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Construction ‘Prompt Pay’ Bill Signed into Law Boston - Governor Deval Patrick signed into law “An Act Promoting Fairness in Private Construction Contracts,” a bill put forward by the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, Inc. (ASM) and otherwise known simply as the “Prompt Pay Law.” Monica Lawton It is the most significant legislation affecting private construction since the reform of the state’s mechanic’s lien law in 1996. The new law is the result of a nearly five-year effort by ASM to address chronic payment delays in construction, a growing problem in the industry that has made it difficult for small construction companies to operate, particularly in the recession. Companies typically wait three months, often longer, to receive payment for their work, while continuing to buy materials and pay workers weekly. This cash flow crunch puts such strain on small businesses that many have already closed their doors and others are at risk of doing so.

House and Senate leaders in the Massachusetts legislature recognized the damaging effect of slow payment and made passage of a Prompt Richard Fisher Pay bill a priority in the final days of the legislative session. The bill had the support of 13 local trade unions and supply companies from across the state, as well as hundreds of subcontracting companies employing thousands of workers. Thirtytwo other states currently have similar laws in place. “Jobs and businesses were on the line here,” said Monica Lawton of ASM. “This legislation provides a fair, commonsense approach to ensure companies and workers get paid—and get paid on time.” The bill initially faced strong opposition from general contractors. But the final

Salem, MA - If you thought safe handling procedures for lead paint was only necessary for demolition contractor or environmental cleanup companies, think again. Any contractor who works on a home, school or other childoccupied structure built Chris Zorzy prior to 1978 must now be certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to Chris Zorzy, president of LeadSafe Video Solutions, Inc., a Salembased contractor training company. The EPA’s recently enacted Renova-

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Prompt Pay Bill Continued from previous page version represented a last-minute compromise achieved with the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts. The new law is fair to all parties and holds all to the same level of responsibility, while giving all the same protection – whether owner, contractor, subcontractor, or sub-subcontractor, or vendor. The new law sets reasonable time periods for processing payments on a project, both routine progress payments and, more significantly, payments for change orders, which are often held up for indefinite periods. It also all but eliminates the use of controversial “pay if paid” terms to avoid having to pay altogether; and it provides the right to stop work for nonpayment without

Fairhaven Named Model School risking breach of contract. By requiring prompt decisions on approval (or rejection) of payment requests, and timely payment of amounts due, the law will keep funds flowing on projects, so that companies can continue to perform the work without delay, and keep people employed. “This legislation will help prevent company closures and layoffs in the months ahead, and over the long term, will help restore fair dealing to an industry that has long been out of balance,” said Richard Fisher of Red Wing Construction, vice president on the board of directors and chair of ASM’s Prompt Pay Task Force. “This is an important step to improve our industry, and help small businesses and their employees in this tough economy.”

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Pembroke, MA - Steve Orth has joined High-Profile Monthly as an account executive. He was previously an associate publisher for 18 years at New England Real Estate Journal. Orth brings to HPM an expertise in media sales, with a special focus on facilities contractors and subcontractors as well as those who provide services and products for owners, developers, and managers of commercial, retail and institutional facilities. Orth resides in Hyannis with his wife, Donna, and son Daniel.

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AGC Reports Construction Job Gains Arlington, VA - Construction job gains were more widespread across the country and job losses were generally less severe in July than in June, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released recently by the Labor Department. Twenty-six states added construction jobs in July, compared to 19 in June, while six states added construction jobs over the past year and most others are losing far fewer jobs than previously, association officials noted. “Encouraging as it is to see some modest signs of progress, it is increasingly

unlikely we’ll keep seeing these kinds of gains over the next few months,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “There is little to indicate that construction will be adding workers to a significant extent any time soon.” He cautioned that the improved employment picture may be attributable to a bulge in federal stimulus-funded projects that could soon fade. “There are few signs of life in privately funded construction, and state and local budget deficit projections are forcing further cuts in non-stimulus public projects,” he said. Photography by Bruce Martin

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by Michael Barnes, Publisher High-Profile Monthly Now nearing completion, a new $578 million public school campus in Los Angeles will be “the most expensive public school in the U.S.,” according to The Week. Why has it cost so much? One reason, The Week surmises, “is Michael Barnes that “the original $400 million estimate was thwarted by a 2006-07 spike in raw building materials.” Compare that to the savings I discovered when reporting on our cover story project in Middleton, Mass. The HoweManning School was approved by the town at $31.5 million, but CTA Construction’s bid came in $6 million under budget, bringing the actual cost down to $24.5 Million, a savings of nearly 20% on the total budget. Had the LA school started its project today, it might have seen a cost savings of $115 million, and with that built a few more schools to save even more money. In a recent article of The Real Reporter, David Billings of RF Walsh Collaborative Partners and the project manager for Howe-Manning, said, “The competitive environment has helped push the budget down by 20%, similar to results seen in other educational project management assignments being managed by RF Walsh in Burlington and Plymouth.” “If you are a public school, right now is a very good time to build,” said Billings, noting that the Middleton endeavor is 51% financed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The time is good for the math, and the time is also good for the talent.

With this issue we have announced that after 18 years with New England Real Estate Journal, a veteran salesman and associate publisher, Steve Orth, has joined High-Profile Monthly. A year ago we could not have found anyone in New England with the unique characteristics needed to fit our niche publication. We are delighted to have Steve, and as the slow but inevitable economic cycle swings up again we will be in a better position to provide a demanding industry the networking and marketing services it will need to make hay while the sun shines. Another success story coming out of tough times will be the focus of the Massachusetts Building Congress’ September 23 educational breakfast program, titled “Constructive Change? Massachusetts New Prompt Pay Law, Implications and Opportunities for the Design and Construction Industry.” The Thursday morning breakfast at the Radisson Hotel will launch the new season. In addition, a group of industry panelists at IFMA’s Boston’s Career Preservation Task Force breakfast on September 10, will discuss their successful job searches. To share your success stories, I suggest you attend the IFMA Boston’s “Social Networking for All” networking event on September 23, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at the offices of Shawmut Design & Construction 560 Harrison Avenue, Boston. And while you’re there be sure to say hello to Steve Orth and me. For more information on these and other events, visit www.ifmaboston.org andwww.buildingcongress.org. Step up, networking is everyone’s job, and the time is right.

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Columbia Gets CST Project DTA Architects Beverly, MA - Columbia Construction Company was recently awarded a contract to provide construction management services to expand Cell Signaling Technology, Inc.’s (CST) operations in Beverly. CST is a manufacturer and distributor of antibodies and related reagents for biomedical research, and is headquartered in Danvers. The project architect is DTA Ar-

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Avid Opens New World HQ Burlington, MA - Nordblom Company and Nordic Properties announced that Avid Technologies, a global provider of digital audio and video production solutions, has opened its new world headquarters in Network Drive at Northwest Park. Avid leased 203,000sf for a 10-year term. Gensler Associates and RDK Engineers provided tenant architectural and design services, Spagnolo Gisness and Associates provided bridge design services, and Erland Construction was the general contractor on the project. The project team completed all the project elements by the end of May 2010, including the installation of a new supplemental chilled water system and chiller plant, an elevated pedestrian bridge connecting 75 and 65 Network Drive, and the construction of the connector road and sidewalks (including data and fiber connections) to Avid’s third building at 10 North Avenue next door. Network Drive at Northwest Park is a 950,000sf office campus situated on 158 acres. It consists of an exceptional multi-tenanted office park comprised of seven buildings in a dramatic, landscaped setting.

Eckman Starting Lawrence Mill Rehab Coldham & Hartman Architects Lawrence, MA - After almost two years in preconstruction, Eckman Construction of Bedford, N.H. is beginning work on the former Southwick Mill, in building #9 at 50 Island Street in Lawrence, Mass. This will be the first phase of a mixed use development, known as Union Crossing, by Lawrence Community Works. When complete, the building will contain 60 apartments, a day care, commercial space, and several community spaces. The affordable apartments will be a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Eckman will completely renovate the five-

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EnviroVantage Project: PEA

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xeter, NH - The relationship between Philip’s Exeter Academy (PEA) and EnviroVantage began more than 20 years ago when PEA became its first commercial client. Since then, it has completed many projects for the school ranging from exterior lead prep jobs on numerous buildings around campus to asbestos abatement in the athletic gyms. EnviroVantage is frequently called on by PEA’s facilities managers whenever they have an emergency, such as broken pipes with asbestos insulation, asbestos floor tiles and mastics, mold from water damage, and many other hazardous jobs over the years. PEA originally had six enormous boilers incased in layers of brick and asbestos that date back to the early 1900s. Over the course of the years, one of the brick boilers was removed and a newer boiler was installed, but that still left the majority of the boilers outdated and inefficient. The replacement of the old with new, more efficient boilers greatly increases the steam

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production efficiency of the heating plant, saves time and money, and eliminates the unnecessary risks to the employees working in the plant. Phase 1 started with thousands of linear feet of asbestos removal, which was resourcefully coordinated by one of EnviroVantage’s most experienced asbestos supervisors, Pete Carlburg. Multiple areas of asbestos on the steam lines needed to be abated allowing the mechanical contractor to cut and cap lines and reroute the steam to ensure there was minimal downtime for the campus to be without hot water. Once the steam was rerouted, EnviroVantage stepped back in to place the entire area around the boilers under containment and negative air. A massive plastic wall was erected to divide the containment from the rest of the boiler facility that needed to remain operational throughout the entire renovation. Asbestos pipe insulation was to be removed using glove bags. This soon presented a dilemma because when the insulation was removed, the sheer heat of the pipes melted the bags and even the gloves of the men working on them. The pipes required at least three to four days to cool down, even after being shut down and drained. Despite the extreme conditions of the heat from the raging hot pipes, on top of the sizzling summer temperatures confined inside the containment, the asbestos workers never missed a beat. Tractor trailer after tractor trailer was filled to the

brim until all of the asbestos was successfully removed for Phase 1 of the renovation. Next, EnviroVantage jumped right in to the demolition portion of the project. They began the process by demolishing the suspended steam lines, ranging from eight to 14 inches in thickness, that needed to be removed. This was a dangerous task as the workers needed to maneuver around live steam, and gas lines. Constant chipping and hammering on the brick shell of the boilers required taking shifts between both people and equipment. The core demo team of Troy Purington, Brian Tebbetts, and John Moore whittled away at one of the most complex interior demo jobs ever performed by EnviroVantage. An added difficulty was that the only way to remove the loads of debris was to somehow lift it up and out of the double doors located 10 feet overhead. To accomplish this feat, they used two mini skid steers and the excavator to lift all the debris into a bucket which was attached to a lull on the outside of the building. The concrete went to a concrete crushing plant, 100% of the metal was recycled, and all other general waste went out separately to the appropriate places. While taking out load after load of brick, several torch cutters were used to cut the steel tanks and tubes down from each set of boilers. Each brick shell had three huge

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rovidence, RI - Through the years, Vision 3 Architects has played a major role in designing, renovations, and new construction at the Johnson & Wales University campus in Providence, including recently completed improvements at the Harborside Academic Dining Center and construction of the new Grace Welcome Center. William Gray, principal of Vision 3 Architects, noted that the dining center project included a complete redesign and integration of the existing 4,290sf Café

Rendering of proposed servery/ cook-to-order station Commons facility with a newly constructed 2,370sf Starbucks store. Construction started on May 24th and was completed by August 16th in time to begin staff training at the upgraded and expanded dining center in advance of the start of classes On Sept. 4. Gray said the Café Commons part of the project was redesigned to create a warm, casual, comfortable, yet whimsical experience. In the words of the client, it

Johnson & Wales University - Grace Visitors Center had to be “contemporary, but rustic, and have a real WOW factor.” There is a mix of seating types in a well-defined dining area, and most food preparation and cooking activities are now on display up front. The new design creates a separate identity and entrances for Starbucks while providing visual links and design compatibility with the Café Commons concept. David Prengaman, AIA, LEED AP of Vision 3, principal in charge of the Grace Welcome Center project, pointed out that the new center is the first University building you see upon entering the Harborside campus. He said the design of the building was challenging because it had to complement the surrounding campus buildings, which reflect a variety of architectural styles. The design features an abundant use

of views of the campus and natural daylighting, particularly in the lobby, public gallery, and presentation room, while simultaneously preserving the privacy of staff offices and work areas. The new facility is registered with the US Green Building Council and was designed to achieve LEED certification. Interior finishes for the design were selected based on their aesthetic appeal and sustainable features. Carpet lines from Patcraft and Lees and porcelain tile from Ergon and Crossville were selected for their high recycled content. During construction, efforts were made to provide FSC Certified Wood in all millwork components and framing in order to achieve an overall utilization of at least 50% throughout the project. All interior components were selected to be low emitting of harmful contaminants. “We’ve had a long and mutually beneficial working relationship with the staff

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Educational Facilities Embrace Permeable Pavement

by Larry Nicolai, Sr. Educational institutions throughout the country are demonstrating their commitment to the environment by employing sustainable design practices in new building and site initiatives undertaken on campus. Porous pavements comprised of permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) are quickly becoming one of the innovative technologies embraced by many schools and universities for mitigating the effects of stormwater runoff. Some are using the installation sites as outdoor demonstration labs for classes focused on environment and energy. Of note locally, the University of PICP Parking at Roger Williams University, Bristol R.I. New Hampshire (UNH) has established a Stormwater Center that acts as a unique Foundation for Education and Research, a of PICP. The most obvious is the attractechnical resource for stormwater practitio- nonprofit organization, is working closely tiveness of the available colors, shapes, ners by studying a range of issues for spe- with UNH on this project. and patterns as compared with asphalt or cific stormwater management strategies, In addition to meeting LEED, LID, concrete. The beauty of the property can including design, water quality and quan- and stormwater run-off standards, perme- be preserved and enhanced because PICP tity, cost, maintenance, and operations. The able pavers offer a host of other benefits to promotes tree survival and growth, and field research facility serves as a site for educational institutions. Financial benefits wooded areas that would otherwise be testing stormwater treatment processes and are naturally a primary focus. Because cleared for stormwater detention or retenfor technology demonstrations and work- permeable pavers can function as pave- tion ponds can remain undisturbed. shops. The testing results and technology ment, stormwater infiltration, and detenMaintenance personnel enjoy the demonstrations are meant to assist in the tion/retention all in one, valuable land is benefits of less sanding and de-icing and planning, design, and implementation of conserved for green space or building op- the ease of regular maintenance, which effective stormwater management strate- portunities. Winter ice hazards are lower only requires periodic inspection and gies for resource managers. Permeable than with traditional pavements, thus pro- cleaning with standard street cleaning pavers are currently being installed for viding savings on the costs of de-icing salts equipment. If access to underlying strucuse as parking as well as research on hy- and sanding. tures such as pipes or utilities is necessary, drological and structural performance. The Aesthetic improvements are anoth- the pavers can be lifted and subsequently Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute er prime benefit gained through the use reinstated after the work is completed to Structural Engineers


restore the pavement to its original appearance without leaving the undesirable look of a patch that would occur with other paving materials. Schools generally must work projects around tight academic schedules. Permeable pavers are factory-made and ready to install year-round. No curing is required. The paver surface may be used immediately upon installation. Ideal Concrete Block Company manufactures and markets permeable pavers under the name Pavers by Ideal. As a founding member of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Pavers by Ideal routinely offers PICP Lunch-n-Learns and project guidance. Design and installation is slightly different than that of traditional pavers, and Pavers by Ideal recognizes that correct design and installation are key to successful projects. Pavers by Ideal permeable pavers have been installed at Tufts, Harvard, Brandeis, Bentley, Stonehill, and Bridgewater State, among others. Boston Public Schools are the most recent public schools to utilize Ideal permeable pavers. Permeable interlocking concrete pavement is a winning method for managing stormwater. It not only evidences a school’s commitment to their students, faculty, and community as a caretaker to the environment, but also demonstrates financial conscientiousness. Larry Nicolai, Sr. is vice president, Ideal Concrete Block Company.

