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Dellbrook Construction Completes Student Residence at UMass Lowell Mast-Climbers Complement Traditional Scaffold An interview with Mark David of Jones Lang LaSalle Collaboration and Precision - Building the Future in Cambridge Featuring: SMMA Masterplans Depot Campus for UConn Kennedy & Violich Designs Law School Wing Five Questions with the Architect on Designing Student Unions Proctor Hall Renovation – A Demolition in Reverse The New Norwood High School Autiello Begins New NOAA Facility The Hollander Foundation Center Restoration Dean College Arts & Dining Center First Impressions: Transforming the Campus Landscape by Jay Emperor Induction Systems: Faster, Better, Cheaper - by Philip O’Brien Approaches to Landscape Planning and Design by William Flynn Gaining Visibility Into Buildings’ by Deborah Halber Green Grow the Landscape by Jeff Riley Planning and Designing a Community of Learning by Dixon and Chandler

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Gerlach Elected AIAri President

Providence, RI – Advocacy Committee and Rhode Island’s Chapter of currently serves as the AIA the American Institute of liaison to the NCARB InteArchitects has elected Cynthia L. rior Task Force Committee. Gerlach, AIA, NCARB, LEED As an associate of AP, to serve as the 2010 AIAri RGB, a Providence-based president. architecture, engineering, Founded in 1875, the sevand interior design practice, enth oldest chapter in America, Gerlach has a wide range of AIA Rhode Island (AIAri) is Cynthia Gerlach experience in her 20-plus a statewide component of the year career. She recently American Institute of Architects served as project manager in Washington, D.C. for two renovation projects completed Gerlach has been very active in at Rhode Island College. In addition, she the AIAri chapter for over eight years is project manager for the new RIPTA and has served on numerous boards and Para-transit facility, currently under concommittees throughout that time. In ad- struction, and two new office buildings dition, she has served on an AIA national currently in design.

EnviroVantage President Appointed

Epping, NH - Scott Knightly of EnviroVantage was recently appointed as first vice chair of the Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT chapter (ABC NH/ VT). In his newly appointed position, he will be responsible for supporting the efforts of ABC through his work with the President and other key members of the organization. Knightly is a pioneer in the abatement industry. The processes and practices he developed as New Hampshire’s first private lead contractor were adopted as state

regulations in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. In addition to his latest honor, Knightly is currently serving on the board of directors for the National Demolition Association, the Asbestos Advisory Scott Knightly Board for the State of N.H., as well as the Lead Task Force Committee for the State of N.H.

VGBN Elects New President Burlington, VT - Jesse Robbins, LEED AP with the architectural firm Freeman French Freeman, has been named president of the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) at their annual meeting in January. Robbins has served on the board since VGBN’s inception in 2003. In his new role as president, he will promote VGBN’s mission of increasing Vermont’s participation in green building and the environmental, financial, community and health benefits of green design, construction, and building operation practices.

“Jesse has the energy and dedication to bring this group to another level,” said Jesse Beck, president of Freeman French Freeman. The focus of the VGBN in the Jesse Robbins year ahead is to reenergize its volunteer base and expand advocacy efforts through a new cooperative agreement with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.

DCAM at MBC The State of State Building Boston, MA - The Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) invited Michael L. McKimmey, P.E., deputy commissioner, Division of Capital Asset Management, and Luciana Burdi, project manager, Division of Capital Asset Management both of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to speak at a recent MBC breakfast. Twelve CM at Risk projects were recently awarded by DCAM. Over the next few months there will be a substantial amount of trade contractor bidding and awards, as well as a pilot IPD program being planned. Over 180 people were present to hear them provide details on current and upcoming work at DCAM. To down-

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CTASLA 2010 Executive Committee

New Haven, CT — Members David W. Verespy Rock of the Connecticut Chapter of ASLA Spring Design Group, (CTASLA) have elected the following LLC of Trumbull. individuals to serve on its 2010 execuMembers-at-large: tive committee, the main governing Dominick Celtruda, Dibody of the 275-member organization: versified Technology President: Jane L. Didona, DiConsultants of North Hadona Associates of Danbury; past presiven; John R. Conte Conte dent: Roderick E. Cameron CCA, LLC & Conte, LLC, GreenJane L. Didona of Brookfield; president-elect: William wich; James A. DeLalla, Pollack, Keith E. Simpson Associates DeLalla & Associates, of New Canaan; vice president: Jeffrey LLC, Ridgefield; Kristen Mitrakis of Olszewski, Tavella Design Associates, Stamford; Elena M. Pascarella, Landscape North Haven; trustee: Robert J. Golde, Elements, LLC, Pawcatuck; and Gary T. Towers|Golde, LLC of New Haven; secre- Sorge, Stantec Consulting of Trumbull. tary: Barbara Yaege of Madison; Treasurer:

NEPCA Appoints David Dimmick Amesbury, MA – Greg panies that provide equipStratis, manager, New Engment, supplies, and services land Concrete Products, Inc. to the precast industry. and president of the Northeast In addition to this Precast Concrete Association new position with NEPCA, (NEPCA) announced the apDimmick currently serves pointment of David Dimmick as director of several other as executive director of the asconcrete-related industry sociation. associations. He has more David Dimmick Dimmick joins a team than 20 years of association of dedicated and enthusiastic management experience inboard members who lead this non-profit cluding the past 10 years as executive association representing manufacturers director of the New England Concrete of precast concrete products and com- Masonry Association.

(l-r) Henry, Ames, and Mahler at recent BSA/ASHRAE Presentation.

BSA/ASHRAE Dinner & Presentation The process of assessing and integrating cost-effective energy saving design strategies into major laboratory projects and working with a multi-faceted client to reach consensus and approval was presented at a recent joint meeting between Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the Boston Chapter for The American Society of Heating, Refirerating & Air-Conditioning Engrineers (ASHRAE) Walter Henry, P.E., Director of Engineering in the Department of Facilities at

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Boston, MA - Jones Lang LaSalle was awarded the contract to provide construction management services for KPMG LLP’s new 96,000sf offices at Two Financial Center in Boston. The customized space on floors one through six will serve as KPMG’s new Boston headquarters. The interior will enhance workflow efficiency and accommodate KPMG’s growth requirements, which include capacity for 692 employees. Highlights of the buildout, valued at $5.8 million, include a central reception area on floors one and two, a large conference center with full media capabilities, an employee café, dedicated human resources suite, and open office areas. Floors three through six will be designed for KPMG business teams and will include hard-walled perimeter offices, open plan interior workspaces, and several internal meeting rooms. The project will seek LEED Gold certification upon completion. Occupancy is scheduled for June 2010. KPMG will be the anchor tenant in the 220,000sf mid-rise office tower currently in the final stage of development. The owner/developer is a joint venture comprised of ASB Capital Management and Lincoln Property Company. Two Financial is the first new building constructed in the city’s financial district since 2003. Jones Lang LaSalle’s construction team will be led by Project Executive Steven Wassersug and Senior Construction Manager Dana Griffin. The superintendents will be Kevin Mealey and John Kirk, with Chris Hardiman as the head estimator. Perkins+Will is the project architect and AHA Consulting Engineers the engineer.

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by Michael Barnes, publisher, High-Profile Magazine It has come to my attention that some of our readers still have questions about submitting editorial content. Our most frequently asked question is, “Is there a charge for news articles?” The answer is no, High-Profile Monthly never charges to project releases. You don’t have to be an advertiser; as long as the story you submit has good news value, we will run it. In networking connections between the projects and the people who design and build the projects, we do, however, cross over the traditional “don’t mix advertising with editorial” mantra, when it comes to allowing advertisers to place their ad with an editorial Michael piece. In fact, our “FeaBarnes ture Stories” are most often project profiles where the team members of the project can run their ad with the story, including a banner that identifies their role on the project. Another way to double your exposure on a project is to place a small congratulatory ad to accompany a story about a team member receiving an industry award; i.e., you, as a contractor congratulate an architect for recieving an AIA award as a way of calling attention to your company’s involvement in the award-winning project. It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it too. The next time you place an advertisement, send us a news release about the project and ask us to publish the story and ad together. You may very well double

viding a detailed example of your current work. New Media Networking at NAIOP If you have visited www.high-profile. com recently you may have seen the classy video on the MFA Boston Expansion. (Our videos are updated frequently, but the link remains in case you miss it.) The source of the video came directly from networking at NAIOP’s recent breakfast program, “Promoting Your Project: New Marketing Strategies From Start to Finish,” part of the Building Blocks Series. There I met Rob MacLeod, president of Neoscape who created the video and offered additional examples of their 3D modeling, rendering, and animation services for the real estate and architectural industries. As a result, more of their work will be on view as it pertains to Boston facility developments. At the meeting we also gained insight into the new media that is affecting us all. Pam McDermott, founder & president of McDermott Ventures, a boutique public affairs and strategic communications firm, presented the case for traditional media (such as the print version of High-Profile Monthly) and the new media (like our news feed, FastFact Friday e-mail blasts and epreviews). Her advice on which to use?... both. And as a practical example of effective marketing, Young Park, president of Berkeley Investments, Inc., presented a first hand case study. Faced with a stalled condo market, Park implemented an innovative approach to marketing Berkeley’s Fort Point luxury condos at FP3, which led to brisk sales.


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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Acella Awarded Wellfleet Project

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Boston, MA - The Boston Redeveloment Authority’s board of directors recently approved the following projects: Brigham & Women’s Hospital received approval for its Institutional Master Plan, which included redevelopment for the Mass. Mental Health Center. Children’s Hospital received approval for its Institutional Master Plan, which included the Main Building Expansion project. The 17-23 Greylock Road project in Allston received approval for the creation of 19 new housing units. In Roxbury, the BRA received approval to transfer five parcels of land to the city for the creation of Gourdin Veteran’s Memorial Park. The Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) project will enable the Mass. Mental Health Center to return to its original site. In association with the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH), BWH will redevelop three parcels in the Longwood Medical & Academic area and Mission Hill neighborhoods in a three-phase project. The phased-project includes the construction of approximately 633,960sf in four buildings.

