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Thanks to Local 475 Carpenter Steward Dave Grange for the tour of the new field headquarters for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, currently under construction in Westborough. The visually impressive design is matched only by how energy efficient the facility will be. The building is expected to produce 370 mwh/year while consuming only 303 mwh/yr.

The brand new 45,000 square foot facility will include office, lab, meeting, classroom and event space upon completion in May 2014. The $25 million project uses 6 1/2" structural insulated panels, automated windows that coordinate with the HVAC system, geothermal heating and cooling and 800 roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to achieve LEED Gold Certification. It is located on the site of the former Lyman School in Westborough and abuts 1,000 acres of conservation land, which is home to deer, birds and other wildlife that are open to limited hunting.

There will be an indoor fish pond accentuated by large eye-catching skylights. The orientation of the building and extensive use of windows will allow the interior to take advantage of lots of natural light. On the exterior, the multi-colored, patterned rain screen and subtle use of exterior wood features help a modern building blend well with a rustic setting.

Columbia Construction is the Construction Manager on the project. Other union contractors participating include Salem Glass, Manafort Brothers, McDonald Drywall, K&K Ceilings and Capital Flooring. More details on the energy features of the project are available on the project page at mass.gov here.

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