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Inside This Issue: Bond Brothers Completes ACS’s Atrazeneca Hope Lodge Landmark Structures Corp. Builds Blanchards Agostini Builds Twin Elementary Schools AHO Construction Completes Two C Pack HQ Pro Con Architect for Weston Office J.M. Coull Completes NOAA Facility Jewett to Renovate SigSauer Academy G. Greene Completes BU Media Lab E.J.Wells, A Profile Consigli Tops Off College Dorm Eckman Completes Dept HQ - Barker Architects An interview with Chris Savereid of Acentech, Inc. Suffolk to Build SU Residence Hall Designed by CBT Columbia Breaks Ground For SOMA HQ - Designed by DAI MBC Honors Hall of Fame Inductees and Skyline Award Winners Plus Educational Facilities News, People, Calendar and more...
November 2008 Gordon College, Ken Olsen Science Center – 82,000 sf science center in Wenham, MA Bowdoin Construction - Construction Manager. (Architect - Payette Associates) Photography: Warren Jagger Photography
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Three Hall of Fame Inductees
M.J.Flaherty Appoints Peck Newton, MA - The board of directors of M.J. Flaherty Company announced the appointment of Marc Peck as the new president of the long established mechanical contractor in Newton. Jack Desmond is retiring effective Jan 1, 2009, however, he will be a consultant to the Peck company for two years after his retirement date. Desmond has 38 years of
service and dedication to the company and industry. Peck came to Flaherty in 1998 from Clark Construction Company out of Bethesda, MD. He was a vice president and senior project manager for Flaherty, and handled the $50 million Massachusetts Convention and Exhibition Center for the company.
Potter LEED Accredited Cambridge, MA – Brian Potter, CEO of Thomas G. Gallagher, Inc., has earned certification as a LEED Accredited Professional. “More and more of our clients are requesting LEED certification for their projects,” says Potter. “Becoming a LEED AP was a good way to understand what is required and how to help them achieve those goals. LEED certification is the measuring stick that everybody is using. It shows that you really understand and practice the green, sustainable way of building.”
Boston, MA - On October 9, before an audience of 475 people, three new MBC Hall of Fame inductees – Boston University, William A. Berry & Son, Inc., and S & F Concrete Contractors, Inc. – were recognized for their organization’s legacy contributions to the building industry. According to Richard Lampman, president of the MBC and vice president of Tocci Building Companies, “The MBC Hall of Richard Lampman, MBC President, prepares to host the events. Fame is a place where we permanently recognize and honor the best in the industry for their consistent leadership, innovation, community responsibility, and client service. BU, William A. Berry & Son, Inc., and S & F are bedrock examples of organizations which consistently add to the incredible vitality of l - r: Antonio Frias, Rodney Frias and Joseph Frias representing two generations of leadership at S & F Concrete the building industry Contractors, Inc. Photo: © DamianosPhotography.com in Massachusetts.”
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Washington St. One of Top Ten Boston, MA - Washington Street in the South End/Lower Roxbury has been designated one of 10 Great Streets for 2008 through the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America program. “As mayor of Boston, I already know that our city is home to many
mid-19th century Bulfinch’s plan was executed with 200 acres of made land created and a new community of upscale row houses built. The City, with community input, adopted a high-density zoning strategy while respecting the street’s historic heritage. To prevent residents from
“As mayor of Boston, I already know that our city is home to many great places so it’s wonderful that the APA is honoring Washington Street with this award.” –Mayor Thomas M. Menino
great places so it’s wonderful that the APA is honoring Washington Street with this award,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. After almost $600 million in public and private investment, Washington Street is a diverse street that now bustles with activity.” Washington Street is the oldest and longest street in Boston. In 1801, Charles Bulfinch, a Federal-era architect, conceived a plan to create a new residential community by filling in the tidal marshes along the narrow neck of land along which the “street” ran. In the
being displaced, the city and community activists focused on rebuilding a mixed-use district with opportunities for a mix of incomes. Nearly 60 percent of the 1,750 new and renovated housing units are affordable. Boston’s South End remains the largest Victorian brick row house district and designated landmark district in the U.S. Today, contemporary architecture and mixed-use developments are intermixed with Victorian as well as Federal-era residential and commercial buildings.
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Build Boston 2008
oston, MA - Build Boston is the largest regional convention and trade show for the U.S. design and construction industry. More than 16,000 building professionals registered last year—including architects, engineers, contractors, builders, interior designers, facility managers, engineers, and landscape architects—to view more than 350 exhibits on the trade show floor and attend more than 240 workshops and other professional development opportunities. And don't miss the tours of the Big Dig, MIT, Wellesley, the Institute of Contemporary Art, North Point and other design marvels in and around Boston and Cambridge. Everyone connected to the building industry benefits from Build Boston. There are too many workshops to list. Here we have isolated some noteworthy trade and association meetings and dinners. Wednesday Meetings * The BSA Urban Design Committee holds its November meeting at Build Boston and all are invited to join us to discuss current issues in urban design and network with peers; noon–1:30 pm (SB34).
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O’Dea Exec Director of AGC Maine Augusta, ME - John O’Dea was named the new executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Maine (AGC). He replaces John Butts, the longtime executive director, who took a position earlier this year with AGC Connecticut. O’Dea was serving as AGC’s director of communications and member services at the time of his appointment. A former member of both the Maine House and Senate, he was handling the advocacy and communications efforts of AGC. He will continue that work in his new role as executive director.
According to Loren Clarke, president of AGC Maine, O’Dea’s 20 years of experience in and around the state capitol have helped the Association better communicate the relationship between infrastructure investment and jobs. O’Dea was the executive director of the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland before joining AGC Maine. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce, and he served as chairman of the Chamber’s Legislative and Policy Committee.
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Kenneth A. Himmel, Related Urban, and Howard F. Elkus, Elkus Manfredi Architects with the association’s highest honor, the Skyline Award for Outstanding Achievement. Given only six times in the 87-year history of the MBC, the award recognizes exemplary contributions to the built environment and to the design, construction, and development community. Himmel and Elkus, friends and business partners who worked on several marquee projects including Boston’s Copley Place, New York’s Time Warner Center, and Phoenix’s CityNorth, appeared together to accept the award, which was presented by Robert L. Beal, president, The Beal Companies.
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Stoughton, MA - Construction has started on a new home for South Shore Habitat for Humanity in Stoughton. The house is being built in partnership with CBT Architects, who donated the design and a substantial contribution to the construction costs for the house in honor of the Boston firm’s 40th anniversary. “Giving back to the community is very much a part of our firm culture,” says Alfred Wojciechowski, principal of CBT. “Since the earliest days of the practice, the partners have taken the role of citizen architect seriously and have committed a certain percentage of time to projects for non-profit organizations that need architectural help pro-bono or for a minimal fee.” Building on the idea of the standard Habitat bungalow, the new clean modernist design offers a variety of solutions that provide the family a sense of living in a larger space and put a priority on sustainability, which was not part of the original Habitat program but has proved to be a compelling issue for both CBT and Habitat. CBT’s and Habitat’s approach to sustainability focuses
New home for South Shore Habitat for Humanity on three majors areas: individual and community welfare, conservation and regeneration, and energy. The efficiently designed home will consume less energy, help achieve savings, and teach the residents how to maintain the systems in the future. Structural engineering firm McNamara Salvia and landscape architects Copley Wolff have also donated their design time and talent to South Shore Habitat.
Opening Held at U.S. Courthouse Springfield, MA – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), together with the U.S. District Court and Second Congressional District of Massachusetts, hosted an Opening Ceremony at 300 State Street in Springfield to celebrate the completion of the new United States Courthouse. "This is indeed a proud moment for all of us as we celebrate the many years of planning, design, and construction that have yielded this United States Courthouse,” said Regional Administrator Dennis R. Smith. “For many years to come, the citizens of Western Massachusetts will enjoy the unique aspects of this building from the pavilion to the historic trees, to the artwork that adorns the courtrooms and corridors. We are proud of our work."