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Designed by ARC, Built Amherst, MA - ARC/Architectural along with glass bay windows help to difResources Cambridge announced the ferentiate the new buildings from existing dedication of four new residence halls building s on campus. designed by the firm for the University Each unit includes four bedrooms of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dimeo with cable and Ethernet connections, two Construction Co. of Providence, R.I. was full baths, a common living room/kitchen the construction manager for the $93 area, a pantry, floor-to-ceiling windows, million project. and air-conditioning. UMass officials held a dedication “Seeing this building open is the ceremony in August for the opening of realization of much hard work and creativthe 864-bed project known as the North ity on behalf of a great project team that Residential Area. included our staff, Dimeo Construction ARC completed the design of the four new apartment-style residence halls in September of of2005 and construction Rendering Wellfleet Preservation Hall started in June 2005.ofTotaling 325,000 sf, courtesy Hadley Crow Studio the five-story buildings were designed to relate to the earlier residence halls that Wellfleet, MA - Acella Con- 2,200sf, two-level addition to the existing incorporate brick exteriors, pitched roofs struction Corporation of Norwell structure. The building will become a hub and dormers. A brick banding pattern

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has been selected to manage the construction for the Wellfleet Preservation Hall. The plans call for Acella to completely gut and then renovate the former Catholic Church and transform this historic structure into a year-round cultural center that will help to revitalize Main Street in Wellfleet. The plans also include UMass Amherst Lobby adding a

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High-Profile Focus: Society for College and University Planning

Scup Notes From the desk of Jolene Knapp The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) recently invested in two online resources that are of interest to planning consultants, architects, and engineers at firms that serve the higher education marketplace. The first is our Integrated Planning Marketplace, and the second is our enhanced online directory. SCUP focuses its resources on the integration of planning on campus, so it should come as no surprise that our version of an online buyer’s guide, called the Integrated Planning Marketplace, would focus on it, too. Anyone can use this searchable tool to find firms and organizations that provide integrated planning, design, and implementation services and, since its launch in October 2009, more than 1,000 prospective customers have done so. Visit www.scup.org/page/ ipm/search. Can your firm be found there? If not, contact Betty Cobb at betty.cobb@ scup.org and look into this inexpensive advertising alternative. Our second resource is our enhanced online membership directory, which also was launched in October. Of course, you have to be a SCUP member to access and be listed in it but once you’re there you’ll find an easy-to-use interface and expanded search capabilities. For example, member certifications and accreditations, such as LEED certification, are now included in search results. We invite you and other members of your firm (and your clients!) to join SCUP. We are unique among higher education associations in that we recognize that members who work for firms, such as architectural, engineering, and construction firms,

have just as much to share as their institutional colleagues. As a result, SCUP does not differentiate its members by assigning corporate folks to an associate membership role. Corporate members are full, voting, officeJolene Knapp holding members of our community, and we welcome their expertise. For more on SCUP’s culture, visit www.scup.org/membership/culture.html. SCUP does provide other opportunities to increase corporate visibility among our members-including advertising, sponsorship, and exhibiting (www.scup.org/page/ advertising)-but our membership is based on professional development and long-term relationship building rather than business development. The sharing of knowledge and experience is the very essence of SCUP. Please take a moment to learn more about SCUP and what we have to offer. In addition to our international conference and idea marketplace in July each year (Minneapolis, Minn., in 2010), we offer regional conferences and special one-day events. SCUP’s Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic regions are both having conferences in March. Mid-Atlantic’s regional conference is March 14-16 in Baltimore, Md., and North Atlantic’s regional conference is March 24-26 in Cambridge, Mass. Walk-in registrations are welcome. Please join us! SCUP moved this fall and is now located at 1330 Eisenhower Place in Ann Arbor, Mich., 48108. Visit www.scup.org and check out our calendar of events at www. scup.org/calendar.

25th Annual SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference Welcome to the 25th Annual SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference! We’ve come home to MIT, long the site of these spring conferences – and our wonderful venue is the Ray and Maria Stata Center, Frank Gehry’s exciting new campus landmark. Over the years, we’ve “Returned to the Future” (1989), “Done More with Less” (1991), and “Broken Out of the Box” (1998). We’ve considered “Pathways to Planning” (2000), “Bricks & Clicks” (2002), and “Learning With and From Others” (2007). We know that in the last quarter-century, colleges and universities have experienced extraordinary growth and transformation, but as we look at the conference themes, it is clear that our views of the roles of higher education have been transformed as well – they are economic engines, research engines, sources of community vibrancy and controversy. Our 2009 theme of “Public Policy, Planning, Paradigms and Partnerships” would not have been relevant in 1986! This year, as we celebrate this milestone, we look both forward and back, at the fundamentals: “Strengths,

Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats: The Practice of Planning in Higher Education.” The program – from the workshop on the new environmental stewardship at every level of higher education, to our plenary sessions (including a student panel on learning styles), to an extraordinary variety of concurrent sessions – offers ideas, information, and many opportunities to share strategies. And of course there is plenty of time to connect with colleagues, both new and long-time, on the Stata Center’s “Street,” at our Wednesday evening reception at the MIT Faculty Club, and our Thursday reception at Stata. And if you haven’t signed up for one of the tours on Friday afternoon, stop by the registration desk. Please don’t miss a special 25th anniversary tribute as part of the plenary presentations on Thursday at 4 p.m., just before Thursday’s reception. Enjoy the energetic world of MIT, Cambridge, and Boston, and have a wonderful conference! Trina Mace Learned, regional representative; Pam Delphenich, Robert Boes, and Fran Gast, conference chairs

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About SCUP Sponsors by Charles Tseckares, North Atlantic Region Sponsorship Coordinator SCUP, which was established in 1965, is a community of senior, higher education leaders who are responsible for, or are involved in, the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. Members look to SCUP to find ways to successfully integrate the institution’s mission into their academic plan, and then seek to integrate all other kinds of planning on campus in support of the academic plan. SCUP’s unique strength is that it facilitates opportunities for its members to share best practices about integrated planning for higher education. SCUP supports integrated planning that is holistic, systemic, and crosses functional and operational boundaries. SCUP believes that effective integrated planning is rewarding, e.g., diverse issues are addressed and implications are understood. These are the attributes of successful, integrated planning. In order to accomplish our mission, we seek financial support from sponsors. Sponsorship enables SCUP to continue to provide invaluable networking and professional develop-

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Jeff Riley as a “real world” teaching tool. Quinnipiac University in Connecticut opened its York Hill campus this past fall with an array of sustainable approaches and alternative energy systems, some purposely quite visible. The star of the show is its wind terrace, which makes clean energy and, as important, also serves as a kinetic sculpture garden, a social gathering place for students. This cluster of 25 vertical-axis wind turbines, or “Windspires,” provides an aesthetically pleasing venue, infrastructure as destination, for students to walk through and visit. Set on a grassy hilltop with views of Long Island Sound, the wind terrace is set along a well used student path. PassContinued on page 38

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Induction Systems: Faster, Better, Cheaper coordination with other systems, by Philip O’Brien smaller shafts which to free up When deciding what HVAC floor space, and lower overall insystem is right for a new building, stallation costs. addition or renovation, many facControl valves can be retors come into play: cost, ease of motely located to ensure that operation, efficiency and increasdrywall finishes do not require ingly, sustainability. When thinkaccess panels. Induction systems ing of energy savings, induction work with standard controls and systems more and more are becomare compatible with standard ening the preferred choice in HVAC ergy management systems. Slow systems, and for many reasons, air movement and the absence induction systems are also considof fans also make the system ered a right fit for many types of extremely quiet. These benefits, educational, study and office encombined with clean, dry air vironments. But what makes them without cross-contamination, different, and how do they compare help to create better environto the traditional choice of variable ments for work or study. air volume (VAV) systems? And Maintenance is a snap. what impact do these systems ulSlower air movement within the timately have on the architecture, the interior environment, and the room supports less dirt, and thus, filters are not required in inducbuilding design as a whole? Induction system installation units. The units need only to be wiped down to remove surface tions are indeed on the rise, and the dust occasionally, and the coils reasons behind this trend go beyond their lower price tags. Induction Chilled beam system implemented simply and discretely within the interior of the Townsend Public Library. should be vacuumed to remove units, also commonly referred to as dust every few years, based on Credit: Peter Vanderwarker chilled beams, are easier to install, how dusty their environments as products improve and become more small and easy to route, and access for take up less space, provide better are and how often the filters are air quality, and are cheaper to operate than available. More and more contractors are occasional maintenance is required only changed at the DOAS. VAV systems, have easier maintenance, no beginning to install them and to understand through the unit itself. One duct connecWith all of their benefits, induction tion, pipe connections for the coil, control systems do have some limitations for conthe ease of how the systems go together. moving parts, and quieter operation. The impact that induction systems wiring to the valves, and the installation sideration. Discuss the pros and cons with Induction systems have been in use for decades and are still popular in Europe, can have on architecture is immediate. In- are done in just a few simple steps. This your architect and engineer, to see if inducwhere the technology originates. Installa- duction units lay into a standard T-beam is like music to the ears of designers, fa- tion systems will work for your educational tion costs in the US are coming down, even ceiling grid or drywall ceilings. Ducts are cilities managers, owners and contractors environment, and consider these points: alike. 1. Many manufacturers and advoThe heart of the system is the induc- cates tout the system’s ability to run withtion unit, or chilled beam. Ducted supply out condensation, due to the warmer chilled air is pushed into the induction unit via water temperatures at which they operate. high velocity nozzles, which creates strong Spaces with higher humidity levels or opair currents within the unit. These air cur- erable windows may still need condensate building data over the Internet. Thanks by Deborah Halber, rents drag room air into the unit, across the drains. Boston, MA - At MIT, Building 68, to Cimetrics’ monitoring of key operatcoil with the supply air, and back into the 2. Very high spaces, such as gymnathe biology building, has been the sub- ing parameters — 541 data points in the space. The induced air current in the room siums and auditoriums, are too high for inject of close scrutiny since January 2009. building’s automation system are read is slow and steady and delivers even air duction systems to induce proper airflows. Called continuous commissioning, or da- and analyzed every 15 minutes — builddistribution throughout the room, enhanc- Upper limits are typically somewhere being operators could see that heating and ta-based commissioning, this monitoring ing temperature uniformity and ventilation tween 15 and 20 feet. In higher spaces, the cooling were occurring simultaneously in is an ongoing process to resolve building three of the large air-handling units. for all occupants. DOAS can still provide for ventilation, but operating problems, improve comfort, Programming changes to the buildAir is driven by a dedicated outdoor conventional air handling may be required and optimize energy use. ing’s automation system fixed the simulair system (DOAS), often in the form of locally. “Computer analysis of building taneous heating and cooling problem, a rooftop air handling unit, so induction 3. Sidewall distribution technology data points out operating patterns that fall leading to an immediate, dramatic drop in units have no fans, or dampers. The DOAS is reportedly under development, but as of outside of a determined tolerance level both steam and chilled water use. Repairs provides 100% fresh air directly to the in- this writing, there are no units that can be and recommends the affected system to valves and valve operators boosted the components for study by an engineer,” poor performance of a heat recovery sysdividual induction units, and also provides mounted vertically in a wall or soffit. We says Peter Cooper, manager of sustain- tem — also identified by the data moniall of the system’s air filtration, humidity have used standard horizontal units, set in ability engineering and utility planning. toring — and setting back heating and control, air tempering (if required), and the bottoms of soffits within some larger “In this manner, large amounts of data cooling temperatures when the building energy recovery from exhaust air. Supply spaces with success, but this technique can be evaluated and sifted to allow us is unoccupied will result in additional air from the DOAS is not mixed with in- needs careful consideration and engineerto identify potential energy savings savings. door air until it reaches the induction unit, ing to function properly. opportunities.” “As energy gets more expensive keeping supply ducts clean and dry and 4. Lower heated water temperatures, In the Building 68 pilot project, the and retrofits get more complicated, buildeliminating cross contamination between and higher chilled water temperatures, pay-off has been significant. In the cur- ing owners want to know just how their rooms. Exhaust air is ducted back to the mean smaller heater plants and chillers, rent fiscal year, more than $3.1 million of investment in HVAC or lighting controls the building’s $4.5 million operating ex- is paying off in terms of lower operating DOAS separately, and after energy recov- and reduced air volume means smaller pense has been for steam, chilled water, costs and higher energy savings,” says ery, is discharged. air handling units, all of which adds up to and electricity. Based on the first three Walter E. 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Kennedy & Violich Designs Law School Wing

Boston, MA - The University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia recently revealed plans for a new wing that will complete the law school’s historic courtyard campus. The new wing, designed by Boston-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture, is expected to open in January 2012. The 50,000sf building and associated renovations will replace a one-story structure with new faculty offices, administration suites, an auditorium, a courtroom, and a student center. Penn Law’s new building aims to be LEED certified by the United States Green Building Council and has been designed to meet the standards set forth by University President Amy Gutmann’s commitment to address global climate change. The new wing offers the Penn Law Campus a new entry from Sansom Street,

recognized for its intimate scale and historic 19th century sandstone row houses, and for the first time a direct view into the planned renovated courtyard designed by Richard Burck Associates in Somerville, Mass. The building considers the urban block as a whole and its relationship to Silverman Hall, Penn Law’s first building opened in 1900, and the central courtyard. The scale of the new wing responds to the grand scale of Silverman to the east by matching its height and reflecting the rhythm and proportion of its large scale Georgian-style windows. To the west of the new entry the building steps down to align with the neighboring two-story Tanenbaum Hall and mirrors the scale of the Sansom Street row houses. Kennedy & Violich responded to the unique social and interdisciplinary dimension of the school by creating intimate Courtyard view

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multi-level circulation spaces, informal meeting areas, and two intimate landscaped terraces overlooking the central courtyard. To maximize sunlight for the northfacing courtyard and maintain a low building profile for the four-story new wing, Kennedy & Violich nestled the auditorium, student center, and courtroom below grade. The architects inserted a series of slender three-story light wells and perimeter at-grade skylights to ensure that faculty offices and in-board administrative and circulation spaces have direct access to natural light.

