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CSI GC for Condo Restoration Meridian Udates Two Historical Facilities McGinley Kalsow to Renovate Town Hall Shawmut Commits Resources to RWU Project Hoffmann Architects to Renovate Travelers’ Plazas CT ABC Excellence in Construction Award Winners Stoeckel Hall: 112 Years Old and Looking Like New Ribbon Cutting for CC RI’s Dental Lab - Vision 3 Architects The Villages at Edgewood - DSA|Dewing & Schmid Architects ACG Renovates new Mohawk Offices - Designed by Friar Assoc. Hillside Place: New Look and High Performance - Dietz & Company In Defense of Replacement Windows...Or Not! by Pat Patrick What’s Old Becomes New Again by Ioana Pieleanu, Acentech Inc. Payment Controls by Attorneys E. Melvin Nash & Ross C. Wecker Calculating Your Building’s True Energy Cost by Ted Stern & Kevin Poulsen

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Boston, mA - cambridge architect Lawrence A. Chan FAIA has taken office as the 75th president of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), which this year celebrates its 143rd anniversary, the oldest and one of the nation’s largest and most active branches of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). he succeeds Somerville architect James Batchelor fAIA. chan is a founding principal of chan Krieger Sieniewicz, an award-winning architecture and urban-design firm in harvard Square. “As an architect, I am committed not just to well-designed buildings, but also to the public spaces they shape and the

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DPM Hired for Campus Projects

Newton, MA - Diversified Project Management, Inc. (DPM), a Newton-based owner’s representative firm, has been hired by Brown University to provide move management services in conjunction with several upcoming projects. The Providence, R.I.-based university is planning a sequence of campus-wide renovations and relocations over the next 24 months. One project will be renovation of the Metcalf Building housing the Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Brown is planning a series of relocations of the copy and graphics center, science, math and anthropology faculty, labs and research facilities. Following the completion of these renovations, additional relocations will occur to facilitate the occupancy of the newly renovated buildings. Concurrently, Brown is also relocating its investments and education alliance groups from the Warren Alpert building to accommodate the medical education program’s renovations and planned occupation in July, 2011. Upon completion, the medical education program will be relocated permanently to the Warren Alpert Medical School. DPM is providing comprehensive relocation management services – FF&E specification, selection, and installation coordination.

Artist rendering of Roger Williams University new Construction Management Project Center.

Shawmut Commits Resources for RWU Project Designed by Vision 3 Bristol, RI - Roger Williams University announced plans to build a new Construction Management Project Center on campus. Shawmut Design and Construction has committed nearly all of the resources needed to build the new meeting space, which is expected to be completed by fall of 2010. The Construction Management Project Center will provide a centralized conference space for upper division construction management students to study, engage in club and team academic competitions, and meet with industry professionals. The new center will feature an open, agile work area that at any given time can serve as a laboratory, classroom, lecture hall, or teleconferencing center. This core meeting space, designed for maximum flexibility, will also include a separate area that shall be used as a semi-private conference room boasting a reconfigurable glass wall.

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High-Profile Focus: Renovation/Restoration Development News

In Defense of Replacement windows. or Not! by Pat Patrick s an old and historic window and door restorer, I often promote my window business and my passion, in civil debate saying, “A restored, weather stripped wooden window in conjunction with a storm window is as efficient as or slightly more efficient than a double glazed replacement window alone.” Then I may cite a few publications. In most situations I see people’s eyes glaze over when numbers enter the debate. I can’t blame them. Numbers do tend toward boring. In the glazed eyes, Pat Patrick defense, even a casual comparison of a double glazed to the window/storm assembly is better understood with a degree in thermodynamics. R values, U values, low E glass, gas filled, etc., etc. But, I am not sure that such sophisticated values give solace to a homeowner whose feet are cold while sitting in their favorite room looking out their favorite window. So in this brief article, I set out to get to the simplest and most reasonable comparison between restoring and replacing. let’s have some fun with this, and keep it simple. I decided to test this claim using simple arithmetic and reasonable assumptions, and by thinking of the window/storm assembly as a Thermos bottle. I compare the volume of window/storm assembly, to the

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volume of double glazing, assuming both operate on the same principle as a Thermos bottle. That is, the larger the volume between different temperature surfaces, the more efficient. All other things, R’s, U’s, and E’s included, are assumed to be equal. Now the boring part. Assuming a typical clear area of 29”x48”, or 9.6sf, for both the wooden and the window/storm assembly storm sash, single glazed, and using a distance of 3.25” between the two surfaces, the cubic volume approximates 2.6cft. Because the cavity between the two surfaces is somewhat larger, adding 10% allows an assumption of 2.9cft. Now we all know that most storms, allowing for age, can be drafty. So assigning 80% efficiency to the storm window, and 90% efficiency to the weather stripped wooden window, the calculated working volume between the window/ storm assemblies is 2.1cft. Using a similar square area for a double glazed sash, the cubic volume at a 5/8” distance glass to glass, or 0.63”, approximates 0.5cft. Assuming a modern double glazed is 100% efficient, the working volume remains 0.5cft. At face value the ratio of window/storm cavity volume to double glazed unit enclosed unit volume is approximately 4/1. Do we now conclude, based on reasonable assumptions, the window/storm assembly is four times more efficient than

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a similarly sized double glazed window? That just does not seem feasible. four times? Nah! let’s now consider some factors that a consumer may perceive, when considering restoration against replacement such as: Replacement windows are really tight against the jambs! Add 10%. The space between double glazings is “dead,” whereas the window/storm space is less efficient and turbulent. Add 15%. The old sashes are made of really thin wood, and the replacement wood looks thicker. Add 5%. The old glass appears to be thinner. Add 10%. The replacements look sturdier. Add 10%. These windows are a hundred and fifty years old! They can’t be made efficient! Add 25%. I am told that my energy bill may be 15% lower! Add 15%! These considerations total up to an additive 100% more efficiency over just a volume/volume comparison. So, going forward, add a perceived efficiency factor of 100% to the replacement window. let’s review where we are: The apparent volume of space between the surfaces of the window/storm assembly to the enclosed volume in a comparable double

glazed unit is practically 4/1. Adding some en considerations to the double glazed enclosed volume may increase the perceived volume/en efficiency 100% above the volume/enclosed volume comparison alone. The ratio then becomes 4/2, or simply 2/1. I still can’t believe a restored window/storm assembly would be twice as efficient as a modern double glazed replacement window. Nah! I know I am wrong. But, even if such a simplistic comparison is 100% off through using a simple, inefficient insulating volume between hot and cold, so to speak, the restored window/ storm assembly efficiency may then be reasonably be reduced to 1/1 with that of the modern double glazed replacement. That is, it is reasonable to assume that a calculated volume ratio of 4/1, adjusted for the obvious benefits of the modern double glazed window, may be considered not less than 1/1, and maybe just a little bit better. In conclusion, simple arithmetic and reasonable assumptions practically remove the energy efficiency argument from comparative considerations between properly restored window/storm assemblies to modern double glazed windows. The comparison becomes even simpler; do you want to preserve the old windows or not? Pat Patrick is a senior level consultant and artisan restoration carpenter operating OldTownRepair in Marblehead, Mass. Patrick brings many years of complex project management and technical qualifications to both the art and applications of old and historic restorations.

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High-Profile Focus: Renovation/Restoration Development News

TCC-MA Completes Ames Building Reno/Resto Boston, MA - Tishman Construction Corporation of Massachusetts (TCC-MA) recently completed the renovation and restoration of the historic Ames Building, transforming it into the luxurious Ames, a 114-room boutique hotel incorporating high design and operated by Morgans Hotel Group. The building is located at One Court Street, just off Washington Mall in the heart of downtown Boston’s Financial District, near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Constructed in 1889, the 14-story Ames Building was Boston’s first skyscraper. The masonry load-bearing building is the second-tallest masonry building in the country. It was designed by Shepley Rutan & Coolidge in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, so named for famed architect H.H. Richardson, who gave his buildings fanciful details and a distinctive roofline overhang.

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The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. After a succession of owners, the unique building was purchased by Normandy Real Estate Partners and Morgans Hotel Group, redesigned by the Rockwell Group in collaboration with the in-house design team, and thoroughly repaired, renovated, and upgraded by Tishman Construction. To preserve this building and transform it into a premier, contemporary hotel, Tishman met a series of challenges. These challenges consisted of preserving and restoring historical aspects of the interiors, including ornate period details, façade restoration, structural and mechanical upgrades, and in collaboration with the architects on the project meeting the client’s accelerated timetable. “Teamwork and creative collaboration were the keys to completing this fast-paced project, in which we preserved the integrity of the building while creating gracious hospitality space,” said Tom Erickson, senior vice president of TCC-MA. “We’re very pleased with the result of the efforts of the entire team and are proud to have renovated and restored this important historic building.”