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Columbia Breaks Ground For SOMA HQ Jewett Supports NHAEF
Raymond, NH - Jewett Construction Co., Inc., member of the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association (NHADA), recently showed its support of the automotive industry. Upon completing renovations at Tulley BuickPontiac-GMC-BMW-Mazada-VW, additions at BMW of Stratham, and renovations to both Porsche of Stratham and Audi of Stratham, Jewett presented the New Hampshire Automotive Education Foundation (NHAEF) with a $1,000 donation for each respective project. Jewett recently began construction of the new Automotive Training Center at Manchester Community College. This facility is designed to achieve a LEED certified rating as guided by the U.S. Green Building Council; the Center will incorporate a variety of strategies to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact while providing students with stateof-the-art learning tools.
Designed by DAI Marlborough, MA - Columbia Construction Company celebrated the groundbreaking for Special Olympics Massachusetts’ (SOMA) new headquarters, the Yawkey Sports Training Center. Centrally located in Marlborough, the new 25,000sf training facility and athletic fields will be located on a five-acre site. This new building will house executive offices, support facilities and 4,000sf of flexible classroom space that will provide a suitable venue for fundraising and banquet functions. DAI’s design includes a procesGroundbreaking team sional walkway leading into the main entrance containing a "Hall of Fame," which will introduce visitors to the unique nature of this facility. As they enter the lobby, further images and interactive displays will reinforce the educational aspects of the organization. The team also includes B.R.T. Management and Consulting, owner’s representative; Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, civil engineer; and Engineers Design Group, structural engineer Model of the new Yawkey Sports Training Center
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Hampton Inn and Suites on Schedule Pro Con Architect and CM Yonkers, NY – Construction is continuing on schedule for a new Hampton Inn and Suites hotel located at 160 Corporate Boulevard, in the South Westchester Executive Park, just off the Sawmill Parkway in Yonkers. Pro Con Inc. of Manchester, N.H. is the architect and construction manager for the new 150-room hotel, and FSG Yonkers Hotel, LLC is the owner and developer. The hotel will be managed by Colwen Management of Nashua, N.H. Pro Con Inc, which began site work on the design build project in March 2008, has scheduled a May 2009
completion date. In addition to the design and construction management services, Pro Con also provided pre-construction and structural engineering services for the developer. The 87,566sf, four-story hotel will offer king and queen rooms, and 37 studio suites. The Hampton Inn and Suites is one of several recent design build hotel projects Pro Con Inc. has been responsible for including a Residence Inn by Marriott in Auburn, Maine, The Suites at Newport Beach in R.I., and a Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in Manchester, N.H.
Rodgers Library trusses are Flying
North Branch Builds New Library Designed by Adams and Smith Hudson, NH - Trusses are flying at the site of the new George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson. The new 13,500sf facility is being built by construction manager North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord and was designed by Adams and Smith LLC of Swampscott, Mass. The new building consists of a struc-
tural steel frame with wood trusses. The exterior of the building will feature a stone veneer, which was incorporated into the design to carry the look of the fieldstone exterior on the old library to the new. Construction of the $3.7 million library will be completed in the early spring of 2009.
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Weston Solutions Builds New Office Pro Con Architect Concord, NH â€“ Pro Con Inc. has been contracted to provide design-build services for Weston Solutionsâ€™ new regional office. The new 21,000sf office building will be located on Constitution Avenue, just off I-93 in Concord. As part of the design process, Pro Con led space programming, scheduling, cost estimating, and concept plan development. Pro Con Inc has prepared preliminary design plans and specifications and is currently working with the owner to obtain planning board approvals. A primary project objective is to create a highly efficient, LEED certified green building. The green features being considered include: high efficiency boiler and mechanical systems, solar hot water or electricity, light shelves and sun shades, on-site storm water management system, low-flow water fixtures, durable and renewable products, natural ventilation, and more. The building will feature high-per-
formance, innovative products such as the GreenGrid green roof system. GreenGrid vegetated roofs have many benefits including reducing run-off, lowering the energy demand during summer months, and increasing natural habitat. The site layout and orientation positions the building to optimize day lighting while limiting site disturbance. The landscape plans feature indigenous plantings that will not need irrigation and require minimal maintenance, along with deciduous shade trees. Preferred parking will be provided for alternative fuel vehicles. The 16,000sf, two-story offices will house Westonâ€™s environmental and redevelopment professionals and serve as a visible display of the Companyâ€™s commitment to restoring environmentally-impaired property. A smaller 4,600sf suite will be leased. Construction completion and occupancy are planned for 2009.
Copley Wolff New Projects Boston, MA - Copley Wolff Design Group (CWDG) announces several new local and national project assignments: The firm has been engaged by CBT Architects to design and oversee the construction of a 6800sf roof deck on the 39th floor of One Post Office Square in the heart of Bostonâ€™s Financial District. This new space will incorporate green design elements and provide additional outdoor space for tenants. Blackstone Group (NYC) is the building owner. CWDG has also been engaged by Blackstone Group to enhance the curb appeal, accentuate building entries, and provide overall design and construction super-
vision on several of its key properties at the Wellesley Office Park. CWDG continues its work in Springfield, Mass. with the schematic design for the renovation and expansion of Putnam Vocational Tech High School with architects Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. The new courtyard for the Miles and DiNardo residence halls at Bridgewater State University was recently redeveloped by CWDG along with Cambridge-based Pfeufer/Richardson Architects to include new plantings and new bleacher-style seating. This installation was completed by Consigli Construction of Milford.
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Pro Con Frames Residence Inn Auburn, ME â€“ The framing is complete on a new 100 room, Residence Inn by Marriott hotel located at 670 Turner Street. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. is the architect and construction manager for the $7.8M design-build hotel, which is being developed by Auburncourt, LLC. The hotel is conveniently located six miles from I-95 and is diagonally across from the Auburn Mall. â€œThe framing on both the main hotel and the gatehouse is complete and the roof shingles have been installed,â€? said to the Pro Con Inc. project manager. â€œThe mechani-
cal, plumbing, sprinkler, and electrical rough-ins are under way and the guest room interior partitions are complete. Itâ€™s exciting to see the hotel take shape.â€? The four-story, 75,256sf hotel will offer studios, one- and two-bedroom suites with complete kitchens and separate sleeping and living room areas. The Gatehouse will feature a large hearth room including a fireplace, breakfast buffet area, guest market, meeting room and study area. Plans call for a connected pool house with an indoor pool, spa, fitness room, and guest laundry.
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Cambridge, MA - Consigli Construction Co., Inc. has broken ground on the new, 35,892sf Cambridge stake center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which will ultimately become the headquarters of the Cambridge stake, representing a regional population of 4,000 Mormons worshipping in 14 area congregations. In partnership with Burt, Hill Architects, Consigli will oversee construction of the steel-framed masonry building, which will feature a brick-clad exterior. The site will incorporate an underground parking garage as well as ample green space with trees and a series of planting beds surrounding the building. The two-story, multi-purpose struc-
ture will include classrooms, offices, and meeting rooms surrounding a double-height sanctuary space in the center of the building. To the rear of the sanctuary is a cultural hall, which will be used mostly for social activities or as an overflow room if required for larger holiday services. In addition, the room features basketball hoops and anchors for volleyball nets. Other components include several offices for the volunteer ministry; serving areas with kitchen equipment; a room containing the baptismal font, and used only for specific religious services; and finally, 12 Bible study classrooms. The project is slated for completion in February 2010.
