New Wing Receives LEED Gold Certification

The Gardner Museum's new Renzo Piano-designed wing has received LEED Gold certification, the second-highest rating a building can receive in acknowledgement of an institution's commitment to sustainability and energy-saving practices.

"From the beginning, this project was about extending the life and legacy of this more than a century-old institution. Museum staff, the building committee and board mandated a commitment to making this new wing an emblem of sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices. Receiving this certification recognizes the results of our hard work and early thinking," said Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Gardner Museum.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green certification process that rates buildings based on their energy and water saving efforts, building material selection, sustainable site development and indoor air quality. LEED levels are established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).The Gardner Museum is the second Boston museum to receive LEED certification.

The new wing at the Gardner Museum relieves strain on the Museum's historic building while providing much-needed space for public programs and the services required by a contemporary museum. The 70,000-square foot extension incorporates a naturally illuminated gallery for historic and contemporary art exhibitions, an acoustically distinguished hall for concerts and performances, inspiring classrooms and greenhouses for educational outreach, new offices, state-of-the-art conservation laboratories and archives, a garden café, and a store.

The Museum was committed to sustainable design and construction for the new wing, with a primary goal of offsetting the energy associated with maintaining and preserving a world-class art collection, including climate-controlled galleries, conservation labs, and archival storage. One of the key elements of the green design are the eight geothermal wells which heat and cool the new wing. The new wing addresses sustainability comprehensively through the following areas: site issues, energy, water, materials, air quality, and operational strategies. Learn more about green design and the new wing in our Sustainability brochure.