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Jones Lang LaSalle Gets BU Project ADD Inc Architect Boston, MA - Jones Lang LaSalle was awarded the contract to provide construction management services for Boston University’s approximately 45,000sf biochemistry department’s Breast Cancer Research Center, Amyloid Research Center, and Cancer Center within the Conti Biomedical Research Center on their Medical Campus in Boston. The customized buildout on four floors is valued at $7 million. The interior renovation on floors one,
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Boston, MA Five members of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) are among the 134 American architects elected this year to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows: Chin Sho-Ping Chin FAIA is a healthcare principal at Payette in Boston, where she leads project teams using design to synthesize the challenges presented by rapid advances in medical technology with the real human needs of patients and caregivers. Michael Davis FAIA, principal and vice president at Bergmeyer Associates in Boston, specializes in multifamily housing design. He is committed to sustainable design and housing affordability. David Hacin FAIA, founding principal of Hacin + Associates, is the architect of nationally recognized private and multifamily housing such as Boston’s Laconia Lofts and FP3, as well as distinctive retail stores around the world. Michael Lauber FAIA, president of Ellenzweig in Cambridge, directs programming and design projects and has more than 30 years of experience in the planning and
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SMPS Announces National Speakers Build Business: Reinvent. Retool. Rebound. Alexandria, VA – The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) announced two keynote speakers for Build Business: Reinvent. Retool. Rebound, the 2010 SMPS National Conference: Erik Wahl and Chris Brogan. Attendees of Build Business 2010 will gain perspective on the new economy from two outstanding keynote speakers tackling reinvention and retooling of businesses and cultures to rebound after the recession. Build Business is the leading business development, marketing, and management conference for the design and building industry. On, July 15 Erik Wahl, renowned artist and speaker, will present “The Art of Vision.” As the landscape for business continues to change, a clear vision is the key to successfully navigating tomorrow’s uncharted waters. By breaking apart traditional thinking, Wahl will challenge and inspire attendees to redefine commonly held assumptions and misconceptions about creativity, goals, success, and vision; to sharpen their creative skills; and to identify a personal style for inspiring themselves and others to rethink vision and purpose. The principles in this uplifting and highly practical program will redefine the role of a leader as an artist as well as an architect. Wahl’s unique understanding of vision traces back to his experience as an artist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business communication before embarking on an eight-year career as a partner in a corporate firm. After first working in the business world and playing with his art, Wahl now plays in the business world by
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TRO Jung|Brannen Architect, Skanska GC Springfield, MA TRO Jung|Brannen unveiled its design for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ new 115,000sf data center, which will break ground in spring 2010. The Tier 3, N + 1 Springfield Data Center will be built on the site of the former Technical High School in Springfield. The facility will assist more than 170 agencies and public authorities and will operate on a 24/7/365 basis servicing mission critical applications. It will permit high-speed site-to-site backup and recovery systems for long-term
storage and operations and become the primary information technology disaster recovery site for the Commonwealth. Team members include Cosentini Associates as the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineer, D.G. Jones as the cost estimator, Lim Consultants as the structural engineer, Nitsch Engineering as the civil engineer, Preservation Technology as the historic preservation consultant, Epsilon Associates as the enabling consultant, and Strategic Building Consultants as the commissioning agent. Skanska is the general contractor.
BWK GC for Vet Center Haverhill, MA - BWK Construction Co., Inc. served as the general contractor for the ground-up construction of a multi-unit housing development, which provides affordable housing for veterans. Both the site preparation and foundation work were intensive so as to allow for access to either level of the living space from grade, while Veterans Northeast Outreach Center providing for a full basement. The mechanical systems were All of the building components and design-build, which required extensive cofinishes were selected with an emphasis on ordination with the MEP subcontractors. affordability and durability.
High-Profile: Facilities Development News Watermark Gets Air Force Contract Chicopee, MA - Watermark announced that it has been awarded a Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) contract with the US Air Force Reserve Command at the Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee. This contract is a five year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with an annual value of $3 million and maximum value of $15 million over the contract period. Typical task orders to be issued under the contract will consist of a broad range of maintenance, repair, alterations, and construction projects on real property at the base. The work will include design services, carpentry, excavation/sitework, interior and exterior electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, painting, demolition, concrete, masonry, HVAC, and welding. Watermark’s corporate headquarters is located in Lowell, with additional offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Virginia. The company provides Construction & Remediation, Operation & Maintenance, and Architectural/Engineering Design & Consulting Services.
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Cambridge, MA The Bulfinch Companies, Inc., a Needham-based real estate investment and development firm ,has appointed Jones Lang LaSalle as the exclusive leasing agent in connection with the development of Charles Place, 114-116 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, a new 70,000sf first-class office and retail building in the heart of Harvard Square. The development of Charles Place, a sevenstory LEED Certified Gold project, represents the first new office construction in Harvard Square in 20 years. The design concept for Charles Place was established by David Manfredi of Elkus Manferdi Architects. The new building will span over the existing MBTA substation and will be comprised of Harvard water-struck brick, a continuous granite base at the sidewalk, cast stone window surrounds with white aluminum frames, and sheet metal copper siding.
Artist rendering of Charles Place At the base of the building, twostory high bays are in-filled with clear finish mahogany fronts, and the entire façade up to the seventh floor is clad in cast stone to set the elevation apart from the mass of the building. “We are very excited to be part of this landmark project,” said Jones Lang LaSalle
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Integrated Builders Fit-ups Chelmsford, MA Integrated Builders has been awarded a 22,000sf interior fit-up contract at 300 Apollo Drive in Chelmsford. The renovated space will be occupied by MRV Communications, Inc. Integrated Builders will provide a full tenant fit-up services in the existing building including drywall, ACT, flooring, millwork, glazing, sprinkler system, and HVAC. The firm will also install supplemental cooling, lighting, and power feeds and will work in collaboration with Boston-based architectural design firm Spagnolo Gisness & Associates. Integrated Builders was also awarded an 80,000sf interior office renovation contract by Harris Corporation at 150 Apollo
New Floor for New Police Station Littleton, MA - Integrated Interiors at Work LLC has completed the raised flooring installation for the Littleton Police Station’s new 911 center. The 1,200sf regional call center is located within the newly constructed town police station. The call center required a flooring solution that would support the facility’s crucial data and power distribution requirements and provide a comfortable and attractive surface for its staff. Integrated Interiors at Work
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Drive in Chelmsford. Renovations include interior office space, training room, computer room, new carpet, reconfiguration of drywall partitions, ceiling and new paint. The project is scheduled for completion in May. On this project, the company will Cambridge, MA - Essex Builders work in close collaboration with Mark Forth, managing director of Boston archi- Corp. has secured a $3.6 million contract from Just-A-Start Corporation to contectural firm IA Interior Architects. struct Elm Place, a 25,000sf mixed use development in Cambridge. The architect of record, VMY Vitols Architects, gate to the Shelburne Community Center Inc. of Newton, prepared construction next door; constructing a new roof and heat- documents employing a conceptual deing and ventilation systems; and improving sign developed by Dingman Allison Arthe lighting in and around the facility. Rendering of Elm Place courtesy of Vitols chitects, Inc., P.C. of Cambridge. The Department of Conservation and Architects The four-story building will inRecreation (DCR) Commissioner Richard corporate a tasteful blend of select reneeds. It provides services to homeowners K. Sullivan Jr. said, “Before moving for- tail space at street grade with 19 residential and renters to help increase their quality ward we want to hear more thoughts from units. of living; offers education and workforce the community on how they would like us Since 1968, Just-A-Start Corporation training opportunities that enhance career to proceed.” has been assisting working and retired fam- prospects and earning power; and develops, The DCR expects to award contracts ilies in Cambridge and surrounding Metro rehabilitates, and preserves sorely needed for the rehabilitation work this spring and North communities to meet basic family affordable rental and ownership housing. complete the project in November 2010.
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Plans for Melnea Cass Center Roxbury, MA - Governor Deval Patrick last month pledged $1 million in state capital funds for converting the former Melnea A. Cass Rink in Roxbury to a year-round, multi-use recreation center. The plans would make the former ice rink into a year-round facility able to host activities such as inline skating, tennis, and soccer. Among the potential capital improvements are resurfacing the rink area for inline skating, as well as for tennis, soccer and other activities; replacing the fiberglass boards and exterior fencing; adding a new
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Lessons Learned: Achieving Acoustical Success at Wilber School Apartments by Christopher Savereid, president, Acentech Inc. Tenant turnover is a significant cost for landlords. There are many reasons why apartment renters decide not to renew their leases. Some of the reasons are obvious and expected by landlords, such as moving to a new city, needing more room for an expanding family, or fulfilling the dream of home ownership. Landlords are more concerned, of course, Christopher Savereid about tenants who decide to move on because they are unhappy with the apartments themselves, due to poor maintenance or lack of amenities. High on the list of issues that make tenants unhappy is poor sound isolation between apartments. Beacon Communities Development LLC, a Boston-based housing developer, decided to confront the sound isolation issue head-on. As the developer of thousands of rental units in eastern Massachusetts, Beacon Communities knows firsthand how concerns about noise can affect lease renewals. So, they hired Acentech Inc., a Cambridge-based acoustical consultant, to work with project architect Prellwitz/ Chilinski Associates to implement effective sound isolating constructions in their latest apartment project, the Wilber School Apartments in Sharon, Mass. From the
start, the goal was to maximize the sound isolating performance of constructions for floor/ceiling and wall assemblies in order to set a higher standard that would satisfy demanding tenants. And of course the benefits â€“ to tenants and landlords alike â€“ had to justify the inherent construction costs. The Wilber Apartments project comprises the renovation of an existing school building as well as an attached new addition. During the architectural design phase, goals for acoustical privacy were established between apartment units, both side-to-side and up/down. In order to satisfy future tenants (and thereby minimize complaints and maximize lease renewals), it was decided to exceed the applicable minimum sound isolation requirements that are mandated by the Massachusetts building code. Acentech translated these acoustical goals into the following typical constructions: for demising walls, double stud construction, insulated, with two layers of gypsum wall board on both sides; and for floor/ceiling assemblies, one-inch-thick gypcrete on top of a resilient underlayment, a plywood deck, an insulated joist space, and ceilings comprising two layers of gypsum wall board, mounted on resilient hangers. Carpet was used in all bedrooms, and hard finish flooring was used in living and dining areas, kitchens, and bathrooms. At the heart of all of the recommended constructions was structural discontinuity (i.e., separate/resilient, double construction), combined with significant
Wilber School Apartments. Photo credit: Acentech mass (i.e., multiple layers of gypsum wall board, gypcrete, etc.). After construction was complete, Acentech visited the Wilber School Apartments and measured the as-built sound isolation. In all cases, the project goals were met, and in most cases, exceeded by noticeable margins. The test results are uniformly impressive, especially for wood frame construction. Without a doubt, part of the success is attributable to high quality construction and attention to detail by the project contractors, Keith Construction. Josh Cohen, development director at Beacon Communities, estimates an incremental additional construction cost equal to about 2% of the base contract to achieve
the better sound isolation results at the Wilber School Apartments, compared with the construction costs of typical wood frame apartments. Is this additional cost worth it? Most landlords would say yes, since the enhanced sound isolation will help to reduce tenant turnover. Josh Cohen also notes that the upgraded floor/ceiling construction permits the use of floor finishes other than carpet in high-traffic areas, reducing the significant cost of carpet replacement. Christopher Savereid is the president of Acentech Inc., a multi-disciplinary acoustics, audiovisual systems design, and vibration consulting firm.