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Gordon College Renovations Pro Con Architect and CM Wenham, MA – Pro Con Inc is the architect and construction manager for the design-build renovation of Easton Dining Hall and Gillies Café in the Lane Student Center on the campus of Gordon College. The Easton Dining Hall was updated with new interior finishes, including new flooring, wainscoting on the walls, valences, and paint. The existing raised platform seating areas were removed and reThe Easton Dining Hall can seat 542. placed with 12 high-backed wood booths around the room’s perimof ambient light and helping to reduce eneter. A combination of free-standing dining ergy consumption. Over-sized national flags tables of various sizes provides seating in representing Gordon College’s international the remainder of the room, enabling the hall student body are hung from the ceiling, to accommodate 542 persons. adding visual interest to the room, while reNew six-foot diameter lighting chanducing the acoustic liveliness of the space. deliers are suspended from the 28-foot ceilThe second phase of the project ening. Each chandelier contains eight energytailed building a new entrance vestibule efficient compact fluorescent lights and add for Gillies Café and enlarging the café by visual appeal as well as increasing the level removing two interior walls. The additional space enabled booth seating to be installed, along the room’s perimeter along with new lighting fixtures. New flooring was installed and the interior paint finishes on the walls reflect the school colors. Pro Con, Inc began work on the Easton and Gillies renovation project in June by working closely with College administrators to arrange a two-phase construction schedule that would not disrupt Gordon’s summer commitments with two groups who use their Gillies Café was enlarged by removing beautiful Wenham campus. two interior wall.

BU Selects Acella for Renovation

Norwell, MA - Acella Construction Corporation announced that it was selected to renovate 2,400sf space for Boston University’s Communications Department. The work performed will include new mechanical and electrical systems, finishes, and wall reconfigurations, in addition to millwork and plumbing.

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Colantonio Upgrades Russell School Littleton, MA - Colantonio, Inc. is wrapping up its $7.1 million renovation of the Russell Street Elementary School. The firm performed the work on 63,000sf of space in four phases while the school was occupied by teachers and students. Colantonio’s team upgraded the school’s HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, fire alarm, and tele/data systems. They installed new windows, acoustical ceiling Rendering of Russell Street Elementary tile, vinyl ceiling tile, elevator, and chair lift. A new water The company is also finishing up service, electrical system, transformer, and renovation projects at Framingham State drainage system were also installed. College and Fitchburg State College.


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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Ellenzweig Designs U of K

Lexington, KY Ellenzweig provided programming, lab planning, and design services for the new 285,000gsf, $127 million research and teaching building for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The Biological Pharmaceutical Complex is the largest academic building in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The program New research and teaching building for the College of includes research labs, Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky pharmacy teaching labs, lab support, meeting and College to expand enrollment to address conference rooms, classrooms, and offices the shortage of pharmacists in Kentucky. for faculty, graduate students, and adminis- The building consolidates the research and tration. Specialized facilities include core teaching expertise of the fifth-ranked collabs, an NMR facility, a 15,000gsf vivari- lege of pharmacy in the United States, furum, and patient assessment suites. ther strengthening research collaboration A prominent feature of the building among the faculty (formerly housed in 11 is the five-story atrium that affords visual locations on and off the campus). and physical connectivity with all levels; New England consultants particiaccess to all floors can be gained via the pating in the project included Vanderweil monumental, open stairway. Engineers, LeMessurier Consultants, MoThe building exterior features red harDesign, Acentech, Vermeulens Cost brick and limestone materials and a con- Consultants, Kroll Security, Harold Cuttemporary curtainwall system with solar ler PE, RWDI, Atelier Ten, and Nicholas shading devices. The full penthouse is clad Browse & Associates. in metal panels. A new, enclosed pedesEllenzweig served as design architrian bridge connects the eastern end of the tect, laboratory planner, and instructional building to an existing laboratory building. facilities planner in association with EOP The new building responds to the Architects of Lexington, architect of reUniversity’s mission to provide contem- cord. Construction manager for the buildporary research and teaching facilities for ing was Messer Construction. the College of Pharmacy, allowing the

BWK GC for Phillips Academy Reno Andover, MA - BWK Construction Co., Inc. served as the general contractor for the historically sensitive exterior renovation of the 100-year-old Davison House at Phillips Academy in Andover. The window assemblies were painstakingly replicated with custom steel frames and moldings, Phillips Academy Davison House renovation which incorporated energy-efficient The replacement of the copper roofglazing systems. ing and gutter systems provided the finishThe masonry was repointed with a ing touches to this seamless melding of old custom mortar color to match that of the and new building components. existing building.

BC Hires ARC for Renovation Cambridge, MA - ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge has been awarded a new project by Boston College to provide design services for interior renovations of 2121 Commonwealth Avenue on the University’s Brighton Campus. The 70,000sf combined space will consist of administrative office and support space. “We’re very pleased to be working with Boston College as they implement their new Institutional Master Plan,” said ARC President Philip Laird, AIA, LEED AP, who will also head the ARC design team for the project. Formerly a part of the Archdiocese of Boston, and known as the Chancery

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

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Bowdoin Construction Breaks Ground River School Campus Center Designed by Dario Weston, MA – Bowdoin Construction was recently selected by The Rivers School for the construction of its new campus center in Weston. The project, designed by Dario Designs, Inc., requires the demolition of an existing building and the construction of a new two-story, 30,420sf state-of-the-art facility on the active independent school campus. The building is being constructed of structural steel, brick, cultured stone, aluminum/glass curtain wall systems, and a combination of asphalt shingle and EPDM roofing. Interior spaces will feature a large student dining hall with servery, a commercial kitchen, and The Rivers Café on the upper floor. The lower level will in-

clude 12 classrooms, a large art gallery, math and language department offices, five faculty offices, and several student gathering areas. The finished product will display maple millwork, sloped linear wood ceilings, and varied flooring systems, including carpet tile, terrazzo tile, quarry tile, and VCT, as well as extensive landscaping around the building. Construction is under way and will be completed within a 12-month schedule. Bowdoin Construction is one of the New England region’s leading construction management and general contracting firms focused on providing a solutions based approach to every client’s specific building needs.

Boston, MA - The Biomedical Research & Public Health (BRPH) Building at Tufts University School of Medicine is a combination of four structures originally built between 1916 and 1929 in the hub of Boston’s clothing industry. These robust buildings were changed to laboratory space in the 1960s. The renovations on the seventh floor of the Arnold wing will be the Artist rendering of Tufts University new renovations. first in a series of interdisciplinary connectors within plex. In this way, there will be enhanced the research complex. The laboratory will opportunities for interdisciplinary interacserve the neuroscience research program tions along the common circulation path and will feature an open laboratory concept through collaboration spaces, shared scienwith flexible support spaces including tistific resources, lounges, conference rooms, sue culture labs, instrumentation rooms, coffee bars, pin-up and white board space. and an electrophysiology suite. This is an enhancement of the physiLocated at the corner of the BRPH cal environment that will enable unstrucresearch complex, this location is ideally tured interactions and idea generation situated for easy access between adjacent among the researchers. wings and will allow investigators to travel Contractor for the project was Barr & seamlessly through the entire two block reBarr, Inc. Cannon Design is the architect. search complex. The fit out of the laboraConsultants included Schirmer Engitory, combined with the existing research neering, Code; Acentech, Inc., Acoustics; space in adjacent wings, will create a denand Ingersol Rand, Hardware. sity of research and gathering space along The estimated completion date for a common circulation path within the comthe project is December of this year.

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

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S/L/A/M Designs Stonehill Building Easton, MA - After successfully completing Stonehill College’s new science building – and bringing the project in under budget – The S/L/A/M Collaborative was selected to design a residential life building that would support the college’s increased enrollment and serve as a model for future residence hall building plans. Key priorities included the need to create a building that will last at least 75 years, support the residential life goal of fostering student development, include numerous green initiatives, and do so in the most economical manner possible. Configured for maximum efficiency, the 74,339gsf building will house 250 seniors and juniors in suite-style apartments. The project, which was designed and documented using BIM technology, will open this fall and is on target to finish under budget and ahead of schedule. Builder for the project is Walsh Brothers of Boston. Joining S/L/A/M on the project team

Stonehill College’s new science building are consultants cvil engineer - Nitsch Engineering, Boston; structural and geotechnical engineer - Weidlinger Associates, Inc., Cambridge; acoustic consultant - Acentech, Cambridge; cost estimator - D.J. Jones International, Inc., Woburn; code consultant - RW Sullivan, Boston and MEP engineer - RFS Engineering, Laconia, NH. The S/L/A/M Collaborative also served as landscape architect.

Cambridge, MA - HMFH Architects recently hosted 23 sixth graders at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School in Hyde Park for an instructional afternoon at the construction site of their new school. The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School is the largest charter school in Boston, serving children from 10 city neighborhoods. The school is organized around four specialty areas (athletics, dance, music and art) and accommodates 880 students from grades K-6, including Pre-Kindergarten. Renovations and construction of the new $24 million facility began in 2009 and will be complete this summer. The 105,000sf school consists of a renovated three-story mill building and former warehouse and a 15,000sf addition on a six-acre site in the Hyde Park section of Boston. The project was designed by HMFH Architects Inc. and built by Suffolk Construction. Hosted by volunteers from HMFH Architects, Suffolk Construction and the

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Students discover what goes into the design and construction of buildings. organization Just Around the Corner, the group of students toured the Hyde Park neighborhood and then walked through the school. Both the neighborhood tour and the school itself offered a platform for students to learn about their community and discover what goes into the design and construction of buildings.

Delphi Renovates Sage School Foxboro, MA - The Sage School, a private, independent, nonprofit day school dedicated to serving the educational needs of academically gifted girls and boys in greater Boston and Providence, retained Delphi Construction to convert their former gymnasium into a multi-purpose space referred to as The Commons. The renovated space now includes the school’s library, librarian’s office, Assistant Head of School’s

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September, 2010


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Tahanto School

HMFH New School Projects Cambridge, MA - HMFH Architects has been selected for seven new project commissions in the past six months. The commissions are located throughout New England. Two projects include site, facility, and economic analysis to investigate how to best provide elementary education resources for their communities. They are: Thompson Elementary School, a K-5 neighborhood school in ArlingRendering of The Carlisle elementary school ton. The feasibility study will include analysis of and a two-story, 29,000sf building addition. educational, program, and community needs, as well as renovation The new addition will house grades PK-2 and also link the existing grade 3-8 buildfeasibility compared to rebuilding. Also, HMFH will investigate three ing and core space, creating a revitalized existing school buildings and their sites, 140,000sf elementary school campus for including the historic Rogers Elementary the town. In Concord, N.H. HMFH is designSchool in Fairhaven, to determine the best ing three new elementary schools. The work option for cost-effective, educational equity includes a two-story school at the Broken between schools townwide. Ground site to replace Dame and Eastman Two projects are follow-on contracts schools, a new Kimball School, and a new for the next stage of public approval. They Conant School. are: Finally, three projects are compreIn the town of Carlisle, HMFH is hensive on-call service contracts for a wide moving ahead with design and construcrange of smaller planning and design projtion documents for a renovation and addiects. They are the Chelsea, Mass. public tion project for the elementary school. The schools; the UMass Amherst, and the Camschedule calls for a 14-month construction bridge public schools. period to begin in January 2011. The project calls for renovation of the existing school

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High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

Margulies Designs MGH Project


Boston - Margulies Perruzzi Architects has been selected to provide design services for the new Home Base Program, a multifaceted initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) aimed at helping veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who are affected by post-traumatic Amherst, MA - ARC/Architectural stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Resources Cambridge announced the The Home Base Program is a partdedication of four new residence halls nership between the Red Sox Foundation designed by the firm for the University and Massachusetts General Hospital, in of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dimeo cooperation with the Department of VeterConstruction Co. of Providence, R.I. was ans Affairs. Margulies Perruzzi Architects the construction manager for the $93 is designing 4,000sf of space at 101 Mermillion project. rimac UMass Street inoffi Boston program cials for heldthea new dedication and related departments. ceremony in August for the opening of The firm worked closely the 864-bed project known as thewith Norththe MGH Planning & Construction DepartResidential Area. ment and Home Base Program administraARC completed the design of the

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Steel Has its Day Following are excerpts from Metal Construction News August 2010 issue written by Chris Moor, AISC director of industry mobilization, and Tasha O’Berski, AISC public relations s pecialist. For more information visit http://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=18194 If the question “What are you doing for SteelDay?” isn’t already familiar from the inaugural event last year (more than 7,000 architects, engineers, contractors, owners, developers, and university students participated), it very well may be this year. This September 24 marks the second annual day dedicated to the structural steel industry. The structural steel industry often flies under the radar. Communities don’t always realize there is a structural steel fabricator or service center right in their own backyard, perhaps even their zip code. In fact, when they hear the word “steel,” they think of dirty factories or “industrial areas” spewing pollution into our environment. Of course, those of us in the industry know that this image couldn’t be further from the truth. Today’s structural steel industry is a modern, efficient business that uses some of the most advanced and efficient technologies, tools, and processes available. Steel is the most recycled material on the planet, and in terms of environmental friendliness there is no greener material out there. Too often though, people need to be shown something rather than just told it, and this is where SteelDay comes in. SteelDay is an AISC-sponsored day that promotes and celebrates the fabricated structural steel industry. It’s a unique opportunity for steel industry players to open

their facilities to the public and show them how their processes work, provide handson education about the latest advances in the industry, and put to rest any notions that the steel supply chain is an inefficient, earth-harming juggernaut. On top of this, SteelDay serves as an interactive networking day for members of the design, construction, and steel communities. “It’s a great opportunity for designers and others to see first-hand how the structural steel industry is building highperformance and sustainable projects,” explained Roger E. Ferch, P.E., AISC’s president. During the first-ever SteelDay last fall, at more than 170 different locations across the nation, steel fabricators, mills, service centers, galvanizers, HSS producers, bender-rollers, and others opened their facilities, jobsites, and offices, offering free tours and inviting the AEC community and general public to see how the structural industry contributes to building America. It was a massive event for structural steel and provided tremendous exposure for the industry. SteelDay 2010 is expected to attract even more participants than in 2009. So far, 140 events are planned. To reach more people domestically, the American Galvanizing Association has teamed up with AISC to provide dozens of galvanizer tours and presentations around the country. In addition, AISC introduces two International SteelDay partners; The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) and Promozione Acciaio in Italy will bring relationship building events and presentations to the design and construction communities in the Canadian provinces and Italy.

