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Acentech Launches Studio A Bruss Adds New Space for JBI Trailside Master Plan Wins BSLA Award Profile: ValleyCrest Landscape Companies Gilmartin School Groundbreaking Ceremony Newbridge on the Charles - HSL Retains Stantec Suffolk WinsWest Point Project - AECOM Architect Portland’s Casco Bay Bridge: Building for Community Interview with Lee Hartmann - Dir. Planning Plymouth, MA Jewett Completes NEBCO - Designed by Dignard Architectural Munro Solar Shows that Solar Power is Possible for any Facility Khalsa Design and Nauset Begin 2nd Phase of Dana Park Condos Capone “Tops Off” Oracle Project -SGA Architect Plus Healthcare and Educational Facilities News, People, Calendar and more... PRSRT STD PRSRTU.S. STDPOSTAGE PAID U.S. POSTAGE PERMIT NO. 55800 PAID BOSTON PERMIT NO. 55800 MA BOSTON MA
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Mixed-Use and Movie Stars Plymouth Rock Studios’ $500-Million Plan for Massachusetts Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Learn more at this special cocktail event featuring Plymouth Rock’s managing officer Joe DiLorenzo, who will provide an update on the project, including a look at its financing structure, its complex permitting process, the role of new government incentives, and the potential spill-over effect that could raise revenues and increase development opportunities throughout Massachusetts. Register now for this entertaining and informative look at Hollywood East. The developers of Plymouth Rock Studios, a $500-million film and television
studio complex set to open next year, hope to bring more than 2,000 jobs, swarms of tourists, and yes, a bit of glamour, to the shores of Massachusetts. Billed as the world’s first LEED-certified green studio complex, it will feature 14 sound stages and a 10-acre back lot, plus production offices, post-production facilities, and an amenity village with a theater, retail, highend hotel, and an education center. Visit www.high-profile.com to view a video interview with Bill Wynne of Plymouth Rock Studios.
Massachusetts Hospital Association, in conjunction with HFMA, will hold the third annual Healthcare Construction Conference. What’s Possible in this Economic Climate? May 15, 2009 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m, Waltham Woods Conference Center. The healthcare construction boom, in full force just last summer, has slowed to a trickle, and the much awaited stimulus plan is just beginning to roll out. However, hospitals have projects in the pipeline and many are priorities that cannot be halted indefinitely. How can hospitals best tap into the opportunities opened by the new stimulus
package? What new strategies will allow hospitals to advance the ball on stymied construction plans? The third annual Healthcare Construction Conference will review the current state of financial affairs and capital projects for hospitals. Industry experts will discuss ways that hospitals can strategically review their facility plans and find ways to get moving on priority items. A panel of healthcare leaders will discuss some of the strategies hospitals can use to get through this challenging time. Visit http://www.mhalink.org for more information.
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RIAGC Golf Tournament
Providence, RI - The Rhode Island Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (RIAGC) will hold its annual golf tournament on Monday, June 15, at the Metacomet Country Club. The fund-raiser supports scholarships up to $10,000 to help several students each year in construction-related higher education programs, such as construction management, engineering and architecture. This year, the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council is co-sponsoring the event. Each year, RIAGC uses the tournament proceeds to finance a major donation to the R.I. Building Industry Scholarship Fund, which is supported by a coalition of construction indus-
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Sustainability: ‘A View from Down Under’
by Michael Barnes Stephen Ballesty has had amazing success aligning the Australian government with sustainability best practices. He currently serves as a director and the immediate past chairman of the Facility Management Association of Australia and is SydneyBarnes based director and head of advisory for leading global professional services group, Rider Levett Bucknall. Now coming to Amercia as a speaker for the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) he is touring the USA giving facilities designers, builders and managers an insight into the enormity of the problems that we are facing in facilities development and delivering an important message on the fate of sustainable facilities. Kate Thibeault, president of the IFMA of Boston, hosted Ballesty’s talk at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston. The Boston chapter is taking the lead for the U.S. in developing course content for facilities asset management- a direct result of the work done by Ballesty in Australia and others in Sweden. Ballesty was able to share an interesting perspective from his work down under. He noted that there is no single worldwide progam to measure effective sustainability in facilities. In the U.S. it is the LEED program. In Australia there are several programs; the two most widely used are both using a star rating system. In conversations that bring up star ratings, clarification must be made as to which star rating system is being designated. There is no one global rating system for what is obviously at the forefront of concern in a global problem. Ballesty also made a case that as the largest international organization of fa-
cilities managers, IFMA members should change the perception of a facilities manager to reflect the most important part of the job that facilities managers do. “Repeat after me, when somone asks you what you do say, ‘I am responsible for the built environment,’” Ballesty said. No other group is more aggressively active in making the changes to the environment than those who call themselves building managers. The Associated General Contractors of America recently announced that “all equipment used by the construction industry contributed less than 0.95% of all U.S. manmade greenhouse gas emissions in 2007.” We can surmise that it is not the
Stephen Ballesty building of the buildings, but how they are built and how green they perform that will make the difference in creating a clean and sustainable environment. This responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the facilities design and development teams now and for our future. To learn more about how facilities management is facing the challenges of creating a green environment, I suggest you visit www.ifmaboston.org and get involved.
Acella to Build Animal Hospital Copich & Associates Architects
Weymouth, MA - Acella Construction Corporation has been selected to build the South Coastal Animal Health facility, located in Weymouth. The two-story, 7,900sf facility, which will be located on Main Street, will include six new exam rooms, a new surgery suite, and an in-house x-ray suite, in addition to several doctors’ offices
and a lounge area. The site will require a complex sub-surface infiltration system. The project architect is Copich & Associates Architects. Scheduled to be completed in October 2009, the new building will eventually replace South Coastal Animal Health’s current 2,200sf facility.
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Burlington, MA, - Local steel industry leader Capone Iron Corporation recently celebrated completion of the structural steel erection at the Oracle project with a traditional “topping off” ceremony. The project is located in Burlington and when completed will provide additional firstclass office space for the computer software giant. A major structural steel and miscellaneous iron fabricator/contractor operating out of Rowley, Capone Iron organized and sponsored the event, which included representatives of Oracle; Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., the general contractor; and Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc., the architect. engineers McNamara/Salvia, Inc. and consultant CSL were also represented at the event, as were the town of Burlington
and Ajax Construction, the structural steel erector. The entire workforce also attended the ceremony. A ceremonial beam, painted white and emblazoned with the names of all the participating companies, and decorated with a traditional evergreen tree and the American flag, was provided by Capone Iron Corporation, and hoisted into place by Ajax employees. James Campisano of Whiting-Turner spoke to the gathered crowd, and issued special safety awards to several Ajax employees. Campisano praised the work of Capone Iron, and noted the job came in approximately one week ahead of schedule. Vice President Gary Capone accepted a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the company.
igh-Profile interviewed Lee Hartmann, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Plymouth, Mass. about the new Plymouth Rock Studios development there. The following is the synoposis of what Hartman said. It was about two years ago when I first heard about the whole Plymouth Rock Studios proposal. We have a piece of Waverly Golf Course, Plymouth, Mass. land we refer to as “The Thouquestion that was put on a ballot to say, “Do sand Acre Woods.” It’s a piece of property off of Bourne Road down by you support the construction of the studio Route 25. The town owns this land and has in Plymouth”? Eighty-eight percent of the people voted in favor of it. owned it since the 1930s. Once the developers were notified The state said if you come to Plymouth, Mass. we will give you $50 million to they couldn’t do that site, they went into help get your project going...we’ll give you a second process of looking at sites in and tax credits. They also said we know about out of Plymouth. There were a couple of pretty high ranked sites outside of Plymthis property in Plymouth. So we went into a very lengthy pro- outh, and then of course, there was the Wacess dealing with the state about infrastruc- verly Oaks site in Plymouth. Ultimately, they decided to go ahead ture improvements and looking at the tax with the Waverly Oaks site. So we started title land. There were some endangered species on the site, so we had to work with ramping up again. We took the old bylaw the state’s natural heritage program. We out and started working on it. The issue went through a very lengthy process and ul- we had with the bylaw is that we were gotimately found that the tax title issues were ing to do it as a special permit, which is a far greater than we thought and it would typical way to do a large and more complex take at least five years to clean enough ti- project. A special permit in Massachusetts tle up so the developers could proceed on that site. At that point, everything went on can be held up two to 10 years. The investors and Plymouth Rock hold. Studios were concerned about the risk of At that same time, there was broad community support. We had a nonbinding Continued on page 28
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Florence House will Help Women in ME Gawron Turgeon Architects
Portland, ME – Florence House, a $7.9 million project between St. John and Valley Streets. will provide permanent and shelter housing for 50 homeless women. Builders broke ground recently and expect it to open by early next year. Florence House will have 25 permanent housing Rendering of Florence House-Valley Street Elevation units along with 15 for women with mental illness and andently. These approximately 320sf efficienother 10 emergency, overnight beds. cies have a sleeping area, living area, small The project team includes: Avesta kitchenette, and private bathroom; Housing, Preble Street Resources, Gawron • Permanent semi-private living space Turgeon Architects, Ganneston Construc- for chronically homeless women who are tion and six funding partners including not yet ready to maintain their own apartMaine State Housing Authority. ment. Shared areas such as dining, living, Based on the “housing first” model laundry and bathing are provided as these – where permanent, affordable supportive women begin to develop self-assurance and housing is the first step toward health and skills to become more independent; and well-being – Florence House will provide • A limited number of emergency support 24 hours a day by trained staff to beds with shared laundry, bath and dining make sure tenants can get the services they facilities for immediate, short-term housneed to thrive. ing for women who are temporarily homeIt will be a first for Maine: a com- less because of an economic or situational prehensive women’s center where shelter, crisis. safe haven and apartments are all under one The project team followed green roof. standards to include domestic hot water soThis will include: lar panels, geothermal cooling, and an en• Private apartments for individuals ergy efficient building envelope, windows who are ready to manage more indepen- and lighting.
