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Focus: Institutions and Schools Featuring: Society of Colleges and University Planning

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BWK at Phillips Academy as GC for Historical Renovation E.Burman Completes Work at RI Philharmonic School Getting Green Together: An Interview With SMMA’s Bob Hicks and Mark Zarrillo Buy, Renovate, or Build – How Do You Decide? by Robert Duval Basics in Residence Halls by Nancy Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP Beverly High School Renovations a Joint Venture of CTA and KBE Campus Climate Action and Facilities Growth by Kurt Teichert, LEED AP New England Conservatory Selects Tishman CM - Wessling Architects Lee Kennedy Awarded Riverway House Project at Wheelock College Shawmut Completes Renovation at Brown U, Architect Lerner/Ladds + Bartels Delta Awarded Montessori School Project - Seitz Architects Windover Lands Two School Projects -Tappé Architects Bergmeyer Designs Suffolk U Café CTA Construction School Projects Plus Healthcare Facilities, Calendar, People and more...

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Cover Story: NER Under the Tent at Fenway....... 43 Sections: Features Upfront:................................... 6 Facilities................................... 9 Awards................................... 12 Multi-Residential....................... 14 Green..................................... 38 Healthcare.............................. 44 People.................................... 48 Calendar................................. 50

Focus: Institutions & Schools....... 16 SCUP..................................... 22 Bufftree/BCC Partnership.......... 21 MCPHS.................................. 28 Phillips Academy....................... 32 Suffolk Renovates Brown Halls..... 33 Shawmut Completes Brown Reno.. 35 R.I. Philharmonic School............ 37


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Boston, MA - The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum confirmed that Perini Craven the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has ruled that the museum’s proposed Restoration and Expansion Project may proceed. A The Restoration and Expansion Project includes a new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and The Renzo Piano Building Chait Adelman Workshop. Strategic planning for the project began nearly The program was presented in coopa decade ago. For the past eration with the Associated Subcontractors year, the Gardner Museum of Massachusetts. has worked with the At-

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Bedford, NH - NH CIBOR members recently announced their newly elected president for 2009 at their annual meeting and dinner held at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. Arthur Slattery was selected by his peers because of his many years of service in the commercial real estate community and his knowledge of the industry. The New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of realtors (CIBOR) is a professional organization with more than 500 members that is dedicated to the advancement of commercial real estate and commercial real estate practitioners.

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Yestermorrow Names Exec Director

Warren, VT – The board embraces the principles of susof directors at Yestermortainability, craftsmanship, exrow Design/Build School anperiential learning, and placenounced that Kate Stephenson based education that emphasize is the School’s new executive the development of individual director. design skills, self-confidence, Stephenson first came to personal creativity, and social the Yestermorrow in 2002 as a responsibility. design/build intern and has held “My vision for Yestera variety of positions within the morrow includes a diverse curStephenson riculum with a variety of oppororganization. She has served as tunities for both professionals an associate director and then director of operations. She has been serv- and novices,” said Stephenson. “I’m exing as the school’s interim executive direc- cited to help bring the school to new levels of influence and impact.” tor since October of 2008. Yestermorrow Design/Build School

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Eric Greene of American Welding Company and treasurer of Structural Steel Fabricator of New England (SFNE), will present the Theory of Constraints at the SFNE Spring Dinner Meeting Thursday, April 23 at the Executive Court, Manchester, N.H. Although his focus will be from a steel fabricators, perspective and explain its application to the steel fabrication community, the talk will apply to all industries. During this meeting Greene will explain how to apply the Theory of Constraints to learn the value of increased throughput, reduced work-inprocess, improved productivity and increased profitability. “Being profitable must be the goal of any company,” says Greene.“It’s simple but accurate and Greene it’s a logical starting point!” To get a registration form go to: www.ssfne.org/calendar of events.

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Surviving the Economic Downturn Positioning Your Company for a Stronger and More Profitable Recovery with a Better Understanding of the Theory of Constraints SFNE - Steel Fabricators of New England Spring Dinner Meeting Thursday, April 23, 2009 Executive Court, Manchester, NH During this meeting you can learn how to apply the “Theory of Constraints” from a steel fabricators perspective. It has never been more critical for steel fabricators to learn the value of increased throughput, reduced work-in-process, improved productivity and increased profitability. SFNE Fabricator-Member Eric Greene of American Welding Company and SFNE Treasurer will present the Theory of Constraints and explain its application to the steel fabrication and all industries.

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Exterior Panels Installed Pro Con Architect and CM

Foxborough, MA - The installation of the exterior metal panels is under way on the new Marriott Renaissance Hotel and Spa at Patriot Place. S & S Hotels, LLC of Manchester, N.H. is developing the four-star, 150-room hotel and spa, and Colwen Management Inc. of Nashua will manage the resort. Pro Con Inc, of Manchester, N.H. is the architect and construction manager for the project, which is being financed by RBS Citizens Bank. “The five-story hotel is bustling with carpenters, dry wall installers, and painters who are applying the interior and exterior finishes on all levels,” stated Pro Con’s project manager. “The curtain wall windows have been installed in the hotel’s public areas, allowing for amazing views of the adjacent Gillette Stadium, and the HVAC work is continuing on all floors.”

The hotel’s public spaces will include a stylish 98-seat restaurant, a private dining room, a lounge with 60foot 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 Kraft Group is developing Patriot Place, which when complete, will include more than 80 stores and restaurants; several entertainment venues including a 500-seat jazz club and a 14-screen movie theater; a sports medicine and healthcare clinic; “The Hall at Patriot Place”, the New England Patriot’s Hall of Fame museum and pro shop; and the Renaissance Hotel and Spa.

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Cutler Adjusts Strategy

Wins New Business $12 M in New Contracts

Worcester, MA - Cutler Associates, a Worcester-based design and construction firm, recently signed new contracts with several key corporate clients including Griffin Land, American Superconductor, and New Balance. Cutler Design is the architect for all three projects. “Adding this new work to our current projects here in New England and our offices in Pennsylvania and Florida yields the highest backlog we’ve had in three years,” said Fred Mulligan, president of Cutler Associates. Cutler will design and build at 304,000sf warehouse and distribution facility for real estate developer Griffin Land in Windsor, Conn. Cutler Design is the architect for the $9 million project, which is scheduled for completion in July. In addition, a new project is underway at American Superconductor in Westborough, Mass. A third contract was signed for the design of a new conference facility.

Landmark Named GC for ZUMIX Project

East Boston, MA - Landmark Structures Corporation has been retained to serve as General Contractor for a joint venture renovation project between ZUMIX and the East Boston Community Development Corporation. The estimated $2 million project, currently under way, will encompass the renovation of a 9,000sf former firehouse at 260 Sumner Street in East Boston into the new home of ZUMIX, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts. ZUMIX and the East Boston Community Development Corporation, in a joint venture,

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Windover Plans For Rowley Development

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New Beach Services Building Underway Bufftree GC, Stephen Kelleher Architects

Westport, MA - Bufftree Building Company is busy at work on the construction of a new 3,000sf, wood frame Beach Services Building designed by the architectural firm of Stephen Kelleher Architects. The new structure, to be completed in June 2009 before the start of the summer season, complements the unique Horseneck Beach environment of sweeping dunes, endless ocean beach and estuary habitat.

“Stephen Kelleher Architects is pleased to be working with Bufftree Building Company on the third phase of the redevelopment of the 600-acre Horseneck Beach State Reservation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation,” said Stephen L. Kelleher, A.I.A., Principal Architect/Owner of the Fairhaven firm. “Bufftree has been awarded a $1.6 million construction contract for the new

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Rowley MA - Windover Construction, Inc., of Manchester-by-theSea, announced that it plans to pursue a renewal of its permit to develop a 54-unit active adult community on what is currently the grounds of Carriage Pines Golf Course (formerly Rowley Country Club) in Rowley. Windover is expected to appear before the Rowley Planning Board this spring. Construction of the development, however, is not slated to begin for at least two years, during which time the golf course will remain open. When constructed, the development is slated to take place on the front 30 acres of the parcel and will include a club house and amenities for homeowners. Windover agreed to put the balance of the land – approximately 60 acres – into a conservation restriction that will keep the land as open space. Windover also decided to dedicate its resources to its construction management and real estate development practices and has entered into a two-year lease with B&D Golf Enterprises, Inc. to operate the golf course.

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Buy, Renovate, or Build– How Do You Decide?

By Robert Duval poor condition. As in the first example, the “Should we purchase, renovate, or old boiler actually costs substantially more build new?” is perhaps the most common because of its shorter remaining useful life. question asked of facility engineers at TF- When remaining useful life is taken into Moran Inc. All too often, they find that account, the payback period is often only a owners and managers of schools and other fraction of the apparent payback period. institutions are too focused on sale price or How is a life cycle cost of a buildconstruction cost. ing calculated? Despite the complexities, However, TFM is for an existing building the process is fairly quick to point out simple and straightforward. First, a team of that these costs building professionals examines all major are only one com- building components and systems, and catponent of a build- alogues two basic facts for each: remaining’s true cost, also ing useful life and replacement cost. This known as its life is called a facility condition assessment. cycle cost. Life cy- Historical energy consumption and the cost cle cost means the of maintenance and major repairs can then Duval total cost of own- be added in, and all of this cost data is aning, operating, and nualized. maintaining a building over its “remaining From this assessment, the true cost of useful life.” owning a building (usually over a 20 year Everything – and everyone – has a period) can be determined. This process “remaining useful life.” While we may wish not only works for institutional owners, to avoid thinking in those terms personally, but also for prospective building buyers as it is the key to making wise investments in well: what may at first appear to be a barbuildings. For example, if the choice is be- gain may, after a condition assessment and tween putting up a new building that will cost $10 million It should come as no surprise that enerand last for 20 years, versus renovating an existing build- gy costs alone are taking an increasing slice ing that will cost $6 million of the building cost pie. As a result, energybut only last 10 years, which efficiency improvement s are becoming inchoice actually “costs” less? creasingly attractive In this simple example, you can easily see that building new costs $500,000 per year, while reno- life cycle cost analysis are completed, turn vating costs $600,000 per year. And over out to be quite another story. the entire 20-year period, the renovations The process is not particularly exwill actually cost $12 million, since they pensive, although it obviously depends on have to be done twice. the complexity of the building under conOf course no real project is ever that sideration – simple buildings (e.g., classsimple. One must also factor in mainte- rooms, dormitories, offices, warehouses) nance costs, repair and replacement costs, will often cost only a few cents per square energy costs, as well as the cost of borrow- foot, while complex buildings (e.g., hospiing money. Only when all this is taken into tals, factories, historic buildings) will cost account do the true costs of a building proj- correspondingly more. The value of the ect emerge clearly. information gleaned – if it prevents a bad It should come as no surprise that investment – can be enormous. energy costs alone are taking an increasing With professional facility condition slice of the building cost pie. As a result, and life cycle cost reports in their hands, energy-efficiency improvements are be- facility owners and managers will find coming increasingly attractive. As an ex- clear and compelling answers to the quesample, say a new boiler costs $100,000 and tion “Buy, renovate, or build?” saves $10,000 per year on energy costs. Is Robert Duval, PE LEED AP is a printhe payback period 10 years then? Not if cipal and chief engineer of TFMoran Inc. the existing boiler must be replaced in a For more information please contact him at few years anyway due to inadequate size or (603) 472-4488 or rduval@tfmoran.com .

Suffolk Elite in Learning and Development

Boston, MA - Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. announced that, for the second straight year, the company has been recognized by Training magazine as one of the nation’s elite organizations in learning and development. Suffolk was the second highestranked construction company in the country on this year’s “Training Top 125” list

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Designed by ARC, Buil Amherst, MA - ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge announced the dedication of four new residence halls designed by the firm for the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dimeo Construction Co. of Providence, R.I. was the construction manager for the $93 million project. UMass officials held a dedication ceremony in August for the opening of the 864-bed project known as the North Residential Area. ARC completed the design of the four new apartment-style residence halls in September of 2005 and construction started in June 2005. Totaling 325,000 sf, the five-story buildings were designed to relate to the earlier residence halls that incorporate brick exteriors, pitched roofs and dormers. A brick banding pattern

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along with glass bay windows help to differentiate the new buildings from existing building s on campus. Each unit includes four bedrooms with cable and Ethernet connections, two full baths, a common living room/kitchen area, a pantry, floor-to-ceiling windows, and air-conditioning. “Seeing this building open is the realization of much hard work and creativity on behalf of a great project team that included our staff, Dimeo Construction HVAC Duct Design Fabrication Drawings Mechanical Piping Design & Coordination Plumbing Piping Design & Coordination

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Tighe & Bond Project Wins Award

High-Profile: Awards

Constructed by Daniel O’Connell’s Sons

Westfield, MA - The American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut presented Tighe & Bond and the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut with an Engineering Excellence Grand Award for the Palmer Dam Rehabilitation / Dean’s Mill Water Treatment Plant Improvements project. The award was presented at an association dinner at the Inn at Middletown recently. Tighe & Bond, based in Westfield, Mass., The Music Hall has garnered numerous awards. provided engineering and conCrest Gates struction phase services for the esting challenges, including the need to $18.5 million project, which was constructed by Daniel O’Connell’s Sons of maintain undiminished operation of the active public water supply reservoir and Holyoke, Mass. Portsmouth, NH - Since The with an award for the 2006 and 2007 Design and construction of the im- the treatment system at all times. Tighe & Music Hall in Portsmouth emerged restorations of its 900-seat audito- provements presented a number of inter- Bond was able to adapt and design “on the as a nonprofit arts center in 1988, it rium, including the proscenium arch fly” during the construchas garnered numerous awards and and dome ceiling. tion phase of the project recognition for its remarkable historic Now, with the renovation and and keep pace with the structure and the site’s many ties to expansion of its Beaux Arts lower expedited schedule. history. lobby completed last fall, the Music The new chemical Most notably, in 2003, the 1878 Hall, its architects and designers have building cast integrally theater, the oldest in New Hampshire, been awarded an “Excellence in Arinto the southern face of earned national recognition when it chitecture” award by the New Hampthe dam added a level of was designated by the U.S. Senate as shire Chapter of the American Insticomplexity to the project an “American Treasure” in the federal tute of Architects. but provided a space conThe Merit Award was accepted “Save America’s Treasures Program” scious and sustainable desponsored by the National Parks Ser- by Music Hall Executive Director Pasign. Great measures were vice and the National Trust for His- tricia Lynch, TMS Architects’ John taken during construction Merkle and Nicole Martineau, and toric Preservation. to protect water qualIn 2008, the theater was hon- construction manager John DeStefano ity without interruption of ored by NH Preservation Alliance of DeStefano & Associates. service, Palmer Dam under construction

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Artemis Wins Two Design Awards

Brookfield, CT - Artemis Landscape Architects, Inc. has received two Connecticut Design Awards from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The first award, a merit award in the Built Works category, is for Litchfield Hills, a residential property in Washington, Conn. Although the home is situated at the top of a hill with beautiful views, A horticultural therapy area provides gardening activities that Artemis founder and lead landscape architect foster communication, social interaction, sensory integration and development of both fine and gross motor skills. Tara M. Vincenta was faced with several chalLandscape Architectural Communications lenges when designing the landscape imcategory, recognized SOL Environment provements. (Sequential Outdoor Learning EnvironBecause the 12-acre site is comment), a unique outdoor play and learning prised of steep slopes, there was very little environment for children and families livlevel land directly adjacent to the home’s ing with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) interior living spaces. In addition, wetand related challenges. lands and an extensive conservation zone Vincenta was inspired to develop limited potential areas for development. the SOL Environment concept after she The design approach was to create a level participated in a professional development platform upon which to organize the outclass on healing and therapeutic garden dedoor living spaces directly surrounding the sign. Artemis has been evolving the SOL home, with a swimming pool as a central Environment concept for three years, and organizing element. The new grading and is now marketing the design to communidriveway courtyard also created a better ties, institutions and individuals interested sense of arrival to the residence. in new alternatives to playgrounds. The second merit award, in the

An aquatic learning/water play introduces a sequence of natural water features to teach about unique ecosystems and provides opportunities to overcome fears and sensitivities through a variety of fun, engaging activities.

