Lighting the Way to Sustainability

If you follow The Boston Globe’s annual Globe 100 list, which ranks the best-performing public companies in Massachusetts, you’re probably familiar with Acme Packet, which leapt 51 spots to #29 on this year’s list — #3 among telecommunications firms.

Chapman is nearing completion on a four-floor, 120,000 sf tenant fitup and datacenter for Acme Packet in Bedford, MA, and although the scope of the work has evolved and expanded over the course of the project, Acme Packet’s commitment to sustainability has remained constant. The HVAC system is paramount to their energy conservation initiatives and seeks to maximize efficiency with the installation of variable frequency drives and direct digital controls.

Chapman’s efforts are being led by Senior Project Manager Adam Bowen, Assistant Project Manager Mike Bogdan, and Senior Construction Supervisor Joe Cahalane. “Acme is truly engaged in the process,” explains Joe. “It’s great to work collaboratively with a client who appreciates the complexity of a project like this.”

The project features a range of green measures, starting with the recycling of 150 tons of demolition debris. To enhance indoor air quality, the project has employed no CFC-based refrigerants, no added urea formaldehyde door cores and insulation, and low- or no-VOC paints and adhesives. Many other materials were also selected for their sustainable qualities, such as agri-fiber millwork substrates and 100% recycled content drywall.

Acme Packet’s lighting systems have been designed to consume as little power as possible, employing high-efficiency single-lamp T8s (pictured above), occupancy sensors, and LED accent lighting.

If you’re interested in learning more about high efficiency lighting, consider enrolling in Chapman’s upcoming free lighting seminar — click here for details.

Chapman is the construction manager for the Acme Packet project. In partnership with Diversified Project Management, a Newton, MA-based owner’s representative consulting firm, Chapman also provided preconstruction services for the job.

Coincidentally, Chapman was featured in the “True Green” section of the Globe 100 magazine. The article, entitled “It’s Personal, Not Just Business,” talks about how Chapman’s green initiatives have helped make our employees more ecoconscious in their personal lives. Click here to read the article online at

published 06.09.2010

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