Suffolk Wins West Point Project AECOM Architect
Boston, MA - Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. was awarded the Motor Pool Facilities Relocation project at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Suffolk will be responsible for managing construction of this expansive $41 million project, which will include construction of a maintenance building, administrative building, fuel station, access control point, secondary fuel station, and optional vehicle wash building. The project will also include the construction of supporting facilities, site improvements and antiterrorism/force
protection. Engineering and design group AECOM is the architect. The West Point Motor Pool project is a significant win for Suffolk Construction because it expands the company’s government project portfolio and opens more opportunities to provide construction management services for clients in the federal government sector. Construction on the West Point Motor Pool project is scheduled to begin in July 2009 and will be completed in June 2010.
Caritas Selects Landmark for Rehab Russell Scott Steedle & Capone Architects
Melrose, MA - Landmark Structures Corporation, a full-service general contractor/construction management company since 1993, has been awarded a contract from Caritas Communities Inc. to rehabilitate a former nursing home at 24 Vine Street, Melrose into a 14-unit single room occupancy facility for low-income individuals. The $1.1 million project includes the gut/rehab of the 10,000sf former MacKenzie Nursing Home into 14 single rooms with private bathrooms and a common kitchen area. The project encompasses all
new finishes, doors, windows, roofing, siding and mechanical systems. The building will utilize energy-efficient practices and will meet the requirements of Massachusetts New Homes with Energy Star. The project received funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development and the North Suburban Consortium. Architect for the project, now underway and slated for completion in eight months, is Russell Scott Steedle & Capone Architects, Inc. of Cambridge.
Trailside Master Plan Wins BSLA Award
Rendering of Trailside Master Plan environmental, and public use issues on the site. The Master Plan breathes new life into this facility, identifying necessary improvements to ensure that the entire facility is safe and accessible, natural and cultural resources are protected, and that the live animals are cared for properly. Moreover, the Master Plan proposes an exciting new nature education center that demonstrates an environmentally responsible approach through a sustainable building, green infrastructure, and exhibits that focus on native habitats and natural communities of the Blue Hills. Careful re-configuration of the existing parking areas and a new entry approach also provide a strong identity for Trailside and increase public safety in the parking
area. In total, these improvements can be implemented in phases, as funds become available, so Trailside can easily meet the need for “shovel ready” projects that can be swiftly moved from design into construction. With Trailside set to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Master Plan gives the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Massachusetts Audubon Society the vision and supporting data to move forward quickly when funding becomes available, with phased improvements that preserve and enhance the nature education programs that benefit a diverse community.
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Cambridge, MA – The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) announced that Pressley Associates was the recipient of a Merit Award in Analysis and Planning for the Trailside Master Plan. The team will be honored at the BSLA Awards Gala on May 7. The Trailside Master Plan was completed in November 2008 and represents the culmination of a year of work by the consultant team and its project proponents, including the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The consultant team was led by Pressley Associates Landscape Architects and included Schwartz/Silver Architects; Bryant Associates, civil engineers and survey; Ursa International, zoological exhibit designer; Object/IDEA, interpretive and exhibit planners; and LEC Environmental Consultants, wetland scientists. “This award is a well-deserved recognition of the fine work that went into developing the Trailside Master Plan,” said DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “Pressley Associates deserves our thanks and our congratulations.” Located at the foot of the Great Blue Hill, Trailside is in DCR’s Blue Hills Reservation, the commonwealth’s largest urban park, encompassing over 7,000 acres. Trailside, which features both outdoor live zoological exhibits and indoor nature center/museum exhibits, is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and managed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society (MAS). The current facility is deteriorated and outdated, and yet it is the most heavily used resource in the Reservation, serving as a major hub between the Blue Hills Ski Area, the most active trailheads in the park, and the summit of Great Blue Hill. In 2007, DCR initiated the Master Plan to provide a vision for Trailside that would address a series of complex conditions, including circulation,
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Boston, MA - ValleyCrest Landscape Companies is the nation’s largest integrated landscape services firm. Founded in 1949 by Burton S. Sperber, the Calabasas, California-based company, which builds and maintains landscapes for customers nationally and around the world, celebrates its 60th year of operations. Led by Burton’s son, Richard A. Sperber, president and CEO, the firm completed $1 billion of landscape work in 2008, reflecting a strong position in one of the most challenging economic times. ValleyCrest Landscape Development, a division of ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, has a long history of build-
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TFM Chooses Roundabout for Low-Impact Retail Center
by Robert E. Duval, PE, TFM’s chief engineer Peterborough, NH - TFMoran Inc. chose a modern roundabout as the best way to access the new River Birch Marketplace on Route 101 in Peterborough, New Hampshire just west of town center. “We saw it as more than just a traffic control device, we saw it as an opportunity to extend the landscape statement of the retail center itself out into the public highway.” says Anne Cruess, chief landscape architect for TFM. “Because we were designing a lowimpact development,” she adds, “we were interested in a roundabout because the green space of its central island gave us a chance to highlight the sustainable plantings and landscape features we were using inside the site. There are other environmental advantages of a roundabout too,” she adds. “They reduce congestion compared to a traffic signal, and the reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions help clean up the planet. In addition, they have a traffic-calming effect – that is, they slow people down to a safer speed.” These are some of the reasons Peterborough town officials rallied in favor of a roundabout instead of a traffic light when planning began for the marketplace. TFM engineers teamed with Michael Wallwork, one of the world’s leading exponents of modern roundabout design, to gain approvals for the project from town and state
DOT officials. “Besides the landscaping and environmental advantages, there are traffic engineering benefits as well,” points out Michael O’Donnell, senior traffic engineer at TFM. He explains that the modern roundabout differs significantly from the traditional traffic circle prevalent on older New England highways: “The main difference is travel speed – whereas the older designs can be traveled at speeds of 35mph or more, the modern roundabout is designed
to slow traffic to 20 or 25 mph tops. The slower circulating speed makes it easier for vehicles to enter the stream of traffic,” says O’Donnell. “That keeps traffic moving, which reduces delays and lengthy queues associated with signalized intersections.” The new Peterborough roundabout is one of only a handful in the state, and the first to be permitted on a major state highway for access to a commercial development. “Initially,” says O’Donnell, “the proposal met with skepticism by many people,
including the marketplace tenants, CVS and Shaw’s. However, after demonstrating the safety record and advantages of modern roundabouts elsewhere in the country, we were able to convince them that this was a win-win solution.” Modern roundabouts are also winning approval by law enforcement, public works departments, and the traveling public. “There is usually a three to six month period of adjustment for people to get used to a new roundabout,” says O’Donnell. “After that, even those originally opposed will ‘turn around’ as they begin to see the benefits.” The new roundabout was completed last November in time for the opening of a new CVS pharmacy at the marketplace and a new Shaw’s grocery store that opened this April. The new roundabout is designed to handle more than 20,000 vehicles per day, many of which will be accessing the new marketplace.
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Construction Accounts For < 1% of Greenhouse Emissions
Arlington, VA – The construction industry accounts for less than 1% of all U.S. green house gas emissions, according to a new analysis of federal environmental data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Associated General Contractors of America found that all equipment used by the construction industry contributed less than 0.95% of all U.S. manmade greenhouse gas emissions in 2007. The newly released data shows the relative efficiency of a construc-
industry,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. “As good as our accomplishments are, we can do even better.” Sandherr said contractors around the country are taking steps to further reduce their emissions and urged other companies to follow suit. Construction contractors are, for example, turning equipment off instead of letting it idle; maintaining their equipment; using equipment that is properly sized for the specific job; us-
“This data shows that we aren’t just constructing cleaner projects, we’re building a cleaner construction industry. As good as our accomplishments are, we can do even better.” – Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America tion industry that currently accounts for over 5% of the U.S. workforce and over 800,000 small businesses, the association noted. “This data shows that we aren’t just constructing cleaner projects, we’re building a cleaner construction
ing lower-emitting fuels; and finding local sources for building materials to cut shipping-related emissions. In addition to curbing emissions, Sandherr noted that the construction industry recycles more than any other industry. For example, the industry recycles 97.5% of structural steel, 65% of reinforcement steel and 80% of asphalt. Together that amounts to almost 180 million tons of material recycled and 75.7 million tons of CO2 emissions avoided each year, Sandherr said.
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GEI LEED AP Employees
Boston, MA - GEI Consultants, Inc. announced that five GEI employees have passed the LEED AP exam for professional accreditation. Chad Conti, LEED AP is a geologist with experience in subsurface investigations and environmental sampling. His current work includes nuclear power plant site characterization and permitting applications, environmental sampling and subsurface investigations involving soil and bedrock drilling, groundwater monitoring well installation, surface soil and water sampling, and test pit excavations. Sean DiBartolo, P.E., LEED AP is a geotechnical engineer with experience in subsurface investigations, geotechnical instrumentation, subsurface data management and visualization, construction specifications, monitoring construction and blast
vibrations, and laboratory testing of soil and bedrock. Andrea Igo, P.E., LEED AP is an engineer currently focusing on managing chemical data and conducting site assessments and field investigations. She has also conducted due diligence assessments and coordinated several large-scale groundwater sampling events. Suzanne Peyser, LEED AP is a civil engineer experienced in subsurface investigations and engineering analysis. Nancy Straub, P.E., LEED AP is located in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She has over 11 years of experience as an engineer, project manager, and staff manager in geotechnical, environmental, forensic, karst, and construction monitoring projects and has been LEED accredited since the end of 2006.
Milford, MA - PCs and monitors are the single largest contributor to IT devicerelated carbon emissions in the workplace, with the average PC wasting two-thirds of its consumed energy when not in use. In response to that waste and pollution, RetroFit, a Milford, Mass.-based company, is now offering Surveyor technology, which helps organizations manage, measure and reduce their energy consumption on PC networks. In a PC-intensive organization, Surveyor can help organizations reduce their energy consumption by an average of 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per PC per year, representing an average savings of $20 to $60 per PC annually. IT professionals are often unaware that PCs and monitors account for 40% of global IT device carbon emissions. Or that 60% of workplace PCs are left running after hours. Because energy usage by computers is not itemized separately in utility bills, many organizations donâ€™t realize the extensive electricity used by PCs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a PC and monitor use an estimated average of 600 kWh per year, and up to two-thirds of that energy is wasted because PCs are running at full power when no one is present. Surveyor technology includes comprehensive reporting and robust, customizable solutions for companies big and small. In addition, RetroFit can deliver the required elements to comprehensively and cost-effectively solve the problem of wasted energy in networked PCs. It strikes a balance between energy efficiency, user productivity and network stability.