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Plymouth, MA - Light House Point Residences, the newest in waterfront luxury living, announced that it has earned LEED certification on its recently completed model unit. Located on more than 11 acres, Light House Point will eventually consist of 42 units in eight buildings. Once the site of the famous Hedge
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family brick manufacturing company from 1820 to the 1880s, the project is located at the end of Hedge Road, just 400 yards south of the commuter rail and Cordage Park. Upon entering the property, you will first see the 2,000sf clubhouse with gym facilities, full kitchen for entertaining, and a grand main room for your enjoyment.
Behind the clubhouse there is an oversized pool with expansive lounging areas. Looking out across the pool is a 2.5acre fresh water spring-fed pond complete with swans and with views of the Cape Cod Bay beyond. The property has 1,500 feet of ocean frontage looking to Duxbury to the north and east and the reach of Long
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Funds for Multi-Family Housing Boston, MA - The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved $1 million in funds to support the city’s effort to provide renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures in existing affordable multifamily rental properties. Together with $1 million in recovery act funds that the city received, the $2 million will leverage millions more in new funding recently allocated from Massachusetts utility companies.
While some of Boston’s affordable housing stock is new and built to current, more stringent energy efficiency standards, much of Boston’s affordable housing stock is old and inefficient, resulting in higher energy costs for building owners and lowincome tenants. In addition to providing immediate and positive economic impacts for the owners and tenants of the affordable properties, the initiative will spur green-
collar job creation. This spring, utility companies in Massachusetts will offer a new multi-million dollar energy efficiency retrofit grant program for existing low-income multifamily properties owned by public housing authorities and nonprofits. This program will provide owners direct services that will benchmark a development’s energy use and in most cases complete a compre-
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Feldman Scans for Nat’l Parks
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KBE Starts Whitney Center Hamden, CT - KBE Building Corporation has started construction on Whitney Center’s Renaissance Project in Hamden. Whitney Center is a 30-year-old continuing care retirement community currently offering 204 residential units and 59 skilled nursing beds. This comprehensive expansion of the existing community will further enhance the high quality of life that residents already enjoy. KBE is providing construction manager at-risk services The first phase of the renaissance project includes construction of a sevenstory building providing 87 spacious independent living apartments, a new “Main Street” connector between the existing and new facility, a 120-car precast parking garage, and a maintenance facility. The new apartments will range form 1,400sf to 1,800sf. The Main Street corridor will reorganize the existing public spaces on the first floor to create a dynamic community setting that includes a cultural arts cen-
ter, bistro, salon, upgraded fitness center, expanded library, and a resident business center. Phase 1 will also encompass renovations to the kitchen and dining facilities. A future phase will include construction of a four-story building with 32 new assisted living apartments and a new health and wellness center with 48 skilled nursing beds and memory loss program. KBE recently completed a $2.6 million window replacement project at the existing facility, which upgraded all windows within the fully occupied building. The Whitney Center project is designed by SFCS, Inc. of Roanoke, Va., which provided all architectural, structural engineering, and mechanical/electrical engineering services. Milone and McBroom of Cheshire, Conn. are providing civil engineering services, and ART Engineering Corporation of Worcester, Mass. is providing engineering design services for security, data, and telecommunications. Eventus Strategic Properties of Philadelphia is the development manager.
New Bedford, MA - Harry R. Feldman, Inc. has been commissioned to scan two major pieces of whaling history. The National Parks Service called on Feldman to perform an interior and exterior scan of the Baker-Robinson Oil Refinery, a gabled New Bedford building with rubble stone masonry. This new project comes on the heels of the work they have performed scanning the Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaling ship, for the Mystic Seaport Museum. Exterior scan of the Baker-Robinson Oil Refinery Built in 1847, the BakerRobinson Oil Refinery was used for manufacturing candles and refining whale ogy, heritage preservation, planning and oil. This building was an important part compliance for the National Park Service’s of the New Bedford whaling industry until Northeast Region, knew it was urgent to find a way to document this historic struc1925. A developer has the site under con- ture before significant changes occur. Pendery called the Feldman team struction and is building a hotel and plans and after hearing about the urgency of the to utilize this historic structure within his matter, a meeting was set up on site the project. However, Steven R. Pendery, next day. Since construction was active, Ph.D., acting branch chief of archaeolthe team returned to the site on Saturday and Monday to complete the work. They completed the scanning from 12 different locations and stitched all of the information together into one model. The resolution of this scanning will allow the team to show stone by stone construction as well as all wall thicknesses in addition to the brick fireplace located in the Interior scan of the Baker-Robinson Oil Refinery middle of the building.
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Development Proposed for Hanover Hanover, MA - A proposed mixed-use development on approximately 80 acres of land near the intersections of routes 3 and 53 in Hanover could potentially yield $2 million in annual tax revenue to the town and produce construction jobs as well as permanent office and retail employment opportunities, developers told planning board members at a March 15 hearing. Jack Sullivan, president of Woodland Development Company, with offices in Norwood and Norwell, told planning board members that their plans include a combination of four-story commercial buildings near Route 3 as well as 110 units of market rate housing that would include townhouses and garden-style buildings. Sullivan, who chaired a meeting of neighborhood residents several weeks ago, said that the plan for the Interchange project could include a hotel/conference center, corporate office park, and possibly some high-end retail stores. Development of the project is based in part upon a town meeting vote to make some modifications to the town’s new Interchange District Zone. Woodland Development estimates the cost of the project at around $100 million when completed and projects that the Interchange project should provide more than 100 construction and related jobs during construction and accommodate 1,500 to 2,000 permanent positions when completed. According to the development team, the 300-ft buffer from the Woodland Road neighborhood contains 40% of the build-
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Housing Project Nears Completion A.P. Construction GC - Hennessy Architects Stamford, CT – A.P. Construction Company, the general contracting and construction management division of The Ashforth Company, is currently completing the construction of a 37,000sf, affordable housing project. The multi-family, residential property is located at 25 Third Street in downtown Stamford. This project includes the conversion of an existing 25,000sf B office building to a 50-unit apartment building. A 12,000sf addition is being added to the rear so that the project will provide 13 studio, 25 one-bedroom, and 13 two-bedroom affordable apartments. Serious Glass windows are being installed, which let natural light in while blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation. These windows are designed to reduce energy consumption and operating costs. They also may potentially help cut con-
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Future of Dormitory Living
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Springfield, MA – Erland Construction of Burlington recently completed the new 58,500sf Richard B. Flynn Campus Union at Springfield College. Shortly before completion of the Campus Union, Erland began renovations to Judd Gymnasia – the oldest building on the Springfield College campus. The rehab of the 116-year-old building will yield the Stitzer Center. Teaming with architect Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, Erland constructed the Campus Union in 16 months. A central location for student services and activities, international programs, career services, volunteer programs, residence life offices, and the staff of the student affairs division, the Campus Union features a food court with a two-story atrium for casual dining, a sports bistro with large flat-screen televisions, and a spiritual life center with a meditation room. Other facilities include a large subdividable multi-purpose room with LCD projectors, bookstore, convenience store, post office, several conference rooms and lounges, and activity space.
For the rehabilitation of Judd Gymnasia into the Stitzer YMCA Center, Erland is teaming with Stephen Jablonski Architects. The 39,350sf building will receive a total makeover, including a complete overhaul of the HVAC and MEP systems. The new Stitzer Center will include the College’s Office of YMCA Relations, YMCA program space, and the YMCA Hall of Fame. A new Springfield College museum and the College archives, along with new student activity space, will also be housed in this space.
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Hamden, CT - The Crescent Residence Hall on the York Hill Campus of Quinnipiac University is by no means your father’s dormitory. Designed to meet the needs and housing preferences of 21st-century college students, the Crescent Residence Hall, with its wind turbine garden and solar panel rooftop, is more than just an ecofriendly, green-energy showcase. The structure is also innovative and trendy on the inside. The six-story facility, housThe Crescent Residence Hall on the York Hill Campus of ing nearly 2,000 students, Quinnipiac University features apartment-style living with multiple bedrooms in the lower levels, while at the same rooms, common areas, and kitchenettes. time providing ample space for the design Apartment-style student housing is a trend of student living areas on the upper floors. that cuts across public and private colleges Hollowcore allows architects to and universities nationwide. maximize space without designing around According to architects and design- numerous posts and beams common in ers who specialize in educational facilities, traditional construction. Floor to ceiling the increased use of precast concrete com- heights and finishing are also kept to a ponents allows architects and designers minimum. And due to the natural fire rating to go beyond the old style center corridor of precast, fireproofing cost are diminished. with rooms on each side. Now, the use of Along with nearly 500 wedge-shaped solid hollowcore slabs, wall panels in various slabs that were used to create the signature shapes, colors, and textures, spandrels, shape of the building, 2,061 pieces of holstairwells, and precast columns allows ar- lowcore slab were used in the construction chitects and designers to create more livable of the Crescent Residence Hall. Quite posand multi-functional spaces. In the case of sibly the most impressive fact was that it the Crescent Residence Hall, precast hol- was erected during the harsh New England lowcore provided more unobstructed space winter. for meeting rooms and other multi-purpose The Crescent Residence Hall is evi-
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Children’s Facility Breaks Ground Windover Teams up w/ Peterman Architects Beverly, MA - Ground was broken on a new 28,000sf facility at the Children’s Center for Communication (a.k.a. Beverly School for the Deaf) in Beverly. This two-story design-build project being done by Windover Construction in association with Peterman Architects of Concord will feature classrooms, a library, and a new cafeteria. This is the first major construction project at this school in decades and will be built while the rest of the campus is operating. Construction is expected to be complete in January 2011.
