By Allison Maynard, Communications Associate

Congratulations again to Architerra, who won this year's Innovation in Green Design Award at the 2015 Green Building Showcase and Awards. Their submission for the award was the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters in Westborough MA.

Architerra is an architecture, community design, and development advisory firm dedicated to sustainable design and smart growth. It was founded in 2004 by Ellen Watts and Dan Arons, and they are committed to comprehensive design solutions for any project in the built environment.

“The newly opened Headquarters was designed to be the first public sector zero net energy office building in the Commonwealth. The 45,000 square foot, 3 story building provides office accomodations for 120 staff, fisheries and wildlife laboratories, environmental review hearing rooms, and flexible multi-purpose classrooms and public spaces. A live trout pond, natural rock rainwater cascade, and native plant garden help support the organization's educational and conservation mission. This LEED Platinum design optimizes energy performance with passive solar strategies, mechanically assisted natural ventilation, structural insulated panels, triple glazed curtainwall, a closed loop ground source heat pump system, and a 300 kW rooftop photovoltaic array.”

Keep up the great work, Architerra! We look forward to seeing more of your projects in the future. 

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