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Boston, MA - Faced with a 19 percent increase in rents for office space in downtown Boston, many nonprofit agencies have been forced to move out of the city, but for Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), the umbrella agency for youth mentoring in Massachusetts, the problem wasnâ€™t its lease â€“ which was locked in at an affordable rate â€“ but how to provide adequate workspace for the rapid expansion of its staff within a very short period of time. Dyer Brown & Associates, an interior design-focused architectural firm that provided its services at a reduced cost, and students from Wentworth Institute of Technology, helped develop the plans that included gutting the central space where the old cubicles were located and installing eight new cubicle spaces, painting, installing new lights and ceiling tiles, dividing an existing
conference room into two â€œnewâ€? rooms, and expanding the kitchen and copy-room area. Gilbane organized a team of sub-contractors, all of whom provided goods and services at an average of a 40 percent discount, and included Sullivan & McLaughlin; Mass Acoustics; K + K Acoustical Ceilings; Valante Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; Reflex Lighting Group, Inc.; SOEP Painting Corp.; and Kimball Office Furniture.
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Building Information Modeling: Ownership & Liability By Benjamin J. Galuza BIM promises many benefits. It also raises many questions. As technology develops and users become skilled, what can firms do to ensure that today’s investment offers future success? Understanding ownership and liability issues and their relevance will put your firm ahead of the pack. BIM 101: More than 3D Building Information Modeling is the process by which a digital, three-dimensional, object-oriented software package is used to create an information-rich central database that will follow the project from design inception, operation, and deconstruction or
firms addressing this issue? Managing Principal, Chad Wisler says, “At Vanderweil, we’re developing our own BIM object libraries – we want them to be organized, accurate, and to meet our internal quality control standards. At the same time, we’re working with product manufacturers that we trust. We know the information coming from these manufacturers will maintain the integrity of our BIM efforts.” Clearly, this effort is a tremendous upfront investment. What protects firms who are making this investment while allowing for the necessary collaboration across disciplines? Protect Digital Data Transfers with
“At Vanderweil, we’re developing our own BIM object libraries. At the same time, we’re working with product manufacturers that we trust. We know the information coming from these manufacturers will maintain the integrity of our BIM efforts.” –Chad Wisler, Managing Principal reuse. BIM designers do not simply draw walls; they define and link a 7-5/8” CMU wall object that can be parameterized with such data as R-Value, fire-rating, paint color, cost, and procurement time. In this way, BIM may be used not only to design and document a project, but also to track materials, coordinate construction, analyze future performance, manage the building when occupied, and accurately disassemble for reuse at the end of a building’s life. The user may view this central database of information through many lenses including the 3D model, floor plans, elevations, section cuts, schedules, and drawing sheets. This means that when a modeler makes a change through any lens or view, they are changing the central embedded information and all lenses reflect that change. BIM Transition Many compare the coming transition to BIM to the transition from paper drafting to CAD over 20 years ago. At the time, the market mandate for CAD was strong because of the obvious productivity benefits: Engineers could do their own drafting, and drafters working in CAD could replace three to five drafters working by hand. The mandate was successful because of two enabling factors: new technology in the form of software, the personal computer, and plotters and printers, as well as a critical mass of skilled users across the industry able to lead others through a relatively easy learning curve. The transition to BIM, however, presents new layers of challenges and may not be as smooth. In order to meet a market mandate, we need technology and skills. But we also need to address the big “I” in BIM: Information. While the value of BIM increases with more embedded information from more stakeholders, the lack of information integrity deems it worthless. Consider this analogy: The vast number of contributors to Wikipedia is both its greatest strength and its weakness, strength because of the wealth of information and diverse perspective, weakness because of the lack of standardized quality control. How are leading
AIA C106TM and E201TM-2007 AIA defines digital data as information, communications, drawings, or designs created or stored in an electronic form. BIM object libraries and models in their entirety fall into this definition, and are therefore covered under two AIA Contract Documents: AIA C106-2007 Digital Data Licensing Agreement and E201-2007 Digital Data Protocol Exhibit. When existing contracts do not adequately address the issues associated with digital data transfer, AIA C106-2007 can be engaged between owner/architect, architect/consultant, or owner/contractor. C1062007 protects the modeling party from changes that occur once the building information model has been transferred to others. This includes all downstream parties, such as subcontractors and sub-consultants. If an AIA 1997 Contract Document or later is used, C106-2007 may not be needed. However, in this case E201-2007 should be considered as an attachment, because it contains a “protocol table” defining how the project data can be formatted, transmitted and used. Note that E201-2007 cannot be enacted by itself but it can be used as an attachment to any existing contract or agreement. Further, to collect a licensing fee for digital data C106-2007 or equivalent should be enacted with an article specifically addressing fees. As an added insurance parties should label all digital data as Business Proprietary or Confidential. Conclusions While BIM raises many questions there are steps that leading firms can take today to ensure future success. Understanding the contracts that AIA has developed is a good first step to ownership and liability issues moving forward. If these contracts are clearly understood these leading firms and their partners will be protected and rewarded for their hard work as the industry advances. Benjamin J. Galuza, LEED AP Vanderweil Engineers, LLP
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Pro Con Architect and CM for Hotel Foxborough, MA – Pro Con Inc, of Manchester, N.H. is the architect and construction manager for the new four star, 150-key, Marriott Renaissance Hotel and Spa at Patriot Place. The full service hotel and spa is part of a 1.3 millionsf lifestyle and entertainment center that is being built next to Gillette Stadium. S & S Hotels, LLC of Manchester, N.H. is developing the Renaissance Hotel & Spa and Colwen Management Inc. of Nashua, N.H. will manage the resort. “The six-story steel framing is erected and the hotel is beginning to take shape,” said Mark Schleicher, owner of S & S Hotels. “The Renaissance Hotel and Spa anchors the stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues at Patriot Place and is adjacent to Gillette Stadium, so it is a fantastic location for both football fans and visitors.”
The hotel’s public spaces will include a stylish 98-seat restaurant, a private dining room, a lounge with 60-foot bar and stone hearth oven, a flexible space conference room, an enclosed business center, a club lounge on the 5th floor, fitness center, indoor pool and a full service spa with 14 treatment rooms that will offer facials, massages, body wraps/scrubs, nail care, and hair care. “The design and layout of the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place reflects the brand’s new imaginative multi-purpose lobby zones, distinctive room designs and new signature services,” stated James Loft, AIA, principal and executive vice president of Pro Con Inc. “Our intent is to provide guests with a memorable travel experience through unique style, attention to detail and sophisticated technology.”
Portsmouth, N.H. Jewett Construction has completed the Terminal Building Improvements for the Safety and Security project at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease located on Airline Avenue. The project consists of renovations to 22,000sf of terminal space to improve the airport’s capacity to handle incoming and traffic, which includes an addition of new incoming baggage handling equipment. Also included are renovations to some of the interior space to move TSA and Customs and Border Protection offices to accommodate increased passenger traffic. This fast-track construction is to be done without interruption to incoming and outgoing passenger traffic. Design was provided by Hoyle,
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Frisbie Hospital Expansion Shepley Bulfinch Architect
Channel Completes Rehab Center Designed by Hastings & Hoffman Interiors Salem, NH - Channel Building Company has completed a multi-faceted renovation project for Salemhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Salem. The 110-bed, multi-story care facility has undergone a major transformation on all three floors that consists of resident rooms, nurses’ stations, visiting rooms, and common area space. The exterior work included the demolition of the existing front entry and the addition of a new covered canopy, cupola and vestibule entrance. Egress improvements to the rear of the facility included concrete pad, stairs and wheelchair lift access to the garden and patio area.
A phased construction plan was followed allowing the 30,000sf center to remain open during construction. “It was extremely important that we complete this renovation project with minimal disruption to the center’s very special residents,” said Jon Krygeris, project manager at Channel Building Company. Working in conjunction with interior space designer, Caryl Hoffman of Hastings & Hoffman Interiors of Lawrence, Channel created rooms meeting all the necessary ergonomic and medical environment requirements on time and within budget.