Pandya Gets Young Architects Award

Boston, MA – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the eight recipients of the 2009 AIA Young Architects Award; among those honored was Haril A. Pandya, AIA, a senior associate and senior project manager/designer at CBT Architects. This national award honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. While at CBT, Pandya has managed several significant projects and project types – including several office repositioning projects totaling more than $100 mil-

lion for The Blackstone Group in Boston, New York, Boca Raton, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Washington, DC. Pandya is very active in the AIA and a driving force Pandya behind the creation of Boston Society of Architects’ first Young Professionals Advisory Council. He is currently working with South Shore Habitat for Humanity in designing an affordable, sustainable housing prototype and is managing the construction of a house in Stoughton.


March, 2009


High-Profile: Multi-Residential Facilities Development News

NorthPoint Condos Completed

Brightview at Billerica

Pro Con Managing Design-Build for Brightview Sr Living Community


Billerica, MA – Construction is underway for Brightview at Billerica, a new senior living community located at 199 Concord Road. Brightview at Billerica will offer personalized residential care services for seniors and a selection of lifestyles including assisted living and dementia care. The $11.5 million design-build project is being developed by Shelter Development of Baltimore, Md. and will be operated by Brightview Senior Living. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. is the architect and construction manager for the Billerica property, which will be the second Brightviewconstructed community in Massachusetts. Brightview at Billerica will have 58 apartments for assisted living and 26 apart-

ments for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The apartments, which are all under one roof, will range in size from 300 to 950sf and offer the residents a variety of floor plans and service options. The two-and-a-half-story, 67,400sf apartment community will offer a vibrant social environment where housekeeping, dining, transportation, and maintenance are provided by a caring staff. Plans call for the community to have two elegant dining rooms, two living rooms, a large multipurpose/activity room, a café/bar, a beauty/ barber salon, and several other amenity spaces that will provide for a vibrant lifestyle.

Cambridge, MA - Jones Lang LaSalle, a leading financial and professional services firm, completed construction on two residential condominium buildings totaling 447,000sf for Pan Am Systems in NorthPoint, Cambridge. 1 Earhart Way consists of 132,000sf of space on eight floors with 99 onebedroom loft style units and one level of underground parking. 2 Earhart Way is 315,000sf on 12 floors with 230 one-to three-bedroom flats and duplex units and a two-level underground garage. Design features of the project include: an interior courtyard with bamboo

garden, Italian Arclinea kitchens, solid surface counters, bamboo floors, glass stairways, and glass and metal finishes. Jones Lang LaSalle’s construction team was led by Sr. VP and Project Executive Peter Stankiewicz. 1 Earhart Way was designed by CBT Architects. Architects Alliance served as the design firm for 2 Earhart Way. Other participating firms on the project were: Cosentini Associates, McNamara/ Salvia, Inc., and Haley & Aldrich. The condominium sales agent is The Collaborative Companies.

Landmark Completes Addition to Christopher Heights Smook Architects

Worcester, MA - Landmark Structures Corporation, a full service General Contractor/Construction Management Company since 1993, has completed construction of a new media room and adjoining deck at Christopher Heights Assisted Living in Worcester. The 700sf addition houses the media room at the assisted living center. Also built was an adjoining deck with steps leading to the facility’s outdoor garden.

Serving as architect for the project was Adrianne Hoffman of Smook Architecture & Urban Design in Boston. “The addition of a media room adds a wonderful amenity for the community at Christopher Heights,” said William J. Glasser, president/CEO of Landmark Structures. “We’re proud to have had the opportunity to work on a project that will provide pleasure for so many people.”

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Artist rendering of North Main Street Elementary School - front view

Svigals & Partners Architects Designs Elementary School

Dimeo CM, Team includes Michael Horton, BVH, Stantec, and Clarence Welti Associates

Waterbury, CT - A unique design featuring a graphic time line has been created by Svigals & Partners for the new $24 million North Main Street Elementary School in Waterbury. Construction of the 76,000sf K-8 school is scheduled to begin in 2010. Firm founder, architect cum sculptor Barry Svigalis provided this description of the artwork approved to decorate the building’s façade: “Waterbury’s North Main Elementary School will use the idea of a graphic time line to organize the exterior of the building. Bands of differently colored and textured bricks will stretch over the façade, weaving in and out of windows, and punctuated peri-

odically with small sculptures. These bands, and the sculptures lodged within them, will tell some of the stories that knit Waterbury into a ‘place’ - the time lines of the people, objects, natural forces and histories that are pivotal to the neighborhood and city.” Svigalis & Partners is noted for the integration of hand-made sculpture and ornamental art into the interiors and façades of every project it undertakes sets it apart from the mainstream of today’s educational design. Other key design elements include a circular entry plaza, and a low, gently curving glass entry that joins the two main building blocks. The school

is slated for completion in 2012 and will serve 550 K-8 students. In addition to the classrooms (two per grade), administration offices and service spaces, the facility will contain a gymnasium, cafetorium/kitchen and media center. The construction team includes Dimeo Construction, New Haven, construction manager; Michael Horton Associates, Inc., Bramford, structural consultants; MEP Engineer, Bloomfield, BVH integrated services; Stantec, Inc., Hamden, landscape architects; and Clarence Welti Associates, Glastonbury, geotechnical.

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High-Profile Focus: Institutions and Schools

Wrenn to Perform School Projects

Marlboro, MA - Wrenn Construction Services Inc. was hired by the Hillside School in Marlboro to perform numerous small projects to their existing aged facilities. Hillside School is a private boarding middle school for boys, grades 5-9. It is unique in that it has the only working farm for any middle school in Massachusetts. Although small, these projects all had their challenges, as in most cases the buildings were more than 100 years old and in dire need of both structural and architectural upgrades. During the demolition of the plastered walls it was discovered that 100% of the existing wall framing had considerable rot and the structure was being held in place by the wall plaster system. Demolition of plaster was stopped, the entire roof system was shored and wall framing reinforced to properly support the roof loads. The exterior walls were insulated, new exterior windows and vinyl siding was installed. This project, along with the others completed by Wrenn Construction Services for the Hillside School, brought the existing buildings up to current codes and architectural standards for the continued use of the school’s students and staff.

Cutler Completes Residence Halls at Mount Holyoke and UNH

By Rod Shaffert, P.E., LEED AP Cutler Associates recently completed the renovations of two historic residence halls in New England. Both Mount Holyoke College and the University of New Hampshire elected to use the designbuild delivery system to insure that the project was well designed, well built, met budget constraints, and strict time constraints. Safford Hall at Mt. Mt. Holyoke College’s Safford Hall was completely updated Holyoke College, constructed building systems and amenities, while ed in 1897, occupies a prominent spot on maintaining the facility’s historical characSkinner Green. Utilizing the design-build ter and maximizing the total bed count. The delivery system, Cutler Design successnewly renovated hall has air conditioning fully developed a plan for upgrading the and is fully accessible with the addition of building systems within Safford Hall. This an elevator and a modified central entry. integrated project delivery approach alThe project also included replacement of lowed Cutler Design to work with Mount the slate roof, exterior masonry repairs, and Holyoke Facilities Staff, Residential Life, drainage improvements. Engineers, and subcontractors to develop A porch was added to the quad-side solutions that will provide the best value to terrace in order to make the recreation Mt. Holyoke. room more usable and comfortable by reCutler Design reprogrammed the locating the entry that previously opened building to transform an underutilized fordirectly into the space. The mission-style mer dining hall space into student lounges woodwork from the recreation room was and a ‘Golden Pear’ kitchen area. In addicarried throughout the interior, maintaining tion, two of the floors were redesigned to the relevancy and consistency of the archiaccommodate the relocation of offices and tectural details. dorm rooms. At the same time, the team Both residential halls were successaddressed accessibility issues, completely fully renovated to meet the requirements updated the mechanical, electrical and and standards of the students today while plumbing systems, and updated the finishes preserving the historical appearance. Deto restore the grandeur of this magnificent sign-build is an ideal delivery method for structure. historic residence hall projects, where the Fairchild Hall at the University of collaborative effort of all team members is New Hampshire was constructed in 1915. required to provide effective solutions to Cutler Associates teamed with Dimella the challenges of these grand buildings. Shaffer Architects for the largest designRod Shaffert, P.E., LEED AP is Vice build renovation project completed within President of the Scholastic Division at Cutthe University System of New Hampshire. ler Associates, Inc., a design-build firm The design-build approach allowed both with offices in Massachusetts, Pennsylvateams to work seamlessly to design and nia, and Florida. build a high-quality residence hall. This transformation provided updat-

Delta Awarded Montessori Project Seitz Architects

Littleton, MA- Delta Design & Construction has been awarded a $1.7 million new construction and renovation project at Oak Meadow Montessori School in Littleton. Oak Meadow Montessori School, founded in 1977, is a not-for-profit independent school and enrolls 270 students age three through grade eight. The scope of work will involve the addition of a 7,000sf arts center and gymnasium. The combined arts and cultural center will be acoustically isolated from the gym by a sliding partition wall. This project will create a large meeting space where, for the first time, the entire school can gather together. The increased space will allow for a greatly expanded arts, music and physical education program for the children. The renovation of the existing school will create additional library space for each age group of students and new office space for the faculty and admissions staff. “The design idea behind this project was to create multiple uses for each new space, allowing for the most effective use of the budget, while expanding on the school’s desire to offer arts and expressive

Artist rendering of Oak Meadow Montessori School

activities throughout the daily curriculum,” said Patti Seitz, of Seitz Architects. “As per design, we will be including super high insulation throughout the project as well as ultra efficient heating systems. We’re installing energy saving lighting and lighting controls and will achieve maximum use of day lighting,” said Tony Pagano, project manager for Delta. On the exterior of the building there will be a Peace Garden created for the students, faculty and staff. This garden will have seating and will be protected by building on all sides. One of its features will be a rain garden, which will recycle the rain runoff from the roof into native plantings that surround the building. The fast-track project will break ground in early March and will be completed in an aggressive 24-week schedule. This project is largely funded by a fundraiser that was initiated by the parents of Oak Meadow students.

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Lee Kennedy Awarded Riverway House Project at Wheelock College Designed by DiMella Shaffer

Boston, MA - Lee Kennedy Co. has been awarded a $10 million residence hall renovation at Wheelock College. The fast-track project began in February after a short preconstruction period. Working with DiMella Shaffer in a designbuild capacity, Lee Kennedy Co. will complete the project on an aggressive 29-week schedule to accommodate student move-in for the fall 2009 semester. Lee Kennedy Co. will perform a full gut rehab and expansion of the existing four-floor residence hall to increase student capacity to 128 beds over 31,000sf. The

team will complete extensive structural upgrades, infill the rear of the building and install new MEP systems, finishes and an elevator. Exterior work will include selective masonry repairs and the installation of all new windows in addition to utility upgrades and the creation of new walkways. The Riverway House renovation marks Lee Kennedy Co.’s first partnership with Wheelock College and the continuation of a long relationship with DiMella Shaffer. The two firms are currently working together on another full-scale renovation at Boston College.

Delta Design Completes Phillips Academy Renovation

Andover, MA - Delta Design & Construction of Medford recently completed the renovation of the Timken Recital Hall at Phillips Academy. Phillips Academy, founded in 1778, is a co-educational, non-profit, residential secondary school located in Andover. The scope of this project included fast-track renovation and acoustical upgrade to the Timken Recital Hall. The renovation also introduced an expanded stage, new lighting, adjustable acoustical panels and window treatments, to transform the hall into an excellent

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Acella Renovates Univ Tech Ctr

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March, 2009


High-Profile Feature: Brown University


Shawmut Completes Renovation at Brown University

rovidence, RI - Shawmut Design and Construction has completed a sophisticated, design-build renovation to create the J. Walter Wilson Student Resource Building at Brown University. In conjunction with architect Lerner/Ladds + Bartels, Inc., the designbuild team transformed an existing 65,000sf life sciences building into a five-floor multipurpose center. The design-build team consisting of Shawmut, Lerner/Ladds + Bartels, Odeh Engineers, Inc., and Wozny/Barbar & Associates delivered this project on an extremely accelerated design and construction schedule of only nine months from award to occupancy. The project consisted of major inte-

Architect Lerner/Ladds + Bartels

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March, 2009


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NE Conservatory Selects Tishman CM - Wessling Architects Façade Restoration of Four Buildings, and New Roof on Jordan Hall

Boston, MA - The New England Conservatory has selected Tishman Construction Corporation (TCC-MA) as the construction manager for the façade restoration of four campus buildings in Boston, one of them Jordan Hall, a National Historic Landmark, and two of them listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The New England Conservatory is the oldest independent school of music in the United States, founded in 1867. Wessling Architects, Inc. of Quincy, Massachusetts is the architect. The project consists of exterior restorations to four buildings, including: • Jordan Hall (290 Huntington Ave.) – This acoustically superb, 1,013-seat hall has been central to the musical life of New England ever since it opened in 1903. Tishman will manage restoration of the limestone, terra cotta and brick façade; complete roof replacement; restoration of wood windows on the primary façades; and replacement of some wood windows with aluminum on the back alley. • 295 Huntington Ave. – Restoration of slate roofs and brownstone and brick façade, and replacement of existing windows. • 241 St. Botolph Street – Replacement of existing windows with new aluminum ones, and restoration of the brick façade. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places. • 33 Gainsborough Street – Select repairs to the brick façade. Tishman will begin construction in spring 2009. The project is esti
 mated to cost $15 million and will be The façade protecting historic Jordan Hall will be restored for future generations to enjoy. completed in late fall 2009. photo courtesy Paul Foley and NEC

Landmark and the centerpiece of the New England Conservatory’s campus in Boston. photo courtesy Nick Wheeler and NEC.