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September, 2010


High-Profile Feature: CTA Construction Builds Green Schools

CTA Construction Builds Green Schools


oston - In Massachusetts, the gold standard for green schools is certification from the state’s Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS). To date, just 56 schools in the Commonwealth (including 36 still under construction) have earned certification; of those, six have been built (or are being built) by CTA Construction. MA-CHPS standards are set by the national Collaborative for High Performance Schools, a California-based nonprofit founded in 1999 to help with the design and construction of high performance, energy-efficient schools. Massachusetts was one of the first states to adopt CHPS recommendations for green building design of its schools. All schools using the MA-CHPS criteria must be 20% more efficient than national standards. “Sustainable design adds value to a project and it makes smart business sense over the long term when you calculate energy cost savings,” said Patrick Tompkins, a principal of CTA Construction. “This squares with our philosophy of bringing cost savings and innovative solutions to the difficult requirements of every project we take on.” Two of CTA Construction’s schools opening this fall will earn MA-CHPS certification: the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in New Bedford and Beverly High School. The 91,000sf Abraham Lincoln Elementary School will be classroom ready this September and will accommodate

Burlington Memorial School 600 students. The new building includes masonry and steel construction; a 3,300sf state-of-the-art library and media center; a 5,700sf gymnasium; an auditorium; and a 383-seat cafeteria. A second phase of the project, which includes demolition of the old, 60,000sf school located next door, will be completed by the end of this year. A synthetic turf playing field, resilient track, and parking lot will be built in its place. Sustainable elements of the Abraham Lincoln school include a reflective roof with photovoltaic cells that will generate electricity; a subsurface infiltration

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system that will reduce the amount of rainwater flowing off of and away from the school into the sewage drainage system; recycling of 90% of the waste generated by the school; and the use of renewable and recycled materials in the school’s construction, including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) lumber. CTA Construction partnered with KBE Building Corporation for a 260,000sf addition to and renovation of Beverly High School. A 113,000sf renovation of the existing gymnasium, auditorium, kitchen, cafeteria, and locker rooms was carefully sequenced around the school’s operations. The project also included the construction of a new 147,000sf four-story wing housing classrooms, science labs, and administrative offices. The new wing is scheduled to be open for students this November. Once it opens, the old classrooms will be demolished to make way for new parking lots and athletic fields. Some of the sustainable building practices incorporated into this project include the use of exterior sunshades and light shelves; the use of paint, adhesives, carpets and other materials that emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC); installation of automated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC EMS); and a roofing system that


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includes a reduced heat island that will lower the overall temperature of the building. A third school currently under construction by CTA and set to earn MA-CHPS certification is the New Memorial Building School in Burlington. This project exemplifies another philosophy of CTA Construction’s, which is to bring projects in on time. “Under the best of circumstances, it’s important that municipal projects come in on time, but it’s particularly important when you’re building a school,” said Tompkins. “A delay in project completion disrupts families, teachers, and town employees, which is why we pride ourselves on our 100% on-time success rate.” Craig Robinson, the Burlington School District’s director of finance and operations, recently told the Boston Globe that the 78,500sf project, which broke ground in May, is proceeding ahead of schedule despite the discovery of ledge on the building site, which was removed through hydraulic drilling. The steel frame has been completed for the preK through grade 5 school, and the exterior masonry, interior partitions, and the roof construction are under way. The school is scheduled to be classroom ready by next August, and it will feature a gymnasium, cafeteria, library and media center, art and music rooms, and administrative offices. Sustainable elements include the collection and storage of rainwater for indoor plumbing, use of low-emitting VOC, and learning stations to show how much energy is being saved through the use of high-efficiency systems such as an HVAC EMS and condensing boilers. CTA Construction has just completed the steel phase of the new Howe-Manning Elementary School in Middleton. Sustainable elements of the 84,500sf school include a cavity wall system that will allow for high performance sound and heat insulation and more effective resistance to rain and moisture. The MA-CHPS-registered project will also feature high performance mechanical and lighting systems and on-

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site sewage disposal as well as parking areas, athletic fields, and landscaping. It is scheduled to be classroom ready by next September. Two schools built last year by CTA Construction that received MA-CHPS certification were the Willard Elementary School in Concord and the East Elementary School in Hingham. Sustainable elements of the 82,000sf Concord school included the use of low-emitting VOC materials and FSC-certified lumber; recycling of 90% of the waste generated by the school; exterior sunshades and a light harvesting system; construction of a bioretention basin to slow the rate at which stormwater flows away

of rainwater that runs into the sewage system; and sophisticated acoustic ductwork to reduce the sound travelling between classrooms and improve the efficiency of the HVAC system. Sustainable elements of the 93,000sf Hingham school included installation of a 20,000 gallon gray water recycling system; exterior sunshades; a solar wall that uses solar energy to warm air before it enters the HVAC EMS system, and thus requires less energy to heat; and recycling of 90% of the waste generated by the school. CTA Construction is a Boston-based full-service construction management firm.

Even when a school project isn’t registered with MA-CHPS, CTA Construction still incorporates sustainable building practices into its work. The 78,800sf Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, completed in 2006, featured a geothermal heating and cooling system operating from five 1,500ft wells. The 67,000sf Morey Elementary School in Lowell, completed in 2009, featured exterior sunshades, a green roofing system, and an HVAC EMS. And renovations to Foxborough High School are expected to save the town $128,400 annually in energy costs. The 210,000sf project, which will be completed next September, consists of a sequence of renovations to the existing high school, including installation of an HVAC EMS, new windows, a new roof, upgrades to the electrical system, a new fire alarm system, replacement of the existing gymnasium floor, and asbestos abatement.

Project Team for Burlington Memorial School

Architect - Knight, Bagge & Anderson, Inc (KBA) General Contractor - CTA Construction Co., Inc. Construction / Project Manager - Construction Monitoring Services, Inc. MEP Engineer - BLW Engineers, Inc.

Project Team for Foxboro School

Architect - Kaestle Boos Associates General Contractor - CTA Construction Co., Inc. Construction / Project Manager - Construction Monitoring Services, Inc. MEP Engineer - Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa, Inc. Structural Engineer – in-house with Kaestle Boos Associates

Project Team for Beverly School

Architect - Mount Vernon Group Architects General Contractor - CTA Construction Co., Inc. Construction Manager - Heery International, Inc. Fire Protection / Plumbing Engineer - SAR Engineering, Inc. Mechanical and Electrical Engineer - Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa, Inc. Structural Engineer - Souza, True and Partners, Inc.

Project Team for Lincoln Elementary

Architect - Mount Vernon Group Architects General Contractor - CTA Construction Co., Inc. Construction / Project Manager - Daedalus Projects, Inc MEP Engineer - Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa, Inc. Structural Engineer - Souza, True and Partners, Inc.

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September, 2010


High-Profile: Multi-Facilities Development News

Rendering of Dover Landing, mixed-use development on the Cochecho River

Completing ‘Impossible’ Projects Dickinson Transforms Brownfields

Quincy, MA - Over the past 10 years, developer Mark Dickinson has successfully tackled four complex brownfields redevelopment projects that some considered too complicated or costly. His company, Dickinson Development of Quincy, has successfully overcome environmental, engineering, permitting and construction issues, and succeeded on many levels. His projects have won awards and accolades. When completed, investment in the four projects – in Reading and New Bedford, Mass., and Dover, NH, will have exceeded $200 million. Ultimately, the projects will have created many hundreds of construction and full-time jobs, bringing millions in new tax revenues to their towns and transforming more than 77 acres to productive uses. These projects include: • An abandoned municipal landfill (33.5 acres) – Transformed long-closed landfill into attractive new welcoming entry to town: $90 million Crossing at Walkers Brook in Reading, Mass. Retail center anchored by Home Depot and Jordan’s Furniture. $750,000 annually in new real estate taxes to the town; Dickinson capped the landfill at its expense. • An underused industrial / office

building (5 acres) – Replaced a tired eyesore factory/ warehousing/office complex with a modern 69,000sf Stop & Shop Supermarket in Reading. The market annually brings more than $100,000 to the town in real Mark Dickinson estate taxes. • An abandoned Mill (14 acres) – Riverside Landing, New Bedford – Tore down long-abandoned mill complex; being replaced with 97,000sf Market Basket supermarket to open fall 2010. Phase 2: 50,000sf office and retail space. $35 million project; property will bring $250,000+ annually in tax revenues to the city. Creating a new gateway to the city. • And a DPW Yard (25 acres) – Dover Landing, Dover, N. H. – Eyesore town facility to be transformed into a $75 million mixed-use development on the Cochecho River; 180 residential units and 66,800sf of commercial space; projected annual real estate taxes over $1,000,000. Creating new access to river and expanded downtown district. Now in permitting phase.

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September, 2010


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

SMMA Completes 330,000sf Quincy High School Quincy, MA - Planned for a total of 1,500 students at 330,000sf and constructed in four major phases, Quincy’s new high school is organized around four “academies of excellence”: science and technology, humanities, arts academy, and a ninth-grade academy to support the transition of students from the city’s six middle schools. The two main public assembly spaces – the gymnasium and theater – are grouped together at the new main entrance of the school for easily accessible community use. The school opened in this fall. The project recently won the 2010 CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International: Northeast Region) Design Concept Award. SMMA worked closely with the

city’s school administration and mayor’s office to ensure the highest-quality academic and physical plan. The change from a departmentally-organized model – where teachers work in silos of single disciplines – to an academy structure of combined excellence in support of the broader interest of contemporary students was a significant project objective. SMMA worked with all staff to stimulate support for the complex changes engendered in the plan, particularly the inclusion of the ninth- grade academy, and the complete synthesis of vocational programs and standard academic programs. Due to the School’s unique academies of excellence structure, there are clear organizational groupings for each

Artist rendering of new Quincy High School

Rendering of aerial view of academy. Community access is provided to all major public spaces, and the courtyard serves as an organizing element for building users. Students can now access a spectrum of collegiate-focused academic classes and hands-on, project-based labs and shops. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs erase the barriers between the vocational and standard high school, creating dynamic connections: physics and mathematics; engineering and electrical and plumbing; nursing and biology and chemistry laboratories. The new building dramatically wraps around the existing historic high school,

new high school complex with crisp, sympathetic architectural styling and detailing. SMMA achieved square footage reductions through program integration and planned future growth. High-quality and durable materials were used throughout, and energy-efficient strategies were employed to exceed minimum code requirements. Daylighting and natural ventilation strategies were applied throughout, along with highly efficient lighting systems with full nighttime shutoff. The original high school was retained, while demolishing less efficient additions.

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Boston - A recent panel discussion moderated by Cannon Design’s Stephen Johnson, FAIA, opened fresh new dialogue regarding the future of K-12 education and how design impacts learning. Panelist Trung Le, AIA, Cannon design principal, called on educators across the country to build better new schools for K-12 students. This call to action is exemplified in the book that Le co-authored, The Third Teacher, a movement encouraging designers, educators, policy makers, and students to transform learning environments in an effort to make schools more efficient, comfortable, healthy, and effective. The event, which was held in Boston and attended by educators from around the state, centered on exploring the key themes of the book. Joining Le on the panel were Christian Long, architect, educator and school planner; Michael Contompasis, former superintendent for Boston Public Schools; Amy Ryan, president of Boston Public Library; and Stacey Rainey, academic program manager of the Partners in Learning national programs for Microsoft. Le started the conversation by saying: “Give our kids the ability to learn and create in a collaborative environment and they will have the ability to work together to solve problems.” Rainey said true learning happens

when we start marking kids on their mistakes instead of their correct answers. “If you are scared of failure, you are only going to take baby steps.” Contompasis said the most difficult but most critical step to improving education and learning spaces is changing the culture. “Flexibility in design is a must so that space is created with an eye toward innovation and the future.” Ryan said that libraries of today serve a unique role in the education process and used the example of the new branch library in Mattapan, located in Boston. “Librarians are transforming into information navigators and mentors to kids. It’s where early literacy starts for many children as we support programs for parents and caregivers. Our libraries are where interactive learning takes place. They are also a safe haven for teens to gather. In libraries, we see students’ learning styles are very different but they all want to learn together and have access to technology.” The Massachusetts School Building Authority plans to allocate $2.5 billion over the next five years for school renovation, expansion, and construction. Le urged the audience to stay involved with the conversation surrounding the issues raised by The Third Teacher and to use it as an advocacy tool as new projects are identified.

September, 2010


High-Profile Cover Story: Howe-Manning Topping Off

Howe-Manning Topping Off RFWalsh Collaborative Partners PM, CTA Construction CM


iddleton, MA - RFWalsh Collaborative Partners, owner’s project manager, and CTA Construction, construction manager, celebrated the topping off of the new Howe-Manning School recently with architect DiNisco Design Partners, subcontractors, members of the HoweManning School building committee, and town officials.

Signing the beam Due to both the low cost of materials and a more competitive environment, the construction of the school will cost roughly $6.7 million under the $31.5 million estimate approved at town meeting and the polls last May. Middleton estimated the construction to cost $24.5 million, but the town awarded the general contractor job to CTA Construction Co., Inc.of Boston based on its bid of $17.86 million. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) is funding 51% of the Howe-Manning School construction project involving the new construction of an 83,500sf elementary school, new ballfields and play areas, and demolition of the existing 40,000sf school The Howe-Manning Elementary School is designed as a 21st century learning environment. Included along with sufficient classroom space to accommodate 550 students are a computer lab, library, gymnasium and cafeteria/kitchen, plus art and music facilities. Ira Singer, Middleton town manager, said he was pleased with the work of Collaborative Partners, DiNisco Design Partners, and CTA in the development of the project. “It’s a good project, good people, good relationships,” he said. “We always have problems on jobs but in going forward the important thing is working them out together so that it is in the best interests of the project for both the contractor and the owner.” Joe Naughton, CEO of RFWalsh Collaborative Partners, said, “We are proud of the part Collaborative Partners is playing in

the realization of this long-awaited facility and very much looking forward to the dedication of this new state-of-the-art educational facility for the citizens of Middleton a year from now.” David Billings, AIA, senior project manager of RFWalsh Collaborative Partners added, “This is a project that the people of Middleton have been working on for many years and it is very exciting for all of us to see it come together. The community with strong support of the MSBA pushed this project forward. This is going to be one of the jewels of the Middleton educational system.” Billings began working with the Middleton community on the project in 2006. “It has been very exciting being part of the partnership of DiNisco Design, Middleton Schools and Middleton School building committee in putting this incredible school together. Now with CTA as part of the team, the vision is becoming reality,” he said. Lyle Coghlin, co-founder of CTA, said, “It has been a fast-paced schedule. We replaced approximately 24,000 cubic yards of unsuitable soils, got right into the foundation; we are topping out the structural steel, and now it is a race to get the building tight for the winter.” Kenneth DiNisco, president/ principal of DiNisco Design Partnership, the architects for the project, said, “We are excited to be working with CTA and with RFWalsh Collaborative Partners. The project has had a tremendous start. It appears to be on schedule. We are very excited about coming back in a year and opening a new school.” Coghlin said, “We are working within a residential neighborhood on a tight site so we have to keep close coordination with the town, the neighbors and conservation groups. All that is essential. “Now we are getting ready for school to start up again. Making sure it is safe for them (students and faculty) and making sure construction activities are not affecting their operation is a big key to this as well. With every opportunity we allow the students to watch what is going on. We encourage that involvement with the kids–to watch their new school being built. It is an active learning experience.” Steve Malenchini, CTA’s project manager, added, “The earthwork was a big hurdle to get over before we could start the foundation and structural steel. On a typical project we expedite laying the foundation, but here we had six weeks of foundation

Project Team for Howe-Manning Middle School Architect - DiNisco Design Partnership, LTD Owner’s Project Manager - RFWalsh Collaborative Partners General Contractor - CTA Construction Co., Inc. Structural Engineer - LIN Associates, Inc. MEP / FP Engineer - R.W. Sullivan Engineering, Inc. MEP /FP Engineer - RDK Engineers Electrical Engineers - Thompson Engineering Co., Inc.

subgrade preparation to complete before we could get started.” The Howe-Manning School is committed to the CHPS process (Collaborative for High Performance Schools), which is a school’s version of LEED. CHPS requirements are part of the design, and implemented by CTA and the subcontractors. “We have to manage our material procurement closely and provide the proper documentation in order for the project to meet the goals and receive certification,” explained Coghlin. “That involves using materials with high recyclable content, waste management and such details as enclosing ductwork at the ends during construction to prevent dust from getting into it. The process transcends the whole project from design through completion.” “I have a committee of 13 who work amazingly well together,” said Frank Fitzgerald, chair of the Middleton School building committee. The current Middleton School building committee was created in December 2008. Previous committees engaged DiNisco Design Partners and RFWalsh Collaborative Partners in 2006. A school on an alternate site failed at town meeting in 2007. “We had the most amazing parent group that got together and organized the town in spring 2009 to both come to town meetings and vote on the ballot. Mindy Wogan, who is on the committee now, spearheaded that effort.” Fitzgerald added, “We work directly with Dave Billings of RFWalsh and because of him we have had good relations with neighbors. He is very attentive and if

Beam raising we have had a complaint he has been right on it.” “They have been great to work with,” says Billings, further citing Middletown Town Administrator IraSinger and Dr. Bernard Creeden, the district school superintendent, for their unwavering support in getting the new school passed. Lyle Coghlin and Patrick Tompkins are owners and co-founders of 10 year old CTA. CTA worked together previously with DiNisco Design Partners in Milford, and with RFWalsh Collaborative Partners in Revere.