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Landmark Starts Addition Worcester, MA - Landmark Structures Corporation has been retained by Christopher Heights Assisted Living to construct a new media room and adjoining deck at its Worcester facility. The 700sf addition, presently in construction, will house the assisted living center’s media room. The construction project includes an adjoining deck with steps leading to the center’s outdoor garden. Adrianne Hoffman of Smook Architecture & Urban Design in Boston serves as architect for the project.
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Rochester, NH – A bold new main entry is the major addition to Frisbie Memorial Hospital. Accessible and inviting, Frisbie emphasizes the importance of providing a supportive, healing environment by welcoming patients and visitors with a new front entry and light-filled central waiting area. The construction manager was William A. Berry & Son, Inc. The 90-year-old regional hospital has gone well beyond putting on a pretty face. The 111,300sf renovation and expansion is the hospital’s first major renovation in more than 25 years, and reflects significant changes in community hospital service models from inpatient to outpatient treatment. The Gustafson Center for Women and Children’s Health is the most prominent example of this transformation, coupling clinical excellence with an atmos-
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Erland Projects on Walking Tour Burlington, MA Erland Construction will have two projects shown on the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) full day of walking tours during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. On November 22, attendees will have the opportunity to see the renovated and expanded Cadet Residence Hall at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) in Bourne and the U.S. EPA Laboratory in Chelmsford – both LEED Gold projects built by Erland. Erland completed the MMA dormitory expansion in August of 2007. The project consisted of adding two floors to two of the existing dormitories while they remained in use, thereby increasing capacity by 150 beds without
U.S. EPA Laboratory taking away sites for future develop- America Award; and the Associated ment needs. A one-story connector Builders and Contractors’ New England building that united the Chapter Excellence in Construction area on the first floor Eagle Award. was demolished and This design/build regional facilithen rebuilt into a six ty for the U.S. EPA accommodates 30 story structure to house different types of research and testing a new elevator. The labs—metallurgical, air emissions and complex renovation and toxins, microbiology, soil sedimentaexpansion project has tion, and marine biology labs—and recently been honored several cleanrooms. The facility has with several industry on-site water processing, and hazawards including the ardous storage rooms. CMAA New England This facility was the first in the Building of the Year country to use the passive solar energy Award; Construction photovoltaic system and the first laboraCommunications’ Gold tory to receive a LEED Gold rating in Medal Building of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
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The Green Roundtable Calendar Events for November The following is an abbreviated list of events for the month of November offered through the Green Roundtable. For full details on any listing, please visit: http://www.nexusboston. com/space/events.html/2008/9.
11/19/2008 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm • Emerging Green Builders Committee--Greenbuild After-party
11/8/2008 10:00 am - 2:00 pm • The Green Roundtable-NEXUS Second Saturdays: What Makes a Material Green?
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Suffolk Univ. Receives Leed Gold Boston, MA - CBT Architects received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for Suffolk University’s 10 West Residence Hall — a distinction shared by just a handful of student residence halls in Massachusetts. Suffolk’s newest residence hall combines smart real estate strategy, innovative design, and green building practices to meet the demand for student housing in the heart of Boston. Suffolk acquired the property in Downtown Crossing, one of Boston’s most vibrant urban neighborhoods, when a local developer’s plans to renovate the buildings into one-bedroom and studio condominiums failed. With the project 85 percent complete, CBT began the historic renovation and rehabilitation of the early 20th century buildings
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into a residence to house 270 students. Working within the individual condominium floor plans, CBT transformed these fixed configurations with minimal demolition into lofts, suites, singles, and studio housing. The building now houses a far larger number of people per unit and per floor but still offers Suffolk students a hip, urban, and sustainable living environment “By incorporating green building principles into the entire process from programming to design to construction, a high degree of sustainability was realized,” said Christopher Hill, AIA, principal of CBT Architects. “The LEED Gold certification for the 10 West Residence Hall demonstrates CBT’s continued commitment to building environmentally friendly and energy efficient buildings.”
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Developing A Green Mindset By Moshe Cohen, The Negotiating Table, and Barbra Batshalom, The Green Roundtable Reprinted from The Green Roundtable newsletter In the past few years, chances are you have encountered green design on one of your projects, and if you haven't, you will soon, most likely. For those of you who haven't, green design, also known as sustainable design, is the term used to describe the processes, technologies, and strategies that aim to make a project both environmentally friendly and cost effective. Unfortunately, like many ideas trying to break into the main stream, green design and sustainability encounter considerable resistance when proposed into the marketplace. While green designers try to consider the costs as well as the benefits of their ideas, the building industry and building owners have generally been cool to the notion of greening their projects. The general perception is that sustainability is all about technologies, and
that these technologies cost more, are unproven and unreliable, and interfere with the normal way of doing business. So, as someone interested in development but not necessarily in sustainability, what can you do to avail yourself of the benefits of green design ideas while maintaining your healthy skepticism of green design and the folks who promote it? The first thing you can do is to suspend your disbelief in sustainability long enough to learn about its advantages. In some instances, your benefit might be in long-term capital cost savings, or in an integrated design and construction process that saves time and money. In other instances, the advantages will be in the form of government grants to try green technologies, or in the form of tax breaks. To access full article, click on http://www.nexusboston.com/learn/new sletter_features/developing_a_green_mi ndset.html
Consigli Oversees School Projects Concord, N.H. - Consigli Construction Co., Inc.’s Maine operations have successfully completed a series of projects at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. wrapping up several years of ongoing summer work designed to restore and refurbish multiple buildings on the school’s campus. A key part of the 2008 program was the completion of the restoration of Coit Hall, a 19th century gothic architecture-styled residence hall. Starting in 2005, Consigli has systematically performed masonry restoration, window replacement, repointing, chemical cleaning, and brick rebuilding. This year’s work focused on completion of the masonry restoration, installation of energy-efficient windows, and new copper flashings and slate for the building’s roof. Consigli has also installed ice and water shields on the roof sheathing and replaced deteriorated wood elements. In prior years, Consigli has constructed a new entry canopy. Consigli’s craftsworkers self-performed all of the project’s masonry work.
This summer’s work also included rebuilding the campus steam plant chimney, which required maintaining a tight schedule during the campus steam shutdown to ensure it could be re-activated prior to the students’ return. After lightning damaged the chimney, Consigli rebuilt the top 30 ft. at heights of up to 120 ft. in the air. The work included a new CMU backup wall, chimney flue liner, anchor installation, cast stone pieces, lightning protection, copper flashings and a new brick veneer. The team also oversaw repairs at the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul, which included stained glass repair and brownstone patching. In years past, Consigli’s team has successfully carried out a twoyear phased renovation of St. Paul’s Ohrstrom Library and multiple floodprotection improvements, again with numerous components self-performed by Consigli craftsworkers. All work was preceded by extensive pre-construction planning that produced schedules designed to minimize impact on the students and procure long-lead items prior to construction.
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Suffolk Renovates Theatre as Res. Hall Designed by CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Boston, MA Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. has been awarded a $29 million contract to renovate the existing façade of the Modern Theatre building in downtown Boston and construct a new 12-story student residence hall for Suffolk University. Suffolk Construction had performed more than a year of preconstruction services for the project. Designed by CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc., the new residence hall will accommodate up to 200 students, while the first floor will house a 2,400sf “black-box” theatre and an 800sf art gallery. Suffolk will disassemble and restore the historic façade of the theatre and will then rebuild the Newly renovated façade of the Modern Theatre building façade around the structure of the new building. “This is a significant strategic win for has allowed us to capitalize on continuing our Suffolk Education group,” said John F. development opportunities. We are excited Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction. “As the to have the opportunity to continue our education construction market maintains its work on this incredible project and help strength despite the slowing economy, our make Suffolk University’s vision for this team’s reputation for quality in this sector building a reality.”
