BUILDING WITH HISTORY AND
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
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
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
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
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
Reducing the burden on the water treatment plant by burying a giant
bucket under the front lawn? That’s a no brainer.
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
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
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
CONSTRUCTION WASTE DIVERTED
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
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.
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
- 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
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
SAFE AND CLEAN APPLIANCES AND
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.
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
MODERN HEATING AND
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.