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Gilford, NH – On June 10, in a ceremony organized by the Daniel Webster Council, Meridian Construction President Tim Long will receive the 2009 NH Good Scout Award, given to an individual within the construction industry who best exemplifies the ethical qualities of the Boy Scouts of America. Meridian won the award by a unanimous vote from the selection committee. Over the last few months, Meridian has made the news several times for its outstanding work renovating the Gorham School District, the Laconia District Court-

house, and the NH State Library in Concord. Being responsible for such high profile projects is nothing new for the Gilfordbased company, whose continued Long success has been attributed to its attention to detail and personal service.

Medford, MA – Delta Design & Construction and Fabrizio Corporation partnered to host the first annual blood drive at their corporate headquarters on Riverside Avenue in Medford. “We decided to host this blood drive together because with our staff combined, we had enough participants to warrant the Red Cross sending their donor bus to our offices. It’s difficult to find a reason not to donate, if the bus is parked outside the door,” said organizer Libby McCrann, director of client services for Delta. According to the Red Cross, this was a successful Patrick Kelly, APM blood drive with 30 for Delta units of blood col-

lected, which was enough to easily reach the day’s goal. “ We ’ d like to extend a very special thank you to; Medford Wellington Service Co., Inter- Glenn Gray of Fabrizio state Electric, Santini Bros. Iron Works, SRP Signs and Malatos’ Iron Works. These guys took time out of their busy schedules to come show support for this cause,” said Derek Pelletier, president of Delta. Several other friends of Delta and Fabrizio came to donate, which was also very much appreciated.

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Shawmut Begins Pritzker Science Ctr. William Rawn and Associates designer

Milton, MA - Shawmut Design and Construction recently began construction on the Pritzker Science Center project at Milton Academy, an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Milton. Shawmut is partnering with architect William Rawn and Associates to create this 38,000sf, two-story science center. Constructed of brick, glass and copper, the building will resonate well with its surrounding campus buildings and historic campus. With this new science center, Milton seeks to make science a highly visible, sustainable, and integral component of learning, and reinforce the ideas of the centrality, visibility, and transparency of advanced

science at the school. The new building will house 14 classrooms and four inquiry labs, as well as a large project room for student independent science projects. The building is designed with sustainable building practices and materials, a green roof, demonstration solar hot water and photovoltaic energy panels, FSC-certified wood products and a building “dashboard” program that will demonstrate realtime energy use and savings for classroom instruction. The Pritzker Science Center is currently scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.

CBI ‘House Doctor’ for Mass. Dept.

Boston, MA - CBI Consulting Inc. open “house doctor” contracts with the a leading architectural/engineering firm Massachusetts Department of Housing and headquartered in Boston and with offices in Community Development and the city of Miami, announced that it has been selected Springfield. In prior years, the firm conby the Massachusetts Department of Capi- tracted with Braintree Public Schools and tal Assessment Manthe town of Scituate agement as a “house in a “house doctor” CBI Consulting Inc. can capacity. doctor” for the state be called upon to design, repair agency. “We’re honand troubleshoot architectural ored to play such a In this contracted projects in various state-owned capacity, CBI Consultbuildings throughout the com- significant role in ing Inc. can be called the design and armonwealth. upon to design, repair chitectural mainteand troubleshoot arnance of many vital chitectural projects in various state-owned buildings within the commonwealth,” said buildings throughout the commonwealth. Michael Teller, A.I.A. and a principal at CBI Consulting Inc. also maintains CBI Consulting Inc.

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Suffolk Participates in Fundraiser

Boston, MA - Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. participated in the 12th Annual Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Field of Dreams Fundraiser at Fenway Park. Suffolk was among several corporate teams that donated money to raise funds for ABCD and earn the opportunity to play softball on the historic Fenway diamond. A total of $170,000 was raised at the event.

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by Michael Barnes, not included the publisher, High-Profile Monthly article in this isIn late April of this year Alison Cole, sue, but it can be Steffian Bradley Marketing Manager, forfound on the MHA warded an e-mail to editor@high-profile. Web site at http:// com about a Massachusetts Hospital Assowww.mhalink.org/ ciation (MHA) event in May. The third Anpublic/education/ nual Healthcare Construction Conference newsletters/2009/ was to be informative to both finance and spring.cfm. Barnes facilities folks at hospitals as well as to the Shortly after healthcare community at large. we go to press the Before I even looked at the lineup of MHA’s 73rd Annual Meeting will be held speakers I was drawn to the event by the fa- at the Chatham Bars Inn, in Chatham and miliarity of its sponsors: Barr & Barr, Inc., the 11th Annual Golf Outing in Brewster. The Construction Institute, MA Health & Nine educational programs are reEducational Facilities Authority, Morris- maining in 2009 with topics including Switzer Environments for Health, and leadership, finance, technology, commuVHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. nity hospitals, Web site strategy, adminisI contacted the MHA and received tration, women in healthcare, and from the the brochure and an invitation to cover the Emerging Healthcare Leadership series: event from media contact Catherine Brom- Inspirational (calendar page 43). berg. This led to including MHA as a speRecently the MHA helped to organize cial feature within this month’s focus on the annual day-long “Hospitals on the Hill” healthcare facilities (page 12). event. Hundreds of hospital and healthcare The Massachusetts Hospital Asso- leaders from across Massachusetts gathered ciation is a voluntary, not-for-profit orga- at the State House to highlight the many vinization comprised of hospitals and health tal economic and community benefits hossystems, related organizations, and other pitals provide to their communities, and admembers with a dress some of common interest in the critical isThe Massachusetts Hospital promoting the health sues they face, Association is a voluntary, notof the people of the including devfor-profit organization comprised commonwealth. astating proThrough leadership spective budof hospitals and health systems, in public advocacy, get cutbacks related organizations, and other education, and inforthat threaten members with a common interest in mation, MHA repreto cripple or promoting the health of the people sents and advocates even close imof the commonwealth. for the collective inportant healthterests of its member care programs hospitals and health and facilities. systems, and supports their efforts to proMuch more information on this acvide high quality, cost-effective, and acces- tive and informative association can be sible care. found online at http://www.mhalink.org. The Association’s spring newsletter I look forward to featuring the MHA is online, including a featured article, “Sa- news as it relates to the High-Profile maritan Medical Center Shares Lessons Monthly niche on facilities developments Learned During Expansion Project,” by during the year, and to revisit the MHA feaMHA signature sponsor, HBE. ture for next year’s annual focus. Due to space limitations we have

Brookstone Awarded Prison Project Concord, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc. construction managers and general contractors of Manchester has been awarded a renovation project by the State of New Hampshire Bureau of Public Works. The scope-of-work, which was scheduled to begin in late May, will involve the dismantling and replacement of 170 feet of the state prison’s perimeter wall on North State Street in Concord. The section being updated is part of the original construction, dating back to the late 1800s. Improvements

will include a new foundation and wall, along with the installation of a 20-footby-16-foot multi-level guard tower that will be equipped with state-of-the-art mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems for enhanced security and surveillance. Prior to the demolition, a temporary double-layered security fence will be installed. Wherever possible, the bricks and granite removed from the old structure will also be salvaged for future use. Mark Gemmiti will serve as Brookstone Builders’ project manager.

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Acentech Designs Acoustics for Cultural Building

ambridge, MA - Acentech Inc. provided architectural acoustics and audiovisual consulting services for ZUMIX, a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts. In 2005, the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development chose ZUMIX to develop a beautiful old abandoned firehouse close to its current East Boston location. Built in 1923, the brick building is ideally located one block from East Boston’s Maverick Square that includes approximately 9,000sf of space. The former Engine Company 40 Firehouse offers ZUMIX the opportunity to transform a long-abandoned building into an inspiring cultural and performance space for ZUMIX participants and the East Boston community at large. Designed by Utile Design of Boston, the project is striving for LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council when it is completed in late fall of 2009. “It was critical that different activities not conflict with one another, and thus, suitable sound isolation was paramount for this project,” said Ioana Pieleanu, acoustical consultant at Acentech. “We aimed to deliver an acoustically pleasing cultural arts center that accomplishes both functional and aesthetic acoustical goals.” Acentech worked collaboratively

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noise control consulting services, Acentech provided audiovisual consulting services for ZUMIX’s radio station and recording studio. “ZUMIX houses a youth community with broad musical interests, who will often use the various spaces in the building simultaneously. Located in East Boston, ZUMIX provides top-quality cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to express their creativity and apply their bountiful energies, and as a method of The long-abandoned building will be transformed into an inspiring cultural and performance space. building cultural underRendering by Dongik Lee standing and acceptance with Utile to design the acoustics for the The ZUMIX Firehouse project in one of Boston’s most facility, including strategically locating features a first-floor auditorium, with a diverse neighborhoods. East Boston is rooms for sound isolation, shaping and wooden platform for group programs, re- home to a diverse mix of people from varisizing rooms to optimize acoustics, and hearsals and performances, a 14-foot high ous backgrounds, including Italian, Latin selecting materials, finishes, and building ceiling, and open-floor seating capacity for American, African, and Southeast Asian systems that meet the acoustical goals of 90 people. The facility also includes prac- cultures. the building. Acentech assisted ZUMIX in tice rooms, a music production lab, a raLandmark Construction was the genthe selection of an air recirculating HVAC dio station, a recording studio (with a live eral contractor for the project, and New system that, while energy efficient for room and control room), a multi-purpose Ecology, Inc. served as the green developLEED certification, also meets the rigorous room, and a community meeting room. ment specialists. acoustical requirements of the building. In addition to architectural acoustics and


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orwood, MA - Four Points by Sheraton Norwood, a businessclass hotel and full-service conference center, has just completed $1M in renovations to Zachariah’s Restaurant, located within the hotel. The newly renovated Zachariah’s has been transformed into a modern function room with the capability to host smaller weddings and social gatherings, corporate parties and meetings. The renovations

included the installation of built-in buffets, chafing dishes and bars; marble tops on all service furniture; as well as all new carpet, tables, chairs, and lighting. Two permanent serving stations, one at each end of the room, include built-in heating elements and are used for breakfast and luncheon buffets, dessert displays, and liquor and cappuccino bars when needed. This new renovation allows the catering staff at the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood to showcase the fare on a continuous curve of maple woodwork capped by an elegant stone top with a floating light canopy above. The renovation posed two distinct challenges to Allegro Interior Architecture, the design firm hired to update the space. The first challenge was that the room did not have access to an exterior wall and therefore could not provide a view. The solution was to create an LED light wall using a double-layer theatrical curtain that can be pre-set to eight different colors depending on the customer’s theme. Formerly this window wall to the service corridor was hidden by heavy The Four Points by Sheraton Norwood before drapes, but the space is now a renovations. Picture courtesy of the Four Points by feature that allows the user to Sheraton Norwood. customize the décor.


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Marlborough, MA - BWK Construction Co., Inc. served as general contractor for the renovation of the Immaculate Conception Church in Marlborough. The design team was led by Angelo Petrozzelli of Design Partnership Architects, Inc. The primary focus of the project was to increase accessibility for the parishioners via a passenger elevator, which allows for handicapped accessibility to all levels of the Church. BWK met the challenge to seamlessly integrate a visually obtrusive elevator hoistway with that of the stained glass windows and the granite that adorn the exterior of the church, as well as the ex-

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MHA’s Third Annual Healthcare Construction Conference

Waltham, MA - Despite the economic crisis, most hospitals have projects in the pipeline that cannot be halted indefinitely. During the Third Annual Healthcare Construction Conference, speakers and panelists presented a proactive look at how hospitals Arrick Berkowitz get projects moving during talk titled, these tough times. Tim Gens, Sr. vice president, “ModificaSr. V.P. policy & regulation gen- tion of Hoseral counsel of MHA and Marvin pital ProjBerkowitz, president, Health Care ects in the Financial Management Associa- E c o n o m i c tion (HFMA), provided opening re- Climate.” Seth marks. Jaffe, of Martin Arrick, managing Foley Hoag director, Standard & Poor’s notJaffe for-profit Healthcare Division, pre- LLP spoke sented a talk titled “Capital and the on state and Bond Market: Light at the End of the federal environmental requirements impacting hospital construction. Tunnel?” Breslin and Rochstroh’s have Paul T. Breslin, senior princiarticles based on their talks on pages pal, Noblis, article titled, “Is it Time of this issue of High-Profile Monthfor Plan B? Why Hospitals Need to ly’s focus on Heatlhcare Facilities. Re-Evaluate & Re-Prioritize Their Bresategic Financing Master Facility.” The roundtable discussion Kurt Rockstroh, AIA, ACHA, president & CEO Steffian Bradley Continued on next page Architects, presented his view in a

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Hospital Facility Development: What’s Plan B?

