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NewBridge on the Charles - Designed by Perkins Eastman and Chan Krieger Margulies Perruzzi and Columbia Top Off Hobbs Brook Corporate Campus Interview with Fernando J. Domenech Jr. on the Revitalization of Franklin Hill Interview with Nexamp Partners EBC Completes Evergreen Place J. Calnan & Assoc. Completes PAREXEL HQ Studio G and Vertec Corp. at 270 Centre Street ICON and New Atlantic Development at ArtBlock 731 LaRosa Building Group at Hollander Foundation Center KBE Expands Whitney Center -SFCS Project Architect Lee Kennedy Co. and Fine & Assoc. Complete Hadley Apartments Plus Educational and Healthcare Facilities News, Calendar, People and more...
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NewBridge on the Charles.......... 22 35 W. Newton Street................ 26 PAREXEL Headquarters............. 28 ArtBlock 731.......................... 32 Franklin Hill Revitalized.............. 33 Old Boston Garden Redefined..... 42 Hadley Apartments Completed..... 43
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Rowley, MA - Capone Iron Corporation, a major structural steel and miscellaneous iron fabricator/contractor, in Rowley recently, initiated a “Local Stimulus” promotion in an effort to invigorate the local economy by encouraging the use of American contractors on local construction projects. Company President Stephen J. Capone summed up the program by stating, “Given the current economic climate, we felt it was necessary to remind developers, owners and general contractors how important it is to hire local American companies for their construction projects. We need to support the local economy at this time. “ The “Local Stimulus” awareness drive is represented by a new corporate emblem, which will be prominently displayed on all company correspondence,
faxes, emails and proposals, as well as on company vehicles and at jobsites on which Capone Iron is working. The new emblem features an American eagle emblazoned with the Capone logo, and clutching two steel beams in its talons. The eagle design is surrounded by the motto: “Creating American Jobs – Generating American Tax Dollars – Supporting the American Economy.” The new emblem was developed through a company-wide contest. Capone announced the final selection to all employees at a recent company meeting. “We hope this program will result in more business, not just for our company, but for all local subcontractors facing foreign competition in the marketplace,” he observed.
Boston, MA - Suffolk manager, Leary develops the Construction Company, Inc., business direction and strateannounced that the Greater gy for all projects undertaken Boston Chamber of Comby Suffolk Education. merce selected Vice President His responsibilities Angus Leary to join its Bosinclude identifying and culton’s Future Leaders program, tivating client relationships, a highly selective program recruiting and developing key that identifies the leaders of staff members, overseeing tomorrow and engages them preconstruction efforts on all Leary in the business and civic life education projects, and ensurof the Boston community by ing that all construction and providing a platform for professional de- renovation projects adhere to Suffolk’s velopment and significant opportunities high-quality standards. for growth and exposure. Throughout his career Leary has Leary leads Suffolk Education, served in every key role on a project Suffolk Construction’s strategic busi- team, including estimator, preconstrucness unit (SBU) focused exclusively on tion manager, project engineer, assistant construction and renovation projects for superintendent, project manager, project academic institutions. As education SBU executive and vice president.
Friedlaender Named Chair of N.E. Conservatory
Cambridge, MA - HMFH Architects, a leading architectural firm focused on the design of innovative learning environments, announced that founding principal Stephen Friedlaender, FAIA has been named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New England Conservatory in Boston. The oldest independent school of music in the United States, New England Conservatory (NEC) is designated as a National Historic Landmark along with its premier concert venue, Jordan Hall. Prior to his nomination to the position of board chairman by Friedlaender a committee within NEC’s board of trustees, Friedlaender served the institution for 15 years. He was a member of the NEC’s Board of Overseers for six years beginning in 1993, and was then elected to the Board of Trustees, where he served until his election as board chairman in April 2008. Friedlaender will remain in his current role for a maximum of two three-year terms. Photo courtesy of New England Conservatory
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Q & A with Nexamp Partners
High-Profile Monthly recently interviewed Will Thompson and Dan Leary, partners at Nexamp, Inc., a North Andover, Mass. company that has developed a full spectrum of energy solutions for commercial construction. HP: So, let’s talk about how you two met. Will: Dan and I attended public schools together here in North Andover; we’ve been friends since about the age of five. We both served as active duty military officers for over five years. Dan: I had always wanted to work in the clean energy sector, so upon leaving the Army I decided to focus on the potential of developing renewable energy in Massachusetts. I began to develop the business in January 2006 and began installing solar electric and solar thermal systems. About a year in I invited Will Thompson to join me as a business partner. Today we have about 25 people, which is greater than 300% growth over the past few years. HP: I was told that you were a onestop shop for green building. How did you develop technologies outside of solar? Dan: Solar is very much in demand. A lot of folks want to have solar who don’t yet realize that there are enormous opportunities to reduce carbon and energy through energy-efficiency measures and energy management. For example, installing a solar array is a great investment, but if you also haven’t installed energy efficient lighting and improved your building controls and made other efficiency measures, then you really can’t capture the full benefit of your solar system. We quickly adjusted our business model to build a company
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Woburn, MA - Service Point USA has become an authorized Autodesk value-added reseller (VAR) with a focus on AutoCAD software and Revit software for building information modeling (BIM) in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) market. Bill Sullivan, Service Point Managing Director and COO, states, To mark its new VAR designation, Service “We are excited about our expanded Point held introductory training sessions for Autodesk software relationship with Autodesk and what it products and services, combined with means for our clients. Autodesk, like Service Point, is a leader in providing our strong training and support services, relevant and timely products and ser- greatly benefit our customers and are vices key to the AEC industry. These leading the way to a successful future.”
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Portsmouth, NH - TMS Architects designed project on Bow Street, Martingale Wharf, under the direction of owners Butch and John Ricci of Ricci Construction, has made significant construction progress over this past winter. The east and west steel frame is fabricated, and considerable reconstruction of the interior of the existing Martingale Building has occurred. A 50,000sf mixed-use building is well
Westwood, MA - Masters Touch of Medfield, a one-stop-shop providing architectural, design and construction services, is actively involved with the Westwood Historical Society in completing renovations of the historic Obed Baker House, also known as the “Red House,” in Westwood. “It is an honor for Masters Touch to participate in the preservation of a piece of architectural history,” said Doug Masters, president. When finished, the Obed Baker House will provide the town of Westwood a time capsule of the town’s past, dating back nearly 200 years. This important endeavor will not only enrich the community but also serve as a learning tool for adults and schoolchildren alike. The Obed Baker House has been authenticated by the Massachusetts Historical Commission as a “well preserved example
on its way on either side of the Martingale Apartment building and will eventually offer restaurant, retail and office space. Ricci Construction brought in Maine Drilling & Blasting to handle the sensitive site work. Access was extremely limited to the site and the slope from the pavement to the rivNorth Kingstown, RI - Wayne J. Grifer was 30 feet down and much of the rock fin Electric, Inc. of Holliston, Mass. has removal had to be performed by barge. begun electrical work at the Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) for the Rhode Island Air National Guard at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown. The new 105,000sf facility will house administrative offices, flight operations areas, simulation training, aircraft maintenance hangar, aircraft storage hangar and related shop and storage spaces. Griffin Electric will install new 2,500 Bow Street amp, 480/277 volt service with a 400 kilo-
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Mashpee, MA - In early 2010, a new public library in Mashpee will open its doors and welcome patrons to a building that is both user- and environmentallyfriendly. When completed, the library will incorporate energy efficiencies that qualify for LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. “Construction has gotten off to a great start,” said Michael Fazio, project manager for the architectural firm of J. Stewart Roberts Associates, Inc. of Somerville, who added that the foundations are currently being installed. “We’ve been very happy with Bufftree’s performance and are
very excited about this project because it will be one of the first LEED-certified libraries in Massachusetts and the first on Cape Cod.” The projected cost for the new library is $6,402,800. The total footage is 20,880sf. The site also includes a parking lot, an outdoor events yard and an adjacent building that will house a new Mashpee post office. Among the outstanding features of the library are an events room for community meetings, space for the library’s Native American collection, and an expanded area for children’s services.
