Earlier this week, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts released their Leading By Example 2014 Annual Awards recipients, highlighting organizations, municipalities, and individuals around the state that have made major strides in the area of sustainability. The Leading By Example program is a component of Governor Deval Patrick's Executive Order No. 484, which aims to reduce state government energy consumption and celebrates those who lead the charge.
Our client, Bristol Community College, received a State Higher Education award for their outstanding commitment to sustainability, demonstrated in pioneering initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of campus operations and improve their clean energy practices. One critical component of Bristol's multi-faceted approach to activating their sustainability mission is their new leading-edge zero net energy (ZNE) New Technology and Learning Center designed by Sasaki; the building achieves zero net energy consumption annually, reaching an ambitiously high bar in sustainable building that is on its way to becoming the future sustainability benchmark for the industry.
Bristol Community College president, Dr. John J. Sbrega, says of the building and partnership with Sasaki, "this building will be one of the first zero net energy buildings of its type in the northeast. We have had a wonderful relationship with Sasaki spanning several years. They are helping us design the building so it meets the qualifications for LEED Platinum." Dr. Sbrega noted that all the projects were only possible through the collaboration with many partners,."we have had the great support of the Commonwealth's Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and funding assistance from the Department of Energy Resources." He adds, "we are benefiting from the technical expertise of Sasaki Associates, Inc. and BR+A, who are bringing the dream of a zero net energy science building into reality."
"It's exciting that Bristol Community College and our team have been honored with this award, especially as it recognizes both the new building design as well as other significant efforts that the College is making toward reducing its carbon footprint," said Fiske Crowell, Sasaki principal in charge on the project. "It's particularly inspiring to be working with a client base (Bristol and DCAMM) who so strongly embrace innovative approaches to design and sustainable technology. The approach we've taken with BR+A and other key collaborators in crafting our Net Zero strategy is a testament to the importance of a clearly articulated vision and team-based process."