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Inside this Issue Tishman Building and Retrofitting Two Boston Area Institutions Copley Wolff Projects Extend Outside New England Waterman Design Associates Designs Lifestyle Center New Park at Rocky Point Goodale Park Open Space Project Pro Con Groundbreaking at Indian Woods Tocci Begins Renovation at Monarch New CH B Commission for Payette Columbia Completes Hospital JM Coull Renovates Medical Facility Moving Towards the Alternative Workplace by Jeff Mulliken Ten Commandments of Architecture by Jim Childress The Key to Permitting is Planning By Michael Guilmet, P.E.

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Urban Green Street Retrofits:Lessons for New England Walkable Urbanism by Robert Duval Campus Planning with a Sustainability Focus Sustainable Energy Research in a Sustainable Facility by Jerald. D. Polly Innovative Green Design for Water Management By Erik J. Bednarek

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WorldTech New Firm Woburn, MA - WorldTech Engineering, LLC has moved into new office space at the Cummings TradeCenter in Woburn. The newly created company is a complete Architectural / Engineering firm

RIAGC Elects Officers

Providence, RI - The Rhode Island chapter of the Associated General Contractors (RIAGC) recently elected David F. Rampone to a twoyear term as president. He also continues as a national life director of the Associated General Contractors. Rampone is president of Hart Engineering, an organization of David Rampone the fully integrated design, engineering and construction Hart Companies, Cumberland, R.I. The RIAGC also elected the follow-

SMPS Joins the Blogosphere

In response to comments in a ing commercial construction executives to recent poll regarding SMPS Boston’s two-year terms: Thomas N. Comella, re- methods of communication, a change in gional operations manager, Gilbane Build- format, from emailed monthly newsleting Co., Providence, to the position of vice ter to a blog, will allow SMPS to bring president. He most recently served the RI- a more timely stream of information and AGC as secretary. allow the opportunity to instantly comDavid F. Ducharme, a principal and ment and interact with the entire SMPS project manager, E. Turgeon Construction community (plus the more than 1,500 Corp., Cranston, secretary. A/E/C industry leaders who also comEdward W. Burman Jr., president of prise its readership). E.W. Burman Inc., Warwick, treasurer, a The blog will feature timely position he has held for several terms. RIAGC represents the leading general contractors, construction managers, specialty contractors, suppliers and service providers that construct a majority of the Concord, NH - The public building corporate, institutional and public projects in Concord that is home to the Bureau of in southeastern New England. Graphic Services in Concord suffered significant damage after the violent storm last winter. The institution sustained serious of BOND; Dean Groves, president/CEO of roof and water damage, to the point that the Fay, Spofford & Thorndike; and Charles government office could not function if im-

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UTC Competition Winners Cambridge, MA - The Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) recently announced the 15 winners of the international Utility Technology Challenge (UTC) competition, a contest with support from the US Department of Energy that searches for innovation in a variety of clean tech areas, including smart grid applications, transportation, building efficiencies, pollution monitoring and cybersecurity. QM Power, Inc. of Boston was

among the winners that were chosen worldwide. The firm is commercializing proprietary, patented, and enabling new transformational technologies for electric motors, generators and actuators. “It is an exciting opportunity for us to present our game-changing electric motor, generator, and actuator solutions to such a broad panel of potential end users,” said PJ Piper, president and CEO of QM Power.

MHA Conference Fourth Annual Healthcare Construction Waltham, MA - Hospital facilities in the new economy are going lean, green, and sustainable, seeking innovative ways to improve their facilities. In fact, being faced with these new challenges has created a new enthusiasm and adaptation of creative and cost-saving alternatives, such as finding ways to renovate instead of build, taking advantage of new government funding and financing options, and seeking alternative forms of energy usage at their facilities. This year’s 4th Annual Healthcare Construction conference will showcase: • Sustainability and energy innovations available to help hospitals save money and increase efficiency; • Finance options currently available to hospitals through ARRA and other financing programs;

• Case studies of renovations projects undertaken by hospitals in the new economy; • Ways that Lean/Six Sigma may impact hospital construction projects. As usual this year’s program will bring you the latest ideas from industry experts to help you position your hospital for success. The conference takes place Thursday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods. Cost is $199 for MHA members, $329 for nonmembers.

Solar Installation Illuminates 9/11 Memorial Wareham, MA - Thanks to a group of students from Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, Wareham firefighters, NSTAR workers, and private business, a light will always shine on the Sept. 11 heroes honored in a painting on a Cranberry Highway billboard. Marion artist Alexander Byron’s 6-by-5-foot painting, We Must Never Forget, which depicts firefighters raising the American flag at the toppled World Trade Center in New York City during the events of Solar installation illuminates 9/11 memorial Sept. 11, 2001, is now illuminated by solar energy panels. NSTAR Electric’s community relations The mural has been in need of light- and economic development specialist, ing since first being erected, but that plan brought together Paul Michaud, vice presiwasn’t pushed into action until Jeff Luce, dent of sales and manager of Munro Distributing Company, Inc. from Raynham, and Roger Gaydou, operations manager of Brockton-based Solar Installation Limited, who donated and installed lighting and solar panels for the display. The sign illumination project has been in the works since September 2009. Because the billboard and painting were damaged from time to time by high winds and rains, the students, firefighters, policemen, and local business leaders from Home Depot, Lowe’s, New Bedford’s Poyant Signs, and Mammoth Media from Pembroke all came together and the paintInstallation of solar energy panels ing was restored.


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Jewett Begins Work at Walmart Raymond, NH - Jewett Construction Co., Inc. is set to begin a design/ build project at the Walmart Distribution Center in Raymond. Construction on a new dock canopy will be completed by July 1. Jewett will design and build ap-

proximately 600 linear ft. of a metal stud frame and metal roof canopy at the distribution center’s loading dock facility. As the facility will be fully operational during construction, work will be phased to allow for minimal disruption to its day-to-day operations.

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Lancaster, MA - Senate Construction Corp. of Shirley was awarded the designbuild contract to construct J.C. Madigan Inc’s new sales, installation, and service headquarters. The 76,000sf facility will be visible from Route 2 on a 66-acre parcel on Old Union Turnpike in Lancaster. J.C. Madigan, Inc has been supplying New England with truck equipment for more than 55 years and will be consolidating its three facilities to Lancaster, which

will better serve its clients through the operational efficiencies that will be achieved at a single location. The Senate design team consists of Patrick J. Slattery Architect of Lunenburg and The Dempsey Group Structural Engineers of Foxboro to develop the designbuild project using a pre-engineered metal building. The project is scheduled for a late summer, early fall completion.

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Groundbreaking for New Abby Ryan CM/Design by Architectural Design Concepts Wrentham, MA - Mount Saint Mary’s Abby in Wrentham recently celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony on its new Candy Production Building. Saint Mary’s Abbey is the first monastery of Cistercian Nuns in the United States. The sisters come from all parts of the United States and from several other countries. Ryan Construction, Inc. is construction manager. Architectural Design Concepts was the designer. When completed, the 17,900sf building will be heated and cooled by means of geothermal energy. Electricity will come from the newly installed wind turbine.




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The civil engineer was McKenzie Engineering Group, Inc. and Clifford HoffAmherst Student Lounge manUMass Associates served as architect. Distrigas’s main said business activities and UMass personnel,” Mark Dolny include natural gas sales and trading, transit of ARC. “Working together, we exceeded sales and international transport and trade, the University’s goal of providing a comand liquefied natural gas trade and shipmunity for students who want the conping. It mainly sells natural gas to distrivenience of on-campus housing with the bution companies andautonomous resellers, industrial advantages of a more living consumers, and power producers. situation. These residences represent a new

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Senate Gets FedEx Contract McDougal Architects Wilmington, MA - Senate Construction Corp. of Shirley has been awarded the design-build contract to improve the security upgrades at the FedEx Ground-Boston facility in Wilmington. The project, encompassing numerous security upgrades, includes replacing much of the existing glass storefronts with solid security panels, expanding the existing security office for additional equipment, installing truss-style security gates, and

Integrated Interiors New Projects

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Pro Con Design-Builder for Hotel Sudbury, MA - Pro Con Inc. of Manchester, N.H. is the design-builder for the $1.5 million renovation of the former Carriage House Inn, located on Boston Post Road in Sudbury. The 32,600sf hotel is owned by OS Sudbury LLC, who purchased the property in September 2009. Leo Xarras, a partner in OS Sudbury LLC, said, “We are gutting the interior of the hotel and upgrading all the electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems. The redesigned hotel will have 46 guest rooms, and both the common areas and the guest rooms will be completely remodeled and refurbished.” Plans call for the new lobby to include a gracious sitting area with custom finishes, guest lounge and breakfast bar,

constructing a centralized guard house that will serve as the entrance to the facility. The design-build team for the project consists of sr. project manager, Lowell Metzger of Rudolph/Libbe (owner’s representative); project manager, Brian Trickett of Senate Construction; and Beth McDougal of McDougal Architects, Boston. A mid-April completion is expected.

granite-topped reception desk, snack store, redesigned public restrooms, and a new elevator. The guest rooms will include several king suites, king and double queen rooms; all with spacious bathrooms with granite vanities, new finishes, carpet, and furnishings. The interior corridors will have new light fixtures, signage, carpeting, and finishes. The hotel’s exterior siding is being replaced and new windows are being installed throughout the building. Pro Con Inc. began the hotel renovation project in January 2010 and has scheduled a May 2010 completion. The owners plan to reopen the hotel in June, before the start of the busy summer season.