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orated with BOND and dozens of the best subcontractors in the marketplace to create this masterpiece. It has been called “the world’s most exquisite building” by Robert Campbell, architecture critic for the Boston Globe. The Media Lab is home to the School of Architecture’s Design Lab and Center for Advanced Visual Studies, the Department of Architecture’s Visual Arts Program, the List Visual Arts Center and the Comparative Media Studies program, as well as the Okawa Center for Future Children. The building consists of 163,000sf, and is organized around two interior atria. From these interior light-filled spaces one can see into seven different laboratories where some of the most exciting research Continued on next page

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building required precise coordination with the steel erector. In fact, the raceways were laid out by a registered surveyor, so tight were the tolerances. Precision extends into the exterior spaces as well. Landscape elements are placed in an exacting order, and the main feature is a low curving wall that is made of highly finished concrete located in the courtyard. As Robert Murray, president of BOND noted, “We have had the pleasure and challenge of working with many worldclass designers and for the region’s best clients, and this experience is one of the greatest in the 103-year history of our firm. We hope to bring our team of professionals and our knowledge to other exciting project like the MIT Media Lab in the future.”

and creative innovations take place. The entire building is assembled like a watch — every component is perfectly matched to another with great precision and delicacy. According to Alan Steinberg, LEED AP, BOND’s project executive, “Building a Japanese designed structure in the USis extremely complicated. Details that are fairly common in that country are actually quite challenging in the American building environment. Minute tolerances, exacting reveals, multiple trade interfaces and assemblies added a great deal of coordination. The entire process was both gratifying and challenging for our subcontractors and the BOND team.” Every facet of the project was complicated, from the foundations on up. Bill Cunniff, LEED AP, senior project manager, describes what it was like to place a foundation essentially underwater, as the — lighting, mechanicals, all designed in Glass & Glazing precise symmetry and patterns.” building is close to the Charles River. The building also contains a very “The building foundation is designed as a reinforced concrete mat slab. complex curtainwall system provided by The surrounding water table is about 12 Karas & Karas and supplied by Schuco, a feet higher than the basement slab, so the German manufacturer. The components building displaces about 2.5 million gal- were fabricated in North Carolina and lons of water. We placed a four-foot thick shipped to the site where they had to be mat slab that provided much needed ballast erected in harmony with aluminum panels to offset buoyancy — we also needed to from Doralco in Chicago. The entire sysrun dewatering pumps for over a year until tem was actually performance tested in a the fourth floor slab was placed, in order to mock-up erected in Miami, Fla. in early 2008 before being placed on the structure balance hydrostatic pressures.” ~ CONTRACT DIVISION As Cunniff also noted, “Joe Pryse and by Karas & Karas over the next year. As its name implies, media played a Vaughn Miller of Leers Weinzapfel were instrumental in balancing the design intent and huge role in the project. Literally hundreds the actual materials we were working with.” of miles of CAT6 and laser-optimized fiIn addition, “Peter Quigley of Weidlinger ber-optic cable were placed throughout the Associates (structural engineers) was great laboratories, classrooms, assembly areaswww.karasglass.com www.karasglass.com to work with as we integrated the structural and public spaces. The placement of these cables within trench ducts throughout the SCHIN008_NewInstall_BW_5x6.25_MIT:NewInstall_MIT 2/25/10 11:28 AM Page 1 system with numerous project components

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Three Approaches to Landscape Planning and Design by William Flynn “Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get,” said the Cat. “I really don’t care where,” replied Alice. “Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go,” said the Cat. Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland” Few of us are afforded the luxury of being as carefree as Alice. When committing resources to the enhancement of the campus landscape, we are held accountable for our actions throughout the entire planning William Flynn and design process. Therefore, it is important that the planning team (owner, consultant, and caretaker) have a clear understanding of “where we want to get” at the beginning of every assignment, since it’s the approach we use in assessing the landscape that determines where we arrive. This article outlines three approaches to campus landscape assessment. Each approach is unique; each approach has its own focus, process, and distinct set of outcomes. The Open Space Approach The Open Space Approach examines the past, accommodates the present and anticipates the future growth of the campus. It’s a visioning exercise and addresses the

overall organization of the campus to ensure that the growth of the campus is cohesive. This approach is a key component of a comprehensive facilities master plan. Focus of Effort: • Overall organization of the campus, hierarchy of open space • Connections and circulation systems Analytical Tools: • Campus evolution studies • Organizational & spatial analysis • Land use/open space analysis • Circulation studies Outcome: • Guiding principles for campus expansion • Placeholders for future buildings and campus open spaces The Aesthetic Approach The Aesthetic Approach focuses on the physical condition of the campus landscape. It addresses the renewal of worn landscapes or the creation of new landscape spaces. A key component of this approach is a thorough assessment of management capacities so that future improvements do not place an undue burden on an institution’s fiscal or human resources. Focus of Effort: • Campus appearance & visual impact • Cohesiveness of design, aesthetic delight • Management capacities (budgets, human resources & equipment) Process: • Inventory of landscape spaces and site elements • Assessment of management practices. • Design charrettes & concept studies,

Outcomes • Landscape design guidelines • Campus standards and specifications • Management guidelines • Capital improvements • Bold gestures (new gardens, plazas & streetscape improvements) • Incremental enhancements (i.e. low hanging fruit)

“The development of a comprehensive landscape plan may, in fact, require a number of studies...” A Systems Approach A Systems Approach to landscape assessment focuses on campus ecology and the sustainability of the campus’s natural systems. This approach is sympathetic to 21st century management practices that reduce energy consumption, minimize ecological impacts and emphasize proper storm water management practices. Focus of Study: • Campus biosphere (natural & manmade systems) • Regulatory compliance (clean air/ clean water) • Resource allocation (financial, human & ecological) • Stormwater management • Energy consumption Process: • Inventory and assessment of campus’ natural systems (woodlands, waterways

and open spaces) • Review and assessment of resource allocations (budgets, staffing, equipment) • Integration and alignment with institutional values and mission Outcomes: • “Green principles” to guide campus management • Storm water management plan • Campus tree inventories • Tree replacement & management plan • Turf management plan • Snow removal plan • Resource allocation plans (fiscal & human) Conclusion Whereas most landscape master plans address bits and pieces of the above, they fail to address the issues in sufficient detail to effect real change in the organization, appearance, or management of the landscape. It is therefore crucial that stewards conduct a rapid assessment of the landscape prior to establishing the goals and objectives of any particular study. Surprisingly, this is seldom done. The development of a comprehensive landscape plan may, in fact, require a number of studies over an extended period of time. While a continuous planning process may sound expensive, as with any investment, if thoughtfully executed, a continuous planning process will yield a high rate of return and ensure that those entrusted with preserving the historical and aesthetic character of the campus landscape do so in an efficient, effective, and sustainable manner. William Flynn, is a principal at Saucier + Flynn, Landscape Architects

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High-Profile Focus: Society for College and University Planning Five Questions with the Architect on Designing Student Unions by Alex Pitkin We recently asked architect Alex Pitkin of Cambridge-based SMMA about the student life facilities that are becoming the new social anchor for many college campuses. Alex and his team recently completed the new $15 million Richard B. Flynn Campus Union project for Springfield College. Q: Why are so many universities investing in student union and student center buildings? These facilities bring a lot of services and convenience to students. For most colleges, the desire is to ease the burden, to bring core service providers and student life facilities together under one roof. When done well, these buildings also enrich the student experience, giving them a comfortable place to recharge, socialize and to conduct some business. Q: What should college administrators consider when first planning student life facilities? To borrow a phrase from real estate: location, location, location. Sometimes the temptation is to place one near the edge of the campus, near student housing for example where the space may be available. Student unions

Springfield College interior work best when they are close to the geographic or traditional center of the campus. Second, I think planning to include a variety of spaces – small and large. For Springfield College, we designed a ballroom that can be broken down into five rooms. We also have flexible space that can be set up to hold 300 people for a comedy night. Providing quiet places where students can find themselves out of the hustle and bustle yet still connected is beneficial. Q: Are there other trends you see coming into play because of the changed economy? Yes, the need to reuse and creatively adapt existing buildings is more important now than ever. On both the

SMMA Designs New Campus Bldg. Springfield, MA - Capped by a signature bell tower and cloaked in floor-toceiling windows for daylighting its interior, the new 58,000sf Richard B. Flynn Campus Union opened recently at Springfield College. Designed by Cambridge-based SMMA/Symmes Maini and McKee Associates, the $15 million, three-story complex will anchor campus life and foster community activity for the 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students on campus. The new building includes space for student programs, organizations, and activities, the career center, and facilities for international programs. Amenities in the new student union include a food court for casual dining and snack service, bookstore, post office, study lounge and student activity space, and large multipurpose room overlooking Lake Massasoit. The SMMA team renovated and expanded the school’s exist-

Springfield College Student Union entrance ing Beveridge Center to create a portion of the new student hub and replaced the former Woods Hall to make the most beneficial use of a central campus site. A striking brick-façade entrance faces the college’s main quad, topped by a signature bell tower.

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Proctor Hall Renovation – A Demolition in Reverse

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Middlebury, MA - Originally built in 1959, Proctor Hall has become a campus landmark at Middlebury College. The college – recognized nationally as a leader in sustainability initiatives – reversed its decision to demolish the building and selected Freeman French Freeman to help them retain it for the future. Together with Stewart Construction, the team immediately focused on the functional needs of the building then addressed design based upon the students’ expressed desires. Phase 1 of the renovation included removing the 50-year old terrace and resolving a water infiltration problem so program space under the terrace could be used as temporary bookstore “swing” space. State of the art waterproofing, special tapered insulation, stamped concrete and decorative stainless steel railings were completed while all areas of the building

– including the campus radio station – continued to function. Much of the infrastructure was replaced with new, efficient equipment to meet energy code requirements and improve the quality of the building environment. LEED standards were applied and followed. There were also many ADA upgrades, including internal and external ramps, stairs, and the insertion of a public elevator in a former freight elevator location. The students expressed a desire to retain the cozy atmosphere of the existing building with particular attention given to a unique dining experience. Freeman French Freeman embraced that while also meeting the college’s goals for sustainable design and minimum financial investment. The dining experience was made distinctive from other campus facilities by of- The warm atmosphere was created through the addition of a fireplace in the lounge.