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Most of the following text is excerpt- Slate roofs were repaired and recovered ed from a permanent, public exhibit in the with matching slates. The most severely main entrance lobby of the rehabilitated soiled areas of brickwork were cleaned and first phase of the project. repointed extensively. Brick matches were altham, MA - The Waltham difficult to achieve, but most were manWatch Company, also known aged with salvaged materials from blocked historically as the Boston Watch openings. New blight-resistant elms were Company, the American Watch Company, located along Crescent Street to emphasize and the American Waltham Watch Com- the entrance blocks. pany, was founded on its present site along The project retains two buildings the Charles River in 1854. The company renovated as part of Phase 1 along the helped to transform the art of creating Charles River and another inside a courttimepieces while fundamentally changing yard. Interior spaces are largely left unthe way Americans perceived time itself. changed, except for removal of lead paint During the company’s heyday, on windows and brick walls, and the reWaltham became known around the world moval of lead-painted ceilings to reveal as “Watch City.” The Waltham Watch Com- the structural timber overhead as well as pany was more than important to Waltham redundant stairs. – it was essential. Watches ticked at the From the outset, Berkeley Investheart of the town’s identity. Most of the ments recognized the importance of insouth side of Waltham was reconfigured as part of the company’s land improvement efforts, which led to the development of enclaves of workers’ housing and supporting businesses. The Watch Factory presents a proud frontage for roughly one-quarter mile along Crescent Street, a main Waltham thoroughfare that parallels the Charles River. This elevation is remarkably consistent architecturally in spite of its episodic and idio- Interior spaces are largely left unchanged to reveal the strucsyncratic development tural timber overhead. Photo credits: Richard Mandelkorn pattern. The Crescent Street frontage is built with orange-red tegrating sustainable solutions for storm brick masonry and very narrow mortar water treatment into the landscape and joints articulated by Brownstone-capped civil engineering plans. The Charles River piers. Entrance blocks with elaborate roofs Watershed Association joined the team as (originally taller and more elaborate) are a consultant on water quality management. close to the continuous sidewalk, while Together the team balanced their proposals 200-foot-long mill façades are set back for control of surface water pollutants with and separated from the street with sloping containment procedures required to keep planes of lawn. possible soil contaminants immobilized. Berkeley Investment’s $25 million The landscape solution integrates the rehabilitation project is subject to the re- Watch Factory’s dramatic courtyard spaces view process of the Department of the In- into the overall circulation of the complex terior’s Investment Tax Credit program for and creates an architectural statement with Historic Preservation. Character-defining rain gardens to cool and cleanse storm waelements of the exterior have been treated ter before it is released to the Charles Rivcarefully with interwoven campaigns of er. These solutions are important models repair, restoration, and reconstruction. This for other historic industrial river frontages. careful consideration of individual areas This project is remarkable for its reof masonry, slate roofing, wood windows, tention of the existing windows, original and landscape features minimized replace- frames, and management of heat loss with ment and further minimized demolition. storm windows. Windows occupy a much
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SG&A Designs Science Building Easton, MA - Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc. of Boston (SG&A) is the architect and interior designer for the 46,000sf renovation and conversion of the Merkert-Tracy Science Building at Stonehill College in Easton. The building was originally built in 1949 with an addition constructed in 1979. The renovation will convert the existing facility into an administrative office building for several different departments including finance, advancement, development, and alumni relations. Used as a science building with labs, classrooms and faculty offices, the existing facility will be converted into an administrative office building for several different departments including finance, advancement,
development, and alumni relations. Spagnolo Gisness first completed a feasibility study considering existing conditions and project budget. The design team also developed the program for each department. In addition to the interior fit-out, SG&A has also designed a new main lobby entrance for the building that is handicap accessible. The project is expected to be in construction this winter and completed in time for the next academic school year. The renovation is part of the ongoing campus masterplan at Stonehill that includes a recently completed 85,000sf new science building and a new 252 bed residence hall now under construction.
SMMA Completing Renovations at Marblehead’s Village School Marblehead, MA - Scheduled to conclude this summer, a $13 million comprehensive renovation and modernization project is being completed at the Village School for the town of Marblehead. Designed by Cambridge-based Symmes Maine & McKee Associates (SMMA), the project is part of a phased revitalization of the Marblehead schools. The program at the Village School rejuvenates both the building interior and exterior, and provides a new roof and windows, new energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, ADA compliance, and life safety upgrades throughout the 123,000sf school building. SMMA divided the project into two phases, each focused on one of the building’s two wings: a single-story structure built in 1955 and a three-story addition built in 1967. The phasing, along with an aggressive schedule, minimized disruption to the school’s 700 students and 75 faculty. While the sixth grade class was relocated temporarily to nearby Veterans Middle School, the fourth and fifth graders were able to remain in the school throughout the 20-month construction period with no loss of any school days. Phase 1, which addressed the original single-story structure, concluded in January of this year, allowing fourth and fifth graders a smooth transition back to normal school life following their scheduled win-
ter vacation. At the building’s re-opening Paul Dulac, Marblehead school superintendent, remarked on both the extraordinary impact the renovations would make for teachers and students. He noted that the project team delivered the project on time and “way under budget.” The Village School project is the latest chapter in a decade-long collaboration among the SMMA design team and the town of Marblehead. SMMA first consulted to the town on a Facility Master Plan Report for the school system’s facilities in 1999. SMMA later completed design for the new 215,000sf Marblehead High School, which opened in 2002. Later, the firm led the renovation and reuse design of the old high school building into a new 150,000sf Veteran’s Middle School, which opened in 2004. The phasing of these multiple projects and the careful movement of students to accommodate construction within schools were critical components for Marblehead’s school-age families. “Delivering these phased school projects on time, and working to make sure we could safely undertake renovation within an active school environment, were crucial to our success together,” said Joel Seeley, a principal with SMMA.
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FSC’s Mara Village Built by Colantonio/Designed by CBT Fitchburg, MA - Fitchburg State College’s newest and greenest residence hall in Mara Village, built by Colantonio, Inc. of Holliston, opened to students in August, 2009. This $14.4 million, 40,000sf project features five stories and 14 suites, providing a badly needed boost of 104 beds to the campus. Designed by Childs Bertman and Tseckares, the building links the existing upper and lower villages, originally made up of a group of eight buildings. New walkways, improved lighting, and the addition of a common space centrally located within the new hall provide the unified look and feel sought by the college. Students are enjoying new state-ofthe-art housing that helps unify the college campus while also employing many environmentally friendly features. The site of the new hall presented a significant challenge due to a 40-foot change in elevation between the existing Upper and Lower villages. In order to stabilize the hillside while minimizing disruption to the students and neighbors, the team successfully used a soil-nail wall, which consisted of a two-foot-thick application of shot-crete with 40-foot anchor ties. The new grand stair was strategically constructed around the hilly terrain to join the existing buildings with the new dormitory.
construction, all recyclable products were sorted and distributed to local recycling centers. Low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, caulking, and adhesives were used throughout the construction to help improve indoor air quality. Preand post-consumer rated materials such as poured-in-place concrete, structural steel, ornamental metals and certified wood, carpet, and impact rubber flooring materials were also used.
Mara Village Dormitory Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act called for a ramp leading into the new building from the lower two buildings, where a separate elevator leads to the upper-level grade of the main campus. A LEED Certified Silver-rated building, Mara Village boasts features that maximize energy savings and help reduce overall water consumption on campus.
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The Watermark at East Hill’s pool/Wellness Center the residents an open green area intact.” In addition to The Club, The Watermark at East Hill renovated its dining halls and added an eco-friendly café, art gallery, billiards lounge, bar, and movie theater, allowing residents and guests to further socialize and enjoy time spent at the community.