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High-Profile Focus: Renovation/Restoration Development News

McGinley Kalsow to Renovate Town Hall Harry R. Feldman Performs a 3D Laser Scan Needham, MA - McGinley Kalsow & Associates was engaged by the town of Needham to undertake an assessment of physical conditions, conduct a space needs study, and develop four alternatives with comparative cost estimates. The architect contacted Harry R. Feldman, Inc. to perform a 3D laser scan of two façades as well as the interior (attic) space that was being considered for renovation. The Feldman team performed the laser scanning, drafting of 2D cad plans

and a reflected ceiling plan for the architect to conduct their analysis and design. The results were presented in 2008, and after extensive public review and discussion, the board of selectmen chose the alternative that upgraded the structure, restored the auditorium, and constructed a new addition linked to the rear of the historic building to provide significant additional space. Contract documents were completed in November 2009. Construction of the $12 million project, full funding

Artist rendering of Needham Town Hall by the town, is slated to begin in March, 2010. The goal is to rededicate the restored town hall as part of the Tri-Centennial Celebration of the town’s incorporation in 2011. G & R Construction Company, Inc. of Quincy will be the general contractor for the project. Needham Town Hall was originally built and dedicated on December 22, 1903. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places along with the surrounding town common as the Needham Town Hall Historic District. The building retains

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High-Profile Focus: Renovation/Restoration Development News Fire Protection

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what’s old Becomes New Again by Ioana Pieleanu, Acentech Inc. absorptive wall and ceiling treatments were Picture an old firehouse with its also selected with low Voc contents conmega-high ceilings and tall windows. sistent with lEED requirements. Abandoned, it feels vast and empty; transThe ZUMIX firehouse project feaformed into a performing arts space for ur- tures a first-floor auditorium, with a woodban youth, the building takes on a vibrant en platform for group programs, rehearsals life of its own. and performances, a 14-foot high ceiling, In 2005, the city of Boston’s Depart- and open-floor seating capacity for 90 ment of Neighborhood Development chose people. The facility also includes practice ZUMIX, a non-profit cultural organization rooms, a music production lab, a radio stadedicated to building tion, a recording studio (with a live room community through and control room), a multi-purpose room, music and the arts, and a community meeting room. In addition to develop a beauti- to architectural acoustics and noise control ful old firehouse lo- consulting services, Acentech provided aucated in the vicinity diovisual consulting services for ZUmIX’s of their then-current radio station and recording studio. East Boston locaZUmIX provides top-quality cultion. Built in 1923, tural programming as an alternative way the brick building for young people to express their creativity is ideally located and apply their bountiful energies, and as Ioana Pieleanu one block from East a method of building cultural understandBoston’s maverick ing and acceptance in one of Boston’s most Square at 260 Sumner Street and includes diverse neighborhoods. The new firehouse approximately 9,000sf of space. The for- building was designed with youth in mind, mer Engine company 40 firehouse offered so the designers looked at the building ZUmIX the opportunity to transform this through multiple filters: safety, environlong-abandoned building into an inspiring mental impact, acoustics, aesthetics, cost, cultural and performance space for ZUmIX and durability. Since the building houses participants and a youth comthe East Boston munity with With great design and acoustical broad musical community at considerations, this abandoned former interests and large. wo r k i n g firehouse has been restored and reno- who will often collaboratively varivated for its second act as an acousti- use the vari ous spaces in with architects cally pleasing cultural arts center. the building Utile Design, simultaneous acoustical consimultaneoussulting firm ly, the buildAcentech provided architectural acous- ing’s acoustical considerations, and sound tics and audiovisual consulting services to isolation in particular, were factored into transform this former firehouse into a hop- the general construction and utility of this ping, musical facility. The acoustical de- building. sign included strategically locating rooms with great design and acoustical for sound isolation, shaping and sizing considerations, this abandoned former firerooms to optimize acoustics, and select- house has been restored and renovated for ing materials, finishes, and building sys- its second act as an acoustically pleasing tems that meet the acoustical goals of the cultural arts center. building. Because the project is striving for Ioana Pieleanu is a consultant in LEED Silver certification, materials were architectural acoustics at Acentech Inc., a considered for their sustainable, aesthetic multi-disciplinary acoustics, audiovisual and acoustical qualities. for example, the systems design, and vibration consulting selection of an air recirculating hVAc sys- firm. Her acoustics expertise encompasses tem, while energy efficient for LEED certi- room acoustics, sound isolation and mefication, also meets the rigorous acoustical chanical systems noise, and vibration conrequirements of the building. The sound trol.

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Hoffmann Architects to Renovate Travelers’ Plazas Hartford, CT—At 527 feet, Travelers Tower was the seventh tallest building in America when it was completed in 1919. The capital city landmark overlooks a grand entry plaza, which bears the trademark red umbrella of the Travelers Companies, Inc. Travelers retained Hoffmann Architects to evaluate conditions at Tower Square and to develop remedial recommendations for its continued aesthetic and functional performance. Because the plaza is well maintained, deterioration conditions were not readily apparent to the casual observer; however, the project team’s

investigation revealed material degradation, damaged pavers, poor drainage, and failed waterproofing, allowing moisture penetration into the structural components of the plaza system and, further, into the underlying parking garage.

replacement of the waterproofing, and reinstallation of pavers, finishes, and plantings, both to save on costs and to minimize unnecessary resource consumption. In addition, the existing plaza did not meet ADA guidelines for accessibility, so Hoffmann

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Although the paving surface had been replaced since Tower Square’s initial construction, the waterproofing membrane was over 45 years old. To restore weather integrity, Hoffmann Architects recommended removal of the paving assembly,

Architects recommended construction of a ramp and installation of an accessible entry vestibule as part of the rehabilitation project. Across the street, at Travelers’ 50 Prospect Street office building, Hoffmann

Architects conducted an investigation of Travelers Plaza, the building’s main entrance and pedestrian thoroughfare. Here too, good caretaking practice belied the structural movement and stress that was leading to water infiltration at this plaza’s below-grade parking facility. Here, though, the culprit was not only failed waterproofing, but also inadequate expansion control provisions coupled with poor subsurface drainage. As a result of the investigation, Travelers retained Hoffmann Architects to redesign the plaza, addressing structural and functional concerns. As specialists in the rehabilitation of building exteriors, Hoffmann Architects develops architectural and engineering solutions for roofs, facades, windows, and parking garages, in addition to plazas and terraces.

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CSI General Contractor for Condo Restoration Hartford, CT - Bushnell Plaza was designed and conceived by I.M. Pei in the late 1960’s and sits next to Bushnell Tower, a 27-story residential building in downtown Hartford. The plaza consists of an underground parking garage and an adjacent commercial building, which currently houses a switching station for Verizon. Contracting Specialists Incorporated (CSI) was awarded the contract to perform concrete repairs and waterproofing improvements to the plaza and to the roof of the Terrace Building. The scope of work consisted of removing the existing bituminous concrete topping on the plaza drive surface, remov-

Above left: Installation of hot-applied waterproofing membrane on top of the terrace roof. Above right: Finish aerial view of the plaza and terrace roof

Placement of new concrete topping on the terrace roof

ing the concrete sidewalks on the plaza level, and removing the concrete topping on the Terrace Building roof slab. Once the toppings were removed, concrete repairs were made to the structural slabs of each structure, consisting of partial depth and full depth floor spall repairs and crack repairs. Additionally, new drains were added or replaced as needed. A new hot-applied waterproofing membrane was installed on top of the mechanical room on the plaza level as well as on top of the Terrace Building to protect the expensive equipment inside the Ve-

rizon switching station below. New horizontal and vertical expansion joints were installed where required, and new concrete slabs were placed at all locations. Finally, a new epoxy broadcast overlay was installed to provide additional waterproofing and an aesthetic finish. Inside the underground garage, overhead concrete spalls were repaired and overhead cracks were treated by epoxy injection. Vertical wall spalls and cracks were repaired as needed as well. Lastly, a corrosion inhibitor and new wall coating system was applied to all exterior vertical walls.

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historic Tapestry Room to its original orientation, as one of the nation’s preeminent galleries for viewing tapestries.

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High-Profile Cover Story: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

final Design Unveiled for Isabella Stewart gardner museum Structural & mEp Engineer, Sustainability and lEED consultant, Buro happold

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oston, mA - The Isabella Stewart gardner museum in Boston recently revealed the final, detailed plans for an extension to its historic museum building, which was designed by gardner herself with assistance from architect willard Sears and constructed in 1902. The new wing, designed by pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo piano and the Renzo piano Building workshop in collaboration with Burt hill, is expected to open in early 2012. The 70,000sf extension will relocate programs and functions that have unduly crowded the historic building, putting pressure on the landmark structure and its magnificent collections and diminishing the visitor experience. “The gardner museum differs from other museums in that it is a work of art in totality—designed by its founder to be a home of the muses, to embrace all the

A Lecture in the Gothic Room Photo by Bethany Versoy, 2008

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Site plan for Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem

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Section through the special exhibition gallery. All photos © RENZO PIANO BUILDING WORKSHOP

John Singer Sargent painting in the Gothic Room, ca. 1900

arts using its immense collection as inspiration,” said Anne hawley, Norma Jean calderwood director. “Renzo piano has responded to the museum’s need for functional spaces by creating a conversation with Isabella gardner’s museum. his answer is the working home for the arts.” The use of glass, natural light, and transparency in the new entrance and first floor will afford visitors a sense of a museum-at-work as they enter the building. The design has created, for the first time, opportunities to walk through the museum’s greenhouses, to interact with artists-in-residence living on-site, and to observe educational classes and workshops from the lobby. The openness of the space has been conceived to encourage lounging, gathering with others, meetings, and conversation. Surrounding the first floor and visible from most areas, newly landscaped gardens are meant to encourage inquiry and exploration. All of this activity will center on preparation and anticipation for entering and experiencing the historic buildings, galleries, courtyard, and architecture. The gardner museum does not label objects or artwork and has relied upon au-

