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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New England Regional Laboratory

LEED Gold Version 1.0

Project Team
GSA Contact John Buckley,
EPA Contact Bob Beane,
Developer Acquest Development/iStar Financial
Architect Bernard Johnson Young & Carol Johnson Assoc.
Contractor Erland Construction, Inc.
Gross Sq. Ft. 66,000
Completion Date June 2001
Cost $18.3 Million


Exterior of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New England Regional Laboratory

Sustainable Sites

  • Public transportation access
  • Bike racks and changing rooms provided
  • Limited parking facilities

Water Efficiency

  • Rain water collection and holding for landscape
  • Xeriscape
  • Water processing system for alternate water source for scientific testing

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Domed skylights with solar-tubes
  • Low coatings on windows
  • Low energy ceiling lights
  • 100% green power through solar power for lighting and generation and purchase of wind power for all other electricity needs
  • Building-integrated PV units as sunshades
Exterior of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New England Regional Laboratory

Materials & Resources

  • Blasted rock ledge converted to subgrade soil and retaining walls
  • Fly ash concrete
  • Recycled insulation, hydromulch, steel, wallboard and ceiling tiles
  • Estimated 200 tons waste saved from landfills

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Circulation/ventilation effectiveness – single pass system forces 100% outside air
  • Transoms allow more natural light deeper into the building
  • Low VOC paints adhesives and sealants

Operations and Maintenance

  • Possible 25% future expansion without interruption to existing laboratories
  • Recycling and conservation programs


  • White House Closing the Circle Award 2002
  • ABC Excellence in Construction Award 2001

β€œThe new regional laboratory in North Chelmsford, MA is a testament to our commitment to 'walk the talk' in achieving a high level of performance in all of our daily operations.  We hope that the benefits of the lab will extend beyond the lab itself, providing inspiration and a concrete example that others can follow and improve upon as new technologies become available.”

- Robert Varney , Regional Administrator, EPA New England

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