122 Bay State Road

122 BSR LEED Gold

122 Bay State Road is located in the beautiful Back Bay neighborhood of row houses at the eastern side of the Charles River Campus. This building was a major renovation where the exterior masonry walls and structural components were repaired and restored, and interior walls replaced to create a new home for administrative offices. It is is certified LEED Gold by US Green Building Council.

Highlights of the sustainable design strategies include:

Campus & Sustainable Site Design

  1. Sustainable Transportation: 122 Bay State Road is located right around the corner from Kenmore Square, just a short walk from 8 different bus routes and 11 subway stops.  96% of our students use sustainable modes of transportation such as public transit, walking, and biking.  
  2. Bike System: The first bike lanes in Boston found a home at BU thanks to a collaborative effort by the City of Boston, Boston University, BU Bikes and Boston Bikes.  These lanes are part of a growing network of over 100 miles of lanes and trails in Boston and beyond.  122 Bay State Road provides both bike racks, as well as a shower and changing facilities for staff who commute by bike.
  3. Bike Share: Boston’s Hubway program was launched in August 2011 with 61 stations located throughout the city.  Four stations are located on the Charles River Campus and one on the Medical Campus.  122 Bay State Road is just a few minute’s walk from the Hubway station located outside the BU Bookstore.
  4. White Roof: The sustainable roof system at 122 Bay State Road is designed to minimize the urban heat island effect and reduce energy use by using a white roof to reflective the Sun’s energy.


  1. Water Efficiency: 122 Bay State Road contains many features that help promote water efficiency and have reduced water use in the building by 43% over a standard building.  These features include water saving devices such as 0.5 GPM (gallon/minute) lavatory faucets, 1.5 GPM showerheads, and 1.28/0.8 GPM dual flush toilets – the most efficient water using fixtures available on the market.


  • Energy Efficiency: Building energy efficiency is a high priority for new building design on campus. For 122 Bay State Road efficiency starts with a well-insulated, air tight building enclosure then addresses energy efficient strategies and systems for heating, cooling, lighting and controls. The building is designed to be more than 26% more efficient than a building that simply meets the energy code.
  • Occupancy Sensors: occupancy sensors are used in offices and conference rooms.  The sensors automatically turn the lights off when spaces are not occupied.


  1. Building Reuse: Adaptive re-use of buildings is usually a more sustainable approach than demolition and re-building given the amount of embodied energy already present in an existing building. The exterior masonry walls and structural components were repaired and restored. 88% of the structure was reused.
  2. Construction Waste: 83% of the construction waste generated on site was diverted from landfills and recycled. By reducing waste generated from construction sites we are able to reduce the need for expanding or creating new landfills and incineration facilities. Incorporating recycled content in our buildings we can increase demand for recycled materials.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  1. Green Cleaning Program: The University has a robust green cleaning program that uses Green Seal and Ecologo certified cleaning products for over 70% of the materials used for cleaning on campus. At 122 Bay State Road, Boston University’s custodial staff is striving to use only Green Seal, Ecologo and EPA DfE certified cleaning products and procedures. Using sustainable products reduces the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants.
  2. Low VOC Materials: Boston University uses low volatile organic compounds (VOC) materials in all its projects. 122 Bay VOCs are commonly found in products like paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and flooring and can be harmful to both human and environmental health. Until recently they were essential to the performance these products.

Quick Facts:

Total Building Area: 5,300 sq ft
Architects: McDougal Architects
General Contractor: Brookline Development
LEED Consultant: Thornton Thomasetti Fore Solutions