Harvard District Energy Facility Receives 2023 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award


2023Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, this special GREEN edition of GOOD DESIGN presents most important new international products and buildings and construction and planning projects that are leading the global way to a design that is fully sustainable and compatible with the highest standards of good environment.For 2023, hundreds of product designs, graphics, packaging, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning projects were submitted by visionary designers, manufacturers, and clients from over 42 nations to emphasize the most advanced “Green Approach” and the most sophisticated methods and technology to make the most positive impact on the global environment.The Winning 2023 GREEN GOOD DESIGN building and product designs can be viewed at The Chicago Athenaeum’s website: gooddesign.org.” – Chicago Athenaeum


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Andrea P. Leers 2023 WIT Commencement Ceremony Speaker

“Andrea Leers, FAIA, an internationally recognized leader in urban, campus, and civic design, will be Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Spring 2023 Commencement keynote speaker.

The principal and co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston, Andrea Leers, Leers is a pioneer in mass timber design for academic settings. Her practice has been honored with over 100 international, national, and regional design awards, including the 2007 AIA National Firm Award.” – Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Berlin Wall Dedication Announcement

University of Massachusetts Amherst will be celebrating their acquisition of the Berlin Wall with a dedication ceremony on April 25th from 2pm-4pm.

The ceremony is one of a series of supporting events, accompanied with an art exhibition titled ‘The Berlin Wall: Borders and Barriers in the Past and Present’ where undergraduate students were invited to submit art related to the subject.

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Harvard District Energy Facility Receives WAF Highly Commended 2022
Best Use of Colour Prize

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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Woodland Wonders Nature Preschool wins Gold award in the World Architecture News Awards

Woodland Wonders Nature Preschool wins Gold award in the WAN Award in Future Projects – Education.

Nestled within the 120-acre tract of the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, the new preschool facility promotes wonder and exploration of the natural world and cultivates a sense of stewardship toward our community and environment. 

Imagined as an extension of the network of trails throughout the preserve, the preschool is organized along a central “learning trail” spine.  Light-filled classroom spaces alternate with a series of open and covered porches that open out into the natural woodlands beyond. 


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Harvard District Energy Facility Finalist for World Architecture News Awards

Harvard District Energy Facility was a Finalist in the 2022 World Architecture News Awards in the Urban Landscape category.

The new 56,000 sf District Energy Facility (DEF) sets the stage for a state-of-the-art, cost effective, and sustainable utility generation and distribution system for Harvard’s Allston campus that also makes a significant contribution to its urban design.


The DEF’s site, at a pivotal location in the development area south of Western Avenue, makes the facility a highly visible presence from all sides. As a permanent support facility, its building and site design complements future campus evolution, including open space, academic buildings, and research and development spaces.


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