Achieving LEED on commercial projects: Envelope Design Considerations
GRLA (Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects) completed a new
165,000 SF state-of-the art headquarters, training, and
distribution center for Subaru of New England. Incorporating the
latest in sustainable design practices, the facility has been
certified LEED® Platinum by the USGBC. The project includes:
• Exterior finishes of stone, metal panels, glass curtain wall, and
strip windows provide an impressive, but welcoming façade in
keeping with Subaru of New England’s brand.
• A new, 3-story, 75,000 SF office building will house executive
offices and boardroom, accounting, data processing, sales,
advertising, fixed operations, inventory control, warranty
administration, dealer development, training and conference
rooms, mechanic training areas, lunch room, and employee
• A new 90,000 SF high-bay warehouse facility with advanced
racking and retrieval systems
• Sustainable design elements include: photovoltaic array,
rainwater collection, locally sourced and recycled building
materials, a chilled beam HVAC system, LED lighting systems,
skylights for increased interior daylighting, a white roof
assembly, and rain gardens for site runoff control
Presenter: Scott Richardson
1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits are available.
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