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High-Profile Feature: Suffolk Renovates Brown Halls

Suffolk Education to Manage Renos of Brown U Residence Halls

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Suffolk Begins Rashi School Designed by HMFH Architects

Dedham, MA - The Rashi School, the Boston area Reform Jewish Day School, currently located in Newton, announced that construction has begun on its new facility on the Hebrew SeniorLife Campus, NewBridge on the Charles, in Dedham. With this project, the Rashi School, home to 300 students in grades K-8, will secure a permanent home after moving numerous times in its 22-year history. The new facility will be specifically designed to accommodate Rashi’s rigorous and unique academic program, which caters to students’ individual learning styles, and will include state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities. The new Rashi will be built on 17 acres along the banks of the Charles River, adjacent to Hebrew SeniorLife’s NewBridge on the Charles continuing care senior facility currently under construction, completing a multi-generational campus for Greater Boston’s Jewish community. Rashi secured $23 million in tax-ex-

empt bond financing issued by MassDevelopment and purchased from Century Bank and has selected Suffolk Construction to complete the work. The school hired Zions Bank to structure the tax-exempt bond issue on its behalf. Slated to open in fall 2010, the new privately funded 82,000sf building, designed by HMFH Architects Inc., will be LEED certified, meeting the standards of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and will feature modern classrooms with “smart boards,” wireless Internet throughout the building, a fully-equipped science lab, a 10,000-volume library, a bright art studio and dedicated music room, community spaces for prayer and holiday celebrations, a spacious auditorium for performing arts, a regulation sized gymnasium, sports fields and two playgrounds, a dedicated room for before- and after-school programs, a modern kitchen and cafeteria and outdoor classroom and assembly space.

Boston, MA - Suffolk Education recently announced that it was selected to manage interior renovations at two Brown University residence halls—Caswell Hall and Slater Hall. Residence hall improvements will include the relocation of kitchens, changing of floor plans and renovations to the kitchen, lounges and restroom facilities. The project scope will also include MEP and utility relocations. The renovation project will be completed on an accelerated schedule. The Caswell Hall and Slater Hall renovations will present logistical challenges to the Suffolk Education project team. The residence halls are located in the bustling center of the Brown University campus and are adjacent to numerous academic and administrative buildings and student/pedestrian passage ways, which will complicate construction material deliveries and storage. Another significant challenge on this project will be the complex MEP and utility relocation work, which will require careful pre-planning before the project team can begin the renovation process. Suffolk Education has recently been expanding its portfolio of successful projects on the Brown University campus—Suffolk project teams have successfully managed renovations to

the Brown Bookstore, Lecture Hall and Barbour and Hegeman Hall, which were similar to the size and scope of the renovations planned for Caswell Hall and Slater Hall. Suffolk Education has recently managed successful renovation projects for additional prestigious colleges and universities, including Harvard University and MIT, among others.

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H.P. Feature: Society for College and University Planning

From the Desk of Jolene Knapp, CAE


he economy is upper most in every- struction firms, have just as much to share as one’s mind. Higher education institu- their institutional colleagues. In fact, many tions and the firms that support them SCUP members move from institutional to are seeking ways to maximize the dollars they corporate jobs and back again several times have left in their budgets. Everyone wants to during their careers. As a result, SCUP does spend budget dollars in the wisest way pos- not differentiate its members by assigning corporate folks to an associate membership sible because every penny counts. The Society for College and Univer- role. Corporate members are full, voting, office-holding members of our sosity Planning (SCUP) provides ciety, and we welcome their experprofessionals in higher education tise. For more on SCUP’s culture, the opportunity to share what is visit www.scup.org/membership/ and is not working when it comes culture.html. to strategic and master planning, SCUP does provide some financial and resource planning, opportunities to increase corporate physical and infrastructural planvisibility among our members, but ning, and more. In particular, our membership is based on profesSCUP focuses its resources on sional development and long-term the integration of planning on Knapp relationship building, rather than campus. business development. The sharing Our members, known affectionately as “SCUPers,” are sometimes of knowledge and experience is the very esnew to planning, but more often they have sence of SCUP. Please take a moment to learn more had long and illustrious careers, both on about SCUP and what we have to offer. In adcampus and at firms. SCUPers seek to avoid “reinventing the wheel” when it comes to dition to our annual, international conference planning—to learn from successful (and not- and idea marketplace in July each year (Portso-successful) campus-based projects—and land, Ore. in 2009), we offer regional conferto find new ways to save money and be more ences and special one-day events. SCUP’s Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic regions are sustainable. SCUPers are curious, friendly, and both having conferences in March. Please knowledgeable. They are motivated to do the join us! SCUP is located at 339 East Liberty, best job they can in developing integrated plans that will grow and positively shape Suite 300, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104. Visit their institutions. SCUP is unique among www.scup.org and check out our calendar of higher education associations in that we rec- events at www.scup.org/calendar. Jolene L. Knapp is Executive Director, ognize that members who work for firms, such as architectural, engineering, and con- Society for College and University Planning.

March, 2009 Dear Friends and Colleagues, Welcome to SCUP’s North Atlantic regional conference. This year’s conference organizers – Maria Wilpon, Pam Loeffelman and Lenell Kittlitz – have worked for a full year to compose a program worthy of your scarce travel dollars. Our workshop presenters, plenary speakers and those giving Learned concurrent sessions offer an unusual breadth of experience and knowledge; the diverse program gives valuable learning opportunities for all types of planners at any point in your career. The North Atlantic region of the Society for College and University Planning brings both institutional planners and professional designers and consultants together to share experiences and learn new ways to meet the challenges of planning for higher education. And while the region draws from New England, New York State and the eastern provinces of Canada, New York City’s proximity to SCUP’s mid-Atlantic region gives us the chance to welcome many colleagues from the West and South as well. We hope that you spend these conference days talking to and learning from your colleagues. While the program is packed with learning sessions, break times and social events give us a chance to meet new people, find out what they do and how they get it done, and develop a network on which to rely when solving your own planning problems. Enjoy this Big Apple-based professional diversion as you replenish your knowledge, renew friendships and strengthen associations. Thank you for joining us. Have a great conference! With warm regards, Trina Mace Learned NaSCUP Regional Representative

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High-Profile Feature: Society for College and University Planning


Getting Green Together:

An Interview with SMMA’s Bob Hicks and Mark Zarrillo

ould the idea of shared sustainability initiatives help thaw the often chilly relations between universities and their host communities? On Friday March 20, Bob Hicks AIA, LEED AP and Mark Zarrillo FASLA, AICP of Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, along with Wellesley College’s Peter Zuraw, will present a panel program called “Getting Green Together – Town/Gown Sustainability Planning” at the SCUP’s 2009 Northeast Regional Conference in New York City. We asked Hicks, a senior associate and project manager, and Zarrillo, a principal and campus master planner at SMMA, about their presentation and the big idea behind town-gown climate change collaboration. High Profile (HP): How much cooperation are you seeing today between universities and local communities on green programs? Bob Hicks (BH): Some communities are already working closely with university groups on sustainability actions, and some have yet to consider it. Overall, I would say we are beginning to see much more interest. It comes about when both parties realize there is a strong mutual interest in reducing greenhouse gasses. And since they all share the same resources and breathe the same air, it makes perfect sense to find ways to work together and achieve a broader impact. HP: What are some of the ways the



two can work together? Mark Zarrillo (MZ): We believe there are several places where cooperation and a combined front will work. Recycling, energy reduction, transportation and waste management are issues with largescale impact on carbon reduction goals. Whether you represent a college or a municipality, the challenges and opportunities are similar. I know as a member of the Town of Brookline Planning Board, and its representative on the town’s Climate Action Committee, that we are after the same outcome as the colleges – reducing energy costs and saving money. Getting there can be made easier by combining efforts. BH: It’s true. Just take one example reducing the collective carbon footprint, recycling. These days, the market for recycled materials is disappearing. Teaming up to find creative solutions can lead to new ways of addressing these problems. The University of Connecticut, for example, opens up a store once a month to sell

off surplus furniture and equipment. The Storrs residents are their biggest customers, and the program is seen as a win-win. In other communities, the task of collecting appropriate data before any decisions can be made is a huge burden. Colleges can supply help in the form of student labor through internships or graduate research projects. HP: What gets in the way of these shared initiatives? BH: There is no established mechanism in most communities for working together beyond the usual boundries. You have well-intentioned people on both sides, but too often there is no visible link or place to go to review the opportunities and goals together. That’s why we suggest as a first step that a climate action or sustainable action summit be arranged. At the outset, this can simply be a forum for each to learn about what the other is doing or attempting to do. The overlapping goals and the tasks to get there will quickly become clear, and the process of teamwork can start right away. We recommend that these meetings have a facilitator to help keep the discussion on track and to use an advance agenda to get the full benefit of a discussion. HP: Is there a framework or a process already in existence that can help make teaming more successful? MZ: There is an organization called ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, which is a global association of lo-

cal governments committed to advancing climate protection and sustainable development. Currently, there are more than 500 US cities and towns taking part, and 1,000 around the world. Among other things, this association provides technology tools and a practical protocol for local governments to follow as a benchmark. Many of the ICLEI tools can be applied in partnership with universities. HP: How optimistic should we be that a shared approach will catch on anytime soon? MZ: As universities implement green campus programs or conform to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, they are seeing that they can only go just so far on their own. They are part of a larger community with overlapping issues and sustainable ideals. Some of the issues that Pete Zuraw has discussed with us are how Wellesley College, which has been operating a Co-generation facility for 10 or so years, interfaces with the town of Wellesley and NSTAR. BH: Mark’s right about that. One thing we are all beginning to realize is that the financial resources for implementing any kind of community or campus improvement program are going to be scarce for the foreseeable future. So the rationale for getting together is greater than ever now. Why not broaden the vision and expand beyond your own green island?

Bergmeyer to Design Suffolk University Café

Boston, MA - Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. of Boston was selected to design the renovations to a new “Café on the Common” at 150 Tremont Street, on the first floor of a 450-bed residence hall at Suffolk University. The café is a 130-seat, 5,000sf dining facility with a servery and occupies a prime location across from the Boston Common. Students are attracted to the café by its fresh, contemporary feel and its 10foot tall windows that look out onto the

150 Tremont Café, Principal: Douglas A. Coots, Director of Design, LEED AP, Designer: Maria Panagopoulou, Photographer: Richard Mandelkorn Boston Common. Bergmeyer was brought in to help determine the appropriate scope of renovations to the entire first floor of the Residence Hall. Information was gathered about the needs and concerns of all who occupied the space. Several layout options were

then created for review and approval, with associated pricing estimates provided by Lee Kennedy and Co. By working with the University administrators, it was determined to be in the school’s best interest to focus on the dining hall component of the overall first floor plan. Both the final design and construction were to be completed within an eight-

week period and were successfully coordinated around the school’s winter break. Working closely with the many groups involved, understanding their needs and helping balance those against the overall goals of the University produced a successful project.


March, 2009


High-Profile Feature: Society for College and University Planning

Back to Basics in Residence Halls: Millennials and Green Renovations


By Nancy Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP olleges and universities have been building new facilities at an extraordinary rate. This has been especially striking in residential hall construction that is characterized by ever bigger size and construction costs. We are hard-pressed to imagine this trend continuing given the current state of our economy and the increased understanding of the environmental impact of new construction. Existing buildings contribute greatly to the Goodwin architectural heritage of our campuses, they carry memories and embodied energy. Isn’t it time to focus on green renovations of existing residence halls? In the February issue of College Planning & Management, Paul Abramson addresses the current status of college construction, a major new campus library unable to open for lack of funding for furnishings and staffing. The article also indicates that 2008 college construction in the New England region was 76% new, 14% additions and 10% renovations. We suggest that ratio be reversed. Given projections that in the year 2030, 80 percent of the built environment will be buildings that exist today, focusing attention on improving existing buildings for energy efficiency and greater functionality is what respon-

sible campus managers are doing. A quick scan of residential hall trends is useful. After the end of WWII, spurred by the GI Bill, there was a significant boom in the construction of dormitories on college and university campuses. In the interest of accommodating as many students as economically possible, the majority of these facilities were single or double rooms on central corridors with shared “gang� toilets. The term dormitory, from the Latin for sleep, confirms the purpose of the buildings to provide sleeping quarters. Today, the shift in name to residence halls reflects the goal of providing holistic life-enhancing facilities for sleeping, socializing, learning and personal development. Living arrangements vary from individual rooms to full apartments. Buildings typically include areas for group study, lounges, common kitchen facilities, laundries, meeting rooms and classrooms. Many facilities also include apartments for resident faculty to foster learning and collegial interchange outside the classroom. These changes are in place for several reasons: to create a better living/learning environment for the students, to provide opportunities for personal interaction in this “My Space� world and to attract students when competing with the amenities of other institutions. Although this trend is being touted as new and many refer to it as an amenities “arms race,� this type of housing has been available since the 1920s, most notably at Harvard and Yale, whose entry suite systems might be seen as the precursors to today’s trend.