Integrated Builders Gets Vestcom Contract Cramer Levine Architect
South Easton, MA - Integrated Builders, a construction management, designbuild and general contracting company in Braintree, has been awarded a 20,000sf interior fit-up contract from Vestcom International Inc., a provider of customized shelf-edge marketing solutions to major retailers and brand manufacturers in the grocery, drug, and mass merchandising industries. Integrated Builders will build approximately 20,000sf of interior space; a warehouse will account for 15,000sf and the remainder 5,000sf will be made up of office and print room. The facility is located in South Easton, Mass. Norton-based Cramer Levine & Company serves as project architect. The project is scheduled for completion in May.
Consigli to Renovate Airport Garage Fay, Spofford & Thorndike Architect
Milford, MA - Consigli Construction Co., Inc. has been awarded the multi-phase renovation of the Terminal B Parking Garage at Logan International Airport, making important infrastructure upgrades while maintaining full access to departure and arrival gates and parking areas throughout the 42-month project beginning in March. The project consists of upgrading the roadway that surrounds the garage, ensuring that the arrival and departure roads can accommodate the heavier loads of today’s modern traffic and the increased passenger travel that Logan has experienced in recent years. Pavement repairs and drainage improvements will be made, and important environmental upgrades – including three new oil/water separators – are scheduled
for the first phase of the project. Inside the Terminal B garage, improvements will include multiple structural repairs, such as new expansion joints, installation of new 24-inch PC girders, column and slab repairs and new waterproofing membrane. The existing lighting system will be removed and replaced with energy efficient units, and alternative energy sources – such as photovoltaic panels and wind turbines – are potential options for enhancing the efficiency of the garage. Consigli and Massport will develop a phasing plan that will minimize traffic flow interruptions and incorporate off-hours operations to ensure services for the terminal remain operational at all times.
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Foxborough, MA – The new Renaissance Hotel and Spa at Patriot Place is buzzing with activity. Finish carpenters, dry wall installers, carpet installers and painters are applying the interior finishes on all levels of the hotel’s interior, while installers complete the exterior finishes. Pro Con Inc, of Manchester, N.H. is the architect and construction manager for the four-star, 150-key hotel and spa project, which anchors the stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues at Patriot Place and is adjacent to Gillette Stadium. The hotel’s public spaces will include a stylish 98-seat restaurant, a private dining room, a lounge with 60-foot bar and stone hearth oven, outside patio for casual dining, a flexible space conference room, an enclosed business center, a club lounge on the fifth floor, fitness center, indoor pool
Acella Completes Retail Tenant Fit-Out at Mayfaire Center
Attleboro, MA - Acella Construction Corporation recently completed the construction of a 4,800sf retail fit-out for Avenue, a women’s clothing store, at the newly-built Mayfaire Center in Attleboro. Acella completed the 4,800sf fit-out on behalf of the landlord, Carpionato Properties, Inc., a Johnston, R.I.-based develop-
er of retail, hotel and multi-family properties in New England. Mayfaire Center is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and May Street. Its anchor tenants include Super Stop & Shop, Pizzeria Uno and Modell’s Sporting Goods.
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Boston, MA -Suffolk Construction Company recently completed construction of Boston’s House of Blues music hall. The new music hall rises three stories and holds more than 2,400 patrons, making it one of the largest concert halls in Boston. Built on the site of the former Avalon and Axis nightclubs, Suffolk’s project team completed construction on an aggresHouse of Blues is one of the largest concert halls in Boston. sive schedule in time for Photography by Robert Umenhofer, RJU Photography the House of Blues’ scheduled February opening. ored accent panels. The Lansdowne Street The challenging project was built on a very tight urban site façade is clad in brick, which gives the on Lansdowne Street directly across from building a sense of historical scale since Fenway Park. The building’s exterior con- it is in such close proximity to the historic sists of corrugated metal siding with col- Fenway Park structure.
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Newton, MA - With a goal of LEED Gold, the campus at 175-185 Wyman Street will be comprised of two new buildings encompassing over 330,000sf. Located directly adjacent to Hobbs Brook Office Park, which consists of nine buildings totaling over 1.2 million sf, the addition of 175-185 Wyman Street, will increase the total office park to over 1.5 million sf. Designed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects of Boston and being built by Columbia Construction of Andover, 175-185 Wyman Street will have convenient structured and surface parking, mature landscap-
ing, and direct access to Route 128/95. As the SIOR Featured Landlord, a Breakfast will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at the Newton Marriott. 7:30 a.m-Registration/Networking, 8:00 a.m.-Breakfast 8:15-9:00 a.m. Presentation/Q&A Panel includes: Donald Oldmixon from Hobbs Brook Management LLC, Marc Margulies, AIA, LEED AP from Margulies Perruzzi Architects, and Chip Batchelder from Wyman Street Advisors. For more information visit http:// www.siorne.com Brookline Town Hall newly renovated lobby. photos courtesy of HMFH Architects, Inc.
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Brookline, MA - HMFH Architects announced the formal dedication of Brookline Town Hall. The event took place March 29 followed by an open house of town offices. Throughout the renovated space, an exhibition of objects and images tracing the town’s history was displayed. The 18-month-long project includes extensive renovation of a seven-story, 1960’s-era office building to improve both energy and operational efficiency and meet the town of Brookline’s ambitious sustainability goals. Work includes new windows, MEP systems and flooring designed to meet LEED Silver standards. Work also includes redesign of public spaces to im-
prove circulation, wayfinding and accessibility; redesign of the ground floor to better meet community needs; and reconfiguration of offices to improve efficiency and adjacencies. In addition, renovations of the two main meeting spaces, the Selectman’s Hearing Room and the School Committee Room, include significant technology and accessibility upgrades. The Brookline Town Hall renovation was recently honored with a North Atlantic regional award for sustainability from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and will go on to compete in the national IES awards program.
