By Emily Kingston

This project brought together corporate offices, a warehouse and distribution center for vehicle parts, and a training center for mechanics under one roof in a new, state-of-the-art LEED Platinum facility.  A commitment to sustainability is a key focus of the Subaru brand, one that factors in to every level of the company’s business model.  For the client—the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles and parts for the six New England states—a LEED Platinum facility was the goal from project kick-off.  As a result, the project team was able to utilize a holistic approach to sustainability, bringing LEED practices into planning, design, and construction processes from the start.


The program consisted of a new 165,000 SF corporate headquarters, employee training, warehouse, and distribution center in Norwood, MA.  At 86 points, the project has been certified LEED Platinum, and is the highest rated NC v2009 LEED project over 100,000 SF in Massachusetts, and is one of highest-rated projects of its kind in the United States.  Sustainable features include:

  • Photovoltaic array providing 228,500 kWh/ year (20% of the building’s energy needs)
  • Site utilizes rainwater collection and drought resistant landscaping
  • Over 30% of the building materials used were sourced within 500 miles of the site
  • Chilled beam HVAC system reduces the building’s energy use by 40%
  • LED lighting throughout and skylights for daylighting significantly reduce electricity usage
  • White roof assembly reduces the heat-island effect
  • High-efficiency plumbing fixtures are projected to reduce the facility’s water usage by 41%

The design and construction team worked hard to ensure that the project met the client’s goals, while paying careful attention to the $30 million budget and completing construction within 15 months.  


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*for new construction, v2009


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