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Mar 18, 2004

City Hall Annex Project
Newly Renovated Building Features Best Practices in Environmental Design as the first municipal Green Building

(from the top):Annex Entrance and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 2-26-04

Renovation of the four-story brick and brownstone City Hall Annex at 57 Inman Street began in October 2002.  Plans call for the utilization of best practices in environmental design, resulting in the City's first "Green Building."  In fact, it is expected to achieve a "Silver" rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") rating and certification system. 

The building renovation will provide a complete new system of offices and an array of energy efficiency measures including: (1) new insulated windows and walls; (2) high efficiency integrated indirect lighting systems; (3) a Ground-Source Heat Pump system to supply all heating and cooling needs; (4) Demand Control Ventilation strategies; and (5) photovoltaic solar panels on the roof to supply a portion of the building's energy needs.  The City applied for and received a Construction Assistance Greant from the Renewable Energy Trust Fund of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for the renewable energy efficiency features mentioned above.

The new elements are expected to reduce energy consumption by almost 56% compared to a conventionally constructed building. This project is due to be completed by the end of 2003. Upon completion, departments previously located in the building will return. These include the Cambridge Arts Council and its gallery, the Community Development Department, the Traffic and Parking and Transportation Department, the Animal Commission and the Conservation Commission. 

The City Hall Annex Project has been a collaborative effort of the following groups:

  • City of Cambridge - long a leader in municipal innovations, including best practices in environmental planning, urban design, public art, and the highest quality of services to its residents.
  • Cambridge Arts Council - Managed the incorporation of artwork for the building through its Public Art Program which commissions public art in accordance with the 1979 Percent-for-Art Ordinance. 
  • Mike Glier: nationally recognized artist 
  • HKT Architects: leader in mission driven green design for municipalities and institutions
  • Consigli Construction: pioneering environmental practices in construction industry; specifically waste recycling 
  • Massachusetts Technical Collaborative(MTC) the state's development agency for renewable energy runs the Renewable Energy Trust which provided a $337,500 grant for photovoltaic panels.

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