A Community Aims High

Somerville High School faced a unique problem: founded in 1852, the school had begun to show its limitations in sustaining a modern urban education. Thus, the building's age and central location encouraged the City of Somerville to embark on a complex journey of planning, visioning, and design.

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Re-examining Glass Building Design: Exploring the Myths of Achieved Energy Savings

Elizabeth Galloway, PE, CEM, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C

To aid Boston in reaching its sustainability goals, my SMMA colleagues and I want to turn our sights towards an unlikely source - the prevalence of glass enclosures among newly constructed buildings. Let's explore the myths and realities surrounding them to inspire the building community to...

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Bigger, Faster, Smarter Facility

M.S. Walker was faced with a dilemma: their property was subject to an eminent domain taking for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line Extension Project, and they had to find a new home for their rectification and bottling facilities as soon as possible. A family-run business...

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The Benefits of Airflow Studies

Andrew Oldeman, PE, CEM, LEED AP

For every project, both architectural and engineering, efficiency is a top priority. For data center clients, airflow studies are an excellent means of achieving maximum efficiency. They provide an accurate evaluation of proposed and actual effectiveness, both during design and post-construction. 

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How Low Can You Go?

Elizabeth Galloway, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C

The building industry is moving toward higher energy performance, as codes become increasingly stringent and more owners opt for net-zero solutions. But what is zero energy? And what design considerations need to be taken into account in achieving it?

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation: Learning from the Past

By verifying predictions with real performance metrics, designs can be iterated and improved upon until a better understanding of is what being measured and how realistic one's virtual model assumptions are can be determined.

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SMMA AIA 2030 Energy Commitment

AIA 2030: Making a Commitment to the Future

The building industry accounts for somewhere between 40% and 50% of total energy consumption in the U.S. In 2013, SMMA pledged its support of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment, vowing to report progress in meeting predicted energy-consumption goals for buildings.

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SMMA's Life Science Studio

Target-Value Design

A Q&A with SMMA's Life Science Studio on the process and benefits of Target-Value Design (TVD). From budget planning to establishing program requirements, our studio leaders came up with insight and answers about the process of designing to cost.

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Embodying the Spirit of Collaboration

Andrew Elliott, ASLA

Not all landscape architects and civil engineers are cut from the same cloth; however, the methodologies employed by each profession when tackling design challenges tend to be somewhat consistent. Landscape architects typically approach site design from a visual and experiential perspective, while...

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