Boston - Integrated Interiors announced three new commissions across New England at Brown University, the University of New England, and the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC). Brown University, in Providence, R.I., selected Integrated Interiors to provide a moveable wall system as part of renovations to its communications center’s data center. The project will reduce the data center’s area, making room for the creation of a new office space. The modular walls will create a barrier between the construction and the office space, without the disruption and debris that traditional built walls would entail. The project architect is ID Group located in Boston.

As part of a renovation and aesthetic upgrade to the University of New England’s Portland, Maine campus, Integrated Interiors will install full-height glass moveable walls for the dean’s office and the admissions area. The Haworth Enclose wall system, supplied by Environments at Work in Portland, will be established as the new standard for the University’s office areas. The third commission is for Corporal Gordon M. Craig, USARC in Brockton, Mass. The 3,000sf renovation project includes the installation of raised flooring and modular underfloor data and power in several classrooms and learning centers within a training facility. The project contractor is Maron Construction of Providence, R.I.

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an appealing in-town destination for all ages and combines play with food, shopping, and other programs. The intent of the new design is to maintain the architectural character of the original design and utilize new and safer materials. The proposed playground is approximately 3,800sf. The central feature within the new 40-ft.-high space is a sculptural, custom-designed Tom Luckey climber. The surrounding playground contains multiple levels with various climbing mounds, tunnels, slides, maze walls, net and block climbers, and spinning elements. The larger, lower level is for children ages 5 to 12 and a separate, raised toddler area has been developed in the new design. All of these areas are easily accessible and are intended to provide a fully inclusive play environment. The sentimental favorite, a 26-ft.-long horizontal red fiberglass

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Ten Commandments of Architecture Forrester Selects Margulies Perruzzi by Jim Childress ity as well as the latest technological tools. It was time to dust off the Ten Commandments of Architecture and hold them over my head like Charlton Heston (blessedly they were etched in Microsoft Word rather than stone). They have been passed down to me, in part, by Bill Grover, partner emeritus, and my current partners at Centerbrook Architects. I have done a bit of editing and updating Jim Childress through the years. The occasion was the annual visit of Professor Elizabeth Petry and her University of Hartford architecture students. Several of their initial questions touched on the fabled issue of architects’ comet-sized egos. The word is apparently on the street. After telling them to sit down and be quiet, I reassured them that such was not the case at Centerbrook. I’m just kidding. Their questions were astute and concise, including: What makes a good architect? How do I go about getting hired? I went straight to the yellowing Word document: 1. Thou Shalt not Compartmentalize: In addition to learning to design, thou should write well, spell correctly, figure out how to get jobs and keep clients happy, take out the trash, make a good cup of joe, be able to build models, master sustainabil-

Do all this and more, except ... hire a really good professional to photograph your work. It will pay off in awards and in landing new jobs. 2. Don’t Be Disappointed When A Client Rejects Your Design: It only means another opportunity to design. In architecture there are many solutions to the same question, and designing is what you do. 3. Always Exceed Your Client’s Expectations: The corollary is: Establish attainable expectations. 4. Cost Counts: No matter what clients may say, or how deep their pockets, cost is foremost in the minds of all clients great and small. Make sure there is a clear, written understanding of the expected project cost and have a plan in case the budget gets out of whack. 5. Problems are Opportunities: Show them how good you are in a pinch. 6. Bad News Travels Fast: An unhappy client is your worst nightmare. The corollary is: Satisfied clients become good friends and good references. 7. Art First, Mammon Second: Make every project an artistic success, and you will thrive. If your first priority is making money, you will go broke. 8. Go Forth and Collaborate: Architecture is a team sport. Surround yourself with talented and enjoyable people, in the office and outside. Share the credit with colleagues and consultants. Run an open office. The fewer doors the better; and just one coffee pot where the designing herd can gather and ruminate.

Cambridge, MA Margulies Perruzzi Architects has been selected by Forrester Research, Inc. to design 190,000sf of office space for the company’s new corporate headquarters. The project is being designed to meet LEED Gold certification. Margulies Perruzzi Architects will provide interior architecture and design services for Forrester’s new space at Cambridge Discovery Park, a 27-acre master planned campus owned Aerial view of new corporate headquarters and developed by The during construction. Bulfinch Companies, Inc. Forrester’s space will Leggat McCall Properties is proemphasize a connection to the green viding project management services, outdoor space that is being developed and AHA Consulting Engineers is adjacent to the building. The project is providing mechanical, electrical and slated for completion in August 2011. plumbing engineering for the project.

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Moving Toward the Alternative Workplace - Ready or Not! by Jeff Mulliken We are in the midst of a significant transformation of the workplace....the movement toward the “alternative workplace.” It’s a major shift in thinking about how and where work gets done. Quite simply, millions of workers now go to work without “going” anywhere, or they work wherever they happen to be. Welcome to mobile work, or distributed work, or Telecommuting – facilitated by technology that allows us to connect with Jeff Mulliken our colleagues with growing simplicity, speed, and security. If our conventional office space is the first place we work, and the home is the second place, there are also the many third places: Starbucks, the airport lounge, or almost any public place where we can access information and connect to others to get work done. Mobile work is happening, sometimes managed through carefully crafted programs, but often through “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies, where certain workers are allowed to work off site when personal or business reasons require it. And it’s happening here in Boston, now the top city in the country for mobile workers, according to a recent survey by Microsoft. Percentages as high as 40%

of the population working remotely – at least some of the time – are now reported in Hartford by its economic development agency. Alternative Workplace strategies have been adopted by a noteworthy list of organizations, with impressive levels of success. International Facilities Managers Association’s (IFMA’s) comprehensive 2009 research report, “Distributed Work,” spotlights corporations including AT&T, General Dynamics, Hewlett Packard, BP, Bank of America, and others that are experiencing the rewards of space optimization and productivity gains by acknowledging that work doesn’t need to happen in an eight by eight cube between nine and five. The economic benefits of reducing real estate are obvious: Real estate often represents the largest cost item after labor in most corporate budgets. Send people home and their workspaces are no longer needed. IBM has estimated that its 10-yearold “On Demand Workplace” program has achieved a real estate cost avoidance of $450,000,000 per year. But surprisingly, often other reasons drive the adoption of an alternative strategy increased productivity, flexibility, work/life balance, reduced carbon footprint, and enhanced recruiting/ retention. So, why hasn’t the alternative workplace become even more widespread? It saves money, can make workers more productive, and offers a flexible work style attractive across a great demographic spectrum. Resistance to change is one reason,

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and maintaining security. Finally, the old planning model of the workplace — cubes, offices, conference rooms — isn’t suitable for an Alternative Workplace. Mobile workers frequently return to the “central office,” to engage in face-to-face meetings, to access technology and tools that may not be available remotely, and to experience a sense of community. This requires rethinking the design of the central office, into what I like to call the “high-performance” workplace. The emphasis is on creating spaces that support instruction/training, structured collaboration, informal socialization (a key to collaboration) and quiet, focused work. The real estate footprint can be smaller, but it must perform better. The global recession and competitive business environment is driving the search for cuts in operating costs and increases in productivity. Gen Y/Millennials expect a flexible work environment that takes advantage of their ability to work where and when they can. And communication technology continues to make it easier to meet virtually almost anytime, anywhere. These and other factors are driving the movement to alternative workplaces. To be ready, organizations need to combine real estate/design strategies with corporate cultural concerns and information technology. The synergy of these three will go a long way toward insuring a successful transition toward the alternative workplace. Jeff Mulliken, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Workplaces Inc.

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High-Profile Focus: Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture

Waterman Designs New Lifestyle Center Westborough, MA - Waterman Design Associates, Inc. (WDA) of Westborough provided comprehensive multidisciplinary design services for the redevelopment of a brownfield site – the former 56-acre Bay State Abrasives industrial complex – into a new, mixed-use lifestyle center. The project, which is integrated into the central village of Westborough, directly adjacent to the downtown rotary, is designed to create a vintage “Main Street” walkable community experience by developing a unique streetscape and architectural identity that reflects the existing historic central village neighborhood. The property is directly adjacent to and was previously a part of the Great Cedar Swamp, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is also the first inland Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) in the Commonwealth. The project site was previously classified as a brownfield by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection following its decades-long use as an abrasives manufacturing facility; therefore, significant predevelopment remediation measures were necessary. Those measures included leaving all of the existing building foundations in place and importing fill material to raise the grade of the entire site by over three feet. To the greatest extent practicable, the existing utility infrastructure was reused to minimize disturbance to the subsurface conditions. The overall mixed-use development includes more than 350,000sf of retail

Bay State Commons, a “Main Street” walkable community space, as well as a 44 unit luxury condominium development, and a new 2.5 acre public park that was designed adjacent to the main entrance to the development. Within the retail area, 12-ft.- to 18-ft.-wide sidewalks line the buildings, with streetscape edge treatments including brick pavers, large raised planters filled with lush annuals, period light-

