MassDEP recently led the way in environmental sustainability when it was announced that the renovated Senator William X. Wall Experiment Station in Lawrence had earned the Commonwealth’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for a state facility. LEED Platinum is the highest possible designation, and the lab is one of only a handful of LEED Platinum-certified labs operating around the world today.
In 2011, a $30 million upgrade transformed the environmental laboratory into a state-of-the-art “green” building that is able to handle the complex testing protocols required by today’s environmental laboratory sciences.
During the LEED Platinum announcement held at the facility, MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell said the designation shows that the agency and its lab “walk the walk” when it comes to sustainable development. “With its solar panels, rain-water recycling and electric-vehicle charging stations, this laboratory is a model for other facilities yet to come,” Kimmell said.
Other LEED Platinum updates include: use of rain gardens and detention basins for better stormwater management, water-efficient landscaping, optimized energy savings designed to reduce energy use by 21 percent, and windows that allow daylight into 75 percent of the space.
The Wall Experiment Station is Massachusetts’ principal drinking water laboratory. At the facility, 15,000 lab analyses of contaminants in water, wastewater, air, soil, hazardous waste, fish and other samples are performed annually. There are currently 29 LEED-certified buildings in the state portfolio of buildings.
The Wall Experiment Station also recently earned a 2013 Leading By Example Award for its LEED Platinum designation.