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The American University for Medical Studies Kuwait: A Case Study in Campus Planning in the Gulf Region by Jerrell Angell and Dan M. Muntean Designing higher education facilities in the Middle East offers great challenges to Western architects. For the most part, campus planning efforts in the Arabian Gulf Region are based on a combination of Western standards as well as the practices, programmatic requirements and site influences particular to local regulations, traditions, and culture. These influences include gender separation, the environmental conditions, automobile usage, facility size, and site conditions. Western practices and design approaches often set the general framework for campus plans. However, it is the local practices, traditions, and sitespecific conditions that fill in the details. Gender separation. Policies regarding gender separation can range from total segregation, such as different men’s and women’s campuses, to partial separation, which includes separate sitting/study areas in libraries, cafeterias, auditoriums, and complete separation in classrooms and labs through scheduling. Implications on campus planning — outside of building design — focus on how buildings are entered, pedestrian connections between buildings, segregation within parking areas/structures, and access to the campus and to parking facilities. In mixed gender campuses, the general rule of thumb is no segregation where opposite sexes cross paths or use a facility for less than a few minutes. Where opposite sexes have the opportunities to spend more time together,
boards. Traditional elements of Islamic design — water features, gardens, wind catches and screen elements — are desirable not only for their mitigating affects on negative climatic conditions but also for their architectural and placemaking value. Automobile usage. Vehicular circulation and parking are almost always the Aerial perspective of final master plan largest land use on a Gulf Region universome type of separation is recommended sity campus. Even with most car parking or required. Environmental considerations. The accommodated by garage structures, parkseverity of the Gulf climate greatly influ- ing and roadways typically consume 40% ences the layout and location of campus fa- or more of a campus site. Buildings will cilities. With respect to building locations, utilize another 30% of the site, with open south and west exposures are to be mini- space/recreation left with only about 30% mized while buildings on a north-south of the total site area. Parking is typically axis are preferred. Openings to courtyards, provided at a 1:1 ratio – one space per fullbreezeways, and building entrances should time equivalent (FTE) student. Campuses be located to take advantage of prevailing are not served by public transportation and cooling winds — in the case of Kuwait, almost all students drive alone to school. Building footprints. Gulf Region these winds are from the northwest. Covuniversity facilities are generally 20% to ered walkways between buildings are desirable, distances between buildings should 30% larger than comparable facilities on be minimized, and pedestrian walkways Western campuses. This is because these adjacent to buildings should be avoided facilities typically have more generous corbecause of the extreme heat given off from ridors, entryways, and common areas where buildings. Shaded or structured parking is gross to net floor area factors are 60% to highly desirable as noonday sun on summer 80% as compared to factors of 30% to 50% days will literally melt automobile dash- at Western universities. Generous governmental budgets allow for the increased
costs associated with these design inefficiencies. Local building and zoning codes, for the most part, limit building heights to three or four stories. Few, if any high-rise or even mid-rise academic buildings exist on university campuses in Kuwait or other Gulf States, the exception being teaching hospitals at medical universities. Site conditions. Most, if not all, sites for university campus development are devoid of any interesting natural features. Most sites are completely flat and barren, and few sites are set within an urban context. Consequently, place making becomes of primary importance. A strong structural organization to campus plans is highly desirable. The configuration of open space between buildings is as important as the relationship of buildings to each other. Design features that contribute to place making and enhancement of the visual interest, such as landscaping, changes in topography, and view corridors, contribute greatly to a successful campus plan. Master planning of the campus for the American University for Medical Studies, Kuwait took into consideration factors and influences outlined above. This project is a private university being developed on 10-hectare government-owned site in the West Fintas suburb of Kuwait City. The program calls for a total floor area of about 1.2 million square feet and an anticipated full-time enrollment of about 3,600 students — both male and female. Facilities include colleges of dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences, and medicine, a teaching Continued on next page
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American U for Medical Studies hospital, administration building, auditorium, a health sciences research center, and support facilities including housing, sports venues, and outpatient clinics. About 2,800 parking spaces will be provided — more than 2,000 in structured parking facilities. Campus development will be phased over a 10year period. The alternative master plans were prepared using three common Western approaches for the structuring of campus master plans — radial, linear, and quadrangle forms. The radial scheme alternative was chosen as the basis for the final master plan because of its clarity in structural organization, its flexibility for expansion, and — most importantly — its adaptiveness to local traditions, site conditions, and local culture. With the radial scheme walking distances are minimized, gender separation is easily accommodated, pedestrian connections are protected, buildings are provided with breathing room, and main academic buildings are focused on a central courtyard with proper dimensioning and extensive surrounding ground level activities for meaningful place making. Jerry Angell is a principal and Dan Muntean is an urban designer, architect (UK) and Associate at Bostonbased design firm TRO Jung|Brannen.
EYP Designs Facilities For Trinity U San Antonio, TX - Trinity University, San Antonio, selected EYP Architecture & Engineering to design additions and renovations to its science and engineering facilities. Once complete, the facilities will house a variety of departments, including chemistry, biology, psychology, computer science, and engineering science. Phase 1 of the project included the renovation of an auditorium into a multiuse facility, replacing the Science Lecture Hall; renovation of an existing building to create new sociology and anthropology departments; and the addition of a new classroom. Phase 2, scheduled to begin in June, includes construction of a 55,000sf science facility that will connect to Cowles Life Science Building. The new facility will include updated chemistry and biology labs and the creation of classrooms and other areas more conducive to interdisciplinary teaching and research. Phases 3 and 4 will include a complete renovation of the Cowles Building, demolition of the Moody Engineering Science building (current home to chemistry and engineering science), construction of a replacement facility, and creation of a bridge, physically connecting the new and renovated facilities to Marrs-McLean, home of mathematics, physics and astronomy, and geosciences. Throughout the project’s duration, a primary goal is making the facilities green by meeting strict LEED guidelines. Built on a limestone quarry, Trinity University’s campus is cohesive aestheti-
Artist rendering of new Trinity science and engineering facilities cally. EYP’s design seamlessly integrates the new facilities with the rest of the campus. Taking inspiration from the idea that limestone can act as a natural geological aquifer and has been used to construct man-made systems to transport water and building on the concept of an aqueduct, EYP’s multidisciplinary team drew upon
Trinity University’s natural resources, incorporating an interior limestone wall into its design. EYP is a multidisciplinary architecture, engineering, and interior design firm with offices in Albany, N.Y.; Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; and Greenville, S.C.
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orth Andover, MA - Windover Construction of Manchester by the Sea is on track to complete The Villages at the Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover on time in May 2010. Edgewood is an 80-acre, full-service luxury retirement community operated by Life Care Services, LLC. Residents at Edgewood have the ability to age in place and take advantage of an array of on-site services such as The Meadows, a professionally staffed and fully licensed on-site health center that will soon be adding 15 memory-support residences as part of the community’s planned expansion. Windover’s project, The Villages, consists of 24 new construction, singlefamily and duplex style homes interspersed throughout 15 acres of the existing Edgewood Retirement Community campus. The new homes provide independent living for active seniors while creating a neighborhood feel with expanded living and recreational areas for all residents. The Villages team, which included Dewing & Schmid Architects of Concord, blended the historic dairy farm roots of the property with modern building standards. Inspired by the simple dignity of the Shaker Village in Hancock, the new homes provide a distinct New England feel. Lee Dellicker, president of Windover Construction, noted that developing a piece
of Edgewood’s continuing care retirement community presented a unique opportunity for Windover to combine its custom home and institutional development expertise
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Design Begins for Science Center Shepley Bulfinch Design Architect
Houston, TX - Shepley Bulfinch of Boston has begun schematic design for the new Health and Biomedical Science Center for the University of Houston’s College of Optometry. The 167,600sf research and patient eye care center will include an ambulatory surgical center, a laser center, specialized research laboratories, offices, seminar spaces, a new conference facility, and classrooms. Housing an integrated clini- Health and Biomedical Science Center, University cal, teaching, and research pro- of Houston College of Optometry. Image credit: Shepley Bulfinch gram, the new building will dovetail into the existing facility in the date late in 2012. Armistead Building. Shepley Bulfinch is the project’s deThe Health and Biomedical Science sign architect, in association with Bailey Center is scheduled to begin construction Architects of Houston. Tellepsen Builders in October, with a projected completion of Houston is the CM.
by Richard Oakley Buildings in the United States account for approximately 72% of our overall electricity usage (source: usgbc.org). For this reason, there is a need for products that set out to reduce the average building owner’s consumption and resulting energy bill. Conditioning and moving air in these buildings is arguably the largest contributor to the surprising percentage above. Read the following example, and 72% doesn’t seem high enough! It’s the summer, 84 degrees out and you’re in Boston for business. Staying at the Quincy Marriot, you get in, unpack and get dressed for a night out in the city before the real work begins. You crank the room fan-coil up to high to cool The card is not only the room down and the room entry key, it before you think to turn it down, is a sensor. or off, you’re in a cab on your way to Atlantic Avenue for some great steak! Meanwhile, the room is approaching arctic temperatures, and that fan coil is consuming large amounts of energy for no one’s comfort but the room furniture. Does this example sound even remotely possible? Maybe you’ve been the culprit once or twice? Well there are solutions out there! One of which is the new wireless, Battery-less card reader to determine room occupancy. The simple ac-
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Dellbrook Building Shillman House DiMella Shafer Architect Framingham, MA - The 150,565sf Shillman House project was awarded to Dellbrook Construction by the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in September of 2008 after a competitive and negotiated bid process of two months. The project had been in planning and cost development for several years. This is a grounds up project, and when completed in 2011 will provide all the necessary programs to service the client, including a commercial restaurant type kitchen and dining facilities, computer
work station room, and areas for physical therapy. Dellbrook is also providing green construction that includes solar panels for photovoltaic power production, a geothermal well system that is used to lower cooling cost, low VOC flooring and paint materials, and emitters for plant watering. Additionally, the firm is rebuilding the public street infrastructure necessary to service this large complex. DiMella Shafer is architect for the project.
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ranston, RI - E. Turgeon Construction Corporation of Cranston recently completed the construction of the 42,000sf Immaculate Conception Catholic Regional School, replacing the existing Cranston Johnston Catholic Regional School, which is located approximately five miles away. The project includes an 8,000sf renovation to the existing connecting building located on the grounds of the Immaculate Conception Parish located in Cranston. It was constructed at a cost of $9 million. E. Turgeon Construction Corporation was hired as general contractor.
This is the first new school to be opened by the Diocese of Providence in more than 45 years. It incorporates a gymnasium, theater, music room, cafeteria, library, science lab, computer room, two exterior play areas, smartboard technology with overhead projectors in each classroom, and full wireless throughout the school. All teachers have laptops as well as an additional 75+ laptops available for students. The construction time-line was 14 months from start to finish. Project executive was Christopher Ducharme, principal. Architect was Saccoccio & Associates. Front entrance. Photos by Aaron Usher III Photography
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North Shore Hospice House Siemasko + Verbridge Danvers, MA - Siemasko + Verbridge led the interior design effort for Hospice of the North Shore’s Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, the first licensed hospice facility in Massachusetts to provide inpatient hospice care. The design objective was to create a feeling of home that speaks to the multitude and variety of people whose lives will be affected in the space. It is not a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation facility. Rather, it is a comfortable home-like setting where experienced nurses and support staff provide 24 hour care and where visiting family members and friends can spend quality time with their loved one anytime, day or night. The design concept was to create an interior space in harmony with the exterior and landscape that offers comfort, security, and a sense of home for all who pass through. The design includes: • 12 private bedrooms with baths and furnishings to accommodate the overnight stay of a loved one. • A living room with a fireplace and a children’s play area. • A second living room with an entertainment center and additional children’s room. • A spacious country kitchen. • A dining room where families can gather.
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Living room with fireplace • A library for solitude and quiet reading time. • A chapel/meditation room looking out on the courtyard Healing Garden. • Three beautifully landscaped gardens and peaceful walking paths. Shortly after completion, Hospice of the North Shore received top honors as Best Healthcare Design at the First Annual IIDA New England Interior Design Awards.
