NYBG’s iconic Palm gets a facelift
It is an advocate of the plant kingdom. When people discuss the magnificence of the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), the sentiment is one of the first things that comes to mind. Established in 1891, the iconic NYBG is distinguished by the beauty of its landscape, collections and gardens. The scope of its excellence extends […]
How MBH Architects helped a critical research facility get built during the lockdown
It has been called an entrepreneurial playground—a place that was designed for scientists, by scientists. MBC BioLabs is a full-service incubator offering laboratories, office space, meeting room and an in-house staffed CRO facility with millions of dollars’ worth of equipment. Right before the pandemic hit, builders were putting the final touches on the 930 Brittan […]
Conversation with Rob Adkins, Starbucks
The LEED AP CDP Project Manager | Construction for the Starbucks Coffee Company talks about the magic of the band Rush, Australian Rules Football and why being in the field visiting sites is his favorite part of the job. Oh, and that time he was almost detained by Homeland Security.
What is green construction?
To understand green construction, you have to start at the beginning. During the 1970s, an energy crisis devastated the United States. Long gas lines were primarily caused by a shortage of fossil fuels. After the crisis, the idea of sustainable energy began to arise. People saw the need for energy efficiency and being environmentally responsible. […]
Lead with LEDs, even without LEED
At Columbia Construction in North Reading, Massachusetts supporting our clients’ goals in building energy-efficient green buildings is a priority. In fact, several years ago, we established an Energy Division tasked specifically with finding ways for clients to generate renewable solar PV energy, and reduce energy use and operational costs.
The value of janitorial services on LEED and efficiency before construction
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification has been around for the last 15 years. Today, it’s recognized across the globe as the premier benchmark of achievement in green building. And, while not everyone has jumped on the LEED bandwagon, most everyone has embraced the principles and efficiencies of green cleaning technology, programs and […]