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Exeter, NH - Jewett Construction Company, Inc. of Raymond has recently One Hampshire at Kendall Cambridge completed renovations at Square, Exeter Hospital. The work took place from early December, 2008 through January, 2009. Renovations consisted of the demolition of the existing staff lounge, adjacent corridor, cardiac rehabilitation, restroom, and partial exit stairwell. This demolition included the removal of existing doors, walls, lockers, bathroom fixtures, acoustical ceilings, flooring, lighting, and HVAC components. New work consisted of renovating the staff lounge into a family discharge
room with new flooring, acoustical ceilings, lighting, HVAC, and finished walls. Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge The former cardiac rehab was divided into the new west staff lounge and the new dialysis room and adjacent restroom. The former stairwell was closed off and utilized as dialysis storage. Jewett worked with subcontractors including Cadieux Flooring of Stratham; Gemini Electric, Inc. of Auburn; John C. Pratt Company of Rochester; A.P. Dailey Millwork of Windham; Granite State Plumbing & Heating, LLC of Weare, and Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
Boston, MA – The new Center for Life Science / Boston, located at 3 Blackfan Circle, is regarded as one of the preeminent research facilities in the world. Eight NECA Boston Chapter contractors have recently provided the comprehensive electrical construction and telecommunications services for the facility and its tenants – Bennett Electrical, Inc.; Gaston Electrical Construction, Inc.; Mass. Electric Construction Co, Inc.; LAN-TEL Communications, Inc.; Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Center for Life Science / Boston Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge Inc.; Infowires Contracting, LLC; Center for Life Science / Boston Northborough, MA –Consigli Conclosely with Consigli to maintain the agJ.M. Electrical Company, Inc.; and Flow Cytometry Core facility for DanaIn the world of biotechnology and healthcare Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Take a close look at the just client a few oftothe recent struction Co., Inc. recently completed the gressive schedule, enabling Viscom Systems, Inc. Farber/Harvard Cancer Center here. construction of Metrowest Oral Surgical meet its goals for move-in and mobilizaThe 18-story, 700,000+sf contempofacility construction, experience, quality Boston and safety pleted projects by NECA Greater Boston C Children’s Hospital re- Association (NECA). rary, glass structure serves as a medical re- searches such complex areas as neurologi- Associates’ new oral and maxillofacial sur- tion. are critical to every project. Which is why leading As we light the way for innovations in biotechnol- Themembers. It willstructure tell you where to turn for th wood-framed features search and office facility. Primary tenants cal disorders, neurobiological matters, and gical office at 172 Main Street in Northborarchitects,central generalnervous contractors, engineers, building ough. ogy, healthcare, education, and the sciences, NECA fully equipped surgicalinsuites, dental im- and ren est standards electrical, telecom, include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical system injuries including The 6,000sf medical office facilplant suite, recovery rooms, sterilizing Center (BIDMC), which occupies floors 4 and owners, throughout Eastern opticfacility nerve managers regeneration and spinal cord and IBEW remain committed to powering our ener- energy construction. ity was completed under the design-build area, doctors’ offices and a medical library. through 10, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, injuries. New England rely on the skilled union electricians gy-efficient, technology-driven facilities with elecRely on the power of quality electrical wor and Harvard Medical School affiliate – the IDI is a world leader in immunology delivery system, giving the team the flex- Included on the main floor is a CT scanner to expedite key portions of the proj- that andisdigital radiographic equipment speof Localresearch 103 ofand theis focused International Brotherhood trical and telecommunications construction 1-877-NECA-IBEW for aforcomplete direc Immune Disease Institute (IDI). on immune defense ibility ect, such as the building’s foundations and cialized x-rays such as oral and maxillofaThe medical research conducted and Workers inflammation concentration of Electrical (IBEW)with anda the professionalin unsurpassed in quality. All with critical attention to NECA Greater Boston Chapter Members, or at Center for Life Science/Boston spans adhesion molecules/inflammation; auto- wooden truss framing, before final designs cial CT scans. Medical service areas extend electrical contractors of the Greater Boston on-time, on-budget delivery. at www.bostonneca.org diverse areas of medicine, providing the immunity/allergy; genetics of immunode- were complete. Consigli self-performed into the basement of the building, including promise and basis for critical medical ad- ficiency and cancer and immune defenses multiple components of the project, includ- a dental laboratory for processing dental and millwork installation. casts, prostheses and surgical guides. vancements. As examples, BIDMC bases against infectious diseases, viruses, and Lighting the ing waysitework for biotechnology and healthcare facilities. Project architect dctDESIGNS worked its Genomics and Proteomics Center and tumors.
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EnerWorks Partners with Nelson & Small
Dorchester, MA – EnerWorks announced its strategic partnership with Nelson & Small, nationally recognized wholesale distributor. Through Nelson & Small’s network of over 800 dealers, EnerWorks solar thermal appliances will be distributed throughout New England and Upper State New York. “We’re thrilled about this partnership,” says Jim Hughes, EnerWorks director of business development for northeastern USA. “Nelson & Small’s knowledge and experience in the energy market, as well as their depth of coverage, will enable customers throughout the region to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of heating their water with the power of the sun.”
Nelson & Small has been in the energy business for 24 years and saw renewable energy as the wave of the future. They were eager to be ahead of the curve in meeting the needs of their customers who are looking for alternatives to fossil fuel. “EnerWorks has taken complex solar thermal technology and packaged it as an appliance, making solar water heating understandable, accessible, and affordable. Their approach really simplifies the installation and integration of this technology into both residential and commercial applications,” said Peter LaRose, Nelson & Small’s senior vice president and general sales manager.
Charpentier Leed Accredited Medford, MA – Delta Design & Construction announced that Al Charpentier, superintendent, has recently become LEED accredited. “I’m really pleased that Al is the first member of our team to become accredited. He represents a great start to our company goal of getting everyone accredited,” commented Delta president, Derek Pelletier.
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Lawrence, MA - Solectria Renewables introduces its most recent innovation, the stainless steel string combiner. This is now available for fused string combining of any commercial photovoltaic (PV) system. Stainless steel string combiners are perfect for systems located outside that experience harsh weather conditions and require extra protection. All units are USmade with fuses included in a NEMA4 or NEMA4X enclosure, and the whole unit is listed to UL1741. Solectria Renewables, LLC, of Lawrence, is a developer and manufacturer of
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by Mark Kohorst Did you know that you can’t throw fluorescent and CFL bulbs in the trash? A law passed last year makes trashing these light bulbs unlawful. Specifically, the law states that, effective May 1, 2008, “no person, household, business, school, healthcare facility or state or municipal government shall knowingly dispose of a mercury-added product in any manner other than by recycling, disposing as hazardous waste or using a method approved by the department (of Environmental Protection).” Households: For households, the primary concern is CFLs – the energy-efficient lightbulbs promoted to replace incandescent bulbs. Now, recycling these bulbs is easier than ever. Several retailers such as IKEA and The Home Depot will recycle these bulbs for free. The city of Boston offers household hazardous waste collection twice a year and will accept all fluorescent lamps. More information can be found at http://www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/ recycling/hazardouswaste.asp. A broader list of recycling locations throughout the Commonwealth can be found at www. keepmercuryfrom rising.org. And several lighting manufacturers offer recycling kits for sale through their websites. Businesses: For business owners and operators, the primary concern is mercury-
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Boston, MA – Commercial real estate professionals recently toured the LEED Silver-certified corporate headquarters of BostonCoach to learn firsthand how corporate office tenants can benefit from implementing environmentallyfriendly workplace measures. Hosted by CoreNet Global, the leading professional association for corporate real estate and workplace executives, the event also featured a panel discussion featuring representatives from BostonCoach, architects ADD Inc., construction manager Elaine Construction and engineers RDK. The team was responsible for creating a highly functional, sustainable corporate headquarters within a century old warehouse at 70 Fargo Street in Corporate office tenants can benefit from implementing environmentally-friendly workplace measures. Boston’s Seaport District. BostonCoach’s initiatives tions and employee relocations within the to boost employee amenities, reduce envi- space. ronmental impacts and foster productivity Lighting energy was reduced by 30% earned the project a 2008 “Best New Work- and 126,000 gallons of water will be saved place Award” from CoreNet Global. annually. Among the accomplishments and lesRecycling 90% of all construction sons learned on the 23,652sf project were: waste kept demolition byproducts out of Installing an underfloor air distribu- local landfills. tion system not only improves comfort, it allows significant flexibility in reconfigura-
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Providence, RI – The architectural, engineering and interior design firm of RGB has the following green news: Mark R. Remillard, associate AIA, FMP, has successfully completed the U.S. Green Building Council’s requirements for LEED Professional Accreditation for Existing Facilities. He has a thorough understanding of environmentally sustainable design practices including energy efficient construction, alternative energy systems, and environmentally sound material selections with special interests in sustainable housing and alternative energy systems. RGB project manager and associate, Steven L. Hughes AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, RI’s first LEED accredited architect, and job captain Christopher A. Armstrong, associate AIA, LEED AP are both serving on the RI Chapter’s US Green Building Council (USGBC). Hughes is serving on the board of directors and is chairman of the Advocacy/ Government Relations Committee.
