Sustainability and Design Development

The Integrated Design subcommittee continues to interface with the design team and construction manager as we prepare for the project to move forward into Construction Documents. While we are generally pleased with the overall sustainable design strategies and systems in the building and grounds, because of recent value engineering efforts, we are ever more vigilant in making sure that the high performance qualities of the project are not compromised. We will be looking primarily at four different areas: building envelope, daylighting, water use reduction, and MEP systems and controls. We will also, in some form, continue to assess site and landscape strategies.

Most encouraging is the consistent CHPS score which, at an estimated 59-62 points, is currently right around the November 2011 target of 61. These points, of course, translate into reimbursement dollars (already factored in to our reimbursement rate) so it is critical that our committee track the strategies in the project to ensure high performance.

Architect Peter Nobile and Mechanical Engineer Sergio Siani co-chair the committee, and they have also received input from other volunteer professionals in Concord and Carlisle as the design process has progressed. The Integrated Design subcommittee will be meeting on every other Building Committee meeting date starting in September; the next meeting is currently scheduled for September 26th.

submitted by Peter Nobile, Integrated Design Team

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