Project name: Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters
Project location: Westborough, Massachusetts
Firm name: Architerra
Jury comments: This new zero net energy public office building integrates seamlessly into the environment and seems like it is a part of nature. The building is beautiful, but not at the expense of sustainability, and should serve as an example for other state-funded buildings. Its enclosure—elegant, tectonic, and modular—deserves special notice. The outdoors is brought inside in a way that is conducive to natural life. Water management, including the incorporation of a splash trench which collects and channels roof runoff, is interesting and compelling. Part of the plan calls for continuous improvement, which emphasizes a paradigm shift that enables the architect to be part of the building’s lifecycle, even after turning it over to the client. This is a unique and rare design process, and we hope it is replicable.
Client: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
Consultants: Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance; Columbia Construction Company; Van Zelm Heywood & Shadford; Souza True and Partners; Towers Golde; Haley & Aldrich, Inc.; Green International Affiliates; Demand Management Institute; Solar Design Associates