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September, 2010


High-Profile Feature: Taunton High

Taunton High School and The Parker Middle – The Next 40 Years


aunton, MA - A joint venture of Bacon Construction and Agostini Construction, operating as construction-manager-at-risk, is approximately 80% complete with renovations and alterations to Taunton High School and construction of the new Parker Middle School. The project includes more than 550,000sf of combined new and renovated space and is budgeted in excess of $100 million. Design Partnership of Cambridge, Inc. (DPC) is the architect and Gilbane Company is the owner’s project manager. This challenging project is being accomplished in seven phases over three-and-a-half years while the facility remains occupied and fully operational. Bacon-Agostini has accomplished the first four phases, closing each out on schedule, and Phase 5 is now nearing completion, also on schedule. Over the course of the project to date, the value of construction in place has averaged $1 million per week. Like most projects of significant scope, the transformation of Taunton High School and Parker Middle School has required an extended effort by many constituents to finally become a reality. DPC completed the initial programming, schematic design, and grant application filing in 2001, under the auspices of the former School Building Assistance Bureau. Although accepted for state reimbursement, the project was then shelved. When the Massachusetts School Building Authority was formed to direct a new program of state assistance for public school construction, the continuing dedication of Taunton’s proponents – past and present school superintendents, mayors, school committee, and city


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Rendering of Taunton High School site council members and legislators – bore fruit, as the project was reinstated to active status in 2006 and permitted to move forward. From the outset, DPC’s assignment has been no less than to bring the facility and its educational program into the 21st century. After 40 years of service, there could be no disagreement that the building and building systems were desperately in need of attention. Band-Aid approaches had prolonged the useful life of key elements such as the roof and the HVAC system, but could not be relied upon indefinitely. Furthermore, estimates of the city’s population growth over the coming 20 years indicated

there would soon be need for additional capacity. Also, Taunton’s educational emphasis had evolved from a comprehensive high school program, offering both academic and pre-career tracks, to a more focused two- and four-year college preparatory curriculum with fewer vocational offerings. When the project was restarted in 2006, five years had passed since the programming study which shaped the original design, so DPC returned to the drawing board, re-interviewing department heads, administrators, and program directors to gain Continued on page 28

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High-Profile Feature: Taunton High School and Parker Middle School Continued from page 27 the most up-to-date information and modify plans accordingly. The final project thus developed included extensive renovations and system replacements throughout the existing school’s 485,000sq. In addition, to provide space for a projected increase in grade 9-12 enrollment, it was decided to relocate the embedded Parker Middle School to a new, purpose-built wing that would better support its grade 5– 8 curriculum and provide a long desired distinct identity for Parker’s student body. This added almost 70,000sf of new construction to the project scope. To provide for updated programs and solve some longstanding adjacency conflicts, the interior arrangement of the high school was substantially redesigned. While the new plan retains the school’s original departmental structure, shifting educational emphasis dictated a larger science department, and lab space is increased by almost 50%; also, all existing labs are completely renovated and re-equipped. Use analysis of the school’s original slope-floor lecture halls showed that two of the four could be repurposed and infilled to create additional classrooms, allowing consolidation of the previously fragmented foreign language department. Another major plan shift relocates the central administration and guidance suites to overlook a new main entrance and lobby. At the time design of the Taunton project was nearing completion construction-manager-at-risk was a relatively new Continued on next page

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High-Profile Feature: Taunton High School and Parker Middle School Continued from previous page strategy for Massachusetts public school construction. However, the owner, Gilbane and DPC, after conferring with the MSBA, concluded that this delivery system would have several advantages. First, it was thought the size of the project might limit competition by traditional general contractors, making a CMAR relationship more advantageous, with better control of final pricing and better control over subcontractors. Additionally, to meet the multiple challenges of providing substantial renovations and system replacements within an

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High-Profile Feature: Kingswood Regional School

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olfeboro, NH - With students out enjoying their summer vacation, the Kingswood Regional School campus in Wolfeboro is undergoing a transformation. The aerial view of the campus shows the new multi-purpose building has emerged from the site, the new synthetic turf football field (including bleachers and press box) is ready, and the additions on the schools are well underway. Since the school closed for summer vacation, North Branch Construction has 160 to 180 construction workers on site daily, working on a fast-track schedule to complete phases of the project required before the students return. Phase 1 of the project, which began in November 2009, includes construction of a new 51,000sf multi-purpose building, which features a 900 seat auditorium, classrooms, and locker rooms. The project also includes new synthetic and natural turf athletic fields as well as a Geothermal Ground Heat Exchanger (GHE) piping system to serve the entire campus. Threehundred-twenty wells have been drilled 400 feet deep for the GHE system, which is believed to be the largest geothermal system in the state. Part of this summer’s construction schedule includes major underground site utility reconstruction, bringing the geothermal system to all three schools. The new football field was completed several months ahead of schedule, which will al-

Aerial photo of construction at the Kingswood Regional Campus. On the left: sitework for Vocational, Middle and High Schools. Center: White roof of multi-purpose building with new synthetic field and site of geothermal wells behind the building. low the school to play this fall’s games on their new field instead of renting fields for the season. Phase 2 of the project began in June. This two-plus year project includes 90,000sf of additions on the three schools – Middle School, High School and Vocational School. All three schools will be reroofed and renovated.

The High School will undergo a total gut renovation, including asbestos abatement. The Middle and High School’s exterior façades will be replaced, upgrading the thermal envelopes. Phase 2 will be completed in the fall of 2012. Students will return to classes this fall, and construction will continue throughout the school year on the additions. The major gut renovations will begin next summer.

These projects are being built to meet the energy efficiency and environmental standards of the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NECHPS State Funding for School Construction). The Governor Wentworth Regional School District (GWRSD) serves the Communities of Brookfield, Effingham, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro. CMK Architects of Manchester is providing architectural design for both projects.

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Design Students Team Up With Mexican Village What do interior design students at Brookline’s New England Institute of Art (NEiA) have in common with a sleepy Mexican village? Thanks to adjunct faculty member Deborah Drew, a shared passion to create a community center. Drew, who winters in the village of La Penita de Jaltemba on the west coast of Mexico, was attracted to the town for its blending of people with many cultural personalities. She also was drawn by the sense of community and common desires to help La Penita through its growing pains and daily struggles. “We love the town the way it is,” says Drew, but we want to help and do so by making suggestions and backing them up by stressing the importance of recycling, opening the mangroves for fresh water, by providing a few scholarships and building eco-parks.” While back in Brookline, Drew, who teaches interior design at NEiA, approached her students about taking on a project to help La Penita reach its longtime dream. The center’s design, to benefit everyone from children to the elderly, was quickly embraced. The site is an existing basketball court with two smaller buildings adjacent to the town plaza. Drew brushed off her architectural skills and laid out the program based on what she knew her townsfolk in Mexico wanted. “The project is large; as long and as deep as a 15-story building lying on its

side,” says Drew. “I did the base work and then handed it off to the students.” Each student is concentrating on a specific area. One is creating a yoga studio which impacts another student’s design for the main event area. Another is incorporating a tire wall that abuts the gift shop. The reclaimed tires used on one side create a wall, while on the opposite side those tires are carved into storage spaces. The Center will include an indoor/outdoor play area, an arts and crafts room, a library and reading room, changing room, public restrooms, a commercial kitchen, and permanent dining area. The main event area will be able to host up to 300 guests from annual fundraisers to monthly local meetings. There is also a large area dedicated to receiving and organizing recycled items delivered by the townspeople. Throughout the entire process, the students have corresponded with people in La Penita. “This is a rare opportunity for students to not only design a space, but to work with people of another culture with different needs and desires,” says Drew. “They have worked day and night and gladly attended a weekend class, spending all day Sunday working on the project.” The actual building of the facility may be years away, as Drew and her fellow La Penita residents work to raise the funds, but the groundwork will be laid. “I hope to continue the project in future classes,” adds Drew.

Rochester Memorial School Pre-Cast Panel Construction Rochester MA – The town of Rochester required an expansion to its existing elementary school to accommodate a larger student population. The $26.5 million Rochester Memorial School Project addressed this need. To accommodate a compressed schedule, the Rochester Building Committee looked at different options and investigated the use of pre-cast panel construction as a possibility. This option would allow the utilization of the addition as swing space during renovation of the main building while constructing a very efficient, durable structure. The team of PMA Construction Services (OPM), Flansburgh Architects (designer) and Gilbane (Construction Manager) developed and implemented a plan that allowed the addition to be designed, procured, expeditiously erected, and then fit-out for school use. In order to minimize the institutional

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Environments at Work Furnishes Science Center Shawmut G C - Bergmeyer Interior Architect Providence, RI - Environments at Work recently completed furniture design and installation for Brown University’s Science Center, a series of meeting rooms and offices on the third floor of the Sciences Library in Providence. The project includes a large meeting room; six study rooms; three offices for graduate assistants, the library director and the assistant library director; and common space. “The goal of the project was to foster interaction and the small group study work that is so important to the scientific discovery process,” said Joanna Saltonstall, program manager, design and construction for Brown University. “Environments at Work was able to recommend furnishings that met our goals for flexible and interactive work space, and had an admirable sustainable profile as well.” Environments at Work collaborated with Brown University and interior architect Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. of Boston to develop specifications that met the aesthetic, functional, and sustainable goals for the project. Shawmut Construction was the general contractor.

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Landscapes for Academia by Tracy Smith Boston - Copley Wolff Design Group’s educational project experience is wide ranging and extensive. Since 1991, CWDG has created unique public spaces associated with public and private educational institutions, including colleges, private schools, libraries, research facilities, laboratories, and museums. CWDG has developed campus master plans and designed important academic spaces for some of New England’s finest academic institutions. Design work includes sites around existing buildings, building additions, common open spaces, quadrangles, campus circulation patterns, new buildings, dorms, dining halls, student gathering spaces, sitting areas, outdoor classrooms, and campus entry ways. A focus on proper site enhancement and emphasis on the public realm, be it for an elementary school or a college campus, can give significant benefits to students, administrators, and visitors. Our experience has shown that consistent and well designed public realm adds value and creates a sense of identity for campuses and schools. Using this overarching philosophy, CWDG is undertaking several new academic projects including elementary, secondary and university-level work. DCAM has contracted a new charter school, located high on a scenic hilltop overlooking the downtown in historic Lynn, Mass. The new Kipp Academy Lynn Charter School will consist of a high school wing, middle school wing, cafeteria, gymnasium, and administrative offices and will be a highly-visible landmark within the city limits. Programming for the site includes an outdoor learning amphitheater, spill out cafeteria space, separated bus and vehicular traffic and drop-offs, and a new entry plaza. CWDG is working with Arrowstreet, architect for the new Academy, to design the building and the site to best take advantage of the spectacular views from the site toward Boston’s skyline and Nahant Bay. Green techniques such as bioswales and cisterns will be used to mitigate high runoff volumes generated due to the site’s

consistently shallow bedrock. The school is scheduled for completion in late spring 2011. Copley Wolff Design Group is also providing schematic landscape design for the renovation and expansion of Methuen High School in Methuen. Improvements will include a new bus drop-off area with bollard lighting for enhanced safety and way-finding. Seat walls will help define the space while allowing areas for students waiting for the bus to gather. CWDG designed a main pedestrian exterior corridor designed to match the interior lobby flooring – adding a cohesive, way-finding element to the school entrance. Adjacent to the walk is an undulating integrally colored concrete seat wall, which encases a bed of native perennials and shrubs along the building face, softening the hardscape and providing a welcoming entrance. The seat wall will include lighting that will help to illuminate the path along with ambient light from the building. Focusing on enhancing the natural environment for the students, an outdoor dining terrace will be located adjacent to the interior cafeteria. This new space will overlook a grove of new and existing canopy trees and native understory shrubs and will provide a peaceful, contemplative area for study and dining. An outdoor display/work space will be provided adjacent to the art classrooms and will further enhance the “bringing the outside in” theme for the school. A 10-foot river rock path will informally delineate the space while providing an area for students to show off some of their work. In addition to amenities for high schools students, a tot lot will be added adjacent to the existing academic wing which will service the on-site Methuen “Rangerland” daycare program. On the higher-level education front, CWDG continues to add to its collegiatelevel project portfolio and is currently working on the redesign and beautification of three high-visibility courtyards at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. Using the University’s Landscape Master Plan as a guide, these “fast-track” projects will include designs that serve to unify Continued on page 46

Tighe & Bond Scholarships Awarded

Westfield, MA - Tighe & Bond, Inc. recently funded scholarships, awarded through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, to assist three local college students pursuing their engineering degrees. Caitlin Donovan, a 2010 graduate of East Longmeadow High School, is the recipient of the Philip W. Sheridan – Tighe & Bond Scholarship created to honor a former president of the firm. Caitlin earned a 4.91 grade point average and ranked second in her class of 228 students. She will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall to study civil engineering. Ryan Ferriter, a 2010 graduate of

Holyoke Catholic High School, is the recipient of the Edward J. Bayon Memorial Scholarship established in memory of another one of its past presidents. Ferriter earned a 3.50 grade point average and will attend the University of Vermont to study engineering. Aaron Sabbs, a 2009 graduate of South Hadley High School, is the recipient of the George H. McDonnell Scholarship, established in memory of another of its past presidents. Sabbs is attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a 3.25 grade point average in the last school year, and studies civil engineering.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Attending the grand opening (l o r): City of Keene Mayor Dale Pregent; Pamela Russell-Slack, Councilor Ward 2; New Hampshire Governor John Lynch; Wendell Butcher, president Colwen Management; Mark Stebbins, principal Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels; Alex Bates, general manager Keene Courtyard by Marriott.

Courtyard by Marriott Grand Opening Pro Con Architect and CM Keene, NH – The grand opening of the new 100-key Courtyard by Marriott in Railroad Square was attended by more than 400 persons, including local business people, City of Keene representatives, and State of New Hampshire officials, including Governor John Lynch. The new Courtyard by Marriott is Keene’s first environmentally friendly hotel and is registered with the US Green Building Council to achieve LEED certification. The 65,795sf, five-story hotel offers

100 guestrooms, including four suites. The hotel’s public space includes a bistro and lounge area, 2,100sf of flexible meeting space, a business center, guest market and an indoor pool and fitness room. Schleicher and Stebbins Hotels of Manchester, N.H. and Oleo Corporation of Ludlow, Vt. are the hotel owners, and Colwen Management of Nashua, N.H. is managing the hotel. Pro Con Inc of Manchester was the architect and construction manager for the $8.1 million design-build hotel.