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Congreve Hall, UNH - photos courtesy Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc. What are the broader implications Green Campus Initiative. It has served as of construction of the new mega-residence a prototype for subsequent green renovahalls? How does it impact the fabric of tions on both the Boston and Cambridge more traditional campus settings? The new campuses. buildings are attracting student interest and The concern for environmental susare top choices in housing lotteries. This tainability cannot be overstated. This is has made the older facilities less desirable true for new construction and renovations. by comparison. The campus history and the embedded enAs endowments and the giving abil- ergy in existing buildings speak strongly ity of donors have dipped, capital con- for their extended use. Greening existing struction budgets have been slashed. In buildings is desirable, cost-effective and response, many colleges are planning for achievable. Additionally, sustainability renovations and adaptive use of existing has become a No. 1 concern for prospecfacilities with a focus on energy and water tive students. In 2008, Princeton Review efficiency. Since many of the older struc- surveyed 10,300 college applicants, and tures are reaching the time for systems and 63% said that a college’s commitment to code updates, campus managers are also the environment could affect their decision considering plan reconfiguration—an op- to go there.� portunity to address the emphasis on comThis is an important time for colmunity spaces—as part of overall building leges and universities to review their resiimprovements. dential legacies. The new buildings are The University of New Hampshire causing a stir and gathering a great deal of did just that in renovations to Congreve attention for their catering to the MillenniHall on its Durham campus. Congreve is als. Reinventing, reimagining and greening the first residence hall in the nation to earn significant older housing stock (prevalent the US Environmental Protection Agency’s on many campuses) will bring similar reEnergy Star Rating. The renovations also gard and excitement. This signals that the provided new resident apartments and two institution values its history, cares for the large double height study and social spac- environment, and is responsibly managing es. its assets. Similarly, renovations to Hamilton Nancy Goodwin AIA LEED AP is a Hall at the Harvard Business School con- Principal at Finegold Alexander + Assoverted the building from its 1928 suite con- ciates, a 47-year-old Boston-based archifiguration to new private rooms and baths. tecture firm with a portfolio of significant The building was the first LEED Certified college and university facilities. Gold residence hall at Harvard University and the first to access funds from Harvard’s

March, 2009


High-Profile Feature: Society for College and University Planning

‘Going Green’ Through Materials Management

By Robert M. Brandon, AIA, and Arthur A. Spruch, PE Here in New England, our colleges and universities have been proactive when it comes to sustainable development. They were among the first organizations to acknowledge the importance of responsible environmental stewardship, and they pioneered many green approaches that are standard practices today, including enhanced recycling and environmentallyfriendly design. Today, local campuses are discovering a new approach to environmentalism that–in addition to being socially responsible–offers significant operational advantages: materials management. Through better organization of operations and support services, educational institutions can reduce the costs associated with operating a campus, and better support sustainability goals. Materials management encompasses the full range of campus operations and support systems that serve an active campus, such as delivery-truck traffic, loading

docks, storage facilities, materials distribution, recycling, and waste removal. In essence, it is the behind-the-scenes activity that makes a campus work. The goal of a materials management plan is to create an “invisible campus” that houses the operational assets of the institution. At a typical campus, these systems are organized haphazardly, in a disorderly, noisy, or inefficient manner, which can lead to unsightly and unnecessarily costly operations. By contrast, a creative and comprehensive materials management plan can transform a campus. Careful materials management planning promotes efficiency, safety, and sustainability by minimizing traffic congestion, streamlining operational flows, reducing waste and hardscape, and enhancing aesthetics. What goes into a strategic materials management plan? One key element is the development of better circulation infrastructure. For example, service points can be clustered to reduce the number of loading docks and truck parking. By creating central loading zones and service

Transformations To Create 21st Century Colleges and Universities

Please join us for this pre-conference workshop March 18, 12:30 pm–5:30 pm. Topics include: • Strategies for 21st century colleges and universities to become engaged in revitalization of state, local, or regional economies. • Implications of the new roles of higher education in society on personnel, academic programs, research, and the built environment. The North Atlantic pre-conference workshop will be led by Eva Klein, Eva Klein & Associates Ltd. and Lloyd A. Jacobs, president of The University of Toledo. Then, representatives from New York City’s Mayor’s Office, City Planning, EDC, and Revolutions2 will provide brief presentations focused on New York City economics and policy that are shaping and redefining Higher Education within NYC. Break-out sessions will be focused on applications to the participants’ institutions. In a final wrap-up, the session leaders will challenge the participants to form actionable conclusions for future strategies.To learn more and register, visit: www.scup.org/regions/na/2009.

areas, campuses can avoid the “island” approach to shipping, receiving, and vehicle movement in which individual buildings rely on their own discrete materials management systems. A centralized approach can dramatically enhance operational efficiency and minimize cost. It also results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions: a commodity with significant environmental

more efficient waste management practices and increased recycling initiatives. In addition to the sustainability benefits of materials management planning are the aesthetic, financial, and operational advantages. Consolidating, reconfiguring, and better managing a campus’ core infrastructure reduces redundancy. This leads to lower operating costs and allows the

One key element is the development of better circulation infrastructure. For example, service points can be clustered to reduce the number of loading docks and truck parking. and financial value in the burgeoning green markets. Developing better campus circulation infrastructure also means re-evaluating types of truck delivery and servicevehicle routes. By building circulation resources around empirical data on vehicle type, size, and schedules, institutions can considerably reduce truck traffic, creating a safer environment for pedestrians and a more attractive and greener campus. Finally, an effective materials management plan should include re-evaluating solid and hazardous waste removal, storage, and recycling. This often leads to

college or university to take advantage of the highest and best use of its real estate. Materials management planning is one of the best investments a college or university can make. It’s not just good citizenship; it’s good business. Robert M. Brandon, AIA, is senior vice president and principal architect/ planner at S E A Consultants Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based engineering and architectural firm. Arthur Spruch, PE, is director of the firm’s Higher Education practice. The firm can be found at www. seacon.com.

NYSERDA Launches New Initiative EYP Selected to Provide Guidance

Boston, MA –The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced a new initiative to achieve greater energy efficiency awareness and market penetration to community colleges, colleges, and universities across New York State. As higher-education institutions seek to implement energy efficiency and sustainability practices to lower energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the New York Energy $mart Focus on Colleges and Universities will identify technical assistance and financial incentive programs that an institution can access to maximize energy efficiency and achieve their environmental goals. “The Focus on Colleges and Universities takes into account the uniqueness of

each campus in crafting an effective energy efficiency strategy,” said Francis J. Murray, Jr., NYSERDA President and CEO. “Greater energy efficiency within New York’s colleges and universities will add to successful efforts at reducing statewide electric consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; all part of Governor Paterson’s aggressive clean-energy goals.” EYP, an integrated architecture and engineering design firm, was competitively selected to assist NYSERDA in developing programmatic outreach strategies for colleges and universities to support energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings or new construction projects. EYP will actively involve public and private higher education campuses and facilities located within the SBC territory.


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University of New Hampshire, Congreve Hall First Energy Star Residence Hall in Nation

Reinvention + Revitalization Through Merger

Harvard University, Radcliffe Quadrangle First Major Renovation of Residential House System: 700 beds in Nine Halls

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Vassar College, Student’s Building Reimagining of a McKim Mead and White Gem

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Creative Reuse of Gymnasium

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High-Profile Feature: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy of Health and Sciences


Bond Brothers, partnering with Perkins + Will Completes Griffin Academic Building

oston, MA - Bond Brothers, partnering with Perkins + Will, recently completed construction of the new Richard E. Griffin Academic Building for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This 49,700 sf building houses the College’s School of Nursing, School of Physician Assistant Studies, Office of Institutional Advancement and Office of College Relations and Communications. The new building presents a unique design determined by its triangular site. The two below-grade levels house a multi-level 250-seat amphitheatre while the six above-grade levels include computer labs, mock hospital rooms, academic

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offices, meeting spaces, and classrooms, culminating in a multi-purpose function area on the 6 floor that includes panoramic views of the downtown Boston skyline. The project had to meet a fast-track design and construction schedule, including the simultaneous efforts to construct the foundation and develop the Architectural and MEP design. Meeting the compressed schedule required phased construction permits, early award of earthwork, concrete foundations, steel, and mechanical systems. Bond provided considerable planning and collaboration with the Boston Traffic Department to develop and obtain approval of the Construction Management Plan. In order to support its unprecedented growth the College made the decision to develop the building site on Huntington Avenue, which presented considerable challenges. The zero-lot-line, 7,600sf triangular site required precise logistics planning. The staging area for supplies or debris was extremely limited and required all building materials to be located within the site or abutting sidewalks, resulting in minimal laydown area and truck loading zone. A tower crane erected within the building footprint significantly reduced interference with the surrounding traffic. The deep excavation (more than 30 feet deep) demanded a complex foundation and earth retention system. Soldier piles with wood lagging and two levels of struc-

tural bracing for earth support were installed, and a wheeled gang formwork system was employed to form the massive foundation walls. 662-670 Huntington Avenue was formerly the site of a gas station, which caused significant environmental issues, most notably contaminated soils. Soils containing high volatile organic and lead compounds were abated on-site, when possible, and then trucked to an approved regulated site. Site constraints necessitated the immediate removal of all excavated material. Perkins + Will’s design for the exterior combines metal panel, brick, and floor-to-ceiling glass curtainwall. This complex design required intense planning and collaboration between Perkins + Will, Bond, and its subRendering of Griffin Academic Building. contractors to meet the building Courtesy of Perkins + Will. and schedule needs. Huntington a previous successful history of collaboAvenue, also known as the Avenue of the Arts, is home to many high- ration with the Massachusetts College of profile neighbors, including the Museum Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gard- Bond served as construction manager on ner Museum. The striking façade of the the College’s Academic Center, laboratonew building provides a beautiful addition ries and residences, and this was the fourth successful collaboration between the colto the area. copy.pdf Both 09NEFS5x6 Bond and Perkins3/5/09 + Will4:31:45 have PM lege and Perkins + Will.

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High-Profile Feature: Society for College and University Planning


New Residence Hall at Mount Holyoke Achieves LEED Gold

outh Hadley, MA - Opened in September 2008, the new residence hall at Mount Holyoke College is a fivestory, 75,000gsf, 176-bed facility located at the southern gateway of the liberal arts college for women in South Hadley, Mass. Despite being one of the largest buildings on the historic campus, it successfully echoes the intimate residential scale and quality of the College’s original buildings, icons beloved by students, faculty and alumna. Designers from The S/L/A/M Collaborative, a 200-member architecture firm with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Connecticut, carefully incorporated elements of the campus Elizabethan and Jacobean vernacular to create a sophisticated, high-tech student residence that both “fits in” and “stands out” on the traditional campus. “And the result is magnificent,” said MHC President Joanne V. Creighton, at the dedication. “At once urban and rural, classic and ‘with it,’ the new residence hall sings harmoniously with other buildings and looks like it has been here all along. It’s such a pleasure to see it teeming with students and activities…. It is a triumph worth celebrating.” The facility is an evolution of a MHC tradition of shared public spaces, designed on a residential scale, complemented by appropriate materials that foster a sense

of familiarity and community. It is defined by two primary forms containing 30 to 40 bed clusters connected to common spaces that respond to the topography of the site, minimizing building scale and maximizing access to daylight and views. Nested communities comprised of traditional doubles, singles, and suites, provide a “progressive-

fied room proportions. The site and building design facilitates a physical environment of openness and transparency, clear way finding, and a sense of safety and well-being. But the facility is more than a comfortable home for its residents – it is a visible symbol of the College’s commitment to environmental

The new residence hall at Mount Holyoke College delights the MHC Community ly independent living” environment that addresses the changing needs of maturing students while providing support for underclassmen. Room sizes and configurations vary throughout the building, mirroring the variations found in the college’s historic centennial houses; e.g. the attic story offers sloped roofs, dormered alcoves and modi-

stewardship. “From the project’s beginning, we have been working toward silver (LEED) certification,” said John Bryant, the College’s director of facilities planning and management. But the building team exceeded even their own high expectations, and learned recently that the project had in fact

received LEED Gold certification. Among its most notable “green features are: 42.5% less energy use than conventional construction ; 15% of building material made from recycled content ; 90% of construction waste diverted to a local building recycling company for salvage or reuse; 20% of building materials locally manufactured within 500 miles of campus; renewable materials and recycled content utilized wherever possible, e.g. cork and bamboo flooring; roof shingles made form 40% post-consumer material; aluminum window frames made from 50% postconsumer material; insulated glass made from 25% recycled material; steel that is minimum 65% post consumer. In addition, 24 solar collectors provide 22% of hot water for the facility, and efficient plumbing fixtures use 30% less water. A LEED innovation credit was awarded for the interactive green touch screen computer system in the lobby, which allows students to see in real time how their own residential cluster is doing in comparison with the other clusters in the building, thereby encouraging energy consumption awareness and even ongoing competition between student “pods” for reduced energy use. “Energy conservation is a win-win,” Bryant said. “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the right thing to do for the environment, but it also reduces the college’s operating costs year after year.”

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March, 2009


High-Profile Feature: Society for College and University Planning


KBE Building Corporation Completes Facility at St. Mary’s College

t. Mary City, MD - The new River Center project at St. Mary’s College of Maryland supports the College’s award-winning sailing and crew teams, brings its biology research center closer to the water, and integrates the St. Mary’s River more into the campus environment. The project was just awarded the Excellence in Construction Award – Special Projects Category by the CT Association of Builders and Contractors. KBE Building Corporation – formerly Konover Construction Corporation – was the Construction Manager at Risk for the project. This is the third project the Farmington Conn.-based construction firm has completed for the College. The new $4.8 million, 13,800sf River Center replaces an existing boat house located on the waterfront. KBE took exceptional steps to use sustainable building methods and materials throughout the construction. Additionally, the company

worked around a challenging (and historically significant) building site, tides of the St. Mary’s River, poor drainage (requiring a pond to be built and drained weekly), student input, and other challenges to build this impressive center. The River Center is home to the school’s sailing and crew programs, docks, boat ramps, boardwalks, and other facilities that make the water accessible. The school also brought its biology research labs and river studies program down to the waterfront – a new function of the River Center – to take full advantage of St. Mary’s River as an integral part of the campus. The River Center is built on a waterfront area that was created by fill – debris from the women’s seminary that once stood above the site. A fire in 1924 gutted the original structure and the old brick and lumber was simply shoveled over the side of the hill establishing this site. This situation – combined with historical significance

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of the city, the excessive water in the soil, and the environmentally sensitivity (and tides) of the river location – made for an interesting backdrop for a building project of this scope. Throughout the project every dig below 30 inches had to be carefully monitored by an archaeologist. All excavation was strictly coordinated as part of the weekly foreman’s meetings. The site and the weather presented a unique challenge for sequencing the drilling and casting of piles, wells and storing of material. The project was bordered by the St. Mary’s River (a tidal river) and a state highway. The site had no allocated parking – and an abundance of ground water. A pond was built at the center of the site for continual drainage, with the run-off water pumped through filters, dried, and removed weekly from the site. The building is set on 48 augur cast piles, sunk 100 feet deep. Thirty-six geothermal wells were drilled to a depth of 300 feet. The River Center facility is an education tool to the students and community about sustainability and environmental responsibility. The College and KBE made joint efforts to implement, target, and weigh for comparison and measure many sustainable practices into the design and construction of this facility. These include: • Storm water management program (crucial to waterfront location). • Protection of existing cypress trees at water’s edge • Special attention given to the control and reduction of exterior lighting to mitigate light pollution • Recycling and air pollution protection for the demolition of the existing boathouse, recycling for construction debris; established a recycling program for the building and students to maintain • Heat island roof and non-roof reduction were targeted as goals through design and construction through shading of walkways, reduction of exterior hardscapes in relation to natural vegetation, as well as roofing and hardscape material selection • Pervious parking systems were implemented as well as a reduced size parking area • Bicycle racks and showers imple-

mented for alternative transportation encouragement • Certified wood was used in excess of 50% for the project • Geothermal Heat Pump as source of heating and cooling for the Boathouse building • Significant increases to the thermal envelope of the structure with spray foam insulation in full depth framing application, increased daylight usage to offset artificial lighting, and low-E thermal glass for all doors and windows to decrease heating/ cooling load demand • Low flow automated faucets and dual flush commodes were incorporated in the plumbing construction, as well as remote tankless water heaters to reduce water and energy consumption • Sustainable veneer materials were used including brick, cementitious siding, cedar shingles, copper flashings and gutters • Low emitting materials and indoor chemical and pollutant controls • Increased daylighting and views • Fundamental refrigeration management – zero use of CFC-based refrigerants • Enhanced commissioning of the MEP systems.

