Beacon Grille supports the local economy by patronizing locally owned and operated businesses whenever possible. In addition to buying locally, it also hires locally. Beacon Grille has a very strong policy of hiring people who live in Woburn or other nearby communities whenever possible.
Beacon Grille offers fresh, premium meats from Massachusetts-based Azuluna Brands. These all-natural, hormone-free cuts are hearty, full of flavor, and are the result of organic, sustainable farming methods. Azuluna's beef, pork, veal, and lamb allow Beacon Grille's patrons to make a healthier choice in meat while supporting local agriculture.
Although TradeCenter 128 was designed by Cummings Properties' own professional staff of architects, engineers, and LEED professionals as a model of green technology, Beacon Grille itself has one unique, very green component: all of Beacon Grille's large walk-in coolers and freezers have highly efficient water-cooled compressors, recycling most of the heat they give off, much of every year, with substantial savings in natural gas.
"Cogeneration," also known as Combined Heat and Power, is a recognized engineered solution to reduce energy costs. By using the heat that accompanies the production or use of electricity from fossil fuels, the cogenerated heat or electricity is "green power," generated as part of the system that can be as high as 70 percent efficient. This is twice the efficiency of electric production at many utility power plants. See and hear Governor Deval Patrick at Cummings Center.*
At TradeCenter 128, the heating and cooling is provided by several very large roof-top machines, consistent with the Gold level LEED standard.** Heated or cooled water is delivered from these roof-mounted chillers throughout the complex, forming a gigantic water source heat pump system.
This type of green technology will be really efficient only in situations where there is a simultaneous need for both electric and thermal energy. On the other hand, green power from the 1,250 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the main parking garage is immediately used as soon as it is generated to significantly reduce the complex's carbon footprint year-round.
*WSP Flack & Kurtz
**Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)