USGBC MA Film Screening of The Greening of Southie

Join USGBC MA Chapter’s Emerging Professionals group on Saturday, March 31, at 1pm, for a screening of the film The Greening of Southieat the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library (down the street from the star of the film, the Macallen Apartment Building.) 

This is a FREE event, open to the public; all are welcome to attend. Please, RSVP through the website, at

THE GREENING OF SOUTHIE is a documentary about building Boston’s first LEED certified residential building. Check out the film summary and information here:

What: Film screening of The Greening of Southie
When: Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 1pm-3pm
Location: South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 646 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
Cost: FREE

Beer and Ice Cream: not just for breakfast anymore

Several Boston-area brewers have worked out a sweet deal with a local dairy farm. Maple Valley Creamery trades their delious ice cream for spent grain from aMortonDesign clients Night Shift Brewing and Idle  Hands Craft Ales among others. The cows eat the grain, the brewers eat the  ice cream, and the public gets great beer. Everybody wins.

Night Shift Brewing’s Mike Oxton taking an ice cream break.

Kitchen emerges with bamboo flooring, tile, cabinetry, and custom bench installation

Great progress has been made in the Allston Kitchen-Porch renovation.

The bamboo flooring is a rich contrast to the maple cabinets and  Paperstone counters in “chocolate” will soon be installed. The bamboo  floor material will be applied to the toe kick to give the impression  that the floor turns up and the cabinets float above a shadow line of  darker material.

The custom bench is made of maple veneer plywood and solid trim. The clear space below the seat is designed to accomodate baskets for storage. The wood will be finished with a dark aniline dye which will provide a rich saturated color without obscuring the wood grain. A 10″ deep Paperstone sill is installed around the porch to allow the clients many plants to soak up the natural light. Radiant heat has been installed under the tile in front of the bench for supplemental heating and added comfort for cool mornings. The client’s cat will undoubtedly make the most of this feature when not taking advantage of the deep sill for surveying bird activity in the nearby treetops.

Run like you give a damn: for your health and Architects for Humanity Boston

The 6th annual Architects for Humanity Boston 5K run is May 14th at 10am at Artesani Park in Brighton. Wouldn’t you rather be outside instead of sitting in the office on a Saturday? Here’s your excuse and a chance to save your friends and colleagues from slowly conforming to their office chairs and suffering vitamin-D deficiency. Put together a team and join the friendly throw-down between local firms.