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ing, and street trees in oversized tree pits, all designed to create a strong edge condition along the roadway to clearly define the pedestrian corridor. Trafficcalming measures such as raised crosswalks 20 feet wide and cast in stamped colored concrete further define and enhance the pedestrian-oriented circulation experience. More than 300 deciduous trees and 200 evergreen trees were introduced onto the site to aid in mitigating heat island effects and create an instant canopy effect. The park’s design creates three distinct areas: 1) a convex, elm-lined “town green” to the south that is used for passive recreation and as seating for concerts; 2) a paved central area that contains a large sheltered stage for concerts and celebrations; and 3) a concave lawn area to the north that is used for passive recreation in the summer and is flooded use as commu-

nity skating in the winter. The three areas are connected by a series of interconnecting walkways, which include recycled bricks from the former Bay State Abrasives warehouse building. The park was gifted to the town of Westborough upon completion of the development and will be the site of their annual 4th of July celebration, winter skating events, and summer concerts. The site design for the residential building was developed to blend seamlessly with the retail area and the community open space. The residences were sited so that they overlook the park, but the streetscape was detailed specifically to delineate the two and make clear that the park is public, not private. Parking for the residences is effectively screened by its placement on the south side of the building, where elevation change afforded the ability to screen the parking spaces with ornamental fencing and a parapet wall between the street and the lot. WDA’s comprehensive services included overall master plan development, rezoning assistance to create a downtown mixed-use overlay district on land formerly zoned as industrial (the first of its kind in Westborough), land surveying, permitting, wetlands delineation, landscape architecture, site engineering, survey layout, construction administration, and post occupancy review. The project team included general contractor (retail) Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Framingham; general contractor (residential) Suffolk Construction, Boston; architect (retail) Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects, Hopkinton; architect (residential) Conner Design, Charlestown; site contractor Marois Brothers, Worcester; and landscape contractor Emmanouil Brothers, Chelmsford.

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May, 2010


High-Profile Focus: Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture


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VWA Retained by RIDEM Warwick, RI - Veri | Waterrman Associates (VWA) of Providence (a division of Waterman Design Associates) has been retained by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and the city of Warwick to develop a master plan to contemplate the development of a new state park at the former Rocky Point Amusement Park. The park’s design will set a new standard for sustainable and regenerative design for public open space and will become the jewel of the Rhode Island state park system. Newport Collaborative Architects of Providence is the architecural consultant for the project. The former Rocky Point Amusement Park is one of the most iconic properties in all of Rhode Island. Located along Warwick Neck and overlooking Narragansett Bay, the 124 acre property had been home to Rhode Island’s largest and most famous amusement park since the mid 19th century, until bankruptcy forced the park’s closure in the mid 1990s. VWA’s approach proposes to combine many of the remaining artifacts of the former amusement park with three critical elements of sustainability: ecological sustainability, environmental sustainability, and economic sustainability. Adhering to these principles, the programmatic elements of the park have been developed with deep appreciation of the existing environmental and ecological conditions of the site. Specifically, the master plan first and foremost reclaims the waterfront for the people of Rhode Island. The nearly one mile of shoreline that accompanies the property is proposed to be fully accessible to pedestrians, just as it was always meant to be. The main design element centers on pedestrian circulation and creating connections and relationships to education, observation, and memory. As a means of linking the historic, cultural, scenic, natural, and recreational characteristics of the site, a grand pedestrian walk (“The Loop”) that connects various elements of the master plan has been proposed that creates a timeline of the history of the site, celebrates its cultural significance to the Rhode Island community, and exposes the rich hidden legacy of the site. The strategy creates a modern-day destination experience populated by re-imagined spaces for social inter-

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High-Profile Focus: Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture

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High-Profile Focus: Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture

Goodale Park Open Space Project Harry R. Feldman, Inc. and Warner Larson Team Up

Senate Reconstructs Butterfly Place Westford, MA - Senate Construction Corp. of Shirley has completed the reconstruction of the 3,100sf glass atrium building at The Butterfly Place in Westford. After its collapse in July 2009, owner George Lesley approached Senate Construction to help him rebuild his lifetime hobby. Working closely with Val Prest, Goldsmith Prest & Ringwall’s structural engineer, Senate was able to design a maintenance-free structure that will last for generations to come and which may contain up to 500 butterflies representing as many as 50 different species from around the world. Construction was completed in time for its Re-Grand Opening on March 21, 2010.

West Boylston, MA - Warner Larson, Inc. was awarded the Goodale Park Open Space Project by the town of West Boylston in October 2009. The town, acting through its Parks Facilities Committee, engaged the professional landscape architectural firm for the design and permitting of sitework, drainage improvements, retaining walls, and lighting to preserve the deteriorating tennis and basketball courts in Goodale Park. When asked why his team was selected for this project, David Warner, ASLA, president of Warner Larson, said, “I have never seen competition for work more intense than it was in early-mid 2009, and I believe we won this project based on the strong qualifications of our team and value-added services we provide such as 3-D surveying and design.”

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At the start of the project, Warner turned to his project surveyor, Harry R. Feldman, Inc., to obtain 3D existing conditions data in an effort to fully illustrate the dramatic topography and understand any drainage issues. Warner Larson then developed a 3D model as a design tool to evaluate different options and to show the possibilities for the park improvements. This realistic representation of the proposed design proved essential in the public support and fundraising. Steven M. Wilkes, director of Feldman’s scanning program, commented, “We are always excited to utilize this cutting edge technology to help our business partners succeed ... We are thrilled that our client Warner Larson was able to win this project because of their expertise, experience and vision in utilizing 3D presentations.”

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High-Profile Focus: Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture

Walkable Urbanism by Robert Duval offstown, NH ‑ Currently under construction on Mast Road in the Pinardville section of Goffstown, Abingdon Square is a new mixed-use development built on the principles of “walkable urbanism.” When complete, the development will combine retail, residential, and office buildings in a compact, pedestrian-friendly setting. Walkable urbanism is the name given to new, higher-density developments that are designed to encourage people to walk, rather than drive, to their daily destinations. According to TFMoran’s chief landscape architect, Anne Cruess, “Pleasant and restful places for pedestrians can be created anywhere, even in the middle of a busy, commercial strip. When people are out walking on sidewalks and in parks, it shows that an area is safe and interesting, and attracts others to stop and visit too.”


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Inspired by its namesake Abingdon Square in New York City, the focal point of the development is a classically inspired urban park. “We put the park right up front, part of the streetscape. It provides a welcome sense of physical and visual relief in an otherwise very cluttered part of town,” adds Cruess. “Around the park, we blended the development’s residential and commercial uses into a cohesive, functional layout. We then had our engineers make it work from the traffic, utility, and drainage perspectives, to satisfy town and state permitting requirements.” “The surrounding features of the land required careful attention to grading and drainage,” says project engineer Nick Golon. “So we used a variety of stormwater management practices. On some parts of the site we have underground drainage chambers; in other areas we have porous pavements; and in the front parking lot we designed a ‘rain garden’ for eye appeal as well as function.” Rain gardens are a relatively new concept in treating stormwater runoff from pavements, where the runoff is directed into landscaped basins large enough to handle a 25-year storm. The soils and plantings in the basins are designed to filter out contaminants before discharging the runoff to groundwater, surface water, or into municipal storm sewers. “The steep slopes ad-

Abingdon Square Park site plan jacent to Mystic Brook were another critical site feature, and we were careful not to disturb the integrity of those slopes by grading the site to closely replicate the existing drainage patterns,” explains Golon. Traffic was another major concern of town planners because the project is located on a heavily-travelled town road. “There was a lot of resistance to putting in another traffic signal along that section of Mast Road,” recalls Chief Engineer Robert Duval. “Many people originally felt that congestion would only get worse. However, by coordinating the new signal with nearby signals we actually improved traffic flow through the area. More importantly, we were able to provide a push-button for pedestrians to access the development. The

‘all-red’ pedestrian phase greatly enhances pedestrian safety, particularly for children and the elderly.” “It is the pedestrian amenities that make this development attractive to tenants,” adds Cruess. The first phase of the development included the park and a Rite Aid pharmacy that opened in July. Twentyfive workforce housing units facing Mystic Brook are currently under construction. NeighborWorks Greater Manchester is building and managing these rental units. “Designing walkable neighborhoods is the key to creating a successful community.” Robert Duval, PE, LEED AP is chief engineer and principal of TFMoran Inc in Bedford, NH.

