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Annual Focus: March, 2011

Institutions and Schools


Society of College and University Planners North Atlantic Region Update

Callahan, Inc. Builds Hanover High

Hanover, MA – Callahan, Inc. of Bridgewater nears completion of Phase 1 of the 155,000sf Hanover High School and credits a collaborative management approach to its success...story on page 29.

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SCUP North Atlantic Region Featured Articles AIANH Architecture Awards University Restoration Complete - Wessling Project Architect Hutter CM for Mascenic Regional School - Barker Leads Design Team O’Connor Completes MIT Project - Designed by D’Agostino Izzo Quirk Pro Con CM for Derryfield School - Lavallee Brensinger Architects Northeastern U Selects McNamara/Salvia Allston-Brighton Community Center Breaks Ground Lerner Ladds + Bartels Completes Bid Documents for URI WPI Project Breaks Ground and Plans New Center Three Schools Designed by HMFH Break Ground EnviroVantage Report: Mold In Your School Brown University Current Projects DS Chooses Columbia Construction Advanced Building CM for New Dorm CTA Completes UMass Police Station at USM When Time Is In Short Demand - Think Precast Stonebridge Café Re-Opens Design by Steve Todisco & BKA DFCI ’s Yawkey Center Dedicated - Walsh Brothers CM Children’s Hospital Project to J.C. Higgins

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AIANH Elects James Loft

Keene, NH - Architect James A. Loft AIA, has taken office as the 53rd president of The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He succeeds Michael Morin AIA to the AIANH presidency. Loft is a senior vice president in charge of the architectural division at Pro Con Inc. in Manchester where he has worked for the past 15 years. Prior to his current position, he was the staff architect for eight years at Sheerr & McCrystal Architects in New London and a project designer at Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo in Newport Beach, California and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Canfield Named GBREB Chairman

Additional officers are president-elect Dale Doller AIA; vicepresident Karolina Burtt AIA; secretary Shannon Alther AIA; treasurer Jay James Loft Lawrence Purcell AIA; directors Caleb Sloan AIA, Katie Cassidy Sutherland AIA, Scott Vlasak AIA; associate director Nathan Stolarz Assoc. AIA; and affiliate director Heather Rowan.

Boston - James A. Canfield has Having joined Mcbeen named the chairman of the board Call & Almy in 1990, of directors of the Greater Boston Real Canfield focuses on advisEstate Board (GBREB). Canfield is ing healthcare, education, executive vice president and principal nonprofit, and institutional of McCall & Almy, a Boston-based clients on real estate stratcommercial real estate brokerage and egy and implementation. advisory firm. He is the third principal He has been a member of of the firm to serve in this role, followthe executive committee ing in the footsteps of Bill McCall and of The Business AssociJames Canfield Lenny Owens. ates Club for five years and As a member of GBREB since served as president of the 1992, Canfield has served as chairman of organization in 2005-2006. the finance committee, clerk, assistant treaCanfield is a multiple platinum surer, treasurer, and chairman-elect before member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club assuming the position of chairman in Janu- of the Commercial Brokers Association, ary 2011. Under his leadership, GBREB and in 2002 he was named a Top Five OfBoston - Associated Subwith her to promote the key role will continue its mission of education, net- fice Broker by the Greater Boston Real contractors of Massachusetts, Inc. of subcontractors in construcworking, and advocacy. Estate Board. named Jackie Rafferty as markettion and to strengthen the presing communications manager, a ence of ASM in the industry,” new role to the organization. said Monica Lawton, CEO. The Boston Preservation Alliance ties related to preservation. Rafferty will lead all PR, Rafferty brings with her 2011 auction fundraiser “Party on Post Proceeds from the auction support marketing communications, and over 15 years of experience in Office Square” will be held on Thursday, the Alliance’s efforts to protect and imsocial media efforts designed to the public relations and marApril 14, 5:30 p.m. prove the quality of Boston’s historic buildincrease membership, visibility, keting communications sector. New England Telephone & Tele- ings, landscapes, and communities through Jackie Rafferty graph Building, 185 Franklin St. Boston advocacy, education, and leadership. and positive recognition for memHer previous positions have Silent and live auctions featuring a For more information call 617-367bers, associates, and affiliates of included director of public relarange of items including travel packages, 2458. Christine Piontek at cpiontek@ the organization. tions and marketing communications mantickets to cultural and sporting events, bostonpreservation.org, or www.boston“We are delighted to welcome Jackie ager for New England Financial, a Bostongift certificates to Boston’s finest restau- preservation.org/programs/gala-auction. to our team and look forward to working based Fortune 500 company. rants and historic hotels, as well as novel- html.

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Boston - Suffolk Construction chairman and CEO John Fish was honored with the prestigious 2011 Public Service Award by the Boston Bar Foundation at its annual gala. The elegant affair was held in the new Art of the Americas Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and attended by

more than 600 of Boston’s legal and business movers and shakers. Fish was chosen for this award because of his philanthropic commitment to the community and various charitable organizations. Fish was accompanied by his daughter Christina, a student at BC Law School.

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Easthampton, MA - R&R The company will Window Contractors announced a work with distributor A.W. new partnership with Marvin WinHastings & Co. in bringdows and Doors. ing the Marvin Family of R&R will specialize in Products to the commercial the installation of the Marvin market in New England Family of Products for comand eastern New York. mercial and non residential The Marvin Family applications. of Products and Solutions R&R partner Roger Fuller includes Marvin Windows Roger Fuller said that this new partnership will and Doors, Marvin Sigallow his organization to deliver a nature Services, Integrity new level of flexibility and customized Windows and Doors, and Infinity from solutions to its customers. Marvin Replacement Windows.

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Wellesley, MA - On March 30, AGC of Massachusetts will host a panel of campus-based leaders from four New England states, representing both public and private institutions. Continuing trends in technology, increases in international students, government initiatives, and safety and security issues will all bring change. The panel will share their insights on how these demographics and trends will shape their campuses of the future. The program will take place at the Marriott Boston in Newton from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. with breakfast available at 7:30 a.m. The program fee is $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers.

Panelists will include: Edward Adelman, executive director, Massachusetts State College Building Authority; Doug Bencks, director of campus planning, University of New Hampshire; M. Mitchell Bodnarchuk, director, construction & standards, Tufts University; Pamela Delphenich, director of campus planning & design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Fran Gast, planner, office of university planning, University of Connecticut; Michael McCormick, asst. vice president, planning, design & construction, Brown University; and Donna Denio, principal, Center for Balance by Design, moderator.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

DS Chooses Columbia Construction

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Waltham, MA - Dassault Systèmes (DS), a world leader in 3D and product lifecycle management (PLM) software, has awarded Columbia Construction a contract to provide preconstruction and construction management services for the build-out of its Americas corporate campus at 175185 Wyman Street, in Waltham. Owned and operated by Hobbs Brook Management, Elkus Manfredi Architects is designing the interior office space Jones Lang LaSalle is serving as project manager for the development of this first class office park, technology lab, and data center space at 175 Wyman Street. AHA Consulting Engineers is the MEP engineer for the interior office space, and Symmes Maini & McKee Associates is providing engineering design services for a data center and computer lab space. “As the construction manager for the core and shell of these two LEED Gold buildings, we are honored to be working with such a great

team on this phase of the build-out …” stated Jim Marsh, SVP/COO of Columbia Construction and principal-in-charge. Key elements of the project include an 8,000sf briefing center; a data center and computer labs; a training center for DS’s employees and customers; and a dedicated outdoor campus quad for meetings and social interactions. A subsequent phase calls for the future plans of a Virtual Reality Lab. The A/E/C team is pursuing a LEED Commercial Interiors certification.

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Cannon Breaks Ground on WPI Project

Worcester, MA - Cannon Design announced that construction of its second project at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the new sports and recreation center, is officially under way. The 145,000sf facility, programmed, planned, and designed by Cannon Design’s Boston office, is scheduled for completion in 2012 at an estimated total cost of $53.2 million. The new sports and recreation center will transform the WPI campus and enhance the students’ personal and academic growth in a variety of ways. It will not only be a place where the WPI community can go for physical rejuvenation but it will also provide much needed robotics space to support this growing and highly competitive one of a kind program.

The two-story building, as viewed from the main campus, expands downhill toward Park Avenue into an expansive four story building as it opens onto the athletic fields below. This will be the third LEED certified building at WPI and the second of its kind to be planned and implemented by Cannon Design. In addition to providing the WPI community with a state-of the-art fitness facility, complete with a four-court gymnasium, competitive swimming and diving pool, three-lane elevated jogging track, racquetball and squash courts, eight-person rowing tank and aerobic studios, the facility also provides space for academic ventures.

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Jewett Begins Green Auto Dealership Community Center Breaks Ground Designed by Margaretten Architectural

Plans are to incorporate numerous green energy saving technologies. Bow, NH - Jewett Automotive Design & Construction recently began renovations at the Grappone Automotive Group’s 77,000sf Toyota dealership and service facility at 514 State Route 3A in Bow. The project will be done in phases and Once completed, the new building, the dealership will remain open throughout designed by Jeff Margaretten of Marga- construction retten Architectural, is expected to receive One of the major benefits of the LEED certification by the US Green Build- project is that it will reduce water usage ing Council – becoming the first LEED by 20%, and increase energy efficiency by dealership in New England to do so. 20%. The project, slated for completion by The Jewett-Grappone team plans December 2011, includes demolition of the to incorporate such green energy saving existing facility and construction of a new technologies as a geothermal heating sysincreased-capacity service department, tem, larger windows to take advantage of charging stations for electric vehicles, ex- natural light, increased insulation, energy panded customer lounge with Wi-Fi, and saving lighting and plumbing fixtures, and improved customer parking. the use of components made of recycled The facility will also have a new materials. Upwards of 90% of construction drive-through service check-in, grand debris will be recycled or reused in the new showroom, new corporate offices, and a facility. state of the art training facility.

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Allston-Brighton, MA - The Presentation School Foundation celebrated the start of construction for a $3.8 million Allston-Brighton community center with a “winter carnival” groundbreaking ceremony on February 24. The new community center will open in September following an extensive renovation of the former Our Lady of the Presentation School in Brighton’s Oak Square neighborhood. The new center will serve the educational and health needs of local children and families. Elaine Construction of Newton is the general contractor and Silverman,

Trykowski Associates is the project architect. The new community center will be a certified green building. When the center opens this fall, it will be an anchor for the neighborhood, offering an affordable daycare and preschool (in partnership with Little Sprouts preschool, WGBH, and Wheelock College); community health services (in partnership with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center); educational enrichment programs (in partnership with WGBH); adult education, including ESOL; and meeting space for local civic groups.

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High-Profile Focus: Institutional and School Facilities Development News

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Boston, MA – In August 2008, Governor Patrick signed two bond bills providing funding for approximately $2 billion for public higher education facilities. The Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) recent Educational Breakfast Program Public Construction Focus presented a program entitled ” DCAM and MSCBA Update.” Commissioner David Perini and Edward Adelman provided valuable information about new work that is “in the pipeline.” Projects in design include:

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UMass integrated science complex • University of Mass. Boston’s integrated science complex, $155 million – features biology, chemistry, psychology, physics and engineering, environmental, earth and ocean science center for developmental science and center for personalized cancer therapy. The new multi-story science building, approximately 220,000gsf, will contain both wet and dry laboratories, offices, administration space, classrooms, and storage. • University of Mass. Amherst, $95

million – includes 90,000nsf of classroom and department space. A new four- to five-story building occupying an approximate 33,000sf footprint. Mix of department office space and classrooms, specialized rooms for TV and broadcasting production studios, editing rooms, film screening classrooms, computer rooms, and speech perception and auditory phonetics labs. Classroom space will consist of 13 to 17 high technology classrooms and lecture halls with a total capacity of 2,000 seats. • University of Mass. Dartmouth Carney Library renovation, $43 million – will provide new entry space to the existing library and a renovated and updated collegiate library. Complete accessibility, including a revamped site approach to the Continued on page 26

Barker Leads Design Team

New Ipswich, NH Hutter Construction Corporation is construction manager for the Mascenic Regional School project in New Ipswich. The extensive project consists of a new two-story elementary school totaling just over 74,000sf, a new high school science and technology center totaling 18,000sf, renovations to the existing Mascenic High School and Boynton Middle School, as well as conversion of the Green- Aerial view of the Mascenic Regional School project ville Elementary School into disogy center as well as the new elementary trict offices. The design team is led by Barker school through underground piping. The Architects. Working closely with the ar- system consists of a storage silo, auger, chitect and Mascenic Building Committee, boiler, stack flue, insulated heat supply and Hutter Construction was able to bring the return pipes, and under-slab radiation. A progressive design feature is pooriginal conceptual budget of $28.9 million rous bituminous concrete paving located at down to $20.6 million through careful budthe new high school parking lot, eliminatgeting, value engineering, and astute buying the need for catch basins and extensive ing and subcontracting. drainage systems. Another relatively novel Comprised of masonry block walls construction feature is closed-cell spray and brick veneer, the structure of the new foam insulation. With an r-value a bit over school is common among educational fasix per inch, spray foam acts as an excelcilities. There are, however, aspects of this project that give it preeminence to others lent insulator, with the added benefit of bein the state. The new wood pellet boiler ing an air vapor barrier. This project has been a boost to the heating system for the campus is a first of economy within the school district, since a its kind for an educational facility in New good number of the trades have been subHampshire in regards to its size and heating contracted to local companies. Scheduled capacity of 4 million BTUs. Constructed to be completed in December of this year, adjacent to the high school building, the the elementary school will be occupied in wood pellet boiler will not only provide January 2012, when students and teachers the heating for the existing high school, return from their Christmas break. but also for the new science and technol-