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ICON Educational Projects Boston, MA – Emerson College, Salem State College, and Harvard University have hired ICON architecture, inc. to work on key renovation, adaptive use, and planning projects. With Emerson College ICON transformed an existing sixstory lightwell in the college’s Walker Building into 3500sf of multi-level useable space—an addition that is a tremendous asset for the downtown campus. Measuring just 24 feet by 30 feet, the lightwell-cum-building serves the adjacent library, accommodating a series of fully wired group study and meeting rooms in its top three floors. The third level, located directly across from the library’s main circulation desk, houses and displays the original set of the TV series Will and Grace, donated by Emerson alum Max Mutchnick, the show’s co-creator. ICON’s careful design for this challenging space maximized useable square footage and avoided structural penetration of an existing nightclub on the building’s first level. The firm worked with Salem State College on an adaptive use project in a former GTE/Sylvania manufacturing plant for an “interim” library. Salem State administrators approached ICON about designing a library space in the eastern end of its Central Campus Academic Building, after which the firm teamed with Ann Beha Architects under the direction of the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) to undertake this fast track project. The design for the 25,000sf space embraces the structure’s former industrial use by keeping its trusses exposed and allowing natural light to flood the space from the steel framed clerestory sky light. Finally, ICON is working with Harvard University’s Allston Development Group (ADG) on a series of planning, urban design, and design review projects related to the “neighborhood edge,” focusing on those areas where the university’s development in Allston interfaces with the community. ICON is providing design recommendations for a parcel behind the Honan-Allston Library on North Harvard Street that will include a community park and is investigating design and program options for Harvard-owned properties off Western Avenue.
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Jewett to Renovate SigSauer Academy Epping, NH - Jewett Construction Company, Inc. has recently begun exterior renovations at SigSauer Academy in Epping. Work will consist of an exterior facelift, including the painting of concrete block walls, installation of vinyl siding, and wrapping trims with aluminum. This project marks the ninth contract between
Jewett and SigSauer, proving their longstanding working relationship. Jewett will work closely with SigSauer in order to minimize disruption to the clients’ operations, and will team up with subcontractors Coco Contracting of Manchester and Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass. to complete work on schedule.
Acella Completes School Dorm East Sandwich, MA - Acella Construction Corporation recently completed the construction of a new 16,000sf dormitory at Riverview School in East Sandwich. Riverview School is an independent, co-educational, residential school of international reputation that houses 180 students with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities from all over the world. It was established in 1957 and is located on
historic Route 6A, just an hour from Boston or Providence, R.I. The scenic 16-acre campus features outstanding classroom facilities and condominium-like dormitories. The recently completed dormitory, the Janse-Butler House, accommodates 36 middle and high school students and six staff members in two shifts in full service, handicap accessible housing. Acella worked on this project in close collaboration with CMG Architects.
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G. Greene Completes BU Media Lab Boston, MA - G. Greene Construction recently completed a design/build project with Wilson Architects. The job entailed designing and constructing a new Media Center in the Sargent College Building at Boston University. The scope of work included a complete fit-out of a 3,000sf study hall that was converted into an IT server/work room and a computer and study lounge. This new center offers students workspace to produce projects and literature related to their studies. New finishes within the center include bamboo wood paneling, cork flooring, low VOC paints and high recycled content ceiling tiles and countertops. All materials used on the project complied with the LEED for Commercial
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Gordon Science Center Completed Payette and Bowdoin Team Up Wenham, MA - Payette, an architectural design firm, and Bowdoin Construction announced the completion of Phase 1 of the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College in Wenham. Named for Ken Olsen, the founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and a member of Rendering of the Ken Olsen Science Center at the College's Board of Trustees, the Gordon College new science center fosters interdiscilabs, classrooms, faculty offices, a 400-seat plinary interaction and critical thinking. The 83,154sf science building is a new auditorium, a case study/lecture hall and a facility that houses the departments of biolo- main lobby with museum quality displays. Bowdoin Construction was selected gy, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, psychology, and movement by Gordon College to manage the construcscience. It contains numerous wet and dry tion of the science center in March of 2006.
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The Perfect Classroom is Formally Launched
ayland, MA - Architecture students and their educators the most Involution LLC (Ai3) and effective new learning tools; proper use of Triumph Modular announced natural daylight; ventilation systems the formal launch of the CASE 21 class- designed for optimum air quality; and the room solution – a high-performance learn- most finely tuned acoustics and sightlines. In addition, CASE 21 integrates the ing environment employing state-of-theart green design, organizational layout, most advanced principles of green, sustainable design to maximize energy effiand technology integration. CASE 21 (Creative Academic ciency, minimize environmental impact, and provide a classroom setting that is Sustainable Environments for the 21st Century) was conceived by Ai3 as an answer to the thousands of poorly Providing a glimpse into the designed classrooms that are conclassroom of the future. structed each year in the United States. "Before they crack a single book, many students across America are being put at a disadvantage because the classrooms they are trying to learn in work against them," said Scott Dunlap, co-founder and partner at Ai3. "Many typical classrooms – as currently designed – ignore the positive effects that daylighting, ventilation, air quality, acoustics, sightlines, technology integration, sound reinforcement and other key factors have on learning. We have been incorporating genuinely healthy. Ai3 partner and cothese positive effects into our design phi- founder Jim Jordan, who is credited with losophy for several years and the results having designed the widely acclaimed are undeniable. Students learn better, Massachusetts School Building Authority School (Whitman-Hanson smarter and faster in these environments." Model CASE 21 employs Ai3's advanced Regional High School), has led the design understanding of the ideal learning envi- charge regarding green design, sustainronment to address these factors and max- ability, and LEED certification for the imize the benefits of smart classroom CASE 21 project. "The CASE 21 classroom itself – in design: Integrated technologies to provide
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CASE 21 is being launched at a time when school districts across the country are coping with the challenge of addressing their facility needs. The traditional answer, however, has been substandard temporary educational space (for meeting short-term enrollment bulges), or complex major construction projects (for long-term needs) that often require a five- to sevenyear timetable and the inevitable problem
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Consigli Tops Off College Dorm
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Milford, MA – Consigli Construction Co., Inc. recently put in place the final steel beam in an ongoing expansion to and renovation of Bridgewater State College’s Pope and Scott residential halls. When complete, the expansion will afford an additional 300 students the opportunity to reside on campus, while ongoing renovations, such as upgrades to the existing buildings’ HVAC systems, installation of elevators, and provision of sprinkler systems, as well as the replacement of bathrooms, windows and doors, will offer enhanced comfort and quality of life for all occupants.
Sears Building is Now a Community College Designed by Perkins Eastman Stamford, CT - The Stamford office of Perkins Eastman has redesigned the old Sears Roebuck building in Bridgeport into a contemporary icon that not only serves as a visual gateway to the Housatonic Community College campus, but also contributes to the revitalization of the city overall. The new 174,500sf facility transforms this once single-building college into a thriving campus for students of all ages. Construction manager was Fusco
Corporation. At a recent ribbon cutting ceremony Pamela J. Loeffelman, FAIA, managing principal of Perkins Eastman’s Stamford office, said, “We are especially pleased with the creative reuse of what was once literally a vacant box into the centerpiece of a cohesive campus with architectural interest and humane scale.” The new facility, called Beacon Hall, accommodates core classrooms for
the humanities, foreign language and business while expanding student services and community outreach. Also included is a cafeteria, and special events banquet rooms that can accommodate up to 500. In addition, the creation of a black box theater in Lafayette Hall creates a fully instructional environment for the study of theater production, and expansive student lounges that are interspersed throughout the building.
