Sustainability has become an important goal of large and small organizations alike. Long before the term “sustainability” entered the mainstream, Gale has been working to make buildings sustainable. Since the 1970s, Gale has been evaluating and designing repairs to building enclosures (roofs, walls, windows, and waterproofing) to improve their energy efficiency. Since its inception in 1964, Gale’s Civil Engineering Group has emphasized sustainability and resource conservation in site development and transportation projects.
Gale’s staff includes LEED® accredited professionals completely familiar with the “green building” requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and various building codes/sections related to sustainable and energy efficiency design. Members of our LEED® AP staff sit on the Building Envelope Standards Committee of the USGBC.
Gale has served as the Building Enclosure Specialist on many design teams for LEED eligible projects, such as the $55 million underground Visitor and Tourist Information Center, located below the Capitol building in Washington, DC; the $220 million Student Center and Sports Complex at Boston University; the $61 million Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; and several new and renovation building projects at Harvard University.
Gale also designed and permitted the Red Tail Golf Club, Clubhouse, and Maintenance Facility at the former Fort Devens in Devens, Massachusetts. Red Tail Golf Club is New England’s first Audubon Signature Sanctuary course due to innovative stormwater management re-use design, energy conservation measures, and other “green development” methods and materials.
Gale’s commitment to sustainability is also reflected in the construction of our corporate headquarters. We installed an “EcoSmart” roof, which means that the roof membrane is recyclable because there were no adhesives used. The insulation has a 40 year re-use warranty and it meets code requirements for Energy Star, LEED, and Green Globes.
Internally, Gale assembled a Sustainability Task Force whose mission is to improve the sustainability of our business culture through programmed communication, education, and change. Gale continues to be a nationally-recognized advocate for the inclusion of sustainability as an essential element in the practice of our professions.