First Zero Net Energy Transit Center in the Nation

04 May 2012

Celebrating its dedication today, the John W. Olver Transit Center is the first zero net energy building of its kind in the United States.

The transportation hub will also house community space and offices for the Franklin Regional Transit Authority and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. The centre will also serve as an Amtrak station with the completion of the Knowledge Corridor Rail Project in approximately two years and is expected to be a catalyst for redevelopment and growth in the region.

Working closely with Charles Rose Architects, Arup led the mechanicalelectrical, and plumbing engineering as well as lighting design for the new transit centre that will produce enough renewable energy over the year to offset the total energy used within that building over the same time period.

“We are excited to bring zero net energy design to this landmark project in Massachusetts. It is a great example of how public policy and design can come together to have a positive impact on sustainability, transportation, and economic development.”

-Mark Walsh-Cooke, Arup Project Director and member of the Massachusetts Zero Net Energy Advisory Committee.

Some of the key green features include air-conditioning provided by an active chilled beam system, a solar wall that preheats fresh air by as much as 15 degrees during peak winter sun, second-stage preheating via a ground source heat pump, and daylight modelling used to determine optimal placement of windows, clerestory and skylights.

“We have designed several cutting-edge energy reduction and renewable generation technologies for the transit center. Our hope is that with features including real-time energy usage monitoring displayed in the building, users will be inspired to look for new opportunities to reduce their own energy consumption.”

- Julian Astbury, Arup’s Project Manager for the John W. Olver Transit Center.



Rebecca Maloney

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