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Brockton distribution Center. Photo supplied by Munro Solar.
Munro Solar Shows that Solar Power is Possible for any Facility
aynham, MA - In the early spring of 2009 Munro Solar, a full-service solar integrator located in Raynham, designed and had installed a solar array for its parent company’s distribution center located in Brockton. The building is a 25-year-old 65,000sf space metal building with a metal roof. The 24kW system, with its 120 panels and two invertors, will save the company $121,385 in utility bills over the next 25 years. That number could grow substantially due to the volatile world market, oil embargos and regional conflicts. It will offset 424 tons of carbon over its lifetime, which is equivalent to 16,960 trees planted. Massachusetts is number two in the country for solar installations rebates. Between state and federal tax incentives, it is not uncommon to see PV systems pay for themselves between four and seven years. Solar electric systems typically last over 25 years, and any excess power it generates gets sold back to National Grid. New technology is being introduced almost weekly so the system efficiency is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Since the building is owned outright it adds tremendous value on the property and they are able to lock in their energy prices for 25 years. The system was installed by Solar Installation Limited. In January, Munro Solar designed and supplied over 500 panels, Solectria inverters, and Unirac mounting systems for Cummings Properties’ flagship green office building, the TradeCenter 128 in
Woburn. The system is a 98kW and is just the first phase of a 200kW planned for the building. TradeCenter 128 is on pace to receive full Gold certification, which is one of the highest certifications awarded by the United States Green Building Council. It has 500,000sf of first-class office space, directly fronting Route 128 and Interstate 95 in Woburn and offers the finest quality corporate lifestyle. It is among the largest solar installations to date in Massachusetts. Cummings employees assembled and installed the 518 3’ x 5’ solar panels in a 36-hour period. You can see the power
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Wind Turbine Factory to be Built Aeronautica Windpower Signs Agreement
Plymouth, MA - Aeronautica Windpower, LLC has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Norwin A/S of Denmark to manufacture new, commercial-size wind turbines in the United States for the North American and Caribbean markets. The Plymouth company expects to ship its first turbines later this year. In an industry dominated by foreign manufacturers, this announcement positions Aeronautica as the first US owned company that will build sub-megawatt class (101 to 1000 kilowatts) wind turbines in the states. A new factory within the New England region is being planned to supplement the company’s existing refurbishing facilities in Plymouth. Once the new plant is running at full capacity, it will directly employ between 80 and 100 people. Hundreds of additional jobs will be created from the manufacture of subcomponents and assemblies, which the company plans to source from within the New England region and across the country. The company plans to erect one of the 750 kW turbines at its manufacturing facility in order to generate its own power, thus creating a green energy “breeder” manufacturing facility. Aeronautica is currently raising the capital required for expansion and is negotiating for space at several loca-
tions around the region. The new plant will manufacture 225 and 750 kilowatt turbines, the size used by schools and other municipal facilities, shopping centers, industrial parks, and community wind projects. Unlike the massive wind turbines used at wind farms in the Midwest, these “queen-sized” machines are designed to fit on smaller land parcels in more populated areas, thereby powering the facility directly (distributed generation). A select number of these machines will be made available at discounts to schools and colleges across the nation under a unique program specifically for facilities with good wind resources. Norwin spokesperson Ole Sangill expressed enthusiasm about the new relationship, saying, “We are excited about working with Aeronautica Windpower to bring our proven turbine designs into the North American marketplace. As wind power continues to develop in this region of the world we believe we have just the right turbines for thousands of commercial, industrial and municipal applications.” Norwin’s turbines have been in operation since the early 1980s. While Norwin has licensed its certified designs to other manufacturers in Denmark, China, India and Europe, until now their machines were not manufactured in North America.
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Boston, MA - Triumph Modular, provider of temporary and permanent modular buildings and office trailers in the Northeast, announced that Executive Vice President Glenn Cort has successfully completed the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction exam and looks forward to bringing sustainable building practices to the commercial modular industry. Triumph Modular has long been
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Manchester, NH - The Institution Recycling Network (IRN) has been awarded a contract to recycle construction and demolition materials at a major expansion project for the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester. Milestone Engineering and Construction, Inc. of Concord is construction manager on the project. The Institute is in the process of renovating and adding onto Manchester’s first high school, a 4,300sf brick building in downtown Manchester. The first step in the extensive project was to move the building 30 feet onto a new foundation. Following the relocation, a new 27,700sf addition is being constructed, to be fitted out for academic and residential use. When completed, the building
will encompass some 32,000sf. “This is a complex project,” says Matt McKinney, IRN project manager. “There will be a lot of different materials to recycle from demolition, renovation, and new construction, with many activities going on at the same time.” IRN and Milestone have established a goal to recycle at least 95% of wastes generated on the site, which is consistent with IRN results in projects throughout New England. The project is seeking LEED Gold certification, which assigns credits for environmental accomplishments. IRN’s objective is to deliver at least three credits for waste management, and two for indoor air quality.
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Margulies Perruzzi Recent LEED APs
Boston, MA - Margulies Perruzzi Architects (formerly Margulies & Associates), a Boston architectural and interior design firm, announced that 12 of the firm’s professional staff have recently achieved recognition as LEED Accredited Professionals. Sixty% of Margulies Perruzzi Architects’ professional staff are now LEED APs. Margulies Perruzzi Architects congratulates: Marc Margulies, AIA, LEED AP, principal; Daniel P. Perruzzi, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, principal; Joe Flynn, LEED AP, senior associate; Daniel E. Madru, LEED AP, senior associate; John P. Pearson, AIA, LEED AP, senior associate; Derek A. D’Amico, AIA, LEED AP, associate; Dianne A. Dunnell, IIDA, LEED AP, associate; Kimberly Smith, AIA, LEED AP, associate; John W. Vining, LEED AP, Associate; Dorie Weintraub, AIA LEED AP,
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Portland’s Casco Bay Bridge: Building for Community
hen it opened in 1916 the “Million-Dollar Bridge,” or the precursor of today’s Casco Bay Bridge was a dramatic improvement for Portland and the region, connecting the two cities of South Portland and Portland above a busy shipping channel on the Fore River. The structural design was a steelreinforced concrete girder bascule bridge that could provide ships a 90-foot horizontal clearance where the draw-bridge section was open. The U.S. War Department called for the construction of this bridge for strategic reasons in 1893. The structure designed over the next 10 years and built in 1916 was truly a modern marvel of engineering on the Maine Coast. Over
the next 90 winters, freeze-thaw cycles combined with the effects of road and sea salt expanded the steel-reinforcement and required that the structure be replaced with a modern bridge with larger capacity. In 1987, Maine DOT selected a bridge engineering team led by T.Y. Lin and bascule engineers from Modjeski and Masters to begin this work. The Casco Bay Bridge (CBB) that opened to traffic in 1997 not only had to be designed, built and opened to traffic before the old bridge failed, it also offered a lesson in engineering and community involvement solutions beyond the bridge itself. When project teams get together with the community early in the project,
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share objectives and gain an understanding and agreement on what the limitations and opportunities are, good things can happen. This was the MDOT experience in the Million-Dollar Bridge replacement. In many communities a project as large as the CBB can have negative impacts on its local communities during construction. On the other hand the completed bridge can help solve problems beyond the bridge without additional costs. By working in concert with community representatives, the project team in this case was able to deliver a cost-effective solution that included: • Saving of tax-payer money by reusing concrete debris from the old bridge, • Filling of a Civil War railroad cut and a fall hazard below Harbor View Park, • Saving street wear and disruption by avoiding debris hauls through either city, • Adding and improving nine acres of new waterfront open space to the neighborhood on the Portland side and three acres of new waterfront open space on the South Portland side, and • Avoiding filling of wetland or farmland with the debris from the old bridge. Like its predecessor in 1916, the CCB was at the time, the largest bridge project ever undertaken by the Maine Department of Transportation. There was no time to be wasted in replacing the bridge before the old bridge failed, and there were also extensive environmental review regulations that could have delayed the project. Because of these limitations this project was induced to become an example of “united we stand and divided we fall.” In the winter of 1988, Portland Councilwoman Pamela Plumb stood on the bluff overlooking Casco Bay, to learn about details of the project from Steve Sawyer of T.Y. Lin Engineers and Bill Taylor of CRJA, landscape architects. No one recalls where the idea came from, but by the time the conversation ended, the three had decided to present to Maine DOT an idea of demolishing the old bridge from the South Portland side, hauling it over the old bridge to the Portland side and dumping it
into an abandoned, Civil-War-era railroad cut just below the existing hilltop park where they stood. This approach to demolition would keep trucks from destroying existing city streets as they hauled debris from the old concrete bridge away. Ms. Plumb, who later served as vice mayor, noted that the debris fill idea was only one of many examples where the local community and MDOT worked together to support community needs and preferences in the final bridge design. On-site burial of the Million-Dollar Bridge debris to eventually create a 13acre park from what was only four acres on a bluff meant not only a savings of public tax money, but an unexpected benefit to the community. Portland’s Public Works Department Engineer at the time gave it the ringing endorsement of claiming in the press the idea was originally his, a point which was appreciated by the team and has yet to be challenged. Regardless of credit, by working together in an open design process, the public landscape was expanded in both Portland and South Portland by the Million-Dollar Bridge replacement project, a hazardous cliff below a Portland neighborhood was removed and a failing bridge was replaced before it became unsafe, and all the while shipping and bridge traffic was maintained. MDOT and the City of Portland are now preparing for the replacement of the Veteran’s Bridge nearby. This new project will be design-build, and the bridge design team is in the process of finishing the general requirements. MDOT representatives are Wayne Frankhauser, project manager and Herb Thomas, communications director. MDOT representative, Kevin DuCharme noted that community involvement is a vital part of project development process on all but the smallest of MDOT projects. Community needs and preferences are solicited in the design process and there is even some community involvement in rating the design-build team’s proposals.