A Concert in the Tapestry Room

Tapestry Room, 1926 | The new wing will enable the Museum to restore the historic Tapestry Room to its Isabella Stewart Gardner original orientation, the will nation’s Gallery Tapestry Room, 1926 | as Theone newofwing enablepreeminent the Museum to restore the ca.Long Museum, 1920Museum, the Versoy, 200 Photo byfrom Bethany Stewart Gardner Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888 as one ofIsabella galleries fororiginal viewing tapestries. historic Tapestry Room to its orientation, the nation’s Museum’s archives. thefor Museum’s ca. 1920 From the Museum’s archives preeminent From galleries viewingarchives tapestries. core. An adjacent greenhouse structure will #####as well as feature a landscape classroom, two artist apartments. The largest of these new spaces, the performance hall, is designed in collaboration with acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics. With seats configured in three balcony levels surrounding the central performing area, the hall will offer sophisticated acoustics while preserving the intimate experience that has long characterized the gardner museum’s music program. The new wing will provide outdoor seating for the café and expanded garden spaces, for which piano has designed new

working greenhouses. A series of brick walls extending into the gardens will delineate the space and create a visual connection between the new and historic building. The new building at the Isabella Stewart gardner museum aims to be lEED certified by the United States Green Building council. main components of the sustainable design are a geothermal well system for heating and cooling, daylight harvesting, rainwater recycling for greenhouse irrigation, water-efficient landscaping techniques and the use of local and regional materials, which reduces the environmental impact associated with transport.

dio tours, educators, and staff to help orient the visitor. In the new wing, visitors will have additional options for orientation in a new space, named the living Room, in deference to the domestic nature of the historic building. A Concert the Tapestry Room Gothic In the living Room, visitors will A Lecture Thisinistheour first Room project work- in order to achieve theseingoals. Photo by Cheryl Richards, 2008 Photo by Bethany Versoy, 2008 learn about Isabella Stewart gardner and ing with Renzo Piano Building At the heart of the MEP engithe history of the museum she founded, the Workshop. Our role as the MEP and neering innovation is the geothermal collection, and its unique installation and structural engineers on the project ground source heat pump system, will browse material about the gardner required us to share a central vision utilizing the low-grade heat in the museum’s renowned artists-in-residence with the architect in order to deliver ground as both a heat source for program, past and present. Isabella gardtruly integrated engineering system heating in the winter and a heat sink ner also had choreographed a particular solutions. This project is a blend of for cooling in the summer. The geoexperience upon entering into her museum world-class architecture with sustain- thermal system will significantly recourtyard. piano’s design achieves that able engineering system innovation. duce the overall energy usage of the moment of surprise and awe by guiding One of our biggest challenges on the new addition building and effectively visitors through a transparent connector project was working within the tight reduce its carbon footprint by limitinto the cloisters alongside the courtyard. site constraints. Space was at a pre- ing the emission of greenhouse gases. The new wing will feature four volmium and we had to think in innova- Rainwater recycling systems are also umes clad in patinated green copper panels tive terms for engineering solutions employed to capture and harness that will “float” above the transparent first that could be applied within these rain water for irrigation purposes in floor and echo the green of the gardens. constraints while still meeting the the greenhouse and site landscape. These volumes will accommodate a 300Niall Cooper, associate princimuseum’s needs. We utilized Buildseat, in-the-round performance hall and ing Information Modeling software pal at Buro Happold Consulting Engia 2,000sf, naturally lit special exhibition to develop and coordinate the MEP neers PC of New York. gallery. Visitors will circulate through the and structural engineering systems public spaces via an open central stairway Isabella Stew Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888 and an elevator located at the building’s John Singer Sargent painting From the Museum’s archives in the Gothic Room, ca. 1900 ca. 1920 From

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Triumph completes child care ctr. is maintained with non-toxic construction materials, finish surfaces, and paints containing low levels or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a high-efficiency Bard mechanical system. That system – which has tested up to 35 times quieter than traditional systems – was selected to reduce sound transfer to facilitate learning. other features of the child care center include exterior sun shades that shield the interior of the facility from the sun and reduce the need for air conditioning, recycled materials for the interior walls and carpet tiles, and an hVAc system that regulates and brings in air from the outside as needed. controls are used to modulate both temperature and ventilation based on varying occupancy in each room, and coordinated sensors turn off lights when there is no activity in the room. for the next 18 months, the building will house the harvard Yard child care center, and then the oxford Street Daycare cooperative, while their permanent locations are being renovated. once harvard completes renovations, the fully relocatable Triumph building – which has a 50-year lifespan – will be placed into service elsewhere. Harvard Yard Child Care Center entrance

cambridge, mA - Triumph modular of littleton, a provider of temporary and permanent modular buildings, announced the completion of its latest project: a custom, designed, green modular facility for the harvard Yard child care center and oxford Street Daycare cooperative in cambridge. The new 5,700sf child care facility, located on the campus of harvard University, includes a variety of green, sustainable features to achieve the highest-quality, healthy environment for children and employees. The modular building features solar tube skylights to maximize natural light use, sustainable “green guard” insulation, high-grade sealants, and a white rubber roof that reflects solar heat. Air quality

Belmont Hill School and Winsor School Boathouse

BwK completes School project cambridge, mA - BwK construction co., Inc. served as the general contractor for the Belmont hill School and winsor School Boathouse project. The project was successfully completed within a restricted time period and involved intensive permit coordination between the metropolitan District commission, cambridge conservation commission, and other jurisdictional authorities. A 1,000sf addition set on piles was constructed to allow for locker rooms, ADA accessibility, and installation of a composting

toilet system. Exterior architectural details included diamond-cut siding and two-tone roofing patterns, while the interior included custom mahogany bay doors and birch paneling on the walls and ceilings.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

fort point Relocates child & family middletown, RI - fort point project management (fppm), a provider of real estate project management and relocation planning services, announced the relocation of child & family, a leading provider of community-based and school-based programs for Newport county in Rhode Island. The new child & family community center, a 38,736sf $7.5 million facility located on John clarke Road in middletown, Child & Family Community Center designed by Vision 3 Architects the many programs and services to be proand constructed by E. w. Burman construction company, includes a vided in one location, the new facility will child care center, counseling center, elder have a large community room for general care services office, Family Services Of- use by service organizations, and service fice, and other administrative offices. The providers in the area. Sheehan’s Office InChild & Family facility is the first build- teriors supplied new workstation, office, ing in the state of Rhode Island to utilize and meeting room furniture. fort point project management National grid’s “Advanced Building Sysserved as the relocation manager, providtems” program and will be classified as a ing relocation planning and management high-performance building by exceeding for the move from three different Aquidall required code standards. In addition to neck Island locations to the new facility. This allows child & family to consolidate the many services and programs it provides residents in Newport county, into one centralized building. This important change allows those in need to obtain services more conveniently in addition to saving on operating costs. Sterling moving and Storage served as the movers and Netcenergy as the technology design and installation consultant. Child & Family Community Center lobby

EmD Serono Tops off 140,000sf construction to finish This Year Billerica, mA - EmD Serono, Inc., an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, germany, marked the expansion of its research facility in Billerica, mass. recently with a topping off ceremony. Executives from EmD Serono were joined by congresswoman Niki Tsongas; gregory Bialecki, secretary of housing and development; State Representative william greene; marc T. lombardo, chairman of the Billerica Board of Selectmen and other officials to commemorate the research expansion milestone. The expansion of the Billerica facility, announced in 2008, represents a $65 million investment. construction of the new 140,000sf facility is expected to be complete in late 2010. The new facility will support the company’s commitment to developing a center of excellence focused on discovering innovative treatments for unmet medical needs.

The new site will accommodate approximately 200 scientists with expertise in cancer biology, cancer immunotherapy, oncogene signaling, medicinal chemistry, molecular modeling, protein engineering, therapeutic antibodies, and manufacturing cell lines across the core therapeutic areas of neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and fertility. once complete, the new research facility will accommodate over 115,000sf of lab and office space, consisting of: 25,000sf of chemistry and screening labs; 25,000sf of biology and cell culture labs; 22,000sf of general lab support space; 20,000sf of office and conference rooms and 23,000sf of mechanical space. In addition, 25,000sf will be the central node space, which will consist of the reception area, cafeteria/auditorium, fitness center and offices and conference rooms.

NESco Acquires Densmore Elec. Canton, MA – NESCO-Needham Electric Supply, a full-service electrical distributor, announced the acquisition of certain assets of Densmore Electrical Supply, a single branch distributor in Rutland, Vt. Densmore will join forces with the Yankee Electric Supply Rutland branch, NESco’s Vermont- and New hampshire-

based division. Richard Densmore has been named branch manager for the merged Rutland operations. “we are very happy to welcome Densmore Electrical Supply to the NESco family,” said gregory wilson, president of NESco.