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High-Profile Feature: Tishman at Two Boston Area Institutions


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oston - The Obama administration has announced that $975 million in grants will help states, doctors, and hospitals move from paper to electronic record-keeping — spurred on by studies showing that electronic medical records help reduce medical errors and improve the quality of patient care. The grant money comes from the economic stimulus package passed by Congress last year and is part of the National Healthcare Act’s push to get healthcare providers to adopt 21stcentury electronic record technology. What most people don’t think of is that transmission of information, such as MRIs and x-rays and other electronically robust documents, between all relevant healthcare entities — doctors, hospitals, research institutions, etc. — entails substantially more bandwidth and data storage capacity than simple medical forms. This is why the issue of medical data storage — both the building of new data centers and the retrofitting or expansion of older ones to handle more sophisticated and increased amounts of data — has become more critical than ever. In response to this important new demand, Tishman Construction Corporation is currently working on two projects involving medical data centers in the Boston area, one for the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), and the other for the Children’s Hospital Boston. The work on these two projects illustrates trends not just in medical data center construction and retrofitting but the unique challenges that such projects offer. Some of the complex challenges

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medical data storage center. “Our technologies and construction professionals has been heavily involved in the data center sector for over 20 years and are familiar with all the aspects of these mission-critical facilities,” says Tom Erickson, Tishman Construction’s Continued on page 22

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High-Profile Feature: Tishman at Two Boston Area Institutions Continued from page 21 senior vice president in charge of its New England operations. “Through the application of our extensive knowledge in successfully managing the planning and construction of data centers, we are helping our clients stay ahead of the curve as technology changes and helping them wisely use the funding they have available in the most productive way.” Tishman’s first project results from the UMMS’s decision to build a new data center and supporting infrastructure. The new energy-efficient data center will provide scalable, secure, and redundant storage capabilities for UMMS’s current and future critical data requirements and will utilize new technologies such as flywheelbacked UPS systems and air side economizing. In addition, by removing all HVAC components from the data center box while providing complete system monitoring, the owners can essentially turn off the lights. Tishman Construction Corporation of

Massachusetts (TCC–MA) has been hired to serve as construction manager for this $15-million project and provided comprehensive planning and pre-construction services leading up to the start of construction. Martin J. O’Neill, vice president, TCC-MA, notes that UMass Medical School is leading the way technologically by example. “Data center users are doing more with less. Institutions are using new and innovative methods of cooling delivery systems including fan wall systems. UMMS has also implemented flywheel support to the UPS systems (Uninterrupted Power Supply) in lieu of more commonly used battery backup, which ultimately use less energy and reduce the PUE (power usage effectiveness) of the project.” In addition to its work for UMMS, Tishman Construction is currently providing construction management services to Children’s Hospital Boston, for major renovations and utility upgrades to its main

Project Team for Children’s Hospital: Architect: Scales Architecture, Inc. MEP Engineer: RDK Engineers Construction Manager: Tishman Construction Corporation Commissioning Engineer : RDK Engineers Electrical Engineer: Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies HVAC Engineer - TG Gallagher, Inc. Building Automation Systems: ENE Automated Systems Equipment - JS Fleming Associates

Stand-by Emergency Generators for data center redundancy 12,000sf Boston data center. The work includes upgrades to the UPS system, replacing chilled-water cooling pumps, relocating existing Liebert units, and interior office renovations. The main challenge of this project is working within a live data center that supports the Boston hospital’s operations. In 2009, Tishman provided Children’s with construction advice, cost estimates, and schedules for a study for a new “stateof-the-art” data center outside of Boston. The 8,3000sf data center and support space are being contemplated to retrofit an existing building. The project will require the installation of all-new infrastructure, both on the power and cooling sides, along with the infrastructure to accommodate a highdensity rack design. Earlier, Tishman was retained as

the construction manager for the 7,500sf build-out of Children’s off campus data center. This incorporated the installation of new HVAC and electrical infrastructure, as well as the completion of the remote power panels (RPP) fit-out. The HVAC scope included the installation of computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units and associated chilled water supply and return piping. The electrical portion comprised the purchase and installation of new static transfer switches, fed from the distribution panels; power distribution units (PDUs); associated grounding grid; and data center lighting system. In addition, Tishman managed the commissioning of the equipment installed. Following the completion and comContinued on next page

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High-Profile Feature: Tishman at Two Boston Area Institutions Continued from previous page missioning of the main room and infrastructure, Tishman continued to manage the installation of the low-voltage RPP fitout. The scope of work included the installation of remote power panels, associated branch circuitry, and overhead cable tray. Says Ron Bowman, executive vice president at Tishman Technologies and a recognized expert in mission-critical data centers and green energy, “Undoubtedly, a data center is a major undertaking, but the decision to build or retrofit new medical data storage centers could not occur at a better time than the present. Now is the time to make technology and infrastructure improvements — everything from facilities’ survivability with cogeneration and hydro-

gen fuel cell enhancements to billing and call center IT improvements — because, now, we have commercially deployable technology that’s simple, scalable, affordable, and burstable. Additionally, we have the incentives provided by funds slated for healthcare IT by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).” Adds O’Neill, “The trend toward increasingly efficient data centers will not just happen in the medical industry, but is going to be seen in all industries. The need to do more with less and to be more efficient at the same time is not a new idea but one that is being mandated throughout data center design, construction, and operations.”

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High-Profile: Multi-Residential Facilities Development News

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Tocci Begins Renovation Lawrence, MA - Tocci Building Companies recently began work on a new historical renovation project: Monarch by the Merrimack in Lawrence. Originally named “Wood Mill,” this building was the largest in the world at the time of its completion in 1908. In fact, it is longer than the Sears Tower is tall! Due to the size of this structure it is broken into four different sections: C, D, E, F. Building C is being conceived as potential commercial space. Building E will be utilized as a future phase project, currently projected as more residential space. Building F is being developed as a commercial leasing space, and building D is Tocci’s residential project. The project was partially renovated in 2007 when it was put on hold; today it is currently designed to accommodate 200

apartments. Owing to its size and it prominence in the city of Lawrence, the renovation represents a key revitalization project for the entire city. The owner, Massinnovation, has incorporated a geothermal well system to provide for the heating and cooling of the building to maximize energy efficiency and utilized reclaimed building materials wherever possible. Tocci will complete the construction of this system, as well as roof replacement, façade improvements and interior renovation, to name a few of the components in the scope of work. The project is 400-ft. long x 120-ft wide, six stories tall, and approximately 290,000sf in total area. Construction is slated to begin in June of 2010 and be completed by March 2011.

Stoughton, MA - Officials from Wood Partners and Pro Con, Inc recently celebrated the start of construction for Alta at Indian Woods, a new residential apartment community being built on Stagecoach Road in Stoughton. Wood Partners ,a national apartment real estate firm with local offices in Concord, is the developer, and Pro Con Inc. is the architect and general contractor for the $13.5 million design build project. Wainwright Bank & Trust Company of Boston is providing the project financing. The 154-apartment community will offer one- and two-bedroom units and onebedroom units with dens. The apartments, ranging from 710sf to 1041sf with various design configurations, will be located in three four-story garden-style buildings. The apartments will feature ample kitchens, full-size washers and dryers, walk-in closets, upgraded flooring, and high-speed Internet and cable-ready access. The community’s common areas will be professionally landscaped and will offer outdoor amenity areas including seating and gas

grills. The community’s club house will feature a great room with a kitchen for entertaining and a fitness room with high end exercise equipment and machines. The community’s administrative and leasing offices will be located on site. As part of the project, Pro Con Inc is managing extensive sitework including utility infrastructure, roadways, drainage and landscaping. Sitework for the project began in February 2010, and Pro Con has scheduled a phased completion of the project. The first building will be ready for occupancy in November 2010 and second and third buildings will be completed in January 2011. Alta at Indian Woods is participating in the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR program. Energy Star for New Homes is a program developed and administered by the United States Department of Energy that focuses on a high efficiency building envelope and optimal HVAC distribution performance.

New Projects Approved Boston - The Boston Housing Authority received approval for the redevelopment of two of its public housing developments, Old Colony in South Boston and Washington Beech in Roslindale. Additionally, the Board approved plans for the commercial redevelopment of Forest Hills Parcels V&W and a revised plan for the residential Jackson Commons project, both located in Jamaica Plain. The Old Colony Phase 1 project will renovate the existing public housing development that is currently in poor condition. The project includes the construction of 116 new housing units in an 86,000gsf four and six-story residential building with 40 one-bedroom units and 42 two-bedroom units, and four groups of townhouses with 34 units. The project also includes an approximately 10,000sf new community center. Seven existing three-story buildings, constructed in 1940, containing 164 units, will be demolished. The development team consists of the Boston Housing Authority and Beacon Communities Services LLC as the developer, Nixon Peabody LLP as legal counsel, The Architectural Team as architects, Epsilon Associates, Inc as the permitting agent, and Vanasse & Associates, Inc. as the transportation consultant. Total project cost is approximately $56.8 million. The project is expected to commence in September 2010 and be


completed in approximately 18 months. The board gave the go-ahead for the second phase of the Washington Beech HOPE VI project located in Roslindale. The project consists of the revitalization of the 7.6-acre Washington Beech housing development currently owned by the Boston Housing Authority. The project was originally proposed as a three-phase project that would replace the old 266unit Washington Beech public housing complex with a 206-unit development containing 191 rental units and 15 homeownership units. Phase 1, which consists of the creation of 100 rental units, is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2010. The development team consists of BHA and Trinity Washington Beech Limited Partnership as the developer, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as legal counsel, ICON Architecture, Inc. as architects, Nitsch Engineering as the civil engineering consultant, Fort Point Associates as the permitting and traffic consultant, and McPhail Associates, Inc. as the geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering consultants. Total project cost for phase 2 is approximately $50 million and is expected to commence shortly after phase 1 finishes. It will be complete in the spring of 2012.

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WorldTech Awarded Condo Project Boston - WorldTech Engineering, LLC was recently awarded the design and construction administration of a building envelope restoration project at the Jefferson School Condominium building in Jamaica Plain. This historic property is a former elementary school built in the late 1800’s that was retrofitted to residential condominiums nearly 20 years ago. Dan McLaughlin, L.C.S., WorldTech Engineering’s director of facilities engineering services, performed a building envelope survey of the building in 2006. The results of the survey called for significant repairs to the limestone and brick masonry as well as the ornamental iron window framing, but unfortunately, the budget would not allow repairs to be considered at that time. G & G Management and Development Company was hired to provide prop-

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May, 2010


High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

JM Coull Renovates Medical Facility Harvard, MA - JM Coull has begun work on a renovation and expansion of Acton Medical Associates, PC. The project nearly doubles the size of Acton Medical’s Harvard office, adding patient areas, laboratory space, and exam rooms. The project is JM Coull’s fourth with Acton Medical Associates, which has offices in Acton, Littleton, and Harvard. The practice offers the services of a personal physician, while providing 24-hour coverage for acute medical needs. Previously, JM Coull built a new facility in Littleton, expanded radiology capabilities in Acton, and renovated administrative offices. Acton Medical Associates teamed

with JM Coull and Maugel Architects to find a cost effective solution to their expansion needs. Since the building will be occupied by other tenants throughout construction, extensive advance planning was necessary to work out the logistics of material delivery and storage, utility shutdowns, and other activities to accommodate the renovation and a fire alarm system upgrade. The gut rehabilitation is causing the temporary closure of the practice’s Harvard facility. A fast-tracked, seven-week construction schedule will have them operational again at the end of May.