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Acentech Launches Studio A
ambridge, MA - Acentech Inc. has launched Studio A, a specialized consulting group offering acoustical, audiovisual design, and vibration control for the performing arts. Studio A represents a combination of Acentech’s 60 years of consulting experience with the legacy of a true innovator in the acoustics field. Composed of consultants whose personal experiences encompass music, drama, and dance, Studio A creates worldclass environments for the performing arts. Studio A’s integrated team of experts applies the personal experience gleaned from their many successful concert hall and theatre projects rigorous scientific principles, computer modeling and acoustic simulation (or auralization) technology, and their own personal passion for the performing arts to form a holistic view of projects. This unique blend of multi-disciplinary capabilities, combined with a flexible and collaborative approach to its partnerships with architects, owners and performers, enables Studio A to create the conditions necessary to successfully design and build acoustically sound and visually beautiful facilities for the full range of music, theatre, and dance presentations. Studio A supports the art of the performance with consulting for – beautiful sound, state-of-
Jeff Zapfe, Ben Markham, Christopher Jaffe, Bob Berens, Chris Savereid, David Bateman the-art audiovisual systems, and a quiet background unencumbered by noise or vibration from building systems or external sources. An internationally renowned pioneer in the field of acoustical design for the performing arts, Christopher Jaffe has consulted on more than 250 concert halls, opera houses, theaters, and music pavilions on five continents, including the new Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the recent renovation of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall
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and Opera House in Washington, D.C., and Severence Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. “A great performance venue is a space that can accommodate a moving emotional experience for performer and audience alike,” said Christopher Jaffe. “It must deliver sound that is clear and embracing, provide a comfortable aural and physical environment for the musicians and eliminate intrusive noise. Leveraging Acentech’s considerable experience, Studio A will collaborate with architects and owners to assist them in creating the best acoustical and audiovisual environments for world-class performances.” From the acoustical design excellence of Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Georgia, to the cutting-edge sound sys-
tems at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida, to recent renovation projects at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall, to the now subway-vibration-free environment at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, these projects represent Studio A’s integrated approach and multi-disciplinary expertise. “With an extensive background in music, theater and dance, our staff combines engineering rigor with a passion for the arts,” said Chris Savereid, president of Acentech Inc. “We are proud to have Christopher Jaffe on our team. No other acoustical consultant has worked with as many professional symphony orchestras, opera companies, dance groups and theater companies.”
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Mass. Electric Construction Installs Roof-Mounted Solar System at Major Defense Contractor’s Facility in Andover, MA
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Andover, MA – Mass. Electric Construction Company completed installation of a solar system comprised of 528 photovoltaic panels on the roof of a major defense contractor’s manufacturing building in Waltham in the spring of 2008. The solar project is capable of producing 100kW of DC power, which is then inverted to approximately 85,000W of AC power at 480VAC. The solar panels are mounted on steel
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Littleton, MA- Delta Design & Construction of Medford recently broke ground on a $1.7 million, 7,000sf new construction and renovation project at Oak Meadow Montessori School. The scope of work will involve the addition of an arts center and gymnasium. 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 activities throughout the daily curriculum,” commented Patti Seitz, of Seitz Architects. Delta has just finished pouring foundations and will start erecting steel in the next week. This fast track, 26week project will be completed in late August.
Smithfield, RI - Diversified Project Management, Inc. (DPM), a Newton, Mass.-based owner’s representative firm, has been retained by Bryant University to manage the ground-up construction of new student housing as well as the renovation and expansion of their stadium field house on its 420 acre campus in Smithfield. Bryant, a private undergraduate college and graduate school founded in 1863, is expanding their on-campus housing by adding a new, five-story, freshman dorm and two new senior townhouses. The townhouses are currently under construction and the new
dorm is slated to begin in May. Combined, the new buildings will house over 350 students. In addition to housing expansion, the university also plans to renovate and expand its current stadium field house as a result of its athletic program’s ascension into Division One of the NCAA. “These new facilities will have a great impact on the campus community, offering modern housing and sporting amenities to the student body”, said Edward Milch, director of capital projects for Bryant University.
Randolph, MA - Sixty-one students graduated from the Pipefitters Local 537 apprenticeship programs recently. Thirty-five are refrigeration apprentices and 26 are pipefitters apprentices. The completion ceremony was at Lantana in Randolph. Over the past several decades, the United Association’s training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape. No one can match the commitment or investment. The UA spends over $100 million annually on train-
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Newbridge on the Charles HSL Retains Stantec
Dedham, MA - Stantec, in collaboration with the architectural firms of Perkins Eastman Architects, Chan Krieger Associates and Graham Gund Architects, has been retained by Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) and The Rashi School, to provide master planning, site design, environmental permitting and civil engineering services for a new intergenerational campus in Dedham. This innovative, multi-generational campus will include a full continuum of senior services, a K-8 school and an early childhood education program. Located on 162 acres along the Charles River, this complex project transforms an estate property and former polo
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Chestnut Hill, MA - Delta Design & Construction of Medford announced that the Robert Lloyd Corkin Visual Arts Center located on the Brimmer and May School campus in Chestnut Hill, has been completed. Brimmer and May School hosted a grand opening celebration on April 25. Delta partnered with Imai Keller Moore Architects on this $1.6M, 2,600sf ground-up art studio. The building was designed to maintain the original historic character of the late-1800s carriage house and was constructed on the original foot-
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Gilmartin School Groundbreaking Ceremony
Waterbury, CT - The Gilmartin Elementary School project officially broke ground on March 9, 2009 with a ceremony celebrating the start of new construction. The Morganti Group is leading the construction management of the $25 million Gilmartin Elementary School project as designed by project architect, The S/L/A/M Collaborative. O&G Industries is serving as program manager. The new 76,000sf elementary school will hold 550 students and will be constructed in the parking area of the existing Gilmartin Elementary School, replacing the present school upon completion. Morganti joined members of the Waterbury community for the celebration, among them Waterbury Mayor Mike Jarjura, Superintendent of Schools David Snead, and Paul Guiodone, chief operating officer for the Department of Education. Also in attendance was Mary Bolan, whose father, John G. Gilmartin, former superintendent City and school officials, members of the Gilmartin family, and students were among the guests at the official groundbreaking cerof schools, the school is named after. emony for the NEW Gilmartin School. Standing in front of the old school in a light drizzle, Mayor Michael Jarjura, Board of EducaTo commence construction, Board tion Commissioners, and Superintendent of School Dr. David Snead “dug in” with the help of students to officially begin construction. of Education members, aldermen and 30 students from Gilmartin turned over a long vice president of operations for Morganti’s “The new school replaces a smaller existing facility which row of dirt using ceremonial shovels. A Northeast Regional Offices. “Morganti needed to remain in operation during construction, requiring backhoe operator then knocked down a is committed to providing the students of small section of the old exterior wall to the Gilmartin with a state-of-the-art school that phased construction and careful site and infrastructure coordination. Waterbury will be proud of.” cheers of all in attendance. The overall project, scheduled to be “We’re absolutely thrilled this projThe building is organized around the following principles: ect is underway and that we’re working completed July 31, 2010, includes removal clarity of form, departmental and functional adjacencies, and a with such dedicated officials from the city and disposal of existing contaminated soil strong clear circulation diagram that minimizes travel distances of Waterbury, and a building committee de- materials and replacement with suitable voted to achieving success,” said Tim Gunn, soil materials; demolition of existing 1960s while distinguishing between public and academic spaces. The fa-
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High-Profile Feature: New Hangar Space for JBI
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Bruss Adds New Space for JBI
New hangar addition and office renovation for JBI Helicopter Services and 27,500sf of tarmac will be constructed for multiple helicopter access, which is key during the two very busy NASCAR events they shuttle for. Security at the facility will also be increased through limited access controls, border fencing and other measures of protection. Project completion is scheduled for mid summer 2009.
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JM Coull Completes Webb Facility Teams with Design-Science and The H.L. Turner Group
Concord, NH – JM Coull, Inc. of Maynard, Mass., has completed construction of the new FW Webb Facility in Concord, N.H. The project consists of a 64,000sf footprint with a 21,000sf mezzanine. The building houses a showroom, offices, wholesale and retail sales, and distribution and warehouse spaces. Design-Science of Concord, Mass. was the project architect and The H.L.
