Project Details

Newton, MA

Pursuing LEED-ND v3 Silver for the site

Pursuing LEED-CS v3 Silver for the historic mill building

Client/Developer: Northland Investment Corporation

The Northland Newton Project

LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND)

Northland Investment Corporation is transforming 22 acres of underutilized and abandoned industrial and commercial property in the village of Newton Upper Falls into an exciting and thriving new mixed-use community development that will embrace sustainability and innovation. The project will enhance the neighborhood by providing office and retail space as well as 822 residential units in 12 new buildings.

The Northland Newton Development will achieve success in all three areas that comprise the definition of sustainable development - development that benefits people, the planet and generates prosperity.

My role as the overall project sustainability coordinator and consultant is to advance and coordinate the sustainable design efforts of the architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, and transportation consultants to create a cohesive strategy that encompasses all aspects of sustainability.

Project Team

My Role-
Sustainability Consultant and Coordinator

Master Planning and Urban Design-
Stantec Urban Places

CUBE3 Studios, Stantec and SGA, Inc

Landscape Architecture-
Stantec Urban Places

Landscape Architecture and Urban Design- SOM

Civil Engineers/Traffic Planning/Historic and Cultural Resources- VHB

Transportation Planning-
128 Business Council

LEED Administration-
AHA Consulting Engineers

The sustainable goals and strategies of the project, integrated from the earliest phases, directly align with many of the goals set forth in the Needham Street Area Vision Plan 2018 recently adopted by the City of Newton and have been incorporated into the design of the Northland Newton Development:

  • Create a vibrant destination with a diversity of uses including homes, businesses, and gathering places for the community.

  • Reflect the industrial history and heritage of the area.

  • Embrace climate resiliency through reduction of single-occupancy vehicles, maximizing energy efficiency of buildings, and reducing heat island effect.

  • Utilize high-quality and high-performance design and construction of new buildings with a focus on energy efficiency.

  • Support healthy lifestyles with the creation of diverse, multi-use, natural areas and public open spaces.

  • Protect and restore the ecological health of natural resources through low impact design, on-site stormwater management, and the creation of community open space.

  • Expand trails, walking loops and open space connections on a local and regional level.

  • Create safe and convenient transportation connections as well as diverse options for transit, walking, biking and driving.

  • Utilize design to encourage active lifestyles and promote community social connectedness, health and wellness.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Goals

The entire 22-acre development is registered and will pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) v3 Certification at the Silver level. LEED-ND Certification is a unique and significant goal as there are only three projects in Massachusetts that have achieved it to date.

In addition, the historic Saco-Pettee mill building will be fully renovated into high quality office space with the goal of achieving LEED Core and Shell (CS) v3 Certification at the Silver level.

And all new buildings within the Northland Newton Development will be designed to be LEED ‘Certifiable.’ In pursuit of this goal, every building will achieve significant energy and water use savings that exceed standard projects built in Massachusetts.

With its holistic approach and fully integrated design and development team, The Northland Newton Development seeks to create a sustainable new neighborhood that will enhance the lives of people, protect the planet’s resources, and generate long-term prosperity to ensure the enduring success of the project.