Haley & Aldrich receives EBC Brownfields Project of the Year award for the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

Boston, MA (June 5, 2014) -- Environmental and engineering company, Haley & Aldrich, today announced that the company has won the James D.P. Farrell Brownfields Project of the Year Award for the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) project. The award, sponsored by the Environmental Business Council (EBC), has been given to the project in recognition of the remediation and redevelopment of the former Mastex Industries Site into a new state-of-the-art research data center dedicated to supporting the growing research computing needs of the most research‐intensive universities in the region. 

By re-using a historically polluted industrial site, the MGHPCC project has substantially improved an 8-acre block in downtown Holyoke, MA, including environmental remediation, infrastructure improvements, and the new building itself. The Holyoke location attracted funding partners with economic development missions, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and U.S. Bank, as it is in an economically disadvantaged area. The site was first used for manufacturing textiles in the 1880s. The site has also been used to manufacture tools, cutlery, steam pumps, and trolley tracks.

Demolition materials from the former mill buildings, which covered the site footprint, were incorporated into the new development with 97% of the demolition debris reused on site, keeping the material out of landfills. As a result, the building achieved LEED PLATINUM – the first university research data center to do so.

The recently completed facility is already making an impact on scientific research. The computations for the recent announcement that researchers have strong evidence of “cosmic inflation” during the Big Bang were completed at MGHPCC.

Haley & Aldrich was recognized as part of a larger project team, which includes:


  • Harvard University Green Building Services
  • Holyoke Gas & Electric Department
  • Leggat McCall Properties
  • Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Facilities
  • MassDevelopment
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • Tighe & Bond
  • Turner Construction Company
  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. 


The award was accepted by Denis Bell, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Haley & Aldrich (4th from left), and was presented by Richard Sullivan, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (far right).

About the EBC EBEE Awards
Each year, the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) recognizes companies, organizations and individuals for outstanding environmental/energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through the EBEE Awards Celebration. These awards were established by the EBC to encourage companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental professionals to serve as models for others to emulate and, in doing so, further the mission and objectives of the EBC.

The James D.P. Farrell Brownfields Project of the Year Award is awarded to a Brownfields project in which an EBC member organization has had significant involvement and that serves as an example of excellence notwithstanding the social, economic, technical and institutional challenges imposed.

About Haley & Aldrich
Haley & Aldrich, Inc. is committed to delivering the value our clients need from their capital, operations, and environmental projects. Our one-team approach allows us to draw from our 600 engineers, scientists, and constructors in nearly 30 offices for creative collaboration and expert perspectives. Since our founding in 1957, we have one goal in all we do: deliver long-term value efficiently, no matter how straightforward or complex the challenge.

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