Cutler Foundation Supports Young Scientists

Worcester, MA - The Melvin S. Cutler Charitable Foundation, a local philanthropic organization established by design-build entrepreneur Mel Cutler, has contributed $180,000 to the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Annual Research Grant program to support young investigators and their independent research. The pledge will fund “seed grants” to be awarded to young scientists to establish research programs that will ultimately Consultants and Construction Services (PMA) is a attract funding from sources such as the nally recognized program, project, and construction National Institutes of Health (NIH). gement consulting firm founded in 1971. PMA has

“It is essential to have a robust pilot grant program to ‘prime the pump’ for our talented young investigators,” said John L. Sullivan, MD, Vice Provost for Research at UMMS, who noted that, currently, competition for NIH funding is fierce. “Mel Cutler’s gift will allow new investigators to generate the preliminary data that will lead to external peer-reviewed funding. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of this type of grant for a new scientist—even the most brilliant and innovative ideas need start-up funding. This type of grant is critical.”

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EMCOR Raises Funds for NCMEC Boston - Phillip Megna, president, EMCOR Services Northeast; Ronald Ledoux, president and CEO, J.C. Higgins; and James Lane, VP of BTE, recently presented a $10,000 check to be donated to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) during ceremonies at the “EMCOR In Greater Boston 3rd Annual Golf Invitational.” “Based on the exceptional participation of our clients in the ‘EMCOR In Greater Boston Golf Invitational’ event,

EMCOR is proud to make a $10,000 donation to the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children,” stated Megna. “EMCOR In Greater Boston is proud and thankful for the longtime and continued support of our clients which, in turn, has enabled us to provide critical funds for those who can’t help themselves–our children.” EMCOR Group, Inc. has donated over $750,000 to the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children over five years.

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Feldman Hired for 3D Laser Scans New England - Harry R. Feldman, Inc. recently completed four historic scanning projects in New England. Through 3D laser scanning, the firm has been hired to capture historic landmarks and digitally preserve them for design, visualization, and the preservation for future generations. The properties recently preserved by Feldman’s team include: The Shirley Eustis House in Roxbury—This house is one of only four remaining Royal Colonial Governors’ mansions in the country. It is one of a handful of Boston’s national landmarks that pre-date 1750. The Fairbanks House in Dedham— Built in 1636, this house is believed to be the oldest surviving timber frame house in North America. The Baker-Robinson Oil Refinery— this New Bedford whale oil refinery was a pillar of the port’s reputation as the whaling capital of the world. Recently, the Na-

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tional Parks called upon the Feldman team to return to the site to scan the attic space and then register all data related to the prior exterior and interior shell data. The Charles W. Morgan Whaling Ship—the Mystic Seaport of Connecticut commissioned the Feldman team to this property for a second time this year. This time, the team was returned to scan the exterior hull and top deck in an effort to produce a 3D model of the exterior to add to the prior interior work. Michael Feldman, the president and CEO of Harry R. Feldman, Inc. reflects on the commissions: “It is an honor to be called upon to help preserve these important, historic properties. It is a great feeling to know that we are doing our part to document some of the country’s great history with our scanning technology.” The Charles W. Morgan Whaling Ship

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Controlling Heat Costs

by Richard Egan If you operate a commercial, industrial facility, or warehouse, winter can be very costly. Why? Heat rises. Just look up at the ceiling during the winter and imagine how much money is being wasted. Yes, the ceilings of all facilities are constantly being overheated in order to get comfortable temperatures at the floor. The heating system is chugging away, but all the heat is stratiRichard Egan fied at the ceiling, with much of the heat being lost out the upper walls and roof structure. This is a constant battle for facility owners since cold air is heavy and heat is lighter, rising up to the roof, which increases heating bills. The proven solution is to work with the weights of the air in the space. The colder air at the floor is constantly drawn into the filtered base fan unit located on the floor. The colder air is then distributed

up to the ceiling and dispersed the entire length of a facility with fabric ducting. This creates a downdraft air flow pattern while lowering heat loss out the roof. This air movement pattern has multiple benefits. The colder air mixes with and cools the high stratified heat at the ceiling which in turn starts to fall toward the floor. The ceiling is over pressurized with colder air that reduces heat loss out the roof membrane. Since the fan unit is on the floor, all the air in the space must return to the filtered base unit. This downdraft airflow pattern means all the heat is sent to the employees work zones, without any annoying drafts. The system works regardless of racking, production machinery, or product storage that would restrict air flows. There are no high-velocity air currents to kick up dust on the floor, which in turn creates a cleaner environment. The best of all is return on investment with an average two year payback. Richard Egan is owner of Ventilation USA, designers of air to air heat exchangers.

The Top Energy Wasters in Schools and What to Do About Them

Following are excerpts from an article by Dave Leathers that was published in University Business. To read the entire article go to www.universitybusiness.com/ viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1507 Every year, college classrooms and other educational facilities waste millions of dollars in energy costs. Heat seeps out of under-insulated walls. Outdated energy control systems keep classrooms too hot or too cold in the winter. Lights stay on in empty rooms, needlessly drawing and wasting energy. “Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy,” a recent McKinsey & Company study, noted that a reduction of just 29% of current energy use in buildings via retrofits could save the country an estimated $290 billion in energy costs as well as eliminate 360 million tons of GHG emissions. Fixes, small and big, can pay immediate dividends and keep paying off for years to come. Here are the top 10 energy wasters at higher education institutions and what officials can do about them. Outdated Energy Management Systems An energy management system using direct digital controls improves time of day scheduling, ventilation control, temperature reset, and cooling/heating plant optimization. Lack Of Central Plant Optimization Mechanical system capacity control and management is a key strategy in achieving energy efficiency. Correctly staging the operation of the central plant equipment for cooling and heating is a great way to improve energy efficiency. Monitoring the actual performance of equipment at various levels of capacity and matching usage to need will greatly enhance the overall en-

ergy performance of a central plant. Postponed Routine Preventative Maintenance Routine preventative maintenance of heat exchanger surfaces (boiler cleaning and water treatment, cooling tower cleaning, chiller preventative maintenance, etc.) is critical and should not be neglected. To help ensure these maintenance issues are not forgotten, many facilities are using computer programs to set up scheduled reminders for specific maintenance tasks. Outdated Domestic Hot Water Systems Applying temperature regulation and thermal storage techniques and making use of new technology such as on-demand hot water heating systems and heat recovery systems will reduce the energy cost of producing and delivering hot water. Inefficient Lighting Systems Small improvements in energy efficiency over long periods of operation balance the economic investment of installing and maintaining energy-efficient lighting systems. Recent improvements in lighting technology include load management options such as daylight harvesting, occupancy control, and automatic and manual dimming. Traditional Pumping Systems Universities often use pumps to transport chilled or condenser water. Improvements in system efficiency can reduce pumping system energy by 50% or more. Wasteful Boiler Systems The best opportunities for energy savings come with replacing an old or inefficient boiler with a more efficient boiler system. Energy-efficient boilers have increased heating surface areas and improved Continued on page 37

September, 2010


High-Profile Feature: Temple Ahavat Achim

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loucester, MA - Construction is under way at the historic Middle Street site of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester. Kaplan Corporation of Brookline was chosen as construction manager for the $3.3 million project. The original 180 year old landmark Ahavat Achim temple building tragically burned to the ground in December 2007. The congregation, committed to rebuilding, selected Maryann Thompson Architects of Cambridge to design a new facility

that would reflect certain elements of the old structure but that would also be lightfilled, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly. Saved granite foundation stones will serve as bench seats, steps, and pavers in the new entrance and adjacent garden space, creating an immediate connection to the past for congregants and the neighborhood. The project is slated to be completed by February of 2011.

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High-Profile Feature: RIPTA - Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

R.I. Public Transit Authority New Paratransit Operations Center Opens Designed by RGB / Built by H. V. Collins Company


rovidence RI - With the grand opening of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s (RIPTA) new Paratransit Operations Center held on July 26, 2010, the celebration marked the consolidation of all of the RIde Paratransit Program operations into one location. Designed by The Robinson Green Beretta Corporation (RGB), a Rhode Island-based architecture, engineering, and interior design firm, the new center will allow the program to run more efficiently by housing the RIde administration, RIde operations, RIde vans and maintenance within this new 139,400sf facility. The RIde program provides door-to-door service for residents with disabilities and seniors who are un-

able to use traditional bus services based on eligibility requirements of several state agencies’ programs that RIde services. The RIde Program provides trips limited mainly to medical, meal sites, and sheltered workshops. In fiscal year 2010 RIPTA’s RIde Program transported over 615,000 residents. The new facility is located on a 6.2 acre parcel of land along Elmwood Avenue in a commercial and industrial district where numerous 19th century masonry buildings exist. The intent of the building design was to create a new facility with state-of-the-art equipment to accommodate RIPTA’s existing and future Paratransit fleet needs while respecting turn-of-the-century

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The new Paratransit Operations Center industrial history of the Elmwood area, as well as the historic age of transportation. This was done by designing the 139,400sf structure using modern construction techniques while using steel and masonry in traditional form. The property was a brownfield site that both RIPTA and RGB initiated cleanup for planned reuse. Four access points onto and off the site allows for improved circulation and segregation of RIPTA vehicles, services, public parking, and staff parking. Extensive water run-off remediation systems were incorporated including bio swales and approximately 42,500sf of concrete permeable pavers, making it New England’s largest installation of its kind. The new Paratransit Operations Center consists of three major components: RIPTA administration offices, RIde Paratransit bus interior storage, and RIde Paratransit bus maintenance. The two-story administration building is approximately 25,300sf with a direct interior connection to bus storage and a roof top parking deck capable of accommodating 182 personal vehicles. A customer service center is located off the main first floor entrance where the public can come to one central location for ID cards, apply for jobs, obtain bus information, and purchase fare products. The 83,390sf RIde Bus Storage building allows storing of 108 Paratransit buses comfortably but can hold an impressive 180 vehicles for storage during inclement weather. The new operations center is expected to save RIPTA thousands in operational and fuel costs. Interior bus storage eliminates the need for additional RIPTA mechanics to be on site at night during the harsh winter months to service idling bus engines which periodically froze while being stored outside. In addition

to bus storage, this portion of the facility includes two automated bus washers with a water reclamation system, three interior diesel fueling and lubricant dispensers, and nine high-speed coiling garage doors. This facility is capable of accommodating vehicles the size of a car to 40-ft. buses, allowing flexibility and versatility of services with direct interior access to RIPTA administration and maintenance shop. The 40,530sf maintenance building contains parts storage, lubrication and air distribution systems with 12 drops, a tire changing room, welding shop with jib crane, vehicle battery maintenance room, an electronics repair room, and 20 work bays. The work bays include in-ground vehicle exhaust ventilation, ten 30-ft. inground fully self-contained lifts, two 40ft. in-ground fully self-contained lifts, and five reconditioned post lifts. The Paratransit Operations Center offers the latest in security, data, and repair equipment and technology. The new facility has a direct fiber optic connection to the existing campus across Elmwood Ave. Some of the green building features include a white reflective roofing system to reduce the heat island affect, which helps keep the building cooler, and large skylights designed to bring 80 fc of natural light into the maintenance area. In addition, energy-efficient lighting, low-E insulated windows, high-performing air and vapor barriers, and low VOC containing materials were used throughout the facility. One of the most important green features is the reduction of a footprint utilizing vertical capacities thereby saving room on the site for vehicle parking access and fueling. At a total project cost of $41 million, the general contractor for the project was H.V. Collins Company Inc.

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September, 2010


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

BOND and Jimmy Fund Join Forces Pro Con Completes Conference Ctr Boston - BOND construction of Everett joined forces with the Jimmy Fund in the fight against cancer through a special Facebook “Fan-Raiser” campaign to increase awareness and funding. BOND had committed to donate $25,000 to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s goal to enhance care and expand programs for survivors of pediatric and adult cancers. The successful Facebook challenge helped increase awareness about work and care provided by the long-running New England charity and Dana-Farber to help cancer survivors live longer, happier lives.

Top Energy Wasters Continued from page 34 controls for fuel and airflow over the range of load conditions. Outdated Steam Systems Old steam systems are very large energy users and can be relatively inefficient when used for building heating. Considering the consistently high temperatures of low, medium, and high pressure steam, distribution losses are high and stack temperatures are elevated. Modifications to steam systems represent low cost, high savings activities such as trap maintenance/replacement, pipe insulation, flash steam recovery, stack economizers, and other measures that reduce the amount of heat loss. Outmoded Plumbing Fixtures You can decrease your water cost

Robert Murray, BOND president; Ed Bond Jr, BOND CEO; Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund; Dr. Lynda Vrooman associate director, David B. Perini Jr. Quality of Life Program at Dana-Farber through the use of low-flow faucets, toilets, and urinals and the application of sensor based technology. Retro-Commissioning When standardized maintenance and energy management procedures fail to fix chronic building problems, re-commissioning provides a systematic approach for discovering and solving them. In order to minimize energy loss and maximize cost savings, facility managers should evaluate their equipment systems operations and maintenance procedures to identify the highest priority retrofitting improvements. By conducting a thorough audit of the site’s systems, and then implementing appropriate changes, they can save millions of dollars and also reduce their facility’s carbon footprint. David Leathers is senior vice president, building service and energy solutions, with Limbach Inc.


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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Colantonio Caps off Six-Year McCarthy Center Renovation Framingham, MA - Colantonio, Inc., of Holliston, Mass., recently capped off a seven-phase, design-build project at Framingham State University. Since 2004, the firm has teamed up with CBT Architects as the construction manager to renovate the six-story D. Justin McCarthy College Center. Built in 1976, the center was named for the college’s president who served from 1961 to 1985. The 110,000sf, multi-purpose facility was redesigned and expanded to accommodate the needs of a growing student and faculty population. Renovations were made to the campus police station, radio station, kitchen, dining hall, administration offices, conference rooms, classrooms, bathrooms, electrical system, mechanical system, and the building’s brick façade. Work was performed while the facility was occupied by students and/or faculty. Although the team encountered its share of obstacles, it wrapped up each phase either early or right on schedule. During the first phase, the game room was transformed into a campus police station, and the existing police station was renovated into a meeting room and office space. The police station was kept fully functional during the entire process, and the team finished up two months before the deadline. Phase 2 required the construction of an entirely new entrance to the building to be completed earlier than originally planned. To accommodate this change, Colantonio built a temporary, internal bridge

day and night to keep the other floors operational. Phase 4 revealed a new issue: The condition of the building’s façade posed a serious threat to the stability of the façade and the safety of pedestrians. Emergency repairs had to be made during the school session. The team, including building envelope expert Wessling Architects, developed what became a two-part Photos by Kristi Sprinkle of CBT solution. An entirely new entrance to the building was constructed. First, Heliflix anand alternate entrance for use during the chors were installed to winter break. Construction proceeded with reattach fallen brick to the interior framno disruption to the center’s activities. ing. At that point, it was discovered that It was discovered in Phase 2 that the the relieving angles to support the bricks sewer and drain lines under the proposed had been installed incorrectly at every floor new kitchen had previously collapsed. level. In addition, the weep holes which alColantonio worked around the clock to low the building to drain were blocked by remove the existing concrete, replace the mortar, which prevented the exterior brick piping, and connect the lines to the new wall to work as originally designed. kitchen plumbing systems. The work was The solution was to remove the excompleted within the original time frame. isting bricks at every floor level, repair Phase 3 called for the complete ren- the relieving angles, and install the correct ovation of over 25,000sf of space on the weeps and new bricks. Colantonio did exfourth and fifth floors into additional class- tensive research to find bricks to match to room and administrative office space. Col- the original brick construction. antonio coordinated shutdowns of the elecPhase 5 required the total renovation trical, HVAC, fire protection and plumbing of all the existing bathrooms while school systems at various times throughout the was in session. Each bank of bathrooms

was taken offline, one at a time, and completely upgraded. As one set was completed, another set was started. Improvements included low-flow toilets, new gas-fired water heaters, automatic fixtures and sinks, new finishes, and ADA upgrades. The team delivered the work in stages over nine months. The sixth phase involved major upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems. The team’s decision to replace the inefficient, obsolete chiller with a multistack system saved time and money. Since the stacked system can be installed through existing door openings, no walls had to be removed and rebuilt. The new electrical system was installed while the building was vacant during winter break. The existing underground electrical transformer was replaced with an above-ground, pad-mounted transformer. As this work was performed, new underground steam and tele-data piping was installed. Extensive kitchen and dining area improvements characterized the final phase. The area now boasts a unique, exhibition cooking station featuring a Mongolian wok and a large pizza oven surrounded by bar seating; a new grill for made-toorder meals; and a “grab and go” walk-in cooler with prepared foods for students on the run. New, kitchen equipment includes an energy efficient, low-flow dishwasher and composting units which significantly reduce the amount of waste.