by Paul T. Breslin ing boards, as hospitals can no The following is excerpted longer finance and implement from a talk by by Paul T. Bresthem as originally planned. In lin, Noblis Health Innovation, light of the current economic reat a recent MHA Construction ality, hospitals need to carefully Conference. review their strategic plans to ince they rely on the make sure that whatever capibond market to fund most tal is available for investment of their major building over the next few years is used projects, hospitals face an unto fund those initiatives that will Breslin precedented financial challenge improve their performance. today. Healthcare entered the Many hospitals with recent economic downturn more heavily comprehensive master facility plans are leveraged and more vulnerable than many struggling today to reconstitute these plans other industries. Therefore, most hospitals in a fashion that allows them to begin to have been forced to drastically scale back implement the most needed projects with their capital spending plans this year as significantly down-sized capital budgets. they watch the credit markets dry up and By its very nature the master facility plan their investment incomes erode. Needed is a fairly comprehensive “blueprint” for and planned facility investments, which meeting the near-term, intermediate-term, were considered financially feasible just and long-term future facility needs of the one year ago, are now sitting on the drawContinued on page 26


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Modification of Hospital Projects in the Economic Climate

by Kurt Rockstroh, AIA, ACHA s essential service providers, healthcare organizations have traditionally been sheltered from the most severe impacts of economic recessions. Not so, with the current economic crisis. This recession, the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930’s, is impacting hospitals from every angle. Costs have skyrocketed, reimbursement is declining, an unprecedented number of people are losing their health insurance as a result of losing their jobs, scheduling of profitable elective procedures has taken a nosedive, and access to capital is severely restricted, even for the most financially secure hospitals. In this perfect storm of an economic crisis, traditional strategies of staff reductions and other belt-tightening have not been enough, and so capital investments, no matter how strategically critical, have been severely limited. The recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 does provide some relief for healthcare organizations, particularly nonprofit, allocating $86.6 billion for Medicaid, $19 billion for health information technology, and $8.5 billion for shovel-ready projects. Other alternative sources of capital are beginning to emerge, such as HUD financing for some projects. Hospitals are discovering and implementing a variety of strategies to allow the most critical capital projects to go forward, even if the project is altered from the original concept. Some examples of the various approaches that hospitals are taking to modify their projects in the current economic climate can be seen in the following examples: Project documents and the building permit submission were complete when the financing for the new Framingham Community Health Center, a 70,248sf construction project, fell through. Rather than scramble for immediate new funding, the client decided to temporarily put the proj-

ect on hold. This funding, the project will still accomplish project is now the same overall goal for the hospital and shovel-ready, and future patients. will move forward Another approach is to visit or reif it receives stimu- visit alternative sites. Community Health lus money. This Connections explored several alternative approach ensures sites prior to deciding to upgrade its Fitchthat when financing burg facility by renovating and expanding does come through, the five-story building. The infrastructure Rockstroh the project is ready improvements were extensive, and the to go into construc- projected cost was more than the funding tion, and no additional time is wasted. would allow, so a multi-phased project was Tufts Medical Center is addressing planned. Due to the economic downturn, facility needs by focusing current resources a previously studied developer-owned site on smaller projects financed in-house. To was reconsidered because of the developpartially meet the need for additional pedi- er’s revised proposal, which provided new atric facilities, ideally a large facility ad- economic incentives, including a lease/buy dition/renovation, Tufts chose to renovate option. Community Health Connections’ a 5,900sf interior space for the eight-bed Neely Hospitals are discovering and implementPediatric Bone Maring a variety of strategies to allow the most critrow Transplant Unit, fiical capital projects to go forward, even if the nanced through the Cam Neely Foundation for project is altered from the original concept. Cancer Care. This inno–Kurt Rockstroh, AIA, ACHA vative facility addressed an important element of Tufts’ program requirements, reducing ur- final decision was to renovate/expand in gency for the remainder of the necessary place, and not to move to the developerwork. owned site, but their negotiations show the To additionally address pediatric increased flexibility of developers in acneeds, Tufts proposed a 30,000sf, three- commodating potential tenant needs due to floor gut rehabilitation to create a Pediatric the economic situation. Research Institute. When original financing was no longer available, Tufts decided to seek alternative project funding for the $14 million project through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) C06 Construction Grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A requirement for this funding is that the project must receive LEED Silver certification. In addition, the project must provide space for existing grant holders, as well as create new jobs. Though some of the original plans for the project had to be modified to fit within the constraints of the stimulus

At Baystate Medical Center, the viability of continued construction of the 630,000sf replacement facility for the academic medical center was threatened. Several strategies have been employed to allow the project to continue. The client chose to adjust the budget by reducing its construction and equipment Phase 1 spending by $15 million, which was accomplished through more than 250 value engineering items. Baystate also changed its financing approach, utilizing the New Markets Tax Credit, and significantly reducing other capital investments over a four-year period, decreasing borrowing by $90 million. Baystate also made an adjustment in phasing, from a single- to multiplephase project schedule. Finally, the client chose to reduce the future growth shell space, originally planned to be 45% of the project. These amendments saved the client millions of dollars and allowed the construction of the project to continue. Though the economic climate is far from ideal, there are ways that healthcare institutions can still achieve strategic capital investment goals. By capitalizing on alternative resources available to the healthcare industry, and through a little extra work and some creative strategizing, projects threatened to be put indefinitely on hold can become a reality in the near future.

Dana Swanson, Danielle Manning, Anne Ogilby, Bill Grigg, Marvin Berkowitz.

MHA’s 3rd Annual Conference Continued from previous page

titled “Options in the Current Climate,” included: Marvin Berkowitz, president, HFMA; Danielle Manning, dir., financing programs, MA Health & Educational Facilities Authority; Dana Swenson, sr. VP, facilities, UMASS Memorial Health Care Inc.; Bill Grigg, senior VP & CFO, Southcoast Health System and

Anne Ogilby, partner, Ropes & Gray. Sponsors for the conference included: Barr & Barr, Inc.; The Construction Institute; MA Health & Educational Facilities Authority; VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.; and MorrisSwitzer Environements for Health.


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Erland Tops Off Leonard Florence Participates in ALS Walk

The Acceleron Team (l-r): Brian Mikolaycik, Project Manager; Jim Cahill, Vice President; Jim Gunning, Superintendent-all of JCA; John Knopf, CEO, Acceleron Pharma; Bob Coughlin, President, Mass. Biotechnology Council; Jay Calnan, President and Steve Robak, Project Executive, both of JCA.

JCA Celebrates Grand Opening

Quincy, MA - J. Calnan & Associates recently joined Lt. Governor Timothy Murray; Gregory Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development; Robert Coughlin, President and CEO of the Mass. Biotechnology Council; Richard Pops, Chairman of Alkermes, Inc.; Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO of Mass. Life Sciences Center; John Knopf, CEO of Acceleron Pharma and many other distinguished guests to celebrate the grand opening of Acceleron Pharma’s new cGMP clinical manufacturing facility. The project team of J. Calnan & Associates, Industrial Facilities Design Inc., 20/20 Engineering and Niall Johnson Consulting worked seamlessly to deliver Acceleron’s new state-of-the-art facility on time, within budget and according to cGMP standards. The project included the total renova-

tion of all 38,000sf of the existing facility to help Acceleron expand its research and testing. In conjunction with the renovation, JCA completed the new construction of a 13,000sf cutting-edge cGMP Clinical Manufacturing Facility, multiple support labs and 12,000sf of office space. In order to keep Acceleron fully operational, the JCA team worked hand-in-hand with the Cambridge regulatory agencies and the Acceleron team to appropriately phase in Acceleron’s occupancy. In addition, the construction team developed a commissioning plan in the early stages of the project that was implemented throughout the entire process. This plan ultimately assisted in verifying that all of the building systems were properly installed, functioned correctly, and produced the expected results upon turnover to the client for continuous use.

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Burlington, MA - On Sunday, April 23rd, over 1,200 people gathered on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea to participate in the first annual Walk to Defeat ALS. Erland Construction of Burlington, the construction manager for the new Leonard Florence Center for Living, was a corporate sponsor and fielded a team of walkers for the event. “I’m really proud to be working on this project. The fact that this building, when completed, will change people’s lives, makes it really special. Up until now, people with neurological disorders like ASL and MS, who could no longer be cared for at home, had to go to facilities geared toward geriatric care. I’m happy to do whatever little I can to contribute to this worthy cause,” said Erland President Steve

McDonald after completing the two-mile walk. Days before, Erland and The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Foundation – an organization that has provided skilled nursing and residential care for complications of aging, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and end-of-life care since 1919 – celebrated the topping off of the new Leonard Florence Center for Living. When it’s completed, the six-story skilled nursing facility will feature 10 houses, each with 10 bedrooms clustered around an open kitchen and living area. Modeled after the Green House style created by Dr. William Thomas, residents of each house will enjoy home-cooked meals prepared in their own kitchen and served at a common table near their rooms. Each house will have its own dedicated staff of caregivers responsible for preparing meals and assisting the residents. A separate clinical support team – including nurses, social workers, therapists, medical directors, nutritionists, and pharmacists – will visit the houses regularly to provide services as needed. The Leonard Florence Center will complete the senior housing campus on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea, joining the 69 units of affordable assisted living at the Cohen Florence Levine Estates and the 36 studio apartments Attendees of the topping off, including future at the Florence and Chafetz Home for residents, sign the ceremonial beam. Specialized Care.

HEFA Stays the Course Provides $1.6 B to Nonprofits

Boston, Tuesday - In one of its largest quarters on record, HEFA, the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority, provided nearly $1.6 billion in low-cost, tax-exempt financing to nonprofit institutions in health care and higher education for the quarter ending March 31, 2009. Results from the quarter put HEFA on pace to have the largest year in its 40-year history. Last year, HEFA was the largest issuer of municipal bonds in the state and the sixth largest in the nation (out of more than 8,000 issuers). With just 15 full-time-equivalent staff overseeing bond issues, pool loans and capital leases, last quarter’s productivity is a testament to HEFA’s commitment to efficiency and excellence. “Nonprofits need financial solutions now,” said Benson T. Caswell, HEFA executive director. “Our experienced staff approaches each new transaction, large or small, with unmatched creativity, tenacity and responsibility for that organization’s financial health. Our clients’ success is our success.” Transaction highlights from the quarter include HEFA’s largest-ever single bond issue, a $1 billion fixed-rate

issue for Harvard University to refinance outstanding variable-rate bonds, and a $266.5 million fixed-rate issue on behalf of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to fund construction of several new buildings and an underground parking garage. HEFA also assisted health care institutions access low-cost capital in early 2009. A $30.7 million bond issue on behalf of Catholic Health East saved the health system on debt service by refinancing bonds. Henry Heywood Memorial Hospital in Gardner issued $20 million in fixed-rate bonds to fund the expansion of emergency and radiology facilities, along with refunding other bonds and repaying a bank loan. “It’s encouraging to see so many nonprofits determined to invest in themselves and their futures, despite the economic challenges,” said Caswell. HEFA is a quasi-public authority that provides tax-exempt financing for four categories of nonprofit organizations: health care, higher education, cultural and scientific institutions, and human service agencies for people with disabilities. HEFA is fully self-funded and receives no taxpayer dollars.

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Gilbane Completes Bradley Facility-S/L/A/M Architect

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Nashua, NH Lavallee Brensinger Architects announced the opening of a new wing at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. The comprehensive renovation of an existing floor now offers private patient rooms in a welcoming, comfortable environment.

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East Providence, RI - Gilbane Building Company of Providence recently completed construction of a new 44,000sf facility for Bradley Hospital. The new building is the centerpiece of a multiphase, campus-wide revitalization. With three times more square feet of inpatient space, the two-story addition features 60 private rooms arranged in small, quiet pods that provide patients and their families with increased privacy, enable staff to closely monitor and quickly respond to patients, and allow the hospital to be more flexible when admitting patients. Gilbane provided construction management services to oversee the project on the hospital’s East Providence campus while the hospital remained fully functioning. The new two-story building addition adjoins the existing hosThe new Bradley Hospital facility is the centerpiece of a multi-phase revitalization. pital in two places, creating an enPhotograph by Frank Giuliani closed courtyard. Due to the nature of the hosDevelopmental Disabilities (CADD). The With the opening of the new buildpital’s patients, extreme care was taken to facility opened just one year after breaking ing, Gilbane will begin the second phase minimize disruption to the ongoing health- ground. of the project – the renovation of the care operations. Gilbane worked closely “This modern facility will enhance existing facility to accommodate expanded with the hospital, including daily commu- the world-class, cutting-edge clinical care outpatient and partial-hospitalization (day) nications, to ensure that the construction that Bradley Hospital has been providing programs for children and adolescents. The would not cause undue distress to the hos- for nearly 80 years, while also allowing for newly renovated space will also allow for pital’s sensitive patient population. the expansion and exploration of new ap- increased cutting-edge research initiatives The new building houses the hos- proaches and treatments in child and ado- right on the hospital’s campus. pital’s Child and Adolescent Inpatient lescent psychiatry,” says Daniel J. Wall, The architect for the new building Programs and the Center for Autism and Bradley Hospital’s president and CEO. was S/L/A/M Collaborative.