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High-Profile Focus: Institutional and School Facilities Development News by Cliff Cort School renovations can be a lengthy and complicated process, and school administrators face many daunting construction issues, most notably: how to operate the school around the noise, and disruption construction causes. “If only we had safe, temporary quarters where learning could continue uninterrupted during Cliff Cort construction…” Modular classrooms provide a safe learning environment for students and teachers at a school during construction and offer school administrators a quick, flexible, cost-effective solution to the issue of temporary or “swing space.” As a temporary pre-engineered building, modular solutions provide fast delivery, ease of relocation, low-cost reconfiguration, and enormous flexibility. Relocatable buildings, although movable, are of permanent quality and can endure well beyond the users’ temporary needs if necessary. It is important to note that modular classrooms can be designed and built to be a permanent solution as well. Today, modular buildings offer architectural aesthetics and functionality that are equal to any structure built using conventional methods, but modular delivers these buildings faster and at less cost. In addition to classrooms, other modular

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Modular school building at Harvard University educational facilities such as libraries, administration buildings, and restroom buildings are available. Even specialty rooms, such as pre-fabricated science labs, kindergarten classrooms, and daycare facilities, can be provided on a temporary, modular basis. Built to look and feel like a permanent school, a modular classroom provides a modern educational swing space of permanent quality with features like high-efficiency rooftop HVAC and large windows to provide daylighting. An award-winning, temporary and green childcare center at Harvard University is a great example of modular classrooms as swing space done right. An innovative 5,700sf daycare facility was designed, built and installed on the campus of Harvard University in just six weeks. For 18 months, this modular school building first housed the Harvard Yard Child Care Center and then the Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative while their permanent locations were being renovated. The building features a variety of green, sustainable features to achieve the highest-quality, healthy environment for children. A focused design and construc-

tion plan for maximum energy efficiency includes solar tube skylights to maximize natural light use, sustainable “Green Guard” insulation, high-grade sealants, and a white rubber roof that reflects solar heat. Coordinated sensors and electronic control of the lighting system turns off lights when there is no activity in the room. Other features of the Child Care Center include exterior sun shades that shield the interior of the facility from the sun and reduce the need for air conditioning, recycled materials for the interior walls and carpet tiles, and an HVAC system that regulates and brings in air from the outside as needed. Once Harvard completes renovations on its permanent child care centers, the fully relocatable building – which has a 30-year lifespan – will be placed into service elsewhere. Increasing or decreasing the size of the building is achieved by adding or removing modules. There are many advantages to using modular construction for temporary or swing space during a school renovation: • Quality: Relocatable modular buildings provide high quality, customizable solutions that can quickly and cost-

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The Granoff Center Opens at Brown University

Providence, RI - Brown University officially opened the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. The interdisciplinary arts center fosters innovation, research, collaboration, creativity, and education among the arts, humanities, and sciences and is a focal point of the University’s College Hill campus. The 38,815sf, three-story building is designed by the New York-based architecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The $40-million Granoff Center is a revolutionary new building dedicated to encouraging faculty and students to create bold new directions for research, teaching, and production across the boundaries of individual arts disciplines and among artists, scientists, and scholars. The Center features: • The Martinos Auditorium, a 218-person auditorium and 35mm screening facility, that will serve as a performance venue and lecture hall. • Four production studios for interdisciplinary work. • The Cohen Gallery, that will host interdepartmental, student, and visiting artist exhibitions. • A recording studio for professional sound recording, sound design, and multimedia work. • The Khoo Teck Puat Multimedia Lab, with equipment and software to allow students and faculty to create freely and stretch the boundaries of art and technology.

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The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University • The Cogut Physical Media Lab, to be used for production of and research in sensors, robotics, and physical computing, primary areas of new research and teaching in the arts. • An outdoor amphitheater wired for sound and video, allowing outdoor performances, film screenings, and collaborations. The Granoff Center is conceived as the next-generation loft building with a twist. In addition to its large floor plates, high ceilings, and long structural spans that allow great flexibility, the architecture fosters a collaborative environment. The concept involves three stacked

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floor slabs that are cut in half and slipped vertically to create six half-levels divided by a shear glass wall. The intentional misalignment connects each studio to one above and below while still maintaining light, sound, and visual control. An internal stair connects all levels and doubles as the social hub of the building; its landings are expanded into furnished breakout spaces for serendipitous and planned encounters between students and faculty. The split-level strategy is also realized at the ground: The landscape in front of the building is split in two. One half is tilted up to form the entrance lobby and public gallery; the other half is tipped

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Pro Con CM Lavallee Brensinger Architects Manchester, NH - Construction has begun on The Derryfield School’s new Gateway Building, located at 2108 North River Road. Lavallee Brensinger Architects is the architect and Pro Con, Inc. is the construction manager for the $1.2 million project, funded in part through a grant from New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority. The Gateway Building is replacing the Art House, which was formerly located on the site and was razed in early January. The new 8,132sf Gateway Building, which is considered to be the “front door” to The Derryfield School, was designed and is being constructed using energy efficiency specifications to reduce energy con-

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Danvers, MA - GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. was selected to provide geothermal services for the first state-owned Zero Net Energy Building (ZNEB), a health and student services building at North Shore Community College in Danvers. A building is classified as a ZNEB if over the course of a year the building will produce as much energy on-site as it consumes. Work is nearing completion on the 58,000sf, three-floor building that will provide new classrooms, labs, and offices for the campus. The building’s energy efficiency strategies include geothermal wells for heating and cooling, chilled beams and energy recovery ventilation, roof-mounted photo-

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From the Desk of Jolene Knapp, CAE The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) has important resources of interest to planning consultants, architects, and engineers at firms that serve the higher education marketplace. Among them: the idea marketplace at our annual international conference in July, our national and regional sponsorship programs, advertising in Planning for Higher Education quarterly journal, and our online Integrated Planning Marketplace. New this year is a SCUP Campus Heritage Symposium in November 2011, preceded by a heritagethemed issue of the journal. All of these resources help firms to raise the visibility of their services with our institutional members and nonmember customers. Members not only receive lower rates, they also have access to our enhanced online membership directory. Joining SCUP is a great investment if you need to reach the administrators on campus who are responsible for academic, facilities, fiscal, infrastructural, and strategic planning. SCUP focuses its resources on the integration of planning on campus, so it should come as no surprise that our annual international conference and idea marketplace will focus on the theme of “Integrated Solutions: How and Now.” Exhibit in the idea marketplace for even more exposure to attending institutional members and nonmembers. The annual conference will be held July 23-27, 2011, at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Md. In addition to our annual internation-



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Welcome to the 26th Annual North Atlantic Region Conference

by Trina Lace Learned, Regional Director SUCP North Atlantic Region In the SCUP North Atlantic Region’s 26-year tradition of exploring current themes and challenges in higher education planning, the Spring 2011 conference—“Where’s the Mission? Where’s the Money? Planning in Service of the Mission”—tackles the recent economic downturn that has forced a rethinking in every aspect of higher education to prioritize, share, and optimize resources to do more with less or less with less. If planning is about making informed choices to serve the institutional mission, then dealing with this “new economic reality” will have a transformative impact on higher education in North America and its relationship with the rest of the world. This year we’re at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Five Colleges area of Western Massachusetts on March 16-18. The program includes dynamic plenary sessions and an extraordinary variety of concurrent sessions to enrich you and your staff with ideas and information to support your planning initiatives on campus, and to provide opportunities to share thoughts and strategies to support planning in the service of institutional missions. The program is packed with nearly 30 concurrent sessions and plenary speakers spread over the two-and-a-half days of the conference. Doug Lederman, an editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Education, has been covering higher education as a journal-

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Boston - Building envelope restoration of Suffolk University’s 73 Tremont Street in downtown Boston is complete. The Aspen Group provided comprehensive project management services, Wessling Architects was the project architect, and construction services were provided by NER Construction. 73 Tremont Street is a 13-story

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Keeping Image a Priority in Mission-Driven Planning By Mark Zarrillo As campus plans realign in response to the “new normal” of lean budgets, advancing the university image needs to remain a central priority in the campus master plan updates. With reduced capital spending, there is an inclination to assume that promoting campus image can be deferred, put aside in favor of accomplishing academic needs. Mark Zarrillo Yet a strong image is the wellspring of recruitment, retention, and campus pride. Resolving this dilemma can be viewed as a daunting challenge or as a welcome opportunity to retune the relationship between physical planning and academic mission. As with all creative pursuits, we start by asking questions: • What is the core academic mission driving campus development? • Where is this mission leading us in terms of physical facilities in the years ahead? • How can we combine new planning initiatives with continuous image improvement? The answers offer a clear path to deciding priorities – and to integrating image enhancements. Based on SMMA’s work reimagining and updating campus plans in today’s fiscal climate, here are four practi-

cal suggestions for managing a successful campus master plan update. 1. Link physical planning with the academic mission: Using the mission and strategic plan of the college or university as the foundation, any plan revision or update will serve to maintain the essential actions, programs and facilities essential to fulfilling that mission. Less obvious might be the role that quality support spaces contribute to recruiting the best faculty and students. A dining, fitness, or residential facility can be the one key addition to a great research curriculum to help fulfill that overall mission. 2. Reach consensus on priorities: Reduced budgets can create a climate where decisions are made by a few individuals who are in the know. It’s important to resist that tendency to close ranks in a crisis. Why? When setting priorities, the best results come from engaging as many stakeholders as feasible, and allowing these stakeholders to be invested in the decisions reached. The fact is that given sufficient time to examine options and consider the mission and any critical issues unique to the institution, the same top two to three priorities will ride to the top of the list. 3. Build in Flexibility to Accommodate Future Shifts: At SMMA, we’ve developed a process that emphasizes a holistic and flexible planning model based on elements, issues and strategies. We’ve learned over time how unpredictable the shifts can be in any institution’s vision and business model. The availability of research funds,


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Campus plan at Eastern Connecticut State University new technologies, marketplace demands for certain professions and degrees, and the fast-changing needs and desires of students require utmost adaptability. We recommend that in addition to documenting and refining the top-tier priorities in the new plan, universities simultaneously address secondary priorities in order to be ready to redirect campus development as funding becomes available and needs change. 4. Continuously advance image and Appeal: We look at every planning initiative as an opportunity to improve the campus image. For example, by reinvesting in the heritage buildings that anchor the traditional campus core, we can avoid new “greenfield” construction while showing

alumni how well the buildings they best remember are being taken care of today. Creative renovations, including the integration of sustainable components, provide immediate image appeal, and long-term social and economic benefits. Whether the selected priority project is a renovation, a building façade treatment, or an addition or a new structure, keeping image a key component of that priority is not only achievable, it’s essential for keeping the mission vibrant. Mark J. Zarrillo, FASLA, AICP is a partner and director of planning at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates/SMMA in Cambridge, Mass.

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UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center

by Larry Spang Lowell, MA - Winter is usually not the best time to open a hotel, and this year’s combination of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures has been particularly challenging. But for UMass Lowell, the timing couldn’t have been better. On February 3, UML held the grand opening of the new Inn and Conference Center to celebrate the Larry Spang building’s conversion into the region’s first hotel/dormitory. Over 300 guests from the city and the university celebrated the renovation of the building on an otherwise cold, snowy February evening. The story behind the project is worth telling: UML purchased the former DoubleTree Hotel located in downtown Lowell in July 2009 from the Procaccianti Group, the Providence-based hotel management company. For approximately $15 million, the university purchased the 252-room hotel, which included a grand ballroom and meeting facilities, restaurant, and fitness center with swimming pool. Within a few weeks, the university was able to convert the upper floor guestrooms into a 400 bed dormitory, a project that would otherwise take years and many millions of dollars more to complete. Once students were residing in the building in the fall of 2009, the university selected Arrowstreet, an architectural firm located in Somerville, Mass., to complete

more thorough renovations of the building interiors and 31 remaining guestrooms on the first and second floors. In addition to upgrading the hotel interiors, the primary goal was to create separate entries for students and guests for security reasons. Initially, the university planned to construct a separate student entrance pavilion with stairs and elevator to connect directly to the upper dormitory floors, avoiding student-guest interaction at the lower floors. However, it was quickly determined that this would take too long to build and would be too expensive. Instead, the design team created a new student entry that cuts through the hotel lobby, separated by glass walls and security doors. During the school year,

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students come and go past the hotel lobby. The two groups can see each other but not interact, maintaining security for both. As an added advantage, after students depart in the summer, the lobby will be reunited and the entire building will function as a hotel once again. The project was completed in two phases. In the spring of 2010, the remaining guestrooms were upgraded with new finishes and furnishings. This work was completed on a fast track basis to enable the hotel to host graduation guests. After the students left at the end of May, renovations of the building interiors began in

