Marc, today's charrette was terrific. Thank you for your truly generous collaboration. You've caused me to turn a mental corner. Until recently, I thought that that to do really intelligent buildings, we'd need the right clients, the right engineers, and a premium budget. Thanks to you, I now believe that to do intelligent buildings all we need is INTELLIGENCE!—and the guts to ask the simple questions until we get the answers, and the courage of our convictions to persuade others...

We can do this and it will change things. You've empowered us. Thanks. –Ellen

Woods Hole Research Center

Architectural design: William McDonough and Partners

Integrated design consulting on new 19,300 ft2 building - areas included mechanical systems; building envelope; computer energy modeling; waste treatment system; and renewable energy systems. Occupied 2003.

This world-renowned environmental research and policy center commissioned William McDonough to design a building that would exemplify their commitment to environmental stewardship. The project included major renovation to an existing summer home and over 12,000 ft2 of new space. The project is designed to be a net energy exporter – 26 kW of solar electric array is in place, and the process to install a major wind turbine is ongoing. Superb daylighting, exemplary materials selection, and design for user control and comfort are other highlights. First year data shows total energy consumption before the contribution of renewable energy of 53 kWh/m2/year, a superb performance figure. Occupied 2003.

Mark Rylander, AIA, William McDonough & Partners - 804 979-1111
Joe Hackler, Woods Hole Research Center – 508-540-9900