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Boston, MA - Acentech Inc., a multidisciplinary acoustics, audiovisual systems design, and vibration consulting firm, provided consulting and design services for The Ansin Building of Fenway Health, a new health facility and research center in Boston’s West Fens neighborhood. Working with Anshen+Allen Architects, who provided interior architecture services, Acentech consulted on architectural acoustics, mechanical system noise and vibration control, audiovisual and IT systems design for the 10-story, 100,000sf facility, the largest facility ever constructed by an organization with a specific mission to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Fenway Health provides high quality, comprehensive healthcare in a welcoming environment. Acentech designed the audiovisual and IT systems for the new building. Audiovisual systems serve several conference rooms, a three-segment divisible meeting space, the boardroom, and the 176-seat auditorium located on the top floor. The
designs include digital signage systems, complex large-screen display systems, videoconferencing, distance learning, and a room scheduling system. Acentech also designed the IT system for the facility, which not only supports these technological spaces, but also supports the various pieces of medical equipment and needs of the staff. It provides Fenway with a VoIP phone system, building-wide data network, and WiFi connectivity. Additionally, the data network is both the primary means for interconnecting the AV systems and provides the Fenway staff with a single point of control, helping to lower the resources used by Fenway to manage and maintain the various systems. Each conference room includes a touch screen control panel that provides users with a single, uniform interface to the systems, allowing even a novice user to easily recall presets to support the various types of events supported by that space. Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston served as exterior architect for the Fenway Health project.
Pro Con Completes HNNH Design Portsmouth, NH – Pro Con Inc of Manchester has completed a 4,500sf design build office fit-up for Human Nature Natural Health ( HNNH ), a state-of-the-art naturopathic medical clinic. The medical facility is located on the first floor of the newly expanded 155 Borthwick Ave – West, a Class A office building, which is convenient to I-95 and adjacent to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. The newly completed medical facility includes a reception area and patient waiting room, 15 treatment rooms, three physician offices, and a patient lounge. Treatment rooms are equipped for specialized natural therapies including physical medicine, oxygen based treatments, nutritional and cleansing therapies. Low chemical construction was utilized to minimize chemical off-gassing,
Human Nature Natural Health naturopathic medical clinic and the office was designed with a bio-wall in duct UV air purifier that filters out 99% of the contaminants in the air stream. Pro Con Inc was the architect and the construction manager for the $500,000 design build project that was completed two weeks ahead of schedule. The Human Nature Natural Health office opened in January 2010.
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Designing a Vegetated Green Roof System for Electronic Leak Detection
by Laura Kozel With the increasing number of vegetated roofs, electronic leak detection is a critical part of the design and installation to mitigate risk to the contractors and building owner. Although vegetated roofs have many benefits, their primary function is to manage stormwater, and they will be a valuable tool to support compliance with the upcoming new Massachusetts DEP stormwater management requirements. Electronic leak detection technology can pinpoint any breaches in the waterproofing membrane, even with ballast or a vegetated green roof, if the entire system is designed appropriately. It is far superior to the alternatives of flood testing or infrared scans, neither of which locate exactly where the breach is in the waterproofing. Electronic leak detection techniques, which include Smartex vector mapping Vegetated green roof at Simmons College, Boston installed by Apex Green Roofs and high voltage testing, find breaches by over a Sarnafil PVC membrane trying to force current or complete a circuit through the non conductive waterproofing waterproofing membrane and the surface be installed on any roof to facilitate future membrane. The following must be taken where the technicians are performing the one-time scans of the roof. into consideration to ensure the system can test. The only alternative is a permanent, • A conductive mesh is required unbe tested: automated leak detection system. der the waterproofing in a fully adhered • EPDM is not testable in general be• Vector mapping requires water in roofing system that includes a vapor barrier cause it is a conductive membrane. the system to work. It is recommended to be able to test. • Waterproofing membranes should that the membrane be exposed for several • A conductive mesh may also be be chosen to avoid the need for a polyeth- months prior to testing or that the mem- built into a roofing system to increase the ylene root barrier in the vegetated roof sys- brane be carefully pressure-washed to accuracy of the test as it will minimize the tem. The root barrier will permanently in- ensure water is in the system. distance water has to travel beneath the MatrixAir ad -any March 2010.pdf 3/25/2010 11:38:57 hibit the ability to do type of electronic • TheAMsetup for vector mapping can waterproofing to complete the circuit. leak scans. It acts as a barrier between the
The vegetated roof at Simmons College is a great example of a testable design. The vegetated roof was built by Apex Green Roofs over a Sarnafil G476 waterproofing membrane. This membrane does not require a root barrier. The green roof profile, which meets all current ASTM green roof standards, includes a protection fabric, sheet drain (holding .12 gallons/sq ft), 4 oz separation fabric, and four to eight inches of engineered green roof media. The green roof is accessible and has a curved patio area of pedestal pavers. It is predominantly an extensive roof with seven varieties of sedum but also includes some semi-intensive planting pockets that are eight inches deep which support taller, herbaceous plantings like Rudbeckia (commonly known as Black Eyed Susan), little bluestem, and some native grasses. This vegetated roof has a wide variety of plants, colors, and bloom times and heights up to three feet. Progeo Monitoring is a local source for electronic leak detection and offers Smartex technologies for one-time scans and permanent, automated leak detection systems. Laura Kozel is President at Plant America Green, Inc.
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Pro Con Design Builder Keene, NH Keene’s first environmentally friendly green hotel, a 65,795sf Courtyard by Marriott, is on target to be completed by June 2010. Oleo Corporation of Ludlow, Vt. and Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels of Manchester, N.H. are the owners, and Colwen Management of Nashua, N.H. will manage the hotel. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. is the design builder for the new hotel, which is located in Railroad Square, one block from Keene’s downtown business district. Laconia Savings Bank is providing the financing for the $8.1 million project. Keene’s first environmentally friendly “green” hotel. Pro Con Inc and the hotel owners are intending and pursuing The five-story hotel will offer 100 to make the Courtyard by Marriott LEED guestrooms, including four suites. Plans certified from the US Green Building include a bistro and lounge area, 2,100sf of Council. flexible meeting space, a business center, Pro Con Inc. is using regional & guest market, and an indoor pool and fitrecycled materials in construction and is ness room. In keeping with the historic naincorporating environmentally beneficial ture of Railway Square, the hotel will have strategies in the hotel’s development and a brick façade, which is nearly complete. daily operations.
North Andover - Governor Deval Patrick recently announced the award of federal stimulus-funded contracts to install 4.1 megawatts of solar energy at 12 public water and wastewater treatment facilities throughout the Commonwealth. These projects will help to reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas impacts while creating jobs and growing the state’s solar industry. The 12 contracts represent the state’s largest-ever award for solar installation at public facilities. Worth approximately $20 million in ARRA funding, the projects are expected to be complete between June 2010 and July 2011. They include municipal and regional facilities in Ashland, Hyannis, Chelmsford, Easton, Fairhaven, Falmouth, Holden, Marlborough, Blackstone/Millbury, East Freetown, Pittsfield, and Townsend. Governor Patrick made the announcement at the North Andover logistics center of Nexamp Inc., a four-year old veteranfounded clean energy company that employs 45 skilled workers – including many veterans – up from just six employees in 2006. Nexamp and its partner, Florence Electric of Taunton, won the contracts through a competitive solicitation by the Department of Energy Resources. “Nexamp is honored to be selected through this highly competitive process to design and install these important solar projects.” said Dan Leary, president and chief operating officer at Nexamp. We look forward to optimizing the Massachusetts solar stimulus funding to provide long-term savings to each of the sites while creating skilled, green-collar jobs.” Once complete, the solar projects will
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Boston, MA - Nitsch Engineering, Inc. was one of the first 23 companies to earn certification as a Sustainable Business Leader from the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston. Nitsch Engineering has been integrating sustainability into site and building development projects for more than 10 years and has also been working to bring this focus on Judith Nitsch accepts certificate from Laury Hamsustainability into its own office. In mel, SBLP director, and James Hunt, Boston chief 2007, a group of employees started of environmental and energy services the “Nitsch Green Team” to research different ways to implement sustainnew areas in which to improve, Nitsch Enability into the office. The company began gineering applied and was accepted into by instituting changes such as buying only the Sustainable Business Leader Program recycled paper, setting printers to default (SBLP) in 2008. Working with advisors to double-sided printing, installing Energy from SBLP, Nitsch Engineering created a Star dishwashers so that they could disconSustainability Action Plan that defined spetinue the use of paper plates and plastic cific steps to reduce its carbon footprint and utensils, and encouraging employees to use be more green. The company completed all public transportation or bicycles to comof the items on the plan in 2009 and was in mute to work. SBLP’s first graduating class in late FebruTo build on this progress and find ary 2010.
Solar Air Heating in the Commercial Building Sector
by Brian Wilkinson Having been involved in the renewables business since 1985, I’m perplexed that solar air heating systems for nonresidential applications have not eked out a greater share of the industry’s attention or government funding. Commercial buildings alone in the United States, including stores, offices, schools, churches, hospitals, warehouses, and jails, accounted for nearly 20% of all energy use in the United States in 2008 according the US Energy Information Administration’s 2008 Annual Energy Review. Within this sector alone space heating and ventilation accounted for nearly 20% of the energy end use derived from natural gas and petroleum. Currently available unglazed transpired solar collectors and some high efficiency, backpass solar air heating systems now operate at near 70% efficiency, resulting in remarkably high returns on investment. The most cost-effective and efficient solar air heating system commercially available is the unglazed, transpired solar collector (UTC) that was developed in conjunction some years ago with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. The US Department of Energy calls such systems the most reliable, best-performing, and lowest-cost solar heating method for commercial and industrial buildings available on the market today. These solar fresh air heating systems are demonstrating operating efficiencies upwards of 70% and show paybacks within five years on most new buildings.
Apart from the energy savings benefits, the health benefits of fresh air are well known. According to the University of Michigan’s Centre for Sustainable Systems, volatile organic compounds (VOC) are found in concentrations of up to five times greater than naturally found in the environment. The typical means of reducing VOCs to improve indoor air quality is the introduction of fresh ventilation air, the heating of which in cold climates can be achieved cost effectively using a transpired or high-efficiency backpass solar collector. Commercially available products, marketed under the MatrixAir brand, are straightforward, simple, and efficient. Perforated metal cladding is used to draw in heated fresh air off the surface of south-facing walls, where it can then be distributed throughout the building as pre-heated ventilation air. The genius of this system is in the cladding and overall systems’ fundamental simplicity: solar energy is used to heat fresh air, which is then brought into the building via a conventional make-up air or ventilation system. Apart from the commercial and institutional applications, other excellent applications for solar air heating include combustion air pre-heating and make-up air preheating for garages or any manufacturing plant where high volumes of fresh air are required throughout the workday. Brian Wilkinson is the president of Matrix Energy Inc., a firm devoted to the design and marketing of solar air heating systems since 1990.
