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Focus: 2011 September,


Educational Facilities Developments

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September 2011

Windover Construction Completes Three School and College Projects BOND CM for UMass Fitchburg State Project Erland Tops Off New School Center with Robert Olsen + Assoc. LLD Designs, KBE Builds URI’s Hillside Residence Hall Profile: CTA Cements Place as Leading School Builder Cutler Associates’ Design Build Anna Maria College Holds Open House Oldcastle Precast Awarded Liberty Terrace Dormitory Featuring: BC Project Achieves LEED Platinum Tewksbury High School Tops Off UMass Lowell Begins Steel Erection

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Suffolk Construction Builds The Victor Luxury Apartments Pro Con Breaks Ground For Aviv Center for Living, KDA Architect Contracting Specialists Awarded Ground Breaking for Bristol Hotel Construction Starts on New Storrs Center Increasing Natural Gas Demand in NE by Douglas Pope MIT Sloan: Archieving Acoustical, Audiovisual, and Technological Success Colleges Carving out New Space on Existing Campuses by Julie Nugent

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Providence, RI – David R. Prengaman serves as secPrengaman, AIA, LEED AP, has retary/treasurer of the New Engbeen reelected as the chairman land Council of Architectural of the State of Rhode Island Registration Boards and previBoard of Examination and Regously served as president of the istration of Architects. American Institute of Architects’ Prengaman is a principal Rhode Island chapter. He also at Vision 3 Architects in Provihas served on the board of direcdence. During his 26 years tors and committees for several in practice, he has designed, local nonprofit organizations, inDavid Prengaman planned, and managed largecluding St. Mary Academy-Bay scale office, healthcare, commerView East Bay Mental Health cial, residential, and institutional projects. Center, and the diocese of Providence.

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Boston - New England LLP; treasurer - Claudia Piper, Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) Webster Bank; and, clerk, Gayannounced its 2011-2012 board of le A. Bourdeau, Stewart Title directors. Celebrating its 30th anGuaranty Company. niversary this year with more than Directors: Deborah K. 400 members, NEWiRE provides Bayha, Fidelity National Title Ina forum for networking and prosurance Company; Robin Davis, fessional development to women Megansett Advisors; Deborah in various commercial real estate J. Goddard, Esq., Mass. Dept. of disciplines throughout the Greater Housing & Community DevelJanet Pirrello Boston area. opment; Jacquelynn E. Henke, 2011-2012 board of directors: LEED AP, TD Bank, N.A.; Jodi Officers: president - Janet Pirrello, Dakin Loughlin, Keller Augusta Partners; BayNorth Capital, LLC; president-elect - Nancy A. McCafferty, Mass. Housing PartHolly L. Nelson, TriSail Capital Corpora- nership and Sophie Stein, Commonwealth tion, Bank of America; immediate past pres- Land Title Insurance Co. ident - Joan F. Parsons, Riemer & Braunstein

Northwood, NH - RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental consulting and testing firm based in Northwood is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. RPF provides indoor air quality assessments; hazardous material testing; mold assessments; construction safety; OSHA and EPA regulatory compliance services; site inspections for asbestos, leadbased paint, mold, and other environmental hazards; and thermal imaging. In addition, the RPF professional development group provides corporate health and safety training programs for clients throughout New England. Formed in 1991 by Roger Francoeur and then joined by Dennis N. Francoeur, Jr., CIH, CSP and services were expanded to include comprehensive industrial hy-

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giene testing and assessments. In additiona to a full array of accredited environmental training courses, RPF also recently began offering lead paint training for contractors in accordance with the new EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. RPF Environmental, Inc. has offices in Northwood, N.H. and Amesbury, Mass.

LLB Architects Open House

Pawtucket, RI - Lerner Ladds Bartels has streamlined its name to LLB Architects, and will hold an open house to celebrate the opening of its newly renovated headquarters at 161 Exchange Street in Pawtucket. The renovated mill building is located in the heart of the city’s arts district and is part of The Design Exchange, a community of designers, artists, and craftspeople.

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The Home for Little Wanderers: A Historic Organization, Making Some Progressive Moves

by David J. LaPointe The Home for Little Wanderers (The Home) is a nationally renowned, private, nonprofit child and family service agency. It has been part of the Massachusetts landscape for over 200 years, making it the oldest agency of its kind in the nation and one of the largest in New England. OrigiDavid LaPointe nally founded as an orphanage in 1799, The Home today plays a leadership role in delivering services to thousands of children

and families each year through a system of residential, community-based and prevention programs, direct care services, and advocacy. The Home’s mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social, and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances. The Home’s work is guided by a belief in the right of all children to be safe, nurtured, and developed to reach their full potential. Founded in 1940, The Home’s Longview Farm facility provides a yearround residential and day school treatment program for boys aged 10 ½ to 18 who have a wide range of emotional, Continued on page 47

Ungar Honored by ASA

acoustics, vibration isolaCambridge, MA - Acentech tion, and noise control. In Inc. announced that chief engithe course of his extraorneering scientist Eric E. Ungar dinary career, he has made Eng. Sc.D., P.E. has been awardwidely recognized coned the highest honor given by the tributions in the areas of Acoustical Society of America structural damping (par(ASA) for his significant techniticularly regarding the use cal contributions to the acoustics of viscoelastic materials), profession and for his service to high-frequency vibration the ASA and the acoustics comPhoto courtesy of Acoustical munity. The prestigious Gold Society of America isolation, vibrations of complex structures, and Medal was presented to Dr. UnDr. Eric Ungar structure-borne sound, gar at the ASA’s annual meeting as applied to buildings, in Seattle in May. Dr. Ungar was honored for his con- aerospace vehicles, ships, and machinery. tributions over six decades to the fields of



Increasing Natural Gas Demand in N.E.

natural gas to its highest level in nearly a by Doug Pope Boston, - Volatility leaves open the year. While the natural gas commodity setpossibility for dips in pricing, as the market tled back at the end of this week, there are a tries to balance weather, LNG, and shale number of factors that contribute to market gas supply with future risk factors. While volatility. the pricing of natural Bullish factors – driving prices up. gas this winter may Natural gas storage. While natural be stable, the abil- gas storage is expected to recover to sustainity to choose between able levels, storage levels will be below total market-based pricing storage capacity limits, so no glut of invento fixed pricing to ac- tory will exist. Sable Island. The Sable Island encomplish long-term budget certainty is ergy project in Nova Scotia is reported to able to be accom- experience a drastic drop off in production plished using com- capability. Doug Pope petitive suppliers. Spot prices. Last year continue to The pricing of contribute to winter volatility/risk concerns natural gas is just past record lows with the for the upcoming winter heat season. possibility that the bottom of the market is LNG. Non-contracted LNG is being behind us. The cold winter heating season diverted to Japan to replace nuclear as well and record heat of this summer, where natural gas is used to power Set your goals, be in a position to act electric generation plants, has depleted storage capacity and has put when prices start to rise, and you can feel pressure on the basis component of comfortable making a two year decision delivered natural gas pricing. The with a eye to making a longer term cost of basis, which is the delivery commitment if bullish forces take hold. component natural gas pricing, has leveled out, having risen all summer as volatility risk factors are priced into the market in anticipation of up- as other international markets that are willing to pay higher prices. coming delivery this winter. While basis is fairly consistent in Current low natural gas prices dispricing within the rest of the United States, courage conventional vertical drilling in fathe Northeast is the exception because of in- vor of horizontal shale drilling. frastructure capacity constraints. LNG and Shale gas drilling is coming under fire other imports must be delivered to assure with the process of fracking being halted, dependable supply during peak periods. Continued on page 45 A rally in prices this summer moved

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High-Profile: Op-Ed

Why Now is Time to Break Ground

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By Patrick Tompkins As the old saying goes, when everyone else is selling, buy. When it comes to construction, one of the best times to break ground is when everyone else is hanging up their shovels. Despite the uncertainty in the economy and fears of a double-dip recession, there are many good reasons why now is an advantageous time to kick off new construction or renoPatrick Tompkins vation of existing facilities. With a shortage of projects, topnotch contractors are available right now to do the work. Their employees have the bandwidth and a labor pool to draw from. The national construction unemployment rate was 13.6% in July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s considerably higher than the overall unemployment rate – 9.1% nationally and 7.6% in Massachusetts. For the project owner, an important consideration is the availability of established general contractors who have the experience and the financial security to complete your project on time and on budget. They know how to manage the risks in construction and protect the interests of the project owner. Along with credible general contractors, equally reliable and skilled subcontractors are also available. Grab them while you can. At CTA Construction Co. Inc., we recently completed two elementary schools in time to open for the new school year. Our two projects were not only competing against each other for labor, but also against other school projects in the region. Nonetheless, we were able to call on a deep bench of skilled labor available to work immediately and meet an immovable deadline.

Starting to build today also helps to protect against escalation in prices of construction materials. If you wait another six to 12 months, you may very well pay higher prices. Materials prices climbed 8.9% in the past 12 months, according to the August 17 Producer Price Index (PPI) report by the U.S. Department of Labor. However, we are currently seeing an overall slowdown in prices. In July, overall prices rose only 0.3%, and economists expect increases to remain modest in the coming months. “With the global economy slowing, industrial commodity prices are no longer rising so quickly and changes in materials prices over the next several months are likely to be modest in either direction,” said Anirban Basu, chief economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors in an August 17 ABC report. Although material prices appear to have stabilized for the short term, many economists are fearful of inflation kicking in over the next six to 12 months. Owners who build today can take advantage of the lower materials prices, but those who wait long term to break ground run the risk of paying more for materials. A third consideration is the current record-low interest rates. They have more room to increase than decrease, and we’re waiting to see how the downgrade in the nation’s bond rating impacts them. As rates go up, so we expect inflation and building costs to follow. The ability to lock in low rates today will save significant money in the long term. The ability to select established general contractors, the available labor pool, the relatively low cost of materials in the short term, and low interest rates are all aligned to make this an advantageous time to build now. Patrick Tompkins is a co-founder and principal at CTA Construction Co. Inc., based in Waltham, Mass.

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Boston - The University of Connecticut, Storrs campus enlisted Copley Wolff Design Group (CWDG) to plan and design the refurbishment of three of the prominent courtyards as part of an overall campus beautification effort. Key objectives for all three spaces were the addressing of current accessibility issues, increasing and easing pedestrian circulation, the incorporation of new and existing art elements, and general aesthetic enhancement. The redesign plan for the school’s quad adjacent to the pharmacy building includes the incorporation of a therapeutic medicinal garden. The Benton Quad, fronting on the school’s art museum, contains a historic sundial, which was highlighted in the new plan. Service access and pedestrian circula-

tion improvements highlight the new Business School quad redesign. Working with Arrowstreet, CWDG is designing the site for the new Kipp Academy Charter School. The school is situated above downtown Lynn adjacent to High Rock Park, a highly visible landmark within the city limits. The new academy will consist of a high school wing, middle school wing, cafeteria, gymnasium, and administrative offices. Programming for the site includes an outdoor learning amphitheater, spill-out cafeteria space, and athletic field. The building and site features will take advantage of the views off the site toward Boston’s skyline and NahContinued on page 51

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Allstate Interiors Participates in TV Show Monroe, NY - Allstate Interiors, Inc. was called upon to participate for the third time in the Emmy award-winning show, “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” on the ABC network. The program features Jimmy and Darlene Korpai, of Crawford, N.Y., whose daughter is afflicted with dwarfism. Fred Soward, president of Allstate Interiors, Inc., and Martin Legenos, vice president, worked diligently with 38 employees for over three days to get the job done to help with a dream home for the Korpai family. This episode is slated to run on November 6, 2011. Fred Soward generously contributes to many charitable organizations other than “Extreme Makeover.” He has helped to build local churches, provide funding for food pantries, and provide for many other worthwhile causes.

