Sustainable

Setting a New Workplace Standard

While still retaining its corporate headquarters in Cambridge, MA, Cambridge Savings Bank decided to merge three back-office operations sites into a new 76,000 sf office building at 81 Wyman Street in Waltham, MA. Together with SMMA’s full services, CSB sought to not only optimize its growing...

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Full STEAM Ahead

In 2017, SMMA was engaged to provide Owner’s Project Management (OPM) services for the City of Framingham. The firm has been providing OPM Services on a new 137,000 sf facility that will replace the existing middle school on its current site.

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Prioritizing Wellness in the Workplace

Sarah Sopelak, Interior Designer, NCIDQ, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C

It’s a known fact that full-time employees often exceed the standardized 40 hours of work time in the office. When faced with an ever-growing nationwide workload epidemic, it becomes pertinent to prioritize employee health and wellness in the workplace. First, let’s begin with the basics:

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the new Somerville High School

A Community Aims High

SMMA's planning and design teams translated shared ideas, aspirations, and a future vision of the Somerville community into a multi-building urban design solution that reimagines and rebuilds Somerville High School while transforming its historic Central Hill campus.

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Materials from School Design

Resources for Materials Transparency

In recent years, a new concept of what it means to define a building product as “sustainable” has taken hold. Focus has shifted to consider whole-life (i.e., “cradle to grave”) environmental impact, prioritizing the disclosure of ingredients that may be hazardous to human health. 

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LEED v4: Upgrading to the Latest Version

Beginning in June 2014, the MSCBA began requiring new school projects to adopt LEED version 4 (LEED v4) as one of two options for a mandatory green-school-certification program.

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The School as a Teaching Tool

Sustainable design features and technology support energy goals, reduce environmental impact, and can be used in curriculum to educate young adults to be good stewards of our earth’s resources. Incorporating the concepts of sustainability into the educational curriculum provides students the...

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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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Sustainability in Schools

With the diverse demands and complexity on K-12 projects, experience is a key component of successful project management. Experience is also a critical element to success in optimizing school designs for sustainability.

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