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‘Zero Net Energy’ in Two State Buildings
Boston, MA - Two new state buildings will be built to “zero net energy building” specifications, to demonstrate cost-saving, high-efficiency designs and on-site renewable energy use outlined in the final report of the state’s Zero Net Energy Task Force released recently,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles. “The buildings we build today will be with us for generations,” said Secretary Bowles. “Using less energy saves money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and the state should lead the way in making buildings as smart as possible in energy use, and providing a boost for the clean energy technologies and jobs that make this possible.” The Task Force of industry experts, convened by Secretary Bowles at the behest of Governor Patrick, who called for the panel at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
annual meeting last year, reviewed more than 80 state construction projects at various stages of design to determine the best candidates for energy and design techniques that minimize energy use and maximize renewable energy opportunities, for minimum “net” energy consumed on an annual basis. The projects identified by the Task Force and selected by the state as suitable for zero net energy treatment are the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) headquarters, to be built in Westborough, and North Shore Community College’s Health and Student Services Building in Danvers. The North Shore Community College building is now in design, with construction due to begin sometime this summer. The MassWildlife project goes into design this spring, with construction expected to begin in fiscal year 2011.
EYP Reduces Its Carbon Footprint
Boston, MA - EYP is taking steps towards reducing its carbon footprint by buying carbon offsets, to dramatically reduce the effect of all business-related airline travel. Additionally, the firm purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for one year to offset 100% of the electricity used by its corporate offices. In partnership with 3Degrees, a national renewable energy and carbon offset company providing Green-e Certified Renewable Energy Certificates from renewable energy facilities across the nation, these moves enable EYP to continue its commitment to promoting and implementing environmentally responsible solutions.
The firm’s purchase of RECs will have the environmental benefit equivalent to removing 65 cars off the road each year, or the amount of CO2 stored in more than 80 acres of trees annually. According to EYP President and CEO Tom Birdsey, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, “A shared commitment to a sustainable future is a defining value for each of EYP’s employees. Reducing our carbon footprint through purchasing green power and carbon offsets further enhances those values and helps sustain our pride in the work we do. Working with 3Degrees has ensured that EYP’s commitment meets the very highest quality standards for Verified Emission Reductions and RECs.”
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vices for instance. We work with companies as advisors and build a specific road map of solutions tailored to their facility, rather than just offering solar or lighting. We might offer 20 different projects that can reduce energy and save money, but we group it together so you can see the result of the whole portfolio of energy projects would be in terms of return on investment and net present value, etc. We also sort out and describe the rebates and tax incentives that are available. We offer advisory services at a substantially lower cost than a typical consultant. And we implement the solutions in house. HP: So you provide the options and once the client decides what they want, you actually do the installing. So for example, something like geothermal, do you hire an outside company to do the drilling? Will: We have an HVAC project manager and a technician. Again, our work is turnkey. We complete the design, procurement, permitting and installation. We don’t have our own drill rig, but once the program builds to the point that we have that much work, that will be the next step. We have eight in-house technicians, but like any construction company, we use subcontractors. HP: Are you just New England? Dan: Right now we’re making sure that we’re really good at everything that we can implement here in the New England states. We’re able to offer some of our advisory services beyond this region. HP: Where do you see Nexamp in the next five years? Will: We’re building Nexamp to be very scalable on the national level and ultimately on an international level. Dan: We’re in the process of opening up our first expansion office on the South Shore, and we’ll probably open a central Massachusetts office. In a year or so, we may have offices opening on the West Coast and the Mid Atlantic. HP: Who are your customers? Dan: We’ve found that CEOs and community leaders enjoy working with us because of the way we organize information and present it. At the same time, we often work with owner’s representatives, architects, equipment manufacturers, general contractors, etc. HP: Do you find it’s more commercial or residential? Dan: It’s very mixed. We find a lot of our commercial customers stem from projects with residential customers. Will: We’ve implemented several renewable energy systems for agricultural clients. Farms receive substantial state and federal grants. One of our latest commercial solar electric contracts resulted from a greater Boston facility engineer who saw one of our arrays while picking apples with his children at the Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. Dan: What we really like about working with farmers is that they have a lot
Wind turbine installation, Kensington, NH of foresight. They realize that clean energy systems are really investments. The systems have a relatively fast payback and are going to generate power for a whole generation over their 25 to 30 year life span. Will: One of the other rewarding aspects of building Nexamp is that we’re one of the few companies that is hiring folks right now. We’re taking on some really great people, some of whom have been in the labor force for 30 or 40 years but have recently found themselves out of work. Each of our employees brings specific skills to the table, and it’s making us such a strong company. It makes our work that much more rewarding. HP: Do you ever hold information workshops or training of any kind? Dan: One thing we do is host Webinars. Nexamp looks for new opportunities every day. One of today’s significant opportunities, for example, is for towns to put solar arrays on their schools and public buildings. In our history there’s never been a better time. We’ve put together a series of Webinars to reach out and educate community leaders on how to go about integrating clean energy. We let our clients and potential clients know what opportunities exist. It can be hard to keep track, so we keep track for them. HP: So what would you say is the most beneficial factor to the end user? Dan: The reason why people should be looking at clean energy and the sector as a whole, whether they become an end user or they want to invest in it, is due to the fact that the conditions are perfect right now for these types of investments. The return on investment you can get from clean energy and especially energy efficiency and energy management are just enormous compared to what is available across the rest of the global markets. For a privately owned solar array, many of our clients will experience at least a 12 to 14% post tax rate of return over the 20 to 25 year life of the system. That’s a phenomenal investment by any measure. And during that period you’re using clean energy!
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New Haven Approves Wind Power
New Haven, CT-- The New Haven city planning commission approved the installation of two new wind power generators for local industries. Both will be erected by Alteris Renewables. A new 120-foot tall wind -powered turbine with 30-foot tall blades is expected to supply up to one-third of the electric power required by New Haven’s Phoenix Press, and a 90-foot turbine will provide power for a building on Long Wharf Park. Brian Driscoll of the family-owned Phoenix Press says it takes up to 400,000 kilowatts a year to operate their printing presses. He says the new wind turbine will be the first of its kind in the country large enough to power a commercial enterprise of this size. He said the company’s savings could amount to $40,000 to $60,000 annually using this renewable energy source. The turbine installation will cost about $500,000, half of which is covered by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The Driscoll brothers, Brian and Kevin, say they hope to have the project completed and the new source of energy
operating their presses by this fall. They hope to build a second wind turbine in the near future. The Phoenix Press tower will be erected on its property at 15 James St. near the Quinnipiac River. A mile away, on the other side of the harbor, the city will participate with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to place a turbine atop a 90-foot tower on Long Wharf Drive to test the value of smaller turbines. The 6 kilowatt wind turbine at Long Wharf will produce about 5,500 kilowatts of electricity a year to offset the power needs of the Schooner building on the Wharf property. The Phoenix Press Recycles much of its materials, using Forest Stewardship certified paper and is hiring an environmental consultant to further reduce its carbon footprint. State and federal tax credits encourage installation of renewable energy sources. The new turbines will be exempt from property taxes, and the Phoenix Press can claim a 30% tax credit under the economic stimulus package.
Metric Corp. LEED Accredited
Boston, MA – Metric Construction Corp announced that assistant project manager, Peter Bohlin, has successfully passed the LEED Accreditation exam. Bohlin has been recently elected as chairman of the Membership Committee for Boston’s Emerging Green Builders.
Metric recently held an intensive training program to prepare more of its employees for the accreditation process and expects another five employees will achieve LEED AP status in the immediate future.