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having to get so far into the process only to end up in court. They wanted to do it “as of right,” not as a special permit. The ability to hold a project up by “as of right” is really a lot less than through a special permit process. We amended the bylaw at town meeting to eliminate the special permit process, so it was basically “as of right.” We also worked with them very carefully to adopt a set of standards that say, “When you build a studio, it must look like this.” So we have a very detailed set of different forms of what we’re looking for, how you deal with landscaping of public areas, issues related to signage, sidewalks, buffering, etc. In addition, we had a third component that we call The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is really a development agreement. We also said, “Here are things you will agree to do.” You will improve the Route 3, Exit 3 interchange. You will construct a collector road. You will connect water and waste water to the site and also tie that water and waste water
to the school site so we can solve some of the water issues at the school. We also have I-Cubed, which is money that the state is giving us in the form of a loan. The payment on the loan will be represented in taxes so as long as the Plymouth Rock Studios generates more state taxes than the loan, then those state taxes that come in from the studio will pay off the loan. I think the town and elected officials and staff have been excellent about working with the needs of the studio. We will do whatever it takes; for example, because of their time line, they want advance zoning approval...so the planning board committed to twice a week. We are meeting twice a week to deal with the studio so we can get a bylaw ready for a town meeting adoption in October. The state has been very receptive, and I’m feeling confident about the permitting process as well. For more information on Plymouth Rock Studios and to view the High-Profile Monthly video interview of Bill Wynne, Vice President Planning and Facilities visit www.high-profile.com
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Margulies Perruzzi Designs Expansion for Edgewood
North Andover, MA - Margulies Perruzzi Architects has completed the design of a major expansion and renovation for the Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover. Located on a rural 80-acre site, the 12-year-old Edgewood continuing care retirement community has been expanded and renovated to include 40,000sf of space for 60 patient beds in a long term care unit and a new Cognitively Impaired Unit (CIU), space for clinic staff support, new space for Edgewood’s Adult Social Day Program, Wellness and Rehabilitation Clinic, and a new informal dining bistro. Margulies Perruzzi Architects developed the design for the expanded facility through focus groups and discussions with residents and staff. Margulies Perruzzi Architects designed the Edgewood project in association with Levi Wong Design Associates, which served as clinical design and landscape architecture consultants. “We anxiously await the opening of our new expanded and renovated facility that will enable us to more comfortably serve our patients and their families,” said Kevin Tremblay, director of facilities at Edgewood Retirement Community. Edgewood’s existing long term care unit is greatly expanded with the addition of the CIU, along with renovations to the existing skilled nursing unit. The new 40-bed CIU is a secure unit providing dining, activities and day room
Dana-Farber Opens New Center
Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined tumors at the molecular level and guiding Dana-Farber Cancer Institute officials to individualized treatment.” celebrate the opening of its new 14,000sf Working with the BRA, Dana-Farber Lurie Family Imaging Center, one of the first leased more than 49,000sf of space on most advanced experimental cancer imag- the first and fourth floors of the Drydock ing facilities in the world, at its Har“Work at the Lurie Family Imaging Center bor Campus locatlooks forward to the day when imaging technoled in the Boston ogy becomes a standard tool for diagnosing tumors Marine Industrial at the molecular level and guiding individualized Park. treatment.” The Center –Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD. is designed to be Dana-Farber president a technological powerhouse for cancer discovery in the city of Boston and is destined to have Center at 27 Drydock Avenue back in 2006. a major impact on cancer patients here and The mayor praised Dana-Farber for having around the world. the vision to establish the Harbor Campus, “As research continues to reveal the which boosts the development of a biotechgenetic complexity of cancer, it becomes nology corridor in the BMIP and reduces ever clearer that therapy needs to be tai- traffic pressures in the Longwood Medical lored to the specific set of mutations within & Academic Area. each patient’s tumor,” said Dana-Farber In addition to the Lurie Family ImPresident Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD. “Work aging Center, the Harbor Campus also at the Lurie Family Imaging Center looks includes administrative space and recordforward to the day when imaging technol- keeping, Dana-Farber’s receiving departogy becomes a standard tool for diagnosing ment and specimen freezers. Currently, the Harbor Campus is home to 346 employees. It is expected that the new imaging center will employ an additional 12 people.
functions for Alzheimer’s patients. The unit is designed around a central court, open to the sky, and includes an additional courtyard “memory garden” accessed from the community spaces in the unit. The 20-bed long term care unit will also receive a renovation and facility upgrade based on current care philosophies. The renovation includes common areas such as the dining room, activities room and lobby seating, in addition to support areas such as bathing and administration. The existing serving kitchen will be enlarged and outfitted to improve food delivery, and existing patient rooms and corridors will receive finish upgrades. In addition to the expansion of patient care facilities, the project includes a new 80-seat bistro and lounge. The Wellness Clinic and Rehab Clinic will also be relocated, renovated and expanded to better serve Edgewood residents. Related support space includes a new employee lounge, lockers and maintenance facility. An expanded adult social day program for Edgewood residents will be provided in the new addition, with direct access to a renovated exterior terrace. Site improvements include landscaped court and courtyards at the CIU, social day program and bistro. The owner’s project manager is Trident Project Advantage Group of Salem, N.H. The construction manager is Eckman Construction of Bedford, N.H. April, 2009 April, 2009
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Jewett Completes NEBCO Medical Facility Designed by Dignard Architectural
anchester, NH - Jewett Construction Company, Inc. recently completed a new medical facility for New England Brace Company (NEBCO) in Manchester. The seamless, seven-month project took place during the winter months. “It was great to work with the folks from New England Brace,” said Craig Jewett, president of Jewett Construction. “Their swift decision–making had a positive impact on the project’s overall schedule.” New England Brace consolidated the central fabrication office, formerly in Hooksett, and the patient care facility from Lake Avenue in Manchester, into the new building located across the entrance to El-
Work included demolition of the existing structure, site improvements, and construction of a new 12,000sf fully accessible medical office facility. Removal of the existing building was a challenge, as underneath it was rubble of an old mill building, which had to be very carefully extracted. The lower level of the new facility houses New England Brace’s fabrication lab, and the first floor is home to the office and patient areas. Currently, there is 3,800sf of available office space for lease on the second floor.
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PSC Partners With Derosa Curb
Abington, MA - Precast Specialties Corp. (PSC), a manufacturer of architectural, roadway and custom precast products, announced its new partnering agreement with DeRosa Curb. Precast Specialties Corp. is now the preferred supplier of precast curbing products for DeRosa Curb. Bill Peach, project manager of DeRosa Curb, says, “We will continue to give our customers the best service and now can also assure them that the best precast curbing products will be made available to them.” John D’Amelio, president of PSC, says, “I am confident that the partnering
agreement between Precast Specialties Corp. and DeRosa Curb will be beneficial and advantageous to both companies.” D e R o s a Curb is one of the largest installers D’Amelio of granite, precast concrete, and asphalt curb in eastern Massachusetts. It now serves markets in Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, doing both private and public work.
GEI to Assist with FEMA Process
Springfield, MA - GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms has been selected by the city of Springfield to perform Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Levee Accreditation engineering studies. The study focuses on the adequacy and condition of existing flood protection systems along the Connecticut River. The Springfield levee system has been granted Provisionally Accredited
Levee (PAL) status by FEMA because FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers believe the system provides flood protection against a design flood event with 1% annual chance of being exceeded. Under the PAL agreement, the municipality must provide the required documentation to demonstrate that level of flood protection. GEI Consultants has been selected to collect the necessary data, perform the evaluations and provide a comprehensive plan for achieving compliance with FEMA regulations.
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Elaine Completes Trial Court Visnick & Caulfield: Architects
Medford, MA - Elaine Construction, working in collaboration with architects Visnick & Caulfield and Fort Point Project Management, recently completed a fast track renovation and fitup for the new 56,000sf Massachusetts Trial Court in Medford. Known officially as the Third District Court of Middlesex County, the new courthouse was completed in less than eight months utilizing a public-private team collaboration. The newly-renovated courthouse replaces obsolete facilities in the 23-story Cambridge Courthouse, which was plagued by high levels of asbestos. According to Elaine Construction’s Lori Coletti, the need for a fast-moving project schedule was of prime importance to the design and construction team, and to the client. “Our main objective was to deliver a new courthouse as quickly as possible, especially given the health and safety conditions of the old courthouse.”
The new courthouse at 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway provides three new courtrooms, two jury deliberation rooms, 12 holding cells, administrative offices and public amenities for jurors and visitors. The building also provides modern security, lighting and energy efficient HVAC systems, including sustainable design and energy-saving measures that will provide immediate savings and long-term value. Team members include: C C Industries Realty Trust & The Cross Country Group: developers; Richards Barry Joyce & Partners LLP: owner’s real estate representative; Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP: owner’s attorneys; Fort Point Project Management: owner’s project manager; Elaine Construction: construction managers/general contractors; Visnick & Caulfield: Architects; Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance and Massachusetts Trial Court: end user.
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ARC Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Cambridge, MA - ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge recently kicked off 40th anniversary celebrations to commemorate four decades of providing architectural design services to the nation’s top corporations and educational institutions. Founded in 1969 in Cambridge on the core principles of designing innovative, creative, collaborative and inspired workplaces and buildings, ARC has designed more than 20 million-sf of space worldwide and has been honored with over 70 awards from a wide range of professional organizations and publications. Some of the firm’s local landmark projects include: Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government & JFK Jr. Forum; Boston College, Alumni Stadium Renovation & Expansion; Genzyme Corporation, Allston Landing Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant; Boston University, DeWolfe Boathouse; Tufts University School of Medicine, Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical & Nutrition Sciences; Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dental School Vertical
Expansion; and Harvard Medical School, New Research Building The six founding principals who started the firm all worked together previously at Benjamin Thompson Associates and at The Architects Collaborative. Two of the founding principals—Henry “Dusty” Reeder and Arthur Cohen—are still with the firm. In addition to Reeder and Cohen, the firm has six more principals: Philip Laird, president; Robert Quigley, Been Wang, Jeffreys Johnson, Thomas Loring, and Robert Zverina. All current principals have worked together for over 25 years, providing both consistent and proven leadership and service to the firm’s clients. In recent years, ARC has increased its long-standing commitment to sustainable design. Sixty percent of the firm’s design staff are LEED-accredited professionals and many of the firm’s recent projects have earned, or are registered for, LEED Certification.
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Boston, MA - Digital Geographic Technologies, Inc., (DGT) of Boston has completed its acquisition of Gunther Engineering, Inc. Gunther Engineering and its divisions, Aspinwall & Lincoln, William S. Crocker Co., New England Survey Service, Survey Engineers of Boston, and J. F. Hennessy Co., combined and in succession, have provided continuous professional consulting, civil engineering and land surveying services in the Greater Boston area for over 125 years. This tradition of service will continue through the new Gunther Engineering Division and the J.F. Hennessy
Divisions of DGT, which are managed with the DGT Survey Group as an integrated operation out of DGT’s Boston office. DGT now maintains the oldest and largest private collection of survey plans and records in Greater Boston, dating back to 1877. This archived data is utilized to support the present day property owners and institutions of Gunther Engineering and its predecessor firms’ past projects as well as future clients. DGT’s archives include survey field books, public and private land records, historic waterlines information, aerial mapping data, and GIS information.
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Bufftree Completes Shaw’s Yarosh Architects
New Bedford, MA - Bufftree Building Company has completed the new Shaw’s Supermarket in Fairhaven. Thanks to the interior remodeling project, families are discovering the benefits of shopping in a store that has been redesigned for their comfort. The store has new features that accommodate today’s busy lifestyles and make a trip to Shaw’s Fairhaven an opportunity for inspired menu planning.
“We’re happy to have been able to partner with Shaw’s Supermarkets once again,” said Gary J. Laboa, Bufftree’s project specialist. “The store has a whole new interior look, and the departments and main sales area have equipment and merchandising upgrades to give the customer a better shopping experience.” The architect for the project was Yarosh Architects of Mashpee.