Groundbreaking for Aviv Center for Living Pro Con CM - KDA Project Architect

Peabody, MA - Members of the community, local officials, and representatives from Aviv Center for Living recently gathered to mark the official groundbreaking of the Aviv Centers for Living’s Peabody Campus. The expansion will allow Aviv to move all its operations to 240 Lynnfield Street where the creation of one campus will support a broad continuum of care and offer centralized healthcare and administration in one location. The manager for the building project is Koningisor, Luciano & Associates, Inc. of Framingham, and the project architect is KDA Architects of Voorhees, N.J. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. is the construction manager for the $35 million expansion project. The new facility will be called the Waldfogel Health Center. The new 124,000sf, four-story building will be a state-of-the-art health center with 144 beds and 108 private rooms. The center will offer skilled nursing for shortterm rehabilitation and long-term care, assisted living, adult day care, home care, and geriatric care management. Highlights of the expansion project

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Rendering Waldfogel Health Center include an onsite childcare center, a kosher bistro, a center for lifelong learning, and specialty programs in sub-acute care. The center intends to make a significant contribution to the future of healthcare for seniors by providing quality medical services and cultural programming. The new expansion will be a sustainable, high-quality, energy–efficient building. As part of the initial sitework, rock ledge at the site was crushed and reused as structural fill. The building’s sustainable design features will include a white roof and the installation of high efficiency me-

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chanical systems and low-flow plumbing fixtures. The building will feature energy efficient, low-e glass windows and doors, and low volatile organic compounds (VOC) products will be used for the interior finishes. The building’s main entrance will feature a porte cochere, and the site will offer 308 parking spaces with priority parking for fuel efficient vehicles. Indigenous plantings that do not need irrigation and require minimal maintenance will be used for the landscaping.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Framing Under Way for Luxury Hotel Pro Con Architect and CM


Bar Harbor, ME – The steel and plank framing is underway for the West Street Hotel, a new luxury boutique hotel and mixed-use development overlooking the waterfront and near the Bar Harbor town dock. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. is the architect and construction manager for the mixed-use development that will include the hotel, retail space and restaurants. The developer and owner of the property is West Street Properties LLC of Portsmouth, N.H. “We expect the framing to be completed by the end of SeptemSteel and plank framing is under way for the ber and the exterior partitions will Bar Harbor Hotel. be completed by the end of October,” stated the project manager for West Street Hotel’s unique locaPro Con Inc. “The rough-in subs will begin tion along the waterfront offers incredible working as soon as the interior safety fea- views of the harbor and is in easy walking tures are installed.” The hotel is expected distance to the downtown. to be completed in late spring 2012. All of the hotel’s 102 guestrooms will feature water views and individual balconies. The hotel’s public spaces will have upscale finishes including tile floors, granite countertops and custom millwork. Plans call for the hotel to include a restaurant, roof top pool, and a fitness room. The development will have ground level retail spaces available for future commercial tenants. All of the guestrooms will feature water views.


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Suffolk Builds Luxury Apts. 360,000sf at Bulfinch Triangle

Rendering of The Victor luxury rental apartments Boston - Simpson Housing LLLP has announced plans for the development of a 365,000sf, luxury rental apartment property to be developed in downtown Boston. The property, which has been named The Victor, will feature 286 apartments, 138 parking spaces, and 17,000sf of premier ground-floor retail space. Suffolk Construction is the general contractor, and ADD Inc. is the architect for the project. Construction is under way and completion is set for early 2013. The property, which is located at Causeway Street and Beverly Street in downtown Boston, will become the first major apartment development project to break ground in Boston since 2007. Property amenities will include two rooftop lounges, 5,000sf health club with

sports court and gaming lounge, and residential lobby with concierge and residents’ lounge. The luxury apartment homes will be outfitted with custom Italian cabinetry, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and designer fixtures. Two penthouse levels will feature finish and appliance upgrades as well as private building amenities. The Victor is being constructed according to LEED Silver standards and will offer a variety of floor plans. Residents will have the choice of studio, one bed/one bath, one bed/one bath plus den, two bed/two bath and two bed/two bath plus den floor plans ranging in size from 546 to 1,258sf. Upon completion, The Victor will be managed and leased by Simpson Property Group.

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DFCI Alarm System Upgraded Boston - Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc. of Rockland has reached substantial completion of the $800,000 fire alarm system upgrade project at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s (DFCI) Louis B. Mayer Research Laboratories building in the Longwood Medical Area. The project scope at the 10-story, 124,000sf cancer research facility was comprised of Lighthouse’s installation of a new addressable Simplex Fire Alarm system, A/V speaker strobes, 48 pull stations, a graphic smoke control panel designed by EXP Engineering of Boston, and three new fire command centers. The NECA contractor also installed a new Comtronics bi-directional antenna system that provides Boston Fire Department communication from all points in the high-rise building.

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Cumberland, ME - Exactitude, Inc. has selected the team of Landry/French Construction and Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough to design and construct Exactitude’s new headquarters

facility in Cumberland. The new single-story building will be approximately 31,750sf. In addition to office space, the headquarters will have production and storage areas.

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by Brendan Ahern Right now the job market is a bit better in the commercial construction market than it was a year ago, but it is still difficult to land a job. Every chance to sit with a decision-maker in your industry should be maximized, and you should leave feeling that you were prepared for the interview. Here are five tips which are crucial when interBrendan Ahern viewing in today’s market. 1. Dress for success. Here’s my recommendation if you are actively seeking a new job…..invest in a great suit. Notice I wrote “invest” and not “buy.” Big difference in my opinion. A nice suit, welltailored, and a fresh haircut set a tone and sends a subliminal message to the interviewer. It lets them know that you take yourself seriously and that you care about how you are perceived by others. 2. Bring extra résumés. Bring four copies of your résumé on heavy stock résumé paper. Even if you only meet with one person you will have been prepared. Say something like, “I’ve brought a few extra résumés here in case I will be meeting with anyone else.” It shows initiative and preparedness. 3. Have your story straight. In the movie “Reservoir Dogs,” an undercover

cop explains to another undercover cop about how to tell a story to gain credibility among thieves. While we’re certainly not planning a jewel heist here, we are trying to sell a company on why you would be an asset. Pick two or three stories about how you saved a company money, skirted disaster on a job, or helped a fellow employee, and know that story inside and out. Practice telling it to people before an interview. One of the greatest skills an excellent communicator possesses is the ability to relay a story to someone. It allows the interviewer to connect with you and gives depth to your background. Also be prepared to talk about every company you have worked for and your reasons for leaving. Short stints can often be explained easily, but be prepared to talk about them. 4. Bring out the big guns. Have your best references ready for phone calls. Better yet, see if they will call the hiring manager after you’ve interviewed to put in a good word. Be proactive, not reactive. Always use superiors when you can rather than peers. 5. Thank you. Within 24 hours you should have written a nice thank you letter to your interviewer. It’s a must. The job market is still tough in construction, and it is my belief that putting the five tips above to work will give you a serious leg up on your competition. Brendan Ahern is managing director of Strive Search Group LLC.

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Colleges Carving Out New Space on Existing Campuses

by Julia Nugent The Northeast, or “collegeland” as some west coast applicants call it, is dense with established college and university campuses. The ivy-covered walls, iconic bell towers, and grassy quads appear deceptively timeless. Campus life, however, is not timeless, and student life in particular is constantly evolving. A generation Julia Nugent ago, work and life were clearly delineated. A student woke up, showered, dressed, shouldered a backpack, and then headed out from his or her dorm across campus to class. Much of the day would be spent in the academic zone of campus, including study and research after classes ended. Except for a dinner break and maybe stopping back at the dorm to rescue laundry left in a dryer from the previous night, a student would spend much of his or her study time away from the residential precinct of campus. In the last generation, however, students have been arriving on campus with laptop computers, campuses have gone

wireless, lectures are accessed online, and assignments submitted via email. These technological advances, combined with an emphasis on collaboration, have blurred the lines between living and learning. Research and study are no longer confined to the university lab or library. Students no longer view their dorms as just places to sleep and hang out on weekends. And the academic zones of some campuses now hum with activity 24x7. Paradoxically, this new connectivity has left student life programs looking for appropriate ways to enhance and encourage live student connections. While all of the housing stock on campus can be outfitted with wireless access, residence life directors find that the need to foster community and support the whole student requires inviting, engaging common space. And this space, of course, is not your father’s student lounge with just a new flat-screen TV installed. Unfortunately, strapped capital budgets and densely built out campuses prevent the wholesale replacement of outdated residence halls. This has campus facilities managers and residence life directors looking for economical approachContinued on page 18

Erland Tops Off New School Center Teams up with Robert Olsen + Associates

Needham, MA - Erland Construction, with offices in Burlington, recently secured the final steel beam onto the new 32,000sf science, math, library center for St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, completing the building’s frame. Erland is teaming with Robert Olsen + Associates of Boston on this new construction and renovation project. When completed in early 2012, the new two-story science, math, library center – built as an addition to the existing main building – will feature eight math classrooms, two biology labs, and two science classrooms on the first floor. The second floor will contain two chemistry labs, two physics labs, a math/ science computer room, a seminar room, and a reading room. In addition, the new building will have a large rotunda with high-end finishes that will be used for physics lessons. As part of this project, Erland will renovate a section of the existing main building to connect the buildings together

The final steel beam is secured onto the new science, math, library center. and perform life safety upgrades to the church on campus.

Whitney Veigas Designs Dorm Signage

Needham, MA - Whitney Veigas (WV) has completed architectural signage for the recently completed North Hall dormitory at Framingham State College, designed by Pfeufer Richardson Architects. Whitney Veigas is currently working on two student living projects. The company’s new expedited sign planning service is being utilized to create specifications and construction documentation for the new

dorm signage at Berklee College of Music. In addition, it is working on the new ADD, Inc. designed residence hall under construction at the Mass. College of Art and Design. All of these projects include interior suite and bedroom identifiers, other ADA and wayfinding signage, and exterior building identification signs.

