Watermark Kendell East Residential Building achieves LEED Silver

Watermark Kendell East residential building in Cambridge, MA achieved LEED Silver certification. In collaboration with Twining Properties, Watermark Kendell East exceeded the aggressive energy efficiency requirement of the Massachusetts Stretch Code, which requires new construction projects to be 20% more energy efficient. Atelier Ten led the design team to meet this challenge by identifying the most cost-effective combination of design measures to meet the energy target. This includes a high-performance curtain wall system, energy efficient lighting, occupancy sensors, Energy Star appliances and a master switch in each of the 144 apartments to allow residents to turn off all electronics with a single switch.

Critically, creating a healthy and clean living environment was a priority for Atelier Ten and the project team. As such, 100% of this residential building, including all apartments, employs a smoke-free policy. Furthermore, shaded and vegetated roof gardens were integrated into the building to provide comfortable communal outdoor spaces for residents. To ensure visual comfort, Atelier Ten helped select the high-performance façade with argon-filled IGU, which reduces solar heat without compromising light transmission and views for the occupants to the outdoors.

Atelier Ten’s team includes Director, Nico Kienzl and Senior Environmental Designer, Bret Mantyk from the New York office.