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High-Profile: Multi-Residential Facilities Development News

DSA|Dewing & Schmid Architects Completes The Villages at Edgewood North Andover, MA – DSA|Dewing & Schmid Architects, Inc. is completing the firm’s first commission in the senior housing sector. DSA was selected by owner Edgewood Retirement community, Inc. of North Andover because of the firm’s deep experience and fluency in the luxury residential market and, somewhat surprisingly, its lack of familiarity with senior housing. DSA brings a fresh and unbiased perspective to senior living that produced a warm and inviting atmosphere in which 24 strategically sited and thoughtfully scaled cottages create an intimate village. Nestled into a hillside site and char-

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acterized by pure forms, understated detailing and a simple monochromatic palette, the cottages are inspired by hancock Shaker Village. The village acknowledges its site, Stevens farm, by restoring two historic barns on the property and by clustering the houses, a move that conserves over 200 acres of the 300-acre farm in a land trust. located adjacent to Edgewood Retirement community’s existing full service healthcare facility, the cottages are designed to allow residents to age-in-place, while providing them with the convenience and peace of mind of access to the assisted living community. Ranging from 1,750 to 2,450sf, each cottage incorporates universal design features that anticipate declining

mobility, dexterity, and visual acuity. life care Services is the operator of the community. Wide doorways, flush thresholds, and curbless showers allow for easy walker or wheel chair access. lever door handles and easy-grasp pocket doors are thoughtful responses to arthritic hands. Energy Star certified, the houses have highly efficient building envelopes that substantially reduce heating and cooling loads, allowing for smaller and more efficient HVAC systems, and they are clad in fiber-cement board, a low maintenance alternative to traditional cedar clapboards. The contruction manager was windover construction.

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High-Profile Feature: Community College of Rhode Island

Ribbon cutting for ccRI’s Dental lab incoln, RI – The Community College of Rhode Island (ccRI) recently opened the doors to its newly renovated flanagan campus Dental Assisting lab in lincoln. ccRI’s president, Ray m. Di pasquale, led the ceremony which concluded with the official ribbon-cutting led by Di pasquale and members of the campaign steering committee. Designed by Vision 3 Architects, the main goal of the renovation was a modernization of the dental lab, which treats 3,000 patients annually. The modernization included aesthetic renovations, new examination chairs, and new technology to help students track patient information and provide digital x-rays.

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Vision 3 Architects The $750,000 project was funded by ccRI’s capital campaign “Imagine: The campaign for Endless possibilities.” The lab renovation was one of several upgrades made to ccRI’s allied health programs through the campaign. The design/construction team included Vision 3 Architects, architect; creative Environment corp, mEp engineer; patterson Dental, dental equipment supplier and coletta contracting co., contractor. coletta contracting co., Inc.was the project’s gc and JKl Engineering co., Inc. did the hVAc Jason Sousa, mEp principal at creative Environment corporation who acted as engineer on the project said, “This was a CCRI dental lab interior second phase of renovations we have done at the Dental Clinic. The first phase included a major renovation and upgrade of the public area treatment facility and was successfully completed a few years back. This project entailed renovation to the teaching and specialty treatment areas. our services included extending the existing hVAc, plumbing, and electrical systems to accommodate the new layout. one major portion of our work was to support the new IT needs for the lab since everything has gone digital and requires major computer equipment to support. Also, careful coordination with the dental equipment supplies was a necessity to anticipate the manner in which the installation would take place in the field.”

Justin coletta, Vp of coletta contracting added, “The project encountered many unforeseen existing conditions which required changes in the scope of work and even additional subcontractors to complete.” The owner’s (ccRI) representative David Snow was very involved from the start of the project. he had a very good understanding of the construction process, and proved instrumental in keeping the project moving along. Vision3 and its representative Andrew hausmann were very responsive. hausmann processed submittals & RfI’s in a very timely manner.

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High-Profile Focus: Renovation/Restoration Development News

Stoeckel hall: 112 Years old and looking like New ew Haven, CT – Richly sculpted terra cotta on the Venetian gothic style, Stoeckel hall provides the exterior ornament for this architecturally significant 1897 campus building. centrally located within Yale’s academic campus, the architectural terra cotta balconies and projecting cornices contribute to the historic fabric of both Yale University and New haven. from September 2007 until January 2009 Boston Valley Terra cotta manufactured replacement units for the Stoeckel hall terra cotta assemblies, which are the most visible aspect of the exterior restoration. capasso Restoration, Inc. salvaged nearly 640 terra cotta units and meticulously cleaned and catalogued them, while approximately 560 were painstakingly reproduced by Boston Valley Terra cotta to match historic samples in color, sculpted ornament, and finish. The majority of the replacement units were hand pressed, which is typical for richly sculpted terra cotta. This process requires a full scale model of the original piece to be created. from the model – a positive form – a

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mold is made. The mold creates a negative of the replacement unit needed. clay, specifically formulated to handle the freeze/thaw of the New England climate, is pressed by hand into the mold to form the basic shape and ornament. once the pressed unit is released from the mold, the final sculpting and application of texture is done by hand just as it has been for centuries. The teamwork of charney Architects, capasso Restoration, and Boston Valley Terra cotta on the exterior restoration is evident in the finished project that is Stoeckel hall. Architect Richard charney states, “Stoeckel hall resonates with history, of the nineteenth-century streetscape of this area of New haven, of the students who have lived and worked there, and of American architecture. It has been both challenging and exhilarating to work on this project, at once preserving a historic structure – one that boasts a unique 19th façade in the city of New Haven – and creating a new and fully upto-date facility.”

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Jewett to Build ford Showroom

Basho, a new Japanese brasserie in Boston

New Basho to open in february

Delta Design & Construction, Office dA Fit out Boston, mA - Delta Design & construction, of medford is partnering with architects Office dA, Inc. on the construction of Basho, a new restaurant located at 1338 Boylston Street. The project scope includes the interior fit-out of 7,500sf to complete this upscale, modern, Japanese brasserie.

Delta will finish the project in a 14week schedule for the grand opening in february 2010. This is the latest among recent projects by Delta that include the restaurants Aquitaine, The lansdowne pub, and BiNA.

londonderry, Nh - Jewett construction co., Inc. of Raymond has recently begun construction on a new showroom for ford of londonderry. The owner demolished the original 60’ x 50’ showroom to make room for the new construction. work, which began in mid-November of 2009 ,will wrap up in April. The new showroom will differ dramatically from the original, with wide expanses of glass covering the sides and street-facing wall, an aluminum composite panel system, a fully-adhered EpDm roof system, and new exterior masonry.

The interior of the showroom will be completely open to the structural roof system, hVAc spiral ductwork, and other mechanical components, and will feature a suspended lighting system. In addition to the new showroom, work will take place at the existing dealership, including a new fire alarm system and renovations to the existing sales areas, providing access to the showroom. The dealership will remain open for business during construction, with sales staff working from temporary office trailers on-site.

TmS completes Third RiverBank lawrence, mA - The third in a series of branch banks designed by TmS Architects for RiverBank, a community bank headquartered in North Andover, opened in lawrence. The first RiverBank/TMS collaboration was located in methuen and involved the complete “makeover” of an existing bank. Derry, N.h. then received an entirely new RiverBank and lawrence is now the

third branch to be opened in the last three years. A fourth TmS- designed RiverBank is currently under construction in methuen. RiverBank is using a consistent and unified architectural “look and feel’ with the new branches to create a bold new image with a focus on customer comfort and service.

Essex completes Three holiday Inns westwood, mA - Essex Builders corp. has completed exterior façade renovations at three holiday Inn properties located in Dedham, marlboro, and peabody. construction was carried out on all projects simultaneously. holiday Inn’s new-look franchise theme and hospitality upgrades, orchestrated by Intercontinental hotels group, were incorporated in design documents

prepared by Darlow christ Architects of cambridge. “we thrive on servicing clients such as holiday Inn,” explained David o’Neil, president of Essex Builders corp. “Ensuring improvements were completed without any adverse impact to their guests and hospitality operations, complemented the aggressive savings we secured for the properties’ owner.”

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High-Profile Feature: Kroc Community Center

Suffolk on Schedule for Kroc community center

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oston, mA - Steel construction is well under way and a rough outline is taking shape of the 90,000sf, $33 million Boston Ray and Joan Kroc corps community center being built by Suffolk construction in the Uphams/Dudley section of Dorchester/Roxbury. In addition, the concrete foundation is in place and has been waterproofed. All back-filling has been completed at all walls adjacent to the slab on grade. following the groundbreaking this summer, progress has been efficient on the 6.5-acre site, fulfilling the promise to deliver on a dream held by residents for more than two decades.The distinctive corner of the gym and weight room is now visible by way of the beams standing proudly at the corner of clifton and Dudley Streets. NSTAR has installed the transformer from the main electrical service to the building and has pulled the wires from the main in the street. permanent power was operational by the first week in January. Under-

ground electrical installation is continuing at various locations under the slabs, the domestic and fire service water lines have been connected to the main in the street, and National grid is proceeding with engineering for installation of the gas line. Despite weather conditions, Suffolk appears to be right on schedule to meet its proposed completion date of Nov. 15, 2010. The new community center will feature a gymnasium, fitness center, chapel/ theater, aquatics center, daycare center, classrooms, computer lab, art room, and prayer chapel. The Salvation Army is continuing to raise the final $2.5 million needed locally to complete the building campaign. Steel columns and beams have been placed at the west chapel wing, and progress is continuing east into the main building.