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Walsh Helps March of Dimes Walk Providence, RI - During a half-hour luncheon fundraiser hosted by Women & Infants Hospita at the construction site, Walsh, construction workers and sub-contractors donated $6,500 toward the March for Babies to help give every baby a healthy chance on life. This contribution was added to that raised by more than 5,000 walkers—indiRichard C. Walsh, president and CEO of Walsh viduals, corporate sponsors Brothers, general contractor for the Women & and families—who turned out for the March for Babies Infants Hospital addition, is shown with Betsy Akin, state director of the March of Dimes. walk on April 26 at Colt State Park, raising a total of $410,000. March for Babies and contributed to be Picerne Real Estate Group is the sure the March of Dimes can continue event sponsor and Summer Infant is the to provide help and hope for babies and family sponsor for March for Babies. their families,” said Betsy Akin, state “The luncheon fundraiser hosted director of the March of Dimes. by Walsh Brothers and Women & Infants Preterm birth is the leading cause Hospital is a great example of the enthu- of newborn death. The March of Dimes siasm and support that people through- raises money through March for Babies out Rhode Island have demonstrated in and other fundraising events to supraising money during these tough eco- port research, education and programs nomic times. We are very grateful to the to help ensure that all babies have a thousands of people who turned out for healthy start on life.



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Trends in the Design and Construction of Urgent Care Centers

by Marc Margulies, AIA, LEED AP, and John Duggan Healthcare costs are soaring, and emergency department (ED) coverage constitutes a large percentage of the average monthly insurance premium. However, 55% of visits to emergency departments are for routine care or minor medical problems. The Urgent Care Center (UCC) can provide lower cost (estimated at one sixth to one third Interior view of the Fallon NE Scope Clinic. CM was of the ED cost) and more readConsigli Construction Co. Photos by Warren Patterson ily accessible care by qualified photographer but less specialized medical throughout the facility. The cost of the personnel. There are several factors in the design and construction of associated plumbing can be substantial, new UCCs that influence their site selec- particularly for existing single story slabtion, cost of construction, and operational on-grade conditions, but the health benefits are indisputable. efficiency: Operational Efficiency Site Selection While managing the cost of construcBecause UCCs are intended to be open at least 12 hours per day, seven days tion is always an important part of the sucper week, the location must be able to accept cess of any new project, the cost of staffing the traffic, lighting, signage, and parking a UCC is 15 to 20 times the real estate cost. for staff, patients and emergency vehicles. Designing the space in a way that reduces The UCC location should be convenient to the number of staff required and increases the intended demographic and accessible the quantity and quality of care delivered to patients after-hours. The most common will have enormous impact on the profitsite size can comfortably accommodate ability of the operation. Two trends can positively impact onabout 15 patients at a time. With four to six exam rooms, two procedure rooms, and the going operational efficiency. The first is the associated offices, radiology and support search for efficient staffing of the reception/ spaces, this becomes a facility of 4,000 to control/triage function. With proper visibility and the ability to interview patients with 5,000sf. an appropriate level of confidentiality, the Cost of Construction The “AIA Guidelines for the Design admitting nurse can serve several functions and Construction of Health Care Facilities” simultaneously when it’s less busy. The second trend involves the intent sets the standard for freestanding urgent care facilities. Sizes of rooms, adjacencies, to reduce the amount of travel needed for HVAC standards, dimensions of compo- nurses, PAs, NPs or physicians to perform nents, and acoustic and visual privacy re- effectively. For example, a hub-and-spoke concept, similar to an ICUs central nursing quirements are all specified. Two medical trends that affect build- station, is far preferable to a more linear ing cost are the increase in the use of elec- layout. Assuming we won’t be returning to tronic technologies and the heightened sensitivity to infection control. Given that the practice of doctors making house calls, testing, monitoring, and recording equip- we should be planning to build more Urgent ment is increasingly networked, well- Care Centers as an important component of planned and ubiquitous network jacks our national healthcare delivery strategy. Marc Margulies, AIA, LEED AP is a connected to the local area network are principal with Margulies Perruzzi Archiessential to the future success of a UCC. The second trend with cost conse- tects (formerly Margulies & Associates) in quences is the increased attention over Boston. John Duggan is director of ancilfrequent hand washing. UCCs must have a lary service for the Fallon Clinic, a multifull network of sinks in nearly every room specialty group practice in Worcester.

Exterior view of the Fallon NE Scope Clinic. R.W. Sullivan provided the design for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and medical gas systems for the project.


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MMCRI Expansion

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Scarborough, ME - In the 1990’s, Maine Medical Center’s (MMC) commitment to research and education led to the development of the 58,500sf Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) in Scarborough which was designed by Harriman. Over time, the importance of research as a component of MMC’s mission, vision, and strategic position intensified. Simultaneously, the research enterprise itself became more complex and competitive with greater resource allocation required to build infrastructure for sustainable success. In 2006, MMC retained Harriman and Wilson Architects to program and de-

sign a 21,000sf where expansion could occur, while mainaddition to the taining a contiguous barrier environment, original research was adjacent to the main entry to the facilibuilding. Har- ty. This presented several challenges. Since riman was the the program called for a larger area belowarchitect and en- grade footprint than above grade, a paved gineer of record exterior courtyard was developed between for the expan- the new and existing building with a hatch sion, and Wilson in it to facilitate large equipment replaceArchitects pro- ment. vided programThere was a need to distinguish beming, concept tween the existing main entry and the new design and labo- clinical entry, both of which were accessed ratory planning from a common parking lot. The solution consulting ser- was a zinc-clad building element that conExterior view of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute vices. The gen- nects the new addition to the existing reeral contractor search institute. The clinical entry at the was Pizzagalli Construction. corner of the zinc element was recessed to The program called for the labora- signify it as a secondary entrance. tory-based research program to achieve an approximate 50% increase in size to attain sustainThe NECA contractor managed ability, and to buttress evolving an on-site crew ranging from seven translational research efforts. electricians, on average, to 10 at peak There was a need to inconstruction throughout the eight month crease the current available project. Lighthouse principal Herb Aikspace devoted to research, so ens, Project Manager David Holton and space for both laboratory-based Foreman Bill Norcott provided project research and non-laboratory, management and supervision. clinical research was included Architect: Tsoi / Kobus & Associin the program. ates, Cambridge; GC: William A. Berry The design of the addition & Son, Inc., Danvers, ; EE: AHA Conrequired expansion to vivarium Site plan for the Maine Medical Center Research Insulting Engineers, Lexington. space in the existing research stitute. 1-Existing, 2-Addition, 3-Courtyard, 4-Clinical Entry, 5-Main Entry building. The only location

Lighthouse Electrical Completes Project for Dana-Farber Facility

Boston, MA – Rockland-based Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc. completed the electrical buildout for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s research laboratories at the new Center for Life Science / Boston facility. Lighthouse provided power installations, lighting systems which included light harvesting features, fire alarm system integration, and specialty lab equipment installations in the nearly 40,000sf customized tenant space on the 11th floor of the research facility.

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Modular Furniture Helps Med. Facilities Plan for Future by Sarah Werner, account manager, Environments at Work As hospitals face increasing demand from an aging baby boomer generation and rapidly advancing technology, their facilities departments are seeking ways to cost-effectively manage the resulting renovation and construction projects. Ranging broadly from new patient bed towers to department reorganizations and up-grades of patient care areas, healthcare projects carry the risk of disrupting patient care and staff efficiency within busy clinical areas. Equally critical are the issues of infection control, staff retention and flexibility for future change and growth. These issues are unique to medical environments and require specific considerations when it comes to furniture selection. Modular furniture systems have been used within the administrative areas of hospitals for many years. Coordinated walls, flooring, work surfaces, storage and tech-

Flexibility for Future Change The needs of clinical departments vary widely in regards to supply and medicine storage, patient care, and staff organization. Modular Werner furniture is manufactured as a kit of parts, which allows pieces to be easily assembled in response to individual tasks and requirements. Because the pieces are easily disassembled as well, they can be moved and individual sections can be replaced without rebuilding an entire area (unlike wood millwork). This helps ensure continuity of care in a busy facility, and prevents waste created from disposing of obsolete furniture. This flexibility also provides the ability to adapt to future change quickly and easily. While many hospitals are changing to meet the needs of today’s patient populations, there will likely be

“The modular systems that have been so successful in administrative environments can now offer clinical facilities a cost-effective and highly-functional alternative to more traditional furniture offerings.” –Sarah Werner, Account Manager, Environments at work nology integration collections are easily assembled and disassembled, and integrate together to meet a wide variety of user needs within a single facility. However, furniture manufacturers have recently begun addressing the need for modular systems that meet the unique functional needs of clinical environments.

new and different needs in the future. Infection Control Infection control is a critical issue within any medical facility, and modular furniture can help ease the maintenance of sterile environments. Products such as modular storage containers can be quickly disassembled and individually cleaned

using hospital-grade steam cleaners, and those manufactured from durable plastic will stand up to the chemicals necessary to disinfect work surfaces. Seamless construction also ensures there are no crevices or cracks in which bacteria can hide, unlike wood or other permeable materials. Operational Efficiency Whether your staff works in an emergency department, a critical care unit, a laboratory, or administrative offices, using one furniture system throughout a medical facility or campus ensures consistency and clear organization for all. It enables staff to quickly and easily locate supplies and medications when needed, even if they are working in a different department for the day. This system also allows for more efficient restocking and creates an appropriate space for all tasks and supplies. The end result is a clear, effective flow for patients and staff. While the idea of modular furniture may seem a simple one, the opportunities for this approach to benefit the medical environment are broad. The modular systems that have been so successful in administrative environments can now offer clinical facilities a cost-effective and highly-functional alternative to more traditional furniture offerings. Sarah Werner is an account manager for Environments at Work. She has experience meeting the furniture needs of healthcare organizations including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Joslin Diabetes Center.

Burman Upgrades Hospital

Wakefield, RI - South County Hospital has been upgrading its facility through a number of major additions and renovations. The most recent of these upgrades has been the complete gutting and replacement of the Borda Wing’s second floor. The former lab areas were transformed into a new orthopedic wing with 10 patient suites, complete with private baths. The renovations started with existing windows being replaced with new energy-efficient units and continued to the interior spaces with state-of-the-arts patient rooms, complete with med gas connections, mechanical, electrical and fire-suppression installations. The $3 million, six-month contact for the overall work was handled by Warwick-based construction manager E. W. Burman, Inc., and the redesign of the floor was under the supervision of C. W. Design Group of Lexington, Mass. Job superintendent for the Berman firm was Tom Hurst and project manager was Andrew Burman.

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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Project

Dover, NH - As Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover prepares for its new inpatient bed tower, Tarbell Construction Management based out of Winchester, Mass. has been hard at work preparing for and monitoring the future construction project. The addition slated for the southwest corner of the hospital’s property will be a five-story, 162,715sf tower that encompasses four-and-a-half acres, some of which was purchased to make room for the expansion. The new tower will house 88 beds and eight beds in the nursery. The project entails not only the construction of the tower but substantial accommodations to the property and surrounding infrastructure to be able to become a reality, all with the assistance of Ken Tarbell of Tarbell Construction Management. Tarbell was initially brought in the

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High-Profile Focus: Healthcare Facilities Development News

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Mass General/No. Shore Ctr. Opens

Danvers, MA – The new Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care recently opened to patients. The center, which has been called the largest freestanding ambulatory care facility in Massachusetts, was a collaborative effort between North Shore Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital within the Partners Healthcare network. It was designed by the Boston architecture firm of Shepley Bulfinch and built by Walsh Brothers. Located just off Route 128 north of Boston, the new center emphasizes the delivery of convenient outpatient care with the patient in mind. It provides eight operating suites, a breast health center, cardiology evaluation and diagnostic unit, and advanced diagnostic imaging services. Close to half of the space in the 122,000sf center will be occupied by the North Shore Cancer Center, which relo-

cated from facilities in Peabody. Adjoining the center is a 80,000sf medical office building. Particular attention was paid to the Cancer Center, whose patients have a separate entrance and with treatment rooms that overlook the tranquil landscape of salt marsh and the Waters River. In addition, the center created a new Ambulatory Surgery Center and a new location for imaging and cardiology services. The buildings are arranged around a central lobby, creating public space and a sense of one integrated facility. All departments are designed for expansion while allowing for future flexibility within the footprint. Taking advantage of the surrounding site, which connects to the adjacent salt marsh and river, a central lobby and cafe offer views and access to a roof terrace.