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fering both display and student cooking stations as well as expanded seating options: a main dining hall, booth seating, mezzanine dining, a woodstove lounge, President’s Dining Room, and the outdoor terrace. The warm atmosphere was created through the use of natural stone and wood materials, and the addition of fireplaces in the lounge and the bookstore, which doubled in size, further enhanced the feeling. The result is a warm and welcoming dining facility that is set apart from the other urban style dining facilities on campus.

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First Impressions: Transforming the Campus Landscape by Jay Emperor, Pressley Associates Providence, RI - It is no surprise that a prospective student’s interest in a new school is often determined within minutes of stepping onto campus. The character of the buildings, facilities, and landscape play an important role in the first impression of prospective students and often their parents. Projecting a sense of cleanliness, safety, academic excelJay Emperor lence, and recreational enjoyment to students, families, and faculty are keys to those first impressions. This philosophy can be applied to a campus of any size or type. New leadership at the Wheeler School, an independent N-12 school in Providence, understood the values of a well-designed environment for student recruitment when they initiated campuswide improvements with Pressley Associates in 2004. Starting at the school’s entrance, enhancements over the last six years have transformed a nearly 125 year-old campus with a functional yet tired-looking student environment into an award-winning, student-focused campus. Creating an identifiable character to visitors and the outside community was an important initial step in the improvement to the school’s first impression. The cam-

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pus, located on two large blocks separated by Hope Street, was visually knit together with the installation of a classic black picket fence with brick column detail that mimics gate posts historically located at the campus’ main pedestrian entrance. Expanded as part of subsequent landscape improvements, the perimeter fence now clearly defines and integrates the school perimeter to the community. Three subsequent construction and landscape improvement projects have further defined the campus environment, creating cohesion and a sense of place for campus visitors as well as the existing school community. The school’s east campus, an area across Hope Street from the main campus, was an unremarkable space consisting of underutilized tennis courts, fencing, and walls that had reached their useful limit. Working together, Pressley Associates and the Wheeler School administration, faculty, and students initiated a thorough design process to develop the space into a more useful, attractive studentoriented space. Design elements were selected for their appropriateness and use as a standard palette of features for the entire campus. A fresh, clean, well-landscaped and well-maintained play area is now an identifiable part of the campus, and inviting to prospective students. The Wheeler School Pelson Student Union was an important next step in the improved campus environment. Often, student unions are the center of campus activi-

ty, and the Wheeler Student Union is a vibrant example. Working with Ann Beha Architects, Pressley Associates integrated an outdoor dining terrace adjacent to a vastly improved interior dining and student recreation space and building addition. The new work presents a cohesive addition to the east campus through the use of similar materials, including brick walls with bluestone caps. Wheeler School, Providence, R.I. Pressley AssociThroughout the design process, facates has been instruulty and student input was integral to the mental in assisting the Wheeler School division of uses, from seating and gathwith the revitalization of its campus to ering spaces for older students, to playentice prospective students. As a team, we grounds, open paved areas, and synthetic have worked to develop inviting campus lawn to be used by younger students. Landentrances and attractive outdoor spaces that scape features and elements introduced in students and faculty experience every day. the initial 2004 improvements have been The Wheeler School’s enhanced ability to integrated throughout the campus, so that impress prospective students may be most today, the Wheeler School has a cohesive profoundly affected by the recently completed main campus landscape improve- and beautiful character that is evident imments, which encompass over an acre of mediately. Brick and granite paving, brick land in the heart of the campus. This was and bluestone seat walls, large caliper tree envisioned as a space completely focused plantings, and a completely updated lighton student growth, development, recre- ing system create a sophisticated campus ation, and learning, which also integrates landscape that is responsive to student four distinct functional areas into the cam- needs yet reflects the history and character of the existing school buildings. pus fabric.

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Planning and Designing a Community of Learning by David Dixon and Rob Chandler n the mid-1990s, 75 years after they founded Boston’s Emmanuel College, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur launched an ambitious initiative to prepare the school’s graduates for the 21st century. They envisioned enriching an admirable formal curriculum by reshaping the campus to support an “informal curriculum” that would have an equal impact on students. They hoped to create a community of learning that would foster interaction among people with different interests, backgrounds, and cultures in ways that would spark interdisciplinary discovery and instill in Emmanuel students a lifetime love of learning from others. At the beginning of a strategic planning process with Goody Clancy, the college’s leaders identified three core goals: • Take economic advantage of a location in the heart of Boston’s vital health care and life sciences district — the Longwood Medical Area (LMA) — to finance Emmanuel’s ability to keep pace with changing technology, student demographics, and educational values. • Create a master plan to guide development of academic facilities and transform surface parking lots into quads — “outdoor rooms” that contribute as much as indoor classrooms to the college’s mission and sense of place. • Guide the architecture of future buildings to insure that these buildings would uphold the “spirit and the letter” of the master plan. Completed in 2000 by Goody Clan-

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cy, the master plan organizes the campus into two linked precincts: • A four-acre “Endowment Campus” with roughly one million sf of life science research space that reinforced the surrounding LMA’s mission. The Endowment Campus’s design forms a vital connection between the college and the hospitals and academic institutions around it and forms a key building block for the emerging Blackfan research corridor. The college committed to using proceeds from longGoody Clancy designed both the Wilkins Science Center (left) and the Yawkey Student Center (right) term leases on this land to define one of three outdoor rooms on the Emmanuel campus. The rooms-a key feature of the campus to finance its educational master plan, also by Goody Clancy-and the design of the buildings foster physical connections, encourage goals. informal personal encounters that cross disciplines, and move the college closer to its sustainability goals. • A 12-acre Academic • … across time. The new buildings al students. The two buildings—the MauCampus, clustered around three outdoor rooms that complement for- reen Wilkins Science Center and the Jean use familiar materials (brick and stone), mal classroom and student-life facilities Yawkey Student Center—embody five scale, and articulation, and they frame exin adjacent buildings. The plan envisions urban design goals that reinforce the Em- pansive views of the historic Administration more than doubling facilities as they stood manuel vision of a community of learning: Building (1918) and 1960s buildings in a • Green the campus. In addition to way that honors the college’s mission, highin 2000, housing three-quarters of students on campus, and creating below-grade park- relocating parking below ground to clear lights its growth over time, and celebrates ing structures to free valuable surface land space for the landscaped (and permeable) its new vitality and focus on the future. • …and to the surrounding LMA comfor uses that advance the mission of build- “outdoor rooms,” the new structures emphasize natural daylight, help retain storm- munity. The buildings consciously reinforce ing a community of learning from others. As of April, 2010, Emmanuel will water on-site, utilize energy recovery to and animate pathways that strengthen the have completed two buildings (designed power laboratory HVAC systems, and em- campus’s traditional role as a “front lawn” by Goody Clancy); embarked on rehabili- ploy similar strategies that promote Em- to the increasingly dense LMA and a crosstation of its historic Administration Build- manuel’s goal of becoming a “sustainable roads that draws students, faculty, and staff from the diverse Colleges of the Fenway to ing (also being led by Goody Clancy); and community.” • Use new buildings to shape green learn from, enjoy, and inspire each other. continues to plan housing for 340 additionEmmanuel’s commitment to linkspaces into interconnected outdoor rooms. The student life, dining, recreation, and ing planning and design continues to yield other activities that take place in the new broad benefits. The college credits a new Commercial Yawkey Center are clearly visible from the and tangible sense of community as a key adjacent outdoor room, and the building element in Emmanuel’s successful transIndustrial is sited and designed in ways that invite formation into a co-educational institution to cross paths and meet informally. whose enrollment has nearly tripled since Residential people The adjacent Wilkins Science Center pro- planning began. The Endowment Campus vides new connections to other parts of the has funded this growth, and Emmanuel has campus and displays its teaching facilities embarked on a second round of planning to create its third outdoor room—a lively to the outdoor room. • Design these buildings to foster a green “living room” that will form the nusense of connection…across place. The cleus of a new cluster of campus housing. transparent façades that face the outdoor David Dixon is principal in charge room transform the campus into an “open of planning and urban design at Goody book” — a place that invites participation Clancy and Rob Chandler is the principal in both academic and student life by mak- at Goody Clancy who directed design for ing these activities visible and accessible the Maureen Wilkins Science Center and to passersby. the Jean Yawkey Student Center.

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SMMA Develops Master Plan for the Depot Campus at UConn

Storrs, CT - The University of Connecticut is contemplating plans to renovate the underused, 440-acre site just north of its main Storrs campus. Cambridge’s Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) recently completed a new master plan for this parcel known as the Depot Campus. The plan proposes to transition the complex from its current use as “overflow” space for a few unrelated university functions into a unified research, arts, and support services hub consistent with the school’s modern identity. The master plan builds on existing strengths, utilizing existing resources to reinforce the positive image of the campus as it provides a vision for the future. The Depot Campus at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is unique, with a set of qualities and issues very different from those of the typical college campus. SMMA has had the opportunity to work at UConn to develop the Master Plan for its Depot Campus with the faculty and administrative staff who recognize its potential and desire to see it transformed into its highest and best use. The preferred Master Plan for the Depot Campus is a guide for phased growth that establishes needs, priorities and schedules, and proposes cost-effective solutions. Although it closely examines the potential and value of the Campus, the plan maintains a flexibility that allows it to accommodate the changing programmatic needs of the university. Comprised of 57 buildings, 24 of which are historic structures, and roughly 700,000sf of existing space, the Depot

Proposed historic renovation and new addition to Demick Hall Community Arts Program/Depot Campus Campus originally served as a state mental hospital before being turned over to UConn in the late 1990s. Studies and a master plan for the parcel were conducted, most recently in 2000 as part of the master plan for the main campus. But distance from the Storrs campus and changing economic

circumstances limited project momentum. The Depot Campus has stood undeveloped as a result. But emerging space constraints at the Storrs campus, combined with steady overall growth at UConn, have led to develop new concepts for its reuse. In 2008, the school selected SMMA

to undertake a new master plan that would revisit prior recommendations and chart a practical new course for the campus. Efforts focused on improving UConn’s current use of the Depot Campus while positioning it to meet emerging needs. Planning concepts included operations currently functioning at the campus — support services, administration, academic research and community arts programs — to be enhanced and centralized through reuse of a number of historic structures, additions, and new construction that could total as much as two million sf built out over two phases. Proposed options included colocating some aspects of the University’s growing fine arts program on the Depot Campus, centralizing most support services on the Depot Campus, or engaging in a possible land-swap to move town facilities to the Depot Campus and expand the main campus on the newly available land. Whatever direction the university eventually chooses will allow the Campus to shed its image as a place for overflow space, take on an identity of its own, and grow increasingly connected to core activities at the main campus. “Combining multiple campuses is a necessity for many state universities,” remarked SMMA principal Mark Zarrillo, who was in charge of the master plan for SMMA. “As a campus grows, fitting the diverse pieces together is a challenge. We think we’ve come up with solid strategies for UConn to effectively use and include the Depot campus within the context of their overall future growth.”

