This District Energy Facility embodies a state-of-the-art, sustainable utility generation system for Harvard University’s expanding Allston campus providing reliable heating, cooling, and electricity for the campus. Occupying a former railyard, the DEF will soon be surrounded by science/engineering related development, and midrise residences. Technology is put on display day and evening by lighting the vibrant color-coded equipment and spaces from within. Exterior aluminum fins form a wrapper around the building’s cubic shape, these are gently top lit to maintain the bold form. A large cylindrical exterior tank is also gently lit, with pre-set color options for celebrating community events.
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