Building Energy Exchange
Our renovation and expansion of Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex), has transformed the nonprofit center for climate action into a 21st-century paragon for energy efficiency education and knowledge sharing.
The 5,200 SF project includes a 100-seat, 21st-century classroom, as well as new exhibition and technology demonstration spaces. The completed interior highlights existing historic features, while adding modern, energy-efficient design elements. The new sustainable architecture attempted to maintain as much of the existing fabric of the space with a light touch, restoring the original mahogany doors and extensive marble trim and fireplaces throughout the space. Terrazzo floors were refurbished throughout, adding antiqued bronze plate infills at the trenches where required.
Replacing old infrastructure with new systems to reduce energy impact, a priority of BE-Ex’s mission, was incorporated into the project design. A highly efficient HVAC system replaced old radiators, with new A/V, automated shades, and lighting tied together through an integrated control system.