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Brattleboro, VT - Window Quilt, the company that developed movable window insulation 30 years ago, is now shipping high-performance insulated shades from its new Brattleboro factory. Window Quilt, whose products dramatically reduce energy losses through windows, has returned to its original hometown and is under the direction of experienced management. Over a half million Window Quilts have been installed in residences, schools, national parks, and public buildings of all kinds. “The need for energy saving products is greater than ever today and Window Quilts are still the most cost-effective and easily deployed solution bar none,” says Larry Digney, the new owner. Window Quilts, though simple in appearance, are highly engineered to address all the mechanisms that contribute to heat loss from the building envelope and discomfort in the interior space.
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KBE Expands Whitney Center Hamden CT - Like many other established continuing care retirement communities, Hamden-based Whitney Center knows that to be competitive it has to upgrade its facilities from time to time. When constructed in 1979, this attractive CCRC was a state-of-the-art community. Changing demographics and evolving demands of the retirement market over the years caused Whitney Center to reevaluate its offerings. Today, Whitney Center is readying itself to make far-reaching improvements to the community, which is now home to 250 residents. KBE Building Corporation, formerly Konover Construction, began working with Whitney Center and SFCS Inc., the project’s architect, in 2005 on an in-depth preconstruction program to address this “Renaissance Project.” This comprehensive expansion of the existing building will further enhance the high quality of life that residents already enjoy. Design is complete and
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construction is planned to start by this fall. The project will include a new eight-story building with 100 spacious new apartments, a new cultural arts center and a host of other amenities. To the north of the existing building, a new four-story building will provide 32 new assisted living apartments, a
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new health and wellness center with 48 skilled nursing beds and other services and programs. Other amenities include restaurants, a bistro, salon, upgraded fitness center, expanded library, and resident business center. With these renovations, Whitney Center will be better equipped to take advantage of the science behind good health. The new facilities will help with preventive care, health monitoring and fitness programs, all of which are ongoing mission targets for the community. The fitness center features advanced equipment specifically designed to be safe and effective for users 55 and older, a heated indoor pool and a relaxing spa. In total, the expansion will cover more than 325,000sf. “This project really points out how valuable preconstruction services
and planning are for any major renovation,” said KBE senior vice president and principal, Simon Etzel. “We are working closely with SFCS Inc. and Whitney Center to make sure we carried their vision for the project to fruition. Through our years of experience, we have developed a very robust preconstruction process that allows us to maximize the owner’s resources, establish an understanding of what is expected from all stakeholders and foster a sense of partnership between owner, architect and construction manager.” Etzel says what is so valuable about the preconstruction phase is the collaboration between the owner and the design team to evaluate the evolving design. This evaluation encompasses not only the cost of the proposed design, but also its constructability, impact on schedule and effect on the building’s long-term durability and operating costs. The cost evaluation is done throughout each of the design phases – schematic, design development and construction documents – along with a comprehensive effort to provide full value for every dollar spent within an owner’s budgetary constraints. Though an experienced preconstruction team will always look for opportunities for both long- and short-term savings, they will also work hard to preserve the owner’s program and the design team’s vision and provide the owner with the best value.
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Hartford, CT - LaRosa Building Group, LLC of Meriden is in the final stages of historic restoration and renovations to the Hollander Foundation Center Building on Asylum Street in downtown Hartford. The project team also includes Common Ground Community (developer) and Crosskey Architects (project architect). LaRosa provided pre-construction services and has been involved in the project throughout the design and construction phase. The project is on schedule for Historical Ceiling in Lobby pre-restoration completion this summer. sorting trash and recycling chute. These The building was originally designed elements, in combination with the buildby Thomas White Lamb and built in 1926. ing’s commissioning program, will reduce Prior to restoration, the old “Capitol Build- the carbon footprint and will also provide ing” sat vacant since the early 1990s. The a sustainable and efficient building for the six-story historic building overlooks Bush- tenants in years to come. nell Park and is being transformed into Notable work on the project in70 units of mixed-income housing and cludes re-creation of historic windows, re13,000sf of ground-floor retail space that pointing of existing masonry exterior, and will contribute to the revitalization of the restoration of the original paintings and downtown Hartford area. murals located in the vestibules and main The $22 million project is Connecti- corridor. These original paintings and mucut’s first LEED certified multi-family rals include metal leafed allegorical figures housing development, and is also the first molded after “The Genius of Connecticut,” affordable housing development in down- which used to stand on top of the Capitol town Hartford. The building design incor- Building dome, and faux mosaic depictions porates many green elements, including a of the Old State House and the Connecticut green roof to promote water conservation State Capitol Building, which is located and re-use, high-efficiency heating and just a short walk across the park from the cooling systems, low flow plumbing fix- Hollander Foundation Center Building. tures, high-efficiency lighting, and a preMuch care has been taken to repair the existing terra cotta exterior pieces, which were used to emulate actual stone and the terrazzo flooring located throughout the building. The present team retained the attention to detail and historic value that world-renowned architect Thomas White Lamb had when designing The Capitol Building. The old “Capitol Building” Entrance
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edham, MA - Suffolk Construction is partnering with healthcare provider Hebrew SeniorLife to bring a higher quality of living to seniors throughout the greater Boston area. The NewBridge on the Charles project, which is just a few months from completion, will include both long- and short-term care accommodations, along with the largest geriatric research facility in the United States. “The project includes a series of buildings on 162 acres,” Project Executive Matt Grosshandler says. “There will be a full health center with an approximately 250,000sf skilled nursing facility, 268 beds through 230 rooms, and amenities such as country kitchens, therapy station, a full salon, chapel, gift shops and exercise rooms.” In addition, the Village Center [community center] will feature 130,000sf of space, which will include an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, synagogue, three full kitchens, restaurants, winter garden, therapy areas, library space, and 30 residential independent living units. The community will also offer 285,000sf of independent living apartments in four buildings, which range from threeto four-story structures. “There will be 176 independent living, senior supportive housing units, all with walkout balconies, private indoor parking, all done in wood-frame construction,” Grosshandler explains. The
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oston, MA – A $3.9 million renovation is near completion at 35 West Newton Street in Boston’s historic South End. The five-story renovation is spearheaded by Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, in conjunction with Greater Boston Design Associates / Tappé Associates and Kaplan Corporation, Contractors and Builders. Built in the 1800s, the brownstone previously served as a lodging house and commercial space until a fire in the 1970s left the building unusable and vacant. It was not until a decade later that 35 West Newton was rescued by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Boston Aging Concerns – Young and Old United (BACYOU). In 2004, BAC-YOU merged with Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, a Roxbury based nonprofit development group. Since its conception, 35 West Newton Street has been the quintessential community endeavor, made possible by the vision and involvement of members of the community, the funders, and the Nuestra organization. This restoration was made possible by a $2 million contribution from the city of Boston, historic rehab tax credits, and assistance from various nonprofits in the area. As part of the city’s Boston Resident Jobs Policy, the project was required to employ 50% Boston residents, 25% minorities, and 10% female subcontractors. 35 West NewContinued on next page
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consists of precast concrete to emulate the original brownstone. Fiberglass cornices and window pediments were used to minimize weight and cost. Once completed, the SRO hopes to boost its services to the community’s underserved population. 35 West Newton Street will provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, with three of the units set aside for the homeless. The project is on track to be completed in mid-April.
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High-Profile Feature: PAREXEL Headquarters
J. Calnan & Associates, ADD Inc. and RDK Engineers Complete New Technology Center for Global Service Provider
illerica, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A), ADD Inc. and RDK Engineers recently completed the renovation and interior fit out of an existing 100,000 square foot building in Billerica to serve as a technology center for PAREXEL International, a leading global biopharmaceutical services provider. The project included a new 9,000 square foot data center in the two-story building, which is part of PAREXEL’s global technology infrastructure. Intricate coordination was required throughout the project to accommodate a phased plan for move-in occupancy along with electrical and mechanical equipment start-up. Interior features include a café, state-of-the-
art medical imaging lab, new lobby areas, no-flow and low flow restroom fixtures and showers, open office areas and interior huddle rooms. JC&A, headquartered in Quincy, MA, is one of New England’s leading construction management firms specializing in pre-construction services and challenging construction projects. The company provides world-class services to select highprofile clients in the corporate, private school and life science sectors. High-profile interviewed J. Calnan & Associates’ team members, Eli Constantinou, Project Manager; Peter Locke, Superintendent and Molly Gates, Assistant Project Manager to learn more about the project.