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Photovoltaic Arrays by Brandy Chambers, LEED AP Photovoltaic (PV) arrays are one of the most versatile sustainability approaches in the market today. Mounted on a building or as a stand alone entity, PV technology can be integrated into virtually any project and is one of the most reliable technologies available, with most manufacturers offering 25-year warranties on their panels. Additionally, with the current availability of government incentives, small-scale PV offers a fairly attractive payback term, in some cases as low as six to seven years. PV cells are thin, silicon-based semiconductors that convert energy from the sun into electricity. These cells are grouped into modules (also called panels) which, in turn, are grouped together to form an array. Available PV technologies in the marketplace today range in performance, price, longevity, and aesthetics, but the two major technologies available are broadly classified as either thin-film or crystalline. Although the thin-film manufacturing process requires significantly smaller amounts of silicon, making the panels considerably less expensive than their crystalline counterparts, the historically low efficiencies of thin-film has led crystalline technologies to dominate the marketplace. The term “efficiency” refers to the percentage of available sun energy that the module converts into electrical energy. However, thin film technology has recently made significant improvements, and the panels are now at an efficiency level that is competitive with that of crystalline modules. The current market average for crystalline modules is 16% to 18%, whereas thin film is currently around 10% to 13%. The major pitfall of PV remains its cost, with a first cost of approximately $7.50 per watt. In other words, an array in the Northeast could take as long as 20 years to pay for itself. However, there are a variety of federal and state incentives currently available that can bring it down significantly. In particular, there is a 30% federal tax credit available to virtually all projects, and many states have additional incentives. For example, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) offers additional rebates on systems up to 500kW in size, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers rebates on systems up to 50kW in size, in addition to a state-offered tax credit. An increasingly popular option for people who are interested in solar but find the upfront cost too steep is a power purchase Agreement (PPA). Through this arrangement, an independent third party installs an array on to the interested party’s property but retains ownership of the array, receiving all associated incentives and tax breaks. The property owner then agrees to buy the electricity that the array produces at a fixed cost-per-watt for a period of time. Since this cost-per-watt is typically lower than utility-supplied electricity, the property owner benefits from that low cost without the potential headaches involved in financing and maintaining the array. The production output of an array is directly related to the amount of incident
sunlight that it receives. While the best way to maximize the incident sunlight is to install a motorized two-axis tracking system, those systems are prohibitively expensive and rarely used. Installers opt instead for a fixed-axis array installed at an angle and oriented such that the sloping face is directed south. The optimal angle for maximum sunlight varies depending on the longitude of the location. For example, in the Northeast, the angle is 30 degrees from the horizontal. Some installations also allow for manual adjusting of that angle to account for seasonal changes in the sun’s position. In some cases, particularly for multiple-story buildings, wind loading from the angled array becomes a concern. In these scenarios, it may make more sense to mount the array flat to the roof, sacrificing some efficiency. There are sometimes cases where the electricity output of the array exceeds the site’s total electricity usage. In the past, this required the installation of an expensive battery storage system. However, most major utility companies have now changed their interconnection requirements to permit the connection of parallel generation sources such as PV, which means that excess power from the array can simply be fed back to the grid. Depending on the utility company, that will either spin the customer’s meter backward, or the array power will be metered separately and the utility company will buy the electricity from the site at a special rate. It should be noted that excess power situations are rare. In addition to the physical size limitations that most arrays are subject to (i.e., free building roof space), there are also amperage limitations imposed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in their interconnection recommendations. In particular, the IEEE recommends that the array be sized such that the maximum output does not exceed 30% of the rating of the panel or substation that it is being connected into. Typically, only buildings with low summertime usage, such as schools, would see an overage situation. With the current efficiencies of PV modules, approximately 65-70 ft2 of roof space is needed per kW of array. This means that an array rated for 25kW would require at least 1625 ft2 of roof space. If it was located in Massachusetts, for example, it would produce approximately 30MWh of electricity in a given year—enough to power four homes—and with the incentives available in the state, it could have a payback term as low as five years. As PV technology advances and becomes more efficient, installations will have increasingly favorable payback periods, particularly for thin-film. This effect will be magnified by the expected spike in energy prices in response to the growing global demand for fossil fuels. It is also likely that PPAs will see a significant rise in popularity, all of which will eventually make solar a major contributor to the electricity market.
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FDA HQ Gets LEED Gold Silver Spring, MD – KlingStubbins, in association with RTKL, announced that Building One, the new “front door” of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) headquarters consolidation at White Oak in Silver Spring, is the first renovation project in the GSA National Capitol Region to achieve a LEED-NC Gold certification. Sustainable Design Consulting provided guidance throughout the LEED certification process. The adaptation of historic Building One symbolizes the transformation of the White Oak campus from a weapons research facility to a 21st-century head-
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Identify Weatherization Opportunities and Improve Quality Control Using Infrared Cameras and Blower Doors by Mike Browne, HERS rater and certified building science tthermographer The nature of the weatherization business is that improvements are largely invisible. Over time, occupants of weatherized homes will notice comfort improvements and reduction in their energy bills, but the installers and overseers of weatherization improvements Mike Brown need quicker and clearer feedback. Furthermore, identifying opportunities for weatherization is often a bit of a guessing game for all involved. Comfort complaints and visible problems can indicate some opportunities; however, other less apparent opportunities are usually missed with a simple walk though and interview with an occupant. Fortunately, there exist tools and techniques that can address both issues. And these tools have become more available as prices have come down and investment in this industry has gone up. Diagnostic use of infrared cameras and blower doors is the key. And in combination, these two tools offer much more than the sum of their individual parts.
The largest component of energy loss in many buildings is air leakage. On its own, correct use of a blower door and manometer can precisely measure just how large this opportunity is, and investigators can, by feel, locate the exaggerated drafts created by the blower door. Trained users of infrared cameras can on their own find some thermographic signatures of air leakage in a home, but only when drafts are flowing strongly enough in the right direction that the temperature of surfaces near the leak are changed due to the difference in temperature between the ambient air and the leaking air. From the inside of a building, thermographic signatures of air leakage at the middle and upper half of a building are just not available under natural conditions. While they may be available on the outside of the building, this less controlled environment and the difficulty of observing roofs and ceilings make thermography less effective from the outside. When an infrared camera is used while a blower door is running, the images change dramatically. The exaggerated drafts now come inward through the entire home which is kept at a constant pressure by the blower door. The resulting infrared images illustrating air leakage will be clear, dramatic, and consistent. I have inspected hundreds of homes,
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Unexpected circumstances come up frequently, and there are many ways that images and blower door findings can be misinterpreted, so training and certification in the use of both tools is very important. Training and certification for general building science, including the correct use of blower doors, is available from BPI and RESNET in week-long courses. Training in infrared thermography is not provided as part of these programs. So, in addition to general building science and blower door training, I recommend taking a certification course on the use of thermography for weatherization. A dedicated individual with this training and certification will be very well equipped to identify and verify the most thorough and effective improvement work in this increasingly important field. Mike Browne is the principal of Advanced Building Analysis, LLC and will be teaching introductory courses in the combined use of thermography and blower doors through special one-day workshops arranged by NESEA. The first of these trainings is scheduled for April 22 in Manchester, N.H. For more information and to register please contact Pamela Lester at NESEA at 413-774-6051 x 14 or plester@ nesea.org.
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Rashi Students’ Hands-On Experience Designed by HMFH Architects Cambridge, MA - The Rashi School, the Boston area Reform Jewish day school, recently engaged sixth grade students in a month-long project to explore what Jewish sacred space is and how it can be represented architecturally. Invited professionals from HMFH Architects, Inc. in Cambridge were on hand to discuss the students’ three-dimensional models of synagogues. The synagogue architecture project is a study unit integrating curricular goals in mathematics, language arts, and Jewish studies. Students beMelissa Greene reviews the three-dimensional gan by examining text from the Torah to understand cues for sacred physical synagogue created by Phil Batler of Newton. Photos by Linda Silverstein, Rashi School space. They also visited three distinct synagogues Reform, Conservative, and HMFH Architects in Cambridge, Mass., Orthodox to recognize the diverse expres- was impressed with the quality of the stusions of Jewish architecture. Taken together, dents’ work and depth of their understandthese two experiences helped students gain ing of architectural traditions and concepts. inspiration for their own projects. Rashi is relocating to a new intergenThe culmination of the project is an erational campus on the Dedham/Needham actual critique of students’ three-dimen- line shared with Hebrew SeniorLife’s Newsional models inspired by their individual Bridge on the Charles community. Rashi’s research. Melissa Greene, an architect from students in grades K-8 will begin the
Melissa Greene reviews the three-dimensional synagogue created by Adin Insoft of Newton.
school year there in the fall of 2010. Greene, project architect for the new school, is responsible for construction documents focused on exterior details, construction administration, and color direction for interior finishes. The 82,000sf new school, designed by HMFH Architects, Inc. for high performance sustainability, is located on a 166-acre campus overlooking the Charles River. The building is expected to earn LEED Silver for Schools certification upon completion.
April Canstruction Event Providence, RI – A group of architects, construction and engineering professionals, architecture and construction management students, and a wholesale natural food distributor have banded together to help relieve the hardship of the growing numbers of Rhode Islanders facing hunger. Their efforts will help to raise tens of thousands of dollars worth of food for the R.I. Community Food Bank in April. Eight teams will design and build giant, amazingly innovative sculptures from thousands of cans of “Extinguish Hunger,” Saccoccio & Associates food in Rhode Island’s third annual Architects’ entry, in the previous Canstruction® Canstruction® sculpture competition. R.I. competition received two awards. Designed to focus public attention on the problem of hunger, the sculptures The teams include: Consigli Conwill remain on exhibit for two weeks after struction, Dimeo Construction and Vision 3 they are built along the Providence Place Architects, Gilbane Building Company and Mall’s Skybridge Concourse on, April 10. Roger Williams University, Innovative OfThe teams will disassemble the sculptures fice Interiors with Durkee Brown Viveiros on April 24, for transportation of several and Werenfels Architects and United Natutons of canned goods to the Rhode Island ral Foods, Jo Ann Bentley Architects LernCommunity Food Bank. Winners in vari- er | Ladds + Bartels and Shawmut Design ous categories of the Canstruction® Rhode and Construction, Robinson Green Beretta Island sculpture competition, all of which Architects, Saccoccio & Associates with will be entered in the national competition, DiPrete Engineering and the Young Conwill be announced at a gala on April 22, in structors Forum. the exhibit area.