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High-Profile: Awards

EYP Wins Marketing Awards Boston - Two of EYP Architecture & Engineering’s creative marketing campaigns recently received top honors from two prestigious national industry organizations, the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and ZweigWhite. At its National Marketing Communications Awards ceremony, SMPS named EYP as the first place winner in its Internal Communications category for The Hub, EYP’s extremely successful internal communication-focused Web site. Jurors specifically commented on its “amazing

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and measurable results, and comprehensive [program].” Additionally, in the award program’s Best Promotional Campaign category, SMPS named EYP’s Carbon Zero Hero Webinar program a first place winner. The Carbon Zero Hero program also received a national Marketing Excellence Award from ZweigWhite, the industry leader in providing business management services and information for architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting services.

N.E. Conservatory Campus Wins Award Wessling Architects Boston - The Boston Preservation Alliance named the New England Conservatory Campus as a 2010 Preservation Achievement Award winner. The New England Conservatory Campus renovation project concentrated on the exterior renovation of four buildings, with three of the four listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Emphasis on historic preservation and sustainability was crucial. Throughout the project, planners worked closely with the Massachusetts Historical Commission in order to remain in compliance with Secretary of the Interior/National Park Service standards. Exterior materials were matched as closely as possible to maintain authenticity and sustainability. New stucco, terracotta, and marble were installed and all façade masonry joints were either cut and repointed or given new sealants.

Windows were replaced with either new wood windows or insulated aluminum windows to match the historic nature of the buildings, and an energy-efficient white roofing system was installed. The design was led by Wessling Architects, who worked in close collaboration with Leggat McCall Properties, Epsilon Associates, Tishman Construction, NER Construction Management Company, The Cheviot Corporation, and DM Berg Consultants. Teamwork and coordination was in place every step of the way ensuring that the quality and integrity of the project was never compromised. “This project has brought these exceptional buildings to a high standard of renovation and reinforces the idea that good maintenance is good preservation,” said Sarah D. Kelly, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance.

Boston - Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s Vertical Expansion, designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, was recently recognized by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the New England Chapter of International Interior Design Association (IIDA) with two design awards. The Expansion was awarded the Honor Award for Healthcare Facilities by the BSA and Best Education Design by IIDA New England. The Tufts project also won “Best Practice Awards: Medium Project,” given annually by the Boston chapter of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), and also achieved LEED Silver certification. “We are honored to receive awards from both the Boston Society of Architects and the IIDA,” said Rob Quigley, AIA, a principal at ARC who led the design team for the project. “The integration of a new

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Pro Con Earns Safety Award Manchester, NH – Pro Con Inc of Manchester has earned the first place award for SIC Code 15, firms having over 200,000 man hours from the Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT Chapter. This is the third consecutive year Pro Con has received the distinguished first place safety award. “We are very proud of Pro Con Inc’s strong safety record and we will continue to work closely with OSHA on all our projects,” said Dave Raiche, senior vice president of Pro Con Inc.

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High-Profile: Awards

Boston Preservation Alliance 2010 Preservation Achievement Awards


oston - The Boston Preservation Alliance announced its 2010 Preservation Achievement Awards. Following are short summaries of this year’s award winning projects.

Creative Preservation of A Historic Structure The Power Station Owner/Developer: 540 Harrison Avenue Realty Trust Architect: Grassi Design Group When completed in 1892, the West End Street Railway Central Power Station was the largest privately-owned electric generation plant in the world powering the company’s electric trolley cars which ran all over the city of Boston. Brick facades were repointed and cleaned, new windows were installed to match the original glazing, and the building’s six roofs were restored using the original slates.

West End Street Railway Central Power Station

Restoration of an Iconic Boston Landmark Old South Meeting House Tower Clock Restoration Owner/Developer: Old South Meeting HouseArchitect: McGinley Kalsow & Associates Created in 1766 and installed in 1770, the Old South Meeting House Tower Clock is the oldest working tower clock in New England still in operation in its original location. The year-long restoration process began in 2009 and consisted of the removal and renovation of the clock faces. The interior clockworks were also carefully disassembled, cleaned, and replaced when necessary.

Significant Rehabilitation/Restoration

The Ames Building Owner/Developer: Normandy Real Estate PartnersArchitect: Cambridge Seven AssociatesA blending of Romanesque and Byzantine architectural stylesled the building to be listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Respecting the historic character of the building, the project included skillful restoration of the exterior masonry façade, window surrounds and moldings, and careful restoration of the lobby’s vaulted mosaic-tiled ceiling. Paramount Center Owner/Developer: Emerson CollegeArchitect: Elkus Manfredi Architects The historic Paramount Theatre has been extensively restored by Emerson College, adapting the former cinema space of 1,700 seats into a 590-seat live performance space. Historic finishes were restored and many of the Art Deco architectural details and features from the original theater were preserved and

Interior view of the restored performance space. Old South Meeting House Tower Clock

Significant Rehabilitation by a Public Agency Congress Street Bridge Owner/Developer: City of Boston Engineer/Designer: STV, Inc. The Congress Street Bridge is one of the few surviving Strauss over-head counterweight bascule moveable bridges in the country. Preservation efforts included replacement of weathered and weakened materials, new utilities, and replication of the original lanterns. Exposed granite was cleaned, repaired or rebuilt to expose the aesthetics of the old piers. Traffic lanes on the bridge were reconfigured to accommodate bicycle lanes and sidewalks were replaced and modified to provide ADA-compliant accessibility.

One of the few surviving Strauss over-head counterweight bascule moveable bridges in the country

McCormack Federal Building Owner/Developer: United States General Services AdministrationArchitect: Goody Clancy The McCormack Federal Building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in Boston. The rehabilitation project encompassed 607,000sf of floor space and preserved the defining Art Deco features of the building, including the decorative plaster ceiling, terrazzo floors with marble inlay, decorative bronze fretwork and grilles, and the exterior granite and limestone façade. McCormack Federal Building - a self-sustaining green roof was included in the project

The Ames Building

incorporated into the new space. Owner/ Developer: Emerson CollegeArchitect: Elkus Manfredi Architects The historic Paramount Theatre has been extensively restored by Emerson College, adapting the former cinema space of 1,700 seats into a 590-seat live performance space. Historic finishes were restored and many of the Art Deco architectural details and features from the original theater were preserved and incorporated into the new space. Owner/Developer: Emerson CollegeArchitect: Elkus Manfredi Architects The historic Paramount Theatre has been extensively restored by Emerson College, adapting the former cinema space of 1,700 seats into a 590-seat live performance space. Historic finishes were restored and many of the Art Deco architectural details and features from the original theater were preserved and incorporated into the new space.

Successful Adaptation to Accommodate Accessibility Park Street Church Owner/Developer: Park Street Church Architect: Mills Whitaker Architects Park Street Church has served the community of Boston for over 200 years. Recent renovations strove to improve deteriorated exterior conditions and an open space welcome center was created. Exterior work consisted of masonry repairs to brick and brownstone facades, replacement of deteriorated roofing and gutters, and the removal of abandoned fire Renovations made the church more acescapes. cessible to parishioners and visitors.

Notable New Construction in Harmony with Boston’s Built Environment Folio Boston Owner/Developer: The Suffolk CompanyArchitect: CBT Architects The first residential structure built in the Financial District in the past 17 years, Folio Boston is a 172,000sf building developed by the Suffolk Company which combines upscale retail, below grade parking, and luxury condominiums, encouraging both day and night activity downtown. Jutting metal windowpanes and sills protrude to capture the sun. Continued on next page


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High-Profile: Facilities Development News Boston Preservation Alliance 2010 Preservation Achievement Awards Continued from previous page

Exceptional Maintenance of A Historic Property New England Conservatory Campus Owner/Developer: New England ConservatoryArchitect: Wessling Architects The New England Conservatory Campus renovation project concentrated on the exterior renovation of Jordan Hall, 295 Huntington Avenue, 241 St. Botolph Street, and 33 Gainsborough Street. With a focus on authenticity and sustainability, exterior materials were matched as

295 Huntington Avenue

The New England Conservatory Campus Jordan Hall. closely as possible for color, texture and appearance. New stucco, terracotta, and marble were installed and all façade masonry joints were either cut and repointed or given new sealants. Energy-efficient options included the installation of a white roofing system on Jordan Hall, as well as the replacement of failed windows with either new wood windows or insulated aluminum windows.

John Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement Dr. Judith Selwyn Dr. Judith Selwyn formed Preservation Technology Associates, Inc. in 1978 in order to provide architectural conservation services to architects, government agencies, non-profits and others responsible for historic properties. Specializing in masonry conservation and historic

Dr. Judith Selwyn

roof restoration, Dr. Selwyn has participated in more than 1,000 projects over her distinguished career including the Boston Athenaeum, the Old State House, the Massachusetts State House and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Significant Public Art Contributing to Boston’s Urban Fabric Lisa Greenfield An artist and urban planner, Lisa Greenfield has been creating public art in Boston since 2001. Each work captures the imaginations of the public and brings attention to issues facing Boston neighborhoods and specifically uses the medium of public art to call attention to Fort Point Channel as a thriving artist community.

Lisa Greenfield-StarryNight

Significant Neighborhood Rehabilitation ZUMIX Firehouse Owner/Developer: ZUMIX, Inc.Architect: Utile, Inc. Extensive renovations re-established the building as a prominent fixture in the East Boston neighborhood and created a 9,000sf facility to increase programming space for ZUMIX students including a state of the art performance center, sound studios, practice rooms, classroom space, a recording studio and administrative space.

Interior view of new space for ZUMIX students.

Penn State Cancer Institute healing garden at dusk

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Payette Design Awarded Caritas Project Honors Hershey Cancer Institute University Park, PA - Payette recently announced that the firm’s design of the 182,000sf Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute was named the sole recipient of the inaugural Generative Space Health Improvement Award by the CARITAS Project. The Cancer Institute is located on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Campus in University Park, Pennsylvania and was formally dedicated in June 2009. The CARITAS Project seeks to identify and recognize healthcare settings from around the world where the focus is on improving human health through improving the design of the environment, and as a result individuals, organizations, and communities flourish. This annual international award recognizes projects that utilize the whole environment as a tool to improve healthcare. Designed to provide patients and their families with a welcoming, peaceful environment while they receive the latest in advanced medical treatments, this cancer institute is an experiment in full translational medicine, where research and clinical functions are strategically mixed to encourage collaboration between the two. Clinical functions are located on the lower three floors, and research labs are located on the top two levels. Researchers and clinical doctors share offices on the top two floors, with ancillary support spaces located to encourage spontaneous encounters across groups. The keynote space is a fivestory “beehive” atrium, which links all research and clinical floors and provides vertical and horizontal connections between the two groups. This LEED-registered project features a series of healing gardens, linking buildings and open spaces. The gardens take the form of green roofs located over underground expansion space for the radiology and service departments. Each landscape responds to its occupants – a healing garden for cancer patients, a courtyard for the general public, and a

children’s activity garden to be built in the future when the Children’s Hospital is complete. “The translational approach to healthcare offers promising new ways to study and treat diseases. Penn State and the Hershey Medical Center campus are worthy recipients of this important award,” said Kevin Sullivan, AIA, principal at Payette. “The new Cancer Institute integrates research and clinical functions to establish a new kind of healing environment.” Representatives from Payette and the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute will be on hand at the 2010 Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE) in Chicago to accept the award on September 14, 2010. Juried by a panel of experts in healthcare design and operations, projects were judged on their efficacy and performance in delivering systemic and sustainable improvements to the healing environment. The judges noted that the new Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute “…provides innovation and documentation of how they have succeeded with the design of the building to promote collaboration and communication, recognizing the variety of needs for privacy and community of cancer patients.” Additionally, they noted, “...this is an outstanding environment, both physically attractive and cleverly planned to allow creative interaction between its professional users. The use of garden spaces as external counterpoints to the high density interior is admirable.” Payette is teamed with Array (Associate Architect) for the Cancer Institute. The project team for the research and clinical care projects also includes Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers for MEP engineering; Gannett Fleming for structural, civil and traffic engineering; Hargreaves Associates for landscape architecture; Walker Parking Consultants for parking design; and Gilbane for construction management.


September, 2010


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

If You Don’t Like the Weather…Don’t Wait Another Minute

by Peter J. Davey For the first time in 20 years residence at my Southern New England home, my family climbed into a rescue boat to escape rising floodwaters. “Scientists predict that we may be headed for a BosPeter Davey ton climate much like that of Charlotte, North Carolina or Atlanta, Georgia.”*. Unusual weather patterns, rising temperatures, and growing concerns about energy consumption have increased demand for energy conservation products including insulating window films that significantly reduce heat gain, heat loss and energy consumption. Before investing in new HVAC systems, reducing overall energy consumption could improve your bottom line in more ways than one. Professional installations of high performance, insulating window films can make it possible to buy smaller, less expensive systems. Along with lowering utilities expense, the reduced load is likely to extend the life of existing systems. American Window Film, Inc., a 3M Authorized Window Film Dealer, can provide a comprehensive energy analysis report utilizing sophisticated software (EFilm) that includes return-on-investment projections. EFilm, an energy simulation/analysis program supported by the DOE, can model different building shapes, skylights, HVAC

systems and weather attributes. The DOE recommends use of Energy Plus algorithm based programs such as EFilm that allow input of more variable data to accurately predict energy usage and savings before and after window film installation. Many 3M Window Films meet LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisites and qualify for LEED credits. Qualifying categories include “Indoor Environmental Quality,” “Daylight and Views” and “Optimize Energy Performance.” In addition, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has certified a range of 3M Window Films – affirmation that 3M’s films meet rigid energy performance factors. 3M, an ISO9002 certified facility and leader in the industry, has manufactured a series of Low-E window films featuring Wavelength-Selective metals which block

more of the solar spectrum than conventional metals. Many Low-E films can reduce air conditioning costs by blocking up to 73% of the sun’s heat. They also reduce heat loss by up to 30%. Patented construction enables their metal coating to reflect more interior room heat back into the room. Personal comfort is improved and reduction in drafts and fluctuations in temperature can generate considerable savings on fuel expense. Many 3M Window Film installations pay for themselves within three years, conservatively. With energy costs high, return-on-investment arrives more rapidly. A large 3M Window Film project consisting of 11,000 windows completed in April 2009, was tracked for its KWH savings. It saves 155,000 KWH per month and payback period for the project was less than eight months. 3M Window Films can enhance the performance of buildings equipped with Low-E windows. A Low-E window can block up to 90% of UV radiation. After an installation of 3M Window Film, the same window will block more than 99% of the UV radiation that contributes to a building’s heat gain and loss. Particular 3M Window Films will improve the safety of Low-E windows that do not typically protect against flying glass unless they are tempered. Addition-

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Gov. Patrick Tours Solar Project Salem, MA - Governor Deval Patrick and state and local officials attended an event at Salem State University, commemorating the solar PV project at Salem State’s Atlantic Hall. Broadway Electrical Co., Inc., a leading full-service, family owned electrical construction and solar energy installation company, designed, supplied, and installed the 68 kW system on the existing roof of the Salem State Univer-

sity Central Campus Residence Hall. The system, comprised of four Fronius Inverters, 252 Suntech 270W solar panels mounted via a Unirac Rail System, will reduce the university’s use of grid produced electricity by approximately 90,000 kWh per year, and represents a projected energy budget savings of $12,350 per year based on a rate of 13 cents per kw/hour.