Meridian Acquires Sustainnovation
Concord, MA - Meridian Consulting’s comprehensive Associates, Inc., a central Mass. services, Meridian Associates firm and provider of renewable enhances its portfolio to include energy, engineering and laser energy strategy, efficiency, conscanning services, has comservation, waste reduction and pleted the acquisition of Susdiversion, sustainability assesstainnovation Consulting, Inc., ment and policy development, a Concord-based sustainability and frameworks for education consulting firm. and training. Sustainnovation’s servicWith this acquisition, Howe es address waste, energy, faciliSustainnovation Consulting beties and systems with business strategies comes a wholly owned subsidiary of Methat drive operational efficiencies, reduce ridian Associates. carbon emissions and improve brand value Rob Howe, a co-founder of the firm, and social responsibility. will manage the new division as its presiWith the addition of Sustainnovation dent.
NEII is celebrating its 75th anniversary
NEII Celebrates 75 Years
Salem, NY - The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is celebrating a 75-year milestone. Though incorporated on March 9, 1934, NEII’s origins can be traced back to the first joint meeting of elevator contractors that took place in 1914. NEII, formerly the National Elevator Manufacturing Industry, Inc., was formed by elevator contractors to create standard guidelines that promote safe building transportation. The association focuses on new and existing elevator products and technologies, as well as promoting the adoption of codes and specifications by local government agencies. As early as the 1930s, the organization was instrumental in its nego-
tiation of the Standard Agreement with the International Union of Elevator Contractors (IUEC) and later established the National Elevator Industry Health, Pension and Education plans. “NEII members are incredibly proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary, reflecting on how the organization has evolved over the years and recognizing the vital role that NEII still plays in the industry,” said Ed Donoghue, managing director of NEII. “The need for an organization that focuses on safety and codes is especially necessary as the building transportation industry continues to progress with new technologies and advanced systems.”
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Nauset Begins Phase 2 of Dana Park Cambridge, MA - Nauset Construction has launched the second phase of the Dana Park Place condominium development which, will include construction of 22 two- and three-bedroom condos in an adjacent building. The overall project called for the conversion of a former church and school campus ( which included a church, school, rectory, and convent) into a 44-unit housing project. The brick schoolhouse overlooking Dana Park was completely refurbished during Phase 1 to create 23 luxury residences with an indoor parking garage. The one- two- 0and three-bedroom
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was sold to another developer who refurbished the property for resale. A two-level indoor parking garage has been constructed in the former church building, which is being refurbished to accommodate the additional 22 condos included in Phase 2 development. The development team includes Architect Khalsa Design, Inc., GC Nauset Construction, and Developer Dana Park LLC.
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High-Profile Feature: Fenway Project
NER Construction Management Completes Fenway Project
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oston, MA - NER Construction Management, Inc. of Wilmington has completed the concrete restoration and waterproofing services at historic Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox. Specifically, NER was 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 was 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 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 was D’Agostino Izzo Quirk Architects, Inc. out of Somerville, and consulting engineering services were provided by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. of Cambridge. The engineered temporary protection or “tenting” of the work area was 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 than 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 manager for NER explained “Using hydro demolition and traditional hammer techniques, over 1,000 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 could be completed. The project was completed before the April 2 deadline, 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, Conn. office that has been serving Connecticut since 1992. Recent high-profile projects include the Omni Parker House Façade Renovation, Boston, the Lenox Hotel Façade Restora-
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Schmidt Architects, a Boston-area design firm, has completed the design of restorations and an addition to Brookline Bank. RF Schmidt Architects was contracted to help Brookline Bank improve its image by restoring the historic structure that houses the bank’s main location at 160 Washington Street. Restorations to the Contrasting paint colors accentuate the building, which originally structure’s historic architecture. opened in 1921, included repairing extensive weather RF Schmidt Architects led the public and water damage, waterproofing to pre- approvals process, which required interfacvent future leaks, refinishing the building’s ing with and obtaining approvals from the granite base, and painting the exterior with Town of Brookline Planning Board, Plana high-performance masonry coating in a ning Department and Building Departtwo-tone palette that accentuates the build- ment. ing’s architecture. The project also included an addition to the building, which houses an ATM kiosk that provides a comfortable, professional area for bank customers to conduct business. Signage was also installed to create a cohesive brand identity for the bank. The general contractor for the project was Building Restoration Services, Boston; and the client representative was Sireen Property The facade of the Brookline Bank building, located Management, Westford. Attached photos courtesy of at the entrance to Brookline Village, was power RF Schmidt Architects. washed prior to the application of new paint.
Boston, MA - Diversified Project Management, Inc. (DPM) has completed the relocation of The Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Children’s Hospital from Huntington Avenue to 55,000sf of space in the Center for Life Science, Boston. Formerly known as the Immune Disease Institute, PCMM is a non-profit biomedical research corporation affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
The Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Children’s Hospital relocated four of its principal investigators, along with 15 additional staff members to a new lab facility in the heart of the Longwood Medical area. The DPM team provided design and construction oversight, budgeting, scheduling, FF&E coordination and move planning services.
Margulies Perruzzi Completes Office Design
Boston, MA - Margulies Perruzzi Architects (formerly Margulies & Associates) has completed the design of 45,000sf of office space for Fiduciary Trust Company. Founded in 1885 as a family office and incorporated in 1928, Fiduciary Trust Company is an independent and privately owned wealth and investment management company providing services and advice to individuals, families and select charitable organizations. Margulies Perruzzi Architects conducted several test fits in buildings around Boston to help Fiduciary consider its options for moving to a new location. Based on this process, Fiduciary decided to stay in its existing location and modernize its space in the uniquely angled building in Boston’s financial center.
Completed in late 2008, Fiduciary’s new office space incorporates hardwood and glass with a blue color palette. High-efficiency, indirect lighting was selected to provide an updated look, ease eyestrain of employees, and promote energy savings. An open staircase between the reception area and the floor above was redesigned in dark wood and glass to fit into the new design. The reconfigured space features 93 workstations and 65 offices around the perimeter, with the use of patterned glass on the sidelights of office doors to let in light while maintaining office privacy. Commodore Construction was the general contractor for this project, and The Collaborative Engineers provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering. Meredith & Grew served as the project manager.
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Marty Gorman Wins AIA
Memphis, TN - Martin “Marty” Gorman, AIA, principal and director of design at TRO Jung|Brannen’s Memphis office, was recognized with the highest award given by the AIA Memphis chapter. The Francis Gassner Award is presented to an architect or design professional every year for
outstanding contributions to the quality of the built environment in Memphis. Based in Boston, TRO Jung|Brannen maintains regional offices in Birmingham, Ala.; Sarasota, Fla.; and Memphis, Tenn.; as well as international offices in Beijing, China and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Boston, MA Hubie Jones, Arthur Winn and John Keith were presented with the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence which recognizes individuals who are dedicated philanthropists s a fantastic honor as the competition was open to all New England and New York architects for any whose work creates ucational facility world-wide, as well as any project built in NY or New England by firms from critical andoutside meaning-the Quincy, Patrick MA - J.Tedesco Calnan & at Associter equipped classroomsHe andcontinues, complements fulproject change was in commugion,” said Principal Chan Krieger Sieniewicz. “The indeed ates, (JC&A) one of New England’s leading the renovation of the 1971 era classrooms nities. reat collaborative and the entire team didwithin an outstanding job.” constructioneffort management firms, announced the existing building. Hubie Jones has that The Park School, located in Brookline, The Park School team worked to- worked to form, rerecently received the Honor Award for De- gether to design and implement sustainable build and lead at least signofExcellence from the Society ofthe construction to The incorpoorganizations across in l-r: Honorees Hubie Jones, Arthur Winn and John e purpose this project wasBoston to improve classroom methodologies experience for Park 30 School’s students Keith with St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center Architects. rate energy efficiency, minimal waste and the city of Boston. ades one through five by enlarging updating scope included The design team of Chan and Krieger reduceinstructional consumption spaces. of natural The resources Arthur a 20,000Winn, President Judy Beckler at St. Mary’s annual “Diamonds of Dorchester” gala. submitted for the main whenever possible. Theas team carried out Chairman of Boston-to uare-footSieniewicz classroom additiontheto project the existing building, as well 7,500 square-feet of renovations bi-annual K-12 facility awards which were a comprehensive job-waste recycling pro- based WinnCompahave made significant contributions school’s existing classrooms library. addition is recyclable carefully materials situated such on a nies, constrained co-sponsored by the Bostonand and New York The gram where all and John site Keith,and CEO of Keith of time, talent and generosity to nuChapters the American Institute of Aras bricks, concrete, drywall, metal steelof the Construction based in Stoughton are merous organizations in the Greater orporates a newoflandscape and roadway design intended to reassign theand back school as a new, chitects. were reused, recycled and reprocessed on- leaders in the real estate management Boston and national philanthropic ominent entrance for Patrick the student equipped Principal Tedesco community. at Chan site. The expansion provides larger and and better development industries who communities. Krieger Sieniewicz said, “The project was They replaced all the windows with ssrooms and complements the renovation of the 1971 era classrooms within the existing building. indeed a great collaborative effort and the thermally glazed units and made significant entire team did an outstanding job.” upgrades to the mechanical equipment and The purpose of this project was to en- controls. Additional sustainable features e Park School team worked together to design and implement sustainable methodologies to large and update instructional spaces. The include low VOC emitting paints,construction carpets included a 20,000sfminimal classroomwaste addi- and and adhesives efficient HVAC, orporatescope energy efficiency, reduce and consumption of lighting natural resources whenever tion to the existing main building, as well and plumbing fixtures. ssible. asThe team outto athecomprehensive job-waste program 7,500sf of carried renovations school’s As a result of recycling the new addition, the where all recyclable existing and library. of students per class in grades one terials such as classrooms bricks, concrete, drywall, metalnumber and steel were reused, recycled and reprocessed onsite. The addition is carefully situated on through five was reduced from 16 to 14, ey replaced all the windows with thermally units and made significant to the mechanical a constrained site and incorporates a newglazed and the number of sections at each upgrades grade landscape and roadway design intended to level increased from three to four. The new reassign the back of the school as a new, addition also accommodates the growing prominent entrance for the student commu- enrollment at the school, which boasts a nity. The expansion provides larger and bet- student body of approximately 550.