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Tighe & Bond Receives Award New Haven, CT - The American Council of Engineering (ACEC) Companies of Connecticut presented Tighe & Bond and Yale-New Haven Hospital with an Engineering Excellence Award for the Route 34 Roadway Improvement Project in New Haven. Tighe & Bond developed roadway improvement concept plans to support the traffic generated by the $467 million Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, as well as to address existing operational and safety deficiencies along the Route 34 expressway and the frontage roads. The firm completed a comprehensive transportation engineering study required by the City of New Haven and the State Traffic Commission. The centerpiece of Tighe & Bond’s design is a modern
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A unique roundabout mitigates traffic impacts from the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. metric modifications along the Bond worked collaboratively with YaleRoute 34 Expressway, widening New Haven Hospital and Turner ConstrucNorth Frontage Road to provide tion Company to administer the construcadditional turning lanes, and the tion phase of the project. Tighe & Bond design of a new traffic control provided shop drawing reviews, attended Chris Granatini (center) accepted the award on signal system involving 12 traffic construction conferences, and observed behalf of Tighe & Bond. signals operated and monitored the work. by the City Traffic Management Construction of the $5 million project started in earnest in May 2008 and was roundabout, unique in that it is located at Center. During the design phase, Tighe & substantially complete by October 2008, the end of the Route 34 Expressway and Bond coordinated with the Connecticut meeting an aggressive five month conprovides access to a parking garage. Tighe & Bond also prepared the Department of Transportation and City of struction schedule. The most significant results of the project include reduced traffic design for other roadway improvements, New Haven to facilitate approvals. Following the completion of the de- congestion and delays, as well as enhanced including highway ramp widening, geosign and issuance of all permits, Tighe & public safety for vehicles and pedestrians.
Providence, RI - Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects (DBVW) has been selected to receive a 2010 Encore Award in the Small Business category. The award “recognizes a small business owner or a small business with fewer than 100 employees for outstanding contributions and in-kind services to Rhode Island’s arts and cultural community.” “Everyone at DBVW is thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to furthering the success of local arts organizations,” says Emily Hall, DBVW’s director of marketing and business development. “This is a big part of our firm culture both professionally and personally.”
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Margulies Perruzzi Architects Designs Expansion of Edgewood
by John Pearson North Andover, MA - The senior population in the United States is growing and changing, and so too are housing options for the senior set. A variety of senior housing is available, from independent living facilities and residents’ apartments to assisted living and John Pearson long-term nursing care. To accommodate older adults as their medical needs and living requirements change, independent living retirement communities are incorporating assisting living facilities, long-term care wings, and Alzheimer’s/dementia units. This integrated approach to care, as an individual’s needs change, is often referred to as “continuing care.” Designing comfortable, safe, and enriching spaces and facilities for these senior years has become the focus of architects, designers, and facility managers. The Edgewood Retirement Community, an independent living and continuing care facility in North Andover, is nearing completion of a major expansion and renovation, the first significant expansion of the facility in more than 10 years. Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), prime architect, designed the project in association with Levi Wong Design Associates (LWDA), senior care and healthcare architect. MPA and LWDA developed the design for the expanded facility through active listening, by conducting focus groups and discussions with Edgewood residents, families of residents, staff, and administrators. Given the overall scope of the project and its impact, physically and psychologically, on the entire Edgewood community, it was critical that the development process include opportunities for community members to express their needs, hopes, and dreams, as well as their fears and concerns. Through these discussions, utmost attention was paid to the sensitivities, special interests, and needs of the elderly popula-
tion – more than 260 senior residents – that call this community home. Located on a rural 80-acre site, the 12-year-old Edgewood retirement community offers independent living and a continuum of care that provides assistance as needed. The 40,000sf renovation and expansion project features 20 patient beds in The Meadows Health Center, Edgewood’s skilled care unit, connected to a wing of “The Garden Path,” a new 15,000sf 40-bed Cognitively Impaired Unit. Ten of the new beds in the CIU are allocated as “swing space,” offering flexibility for nursing care as the resident population changes over time. The renovations also include new space for staff support and Edgewood’s Adult Social Day Program, an expanded Wellness and Rehabilitation Clinic, expansion of the Commons Building Living Room, and a new 80-seat informal dining bistro. Beginning in the fall of 2008, a phased construction process was developed and clearly communicated to residents, to minimize impact and allow occupancy as spaces were completed. Special attention was paid to the protection of residents and property, and construction areas and activities were isolated from occupied areas. Designing the expansion for the Edgewood Retirement Community involved the collaborative effort of residents, their families, staff, and facility administrators, to create a living and working environment that facilitates and supports the continuum of care and the health and wellbeing of Edgewood residents. The project will be completed in the spring of 2010. Trident Project Advantage Group of Salem, N.H. served as the owner’s project manager. Eckman Construction of Bedford, N.H. was the construction manager. John P. Pearson, AIA, LEED AP, is a senior associate at Boston-based Margulies Perruzzi Architects, a 22-year-old design firm specializing in corporate, professional services, real estate, healthcare, and research and development fields. Photo credit: Boston Portrait
The new helicopter landing pad at Beverly Hospital
Kelleher Completes Helicopter Pad Beveraly, MA - Kelleher Construction had an advantage when it was invited to bid on the new helicopter landing pad at Beverly Hospital. Chip Kelleher, vice president and fourth generation of management for the family firm, is a former helicopter pilot with the Navy. As part of the Navy’s Search and Rescue program in Northeast Florida, one of Kelleher’s duties was to evaluate landing areas at regional hospitals. When Hancock Engineers, who have helped create the hospital master plan, invited Kelleher Construction to bid the project, it was a natural fit. Kelleher was able to offer not only years of experience but also a landing site evaluation to ensure aircraft safety, night vision device compatibility, and FAA compliance. Design changes were implemented
that created a more efficient and sophisticated pad that is capable of landing all of the helicopters in the New England area flight program including the Boston MedFlight fleet, all State Police aircraft, all Coast Guard helicopters, and military helicopters as large as a Black Hawk. The scope of the project included various sitework to improve drainage and traffic flow. Kelleher acted as the GC and self performed the sitework. The civil engineer was Dick Doherty of Hancock Engineers, the electrical engineer was R.W. Sullivan, the electrician was Fisher and George. This new pad will help save more lives by allowing faster aircraft with longer ranges to land and transport patients around the clock.
Integrated Bldrs Fit-up for Vestcom Cramer Levine Project Architect South Easton, MA - Integrated Builders, a construction management, designbuild and general contracting firm in Braintree, has been awarded a 20,000sf interior fit-up contract from Vestcom International Inc., a provider of customized shelf-edge marketing solutions to major retailers and brand manufacturers in the grocery, drug, and mass merchandising industries.
Integrated Builders will build an approximately 20,000sf of interior space, of which warehouse will account for 15,000sf and the remainder 5,000sf will be made up of office and print room. The facility is located in South Easton. Norton-based Cramer Levine & Company serves as project architect. Completion is scheduled for May.
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Brookstone Completes NH Project Dignard Architects Manchester, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc., construction managers and general contractors headquartered in Manchester, recently completed a new addition project for the State of New Hampshire. The scope of work involved the construction of a 6,000sf, single-story steelframed, brick veneer addition to the Army National Guard Base Building F on Pembroke Road in Concord. A new roof was also installed on the
Shown at the Solutions Center ribbon-cutting are l-r: Dennis Deguilio, construction project manager; George Nunes, Vision 3 Architects; Kathy Gillis, VP, HR; Paul Cronin, Sr., VP/general manager; Brad Shipp, VP, facilities/risk management; Maggie Burgess, manager, customer care; and Jonathan Leepson, VP, operations.
Solutions Center Ribbon Cutting Vision 3 Architects West Warwick RI –Cox Communications recently opened the doors to the newly renovated Solutions Center and Cafeteria at its New England region headquarters. Designed by Vision 3 Architects, the renovations modernize the spaces and create a vibrant and engaging environment for Cox’s employees to work and relax. The Solutions Center is a 41,000sf call center providing 24x7 service to Cox customers. The renovations created 10 monitor columns, consisting of back to back
Callahan Completes Wal-Mart Projects Bridgewater, MA - Callahan, Inc. has recently completed three more WalMart remodel projects in Halifax and Fall River, Mass. and Norwich, Conn. These stores were part of a massive remodel program Wal-Mart has ongoing. The scope of work included installation of refrigeration cases, new pharmacy facilities, renovation of flooring, painting and extensive electrical work. Callahan self-performed the electri-
flat panel monitors mounted on columns. The columns are dispersed throughout the open office, and messages broadcast on the monitors assist the Solution Center representatives with customer service calls. The new design transforms the 6,230sf cafeteria into a place where employees can grab lunch, meet with colleagues, take online training courses, or Stamford, CT - A.P. Construction surf the Internet during their breaks. New Company, a division of The Ashforth Comcarpeting, soft seating, and flat panel TVs pany, is currently in the fourth of five phascreate a comfortable gathering space. es required to complete the renovations at the Ferguson Library, located in downtown Stamford. The 88,000sf project was awarded white brick and Indiana limestone includ- in April of 2008 and is comprised of maing intricate sills, lintels, emblems, col- jor interior renovations to five floors of the umns, and cornices. The Library has been operational library built in the early 20th working to obtain a grant from the Massa- century, with subsequent additions through chusetts Board of Library Commissioners the 1980s. to assist in the cost of expanding the facilThroughout the project the library has ity to include nearly 40,000sf, while pre- remained open. This required work to be serving and restoring a large portion of the divided into five major phases and several original structure. sub-phases to accommodate the library’s DPM will provide full project man- daily operations and minimize interruption agement services. The total project cost is of services to the public. estimated to be between $14 million and $17.5 million.
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cal portion with its in-house electrical division. The Fall River and Norwich stores remained in full operation with majority of the work completed during night shifts. All projects were completed on budget and on time with a fasttrack 24-hour-a-day work schedule. Callahan is currently building the new Wal-Mart in Worcester, which has a scheduled completion of Spring 2010.