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Saucier + Flynn at FSI of UCO

Edmond, OK - Saucier and Flynn Landscape Architects of West Lebanon, N.H. recently completed Phase 1 art features for the Forensic Science Institute (FSI) at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). FSI, built in 2009, is a world-class institute dedicated to quality forensic science education, training, and research for professionals and students. UCO sought the apt integration of art into the new facility. After an extensive search they turned to Alan Saucier, principal of Saucier & Flynn, to develop artwork that would pay homage to and celebrate the disciplines pursued at the FSI. Phase 1 consists of two monumental etched glass art features; one in the main atrium rotunda and a second in the east corridor. Both etched glass features depict a fingerprint wrought large with subtle DNA or binary code The rotunda art feature is fabricated of embedded within the ridges of the finprecision etched glass. gerprint. The etched glass art features are bold, iconic emblems of the cutSeptember 2011. ting edge advancements being studied in UCO President W. Roger Webb was the field of forensic science. instrumental in lobbying to have the FSI Phase 2 of the UCO project is a series built at the University of Central Oklahoof five cast stone benches with cast glass ma. In recognition of his vision for the slats and integrated LED lighting in further Institute, Alan Saucier employed the presicelebration of DNA fingerprinting. These dent’s fingerprint in the etched glass art benches will create a private intimate space features. under the colonnade of the main atrium Shortly after completion of Phase 1, rotunda. Completion for Phase 2 of the the FSI was renamed the W. Roger Webb project is scheduled to be completed in late Forensic Science Institute.

North Branch at Kingswood

Wolfeboro, NH North Branch Construction of Concord has been performing major summer construction for the Kings-wood middle school, high school, and vocational school. Approximately 300 construction workers have been on-site each day to complete renovations to all three schools. Recent demolition has led to the discovery of a hidden asbestos ceiling and unbraced concrete Approximately 300 construction workers have been block walls in the high school caf- on-site to complete renovations to the three Kingeteria. This will pose a slight delay swood schools. in the construction schedule while North Branch continues to work North Branch overcomes this unexpected with building inspectors, the school district hurdle. and its principals, and CMK Architects of Students in grades 7 through 12 will Manchester, to provide the community of add an extra two weeks to their summer va- Wolfeboro with fully renovated, upgraded, cation and begin classes on September 19. and safe facilities for their students.

NEIT Completes Relocation

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Vision 3 Designs Labs for JWU

Tishman To Restore Hurtig Hall

Boston - Northeastern University has selected Tishman Construction Corporation of Massachusetts to complete exterior restorations to Hurtig Hall. Hurtig Hall has served as the home to Northeastern’s chemistry and chemical biology department. The five-story, 80,000sf building located on the east campus houses several of the department’s instructional labs for students in addition to faculty research labs. Research focuses on the interface between chemistry and biology including the study of DNA.

Bistro 61 Restaurant Providence, RI - To meet the muchneeded classroom and culinary laboratory space demands of The Hospitality College, Johnson & Wales University (JWU) selected Vision 3 Architects to assist with planning, programming, and design of a 7,500sf adaptive reuse renovation of the Xavier Academic Hall. Located at the Downcity Campus of the university, the facility features four new culinary laboratories, including a 1,200sf kitchen lab, two 900sf dining labs, and a 1,200sf beverage lab. The project also included a comprehensive renovation to repurpose 4,200sf of space for use as new faculty offices and meeting rooms. Joseph Caldeira, senior project man-

Northeastern University’s Hertig Hall The building is scheduled to receive a new sustainable “cool” roof. Cool roofs increase energy savings by reflecting and emitting the sun’s heat back to the sky instead of transferring it to the building below. In addition to replacing the roof, Tishman will complete masonry repairs to the façade including adding limestone accents below the cornice and at the building corners. Construction will be phased to allow the facility to remain in operation during the construction schedule.

ager at Vision 3 Architects, said, “When we began the collaborative and inclusive planning process with the university stakeholders, we quickly determined that the needs for the project were greater than originally planned. This process enabled Vision 3 to frame a comprehensive understanding of the project needs, which allowed us to deliver a design consistent with the university’s goals and objectives for The Hospitality College.” The university’s goal is to provide students with real world industry experience. To that end, Vision 3 Architects designed lab spaces that feature real world hospitalContinued on page 34

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ounded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, Anna Maria College is a four-year, private institution that serves more than 1,500 coed students at its 190-acre Paxton campus, with approximately 600 on-campus students. In looking to expand its housing, AMC chose Cutler Associates as the design-builder for a new 200-bed residence hall, based on Cutler’s experience in providing costeffective residence hall solutions. And did Cutler deliver! After just 10 months of construction, on August 18, 2011, Cutler turned over the St. Anne Hall building keys to AMC President Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D. at an afternoon open house. During the ceremony, representatives from DB contractor Cutler Associates, architect Cutler Design, and several project team firms— including engineering consultants RDK Engineers, TF Moran, Shepherd Engineering, and Thompson-Liston among others—presented Dr. Calareso with a $6,500 donation to kick off the St. Anne Fund, which will be used by residents to fund student activities, equipment, and recreational items. With the conclusion of this project, Cutler has now completed the design and renovation of over 6,000 beds of residence hall housing. Cutler Associates vice president Rod Shaffert believes, “Colleges and universities continue to look for opportunities to update their on-campus housing. Cutler’s integrated design-build approach has proven to be an excellent delivery system. Cutler is on the forefront of helping these educational institutions find the right solution for their campuses in terms

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breaking was delayed until October of 2011, thus causing the construction to occur throughout the winter. Even during one of the harshest winters in recent history, Cutler’s team of subcontractors worked diligently through snow storms and wind chills to erect the building on the hills north of Worcester. Project superintendent and 30-year Cutler veteran Bob Gayewski believes a key element to the project’s success was the use of the Infinity System. “This composite floor system on pre-panelized, load-bear-

fixtures, low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled carpet, and marmoleum flooring in the building lobby. Cutler also recycled 75% of the waste from the project. Despite the harsh winter conditions, the project was completed for a total project cost of less than $50,000 per bed (including design, construction, and furnishings). In his open house speech, Dr. Calareso told attendees, “During the construction process, every time I went before the board of trustees, I was asked, ‘Is it on budget and is it on schedule?’

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 of cost and delivery.” 
 Looking back on the process, it seems easy now that the project is completed and students are moving in. But it began two years ago when architect Cutler Design first completed a programming exercise. AMC elected to base the building design on a six-bedroom suite; each suite has Spacious and bright suites feature onetwo double and two single bedSpacious
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 ing expansion on campus. deadline
 During the schematic design phase, ing metal stud walls allowed the aggresit was decided to utilize the Infinity Struc- sive schedule to be met,” he states, “Even tural System, a panelized metal stud in spite of the weather.” framing system. This system had several The Infinity System was also part notable advantages, including a low floor- of the Cutler/AMC strategy to develop to-floor height that allowed a three-story a sustainable project. The tight building Anna Maria College’s St. Anne Hall building to be designed within the 35-foot envelope, which features R33 insulated Anna
 height limit. The decision to use the pan- walls, allowed mechanical engineering elized pre-insulated panels turned out to firm RDK to develop an economic solu- And amazingly, I was able to answer be even more critical when the ground- tion for the heating and air conditioning of ‘Yes!’ each time. Working with Cutler’s the building. The system of individual fan staff was a pleasure and we owe them our 
 coil units for each suite allows each suite sincere thanks for all the quick, brilliant to control its own temperature, and heat work they’ve achieved over a winter some recovery units are used to recycle heat of us will never forget. from the building exhaust.” “St. Anne Hall is a wonderful adOther sustainable elements of the dition to our growing campus and it will project include a rain garden to limit provide our students with a terrific living stormwater run-off, energy-efficient light and learning opportunity.”


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Erland Repairs Tornado Damage

Burlington, MA - One day after a recent tornado caused extensive damage to several buildings on Springfield College’s campus, Erland Construction was on-site assessing the destruction and developing plans to restore the area. Erland is focusing on four buildings that were hit during the storm – International Hall, Reed Hall, Massasoit Hall, and the Power House. Three of the four buildings are student residence halls. Luckily, the storm hit after students had left for the summer and before summer camps began. No one was hurt despite extensive interior and exterior

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International Hall - one day after tornado hit

International Hall - midway through repairs

damage to each of the structures. However, hundreds of students are slated to live in these residence halls in the fall, so they must be move-in ready by the end of August. Erland is working to ensure these students have a place to live. Repairs will include new windows, metal panel façades, roofs, glass storefronts and interior doors, ceilings, flooring, light fixtures, and furniture.

es to carving out student life space in existing buildings. By following a few basic design principles, even modest renovations can inject life into wornout spaces. First, pay attention to the fundamentals – light, color, sound, and comfortable furniture. Students want to hang out in spaces that are flooded with daylight and linked to the outdoors. Good acoustics promote conversation, and good lighting promotes reading. And who doesn’t want to linger if the furniture is really cozy and accommodating? Second, mix it up. Isolated rooms lead to isolated people. Instead of separate spaces for each activity, develop areas that are open to and overlap one another. The crowd playing pool is much more likely to talk with the student baking brownies if the kitchen and the pool table are right next to one another. Third, students want to see and be seen. Locate common spaces near entrances and stairs where people naturally cross paths rather than in the

basement where there happens to be a leftover room. Keep gathering areas open to corridors. Yes, it’s a bit noisier, but that’s how conversations get started. If partitions are needed, use glass. No one feels comfortable walking into a room when they can’t see what’s going on or who’s inside. Finally, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Break down oversized rooms into areas with different types of furniture, short partitions, and changes in materials and lighting. The engineer doing a problem set, the group of art students working on a banner, and the crowd watching “American Idol” and eating pizza can comfortably coexist if the environment is right. So, it’s definitely not your father’s student lounge, and that’s a good thing, because this new model allows students to stay connected and engaged, creating a healthy student life environment. Julia Nugent, AIA is a senior associate at HMFH Architects.

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High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

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(l - r) William Mascetti of ACG North America, Inc.; State Representative Frank N. Nicastro; Karen Whitman of Hilton Worldwide; James Frenis of Prestige Hospitality Group; Mayor Arthur Ward of Bristol; Dr. Gerald Niznick and Reesa Niznick, hotel owners; and Michael Nicastro of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce Bristol, CT – A groundbreaking cerKaren L. Whitman, director of franemony was held recently celebrating the chise development for Hilton Worldwide, multi-million dollar renovation and expan- officially announced that the hotel has sion of the Bristol hotel located on Century received approval as a DoubleTree by Drive. Hilton. Earlier this year, Dr. Gerald A. Niznick, A complete renovation program is DMD, MSC, owner of the hotel, announced planned for the hotel, including guest rooms plans for the renovation and expansion of the and public areas and construction of a new 120-room full-service hotel. The construc- suite tower. The construction is expected to tion project will include a new suite tower, be completed in approximately 14 months. along with renovations to the existing guest ACG North America, Inc. of Bristol rooms, public areas, conference and banquet was selected as the design-build firm. Sigspace, and restaurant. Plans call for a new nature Architects of Chelmsford, Mass. and outdoor patio area adjacent to the banquet Parker Torres Design of Wayland, Mass. hall and broadening of restaurant operations will provide architectural and interior design 10/29/07 2:27 Page 1Prestige Hospitality Group serves toCBR425HOUSECLR accommodate breakfast, lunch, and din-PM services. ner service. as the hotel management company.