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Landscape Architecture in New Light

by Jeanne Lukenda canvases or three-dimensional Not long ago, the loudshaping of space, landscape archiest buzz word was “greening.” tecture leads with a systems apMany landscape architects wonproach knowing that open space is a dered what that fuss was about. living thing, evolving and inextricaAfter all, sustainability has albly linked beyond the property line. ways been at the core of sound Simply put, this is sustainability. and responsible landscape archiTremendous media attention tecture. is being given to some largescale The green movement has projects around the world, in part taken hold, bringing timely atten- Jeanne Lukenda because the teams are being led by tion to the multiple collaborative landscape architects using this landand cross-pollinating roles landscape archi- scape urbanism approach. tects have always played and to the skills Much closer to home, many local coland tools they have always utilized, working leges and universities have long understood with natural systems in both traditional and the importance of “living space” on their unexpected ways and at individual, commu- campuses. Landscape master plans, whether nity, and regional scales. As green-washing executed independently or as part of campus increasingly reveals itself for what it is, this master plans, identify, create, and organize back-to-basics approach to problem-solving open space. So much more than a collection in the built and natural environments is with- of quadrangles, courtyards, plazas, and alleys, standing the test of time and being more fully landscape master plans have the capacity to utilized. go beyond the obvious; when thought of as Along the way, the breadth and depth four-dimensional infrastructure, open space of landscape architecture is better understood provides the framework on which a campus and newly appreciated. Landscape architec- can expand and from which it can evolve. ture is demonstrating how, as a fluid profesWith the Society for College and Unision grounded in the sciences and humani- versity Planning North Atlantic Region’s ties, it continues to keep pace with the rapid Spring 2011 Conference being hosted by evolution of life around us, though not as University of Massachusetts Amherst and the unassumingly as in the past now that there is Five College Area of Western Massachusetts widespread public discourse about the envi- in March, it is timely to recognize the leaderronment. ship role higher education institutions have There’s a new buzz, “landscape urban- taken in utilizing landscape architecture as ism,” most broadly described as the study of one of the critical tools in their kit. the city as a living entity. Landscape archiJeanne Lukenda, ASLA, LEED, is a tects are comfortable with this discussion, principal at Carol R. Johnson Associates. though perhaps a little surprised by it, as She is the 2011-2012 National Public Awarethey have long recognized and addressed the ness Advocate representing the Boston Chapmulti-dimensionality of their project sites. ter of the American Society of Landscape Never only about two-dimensional Architects.

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Lerner Ladds + Bartels Completes Bid Documents for URI

Kingston, RI - Lerner Ladds + Bartels recently completed bid documents for a new student housing project at the University of Rhode Island. The Hillside Residence Hall includes 429 beds, multipurpose spaces, offices of residential life, and a classroom to support both living and learning. Acting as a gateway to the University’s Hillside District, the project intends to engage students through the creation of dynamic social spaces designed to promote student interaction on both an academic and recreational level. In addition to new building construction, a new roadway with associated landscape and walkway revisions are part of the project, providing better vehicular and pedestrian connectivity and gaining universal access between the residential, social and academic areas of campus. The selection process for a qualified general contractor is under way after a recent successful bidding review. Bids came in around the targeted budget of $34 million. Keough Construction Management has been brought on board to serve as owner’s project manager as the construction process begins. The project is scheduled to begin construction in March with an anticipated completion date of June 2012. To maintain and enhance the cross– campus ties that are essential at URI, a focus was placed on pedestrian interconnectivity between the different districts on campus.

Rendering of University of Rhode Island Hillside Residence Hall A number of building through-passages at ground level allow for integration of existing pedestrian pathways to other areas of the campus. Careful attention was also paid to establishing universally accessible pathways through the site – a difficult task given the project’s location on a hillside. Another unique challenge was to address the human scale. The visual mass of the residence hall was broken down by separating two residential wings and joining them with a transparent bridge connector in an H configuration. The design further breaks down the residential wings into smaller segments, or “houses,” through the use of exterior glass curtain wall that

encodes the common spaces at the bridge connection and lounge areas. Two courtyards are defined by the configuration of the building, featuring rain garden areas with bands of crushed stone and natural grasses for on-site storm management. The project aims for a holistic approach to sustainability and tries to capture the most effective and economical methods to achieve a green building. A Federal ARRA grant of $74,254 was awarded to the university that will contribute to an innovative solar water heating system. Through the use of this system along with integrated sun shading, natural ventilation, green roofing, radiant heating, recycled content

in building materials, and light dimming systems, the residence hall will aim for a LEED Silver certification through the USGBC. Capturing rainwater from roofs and paved areas will help feed the surrounding vegetated rain gardens, which are not only instructional and visually pleasing, but function to retain and improve the quality of the water falling and flowing onto the site. Over the years, Lerner Ladds + Bartels has completed residence hall projects for thousands of local higher education students. This is not the first, nor the largest residence hall project undertaken. However, the Hillside Residence Hall is the largest entirely new building project that they have been commissioned to design, which makes it a very exciting milestone for the office. The collaborative team, which includes an excellent group of consultants Mackey Mitchell Architects, Odeh Engineers, WJE Engineers & Architects, PARE Corporation, Carol R. Johnson Associates, Creative Environment Corp., Daedalus Projects, Hughes Associates, Earleylight, Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, along with a very creative and proactive owner’s group including Tom Frisbie-Fulton, Chip Yensan, and Paul DePace at the University of Rhode Island, will ensure that the residence hall is at the forefront of contemporary design.

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Finding the Past and Future on Historic Campuses

Philip B. Chen, AIA, LEED AP is a Principal at Ann Beha Architects. Steeped in tradition, historic campuses are defined by the heritage of their buildings and landscapes. The continuum of these settings, buildings, and quadrangles, has set the environment for generations of scholars. Yet, when we reflect on these buildPhilip Chen ings and spaces, we recognize that the institutions and cultures represented by these monuments have evolved. How should we approach treasured campus buildings and their settings when a new building or expansion is needed? It is said that buildings speak to us from the past, and architecture speaks as much about culture and community values as it does about aesthetics. If historic buildings are a record of our past, then our new buildings, in dialogue with the old, should speak about how the world around us has changed. The Designer Guidelines at the University of Pennsylvania address this continuum for their 125-year-old campus: “Buildings on the campus reflect many styles, and the essential quality of the campus is one of buildings that speak in their own voice about their purposes and the era in which they were built.” This approach is reflected in ABA’s rehabilitation and

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Just Seal It!

Creating an Air-Tight Enclosure for Under-Floor Air Distribution

by Dennis M. Dyer Designing a raised floor system to include air distribution is not especially challenging. Installing the floor so that the air distribution functions properly, on the other hand, requires obsessive attention to detail. The objective in any such system is to get the air from the air-handling unit to the occupantcontrolled floor air outlet with as little leakage as possible. But air, like water, Dennis Dyer has a great talent for finding and exploiting leaks. A raised floor has an extraordinary number of opportunities for air to escape. Typically, there are 2-ft. by 2-ft. panels installed on 12- to 18-inch-high steel posts, leaving a void between the subfloor and walking surface to serve as a plenum to distribute conditioned air to the floor air outlets and a pathway for conduit and flexible cable. Either self-adhering carpet tile or hard-surface flooring is then installed on top of the panels. So far, so good. But now we cut holes through the panels and carpet to enable the installation of flush-mounted power and tele/data outlets and air distribution devices, fed by conduit and cabling. Every place we penetrate the raised floor, and everywhere the floor meets a vertical element, air has an opportunity to escape.

The solution? Seal it. Seal everything. Seal every gap, no matter how small, as though you were protecting astronauts from the airless void of outer space. The first step is hiring an installer and sub-contractors (for HVAC, electrical, and tele/data), as well as a construction manager or general contractor, who are experienced with raised floors. Have the CM or GC

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All piping and conduits entering the raised floor must be sealed to insure that the raised floor plenum is air tight. This attention to detail will minimize unwanted air leakage into building cavities and chases.

Installing channels and sealing along all building edges is an important step in maintaining the overall integrity of the raised floor plenum system. assign one person who is responsible for all sealing and who works closely with the design team to ensure thoroughness and quality. It is also critically important to


get everything right the first time. Raised floors have the great advantage of enabling space reconfiguration and technology upgrades quickly and easily, but identifying and remedying air leakage after the fact is no picnic. Then seal everything that abuts, enters, or leaves the void between sub-floor and raised floor. If the installer tells you that you don’t really need to seal this or that, don’t believe it. It is easier and less costly to seal everything than to try to determine after the fact where air is leaking. So seal the conduit, pipe and duct/air highway edges, and all penetrations. With

conduit, pay particular attention to sealing the perimeter of its penetration and the end where any wiring leaves the conduit. Check the joints of the air highways that direct air-flow into the plenum by sliding a piece of paper along the sub-floor joint under the duct partition. If you see the leading edge of the paper emerge on the other side of the duct, have the joint sealed. Ensure that all interior and exterior building edges are tight, ideally by detailing an edge strip everywhere the raised floor meets a wall and then sealing the joint; you may need a larger edge strip if the building has a curtain wall system. For more detailed information and guidance, the US General Services Administration offers the PBS Guidelines for “Raised Floor Systems - with and without Underfloor Air Distribution,” a free downloadable reference. Several of the raised floor manufacturers have drawing details and specification sections that can be included in the project documents. They will also offer their expertise during design and installation. Attention to detail is the hallmark of any successful project. But with an air distribution system under a raised floor, make that attention obsessive, compulsive, early, and often. So… Just seal it! Dennis Dyer, P.E. LEED AP is a partner at AKF Group’s Boston office. AKF Group LLC is headquartered in New York.

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KBE Busy With Educational Projects Northeastern U Selects McNamara/Salvia

Boston - McNamara/Salvia, Inc. has been selected as the structural engineer for the new $75 million, 720-bed residence hall located adjacent to Northeastern University’s campus. The new 16 story building will be located on a site currently occupied by a portion of the Huntington Avenue YMCA. The Grandmarc will consist of 590 dorm-style beds and 130 apartment style beds for Northeastern undergraduates. The hall will also have retail space and amenities such as a game room, lounge, bistro or Rendering courtesy of Payette café, media rooms, meeting and conference KBE Building Corp is the construction manager at risk for the new Science Center at rooms. The design of the project is curConnecticut College, designed by Payette. rently in the construction document phase Farmington, CT - KBE Building program. To date, the program has encom- with a completion date of August 2011 and Corporation, construction manager at passed more than 250 projects including the project is expected to open in Septemrisk for the new science center at Con- renovations, additions, and other campus necticut College, is currently working with improvements. KBE is construction manthe college and Payette Architects on the ager at risk on the projects, which have in10,000sf, four-story, structural steel addi- corporated a formal partnering process that Farmington, CT - KBE Buildtion to the campus Science Center. The $16 has earned the team several national awards ing Corporation will continue its new million project will also include extensive for this pioneering teamwork process. SPECS initiative to support university renovation of the existing stone clad buildOther KBE projects on higher educastudents pursuing construction manageing, which was constructed in 1915. When tion campuses include the design-build de- ment, engineering, architectural, and recompleted in 2012, the new Science Center livery of the 183-bed, four-story addition lated degrees. SPECS, which stands for will house classrooms and labs for comput- to Patapsco Hall at University of Maryland Student Participation and Experience at er, botany, and biology curricula. Baltimore County (UMBC) campus. New- Construction Sites, allows undergraduate The project is pursuing LEED Silver man Architects of New Haven is KBE’s de- students to gain invaluable hands-on experience at actual job sites. certification with the US Green Building sign partner on the UMBC project. KBE has long encouraged stuCouncil, with a focus on the use of local KBE is also completing the OSFM dent participation on its university projand regional materials and materials with a Legacy Code Remediation project for the ects. For example, while expanding a high recyclable content. University of Connecticut, providing code dormitory building at the University of KBE has been working with Con- remediation and repairs to more than 50 Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) necticut College since 2005 on its multi- buildings on four of the university’s camyear, multi-million dollar Asset Investment puses.

ber 2013. McNamara/ Salvia is also the structural engineer of record for Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Institute for Homeland Security, which is The 16 story Northnearing completion eastern Univeron NU’s Burlington sity building is under campus. This threeconstruction. story, 70,000sf facility will provide a secure environment for the university’s growing security research programs.

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students worked closely with KBE and the architectural team from Newman Architects. They collaborated on aspects of the green roof and several other design options during the preconstruction phase. The same students will be afforded access to the construction site to see the implementation of their design assistance. The SPECS initiative is not limited to engineering students, however. Construction management students at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland are logging time at the job site of a new Harris Teeter store in nearby Olney.

