Partners HealthCare Administrative Campus

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LEED Gold Certification

Land

  • Located on a former industrial property, the design recognizes the history of the site while remediating the degraded zones.  
  • The design protects floodplain function and restores ecological conditions along the Mystic River.

Planting

  • 333 trees were planted on site.
  • Fertilizer and pesticides were minimized.
  • Mycorrhizal fungi was implemented in the soil mix to provide increased water and nutrient absorption for the planting. In turn the planting provides the fungi with necessary carbohydrates.
  • Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
  • Annual planting was avoided.
  • Low-water-usage planting was used on-site.

Water

  • 1.8 acres of permeable surfaces was created.
  • The project would be resilient to a major flood. Stormwater features function as amenities, through the use of bio-swales, rain gardens, and detention ponds. A land mitigation strategy zones out portions of the land to accommodate flooding.
  • A 28,000-SF green roof reduces the heat island effect, absorbs stormwater, and provides enjoyment to the users.
  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 166,500 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 1,665 American residents for one day.*
  • Outdoor water usage is reduced.

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • The project uses planting to minimize building energy use.
  • The project uses regional materials.
  • The project minimizes the users’ exposure to environmental tobacco smoke through designated smoke-free zones and prohibited smoking on-site.
  • The project reduces carbon emissions by encouraging employees and visitors to utilize alternate forms of transportation (i.e. MBTA and bicycles).
  • The trees sequester 39,960 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 396 cars per year.**

Waste

  • Salvaged materials were used on-site.

Social

  • The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
  • Benefits are provided beyond its own footprint. As the anchor of Assembly Row, the project extends the retail experience and culminates in a public amenity with Partner’s Park.
  • The multi-use path on the eastern portion of the site connects to bike trails along the Mystic River and Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park.
  • 4300 employees will be relocated to the site, activating the surrounding area and economy.
  • Sustainable awareness and education are promoted on-site through educational programs.
  • Bike storage and shower facilities are provided on-site, and the MBTA assembly stop is to the north of the site.

* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts) 

**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

Partners HealthCare Administrative Campus

Partners HealthCare System is Massachusetts’ largest employer, hospital network, and physician’s organization. Partners consolidated administrative operations from multiple sites into a new 850,000-SF office building at Somerville’s Assembly Row development.

Assembly Row, a $1.2 billion mixed-use project being developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust, is planned as a 45-acre redevelopment of former industrial property along the Mystic River that once housed a Ford Motor Co. factory in what is now Somerville’s Assembly Square.

OJB designed a landscape that inspires restorative experiences and alternately fosters employee and community engagement. A private roof deck / dining terrace offers intimate outdoor seating with expansive city views framed by groves of whitespire birch. The project centerpiece is the 2.5-acre open space which includes a variety of amenities for Partners’ employees and the general public. Looking to become a benchmark for sustainable strategies in the region, the campus employs best management practices for water conservation, the use of native and adaptive plant materials, and local/regional building materials throughout the site. 

Location: Somerville, MA

Team: Gensler, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, BuroHappold Engineering, Haley & Aldrich, HLB Lighting Design, Ryan Associates

LEED: Gold