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S/L/A/M Collaborative Selected WMU Architect in Kalamazoo

Glastonbury, CT - The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), headquartered in Glastonbury, announced that it has been selected as the architect for Western Michigan University’s new school of medicine in Kalamazoo, Mich. The new medical school is a major initiative for the University and partnership involving WMU and Kalamazoo’s two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. “SLAM looks forward to working with the University, Borgess Health, and Bronson Healthcare to create a building that will inspire and set the standard for

medical education facilities across the country,” says Robert F. Pulito, AIA, president of The S/L/A/M Collaborative. “Designing facilities that help educate healthcare professionals is both rewarding and challenging.” SLAM has an extensive background in both the design of new medical and educational facilities and the repurposing of existing buildings, both options that are under consideration for the WMU School of Medicine. SLAM will partner with Diekema Hamann Architecture and Engineering of Kalamazoo for the project.

CBC Elects New Board

Meriden, CT - The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) recently elected its 2011/2012 Board of Directors. CBC Board of Directors 2011-2012: President - Martin Onorato, Esq., Robinson & Cole, LLP President Elect - Ronald Goodin, Petra Construction Corporation First Vice President - Edward Weber, P.E., Grubb & Ellis Inc. Secretary -John Jenney,FletcherThompson Treasurer - Joseph Spagnoletti, CPA, CCIFP, Kostin, Ruffkess & Company LLC Directors for 2012- Norman Goldman,

Desman Associates; Douglas Poulin, Esq., McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter and James Fuda, P.E., Purcell Associates. Directors for 2013 areThomas Beebe, Petra Construction; Stephen Connelly, Fuss & O’Neill, Enviroscience and John Hawley, Gilbane Building Company. -Directors for 2014 - James Elmasry, AIA, LEED AP,Newman Architects, LLC; Roger Saulnier, AIA, Ames & Whitaker Architects; Robert Golde, LA, Towers|Golde; Past President James LaRosa, LaRosa Building Group, LLC and Historian ChrisPhilip Onofrio, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services.

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September, 2011


High-Profile Connecticut Feature: Storrs Center Project

Construction Starts on New Storrs Center BL Companies Architect - Erland GC


ansfield, CT – Construction has started on the first phase of the development of Storrs Center, a new mixed-use town center and main street corridor at the crossroads of the town of Mansfield and the University of Connecticut. The first two phases of Storrs Center will include commercial and residential offerings. The retail and other commercial space will be owned and managed by LeylandAlliance LLC of Tuxedo, N.Y., a noted New Urbanist development company that has developed mixed-use projects in Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia. Located along Storrs Road adjacent to the university, the town hall, the regional high school, and the community center, Storrs Center will include a new town square across from the School of Fine Arts complex. The master plan will knit quality architecture, pedestrian-oriented streets, and public spaces into a series of small neighborhoods that will make up the new fabric of the town center. Ground floor retail and commercial uses opening onto landscaped sidewalks and intimate streets will reinforce shared community spaces and will be supported by residences above. Storrs Center will combine retail, restaurant, and office uses with a variety

A different perspective of the New Storrs Center in Mansfield, Conn. of residence types including rental apartments, town homes, and condominium apartments. Structured and surface parking will be provided. Storrs Center is one of the most ambitious public-private initiatives in the history of the state. At its core is the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc., an independent, nonprofit organization that is composed of representatives from the community, local businesses, the town, and the University of Connecticut.

Storrs Center Alliance, LLC, an affiliate of LeylandAlliance, is the master developer of Storrs Center. Education Realty Trust (EDR) of Memphis, Tennessee is the co-developer and Erland Construction, Inc. is the general contractor. Eric Greene, vice president/regional manager of the Erland Connecticut office, said, “Erland Construction is proud to be part of the Storrs Center team. As a Connecticut general contractor, we bring a strong commitment to the Connecticut

businesses and local residents that will participate on this project, the UConn students, and others that will call Storrs Center home, and the town of Mansfield that will benefit from this mixed use project on into the future.” Since 2003, BL Companies was initially involved in the site development and permitting process and a key participant in the ongoing process of developing the Continued on page 22

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High-Profile Connecticut Feature: Storrs Center Project Continued from page 20 master plan. In May of 2006, BL developed a conceptual space analysis of all the proposed commercial and residential uses in the entire development and have since designed the first two phases of development. BL Companies serves as the engineer of record on the realignment and reconstruction of Mansfield Road at the intersection with Storrs Road (Route 195). According to Carolyn Stanworth, president and CEO of BL Companies, “Working on this public-private project for more than eight years has given BL two significant opportunities: one, to create a

cohesive, well-designed new mixed-use development, and second, to provide the Mansfield community with a new vibrant town center they so long deserved.” Scheduled to be completed in 2012 and 2013, respectively, the first two phases of Storrs Center will include commercial and residential offerings. EDR will develop, own, and manage the apartments in the first two phases, which include approximately 290 studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments. Andrew Graves, director of building design/engineering of BL Companies said, “ We have been working with Leyland Alliance for a number of years and have

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High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News Designed by Shepley Bulfinch, Towers|Golde Mary M. Hooker School Honored BL Companies Lead Designer Smilow Hosp. Gets CTGBC Award Built by Turner Construction

Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School Hartford, CT - The Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School in Hartford recently received two awards. A Project Team Award and an Award of Merit in the category of Major Renovations and Expansions were presented by The Connecticut Building Congress 2011. The school also received the 2011 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Connecticut Chapter’s Alexion Pharmaceutical’s Award of Excellence and the Commercial and Institutional Award of Honor. BL Companies, lead designer on the project, accepted the award on behalf of the City of Hartford and the design and construction team. The recently completed Mary M. Hooker School sits on 15 pristine acres near downtown Hartford and is one of the first schools in New England and the first in the city of Hartford to be designed to the USGBC LEED Platinum standard. The existing 75,000sf facility was completely renovated along with the addition of 31,000sf of new academic areas. The theme of the school is Education in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Responsibility. The program for the main addition and entrance to the school presented a unique opportunity to develop what is essentially an environmentally

focused children’s museum for the students. Natural materials were used such as water, stone, and reclaimed wood to surround the students with nature, as well as creating an exciting, innovative, and inviting environment. The ecologically and environmentally inspired spaces include a greenhouse, a butterfly vivarium for raising and studying live butterflies, an interactive science theater providing a 28-ft. dome for the digital projection of astronomical and meteorological educational programs, and an aquatics laboratory with over 60 tanks for the study of both fresh and salt water species, as well as aquaculture techniques. A 3,500-gallon eco-pond, located in the school’s main lobby complete with plants, trees, and a waterfall, provides a complete ecological system to enhance the educational programs at the school. The entire school facility is used as a teaching tool, including the boiler room, cogeneration plant, and main electrical rooms, which provide observation windows for the students to learn about the systems that run their school. The construction materials used in the project exceed 20% recycled content, and 98% of all construction waste was recycled.

SKDC Acquires Wisc. Retail Plaza West Hartford, CT - Simon Konover Development Corporation (SKDC), along with its partner, Outlook Development Group of Franklin, Wisconsin, recently acquired a 61,900sf retail center located in the heart of downtown Hartford, Wisc. known as Hilldale Plaza. “This acquisition is the second joint venture purchase in Wisconsin, as SKDC looks to expand into the medical

office, retail, industrial and multi-family markets,” according to Jonathan Fisher, director of acquisitions & development for SKDC. The partnership is planning a full renovation of the plaza to make it the signature destination in Hartford. Headquartered in West Hartford, Conn., SKDC is a division of The Simon Konover Company.

New Haven, CT - Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital has received an Award of Merit in the Connecticut Green Building Council’s (CTGBC) 2011 Green Building Design Awards. The hospital was designed by national healthcare architects Shepley Bulfinch and landscape architects Towers|Golde, and built by Turner Construction. Eight years in the making, the 516,000sf cancer hospital in downtown New Haven integrates healing with sustainable design and operations. Located on a tight urban site, the 14-story building incorporates many sustainable strategies, including a terra cotta rain screen exterior, generous daylighting, and a mid-level rooftop garden. The hospital, which was completed in two phases in 2009 and 2010, is pursuing LEED certification. “From the outside in, big or small, every aspect of Smilow preaches sustainability, “ said Greg Heiges, Shepley Bulfinch’s project manager for the project. “That covers everything from a site that’s more pervious than it was prior to construction and a high-efficiency irrigation system, to materials that were selected to minimize chemical off-gassing within the building. There’s

Sustainable strategies include a terra cotta rain screen exterior and generous daylighting. even a new bicycle hut to encourage alternative transportation for staff.”

Connecticut AIA Events

American Institute of Architects Connecticut Chapter offers members a wide variety of continuing education programs at no charge through its Building Performance and Regulations Committee, the Small Firms and Professional Practice Roundtables, and the Lunch and Learning programs. Registration is requested. September 22, 5:30 p.m. Chapter Meeting, Cooperative Arts and Humanities School, New Haven, Join us for the announcement of the 2011 AIA Connecticut Design Award Winners. September 27, 1-4 p.m. A program designed for a time of little new construction and increasing


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existing building alterations and change of building occupancy groups. October 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Palace Theater, Waterbury, Conn. The Palace Theater and Waterbury City Hall. Sustainable historic preservation and the architecture of Cass Gilbert will be featured. Wednesday, October 26, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. One-hour approved programs will be presented throughout the day BIM programs Implementing BIM on Construction Projects Thursday, November 10, 2011; 1-3 p.m. Experts will present several case studies. For more information please log on to


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September, 2011


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Bowdoin Completes Campus Ctr. Designed by Dario

Weston, MA - Bowdoin Construction recently completed construction of a new Campus Center for The Rivers School in Weston. The project, designed by Dario Designs, Inc., required the demolition of an existing building and the construction of a new twostory, 30,420sf facility on this active independent school campus. The building was constructed of structural steel, brick, cultured stone, aluminum/glass The new campus center for The Rivers School curtain wall systems, and a combination of asphalt shingle and offices, and several student gathering areas. EPDM roofing. The finished product displays maple millInterior spaces feature a large stuwork, sloped linear wood ceilings, and vardent dining hall with servery, a commercial ied flooring systems, including carpet tile, kitchen, and a café with a fireplace on the terrazzo tile, quarry tile, and VCT, as well upper floor. as extensive landscaping around the buildThe lower level includes 12 classing. The project was completed within 12 rooms, a large art gallery, math and lanmonths. guage department offices, five faculty

Eckman Selected for University Project

Rindge, NH - Eckman Construction, based in Bedford, has been selected by Franklin Pierce University as the designbuilder of its new Health Science and Athletic Training Center. It will be an approximately 10,000sf addition to the college’s existing field house, and will contain two

classrooms as well as a new location for athletic training and rehabilitation needs for the intercollegiate sports program. Construction is expected to be complete in the spring of 2012. This marks the ninth project for Eckman on Franklin Pierce’s Rindge campus.