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Taking Stock of Existing Buildings

New Rhode Island College campus Joseph Caldeira, LEED AP, is the Education Team Leader at Vision 3 Architects. n order to stay competitive and attract the best students, colleges and universities know they must keep current by providing their existing and prospective students with attractive, state-of-the-art facilities that meet today’s needs for high quality learning environments. The continued pressure to expand and Joseph Caldeira grow is particularly difficult at the large number of college and university campuses that are located in dense urban areas, or those that have less and less undeveloped land available for new building projects. With all of the combined pressures of the recent recession — difficulties in obtaining funding and financing for new construction projects, shrinking capital improvement budgets, and deferred maintenance


pressures to name a few — planners and administrators are seeking out opportunities that allow them to do more with less. The adaptive reuse, or “repurposing “of existing building stock has become an even more attractive option in today’s economy. There are many challenges to adaptive reuse, but there can be even more benefits. Reusing existing building stock is one of the most effective strategies that colleges and universities can implement to achieve longterm sustainability initiatives. Repurposing an existing building is inherently green, and captures the embodied energy of existing materials and resources by reducing the use of virgin natural resources needed to recreate much of the infrastructure and materials that already exist. Demolition materials can be recycled, and less new materials are required. There is also the benefit gained in preserving existing green spaces. The reuse of existing buildings can reinforce the historical continuity of a community, and adaptive reuse can sometimes be a catalyst for additional neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Architects play an important role,

teaming with engineers and construction managers to guide a college or university through the planning and decision-making processes involved in revitalizing existing structures. At the planning phase, architects work closely with facility management personnel, end user groups, and administrators to identify and establish project goals. The design team will then be in position to evaluate an existing building to determine if it will be functionally and economically feasible to repurpose the building for the intended new use. A Case Study for Adaptive Reuse : Rhode Island College Located on the west end of the City of Providence, Rhode Island College embarked on a campaign to reclaim a group of existing buildings located on the east edge of their campus. The targeted buildings were originally built in the 1950s. They were formerly occupied by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and used as residential cottages for foster children. The college took ownership of the buildings from the state on the condition they would be salvaged and reused

as part of a major campus expansion. RI College commissioned Vision 3 Architects to conduct a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of each building, and to establish programming goals and objectives. From this study, a master plan was created to show what was proposed as the highest value and best use of the space. Some of the goals Rhode Island College achieved by reclaiming these old buildings included: the creation of a new area of campus, now known as “The East Campus and the gaining of approximately 100,000sf of building area for multi-use, programmatic space. By relocating a large amount of administrative office space to the East Campus, vital swing space was created at strategic locations on the main campus for badly needed expansion of academic programs. By seizing the opportunity to repurpose these existing buildings, Rhode Island College was able to substantially raise the overall image of their campus, and free up space for future expansion, all for far less capital investment than would have been required by new construction.

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Wentworth Institute to Build New Ctr. SG&A Architect - Shawmut CM

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student services: learning center (student academic support services), office for students with disabilities, writing center, aca-

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Residence hall renovtion/entry UMass Dartmouth building, computer access to electronically available information, and upgraded computer networks within the building. Updated and substantially more efficient mechanical systems will be installed, as well as more capable and reliable electrical sysRendering of new Flanagan Campus Center tems. Improved study spaces will embrace FLANAGANBoston CAMPUS -CENTER Spagnolo Gisness & AsThe central goal of this project is to the idea of collaborative learning. Beatty Hall - Wentworth Institute of Technology sociates, Inc. (SG&A) is providing plan- increase the quality and quantity of space ning, programming, and design services to available for student activities and events Wentworth Institute of Technology for the within this facility. construction of a campus center, which inThe project is made possible by a cludes a renovation of and addition to an generous gift from William H. Flanagan, existing building, Beatty Hall. Machine Construction & Tool Design ’51, Named The Flanagan Campus Cen- corporator, and longtime supporter of the ter, the $12 million project will include the Institute. construction of a 7,000sf, two-story addiBuilt in 1967, the cast-in-place contion and the renovation of approximately crete, post-modern structure was designed 23,000sf of existing space. and constructed as an all-purpose building SG&A is the architect and interior and named after H. Russell Beatty, presidesigner and Shawmut Design and Con- dent of Wentworth from 1953-1971. struction of Boston is the construction management firm. Rendering

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demic advising, and honors program. • Mass College of Liberal Arts, North Adams New Center for Science & innovation, $56.2 million – the new three-story, 65,000sf center will promote researchintensive science learning and hands-on discovery. The centrally located biology, chemistry, physics and psychology departments will include wet and dry labs, classrooms, conference rooms, offices, and research spaces. Bowman Hall, an existing 61,000sf science and academic building, will be renovated as well as spaces for art and math departments and a center for stu-

Northern Essex Comm. College - Lawrence dent success. • Northern Essex Community College-Lawrence, Allied Health and Technology building, $26.5 million will consist of a new 39,000gsf facility to accommodate increasing student enrollment and to expand the college’s nursing and allied health programs health education simulation center, classrooms, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, a career plan-

Mass College of Art and Design New residence hall - Salem State University • Salem State University, New Library and Learning Commons, $74 million – consists of 122,000gsf new library and learning commons on the north campus. The library will include: archives, circulation and reference, educational resource area, inter-library loan systems, collections, reader spaces, study rooms, instructional labs, and Dean’s Suite. The learning commons brings together the

ning and advising center. • Mass College of Art and Design, Center for Design & Media, $30 million - 53,897gsf of new construction and 13,619gsf of existing interior upgrade captures underutilized space within the gym and tower buildings to create flexible instructional and collaborative learning spaces. A dynamic new formal entrance added to the cluster of academic buildings, will connect to the campuswide system of internal pedestrian thoroughfares.

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High-Profile Focus: Institutional and School Facilities Development News

Advanced Building Concepts CM for New Dorm Designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge

Portsmouth, RI - The Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational, Catholic Benedictine boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictine community, the School is located on a 500-acre campus along the picturesque shores of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. Advanced Building Concepts was selected as the construction manager in 2006 to build the girls dorm, St. Brigid’s House. St. Brigid’s is a 22,500sf three-story woodframe building with stone and cedar shingle cladding. It has 14 double rooms, eight single rooms, and four faculty residences. Some of the green features incorporated into St. Brigid’s are solar panels to provide domestic hot water, Icynene insulation system, energy recovery ventilators, low flow plumbing fixtures, and a networked high-efficiency building heating and domestic hot water management control system. At the building dedication ceremony Dr. DeVecchi recognized the project’s architects, Architectural Resources of Cambridge, “for designing a beautiful, functional building”; Advanced Building Concepts, of Middletown “for their superb engineering and attention to detail throughout the project”; and the school’s director of operations, Paul Jestings, for having the project completed on time and within budget. Now in 2011 Advanced Building Concepts has been selected as the designbuild construction manager for the Portsmouth Abbey School’s newest dormitory project, the boys’ dormitory. The team that

will successfully complete this project on time and on budget will be Portsmouth Abbey School, Architectural Resources Cambridge, and Advanced Building Concepts. This 28,500sf, state-of-the art dorm will house 30 male students and three faculty residences and will overlook Narragansett Bay. Construction of the dorm begins in March 2011, and move-in is slated for April 2012. This building is positioned across the green from St Brigid’s and will resemble the building considerably. Of special significance is that the dorm will be built with a wide range of green systems and features, including lowVOC construction materials, solar panels

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Callahan Construction Builds Hanover High School Credits Collaborative Management Approach to Success

anover, MA – Callahan, Inc. of Bridgewater is nearing completion of Phase 1 of the 155,000sf Hanover High School and credits a collaborative management approach to its success. Patrick Callahan, president of the full-service construction management firm that was awarded the project in 2009, realized early on that the success of the project would require a collaborative approach. “From the beginning, we implemented a strategy to bring a ‘private project’ mentality, where teamwork and open lines of communication are paramount, to this complex public project. Callahan’s decision to utilize its experience in the private sector for this $39 million public school fa-

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High-Profile Cover Story: Callahan Builds Hanover High School Callahan Construction Builds Hanover H.S. Overview of the Project • 155,000sf MSBA related spaces, plus 30,000sf community/district spaces • Space needs & descriptions: Core Academic/Technology; Music/Performing Arts; Physical Education/Athletics; Library/Media Arts; Teacher Support; Administration/Pupil support; Cafeteria/ Food Services; Custodial • 48 classrooms; 800-student capacity; 18-23 students per classroom • Learning spaces arranged to facilitate an integrated curriculum • Connections between spaces to fa-

cilitate larger group sizes, team teaching, cooperative student learning, and project planning with students in adjacent rooms • Teacher planning areas strategically placed to foster interdepartmental communication • Lighted 100,000sf turf field with state of the art track and grandstand • Concession Building • District Wide Maintenance Building • 560 Seat Auditorium • 12,000sf gymnasium

Science labs in progress Continued from previous page among the parties. Decisions were made in open forums with all parties present. Team members went beyond their contractual obligations to do the right thing for the project. Cost and schedule issues were openly reviewed and approved, in a firm but fair manner. Callahan’s collaborative approach to building the 21st century learning facility is not only an extension of the construction company’s overall project management philosophy, but it is also the town of Hanover’s overarching theme in the nearly

four-year-long effort to create their educational specifications. “The town of Hanover has an educational vision, and Callahan is committed to helping them achieving it. We know that every step of this process has to be a departure from a typical public work project,” says Patrick Callahan. Callahan gave a top-down directive to project management that day-to-day operations on the job would focus on keeping all team members informed at all times to deliver the community more than just a new building. Continued on next page

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Callahan, Inc. Callahan, Inc. is a full service construction management firm with a dedicated, highly qualified staff of over 80 employees. Callahan provides preconstruction, construction management, and general contracting services to regional and national developers in New England. Callahan, Inc. offers expanded in-house services which include civil engineering, architectural services, site work, and utility construction. HMFH Architects, Inc. Since its founding in 1969, HMFH Architects, Inc. has established a national reputation for design excellence. By its distinguished range of awardwinning work—from renovated urban buildings to new campuses—HMFH is recognized as a leader in the design of innovative learning environments. The firm’s current leadership in promoting green design exemplifies our commitment to addressing larger community issues through architecture. PMA Consultants PMA Consultants was established in 1971 and has been providing owner’s project management services, claims consulting, and project controls to owners throughout the country. PMA is an MBE. Currently in Massachusetts alone, PMA is managing owners’ construction projects valued at close to $1 billion. PMA has 30 employees working on local projects and 180 employees nationwide.

Hanover perspective lobby Continued from previous page Steve Carley, Callahan’s on site project executive who also attends Hanover’s school committee meetings, is charged with just that: keeping everyone on task. “Finger pointing results in needless delays and adversarial relationships,” he says. “Our aim is to achieve our goals by suggesting solutions to problems and sorting out issues as a cohesive unit.” He says,

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elected town officials. Despite obstacles that could have delayed the school’s 2011 fall semester opening, Hanover High will open its doors to students, staff, and faculty on time and under budget. Callahan’s continued collaborative management approach has helped carry out Hanover’s educational vision and its commitment to bring effective 21st century learning to its community.

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High-Profile Focus: Institutional and School Facilities Development News Providence, RI - Several projects are under way at Brown University. • A new 87,000sf aquatics and fitness center is being designed and built by the design-build team of Shawmut and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, with Todd Rader + Amy Crews designing the landscape. This project will include a 10,000sf fitness loft, three exercise/dance studios, a cafe/lobby, approximately 10,000sf of lockers, support, and administration space, a 12,000sf strength and conditioning facility for varsity athletes, and a new quadrangle as the heart of the athletics complex. Also included is required site utility work, enabling work (including two new chillers at the CHP), new bus drop-offs for Meehan and Pizzitola, along with renovations to the entries of existing athletic facilities (OMAC, Meehan, and Pizzitola). As part of the project, the existing temporary pool bubble will be demolished following the opening of the new pool, with a new parking area located there, along with new parking areas at Hope Street and south of the new center. • The Alpert Medical School will be moving into the heart of Providence’s historic Jewelry District. This building is 134,000gsf and a former manufacturing facility which is located between the main campus and area hospitals. The building

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interior will be completely renovated into a state-of-the-art medical education facility. Anticipated completion is winter 2012. The Medical Education Building will house administrative offices, lecture halls, library, case study rooms, student academies, clinical studies, and a gross anatomy lab. These elements are organized around a “central spine,” which will be multistoried. Additionally, a café is contemplated for both the students and the general public. The architect for this project is Ellenzweig and will be designed with the latest technologies that will make it highly energy efficient and will target a LEED

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New Kingswood Regional School multipurpose building Nashua, NH - North Branch Construction of Concord has begun an addition and renovation of 22 Prospect Street in Nashua for the new Lamprey Health Care Medical Office Building. The scope of work includes a total gut renovation of the existing 11,600sf facility with a 9,000sf, two-story addition. The project also includes demolition of two adjacent buildings to make way for a new parking lot and second entrance to the new medical office building. Dennis Mires, the architect is providing the architectural de-

sign for the project that will be completed in the summer of 2011. Recent projects that North Branch Construction, Inc., has been working on include: Parmenter Place (six buildings with a total of 25 two- and three-bedroom apartment/townhouse units), the new Windy Hill School (daycare/kindergarten) at Colby Sawyer College, and a new multipurpose building for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District – Kingswood Regional.

KBE Takes CT ABC Awards

Farmington, CT - KBE Building Corporation was recognized with four awards at the Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut (CT ABC) annual dinner meeting and Excellence in Construction awards event last month. Gary Sherman, a longtime KBE staff member who recently retired from the firm, was honored with a lifetime achievement award. KBE was recognized for its work on the Vernon Cleaves Vocational Agricultural Center in Hamden, which took


the top award for its category. The project also won the People’s Choice Award, garnering the public vote as the year’s best project. KBE was also recognized with the 2010 “Best of the Best Safety Award for General Contractors and Construction Managers with more than one hundred thousand work hours,” and also received its eighth consecutive Accredited Quality Contractor - Corporate Good Citizen Award. Both awards are testaments to KBE’s commitment to project safety.