March, 2009


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

The Juilliard School

building. Successful acoustical NY, NY - The Juilliard isolation is achieved by use of School at New York’s Lincoln double construction (“box-inCenter has been undergoing its box”) techniques around all first major renovation and addiacoustically critical spaces— tion since its opening in 1962. instrumental practice rooms The scheduled re-opening is in and faculty teaching studios, the fall of 2009. Architecture is recording studio, dance studio by Diller, Scofidio+ Renfro and and the two main performance FXFowle and acoustic design by spaces. Jaffe Holden of Norwalk, Conn. Holden Extensive use is made of New spaces include: instrument practice rooms on three of the floated concrete floors that support resilfour added floors, faculty teaching studios, iently braced walls. Set within the isolated administrative offices, a recording studio, walls, resiliently suspended, multi-layer a multi-form “black box” theatre, two jazz drywall ceilings complete the box-in-box teaching and ensemble studios, a large constructions that are essential when spaces dance studio, several organ practice rooms of this nature are located closely together. and a large orchestra rehearsal room. Mark Holden, FASA, is the ChairA major interior circulation route man and lead designer of acoustics at Jaffefollows a spectacular four-story high glass Holden. curtain wall on the Broadway façade, alDuring the last three decades, he has lowing prominent views both into and from worked with many of the world’s leading the building. architects and project designers to develop Acoustical isolation is essential to acoustical environments for major orchesthe music and dance instruction and per- tral halls, theaters, and museums throughformance activities that occur simultane- out the world. ously from morning to late night in the

Winchester School Addition Designed by Flansburgh

Winchester, MA - The Town of jona River beyond. All new classrooms Winchester began construction of a new share this view, enhancing natural dayclassroom addition/renovation at the light principles within teaching spaces. McCall Middle School last summer. In- Contemporary in appearance, the adcrementally added-to over the last half dition employs traditional materials of dozen decades, this latest addition and brick and pre-cast, replicating those of subsequent renovation further expand the original building. Winchester’s ability to meet the comEach level of the new addition munity’s surging student demographic contains classrooms that can be grouped demand. together as a mid“The challenge of the dle school “team.” Designed by Flansburgh Archi- project was to design an Teaching technolotects, the four-story, addition that not only filled gies include class22,000sf addition/ren- the need of 200 additional rooms wired for LCD ovation will provide middle school students, but video projection and 12 new classrooms electronic teaching for grades six through also complements the orig- boards. Other spaces eight, and through inal 1931 school.” include areas for renovations, will up–Duncan McClelland, special education, a date adjacent existing AIA., principal in charge teacher’s team room, building spaces. The and private conferinherently green conence rooms. cept of renovating and adding, rather Striving for energy efficiency, than relocating or demolishing, gov- key features include a highly insulated erned the initial design strategy. The building envelope with low-E glass inproject is being phased so that the new sulated windows. Significant savings space is initially constructed, followed are expected from a large heat recovery by renovations during the summer of unit, capable of recapturing heat from 2009. ventilation air. All rooms are equipped “The challenge of the project with occupancy sensors, and the facility was to design an addition that not only is controlled via a digital energy manfilled the need of 200 additional middle agement system. school students, but also complements The owner’s project manager, the original 1931 school,” says Prin- David Saindon, of KV Associates, ancipal in Charge, Duncan McClelland, ticipates an August 2009 completion. AIA. General contractor, G & R ConstrucSited adjacent to the school play- tion, has been staying on schedule and fields, the addition gently arcs outward on budget, with final anticipated costs from the existing building overlook- at less than $225 psf. ing Manchester Field and the Aber-

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Windover Lands Two Projects Tappé Architects

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA - Windover Construction, Inc., of Manchesterby-the-Sea, builder of retail, institutional and commercial construction projects, landed two new school housing construction projects – a dormitory at Endicott College in Beverly and faculty housing at Governor’s Academy in Newbury. Endicott College, a co-ed school located on Beverly’s waterfront, needed a design-build solution to convert an oceanfront carriage house into a 22-bed student dormitory. Three challenges were present with the project – a tight budget, the need to move quickly and the ability to incorporate the design into the fabric of the other renovated historic buildings on campus. Windover teamed with the architectural firm Tappé Associates of Boston, and in a rigorous preconstruction process, was able to value-engineer a design that created 20,000sf of dormitory living, while retain-

ing several elements of the architectural style of the pre-existing carriage house. The project is expected to be completed for the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. The Governor’s Academy, an independent boarding school located north of Boston in Newbury, had a design from TMS Architects in Portsmouth, N.H. for a new faculty housing facility and needed a construction management firm that could offer competitive pricing along with the ability to start construction quickly and finish the project by the fall of 2009. Windover met those challenges. Windover is also in the process of constructing a residential student village in the heart of downtown Beverly for the Montserrat College of Art. That project combines green building technologies with architecture that fits in with the historic nature of the neighborhood. That project is expected to be completed this August.

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March, 2009


High-Profile Feature: Phillips Academy


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ndover, MA - BWK Construction was chosen as the general contractor by Phillips Academy in Andover to complete the historical renovation of its Borden gym cupola. The project entailed renovations to this more than 100-year-old facility involving extensive roof work that included a red copper dome and custom slate work. Detailed pointing and caulking repairs were completed, and a fiberglass molding system replicated the wood molded railings, balusters and panels. The vintage cupola was painted and restored, and the weathervane was refinished in gold leaf.

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March, 2009


High-Profile Focus: Institutions and Schools

Lee Kennedy Completes Simmons College Building Designed by Cannon

Quincy, MA – Lee Kennedy Co. recently completed the $63 million Simmons College School of Management and Academic Building – its 12th successful project on the campus of this prestigious college. Lee Kennedy Co. utilized top-down sequencing and slurry wall construction to efficiently complete the project in an aggressive 20 months while working in the hub of the Simmons campus. This approach enabled separate building operations above grade and below to occur simultaneously, ultimately allowing the underground garage to operate while construction continued on the building above. Interior staircase in new Simmons College School of Designed by Boston-based Management and Academic Building. Cannon Design, the School of Manand Environmental Design program. agement and Academic building is The five-story, 66,500sf facility hous38% more efficient than similarly sized buildings. The facility features a green roof es offices, classrooms, study spaces and an to lower heating and cooling costs, roof executive education floor. The building vegetation to absorb and filter rainwater, also is the final piece of the newly-formed enhanced indoor air quality, underground campus quad, which consolidates all five parking to maximize green space, and re- of the college’s graduate schools onto one stroom facilities that reduce water con- campus location at 300 The Fenway. A new sumption by 34%. The college is pursuing 715-car below-grade garage was also inLEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green cluded in the scope of work. Building Council’s Leadership in Energy



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Attleboro, MA - Bristol Community College (BCC) just keeps growing. The latest growth spurt is happening at its new Attleboro campus, where South Coastbased general contractor Bufftree Building Company has created a high-tech, state-ofthe-art educational facility. In 2006, BCC purchased the former Texas Instruments building on Field Road to expand its presence in Attleboro and make higher education more accessible for residents of the greater Attleboro area. To reach its goal, the College joined forces with the design team of E. Randy Jarvis Architects of New Bedford and with construction partner Bufftree Building Company. In the first leg of the $4 million project, completed in 2008, Bufftree transformed what had been manufacturing space into classrooms, computer labs, conference and library rooms, a health lab and chem-



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March, 2009


High-Profile Feature: Gorham Middle High School

Gorham School District Undergoes Renovations

The following are excerpts from an article by Daniel McGaw. Gorham, NH – Last year, the town of Gorham approved a $5.385 million bond to be used for renovations at the Gorham Middle High School and the Ed Fenn Elementary School. Additional donations produced another $141,000, creating a $5.526 million total budget for construction purposes. Divided into two phases, the project will encompass about 100,000sf of repairs and improvements, upgrading the aged architecture of the two schools and adding new amenities to both facilities. After deciding upon Gilford-based Meridian Construction to handle the rebuilding process, Phase I was set to concentrate on reroofing both schools, performing major structural improvements to the top of Ed Fenn, upgrading the GMHS sprinkler system, introducing new ceilings, new lights, flooring, and various other elements to both institutions. Over the summer, things progressed quite briskly, even though numerous challenges and setbacks arose. At Ed Fenn Elementary School, immediately after the demolition of its ceiling and lighting, the team discovered that the building’s electrical system did not meet code. At the owner’s discretion, the engineers quickly evaluated and redesigned the setup, and the contractors completed all electrical wiring replacements in enough time to

keep to the original schedule. Other strange delays arose, including the discovery of a large attic space in GMHS, previously unknown by its owners. In October, the Gorham Randolph Shelburne Cooperative School Board released an update of the progress made on Phase I. According to SAU 20 Superintendent Paul Bousquet, everything was proceeding in good time and order. Many of the changes at the GMHS have consisted of gymnasium alterations and classroom modifications. A new lift has been installed leading to the girls’ locker area on the second floor in the gym,

to provide handicap accessibility. The ‘leaning’ gym wall has been engineered and repaired so that it will no longer move from its current position. Science, industrial arts/technology and family/consumer classroom renovations are quickly moving forward. New doors and hardware are being installed in all areas of the renovation. The second phase of renovations will include a new kitchen for the GMHS, new cafeteria, two new classrooms, industrial arts room, potential space for a biomass boiler, and a small patio outside the cafeteria for recreation. Phase II is scheduled to be completed by June 2009.

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March, 2009


High-Profile Focus: Institutions and Schools

Small Budgets, Tight Schedules, Big Expectations Signer Harris Architects a “house doctor” for Brown University

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Beverly H.S. to be Renovated Joint Venture of CTA and KBE

Beverly, MA - CTA Ventures, A Joint Venture of CTA Construction Co., Inc. and KBE Building Corporation were awarded the $67 million contract for the Beverly High School. This phased addition and renovation to the existing high school consists of the new construction of a four story, 140,000sf addition that will house classrooms, science labs and administrative offices. The existing gymnasium, auditorium, kitchen, cafeteria, and locker

rooms will undergo a significant phased renovation. The project also includes extensive sitework and parking areas. Upon completion of the new addition and relocation of students, the current classroom wings of the existing school will be demolished to make way for new parking areas as part of the final phase of the project. This threeyear project is currently scheduled for completion in February of 2012. Mount Vernon Group is the architect.

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March, 2009


High-Profile Focus: Institutions and Schools

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CTA Construction Co., Inc. is also the general contractor on the new Hingham Elementary School. This project consists of the construction of a new 91,350sf elementary school in Hingham. Work includes related site work, underground utilities, parking and onsite service and fire-access roadways, Willard Elementary School under construction playgrounds, and multi-purpose playCTA Construction Co., Inc. is the gen- shingle roofing. ing fields. The sitework includes a new ball eral contractor for the several school conKBA Architects served as archistruction projects in Massachusetts. They field, tennis courts as well as a full replace- tects. Completion is scheduled for 2009. include new 83,500sf Willard Elementary ment of the existing septic system. The CTA Ventures, A Joint Venture of CTA project seeks a goal of compliance with Construction Co., Inc. and KBE Building School in Concord. The new school will accommodate certain criteria of the Massachusetts High Corp. were awarded the $67 million con540 students and associated teaching staff. Performance Green Schools Guidelines, tract for the Beverly High School. It is being constructed roughly 25 feet from and specifically the Massachusetts CollabThis phased addition and renovation the existing school, which will be demol- orative for High Performance Schools (MA to the existing high school consists of the ished after the new school is complete and CHPS). new construction of a four-story, 140,000sf occupied. addition that will house classThe entire project is phased to minirooms, science labs and admize the disruption to the existing elemenministrative offices. tary school. The new school incorporates a The existing gymnasinew administration level, classrooms, audium, auditorium, kitchen, caftorium, gymnasium, classrooms and media eteria, and locker rooms will center. undergo a significant phased The design incorporates the use of renovation. The project also natural light to illuminate the classrooms includes extensive sitework and media center through clerestory winand parking areas. dows, glazed roof monitors and interior Upon completion of light wells that pass through the entire the new addition and relocabuilding elevation. The media center utition of students, the current lizes an interior bridge opening up to the classroom wings of the existlower floor. Exterior finishes include brick, ing school will be demolished precast stone, metal panels and a combinato make way for new parktion of flat membrane roofing with sloped Interior view of Hingham Elementary under construction ing areas as part of the final

Interior ceiling beams phase of the project. This three-year project is currently scheduled for completion in February 2012. Mount Vernon Group is the architect. CTA Construction is the general contractor for construction of a new school on the existing grounds of the 67,000sf to replace the existing CW Morey Elementary School on Pine St. in Lowell. The new school includes classrooms, cafeteria space, a gym, media center, office space and significant technology upgrades. The new elementary school for grades PK-4 will be a two-story building being constructed five feet away from the existing school, which remains in operation throughout the construction period. The site is an urban location bounded by public ways. The project includes related site-work, landscaping, and demolition of the existing school upon completion of the new school. Exterior finishes include brick, block, curtain wall, metal panels and aluminum windows. The architect was Flansburg Associates.

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High-Profile Feature: Rhode Island Philharmonic School


he Rhode Island Philharmonic is justly proud of the new – and permanent – space acquired for its renowned Music School. The largest (1,600 students) and most complete music school for pre-school, elementary and high school students in the state of Rhode Island, it recently acquired the premises which for many years had housed Meeting Street School. The music school’s new campus, located on Waterman Ave in East Providence, primarily consists

Rhode Island Philharmonic School of two main buildings. The administrative structure required only cosmetic touch-up while the interior of the classroom building needed to be completely gutted so that the new music instruction layout could be accomplished. This 3,000sf building was given a new floor plan and reconfigured to include not only classroom and practice space, but four rehearsal and recital halls as well. To accommodate these latter areas required raising a portion of the

main roof 12 feet over an area 60ft. x 110ft. (app. 6,600sf) to obtain better acoustics and sight lines for the audience in the halls. The project team included William Kile, Architect of Providence; E. W. Burman, Inc. Construction Managers of Warwick and Cavanaugh Tucci, Acoustic Engineers of Sudbury, Mass. The overall cost of the 14-month project was approximately $5 million.

