40 Concord Avenue - RAD

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40 Concord Avenue - RAD

40 Concord Avenue - RAD
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Project highlights

• 45% reduction in lighting power density below ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline
• 43% reduction in water use below baseline 
• 77% of the project's connected lighting load is controlled by occupancy sensors
• 100% of the project's adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and composite wood are low-emitting

Project summary

The 40 Concord Avenue Renovation project consisted of the full-gut renovation of 40 Concord Avenue, a small office building located in the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Bunting Quadrangle in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The building houses staff that work for Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library and includes mechanical space, open office space, conference rooms, restrooms, and a break room within its four floors. 40 Concord Avenue has one basement level and three levels above-grade.

Renovations at 40 Concord Avenue included the select demolition and construction of new partitions, as well new ceilings, flooring, finishes, and furniture. The project also included a complete redesign of the building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The renovation encompassed approximately 5,532 square feet.

The project’s goals were to create high performance office spaces that optimize energy and the indoor environment, reduce resource consumption, and increase occupant engagement. The project team was committed to sustainability from the onset and followed the Harvard Green Building Standards to make more informed decisions. These standards led to the inclusion of a number of progressive design strategies to meet aggressive energy targets, reduce water use, and select healthier building materials without significant additional cost. The project achieved LEED-CI v3 Gold certification in 2017.