A total of 13 projects recognized as part of BD+C's 28th Annual Reconstruction Awards.

November 10, 2011

McCormick LibrarySILVER AWARD
John W. McCormack, Post Office and Courthouse, Boston, Mass.

This 1933 Art Deco federal building, designed by Cram & Ferguson, was the site of many judicial decisions on New Deal legislation. In 1972 it was renamed for the former Speaker of the House from Boston.

The goal of the Building Team—led by local design firm Goody Clancy, with Weidlinger Associates (SE), Cosentini Associates (MEP), Suffolk Construction (GC), and Tishman Construction Corp. of Massachusetts (CM/PM)—was to achieve “world-class sustainable preservation” for the client, the U.S. General Services Administration, and major tenant, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The 701,896-sf, $160 million project took advantage of numerous green opportunities: 17,000 sf of green roofs, photovoltaics for pumping rainwater, green procurement, enhanced water efficiency, construction waste management, and improved indoor air quality. A new skylight brings light and views into the cafeteria. Marble paving was made from salvaged toilet stall partitions. All this resulted in LEED Gold certification.

McCormack OldClick here for a list of Products and Materials used as well as exclusive "before and after" images of the McCormack Post Office and Courthouse.

Restored colors were chosen with paint analysis and clues from original drawings. “Every room was sensitively carried out, and the best features were focused on,” said Reconstruction Awards Judge Martha Bell, FAIA.

According to John Buckley, the GSA project manager, “This project has changed me. Investing in our historic buildings is something everybody should be looking very hard at.”


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