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PAREXEL reception area High-Profile (HP): When did construction begin? Eli Constantinou (EC): We started demo in July. Construction began September 1st and the Certificate of Occupancy was received on Feb. 6th. We received (6) temporary C of O’s throughout the phased project. Molly Gates (MG): We phased construction to accommodate PAREXEL’s schedule. We sequenced the project so the renovations to the second floor began first. In the meantime, we were doing all of the underground work for the data center on the first floor as well. This allowed the Company to begin occupying the second floor first, while we finished out the remainder
of the first floor. (HP): What were some of the challenges on this project? EC: This was an interior fit out that included a large 9,000 square foot data center. This particular data center was complex. It took a lot of up-front coordination with the town and the utility companies that were going to upgrade the infrastructure serving the building. Peter Locke (PL): It was important to create a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) room, which feeds the data center. This is to allow the equipment to remain powered in the event of a potential power Continued on next page
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High-Profile Feature: Parexel Headquarters Continued from previous page outage in the building. With miles of conduit serving the UPS/data center needing to be installed, we had to dig out the entire UPS area which was close to 5,000 sf, and bring everything up from underneath into the equipment as opposed to overhead. EC: There were actually seven to ten layers of conduit involved, which contributed to the complexity and required a very organized approach to manage the installation. PL: Another big challenge was the outside transformer that was feeding the building. It had to be upgraded in order to run the data center, but it wouldn’t fit on the existing pad. The feeders came from the street, all the way around the building and back, so there was 600 feet worth of wire that we had to pull out without disrupting the power. This building was already occupied, so we had to run them on a 24 hour generator over a three week period. MG: It’s obviously more challenging when people are in the building. You’re trying to work around them and keep them separate from what you’re doing. Noise levels need to be kept to a minimum and they have to be warm during the winter. HP: What would you say was key to overcoming these challenges? EC: I have to say there was a lot of quick decision making amongst the team. There was a great collaboration amongst PAREXEL, the town, ADD Inc, RDK, JC&A and our subcontractor partners to
A view of the medical imaging lab mitigate any potential issues that would disrupt the budget or schedule. We’re very pleased with the outcome of this project and privileged to be involved with such a world-class client. HP: Any sustainable features? EC: PAREXEL has applied for LEED certification for its Billerica office. Some of the sustainable features include daylight sensing of the lighting, recycled content in the carpet, low VOC paint, adhesives, formaldehyde free wood and doors. UPS and Switchgear Room
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Hamilton Construction Management Corp. Builds Lofts at Westinghouse Plaza and 601 Albany Street
espite a challenging market, creativity can still lead to opportunities in multi-unit residential construction. As is usually the case, assembling the right team, finding the right project at the right time, and understanding market niches are the key. Hamilton Construction Management Corp has been fortunate to do this several times in this down market. Two projects currently under construction are the Lofts At Westinghouse Plaza and 601 Albany Street.
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The Lofts At Westinghouse Plaza is a multi-million-dollar conversion of an abandoned manufacturing building in Hyde Park into combination live-work units designed by ICON Architecture, Inc. The initial reaction may be that a mill building conversion to loft style condominiums is nothing out of the ordinary. However, there is nothing ordinary about this project. It was conceived from the very beginning as an artist live-work facility and designed specifically with artists in mind, as a place where they could live, work, and display their art in a community setting. Although it’s a private development project, it is part of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s “Artist Initiative.” The intent is to provide an affordable alternative for artists being displaced from other parts of the city and to find a home for artists who could otherwise not afford to live and create in Boston. It is believed to be the first residential use of this type allowed in an industrial zone; something that would not have been considered were there not a need for this type of development to house Boston’s artists. Before the start of con-
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ing has undergone an amazing transformation. Walls have been bead blasted, floors have been sanded which revealed beautiful maple floors throughout, a new freight / passenger elevator is nearing completion, mechanical electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems are well along, and new Continued on next page
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Continued from previous page windows have been installed. The project meets LEED certification standards and when complete, will consist of 63 live-work units, over 20,000sf of shared and sub-dividable studio space, and a first floor public gallery. The remainder of the first floor as well as the rest of the occupied buildings on the 20-acre site will retain the existing commercial and industrial tenants. Hamilton is also the GC for 601 Albany Street. a new six-story residential building with first floor retail and a parking garage. Designed by Hacin & Associates, 601 Albany introduces residential development to an industrial area on the edge of Boston’s “Biosquare” medical complex, blending the influences of local artist studios and galleries with the need for housing the growing medical community. The project consists of conventional structural steel and masonry veneer façade. Residences will have all the modern amenities expected by today’s professionals. Although the construction may be conventional, the location and fact that the developer planned from the beginning
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amilton Construction Management Corp. was incorporated in 2002 but operated as part of The Hamilton Company for many years before that. Hamilton Construction’s president, Steve Weinig, explains, “Our connection to one of the region’s largest developers gave us a basis to build our business through corporate fit-up, retail, industrial, medical office, and residential projects. Construction was always something the company did but not so much for a profit center as out of necessity to maintain its large portfolio and service its many commercial tenants. As we started taking on our own larger projects, we found ourselves in demand by other developers, and many of the commercial tenants we had worked for in the past started asking us to build out other locations for them. By 2002 we decided to start a separate company focused only on construction operations. Hamilton Construction is signatory with the New England Regional Counsel of Carpenters and Massachusetts Laborers. We are a member of the US Green Building Counsel, Associated General Contractors, and the Building Trades Employers Association.” Although projects in recent years have primarily been multi-unit residential, Hamilton also does commercial and mixed-use projects, corporate fit-up, retail, medical office, and numerous specialized projects. One of the keys to success has been the ability to adapt to the market, find niches, and not be afraid to jump in head first. In addition to the Lofts At Westinghouse Plaza and 601 Albany Street, Hamilton Construction is nearing completion of 132 Beacon Street in the Back Bay, and recently began work on the gut rehab of a multi-use commercial property on the harbor in Scituate and interior renovation and restoration of the sanctuary at the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont. Weinig said, “Perhaps one of the best measures of success is repeat business and the recommendation of our clients to others. We are very proud of what we have accomplished over the last eight years. We truly try to treat every customer as if they are our only customer and use our development expertise and experience to help them make decisions and plan their own projects. At the end of a project, we need our clients to have the same confidence and trust they had when we started.”