New CHB Commission for Payette New Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

Columbia Completes Hospital Oak Bluffs, MA – Columbia Construction Company completed a new 90,000sf, 24-bed replacement hospital on Martha’s Vineyard. The hospital, the community, donors and the entire design and construction team recently celebrated this milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The hospital, a nonprofit institution, serves the community of Martha’s Vineyard, a 100-square mile island off the coast of Cape Cod. The new two-story brick structure was designed by architects Thomas, Miller & Partners, PLLC, of Brentwood, Tenn. Columbia Construction was hired to provide preconstruction services to the hospital in 2004. As an integral part of the team, Columbia is the LEED captain for this project. Sitework began 30 feet below the new building’s ground level in the fall of 2007, with a process called vibro-compaction, to densify the ground material and create a solid base beneath the hospital. As a result of this process, 11,000 tons of material was trucked to the site to build the grade back up to the original elevation.

The placing of concrete for the new hospital foundation, in the spring of 2008, was the largest single project ever undertaken by the Island-based Goodale Construction Company. More than 1,600 cubic yards of concrete was trucked from its plant to the hospital site for the building foundation alone. The basement mat slab, which was 20 inches thick, required more than 600 cubic yards of concrete alone. When finished, it weighed approximately 2.5 million pounds. Erection of the structural steel began in August 2008, upon completion of the foundation work. The steel was fabricated in New Hampshire and delivered to Martha’s Vineyard on Cape Cod Express trucks and the Steamship Authority ferries. By late November, the structural steel frame was completely erected, and the building was wrapped. This construction sequence made it possible to work on the interior through the cold season. It is anticipated that the hospital will be fully permitted and receiving patients in its new building sometime in May.

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May, 2010


High-Profile Cover Story: Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare on Campus

American International College Athletic Facility Improvement Project pringfield, MA - Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. recently completed Phase 1 of the American International College’s master plan to modernize and improve its athletic facilities. Teaming with landscape architects from The Berkshire Design Group, Mountain View completed this multiphased, fast-track $3.2 million project in just five months. This project consisted of replacing the college’s existing natural grass stadium field, construction of a new 400-meter running track complex, and the construction of a new student parking lot. Construction began in early May 2009. The synthetic turf field and new student parking lot were completed in time for the return of students the following September. The new running track complex had a late fall substantial completion date. Due to the condensed time frame, work progressed simultaneously at each location in order to meet these completion dates. Compounding the time issue was the need to maintain access to the adjacent athletic facilities for student athletes and the various summer camps being conducted by the college over the summer months. It was a team effort between the college’s athletic and facilities departments, Berkshire Design Group, and Mountain View to coordi-


nate the schedules of the athletic programs and construction work. Weekly progress meetings were held to discuss project status and to coordinate the needs between the parties to keep construction moving forward while maintaining accessibility for the various athletic programs and practices scheduled for the upcoming week. Last minute flexibility was a key component to adjust to weather, unforeseen construction issues, and last-minute schedule changes in athletic events. The replacement of the existing stadium field complex adjacent to the Metcalf Gymnasium, consisted of complete removal of the existing field, bleachers, and press box and replacing them with a new NCAA-compliant 85,000sf synthetic turf athletic field, a new 1,500-person bleacher and press box system, new fencing, and a new Musco sports field lighting system. The college chose ProGrass for the new infilled synthetic turf field surfacing, which has inlaid field markings to accommodate football, soccer, field hockey, men’s lacrosse, and women’s lacrosse. The new Musco lighting system was an integral part of this project, as it allows extended field use during after dark hours for both athletic events and intramural events. To make the field lighting a reality required coordination with Western Massachusetts Electric

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Company to upgrade the existing electrical service to accommodate the new lights. In addition, the entrance and pedestrian access to this area were redesigned with new sidewalks to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for handicap accessibility as well as expansion of this area in the future. The new 400 meter running track complex was constructed across the street adjacent to the tennis courts in an existing undeveloped, open space area. The work here consisted of constructing a new NCAA-compliant 400-meter running track enclosing a 90,000sf irrigated natural grass soccer field; new track field event areas for long jump/triple jump, high jump, discus/ hammer throw, javelin, shot put, and steeple chase; a new storm drainage system; a new electrical and site lighting system; new fencing; a new storage building; a new 80,000sf natural grass practice field area; and new ADA-compliant sidewalks to allow for handicap accessibility to this area. The electrical system was designed to allow for future expansion to accommodate additional work being considered in the master plan. Compounding the construction of this area was the fact that much of this

area was a fill area. Extra precaution was needed to insure that the subgrade under the new running track was sufficiently stable to prevent future settling of the new running track. The track footprint was excavated to a 4-foot depth, and a complex layered system of crushed stone, geotextile fabrics, and tensar grids were installed to stabilize the subgrade under the new running track. The last phase of this project consisted of constructing a new student parking lot off of Cortland Street. The existing parking lot was poorly configured and too small to accommodate all of the parking needed. Work here consisted of removing the existing parking lot, installing new storm drainage structures and piping, and reconfiguring the parking lot footprint to allow for the parking of additional vehicles. New wood guardrail was installed along the perimeter edge of the new parking lot to prevent vehicles from driving onto adjacent lawn areas. This project exemplifies a proactive partnership between the owner, architect, and contractor working together to create a state-of-the-art athletic facility exceeding the expectations of the student athletes.

May, 2010


High-Profile Cover Story: Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare on Campus

Mountain View Landscapes Completes Springfield College Campus Union pringfield, MA - The main focus of the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union was and is the custom granite package. While virtually the entire landscape of this site is highlighted with granite accents, the area known as “The Terrace,” located south of the new building and overlooking the campus pond, was meticulously designed and constructed as a showpiece for the college. The custom granite elements consisted of landscape edger, wall copings, stadium seating with two 20,000-pound termination blocks, a sundial with stainless steel gnomon and numerals (which keeps accurate time), straight and radius stair treads, straight and radius cheek-walls, veneered piers and seat walls, a balustrade system, block bench seating, and pavers ranging from 18-inch square to 36-inch square. Having completed the landscape renovations and improvements at the Springfield College Wellness Center during the previous year with Erland Construction, Mountain View Landscapes was poised to continue the relationship it had developed with both Erland and Springfield College as a landscape construction company accustomed to tight deadlines and detail oriented owners. With the intricacies and attention to detail needed for a granite package of this size, Mountain View aligned itself with GI Stone Suppliers, located in Merrimack NH. In April 2009 the two companies began delineating the various colors,


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months, final drawings were approved and fabrication of the more than 600 pieces and roughly 1,700 cubic feet of stone began in July. With the concrete foundations nearly complete, Mountain View mobilized to the site on September 15, 2009 and began to receive granite shipments. By September 18, under the watchful eye of Mountain View foreThe Terrace at the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union man John Cornell, installation was in full intended to mimic the school colors, and finishes for each granite component. Due swing. Even with months of preparation to the size, weight, and custom fabrication, and coordination meetings there still were finalizing field dimensions and layout for many factors that posed challenges from stone fabrication as well as installation of the start of construction. Tight site access the concrete foundations was critical to the coupled with an even tighter completion overall success of this project. Erland Site deadline left little room for inefficiency superintendent, Dan James, worked tire- or error. Adding to the pressure was the lessly with Mountain View project man- location and grading of the terrace itself. agement to coordinate the multiple trades Nearly 90% of the granite was to be inaffecting the granite scope of work, long stalled below the only available staging before installation operations were slated area and roughly 70 feet from the nearest to begin. The first round of shop drawings heavy equipment access point. Mountain were submitted to SMMA for approval in View called upon the services of Marino early May of 2009. After multiple clarifi- Crane located in Middletown, Conn. to ascations and revisions over the subsequent sist with the hoisting and rigging. Marino

supplied a 90 ton Grove crane, which was necessary to set virtually every stone on the terrace. Having worked with Marino Crane on several projects in recent years Mountain View has developed a comfort level and knowledge base of crane operations and safe rigging practices, which proved to be extremely advantageous in a project of this caliber. Mountain View worked diligently with Erland throughout construction to maximize productivity, prevent any delays, and cater to the expectations of a very hands-on owner. Two months into Mountain View operations completion deadlines and cold weather loomed. The vast majority of granite installation was in place and more than 5,000sf of granite and concrete pavers had been completed. Heavy equipment was demobilized from the site and on October 19 plant material began to arrive. Green Screen fencing was installed along guardrails and fall hazards, which when fully established with climbing plants, will provide a unique visual appeal in addition to its functionality. Final landscape operations were completed by Mountain View forces on November 25 to put the finishing touches on the project just in time for the building dedication. Final finishing touches were completed recently. Mountain View credits the overall success of this project to the seamless coordination between foreman John Cornell and the Erland site superintendent, Dan James.