South Burlington, VT - Pizzagalli Construction Company of South Burlington started work recently on a new radiation oncology facility on the Medical Center Campus at Fletcher Allen Health Care. The $8 million project, designed by Cannon Design, will include approximately 23,000sf of new construction. The total cost of the project, including the structure and new medical equipment, is $19.3 million. It will be built into the hillside on the east side of the Ambulatory Care Center. As part of its overall green design, the new facility will be less visible than other structures on the Medical Center campus and will feature a grass roof. Fletcher Allen is aiming to achieve LEED certification for the building, and a rigorous set of national

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Boston, MA - Anshen + Allen, an international architectural practice dedicated to the design of healthcare, academic and research buildings, announced the opening of its latest project, the new home of Fenway Health. Fenway Health chose Anshen + Allen to design the interior of the 10-story, 100,000sf, $60 million facility located at 1340 Boylston Street, which now serves as the organization’s main research and health services center. The new facility was named The Ansin Building at a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on May 7. Suffolk Construction’s Healthcare Division was the general contractor. The Ansin Building is the largest facility ever constructed by an organization with a specific mission to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Incorporating the latest in design

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techniques, Anshen + Allen created a glass curtain wall along the street façade so visitors to The Ansin Building have panoramic views of the city from public areas and waiting lounges. The education facilities, which draw the heaviest public use, are located on the top two floors for the best views. The ground floor includes the lobby, an adjoining retail pharmacy, and outpatient laboratory services. The building contains a men’s and women’s clinic, clinical research center, dentistry and optometry services, mental health services and a large conference center. A 150-person auditorium on the 10th floor, with views overlooking Fenway Park, benefits from extensive glass and natural lighting. In addition to maximizing the use of daylight, the design incorporates other sustainable strategies, including lighting equipped with occupancy sensors for energy efficiency; individual temperature controls and zoning of HVAC systems; low-flush toilets and fixtures equipped with motion sensors for water efficiency; use of materials that are high in recycled content, emit low levels of VOCs, and are made of rapidly renewable materials or certified wood; and use of furnishing and fabrics that meet GREENGUARD certification. The Anshen + Allen project team was comprised of Martha Rothman, principal in charge; Jay Verspyck, project designer; and Michael Pardek, project coordinator.

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Grafton, MA - Gilbane recently completed construction of the $31 million New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory (NE-RBL) at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The NE-RBL is one of 13 level-3 and level-2 regional biosafety laboratories to be constructed in strategic locations around the U.S. by the National Institutes of Health. These RBLs, in conjunction with two National Biosafety Laboratories, form the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ network of external laboratories, and are intended to be in the first line of defense for identifying and tracking emerging infectious diseases while developing vaccines, cures, and therapeutics for use in biodefense and global efforts to combat health epidemics. The 41,000sf RBL includes BSL-2

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munities are indeed bright, growing and vibrant sectors within a world economy that is looking for an upbeat message, a ray of hope. It is with a sense of great pride and accomplishment, and with an unwavering commitment to quality and safety in each construction project, that the electrical contractors of the Boston Chapter NECA provide electrical and tel/data installations that reliably power, light, protect, and secure many of our region’s leading biotech, healthcare and life science facilities. As Greater Boston continues to be the hub of healthcare, biotechnology, and education, NECA Boston Chapter welcomes the opportunity to provide electrical

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Eight NECA Boston Chapter Members Provide Electrical & Tel/Data Installations at State-of-the-Art Center for Life Science/Boston in Longwood Medical Area Bennett Electrical, Inc.; Gaston Electrical Co., Inc.; LAN-TEL Communications, Inc.; Mass. Electric Construction Co., Inc.; Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc.; Infowires Contracting, LLC; J.M. Electrical Company, Inc.; Viscom Systems, Inc.

BOSTON, MA – The new Center for Life Science / Boston, located at 3 Blackfan Circle in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area, is already regarded as one of the preeminent research facilities in the world.

Eight NECA Boston Chapter contractors have recently provided the comprehensive electrical construction and telecommunications services for the facility and its tenants – Bennett Electrical, Inc., Gaston Electrical Construction, Inc.; Mass. Electric Construction Co, Inc.; LANTEL Communications, Inc.; and Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc.; Infowires Contracting, LLC; J.M. Electrical Company, Inc.; and Viscom Systems, Inc. The 18-story, 700,000+ square foot contemporary, glass structure serves as a medical research and office facility. Primary tenants include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), which occupies floors 4

through 10, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School affiliate – the Immune Disease Institute (IDI). The medical research conducted at Center for Life Science / Boston spans diverse areas of medicine, providing the promise and basis for critical medical advancements. As examples, BIDMC bases its Genomics and Proteomics Center and Flow Cytometry Core facility for DanaFarber/Harvard Cancer Center here. Children’s Hospital Boston researches such complex areas as neurological disorders, neurobiological matters, and central nerv-

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focus on research for cardiovascular disease, and with the recent lease expansion for Children’s Hospital Boston, the Center for Life Science / Boston is 91 percent leased. The Center for Life Science / Boston has received Gold status pre-certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) of the U.S. Green Building Council. The base building and each of its tenants required complex installations from electrical construction and tel/data perspectives. NECA contractors met the numerous challenges adeptly and with the utmost regard for safety.

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hospital. A master facility plan’s comprehensiveness and scope is at once its greatest asset as a long-range planning tool, but it can also be its greatest potential liability to successful implementation when the economic climate changes. When leadership is forced to quickly triage its investment needs, the master facility plan can be an easy target for postponement, given its scope and price tag. From our own experience as strategic facility planning advisors to the healthcare industry, we have learned that to make informed investment choices when capital is limited, it is very useful to “deconstruct” the master facility plan into its major components to better understand where all that money is going. At their foundation, many master facility plans include previously postponed investments in necessary infrastructure. If a hospital has been forced to underfund these routine facilities recapitalization needs due to limited capital or poor operating cash flows over the past five or 10 years, it is not unusual for the physical facilities assessment to identify a significant amount of “catch up” investments that are required. Another common element of most master facility plans is one or more “enabling” projects that are required to be sequenced first in order to prepare the site for the implementation of the initial building phase of the plan. Parking additions are

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or expanded on-site or off-site ambulatory care facility. In fact, the extent to which the hospital has sought to identify services that could move offsite to an ambulatory care service site will have had an impact on the extent of costly enabling action investments required on the main campus. Finally, it’s probably not a hospital master facility plan today if it doesn’t include the “single-room with a view” imperative for tomorrow’s inpatient units. Paul T. Breslin is a senior principal of Noblis Health Innovation, based in their Lexington Mass. office. He has provided strategic planning, service line planning, facility planning and capital planning assistance to healthcare organizations in both the public and private sector for more than 25 years.

Wakefield, NH - Sullivan Construction Inc. of Bedford, working in conjunction with JSAArchitects of Portsmouth, has completed its construction of the White Mountain Medical Center located in Wakefield. The medical office building serves as a satellite outpatient facility for Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester. The steel framed, vinyl and brick clad two story, 13,300sf facility is completely handicap accessible with 11 exam rooms, four treatment rooms, a wellness room, hydraulic elevator, and emergency generator. The Sullivan team, under Project Manager John McCarthy and Site Supervisor, Brian Murphy, was able to complete the construction of the facility within six months of project initiation.

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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

by Wilson Rickerson and Andrew Belden, Meister Consultants Group Patricia Burke, The Green Roundtable While the technology, quality and reliability of roof-top solar electric systems has advanced rapidly over the past decade, the recent expansion of the U.S. solar industry has largely been driven by a suite of new and innovate government policies. These incentives have led to rapid market growth, with a near doubling of installed U.S. solar capacity over the last three years. This new, complicated and ever-changing set of incentives may seem impenetrable to a building owner trying to run their business on sunbeams, but knowing what’s available and where to go for help can turn the regulatory maze into a turnkey installation. In most states, photovoltaic (or PV) buyers have both federal and state incentives to help improve project economics and push paybacks to competitive levels. The federal government traditionally uses the tax code to incentivize individuals and businesses to adopt PV. Business owners can credit 30% of the installed price of their system against their taxes, and a provision in the 2009 Recovery Act turns this tax credit into a direct rebate for projects started before the end of 2010. The Department



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Green Economy – Transforming Society, Industry and Economy

The following are excerpts from an article by Barbra Batshalom of The Green Roundtable hose of you who are reading this article have likely been part of the sustainability movement for some time. For us, the concept of a green economy is not a new one, and the (almost) sudden reality of national dialogue based on that framework is as radical as it is inspiring. There is a vision and national dialogue that – by fact – makes sustainability an interwoven issue of social, economic and environmental concern. Isolating the thread of green jobs makes environmental justice issues a driver for sustainability, as opposed to green buildings, which has been more narrowly understood as linking to environment with very little (actual) social or true economic evolution. This is truly evolution and revolution. Opportunity has suddenly fallen into our laps and now we have to figure out collectively, 
 “What do we do with this?” How do we as individuals and as companies play a role? How can our existing paths converge towards a future trajectory that is still somewhat unclear? All of this is happening amidst chaos of new, and confusing, economic stimulus. In the spastic and frenzied reaction to seize opportunity and make the most of this stimulus money, it’s very hard to get a clear picture of the entire landscape of a green economy, to understand all the players and all of the ways in which we can leverage change in the system. It is hard to see where to connect the dots. As an organization whose role has continually been to “connect dots” and create change, The Green Roundtable’s first instinct is to try and get a holistic picture, understand all the possible players and see what we can do to help accelerate transformation. Our question here is not “Where is the stimulus money and how do I get some of it”? Rather, we are focused on the longterm question of legacy. How does change need to happen so that we actually achieve our ultimate goals and what metrics should we create as feedback loops as we go down this path? In terms of defining jobs in a green economy, and specifically green collar jobs, there are many excellent resources that provide clear definitions. Our approach is to essentially begin by understanding the scope of the issues and define a gap analy-


sis. This includes defining the stakeholder groups and range of job opportunities, clarifying the ultimate objectives and then identifying the types of activities that need to happen to enable stakeholders to realize the objectives. This sounds simple, but there are many moving parts, many disconnects and many competing priorities, so that resolving the analysis into strategy can be very challenging. The first step is for the community at large to have a shared understanding of the issues and a shared vision for how to create change. In terms of activities, there are simultaneous efforts happening at many levels. Education, training and capacity building need to explode at a massive scale to create a workforce of tens of thousands of people. It is critical that the process of creating this new workforce creates career ladders so that people can receive a living wage, on-the-job training and develop both technical and personal skills so that these jobs are long lasting and people can retain their positions over time. The current focus, for obvious reasons, is on energy efficiency and clean energy. However, we should keep in mind that sustainability – and the survival of our ecosystems – is broader than energy. If we don’t succeed on a radical shift to address climate change, the larger discussion is moot. We have to remind ourselves that everything is connected. Habitats, water, production of toxic chemicals all impact our lives whether we realize it or not. As a culture, we have a tendency to narrow our focus to solve immediate problems, sometimes at the detriment of the long-term impact. Sustainability is a concept that reinforces interdependence, and the more we recognize that, the broader we can solve problems. This is a time – more than ever – for us to open our minds and look for connections and collaborations. In a few years, our national mindset will not question the fact that green and profit are synonymous. Our national economy will depend on equity and social justice to function. Our position as leaders in clean energy will radically shift our interests in international affairs. Now is the time for every single one of us to ask ourselves how we are part of this change and to challenge ourselves to reach out and collaborate in new ways.

ARC Staff 60% LEED Accredited Cambridge, MA - ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge announced that

four members of its design team recently received LEED Professional Accreditation, making over 60% of the firm’s design staff now LEED Accredited Professionals. Those who have recently become LEED AP are: Brian Ip, RA, LEED AP, Lucas Herringshaw, LEED AP, Meghan Van Dorn, LEED AP and Colleen Barrett, LEED AP. A number of ARC’s recent projects have achieved LEED certification, including Genzyme Corporation’s Science Center and the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Koelbel Building, both of which earned LEED Gold certification. Additionally, 80% of ARC’s current projects are registered and pursuing various levels of LEED certification.