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North Adams, MA Schematic design was recently completed for the new Center for Science and Innovation at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), North Adams. This follows the recent completion and certification of EYP Architecture & Engineering’s feasibility study. The project includes the renovation of existing Bowman Hall for a total project cost of Rendering of the new Center for Science and Innova$56.2 million. The new facility tion at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will make a significant impact, not only to the college, but also ing and Math Pipeline Network by making to the city of North Adams and the Berklabs, classrooms, and other resources availshire region. able to the community. The college’s first new building in 40 The new Center for Science and Inyears, the three-story, 65,000sf facility will novation will be situated on a prominent include teaching and research laboratories, location between the core campus and the office space, and informal learning spaces College’s north perimeter and adjacent serving the biology, environmental scineighborhood. ences, chemistry, physics, and psychology Designed with the goal of achieving departments. It will also serve as a central LEED Silver from the U.S. Green Building location for all of MCLA’s programs proCouncil, the new building will incorporate moting research-intensive science learning a series of the latest sustainable technoloand hands-on discovery. gies available for both demonstration and Flexible classrooms in the center, energy reduction purposes. Under study to including a 72-seat tiered lecture hall, will be included are an energy recovery wheel, provide resources for all students and the geothermal and solar energy systems, efcommunity. Further, the center will be a ficient envelope technology, solar shadresource for K-12 educators and students ing, bio-swale landscaping, and a rooftop in the region through the Berkshire Engreenhouse. The new center is scheduled vironmental Resource Center and for the for occupancy in fall 2013. Berkshire Science, Technology, Engineer-


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September, 2011


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

UMass Launches Fitchburg State Project Bond Brothers, CBT, Cosentini Team Up


itchburg, MA - A new 58,000sf addition to the science building is being constructed on the Fitchburg campus of the University of Mass. The overall improvements and expansion project also includes 50,000sf of renovations to the existing building. The project team includes Bond Brothers, Inc., construction manager; Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc. (CBT), project architect; and Cosentini Associates, engineers. The science center will be furnished with the most technologically advanced equipment on the market today. This includes chemical fume hoods, fume extractor arms, down draft exhaust units, autoclaves, and cold environment rooms. By learning in a well equipped modern facility, students will be well-prepared to step into their careers upon graduation. The project has been designed to the

Rendering of UMass Fitchburg State Science Building LEED Silver requirements, and in addition it must incorporate specific LEED components required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts such as water use reduction, optimizing energy performance, and enhanced commissioning. These are areas where the state and the taxpayer will receive a long-term payback through lower operating costs. Lab buildings are energy-intensive structures. To reduce energy consumption, heat recovery wheels are designed into the ventilation system to capture and reuse heat and refrigeration from the air being exhausted to the atmosphere. A third-party commissioning agent is part of the team to insure all systems are designed, started, and balanced to achieve optimum performance. This includes all the lab fume hoods and equipment and the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in penthouse and basement. The extensive use

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

MIT Sloan: Achieving Acoustical, Audiovisual, and Technological Success

by Jonah Sacks The new home of MIT’s Sloan School of Management is all about connections. The 215,000sf building sits at the center of the Sloan campus, connecting several existing campus buildings, and spans the campus from Memorial Drive to Main Street. The building takes great advantage of its privileged site with an expansive central Jonah Sacks atrium that serves as lobby, café, lounge, and event space, and affords striking views of the Charles River and Boston’s Back Bay. The atrium’s mezzanine level provides access to case study rooms and classrooms, group study rooms, and faculty offices. From the start, the directive from MIT was that the new home of its business school be a state-of-the-art and utterly flexible teaching and learning center. The central atrium welcomes casual socializing and study as well as formal assemblies and celebratory events. Teaching spaces provide for easy discussion among instructors and students as well as full access to presentation and remote collaboration tools. All spaces are acoustically isolated from one another to provide environments free from distraction. Throughout the building, wireless Internet and enhanced mobile phone service provide connectivity to campus services and to the world.

(Above) Tiered classroom lectern, (r) The central atrium is the building’s jewel. To help achieve MIT’s ambitious vision, design architect Moore Ruble Yudell and architect of record Bruner/Cott Architects, turned to Acentech, acoustics and audiovisual consultants. Acentech consulted on the acoustical design and provided detailed designs for all audiovisual systems and information technology infrastructure. In addition, Acentech produced a series of sound simulations, or auralizations, which allowed MIT and its designers to listen to their spaces before they were built, providing valuable confidence in key acoustical design features. Acentech also evaluated the impact of outdoor noise at the site from street traffic and the Red Line subway trains that emerge from its tunnel to cross the nearby Longfellow Bridge. The central atrium is the building’s

jewel, a space of relaxed beauty with stunning views. Among the atrium’s architecturally striking features is a ceiling of wood slats, above which are concealed acoustically absorptive material. This ceiling system provides valuable acoustical control, ensuring that this expansive room is never boomy or excessively loud, and that conversation and casual study is always comfortable. A flexible audiovisual system may be used for assemblies and entertainment. Sound isolating vestibules and doors keep sounds in the atrium from intruding on neighboring case study rooms and classrooms, allowing for flexible and simultaneous use. Classes at Sloan rarely resemble the one-way lectures of traditional university teaching. Interactive seminar-style learning is the norm in classrooms of all sizes,

and students are expected to speak and be understood. Acoustical surface finishes are located to reinforce the sound of unamplified voices while controlling reverberation. The rooms’ innovative mechanical systems use chilled beams to heat and cool with a minimum of background noise. These features optimize the room for speech intelligibility. Sophisticated audiovisual systems, such as multiple video image projection and video conferencing, allow great flexibility and functionality. Most teaching spaces feature classroom capture functionality, which records the voice and image of the instructor and projected images, allowing classes to be transformed into webcasts. For accessibility to users with disabilities, assistive listening systems are included in all larger classrooms, and custom designed lecterns provide height adjustability and ergonomically designed controls for presentation technology. Students may study individually or in groups in private study rooms equipped with audiovisual and conferencing technology that allows them to develop and rehearse presentations and to collaborate with colleagues in remote locations. A large number of offices provide high-quality working environments for faculty, including excellent sound isolation between offices and from outdoor noise. Jonah Sacks is a senior consultant in acoustics at Acentech Inc.

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High-Profile Feature: Windover Projects

Windover Completes School And College Projects

New classroom building and library for the School for the Deaf children’s center Beverly, MA – Windover Construction, Inc., of Manchester-by-the-Sea recently announced the completion of three construction projects for two prominent private independent schools and one of the leading colleges located in Beverly. Lee Dellicker, president of Windover said, “Windover’s design/build expertise in the educational market is growing. We work very hard to consistently deliver well designed, environmentally responsible buildings. Our approach of seeking to understand our clients’ needs and expectations, helps us deliver buildings that fit the program, are enjoyable to use, and fit the client’s budget. We have built a team of great builders that love what they do and do it well.”

Working with Peterman Architects, Inc. of Concord, Windover completed the construction of a new academic classroom building and library for The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf. The new two-story building features technologically advanced classrooms; physical, occupational, speech, and behavioral therapy rooms; vocational classrooms; a Parent-Infant wing; art and music rooms; a kitchen and cafeteria; a dining room; a library/media room; and administrative space. The facility is also fully ADA accessible with special attention paid to soundproofing and noise control throughout to support the specialized Continued on page30

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teaching that occurs in the building. Windover also completed the new home for The Cape Ann Waldorf School, recently relocated to the historic Moraine Farm. This project was done in association with Flansburgh Architects of Boston and included the renovation, expansion, and conversion of the old Project Adventure building to the new school. The entire building was renovated and a new classroom and meeting space building was added. Adding a fifth project to their list of successful projects at Endicott College, Windover recently completed the expansion to the hotel and conference center at the Wylie Conference Center. Working with TMS Architects of Portsmouth, N.H., the design/ build team delivered a complicated building, providing a new dining center and a connection between the Wylie Inn and the Conference Center, during a tough winter with the hotel and conference center fully occupied. Despite these challenges, Windover delivered the project with minimal disruption to the guests and in time for Endicott’s long list of spring weddings and events.

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New dining center at Endicott College

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September, 2011


High-Profile Feature: University of Rhode Island


Construction Progresses at URI’s Hillside Residence Hall

Designed by Lerner Ladd Bartels Architects, Built by KBE Building Corporation

ingston, RI - Construction is well underway at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Hillside Residence Hall. Once completed the more than 110,000sf facility will have a partial basement with multipurpose spaces, a classroom, and residential life offices. General Contractor for the project is KBE Building Corporation of Farmington, that is overseeing on-site construction, safety, and LEED requirements as related to construction. “We are excited to be a part of this project that will make the campus experience at URI memorable for the hundreds of students that will live here each semester starting next fall,” said Mike Kolakowski, KBE President and CEO. “Our team has a wealth of experience in the higher education construction arena and we believe we are uniquely qualified to deliver this project for URI and its student body.” URI ‘s Hillside Hall will be a landmark new residence hall located at the gateway of the undergraduate residential precinct. The five-story structure will house 425 students in double rooms, each with nine-foot ceilings and built-in closets. This residence hall is targeted for URI’s freshmen and sophomore classes and will be located on Baird Hill, where granite was once quarried for the original college quadrangle buildings. The east side of the property will be preserved as woodlands, and existing student residence halls flank the remaining sides. Residents at Hillside Hall will have a convenient five minute walk to the URI Memorial Union and nearby classroom buildings. The building has been designed by Lerner Ladd Bartels Architects of Providence, in collaboration with three Rhode Island engineering firms: Odeh (structural), Pare Engineer (civil), and Creative Environments (mechanical/electrical). Architecturally, Hillside Hall will repeat the geometry and use many of the traditional materials of neighboring halls, yet will reflect more modern styling and innovative “green” building technologies. Residents will enjoy large windows for natural ventilation and controlled daylight. There will be common lounges, recreation rooms, a classroom and multi-purpose room, and quiet study rooms throughout the building. A strong

Exterior of Hillside Residence Hall architectural feature is the four-story glassfaced “bridge” linking the two wings of the building. This structure offers a connecting central stair and two-story lounges with outstanding views of the exterior landscaped courtyards. This project will be the most energyefficient residence hall on campus, with up to 30% of its domestic hot water needs supplied by rooftop solar collectors. The building is designed to LEED “silver” standards, with many materials having recycled content, naturally ventilated spaces, a vegetated roof, heat-recovery equipment, indoor bicycle storage, and building energy monitors in the main lobby. Robert A. Weyand, VP of Division of Administration and Finance at URI noted that students were a big part of the initial program development and building design. Their input provided valuable information to assist the architects in their design decisions. “During the construction period we provide limited internship opportunities with the construction administrators, experiential learning opportunities. We also provide updates to the student governing body as work progress,” he said. Weyand added, “URI is poised to

Project Team for URI

greatly expand our foreign student enrollment and students interested in global learning experiences. A portion of this residential hall can be used to advance that goal.” He pointed out that this will be a LEED silver facility and will utilize many sustainable building and operational features with building materials having recycled content, naturally ventilated spaces, a vegetated (green) roof, heat-recovery equipment, indoor bicycle storage, and building

Rendering courtesy of LLB Architects

energy monitors in the main lobby. Adding to the school’s LEED silver goal is the site and civil design (Pare Corporation), which included Low-Impact Development (LID) techniques, such as the stormwater bioretention rain gardens. Construction of the project began with a groundbreaking ceremony in May, and students will begin occupying the dorm during the fall semester of 2012.