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March, 2009

The Power of Solar

By Delbert B. Smith, Jr., PE, CPD, LEED AP Scott A. Sullivan, PE, LEED AP Not so long ago, the concept of using an energy source that is 93 million miles away used to be different: Whimsical. Anecdotal. Certainly not practical. Today, harnessing the power of the sun is not only becoming practical, it is gaining popularity like never before, with new technology and applications for both solar hot water and solar electricity. A solar hot water system is comprised of solar collectors and tubes to convey the heated water to its final destination. The first and arguably simplest type of solar collector is the flat plate collector. Inside the flat plate solar collector is a serpentine tube that provides maximum surface area for efficient heating. Although efficient, the serpentine tubing doesn’t allow the heated water to escape the bends in the tube when not in use. As a result, overheating can occur, which can degrade the equipment and add a potential safety hazard, if ever the hot water should leak unexpectedly. The second type of collector is the evacuated tube. At first cost, this system is more expensive. Most evacuated tubes are currently manufactured overseas, and because they are quite fragile, tubes may arrive

damaged. However, because the tubes are independent of each other within the system, a damaged tube can be removed and replaced without taking the entire system offline. Solar hot water systems fall into two types: the closed loop system and the drain back system. A closed loop system recirculates water through its system until needed, so it uses less energy than its drain back counterpart. The closed loop system is best applied to scenarios with continuous loads, since the collectors and tubes are never fully empty. The remaining water in the system has the potential to freeze or flash to steam. Some recent projects that effectively used the closed loop system include a pool at an independent education campus, a spa at a private residence, and radiant floor heating in the children’s area at a public library. A drain back system allows unused water to

CES recently installed this 13 kW grid-tied photovolatic array on the roof of their headquarters in Middletown, Conn. return to a holding tank. While this type of ing on if you are giving or taking electricsystem does use more energy, it offers pro- ity. In a non net-metered system, the utility company requires that you install a second tection against freezing or overheating. This system works well kWh meter to record any excess energy with applications that have that is returned back into the grid, often variable hot water demands, paid back at the wholesale rate (generally a such as a vacation home, a ho- few cents per kWh). A non-grid photovoltel, or most recently, CES head- taic system is ideal for remote and/or rural areas with limited utility infrastructure. quarters office. Considering that about This type of system requires the addition of 15% to 20% of a building’s en- battery storage for excess energy, thereby ergy costs are dedicated to the adding first costs as well as maintenance “H” handle on the faucet, as costs for the life of the system. However, well as the many rebates and the stored energy can be used anytime day incentives available today, so- or night, since it stays on-site. Both types of photovoltaic systems lar hot water has gained popularity as well as more competi- are comprised of solar collectors that coltive prices for equipment and lect solar energy and transfer that energy to installation. The same can be an inverter, which converts the energy from said for another solar applica- DC to AC power. Solar electric collectors The closed loop solar hot water array at the Connecti- tion: Photovolatics. can be in the form of rigid panels mounted cut Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford, Conn. Photovolatics, or solar at a fixed angle, or building integrated colprovides 100% of the school’s domestic hot water. electricity, can be applied two lectors often known as BIPV. BIPV collecdifferent ways, either grid tied tors can be integrated into the building’s (connected to conventional utility sources) walls, roof or windows. Rigid collectors or off-grid (independent of a utility source). mounted at a fixed angle are less expensive A grid-tied system is more flexible, since than most BIPV systems, and they are easy it may provide either a portion or all of to maintain; snow and ice slide off the solar a building’s electricity usage. However, panels easily, and rain keeps them clean. without the addition of an on-site battery Rigid solar panels are arranged in rows so storage system, the power that is gener- that the DC volts produced are additive. ated from a grid-tied photovoltaic system However, if a shadow falls across one pancan only be used when the sun is up; there el in a row, the entire row of panels may go is no way to store unused power. Rather, offline until that shadow passes. BIPV can that unused power is fed back into the util- be used at any angle on virtually any part ity’s power grid for other customer’s use. of a building, with BIPV roofing being one Ideally, the utility company will buy back of the most common types available today. any excess electricity that you produce at The solar collectors are actually part of the the same retail rate that you buy electricity, roofing system, so flat roofs contain flat sowhich is most often called “net metering.” lar collectors. Each section of roof is indeSuch a system has one utility kWh pendent of the others, so a shadow across meter that spins in either direction, dependContinued on page 40

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One Financial Ctr LEED Certified

Boston, MA - One Financial Center, a 46-story 1,300,000 million sf first class office tower that is a prominent part of the Boston skyline, was recently awarded LEED EB-O&M Silver Certification by the US Green Building Council. Owned by a joint venture between an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners, LLC and MetLife, Inc., it is Boston’s third LEED certified office building. The Property is managed by an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners, LLC with Jones Lang LaSalle Property Management acting as sub-agent. The leasing agent is Cushman & Wakefield. The green features at One Financial Center include: an EPA Energy Star Performance rating of 84; a 25% reduction in water usage; alternative means of transportation used by 88% of tenants; a comprehensive recycling program that diverts 60% of the total building waste from landfill and includes composting, sustainable landscaping, and a high performance One Financial Center was recently awarded LEED EB-O&M Silver Certification green cleaning program.

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PE Academy Achieves LEED Gold

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JCA Employees Leed Accredited

Quincy, MA - J. Calnan and Associates (JCA) announced that six more employees successfully passed the LEED Accreditation exam. Assistant Project Managers, Molly Gates and Brian Mikolaycik; Project Managers, Rick Borden and Mike Collentro and Superintendents, John Noone and Paul Brooks are the latest to earn their LEED AP standing. JCA recently held an intensive training program to prepare more of its employees for the accreditation process, and JCA expects that 20 members soon will have their LEED accreditation.

l-r top - Gates, Collentro, Noone. Bottom - Mikolaycik, Borden, Brooks

CommSolar Resounding Success

Boston, MA - A solar rebate program launched by Governor Deval Patrick a year ago is fueling rapid adoption of solar energy for homes, businesses and municipal buildings across Massachusetts, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles announced recently. Commonwealth Solar has approved nearly $22 million in rebates for 539 new solar photovoltaic (PV) projects which, once completed, will more than double the 5 megawatts of installed solar capacity that existed in Massachusetts when the program opened for business January 23, 2008. With just the rebate applications now in the pipeline, the Commonwealth is on pace to reach 15 megawatts by the end of this year. Seen as a first step in achieving the Governor’s goal to install 250 mega-

watts of solar power in Massachusetts by 2017, the Patrick Administration launched CommSolar last year through the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust with a goal of facilitating development of an additional 22 megawatts of solar PV power over four years. Of the 539 rebates awarded since January 2008, 203 projects are already complete – providing over 1.2 megawatts of clean, renewable solar power. Another 336 projects, representing 6 megawatts, have received rebates and are under way, while 185 more rebate applications for nearly 1 megawatt of clean energy capacity are now pending – many of them received during December, which marked a record 276 applications.

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P|R|A Architects’ ‘LEEDs the Way’

In Association with EYP Architects and Consigli Const. Cambridge MA- P|R|A Architects, in association with EYP Architects & Engineers and Consigli Construction Co., announced that the preliminary planning and programming efforts for the new residence hall at Framingham State College are transitioning into the schematic design phase. Occupying a highly visible site at the entrance to the college campus, and the first new on-campus housing at FSC in more than 30 years, the new 400-bed residence hall will mark a major milestone in the college’s efforts to diversify its stock of on-campus housing, enhance student life and to support a full-time residential college campus experience. The new 120,000 sf residence hall has an estimated project budget of $40 million, and construction is planned for 2010 with an opening date of fall 2011. This will be P|R|A’s third campus housing project to be both LEED certified and in compliance with the Massachusetts State LEED Plus requirements. Building upon the successful and ongoing experience between P|R|A and Consigli Construction at FSC that includes renovations and additions to four dormitories in the preceding five years, the new residence hall will complete a program of upgrades to all campus residential buildings.

The Power of Solar Continued from page 38

one panel will not affect the performance of its neighboring panels. However, constant maintenance is required on flat roof BIPV systems to keep the collectors free of dirt, snow and ice. Interested in tapping into the power of solar? The good news is that solar hot water and solar electricity systems are eligible for many local, state and federal rebates and incentives. The other good news is that as these systems grow in popularity, so does the competitive mar-

P|R|A and Consigli Construction are nearing completion of ongoing work at Bridgewater State College that includes renovations and expansions of two existing older dormitories: Pope Hall and Scott Halls. At Pope Hall, work includes an enlarged footprint and new entry that transforms the existing 41,000sf structure into a 75,000sf building by adding an additional 176 beds and thoughtfully engaging an important campus edge. Similarly, Scott Hall occupies a prominent location in the heart of the college’s west campus. The addition of a fourth floor and a similarly expanded footprint added 32,000sf and 131 beds to the existing 35,750sf dormitory. At the secondary school level, recent projects for the Groton School in Groton, Mass. include an addition to the comprehensive historic renovation and restoration of the existing 100-year-old boiler plant building. The current work will include a new addition to facilitate the installation of a new biomass boiler system, in an effort by the school to utilize renewable energy sources. The project includes a 1,500sf chip bin storage and conveyor facility with a photovoltaic installation as well as modification of the existing plant to provide a new roof monitor on the existing boiler building to allow installation of modern pollution control systems.

ket for them. You can learn more about the many solar options available today by visiting the Building Energy Conference in Boston, March 10-12. To learn more about solar rebates and incentives available in your area, check out www. dsireusa.org. Consulting Engineering Services is a 60-person firm specializing in MEP design, commissioning and construction administration as well as alternative energy design and installation, energy modeling and LEED certification. CES is located in Middletown, Conn. and Boston, Mass.

Longfellow Club Installs Solar Water Heating

Somerville, MA - LittleFoot Energy Corporation, a provider of green and efficient-energy solutions for enterprises, recently installed a solar hot water heating system at the Longfellow Club in Wayland. The system, which became operational December 31, 2008, is run by a series of solar panels on the roof of the Club and will heat more than 50% of the hot water for the swimming pool and showers. As one of 
 the largest solar arrays in New England, it will take the place of burning 20,800 cubic yards of natural gas annually, will lower energy costs by $10,000 annually, and will reduce Longfellow’s carbon footprint by approximately 67,432 pounds of carbon dioxide per year–the amount absorbed by 9.6 acres of forest. The Longfellow Club views this so-

lar installation as another step towards becoming a good environmental citizen and supporting the growth and development of the green and local economy. Since its purchase by the current owners in 1980, the club has been an environmental leader in the community and health club industry. Longfellow has been an early adopter of recycling practices, made several breakthrough efforts to conserve water and energy, including installing waterless urinals that save 135,000 gallons of water per year, and hosted several Metro-west Earth Day celebrations. “This solar installation is the next major step in our goal to becoming the greenest health club in the United States,” said Laury Hammel, founder and president of the Longfellow Club.

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The Green Roundtable Upcoming Calendar Events

The following is an abbreviated list of upcoming events offered through the Green Roundtable. For full details on any listing, visit: http://www.nexusboston.com/space/events.html/2008/9. 3/12/2009 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm • The Green Roundtable and Emerging Green Builders--LEED AP Study Group 3/12/2009 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm • Emerging Green Builders--Building Tour of 295 D St. South Boston 3/14/2009 10:00 am - 2:00 pm • The Green Roundtable--NEXUS Second Saturday: Low Impact Landscaping 3/16/2009 12:00 pm - 3/26/2009 2:30 pm • The Green Roundtable and IES-IES Architectural Suites Training 3/16/2009 2:00 pm - 3/25/2009 6:00 pm • The Green Roundtable-LEED AP Test Prep Training (Last chance!) 3/17/2009 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm • The Forum - - Communications Commitee Meeting 3/18/2009 - 3/19/2009 • The Green Roundtable @ New

England Facilities Expo 3/19/2009 8:00 am - 9:00 am • The Forum--Education Committee Meeting 3/19/2009 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm • The Green Roundtable--March Roundtable: State of the State 3/19/2009 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm • Emerging Green Builders - - Energy Modeling Informational Session 3/24/2009 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm • The Green Roundtable--Integrating Solar & Wind Energy into Commercial Projects 3/24/2009 6:00 pm 7:00 pm • The Forum--Boston LEED Users Group (BLUG): LEED for Neighborhood Development 3/26/2009 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm • The Green Roundtable and Emerging Green Builders--LEED AP Study Group 4/3/2009 - 4/5/2009 • The Green Roundtable @ Down:2:Earth: Sustainable Living Expo For more information, visit http:// www.nexusboston.com/space/events. html/2009/1.

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A.P. Const. Completes LEED Gold Darien Library Peter Gisolfi Architect

Darien, CT – A.P. Construction Company, the construction management and general contracting division of The Ashforth Company, completed the new Darien Library, a new four-story LEED Gold certified building in Darien. The $18 million, 54,000sf library features a poured-in-place concrete foundation, structural steel frame with concrete deck, brick veneer facing with masonry backing and slate roof. Sustainable highlights of the library include siting the project on a re-used formerly developed brown field location, providing full erosion and sedimentation control, installing water-efficient landscaping that requires no potable water for irrigation, diverting 50% of construction waste to recycle centers, and using low VOC emitting finish materials such as adhesives, sealants, carpets and paints, lighting and housekeeping products. A.P. Construction also installed an on-site water retention system and geothermal heating, ventilating and air conditioning system that uses closed loop technology. All lumber, including material for roof shingles, beams, studs, flooring and

millwork has been acquired from regional companies using sustainable forestry practices. A unique feature to the library will be its computerized book return conveyor system that will be the first of its kind to be installed in Connecticut. This will automate the process of retrieving, sorting and moving items and therefore free up staff members’ time to help library users find the materials or information they need. The architect of the project is Peter Gisolfi Associates. The project engineer is AKF Engineers. Darien Library’s owner representative is RBI Consultants. A.P. Construction’s team includes David Breidenbach, vice president; Frank Fazekas, project manager; Meta Intemann, assistant project manager; and Mark Moran, superintendent. David Breidenbach, vice president of A.P. Construction, member of the Darien Library project team and a LEED AP – NC (Accredited Professional – New Construction and Major Renovation) with the United States Green Building Council, worked closely with other team members on the LEED accreditation process.

Habitat for Humanity Awarded LEED Certification

Plymouth, MA - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth announced that the first home built by a local Habitat has received high honors for energy efficiency. The first LEED certified home in all of Massachusetts has been awarded to 11 Braley Road in Plymouth at the Gold level. This is also the first Habitat-built home in all of New England to be recognized at any level for the energy and environmentally friendly technologies used in its construction. The home at Braley Road features specially designed and insulated wall panels, photovoltaic solar panels on the roof and radiant floor heating. The PV panels were funded The first Habitat-built LEED certified home in all of Mass. by a grant from the MasThere are several other Habitat homes sachusetts Technology Collaborative. registered and heading for certification. SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER, BOSTON

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Campus Climate Action and Facilities Growth

By Kurt Teichert, LEED AP Many New England campuses have added facilities in recent years at the same time that they have developed aggressive plans to reduce climate impacts. High performance design strategies for new construction and action plans to reduce the energy density of existing buildings are critical components of a carbon emissions reduction strategy. Capital cost constraints are nothing new to campus planners and designers, but an increasing emphasis on carbon budgets and attention to long-term operating costs of buildings require advanced expertise in building science and integrative design techniques. Brown University has had a long-standing campus environmental stewardship initiative, Brown Is Green, since the early ‘90s that links campus practices and academic courses and research. Through consistent demandmanagement programs to reduce energy consumption, Brown has one of the lowest campus energy densities among peer institutions. In 2008 the University acted on recommendations from the Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee and committed to reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions with the following specific targets: Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42% below 2007 levels (equivalent to 15% below 1990 levels) for existing buildings; Brown will limit greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption for all newly constructed facilities to between 25% and 50% below the standard required by state code; New construction will, at a minimum, meet a silver standard in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), furthering sustainability goals; Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for all newly acquired facilities by a minimum of 15% and as much as 30%. In addition to programs to reduce direct emissions on campus, Brown has instituted an innovative Commu-

homes in Rhode Island. In the first year of the program, more than 2,500 homes have been upgraded, yielding a reduction of more than 1,000 Metric Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually and saving homeowners on electric costs. Like most New England campuses, Brown has added significant square footage of lab space to campus in the last decade. These energy intensive buildings provide great challenges and opportunities to minimize the added utility burden to campuses. Yale University has achieved 7% reduction in campus emissions despite a 3.2% increase in campus size, including the purchase of laboratory facilities. In 2008 Harvard’s president committed to a 30% reduction in emissions in a 10-year period and the University has more than 50 LEED -registered or certified buildings. Members of the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, an association of campus sustainability professionals, meet annually at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s (NESEA) Building Energy Conference and Trade Show because of the consistently strong program of technical workshops and policy sessions. This year’s Conference, to be held March 10-12, 2009 at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston again includes a track entitled “Big Green: Institutional and Commercial Design,” with two days of sessions highMacMillian Hall, one of several laboratories on the Brown Cam- lighting best practices on campus. For more inforpus, built to minimize energy consumption. mation about the Conference and to register, please visit www.buildingenergy.nesea.org. nity Carbon Use Reduction (CCURB) program to engage Kurt Teichert, LEED AP, is a Lecturer in Environstudents in community efficiency projects. Pilot projects mental studies and manager of the Environmental Stewinclude thermostat replacements, a program with a local ardship Initiatives at the Center of Environmental Studies, middle school to increase awareness and reduce energy use Brown University, Providence, R.I. In addition, Teichert in students’ homes, a vehicle fuel economy initiative, and has been a member of NESEA’s Building Energy Confera CFL replacement program. Students have been working ence Planning Committee for the past six years. in teams to provide free lamp replacements in low-income