Gold rating from the US Green Building Council. Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2011. • Brown University will renovate approximately 74,000gsf within the existing Metcalf Chemistry Laboratory and Metcalf Research Laboratory that are part of the larger Metcalf Complex. The renovation will provide a new home for the recently merged departments of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences and the Department of Psychology. The overall scope of the project includes complete interior and exterior renovation of the buildings. Exterior im-

provements include a new slate roof and historically appropriate windows as well as masonry restoration. Interior renovations include all new office and dry lab spaces for faculty, staff, and students. New classroom space, meeting and conference rooms, and public lobby space will be created. The existing auditorium will be fully renovated into a fully accessible state of the art teaching space. Architect is Leers Weinzapfel Architects. The project will obtain a USGBC Rating of LEED Silver. Completion is anticipated for the fall of 2011.

State Electric at Brandeis

Woburn, MA – State Electric Corp. (SEC) of Woburn, an NECA contractor, completed the $1.9 million electrical construction of Brandeis University’s new 50,000sf, four-story Mandel Center for the Humanities (MCH) for the 2010/2011 academic year. SEC teamed up with general contractor John Moriarty & Associates of Winchester, environmental engineer Buro Happold of NYC and architect Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects of Boston. The comprehensive electrical project parameters included State Electric’s installations for primary and emergency power, fire alarm system, interior and exterior lighting/lighting control systems, and electrical fit-up of all interior spaces. The electrical construction project was valued at $1.9 million.

LAN-TEL Communications, Inc. of Norwood, also an NECA contractor, provided the structured cabling telecommunications infrastructure solutions for the entire Brandeis facility by installing a Berk-Tek/Ortronics Category 6E cabling solution for the voice and data systems and coax cabling for the building’s cable TV system. NECA member J.M. Electrical of Lynnfield was hired to install the Mandel Center’s energy-efficient Siemens temperature control system. The center features a 98-seat theater/lecture hall; a 48-seat, tiered classroom; two 24-seat seminar rooms, a reading room; a large, multipurpose space for talks, gatherings, and special events; and, a roof garden and courtyard. It also houses faculty offices and open-office workstations.

March, 2011


High-Profile Focus: Institutional and School Facilities Development News

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by Jerry Angell Conventional campus master plans are structured around building arrangements – typically organized to form a quadrangle or other large open space. In more dense locations, where land is limited, linear and/ or grid arrangements are more common. In both scenarios, the arrangement of buildings takes precedence over the location of walkways and open space. An alternative approach to this standard planning technique gives primary consideration to a system of themed walkways as structuring elements for the master plan. For example, in 2001 Dober Lidsky Craig and Associates prepared a master plan for Washington & Jefferson College. The college, constructed in 1793, features several large mature trees and rolling topography. Dober Lidsky Craig’s first proposal emphasized the campus’s aesthetics by suggesting the development of an ovalshaped campus green as a structuring element. However, the proposal required the demolition of existing income-generating buildings and limited the potential for future development. As an alternative, the firm presented a revised plan in which a series of themed walkways served as the anchor for future development. The new plan balanced the desire to accentuate the campus’ attractive

setting while meeting the financial needs of the College. Walkway themes such as historic, social, art, and pastoral – as in the case of Washington & Jefferson – demonstrate and expand concepts relevant to their respective campuses. For example, the historic walkway at Washington & Jefferson emphasizes the history and traditions of the college through spaced monuments and memorials. The social walkway features elements such as outdoor café tables and gathering areas and runs through the center of the campus. Themed walkways are typically oriented along the axis of existing walkways and buildings. They serve as connectors to appropriate building anchors or midpoints and set the tone for future development. They also present an opportunity for income generation through the use of donor pavers where names of donors are imbedded in paving materials. Using a system of walkways as the primary structuring element for campus master planning provides a comprehensive basis for master planning, allows for flexibility, provides new meaning to the function of walkways, enhances open space, and produces revenue. Jerrell Angell, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at TRO Jung|Brannen and is a trustee of Washington and Jefferson College.

Three Schools Break Ground Designed by HMFH

Concord, NH - HMFH Architects announced the recent groundbreaking for three elementary schools that it has designed as part of the Concord School District’s Elementary School Consolidation Plan. The ceremony took place February 10 on the grounds of the future Abbot-Downing Elementary School, located at 152 South Street. The new 67,120sf AbbotDowning Elementary School will replace the smaller Conant School currently located adjaPhoto credit: HMFH Architects cent to the new construction on School board members participate in the symbolic the 8.7-acre site. groundbreaking ceremony. Serving 535 K through 5th grade students from neighborThe Mill Brook Primary School, hoods in the south end of Concord, the new serving 450 pre-K through 2nd grade stuelementary school will honor the historic dents, will be added to the campus of an structures it replaces by echoing design ele- existing 3rd through 5th grade school. The ments from the original school building, as new school will be built adjacent to the well as reusing the signature cupola from the Broken Ground Elementary School on a current Conant School. 95-acre site at 123 Portsmouth Street and In addition to the Abbot-Downing El- will share its multipurpose room and perementary School, ground has been broken formance platform with the neighboring at the K through 5th grade Christa McAu- school. liffe Elementary School in downtown ConEach school will be constructed with cord. The new 69,900sf elementary school extensive recycled and locally produced will serve 535 students and is located on materials and will be New Hampshire – a 2.8-acre site at 17 North Spring Street. CHPS certified as a green school building. It will replace the Kimball Elementary and Construction completion for all three the Morrill School buildings, continuing buildings is scheduled for August 2012. the legacy of public school buildings that Harvey Construction Corporation is the have occupied that site since 1887. contractor.

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March, 2011


High-Profile Focus: Institutional and School Facilities Development News

CTA Completes UMass Police Station

O’Connor Completes MIT Project Designed by D’Agostino-Izzo-Quirk

Boston - With O’Connor Constructors as the construction manager, Lecture Hall 10-250 on the campus of MIT has undergone a multi-million dollar transformation. Improvements to the 425-seat lecture hall in the center of the campus include new seating, flooring, ADA improvements, lighting, and HVAC systems. In addition, there are several audio-visual updates, including cameras to record course material for online posting and dedicated power and data for each seat. The renovations were designed by D’Agostino-Izzo-Quirk of Somerville and have greatly enhanced the teaching and

learning environment for the faculty and students. During preconstruction, O’Connor’s team worked with the project architect and MIT to determine construction methods and products, prequalify trade contractors, define scope for the trades, and develop budgets and schedules. Located in the building known on the MIT campus as the Dome Building, the lecture hall is one the university’s busiest classrooms and is considered a centerpiece space. Taking it out of service for the spring semester required careful thought and coordination among faculty and staff.

UMass-Amherst’s recently completed police station Amherst, MA - CTA Construction Co. Inc., a Waltham-based general contractor, has finished work on the new $12.5 million police station at the University of Massachusetts. The two-story, brick-faced structure is designed to operate around-theclock and serve a public safety as well as educational role on the university campus. “CTA understood the need to create a secure structure that was nonetheless welcoming to the entire campus community,” said Jeff Hazelwood, project executive of CTA. The 27,130sf, two-story complex is home to the UMass-Amherst Police De-

partment. It provides space for multiple police functions, including patrol, investigation, and emergency response. The facility will also house crime prevention and educational services at the Amherst campus. As designed, the finished building is inviting and approachable, while maintaining the security required of a police station. The building also meets the highest levels of energy efficiency and sustainability standards, which according to UMass, is the first campus building to do so. The project was built to meet the standards of the LEED Gold level.

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High-Profile: PCINE News

Rochester, MA - Rochester Memorial Elementary School faces a problem many schools are currently facing: They need more room, and they need it yesterday. When time is of the essence, cost is frequently sacrificed, but choosing the right building material can make all the difference. According to George Malakidis at Gilbane Building Company, the projects contractor, “speed of construction, lower cost, the fireproof nature of the material and the ability to enclose the building quickly” make precast concrete the ideal solution for schools. In the case of this school addition, scheduling is big concern because they have only 10 months from design to occupancy to meet the September 2011 (first day back to school) deadline. Malakidis finds precast works well in tight deadlines: “While the precast design was being finalized, the site work and foundation work could take place,” saving valuable time. By the time the foundation was done, the precast insulated wall panels and the hollowcore floor/ ceiling planks were ready for erection, and the entire two stories were fully enclosed in just three weeks. Thanks to precast concrete and its time-saving erection, the school was ready in seven months and opened to classes January 3, 2011, nine months ahead of schedule. One of the only concerns was how to get the large panels to the site. J.P. Carrara and Sons, Inc., the precast producer on the project, has been in tight places before. Maneuvering the panels through the rural town and narrow roadways was merely challenging, not impossible for them. It is just another example of how experience makes a

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(l): Rochester Memorial Elementary School Above: Interior view. difference and problems are avoided before they happen. One of the advantages of using precast concrete panels is the variety of exterior choices available. In this case the use of thin brick in the precast panel matches the existing school and eliminates the periodic sealing or tuck-pointing required with traditional brick. On the inside, the panels are smooth and ready for final painting with no additional prepping. The completed school addition will add 34,385sf and 22 classrooms to the existing school and will also comply with the MA-CHPS (Massachusetts - Collaborative for High Performance Schools) criteria for environmentally friendly schools. This certification encompasses school design, construction and operation, energy and water

use, lighting, temperature control, acoustics, and what we all want for our kids, a safe, healthy school building. Precast insulated panels are a top choice for schools because they meet many of the above-mentioned requirements at one time. For instance, concrete has the natural ability to store energy and moderate the effect of temperature change for both heating and cooling. Adding the insulation in the center of the concrete panel enhances that ability, resulting in substantial savings when heating and cooling the building, and more importantly keeps inside temperatures comfortable. The insulation is completely contained in the concrete panel, making it a continuous, uninterrupted layer that eliminates cold spots and cavities or air spaces where condensation can occur,

resulting in mold. There are acoustical advantages too. Children can be noisy, and precast concrete keeps outside noise out and inside noise contained, so classrooms stay quiet and separate from hall noises. This quality is technically described as superior sound isolation. Other advantages include low lifetime maintenance: Bugs, mold, painting, roof replacement, and insulation problems are virtually nonexistent. Heating and cooling cost are significantly lowered, air quality is improved, and keeping kids safe and healthy is significantly increased. Precast concrete building systems are among the highest rated for safety from fire, storms, and the high winds associated with tornados. It is reassuring to know that school is literally one of the safest places a kid can be.

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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Whitney Veigas Academic Sign Projects

Needham, MA Whitney Veigas recently completed architectural signage projects for three academic buildings. The company designs, supplies, and installs interior and exterior architectural signage for academic, institutional, and corporate facilities. For Brandeis University’s new Mandel Center, Whitney Veigas provided a turn-key design-build signage solution. The 35,000sf building, designed by Kallmann McKinnell & Wood, contains lecture halls and faculty offices. Whitney Veigas designed, supplied, and installed signage for the facility under a design-build contract directly with the university. The sign program included interior room identification and wayfinding plaques on frosted glass backers, exterior building identification letters on slate shingles, and metal letters recognizing donors. Whitney Veigas designed the sign program for the North High School in Newton. The 410,000sf public high school was designed by Gund Partnership and Dore & Whittier Architects. The design contract was with Dore & Whittier and consisted of sign design services as well as all supporting drawings, documentation, and specifi-

Portion of Signage for Brandeis University’s new Mandel Center cations. The project consisted of interior ADA and wayfinding signage, an exterior monolith, and panel and post traffic and parking signs. Finally, Whitney Veigas supplied and installed the signs for the Rashi School in Dedham. The new campus for this private K-8 school was designed by HMFH Architects, while the signs were designed by Gill Fishman Associates. Whitney Veigas was selected to engineer, supply, and install the interior and exterior signs for this new facility. Noteworthy features of the sign program include a large frosted glass donor wall with copper accents in the lobby as well as curved stainless ground supports for the exterior donor signs.

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Hartford, CT - Du Bose Associates, an architectural firm based in Hartford since 1958 with a branch office in Westerly, R.I., is joining Tecton Architects, also located in Hartford, a privately held firm established in 1979. Formalizing the relationship under the Tecton name, the company will retain the Du Bose professional team from Hartford and maintain the firm’s Westerly, R.I. offices, enhancing the firm’s capabilities in specialized education

markets and increasing its creative and planning resources. The union allows both firms to carry on their commitment to the prosperity in Connecticut while expanding resources in the northeast. The Du Bose team in Hartford is currently relocating to Tecton’s offices at One Hartford Square West. The Rhode Island office will remain at its current location.

Library Selects Warrenstreet

Grantham, NH - Warrenstreet Architects, Inc. of Concord has been selected for Grantham’s Dunbar Free Library expansion project. In an effort to meet the growing needs of the community, the library is planning to reorganize the existing building, expand storage and parking, and add a flexible community space.

This third addition to the library, originally built in 1901, is expected to meet the current and future programmatic and functional needs for the library, yet be responsive to the historic context of the library and neighboring buildings while meeting sustainability requirements for a 21st century building.