GZA Completes Green Project Petersborough, NH - GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. recently completed a successful groundwater remediation project at a Petersborough service station using a proprietary bioremediation formula developed by the company. A release from a leaking underground gasoline storage tank system at the service station had caused the groundwater to be contaminated with fuel hydrocarbons. The new, innovative green technology was able to reduce a significant amount of the contamination to the groundwater. GZA’s work scope included: hydrogeologic site investigation, remedial options evaluation and design, and a remedial


pilot study of the patent-pending technology. During the course of a seven-week pilot test, and subsequent follow-up 10 months later, this proprietary additive was proven to have destroyed a bulk of the contamination and increased the pH and, as a result, the microbial metabolism and groundwater quality . Don Kirkland, the GZA project manager for this site, states, “The additive is a sustainable and green remedial option for petroleum-impacted sites, with the end products generally being water, carbon dioxide, innocuous gas, and microbial biomass.”

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Understanding Emerging Issues

Help Deliver Your Project Without Breaking the Bank by Brian V. Moran, P.E., LSP The following article is reprinted from New England Real Estate Journal. Although credit markets may be thawing for real estate developers throughout New England, post-recessionary lenders have become far more wary of project economics as they seek Brian Moran to identify new investment opportunities. To respond to this increased scrutiny, developers must be increasingly attentive to a project’s economic viability not only before the groundbreaking, but throughout the entire development process. As a leading regional environmental engineering firm, we are all too often approached by potential clients who have “measured once” by hiring a less qualified consultant, and now must “cut twice” by retaining our services to get the job done right. Given lingering economic uncertainty and increasing pressure on developers from financiers to deliver projects on-time and on-budget, the following trends in environmental engineering will help you meet these goals. From new technologies to new regulations, understanding these emerging issues will help you deliver your development project – or maintain your existing facility – without breaking the bank. New Mass DEP/EPA Regulations.

Two sets of regulations from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are scheduled to come online before year’s end, and both programs could hit property owners and developers with unexpected costs in the form of fines and retrofit fees. DEP’s new Stormwater Management Standards (SMS) will affect property owners with more than five acres of impervious surfaces on-site. Owners of these sites must create and implement a comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan focused on increasing recharge, encouraging greater use of low-impact development techniques and improving the operation and maintenance of stormwater best management practices. Simply put, this new program seeks to reduce contaminated stormwater discharge in the Commonwealth’s surface and ground waters. Meanwhile, the EPA will soon introduce a new set of Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations to limit the discharge of stored oil and other hazardous materials into Massachusetts navigable waters. The SPCC rule will require facility owners and developers with above ground storage tanks of more than 1,320 gallons, or underground storage tanks of more than 42,000 gallons, to implement a formal SPCC plan. The plan must include a variety of precautionary measures. Read the complete story online at: http://blog.high-profile.com/2010/08/30/ understanding-emerging-issues.

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Lighthouse Elec Completes Installation Harvard, MA - Fifth District Congresswoman Niki Tsongas joined with state officials, Carlson Orchards owner Frank Carlson, and Lighthouse Electrical Contracting president Herb Aikens at a ribbon cutting ceremony that official launched a 220kW solar system at Carlson Orchards in Harvard, the largest agricultural solar installation in Massachusetts. Lighthouse Electrical, based in Rockland, provided the comprehensive electrical installation services, which is comprised of 1,050 Evergreen Solar panels and Solectria Renewables inverters. To make room for the solar array, Carlson Orchards made a conscious decision to remove two acres of 45-year-old

apple trees, displaying the company’s commitment to incorporating renewable energy resources to meet its electricity demands. Because the array is located on slanted ground, careful attention had to be paid to its architecture. Lighthouse Electrical hired Steven Kelleher Architects and its subsidiary, kWind, Inc. Working closely together, they designed a racking system that employs variable length legs to yield a level installation that maximizes each solar panel’s electrical potential. “It was important to preserve the contour of the land so as not to significantly disrupt the natural feel of the orchard,” said Herb Aikens, president of Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc.

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Durability – A Key Component to Ecologically Responsible Roofing

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by Eric Olson The mention of a “sustainable” or “green” roof conjures images of rooftops covered with photovoltaic panels, highly reflective roof membrane, or heavily planted vegetative roof surfaces intended to reduce environmental impact by reducing building energy loads, reducing urban heat-island effects, and retaining storm-water runoff. While the environmental benefit of such roofs is self-evident, a key component of an ecologically responsible roof – durability – is often overlooked. Durable roofs provide long-term performance, reducing the frequency of roof replacement and quantity of resources used and wasted to manufacture and install a new roof. Durable roofs are designed and constructed to reliably resist in-service factors such as weathering, wind, water, foot traffic, and other rooftop activities, and to do so with minimal intervention except for planned maintenance. All roofs, not just those deemed “green” or “sustainable,” should be durable. It is not uncommon to see a roof – even a so-called “green” or “sustainable” roof – hauled to a landfill after 10 or 15 years of leaky or unsatisfactory performance. Construction of a durable roof begins with the planning and design of the roof, identification of the environmental stresses and other in-service factors that can affect the roof, and consideration of how best to isolate the roof system from other interrelated building elements (such as exterior walls, fenestration, and mechanical equipment) that could adversely affect the roof in the event of their failure. A current

Excessive foot traffic and moisture due to water leakage and lack of a roof deck vapor retarder have damaged this roofing insulation and caused loss of roofing membrane adhesion. industry goal for long-term performance for a roofing system is 30 years or greater (Hutchinson, 2007). Considerations that promote long-term roofing performance and durability include the following items: • Adequately slope and drain lowslope roofs. Water that collects on a roof surface exploits any weakness or opening in the membrane to enter and damage the roof system. Slope is essential to promptly drain water, protect the roof, and eliminate overlying water reservoirs available to penetrate breaches in the roof membrane. · • Protect the roof from the indoor environment. Migration of moisture generated within the building into the roof system can be disastrous for the roofing system – particularly in cold northern environments and humidified buildings where the water can

condense within the roof. Careful design, detailing, and construction of air and vapor barriers and their transitions to roof penetrations, parapets, roof edges, and walls can be complex but are essential in protecting the roof from this condition. • Protect the roof from adjacent, weather-exposed elements. Many moisturedriven roof failures are caused by interrelated, non-roofing elements that direct water into the roofing system and by overreliance on sealant as the sole means to keep water out of roof terminations. Rising walls, par-

foot traffic. Locate equipment and roof access points to minimize walking distance between the two, or better yet, enclose equipment in penthouses accessible from the interior. Always use a hard cover board beneath the roofing membrane to improve membrane puncture resistance and to protect rigid foam roofing insulation, which is easily damaged by foot traffic. • Develop a proactive inspection and maintenance program. The commonly practiced “out of sight, out of mind” type of maintenance program – one that reacts to wear, leakage, and problems after they occur – often leads to premature roofing failure. Consider an electronic leak detection system to detect water penetration before it can cause significant damage. Carefully consider the impact of sacrificing quality and reliability for short-term cost reduction. Cost-driven “value engiContinued on next page

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Pro Con Renovates Sudbury Hotel Sudbury MA – Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. has completed a $1.5 million renovation of the former Carriage House Inn, located on Boston Post Road in Sudbury, Mass. The 32,600sf hotel is owned by OS Sudbury LLC, which recently purchased the property in September 2009. Pro Con Inc was the design builder for this extensive hotel renovation project. The former Carriage House Inn has undergone a complete transformation

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Consigli Builds Performance Center Epstein Joslin Architects Rockport, MA - Rockport Music had a dream to build its own world-class performance center after years of renting facilities that fell short of its standards. Its new home, the Shalin Liu Performance Center, located on Main Street in Rockport exceeds those dreams. Project architect was Alan Joslin of Epstein Joslin Architects. The vision set forth by the board of trustees for the Rockport Chamber Music Festival included not only creating a jewel of a performance center with world-class

acoustics designed by Lawrence Kirkegaard, but also a community resource that would increase business activity for the neighboring shops, galleries, restaurants and inns. Building such a venue on a ledgefilled, oceanfront site presented challenging logistics, as the site is tightly sandwiched between other commercial storefront buildings in a popular tourist district. Consigli Construction Co. of Milford needed to precisely coordinate all construction work to minimize the impact on occupied adjacent buildings, as well as the residents of the town. Although the exterior mimics the original building per local planning, zoning and conservation boards, inside, the intimate 330-seat concert hall was completely transformed to integrate the harbor view with a dramatic, two-story glass curtain wall behind the stage. Exposed heavy timber framing self-performed by Consigli carpenters impart a cathedral-like setting for the sophisticated design of intricate woven millwork and stonework composCopyright Robert Benson Photography ite walls which reflect the elements of a The concert hall was completely transformed seascape.

Durability Continued from previous page neering” processes during design and construction often compromise the roofing system, resulting in unforeseen problems and substantially reduced service life. • Design and install the roofing system and perimeter conditions to adequately resist wind uplift. Damage frequently occurs on poorly detailed roofs even at wind speeds well below design conditions, which can expose the roof system and building interior to water damage. • Use qualified installers and maintain a high level of quality control. High-quality design and materials are unlikely to provide a successful and durable installation unless the design is properly executed and materials are correctly installed. Use of skilled, qualified labor, combined with frequent monitoring of installation, helps ensure long-term satisfactory performance. • Use materials with track records of proven performance. The use of unproven materials can be risky. Research the longterm performance of roofing materials under

similar project conditions prior to selection. Do not rely on length of warranty to judge the longevity of a product. The knowledge of how to construct a durable and reliable roofing system has not really changed in the face of the push toward more sustainable construction. Rather, the current emphasis on sustainable construction is increasing the awareness that there is more at stake than we once thought. Designing and constructing a roof and related systems for durability, followed by responsible roof management, can provide a longlived roof system and reduce the ecological impact on the environment. Eric Olson, PE, is a senior project manager at the Waltham, Massachusetts, office of the national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. References: “Towards Sustainable Roofing,” Report of the CIB W083/RILEM 166-MRS Joint Committee on Roofing Materials and Systems, CIB Publication No. 271, July 2001. Hutchinson, Tom “Achieving Sustainability of a Roofing System,” RCI Interface, December 2007.

Newly renovated lounge area The newly renovated hotel lobby includes a gracious sitting area with custom finishes, guest lounge and breakfast bar, granite topped reception desk, snack store, redesigned public restrooms, and a new elevator. The guest rooms include several king suites, king and double queen rooms;

all with spacious bathrooms with granite vanities, new finishes, carpet and furnishings. The interior corridors have new light fixtures, signage, carpeting and finishes. “The former Carriage House Inn has undergone a complete transformation,” stated Leo Xarras, a partner in OS Sudbury LLC. “The interior of the hotel has been completely renovated and all the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems have been upgraded. The redesigned hotel has 46 guest rooms and both the common areas and the guest rooms have been refurbished.” The hotel’s exterior siding was replaced and new windows were installed throughout the building. Pro Con Inc began the hotel renovation project in the January 2010 and completed the project in time for the busy summer season.


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Consigli Completes New Church Attending the the Patriot Place. ribbon-cutting ceremony were l-r: Matt Ursillo and John Gummel of Constellation Energy; Bob Hegarty of Hegarty & Sons Electrical, Inc.; Chris Mahoney, Bob Persechini and Kevin McNamara of RDK Engineers; Joe Felker of Constellation Energy.

RDK Provides Solar Design Foxborough, MA - RDK Engineers joined the Kraft Group Chairman & CEO, Robert Kraft and Constellation Energy and Evergreen Solar Officials at a ribboncutting ceremony for a new photovoltaic power system at Patriot Place. RDK provided Constellation Energy with engi-

Cambridge, MA - A recent dedication for the new Cambridge Stake Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) built by Consigli Construction of Milford marks a growing trend in the church for building in urban areas. The new $20 million Ward and Stake Meeting House, located on Binney Street in Kendall Square, is a landmark project for the LDS in size and location. The 36,000sf, two-story building includes a large and a small chapel, a multi-purpose recreation hall, classrooms, and offices. Typically, LDS Meeting Houses are built in suburban areas; however, this center is an urban in-fill project located in a constricted site in close proximity to neighbors in a commercial/industrial area. The usual requirement for onsite ground level parking for a church of this size was provided with two levels of parking built 20 feet below grade. Consigli met the challenges of building on the tight site by working quickly to prepare for the

neering design services for a 525 kilowatt roof-mounted solar array at Patriot Place, the 1.3-million-sf entertainment, retail and dining complex next to the NFL team’s Gillette Stadium. Topping seven roofs, the 2,556 panels will supply approximately 30% of Patriot Place’s power and generate a substantial supply of clean, renewable solar power at Patriot Place. Installation of the new solar panels, which are visible to visitors from inside Gillette Stadium and from the upper levels of Patriot Place, began in November of 2009. The Patriot Place solar power system adds to RDK’s growing list of sustainable energy projects, which inContinued from page 32 cludes a broad spectrum of photovoltaic, geothermal and notable LEED courtyard spaces that connect a variety of Photovoltaic array at Patriot Place projects. campus buildings, beautify with the installation of large canopy trees, and screen unsightly building loading and structural features. New and existing art, fountains, and North Kingstown, RI - AC Stone, LLC, Structural Stone’s sister company, recently sculpture will be incorporated into a variety announced that the company has been granted WBE Certification by the New York City of areas, and new safety site lighting will Department of Small Business Services.

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Columbia Completes Hotel Reno Stonehill & Taylor Architects Boston - Columbia Construction Company provided Construction Management services to the Hyatt Regency Boston, located in the city’s Theatre District. The design team was Distribution warehouse in Westover Air Park, Chicopee Stonehill & Taylor Architects and Planners, out of New York City. This multi-phased 35,000sf Boston - EagleBridge Capital, a In Middleborough, EagleBridge project included renovations Boston-based mortgage banking firm, arranged mortgage financing for a new to the hotel’s third floor Lobby has arranged construction and permanent 20,000sf distribution/warehouse building Level, including the Avenue mortgage financing totaling $7,450,000 for located on a 3.98-acre site on Leona Drive three new industrial buildings currently un- in the Campanelli Business Park of Middleder construction in Middleton, Middlebor- borough, a 220-acre business park located ough, and Chicopee. in close proximity to Route I-495. In Middleton, EagleBridge arranged In Chicopee, EagleBridge arranged mortgage financing for the new 20,000sf mortgage financing for a new 31,000sf headquarters of Tool Technology, Inc., an distribution/warehouse building on a 4.33 ISO-9010 and AS9100 registered contract acre site on Lonczak Drive in the Westover manufacturer. The headquarters will be lo- Air Park. cated in the Riverview Industrial Park.

