Fore Solutions, acquired by Thornton Tomasetti in 2012, provided LEED consulting for approximately 4,000 square feet of new office space serving the Somesville, Maine office of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Early involvement of the project team and a commissioning agent with the design team assisted to right-size mechanical systems. Photovoltaic panels were added which helped the project exceed ASHRAE energy standards more than 57% while providing more than 20% of the building’s electricity from renewable energy sources, including the sun.
The building, a former dilapidated house, sits on a 35-acre preserve where the public is invited to enjoy walking trails. The location preserves much of the existing field and the sensitive landscape bordering along Babson Creek. Storm water management through bio-swales and rain gardens and the utilization of low-water usage fixtures supports water conservation sustainability goals of using 42% less water than a standard code compliant building.