Project Team for Kroc Center Architect - The Architectural Team, Inc. general contractor - Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. owner’s Rep - Pinck & Co., Inc. Structural Engineer - McNamara/Salvia Inc. mEp Engineer - AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc. civil Engineer - VHB / Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Environmental Engineer - GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Placement of reinforcing mesh above pool mechanical room

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High-Profile Feature: Mohawk Offices

ACG Renovates Building into Mohawk Offices Designed by friar Associates

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outhington, cT - Acg North America, Inc. of Bristol recently completed the renovation of a former manufacturing facility into corporate office space for mohawk Northeast in Southington. Acg completed renovations to 25,000sf of space at 170 canal Street in the plantsville section of Southington, formerly occupied by a metal fastener manufacturing operation. The project featured the transforma-

tion of existing industrial space into modern and efficient office workspace for use as mohawk Northeast’s new corporate headquarters. “Significant electrical, mechanical, and plumbing upgrades were required to build-out new office, kitchen, and restroom facilities,” said william mascetti, vice president of Acg. “considerable work was required to bring the building up to code and convert the space to office use.”

Mohawk Northeast’s new corporate headquarters

The project transformed existing industrial space into modern office workspace

Interior renovations included new office space, conference facilities, an employee kitchen, restrooms, and storage areas. A glass-enclosed vestibule was constructed to create a new main entry to the building. Insulation was added to improve the R-value and bring the building envelope up to code. Energy-efficient light fixtures and appliances were incorporated into the design to reduce long-term operations and maintenance costs.

Designed by farmington-based friar Associates, the fast-track project required that construction be completed within an aggressive six-month schedule. mohawk Northeast, a construction firm specializing in heavy and marine construction projects, relocated its headquarters from Newington. portions of the building are also used as warehouse space to store construction equipment and materials.

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High-Profile Feature: Hillside Place

hillside place offers New look and high performance Dietz & company Architects orthampton, Mass. – The recent completion of hillside place ushered in a new era of sleek and sustainable mixed-income housing at Village hill in Northampton. hillside place is part of a master-planned community of affordable and market-rate housing mixed with commercial space at the former site of the historic Northampton State hospital. marc Sternick, AIA, lEED Ap and vice president of Dietz & company Architects of Springfield, was the architect for hillside place. This $6 million project consists of six new buildings that total 40,800sf and house 40 units in a combination of townhouses and flats. The designs feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units with open floor plans and large windows for natural light and ventilation. The significance of Hillside Place reaches well beyond aesthetics. The high performance of these buildings is critical to their sustainable mission. EnergyStar certified, Hillside Place features one of the largest arrays of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels on any affordable housing project in the region. with a 43.4 kw capacity, these panels provide a portion of the overall electricity to reduce operating costs and lower carbon dioxide emissions. Other energy-efficient details include dense-packed cellulose insulation, highquality windows, airtight construction and EnergyStar-rated appliances, space and

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water heating systems. Dietz & company Architects also used green materials wherever possible, such as fiber cement siding and wood laminate floors. Building materials and finishes containing formaldehyde or volatile organic compounds (Vocs) were avoided. According to Sternick, “with an EnergyStar home energy rating system (hERS) of 40, these units will save renters 60% on energy costs in comparison to the average home..” Buildings were sited to create both private and open public areas that will foster a sense of community in this pedestrian, oriented neighborhood. Sternick also designed the hilltop Apartments and Ice pond subdivision during phase 1 of the Village hill master plan. “our goal,” says Sternick, “is to develop a new look for sustainable, affordable housing that people can embrace in their neighborhoods.” According to Northampton mayor clare higgins, “hillside place and hilltop Apartments create community at Village hill. They contribute essential affordable housing units for our community, blending the historic architecture of the site with the new village it is becoming.” She adds, “The buildings also incorporate sustainable design features. combine this with pedestrian and bike paths connecting to permanently preserved open space, and to our nearby downtown, and we have a model of truly sustainable design!”

Hillside Place features one of the largest arrays of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels on any affordable housing project in the region.

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High-Profile Feature: N.H. State Library and Laconia District Courthouse

meridian Udates Two historic facilities

ilford, NH – Meridian Construction will bring two historical New hampshire facilities into a new decade: the N.h. State library and the laconia District courthouse. In concord, at the heart of New hampshire’s central government, sits its State library, originally built in 1895, the oldest institution of its kind in America. composed of native granite and bearing traces of a much earlier time in our country’s history, the state building stands as an important reminder of the great scholarly heritage of America. In early 2009, meridian construction of gilford began work refurbishing and restoring several floors of this historical artifact, bringing many of its elements into the 21st century for energy efficiency and practical use. It wasn’t the first time that Meridian was hired to renovate the old library. Back in September 2003, the company was brought in to install a new sprinkler system, hVAc equipment, new mounted panels in doorways, hardware, paint, and other miscellaneous specialties. This time around it was hired to repair and replace the library’s over 100 wood windows, existing aluminum windows, membrane roofing, paint, trimming, and additional materials on the building’s roof, which had survived more than 30 years since last update. And like in 2003, all work had to be done during regular business hours, without incident, complaint, or damage to the building’s many valuable materials—including artwork,

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Interior view of newly renovated courthouse.

books, and historical archives. The laconia District courthouse once stood as the site of the old laconia High School. But today, on its third floor, where the school’s old gymnasium used to be, one of three newly renovated courtrooms now serves the local community— with an old-world architecture that reaches up from the bottom level through twisting stairs made around oak newel posts and railings, overlooking much of lake winnisquam. originally built in 1886, the courthouse has seen numerous changes over its 124 years. It saw a fire in the 1940s that left many of its beams burnt and cracked. And not until mid-2007, when meridian construction was asked to begin a $4.7 million expansion and renovation, did those structural supports receive the attention they

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needed. Removed and rebuilt by meridian, they were replaced just as they were showing significant signs of failure. New features in the updated courthouse have included a new three-story addition, an x-ray machine at the front entrance, restrooms on every floor, conference rooms for clients and lawyers to meet privately, a renovated basement with a holding area for defendants, a lunch room, staff lounge, office for the building supervisor, and a built-in public address system with special seating and earphones for the hearing-impaired. The courthouse also has benefitted from increased parking on both sides of the facility, two new elevators, a dumbwaiter, landscaping, and a new entrance ramp for handicap access.

Project Team for N.H. State Library

Architect - Randall T. Mudge & Associates general contractor - Meridian Construction Corporation

Project Team for Laconia Court House

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High-Profile Feature: 9 Steeple Street

NEc completes Reno of historic Building rovidence, RI. 3 – 9 Steeple Street is a historic restoration project of the oldest surviving industrial building in Providence. Most recently used as office and restaurant space, this building actually consists of three structures totaling 19,000sf and was originally a hardware store. The buildings were built over a 20year period beginning in 1826. The owner, capital properties, purchased the building in 2007 and soon after began the planning process for an extensive renovation. New England construction (NEc) spent over a year working with capital properties, and the architect, Ed wojcik Architects, to provide pre-construction services, including value engineering and

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Ed wojcik Architects budgeting support, during the planning phase of the project. The extensive restoration work addresses structural improvements, masonry, windows, roof, life/safety, heating and air conditioning systems and elevator concerns as well as interior fit-out. The building envelope was substantially renovated. one of the current restaurant tenants on the first floor went through a complete interior renovation. The overall goal of this project was to restore the building to its historic condition and address lingering concerns from years of deferred maintenance. The first floor will be retail and restaurant space, and the upper floors are envisioned as office space.

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Project Team for 9 Steeple Street Architect - Ed Wojcik Architect, Ltd general contractor - New England Construction Co. Structural Engineer - RT Group mEp / fp Engineer - BER - Building Engineering Resources hVAc Engineer - BER After construction

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River’s Edge Awarded LEED Gold Medford, MA - Preotle, Lane & Associates, developer of River’ s Edge in Medford, announced that the first office building of the development, at 200 River’s Edge Drive, has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The project team involved included Gensler, The Green Engineer, Shadley Associates, Tetra Tech Rizzo, John Moriarty Associates, AHA, Consulting Engineers were Haley & Aldrich and Nangle Consulting Associates. River’s Edge is an inner-suburban, master-planned development. The project’s $200 million Phase 1 includes 200 River’s Edge Drive, which is approximately 115,000sf, and will include two additional contemporary office buildings for a total aggregate of 410,000sf; The Residences at Rivers Edge, a recently completed residential building with 221 luxury rental housing units; the Tufts University Boat

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by W. Wesley Reed Given our ever-increasing consciousness of how everything that we use, consume, and build with affects our environment, the construction industry remains in the forefront of Green consciousness. Building Green in this case is the reuse of materials, which in some way contributes to the earth’s regeneration process. With incentives such as the Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program and mandates to think Green, architects, designers, builders, and property owners are finding new ways to incorporate recycled or reclaimed material in their landscaping and hardscaping projects. The Reed Corporation of Lynnfield and its sister company, Olde New England Granite, are the foremost area suppliers of reclaimed historic hardscape materials. Granite wall building block, reclaimed from bridge and foundation demolitions in our area, antique granite curbing, vintage 19th century cobblestones from New England mills, and unique antique brick pavers from Ohio, are only some of the many materials available at our granite farm. As niche contractors for over 40 years, The Reed Corporation specializes in design-build services, which uses historic granite, cobblestone and brick pavers in

