New Prudential Tower Tour :: Green Team Recap

By Jonathan Cave, MLA

On Monday November 14th, the BAC Green Team lead a tour through the new 888 Boylston building that is part of the Prudential Center complex. Organized by the Green Team, Jonathan Randall, an overseer of the BAC and Senior Vice President of Construction at Boston Properties, led the Green Team and fellow BAC students through the new building.

The building was designed by FXFowle architects to LEED Platinum specifications. To discuss the building systems that are present to help it vie for LEED Platinum, Ben Myers, Sustainability Manager for Boston Properties, accompanied us on the tour, answering any questions we might have about the building. Emphasized during the tour were the 134 kWh solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the building, the rainwater harvesting system that can provide up to 20% of the buildings non-potable water supply, and “a tight, high performance thermal envelope and dedicated outdoor air system with efficiency chillers, heat recovery and active chilled beam terminal units.”  The building itself has been designed to use 35% less energy than a code-compliant baseline building, “resulting in an annual cost savings of $650k.”

The tour was an opportunity for many of the students to see all that they are learning in action and to experience how these systems impact the comfort of a person within the building. We hope it gives renewed resolve to those who went to effect positive change towards a more sustainable future.
The Green Team is thankful for all those who made this tour possible, and we hope for many more tours of the like to come.  If you have interest in proposing a tour or other field trip or simply want to join our organization, please contact the Green Team by email.