Tag LEED Silver Certification

Precast Specialties Corp. Provides Local, Sustainable Precast for the First LEED Building in Norwood


Precast Specialties Corp. Precast Concrete in LEED Silver Building
Expected to achieve LEED Silver certification by the US Green Building Council, the latest office building project that will house FM Global and Dedham Medical Associates located in Norwood began this November by Hobbs Brook Management LLC. With Marguiles Perruzzi Architects, a longtime Precast partner, and construction manager CM Columbia Construction, Hobbs Brook Management continues its reputation of incorporating energy efficient and green building practices into this new structure.

“Marguiles Perruzzi Architects designed the building to accommodate tenants with separate entrances and lobbies for each…A shared café resides on the FM Global side of the building but is accessible to Dedham Medical patients from an exterior door. The new building was sited to fit in to the complex of office buildings that comprises FM Global’s Center for Property Risk Solutions…The façade of precast concrete and metal rainscreen panels was chosen to blend into the context of the other buildings.

“The new building will be designed, constructed, and operated as a high-performance green building. Planned features include: 22% optimized energy performance; high performance HVAC equipment; 40% water use reduction; drought resistant plants, indigenous to the region that minimize the needs for irrigation water; bioswale and rain gardens that remove silt and pollution from surface water runoff prior to releasing in to the storm water system; a high reflection roof to reduce heat islands and to reduce building energy needs; solar shading on exterior window system to cut down on heat gain in the building; and the implementation of recycled and regional building product materials .” (High Profile)

Featured Architecture Firm: Perkins + Will




An international leader in sustainable projects and design innovation, Precast Specialties Corp. has been a fan of Perkins + Will for years. With work in sectors ranging from aviation and transit to commercial buildings and recreation facilities, we applaud Perkins + Will’s dazzling use of an array of materials, including precast, to create their iconic buildings.


Stanford University Auxiliary Library III
Photo: Perkins + Will

One notable suburban office/warehouse structure from Perkins + Will that has received much praise is the Stanford University Auxiliary Library III, a facility that houses many archives and rare book collections of Stanford University. This unique structure with smooth faced concrete walls was cleverly built to allow light in while maintaining the building’s artful and modern design.


Trent Community Sport and Recreation
Photos: Tom Arban Photography on Arch Daily

Perkins + Will also created an 80,000 square foot community sport and recreation center in Ontario, Canada. The interior design concept of this waterfront building features many elaborate elements, from intricate lighting to bold color schemes, meant to give the recreation center a very modern look. The structure uses natural and recycled materials including copper, wood, polished architectural concrete block and black anodized aluminum and achieved a LEED silver certification.