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oston, MA - ICON and New Atlantic Development were awarded the redevelopment of a prominent site in Boston’s South End. ArtBlock 731 includes two new buildings wrapped around the historic Bates School. The contemporary exterior emulates the surrounding rhythms and materials of the historic South End and expresses the community-of-arts within. The Bates School stands at the center of ArtBlock 731, a mixed-use redevelopment that creates 54 adjacent live-work apartments with 50% subsidized for ownership by artists who qualify professionally and economically. The live-work townhouse and flat units benefit from lower level parking, a cooperative gallery at street level and a sculpture garden. The primary mission of new construction on this urban renewal parcel was the creation of permanently affordable, energy-efficient live-work space for artists. Raw lofts ranging in size from 950sf to 1,200sf were sold to BRA-certified artists for $179,000 to $199,000. Special fea-
tures include high floor loads, large doors, supplemental ventilation, and large elevators. Re-sale restrictions ensure that units will remain affordable to artist households earning up to 80% of area median income. Buyers were selected by lottery. Loft and townhome-style condominiums ranging in size from 700sf to 1,700sf were targeted to a range of buyers including artists, young professionals, and empty-nesters. Prices ranged from $400,000 to $750,000. Some lofts were combined and highly customized. The 2,000sf gallery space was designed to provide high visibility to arts activity at ArtBlock, and is now the home of Mobius Artists Group, known internationally for incorporating a wide range of visual, performing, and media arts into innovative live performance, video, installation and intermedia works. Maintaining affordable work space in the Victorian former Joshua Bates School was a priority of the BRA and artists who had been working here for a decade or more. Renovations focused on
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safety and accessibility upgrades, window and envelope repairs. The Bates is run by a non-profit corporation jointly controlled by the developer, the BRA, and the artists leasing space in the building. Rents are approximately $8 per square foot including all utilities.
ICON has been at the forefront of artist live-work housing in Boston since the partnership with New Atlantic Development in the redevelopment of a former rubber factory into “Brookside Artists Live-Work” in Jamaica Plain in 2002.
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oston, MA - Like the phoenix rising none, and have placed the buildings on the from its ashes, the Franklin Hill pub- streets as in any traditional neighborhood. lic housing development has been We also provided them with a park in the restructured and revitalized in the heart of center of the site. Boston. HP: I understand the buildings will The project, started in 2006 and com- meet LEED Silver requirements although pleted in 2008, consisted of the demolition not certified? of an existing housing development of threeD: Yes, and let me say this about bestory brick apartment buildings and new ing green: there are some standard things construction of 350 units in two phases. and some that are unique. The first considerThe project includes a combination ation is about the selection of materials, and of mid-rise, six-story elevator buildings and building in a manner so that the end product two-and-a-half-story townhouse buildings. is very efficient, whether it is the low rise The site has been reconfigured to organize it townhouses or the high rise buildings. This into a regular city block by the introduction includes windows, insulation, highly effiof a grid of new public streets. cient building envelope and mechanical sysThe mid-rise buildings define the edges tems, the reflective roofs etc. Then there is of the site, while townhouses establish a making sure the carpet is reconstituted from more residential scale in the middle of it. previous waste and paint that doesnâ€™t put out The mid-rise buildings contain one- fumes and is nontoxic, that the process of and two-bedroom units on the upper five construction undertaken is less wasteful and floors, and three-bedroom units on the first the debris from the construction is channeled floor, directly accessed from the exterior. to places where it will be recycled, and lastly Townhouse units are strictly three- about the use of highly sophisticated pieces and four-bedroom units oriented to families. of equipment that have to do with photo volThese have private stoops and individual taic (PVs) in the mid-rise buildings in order rear yards. Vistas to both Franklin Park to to generate some of the power for lighting the north as well as to Harambee Park to the needs of the these buildings. south are opened by the placement of the HP: What is the average size of the various buildings. A new park will be lo- units? cated in the middle of the site. D: They are bigger than the units that High-Profile interviewed Fernando J. the Housing Authority had in the previous Domenech, Jr., FAIA, principal at Dome- buildings; a two-bedroom unit averages nech Hicks & Krockmalnic, award winning, 950 to 1000sf, a three bedroom is 1,200sf, mid-size architecture and planning firm and four bedroom averages around 1,400 to based in Boston with branch offices in New 1,500sf, which are substantially larger numYork City and San Juan, about the multi bers than the former project, where you may residential Franklin Hill project in the Mat- have had four-bedroom units at 900sf. tapan section. HP: What is your role on the project? HP: I understand Trinity Financial is D: Domenech Hicks & Krockmalthe Developer? nic is the architect and I am the principal Domenech (D): Yes, they were desig- in charge. I should also mention Marya nated the developer by the Boston Housing Piasecki, the project manager, and Janis Authority. This is one of those deals in which the Housing Authority signs an agreement with a private developer to finance the deal to own the property with a ground lease for a certain period of time, and to manage that property, as long as the private developer replaces the existing housFranklin Hill Apartments ing units with completely rebuilt, nicer, more attractive, bigger and Crotty, project architect. better units, more defensible space etc. HP: And you have worked with TrinHP: When did Phase I begin? ity Financial before? D: Phase I started in late 2006, and it D: We have worked with Trinity for was placed in use sometime in 2008. The the revitalization of the Orchard Park projfirst phase of the project has 114 units, in- ect in Belcore Orchard Gardens in Dudley cluding two mid-rises on either end of the School, and again this is a case where we parcel facing onto Franklin Park. The sec- essentially tore down the housing developond phase has a single mid-rise building on ment, turned it over to the private sector to the opposite end facing out onto Harvard redo it in a form that was more conducive Street and Franklin Field. In between there to family living and more in the style of a are 122 townhouses. neighborhood. HP: What is unique about this projWe also did a project with them called ect? Davenport Commons that was pretty interD: Essentially we have turned upside esting. It was to do dormitories for Northdown the concept of public housing and eastern on public land owned by the BRA have created a neighborhood as opposed to as well as first time affordable ownership of an enclave of low income housing. 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Hobbs Brook and Columbia Top Off Corporate Campus
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Waltham, MA- Columbia Construction Company, serving as construction manager, and Hobbs Brook Management marked a milestone at the Hobbs Brook Office Park campus by hosting a topping off ceremony on February 24 at the siteâ€™s location, 175-185 Wyman Street in Waltham. The entire 175-185 Wyman Street complex will be designed to meet green building standards. Columbia is playing an active role with Hobbs Brook Management and Margulies Perruzzi Architects in the planning, documentation and achievement of LEED Gold certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. The original 335,000sf building was demolished and 90% of the steel, concrete and masonry were recycled. The two new buildings will utilize an existing under-
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Village at South Farms Opens Wing
Middletown, CT - The Village at South Farms, a Benchmark Assisted Living property in Middletown, held a grand opening to celebrate the completion of the renovations and addition on March 12. C.E. Floyd Company, a general contractor and construction manager with offices in Middletown and Bedford, Mass., performed the work and was present at the event. Bechtel Frank Erickson of Lexington, Mass. was the architect on the project. Benchmark identified a need for more Alzheimer’s and memory care units for The Village at South Farms’ Harbor Program. As a result they increased the number of units from 28 to 44 and hired 15 new employees to staff the expanded program. More than five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s,
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HMFH Renovates Landmark Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Boston, MA - HMFH Architects, an architectural firm focused on the design of innovative learning environments, announced that construction is beginning on the $85 million renovation of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS). The renovation will revitalize 400,000sf of the high school’s academic space, originally constructed in 1933 and expanded in 1978. CRLS is the only public high school in the city of Cambridge, with a capacity of 1,800 students and a continuous history dating back to the founding of Harvard College. Long noted for its innovative approach to teaching and learning, the high school is organized into four Small Learning Communities. When completed, CRLS is expected to be LEED Silver certified, adding another green building to the city’s increasingly sustainable building stock. The comprehensive renovation will take place in a two-year phased process during which the incoming ninth grades will spend their first year off-campus in a nearby empty elementary school building. Originally, the
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School aerial view. Rendering courtesy of HMFH Architects. project included complete replacement of the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, roof windows and related fire safety and electrical work. In keeping with the city’s green buildings policy, HMFH recommended high-efficiency building systems and secured grants from the Massachusetts
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URI Biotech Center Completed Gilbane CM, Designed by Payette
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by Pamela J. Loeffelman, FAIA, LEED AP Bridgeport, CT - For much of its history, Housatonic Community College provided quality educational opportunities from insufficient and inadequate leased spaces. As a result, the college spent many years supporting only a fraction of its potential student enrollment. Recognizing the significant role these institutions play in sustaining a community’s economic welfare and quality of life, the campus relocated to an expanded location in downtown Bridgeport, Conn., and has been experiencing its own rate of unprecedented growth since—a 70% increase in enrollment in less than 10 years. Recently, community colleges have experienced a significant increase in their enrollment. As the Housatonic student body continued to grow, school officials
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Amherst, MA - Although the eco- steam tunnels to prolong the life of the nomic stimulus bill has placed a bright pipes. The team coupled this work with spotlight on infrastructure in recent improvements to other campus utilmonths, the University of Massachu- ity networks, including rebuilding new setts at Amherst and Stantec have long underground electrical distribution in been taking action to make sure the the project area and the domestic water campus’ systems are healthy. For the system. In some areas, new landscaped past five years, engineers in Stantec’s public open spaces and a new pedesNorthampton office have been working trian corridor were also created in conwith UMass-Amherst to update and es- junction with the work. To make the projects even more sentially rebuild much of the school’s underground infrastructure, beginning complex, many were implemented over with a number of steam line replace- extremely tight deadlines, giving the project team as short as 10 months to ment projects. As the campus expanded over the complete the project from start to finish. past few years, the new dorms, class- In addition, the school implemented room buildings, and laboratories need- new landscaping guidelines at the same ed to be connected to the campus’s new time, requiring the design to restore the sites to match central steam For the last five years, engineers in the new stantunnel. Accordingly, Stantec Stantec’s Northampton office have been dards. Despite designed thou- working with UMass-Amherst to upsands of feet date and essentially rebuild much of the the challengof new and school’s underground infrastructure, ing design and tight replacement steam and con- beginning with a number of steam line deadlines, the upgrades will densate lines replacement projects. total almost in these areas, managing asbestos removal, relocat- $18 million worth of improvements to ing other existing utilities, and in some the campus infrastructure. Stantec, whose infrastructure dicases developing temporary steam bypasses to prepare for further campus vision has worked on similar projects at dozens of campuses across North development work. On the North Campus, the effort America, continues to partner with the has involved not only adding steam university on projects ranging from lines but also designing precast concrete drainage studies to parking lot design.