Topping off ceremony for Bridgewater State College’s Pope and Scott residence halls.
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J.M. Coull Renovates Health Center Maugel Architects
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Lowell, MA - J.M. Coull, a fullservice construction company, announced that it has completed the first phase of renovations at the Lowell Community Health Center facility located on Warren Street in Lowell. Renovations to the 5,000sf space on the second floor included the removal and replacement of nearly all of the interior finishes and MEP systems. The improvements involved the construction of 10 new exam rooms, a waiting room, doctors’ offices, restrooms, and a staff lounge. This new space houses Lowell Community Health Center’s Family Medicine and Women’s Services practices.
J.M. Coull performed construction activities, including reinforcement of the ceiling, walls, and floor surrounding these rooms, without upsetting ongoing computer operations. J.M. Coull was responsible for all of the design-build services on this project, including design of the interior space and the systems that support the space, cost estimating, scheduling, and construction and pre-construction services, as well as managing licensure approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The architect is Maugel Architects of Harvard.
Artist Model Unit Unveiled Boston, MA - Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined City Councilor Rob Consalvo, The Hamilton Company, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the Hyde Park arts community to unveil the first model unit at Boston’s newest and much anticipated artist live/work community at One Westinghouse Plaza. Upon completion in spring of 2009, One Westinghouse Plaza will feature 62 live-in artist studios in a conveniently located and affordable section of the city. The Hamilton Company, on behalf of Motherbrook, LLC, is converting 80,000sf of space into individual and
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Agostini Builds New Brockton Twin Elementary Schools HMFH Architects, BKA Architects and Ronald J. Poliseno
rockton, MA - Agostini Construction Company received the Notice to Proceed for a $52.2 million contract with the City of Brockton in February 2007 for the construction of two new elementary schools with identical floor plans and nearly identical building features. The New Brockton Twin Elementary Schools are located on Quincy Street and Colonel Bell Drive in Brockton, Mass, approximately 3.4 miles apart from each other. Agostini broke ground on the 22-month project in March 2007 and has worked aggressively along with HMFH Architects, BKA Architects and Ronald J. Poliseno, the owner’s project manager, to complete the project ahead of schedule. These efforts proved successful as students entered the new Mary E. Baker School on Quincy Street for classes on October 21, 2008, nearly three months ahead of schedule. Each elementary school is designed to accommodate 850 students in grades K through 6. The Baker School on Quincy Street and the Manthala George, Jr. School on Colonel Bell Drive are each approximately 116,000sf in area, consisting of three-story classroom wings to the north and east, adjoining cafetorium and gymnasium spaces, and a two-story section to the west that includes the kitchen and mechanical areas. Administrative spaces are included in the first floor of the north classroom wing, and the library/media center is located on the third floor of the north classroom wing. The schools have been constructed with the latest materials and technology to promote energy efficiency and to provide cutting edge facilities for elementary school students in Brockton for many years to come. Additionally, the
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High-Profile Feature: Brockton Twin Elementary Schools Continued from page 32 Mary E. Baker School on Quincy Street was the recipient of a Green School Grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and the Baker School includes a 27.8 kW Rooftop Photovoltaic System. The Baker School also includes a 30,000 gallon underground cistern to collect roof and site runoff for reuse in irrigation of the site. Exterior and interior features as well as state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical and technology systems combine to provide not only a first class educational institution but also a multi-purpose facility intended to serve an extensive after-school program as well as numerous opportunities for community use. Exterior features include parking for more than 120 vehicles to promote community use of athletic fields and facilities.
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Kagan Receives Award The AIA CT recently announced the winner for the 2008 People’s Choice Award. Kagan Architecture was given the Award for Best in the Educational Facility Category. Gerald M. Kagan, FAIA, principal, and Rosemary Benivegna, project architect are pleased with this Award for their design of the Benjamin Jepson Pre-K to 8 Magnet School. This 91,000sf project finished on time and within budget. The inspirational design on 14 acres of land includes two upper stories of classrooms, and a media center/ library, gymnasium, administrative offices a cafetorium, along with a separate wing designed for Pre-K and K-1 classrooms.
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SGH a ‘Best Firm to Work For’ Waltham, MA - Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) has been named a “2008 Best Firm to Work For” by Structural Engineer and CE News magazines for the fourth consecutive year. “We are pleased that our workplace development efforts continue to be recognized nationally,” said Glenn Bell,
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Boston, MA - The Liberty Hotel construction project, managed by Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., recently received the prestigious Buildings magazine 2008 Building Innovations “Modernization” Grand Prize for its transformation from historic prison to luxury hotel and the successful preservation of the original structure’s landmark status and unique design elements. The Suffolk Construction project team was recognized for the significant obstacles it faced on the project, including the selective demolition, removal, and salvage operations that were required to preserve the building’s national landmark status. Laborers sorted through 100,000 bricks from demolition to pick out the ones
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Providence, RI - The R. I. Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (RIAGC) of America recently honored seven construction companies for 10 outstanding projects judged worthy of recognition in its seventh “Build Rhode Island” awards program. Five general contractors and two specialty contractors received a total of six honor awards and four merit awards: E.W. Burman, Inc. of Warwick received a merit award for new construction of a mausoleum and chapel in the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence as well as an honor award for renovation/restoration work on the Hotel Providence. Honor awards were presented to: Honor Award - Redwood Library and Athenaeum • Century Drywall, Inc. of - Walsh Brothers. Lincoln for interior new construction of a Twin River gaming facility of Providence for the construction of the new Baxt Building addition to Miriam Lincoln; • Custom Drywall, Inc. of East Hospital. • Gilbane Building Company of Providence for interior renovation work on the Grant Fulton Music Hall, Brown Providence received an honor award for construction of the new GTECH Center University, Providence; and • Dimeo Construction Company of office building, and a merit award for renovation of the Gateway Center office building, both in Providence • New England Construction of Rumford, received a merit awards for construction of the new Smart Car dealership in Fairfield, Conn, and for the design and construction of the Polyrack North America headquarters and manufacturing facility, Cumberland, R.I.; and • Walsh Brothers, Inc. of Providence, received an honor award for the historic restoration and expansion of Merit award - Polyrack North America headquarters the Redwood Library and and manufacturing facility-New England Construction Athenaeum in Newport.
Kingsbury Receives NECA Award Bethesda, MD – Glenn W. Kingsbury, executive manager of the NECA Boston Chapter, has been awarded the National Electrical Contractors Association Executive Distinguished Service Award. Kingsbury received the award on October 7 at NECA 2008 Chicago, the Association’s Annual Conference and Trade Show. Distinguished Service Award recognizes the NECA staff executive or chapter manager who has made the greatest contribution to NECA’s advancement. According to NECA, and as referenced in the September 2008 Electrical Contractor Magazine, “Throughout his long and highly productive career with the association, Kingsbury has worked not only to benefit his chapter, but to move the
entire organization forward. His accomplishments have earned him the respect of contractors and union officials alike.” Kingsbury got his start at the NECA Chapter Manager Training Program in 1979, after having received his MBA from Ohio State University. After a brief stint as acting manager of the Penn-Ohio Chapter, he moved to the Boston Chapter in 1980 and has been the Boston Chapter Executive Manager since 1997. In receiving the award, Kingsbury said, “I am honored to have been recognized by NECA, and look forward to building upon the Boston Chapter’s role as a leading organization in all aspects of electrical construction – training, safety, quality, and progressive industry and community relations.”
