Sixty years ago, the Boston Globe left downtown Boston to open a large newsroom and printing complex on the outskirts of the city. The workplace mirrored what was standard for a newspaper at the time—cubicles, telephones, stacks of paper and lots of beige.
With its recent move to 53 State Street, a modern, LEED Platinum office complex, the Globe is back to its downtown roots, just steps away from its original office on Boston’s “Newspaper Row.” The move isn’t simply a physical one—it marks a major shift in the mindset of...
By Chris Donnelly, project manager, LF Driscoll
Initiated in Europe, Passive House is a third-party sustainable building standard that has started to pick up steam in the US. Passive building involves a set of quantifiable, performance-oriented design principles. These design principles work in conjunction to, in the words of the Passive House Institute (PHI), “maximize your gains, and minimize your losses.”
There are five basic building science concepts at the core of the standard:
The use of high R-value insulation materials
A continuous, air-tight building envelope
High-performance windows (typically triple-pane) and...
When it comes to sustainability, New York City is now looking to one of the oldest institutions in the world—the Catholic church—as an innovator. As part of its nearly $200-million restoration effort, St. Patrick’s Cathedral recently updated its heating and cooling system, opting to install a 240-ton geothermal system that uses the ground’s energy to regulate building temperatures.
During planning, the project team assessed other, more traditional options, but complications arose given the cathedral’s historic nature and limited space. “Many buildings have cooling towers on their rooftops. But at St....