Maguire PMF for Police Station

Foxborough, MA – Maguire Group has been awarded the contract for owner’s project management (OPM) services on the Gardner Police Station/ HQ project. Maguire Group’s qualifications exceeded the town’s requirements and presented an approach based on a history of successful police and fire station projects dating back more than10 years. This approach was what Gardner was looking for to lead the city through

the commonwealth’s complex design and building laws for a new police station. The city estimates a 26,000sf facility close to the center of the city would serve the department’s needs for the next 30 years. The project is estimated to cost around $12 million. Additionally, Maguire Group was selected as OPM for proposed green repair projects at the Miscoe Hill School in Mendon.


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6 Armstrong Park received Energy Star rating. Shelton, CT - 6 Armstrong Park, a 168,000sf Class A office building, is the first office building in Shelton to earn the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification. This designation means the building is in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide and meets specific standards for comfort and indoor air quality. Commercial buildings that are Energy Star certified use an average of 35% less energy and release 35% less carbon diox-

ide into the atmosphere than typical buildings. To be eligible for this certification, a building must score a rating of 75 or higher based on a 1-100 performance rating scale. “We are pleased to accept the EPA’s Energy Star certification” said Lynn Fusco, president of Fusco Management Company. “By implementing changes that lower energy costs without sacrificing comfort or air quality, we are providing a tangible benefit to our tenants and the environment.”

MSCA Recognizes Cannistraro

Rockville, MD – The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) announced that J.C. Cannistraro, LLC has been awarded the MSCA GreenStar designation, which recognizes MSCA STAR qualified contractors who have met stringent guidelines for environmental responsibility throughout their companies. MSCA is the nation’s leading trade association for air conditioning, heating and refrigeration contractors with over 1,400 members

across the United States and Canada. MSCA GreenStar was created by MSCA to recognize mechanical service contractors who have developed the skills and expertise necessary to deliver energy-efficient, cost-effective indoor environmental solutions to their customers. Cannistraro is one of only 38 MSCA GreenStar Contractors in the country.

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Boston - The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announced the third round of weatherization workshops under MassGREEN, the statewide energy efficiency and building science initiative that provides energy-efficiency workforce training for individuals and contracting firms throughout the commonwealth. MassCEC also announced that the AT&T Foundation has donated $20,000 to support MassGREEN. “MassGREEN continues to utilize the commonwealth’s academic assets to help build a strong workforce that will help

ficiency goals,” said MassCEC executive director, Patrick Cloney. “It’s great to see organizations like the AT&T Foundation committing to the commonwealth’s workforce development goals.” Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T has a long history of supporting initiatives that promote sustainability, create learning opportunities and promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs.

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High-Profile: News

New Tewksbury High Under Construction CTA GC

Tewksbury, MA - Just 30 feet away from the site of the new Tewksbury Memorial High School sits the old one. Built in 1959, it must continue as a place of learning, uninterrupted by construction 10 yards away, until the new facility is completed. To prepare the site for the new school and keep the old one operating, all new but temporary infrastructure was first installed by CTA Con- Aerial view of new Tewksbury Memorial High School site next to the existing school. struction Co. Inc. A new road, walkways, a student parking lot and drainage and sewer connections - tion, based in Waltham. For the CTA crews, the school schedall temporary - were among the steps taken ule dictates the timing of the phased conto begin constructing a $52 million high struction. While steel started going up on school with classes in session next door. the new foundation in February, site work As general contractor, CTA makes it that will disrupt a parking lot will wait until a priority to minimize disruption to school school ends in June. The following summer, operations while constructing new faciliwith the new high school completed, CTA ties nearby. will demolish the old building and construct “A big concern for school building committees is the ability of contractors to a new stadium, football field and track. The new Tewksbury Memorial High minimize the disruption to classes with School, at 219,000sf and three stories high, construction of a new school happening will be more than just classrooms. The next door, just inches or feet away. New building will feature a two-story, glass enschools are often built on the site of existtryway, a full performing arts center with ing schools, so it’s important for CTA that lighting, sound and rigging systems, and a we approach construction in a planned and gymnasium ringed by an elevated indoor efficient manner to keep classes in session track. and finish on time and on budget,” said Continued on page 47 Lyle Coghlin, Principal of CTA Construc-

Ice Dams on Roofs Looking at the Options

by Jeffry Ceruti The near-record snowfall in Massachusetts this year, and the lack of melting sprees between storms, created a deep and dense snowpack on many roofs this winter. In addition to weight concerns, this snowpack provided ideal conditions for formation of icicles and ice dams on many sloped roofs, Jeffry Ceruti causing damaging water leakage in many buildings. Ice dams form by heat loss through the roof— the heat loss causes snow on the roof to melt, and this meltwater flows to the cold roof eave overhang and refreezes. Gutters contribute to ice dams because the meltwater collects and freezes, filling the gutter with ice. As the ice formation grows, the continued melting that occurs upslope becomes trapped, causing water to back up under the roofing and eventually leak into the building. Removing snow from the roof can be effective at controlling leaks but is an intense chore that must be done after each major storm. This work can also cause damage to the roofing, making the leaks worse. Following are several other ways to deal with ice dams 1. Snow melt systems: Snow melt systems, consisting of electrically heated cables, are attached to the roof to melt por-

tions of the snow/ice, allowing the meltwater above to flow off the roof. While these systems can be effective, they are prone to damage from snow and ice that creeps down the roof. Sliding snow can tear the cables off and cause shorts that make the system ineffective when it is needed most—this can happen after the system clears a section of snow at the eave, allowing snow upslope to slide down. If used, the heating cables should extend to a point where ice build-up can occur without causing other problems— usually on grade away from walkways or driveways. Expect that some maintenance of the system will be needed each spring. 2. Membrane ice dam protection: Membrane ice dam protection, installed below the primary roofing, is often an effective way to control leaks that are associated with ice dams. These membranes are typically made of rubberized asphalt and polyethylene, and are self-adhering to the roof deck/ sheathing. Most modern roof installations in New England include ice dam protection at roof eaves and valleys; installing this on an existing roof requires removing and replacing the roofing near the eave. While the membrane does not prevent formation of ice dams, if installed correctly it can provide a watertight assembly that keeps the backedup water from entering the building. A few issues to remember with regard to ice dam protection include: Jeffry Ceruti, P.E., is a senior principal at national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Continued at http://blog.high-profile. com/2011/02/23/ice-dams/.


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High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

DFCI ’s Yawkey Center Dedicated

Walsh Brothers CM, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, Miller Dyer Spears Designers

Boston - Walsh Brothers, Inc., in collaboration with designers Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects and Miller Dyer Spears, participated in the recent dedication ceremony for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) Yawkey Center for Cancer Care. This 275,000sf cancer center with 200,000sf underground parking garage is located on Photo Credit: Sam Ogden/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Brookline Avenue and serves l-r: Ellen Frank, member of the DFCI Patient Family as a model of bench to bedAdvisory Council; Victoria Reggie Kennedy; Frederica side cancer research and supWilliams, president and CEO of Whittier Street Health porting clinical care for cancer Center; James Healey, president and trustee of the Yawpatients. key Foundation; Elizabeth Nabel, president of Brigham The 14-story DFCI and Women’s Hospital and Faulkner Hospital; Edward Yawkey Center for Cancer Benz, MD, president and CEO of DFCI; Sandra FenCare is the product of a fourwick, president and COO of Children’s Hospital Boston. year, $1 billion fundraising campaign entitled Mission kitchen, pharmacy, 139 private and open Possible, and is named in honor of the infusion bays, 104 exam rooms, 17 consult Yawkey Foundation after a generous $30 rooms, family and patient information cenmillion gift. Walsh Brothers, Inc. served ter, 12,000sf of roof-top gardens, two-story as the construction manager for the chalinterior healing garden and solarium, art lenging project built in the midst of the gallery, physician’s offices, and connecting Longwood Medical Area (LMA). bridges to five floors of DFCI’s adjacent The facility is the result of a true Smith research facility. collaboration between the Family Patient Upholding the institution’s strateAdvisory Council, designers, DFCI stakegic focus on placing equal emphasis on holders and staff, consultants, and Walsh research and patient care, this “model Brothers. The project features an intercancer center” creates a collaborative enfaith chapel, welcome center, centralized vironment that more rapidly converts new reception area, phlebotomy lab, servery,

discoveries into practical benefits for patients. Nearly every patient floor of the new building flows directly into adjacent floors in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Research Laboratories; this building connection actively promotes interaction and teamwork across disciplines and the need for expediency

with “bench to bed” care delivery. The new project increases DFCI’s LMA campus presence by 30% and allows for significantly expanded and long-awaited patient and family services. The project is pursuing LEED Silver. In addition, the project earned an EPA Merit Award for a comprehensive and successful diesel emissions program that was put in place by the Walsh Brothers team.

CHB selects J.C.Higgins

Boston - EMCOR Group, Inc. announced that its J.C. Higgins subsidiary has been awarded a contract for the installation of the mechanical systems for Children’s Hospital Boston. J.C. Higgins will be responsible for installing the HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems in a new, 100,000sf addition to Children’s Hospital main building. The addition will consist of 10 new stories, with a two-level penthouse and two levels below grade. The addition will permit increased patient beds, expansion of the emergency department, increased radiology capacity, additions to surgical areas, and new inpatient support spaces. Scope of work for HVAC will include installation of a new heating sys-

tem and a 20,000-gallon fuel oil tank serving the emergency generators, and installation of an additional 1,000-ton chilled water plant in the penthouse mechanical room as a backup to the main system. Plumbing scope of work will include performing major infrastructure upgrades to the building, such as installing a new domestic water booster system and heating plant, lower level ejector pumps, new medical vacuum equipment, and a pre-treatment water system, including a chlorine injection system. Fire protection scope of work will include designing and installing fire sprinkler systems throughout the 100,000sf addition and minor renovations to the existing system.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Timberline Completes Brewery

JC&A Completes Biogen HQ Nelson Architect

Weston, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) recently completed the corporate headquarters for Biogen IDEC located at the Weston Corporate Center. JC&A completed the fast-track 100,000sf corporate headquarters in just 14 weeks. Highlights include new executive offices with high-end finishes, open office areas and work stations, as well as three cutting-edge telepresence and videoconference rooms. Equipped with the Apple iPad, the JC&A team was able to use this emerging

technology to communicate project information, send meeting minutes, access real time data, review plans, and coordinate the punchlist. This allowed for great collaboration among the entire team and expedited the decision-making process to ultimately keep the project on schedule. The project team included Boston Properties, landlord; Vanderweil Engineers, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering; Nelson, architecture; and Office Environments, audio-visual and furniture.

SouthBoston-Timberline Construction recently completed construction management for the outside cellar expansion for Harpoon Brewery at its South Boston facility. The project included the construction of 6,200sf additional process space that affords access to the new brewery storage silos. Forty 85-foot-deep structural pilings were driven to support the slab on-grade system needed to support the storage silos. Four new storage silos were installed, and Panorama of the Harpoon Brewery there is capacity for six more for Verizon Wireless in Billerica. silos to be added at a later date. Timberline recently completed a seaTimberline projects currently under sonal room renovation for Seamist Resort construction include a renovation for Stop in Mashpee and a renovation of an Au Bon and Shop in Marston Mills, a 5 Guys Burg- Pain restaurant in Harvard Square, Camers and Fries in Medford, a Homewood bridge. Suites Hotel in Canton, and a Data Center

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Manchester, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc., construction managers and general contractors headquartered in Manchester, have completed an interior renovation project at St. Joseph Hospital Medical Arts West in Nashua. The scope of work involved a complete interior renovation of a medical suite at 168 Kinsley Street, occupied by New England Neurological Associates.

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High-Profile: News

Urban(e) Development in and Around Boston

Boston - As developers and planners continue to respond to suburban sprawl by revisiting the model of urban village development, a new set of challenges and rewards are unfolding for the next development cycle. For many, the urban village represents a prime opportunity to rejuvenate the concept of self-contained mixeduse communities well within Boston’s suburban frontier, in keeping with smart growth and transit-oriented goals for the region. However, the next generation of urban village development brings with it a host of architectural, planning, and economic challenges as well. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently held a networking reception where a panel of real estate experts explored the vision/potential and practical realities of the urban village model in and around Boston. Panelists included Don Briggs, senior vice president of Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT); Paul Lukez, MIT architect professor; Timothy Mount, planning and design partner at Street Works, Inc., and Carter Wilkie, president of Roslindale Village Main Street. Don Briggs leads the planning and execution of FRIT’s development and redevelopment projects, including Assembly Square in Somerville. Prior to joining Federal Realty in 2000, he was a development manager for Cousins Properties, Incorporated, a diversified REIT in Atlanta. He

Panelists at the recent ULI reception were, l-r, Don Briggs, Timothy Mount, Carter Wilkie, and Paul Lukez.

also worked as a senior project manager for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Florida. Paul Lukez is an architect with over 25 years’ experience in a range of urban and building design types. He is the author of Suburban Transformations, which proposes strategies and processes for transforming suburbs and edge cities into more sustainable and habitable environments, with a unique identity strongly linked to the landscape. The ideas embedded in the book are the result of extensive academic research. His active practice is engaged in architectural and urban design in the US and Asia. Timothy Mount has been with Street-Works from its beginning focusing on the development strategy, planning, and design of placed-based, urban, mixed-use districts. While he participates in the design and strategy of all of the Street-Works

projects, many of his noteworthy developments were completed for consulting

clients, including Bethesda Row in Maryland; Santana Row in San Jose, California; and Rockville Town Square in Rockville, Maryland, each for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Carter Wilkie is president of the board of directors of Roslindale Village Main Street, a frequently cited model for urban neighborhood commercial district revitalization. He is the co-author of Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl.