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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Three Earn LEED Accreditation

Community Wind Projects in Mass. Challenges, and Pending Success Stories

Providence RI - Paul Hausby Andrew Brydges, principal consultant period that ended in April. There are reer, David Parente, AIA, and Robert at KEMA, Inc. maining issues to watch for in the final Santaniello, of Vision 3 Architects Siting utility-scale wind turbines is regulations relating to project ownership in Providence have successa complicated, multi-tiered and also how the net metering fully completed the U.S. Green process that in the best of situcredits will be applied to other Building Council’s certification ations requires patience and accounts. For several reasons, requirements to become LEED flexibility. However, a combicommunity wind advocates are Accredited Professionals. Their nation of factors in Massachuparticularly concerned that thirdachievement brings the number of setts, including high energy party ownership structures can LEED Accredited Professionals Santaniello Parente prices and robust incentives, be accommodated. First, private on Vision 3’s staff to 12. are driving more and more developers can take advantage of tects in 2008 Hauser joined Vision 3 Arcommunities to explore the federal tax and depreciation inchitects as an intern architect. He is as a senior development of wind turbines. centives, which further improves currently working on the new headquar- project managBrydges Collectively, these are known the economics of the projects. ters for Home & Hospice Care of Rhode er. He has over as community wind projects. 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He is an architect for the project manHartford,CT CT06114 06114 Hartford, ments with the town. munity wind projects in New England also of new 60,000sf Providence Community agement 860.296.1664 Proposed new metering regulations, present special challenges, including in860.296.1664 Health Centers headquarters building. multi-million dollar projects. He is which stem from 2008’s Green Communi- creased project uncertainties resulting from This project is in the early stages of currently working on a new corporate ties Act, may further improve the econom- the small scale of the projects, and siting design, and is being planned to achieve campus and office which is registered Formore moreinformation information contact: For ics of community wind projects. The new challenges due to dense development. In with the U.S. Green Building Council contact: LEED certification. DerrickDiggs, Diggs,Business BusinessDevelopment DevelopmentManager Manager Derrick metering arrangement, called “virtual net addition, most towns in New England are Santaniello joined Vision 3 Archi- for LEED Silver certification. ddiggs@diggsmanagement.com ddiggs@diggsmanagement.com metering,” would allow energy produced governed in the centuries-old open town by a turbine in excess of that consumed at meeting tradition, in which project develthe host site to be credited against energy opment timelines can be extended by years NEWLEED LEEDAP’s AP’sON ONOUR OURSTAFF STAFF NEW consumed at other properties. For example, due to the need for approval at town meeta town might site a turbine at its wastewa- ing of each project stage. 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Under virtual net metering, look for available grants, such as through Kyma Harrison, ers as a program all of the energy produced by the turbine is the Massachusetts Commonwealth Wind MWBE & EEO manager/owner’s valued at essentially the retail energy price. program, which support community wind Diggs Harrison manager, became r e p r e s e n t a t i v e . This substantially improves the economics projects by providing funding for technical LEED Accredited “There is legisla- of these projects, and can create economi- feasibility studies and other project develKyma Harrison Derrick Diggs Kyma Derrick Diggs Professionals early in 2009. tion inHarrison the books requiring all new con- cally viable projects in areas that have only opment support. MWBE & EEO Manager Manager and MWBE & EEO Manager Manager of of BDBD and Harrison has recently been struction to be LEED Silver certified or marginal-to-fair wind resources. Further, it LEED A.P. LEED A.P. promoted LEED A.P. LEED A.P. 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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Massachusetts Manufacturer Shifts to Wind Power

by Rob Howe, president of Sustainnovation Consulting, a division of Meridian Associates ewburyport, MA - A new landmark in the historic city of Newburyport marks the skyline and it isn’t a new building, it’s a wind turbine. In fact, it’s the first wind turbine in the commonwealth of Massachusetts to power a manufacturing operation: Mark Richey Woodworking. Mark Richey Woodworking, located in Newburyport, is one of the country`s leading sources of high-end architectural millwork for corporate, institutional, retail,


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restaurant, hospitality and residential clients. Committed to sustainable practices, Mark Richey Woodworking follows environmentally sensitive manufacturing methods and continuously invests in new technologies, including a clean-burning biomass furnace using wood chip byproduct waste from the company’s millwork that nearly eliminates the consumption of fossil fuel for heat. Two years ago, Mark Richey Woodworking sought to explore wind technology in order to minimize existing energy costs and environmental impacts. Efforts included a wind resource assessment, structural analysis, review of potential fatal flaws, interconnection to grid analysis, and an environmental and wildlife impact study. In addition, studies were performed on localized effects of turbine blade shadows cast by sunlight, called “flicker,� acoustics, a balloon height test and photo simulation of the turbine. Permits were granted by the FAA, Massachusetts Aeronautical Commission and local approval from the city of Newburyport. A grant in the amount of $474,340 was secured from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and construction of the wind turbine began in September 2008 and was completed in January 2009. “We are pleased to have played a lead role in the Mark Richey Woodworking project, establishing wind power as a viable source of clean energy for the North Shore of Massachusetts,� said Don Bowen, principal of Meridian Associates.

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“Installing our own wind turbine allows us to demonstrate our commitment to the environment and help develop renewable energy businesses in our community,� stated Mark Richey, president of Mark Richey Woodworking. “This investment also lowers our [operating] costs, allowing us to stay competitive and support the local economy by continuing to do business in Massachusetts. We employ 90 people and are growing. The commonwealth benefits from the stability of a company that has literally put a stake in the ground and is here to stay.� Wind power uses the force of the wind to drive a turbine that produces electricity. The wind turbine is connected to utility lines feeding excess energy back to the electric grid. Wind power provides a

clean source of energy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions generated by traditional energy power plants. The turbine generates up to 600 Kilowatts of energy, producing 1.5 Gigawatt hours of power annually, generating 75% of the energy output for a 130, 000sf industrial facility. In its first 60 working days, it produced 192 Megawatt hours, enough to power 130 homes for a year. The return on investment is estimated to be eight years. Asked about his motivation to use clean technology, Mark Richey says, “As a longtime mountain climber, world traveler and explorer, I have seen the effects of global warming on the world firsthand. I’m inspired to try to counter those effects through better conservation and green t e c h n o l o g y, plus renewable energy. I also see it as an opportunity to reduce costs while being a better steward of the environment.� Richey wind turbine

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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Greening the MGH

The B3C Will Include an Indoor Atrium

Boston, MA - Healing through nature is a philosophy that integrates elements of the outdoors into the healing environment. With this perspective, architects designed each of the 150 patient rooms with large windows that will feature cascading sunlight. A number of rooms will have views of either an 1,800-square-foot atrium garden or the scenic Charles River. Located on the building’s sixth floor, the atrium garden which will include 12-foot hanging plants, bamboo trees and a variety of groundcover vegetation – also will be visible from many of the building’s family and staff lounges and consultation rooms. More than 21,000 square feet of green garden will cover the B3C roofs, providing neighboring buildings with a view of the seasonally changing plants and helping to increase oxygen in the surrounding areas. The roof plants will be drought-tolerant and require no irrigation;

all of the necessary water for the plantings will come from rain and condensation collected from the building’s cooling system. Renewable materials such as recycled rubber flooring and bamboo walls will be used throughout the B3C interior. Rubber floors will help to cushion footsteps and reduce noise, and the bamboo panels, which are sustainably harvested, will promote a natural and warm connection to nature. b3c patient roomUp to 75 percent of demolished materials from the Clinics, Vincent Burnham Kennedy and Tilton buildings – which previously stood on the site – and construction debris are expected to be diverted from disposal at landfills and used to generate recycled materials. Plans also include using up to 60 percent renewable energy sources for the building’s power. For more information about the B3C, access www.massgeneral.org/building3c.

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Providence RI - Vision 3 Architects announced that two of its projects have earned the Green Building of America Award: the new Child & Family Community Center in Middletown, and the Home & Hospice Care of R.I. headquarters in Providence. The awards are presented to the region’s most important, innovative, and sustainable facilities. The new 39,000sf Child & Family Community Center is designed to reduce

overall energy consumption by 30% and is the first project in Rhode Island to utilize National Grid’s “Advanced Building Systems” program. Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island is the state’s largest provider of hospice services and is committed to environmental sustainability. The renovation and adaptive reuse of an existing, 50,000sf building as its administrative headquarters includes a 24-bed hospice facility and is expected to be the first healthcare facility in Rhode Island to achieve LEED certification. “Our commitment to be responsible designers has environmental sustainability as its foundation,” says William Gray, principal and co-founder of Vision 3 Architects. “We are honored to be recognized for this award, and are proud of our staff and clients for their unwavering commitment to the environment.” Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

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High-Profile Focus: Healthcare Facilities Development News


Massachusetts General Hospital B3C Update

Turner Construction Builds, NJJ Designs MGH’s Building for the Third Century

oston, MA - Construction of the Building for the Third Century (B3C) has continued steadily through the phase known as “up-down construction” – the simultaneous erection of structural steel aboveground and the excavation of earth belowground for the creation of lower levels. As part of this stage, construction workers recently moved one of the largest steel elements into place, a 78-foot-long, 15-foot-high, 56-ton truss. Consisting of top and bottom beams connected by two vertical steel beam columns and five diagonal brace beams, the truss is designed to support the load of the building over a 78-foot span at the new

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B3C loading dock. This dock will have a wide-open area for delivery trucks to maneuver in and out. A 275-ton hydraulic crane lifted the truss, a total heft of 61 tons, including the rigging equipment. This particular truss is the only one necessary for the B3C. The up-down construction phase will continue through January 2010. The Building for the Third Century of MGH Medicine began construction in 2008 and will open its doors in 2011. This remarkable, 530,000sf structure will occupy the space where the Clinics and Vincent Buildings currently stand, and will serve as the heart of inpatient care at the MGH, while also enhancing select outpatient services. Enabling: Enabling is a major construction project to prepare the building site for construction. The scope includes the following: * Relocation of utilities in the excavation area * Founders Yard portal widening * Construction of a structural frame for a new service level connection from the main hospital to the new loading dock * Removal of existing foundations in the excavation


* Construction of a new bridge and service connections to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary * Cutting and capping utilities, modification of egress and wayfinding to allow the physical separation of building perimeters * Removal of hazardous materials from the Clinics, Vincent Burnham Kennedy and Tilton Buildings * Establishing the site perimeter and modifying traffic flow and ingress to the hospital in preparation for demolition and construction * Demolition of the Clinics, Vincent Burnham Kennedy and Tilton Buildings.

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BIM for Healthcare Facilities

J.C. Cannistraro, LLC Builds a Model for Success at MGH

by Tom Palange he world-class Building for the Third Century at Massachusetts General Hospital has raised the bar for healthcare institutions. The LEED-certified, new inpatient facility will encompass a total of 530,000sf and is budgeted at more than $500 million. At the center of this 13-story building is a 40,000sf floor designated solely for its mechanical infrastructure. J.C. Cannistraro, LLC is performing the HVAC and plumbing systems for this challenging project. Located within the hospital’s existing urban campus, space for the new development is limited. “The Building for the Palange Third Century is driven by the project schedule,” explains The fifth floor of the Building for the Third Century is designated for the building’s mechanical systems. JCC Project Executive Bill Fitzpatrick. Building Information Modeling (BIM) the ability to navigate through every inch also facilitates cost estimating accuracy. completion and costs to date. has enabled the Cannistraro team to blend of the mechanical room attributed directly Soon, prefabricated deliveries will be laThe Building for the Third Centhe traditional coordination process with to time and cost savings for the owner. beled with identification tags or RFID to tury at Massachusetts General Hospital is scheduling and prefabrication to piece to- “Although two-dimensional drawings are add an inventory management component a real-life example of how BIM is transgether the project puzzle. “What made this fairly accurate, they can be difficult to read to the job-site BIM model. At that point, forming conventional construction practicproject challenging,” Fitzpatrick contin- in highly-congested areas,” says Jeremy a contractor can monitor exactly what ma- es. 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High-Profile Feature: Visiting Nurse Association Assisted Living Facility

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omerville, MA – The completion of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Assisted Living facility was celebrated in Somerville recently. Many local and state dignitaries came to praise the grand opening of this 99 unit facility. The architect or the project was Chia-Ming Sze. Cutler Associates was the Construction Manager. As the first assisted living facility in the country to use HUD 202 funding for construction of a senior living complex with assisted living units on-site, the VNA facility creatively and successfully obtained funding from 18 different agen-

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“We greatly value the contributions of the architect, Chia-Ming Sze, and the CEO of the VNA, Linda Cornell,” said Garth Johnson, principal and account executive in charge of Cutler’s Senior Living division. “With their vision, expertise

Above: VNA Assisted living, left: VNA Entrance and cooperation, we completed a facility that offers senior living housing that is unique and affordable to the local community.”

With 144 prefabricated modules used in its structure, the unique facility, located at 405 Alewife Parkway, was completed on schedule even while facing significant constraints, including a tight construction site, busy location, and restrictions on the delivery time and routes of the modules

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High-Profile Feature: Landsdowne Pub

Delta Design & Construction Completes Landsdowne Pub


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oston, MA - Delta Design & Construction recently completed the renovation and interior fitout of The Lansdowne Pub, located across from Fenway Park. Whitlock Architects of Waltham, were architects of record, Bar None of Arnprior, Canada provided interior design and millwork fabrication. The Lyons Group is the owner. The project included a total gut renovation of the building, known previously as Jake Ivories, and the interior fitout of the new Lansdowne Pub. The 10-week, $1.4 million project encompassed 8900sf of new construction. It included the removal of all interior partitions and finishes, portions of slab and a loading dock. Renovations included new bathrooms, 1500sf of kitchen space and 5500sf of dining and bar area. During a recent interview with HighProfile Monthly Derek Pelletier, president of Delta Design & Construction, said, “One thing unique about the project is the way it was conceived and ultimately managed. We worked pretty closely with the Lyons Group on this project for the past two years. We went through a couple of different concepts with them, several different renditions of the project that we ultimately built.” The project used a lump sum stan-

dard delivery method with the exception of the mechanicals used in the design-build method. “At the request of Patrick Lyons we made a change permanent to the project to go to ‘tankless waterheaters,’” explained Pelletier. “It has an enormous impact on the efficiency of the hot water production. The system engineered by JF Plumbing, of Boston, uses much less energy and gas.” Other subcontractors on the proj-

Above: exterior view of Landsdowne Pub. Below: interior views of the Pub.

ect included Edifice Wrecks, Marguerite Concrete, Malatos Iron Works, BSA Capital Millwork, Assured Glass, Hennigar Doors, New England Finish Systems, G & R, Independent Flooring, Sentry, Allan Construction, Automated Solutions, Apex Corp, City Point Fire Protection, and Gaston Electrical. Currently Delta is underway with the Oak Meadows Montessori school and several projects at Logan Airport.

