, situating it within the fabric of its lasting tradition of using granite in urban landscaping and the built environment, but with a fresh new take on the material. Quarried in nearby Riviere-a-Pierre, Quebec by premier quarrier of world renowned North American natural stones, Polycor provided two granites for the design. Titanium Pearl and Saint Sebastien granite, both quarried and produced within a 500-mile radius helped the project earned MR Credits 5.1 & 5.2 for Regional Materials. The local granite was employed in a variety of different finishes for interesting textures in the pavers, wall veneer cladding, column bases, stairs, planters and curbs.
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