Park School Gets BSA Award
Chan Krieger Sieniewicz & JC&A Collaborate
John M. Corcoran Award
Konover Walgreen Project Awarded
Farmington, CT - Konover Development Corporation was recently presented with the Real Estate Exchange’s Community Spirit Award at their annual Awards & Developer’s Showcase held at the Connecticut Convention Center. Deb Kern, project manager, was on hand to accept the honor. The Community Spirit Award recognizes those developers who embody the warmth and dedication it takes to ensure each project is a perfect fit for its neighbors. This year, Konover Development received the Spirit Award for their outstanding work on the new Walgreens in Windsor Locks. Konover celebrated the grand opening of the new Elm Street Walgreens on
Walgreens grand opening in Windsor Locks March 5, 2009. This Walgreens is particularly significant as it marks the beginning of Windsor Locks’ downtown redevelopment initiative.
Autodesk’s ‘Model’ Wins Award
Cambridge MA – Autodesk’s AEC Solutions Group Headquarters in Waltham was the recipient of an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fifth Annual Technology in Architectural Practice Building Information Model (BIM) Award at the AIA’s National Convention in San Francisco. The project was honored in the “Design/ Delivery Process InnovaAutodesk AEC Solutions Group Customer Briefing Center. tion Using BIM” category, Rendering courtesy of KlingStubbins recognizing the exemplary collaboration between deditional way of designing and building,” sign team KlingStubbins, general contrac- said Phil Bernstein, FAIA, vice president tor Tocci Building Companies, and owner of Autodesk AEC industry strategy and Autodesk. relations. “Working in partnership with Autodesk challenged the KlingStub- KlingStubbins and Tocci Building Compabins / Tocci Building Companies team to nies allowed us as the client, our architect, not only create a new 60,000sf home for its and our contractor to collaborate and focus AEC division in an exciting and expressive on a set of outcomes that were in the best space, but also to reinvent the design and interest of the project, as opposed to being construction process with the progressive focused on their individual roles and reintegrated project delivery (IPD) agree- sponsibilities.” ment – one contract signed by the owner, The project’s adoption of the IPD architect, and contractor – enabled with agreement sets a new precedent for successthe latest Autodesk BIM software. In this ful project implementation and encourages new space, Autodesk will develop, test, proactive collaboration between all parties and market Revit and other BIM tools that to ensure design quality, construction qualwere actually used to design and build the ity, schedule, and budget. project. The project is on track to receive “This project, New England’s first LEED Platinum certification. IPD, was a radical departure from the tra-
Cambridge Historical Commission Honors PCA
Cambridge, MA - The Cambridge Historical Commission honored architect PCA Inc. with a Preservation Award for the renovation of a private residence at 164 Brattle Street. The honor recognizes projects that “conserve and protect the city’s architecture, historic resources…and invest in the improvement of our quality of life.” At 164 Brattle Street, painstaking attention to detail and a team-wide commitment to historic authenticity reconnected a private home to the character of a historic neighborhood while preserving modern functionality. The project entailed a full gut restoration of an existing residence built in
1868, replacement of an incongruous addition built in 1892 that detracted from the original structure, and the replacement of a two-car garage built in 1919. The new addition and garage are designed to seamlessly integrate with the existing, 1860s-era house. “For a Cambridge-based firm like ours, this award is special,” commented Wendy Prellwitz, co-founder of PCA and principal-in-charge on the project. “We value the city’s history and believe in the power of design to make a positive contribution to the community.”
Preservation Award winner for the renovation of a private residence
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CBT Receives BSA Award
Completes Two Sustainable Projects for Middlebury College Middlebury, MA - Sustainability is an integral part of the culture at Middlebury College, where CBT Architects recently completed the Axinn Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Starr Library and the Biomass facility. CBT took a holistic approach to the projects, focusing on comprehensive, energy-conscious solutions. The project was recently recognized by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) for its high degree of sustainability by receiving a 2009 BSA Sustainable Design Award. The Axinn Center preserved both the
original 1927 neoclassical Starr Library and the 1957 Shepley Pavilion Reading Room, and added 50,000sf of new space. Previous additions, which engulfed the original library, were deconstructed and reclaimed elements of the additions were used in the construction of the new project The program called for the historic reading rooms in the library to be restored and other existing spaces to be adapted as classrooms and a 65-seat screening room. Designed to reference the style and character of the College’s original Old Stone Row
Two new symmetrical wings provide a light-filled winter garden which overlooks a landscaped, south-facing courtyard. Image Credit: Jonathan Hillyer
Biomass heat generation creates a renewable energy source while promoting sustainable initiatives. Image Credit: Brett Simison
buildings, the two new symmetrical wings provide faculty offices for multiple departments, technologically “smart” classrooms, a 45-seat tiered classroom, two-story film production and editing studios, and a lightfilled winter garden which overlooks a landscaped, south-facing courtyard. CBT’s addition of a Biomass heat generation component provides Middlebury with state-of-the-art energy production capabilities and supports the College’s mission to create a renewable energy
source while promoting sustainable initiatives. The Biomass facility will result in a 40% reduction in College’s net emissions of carbon and save 1 million gallons of #6 fuel oil per year. The project has created opportunities for Middlebury students to develop urgently needed skills in energy research and planning. Students and their professors continue to research the plant’s impact on the local environment and economy, and share that information with others.
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Alan Resnick Joins EYP
Boston, MA - Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering (EYP) welcomed student housing expert Alan I. Resnick, AIA, as a new principal. Resnick has extensive architectural design and management experience. He has planned more than 15,000 beds of student residences and in excess of 25,000 units of market multi-family housing throughout the United States. His portfolio includes student housing projects for numerous colleges and universities, and he has designed and managed a wide variety of other project types, including corporate, laboratory, and research facilities.
Marr Promotes Charlesworth
Boston, MA - Marr Scafgrowth through expansion into folding Company announced certain industrial markets and an the promotion of Stu Charlesimprovement in the rate of projworth to the position of general ect awards in several market segsales manager responsible for ments. the scaffold division and the Formerly he was with shoring and forming division Brand Energy and Infrastructure of Marr Scaffolding Company. Services in Chicago, IL. Charlesworth worked as Charlesworth began his cageneral manager of the Scafreer in Cornwall, England with Charlesworth fold E and D division since KSC and Sons, Ltd., where he 2006. He has successfully held a variety of positions of ever led the sales team in achieving profitable increasing management responsibility.
Diffin Gains Accreditation
Auburn, ME – Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm, announced that Daniel P. Diffin has received his professional license to practice civil engineering in Maine. He also recently received LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Diffin has worked in Harriman’s Auburn office for
over a year as a designer in their civil and environmental engineering department. At Harriman, Diffin is currently working on several projects including a military mountain-terrain training center in Maine, the new Durham Elementary School, and site studies for several high school.
Landmark Promotes John Burns
Woburn, MA - Landmark in marketing the company’s Structures Corporation, a full services to its many clients. service general contractor/conIn addition, he will manage struction management company the estimating department, since 1993, announces that John overseeing estimates of all of Burns of North Reading has been Landmark Structures’ compromoted to the position of vice mercial and multi-unit residenpresident of estimating and martial projects. keting. Burns has 30 years of In this expanded role, experience in the construcBurns Burns, who joined Landmark tion industry, with a specialty Structures in 1998 as an estimain not-for-profit organizations tor/project manager, will take the lead role and affordable housing projects.
Nitsch Welcomes Husseini
Boston, MA - Fayssal 25 years of experience in J. Husseini PE, the transporproviding transportation and tation department manager at traffic engineering services, Nitsch Engineering, recently including highway and roadbecame a firm shareholder. way design, traffic signal Nitsch Engineering, a design, parking lot design, civil engineering, land surveyairport terminal roadway ing, transportation engineerdesign, and site planning/ ing, sustainable site consultdesign projects throughout ing, planning, and GIS firm, New England. Husseini now has 10 shareholders. The “I knew the minute I company remains a Womanmet Fayssal that I wanted owned Business Enterprise (WBE). him as a business partner,” said Lisa A. Husseini is a registered profes- Brothers, PE, Nitsch Engineering’s VP sional engineer in Massachusetts with and COO.
Cutler Appoints Amato
Worcester, MA - Cutler He has more than 20 years Associates, a design and conof experience in estimating, struction firm headquartered in project planning, and project Worcester, has named Sam Ammanagement within the archiato Jr. to the position of Director tecture and design-build conDiffin of pre-construction, corporate/ struction industries. industrial. He will work closely In his new role, Amato will with owners and architects to utilize his estimating experience lead the estimating process, beginning with conceptual New Haven, CT – Sara the architectural, engineering, to strategically and accurately esAmato phasing and following through Ruggiero, marketing director and construction marketplace. timate the cost of projects in the to construction documents. for Fusco Corporation, earned The process validates the indi- corporate/industrial marketplace. the designation of Certified Providual’s mastery of and ability fessional Services Marketer. to apply critical business develCertified Professional opment knowledge in an indusServices Marketers (CPSMs) try that values certification. Quincy, MA - J. Calnan and Associates announced that seven more employees sucare recognized as having the cessfully passed the LEED Accreditation exam. experience and knowledge to Steve Robak, project executive; Scott Trull, director of special projects; Dan generate profitable business in Charest, project manager; Grant Laliberte and Mike Keaney, superintendents; and Adam Ruggiero Arsenault and Megan Kukal, project coordinators are the latest to earn their LEED AP standing. JCA strives to implement sustainable construction Watertown, MA - Vanasse Danforth, Marla Engel, Sumethodologies on projects that Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), an san Moberg, Leo Roy, John incorporate energy efficiency, integrated transportation, land Stronach, minimal waste and reduce condevelopment, and environmenThe following employsumption of natural resources tal services firm, announced new ees are now associates: Becky associates, principals, and senior Bozadjian, Pete Clary, Susan whenever possible. Part of Keaney Arsenault Charest principal. Kremer, Tony Moura, Michele this ongoing comAs a generational comPaul, Meddie Perry, Jonathan pany, VHB is committed to exStabach, Jake Tinus, Rita m i t m e n t includes panding employee ownership to Walsh, Ralph Willmer. Diorio associates and principals, fosterIn addition, with the t r a i n i n g ing the sustainability of the firm. January acquisition of Freu- and ensurJim Diorio is VHB’s newest senior denthal & Elkowitz Consulting Group, ing that its principal. Inc. on Long Island, owner and co-founder, employees The following stockholders are Terri Elkowitz, has become a principal, and are LEED Robak Laliberte Trull Kukal accredited. now principals: Mark Bertoncini, Chris Kim Gennaro, has become an associate.