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Architect of Record - Whitlock Architects Designer of Record - Bar None Designs General Contractor/Construction Mngmnt - Delta Design & Construction, Inc. Fire Protection / Sprinklers - City Point Fire Protection Inc. Plumbing - JF Plumbing Company, Inc. HVAC - Apex Corporation Acoustical Contractor - Allan Construction Corp.


June, 2009


High-Profile Focus: Healthcare Facilities Development News

Sullivan Builds Indian Brook Med Office Bldg Berard-Martel Architects

Dover, NH - Working in conjunction with Summit Land Development Corp., Sullivan Construction constructed the new 105,000sf Indian Brook Medical Office Building in Dover. The five-story, brick veneer structure with an underground parking garage, was designed by Berard-Martel Architects of Bedford. The main entrance to the facility is Indian Brook Medical Office Building under construction sheltered by a suspended arched canopy. At project completion, there will be 490 parking spaces. In August 2008, 12 months after the initial groundbreaking, the Sullivan team, led by Project Manager Kevin Morse and Site Supervisor Kevin Weyant, completed the structure’s shell. The entire building will be leased by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. The scope of work for this project included site preparation, building construction, utility installation, hardscape features of sidewalk, retaining wall, and parking lot installation, as well Completed Indian Brook Medical Office Building as site landscaping.

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Boston, MA – Mass. Electric Con- emergency power system. For primary struction Co. (MEC) of Boston has com- power, GE distribution switchgear was pleted the 80,000sf tenant fit-up of the installed and tied into the base building’s Children’s Hospital of Boston (CHB) lab primary power system. research facility at the Center for Life SciThe build-out required installation ence / Boston. The NECA contractor’s fast- of sophisticated, specialty research equiptrack project scope ment, including encompassed elecX-OMAT photogSignificant preplanning and cotrical installations raphy equipment, ordination between the electrical en- Buxton glasswash and integration gineering firm Bard, Rao + Athanas, and sterilizers, of power, lightCHB project management, the general cryostats, -40 and ing and lighting contractor William A. Berry, Inc., and -80 frezers, fly systems, and fire alarm system for Mass. Electric enabled the NECA firm incubators, a frog three new floors of room with tanks to meet tight project deadlines. lab research areas, and scheduled as well as a remote lighting, DAC mechanical room. The electrial construc- fume hoods, a Mass Spectrometer, RODI tion company also installed conduit and ca- water system controls and power, a Draeble trays for the lab’s tel/data systems and ger oxygen depetion alarm system, and an cabling for the Lenel security system and Environmental room (cold and warm). the CCTV security cameras. A large and advanced Lutron dimThe CHB facility required a large ming system was installed, allowing for custom order of Wiremold conduit, which light harvesting. included custom engraving of all devices. A unique requirement within Mass. Significant preplanning and coordination Electric’s scope was the construction of a between the electrical engineering firm bridge on the 12th floor. The bridge adBard, Rao + Athanas, CHB project man- joins the new research facility to an exagement, the general contractor William A. isting Children’s Hospital site (the Karp Berry, Inc., and Mass. Electric enabled the Building). Within this aspect of the projNECA firm to meet tight project deadlines. ect, Mass. Electric interconnected the CHB The project architect was Tsoi, Kobus. addressable Simplex fire alarm system at Mass. Electric installed four Rus- the Karp Building to the new facility for sel Electric 600A bypass switches that tie cross zoning with the Life Science Center’s into the Center for Life Science building’s base building ESL fire alarm system.

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High-Profile Focus: Healthcare Facilities Development News Gaston Elec Provides Fit-Up of BI/Deaconess Provides Electrical

Bennett Construction of Life Science

Boston, MA – Bennett Electrical, Inc. the LSCB features flood lighting to accent of Quincy has completed the comprehen- the glass façade’s curtain wall. At the top sive core and shell electrical construction of the building, a light wall is illuminated of the 18-story, 700,000+ sf Life Science and controlled through the Lutron system. Center / Boston, and its six-level parking Bennett also provided pedestrian street facility, located at 3 Blackfan Circle in the lighting at the facility. Longwood Medical Area. Bennett’s project also entailed tel/ Bennett’s scope included the instal- data installations for the elevators and fire lation of an extensive primary power dis- command center within the core and shell tribution system, which includes two sepa- electrical project. rate NStar vaults, Within its the facility’s three electrical work for A Lutron lighting control 2,000 kw emerthe base building, gency power backthe NECA Boston system controls lighting for up generators with Chapter contractor lobby and exterior feature lightparalleling gear, provided electriing. and a 1,500 kw life cal installations for safety generator. the six levels of unIntegral to the derground parking, project and within Bennett’s scope, were encompassing 373,000sf with a footprint installations of temporary power and site slightly larger than the building itself. For lighting, the facility’s fire alarm system, the expansive parking area, Bennett’s inand interior and exterior lighting and light- stallations included lighting, fire alarm ing control systems. The base building is devices and life safety system integration, equipped with an EST fire alarm system. and ventilation systems including supply The NECA Boston Chapter contractor also and exhaust fans. installed a separate bi-directional amplifier The project team includes architect: system that provides firefighter commu- Tsoi / Kobus & Associates, Cambridge; nication with the Boston Fire Department GC: William A. Berry Inc., Danvers; EE: from anywhere in the building. AHA Consulting Engineers, Lexington; A Lutron lighting control system and owner: BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. San controls lighting for lobby and exterior fea- Diego. ture lighting. The contemporary exterior of

Boston, MA – Canton based Gaston Electrical Co., Inc., has completed the comprehensive electrical fit-up of Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) research facility at the Center for Life Science/Boston at 3 Blackfan Circle in Boston. The highly customized and complex project encompassed providing integration and installation of power, lighting and lighting control systems, fire alarm system, and a security conduit system at the BIDMC space. Gaston’s project scope included installations in all laboratory and office support areas, as well as within the eighth floor vivarium, which consists of animal holding areas, procedure rooms, cage wash areas, and complete animal watering and bedding systems. The NECA contractor’s work at the 380,000sf lab/office space involves the integration of numerous building systems on seven floors at the life science facility. Specifically, installations included the integration of electrical systems, mechanical equipment, chemical storage areas and support areas to the main building’s systems. Lighting at the BIDMC life science lab/office facility consisted of direct/indirect fluorescent lighting in all labs areas and offices. Accent lighting and wall mount architectural lighting in common areas provide general illumination. All floors (except the vivarium) have large conference rooms

Lab area installations featuring automated dimming systems that provide control of lights, partitions, shades, and A/V projector equipment. The eighth floor vivarium is equipped with all vaporproof fluorescent light fixtures in the animal holding rooms, procedure rooms and cage wash areas. Lighting control systems provide optimal lighting efficiency throughout the facility, accomplished through the BMS and motion sensors on all floors except the eigth, where all rooms were controlled by timers and through the BMS. The fire alarm system is an extension of the base building life safety system for the Center for Life Science, and is integrated throughout the BIDMC space. Gaston installed necessary equipment additions to enable control of tenant-related HVAC and also tenant door control systems. Architect: Payette Associates, Inc., Boston; GC: William A. Berry & Son, Inc., Danvers; EE: R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, Boston.

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High-Profile Focus: Multi-Residential & Assisted Living Development News

Briarcliffe Manor Assisted Living


ohnston, RI - Acella Construction Corporation is partnering with Medical Homes of Rhode Island, Inc., owners of Briarcliffe Manor in Johnston, to bring a high quality living experience to Rhode Island residents who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The new 19,550sf, $4.6 million, 43bed facility, which will serve early stage Alzheimer and dementia residents, is scheduled for completion in July, 2009. It includes a therapeutic period diner, a media room themed to simulate a movie theatre, and a day spa, in addition to many other specially designed features which enhance the quality of life of the residents. This project is the first of several in the development of the Briarcliffe campus. Acella Construction also performed pre-construction services for this project, which broke ground in November 2008. Briarcliffe Manor’s current facility is an elegant, privately owned, 122-bed nursing and rehabilitation center set on 28 acres of beautiful, wooded land in Johnston, just moments from Providence. This new addition, which is located directly beside the current facility, will allow Briarcliffe to greatly expand the services it currently offers and create a model, unique, safe and caring environment for those afflicted by


Alzheimer’s. This project was run on an aggressive schedule, which was compounded by difficult winter conditions. “The team we assembled for this project truly went above and beyond our expectations, given the difficult circumstances presented by some unusually challenging weather conditions that affected us early on in the project,” said David Dirubbo, president of Acella Construction. “The entire team is working very hard to turn Mr. Akshay Talwar’s vision into reality.” According to Akshay K. Talwar, CEO/administrator of Briarcliffe Manor: “This building is the result of three-anda-half years of detailed research and will become a model facility for the rest of the country. It was designed to provide for a high quality of life at an affordable cost, and the entire team including the folks at Acella Construction can be very proud of the excellent work they have done. I thank each and every one of them for their wonderful co-operation and involvement, especially Dave Dirubbo, president of Acella Construction for his active involvement in the project.” The project was designed by Vision 3 Architects of Providence .

New Housing Units Approved

Boston, MA ,- Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that three new residential projects in Dorchester, West Roxbury and Allston received approval at a recent meeting of the Boston Redevelopment Authority Board. The three projects represent 129 new units of housing, 95 of which will be deemed affordable. The Bloomfield Gardens project, located at 4-6 Bloomfield Street in Dorchester, includes the redevelopment of a vacant lot into an approximately 36,000sf building containing 27 residential units. The project will include five studio units, one one-bedroom unit, 17 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units. All 27 units will be created as affordable housing. The development team includes Matt Thall and My Lam from the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development and Clifford Boehmer from the architectural firm Mostue & Associates. The developer plans to begin construction of the project in the second quarter of 2010 with an estimated completion date in the second quarter of 2011. Total project cost is approximately $10 million. The board approved a project change for the Cheriton Heights project in West Roxbury, which was previously approved in 2006 for the creation of 90 affordable elderly housing units. The project, located at 20 Cheriton Road, will now consist of a six-story building with 70 affordable elderly housing units. The American Arabic Benevo-

lent Association (AABA), the developer, needed to reduce the scope of the project in order to receive its funding from the HUD Section 202 program, a program that supports the creation of elderly housing. The development team includes AABA, as well as The Community Builders as co-developer and permitting consultant; Nunes Trabucco Architects as the architectural team; Vanasse & Associates as the transportation consultant; and CWC Builders, Inc. as the general contractor. Total project cost is approximately $21 million. The developer hopes to begin construction in December 2009 with a completion date of February 2011. The BRA Board also approved the Penniman on the Park project in Allston, which will create a four-story building that will consist of 32 new units of homeownership housing. Five units will be deemed affordable. Located beneath Union Square and south of the Massachusetts Turnpike across from Penniman Park, the site consists of approximately 14,136sf of land. Rugg Road Realty Trust, the developer, will remove three existing commercial and storage buildings at 20-28 Penniman Street in order to construct the new four-story 36,700sf residential building. The development team consists of Marc Resnick of Rugg Road Realty Trust, as the developer and Dave O’Sullivan of O’Sullivan Architects, as the architectural team.

June, 2009


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Groundbreaking at Magnet School

BL Companies Designer / PDS Construction CM Hartford, CT - The city of Hartford and Diggs Construction, LLC recently broke ground on the Mary M. Hooker Environmental Magnet School. This $41 million, 102,000sf addition and renovation school facility, will be the first LEED certified school in the city. “What better day than Earth Day to break ground on an environmental magnet school?” said Eddie Perez, mayor for the city of Hartford. “And we are setting the bar high with this LEED Gold project.” This project will feature an advanced science curriculum with an interactive science lab, butterfly vivarium, aquatics lab, and ecosystem display. At the Mary M. Hooker Environmental Studies Magnet School, students master the core curricu-

lum of reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music, physical education and information technology. Moreover, students learn to apply their knowledge via in-depth investigation and experimentation using the Globe Learning Program developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). BL Companies and PDS Construction are the designer and the construction manager respectively for Hooker, a project that will have several sustainable design features such as: energy efficient MEP systems with innovations for full building automation, load shedding, wind turbine and photovoltaic panels.