The Hillside Residence Hall at the University of Rhode Island is currently under construction with an anticipated completion by Summer 2012. Associate Architect: Mackey Mitchell Architects See more at

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September, 2011


High-Profile Cover Story: Norwood High School

Agostini Construction Co Builds Norwood High School Compass Project Management Project Manager, Ai3 Architect


orwood, MA – Agostini Construction Company of East Providence, R.I. along with Compass Project Management, Inc. of Medfield, Mass., the owner’s project manager, teamed up with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and Architectural Involution (Ai3) of Wayland to successfully manage, design, and build the New Norwood High School.

The new high school was the first model built under the MSBA’s Model School Program, following the design of Whitman-Hanson High School. According to the MSBA, the decision to follow the state’s model school program saved the town of Norwood roughly 20% to 30% of the cost of a custom-designed school. It also saved time; the school’s design was completed in about five months.

Bird’s eye view of the new Norwood High School site School will open as scheduled in September for the 2011-2012 school year. Built to the standards of 21st century education, the $68.7 million, 227,500sf school has upto-date science and technology laboratories, a language laboratory, a double gymnasium with an elevated indoor walking track, an 800-seat auditorium, a 125-seat lecture hall, and a college-style library.

The library

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Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, digital projector, document camera, and a complete sound system. The high school’s curriculum was easily incorporated into the flexible educational spaces of the adaptable WhitmanHanson High School model. Continued on next page

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• Marshfield High School • Hingham Middle School • Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical High School • Cardinal Spellman High School Fitness Center • Carver Elementary School • Westerly High School

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High-Profile Cover Story: Norwood High School Continued from previous page The three story building also includes a photovoltaic roof system and rain water collection system. These systems will not only save the town thousands of dollars in energy costs but will also be used as a teaching mechanism for students to learn about sustainable design and construction. Outside, the site includes ample parking and a new football stadium with a synthetic turf field, running track, bleachers, and press box. As part of the project, the old school, which stood directly in front of the new building, will be demolished. Residents have recently been able to catch glimpses of the new school from the street as the old school is torn down one wing at a time. Once the old school is demolished, a beautiful “Great Lawn” with walkways, trees, and fields will sit in front of the new building. Ai3 has designed as part of the great lawn a stone retaining wall constructed primarily of foundation stones from the existing school, incorporating the old with the new. The façade on the old “school on the hill” with magnificent white columns and a prominent clock tower was replicated on the new school. The architects worked

View of entrance closely with the building committee to replicate the image that has stood in the town since the 1920s.

The double gymnasium.

Project Team for Norwood High School

Project Manager - Compass Project Management, Inc. Architect - Ai3 General Contractor - Agostini / Bacon Construction Co., Inc. Structural Engineer - Engineers Design Group, Inc. MEP Engineer - Griffith & Vary, Inc. Civil Engineer - Pare Corporation Landscape Architect - Gates Leighton & Associates, Inc. Site Furnishings

The site includes a new football stadium with a synthetic turf field.

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September, 2011


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Window Film 101

by Peter J. Davey Foxboro, MA - Back to school! Although it’s September, the autumn sun can heat up classrooms, zapping the energy of students, teachers, and staff alike. An installation of window film on classroom windows significantly reduces heat gain in warmer months and heat loss in cooler months. Additionally, a winPeter Davey dow film retrofit improves safety and security, minimizes temperature imbalances, lowers a facility’s utility expenses, and reduces heating and ventilation equipment maintenance expense. With aggressive state and municipality mandates to lower energy usage, energy conservation efforts have been stepping up in schools and institutions. Window film retrofits have been recognized as a costeffective energy conservation measure for buildings with excessive energy usage and occupants complaining of being “too hot” or “too cold” due to energy inefficient windows. A quick, clean installation of window film can be done for a fraction of the cost of window replacement – and there is minimal disruption compared to the major construction associated with removing and

An Introduction to Window Film in the Classroom replacing windows. Z97 and CPSC glazing standards. Relative Using DOE approved software such to a film’s ability to absorb shock, the highas E-Film (an algorithm-based energy simu- er the tensile strength and elongation, the lation software program), a manufacturer’s better the performance in blast and impact authorized window film dealer can provide mitigation. A manufacturer’s authorized an energy analysis report and return-on-in- dealer can provide testing information revestment projection specific to a building’s sults along with other window film specifisize, shape, location, exposure, and HVAC cations, including visible light transmitted equipment. Many window films qualify for and reflected, solar energy and UV light reLEED credits. An E-Film comprehensive jected, glare reduction, shading coefficient, energy analysis report provides architects, emmissivity and U value. 3M Company began the history of engineers, and facilities managers data to window film in help achieve their With aggressive state and mu- 1966 when a patsustainability goals through the installa- nicipality mandates to lower energy ent application tion of LEED rated usage, energy conservation efforts was granted for window films. have been stepping up in schools a metalized solar Demand for and institutions. control window improved safety and film. Since that security for schools time, research and universities has increased with the and development teams have responded rise in security threats and unpredictable to demands for better energy conservaweather patterns. Windows are the Achilles tion, safety, and security. Currently, film heels of any building. Safety and security types include metalized, nonmetalized, films provide an invisible shield of protec- polyester, ceramic, optically clear, tinted, tion for building occupants. Repercussions opaque, architectural, interior designer, of not installing security window film can and anti-graffiti films. Once referred to as be devastating. By holding glass in place, “tinting”, most films today are virtually a strong security film helps reduce inju- invisible with little if any noticeable tint. ries and property damage resulting from However, films that provide privacy, block flying shards of glass and exposure to the light, add architectural design elements, or elements caused by explosions, violent provide a uniform appearance to an otherwise cluttered window display are installed weather, and vandalism. A good security film will meet ANSI commonly today. Depending upon desired

results, there is most likely a window film to meet any job specification. Do your homework. Note the number of years the manufacturer has been in the business of window film. Naturally, the more a particular film has been applied in the field, the more reliable the data for performance. A manufacturer that uses its own adhesives is a plus. Window film is only as good as its adhesive. A bad adhesive will produce bubbling and blistering – distortions created from thermal cycling that can result in seal failures. Choose an ISO 9002 certified facility and a manufacturer committed to research and development. Verify that you are working with a manufacturer’s authorized dealer. An authorized dealer will be happy to have you check with their distributor or manufacturer for confirmation of their status as a dealer. An installation by a manufacturer’s authorized dealer that employs professionally trained installers will assure quality work and the security of a manufacturer’s warranty. With a plethora of films on the market, choice becomes a challenge. Knowledgeable window film representatives can help guide you to the best selection for your particular needs. Peter J. Davey is president of American Window Film, Inc. of Foxboro, Mass. and Atlanta, Ga.

Vision 3 Designs Labs for JWU Continued from page 16

ity and restaurant settings. The interior of the dining lab is designed to simulate a “high-end,” contemporary, French bistro restaurant. The space offers multiple seating arrangements enhanced by decorative lighting and features contemporary, custom millwork including wine display cases throughout the lab. Caldeira noted that “green features include the use of low volatile omitting contaminants (VOC) content materials, such as the floor finishes (i.e. carpet tile, ceramic tile, resilient flooring), wall paint, and wall covering, as well as low consumption, high output light fixtures. The project team and the university chose to salvage and recycle all existing acoustical ceiling tile material during the demolition phase. We also used low consumption plumbing fixtures throughout the lab spaces.” The Xavier Academic Hall facilities are designed to provide students with a complete restaurant experience. The bistro restaurant exterior design simulates a streetscape, articulated by a glass storefront and copper metal panels that

Beverage lab

enhance the restaurant identity. The kitchen lab features the latest technological advances in kitchen equipment that provide students the experience of a real world commercial kitchen operation. The project also features a new HVAC system, new energy-efficient LED lighting and controls, and advanced audio and visual equipment located throughout the labs. Vision 3 Architects completed planning, design, and construction documents in a period of 10 weeks, with the entire project duration from inception of design through completion of construction spanning just 21 weeks.

September, 2011


High-Profile: Corporate Profile - CTA Construction


CTA Cements Place as Leading School Builder

altham, MA - CTA Construction Co. Inc. completed two new elementary schools in time for the start of the new school year, as the Memorial Elementary School in Burlington and the Howe-Manning Elementary School in Middleton both finished under budget. Also, CTA finished retrofitting Weston High School with a fire sprinkler system, work that began the first day of summer vacation. By the time students returned to school, experienced contractors completed installation of two miles of pipe. “We take deadlines very seriously, and when it comes to public schools, classes have to start, and we have to be finished. We won’t ask for an extension, but we will bring in whatever resources we need to get the job done,” says Patrick Tompkins, principal of CTA Construction Co. Inc. “Educating children is probably one of the most important roles of our society, and as parents of schoolchildren and graduates of public schools ourselves, we at CTA take special pride in building great facilities that respect the taxpayers’ investments.” Having built or renovated nearly two dozen schools, CTA Construction Inc. is among the leading general contractors for educational facilities in Massachusetts, with ongoing projects in nine school districts. The Waltham-based construction management firm ranks 135th among the area’s largest general contractors, as rated by the Boston Business Journal, and its portfolio includes schools, office buildings, police and fire stations, libraries, and other municipal buildings. CTA has completed, or is currently working on, more than 30 government facilities valued at more than $450 million in the past 10 years. Many of those projects included additional factors that CTA has developed an expertise in addressing, including: • Meeting Multiple Project Deadlines. Finishing two schools simultaneously is nothing new for CTA. In 2009, CTA project teams completed elementary schools in Hingham and Concord in time for the school year. The key to success is managing manpower and having separate project teams for each building, says Lyle Coghlin, principal of CTA. “With separate teams assigned to each project, each can focus exclusively on its building. We also encourage in-house competition, letting one team know when the other was further along,” Coghlin says. • Green technology and standards. CTA has built more than a half dozen schools to meet the standards of the state’s Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS), the gold standard for green schools. Tahanto Regional Middle/ High School in Boylston will meet the standards. CTA is also experienced in meeting standards of LEED as set by the U.S. Green Building Council. CTA’s work on the UMass-Amherst police station targeted LEED Gold level, and the award-winning Lexington Public Works Facility achieved LEED Silver status.

