January 2013: New Projects Portfolio
New high school football stadium touches down at Texas school district; botanical gardens visitors center achieves net-zero energy status; and child care center rebuilds after Hurricane Katrina damage.
Botanical gardens visitors center achieves net-zero energy status
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Bosarge Family Education Center in Boothbay, Maine, has become the first nonresidential development in Maine to achieve net-zero energy status. After a year of operation, the LEED Platinum, 8,000-sf visitors’ center, designed by Maclay Architects and Scott Simons Architects, produces almost 30% more energy than it uses. The excess energy is used to supplement other power needs throughout the botanical gardens. Also on the Building Team: Fore Solutions (green building consultants), Allied Engineering (mechanical/electrical), H.P. Cummings (construction manager), Bensonwood (building shell construction), and Becker Structural Engineers.