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NEW: UMass Med’s New Sherman Center Earns Top Green Certification

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 

The UMass Medical School's new Albert Sherman Center, the $400 million, state-of-the-art biomedical research and education facility that is the centerpiece of Governor Deval Patrick's Life Sciences Initiative, is also the school's greenest building.

The facility, set to open on Wednesday, has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the second-highest certification issued.

“Stewardship of the environment, which is fundamentally linked to global public health, is a core value of our community,” said UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins.

“Designing and building the Albert Sherman Center to meet the high standards of LEED Gold is a wonderful achievement and all those who have been involved in this project should be proud.”

The Sherman Center was designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, and the construction of the building and nearby parking garabe was managed by Suffolk Construction.

The high-efficiency design, combined with new technologies and sustainable building practices, will result in 25 percent greater efficiency at the Sherman Center compared to similar sized buildings, leading to 4.1 million fewer kilowatt hours of electricity, 30 percent less water and carbon dioxie emissions cut by roughly 4.5 million per year.

“We are impressed by the university’s strong level of commitment to energy efficiency and creation of sustainable environments for the Sherman Center,” said Bryan Thorp, associate principal of ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge.

“The university’s vision in this regard set high expectations for all of us. As a team we worked closely throughout design and construction to achieve and exceed these expectations.”

 

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