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NER Construction Under the Tent at Fenway Park

oston, MA - The Boston Red Sox has again hired NER Construction Management, Inc. of Wilmington to perform concrete restoration and waterproofing services at Historic Fenway Park. Specifically, NER is the general contractor for the complete rehabilitation of the concrete stadium seating areas, upper concourse, and lower concourses between the two dugouts which encompass almost 80,000sf of historic concrete repairs. This scope of work must be completed during the Baseball off-season, which in Boston means temporary protection, enclosures, and heating to meet the demanding schedule for this $10.5 million dollar project. NER has previously completed several projects at the Ballpark, including a similar concrete renovation and waterproofing to the bleacher area which included 45,000sf of repairs and waterproofing that were completed during a similar off-season schedule. The Architect of record is D’Agostino Izzo Quirk Architects, Inc. out of Somerville, and Consulting Engineering services are provided by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. of Cambridge. The Engineered Temporary Protection or “tenting” of the work area is one of the most critical aspects of the project because of the specified project requirements of 50 degrees ambient temperature for the placing and curing of the concrete repairs. This enclosure covered over 50,000sf of work area allowing more the 75 workers to provide selective demolition, concrete repairs, expansion joint repairs, waterproofing, and sealing. There was also coordination with three to seven subcontractors who would be on site completing hydro-demolition, forming of concrete work, misc. metal railing work, plumbing, and electrical work. “We self-performed most of the work…..and the enclosure allowed for seamless coordination with our men and the subcontractors” said David Morello, Senior Project Manager for NER Construction. “Our work encompassed over 180,000sf of work area between the upper and lower concourses, seating areas, mezzanines, and ramps and the controlled work environment allowed for work on three shifts, seven days a week” he said. Sequencing of this volume work during an 18 week schedule was also a priority for the NER Construction Management Team to meet the needs of the owner and the owner’s other contractors. Mark DeGennaro, Purchasing Man-

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ager for NER explained “Using Hydro demolition and traditional hammer techniques, over 1000 tons of old concrete was collected, hauled away, and recycled here in Boston. Over 600 yards of new concrete and concrete patching materials were placed in a phased manner to be completed in time to allow the new Kemper waterproofing to be installed, and the new seats installed by the owner.” Phased installation of Historic concrete repairs, new expansion joints, and waterproofing needed to be coordinated before the new seating and restored wooden seats can be completed. As of March 6, most of the project has

Concrete cures under the tent, where it’s 60 degrees every winter day. been completed, with over 80 percent of the seats already in place with final completion by April 2, in time for Opening Day. NER Construction Management, Inc has been providing high quality building restoration services to commercial, institutional, and private clients throughout the New England area for over 25 years. This family owned business has three locations including the main office in Wilmington, the Special Services Division in Randolph serving the needs of smaller projects and the South Shore and Rhode Island, and a New Haven, CT office that has been serving Connecticut since 1992. Recent High profile projects include the Omni Parker House Façade Renovation, Boston, the Lenox Hotel Façade Restoration, Boston, the UMASS Medical Center Exterior Rehabilitation, Worcester, the Massachusetts State House Renovation,

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High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

Consigli Completes Sleep Lab

(l-r) Jonathan Cocker, Maugel Architects; Sue Sullivan, Places Site Consultants; Joan Vines, Susan D’Agostino, Mark Cohen, MD, Joseph Berman, and Deborah Kovacs, MD, all of Acton Medical Associates; Andrew Coull, and Bill Broden of J.M. Coull.

Ribbon Cutting at Acton Med. Office J.M. Coull CM, Maugel Architects

Littleton, MA - J.M. Coull, a full-service construction company, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Acton Medical Associates, PC’s new office facility in Littleton. Formerly housed in a converted residential structure, the old building was demolished and a new, single-story 4,000sf medical facility with state-of-the-art equipment has been erected on the site. Previously, Acton Medical was limited by space in the number of medical practitioners at this facility. With the completion of the new facility, they have been able to double the adult and pediatric medical services available to the local community. J.M. Coull served as the design-build construction manager on this project; and

performed the full array of pre-construction activities including permitting. As the town line bisects the property, permitting had to happen in both Westford and Littleton. Because the project involved the installation of an underground sewage disposal system, and\due to its proximity to the groundwater table, the grade of the entire site also had to be raised by approximately three feet. In addition to J.M. Coull, the project team consists of Maugel Architects of Harvard; Places Site Consultants of Littleton; and The Dempsey Group, Structural Engineers of Foxboro; Madaio Glass, JJ O’Brien & Sons, Franny’s Landscape Contractors, Commercial Drywall, and Northstar Construction Services.

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Lewiston, ME – Consigli Construction Co., Inc.’s Maine operations have successfully completed the construction of a new sleep lab for Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston. After an extensive pre-construction program helped CMMC develop a budget that addressed their needs for additional sleep lab space, Consigli and PDT Architects in Portland worked closely to convert the basement of the hospital into a sensi- CMMC’s new sleep lab contains acoustical walls and ceilings to tive research and obsercreate an environment with the proper sound qualities. vation area. The 9,000sf lab contains acoustical pital utilities. Consigli maintained access walls and ceilings, which required close at all times for staff, while keeping utilicoordination between the hospital staff and ties online and the elevator functional. The Consigli to create an environment with the team also maintained proper protocol for proper sound qualities. infection control and interim life safety The basement region presented the measures, and structured demolition efforts team with two additional challenges: it around the schedule of the OR and other contains the underground garage entrance hospital operations. for doctors and is ground-zero for all hos-

Cannon to Design Saudi Arabia Medical Center

Boston, MA - Cannon Design, an international architectural, engineering and planning firm, has been awarded a major expansion of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “We are enthusiastic about the transformative nature of this project and what it means for Saudi Arabia as a whole. Rarely, does a single expansion have the potential to express an institution’s identity in such a dramatic and enduring way,” said Andre Aoun, AIA, Cannon Design’s project principal. The project encompasses an institutional master plan and design of four landmark buildings featuring the most current technologies available for building, medical equipment, and healthcare systems. Goals for the project include creating world-class healing environments that provide technologically advanced medical care for patients, and a collaborative work-

ing situation for medical staff. The four landmark buildings that Cannon will design to implement the master plan include: • The King Abdullah Center for Cancer and Liver Diseases – a 360-bed, 775,000sf cancer center connected to the existing hospital. • National Biotechnology Center – a 410,000sf biotechnology center envisioned as the prime research laboratory and allied health training center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. • Royal Wing – a new 485,000sf facility providing direct access to the VIP outpatient clinics, medical imaging, and support facilities. • Powerhouse and Service Tunnel System – a new 190,000sf central plant and utility distribution tunnel system, together with underground parking for 1,200 vehicles.

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At the Royal Palace l-r: A guest of Prince Mohammend Al Saud; Phillip Schuler, Carlos E. Melendez, Catriel J. Tulian, and Andre Aoun, all of Cannon Design; Prince Mohammed Bin-Turki Al Saud; Steven G. Copenhagen and Glenn P. Vanaman both of Cannon Design; and Syed Ahmed.


March, 2009


High-Profile: News

RDK Announces New Office

Amherst, MA - RDK Engineers announced its latest expansion, the opening of an office at 400 Amity Street in Amherst. RDK’s new office joins its Andover. headquarters and Boston; New Brunswick, N.J.; Durham, N.C. and Charlotte, N.C. branch offices. Matthew Stelmach, PE, LEED AP will lead RDK’s Amherst office. He has more than 20 years of experience in design of systems for educational, healthcare, and municipal facilities. He will focus on leading the engineering effort and solidifying RDK’s reputation as a leader in MEP engineering design and systems commissioning in Western Massachusetts.

Bond Brothers Recent Projects

Everett, MA - Bond Brothers’ Select Projects Group – which specializes in institutional and corporate fit-outs, and building infrastructure projects – recently was awarded the following projects: University of Massachusetts Medical School in Shrewsbury - Bond will be managing a phased office renovation project (18,000sf). Bond and JACA Architects are completing this work on a design-build basis. A new lobby and entrances project for a high security tower in downtown Boston will include installation of new

optical turnstiles, revolving doors and auditorium entrances. This 13,000sf renovation is being constructed in phases to allow for full use of the lobby during construction. The project has been designed by Visnick, Caulfield and Associates. Also, Bond recently completed a 2,500sf renovation project designed by ADD Inc. for a Boston insurance firm that includes brokers’ offices, a conference room, and meeting space. This renovation was completed and occupied at the end of January.

Group One Designs Banknorth Garden Areas

Boston, MA - Boston-based Group One Partners, a multi-disciplined design firm specializing in architecture, interior design, and purchasing, designed five new premium club hospitality and seating areas at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden. This $4 million renovation project

encompasses luxury seating areas (The Lofts), lounge and raw bar (Club Lounge), corporate event suite (the Executive View), reinvented and relocated Banner’s restaurant (Banner’s Harbor View), and function room (The Partners Room).

Erland Branches Into Connecticut

Burlington, MA – Erland Eric P. Greene has joined Construction, Inc., headquarErland as regional manager tered in Burlington, has opened to oversee this expansion. He a new branch office in East brings 26 years of experience in Windsor, Conn. to better serve the commercial construction inclients in Western Massachudustry with more than 100 projsetts and Connecticut. ects in the academic, residential, The new location at One healthcare, and corporate marHartfield Boulevard, Suite 100 ket sectors on his impressive will build on Erland’s 32-year resume. His past affiliations inGreene clude JPI, Shawmut Design and history of providing award-winConstruction, Gilbane Buildning program planning, preconstruction, design-build, and construction ing Company, and Sells/Greene Building management services to a wide array of Company. commercial markets.

Integrated to Build Lab for Valeritas

Shrewsbury, MA - Integrated Builders, a construction management, design-build and general contracting firm, has been awarded a contract to build a lab for Valeritas at 800 Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury. Valeritas, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., with offices in Shrewsbury, is a medical technologies company serving the fast-growing diabetes market through its proprietary drug delivery systems.

The lab will include 2,000sf of space and will house a modular cleanroom. Last year, Integrated Builders completed a 20,679sf tenant fit-up for Valeritas at the same facility. Integrated was hired by the landlord, Vinco Properties, for the tenant fit-up job as well as for the repositioning of the 50,000sf foot building.

Jewett Relocates

Raymond, NH - Jewett Construction Co., Inc. has recently moved its corporate offices in Raymond to 68A Route 27. Jewett Construction began renovations at the site, which formerly housed Raymond Tool Rental, in October and moved into its

new home in early January. The slightly larger facility provides a comfortable atmosphere for employees and business associates, with a spacious conference room and plenty of parking, while remaining in a convenient, familiar location.

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March, 2009


High-Profile: Completed Facilities Development News

Landmark Completes Madison Park Office Fit-Up

Roxbury MA - Landmark Structures Corporation has completed a 3,000sf office fit-up project for Madison Park Development Corporation at 184 Dudley Street in Roxbury. The two-phase project involved renovation of existing space within the historic Hibernian Hall to accommodate Executive Offices and a new conference room for Madison Park Development The Watson Arena is anticipated to be the first LEED certified collegiate hockey arena in the country.

Bowdoin Coll. Dedicates Ice Arena Pro Con CM

Brunswick, ME – Bowdoin held a dedication ceremony on January 18, 2009 for the Sidney J. Watson Arena, the college’s new 68,200sf ice arena. The arena was filled to capacity with students, faculty, and invited guests for the special ceremony and doubleheader women’s and men’s hockey games, the first games to be played on the new ice. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N. H. was the construction manager for the $20 million project and Bear Mountain Design AC, LTD of Barnard, Vt. was the project architect. The new arena features a 90ft. x 200ft. ice surface and has a seating capacity for 1,900 and standing room capacity tti uide ra G ervices d n a S hic S Grap

around the concourse for an additional 600. Both the main concourse area and bowl seating provide great views of the action on the ice. The arena has exposed steel trusses, masonry columns and wood accents throughout the facility. The arena has large locker rooms with generous space for changing, equipment storage and athletic training area, and a 360-space parking lot. Throughout the project, PCI and Bowdoin maintained a strong commitment to the environment and anticipate the Watson Arena to be the first LEED certified collegiate hockey arena in the country.

Corporation. Madison Park Development fosters the social, physical, economic, and renaissance of the Roxbury community by promoting the economic self-sufficiency and social well-being of lowincome and moderate-income residents and advocating for an equitable share of private and public resources.

Turner Completes Grafton Facility

Concord, NH – The H.L. Turner Group Inc. of Concord completed full design and construction administration for the recently completed Grafton County Maintenance Facility located in North Haverhill. The 7,000sf three level wood-framed building replaced a building that was lost in a Recently completed Grafton County Maintenance Facility fire. Grafton County managed the con- Morrill Construction, ARC Mechanical, struction process, and the subcontractors Interstate Electrical, Hampshire Fire Proon the project were Roger Gosselin Inc., tection and Construx, Inc.

Cornerstone Completes Kilwin Store

Sandra Guidetti Graphic Services Over 20 Years in the Graphic Design and Printing Industry

Newport, RI - Cornerstone Design/ Build Services, Inc of Swansea, Mass. recently completed a construction and renovation project for Kilwin’s, a retailer of chocolates, ice cream and other confections. The new 1,600sf store, Kilwin’s first

in New England, is located at 262 Thames Street in Newport. The site formerly housed the Army/Navy store, which had been a Newport landmark. It is expected to be an important stopping point for both locals and visitors.


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Recently completed Kilwin “shoppe.”