Benchmark Announces Partnership

Boston - Benchmark Senior Living, provider of senior living services in the northeast, has signed a definitive agreement to form an $890 million partnership with Health Care REIT, Inc. an S&P 500 company that invests across the full spectrum of senior housing and healthcare real estate. The partnership will include 34 Benchmark senior housing communities in six New England states, totaling 3,009 units. Benchmark Senior Living will become the largest operator in Health Care REIT’s portfolio. Under the terms of the agreement, Health Care REIT will own a 95% partnership interest and Benchmark Senior Living will own the remaining 5% interest and continue to operate the com-

munities under a management contract. The Benchmark portfolio includes communities which provide services for independent living, traditional assisted living, specialized services for the memory impaired, along with respite stay programs. “This is a wonderful development for Benchmark, and for our residents and communities throughout New England,” said Thomas H. Grape, Benchmark’s chairman and CEO. “Health Care REIT is one of the nation’s premier investors in the field and their goals for excellence in the senior living marketplace are perfectly aligned with ours. It’s all one could hope for in a business partnership.”

Bilco Marks 85 Years

New Haven, CT - The Bilco Company has marked 85 years of service to the building industry. A third-generation family-owned company, Bilco is widely known for designing and manufacturing high-quality specialty access products for residential and commercial construction markets. What began as a neighborhood iron shop in 1926, when George W. Lyons Sr. started the Builders Iron Company in New Haven, now has grown into an ISO 9001-certified company Left to right: Robert J. Lyons Jr., president and CEO of with more than 200 employThe Bilco Co.; Pamela L. Griffin, VP/controller; and ees, multiple manufacturing Roger F. Joyce, Exec. VP facilities, and worldwide sales and distribution. its founder. The spirit of innovation was at the “Over these 85 years, Bilco has conheart of Bilco’s initial success when Lyons tinuously improved existing products and Sr. introduced the first metal basement door designed new products that operate safely to the market. After World War II, Lyons’ and easily to exceed customer expectafive sons joined the business, and the prod- tions,” said Robert Lyons Jr., president of uct line was soon expanded to include com- the Bilco Company. mercial roof hatches, floor doors, and auWith headquarters in New Haven, tomatic fire vents, many of which featured Bilco now has manufacturing facilities in patented designs. Arkansas and Ohio and international sales Now managed by the third genera- offices in Canada, Mexico, China, and the tion of the Lyons family, the company con- UK. tinues to build on the innovative spirit of


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High-Profile: Awards

Manchester, NH - The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 27th Annual Awards Banquet was held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in January. Six awards for Excellence in Architecture were announced: Three Honor Awards were distributed: Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester, for the IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine; Richard Monahon Jr. AIA Architects of Peterborough, for the Leeson Residence in Arroyo Seco, N.M.; and Albert, Righter, and Tittmann of Boston, for a lakeside residence in New Hampshire. Two architectural firms won Merit Awards: Samyn D’Elia Architects of Ashland, for the Ashland School House Renovation; and Bonin Architects & Associates,

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AIANH Architecture Awards

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PLLC of New London, for a cottage renovation in New London. Recognition was also given to one project in the Unbuilt Architecture Category, designed by Bart Sapeta AIA, and artist Jan Sawka for a Peace Monument Complex in Jerusalem. AIANH also announced the winners of its Intern/Young Architect Design Competition. First place was awarded to Andrew M. Queen of Washington, an employee at PCI Architecture in Manchester. Second place went to Brittany & Patrick Grannan of CMK Architects P.A., Manchester, and third place went to Anthony Nazaka, Black Bear Drafting LLC, Manchester. Three individuals were honored for their service by the AIANH. Robert Thoresen and Carolyn Isaak were designated Honorary Members, an award distributed to nonarchitects who have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences related to architecture within the state of New Hampshire. Bruce Hamilton

AIA was given an Outstanding Service Award. The 2011 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture was bestowed on Patricia Sherman FAI A of Newbury. The award honors and promotes New Hampshire architects and their architecture that exemplify excellence in design at the highest level. Sherman was involved in numerous distinguished projects, which were recognized with AIA NH awards, including Honor Awards for the Androscoggin Visitor’s Center for the Forest Service in Gorham and the N.H. Fire Training Academy Fire House in Concord. She was part of the team that devel-

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Shepley Bulfinch Named Design Leader

Boston - Shepley Bulfinch has been ranked 37th among the country’s leading interior design firms, according to the “Design Giants” survey published in the January 2011 issue of Interior Design magazine. The firm is consistently named a “Design Giant” by the magazine, coming in at #39 in the previous year’s survey. The ranking is based on 2010 interior design fees for major design firms around the US. Shepley Bulfinch ranked sixth among education design firms for the second year in a row. The firm’s 2010 academic interiors clients included Marquette University (photo, right), Duke University, Princeton University, Xavier University, and Colorado College.

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You are invited to participate in the annual Multi-Residential and Assisted Living focus by submitting a news release or expert advice article and/or advertising your services. News and articles due March 21 Advertisement reservations March 21, copy due March 25.

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Send news release or editorial query to editor@high-profile.com. Advertise your services! Call 781-294-4530, or e-mail ads@high-profile.com for details. The recently completed Boston Conservatory Hemenway Project is the cover story for our April issue. This 42,000sf project was a mix of renovation and new construction performed simultaneously by construction manager Lee Kennedy. Photograph by Bruce Martin


oped the Straw Hill Condominium Project in Manchester, which received the Urban Land Institute’s Best Community Development Award, and was further recognized by AIA National in an exhibit of women architects.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Jewett Recently Completed Projects Integrated Bldrs. Completes Projects

Raymond, NH - Jewett Automotive Design and Construction, Inc. recently completed major renovations to an existing Grappone Automotive Group car dealership, creating the company’s new collision repair center in Bow. This extensive retrofit included interior demolition, masonry, HVAC, plumbing and electrical work; light gauge metal framing and drywall; Recently completed Walgreens in Portland painting, flooring, and metal to treat the shop’s well water. panel siding. Jewett Construction also recently Jewett’s Metal Buildings and Steel completed renovations at Pease InternaErectors division, working in conjunction tional Airport in Newington. with Jewett Automotive, provided demoUpgrades include site drainage imlition of the existing mezzanine, removed provements, an additional walkway from conduit and drywall, and installed new the airport terminal to three new bus shelsiding and trim on three sides of the new, ters erected by Jewett’s Metal Buildings divastly improved building. vision, and the resurfacing of old sidewalks Continued commitment to waste in front of the shelters. elimination features energy efficient lightAdditional new lighting was added ing, occupancy sensors in all rooms, dual along walkways leading to the shelters. flush toilets, and a reverse osmosis system Jewett Metal Buildings and Steel Erector under contract with PM Construction of Saco, ME, recently completed construction at Walgreens in Portland. The project included reinforcement of the existing building and the addition over Exterior of the finished collision repair center 4,000sf of new steel.

Braintree, MA - Integrated Builders, a construction management, design-build and general contracting firm concentrating on the suburban Boston market, announced recently completed projects. In Providence, R.I., Integrated Builders completed 30,500sf of interior fit-out space for three tenants at GTech Center. Built in 2006 and located at 10 Memorial Drive, GTech Center is the latest development project in downtown Providence, totaling 210,000sf of Class A office space. The signature building, which serves as world headquarters to GTech Corporation, is owned by U.S. Real Estate LP, an affiliate of USAA Realty Company. Integrated Builders worked with the landlord and completed the following projects: 4,000sf of interior fit-out for The Virtus Group, a financial services and insurance company; 20,000sf of interior fit-out for Ameriprise Financial, a financial advisory and financial planning firm; and 6,500sf fitout for the Providence office of Boston law firm Brown Rudnick LLP.

“In addition, we built the elevator lobby and corridors to accommodate tenant fit-up on the 10th floor of the building,” said Jay Dacey, president of Integrated Builders. All the projects were designed by Vision 3 Architects, a Providence-based architectural and interior design firm. Integrated Builders also announced the completion of Stockwell Shops, a 63,000sf shell and core retail project. The multi-tenant building, developed by Avon West Associates LLP, an affiliate of Braintree-based F.X. Messina Enterprises, is located in the 1 million sf Merchants Plaza in Avon, Mass. Integrated Builders completed the shell and core building changes, including window infill, dock door infill, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramp, new exterior insulation and finish systems, and a new structural steel signage tower. In addition, the parking area was regraded to include an underground recharge system, new asphalt, guard rails, and striping and signage.

Acton, MA - Geocomp Corp., has relocated its headquarters from Boxborough to Acton. Established in 1982, Geocomp is a global leader in geo-engineering, having developed some of the most technologically advanced products and solutions available for management of the risks related to large civil construction and infrastructure projects. Geocomp purchased the three story building at Nagog Park, which was custom built for Digital Equipment Corp. about 20

years ago. The building is 73,000sf and has been renovated to suit Geocomp’s needs. Each floor is approximately 24,000sf. GeoTesting Express (Geocomp’s Testing Division) and Laboratory Products Division will occupy the first floor, and the company’s consulting and corporate offices will occupy a majority of the second floor. Geocomp will lease approximately 24,000sf of Class A office space to tenants on the second and third floors.

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Stonebridge Café Re-Opens

New Tewksbury High

Design by Steve Todisco & BKA, Noble Ventures GC

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Tewksbury is participating in the state’s Model Schools Program, re-using the design of a recent and successful new school built in Massachusetts. Participating in this program, which reduces design costs, will increase the school district’s reimbursement from the state’s School Building Authority, as will it meeting the standards of the Massachusetts - Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MACHPS). Part of a nationwide certification program that addresses school design, construction and operation, MA-CHPS strives to make schools energy, water and material efficient, well-lit, thermally comfortable, acoustically sound, safe, healthy and easy

Under Construction to operate. Of the 56 MA-CHPS schools certified in Massachusetts, CTA has built six of them. To achieve the certification, CTA will build the school using sustainable, local and recycled materials. The design incorporates subtle hints of 1950s diners.


Portland, ME - Environments at Work (EOW), New England’s Haworth office furniture dealer, has completed the installation of 90 workstations and furniture for 25 offices at the Portland office of MACTEC. Based in Atlanta, MACTEC offers a portfolio of sustainable solutions, from transportation to facility asset management. The Portland office recently renegotiated its lease and gave the space a

“face lift” – new carpet, paint, and furniture. Haworth’s UniGroup Too systems furniture was selected based upon the organization’s focus to incorporate a more flexible, ergonomic, energy efficient, and sustainable work environment. The conference rooms were furnished with user-adjustable mobile tables and seating to support multifunction meeting requirements by using Haworth Planes tables and Haworth Very task chairs.

Brockton, MA - The newly renovated Stonebridge Café in Brockton has re-opened for breakfast and lunch. The design that incorporates subtle hints of 1950s diners was the work of restaurant designer Steve Todisco and BKA Architects, an architecture and interior design firm located in Brockton. The general contractor was Noble Ventures based in Raynham. Operated by the Beatty family, the Stonebridge Café has been serving breakfast and lunch for the past 17 years. The café sustained water damage due to a kitchen fire before the 2010 Christmas holidays. In discussing the renovation, the de-


cision was made to alter the floor plan so that individual diners could be seated while maximizing remaining available seating and take-out orders could be picked-up without walking through the dining area. A counter with 11 seats was added to accommodate parties of one. In addition to the dining area, four family booths were added. As means to recall the 1950s diner, diamond tufted stainless steel was used in the service area and metal edging on the tables and stools. Use of the color orange and a stone wall work together to update the style and add a level of sophistication to the café.


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BL Companies Promotes Muhlbauer

Meriden, CT - BL Comratory, parking garage, and postal panies, an interdisciplinary facilities. architectural and engineerHe has contributed to the ing firm, has promoted Rainer expansion of BL’s architecture Muhlbauer, AIA, LEED AP to department, having opened the join Robert Celata, director of New York City office in 2001 architecture and building engiwhere he was also responsible for neering, in leading the architecmanaging the rollout of over 200 ture practice. banks for Washington Mutual in A principal at BL, Muhlthe N.Y., N. J., and western ConMuhlbauer bauer has 29 years of experinecticut region. ence in the field of architecture. In his new role, he will conHis wide range of work experience has in- tinue to showcase his extensive experience cluded the design, production, construction in design and production, construction addocumentation, and construction adminis- ministration, development of project budtration for federal, state, public, and private gets, and contract negotiation, as well as projects, including university, office, labo- business development and client care.