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May, 2010


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Campus Planning with a Sustainability Focus The Way of the Future Following is a report on one of the recent proceedings held by SCUP entitled “Well, Well, Well…One Approach to Sustainability Master Planning” Boston - Sustainability will drive more than individual building design in the future; it will also drive campus planning, according to two higher education facilities officers, an architect, and an engineer who spoke at the recent NA-SCUP meeting March 25 at MIT. “You are used to master planning from the ground up,” commented David P. Helpern, FAIA, of Helpern Architects in New York, as he introduced the topic. “But now that sustainability has become internalized, you will need to plan start-

ing deep under your campus, considering your campus’s sub-surface and all that infrastructure.” Helpern organized and moderated the panel, which featured case studies, insights into comprehensive university sustainability policy and approach, and lessons learned from Boston College’s Marc LeBrun, PE; Columbia University’s Joseph Mannino, AIA; and Haley & Aldrich’s Paul Ormond, PE. “For nearly 200 years, we’ve been planning campuses depending on where or if land were available around the academy’s original field or hilltop location,” Helpern remarked. “Land is not so readily available anymore. And, between oil crises, the EPA Audit Initiative, and the surge in environmental awareness, people now are very informed about why and how to green a campus’s facilities. Sustainability master planning is the next important step.” The panelists used geothermal projects at Boston College, Columbia, and Yale as the litmus test for how to rethink campus planning. In fact, although each institution considered a geothermal energy approach, not all projects or locations were a good fit. The panel talked about how to establish sustainability goals, set up the right team to coordinate and incorporate new technologies campus wide, and decide when and whether to use alternative enKnox Hall was a case study presented by ergy. Some of their advice included: Joseph Maninno, AIA, of Columbia Univer• Know your university’s goals, sity’s Capital Project Management group. which could include ROI on new approachThe century-old structure has been heated es to energy, wresting program space from and cooled by a geothermal well system. equipment space, achieving parity in en-

vironmental stewardship with competing institutions, matching USGBC levels, or — no small matter — meeting municipal mandates. • Rank all your environmental goals. The university may want to achieve social jus“Well, Well, Well” speakers at the NA-SCUP conference: tice, but your mandate is more l-r Boston College’s Marc LeBrun, Haley & Aldrich’s likely to manage stormwater, Paul Ormond, Columbia University’s Joseph Mannino, conserve water, improve air and Helpern Architects’ David P. Helpern who quality, and shrink energy-reorganized and moderated the program. lated expenditures. • Determine your metrics need good governance — starting with the at the start. Some of them could be: pay- president and trustees. back period, efficiency compared with oth• Planners versus project managers! er sustainability offerings, constructability, It’s a good idea to resolve their inevitable and the ability to integrate new systems. differences right at the start. • Consider geothermal wells not just • You can’t do a high-performance for the savings they provide but also for building any more without dealing with its aesthetic and noise abatement benefits. In neighbors and campus operations. fact, they are an excellent solution when • Undertaking new systems is a learnyou renovate historic structures. ing process. The maintenance staff has to • Phase your planning, since systems be onboard. Include their involvement and happen over time. training in the timing and cost. One of the biggest issues with new Keep the schedule in mind when you technologies and alternative energy sources introduce a new approach to energy effiis making them compatible with the exist- ciency; it will take longer than you think. ing plant – and monitoring and maintaining “Planning from a sustainability all of them. standpoint is definitely more complex,” • Establish stakeholder roles and Helpern summarized. “Still, the broad responsibilities, so things get done. It’s a number of people and entities involved very large group of people once you start encourages quality thinking and increases to plan from a sustainability perspective. the likelihood of success — not just for the The team has to come together early and project at hand, but for the environmental understand what’s involved. quality we all seek.” • To instill a sustainable ethos, you

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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Sustainable Energy Research in a Sustainable Facility

by Jerald D. Polly Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University selected Flad Architects to design its Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), specifying that it align with the university’s commitment to campus sustainability. As research laboratories are notorious energy consumers, this challenge required the design team to use a “compounding” approach to achieve the necessary effect. With construction scheduled to be completed this summer, the design for this state-of-the-art renewable energy research facility is expected to enable it to reach Platinum certification, the highest certification possible under the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. As a laboratory facility, LEED Platinum certification could not be achieved through any straightforward means. Each sustainability strategy had to serve multiple functions to reach the project targets. An example of these compounding effects in the design can be demonstrated in the building’s relationship to the sun. Quality daylighting and correct solar building orientation are considered a cornerstone of sustainable building architectural response because they enable many other energy conservation and performance improvements. By studying solar orientation, shading, and incidence, as well as

seasonal solar energy availability, the design team balanced multiple responses to generate greater results. The use of building information modeling systems and other energy modeling programs allowed the team to carefully craft a detailed plan for the facility’s solar management. For the AERTC, Flad Architects utilized a dominant east-west building orientation, minimizing low-angle light penetration in both the morning and late afternoon by facing mostly solid façades toward the

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sun on both the east and west sides of the building. During summer days, when the path of the sun is higher in the sky, the AERTC’s specially designed shading devices on the windows and south façade reduce unwanted heat gain, thereby diminishing the amount of energy used for cooling. These architectural “blinds” are precisely positioned based on the AERTC’s location and seasonal relationship to the sun. During winter months, the path of the sun is lower in the sky, allowing the sunshine to

bypass the shading devices and increasing light penetration into the building, thereby diminishing the amount of energy used for heating and lighting. Providing shading for windows is not a new concept. However, only recently has technology allowed us to have that shading actually capture that solar energy instead of merely deflecting it. All too often, building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) have been relegated to inconspicuous locations on the roofs of buildings. Their bulky encasements have been widely viewed as non-aesthetic elements to be masked from view. However, with recent advancement in the production of BIPVs and other solar cells, they can find usefulness in unexpected applications. Flad Architects designed the AERTC’s blinds to be multitiered shades, managing the sunlight penetration, as well as capturing that solar energy and utilizing it to drive the HVAC system for the facility. These BIPV sun shades were incorporated into the overall design of the south façade, moving beyond their obvious function to become part of the overall design aesthetic of the facility and also as an advertisement for the renewable science research being conducted within its walls. Working directly with the MEP engineers, Flad Architects estimates the solar shading effect of the feature will save Continued on page 31

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Innovative Green Design for Water Management

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ish the system underground where water is stored and circulated. • Overflow water from the system is channeled to perforated pipes, which disperse the water into the ground, and the remaining discharge empties into a rain garden. • The rain garden contains organic and well-drained soils along with appropriate indigenous plant material that creates a natural filtering system similar to bioinfiltration basin. • The RainXchange system will supply water to the drip irrigation through a Centipede pump. In conjunction with a reduced lawn area and more native plantings, we expect to achieve 25% to 30% water savings per year from the client’s existing condition. • The remaining landscape areas not supplied by the system will be watered by conventional irrigation that will be closely monitored on a monthly basis by EJB Designs. In addition, this system can also assist toward meeting the requirements for acquiring LEED credits for Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Materials and Resources, along with Innovative and Design Process. Erik J. Bednarek, RLA/CLARB is principle of EJB Designs Landscape Architecture & Planning located in Foxborough.

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Urban Green Street Retrofits: Lessons for New England Pittsfield, MA - While green street retrofits for stormwater management are on the rise nationally, few examples have been constructed in urbanized areas in New England. Green street retrofits often find support for the many benefits they provide in addition to stormwater management, such as pedestrian safety, traffic calming, and aesthetic improvements. However, concerns about their detailed design and maintenance can create hurdles to their construction, as well as the perception as a “new” design concept that does not rely on standardized details based on a proven track record. As the landscape architect and civil engineer for the North Street Redevelopment, in Pittsfield, VHB recognized these challenges when it proposed stormwater management rain gardens for this plan. Unique to this project is the fact that the green street retrofits will be constructed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), a public agency, and not a private contractor. Fundamental goals the project hopes to achieve are: • A vegetated, aesthetically pleasing feature that is easily implementable and maintainable. • A streetscape amenity that creates a new identity for the city of Pittsfield as a “Green Streets” community.

