Artists for Humanity plan to design a major expansion for EpiCentre

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On Monday, Boston-based Artists for Humanity declared that they planned to design a major expansion for their South Boston EpiCentre which is estimated to cost $30 million. This huge addition would be built to attain a level of environmental sustainability that has never been seen before in New England. This building will be housing youth charity Artists for Humanity.

The EpiCentre which was opened in the year 2004 is located at 100 West 2nd Street in Fort Point, near the Southie bank of Bass River and diagonally across from the Broadway Red Line stop. In the year 2005, it achieved Platinum LEED certification and it became Boston’s first LEED Platinum building. The EpiCentre is a 23,500 square foot is an environmental friendly and innovative event space where one can host up to fifty dinners and 450 cocktail receptions.

The expansion is supposed to be completed by late 2016, and EpiCentre might become the first Energy Positive commercial building in England. The renovation will see the building’s footprint rise from 23,500 sq feet to 87,000 sq feet. The new facilities will include new studios, more gallery space and more space for more youth artists. Also planned, with a view to their opening onto a new 6,070 sq m public Park are a café and a retail store.

Public and private support for the EpiCenter expansion project has been offered by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, P&G Gillette, Amos and Barbara Hostetter, State Street and the Lewis Family Foundation.

Robert Matthew Noblett, a partner in Behnisch Architekten’s Boston office said that “Artists For Humanity embodies a spirit and energy that extends beyond its physical walls, and this project presents the unique opportunity to leverage the talent of the program’s participants to create a new cultural hub for our city”.

The building will use energy saving light fixtures and LED lighting, along with daylight responsive lighting controls. Also, it will include a stormwater management system and high efficiency building systems. The expansion will also have technology in place to generate its own electricity.

However, it has not been possible to provide figures for the amount of energy that is expected to be generated or fed back into the grid. The EpiCentre is supposed to open in the month of November, 2 years from now.

Via : Gizmag