William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Environmental Learning Center at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm

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Massachusetts Audubon Society wanted a new net zero home for their programs and offices at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary to meet their newly instituted net zero green building standard. They also wanted the project to serve as a replicable model for future net zero building projects or renovations for their properties throughout Massachusetts.

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APPROACH

Maclay Architects was hired to meet the net zero energy goal as well as to create a model sustainable workplace. During schematic design, Maclay engaged stakeholders in an interactive and collaborative design process which included design charrettes and stakeholder meetings. The building design incorporates biophilic elements, bird friendly design, energy conservation, efficient mechanical systems, a diversity of open and closed workstations, and a large great room for naturalist program preparation and teacher collaboration. The building entry path celebrates rain gardens and the natural landscape. The building and landscape design are integrated in an effort to create indoor/outdoor connections and to help integrate and adjoin indoor and outdoor meeting spaces and facilitate group gatherings. Views from the building connects occupants to the surrounding educational wildlife sanctuary. Significant surplus "positive" energy generation is anticipated to be installed for use at other buildings at Drumlin Farm. 

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OUTCOME (ANTICIPATED)

Construction will begin in September 2017, with completion in May 2018. Massachusetts Audubon has registered the project for the Living Building Challenge Net Zero certification with the International Living Futures Institute.