History & Sustainability
MR. WYETH
Born in 1802, Nathaniel Wyeth was a noted Cambridge-born inventor, entrepreneur and explorer. He began his professional life in the New England ice trade where his inventions enabled those in India, the Caribbean and Europe to enjoy ice cut from Fresh Pond (now a city park located one mile from The Wyeth).

Later, he became instrumental in the establishment of the brick industry in Cambridge. Mr. Wyeth purchased clay lands in 1844 and opened them up for development. In 1847, Wyeth opened his own brickyard. Thereafter, the brick industry in Cambridge expanded or contracted in response to changes in the political or economic climate.
One of the early large manufacturers of brick in Cambridge was the New England Brick Company. The extensive operations of the New England Brick Company were on the west side of Sherman Street. Its clay beds, excavated to a depth of 80 feet, were nearly exhausted by World War II; operations at those yards were suddenly ended in 1952 when a landslide buried the remaining steam shovel. The New England Brick Company closed its operations and sold the land to the city which used it for a dump until 1971. Today it is Mayor Thomas W. Danehy Park.
PIONEERING LEED PLATINUM CERTIFIED
RENTAL RESIDENCES IN CAMBRIDGE

Living comfortably also means relaxing with the knowledge that you live in a building that has achieved the highest standard for sustainable design.
 
Every residence at The Wyeth was designed and built to have a minimal impact on the environment; the buildings are expected to achieve a LEED Platinum* rating with the USGBC.

In addition, as a part of our continued commitment to sustainability, we've chosen to clean our buildings common areas and residences with plant based and hydrogen peroxide based cleaning products. These products meet and exceed LEED criteria and contribute to a healthier indoor air quality for our residents and employees.
BUILDING WITH HISTORY AND CHARACTER
 
It certainly would have been easier to build The Wyeth from the ground up — to demolish the existing structures and start with a clean slate. Buildings hold history. These structures have served this neighborhood since before the automobile.

The site lay abandoned for nearly a decade after it was divested by the Archdiocese in 2004. It’s now being adaptively re-used. Reuse keeps thousands of pounds of unnecessary waste from going to local landfills. It also saves even more raw material from being trucked in and assembled.
 
 
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR BIKE RACKS
 
Bikes are great. Ranked as a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists (May 2013), Cambridge is one of the best cities in the country for cyclists. And at The Wyeth we’re no strangers to two wheels. We’ve installed 32 exterior bike racks and two interior racks within each first floor and second floor unit.
 
 
 ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING ON SITE

Changes in automobile technology stand to make a huge positive impact on our environment. We plan to keep up with those changes and to encourage our renters to as well. The Wyeth has two high-power charging stations that can serve multiple cars simultaneously. These charging stations provide 220-240V connections that recharge your car two to three times more quickly than a standard home charging station. Best of all, the power comes directly from the solar panels on the roof of the building. So it’s free for Wyeth residents and gentle on the planet.
 
 
RAINWATER COLLECTION TANK FOR LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION

Sometimes it rains, and sometimes you need to water the lawn (we average about 72 day of rain between April and October). When those two things don’t happen at the same time (the other 141 days) you have traditionally had to bring treated water across town from the reservoir to keep your plants from drying out. Cleaning and transporting water across town to water the grass wastes a lot of resources.

Approximately 181,000 gallons of rain will fall on the roof of 120 Rindge at the Wyeth between April and October. We’ll collect that water and store it in a 10,000-gallon underground tank so that it can be used when the sun comes back out. That’s roughly 1,200 gallons of rainwater for every dry day during the watering season.

Reducing the burden on the water treatment plant by burying a giant bucket under the front lawn? That’s a no brainer.
 
 
ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERRED BUILDING MATERIALS

Building green isn’t just about operating efficiency; it’s also about operating efficiently, using environmentally responsible materials wherever possible. And for The Wyeth that meant sweating the small stuff.

It means using wood decking from ultra-well-managed forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Using paints, adhesives, sealants, releasing agents and insulation with extremely low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Finding countertops and drywall constructed with recycled materials. Building sustainably means sourcing our lumber locally. Using these premium materials makes the planet healthier, but more importantly it makes you healthier with every breath you take inside your Wyeth Residence.
 

SOLAR PANELS

We like clean energy. That’s why we installed solar panels on every available inch of roof space at The Wyeth. The power generated from The Wyeth’s PV Array will be used to power common area utilities like lighting, heating and air conditioning, the Juice Bar charging stations, and all Wyeth gym equipment. But the panels don’t just help reduce the common area’s power consumption, their position also shades the roof tops, effectively reducing the amount of heat transferred to each building. This substantially reduces the power required to cool each unit during the summer — providing you with cool, comfortable living spaces for less.
 