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High-Profile Feature: Fox Hall at UMass Lowell

Dellbrook Construction Completes Student Residence at UMass Lowell

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percent of all campus residents live in the building, which had not seen any major construction since it was built in 1973. With the exception of the summer months, in which $5m of construction was completed in that 10 week period, Fox Hall remained occupied during renovations without interruption, as solid scheduling and coordination remained intact throughout the entire project between Dellbrook and college officials. In addition to the renovated floors,

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the scope of work involved substantial infrastructure renovations and improvements to the existing building systems that extend to all floors of the 18-story building. Along with addressing the issue of limited residential space, included in construction were additions and mechanical upgrades to HVAC, plumbing, electrical, chillers, fire protection, egress and elevator systems, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in elevators and living areas, and air conditioning for the first six floors of the building, which includes a dining hall serving 1,500 students residing on the UMass Lowell’s East Campus. This project has an extremely aggressive schedule in which all contract and change order work was completed in August 2009, in the same amount of working days to welcome incoming students in September. Established in 2005, Dellbrook Construction provides a full range or construction services in both the public and private sectors. Dellbrook is one of the Northeast’s fastest growing construction companies with more than 100 years of experience combined.

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How Planning Pays Off Kaestle Boos Architects for New Canaan High

New Canaan, CT - School renovation projects are unlike any other building project because they typically are constructed while students are in close proximity. The challenge is always trying to figure out how to keep the project going while disrupting the learning process as little as possible. This is why planning is so important and why a good plan will carry you through even when the unexpected happens. This was the case in New Canaan with its high school building. Originally constructed in 1971, the building was a late 1960s modern design that was unlike any you may ever see in a public school. The building conformed to all of the typical 1970s design ideas. It was a concrete monolith and kept the outside out and the inside in. This factor alone meant the building had to be improved, in light of modern studies linking natural light and fresh air with improved learning. The first step came in 2001 when New Canaan hired a firm to do a facility study and look at the numbers that would be associated with construction. Initial recommendations were to do a partial renovation of the school. In 2002 the town then hired architectural firm Kaestle Boos Associates to take the findings of the facility study and design a schematic plan to implement the renovations. “As an architect, it became clear to us that the town would be better off approaching the school as a ‘renovate as new’ project. This was because state reimburse-

ment would be better for a project of that scope and the town would then essentially have a brand new school contained within the old superstructure,” says Charles W. Boos, CEO of Kaestle Boos Associates and the firm’s manager for the project. “The good news for New Canaan was that upon initial inspection, we were able to tell that the superstructure of the school was in excellent condition, but this contained its own set of challenges. The original design used massive concrete firewalls to segment the building, which was not typical for a school design and there was virtually no outside light in the building and the air was stale. We knew that we would have our work cut out for us.” Kaestle Boos then set out to interview all of the school’s departments to see what the various educational needs were and determine where the current school design was falling short. “They talked to everyone from teachers to cafeteria workers and custodians. Their feedback helped formulate the plan,” says school principal Tony Pavia. “Of course some of what people said they needed wasn’t feasible and there were some who were resistant to change, but eventually everyone saw the benefit in taking part and had buy in.” Once all of the information was gathered, Kaestle Boos was able to put together a plan that would give New Canaan the best school possible with the maximum amount of state reimbursement.

View of the renovated media center at New Canaan High School. “At the onset most of our town leaders thought that a realistic budget for the project would be around $20-25 million. The initial facility study came back with a number closer to $38 million when it called for a mix of many renovations throughout the building,” says Wagner. “But after Kaestle Boos interviewed all of the department heads, administrators, reviewed the current programming and determined that ‘renovate as new’ was a better solution, the price tag rose to $61 million.” Wagner says the $61 million price tag made many realize that they would face a major challenge to get the project funding approved, even though the town would get an essentially new school at the price of renovations after the project was done. “We had to let town residents know why the costs were what they were. I met with every group in town that would have me to explain how renovating the build-

ing to ‘as new’ condition would be more beneficial to the town in the long run as compared to simple renovations because of state reimbursement,” says Wagner. “We worked with Kaestle Boos to prepare numerous PowerPoints and we did mailings to all town residents educating them about the proposed project. I met with both local political parties and explained the project rationale and financial impact. We designed the whole project in a way that made financial sense and generated concise informative soundbites that would make the complex issues more understandable. It took a ton of legwork but it paid off.” The project was approved by all town bodies and progressed without referendum despite some doubts in the community. Now that the project has been completed for two years, Pavia and Wagner say the long work was well worth it.

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High-Profile Feature: NOAA Facility

Autiello Begins New NOAA Facility Designed by Saccoccio avisville, RI - A. Autiello Construction Co. Inc. of Cranston has begun construction of a new $1.9 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility at Davisville. The 8,700sf building at Quonset Point will be home port of the new research ship Okeanos Explorer. This is the fifth project for Autiello in the Quonset Business Park. The building, designed by Saccoccio & Associates Architects, includes offices, conference room, storage for sensitive equipment, warehouse, and a technical

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Editor’s note: Mark David is a managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle. He directly oversees the firm’s Construction team in the New England region and is the national construction head where he leads the firm’s national construction board. The New England team consists of 63 employees and is ranked No. 15 on the Boston Business Journal’s list of the area’s largest general contractors, Mark David billing $108+ million in 2009. High-Profile: Is all your work with properties managed or brokered by Jones Lang LaSalle? Mark David: About 75% of our business is what we would call third party work, which is not related to any of the other services we offer here. HP: What portion of work are interior office fitouts and what portion is hightech or bio-tech labs? MD: Our core business has always been and will continue to be interior renovations. As the company has grown and the business has expanded, we’re now one of the larger ‘ground up’ contractors. On average, a third of our business, is ground up, on an annual basis, with a very strong life science practice, which equates to close to 25% of our business. HP: Have you noticed a change,

High-Profile Interview: Mark David An interview with Mark David reduced to a more modest scale. HP: How about in the area of ‘green’? Has there been more or has it been pretty steady the past 10 years? MD: I think most owners are taking a responsible look at it. There certainly are ways that they can achieve what they are looking for. Investor type owners who may own multiple office buildings all realize the importance from marketability standpoint. They also understand the importance from an operational standpoint. Most owners are doing a thorough evaluation of trying to push their buildings into a more sustainable design. Continued on next page

Jones Lang LaSalle is the construction manager of a far reaching capital improvements program at 99 High, a premier first class office and retail tower overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. The building owner is TIAA-CREF. over the past couple of years, in the chal- bang for their buck by way of atlenges and concerns presented to you by tracting tenants to their building. owners? We are challenged with trying to MD: Yes. Ownerships have stabi- help them by putting budgets tolized by virtue of fewer transactions. We gether that make sense for the as- Jones Lang LaSalle’s construction team has recently know who the players are in the market. set long term without spending a completed this full demolition and new build-out of Most are challenged with increased va- significant amount of dollars. The 490,000sf for IBM at 550 King Street in Littleton, cancy and less dollars to put back into the last couple of years things have MA. The space will serve as IBM’s main Massachubuildings. They’re trying to get the most been tightening and all have been setts Software Development and Support Center.

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HP: To what extent do you call on outside subcontractors? MD: We call on subcontractors regularly. HP: You recently became the president elect at Massachusetts Building Congress. Why MBC? MD: The MBC, for me, was a little bit of a different organization. It has a very strong history in offering very good, relevant programs. They made a strong networking aspect to that organization. The combination of those two filled a void for our organization. My involvement over the last few years has grown to get me to this ‘president elect’ position. HP: What has evolved from the Spaulding and Slye days, since the merger? MD: Having spent the first 12 years of my career with Spaulding and Slye, I watched the construction business become a major element of our company. We went through this whole acquisition phase with the merger with JLL and at that time there was a little skepticism among the construction professionals in that JLL did not offer construction as one of its core businesses on a global level, let alone on a national level. What we quickly realized is a thorough understanding of the business and the value proposition that it brings to our organization and the differentia-

tor that it brings against some of our national competitors, particularly leasing and management. It’s been three-and-a-half years since we became JLL, and the company has pledged some significant support to help grow that business. Part of the Spaulding and Slye story was that we had a presence in Washington and Boston and two-and-a-half years ago we started a construction operation in Chicago, were JLL was headquartered. As the company has grown it’s required a little bit of a national overlay. I was recently named the national construction head for JLL, so I’ll have a little bit of a dual responsibility overseeing some of our strategy to grow the business

Jones Lang LaSalle completed construction of The Langham, Boston’s new BOND restaurant/ lounge, a premier destination for cosmopolitan dining, cocktails, and entertainment. The high end $2 million interior project capitalized on the grandeur of the room’s historical significance, introducing modern elements with an international flare. The space within the former Federal Reserve Bank has been transformed into a unique venue that combines classic architecture with cutting edge-materials and a contemporary design aesthetic.

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on a national level along with running the Boston operation. HP: What do you see for the future? MD: We’re looking to expand. The market is soft right now. It has not impeded our vision to grow the business on a national level. The timing is right, and I think that the brand of the firm will certainly help us be well positioned as the market starts to turn in our favor. HP: You’re looking for both new markets and geographic expansion? MD: It will be geographic expansion based on current market locations where the firm already has a strong presence but where construction is not offered.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s construction team is the contractor for EMD Serono on this $53 million 140,000sf research facility in Billerica, Mass. When complete, it will achieve LEED Silver certification with a goal of reaching Gold. The firm’s 7-year partnership with EMD Serono also includes projects in Cambridge and Rockland, Mass.; San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Treyburn, N.C.

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High-Profile Feature: Norwood High School

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High-Profile Focus: Society for College and University Planning

MCC Goes for the Gold Lavallee Brensinger Architects

Manchester, NH – The Automotive Training Center at Manchester Community College (MCC) has received official recognition from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED Gold Certified Building. The new 20,000sf training facility is not only the first such certified building in the City of Manchester, but also the first LEED building in the Community College System of New Hampshire, and the only building of its kind in the country to receive this important building classification. The Center, designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects, supports the College’s growing automotive technology programs and is the first new construction on campus to meet the American College and University Presidents Climate Change Commitment. The facility incorporates a variety of strategies to increase energy efficiency and reduce its environmental im-

pact. Some of these strategies, which have already produced impressive and measurable results include a rainwater collection system for flushing toilets and urinals to reduce potable water demand, a daylight harvesting system using tubular skylights instead of electric lights, in-slab radiant heating for better thermal comfort, highefficiency boilers and heat recovery units, as well as solar panels to heat water. “The Automotive Center is a showplace that is environmentally conscious, learning friendly, and cutting edge for automobile technicians,” said Marc Bellerose, MCC automotive technology department chair. “Our developing program integrates areas that raise awareness for students and the industry. Sound, environmental practices and a green facility are a fundamental part of the future of our programs.” The rainwater collection system collects 12,000 gallons of rain water annually, eliminating demand on the municipal water supply. Through the use of a high efficiency building envelope, heating, ventilation, and specialty lighting systems, the facility is designed to utilize 45% less energy compared with standard code requirements. The Automotive Training Center, built by Jewett Construction, has been designed with exSolartube lighting in technology labs. pandability in mind. Photo credit Joe St. Pierre Photography

Paramount Center Project Acentech, Bond, and Elkus Manfredi Collaborate Boston MA - Acentech Inc., Bond, and Elkus Manfredi Architects announced that the firms jointly provided consulting, design and construction services for Emerson College’s Paramount Center project in Boston’s Downtown Theater District. “The opening of the Paramount Center complex marks the completion of our Boston residential campus, offering students a unique livHistoric art deco–style theatre. ing, learning, and performing venue in the heart of the Theater District,” said John Walden, construc- that now functions as an acoustical reflector tion director at Emerson College. “This above the forestage. The new theater serves new facility provides Emerson College students and faculty at Emerson College as students, and the Boston arts community at well as the larger Boston community. The Paramount Center’s other prolarge, with a new and vibrant performance gram elements include a 170-seat film space of which we should all be proud.” screening room, a black box theater with The Paramount Center is a mixed-use an audience capacity of 125, a sound stage, development comprising the existing and a scene/prop shop, rehearsal studios, prachistoric art deco–style Paramount Theatre tice rooms, classrooms, and faculty offices; and a new building constructed on the site of the former Arcade Building on Wash- 60,000sf of new dormitory space for housington Street. Built in 1932 as a 1,700-seat ing of 260 students fill the upper four floors movie house, the Paramount Theatre was of the nine-story complex. In addition, the renovated and reconfigured into a 590-seat building program also includes new space for a 150-seat tenant restaurant on Washinglive performance venue. ton Street and a dedicated student cafeteria Historic finishes were restored, and on the lower level. The Paramount Center the art deco architectural features from the project adds 180,000sf of new/renovated original were repurposed, such as a beautifully painted rococo “fan” that once permit- construction and completes a key compoted organ music to waft into the movie house nent of Boston’s Midtown Cultural District.

