Needham, MA

Needham PSAB

The Town of Needham retained Winter Street Architects to design a new Public Services Administration Building (PSAB).The two story structure features private and open offices, conference rooms and public meeting spaces. While the town did not pursue LEED Certification, sustainable practices include:

  • 100% storm water reclaimed on site

  • Drought tolerant/native species landscape design

  • Waterless urinals

  • Roof designed to receive future solar panels

  • Geothermal heating and cooling

  • BAS / active management of building energy

  • Maximized daylight and views for occupants

The Needham PSAB employs a ground source heat pump (GSHP) system for heating and cooling. GSHP systems exploit the Earth’s ability to store and dissipate heat. A few feet below the surface of the earth, underground temperatures are stable throughout the year. This building has a series of (16) five-hundred foot deep wells located under the parking lot which collect available heat in the winter and discharge heat back into the ground in the summer. The final construction bid came in $400,000 under the estimate and the building was completed on time with only 10 months of construction.

2009 Green Building of America Award- Construction Reviews