SALVAGED MATERIALS USED IN CONSTRUCTION

Each building at The Wyeth makes liberal use of salvaged materials. This means less waste and more character. Public foyers at The Wyeth make use of Maple hardwood flooring salvaged from the original schoolhouse. Our beautiful Heart Pine treads and risers were milled from 100-year old floor joists that were removed during the demolition phase of the project. Then there are the beautiful brick buildings.
 
 
CONSTRUCTION WASTE DIVERTED FROM LANDFILLS

As an adaptive reuse project with a steadfast focus on sustainability, we were faced with a unique construction question. What’s to be done with all the demolition material that can’t be practically reused?

Partnering with a local company named GreenGoat (the brilliant brain child of our friend Amy Bauman), we were able to reuse a lot of it on other projects. For example the 330 existing windows were carefully removed and shipped to Haiti to assist in their rebuilding effort. Additionally, our contractor, Delphi, was able to recycle 88% of the materials that would ordinarily be sent to landfills. Instead of having one dumpster on site we had five. We sorted and recycled our waste just like you do in your home; we just had A LOT more of it.

 
REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION

We’re obsessive about the details; it’s why each unit at The Wyeth is optimized for energy savings. It’s why we’ve included:
- Large, triple-glazed fiberglass windows that maximize every minute of natural daylight
- The latest LED lamps and energy-efficient lighting systems
- Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) systems to provide fresh, clean, climate-controlled air
- Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pump systems using non ozone-depleting refrigerants
- A reflective (white) Energy Star roof system to help keep the building cool in the summer. Think about wearing a black shirt or a white shirt in the sun. The black one might make you look cooler but the white one will surely keep you cooler.
- Increased thermal insulation in the roof, up to 15” in some areas.
- The buildings and their systems are constantly monitored to confirm proper, efficient operation and make the appropriate system tweaks, if needed.
 
 
ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED APPLIANCES
 
No luxury apartment is complete without high-end appliances. From in-unit washers and dryers to dishwashers, refrigerators and ranges, every appliance in every unit was chosen for performance and efficiency, in most cases we chose Bosch. Each is also Energy Star Certified meaning superior energy efficiency and lower utility bills.
 
 
SAFE AND CLEAN APPLIANCES AND HEATING SYSTEMS
 
A rarity in residential construction, every one of the appliances and heating systems in The Wyeth operates without combustion, ensuring safe, healthy living for you and your guests. Additionally, by eliminating the need to purchase non-renewable fossil fuels (oil, gas, etc.), residents have the option to purchase 100% clean energy sourcing for their home.
 
 
IMPROVED AIR-TIGHTNESS AND REDUCED SOUND TRANSMISSION
 
No drafty walls here. The great architectural team at Touloukian and Touloukian - in partnership with The Jordan Institute - took many measures to insure both air and sounds tightness in each unit. This is your home, and you don’t want to smell what the neighbor is cooking, or hear what they are watching on TV. So we used high grade concrete board AND rubber underlayment under the hardwood on the floors, double sheet rocked your ceilings and walls, upgraded to closed cell foam insulation in the walls, triple glazed the windows, and even build two walls between each of the residences to make sure you feel tucked in tightly in your home at The Wyeth. That’s how we would want it if we lived there.
 
 
FRESH AIR CIRCULATION
 
Our Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) system is a very unique feature in residential construction and will have a huge impact on how you feel here, but you’ll never see it. Fresh, climate-controlled air is constantly circulating into every unit. Designed to ventilate very well insulated buildings like The Wyeth, an ERV ensures stale and moist air is vented to the outside while fresh air flows in. The system is designed to reduce the overall temperature difference between the outdoor air temperature and your desired temperature, meaning more efficient heating and cooling. It’s efficient, cost-effective comfort. When you wake up in the morning and feel great, it’s likely because you have been breathing clean fresh air all night while you slept. We’re very excited about this feature.
 
 
MODERN HEATING AND COOLING
 
Say hello to the cutting-edge of residential heating and cooling systems. Each unit at The Wyeth is equipped with multiple Fan Coiling Units (FCU) that are connected to a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pump system. These ultra-efficient heating and cooling units give you unparalleled temperature control and substantial energy savings. Instead of blasting you with tons of treated air and then shutting off until you get blasted again, the VRF system will continuously provide a steady calm stream of air at exactly the temperature that you desire.

Want your home to be 74 degrees? Then you’ll get 74-degree air, all the time. No stopping and starting, bouncing between too cold and too hot. We’ll keep you right at the temperature that you want, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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