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Integrated Builders Renovates SMS Hudson, MA - Integrated Builders of Braintree has completed interior renovation of flex space for System Maintenance Services (SMS) in Hudson. The 30,000sf renovation included the addition of 13,500sf of space to SMS’s Service Operation Center in Greater Boston. This expansion supports SMS’s level 3 National Customer Support Center, the

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National Logistics Center, and the New England Area Support Center. “We’re very pleased to have completed this interior renovation and expansion project for SMS,” said Jay Dacey, president of Integrated Builders. “It was a design-built project that we completed on a fast-track.”

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Columbia Construction worked closely with a New York City artist on the coordination and installation of custom wall panels featured in the Martha’s Vineyard Room and in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom. The material used for the panels is made of 100% polyester. It not only met Boston’s strict fire protection code, it is also a sustainable product. Thomas Jefferson Grand Ballroom The artist, Carla Weisberg, shared her creative and technical One restaurant; four large meeting rooms; approach to this project. “Usually when several prefunction/circulation areas; the a contractor hears the word ‘custom’ they Thomas Jefferson Grand Ballroom, and immediately think installing these panels the Adrienne de Lafayette Ballroom. The will result in a lot of mistakes. Columbia project also consisted of renovations to the Construction’s project manager, Matt Johnhotel’s Conference Center. The goal was son, is fortunately very visual. It’s been to provide Hyatt’s business clients with a great working with him.“ contemporary venue for their meetings and events.

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Berry Personnel Announcements Danvers, MA - Berry, a of five of its employees. division of Suffolk ConstrucJosie Corcoran has been tion, recently announced it has promoted to project executive. hired Roland Sampson, Jr. as a Formerly a project director, she senior project manager. He will has worked for the company be working primarily on projects since 2001. in the firm’s Science and TechNeil Slyva has been pronology sector, which is a special moted to the position of senior area of expertise for Suffolk’s project engineer. He joined Berry Division. Berry in 2008. He is a member Sampson Sampson has more than 20 of the American Society of Meyears of experience as an on-site chanical Engineers. MEP specialist and mechanical engineer. Stacey Stares has been promoted to He previously worked at Linbeck of senior project manager. She has been with Waltham and has been involved in project the firm since 1998. management and MEP coordination at a Sergio Tejada and Jeremy Thomsen number of projects in the education, corpo- have both been named project engineers. rate/commercial and biotech/pharmaceuti- Tejada joined Berry in 2007 and Thomsen cal sectors. in 2008. Berry also announced the promotion

Consigli Adds Two Milford, MA - Consigli Construction Co., Inc. announced the addition of two highly skilled professionals to their construction operations team. Howard Hobbs Hobbs has joined the Consigli team as project manager. He has extensive experience in senior preconstruction and construction management capaci-

ties for multimillion-dollar projects in the Boston, and Washington, DC metropolitan areas. S t e v e n O’Toole, project superintendent, joins Consigli O’Toole with more than 16 years of experience with a variety of academic, residential, and life science clients throughout New England.

Keating Joins Consigli Portland, ME - Consigli Construction Co., Inc. announced the addition of Patrick Keating LEED AP to its project management team. “With 22 years in the construction industry, Mr. Keating will bring strength and depth of experience to Consigli for a variety of projects in the federal, academic, healthcare, and insti-

tutional sectors,” said Matthew Tonello, area manager for Consigli’s Maine office. Currently Keating is serving as project manager for the phased renovation of the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building for the US General Services Administration in Bangor. Keating

Fairhaven Named Model School Continued on from page 7 can also isolate the stage for use as the music classroom during the day, for example. Classrooms are grouped by grade level and include connecting doors between them, facilitating an easy sharing of resources and learning opportunities. Environmental quality and natural light were also key factors in the MSBA selection. The energy-efficient new building is oriented to take advantage of daylighting, with skylights and classroom windows that bring natural light deep into interior spaces.


Artificial lighting automatically dims when there is sufficient daylight. Completed in 2007 at a construction cost of $12,986,014, the Fairhaven School was the most economically constructed public school in Massachusetts since 2004. Both interior and exterior materials were selected for their long life span, abuse resistance, and to minimize the building’s overall environmental footprint.

Meridian Hires Wilhelmsen Westborough, MA - Meridian Associates announced the addition of Eric S. Wilhelmsen to their Westborough staff. In addition to being a professional engineer, Wilhelmsen is also a Mass. Certified Soil Evaluator, and Title V Septic Inspector. He brings over 16 years


of progressive project experience with a strong background in Mass. Environmental Protection Agency policies and procedures. His knowledge in low impact development techniques will enable Meridian to further enhance its commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.

Bell Honorary AE Fellow Waltham, MA - Glenn Bell, CEO of national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), was recently named a 2010 Honorary AE Centennial Fellow by the Department of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. The award recognizes Bell’s active participation in the department and contribution to its overall success and growth. Among other activities, Bell has been a member of the department’s industrial advisory board for the last 10 years.

Morash Joins Elaine Newton, MA – William Morash recently joined Elaine Construction Company as director of project management. His responsibilities will include providing leadership on many of Elaine’s most complex programs and initiatives, and working with the company’s staff and clients on strategy, project direction and best practices developed over a lifetime career



in construction management. Prior to joining Elaine, Morash was a managing director on Shawmut Design and Construction’s leadership team. He began his career as a field engineer and progressed to superintendent, project manager and senior construction executive in New England building companies including Turner, Kennedy & Rossi, and Linbeck.

Van Middlesworth Joins TRO August - Boston, MA – Jung|Brannen’s business in the TRO Jung|Brannen announced healthcare sector. that Vera Van Middlesworth Prior to joining TRO has joined the firm as associate. Jung|Brannen, Van Middlesworth She will serve as project execuwas associate principal with Antive for the firm’s healthcare clishen & Allen Architects where she ents. actively led all aspects of project Van Middlesworth has design and client development. over 25 years of experience in Recent projects include Care New the New England area, focusEngland’s Data Center Building Van Middlesworth ing primarily on design for on the Kent Hospital campus and healthcare facilities. She will a 140,000sf clinical addition at also be focusing on the expansion of TRO Women and Infants Hospital.

ABC Names Gilgallon Burlington, MA - ABC Massachusetts announced the hiring of Mary Gilgallon as the association’s new Membership Director. Gilgallon has extensive experience working with successful associations throughout Massachusetts, an attribute that ABCMA President Greg Beeman says separated her from the rest of the pack. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the event planning and association management business. Through her association management company, Gilgallon has led associations such as National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Air Conditioning Contrac-

tors of America (ACCA), and Enterprise Networking Association. “The past two years working with ABC as a member of the Coalition for Fair Licensing was a Gilgallon rewarding opportunity. ABC is a strong organization dedicated to serving their membership and I was attracted to the idea of joining a team and using my skills to grow and enhance an already strong organization,” Gilgallon said.

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CBT Personnel Announcements Boston - CBT Architects, a professional design firm providing services in architecture, interior architecture and urban design, named five new senior associates and 12 associates. Wang Those promoted have worked on a variety of the firm’s award-winning commissions for office and mixed-use, multiand single-family residential, hospitality and retail, academic, historic preservation, and interior design projects, as well as on operational support.. New senior associates are Joe Bettencourt; Eileen Casciari, RA; adrian LeBuffe, LEED AP, Sharon Steinberg, RA LEED AP and Andrew Wang, RA LEED AP. Named as associates were John Bedell, RA LEEP AP; Mark Bourassa, RA LEED AP; Henry Celli, RA LEED AP; Matt Francke, RA LEED AP; Monte French; Virendra Kallianpur, LEED AP; Jenni-





fer Miller, NCIDQ LEED AP; Michael Moore, RA LEED AP; Chad Morig, RA LEED AP; Elizabeth Peterson, SPHR; Jeremy Schwartz and Kristi Sprinkel.

Dionne Joins Jewett Raymond, NH - Jewett Construction Co., Inc. welcomes Steve Dionne to the position of field superintendent. With nearly 25 years of construction experience, Dionne possesses a strong skill set, with the confidence and competency required to successfully run projects from the field. A superintendent for over 15 years, he has run various types of projects including office building fit-ups, medical, warehousing, manufacturing, waste transfer facilities, boat service and storage facilities, and retail spaces.

Boston - WinnCompanies of Boston announced that Michael Defferding will be joining its WinnResidential Military Services division as executive vice president of property management operations. Defferding will have a leadership role overseeing operations within the company’s award-winning military housing complexes throughout the country. Winn Military, a joint venture between Winn Residential and Actus Lend Lease, builds and maintains high quality communities for over 40,000 military service members and their families. Most recently Defferding was an executive vice president with Forest City’s

business group which owns, develops, operates, and maintains large residential projects in cooperation with the US Government’s Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) and Defferding other public sector privatization opportunities. From May 2000 until January 2004 he served as a senior vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle.

New England Construction Promotes Post Rumford, RI - New England Construction announced the promotion of Gregory Post to the position of vice president of business development. As a member of the Executive Management Team, he is responsible for all business development activities including customer relationship management, lead generations strategies, region-

al and national market strategies, and development of annual business planning goals and objectives. Post, who joined New England Construction in October of 2000, also will participate in the organization’s growth planning process and support the development and execution of regional and national expansion strategies.

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JC&A Adds Conner

Quincy, MA - J. Calnan review and approval, financial & Associates, Inc. announced status reports, budget reports, quality control, and client satisthat David Conner has joined faction. the Quincy-based company as a project manager. Conner has nearly 10 Conner will be responsible years of project management for the overall management and experience in the construction coordination of projects from industry. preliminary planning throughPrior to joining J. Calnan out the construction and final & Associates he held project Conner occupancy. His responsibilities management positions at Cominclude supervision of staff and modore Builders, The Whiting subcontractors, trade coordination, logis- Turner Contracting Company, and Dente tics and safety planning, subcontractor Engineering. buyout, contract negotiation, requisition

Lehane Joins Consigli Milford, MA - Consigli Construction Co., Inc. announced that John Lehane has joined the company as a project manager, bringing with him more than 10 years of construction management and estimating experience with multi-million dollar projects in the public and private sectors. Lehane will be responsible for planning, management, and implementation of all activities and procedures on projects from pre-construction through closeout. He is currently project manager for the Claire T. Carney Library addition and renovation at UMass Dartmouth.

WinnCompanies Appoints Defferding

Notable local project experience includes pre-construction and construction management for the LEED Gold certified student housing, New Ashdown House, for MIT and the new Lehane 14-story Piano Row Residence Hall and Campus Center for Emerson College.

Boston TRO Jung|Brannen announced that Howard L. Thompson, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP has joined the firm as director of commercial interiors. Thompson has 23 years of experience in the architectural and interior design industry. His primary focus will


be managing TRO Jung|Brannen’s commercial and hospitality design direction, as well as contributing to commercial business development efforts. Thompson is returning to TRO Jung|Brannen after spending several years with Elkus Manfredi and, most recently, Spagnolo Gisness and Associates.

Sisko Joins R.H. White Auburn, MA - R.H. White Companies, Inc. announced that Robert Sisko has been promoted to vice president of Accounting and Administration for R.H. White Companies, Inc. In this role he is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting for all operating units of R.H. White Companies, Inc. Sisko joined R.H. White in 1990 as business manager and was later promoted to controller.


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CES Charity Golf Tournament Consulting Engineering Services (CES) will be holding their fifth Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday October 8 at the Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington, Conn. This tournament will be an 18-hole shotgun start scramble format including various contests with prizes, BBQ lunch, beer, a buffet dinner and raffle including prizes such as a 42” LCD TV and an Apple iPod. This outing benefits the

George V. Keithan, Sr. memorial scholarship fund set up in the memory of the late George V. Keithan, Sr. and will help provide financial assistance to graduating seniors from Xavier High School and Mercy High School who wish to attend college to pursue a career in engineering. For more information please contact Kimberly Walsh at (860)632-1682 or email kwalsh@cesct.com for registration information.

September Social Networking for All Thursday, September 23, 2010 Shawmut Design & Construction 560 Harrison Avenue, Boston 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Is the economy hitting you hard too? Join the IFMA Boston Career Preservation Task Force for an informal meet ‘n greet. This is a social gathering for all of us who are feeling the impact of the sudden market downturn. Come by, meet the task force, share your stories, and help play a role in shaping the direction of this important support initiative. For more information: ifmaboston.org



Green Buildings Open House Saturday, October 2 10a.m. - 4.p.m. The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) invites you to visit sustainable, green homes and buildings throughout New England, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania! The event is free in most locations. NESEA’s Green Buildings Open House operates in conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour. See how your neighbors are reducing their carbon footprint and cutting their energy bills through the power of the sun, wind, smart building design, and energy efficient appliances and technologies. To find the Green Buildings Open House sites nearest you, visit www.nesea. org/greenbuildings.



Thursday, October 7, 8 - 10 a.m. Westin Waltham Health Care Reform and What It Means To You • ASM Special Event Friday, October 29, 7 - 10 p.m. Newton Marriott , Grand Casino Night • Breakfast Seminar Thursday, November 4, 8 - 10 a.m. Westin WalthamCrisis Management – How to Respond to “Worst Case Scenarios” on the Job-Site

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ASM Seminar Thursday, September 23, 2 - 5 p.m. Quincy MarriottPublic Bidding A-Z Everything Subcontractors Need to Know about Filed Sub Bidding • Safety Roundtable Tuesday, September 28, 10 a.m. - noon Eastern Insurance, Natick Falls Through Unprotected Openings – Managing the Risks, Reducing the Costs • Breakfast Seminar

Sept. 20: ACEC/MA Education Corporation Golf at Marshfield Country Club: http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm ?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&even tId=ACEC_GOLF-9-20-10 September 22: ACEC/MA MassDOT Design/Build Dinner Program: http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm?pk=c ustom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=A

C_DINPR0G_9-30-10 ACEC/MA Odyssey Leadership Program—once a month for eight months, starting October 7, 2010: http://www. acecma.org/index.cfm/page/ACECMAOdyssey-Leadership-Program/cdid/10580/ pid/10243 See www.acecma.org for more on these and other programs

Massachusetts Building Congress Thursday, September 23, 2010 Educational Breakfast Program - Legal Focus Constructive Change? Massachusetts New Prompt Pay Law Implications and Opportunities for the Design and Construction Industry Radisson Hotel Boston, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA Carver Ballroom Convenient & guaranteed garage parking 7:30 - 9:30 AM Networking/Breakfast/Panel Discussion For more information and to make reservations: info@buildingcongress.org.







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330 Congress Street 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02210-1216 617-778-0900 www.rfwcp.com Middleton, MA - RFWalsh Collaborative Partners, Project Manager, and CTA Construction Manager celebrated the topping out of the Howe Manning School recently with architects DiNisco Design Partners, sub contractors, town officials and members of the town building committee. Read the full story on page 25.

Howe-Manning School Exterior View - Southwest. Rendering courtesy the project architect DiNisico Design Partners.

Attending the ceremony were the design, management and construction team along with the school building committee, and town officials, including (L to R) John Smith,School Building Committee member, Lyle Coghlin,CTA Construction Company, Marcell Graeff,DiNisco Design Partnership, Kevin McGrath, CTA Construction Co., David Billings, RF Walsh Collaborative Partners, Scott Downs,School Building committee member, Beverly Popielski,School Building Committee member, Dr. Frank Fitzgerald, Chairman of the School Building Committee, Mindy Wogan, School Building Committee member, Ira Singer, Middleton Town Adminstrator, Steve Melanchino, CTA Construction, Kerry Logue,RF Walsh Collaborative Partners, Bob Murphy.


Collaborative Partners and CTA hosted the topping out. David Billings, of RFWalsh Collaborative Partners welcomed the group followed by the introductory comments from Lyle Coghlin (left) principal CTA Construction.

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High-Profile Monthly: September 2010  

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

High-Profile Monthly: September 2010  

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