project executive. Indeed, CTA’s senior management and project executives have developed a reputation for building close working relationships between the various members of the project team, including school administrators, architects, project owners, and engineers. CTA’s clients and peers have consistently recognized not only the quality of the work, but also the firm’s attention to client wishes and ability to resolve issues.

tee, puts it: “The clearest, and most helpful, commentary that I can offer to future building committees considering the qualifications of CTA is that our project was completed on time and under budget.” • Starting with a Vision for Quality. The lobby of CTA’s offices is lined with plaques and trophies recognizing its work. In 2010, CTA won the Public Works Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association for the Samuel Hadley Public Services Building in Lexington, a project for which it also won Bulington Memorial Elementary front entrance the Eagle and Green Awards in the Public Works/Environmental Category from the Associated Builders and Contractors Massachusetts Chapter. In 2010, CTA also won an ABC MA Merit Awards for the renovation of a State Police Headquarters in the Pre-Engineeded Building $10M-$99M Categoryaterotry. In 2000, Tompkins and Coghlin founded CTA with the belief that highquality commercial buildings could be constructed at competitive prices. At Howe-Manning Elementary in Middleton the time, both worked for a large construction firm and thought there was a “Their foremost interest is their cli- better way for general contractors to operent’s wishes and needs. They are respon- ate. sible and creative in their approach to “By promoting a respectful and trustproblem situations, and they are careful ing relationship among CTA employees, of budget considerations to ensure that the project owners, architects, and subcontracconstruction process proceeds successful- tors, we create a team-oriented environly,” says Kevin J. Buckley, AIA, president ment with an open exchange of ideas and Howe-Manning Elementary interior classroom of Knight, Bagge & Anderson Inc. an emphasis on creative problem-solving,” Or as Alan J. Macdonald, chairman says Coghlin. • Building in close proximity. Beof the Hingham School Building Commitcause new schools often occupy sites adjacent to the facilities they will replace, construction necessarily happens when classes are in session. CTA is accustomed to staying on schedule and under budget while working around the school calendar. Work that would impact the functioning school is scheduled after hours or during summer months. Examples of CTA school construction located adjacent to existing facilities include Burlington’s Memorial Elementary, Middleton’s Howe-Manning Elementary, Tewksbury Memorial High, Lowell’s CW Morey Elementary, Beverly High, Tahanto Regional, New Bedford’s Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Concord’s Willard Elementary, and Billerica’s Parker Elementary, just to name a few. • Satisfying Clients. In Burlington, the public schools are undergoing major upgrades utilizing CTA’s construction management services. The new Memorial Elementary School, recently completed by CTA, is 78,500sf of classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria, library, media center, art and music rooms and administrative offices. CTA earned the trust and respect of Burlington officials and was selected to be the general contractor on the renovation and addition to the Marshall Simonds Middle School across the street. CTA broke ground on the Simonds project in early June. “We built a fantastic working relationship with Burlington officials on the new Memorial Elementary School, and we will carry it over to the Marshall Simonds project,” says Jeff Hazelwood,

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September, 2011


High-Profile Feature: PCINE News

Oldcastle Precast Awarded Liberty Terrace Dormitory Albany, NY - The State University of New York (SUNY) will open its first total precast concrete dormitory, Liberty Terrace, in the fall of 2012. The $60 million project will consist of two buildings with 500 beds, a community center with lounges, meeting rooms, and a fitness center. Each of the apartment-style dormitory rooms has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and living/dining room. Oldcastle Precast, Inc – Building Systems Division was awarded the contract for the design and engineering of the precast dormitory structure as well as manufacturing and erecting the precast elements. According to Aaron Fink, regional sales engineer for Oldcastle Precast Building Systems, “Precast concrete was chosen for its versatility, durability, and speed of installation.” Assets abound with precast concrete, especially in dormitory settings. Mold naturally doesn’t like concrete as a food source and generally doesn’t grow there. Insulated concrete panels keep the insulation moisture free by sandwiching it between two layers of precast concrete, that keeps interior temperatures stable while

SUNY’s first total precast concrete dormitory under construction reducing energy costs. The noise of campus life is always a concern and students need a quiet environment in which to learn. Precast panels provide sound dampening between rooms and keeps outside noises to a minimum. Lastly, fire endurance is an inherent property of precast concrete. The benefits that precast offers allow the fire to be contained, thus

Team for Liberty Terrace Dormitory

Owner: State University of New York , Albany Campus, N.Y. Precaster: Oldcastle Precast Building Systems, Selkirk, N.Y. Architect: PS& S Engineering, PC, Warren, N.J. Engineer: PS& S Engineering, PC, Warren, N.J. Contractor: LeChase Construction Services, Schnectady, N.Y., Tim Hanke

Aerial view of the two buildings that will make up Liberty Terrace

allowing sufficient time to evacuate safely. In this time when safety for students is paramount, precast concrete offers unparalleled protection. The Liberty Terrace complex consists of two buildings, each five stories for a total area of 180,000sf. The project has approximately 860 precast wall panels along with precast stairs and landings, beams, and hollowcore plank. Installation of the precast elements began in June 2011 and is slated to be completed by September 2011. The dormitory is expected to achieve the LEED Gold level. LEED compliance insures that this project will be environmentally friendly in a number of ways, incorporating features such as permeable pavement, a green roof, rain gardens, day-

light maximization, and the use of recycled and locally-sourced materials. The buildings will be heated and cooled through a geothermal (ground source heat pump) system using the constant temperature of the soils to moderate cooling and heating energy needs. The University is working with a grant from the United States Department of Energy for the design and installation of this ecofriendly mechanical system. This dormitory promises to set the standard by encompassing many of the ideals and addressing many of the concerns that must be considered for a new dorm. It will be an asset for the University for decades, attracting students to take advantage of exceptional dorm life at SUNY.

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First Total Precast SUNY Dorm! The use of precast concrete in educational facilities allows architects and designers to go beyond the old style design. Precast hollowcore planks, wall panels, spandrels, stairwells and precast columns can provide more livable and multi-functional spaces. Liberty Terrace is the first total preacst apartmentstyle dormitory (two buildings) for the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany. Oldcastle Precast is responsible for the precast concrete design and engineering, as well as the manufacturing and installation of the precast concrete elements. Supplying 185,000 sf of 8" & 10" Elematic Hollowcore precast concrete plank (floor units), 95,000 sf of exterior finished, insulated, load bearing precast wall panels, 52,000 sf of interior load bearing solid precast wall, and various precast stairs, landings, beams and lintels used in the construction of the dormitory buildings.

The use of precast concrete in educational residential structures allows architects and designers to go beyond simple design expectations.

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September, 2011


High-Profile: News

MPA Completes Design for Sapient

Boston - Margulies Perruzzi Architects ( MPA) has completed the design of 8,300sf of additional office space in the headquarters of global services firm Sapient. In 2008, MPA completed the design of the company’s new headquarters facility in Boston. Sapient is based at its Boston headquarters at 131 Dartmouth Street in the historic Back Bay, and the company faced a tight timeframe to renovate the additional space it took in the building. Leveraging their prior experience working together, MPA designed and delivered this project in just a few months. In addition to this project, MPA also prepared a preliminary design for Sapient’s New York City office.

Integrated Completes Fit-Out Project Salem, NH - Integrated Builders has completed a 100,000sf fit-out project at 9 Northeastern Boulevard in Salem. Equity Industrial Partners, a Needham, Mass.-based developer, hired the firm to fit-out a 660,000sf warehouse/ light manufacturing facility. Integrated Builders provided fitouts for 74,000sf of warehouse and 26,000sf of office space that will be occupied by the United States corporate

Save Our Heritage

by Ron Peik Concord, MA - Over the years, AlIn keeping with the original design pine Environmental has performed many of the headquarters office, MPA designed deleading projects a colorful, open floor plan of “neighborinvolving antique hoods” and paths that connect all the colonials and vicdepartments of this growing company. torians. The experiPaths marked by rust-colored carpet ence we’ve gained travel around the neighborhoods, creating has enabled us to handle anything we an open and collaborative configuration encounter on these rather than confined offices. The design unique projects. provides flexibility for individual workstaIn early 2010, tions with powered spines that allow the Alpine Environmenworkstations to turn 90 degrees to cluster Ron Peik tal was contracted by in groups or provide more privacy. Save Our Heritage H&H Construction was the con- to perform lead paint removal at Barrett’s struction manager, and RDK Engineers Farm, a house of great historic importance provided mechanical, electrical, and built in 1705 in Concord. The Barrett Farm was the residence of Colonel James Barrett, plumbing engineering for the project. who was in charge of the colonial troops in the first battle of the Revolutionary War at the North Bridge on April 19, 1775. His home was the site of many formative meetings of the war and was the secret storage place of the Colonial Army’s weapons. offices of German floor manufacturer Paint analysis was used to reveal the nora systems, Inc. The work included history of paint in the house, determining the build-out and coordination to move what the interior looked like in the 1700s. the contents of nora’s warehouse in six There are multiple steps in the process including in-situ inspection, paint sampling, days. and various levels of analysis. With this Integrated also built out the office information, paint stripping was accomarea with the collaboration of nora’s plished in specific layers and later restored own interior designer, using their floor with the appropriate paint. products throughout the office area. Our job was to remove centuries of The architect for the project was built-up paint, while preserving the origiThe McKenna Group Ltd. nal 300 year old finish. It was an intricate process, requiring craftsmanship and pa-

A room at the Colonel Barrett Farmhouse before Alpine starts deleading

An Alpine crew member scrapes away 300 years of paint. tience. Over a thousand hours of meticulous work later, the results were hailed by the Marylou Davis, preservation specialists in charge who said. “I know of no other house in which so much decorative finish history is intact, revealed and easily readable. The work in uncovering this is remarkable!” Alpine is proud to be a part of the preservation of this national treasure. Ron Peik,- is the president of Alpine Environmental.

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High-Profile Feature: Weston Jesuit Community Housing


righton, MA - Boston College has achieved LEED for Homes Platinum with the Weston Jesuit Community Housing project. In 2008, the Weston Jesuit School of Theology merged with Boston College to form the new School for Theology and Ministry. As part of that merger, 72 priests and brothers were to relocate from 10 houses outside Harvard Square to the Brighton Campus; the result of that relocation is the Blessed Peter Faber campus. This blend of residential, worship, pastoral, and community programming sits on five acres of former Archdiocese of Boston land on the

BC Project Achieves LEED Platinum

The houses are clustered around a central gathering lawn.

