Plymouth Rocks the Movie Industry; a Mega Green Movie Studio in Massachusetts Aims to Be "Hollywood East"
Guilfoil, John M., E Magazine
In October 2008, voters at a Plymouth, Massachusetts, town meeting handily approved two measures to allow construction to move forward on the $400 million Plymouth Rock film studios. The vote not only settled months of negotiation between the town and studio execs, but it also paved the way for what will be the movie-industry leader in sustainable and green practices and design standards.
A few weeks before the vote, Plymouth Rock Studios announced it had registered its entire development project with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and would be pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. This means that Plymouth Rock Studios, slated to open in 2010, will be the world's first totally green movie studio.
"This is Hollywood East" says Steven Taylor, artist-in-residence at the studio. "We will be the center of innovation in entertainment for the entire East Coast, and a leader in environmentally advanced smart technologies."
One of the studio's two founders, David Kirkpatrick, says, "Our mission is to promote imagination and possibility, and we're proud to complement this vision with a progressive, environmentally friendly movie studio. By pursuing LEED certification, we will create a holistic, state-of-the-art facility in Plymouth, and ensure that Massachusetts is a pioneer in sustainable, green practices."
LEED is an independent, third-party certification system and is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of buildings, as set by the USGBC. Architects, realtors, building managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders and government officials use the program on new and old buildings alike. In the U.S., buildings account for 72% of electrical consumption, 38% of C[O.sub.2] emissions and 30% (136 million tons annually) of waste output, according to the council. The LEED process seeks to manage those factors.
Plymouth Rock Studios is aiming for complete carbon neutrality. To get there, they have brought in Gensler, a top global architecture, design and planning firm with 31 offices on five continents. "Gensler is thrilled to be part of this transformational project in the leadership of sustainable design practices in the entertainment industry and New England region," says Douglas C. Gensler, the managing director of the firm's Boston office.
Gensler's plan is to include sustainable materials in the construction of buildings on the campus, low-impact design strategies, geothermal energy, daylight capture, organic gardens and water-reuse systems.
"In creating a green environment, the Plymouth Rock Studios team has taken great care in their design to minimize site disturbance, use energy-efficient mechanical equipment and plan the site in a way that maximizes the appropriation of natural light," says the firm's website. …