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Green Streets - partial plan • A feature that is compatible with both the urban conditions and the weather conditions of the Northeast. • A successful project for implementation of similar features for the remaining mile of the North Street master plan. Four primary factors made this unique design acceptable by Mass DOT: 1) collaboration allowed time for education and partnership; 2) simple design required no proprietary items; 3)traditional construction methods needed no special machinery or technology; and 4) the design was fully integrated and met MassDOT standards. • Early utility coordination — unidentified constraints can stop a green street

retrofit if not addressed early on. • Simpler is better — design should not be overly complicated and should be constructible with traditional methods. • Embrace the successes — as each successful project is built in the Northeast, municipalities will grow more comfortable with new ideas, and staff will be trained in how to maintain them. Upon completion, (scheduled for summer 2011) this project will be one of the first urban green street retrofit streetscape projects supported by municipal and state agencies.

approximately five tons of cooling capacity, or 6,300 KWH per year, while the energy created by the photovoltaic cells will provide the building with 11,800 KWH per year. Beyond the statistical data lies a remarkable balance. As with much of the northeast, Stony Brook, NY, is subject to “peak” utility rates, where energy costs are greater when demand is higher. The elegance of this integrated design solution is that it generates the most energy when utility rates are at their highest, not only offsetting the use of that energy, but offsetting the increased cost. The project required many other compounding strategies beyond the facility’s relationship and interaction with the sun. Each additional gain allowed the project to take one more step toward reaching Platinum certification and fulfilling Stony Brook University’s goals for the AERTC, furthering their commitment to campuswide sustainability. Jerald D. Polly is a Principal at Flad Architects

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May, 2010


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Residence Hall Project at U. of MD Design-Build Team KBE and Newman Architects

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Baltimore - KBE Building Corporation has contracted for a design-build addition to Patapsco Hall, a residence hall on the campus of the University of Maryland. KBE is the design-builder and prime contractor for the 183-bed project, with Newman Architects of New Haven, Conn. leading the design team. The project will be managed through KBE’s mid-Atlantic regional office in Columbia, Md. The Patapsco Hall addition will include four stories and a limited basement. There will be 68 double rooms, eight triples, 24 singles, and three studio apartments for graduate resident staff that will include a kitchen and bathroom in each unit. This building will be the first LEED

certified residence facility at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The additions will be connected to the west end of Patapsco Hall. Construction on the renovation portion of the project is expected to start in June, 2010. Some of the project highlights include a new basketball court with tiered seating and the creation of a courtyard. The existing residence hall will be upgraded, including a new lobby and a new elevator and stair on the north corner of the east wing. Existing residence showers and toilet rooms in each wing will be renovated, including replacing the existing showers with new solid surface shower pans.

NECHPS Standard at Governor Wentworth School Wolfeboro, NH - Steel-erecting is well under way for the new multipurpose building on the campus of the Kingswood Regional High School for the Governor Wentworth School in Wolfeboro by North Branch Construction of Concord. When complete, the new 51,000sf multipurpose building will include a 900seat auditorium, classrooms, and locker rooms. The project also includes new synthetic and natural turf athletic fields as well as a geothermal ground heat exchanger piping system to serve the entire campus.

More than 300 wells are being drilled for the geothermal system. Sitework began in late November 2009. The new multipurpose building is being built on the site which formerly held the athletic fields. The new athletic fields are being moved to another location on campus. The project is being built to meet the energy efficiency and environmental standards of the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NECHPS) State Funding for School Construction. Rendering of University of Maryland Patapsco Hall, courtesy of Newman Architects.

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JM Coull Project Earns LEED Silver Gorman Richardson Architects Lawrence, MA - The new United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) facility in Lawrence has achieved Silver level certification under the LEED program, design-builder JM Coull has announced. The project faced some hurdles on the road to certification, including the discovery—during construction—of undocumented sewer and water lines running through the center of the construction site. The challenges, coupled with the team’s achievements in the area of sustainable design and construction, compelled the local chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) to recognize the project with its highest Excellence in Construction

Award, as well as a Green Award. JM Coull teamed with Gorman Richardson Architects of Hopkinton to design and build the 62,000sf facility, which houses offices, specialty areas for naturalization services, and an underground parking garage below the building. The demolition of the former Lincoln Foods building to make way for the new facility created a considerable amount of construction debris, more than 98% of which was recycled or reused. A portion of these same materials were used in the construction of the new CIS facility, while timbers, planks, and bricks were cleaned and sold for use in other projects. In the end, 13,000 tons of materials were diverted from landfills.

EPA Recognizes Preotle, Lane & Assoc. Medford, MA - Preotle, Lane & Associates, developer of River’s Edge in Medford, has been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one the nation’s Green Power purchasers. Preotle, Lane & Associates has committed to purchase 4.0 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of Renewable Energy Credits generated by wind farms across America. Renewable Energy Credits help to address the environmental footprint of electrical consumption. This purchase offsets 100% of the base building electricity for 200 Riv-

er’s Edge Drive over the next three years. The EPA estimates that the purchase, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power more than 100 average American homes per year, saves the same amount of CO2 emissions produced by nearly 200 passenger vehicles annually. VERs are sold to help finance projects that reduce the emission of carbon and other greenhouse gases, and this purchase helps prevent up to 300,000 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually.

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Farmington, CT - KBE Building Corporation recently received three prestigious awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Connecticut. The awards were presented at the association’s Annual Excellence in Construction award ceremony. KBE received first place “Excellence in Construction” awards for the following projects: • The new Fitness Center at Connecticut College, New London. KBE was construction manager at risk for the construction of a 10,406sf timber-and-glass addition to the college’s fitness center,

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Commodore Wins Build Out ADD, Inc. Architect, RDK Engineers

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New Branch for Bank Design by BKA Architects D.F. Pray Builder Hampton, NH - A new branch of The Provident Bank has opened in Hampton designed by BKA Architects and built by D.F. Pray, both Massachusetts firms. The grand opening reception of the branch was held on March 31, 2010. BKA worked to develop the design of the branch so that the appropriate changes could be made to the building’s exterior while construction was ongoing. The interior spaces use the palette of materials and finishes as in the other branches. Where beneficial, BKA proposed alternative solutions to spe-

cific needs and requests. A unique element to the branch’s design is the incorporation of a gallery space for the display of community artwork that provides a backdrop for the receptions that the bank hosts at their branches. BKA researched and implemented a new LED lighting technology for the gallery. This technology not only provides the functionality sought but also works well in conjunction with the other energy saving light fixtures installed in the branch and meets the bank’s goals for being environmentally conscious and energy efficient.

Newton, MA - Commodore Builders has been awarded the construction project for the new 124,000sf office of Fish & Richardson at One Marina Park Drive. The build-out is planned to achieve LEED Silver certification. Fish & Richardson committed to move to the new space at The Fallon Company’s One Marina Park Drive, becoming the first anchor tenant in this newly constructed building. The company expects to move into its new location in September, 2010. Commodore Builders was originally hired in August, 2009 to perform preconstruction services for Fish & Richardson’s planned move. Now, in just 22 weeks, Commodore Builders will execute the construction taking place on four and a half floors – a total of 124,000sf.

The interior design and architecture team is ADD, Inc. and engineers at RDK. The interior space includes two interconnecting stairways, one of which connects to a structural glass bridge with a stainless steel railing system. The new space will also include Terrazzo flooring, a two-story reception area, conference rooms and offices designed with glass walls to maximize views of Boston Harbor and the City skyline. Additionally, the main multifunction areas on the 18th floor will contain a Skyfold vertical wall partition, maximizing the use of conference rooms and meeting spaces. Richard Dowling of The Sherman Group is serving as the Owner’s Project Manager.

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Konover Completes Paradise Market First Phase of Redevelopment Project Dewitt, NY - Konover Development Corporation of Farmington, Conn. recently completed the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Erie Boulevard Hechinger Plaza in Dewitt, N.Y. The new center, called Paradise Plaza, is a one-of-a-kind, upscale, marketplace facility featuring more than 250 single vendor spaces for both start-up and small businesses. The center is home to three new tenants. The first and master tenant, Paradise Companies 2, opened Paradise Market, a 70,000sf indoor marketplace that features more than 200 different vendors. Despite a blizzard the night before its grand opening, crowds of shoppers still lined up outside. The second prospective new tenant is a 30,000sf antique mall that would

Roof view of redevelopment center take the place of the former Price Chopper. And third, Empire Buffet, a Chinese takeout and buffet style restaurant, will occupy more than 10,000sf. Existing tenant, Factory Card Outlet will remain an important part of the center.

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BWK GC for Condo Conversion Everett, MA - BWK Construction Co., Inc. served as the general contractor for the conversion of the former Saint Joseph’s Rectory into condominium units. The primary focus of the renovation was the seamless integration of the existing character of the building with that of the revised layout requirements, which allowed for the extensive reuse of the interior millwork, slate roofing, and porch systems.

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The third-floor living space was expanded upon with introduction of dormers that blended flawlessly with the design aesthetic of the exterior of the building. The rectory renovation embodies the benefits of modernity, while paying homage to the craftsmanship of yesteryear.

Trip Advisor Project Completed Newton, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Inc.of Quincy recently completed its second project for the world’s largest travel guide, TripAdvisor. In addition to J. Calnan, the project team included Crosspoint Associates, Interior Architects and Cushman & Wakefield. Located in Newton Technology Park, building N3 included the demolition of the interior offices and warehouse space of more than 50,000sf to allow for an open layout. The new space is comprised of offices and high-end conference rooms with teleconferencing and full audiovisual capabilities.

Interior highlights include extensive soffit work, recessed and pendant lighting, aluminum entrances, solid wood doors, various fabric draperies and paneling, modern furniture, ceramic tiling, new bathrooms, and accommodations for expecting mothers. Exterior features include new energy efficient windows on 80% of the building, new EIFS work, canopies with metal paneling, and aluminum entrances. Additionally, new mechanical equipment including energy efficient roof top units, a new 1.5 million BTU boiler heating system and new DDC control units will keep the building running efficiently.

