We are still finalizing the plans for this, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the exciting look of the outside of the building!
As you know, thanks to a grant from the MA DOER and our many in-kind and financial donors, we are going to make extensive energy efficiency improvements to make this a high performance building. This will help us lower our environmental impact, reduce operating costs, and allow us to demonstrate these types of improvements to others. And the work itself will create some much needed construction jobs.
Our design team concluded that the best way to insulate the walls of the building was to attach Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) to the exterior. Given the current bland, non-historic and mixed materials look of the building, we felt comfortable that this strategy would also make the building look a lot nicer too!
You can see that we have chosen a “bookends” approach to the design, which uses a darker color at the two ends of the building, to make the building look modern and “high performance” while keeping it from looking like a big fridge or freezer! We are still choosing the final colors.
The vestibule in front will be made from recovered timbers and sliding glass door panels. We hope the decorative railing on top of the front of the building will come from locust wood that we harvest from right on site. Besides being local, it is an excellent natural alternative to pressure treated lumber – we just used it on our access ramp at CET’s Elm Street office in Pittsfield.
Take a look and let us know what you think!
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