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Truss Modules and Panelized Wall System Cut Site Install Time for University of New England Biddeford, ME - Even before con- began in earnest in October and it was Dec. roof go up more quickly but we believe we

struction could begin University of New England officials; the architects; JSA of Portsmouth, NH; and the Construction Manager, Allied-Cook of Portland knew it would be challenging to complete this 110,000sf residence hall in time for occupancy in August 2010. Early consultations brought in Porter Panel & Truss whose methods of pre-panelizing the exterior wall system and innovative use of pre-sheathed roof modules offered a solution to a midwinter construction schedule on the coast of Maine. Site work, excavation and blasting

8th before there was enough steel erected to begin installing wall panels. The first roof modules were ‘flown’ on Dec 14th. Just one month later thru the holidays on Jan 14th the final roof module was fastened down. Thanks to prefabrication and organization. 48,000sf of walls and 27,000sf of roof were enclosed in just five weeks UNE representative Al Thibeault said, “it was actually exciting to see how quickly the roof modules could be safely installed. There were single days when they would cover over 7,000sf of the building.” Matt Cook of Allied-Cook says that

Module with dormer “we had planned this phase to move quickly but the reality was it went better than expected – it was a great relief with this tight a schedule. Not only did the walls and

get better quality when the crews are working close to the ground and we can inspect all phases. And, of course these are safer working conditions for all parties.” Lorianne Smith, AIA of JSA architects, commented, “We knew that getting weather-tight quickly was going to afford us the best option for success, but schedule constraints could not trump quality. The panelized system effectively addressed both of these concerns.” The building is due to open in mid August and will house 300 students in 83 dorm suites.

Ground Broken at Children’s Facility Windover Teams up with Peterman Architects

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Beverly, MA - Groundbreaking on a new 28,000sf facility at the Children’s Center for Communication (a.k.a. Beverly School for the Deaf) in Beverly is set for March 2010. This two-story design/ build project being done by Windover Construction in association with Peterman Aerial view of Children’s Center for Communication Architects of Concord will will be built while the rest of the campus feature classrooms, a library and a new is operating. Construction is expected to be cafeteria. This is the first major construccomplete in January 2011. tion project at this school in decades and

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High-Profile: Restoration Facilities Development News

The Hollander Foundation Center Restoration Hartford, CT - The Hollander Foundation Center project was a renovation and restoration for a six-story historic building in Hartford. The old Capitol Building was renovated into 70 units of mixed-income rental housing, 26 spaces of underground parking, as well as 13,000sf of ground floor commercial space. This project is the first LEED certified multifamily housing project to utilize historic tax credits in the state of Connecticut, as well as being the first affordable housing development in downtown Hartford. The building was originally built in 1926. For this project, the main areas, including the lobby, stairways, hallway, and exterior of the building, were designed to incorporate a true historic restoration, and the original artistic details were restored to their original condition. The apartments are all modern, functional spaces, with oversized, high-functionality windows that incorporate a great deal of natural light into the spaces, as well as the beautiful views of the city of Hartford, Bushnell Park, and the Capitol Building. The building is a historical icon in the Hartford community, known as the old “Capitol Building,” and has many details that were beautifully restored as a result of careful collaboration of the project team far before construction began. Unique restoration work on the project included finding high-efficiency windows designed to match the historic windows of the building, re-pointing of existing masonry exterior, and restoration of the original paintings and murals located in the vestibules and main corridor and stone

restoration of the lobby. These original the material being depaintings and murals include metal-leafed molished. The green roof of allegorical figures molded after “The Genius of Connecticut.” which used to stand this project required adon top of the Capital Building Dome, and ditional structural bracfaux mosaic depictions of the Old State ing elements within the House and the Connecticut State Capital building to support the Building. Much care was also taken to re- extra weight. In addipair the existing terra cotta exterior pieces, tion to the green roof, which were used to emulate actual stone different roofing memand the terrazzo flooring located through- branes were chosen to out the building. There was also extensive provide durability under restoration work to the marble in the lobby the green roof trays and area. provide reflection of sunIn addition to the many unique and light in the areas where special historic details of this project, its trays were not placed. design also incorporated many green “I want to applaud Common Ground for elements, and has achieved a LEED bringing affordable housing, jobs, and environcertification. Green mental leadership to the Capital City. This is an elements include: a green roof to promote incredible opportunity to make additional houswater conservation ing available and to increase the number of green and reuse, high-efbuildings in our neighborhoods.” ficiency heating and - Mayor Eddie A. Perez cooling systems, low flow plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency lighting with occuThe design also incorporated energypancy sensors in common areas, and a pre- efficient boilers, air conditioning units, alsorting trash and recycling chute. These lowed for little to no air transference from elements will reduce the building’s carbon one unit to next, and recycled the heating footprint and will also provide a sustain- and cooling of common areas. able and efficient building for the tenants In addition to the intricate historic in years to come. details and “above and beyond” LEED During the initial design of this proj- certification level of the project, the buildect, LEED Silver level of certification was ing itself is a noteworthy addition to its the goal. The demolition contractor was community and will provide a positive able to separate and recycle almost all of impact on society in a number of different ways. The client on this project, Common Ground, is a pioneer in the development of supportive housing and other researchbased practices toward their goal of ending homelessness. The Hollander project has provided Common Ground with 70 units of mixedincome housing that will allow them to

Green roof provide opportunities to those in need in an area of Hartford that previously lacked affordable housing availability entirely. The community will also benefit from the retail space on the ground level which will provide employment, income, and will increase commercial traffic to this area of downtown Hartford. This oncevacant building set to be leveled into a parking lot will now provide commerce and housing in this area, rather than the hazard of an abandoned building. The construction of this project had an excellent quality control plan from the beginning. Due to the age and historical nature of this project, the design team was on board to make quick and excellent decisions regarding the unforeseen conditions from the start. Quality and craftsmanship was a key point of scope review meetings with all trade contractors far before the start of demolition and construction. The Hollander Foundation Center project team overcame many challenges throughout this project, and was still able to turn the building over on time, and at a more efficient level than originally planned for.

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Providence College campus and the Springfield College campus, we utilized existing structures in creative ways to reduce the overall cost. Re-skinning an older building can go a long way to repositioning the campus image. News ways to achieve sustainable design are important. At the Slavin Center, the south-facing rooftop is capped with a thin-film photovoltaic system which generates electricity used inside the building. Visitors can see the level of power being generated in real time on an LCD screen in the lobby and on a web site. Q: With safety a big concern these days on campus, how can architecture help establish a safe and still accessible place for students? These buildings are typically pretty busy places, bustling with students day and night. So that helps. The design can provide lots of visibility inside and out. Locating the coffee shop, bookstore and other retail places is key. An entry point with a concierge desk where visible screening of visitors can take place is also a good idea.

Springfield College interior Q: What’s the next big thing we might see inside student centers? The amenities are pretty impressive already, a big leap from when I was in college! In that sense, there’s no limit to the creative uses we may see. Maybe a twostory rock climbing wall? Alex Pitkin, AIA is Director of Institutional Practice at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates/SMMA


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High-Profile Feature: Dean College

Rendering of the new performing arts & dining center at Dean College, courtesy of Bruner/Cott

Dean College Arts & Dining Center Franklin, MA - The new 30,000sf performing arts & dining center at Dean College will be completed for the fall 2010 semester. Located in the heart of campus, the new building is designed to be an extension of the existing campus center. The College’s dance and art management departments will be supported by the new practice and performance spaces and the 300+ seats of dining will provide a central dining and community center for the entire campus. The new one story addition will also include a meeting room and offices.

The scope of work includes loading dock and egress corridor renovations in the existing building, a new parking lot, and extensive site improvements, all while working in an occupied building on a busy campus. Shawmut Design and Construction was construction manager for the project. Architect Bruner/Cott, who has completed various construction and renovations projects for Dean College over the past 10 years, worked closely with the College and Shawmut from the outset. The main challenge was that this project adds onto the existing campus

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High-Profile Cover Story: Providence College Slavin Center

SMMA Rejuvenates Student Union Designed by Symmes Maini & McKee Associates/SMMA

rovidence, RI - By integrating photovoltaics into the sloping roof of the Slavin Center’s new glass atrium entrance, Providence College created a high-visibility example of its campuswide sustainability commitment while expanding a 1970s-era student center. Designed by Cambridge, Mass.-based Symmes Maini & McKee Associates/SMMA, the Slavin Center expansion and addition project introduces a dramatic, light-filled atrium gateway, generates clean energy and provides dramatic improvements in student life and activities spaces. John Scott, AIA, principal and project director for SMMA, said the new addition has transformed the experience of students using the Slavin Center. “The glass atrium is light, airy, transparent and inviting, day and night. Everyone passing by can see the activities within. The front doors have become a magnet for the Center, and the building addition serves as a needed centerpiece for the College Common.”

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The 8,800sf addition is also becoming a sustainability workshop for Providence College students. According to Scott, visitors to the Slavin Center who are interested in seeing firsthand the benefits of on-site solar power generation can watch the energy output in real time on flat screen monitors and on a dedicated Web-site. The information generated on the Web-site is finding its way into science classes at the College. The lower level of the two-level Slavin Center addition allows direct circulation through the student center to the existing food court and contains a large, open student lounge with an adjacent 24-

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hour coffee and snack shop, PC Perk, and features several flat-screen televisions. The upper level consists of a large, L-shaped quiet student lounge for studying and small social gatherings. Aside from the new space, renovations to the existing building included the expansion of broadcast studio space for WDOM-FM radio and Providence College TV. The reorganized circulation through the building has also placed the bookstore in a favorable position as an additional focus of activity. “The missing room in our home has been a family room,” explained Father Brian Shanley, the president of Providence College in his remarks at the facility’s official rededication. “We needed to have a

central component of an ongoing campus improvement initiative in which SMMA is providing planning and design services to Providence College. To date, the firm has completed a comprehensive master plan and architectural and engineering design for a new residence hall, a new campus quadrangle allowing expansion on the east, the new Concannon Fitness Center, a new synthetic field for Lacrosse and field hockey, and new underground parking facilities.