Suffolk’s Berry Division Hires Pappalardo

Boston - Suffolk Construction’s Berry Division has hired Charles Pappalardo as its new vice president of business development for the highgrowth Science and Technology sector. An accomplished senior-level executive with extensive experience in financial, operational, and business strategic planning, Pappalardo will be responsible for leveraging his real estate and construction knowledge and strong relationships in the science and Technol-


for the firm’s Farmington, Conn. headquarters. KBE also has promoted Allan Kleban, a 14-year veteran of the firm, to vice president of business development. In his new Kleban role, Kleban oversees business-development efforts for the entire company. Kleban previously served this role at the Columbia, Md. office. He is a member of the firm’s senior leadership team and has held multiple managerial positions at KBE, including general counsel and vice president of administration.

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ogy sector to identify new construction and renovation project opportunities for Suffolk’s Northeast region. Prior to joining Suffolk, Pappalardo served as corporate vice president and officer of global facilities management services at Charles River Laboratories. He also served as corporate vice president of global facilities management at Boston Scientific Corporation.

Harriman Hires Four

Auburn, ME - Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and New Hampshire, announced that Jeff LaPierre, P.E., Patrick Smith, Denise Ireland, and Becky Fortier have joined the firm. LaPierre joins Harriman as a senior mechanical engineer with over 16 years of experience. Jeff received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine and is a licensed professional engineer in six states. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP). Jeff resides in Gardiner with his wife and son. Patrick Smith joins Harriman with 13 years of experience in civil drafting and design and will be responsible for the AutoCAD production for the civil engineering department. Smith has an associate’s degree in construction management from Eastern Maine Community College. He resides in Raymond with his wife and their two sons. Denise Ireland joins Harriman as the human resources and benefits administrator with over 15 years of experience. She received her Human Resources Certification through USM and also attended Husson University for accounting. She also has a Wellness Certification through USM. Prior to joining Harriman, Ireland was employed

KBE Staff Announcements

Farmington, CT - KBE Building Corporation (KBE) has hired William Hasson, CASP, as business development manager. Hasson will focus his efforts on KBE’s senior housing and healthcare servicHasson es divisions, drawing upon more than two decades of real-estate planning, development, construction, and management at continuing care retirement communities, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. Hasson is based in KBE’s Columbia, Md. office but also manages business development in senior housing and healthcare

Boston - Jones Lang Lathe US in all property types. Since Salle announced that its Project 2003 he was the president and and Development (PDS) team owner of O’Marah Development has been bolstered with another Company, a real estate investment senior hire, as Eamon O’Marah and development firm. joins the firm as senior vice Prior to his work with president. O’Marah is the fourth O’Marah Development, he was senior professional to join PDS with Intercontinental Real Estate in the last two months. He will Corp. as an executive vice presifocus on new investment develdent and project manager, The O’Marah opment projects and business Beacon Companies as developopportunities with institutional ment director, and director of and corporate clients. business development with Morse Diesel O’Marah has over 20 years of real International. estate development experience throughout

Jewett Welcomes Harris Raymond, NH - Jewett Construction Co., Inc. recently welcomed Steve Harris to its project management team. His extensive construction background includes many years as both a project manager and estimator, as well as in the area of sales development. Harris





by the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine & Blood Center in Scarborough. Ireland resides in Auburn with her husband, Tim. Becky Fortier joins Harriman as an administrative assistant with 23 years of experience. She received an associate’s degree in graphic arts from Central Maine Community College. Becky resides in Sabattus.

Acentech Announces Staff Promotions

Cambridge, MA –Acentech information technology strucInc. announced staff promotions tures. in its Cambridge headquarters and Joseph Horesco, Ioana Trevose, Pa. office: Pieleanu, Jonah Sacks, Rose Joan McQuaid has been Mary Su, and Sonya Thorpe promoted to the position of direchave been promoted to the potor of marketing. She manages a sition of senior consultant. staff of two marketing coordinaHoresco, INCE Board tors and supports a staff of 50 Certified, is a senior consultant consultants across the company’s in the firm’s architectural acousMcQuaid three offices. tics group. Pieleanu’s acoustics Roberto Gomez has been expertise encompasses room promoted to the position of consultant in acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical Acentech’s environmental acoustics group, system noise and vibration control. Sacks concentrating on transportation and envi- consults on architectural acoustics and ronmental noise. mechanical system noise control projects; Sony Khatri and Jesse Moore have Su is an acoustician working with various been promoted to the position of CAD projects involving institutional, commerspecialist. Khatri is involved with projects cial, and residential facilities, and Thorpe concerning educational and commercial concentrates her work on interior room applications. Moore has contributed his acoustics and mechanical system noise and drafting skills to several projects, including vibration control.

March, 2011


Kakish Joins JC&A

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Quincy, MA - Calnan & applicable building codes. Associates, Inc. announced that He is directly responsible Andy Kakish has joined the for the daily construction trade team as a project superintencoordination, project schedule dent. delivery, quality control, safety, In this capacity, he will and security. be responsible for advancing Kakish has nearly 10 years JC&A’s ability to deliver worldexperience in the industry. He has class service to clients and will successfully completed a wide interface directly, on a daily barange of projects, including asKakish sis, with the client’s representasignments from Bluefin Robottive and architect and engineers ics, Shire Pharmaceuticals, and to ensure the project is constructed in ac- Wellesley College. cordance with all plan specifications and

Shawmut Appoints Sanchez VP

Boston, MA - Shawmut Design and Construction has appointed Michael C. Sanchez to vice president of field operations. In his new role, Sanchez will be tasked with overseeing the company’s complex, innovative and high-profile construction projects. “Mike has played a unique role working both in the field and on the project management side of our business,” said William Hughes, president. Sanchez joined Shawmut in 1992 and most recently served as director of field operations. Over the last 18 years, he has had a variety of roles, from project superintendent to general superintendent, as well as project manager to managing director of the commercial group.

Tighe & Bond Promotes Two

We s t f i e l d , MA - Tighe & Bond announced the promotions of Mary Beth Morris, P.E. and David Murphy, P.E., to vice president at the firm’s annual stockholder’s meeting in January. Morris joined Morris Tighe & Bond in 1988 and has served as the company’s director of marketing for the past 15 years. Prior to that she was a project engineer and project manager. During that time she provided cost-effective solutions to a variety of environmental engineering challenges. Murphy, a professional civil engineer

who joined Tighe & Bond in 2007, has served as a senior project manager at the firm for more than three years. He has 25 years of complex project management experience that includes Murphy major design and construction, postdisaster reconstruction, and environmental programs. Prior to joining Tighe & Bond, Murphy served as the engineering and construction program manager for Catholic Relief Services and the United Nations in its tsunami relief and reconstruction efforts in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

DGT Announcements

Newburyport, MA - Digital Massachusetts area for over 20 Geographic Technologies, Inc., years. He will provide leader(DGT) of Boston announced the ship as regional office manager opening of its North Shore offor the DGT Survey Group North fice and the addition of Edward Shore office. Sanchez Dixon, PLS to the DGT Survey DGT also announces the Group team. addition of Taylor Turbide to its Dixon, formerly principal North Shore operation. Turbide land surveyor at Oak Engineers, spent the greater part of his career LLC and, prior to that, owner of in Newburyport with Port EngiDixon Clipper City Survey, Engineerneering and will bring to DGT ing & Mapping, Inc., has prohis vast experience in knowledge vided high quality professional services to of development projects in Newburyport committee members include the followthe North Shore and throughout the eastern and surrounding communities. ing: Mike Calder, business agent, IBEW Local 103; Glenn Kingsbury, executive manager, National Electrical Contractors South Hamilton, MA - Rhino nology and consumer product Association; Jay Hurley, president, IronPublic Relations, a specialty pubaccounts. workers District Council of New England; lic relations agency, announced Prior to that, Lavery Tom Gunning, executive director, Building that Jeff Lavery has joined the worked in the A/E/C industry Trades Employer Association and affilifirm as account manager. In his as a communications coordiates; Tom Gunning III, director of indusnew role, he will be responsible nator at Consigli Construction try & government affairs, Building Trades where he oversaw all corporate Employer Association, and Kevin Cot- for developing, managing, and executing PR programs to support communications. His profester, business manager/secretary/treasurer, Rhino PR clients. sional writing experience also Plumbers Local 12. Lavery joins Rhino PR with includes the positions of staff Anthony Pini, legislative & political Lavery seven years of public relations, writer and web editor at the director, Massachusetts Laborers District marketing, and writing experience. Worcester Business Journal, Council, also was elected as a new member Most recently, as account executive at Matassociate editor at Victory Productions, and of the TCI Board of Directors. ter Communications in Providence, R.I, he freelancer for the Poughkeepsie Journal in was responsible for managing multiple tech- upstate New York.

TCI New Officers and Board Members

Boston - Mary Vogel, executive director of The Construction Institute, announced The Construction Institute’s newly elected officers and executive committee members: President: Frank Callahan, president, Massachusetts Building Trades Council Vice President: Hugh Kelleher, executive director, Plumbing- Heating- Cooling Contractors of Greater Boston, Inc. Treasurer: Stephen Affanato, executive vice president, New England Mechanical Contractors/ Mechanical Service Contractors of America. Clerk: State Representative Marty Walsh, secretary-treasurer & general agent, Boston Building Trades Council. In addition to the officers, executive

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Integrated Design Hires O’Regan

Boston - Integrated Design Group, Inc., an interdisciplinary design firm that specializes in data centers and mission-critical facilities, has hired Courtney O’Regan as communications director. O’Regan has eight years of experience in public relations and marketing professional services. She will be responsible for overseeing a comprehensive communications program for the firm’s Boston headquarters and Dallas office. The appointment of a communications director will better equip the firm to effectively promote its brand and explore the right opportunities as it continues to grow.

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May 11-14, 2011 David L. Lawrence Convention Ctr, Pittsburgh, PA. 2011 North American Steel Construction Conference Pittsburgh will play host to more than 3,500 steel construction professionals May 11-14 during the 2011 NASCC: The Steel Conference presented by t h e American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The conference features more than 90 technical sessions, practical seminars on the latest design and construction techniques. AISC Spring Seminar: Design Steel Your Way II April 7, 2011 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Providence, Rhode Island Registration is now open at www.aisc. org/nascc. Can you imagine designing without ever having to calculate a K-factor again? It’s an option now, called the Direct Analysis Method. Attend this seminar and you will understand the principles of analysis and design that are the basis of the 2005 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings. Learn an approach to design that results in an economical structural steel solution achieved with the efficiency required of a design office. For information contact Britta Bolm, meeting coordinator, www.aisc.org, bolm@aisc.org Phone: 312.670.5448

High-Profile: Calendar ASM The Boston Special Event Preservation Alliance Biennial Dinner Gala & Elections

Sustainable Preservation - The Power of Preservation/Reuse as a Green Strategy March 23, 7 p.m., at Trinity Church. The lecture will demonstrate how an icon such as H.H. Richardson’s Trinity Church in Boston can go green—and why a 1970s strip-mall supermarket not only deserves similar attention but can also emerge as a building that delights users while it protects the environment. This lecture was originally scheduled for January 26 but was postponed due to weather. Please contact Kathy Acerbo-Bachmann, Trinity Church with any questions: 617.536.0944 x217 or KAcerboBachmann @trinitychurchboston.org.

CMAA Owners Forum

May 15-17 at the Westin River Walk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Construction program owners will have opportunities to interact with their peers during private “owners-only” dialogue sessions at the upcoming CMAA 2011 Owners Forum. Owner members of CMAA’s Board of Directors will facilitate the sessions, which will explore the owners’ current issues, concerns and initiatives. In an innovation for 2011, the forum program will consist of both plenary sessions and three concurrent “summits” addressing building strategies and two critical infrastructure markets. Full information is available online at www. cmaanet.org/owners-forum-2011.

April 5, 5:30 - 10 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts (New Wing), 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston Cost: $225 for ASM members; $250 for non members Seminar: Arbitration, Mediation or Lawsuit? How to Choose the Best Option April 28, 2 -5 p.m. Westin Hotel, Waltham, 70 Third Ave. Waltham Cost: $75 for ASM members; $95 for non members


Globalcon 2011 March 30-31, 2011 Pennsylvania Convention Center Hall E Philadelphia, Pa. Decision-makers from business, industry and government must now seek integrated energy solutions which assure both a secure and affordable power supply, and effective management of both energy and overall operational costs. Globalcon 2011, presented by the Association of Energy Engineers, is designed specifically to facilitate those who need to get up to speed on the latest developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and costconscious project implementation strategies. http://www.afe.org/events/index.cfm


March 17, 8 a.m. - Breakfast Seminar: Retooling for the New Normal ABC Contractors Discuss Strategies for Success Like it or not, the construction market has changed and it’s not going back to the way it was anytime soon. This is the NEW NORMAL, and it’s time to retool for success. Your ABC has assembled a panel of members who have recognized that to survive the NEW NORMAL means that business as usual was a recipe for failure. March, 8 a.m.• March 18, “MAP Across the Commonwealth” Tour in Worcester • March 22, Business Roundtable: Stop Marketing and Start Prospecting • April 14, Breakfast Seminar: Merit Apprenticeship Program • April 26, Business Roundtable: Harnessing Your Human Capital For more information visit www.abcma. org.


Fifth Annual Healthcare Construction Conference: Hospitals Going Green: Part II April 28, 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, Mass. This year’s annual conference will look at how these initiatives are good for both patients and the bottom line, and will also highlight some exciting new possibilities for the near future. For more information, visit mhalink. org.

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