Temple U’s Alter Hall Opens

Acentech Provides Audiovisual Services

Cambridge, MA - Acentech Inc. provided audiovisual consulting services for the newly completed Alter Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia, the new home for the University’s Fox School of Business and Management. The construction of Alter Hall, which began in early 2006, will dramatically increase the existing space for business education with a new $80 million, 217,000sf, seven-story facility designed by world-renowned architect Michael Graves in collaboration with Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates of Butler, Penn. The new building features innovations in smart classroom design, the longest elliptical stock ticker at any university in the

United States, a capital markets room, and other technology for teaching and learning designed to prepare students by mirroring a real-world business environment. Acentech consulted on audiovisual systems installed in case study rooms, classrooms, capital markets rooms, conference rooms, a 280-seat auditorium, a 4,200sf student lounge, and a 3,600sf graduate commons. A variety of systems types were installed in these spaces including digital signage, interactive kiosk, rich media, large screen display, program playback, and video walls. The installed cost of the audiovisual systems in Alter Hall was $4.6 million.

Rendering of new Riverview Student Center

Acella to Build School Center

Sandwich, MA - Acella Construction Corporation has been selected to build the new Student Center project for Riverview School, located in East Sandwich. Riverview School is an independent coeducational residential school, providing a caring community for adolescents and young adults with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities. The new Student Center will be pursuing LEED certification. The 20,000sf center and its programs will transform the school and will replace the existing signature building, Janse Hall.

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Hodess Completes Millipore Exp. Designed by HL Turner

Wolfeboro Inn

No. Branch Completes Inn Reno

Wolfeboro, NH - North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord has completed renovations of the historic Wolfeboro Inn. Originally built in 1812 (with an addition in 1987), the renovations included a complete refurbishment of all guestrooms, public areas and the famous Wolfe’s Tavern. The project also included a new entrance for the Tavern, new commercial kitchen and dining room, mechanical and electrical upgrades, data cabling, new wheelchair lift, new public restrooms, all

new finishes (paint, wallpaper and carpet) and bath accessories. The Inn remained open to guests for overnight lodging during construction; however, the restaurant and tavern were closed for the duration and will reopen later this month. Design for the project was provided by Charlotte Thompson and Associates – Interior Design and Cortland Morgan Architect. North Branch Construction, Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.

A.P. Construction Awarded Projects

Stamford, CT – A.P. Construction Company, the construction management and general contracting division of The Ashforth Company, has recently been awarded four construction management assignments and one general contracting project located in Fairfield and New Haven County, Conn. and Westchester County, N.Y. “We are very fortunate, despite this struggling economy, that A.P. Construction has been awarded five jobs in the last three months; three are beginning in June and two others will start in September. This is a hopeful sign that we’re heading in a better direction,” said Nicholas S. Everett, senior vice president of A.P. Construction Company. A.P. Construction is starting a 61,000sf project for 454 Life Sciences, which is located at 50 East Industrial Road in Branford, Conn. 454 Life Sciences performs medical research and builds specialized medical equipment. The project, scheduled to be completed first quarter of 2010, includes light manufacturing of medical testing equipment, installation of an 8,000sf freezer/cooler and renovations to the existing manufacturing facilities and office. The architect is Fletcher Thompson and VanZelm Heywood & Shadford, Inc. is the engineer. NBC Universal has awarded A.P. Construction the job of converting the existing 20,000sf Rich Forum Theatre in Stamford into a live TV audience studio for WNBC’s The Maury Show, The Jerry


Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show. The $1.5 million project is estimated to be completed in July of this year. The architect is Kossar & Garry Architects of New York. A.P. Construction will be building a new ambulance facility for the town of New Milford, Conn. Expected to be completed in December, this new 10,200sf, six-bay ambulance facility will include offices, locker rooms and a training facilities. A dispatcher office, bunk rooms, a pantry and a conference room are also part of the new construction. Silver Petrucelli & Associates is the architect. A 3,000sf project for Beach Point Club located in Mamaroneck, N.Y. is expected to start in September and be completed in May 2010. The facility will include a new pool, pool house and beach bar overlooking the Long Island Sound. Extensive site work improvements will take place as well. The architect is Perkins Eastman Architects. In August, A.P. Construction will start the Pound Ridge Community Center located in Pound Ridge, N.Y. The project consists of demolishing the existing building and building a new 12,000sf facility along with a new access road, parking, and site improvements. The architect on this project is Lothrop Associates Architecture and O’Dea Lynch Abbattista Consulting Engineers are providing engineering services.

Danvers, MA - Hodess Construction (HCC ) served as the design builder for Millipore Corporation’s Mobius II Cleanroom Expansion. Hodess teamed with design firm HL Turner of Concord, N.H. and RDK Engineers of Andover, Mass. to design and build a LEED certified cleanroom manufacturing facility. Mobius II is built inside an existing building in Danvers. HCC isolated the construction areas and demolished the interior of the building to create 4,800sf of warehousing, 3,200sf of parts storage and 10,000sf of cleanroom. HCC provided a turnkey installation from demolition to final certification of the cleanroom, and was responsible for management of all phases of the construction. Hodess provided design and installation of new mechanical systems to service the cleanrooms while existing systems were reconfigured to service the warehouse and stockroom areas. Highlights of the new systems included the design, installation and fabrication of a 3,200sf structural steel platform approximately eight feet off the roof connected through the roof to the existing pre-cast concrete one-story structure. The new mechanical systems included two 100-ton air-cooled chillers, two 25,000cfm recirculation units for the cleanroom and one 9,000cfm make up air-unit. The new mechanical systems included highlights such as direct drive in-line fans to reduce maintenance, particulates and service requirements.

The system was designed to provide redundancy as well as tight temperature control and humidity control. HCC also provided particle counters in the cleanroom to read the return air stream particulate level. The counters are tied into the control system to drive the speed of the recirculation of fans. Integrated into the construction, HCC installed two large vertical storage units that allow for passing of materials from the dirty stock area into the cleanroom. The units are pressurized using HEPA filtered air and are interlocked to allow the passage of material and maximize storage. The project was done in multiple phases to allow Millipore to maintain the Mobius I production during the construction. Because of the lack of storage on site HCC had to do the asbestos removal and demolition in multiple phases such that materials could be stocked in some of the construction areas until the warehouse area demolition and reconstruction was completed at the beginning of the project. HCC suggested, created and built a large conference room on one end of the cleanroom. A full height butt glazed glass wall allows for potential customers to meet in the conference room and witness the manufacturing of materials that the customers buy from Millipore. The project was completed both on time and under budget and with no accidents or lost time injuries.

Shipyard Facility Nears Completion Washburn & Doughty and Sheridan Collaborate

The Sheridan Corporation had been working with Washburn & Doughty Assoc., shipbuilders, to design a new building addition and were on the verge of starting construction when, on July 11th, 2008, a devastating fire destroyed the entire shipyard. Without hesitation, and in fact, before the fire was out, Washburn & Doughty was making plans on how to finish two tugs that were under construction and rebuild its facility. The company continued to build tugs “out of doors” this past winter while its new building was being constructed. The new building will have two large construction bays with fabrication support mezzanines runing down the center of the building. Each bay will have two 20-ton bridge cranes. The fire has given them a clean slate and this new facilty will offer many improvements that will allow the company to grow. Construction of foundations started while debris was still being removed from the site and the charred hulls of two tugs were still being evaluated for the extent of their damage. Sheridan worked closely with the owner to coordinate blasting, pile driving, rock anchor installation and foundation placement as restoration took place on

one tug inside the building footprint. Careful planning and repositioning of the tugs in the building allowed the structure to be constructed in phases while production resumed on the two tugs in progress and two new tugs. The collaborative effort between Washburn & Doughty and Sheridan has allowed the tugboat builder to get its employees back to work while awaiting a modern and more efficient facility. Completion is scheduled for spring, 2009. Washburn & Doughty has been designing and building custom tugs, as well as fishing boats, barges, ferries and commercial passenger vessels at its East Boothbay Yard since 1977.

June, 2009


High-Profile: News

Diggs Celebrates 10th Anniversary Diggs Construction, LLC is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by launching a new Web site, www. diggsconstruction.com. Since 2001, Diggs has served as the program manager for Hartford’s School Construction Program. To date, Diggs has managed 13 projects, 1.5 million sf of new construction to the tune of $500 million in project costs. The company recently announced the two-year extension of the Hartford contract. In addition, Diggs has maintained an excellent record with meeting the city’s mandates on MWBEs. (Minority and Women Businesses). Of $30 million in direct work, $76 million, or 21%, has been awarded to MWBEs. Diggs Construction offers a full range of construction services, serving both the private and public sector, including commercial construction, industrial construction and educational facility construction.

North Branch Completes Alamo Store Londonderry, NH - North Branch Construction has completed construction of a new retail store and warehouse for Alamo Fireworks in Londonderry a month ahead of the contract schedule. The onestory, 7,874gsf building is the first New Hampshire location for this national chain. Alamo Fireworks has additional retail and wholesale locations in Texas, Alabama, New Mexico and Nevada. Udelsman Associates of Hollis provided the design for the new Londonderry facility. North Branch Construction, Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.

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North Branch Completes Library Designed by Adams and Smith

Hudson, NH - North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord has completed construction of the new George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library located at 194 Derry Road in Hudson. The new library, designed by Adams and Smith, LLC of Swampscott, Mass., is a 13,500sf single story building with a 2,500sf basement and features a stone veneer exterior. The new $3.8 million library was a gift to the town of Hudson from Phillip and Alvin Rodgers in memory of their late parents, longtime residents of the town. The George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library will replace the Hills

Recently completed George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library Memorial Library, which opened its doors on June 11, 1909. The Hills Library closed in early April to begin the transition to the new Rodgers Memorial Library. The town anticipates opening the

Rodgers Memorial Library in mid-May with the grand opening scheduled for June 7 to coincide with the 100th anniversary celebration of the Hills Memorial Library.

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JCA and Peter Linn Receive Award Quincy, MA - J. Calnan & Associates reported that The Anwelt Heritage Apartments, located in Fitchburgh, recently received the Inaugural Robert H. Keuhn, Jr. Award. Working in collaboration with Peter Linn Architects, JCA and its partners are doing their part to help sustain our commonwealth. Announced at the Preservation Massachusetts annual “Sustaining Our Commonwealth” dinner, this award is reflective of the innovative and unique legacy of Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. It recognizes extraordinary projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings. The Anwelt Heritage Apartments are New England’s first eco-friendly affordable senior housing units that boast

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Local officials and dignitaries joined the Anwelt Heritage Apartments project team to cut the ceremonial vine signifying the grand opening of the new eco-friendly senior housing facility. emony instead a typical ribbon-cutting to symbolize the completion of the project,” said Jay Calnan, president, J. Calnan and Associates. Prior to the mill building being converted into mixed-income apartments, the facility housed the Anwelt Shoe Company, which was a family business from 1926 until its closing in 1986. The building’s transformation into 86 mixed-income apartments, designed specifically for residents age 62 and up, began over a year ago when J. Calnan & Associates was hired as the construction manager to work collaboratively with developer, Mass Innovation; owner’s project manager, Trident Project Advantage Group; management company, Cornu Management and architect, Peter T. Linn. Some of the new residents used to work in the factory before it closed in 1986.