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Boston Chapter of ASHRAE PRODUCT SHOW 2010 Tuesday, April 13

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If you have an interest in saving money on the daily heating cooling, and air control of your facility, you may want to meet the engineers who create the standards meet ASHRAE. *High-Profile Monthly will present a special feature section devoted to ASHRAE Boston. ASHRAE members are invited to participate with editorial and/or advertisments in this premier feature.

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High-Profile: News

Mast-Climbers Complement Traditional Scaffold Cambridge, MA - Mast-climbing work platforms are extremely versatile pieces of equipment for many types of construction, and can be particularly suited for restoration and renovation projects. Often ideal for multi-trade uses, mast-climbers are powered by hydraulic technology and combine structural, mechanical, and safety features that directly increase worker productivity. Efficient to operate, a mast-climber facilitate job completion, while considerably decreasing the risk of worker injury. Used as a complement to traditional scaffold or on its own, mast-climbers offer a scaffolding alternative that is suitable for certain projects. The restoration of the period brick façade at MIT’s W1 is a case in point.

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Kroon Hall Rates Platinum Designed by Hopkins Architects New Haven, CT - Kroon Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council, garnering seven more ratings points than the requisite 52. The 66,818sf building was designed to use 81% less water and 58% less energy than a comparable baseline structure and to generate 25% of its electricity onsite from renewable sources. Designed by Hopkins Architects and Planners, in collaboration with Centerbrook Architects, Kroon Hall incorporates a wide range of sustainable strategies and design features. These were developed with a star team of consultants including ARUP Engineers, Nitsch Engineering, Olin Partnership landscape architects, and Atelier Ten Environmental Designers.

Almost 80%of the timber purchased for the building is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

NESEA - Sustainability Workshops by Larry Harmon, vice president, Air Barrier Solutions, LLC Have you ever wondered why some new homes use so little energy compared to existing homes? You may think it is due to new codes or improved materials or equipment. If this is true, then why do some new homes use more than others? And why do some existing homes perform better, are more comfortable and use less energy than many new homes? With energy costs high, many are Larry Harmon looking to improve their existing homes. Perhaps this describes you or your clients? Many believe that windows, higher efficiency equipment or technologies such as solar, wind, or geothermal are the answer. Certainly these can make a difference. What you may not know is that much of the secret to high performing homes — old or new — lies out of sight. A key to efficient modern construction is more care given to air barrier and insulation systems — how they are installed and how they can affect the home, positively or negatively. In order to get the most out of any of these technologies, you must first make the shell as efficient as possible. Without an efficient building shell, you need higher capacity (more expensive) equipment. Sustainable technologies may not work as

well, or at all. Maximizing the efficiency of your existing home is the focus of an upcoming workshop sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. The workshop is held on March 31 in Concord, NH. It will explore truths and myths about available technologies. Participants will learn to evaluate by calculating what conservation measures save in energy and in dollars. More importantly, you will learn to think about your house in a systematic manner. The high-tech, really cool stuff (high efficiency HVAC, solar or geothermal heat) and visible things (windows) are usually not needed first. For the best results existing homes really need — before marvelous modern technologies ­— simple and unglamorous basics. Think of your home as a child in winter. It needs a good hat — fix the attic. It needs a warm coat — insulate the walls. It needs snow pants and boots — fix the basement or crawlspace. It needs a scarf so cold air doesn’t bypass the warm clothing – air seal the home. You wouldn’t buy your child high-tech skis before they had a coat and hat. Fixing attics is a two-stage approach. First, airseal holes to stop conditioned air moving into the attic. Sounds simple, but the key is knowing what to look for and where. There are thousands of cold bonus rooms above garages because this basic wasn’t done. After airsealing, insulate the attic to an R-value that at least meets (hope-

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fully exceeds) code. Insulating without airsealing first causes moisture problems. The now cooler attic condenses moisture from the warm, humid house air. Retrofitting walls and basements of homes is similarly unglamorous. Again air sealing is a basic, but often overlooked, first step. The type of insulation and how it’s installed have major impacts on performance. Windows do impact efficiency. But the cost of one 15 ft² replacement window can often insulate 600 – 700 ft.² of wall. Get the biggest bang for your buck –insulate your walls first. Covering these basics can result in huge leaps in comfort, energy savings and decreased environmental impacts. When the project is done, you don’t see anything new – you feel it as you sit in your home or enjoy it in your new lower utility bills. It’s not glamorous, but it works. And it helps the other technologies work better, too. I often wish for a little black box we could use to automatically fix a home. Unfortunately these don’t exist. The hardest things to fix in the world are houses. They are all different. A one-size-fits-all approach is impossible. You get disappointing savings or create new problems. If you get a chance, come out on March 31 to Concord, N.H. We will talk about houses and how to fix them all day. It’s a wonderful subject and lots of fun. You may learn some things that surprise you and help you or your clients into a more comfortable, less costly and more efficient home.

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First Net Zero

Killingworth, CT– Consulting Engineering Services (CES) is a MEP engineering firm that is committed to sustainable design and has a very strong “practice what you preach” mentality. This time a year ago, president and CEO of CES, George V. Keithan, Jr., decided to commit to fostering an entirely new lifestyle and design the first Net Zero Energy Home in the state of Connecticut, which coincidentally will be his family’s private residence. With the hard work of CES employees designing the MEP systems, J. W. Huber Architect LLC and Essex Squared LLC and numerous contractors, the home was completed in November and the Keithan family was able to spend their first Thanksgiving and start their new greener lifestyle in the very first Net Zero Energy Home in Connecticut. The modest New England farmhouse style home sits at the end of an 800-foot driveway on a secluded 14 acre lot in Killingworth. Accompanying this home is a post and beam barn, chicken coop and detached barn style garage. The property

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The modest New England farmhouse style home is the first Net Zero Energy Home in the state of Connecticut. will serve as a working organic vegetable farm and tree farm. The roof of the barn is where the 65 solar photovoltaic panels are installed that will provided all of the electrical power for the residence. On the roof of the main house are 10 solar hot water panels for heating the domestic hot water. Altogether these panels will generate 20,000 kwhr/yr of electricity. The house also has a water-to-water standing column geothermal HVAC system that will also be used for the domestic water well. The interior of the home has a soft elegance with its combination of modern technology and understated farmhouse details. When the rooms aren’t being filled with natural light they are lit with LED fixtures and the paint, woodwork, flooring and cabinets were all chosen because they emit low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Many of the finishing details throughout the home come from recycled materials; reused countertops from old homes, an old barn door installed on a slider to hide the LED television, recycled doors for the interior rooms and recycled slate for the window sills. Paperwork has been submitted to register this residence as LEED for Homes Platinum certified.

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ersby can stop, sit on benches, and shoot the breeze themselves. Besides student interest, the media has become engaged in covering this unique, oh-so-social wind farm. Among others, The New York Times published an article on it in November. In addition to showing the public what it is doing, some schools are taking the next logical step: telling people what it all means in terms of kilowatts generated, greenhouse gases displaced, payback projections and the like. Infrastructure as a formal “exhibit trail” is one of the options that Quinnipiac is considering. Nearby, Yale University’s Kroon Hall, the new home of its forestry and environmental studies school, is telling its impressive green story (it is carbon neutral) with on-site kiosks and an intriguing web site, www.yale.edu/ sustainability. Visually impressive as the sculpturelike turbines are at York Hill, along with rooftop photovoltaic solar collectors, many of the most sustainable and arguably more significant initiatives are out of sight. The little known secret about sustainable architecture is that the most basic, and least expensive, approaches are actually the most productive. For example, how you site a building in the landscape and orientate it towards the sun, a strategy that costs little or nothing in most cases, can have the greatest impact on energy usage. Placement of windows and building mass can greatly improve passive solar heating and cooling, as well as “light harvesting,” the use of natural light to reduce the need for electrical generation. Responsible construction at campuses is not just about the bells and whistles, but nitty-gritty components such as the use and conservation of durable and local materials and an eye for how the facility can be efficiently maintained over time. Everything from rainwater harvesting and automatic sensors to turn-off lights, to lowflow plumbing fixtures, are just some of

Wind turbines the myriad details that add up to significant conservation and budget savings. Our firm has developed a check list of 78 energy efficiency approaches that can be applied to the design of a project where appropriate. The most sustainable building of all, of course, is the one that you don’t have to build, or to put it another way, one that lasts for generations. An eminently practical and efficient structure that has no soul or flair, a place that people don’t want to inhabit, or look at, is likely to be gutted or torn down and replaced before long. The one most overlooked feature in successful green construction is the creation of a building that will be beloved by its owners, users, and passersby. If it is dear, as opposed to dreary, it will last for years and years. Jeff Riley is a partner in Centerbrook Architects, that designs buildings for colleges and universities across the country.

Solar Stimulus Funding Unveiled

Boston, MA - Meridian Associates, Inc. is part of a project team led by Nexamp, a full service clean energy solutions company that has recently been awarded a contract for the turnkey development of large scale roof- and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects at 12 publically owned and operated water and wastewater facilities across the state. Leveraging funds made available under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the project will provide an estimated aggregate electric generating capacity of approximately 4 MW of clean, renewable energy. This is one of several anticipated PV projects included as part of Governor 
 Patrick’s Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state’s economic future and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (DOER) mission to create a greener energy future for the Commonwealth. The goals of the project are to rapidly deploy large PV systems to create jobs quickly, foster expansion of the Massachusetts PV industry, reduce long-term operating costs

of the facilities, obtain competitive pricing via volume purchase agreements, and provide maximum transparency and accountability. This project will help advance the state toward its goal of 250 MW of solar energy installed by 2017. The project includes the PV system design, procurement, site preparation, system installation, testing, commissioning, and post-installation monitoring to validate system performance at each of the 12 facilities. Meridian will support the project’s survey, site design, permitting, and site related construction administration needs at nine facilities where ground-based PV arrays are proposed. The team will train staff at each of the facilities on how to properly operate and maintain the PV systems ensuring optimum performance and energy generation. In addition to Meridian, the all-Massachusetts project team, led by Nexamp, Inc. of North Andover, includes its partner in this venture, Florence Electric LLC of Taunton; Fisher Contracting Corporation of Worcester and Security Fence of Hudson.


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LEED Gold for Women & Infants Hospital Walsh Brothers CM - Anshen + Allen Designer Boston, MA - Walsh Brothers, Incorporated announced the South Pavilion at Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island has been certified Gold by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) through its LEED program. Walsh Brothers is proud to have managed the South Pavilion project, which represents the first new hospital construction project in New England to achieve LEED South Pavilion at Women and Infants Hospital in Gold level certification by the Rhode Island USGBC. would balance evidence based design, aesThe five-story building addition, the thetics, economy, and sustainability. This South Pavilion, is now home to Women & LEED Gold achievement is a result of a Infants Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care true collaborative effort between the conUnit (NICU), the first in the country singlestruction manager, Walsh Brothers, the debed NICU. From the project’s inception, signer, Anshen + Allen, and the Women & building an environmentally conscious Infants’ project management leaders, staff, healthcare facility was a top priority. and trustees. The design and construction of the building sought to create a facility that

L.L. Bean Outlet LEED Certified Designed by PCA

North Conway, NH - A 14,400sf L.L. Bean retail outlet designed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA) has been LEED certified by the US Green Building Council. Part of the Settlers’ Crossing retail complex in North Conway, the $1.6 million project is among the first LEED certified projects for Retail Pilot program, which recognizes the unique nature of retail environments within the sustainable building movement. The L.L. Bean Outlet took two

years to complete, with the grand opening in September of 2008. The building’s energy-efficient plumbing, lighting, heating, and cooling systems combine with air-quality monitoring technology to reduce its environmental impact and utility costs while increasing occupant health and comfort. Beyond these performance benefits, the design offers a marketing opportunity for L.L. Bean, as the retailer showcases the store’s features through signage and tours.

