In late 2021, Schrodinger, a computational platform for the discovery of therapeutics and materials, appointed Structure Tone Boston for the construction of their Cambridge, MA, office space.
Early in the preconstruction of the space, the project team decided to pursue LEED and Fitwell certifications, along with a WELL Health & Safety Rating. With this early collaboration, the team was able to satisfy both the owner’s priorities and the design team’s choices all while building a sustainable, health-and-wellness-focused space. One of the notable highlights of this process was the waste diversion program that Structure Tone introduced, which separated materials in an organized fashion by implementing site training, specified signage, and waste haulers. As a result, approximately 80% of construction waste was diverted.
After all the reports were finalized, the project generated about 4.6lbs of waste per square foot and, overall, diverted 6.78 tons of material from landfills, which resulted in LEED Gold and Fitwell Two Star certification as well as a WELL Health & Safety Rating. Even with COVID-related supply chain delays and equipment lead-time additions, the project team was able to adapt to a more sustainable method of construction and work within the client’s budget and needs.
By showing that small-scale site separation is possible, the Schrodinger project’s success further bolsters the idea that early planning and acceptance of sustainability are critical in successful implementation.
Walsh/Cochis Associates Inc.
Walsh/Cochis Associates, Inc.
LEED ID+C Gold, Fitwel Two Star, WELL H+S Rating