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Solaya Awarded Turbine Contract Boston, MA - The Patrick-Murray Administration has selected Solaya Renewable Energy of Woburn to install a utility-scale wind turbine on state-owned land adjacent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Blandford Service Area in Western Massachusetts. Solaya plans to construct a 1.5 megawatt (MW), nearly 400-foot-tall turbine near the center of the 68-acre state-owned site, as well as a kiosk at the Service Area that will provide motorists with information about the turbine and its operation. Producing up to 3,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, the turbine could produce sufficient clean energy to power roughly 400 households. Seen from the MassDOT Service Area, it will also be a visible reminder of the commonwealth’s

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Ecological plaza Design by Craig A. Hargrove, Hoffmann Architects, NY As green building initiatives are prompting federal, state, and local mandates on efficiency and sustainability in construction, building codes and regulations continue to change to reflect evolving ecological guidelines. Relevant requirements for efficient water use, storm water runoff management, light pollution reduction, and energy conservation should be researched as part of the plaza or terrace design process. Some green ideas: • Reuse pavers, where possible, after replacing a waterproofing membrane, both to reduce waste and save on material expenses. • Use “dark sky” technology, which employs strategically positioned, low-radi-

Good plaza lighting design not only saves energy, it cuts down on light pollution, enhances nighttime visibility, and improves safety. Pictured here is Columbia University’s College Walk in New York City.

ance lighting, low-angle spotlights, and low-reflectance surfaces to cut down on light pollution. • Choose materials that reduce the “heat island effect.” heat-trapping materials like asphalt, tar, and non-pigmented concrete raise air temperatures in cities. Besides plantings, which dissipate heat through evapotranspiration, certain building materials, like light-colored pavers, can help moderate temperature differences. • Select native or adaptive An ecologically designed plaza can be both aesplantings that demand little or no thetically satisfying and cost-effective. Pictured irrigation to conserve water and here is the George Washington University’s Eye provide a habitat for bird and inStreet Pedestrian Mall, with renovation design by sect populations. limit sod and turf Hoffmann Architects.

grasses, which demand copious irrigation, mowing, and pest/weed control. • Use efficient drip systems or subsurface sprinklers, in conjunction with reclaimed water, wherever irrigation is needed. • Install “smart” controllers that vary light and water use by season, time of day, and weather. • Employ mulching, alternate mowing, and composting, low-tech solutions that protect the environment and cut upkeep costs. A well-designed plaza or terrace attracts tenants, increases property value, and enhances outdoor space. with reductions in energy and maintenance expenses afforded by green design principles and

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sophisticated water movement strategies, plaza or terrace rehabilitation can provide excellent return on investment. Initial installation and materials costs play a role in plaza design, but so do maintenance expenses. Be sure to understand upfront what upkeep will be required for any systems under consideration. Some paving assemblies can be significantly cheaper to install, but demand vigilant maintenance to keep overgrown weeds from making the plaza look ragged and unkempt. A little prevention goes a long way. If any leaks are reported, inspect and repair the waterproofing system as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Know your rights within the waterproofing warranty. If the problem persists, a design professional experienced in plaza remediation may need to conduct a more thorough investigation. By catching small problems before they become big ones, you can extend the lifespan of your plaza and avoid the undue expense of major repairs. Daily. Sweep and remove trash and debris. check for and treat ice and snow accumulation and clear any tripping hazards. Weekly. wash down plaza. clean joints and check drains and sump pumps. Trim and weed plantings and check for proper operation of irrigation systems. Do a safety check of railings, stairs, and lights. Monthly. Replace dead plantings. Repair deteriorated mortar or sealant in joints. Continued on page 30

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wind Energy projects Receive grants Boston, mA - The massachusetts clean Energy center (cEc) recently announced grants supporting 20 new wind energy projects under the commonwealth wind community-Scale wind initiative. “These grants will allow communities and institutions to reduce their use of fossil fuels, as well as help the commonwealth reach governor patrick’s goal of developing 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity by 2020,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles, who serves as chairman of the cEc Board of Directors. The cEc Board of Directors approved the grants totaling more than $2.5 million. The awards includes design and construction grants for six new wind projects totaling more than 12 megawatts (mw) in capacity, and 14 feasibility studies for wind energy that would total more than 13 mw in capacity if built. The 20 grants go to public and private projects, educational institutions, cities and towns, and the massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (mBTA). The commonwealth wind community-Scale wind initiative is a program of the massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, which is funded by renewable energy charges on electric bills, generating roughly $24 million a year to support renewable energy installations and companies. “Through the community-Scale wind initiative, the Trust supports the installation of wind turbines for private and public institutions as well as studies to de-

termine the feasibility of wind power in additional locations,” said Trust Director carter wall. The six projects receiving design and construction grants are in the towns of charlton, plymouth, Brewster, harwich, and milton. Awards for the 14 feasibility studies go to the town of Auburn, Bristol Community College, Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School District, Endicott col-

lege, the town of gardner, gordon college, the town of lenox, the mBTA, Nantucket Public Schools, Spencer East Brookfield Regional School District, the town of Northborough, and the city of Salem. Design and construction grants went to: charlton - $399,000 - Bay path Regional Vocational Technical high School The school will build a 900 kilowatt (kw) turbine on the school campus in order to

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reduce electricity costs as well as to provide an educational tool for the students and community. plymouth - $240,000 - camelot wind, lcc - The turbine will be installed at the camelot Industrial park and all power generated will be net-metered by the project owners. Brewster - $200,000 - cape & Vineyard Electric cooperative - The town of Brewster will build two 1.65 megawatt (mw) wind turbines at commerce park, an industrial zoned area to provide power for the town to offset electrical expenses.. harwich - $200,000 - cape & Vineyard Electric cooperative - The town of harwich will build two 1.5 megawatt (mw) wind turbines at the Town water Department. The proposed wind turbines will provide the majority of the town’s electricity needs. charlton - $266,000 - masonic health System of mA - The mhS site has a strong wind resource and the turbine output is projected to satisfy 40% of the total electricity demand of the mhS campus. All of the wind generated electricity will be used by the facility through a combination of behind the meter usage and net metering. Town of milton - $399,000 - The town of milton will proceed with the design and construction of a 2 mw wind turbine on a town-owned parcel. The electricity generated by the turbine with be used to offset electricity usage at town and public school facilities.

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Seasonally. Inspect sprinkler systems. perform checks of the deck for deterioration, leaks, cracks, or rust. Repair rust spots on railings, conduits, and other metal. Annually. fall: Drain irrigation and sprinkler systems for winter. Spring: conduct a structural inspection to plan for summer repairs. Above all, appropriate design, correct installation, and diligent upkeep are the best route to an environmentally sound plaza or terrace. when poor construction shortens a plaza’s lifespan, resources are wasted on rebuilding. The most ecological plaza is the one built to last. Craig A. Hargrove, AIA LEED AP, is senior vice president and director of architecture with Hoffmann Architects, New York, N.Y .

calculating Your Building’s True Energy cost Continued from page 7 the more upfront costs can be amortized. By way of a real world example, in early 2009 a prominent university in cambridge, massachusetts engaged littlefoot Energy to establish a business case and system solution for a hybrid energy system designed to provide heating to five dormitory buildings. In establishing the cost of energy for the incumbent system, energy analysts had to not only look at market cost for natural gas ($1.55 per therm) but also the associated operational costs of gibr boilers, gibr storage tanks, and balance of system. The investment in the system was $32.5k per boiler and $5K per tank, installed. The expected life of each boiler and storage tank is 20 and 15 years respectively. The operations and maintenance cost is $1,625/ year. The university’s discount rate is 6%. The boiler efficiency is 95%; for every unit of natural gas purchased from the utility, 
 0.95 therms of useful energy is output from the boilers. According to the US Energy Information Administration, massachusetts commercial natural gas prices have increased on average 7.5% year over year from 1999 thru 2009. looking out over 25 years, the calculated levelised Energy cost is actually $3.95 per therm, 155% higher than the price paid to the utility!

Alternatively, littlefoot Energy’s hybrid system, comprised of solar panels, centralized storage, and waste heat recovery, does not require fuel. The bulk of the system’s cost, the solar panels, require little to no maintenance and thus have no associated maintenance cost. In calculating the levelised energy cost for the hybrid system we find that the cost of energy is a mere $0.89/therm. Thus, the true energy cost of the incumbent system is an astounding 344% higher than the cost of the hybrid renewable system. while fossil fuels prices continue to be forced upward due to declining global reserves coupled with the thirst from emerging economies that lack proven domestic supplies of their own, the variable input costs of renewable systems are stable, predictable, and free. providing the ability to reliably predict future costs, renewables should appeal to many managers as a savvy method for controlling costs over longer periods of time. This pro-active approach lends itself to sound management practices ,allowing margins to grow at a steady, almost predicable, rate. for more detailed reading on this subject visit littlefootinc.com.


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copenhagen climate change conference

Reprinted from Sustainnovation Consulting December 2009 Newsletter The copenhagen Accord was reached at the end of two weeks of rigorous debates regarding multilateral co2 reduction levels, funding for developing countries and strategies to reduce deforestation. Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the UN, stated that it was a very important first step, echoing the views of President obama, who managed to broker an agreement that included china at the end of the conference. many environmentalists argue that the Accord does not go far enough, is not legally binding, and does not address the scientific community’s concern that current co2 reduction goals will not be enough.