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Two at Autiello LEED Certified Cranston, RI - A. Autiello Construction Co. Inc. announced that Anthony Autiello, Jr. and Wallace Fabian have been certified as LEED accredited professionals by the United States Green Building Council. Autiello is also one of six professionals from across the country who is a member of the Emerging Professionals National Task Team for the Construction Specifications Institute.

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Becker Joins Advanced Glazings

Sydney, NS, Canada - Advanced Glazings Ltd. announced that Michael Becker has joined its team as an architectural product consultant. He will be representing the New England area. Becker has 33 years

of broad experience in architecture, engineering, and construction, including environmental design of many civic, institutional and educational projects as well as R&D on advanced materials and structures. Becker

Roscoe Joins Hancock

Danvers, MA - Hancock Associates of Danvers announced that Alan D. Roscoe, P.E., BCEE, has joined the firm as the Danvers engineering department manager. Roscoe previously worked on a variety of civil engineering endeavors including wastewater projects for municipal clients while at a national consulting firm as well as land development design for a Mass. civil engineering firm. His previous managerial experience includes supervising a staff of 15 employ-

ees engaged in land development engineering for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Hancock Associates is a multidisciplinary surveying and engineering firm with offices in Mass. and N.H.

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Cannon Promotes Blouin Boston, MA - Cannon Design promoted David Blouin to vice president. Blouin has over 17 years of experience as a healthcare architect and has been with Cannon Design since October 2003. In his previous position as project manager, he excelled in coordinating his team’s efforts

on numerous complex projects. “For over six years now, David has utilized his expertise and skill set to produce work of the utmost quality for our clients. We are truly very lucky to have such a bright and talented architect on our staff,” said M. Kent Turner, AIA, MRAIC, president, Cannon Design North America. Blouin

Windover Personnel Announcements

Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA - Windover, LLC, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, announced the expansion of its senior-level team with the promotion of two employees and the addition of a chief financial officer. Mark Malmquist, a Windover employee since February 2007, has been promoted to executive vice president responsible for the overall operation of Windover’s construction and real estate development groups. A construction industry professional with over 20 years of experience, Malmquist previously oversaw only the construction operations for Windover Construction. Tom Dodge has been promoted to vice president of field operations. He has been with Windover since 2004 and is responsible for the company’s field procedures, logistics planning, scheduling, training and safety. Prior to his promotion, Dodge was a field superintendent responsible for the construction of many of the company’s most challenging and complicated projects.

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Lee Kennedy Hires Donahoe Quincy, MA - Lee Kennedy Co. has added Kevin Donahoe to its specialized Interiors Group as a senior project manager. Donahoe joins the firm after more than 20 years with JP Donahoe Construction. Past projects include interiors, corporate office, retail, healthcare and, academic sectors for clients such as Merrill Lynch, Sun-

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Life Financial, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Boston University. “Kevin brings even more depth and experience to our Interiors Group, which will allow us to maintain the consistently high level of service that our clients have come to expect,” said Lee Michael Kennedy, president & CEO of Lee Kennedy Co., Inc.

Verspyck Joins Shepley Bulfinch

Boston, MA – Shepley Bulfinch announced that Jay Verspyck, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm. Verspyck’s design leadership includes work in both the academic and healthcare spheres of Shepley’s practice, with an emphasis on urban design and campus planning. His wide ranging portfolio includes complex urban projects while practicing in Paris and academic and healthcare projects in Boston and New England. Verspyck

CCB Promotes Two Westbrook, ME - CCB, Inc. of Westbrook announced that Marc Belanger and Sean Ferguson have been elevated to officer positions within the company. Belanger joined CCB full-time in 1999. He started with the company after an internship as assistant project manager, advanced to project manager, manager of operations, and now to vice president of operations. Ferguson joined CCB in 2008 as controller after spending 11 years as an accountant and consultant to the construction industry. He is a past president and current board member of the Maine Chapter of CFMA, a member of Construction Industry

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struction project management, having previously served with Mass Electric Company. Steve Dickie was recently appointed as telecommunications manager at Spectrum Integrated Technologies (Spectrum IT), the security and telecommunications division of J. & M. Brown Company, Inc. His responsibilities will focus on the management of tel/data projects in the educational market in Massachusetts. He formerly was president of Comm-Tract Corporation, Waltham.

Wallace Named WMNEH Chair

Springfield, MA - The Leadership Council of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness (WMNEH) named Lynne Wallace its new chair during a recent Leadership Council meeting. Wallace, vice president of operations at Dietz & Company Architects, served as the Leadership Council’s vice chair prior to this appointment. Since its creation last year, the WMNEH has focused on initiatives to find new alternatives to long-term shelter housing throughout the region. One of 10 regional

Haley & Aldrich New Executive Team

Boston, MA - Haley & Aldrich, a geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting firm, announced the promotions of Lawrence P. Smith, P.E., R.G. to president/CEO and William R. Fisher, P.E. to executive vice president/chief client officer. They join current vice president/ chief financial officer, Glen M. Elias, CPA, MBA to complete Haley & Aldrich’s new executive leadership team. Lawrence (Larry) Smith is the company’s seventh president/CEO. He joined Haley & Aldrich for the second time in 1985 as a hydrogeologist and, after a series

of promotions and career achievements, was named executive vice president/COO in December 2004. Smith takes over from Bruce E. Beverly, P.E., F.ASCE, who served as the firm’s president/CEO from 2000 to 2010. William (Bill) Fisher joined Haley & Aldrich in 2003 as a vice president and environmental engineer. Fisher has led the company’s focused expansion into the electric and gas utilities market, assisting clients and communities in developing comprehensive strategies to address legacy environmental issues.

Trodella Receives LEED Accreditation

JMB Personnel Announcements Jamaica Plain, MA - J. & M. Brown Company, Inc. (JMB) announced that H. Bryan Greene has joined the company as vice president. Greene is part of the JMB management team and is responsible for business development. He formerly served with Mass Electric Company as executive vice president of operations for commercial and industrial markets. JMB also recently appointed Ed Zipper to project manager for Security Systems projects. Zipper has more than 15 years of experience in electrical con-

Lawrence Smith, president/CEO; William Fisher, executive vice president/chief client officer; and Glen Elias, vice president/chief financial officer

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Jamaica Plain, MA - J. & M. Brown Company, Inc. of Jamaica Plain announced the LEED Green Associate (GA) accreditation of Executive Vice

President Joseph E. Trodella. Trodella is responsible for new project development and serves as the director of client services for the company.

David Grissino Receives Award Boston, MA - The American and campus planning. As Institute of Architects (AIA) has anan architect, he has contributed to award-winning nounced that David Grissino AIA, projects, including work at senior urban designer with Goody Case Western Reserve UniClancy, has received the 2010 Young versity and the University Architects Award. This national award honors individuals who have of Chicago, and as an urshown exceptional leadership and ban designer to the Unified made significant contributions to the New Orleans Plan for postprofession early in their careers. Katrina recovery, the InstiDavid Grissino At Goody Clancy, Grissino has tutional Master Plan for the been an integral part of a wide range Berklee College of Music in of architecture and urban planning project Boston, and the Kennedy Street Revitalizatypes, including housing, neighborhood tion Plan in Washington, D.C. revitalization, waterfront redevelopment,

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ASM Business Breakfast What Every Contractor Needs to Know - and DO! Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast 8-10 a.m. Program Place: Westin, Waltham 70 3rd Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 Massachusetts has a new “data security law,” and it is one of the toughest in the nation. If you don’t think it affects you, think again! The new law applies to all businesses, large and small, that collect “personal information” from customers or employees, and it requires that all businesses take steps to protect this

information, whether social security numbers, driver’s license, credit card or other financial data. For construction companies, a data breach can have serious and costly consequences. Don’t take it for granted that your present systems are OK. Join us to learn what could happen to your company, and how to set up a data security program that complies with Massachusetts law. In addition, there will be discussion of insurance coverage available for protection in the event all else fails. To register online: www.associatedsubs.com.

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IFMA Boston’s Asset Management Task Force Presents: Module Three-Capital Planning Best Practices at Bentley University, Waltham, Mass. An informative and useful session focusing on the actual experiences of facility managers currently implementing asset management systems. March 24 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 21 8 - 11:30 a.m. A Light Breakfast Will Be Served. Time Moves On: The Reinvention of the Waltham Watch Factory See and learn about the development and design challenges associated with the rehabilitation of the historic Watch Factory complex, located along the Charles River in Waltham. The reception will be held in shell office space overlooking the river and then move to Passkey’s built-out space for Residential Retrothe presentation. fits for Energy Efficiency Thursday, March 25 at the Waltham and Sustainability, Larry Harmon Watch Factory, 5:30 p.m. registration and April 22 networking, 6:30 p.m. presentation. Visit Manchester, N.H., Public Service of www.ifmaboston.org/events.htm New Hampshire, 5 Rivers Auditorium Introduction to Building Science Thermography, Michael A. Browne SFNE invites you to tour three of For more workshops visit http:// the association’s New England member www.nesea.org/sustainabilityworkshops galvanizing plants. March 17, the tour will start at V Protect Your LEED Investment & S Taunton Galvanizing located at 585 April 8, 2010 John Hancock Rd., Myles Standish Pk. 7:30-9:30 a.m./Radisson Boston Hotel in Taunton, Mass. The V & S Tour will Where Does Development Go From run from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Here? The tour will then move to Duncan For more information visit www.buildGalvanizing located at 69 Norman Street ingcongress.org

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AGC Massachusetts presents a Series of BIM/VDC programs between 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. March 26- Test Driving BIM: an interactive presentation April 2- Workshop 1 - BIM Coordination (Clash Detection with Revit & Navisworks) April 9- Workshop 2 - BIM Estimating (Revit and Quantity Take Off - QTO) April 23- Workshop 3 - BIM\VDC Construction Sequencing (Revit and Navisworks) April 30- Workshop 4 - BIM Modeling - Filling in the Gaps (From PDF and CAD to Revit) Presenters for all sessions: Troy Mifsud, President, myCADD and certified Autodesk Software Specialist; Anthony Governanti, Autodesk Business Consultant, Service Point, USA. Registration Fee per session: $ 250 Members - $325 Non Members. These sessions will have a limited enrollment. Laptops will be provided. Contact Barbara Canoni canoni@agcmass.org in Everett, Mass. The Duncan Tour will run from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. March 24, the tour will move to Connecticut Galvanizing - 239 Commerce Street in Glastonbury, Conn. This Tour will run from 9 a.m - 11 a.m. We hope to organize a group lunch in between the March 17 tours. Online registration is available at www.ssfne.org.


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High-Profile Monthly: March 2010  

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