High-Profile Feature: Two C Pack Systems Headquarters
Aho Construction Completes HQ for Two C Pack Systems Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects for 300,000sf Manufacturing Facility
ashua, NH – For about five years this 300,000sf building shell stood vacant due to a severe change in market conditions for the original company that developed the property. The building didn't even have a floor, and there were no mechanical systems or electrical service in place. A tall chain link fence with barbed wire surrounded the property and the site was overgrown with tall grass, weeds and trees. This past year Two C Pack Systems purchased the property at 100 Northwest Boulevard, and Aho Construction was selected to complete the building, site and interior fit-up. Construction began early this year, and the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held in October, which was attended by many prominent guests and officials including Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. The new headquarters provides Two C Pack Systems with a manufacturing facility designed with the latest equipment for their operations and integrates sustainable materials and energy conserving tech-
nologies, specifically a geothermal system that utilizes wells for a portion of the heating and cooling systems. Two C Pack Systems manufactures high-end folding and set-up type carton packaging, and is a subsidiary of Cartotecnica Chierese, the European leader in the printing and conversion of high quality folding cartons. William J. Luers, president of The Tamposi-Nash Real Estate Group of Nashua, served as the owner's representative for the project. Architectural services were provided by Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects of New Ipswich; civil engineering by Hayner/Swanson of Nashua; structural engineering by Arthur W. Rose, PE of Manchester; mechanical systems engineering by Design Day Mechanicals of New Ipswich and electrical engineering by Downing Engineering of Harrisville. The major subcontractors for the project included Selmer Bros. Foundations, S&S Concrete, Tri-State Iron Works, SL Chasse, Multi-State Roofing,
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High-Profile Feature: AstraZeneca Hope Lodge for the American Cancer Society.
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oston, MA - Bond Brothers recently completed construction of the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge for the American Cancer Society. Located at 125 South Huntington Avenue, in the Longwood Medical area of Boston, the facility will provide free lodging and support services for cancer patients and family members who must travel more than 50 miles to Boston for treatment. In addition, the building will house an American Cancer Society Community Resource Center, available for the Society’s community programs and patient services, and to local community groups for gatherings. “This new facility is the realization of a dream,” said Don Gudaitis, CEO of the New England Division of the American Cancer Society. “The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston will give hundreds more cancer patients access to high quality cancer care every year.” Bond Brothers has been involved with the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge project since mid-2005, serving throughout preconstruction to assist the American Cancer Society, New England Chapter, in determining the best building plan for the former Vincent Memorial Hospital. Site and structural aspects of the project determined the program of replacing a 1950s era building with a new addition and completely renovating the 1907 original building. AstraZeneca Hope Lodge features 40
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or small or large groups—and a large multipurpose area in the center that usually contains dining tables but can support sizable events. Each floor also contains a laundry, a living room, and several beautifully furnished seating areas of various sizes. Hope Lodge has the feel of a high-
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preserving the historic facade and dismantling and reassembling the antique Grueby fireplace, now the focal artwork in one of the communal living rooms, rather than a working fireplace. The very restrictive site on South Huntington Avenue presented challenges as did the earth retention, which required four different systems. The complicated task of dismantling the building interior and retaining the original walls and face
Common Area showing the antique Grueby tile fireplace required an interior braced frame. The care given to designing for the comfort and solace of the patients also applied to creating a healthy building by employing green design components and pursuing LEED™ certification. Energy usage is a major component of this process, and Hope Lodge components include maximum natural light, high-efficiency electrical fixtures all controlled by movement sensors, and a solar hot water system for domestic hot
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High-Profile Feature Cover Story: Bowdoin Celebrates 35th Anniversary
Bowdoin Celebrates 35th Anniversary
eedham Heights, MA – Bowdoin Construction is celebrating its 35th anniversary of providing pre-construction planning and construction management services throughout the New England region. Founded in 1973, Bowdoin began as a tenant fitout contractor focusing on first-class corporate interiors projects. The company has experienced steady growth over the years and has developed into a full-service construction management firm serving five primary market sectors including corporate commercial, academic/cultural, medical/healthcare, hospitality/multifamily, and retail/ restaurant developments. Bowdoin’s efforts to maintain a diverse portfolio of work has helped to make it a more recession proof firm, and has also aided in its ability to obtain and retain some of the industry’s top talent. “While we are certainly very proud of our work over the years, we are even more proud of the fact that we have maintained such a great core staff of estimators, project managers, and superintendents who have an average tenure at Bowdoin of 17 years. This is a truly remarkable feat that is unmatched in the industry,” said George Chabot, president. “Our people enjoy working together and they have developed a keen understanding of their respective roles
Sunrise Assisted Living – New 62,000 sf assisted living center with Alzheimer’s unit in Lynnfield, Mass. Architect – BeeryRio Architects Photography – Phil Frink as well as a mutual respect for each other. From a managerial standpoint, it is very reassuring to know that the teams we place on our projects have established successful track records working together for nearly two decades,” added
Brian Collins, vice president/general manager. This level of dedication and experience has clearly strengthened Bowdoin’s client relationships and has been a major factor in its ability to foster repeat and referral business throughout all five of its market sectors. Over the past 10 years, Bowdoin has experienced its most significant growth in the academic and healthcare sectors, focusing on private colleges, prep schools and medical centers. This past month alone, Bowdoin has celebrated dedication ceremonies for
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Community Health Center of Cape Cod – New non-profit health clinic in Mashpee, MA. Architect - Melton Ferre Architects. Photography – Gregg Shupe www.high-profile.com
High-Profile Feature Cover Story: Bowdoin Celebrates 35th Anniversary
Atrium School – 28,000sf private school utilizing extensive sustainable design features in Watertown, Mass. Architect – Maryann Thompson Architects
Continued from previous page three Massachusetts landmark buildings for various private institutions including the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, - the Agnes Varis Campus Center at Tufts University in Grafton, and the Invensys Foxboro Branch/Kraft Family Center YMCA in Foxboro. Earlier this year, Bowdoin also celebrated grand openings for The Community Health Center of Cape Cod in Mashpee, Dedham Ophthalmic Consultants and Surgeons in Dedham, and The ENT Center of Rhode Island in Warwick, R.I. Bowdoin is proud of its commitment to building green. “We have been members of the United States Green Building Council since 2002, and we coordinate with our clients and architect/engineer partners to help incorporate a green building initiative into each project’s overall scope,” said Irwin Yanowitz, executive vice president. The firm actively assesses sustainable building systems and materials during the pre-con-
Southern New England Surgery Center - S. Attleboro, Mass. 25,000sf outpatient surgery center with 8 operating rooms and 2 procedure rooms. Architect: Hardaway Associates. Photography: Gregg Shupe struction process, and maintains a consistent waste management and recycling program for all of its projects. “We’ve also been involved with award-winning projects such as The Atrium School in Watertown, Mass. which has recently be recognized for its sustainable design features including extensive use of natural daylighting, waterless urinals, and low-flow bathroom fixtures, recycled materials, and storm water runoff reclamation,” said Yanowitz. In addition to its commitment to top quality service for its clients, Bowdoin also takes an active role in giving back to the local community, as is evidenced by its in-house Charity Committee. The committee meets monthly and votes on donations to be made by the company to various non-profit organizations. In 2008, Bowdoin’s Charity Committee has made contributions to numerous causes including Dana Farber Cancer Institute, American Diabetes Association, Plymouth Salvation Army Food Pantry, and Architecture for Humanity.
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High-Profiles Corporate Profile: E.J. Wells Insurance Agency
E.J.Wells Profile: Over 100 Years in Business
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High-Profile Interview: Chris Savereid of Acentech, Inc.