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Capone Iron Corporation is a steel construction firm, Cambridge, - Architect founded 1951 that has beenMA fabricating and installing steel products for over 58 years. Capone Iron Corporation PCA, Inc., Erland Construction, the is certified by the American Institute of Steel Construction Massachusetts State College Build(AISC) to have the personnel, organization, experience, ing Authority, and the Massachusetts capability and commitment, meeting the requirements of the Steel Building Structures category as set forth Maritime Academy were awarded a by the AISC Certification program. Its team of 2009 Building Team Award for the exinspired and dedicated employees strives to pansion understand exceed contract andand renovation of the school’s requirements and monitor customer satenergy-independent cadet residences. isfaction with Capone’s products and Completed in 2008, the 150-bed services.

project is the first college residence hall in the state to be certified at the LEED Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was honored by Building Design and Construction Magazine in the publication’s 12th Massachusetts Maritime Academy Annual Team Awards issue in May. In addition to utilizing energy new floors above a 1960’s era residence produced on campus by rooftop solar panhall, and delivering a level of cost manels, co-generation equipment and a campus agement and schedule control previously wind turbine, the project offers a teachable unheard of in public construction in Masmodel for teamwork on public projects. sachusetts, according to the client. Developing a shared vision for sustain“I’ve always believed that client ability, the design and construction team, communication and teamwork produces The Academy, and the Massachusetts State the best architecture,” said Steve Allen of College Building Authority collaborated to PCA, principal in charge on the project, overcome challenging design and schedule “and the results bear it out. At Mass. Marobstacles throughout the project. itime, working with expert partners who In addition to energy performance rebought into the team concept from the start sults including a “zero net energy” design produced a residence hall that the Acadethat draws from on-campus renewable enmy and its students can be proud of. We’re ergy, the team succeeded in preserving the thrilled with the results and grateful for the last open green space on the land-locked recognition.” campus, creating an innovative structural solution allowing the construction of two www.high-profile.com

June, 2009


High-Profile: Awards

AGC Award Winners

Erland Wins CMAA Award

Wellesley, MA - At a recent gala at ing the power of BIM to ignite the birth of Fenway Park, Associated General Contrac- virtual design and construction (VDC). tors of Massachusetts (AGC) announced The Innovation in Technology Award the winners of the inaugural AGC Build went to William A. Berry & Son, Inc., who Industry Technology Awards. This juried created a mobile access technology system awards program recogfor safety as a way nizes firms for the outto ensure safe jobThis juried awards prostanding and innovative sites. The system gram recognizes firms for the records, tracks and ways they are using outstanding and in- analyzes safety technology to increase novative ways they data on-site, ensurcompetitiveness and are using technol- ing that inspections create a better working ogy to increase are thorough, fast environment for emcompetitiveness and and conducted in a ployees in the construccreate a better working envi- consistent manner tion community. ronment for employees in the by all teams on all The Leadership construction community. in Technology Award jobs. went to Tocci Building AGC is Companies. Tocci was a professional one of the first construction companies in construction association representing the the northeast to fully adopt BIM (Build- majority of firms providing building coning Information Modeling). The firm has struction services for commercial and instideveloped the region’s most savvy BIM tutional clients in the commonwealth. experts and has become a leader in extract-

Second ABC Award for Callahan Bridgewater, MA - Callahan, Inc. of Bridgewater has received its second

Gold Award for the Associated Builder’s and Contractor’s (ABC) Safety Training Evaluation Program (S.T.E.P.) S.T.E.P. is a national program to recognize ABC members’ contributions to jobsite safety.

Burlington, MA - Erland Construction, Inc. has won the Project of the Year award from Construction Manager’s Association of America (CMAA) New England Chapter for its work on the Pike School’s new Dahod Center for Community and Creative Learning project. Standing out as the most deserving in the New Construction Under $10 Million category, this project was honored for its exemplary innovation and teamwork. Dahod Center for Community and Creative Learning The project team – consist- at The Pike School. Photograph by Richard Maning of members from the Pike delkorn School, owner’s representative Diversified Project Management, Creative Learning was sustainable design. architect CBT, and Erland Construction Although the school opted not to obtain – gathered at the Annual Chapter Awards a LEED certification, the project team Program luncheon in April to accept this was asked to follow the LEED checklist prestigious award. to make the project as green as possible. Erland completed the new creative Reuse of the site for construction, erosion learning center in September of 2008, and control during construction, stormwater it has completely transformed the main design, and reduction of light pollution by entrance of the school with its large glass using full cut-off lights outside contributed curtain wall façade that showcases artwork to that end. done by students. The center provides a The new building also has dual-flush new 280-seat theater with high-end fin- toilets and low-flow aerators on faucets to ishes, such as book-matched interior wood, reduce water use; HVAC equipment that and serves as a connector to two existing uses ozone-friendly hydrofluorocarbons buildings on campus. The project also in- that contain no chlorine; energy recovery cluded extensive renovations to classroom wheels that reuse heat energy exhausted space and the existing arts facility. from the building; and an occupancy-conOne of the prime objectives of the trolled ventilation system in the theater that new Dahod Center for Community and cuts energy use when no one is present.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Bufftree Joins in Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Wellfleet, MA - A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the grand opening of the new Wellfleet Fire and Rescue headquarters constructed by Bufftree Building Company. Members of the fire department, town officials, architects and representatives of Bufftree Building Company joined the general public in celebrating the official opening of the new station, located at 10 Lawrence Road in Wellfleet. John J. Keenan, president of the project’s architectural firm, Keenan & Kenny Architects, Ltd. of Falmouth, stated that the Fire and Rescue station has been one of their most successful municipal projects in their 27 years in business. “The town of Wellfleet, Bufftree Building Company, Inc. and W.W. Reich, Inc., the owner’s project

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manager, all contributed to a great team effort.” He noted that the project was completed in April 2009 ahead of schedule and with less than 2% total change order cost additions. The 18,662gsf fire station is comprised of a two-story administration/housing wing building with full basement, a single-story, slab-on-grade containing ambulance and apparatus bays, storage and equipment, and associated areas. The building’s engineering and such items as roofing and windows are designed to withstand a Category III (130 mph) hurricane. Electrical systems include full building emergency power and over 80,000 gallons of water storage for building fire protection and apparatus filling.

l-r -Chief Dan Silverman receives the shovel engraved with the fire department’s logo that was used at the groundbreaking from Tony DiGiantommaso, Bufftree Building Company’s project manager for the Wellfleet Fire Station, as Captain Tom Ferreira looks on.

Exterior view of the new Wellfleet Fire and Rescue headquarters.

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Interior view of the new Wellfleet Fire and Rescue headquarters.

June, 2009


High-Profile: People

ARC Hires Five Architects

Five LEED APs at Newfield Construction Inc.

Cambridge , MA - ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge announced that it has added five design professionals to its design staff. Raynold Paradis, AIA, LEED AP, joined the firm as a registered architect. Four intern architects have also joined the ARC team: Stephen Anson, LEED AP, David Shanks, Jay Young and Sarah Walker. “We’re very pleased to bring these five talented design professionals on board at this time,” said Philip Laird, AIA, LEED AP, president of ARC.

Hartford, CT - Newfield Construction, Inc. of Hartford announced that five employees: Steve Buccheri, Peter Etzel, Brian Grant, Josh Johnson and Brian Ouellette all recently have become LEED APs.


RF Walsh Welcomes Naughton

Boston, MA - RF Walsh opment, strategic planning, and project management partners client interface. Jack Hobbs and Donna Camio“Joe works collaborativelo announced today that Joseph ly with clients from a project’s A. Naughton has joined the inception through completion,” firm as a third partner. said Jack Hobbs, president and Naughton, a registered CEO of RF Walsh. “He has the architect and LEED accredexpertise and depth of experiited professional, will serve as ence across industries and on all chief operating officer. In this three sides of the ownership, deNaughton capacity he will be responsible sign, and construction triangle of for project team selection and project development that our climanagement, concept and contract devel- ents have come to expect from RF Walsh.”

Fiejdasz Joins Tighe & Bond

Westfield, MA - Tighe & Bond announced that Paul Fiejdasz, P.E., LEED AP, CEM has joined the firm. A licensed mechanical engineer, he adds 15 years of experience in all aspects of mechanical building systems including HVAC, plumbing and fire protection.

He has worked extensively with Massachusetts and Connecticut building codes and industry standards. As a certified energy manager, Fiejdasz performs energy audits, creates computer simulations, and designs conservation measures.


Sitnik LEED Accredited

Middletown, CT – Rich Sitnik of ARCADIS, formerly PinnacleOne, has achieved accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional. Sitnik has more than 24 years of experience in project management and is currently the director of project management in the Middletown, Conn. and Springfield, Mass. offices. His current projects include the Union K-8 school in Union, Conn., Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical High School in Springfield Mass. and Minnechaug

High School in Wilbraham, Mass. A R CADIS is an international company providing consultancy, engineering Sitnik and management services in infrastructure, environment and buildings.

SBA Congratulates New LEED APs

Boston, MA - Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) announced the LEED accreditation of 13 staff members. Rich Berry, Tiffany Best, Matthew Bluette, Ivana Chang, Anthony DiFeo, Linda Haggerty, Shelley Harris, Charlotte May, Long Nguyen, Michael Reith, En-

rique Rojas, Danielle Santos, and Jennifer Silvestro have all recently received their accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Steffian Bradley Architects currently has 28 LEED Accredited Professionals.




Kempf Joins EYP

Boston, MA - EYP Architecture & Engineering welcomes John Kempf as its new chief financial officer. Kempf, who has more than 18 years of financial and strategic planning, risk management, and leadership experience, will play a key role in EYP’s plan for continued growth. He previously served at Tyco International as vice presi-


dent of finance, Earth Tech Division, and director of corporate governance at the company’s headquarters, as well as in numerous leadership roles within multiple divisions at The General Electric Company. Additionally, he led a startup 100+ employee shared services organization, which ultimately realized a $30-million working capital improvement.

WSP SELLS Announces Key Hire

Briarcliff Manor, NY - WSP SELLS announced that Michael W. Craig, P.E. of Raleigh, N.C. will lead the firm’s southeast structures operations. He will work out of the firm’s Cary and Mooresville, N.C. offices and will manage all of the firm’s bridge design and inspection operations in the southeast states. Craig has more than 12 years of experience in structural engineering with a focus on bridge inspection and bridge design services for the North Carolina Department

of Transportation (NCDOT). His bridge inspection experience during that time includes managing office and field personnel and serving as lead bridge inspector on multi-inspector projects and load rating analysis. Craig has inspected and/or supervised the inspection of more than 1,200 bridges in North Carolina. WSP SELLS has an office in Nashua, N.H. and is recognized as one of the “Top 100 Green Design Firms” by the Engineering News Record.

Elaine Adds Peter Stankard

Newton, MA – Elaine Construction Company recently announced the appointment of Peter Stankard as senior estimator. He will augment Elaine’s preconstruction services team, applying his 20 years of cost estimation experience gained in a variety of institutional and corporate settings. Stankard’s previous employment experience includes Shawmut Design and Construction and Spaulding & Slye.


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High-Profile: Calendar American Society of Safety Engineers

SMPS Writing Workshop - Part 2

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 The Architects Building 52 Broad Street, Boston, MA As a follow-up to the resume and project sheet writing workshop held in January, joining us again will be Aurora Cammarata, director of business development at Spagnolo Gisness & Associates. This segment will cover the other basic sections of proposals required by most RFPs and teach participants how to get more creative while still being responsive to the client - the battle most proposal coordinators face.

SFNE SteelDay2009

The date for SteelDay2009, an interactive day with the structural steel industry, is September 18, 2009 – the week prior to the AISC’s annual meeting. The theme of SteelDay is “interact” – to involve and educate as many people as possible by focusing on creating opportunities for true interaction, be it face-to-face or on-line. The message provided will be focused on the sustainable and environmental features and benefits of structural steel, and how to take advantage of them. For more information: www.ssfne. org/pdf/SteelDay2009.pdf.

June Conference, Exposition in San Antonio More than 375 leading organizations are scheduled to exhibit at the annual June 28-July 1 American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) professional development conference and exposition (Safety 2009) in San Antonio, Texas. Of the 375 exhibitors more than 70 are new and will be showcasing their products and services for the first time. Conference officials will highlight the innovations with a “New Product Showcase.” which will debut on the exhibit floor. It will highlight the latest and most advanced products and services in one convenient location. The top sessions so far include 1) leaders in organizations with great safety; 2) slip, trip and fall prevention; 3) com-

IFMA’s World Workplace

Mark your calendar! Oct 7-9, 2009 Orlando, FL In a year when everyone is concentrating on less, World Workplace is bringing you more! Full event and one-day attendees who register for World Workplace before July 17 save $100 off the registration fee. Plus—registering early ensures that you receive your materials prior to arriving in Orlando, which saves you time at on-site registration. For inofrmation: www.worldworkplace.org/2009

placency, the silent killer; 4) helping corporate leadership take personal responsibility for safety; and, 5) core leadership skills for the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional. U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab will also participate in a special Plenary Session on the first day of the conference. The last day of the conference will feature an executive summit with top executives sharing their insights with attendees. For more information and to register please go to www.asse.org.

MHA Education Programs

• The Health Information Technology Imperative: Focus on the Community Hospitals. Wednesday June 24, Massachusetts Hospital Association, Burlington, MA • Next Generation Hospital Website Strategy. Thursday July 9, Massachusetts Hospital Association, Burlington • 11th Annual Emergency Medicine Conference. Friday July 17, The Conference Center At Waltham Woods, Waltham • Administrative Professionals Conference. Thursday September 17, Massachusetts Hospital Association, Burlington • 8th Annual Executive Women in Healthcare Conference. Friday September 25, Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham • Emerging Healthcare Leadership Series: Inspirational. Thursday October 22, MHA Conference Center, Burlington

Annual AFE Golf Outing

You are cordially invited to the 8th Annual AFE Chapter 74 Summer Golf outing. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, June 18 on the south course at the Stow Acres Country Club in Stow, Mass. This year’s tournament promises to be even better than the last with the addition of some great new games and contests that will give golfers the opportunity to win such prizes as cash, golf clubs and other great prizes. The format of the golf tournament will be a scramble format that will tee off at 10 a.m. and will be followed up with a lunch & awards banquet at the conclusion of play. www.premieregolfevents.com

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High-Profile Monthly: June 2009  

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