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DPM to Manage Library Reno
Holyoke, MA - Diversified Project Management, Inc. (DPM) of Newton has been retained by the Holyoke Public Library to manage the design and construction of an expanded library building program which includes restoration of a significant portion of the existing historic structure. The library is a civic landmark in downtown Holyoke and is a classically designed example of Greek architecture, with beautifully detailed features inside and out. The building is constructed with a structure of wood and steel with a skin of glazed
entire 60,000sf structure. The new wing consists of office space, conference room, and storage space, and is equipped with two-inch rigid exterior insulation as well as interior spray foam insulation for efficiency in heating and cooling. Dignard Architectural Services of New Boston served as architects for the project, and David Giovagnoli of Brookstone Builders was the project manager.
Renovations include restoring the original lobby and adjoining Friends bookstore and new book room to their original grandeur, while improving lighting and security. The library now has extensive new millwork paneling, bookcases, and study carrels. A new circulation desk has been built to accommodate future needs and technology integration. Also, the installation of a new computer network with integrated fiber optic links within the building will service the increasing demands to provide public access to the Internet and multi-media. The architect is Newman Architects LLC. Owner’s representative is Joe Gambino of Construction Consulting Group.
Jewett to Build Warehouse Addition
Manchester, NH - Jewett Construction Co., Inc. of Raymond recently began Phase 1 of construction on a Manufacturing addition for J.P. Sercel Associates, Inc. in Manchester. JP Sercel Associates, Inc. (JPSA) builds advanced laser micromachining systems, operates a high performance laser job shop, and provides applications development laboratories for customers worldwide in the solar, LED, semiconductor, MEMS, and biomedical industries. The team of 85 employees is dedicated to developing leading edge laser micromachining products and ser-
vices using highly precise UV, DPSS, and Ultrafast laser technology. The 25,330sf addition will consist of a 23,000sf structure with an office mezzanine, and a separate 2,330sf elevated steel-framed addition will house a new conference room. Construction will be performed in three phases – from sitework and concrete foundations to pre-engineered building erection; steel; miscellaneous metals; and interior finishes to design-build plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems to be based on an outline scope of work.
Hall President of Bioengineering Wendi Goldsmith CEO Salem, MA - Bioengineering as well as geotechnical, civil, Group, a woman-owned earth sciand environmental engineerence and engineering consulting and ing,” said Hall. “Bioengineerdesign firm headquartered in Salem ing Group is rapidly growing announced that company president in the areas of sustainable deWendi Goldsmith was named CEO sign and construction using a and William (Bill) Hall was appointbroad approach of integrated ed president. The appointments are science and engineering, and the culmination of a planned course is a great company in which of action that will continue to take to apply the technical, busiGoldsmith the company closer to its strategic ness development, and manvision. agerial expertise that I can Hall has more than 20 years of ex- provide.” perience focused on developing business Goldsmith founded the firm in 1992 opportunities and growing businesses, both and has successfully led it from a compaorganically and by acquisition, domesti- ny of one employee to more than 70. She cally and abroad. Prior to joining Bioengi- will continue to play an active role, focusneering Group, he served as vice president ing her time and attention on developing of Nova Technologies, an environmental and refining sustainable methods to apply services firm. on projects, maintaining key industry and “The technical side of my career has government relationships. encompassed geology and hydrogeology,
Corbett Joins Marr Boston, MA - Marr Scaffolding Company announced that Michael J. Corbett has joined the company as director of administration. His responsibilities will include providing leadership to key organizational areas of the company, including finance and accounting, human resources, MIS, Safety and risk management, and strategic planning. Additionally, he will interface with the company’s operational divisions in achieving overall company objectives.
Since 2002, Corbett was with William A. Berry & Son, Inc. serving clientele throughout New England, New York, and Algeria. He brings more than 30 years of construction and real estate finance experience to Marr.
Southborough, MA - In 2009, Beals and Thomas, Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary as a multidisciplinary consulting firm providing services that support the development and conservation of land and water resources throughout New England. Senior members of the company who have provided 25 years of service are founder and president John E. Thomas, PWS, who has overseen the growth of the company since its inception in 1984; Mary-Ellen Odone, principal/treasurer, who oversees corporate financials; Robert R. Buckley, PLS, principal, leader of the survey services; Richard P. Kosian, PE, LEED AP, principal, head of the civil engineering services; John E. Bensley, PE, prin-
Kosian, Weidknecht, Buckley cipal who provides leadership for stormwater management and land planning, and Robert Weidknecht, RLA, LEED AP, senior associate, leader of the landscape architecture services.
Fisher Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff Boston, MA – Ian Fishpertise in the development er has been named a senior of cost estimates during capital estimator in the Bosthe conceptual/preliminary ton office of Parsons Brinckdesign phases of projects, erhoff (PB), a global infrathrough detailed engineerstructure strategic consulting, ing and bid phases, and planning, engineering and during construction. program/construction manPrior to joining PB, agement organization. he was a chief estimator at a Fisher Fisher will be responBoston cost estimating firm, sible for providing cost estiwhere he was responsible for mating services on major design and project coordination for a wide range construction projects. He has more of facilities, from parking garages to than 27 years of experience in the de- courthouses. sign and construction industry, with ex-
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Bierbrier Promotes Piche Lexington, MA - Bierbrier Development Inc., a developer and owner of urban shopping centers in eastern Massachusetts, has promoted Casey Piche to the position of director of leasing and development. Piche, who previously served as director at the firm, joined Bierbrier Development in July 2006 and has been
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responsible for leasing Bierbrier Development-owned shopping centers. Prior to joining Bierbrier Development, Piche had been vice president of regional business development at John Hancock Funds, Boston, and previously, senior sales representative at Boston Capital Corp.
Boston, MA - Krokidas years of experience representing & Bluestein LLP, a Bostonfor-profit, non-profit, and public based law firm, announced entities in real estate, finance, and that its founder, Maria Krokicorporate matters. She has advised das, has been named Entreprenumerous non-profit, for-profit, and neur of the Year by New Engquasi-public entities on all matters land Women in Real Estate, relating to corporate organization a professional organization and operations, including statutory promoting the advancement and regulatory compliance and imof women within the complementation. Krokidas mercial real estate industry. She previously served as a Krokidas is a founder of law clerk to the justices of the MasKrokidas & Bluestein and leads the firm’s sachusetts Superior Court. transactional group. She has more than 35
HRP ISO 14001 Lead Auditors Farmington, CT - HRP Associates, Inc. announced 11 of its technical personnel have completed certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor training. Newly trained ISO 14001 Lead Auditors from FarmingDaniel ton, Conn. include Richard D. McFee, P.E.; Jennifer D. Shea, P.E. and Melanie A. Daniel, CHMM. In other areas of the country the newly certified personnel include Catherine J. Eichner, LEP, Tampa, Fla.; Erin T. Scheu-
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Boston, MA - EYP Architecture & Engineering announced the promotion of Valerie Towe, LEED AP, to resource director in the firm’s Boston office. In her new role, she is responsible for staff allocation/utilization, recruiting, and management of local operational budgets while promoting/ creating a positive work environment. An architectural designer with a wide range of experience, Towe also serves as an eco-facilitator, responsible
for implementing sustainable practices within the firm. Additionally, she spearheads EYP/Planet, an in-house initiative to establish a quantitative baseline to inform and measure EYP’s sustainable day-to-day business practices. Her previous and current clients include the University of Michigan, University of New Hampshire, Washington and Jefferson College, and Princeton Theological Seminary.
NESEA Upcoming Sustainability Workshops April 22 in Manchester, N.H. Public Service of New Hampshire, 5 Rivers Auditorium May 13, Berlin, Conn., Northeast Utilities, Introduction to Passive House, Mike Duclos and Paul Eldrenkamp. May 15, Providence, R.I., Rhode Island School of Design, Center for Integrative Technologies (CIT), 1st floor, Introduction to Passive House, Mike Duclos and Paul Eldrenkamp. June 9, Manchester, N.H., Public Service of New Hampshire, 5 Rivers Au-
Programs and Events YCC Tech Series-An Inside look / Boston Children’s Museum Project Thursday, April 29 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - $25 Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston An Inside look at the Boston Children’s Museum Addition and Renovation Project - A 2009 AGC Build New England Award Winner Presentation and tour lead by Shawmut Design and Construction For more information: http://www. agcmass.org.
ditorium, Scorekeeping: Benchmarking and Monitoring Energy Performance, Mike Duclos and Paul Eldrenkamp. June 17, Atlantic City, N.J., Atlantic Cape Community College, Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Scorekeeping: Benchmarking and Monitoring Energy Performance, Mike Duclos and Paul Eldrenkamp. For more information and to register please contact Pamela Lester at NESEA at 413-774-6051 x 14 or plester@ nesea.org .
Upcoming Events April 22, 5:30 to 7:30pm Congress Unplugged Spring Fling! On the waterfront…location TBA Members and non-members welcome June 29 61st Annual Golf Outing Turner Hill, Ipswich, Mass. The centerpiece of the Golf Club at Turner Hill is the course itself. In 2005, Travel + Leisure Golf ranked Turner Hill as “One of the 10 Best New Private Courses in the U.S.” For more information ; http://buildingcongress.org.
International Facility Management Association Boston will pesent “Evening of Networking” Thursday April 29, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Global Showroom, One Harbor Street, Suite 104, Boston. Registration is free for IFMA Boston members, $20 for non-members. For further information, visit www. ifmaboston.org or call 781-397-8870
CPMM Review Class May 5-7 7 New England Executive Park @ Equity Office Partners Burlington, Mass. Are you an experienced, working maintenance professional ready to make 2010 the year you get ahead by earning certification in the maintenance field—but you don’t have much spare time? AFE will conduct the AFE Certified Plant Maintenance Manager course in two eight-hour review classes and on the third day conduct the four-hour question open book exam based entirely on the CPMM Review Pack.
CFMA Annual Conference June 26-30 | Kona, Hawaii Your Connection to Success In economic times such as these you need to be on top of your game, you need to get ideas from outside the box, you need to discuss your challenges with other peers. What better place, what better time than now, this year at CFMA’s Annual Conference! You can’t afford not to attend this year’s conference. For more information and to register: http://www.cfma.org.
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