An Interview With Chris Savereid of Acentech, Inc.
igh Profile (HP): First, congratulations on Acentech's 60th year. I understand that for its work in acoustics, Acentech was honored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) "for having almost single-handedly invented an entire profession by creating an awareness of acoustical considerations in design and by integrating solutions based on scientific principles with architectural and artistic concepts." Can you elaborate on that? Chris Savereid (CS): The AIA recognized the pioneering work of our founding firm, Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), which essentially invented the profession of acoustics consulting when it was founded in 1948. Many of the firms that compete with Acentech today were started by consultants who received their initial training and experience in one of BBN’s offices. When the acoustics division of BBN became Acentech in 1989, we committed ourselves to building on this rich heritage. A remarkable eight of Acentech’s current consultants have worked together at both BBN and Acentech for around 30 years. I think that the AIA award also recognizes an outstanding continuity of service. HP: What have been the most significant changes in architectural acoustics in recent history? CS: Two notable changes evolved with technology over the last 15 years: the use of computer modeling (which has largely replaced building physical models) and the resulting auralizations (acoustical simulations of an environment). Using computer modeling and signal processing techniques, acoustical consultants can transform architectural drawings into a realistic, surroundsound aural rendering of a space – an auralization – that allows architects and project owners to hear their space before it is even built. Although naturally suited for evaluating music performance spaces, auralization can be used for rooms of any kind – from atriums, libraries, and dining halls to academic lecture rooms and corporate conference rooms. HP: What should project owners consider for audiovisual and sound system design during pre-construction? CS: In many ways, audiovisual and sound systems are only as good as their programming phase – when an experienced AV/sound system designer consults with users and gains a full understanding of what the systems must do, who will be operating them, and what the budget will allow. The system description and budget that come out of this programming effort will give the users an accurate idea of how the system will serve their needs. Without a thorough and sensitive programming phase, there is a very real danger that an AV contractor will simply give the user what the contractor considers appropriate, which could be just another standard, off-the-shelf system – and run the risk of not meeting the user’s particular needs or specific goals. HP: Why is the issue of noise and
l-r standing: Brian Masiello, audiovisual systems consultant; Bob Berens, acoustics consultant; Chris Savereid, president; and Carl Rosenberg, principal, all of Acentech. Seated is Leo Beranek, author of Riding the Waves: A Life in Sound, Science and Industry. Photo credit: Joan McQuaid/Acentech vibration control talked about so much? Has the problem increased? CS: More attention is being paid to issues of noise and vibration control than ever before, and this applies to manufacturers, engineers, and architects. At the same time, the general public’s awareness of these issues, and in many cases its sensitivity, has increased as well. As an example, consider how often restaurant reviews include a comment about the noise level of a dining room. Regarding sound systems, the general public has come to expect very realistic and exciting sound amplification with a fidelity that matches the studio quality of CDs. This focus on sound results in plenty of work for acoustical and audiovisual consultants. I think that we have better tools and knowledge than ever before for analyzing and resolving noise and vibration issues. HP: How do you approach environmental and industrial acoustics? Are there rules that apply to these disciplines? CS: Acentech performs acoustics and noise analyses for commercial and industrial facilities, airports, highways and railroads – all of which can generate sound and vibration that may impact surrounding communities. Our firm evaluates the range of environmental impact in ways that allow the public and regulatory agencies to make informed, responsible decisions. Most communities have very specific regulations that govern environmental and industrial noise levels. Within certain types of workplaces, OSHA noise limits apply to protect the hearing and health of workers. HP: What trends in building dynamics have you noticed? CS: As construction methods have gotten lighter-weight (mostly to save money), there is increasing concern with structure-borne vibration that can adversely affect sensitive equipment. This is particularly true in healthcare facilities as well as the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology, where labs are full of high-tech, very sensitive instruments. We have consultants who assist in the design of laboratory and health-
care facilities that accommodate noise and vibration sensitive equipment, such as MRI machines. HP: What projects are you currently working on? CS: Acentech works with a broad range of clients and projects, from shaping the sound of a symphony hall to creating corporate video conference rooms to managing the noise and vibration of factories and products. Currently, we are working on projects for the new headquarters of the United States Institute of Peace, which will be located on
the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. One of our most notable projects currently underway is a new symphony hall for Puerto Rico, Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals, in San Juan, due to open in spring 2009. HP: Describe one of the firm’s most interesting projects. CS: One of our favorite projects is right here in Boston: the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s major addition and renovation, which includes enclosure of the former open-air East Courtyard. The architect had created a compelling aesthetic design for the new atrium, with glass and stone wall surfaces and a glass ceiling: all hard surfaces that would reflect sound. We used auralization to hear how this atrium would sound during a large banquet event, with amplified speech and a live music ensemble. This exercise resulted in a decision to incorporate a large amount of acoustical absorption into the space to control activity noise and improve intelligibility. As the design progressed, this acoustical requirement was coordinated with the need for solar heat screening of the glass ceiling. Acentech assisted the architect in selecting a translucent, sound-absorbing ceiling material that accomplished both goals. In this project, auralization helped the design team address functional issues, including acoustics, while honoring the architect’s original vision for the space.
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Loomis Chaffee School Tecton and Dubose Architects, BVH Engineers, O & G Contractor Windsor, CT - The renovation at the Loomis Chaffee School, designed by architects Tecton, Inc. and Dubose Architects, expands the Clark Science Center to become the home for both the math and science departments. The new Clark Center for Science and Mathematics is situated in the center of the campus of the privately-run day school in Windsor. Plans for renovations were initially small in scope, but blossomed into a $13 million full building renovation with redesigned classrooms, new labs, new offices for teachers, and a redesigned lecture hall. Outdated building systems were completely replaced with new systems, and a new lobby entrance and side entrance constructed on the north and east faces of the building. A new stairway and elevator were also fit into the building layout, eliminating the former ramps. In addition to 11 regular classrooms, the new center contains four bio/chem classrooms, four physics lab classrooms, three project rooms, one deep storage room, one classroom/computer lab, a robotics lab/classroom, a planetarium, nine offices, a faculty/seminar room, a botanical walkway across the roof, an earth rotation pendulum, an elevator, and renovated restrooms.
Modern mechanical and electrical systems in the renovated classrooms, designed by the engineering team at BVH Integrated Services, Inc., focus on energyefficiency, including motion sensors, daylighting controls, and solar tubes. The botanical walkway was created as another corridor from one stairway to another, and is enclosed in glass with minimal lighting, temperature and humidity control, and floor drain to achieve the effect of a greenhouse. A rooftop observatory complements the planetarium as a teaching tool to help students study the night sky Construction on this design-build project is being done by Construction Manager O & G Industries in two phases. The first phase of construction was completed for the Fall 2008 semester.
Exterior view of the Loomis Chaffe School
American Cancer Society Astra Zeneca Hope Lodge
State Electric Completes Hope Lodge Boston, MA â€“ State Electric Corp. of Woburn, Mass., has recently completed electrical construction of the 56,000sf American Cancer Society Astra Zeneca Hope Lodge on South Huntington Avenue in Boston. The lodging facility for cancer patients is comprised of a fully renovated 100 year-old, 13,200sf, four-story building and an adjoining new 42,800sf building. The Hope Lodge Center in Boston will provide 40 private patient suites, a library, courtyards, common areas for meal preparation and dining, transportation to treatment, and the on-site resources of an American Cancer Society Quality of Life Center. The new Hope Lodge will increase lodging capacity in Boston by nearly 70 percent, serving 1,500 guests each year with free lodging and around-the-clock assistance in navigating their cancer jour-
neys.â€? State Electricâ€™s multi-dimensional project scope entailed providing comprehensive electrical installations for both facilities, including primary and emergency power, lighting systems, fire alarm, security systems and tel/data systems. The existing 100-year old building required complete gutting and renovation. Unforeseen structural issues in the 1907 building had to be addressed, prior to the installation of mechanical systems. The facility is Leed Certified. Among the various energy saving systems is the lighting package, with occupancy sensors controlling 98% of the fixtures. The project team included Architect CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Boston; GC Bond Brothers, Everett; and EE Cosentini, Cambridge.
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