The Accord provides several key measures. first, it recognizes the need to limit rising global temperatures no more than 2c above pre-industrial levels. Secondly, it establishes a global funding mechanism for developed countries by 2020, to jointly mobilize $100 billion annually to address the needs of developing countries. finally, the Accord establishes a verification reporting system for monitoring carbon reduction efforts of industrialized nations. The UN plans to create an international treaty in 2010 that moves the copenhagen Accord from an agreement to a legally binding commitment. The next climate summit is scheduled for mexico city in 2010.

Rehab Reduces heat loss petersen Teams up with Bruss portsmouth, Nh - The rehab of a c1800 federal style building within portsmouth’s historic district entails implementing continuous insulation at the roof and walls in a manner that meets both preservation and sustainability goals. The building is the new location for Petersen Engineering, a firm that

specializes in sustainable building engineering. petersen has teamed with Bruss construction. The project received approval by the historic District commission in January and construction begins early february 2010. The projected peak heat loss reduction is 85%.

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Reservoir woods Earns platinum Jones lang laSalle pm for National grid waltham, mA- National grid and Davis marcus partners announced that National grid’s new corporate center at Reservoir woods in waltham earned platinumlevel LEED certification from the U.S. green Building council (USgBc) for its green design, construction and amenities. The building is one of only two single-tenant buildings in the world to earn lEED platinum designation for both core and shell construction and for its commercial interior. It is the first certified LEED platinum core and shell building in massachusetts, and one of just a handful in the state to earn platinum-level lEED commercial interior certification. Jones lang laSalle served as project manager for National grid in the development. The new building was designed and built in partnership with energy efficiency

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Cannon Offices Honored with 10 design honors already Building council (USgBc). In purto its credit, the power house—the suit of this significant achievement, new regional offices of Cannon De- the design team applied an integrated, sign in St. louis, was recently hon- holistic approach at every stage of the ored with five additional national restoration/rehabilitation process. citations, receiving a National Award with regards to green materiof merit from the Society of Ameri- als and system selection initiatives: can Registered Architects (SARA), storm water is collected in an on-site a citation of Excellence in Build- underground cistern for irrigation; ings magazine’s project Innovations light-colored roof materials reduce competition, an honor Award from a “heat-island” effect; use of highthe American Institute of Architects, efficiency plumbing fixtures resulted central States, an Interiors Award for in 33% reduction in water usage; apSustainable Design from contract plication of insulated, low-E coated magazine and an Award of merit glass reduces energy consumption; from Interior Design magazine’s 98.6% of existing walls, floors, and “Best of” competition roof structure have been reused; gypconstructed in 1928, the St. sum board waste was reused on-site louis municipal power house build- as backfill for the sideyard, to name ing was an original part of the mu- a few. nicipal Service Building complex that still occupies an entire block of downtown St. louis providing parking space for city vehicles, a fire department, and an electric substation. After standing vacant for nearly 30 years the new regional offices of cannon Design opened in September 2008. on July 14, 2009, The power house was awarded lEED gold The building was honored with an Interiors Award status by the US green for Sustainable Design.

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merkle wins clinton Sheerr Award Noted for Saving Numerous historical Structures amounts of time to the support manchester, Nh - The of preservation and other archi2010 clinton Sheerr Award for tectural efforts throughout the Excellence in New hampshire state of New hampshire.” Architecture was bestowed on In 1984 merkle coJohn w. merkle AIA, of Exfounded TmS Architects and eter at the 26th annual awards in the years since has carved program of the New hampshire out a niche in the field of hischapter of the American Institorical preservation, committute of Architects (AIANh), in ting himself and his firm to January. saving and restoring some of The award honors and New England’s most significant promotes New hampshire arJohn Merkle historical landmarks. his work chitects and their architecture has included the restoration of that exemplifies excellence in The wentworth By The Sea design at the highest level. In hotel, New castle; The music naming the winner, christopher p. williams, the 2007 recipient of the hall and the portsmouth Discovery center award, noted that “merkle is an architect in portsmouth; the American Independence with a solidly rooted interest in preserva- museum, Exeter; and the Bridges house, tion who has been key to saving numerous the New hampshire governor’s residence historical structures and has given major in concord, to name a few.

Suffolk proclaimed Best of Decade fish commitment to philanthropy Noted Boston, mA - Suffolk construction company, Inc., is designated one of the “Best of the Decade” in The Boston Business Journal’s Depth section profiling the top 10 Boston-based organizations of the past 10 years. The article describes Suffolk as one of the “mainstays in the area’s building industry and business community at large,” and highlighted its solid national presence and

diversification across various industry sectors, including universities, hospitals, senior housing facilities, hotels, office buildings and retail stores. The article also recognized Suffolk cEo John fish’s “deep commitment to philanthropy and social leadership, particularly when it comes to inner-city youth.”


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AIA New Hampshire Annual Awards Manchester, NH — Eleven awards for Excellence in Architecture were announced at the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 26th Annual Awards Banquet at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, January 15. Three projects received Honor Awards. four architectural firms won Merit Awards, and three firms received Special Mentions Honor Awards: • An Honor Award went to the Lyme Road Hanover Co-op Community Food Market, in Hanover, designed by UK Architects PC of Hanover. The construction manager was Trumbull Nelson and the landscape was designed by ORW Landscape Architects. This 5,500sf store on Lyme Road in Hanover not only markets groceries, but also serves as a gathering place for the surrounding neighborhood and expresses its owners’ support for local economies and sustainability. • An Honor Award went to the new Windham High School, Windham, which opened in September 2009, designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester. Harvey Construction were the construction managers. The design incorporates a variety of sustainable elements, including: locally sourced materials as feasible; low/ no VOC adhesives, sealants, and paints; daylighting strategies; occupancy sensors; heating systems that utilize high-efficiency oil boilers and energy reclaim systems; demand control ventilation in the auditorium; and a variety of water management components. • A second Honor Award was given

Honor Award - Windham High School, Windham, N.H. Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester, N.H. Construction Manager: Harvey Construction Photo: Joseph St. Pierre Photography

Honor Award - Hanover Co-op Community Market, Hanover, N.H. UK Architects, PC, Hanover, N.H. Construction Manager: Trumbull Nelson. Landscape Architect: ORW Landscape Architects. Photo: GBH Photography

Honor Award - KSC Pondside III Residence Hall, Keene, N.H. Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester N.H. Construction Manager: MacMillin Company. Photo: Joseph St. Pierre Photography

for the Pondside III Residence Hall at Keene State College, Keene. Lavallee Brensinger Architects were the project architects and Newman Architects of New Haven, Conn. were the design architects. The construction manager was the MacMillin Company. Merit Awards: • A Merit Award was given for the Burning Bridge Sound Studio in Boston, Mass. The construction manager was Adams Point Contracting, Inc.The Burning Bridge Sound Studio in Boston is a mix of classical building, acoustical performance, lighting accents, and contemporary design. • The Lowell St. additions and renovations to the N.H. Institute of Art in Manchester designed by Dennis Mires Pa, The Architects of Manchester, also received a Merit Award. Construction managers were Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. This project saved Manchester’s historic, first high school building by moving it forward on the site over a new basement, restoring it, and constructing a new connector and six story addition. • A Merit Award was given to Monadnock Mills No 2 & No. 6, Claremont, N.H., designed by UK Architects PC, Hanover, N.H. Construction managers were ReArch Company LLC This project consists of two mill buildings that were built in 1853 and 1912, respectively. The structure of the early mill is “one of the best examples of a medium-scale, pitched-roof, trap-doormonitor brick textile mill in New England.” The rehabilitated mill accommodates a hotel on the lower three levels and offices on Continued on page 34

Clinton Sheerr Award Cottage Revival, Exeter, N.H. 2008 AIANH Honor Award. Photo by Dan Gair

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High-Profile: Awards Continued from page 33 the upper three levels. • A Merit Award for Residential Design went to the Nubanusit Neighborhood & farm in peterborough, N.h., designed by o’Neil pennoyer Architects of groton, mass. construction managers were Bruss construction Inc. and the landscape architect was Brown Sardina Strata Design. Special Mention: Three firms received Special Mentions. • The first is for the Southeast Residential community (SERc) dorms at the University of New hampshire in Durham, designed by JSA Inc. of portsmouth, N.h. harvey construction was the contractor; halvorson Design partnership were the landscape architects. JSA developed a phased residential master plan for 1,450 new beds on 15 acres in the southeast quadrant of the University of New hampshire campus. • TMS Architects of Portsmouth, N.h., received a Special mention for three new homes in the phillips Exeter Academy faculty housing in Exeter, N.h. contractors were Bruss construction for the Valhouli house and grainger observatory and hw DeVries for the forbes house. The landscape architect was holzaepfel Design.

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The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH. 2009 AIANH Merit Award. Photo by Dan Gair • Another Special Mention was for a New England mountaintop house near Squam lake, N.h., designed by Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc., Boston, mass. The contractor was Dean An-

derson. In designing this New England mountaintop house, the architects strove for a form that responded to the hill, a style that echoed the long tradition of New hampshire camps, and a layout welcoming to family, friends, and guests. • A Special Mention for Unbuilt Architecture was given for the Tenny mountain cabin by Jonathan hallé AIA and Jason lacombe AIA of warrenstreet Architects of concord, N.h. The project was

a year-round slopeside retreat with a lowimpact, flexible, modular design. People’s Choice Awards Two peoples’ choice Awards were also distributed. The winners are the Bigelow house designed by Daniel V. Scully Architects in Keene, Nh for residential, and the gilford community church and Youth center in gilford, Nh designed by Stewart Associates Architects, laconia, N.h.

