By Derek Newberry, Advocacy Fellow
The USGBC MA chapter is comprised of many of the best leaders in the green industry, and we are always excited to see what strides they have taken to advance the field. Our sponsors' ingenuity and tireless commitment to sustainability are what make this Chapter such a wonderful community of professionals.
One of these sponsors is Structure Tone, a full-services construction services provider across the globe. Sustainability is central to their mission of providing innovative construction solutions through the entire building process. Since 1985, their New England hub has been located in downtown Boston, which is where the team completes most of their projects. Structure Tone helps their customers redevelop and expand, keeping green building practices in mind.
Working with diverse clientele, including banking institutions, law firms, universities, hotels, and hospitals, gives Structure Tone a comprehensive perspective of the opportunities and struggles faced by the green building industry.
One of their impressive recent projects was a 45,000 sf interior renovation project for Bank of America, one of the first LEED projects for B. of A. in the New England Region. In a very short 14 week timeframe, the office space was reconfigured for “My Work,” a voluntary program during which employees work from home when possible. The project was built using recycled construction materials, comprising 29% of the total material costs; regionally-sourced materials accounted for 78% of construction materials. The installation of ultra low-flow fixtures and waterless urinals also helped reduce water use by 37%.
Along with many other green-building components, these innovative constructon designs helped the project earn a LEED Gold certification from the USGBC.
Structure Tone's diligent work renovating the Bank of America helped them achieve Innovation & Design points for construction waste management, with an impressive 95% recycling rate. Moreover, deconstruction of this space enabled Structure Tone to donate their construction materials to a local architectural reuse center to benefit low-income housing residents. Structure Tone's efforts ensured that this project not only helped decrease environmental impact, but help develop the local community.
Check out photos of the Bank of America renovation and other projects on Structure Tone's site. We appreciate our long-standing connection to this awesome firm, and to Jennifer Taranto, Director of Sustainability, and former Board Chair of the USGBC MA, for her continuous service and connection-making on behalf of our organization. Thank you to Structure Tone, Inc. for being a sponsoring partner of our Chapter and helping to advance our mission!