War Memorial Awarded Silver LEED® Certification by U.S. Green Building Council


The City of Cambridge announced that the renovated War Memorial Recreation Center, designed by HMFH Architects, has been awarded LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.  LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Located at 1640 Cambridge Street, the renovation of the late 1950’s era physical education and recreation facility, which reopened in December 2008, included improving and updating building systems, providing universal accessibility and revamping the layout of the locker rooms, restrooms, classrooms and administrative offices. The 78,000 square-foot building houses three pools, a gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts, a state-of-the-art fitness room, a multipurpose room and separate locker room facilities for school and public use.

The Cambridge War Memorial Recreation Center achieved LEED Silver certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.  Specific green design and construction features that positively impact the community include:

•  Water:  41.5% savings with water-saving shower heads, toilets and urinals;

•  Energy:  18.5% savings with day light dimming, efficient boilers and variable frequency drive      
    motors; reduction of urban heat island effect and energy costs with use of white roof;

•  Recycle:  More than 88% of construction waste diverted from landfills to be recycled or reused;

•  Building Systems: ensure proper performance of all energy consuming systems;

•  Sustainable Materials: all materials contain an average of 22.85% recycled content; all wood was
    Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood; long-life /low maintenance terrazzo flooring requires  
    no harsh chemical cleaners; and low VOC-emitting sealant, paint and other finishes provide the best
    indoor air quality;

•  Transportation: Carpool preferred parking, bike racks and shower facility encourage alternative, more
     sustainable, modes of transportation.

“The renovation of the War Memorial Recreation Center has greatly enriched the community and the recent LEED Silver certification demonstrates the City of Cambridge’s commitment to building a sustainable environment that benefits all of our citizens,” said Richard C. Rossi, Deputy City. We have seen a significant increase in usage since we reopened the War Memorial and we are continuing to work to provide programming that meets the interests of Cambridge residents.”

The War Memorial Recreation Center provides recreational programming for all ages. The Recreation Center is open Monday - Friday from 5:15-9:15 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. , and Sunday from 11:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.   Swimming lessons and classes are offered for Toddler thru adults.  The program includes a youth Swim team, a synchronized swim team and adult and Senior Aqua Aerobics. 

Recreational activities include instruction in children's gymnastics, tennis and karate as well as Zumbatomic, a new workout program for parents and children, Thundercat, a Mini Sports for 4-6 year olds and an instructional soccer skills program for children of all ages.  Programming for adults includes access to the swimming pools, weight and cardio rooms, tennis lessons, pick up and league volleyball, and Zumba and Laido classes.
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The City of Cambridge also achieved LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute for the Cambridge Public Library Project designed by William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha, Associate Architect for the Historical Restoration.  For more information, visit www.cambridgema.gov.



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