Wentworth By The Sea Hotel, New Castle, NH. 2004 AIANH Honor Award Photo by W. Garrett Scholes

Boathouse Named ‘most Beautiful Building’ Designed by Anmahian winton Architects Boston, mA - The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) membership voted to confer the 2009 harleston parker medal for Architectural Excellence on the parker community Boathouse at its annual meeting recently. co-sponsored by the city of Boston, the award annually recognizes “the most beautiful” building or other structure built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years.

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Designed by Anmahian winton Architects, the cambridge boathouse stood out among the nominations this year in its realization of many different notions of beauty: The building is a striking presence, makes intelligent use of form and material, and provides opportunities for health and recreation for people who might not have access to a private or institutional boathouse.

Phillips Exeter Academy faculty residences

TmS Awarded for faculty housing portsmouth, Nh - TmS Architects was a recipient of one of the 11 awards for Excellence in Architecture announced in January at the American Institute of Architects’ 26th Annual Awards Banquet. TmS Architects received a Special mention for three new faculty residences built for phillips Exeter Academy. These homes were added to the o’Neil court Neighborhood, complementing the four faculty homes previously designed by

TmS in 2004. These new residences achieved gold LEED certification by reducing energy consumption by 50%, eliminating the use of fossil fuels for heating by using geothermal energy, incorporating local building materials and native plants, recycling the majority of construction waste and installing a rain garden to capture runoff from roofs and driveways.


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payment controls: The Key to a Successful construction project! by E. Melvin Nash & Ross C. Wecker A depression in the real estate market and the failure of several financial institutions has led to tighter lending practices and greater interest on the part of banks with regard to the security that they hold. while this economic situation has made the financing of construction projects more cumbersome, it has, perhaps, brought about a return to what is good standard construction practice regarding payment control. The purpose of this article is to highlight those payment control practices and illustrate how they can lead to a successful construction project. Assuming that proper financing has already been put into place, the construction of the project is, in essence, a continuing exchange of money for additional collateral. The financial institution is lending to the project based on the addition of new value from the contractor and subcontractors in the form of work in place. As the contractor and subcontractors put this work in place it is transformed from goods and services into real property over which the lender generally has a security interest. given that this rather simple exchange is the basis of construction financing, we can avoid problems by recognizing potential stumbling blocks in the exchange. This article classifies those stumbling blocks into two general categories; valuation and flow. Valuation As an initial matter, it is important to place a proper value on the aforementioned money for collateral exchange. This is true from the viewpoint of any of the four

place will go a long way in avoiding other been received and paid by the various parproblems with the flow of money on the ties to the construction contracting chain.. contract documents should provide for the project. Diligently adhering to an established monthly submission of amount specific Flow schedule of values, which is backed by cost If valuation is performed in- payment affidavits and lien waivers for estimates, is critical in avoiding overpay- correctly, the flow of construction each party that is receiving and distributment and/or underpayment for the services financing can be easily disrupted. ing funds according to its requisitions and one of the most common problems schedule of values. These documents must tor. Each of these parties has an interest in occurs when insufficient funds are released be completed on approved forms tailored making sure that the value of work in place based on the valuation of work put in place to the project that are dated, executed, and notarized by persons authorized to act is equal to the amount paid or lent. The or changes to that scope of work. A complete stop in the flow of fi- in that capacity. This is particularly true best construction practice to ensure this proper valuation is to obtain detailed cost nancing, at any level, usually results in where times in the construction industry estimates and schedules of values prior to snowballing and a potential for catastro- are tight and the temptation to take funds the commencement of construction activ- phe. When the flow of financing to a sub- from one project for use on another can be ity. without an accurate schedule of values contractor completely stops, that subcon- overwhelming. It is only through the use the parties have a limited ability to make tractor typically takes actions in the form of these types of payment controls that one can make sure the funds being sure that the work in place requisitioned for each month is equal to the value of Contract documents should provide for released on a project are being money distributed pursuant to that requisithe monthly submission of amount specific pay- spent on that project and that they are flowing to the party tion. Diligently adhering to an established ment affidavits and lien waivers for each party that deserves them. schedule of values, which is backed by cost that is receiving and distributing funds The payment controls estimates, is critical in avoiding overpaymentioned in this article are just ment and/or underpayment for the services rendered by contractors and subcontrac- of a mechanic’s lien to protect its interests. a sample of the basic tools available for These mechanic’s liens then further restrict monitoring the funding of a construction tors. It is critical that proper documenta- the flow of construction funds where they project. however, if used diligently and tion of valuation be obtained and that the are an encumbrance to the lender’s security in the correct way, even these simple tools lender, owner, architect, or an independent interest and the owner’s property interest. will go a long way in avoiding problems on construction manager check those docu- Thus, one interruption in flow farther down your next construction project. Mel Nash and Ross Wecker are attorments against requisitions and the work the contractual chain can result in the entire actually put in place on the project. where flow of construction funding for the project neys engaged in the practice of construction law. They are partners in the firm of Nash construction projects are continuously being cut off. The most basic and standard con- & Wecker LLC located at 1330 Beacon St., changing in size and scope, these valuation checks need to be done with respect struction industry tools that should be uti- Brookline, MA 02446. Phone: (617) 264to both the original contract and any sub- lized to monitor the flow of funds are the 9998. Web address: www.nashandwecker. sequent revisions to the work. Keeping an “payment affidavit” and the “lien waiver.” com. accurate eye on the value of the work put in They provide documentation of what has standard players in a construction project: lender, owner, contractor, or subcontrac-

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New position for hourihan Buffalo, NY - cannon Design announced that it has established the new position of director of research for the firm and has named peter hourihan to that role. The new director of research will oversee primary and secondary research, prototyping and invention and futures platforms. “peter’s move into this position gives us enormous opti-

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Two on ccB Staff get lEED westbrook, mE - ccB, Inc. of westbrook announced that Jeff marquis, project manager, and Nate Roberts, field engineer/assistant project manager, recently received lEED green Associate status. ccB, Inc. is a construction services company operating throughout New England since 1945.

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gilbane Names o’Brien Boston, mA - gilbane Building company recently named michael o’Brien as district operations manager in its massachusetts district. In this role, o’Brien will oversee all operations department activities in the state with a focus on customer satisfaction, quality, training, and adherence to policies and procedures.

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o’Brien has worked with gilbane for 16 years. he has held the positions of project engineer, senior project engineer, project manager and project executive. he has overseen construction projects throughout New England and elsewhere in the mid-Atlantic region.

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EYp promotes Tobin Boston, mA - EYp Architecture & Engineering announced that John Tobin, RA, lEED Ap, has been promoted to director of architecture. he is responsible for architecture firmwide, with special emphasis on adapting new technologies into the delivery process in order to provide clients with high quality, efficient design projects. He is based in EYP’s Albany, N.Y. office. previously, Tobin served as EYp’s technical director and director of building information technology.

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landmark Names folan woburn, mA - landmark Structures corporation announced that Brian folan of South Boston has been named business development director. In this role, he is responsible for strengthening the firm’s existing industry relationships while forging new relationships, particularly in the multi-unit residential, corporate/commercial,

watertown, mA - marco DiRenzo and John S. o’leary have recently been named principals at Bard, Rao + Athanas consulting Engineers, llc (BR+A), a mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm DiRenzo based in watertown. DiRenzo has been designated managing principal for the company’s new office in Miami. He joined BR+A in 1986 and has completed the design of many large healthcare projects nationwide, including the new Replacement facility for Denver children’s hospital and the new Smilow cancer center at YaleNew haven hospital. O’Leary joined the firm in 1990 and

retail, restaurant and hospitality target markets. folan brings six years of business development experience in the architecture, engineering and construction community to his post at landmark Structures. prior to his work within the construction industry he held varied sales positions in the financial industry.

Noval Joins Bond

Boston, mA - EYp Architecture & Engineering announced that Tyson curcio, lEED Ap, has been promoted to Director of Project Delivery, responsible for the efficient execution of expertise-driven design solutions, including the integration of BIm technology and the principles of Integrated project Delivery (IpD). Curcio is based in EYP’s Boston office. He spent over 10 years at EYp in leadership roles of project Director for complex science projects and Resource Director for EYp’s Boston and New York City offices.

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Everett, MA - Everett-based construction firm Bond, has recently hired Kevin Noval as director of information technology. Noval serves as chair of the Associated general contractors of massachusetts, Information Technology committee. prior to joining Bond, Noval spent 20 years at william A. Berry & Son, Inc. as vice president and chief information officer.

continual success leading his Boston, mA -marr Scaffolding team members in exceeding company announced the promotion customer expectations. of Stu charlesworth to the position from 1998 to 2006, of vice president, sales manager recharlesworth was with sponsible for the scaffold division and the shoring and forming division Brand Energy and Infraof marr Scaffolding company. structure Services serving as Noval Since joining the firm in the the regional sales manager in fall of 2006, charlesworth has chicago, Ill. worked as general manager of the charlesworth began Charlesworth scaffold E and D Division and later his career in cornwall, Engarchitecture, interior design and also assumed the management of the land with KSc and Sons, ff&E procurement. he joined shoring and forming division. ltd., where he held a variety positions. group one in 1995 as a project Since joining marr he has realized manager and became a principal and co-owner in 2004. he is responsible for overseeing the company’s business development and special projects.

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