March, 2009


High-Profile: News

Delta Nears Completion Visual Arts Center Imai Keller Moore Architects

Chestnut Hill, MA –Delta Design & Construction of Medford announced that the Robert Lloyd Corkin Visual Arts Center project located on the Brimmer and May School campus in Chestnut Hill, is progressing according to schedule and will be completed in late March 2009. Brimmer and May, an early-childhood through grade12, coeducational, independent day school, serves a culturally and socio-economically diverse student body from approximately 40 communities in greater Boston and 10 foreign countries. Delta partnered with Imai Keller Moore architects on this $1.6M, groundup art studio. In order to meet strict zoning

Steel Design Conference

Mark Your Calendar for May 21st! The Annual Steel Design Conference will be held on May 21st at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This year the 2009 T.R. Higgins Lecture will be presented by Donald W. White from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. More details are coming soon.

requirements, the new building was reconstructed on the original footprint. It was important that this building be designed to maintain the historic character of the original, late 1800’s carriage house on the three sides that faced the neighborhood. The north side of the building, by contrast, was given a two-story wood curtain wall, illuminating the major studio spaces, and providing views to the wooded hillside beyond. The mix of old and new is most visible at the upper level, where reclaimed lumber rafters carry the eye up to the cupola above. The project includes two 2D studios, and a ceramics studio.


Join us at our 25th anniversary celebration. New Location! We’re excited about our return to the Connecticut Expo Center on April 7 & 8, 2009 ...in addition to exhibits, education and the all new equipment rodeos to showcase what’s new for the construction jobsite, we’ll have food, fun and prizes to celebrate our 25th anniversary! Visit www.conexshows.com for FREE registration and details. We look forward to seeing you in April.

A mezzanine was constructed over the pool to create additional floor space.

BWK CM for Athletic Club

Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA BWK Construction Co., Inc. of Middleton served as the construction manager for additions and renovations at the Manchester Athletic Club. A 5,500sf mezzanine was constructed over the existing pool to create additional floor space for the cardiovascular exercise and specialty studio programs. The pool area was fully renovated

and the main entrance, lobby, lounge, proshop, offices and restaurant were reconfigured and renovated to improve HCP accessibility. The dynamics of ongoing club operations and multi-jurisdictional oversight required intensive coordination and flexibility between ownership, BWK Construction, town authorities and the design team.

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High-Profile: People

Svigals Promotes Two

Fox LEED AP Professionals Boston, MA - Fox RPM Corp, a real estate and

facilities project management firm, announced that project managers Krystle Foley, Angela Martin, Katie Arruda, and Betsy Klein recently became accredited professionals under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED.





SCPS Names Jon Karp

Shirley, MA - Senate projects run between $5K and Construction Corporation has $350K. The firm’s services will announced the formation of a include a vast range of smaller new division: Senate Commerprojects such as tenant fit-ups, cial Property Services (SCPS). remodeling, and building mainJon Karp has been recenttenance or any project that needs ly hired as manager for the new to be completed. According to Bob France, division. He comes to Senate President of Senate Construcwith over 10 years of experience tion, “SCPS will provide ecoin commercial construction. Karp nomic solutions and the experKarp explains that “SCPS provides the same level of professional at- tise and commitment to quality that our clients have come to expect from us.” tention accorded to larger projects.” SCPS will work with clients whose

Jewett adds Gallagher

Raymond, NH - Jewett Construction Co., Inc. announced the addition of Brian Gallagher as director of Business Development. Gallagher has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry and a solid marketing background.

New Haven, CT – Svigals + Partners, a fullservice design and master planning firm, has elevated two senior level employees – Christopher Bockstael and Walter Bockstael Chabla – from the position of project manager to associate principal. Bockstael brings 15 years of architecture design and project management experience to his new position. Since joining Svigals in early 2004, he has overseen more than 50 projects. Prior to his employment with Svigals + Partners, Bockstael served as senior architect for AI Architecture/Perkins + Will of Essex, as architect at Centerbrook Ar-

chitects in Centerbrook, and as staff designer at DeBose Associates of Hartford. Chabla is a seasoned project manager with more than 30 years of domestic and inChabla ternational architectural design and construction administration experience. He joined Svigals + Partners in late 2006 and has since overseen a majority of the firm’s elementary school, high school and educational revitalization projects. Previously, Chabla worked in various capacities for several organizations/architectural firms in Connecticut and New York City, including Yale University in New Haven and Kohn Pedersen Fox in NYC.

Two at Eckman LEED-Accredited Bedford, NH - John Deloia and Aaron Ravenelle, project managers with Eckman

Construction Co. in Bedford, have each achieved LEED professional accreditation. Ravenelle has been with Eckman for 10 years, working on projects including the Bedford High School/Lurgio Middle School, the NH Emergency Operations Center, and the recently completed NH Dept. of Revenue Administration offices, both in Concord. Deloia, with Eckman for 10 years, has worked on projects including the Silver Mill Apartments in Manchester, Petrocelli Hall at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, and the new student fitness center at St. Anselm College in Goffstown.

Delta Design Hires McCrann

Medford, MA - Delta Design & Construction, Inc., a full-service construction management/general contracting firm, has hired Libby McCrann as director of client services. McCrann will act as the liaison between client and project team to ensure that all issues are being dealt with effectively and promptly. She also will be involved in developing new business, which will include leading all marketing efforts for the company. McCrann previously worked at Construction Recruiters, as the New England regional director.


Structure Tone: LEED APs

Boston, MA - Structure Tone, Inc., Boston announced the following employees have Gallagher recently achieved recognition as LEED accredited professionals: Jared Cianciolo, Lesley Corda, Steven Desimone, Patrick Dwyer, Patrick King, Keith Kingdon, Ryan Megenedy, David Nelson, Michael Pelletier, John Strazie, and Paul Taranto. Jennifer Taranto has recently been elected to the executive committee for the USGBC affiliate Massachusetts Membership Forum Leadership Council. penter, Superintendent and Throughout the past year, Structure Tone has completed projects ranging from ecoProject Manager. friendly to LEED-CI Gold certification. In his new role Dwyer will continue to oversee project management and esthe traditional training courses Boston, MA - Suffolk timating as well as oversee- Construction Company, Inc. has focused on construction best ing the daily operations of hired public speaking and compractices and standard operatAdmiral Construction. ing procedures. munications consultant Dale

Admiral Promotes Dwyer

Watertown, MA - Admiral Construction Corporation announced the promotion of Sean Dwyer to the position of Executive Vice President. Dwyer brings to Admiral a wealth of knowledge and experience from his early days as a car-

Dale DeLetis Joins Suffolk


Gensler Staff Appointments

Boston, MA - The Boston office of Gensler announces the promotion of one new senior associate and five new associates. The promotions are made on an annual basis in recognition of outstanding client service, innovation, contribution to the Gensler organization, and community participation. The following individuals were appointed: Christopher Haynes, was named Senior Associate; Promoted to Associate were Yulia Bortkevich, Pablo Garcia, Nataliya Kostova, Fran Puglisi and James Yi.


Prior to joining Suffolk DeLetis as a member of its Red Construction, DeLetis spent & Blue University learning and more than 40 years teaching development team to assist Sufpublic speaking skills in acafolk employees in improving demic, nonprofit and corporate their business communications environments. Throughout his skills through workshops, semiDeLetis career, he has counseled CEOs, nars and individual coaching opportunities. The addition of DeLetis is one university and college presidents, deans, of several significant Suffolk hires from middle managers in business, software enthe business consulting and academic com- gineers, physicians, scientists, MBA stumunities aimed at enhancing the profes- dents, international students, college prosional development of employees beyond fessors and instructors.

March, 2009


High-Profile: People

GEI Adds Five

Boston, MA - GEI Consultants, Inc., a national geotechnical, environmental engineering and water resources firm, announced the addition of four senior practice leaders and a marketing manager located across the United States. Peter Heynen, P.E. has joined GEI as a senior geotechnical leader in the Atlantic region, located in the Glastonbury, Conn. office. He is a seasoned geotechnical engineer with over 35 years of Johnson engineering and management experience. He has broad knowledge and experience in all aspects of applied geotechnical engineering. He is also well versed in the environmental and construction fields. He is a licensed professional engineer in Conn., Fla, N.H., N.J., Pa., R.I. and Va. Todd Coffin, C.G., P.G. has joined the firm as a senior practice leader and branch manager for the Portland, Me. office. He brings with him over 23 years of experience in environmental consulting, environmental permitting, litigation support, contingency plan development, implementing environmental management systems, conducting audits of regulatory compliance, and industrial hygiene and





pollution prevention practices. He is a licensed professional geologist in the state of New Hampshire and a certified geologist in the state of Maine. Joseph Barry serves as the New England regional marketing manager and is located at GEI’s corporate headquarters in Woburn, Mass. He has been a marketer within the engineering industry in Boston for over 13 years. He will be accountable for a variety of strategic marketing tasks for the New England region. Rick Iger and David Johnson, P.G. both have joined the company’s California offices.

DPM Hires Roger Saleeby

Hartford, CT - Diversified Project Management (DPM) announced that Roger Saleeby has joined the firm as vice president of operations and will oversee the Hartford and Stamford offices. Prior to joining DPM, Saleeby was the vice president of construction for Emigrant Bank, New York City, where his responsibilities included all strate-

gic real estate planning and construction project management for Emigrant Bankowned corporate offices, retail branches and affiliated investment institutions. He also spent two years at DPM as project executive overseeing teams and supporting clients in both Hartford and Stamford.

TRO Jung|Brannen Promotions

Boston, MA – TRO Jung|Brannen, an international architecture, engineering, interior design and master planning firm, announced the promotion of 15 employees to associate and senior associate in the Boston office. Named senior associate: Dan Bliss; Jim Bryson; Robb Connor; Jason Costello, AIA, CSI, CCCA ; and Ron Gorham. Named associate: Adriana Dawley, LEED-AP; Ellen DeNooyer, AIA, LEED-AP; Amber Fournier, AIA, LEED-AP; Karen Galvin; Tarica Harris, AIA, LEED-AP; Pamela Mace, AIA; Mike Quinlan, AIA; Gregory Smith, PE; Allison Connor Ullman, SPHR.





Gilbane Names Two

Manchester, NH - Gilbane Building Company has named Paul J. Choquette III as vice president. A member of the fifth generation of the Gilbane family, Choquette serves as area manager in the comChoquette pany’s Northern New England office in Manchester. Choquette went through the Gilbane Management Training Program and joined the company’s Manchester office in 2005 as business development manager. He also worked for the company’s Northeast Region as a project superintendent at the $221 million AstraZeneca U.S. Business

Center project in Wilmington, Delaware. Gilbane Building Company also named Brian E. Garbecki vice president. He has more than 20 years of exGarbecki perience in the healthcare sector as an engineer, builder and facilities professional, and serves as the leader of the Healthcare Center of Excellence. Garbecki joined Gilbane in 2004 after having served as the director of facilities planning and management for the Baystate Health System in Massachusetts.

Metzger Named CSBA Interim Pres

Cambridge, MA presidency of the CSBA in order HMFH Architects announced to focus on the association’s civthat President George Metzger, ic relationships. The board also AIA was elected president of named Barron to the new posithe Central Square Business tion of chairman, reflecting his Association (CSBA) by its longtime leadership and continboard of directors. ued role as spokesperson for the A member of CSBA CSBA. since 1992 and having most reThese changes are the recently served as vice president, sult of a strategic planning proMetzger cess, which the board launched Metzger will serve as Interim in October to redefine the organipresident until the 2009 annual zation’s goals and structure. meeting and elections. Photo courtesy of HMFH Architects President Carl Barron recently announced his decision to step down from the

Meridian Personnel Announcements

Westborough, MA - Eric I. Dickinson, staff engineer, recently became the first employee from Meridian Associates, Inc. to receive a CPESC Certification. Founded by Gwozdz the Soil & Water Conservation Society, the CPESC, Inc. (Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Inc.) strives to improve professional competency as part of its ongoing efforts to preserve

land and water resources for future generations. John P. Gwozdz was recently accredited with two significant professional accomplishments. accomplishments: Dickinson He earned his licensure in landscape architecture and became Meridian’s newest LEED-certified team member, the first from the Westborough office.


March, 2009


High-Profile: Calendar SMPS

Northeast Regional Conference - Smart Marketing: Planning for the Rebound March 25-27 The Beechwood Hotel Worcester, Mass. Are you more than a survivor? Is your firm taking the strategic steps to not only survive the current economy but actually thrive and emerge stronger? Are you planning for the rebound? Join marketing leaders, business owners, and the consultants guiding corporate America to learn new strategies for personal and firm success in the difficult economy of 2009. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the strategies and best practices of more than a dozen of the most respected marketing veterans working for the A/E/C industry and corporate America. For more information visit http://www. smpsboston.org.


Interview Practice with Esther Chewning Tuesday, April 7 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm Allsteel Showroom, 200 State Street, 4th Floor, Suite 4, Boston, This interactive session will discuss the preparation for, the conversation during, and the follow-up to a job interview. Learn how to address difficult questions regarding salary, gaps in employment, and why you transitioned from former employers. Review how to prepare for behavioral interview questions in addition to what to ask during an informational interview. Bring a copy of your resume to use during the interactive portions of this seminar. Cost to IFMA Boston members is free. Email esther@cornerstonecareer. com or call 857-413-1763.

Surviving the Economic Downturn

Eric Greene on “Theory of Constraints” SFNE Spring Dinner Meeting Thursday, April 23 Executive Court, Manchester, NH To get a registration form go to:www.ssfne.org/calendar of eventsFor assistance or for more information call: Catherine Flaherty at 603-766-7363.





For ages 35 and younger Mix It Up! With NAIOP’s Developing Leaders Thursday, March 19 5:30 - 7:30 pm Goodwin Procter LLP, 53 State Street, Exchange Place, Boston. Network with the industry’s top senior executives, while learning how you can benefit from NAIOP’s Developing Leaders program. Make plans now to attend Mix It Up!, a cocktail networking event featuring key members of NAIOP’s Board of Directors and its Gold and Silver Gavel programs, presented by the DL Steering Committee. $25 per NAIOP member and per non-member. Non-members who join between now and the night of the event can attend Mix It Up! for free. Email Debbie Osheroff at osheroff@naiopma.org for details.

Massachusetts Building Congress MBC Golf Outing Monday, June 15-Salem Country Club Open only to MBC members and their guests. The best industry tournament on the best course in the area. Sells out every year before the snow melts. Call and reserve now: 978-921-9222.



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oston, MA - The Boston Red Sox have again hired NER Construction Management, Inc. of Wilmington to perform restoration services at historic Fenway Park. Specifically NER is restoring and waterproofing the concrete poured in 1912, at one of the oldest baseball parks in the US. The complete scope of work must be completed in the off-season, and for Massachusetts, that means working through the harsh months of winter to restore the concrete. NER has worked on several projects at the park, as recently as last summer on the bleacher sections, but the main portion of the job started last November on a 180,000sf area including above and below the original grandstand. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Architects of Cambridge is the architect of record on the job.

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Form prepared for pouring of cement.


Work proceeds beneath tents that provide a favorable environment for concrete restoration.

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High-Profile Monthly: march 2009  

High-Profile Monthly is a facility development trade publication, featuring construction activities in New England. Its readers build and re...

High-Profile Monthly: march 2009  

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