Fairchild Hall at the University of New Hampshire
Cutler Completes UNH Res. Halls
Worcester, MA - 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 design-build delivery system to insure that the project was well designed, well built, met budget constraints, and strict time constraints. Safford Hall at Mt Holyoke College, constructed in 1897, occupies a prominent spot on Skinner Green. Utilizing the design-build delivery system, Cutler Design successfully developed a plan for upgrading the building systems within Safford Hall. This integrated project delivery approach allowed Cutler Design to work with Mount Holyoke facilities staff, residential life, engineers, and subcontractors to develop solutions that will provide the best value to Mt. Holyoke. Cutler Design reprogrammed the building to transform an underutilized former dining hall space into student lounges and a Golden Pear kitchen area. In addition, two of the floors were redesigned to
accommodate the relocation of offices and dorm rooms. At the same time, the team addressed accessibility issues, completely updated the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and while updating the finishes to restore the grandeur of this magnificent structure. Fairchild Hall at the University of New Hampshire was constructed in 1915. Cutler Associates teamed with Dimella Shaffer Architects for the largest designbuild renovation project completed within the University System of New Hampshire. The design-build approach allowed both teams to work seamlessly to design and build a high quality residence hall. This transformation provided updated building systems and amenities, while maintaining the facility’s historical character and maximizing the total bed count. The newly renovated hall has air conditioning and is fully accessible with the addition of an elevator and a modified central entry. The project also included replacement of the slate roof, exterior masonry repairs, and drainage improvements.
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Protecting Your Assets From Future Creditors
by Buz Aaron Family limited partnerships (FLPs. Youâ€™ve worked hard to build your net You can transfer assets to an FLP in exworth. But if you havenâ€™t set up adequate change for limited partnership interests for protections, your assets could be attacked you and your family. In general, a limited by frivolous lawsuits or unreasonable partnerâ€™s creditors canâ€™t reach the FLPâ€™s ascreditor claims. So go on the offensive, and sets; they can only obtain rights to receive implement asset-protection strategies that any distributions made from the FLP to the will defend your assets against potential le- limited partner. But a word of caution is in gal and financial hazards. order â€” if you retain both a genA good offense is your eral partner interest and a limited best defense partner interest, it can have devYour best offensive astating results with respect to move will depend on your inyour asset protection objectives. dividual circumstances and Again, careful planning is vital, goals. For example, if you and as is proper drafting, and there your spouse live in a state that must be a valid business purpose recognizes the form of ownerfor the FLP. ship known as â€œtenancy by the Further, keep in mind that Aaron entirety,â€? holding a home or FLPs must be well structured and other real estate in that form carefully operated to minimize protects the property from claims of your the risk of failing an IRS challenge. creditors and your spouseâ€™s separate crediTrusts. To effectively use a trust as tors. It doesnâ€™t protect you, however, from an asset-protection tool, it must be irrevoclaims of your joint creditors. This protec- cable and it must own the property. Once tion is due to the fact that in a tenancy by given away, these assets are no longer the entirety each spouse effectively owns yours and arenâ€™t available to satisfy claims the whole property and neither can act on against you. To properly establish an assetthe property without the other. Creditors of protection trust, you must not keep any inone spouse cannot enforce claims because terest in the trust assets or control over the the other spouse is also deemed to own the trust. And, the less access the beneficiary entire property. has to the trust property, the less access the This type of ownership is a form of beneficiaryâ€™s creditors will have. So, work joint tenancy with right of survivorship that with your CPA and attorney. Only an attorcan apply to personal residences. Available ney experienced in this area should draft in more than half of all states, it allows you this type of instrument to protect your home for as long as you and Finally, know that certain claims can your spouse continue to use it as your pri- pierce domestic protective trusts, such as mary residence. Unfortunately, persistent claims by a spouse or child for support, creditors may eventually succeed to owner- and state or federal claims. Two cautionary ship of the property when you sell or upon notes: 1) There were changes to the bankyour or your spouseâ€™s death. However, if ruptcy code in 2005 which created a 10 year the debtor spouse dies first, the creditor can lookback period for all assets transferred to not enforce the claim against the property. asset protection trusts, and 2) Most states If one of you has greater liability statutorily prohibit this type of trust. exposure (perhaps your spouse is a doctor You can strengthen your front-line who is susceptible to malpractice suits) an- protection by placing the assets in an offother option is to transfer title to property shore trust. Offshore trusts can offer signifto the spouse with less exposure. Even if icant protection, but they must comply with you live in a community property state (of the laws in the country in which theyâ€™re eswhich there are only nine), you may be tablished and be structured in accordance able to protect your assets by partitioning with U.S. tax laws and regulations. And, community property into separate property they can be very expensive to set up and or having one spouse give property to the maintain. other spouse. However if you do this you Donâ€™t wait. One asset-protection should be aware that you give up control strategy may not meet all of your needs, so over the asset. you should consider a combination of sevOther asset-protection strategies in- eral as your best line of defense. But get clude: started now. Donâ€™t wait until trouble is at Retirement plan. Qualified retire- your doorstep. Laws against â€œfraudulent ment plans â€” such as 401(k)s â€” generally conveyance,â€? or defrauding creditors by are exempt from creditorsâ€™ claims. IRAs transferring your assets to avoid paying also offer protection against creditors. your debts, provide that creditors can leQualified plans offer federal protection, gally stop transfers that occur after a claim while IRAs are protected under the laws has been made. of the state where you live. Also note that Buz Aaron is a CPA and senior tax retirement assets are not protected against manager at Braver PC, a financial services claims by the US government or against firm with offices in Rhode Island and Masqualified domestic relations orders. sachusetts.
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