Erland Completes New Center DiMella Shaffer Associates Chelsea, MA - Erland Construction, Inc. has completed construction of the new 91,000sf, 100-unit Leonard Florence Center for Living for the Chelsea Jewish Foundation. This is the first skilled nursing facility built in Massachusetts in 13 years; the first urban Green House built in the United States; and the first facility of its kind for ALS and MS patients. Erland finished the project in 19 months. The six-story skilled nurs- Bedrooms are clustered around an open kitchen ing facility features 10 “houses,” and living area each with 10 bedrooms clustered around an open kitchen and living area. Modeled after the Green House style created by Dr. William Thomas, residents of each house enjoy homecooked meals prepared in their own kitchen and served at a common table near their rooms. Each house has its own dedicated staff of caregivers responsible for preparing meals and assisting the residents. A separate clinical support team — including nurses, Leonard Florence Center is the first facility of its kind for ALS and MS patients. social workers, therapists, medical directors, nutritionists, and pharmaments; owner’s representative CS2/NE; cists — visit the houses regularly to and architect DiMella Shaffer Associates provide services as needed. Erland teamed with development/ on this exciting and challenging endeavor. financial consultants Affirmative Invest-


Bufftree Completes Mashpee Library Mashpee, MA - With construction by south coast-based Bufftree Building Company now complete, the next chapter began on Cape Cod’s first LEEDcertified public library — and one of the first in Massachusetts — with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 2. Pomroy Associates LLC of South Easton guided the town through the design, development, and construction process. Rick Pomroy, project manager for the town of Mashpee and principal of Pomroy, describes the facility as “the integration of Internet age technology with the historical aspects of a library.” He is quick to give credit to all the players on the project’s strong team and singles out Bufftree Building Company for special mention. The library is on track to receive Gold certification in the LEED rating system. The library incorporates a 21.1kW photovoltaic energy generation system, or solar panels to the layman, to help fuel the building’s lighting, electrical components and air conditioning. Heat is generated by a high-efficiency, gas-fired boiler, and an energy recovery system is used to reclaim heat and cooling. The first thing that patrons will see upon entering the library is a weather station monitor, described as “a fun, educational component of the design” done by architect Stewart Roberts Associates, Inc.

New Mashpee Library of Somerville. The weather station’s interactive touch screen enables patrons to see the energy that is being generated from this green building. Some of the library’s other exceptional features include a digital information screen containing town news; pay-asyou-go computer systems available to the public, along with an in-house computer management facility; digitally controlled self-check units for taking books out of the library; and a quasi-library store with DVDs and music videos that can be checked out. The site also includes a community events room for the use of the townspeople and a children’s outdoor story garden or reading area.

Patriot Place Project Completed

Calnan, Kraft, Visnick & Caulfield and RDK Team Up

Foxboro, MA - J. Calnan & Associ- ing partitions, custom wood doors throughates, Inc. recently completed a challenging out, and a vaulted elevator lobby as well as 31,000sf interior fit-out for Waste Manage- a new café. ment at Patriot Place in Foxboro. Additionally, the team built a second Working collaboratively with The floor roof-top deck, which required the adKraft Group, Visnick & Caulfield, and dition of an exterior door to the building RDK Engineers, J. Calnan & Associates and a handicap ramp. and the team overcame significant challenges to complete this fast track project in just seven short weeks. The project started from shell space with no existing perimeter drywall, bathrooms, or mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Highlights of the project include a new server room to accommodate Waste Management’s MIS infrastructure, modern energy-efficient restrooms, a cutting-edge training room Interior fit-out for Waste Management at Patriot Place complete with moveable divid-

May, 2010


High-Profile: People

Kamal New EYP Board Director Boston, - EYP Architecture & Engineering announced the election of Vice President of Design and Expertise Leila Kamal, AIA, LEED AP to its board of directors. Kamal began her career with EYP in 1997, and over the ensuing years, has been involved in the planning, programming, and design of academic buildings, undergraduate science buildings, and student housing projects at more than 19 colleges and universities, including Harvard University, The University of Michigan, Wheaton College, The Ohio State Univer-

sity, Hamilton College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. With more than 19 years of experience in architectural design, programming, and project management, Kamal participates in and speaks at Tradeline Kamal and SCUP conferences, and at last year’s National AIA Women’s Leadership Summit in Chicago.

intern architects Minna Koo and Hilary Michaels. “We’re very pleased that our design team has continued to grow despite current economic conditions,” said Philip Laird, AIA, LEED AP, president of ARC. “The addition of these four talented design professionals will enhance our ability to better serve our clients.”

Davis Names Takala Boston - The Davis Companies announced the appointment of Bradford W. Takala as managing director of acquisitions of Davis Investment Ventures. In this capacity, he will help to spearhead the growth of investment activities, including the sourcing, analyzing, and structuring of new acquisitions. Takala is a veteran acquisition executive. He joins The Davis Companies with more than 20 years of real estate and business experience, most recently as an acquisitions executive with Behringer Harvard,

targeting investments for the firm’s opportunity fund. He was formerly a partner and head of US acquisitions for Taurus Capital Markets and spent nearly a decade with Invesco Real Estate. Takala Takala has sourced and closed more than $1 billion worth of investments.

North Branch Welcomes Hastings Concord, NH - North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord announced that Eric Hastings of Bow has joined its team. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and will serve as a project manager and estimator for North Branch.

Lawrence, MA - Solectria solar photovoltaic industry will Renewables announced the apexpand by at least two-and-a-half pointment of Phil Vyhanek to times over the next five years, president. with global revenues likely to top Vyhanek will focus his $100 billion. efforts on enabling Solectria Vyhanek comes to Solectria Renewables to outpace the exRenewables after holding senior pected rapid expansion of the management roles with Laird industry as the company comes Technologies, Cushcraft Coroff a strong year of growth in poration, and Honeywell where Vyhanek 2009. he developed expertise in strateSpurred on by surging ingic planning, sales, operations, terests among consumers and businesses to engineering, and finance for technology go green, estimates predict that the global companies.

John Fish Chairs Roast

ARC Adds Four Cambridge, MA - ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge has added an interior designer, an architect, and two intern architects to its growing team of design professionals. John Altieri has joined the firm as an interior designer and Leslie DelleFave, AIA, LEED AP, as an architect. Also joining the ARC team are

Solectria Appoints Vyhanek


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High-Profile: Calendar NAWIC Golf Classic

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Construction Law Series-Environmental Law Monday, May 24, 2010 - 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. AGC Conference Center, Wellesley Legal Issues at the Forefront of Today’s Commercial Building Industry During May and June you will have the opportunity to listen and learn from nine of the most highly respected firms that deal with legal matters in this area’s world of commercial building construction. The goal of every program is for you to learn and understand an aspect of construction law that you can use to your advantage and Golf Classic and Networking Luau protect the extent of your firm’s legal liabilTuesday, June 22 Connect Your 8 a.m.--Registration and Continental ity and financial loss. Company to a Better For imformation: http://www.agcBreakfast Bottom Line 9 a.m.--Shotgun Start (Scramble mass.org/calendar.cfm Attend “CFMA’s Format), Grills at the turn, Contest Holes 2010 Leadership Sucthroughout, Prizes and Gifts to each player cess Series” 2:30 p.m.--Putting Contest and NetEarn Up To 36 Recognizing Outstanding Comworking Reception--Hawaiian Style! CPE Credits munications (ROC) Awards Gala Come for the day and play, or come 4 p.m., Thursday, September 9 - for the afternoon and network. Either way, Thursday June 3, 2010 Noon, Saturday, September 11 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. join us for some fun! 4 p.m., Sunday, September 12 - Noon, Seaport Lighthouse in Boston More information contact: Tuesday, September 14 Save the Date! Dave Caron, dcaron@key-csi.com Attend BOTH and save! Come celebrate the past year’s Kristin Poulin, kristin.poulin@strucHilton Nashville, Nashville, Tenn. greatest marketing efforts and gain inspituretone.com For more information: info@cfma. ration for the future at SMPS Boston’s Todd Davis, tdavis@olympiamoving. org com

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Monday, June 14, 2010 The Greater Worcester Chapter #241, Inc. of the National Association of Women in Construction is having its 13th Annual Golf Classic to benefit the Esther Weiloch Ventola Scholarship Fund, and other related charities. Due to the overwhelming success of the last three years, we have decided once again to hold the tournament at the Blackstone National Golf Club. Join us, have a day of fun, and contribute to helping young people to advance themselves in the construction field. For more information contact Wendy Harvey. Tel: (508) 8569171 Cell: (617) 8397914. wharvey@nesrentals.com

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Healthcare Facilities Developments Featuring:

If you have an interest in New England healthcare facilities planning, design and construction you won’t want to miss this annual focus on Healthcare Facilities Developments.

June also includes popular monthly sections: • Green News • Renovations and Restorations • Multi-Residential Developments • Educational Facilities Developments plus People, Calendar and more...

In the June issue we will feature a special report on the 4th Annual Healthcare Construction Conference, Hospital Facilities in the New Economy: Lean, Green & Sustainable hosted by the Massachusetts Hosptial Association (MHA) May 20. The hospital building boom may have ground to a halt in the last few years, but that has not stopped hospitals from seeking innovative ways to improve their facilities. In fact, being faced with these new challenges has created a new enthusiasm and adaptation of creative and cost-saving alternatives, such as finding ways to renovate instead of build, taking advantage of new government funding and financing options, and seeking alternative forms of energy usage at their facilities.

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Payette has announced a new commission with Children’s Hospital, Boston (CHB) for the Binney Building project. Story page 25


second annual Recognizing Outstanding Communications (ROC) Awards This year’s event includes two new categories: Social Media and Corporate Brochure, while keeping favorites like Corporate Identity, Website, and New Member of the Year. For more information: smpsboston.org

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High-Profile Monthly: May 2010  

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

High-Profile Monthly: May 2010  

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