Green Building Tour: 450 Kendall

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About the Event

Join us for a tour of 450 Kendall, led by our sponsoring partners AHA and Arrowstreet. The facility has achieved LEED Gold, making all six of the buildings in BioMed Realty’s Kendall Square LEED certified. Kendall Square was a pioneer: this development received a special permit as a Planned Unit Developent (PUD) in 1999, before LEED certification was a requirement of special permits. There is only one parcel remaining to be developed, and that lot is currently zoned for a planned performing arts center.



Though there isn’t much land remaining in the area, the City of Cambridge is taking measures to ensure new developments are sustainably designed. The city is working on updating and amending the regulations within the Volpe Transportation Center’s existing PUD district in preparation for its highly anticipated sale and redevelopment. Located just across Third Street from BioMed’s development, the city is proposing requiring a minimum of LEED Gold standard design.


These recent efforts by the city are in line with our design for 450 Kendall; the building received +4 points out of 5 for Innovation in Design on the USGBC LEED scorecard. Some of the sustainable features of the building include faceted glass, which refracts the light of the sky and surroundings, and sunshade systems that limit solar heat gains while creating visual interest.

We would like to thank Arrowstreet (and photographer Ed Wonsek) for the permission to use their photos for this posting.

There will be a networking segment planned in the later half of the agenda, planned by the USGBC's Outreach Committee. 

About the Sponsors

AHA Consulting Engineers (AHA) has been serving its clients for over 20 years across the country and internationally. AHA is highly respected for the expertise they provide in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design as well as LEED administration, commissioning and energy modeling.  With over 130 professionals, AHA is committed to the creation of environments of enduring quality and value. AHA's projects range from biotech to government to religious/civic buildings. Take a look at their website to see their projects, many of which are similar to 450 Kendall. 

Arrowstreet provides architecture and design services. They have a comprehensive portfolio that shows the caliber of their design and architectural capabilities.  Located in Boston's Financial District, their staff of architects, planners, and graphic designers provides a full-range of services. The firm is grounded in and thoroughly committed to advancing the quality of the built environment in New England, nationally, and internationally. They have received numerous awards for planning and design from the Boston Society of Architects and American Institute of Architects.

March 24th, 2016 5:30 PM   through   8:00 PM
Biomed Realty
451 Kendall St.
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
Chapter Members $ 0.00
Non-Members $ 25.00
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