Ruggiero Earns CPSM Designation
JCA Employees LEED Accredited
VHB 2009 Associates and Principals
Industry Veterans Join Consigli
GEI New Hires
Boston, MA - GEI Consultants, Inc. announced that five senior engineers with extensive experience in Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) site investigation and remediation have joined the firm. Roger Hathaway, P.E. has spent over 20 years in the field of environmental remediation with a primary focus on compliance management programs. He specializes in the management of manufactured plant site remediation programs, urban property remediation, urban waterways, regulatory negotiations, and stakeholder communications. Hathaway is a licensed profesLeuschner sional engineer Manchester, NH - Metro Walls Inc. announced that Wil in the state of Maine. Dion has successfully completed the OSHA 500 Outreach Timothy J. Olean is a service line Training Program. manager for remediation, construction and As a construction industry outreach trainer, Dion is operations with over 21 years of experiauthorized to conduct 10- and 30-hour construction industry ence. He has extensive experience in prooutreach courses and receive OSHA course completion cards gram construction management and project to issue to his students, the company’s employees. This new management, subcontractor management training also enhances his ability to be more effective when and cost control for large-scale remediation performing OSHA mandated specific training. construction projects. Dion has been the company safety director for Metro Dion Albert Leuschner has over 30 years Walls Inc. for the past two years. of experience. One of his key responsibilities will be to help expand GEI’s MGP/ Utility practice. His specialties include design, waste characterization and economic Cambridge, MA - Acenprojects such as performing arts analysis of sludge treatment and disposal tech Inc., a nationally reccenters and music schools, auognized multi-disciplinary ditoria, recording studios/critiacoustis, audiovisual systems cal listening spaces, university Manchester, NH - CLD Consulting design, and vibration consultbuildings as well as other types Engineers, Inc. announced the following ing firm, announced new staff of institutional, residential or staff updates: and promotions in its Camcommercial facilities. Will Davis, project manager/projbridge headquarters: Sacks consults on architecect engineer from the company’s Wilder, Scott Jordan joins Acentural acoustics and mechanical VT office has passed the LEED Accredtech as a Consultant I in the systems noise control projects. ited Professional exam to become certiAudiovisual Systems Design His recent architectural acousJordan fied as a LEED AP. group, led by Richard Closs, tics projects include performance Terrie Mavros is the new marketCTS-D. His strengths include acoustics in churches, auditoria, ing coordinator for CLD. She has a backsystem design, computer modeling, sys- and outdoor performance spaces, as well as ground in marketing and graphic design. tem commissioning, and customer support. sound isolation and room acoustics in ofWilliam Gordon joins the compaPrior to joining Acentech, Jordan worked fice and residential buildings as an application support group specialist Ben Markham was promoted to Sefor Eastern Acoustic Works, and as a pro- nior Consultant I. He is an acoustician infessional audio engineer for several New volved in a variety of projects concerned Boston, MA - Einhorn Yaffee England-based production companies. with performance spaces and other comPrescott, Architecture & Engineering, P.C. Acentech promoted Dr. Gladys Ung- mercial, residential, and industrial faciliwelcomes nationally renowned marketing er, product noise reduction and sound qual- ties. His responsibilities include architecleader Judy Pullar as its new Director of ity consultant in the company’s R.H. Lyon tural acoustics and mechanical systems Business Development and Principal. Division of the Noise and Vibration group, noise control. With more than 20 years in the AEC to the position of Senior Consultant I. Acentech promoted Thomas McGraw industry, her expertise includes project Unger has over 10 years of experi- to Senior Consultant II. He consults on a management, project support, and service ence in the field of acoustics and vibration. diverse range of building types, including Much of that effort has involved product auditoria, media production and projection marketing for the commercial industry, innoise analysis, sound quality studies, and facilities, college and university facilities, cluding corporate and public clients, higher machinery diagnostics. Her work involves elementary and secondary schools, houses education, healthcare, and retail. testing and measurement of acoustical sig- of worship, civic centers, medical faciliIn her current role, she is responsible nals, vibration, pressure fluctuations, and ties, headquarters and office buildings, and for identifying, establishing, and maintainthose quantities related to fluctuating forces residential (both single-family and multi- ing relationships, as well as continuing to within the machinery under study. family). He has experience in all phases of position EYP as a trusted advisor. Acentech promoted Ioana Pieleanu these projects: feasibility studies, programEYP also announced the addition of and Jonah Sacks to Consultant II. ming, preliminary layouts, specifications the following three new employees: Pieleanu’s acoustics expertise en- and detailing of final constructions, and Senior Designer and Associate Jason compasses room acoustics, sound isolation observation of construction. Olsen, AIA, LEED AP, has more than 10 and mechanical systems noise and vibraPhoto courtesy of Acentech Inc. years of design experience. Currently, he tion control. She consults on a variety of is working on the design of a library for Milford, MA - Consigli Construction Co., Inc. has hired two seasoned M/E/P Specialists to complement its Project Services Group. Michael Barry and Michael Culcasi combine to offer Barry over 30 years of experience in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design fields. Since joining Consigli, they have been involved with clients across the academic, healthcare and corporate markets, as well as several green projects. Barry previously oversaw a design team at RDK Engineers, specializing in
mechanical systems design coordination. He will lead teams at kickoff through closeout, focusing on effective mechanical designs and end-user training. Culcasi, a Culcasi LEED AP, most recently served as an owner’s representative at Wellesley College, giving him a wide range of perspectives on the construction process and buy-out of projects. He will help teams configure M/E/P systems for clients across multiple markets, and can identify opportunities for greater building efficiency.
Dion Completes OSHA Training Program
Acentech New Staff, Promotions
systems, project management, data analysis, and experimental design involving the feasibility of generating energy from agricultural residues through the use of anaerobic digestion. John T. Finn, P.E. has specialized in MGP remediation and remediation of contaminated sediments for over 24 years. His strengths include client relations and the negotiation of regulatory issues. Dave Work is a professional engineer in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He has over 12 years of experience in environmental engineering and project management.
CLD Staff Announcements
ny’s team as highway design technician. He has worked in CAD/survey tech roles and in electronics assemblies. Nicole Fox, PE joined CLD earlier this spring as project engineer. She has experience in highway design and planning. Miranda Cole joins the administrative team at the Manchester Office. She is a student at UNH, studying mechanical engineering.
EYP New Additions
the Princeton Theological Seminary, and is involved with all project phases. D e s m o n d McAuley, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, a Senior Designer and Senior AssociPullar ate, possesses more than 22 years of architectural experience. Currently, he is working on projects for Framingham State College, New York University, and Rockhurst University. Kelly Baldarelli joined the firm as an Executive Assistant. A professional with more than 20 years of experience, her responsibilities include a variety of administrative support tasks, specifically for EYP’s Vice President of Design and Expertise.
ASM Golf Tournament It’s Spring Think Golf at Shaker Hills! June 11 Some great new features are planned for this year’s Tournament to add to the fun and give more recognition to sponsors. Make plans for June 11 to enjoy a day on the greens, and support ASM’s Scholarship Program in the process! Shaker Hills Golf Club, 146 Shaker Road, Harvard, MA. Information: http:// www.associatedsubs. com
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BOMA International Conference June 27-30, 2009—Philadelphia, PA The education program at the BOMA International Conference thoroughly addresses the needs of commercial real estate professionals at all levels. The 2009 program offers exactly what you and your team need...top experts, real case studies and value-driven education tracks that connect you with industry leaders and real-world solutions. For more information: http://www. bomaconvention.org
High-Profile: Calendar AGC Upcoming Event AIA CT OSHA LOTO: Controlling Hazardous Energy to Prevent Injury Upcoming Event Tuesday, June 2, 2009 8:30am - 4:30pm AGC Conference Center, Wellesley This comprehensive program provides participants with information on the importance of energy control programs, procedures, training, audits and methods for controlling hazardous energy, and the knowledge and skills required to safely perform servicing and maintenance activities. For more information: Contact Louise Rullie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 28th Annual Steel Design Conference will held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on May 21, 2009. Featured speakers and topics include: T.R. Higgins Lecture, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Certification VS. Inspection What’s the difference? And why should it matter to you? For more iformation: www.ssfne.org.
Revit Architecture 2009 Fundamentals, Part 1 June 12, 2009 - 9:00 am-4:30 pm AIA Connecticut, 370 James Street, Suite 402, New Haven, CT The DataMat Group is providing a special three-day workshop for AIA Connecticut members on Revit Architecture, a powerful parametric Building Information Modeling (BIM) program that streamlines the design process with a central 3D model. This course covers the basics of Revit Architecture 2009 from schematic design through construction documentation, finishing with design visualization. Lunch will be provided. For more information: aiainfo@ aiact.org
WPI Annual Steel Design Conference
2009 T.R. Higgins Lecture Unified Design of Steel I - Section Flexural Members in the 2005 AISC and 2007 AASHTO Specifications Presented by: Donald W. White, Ph.D, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Building Information Modeling
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MBC 60th Annual Golf Outing
Monday, June 15, 2009 Salem Country Club Peabody, MA Consistently listed as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Golf Courses”, Salem has hosted four national championships. Executive Golf Package – $1700 18 holes of golf for your foursome, corporate tee sponsorship on your starting hole, lunch, cocktail reception, elegant clubhouse dinner and prizes Individual Tickets – $425 per person 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Golf Tournament format will be “play your own ball” (not a Scramble) and players must provide handicaps with registration. Due to the demand for this event, the following rules apply: You must be an MBC member to purchase tickets. Reservations must be pre-paid or space will be released to players on waiting list. Checks must be received by May 18, 2009 information: http://www.buildingcongress.org
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