The design required regrading portions of the site to accommodate the new building cluster.

cementitious cladding, fiberglass windows, and high quality asphalt roof shingles. The buildings are two and one-half stories above grade with pitched roofs and occupied attics. The project exceeds all state and national ADAAG and energy efficiency requirements. Xavier House is pending Silver LEED-NC certification, and the other four houses are certified Platinum LEED for Homes certification. The project team included LDa Architects LLP; general contractor Lee Kennedy Co. Inc.; MEP, FP, IT Engineering Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering PC; Structural Engineering Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates Inc.; Civil engineering VHB Engineering; Landscape Design Halvorson Design Partnership and LEED for Homes Provider Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

eastern edge of the existing BC campus. The project consists of a complex of five new buildings totaling about 50,000gsf. Four of the buildings house 72 Jesuits and guests; the fifth building serves as common gathering for group dining, worship, and administrative functions. The houses, as the Jesuits call them, are clustered around a central gathering lawn, with the community chapel gently turned to face the residential buildings. The scale of the buildings modulates between adjacent residential, institutional, and multifamily neighbors. All five buildings are panelized wood frame construction with slab on grade. Building exterior finishes include

Structural Engineer

The chapel can accommodate the entire Jesuit community.

The Weston Jesuit School at dusk

Project Team for Weston Jesuit Community Housing Architect - LDa Architects LLP General Contractor - Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. Structural Engineer - Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates, Inc. MEP Engineer - Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering Civil Engineer - VHB / Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Landscape Architect - Halvorson Design Partnership, Inc.

September, 2011


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September, 2011


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Tewksbury Tops Off New High School UMass Lowell Begins Steel Erection SMMA Architect, CTA GC

Steel beam signed by workers and attending celebrants before being raised Tewksbury, MA – Current and future students of Tewksbury Memorial High School recently joined more than 200 community members along with local and state civic leaders for a topping-off ceremony for the new school. Also on hand were representatives of Heery International, which is serving as the Town of Tewksbury High School Building Committee’s project manager on the $67.7 million school. Other project team members present at the event included representatives of the architect, SMMA, and the general contractor, CTA Ventures. Before being raised to the top of the structure, two steel beams were signed by the attending celebrants as well as seventh graders who will be the first students to graduate from the completed school.

The three-story, 219,000sf structure is designed to accommodate 1,100 students and will replace the existing high school built in 1959. Construction of the facility began in October 2010 and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2012. “This new high school is designed to meet sustainability standards as established by the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools, a green building rating system designed specifically for Massachusetts schools,” notes Tom Ellis, Heery’s Boston area manager. Tewksbury Memorial High School is also part of the state’s Model Schools program, which adapts successful designs from recently constructed schools, speeding the design process as well as reducing associated design costs.

Lowell, MA - Steel erection is sched­uled to begin for the new $27 million health and service building on the Lowell Campus of the University of Massachusetts. Total project cost is estimated to be $40 million, including furniture and IT and AV equipment. The new 69,000gsf health and social sciences building will provide much-needed additional New academic building on the south campus of instructional space and faculty offices. Relocation of existing de­ UMASS Lowell. partments to the new building will enable vacated space in existing buildings to optimize indoor air quality and comfort; to be renovated to accommodate the cur- 75% of regularly occupied spaces receive rent and future physical requirements of natural light; stormwater discharge to municipal collection system reduced by instruc­tional, office, and support uses. In response to the repeated requests on-site retention; water efficient landscapfrom members of the UML community, a ing does not require irrigation; 20% water four-story atrium lobby space with sky- consumption reduction by low flow toilet lights will promote student and faculty in- room fixtures; 40% of construction mate­ rials manufactured within 500 miles and teractions. The new building will will have 72 75% of construc­tion debris recycled. The work-to-date has been primar­ faculty offices, eight confer­ence rooms, ily conducted over the summer break. The seven classrooms and 16 sem­inar/project remaining work to erect and enclose the rooms. Primary users will be nursing, psy- structure will occur over the 2011-2012 academic year, and like the ETIC project chology and criminal justice. The building has been designed to a nine months further into construction on LEED Silver rating. Notable sustainable the north campus, no disruption to any university programs are anticipated. design features include: Gilbane Building Company is the Optimized energy performance construction manager, and Cambridge Sevthrough chilled beam technology for heat­ ing and cooling; reduced solar heat gain en Associates is its architect. Read the entire story at provided by a white PVC roof membrane; pvUHo-1g3. enhanced commissioning of MEP systems

September, 2011


High-Profile: Awards

Attleboro, MA - Contracting Specialists, Inc. of Attleboro will be given an Award of Merit at the International Concrete Repair Institute award program on Oct. 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The special award is for work performed on the MITowned Albany Street Garage in Cambridge. The building is a 135,000sf garage, with nine half-levels of pre-cast double tees, supported by cast-in-place columns and beams. The roof level and eastern most portion of the garage is cast-inplace with an unbonded post-tensioning reinforcement system. The primary route when exiting down the structure is through the four semicircular ramps on the east end of the garage. The ramps are cantilevered off of the east end and primarily supported by a bonded post-tensioning system. Phasing in this garage began in the

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basement and worked up through the outside half of the garage levels, then worked back down through the inside half of the levels. Phase 1 included for the complete capture of the semicircular ramps and the roof in order to complete the concrete repairs and subsequent urethane coatings as early as possible. During Phase 1 work on the semicircular ramp, as the cleanup crew made their way down a large demolished area on the third level, they noticed that the bonded post-tension cables were deteriorated to the point of failure. These PT cables ran perpendicular to the direction of the ramp and amounted to approximately two-thirds of all the PT cables on this level. The work was immediately stopped, the owner and engineer were called and it was determined that 18 emergency shoring towers were immediately required to

Semi-Circular Ramps with PT Formwork shore the third level ramp down to grade level. The majority of the project funding and labor was redistributed from the main garage to the replacement of the PT system at the third level of the semi-circular ramp. Given the short summer timeframe in which to complete the project, the most challenging aspect was completing the PT replacement work, grouting the PT ducts,

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September, 2011


High-Profile: Awards

SG&A Gets Design Award

Boston - Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc. (SG&A), received the 2011 International Interior Design Association (New England Chapter) Award for Best Research Facility for the design of the 120,000sf new corporate, R&D and manufacturing facility for Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. in Burlington. SG&A worked with Palomar to develop a design for its corporate headquarters Photo by Robert Benson Photography with flexibility, colInterior view of Palomar’s corporate headquarters laboration, and interteam, said, “IIDA NE’s Best Research Faaction at its core. The design encourages collaboration between cility Award is a recognition that we share research, manufacturing, and administra- with Palomar, as well as the rest of our detive functions and facilitates interactions sign, development, and construction partwith customers. The result is a cohesive ners on the project.” Companies that worked on the projand highly flexible work environment ect include: Nordblom Company develworthy of recognition. “SG&A assisted us in creating a so- oper; Erland Construction, construction phisticated facility that reflects our com- manager. AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc. actmitment to research and dedication to high production standards,” said Dan Valente, ed as mechanical/electrical/plumbing/fire executive chairman, Palomar Medical protection/tel/data engineers; McNamara/ Salvia, Inc. was the structural engineer, Technologies, Inc. Steve Cunningham, AIA, LEED AP, and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. served principal-in-charge of the SG&A design as site permitting/civil engineer.

Bliss Spa Receives IIDA Award Design by TRO Jung|Brannen

Boston - TRO Jung|Brannen’s design for the Bliss Spa, which made its debut in Boston last fall, is the recipient of the IIDA New England Design Award for Best Retail/Hospitality Design. Immediately upon entering, it is clear this is not your traditional spa— blues and jazz music pumps from the sound system and the entrances and retail displays are accented by climbing green foliage. Guests may view the newest products showcased on one of three Marcel-Wanders Droog Swings,

overgrown with ivy, or check out the newest trends in nail care as they float by on the “lazy river-inspired” conveyor belt. The garden theme established in the public spaces is echoed throughout the more private spaces. Exotic floral wall-covering, provided by Flavor Paper, appears to grow from floor to the ceiling in the men and women’s lounges. Even the inside edges of the Flos’s Skygarden light fixture showcase a relief of flowers.

Shawmut Design and Construction Wins Award

Watertown, MA - Shawmut Design and Construction has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). The Boston-based construction company was recognized on August 13 for an innovative program that turned a construction project at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown into a learning experience for students who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired. Shawmut CEO Tom

Goemaat accepted the award at the AER Regional Conference, held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Shawmut CEO Tom Goemaat accepted the award at the AER Regional Conference, held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. “I am honored to receive this award,” said Goemaat. “We consider it such a privilege to work with Perkins. The experience for our staff on site has made a lasting impression on them. The love, dedication and spirit on campus is truly inspirational.”

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September, 2011


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Suffolk Enrolls in Green Program

Boston - Suffolk Construction has enrolled in the Sustainable Performance Institute (SPI) Certification program. SPI Certification provides a road map for continuous improvement to help firms understand, set, and monitor their sustainability goals. Mark DiNapoli, president and general manager of Suffolk Construction’s Northeast region, states, “At Suffolk, we are proud of our commitment to be a green, environmentally-conscious company that will set a new standard in sus-

tainability for the construction industry.” SPI Certification provides a road map for continuous improvement to help firms understand, set and monitor their sustainability goals. Certification offers differentiation and metrics to evaluate claims of sustainability. It addresses recognized standards and certifications such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, and Architecture 2030, but goes beyond these specific guidelines to look at overall organizational capacity.

Clean Energy Benefits Outweigh Cost

Boston - The Patrick-Murray Administration recently released a new report showing that the benefits of investment in the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy significantly outweigh the cost. The report, “Recent Electricity Market Reforms in Massachusetts: A Report of Benefits and Costs,” was prepared by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), in consultation with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), as required by the Economic Development Reorganization Act signed by Governor Deval Patrick last year. It notes that the Commonwealth, like most New England states, has historically paid more for electricity due to its lack of indigenous energy sources. Look-

ing at a range of administrative, legislative, and regulatory changes put in place over the past four years to reverse that trend, the report examines the costs and benefits of these changes on customers’ electric bills and on the state’s economy as a whole. The report found that, when compared to the estimated $8.4 billion spent on electricity in Massachusetts in 2009, the resources committed to implement new energy market policy initiatives are modest and promise direct benefits to ratepayers and the Commonwealth at large. Chief among the benefits that accrue from these policies are economic development and job creation. To read the full report, visit http://

Solar Lighting Best Solution for BMH

Brattleboro, VT - Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) recently installed solar lighting to help expand its parking facilities. Between limited parking to start with, mountains of snow in the parking lot in the winter months, and frequent group visits from nearby schools, Rob Prohaska, director of plant services, had a parking problem. The hospital identified a nearby weed strewn lot within walking distance and arranged to lease the space for auxiliary parking Solar powered system lights Brattleboro Memorial As he began to tally up the Hospital’s auxiliary parking area. costs of a new and separate meter from the utility company, in ading Vermont’s shortest days, the systems dition to expensive trenching and wiring can collect enough energy to support its costs, solar powered lighting looked like normal operation through 15 hour nights. the best solution. Now that the systems are installed, The lighting layout uses nine Solar plans are in place to expand the use of soOne Shoebox Series Light Fixtures to illu- lar powered lighting to other areas of the minate the auxiliary parking lot. Even dur- campus.

LRTA Installs Solar

Lowell, MA - In the state’s largest public transit solar project to date, Ostrow Electric of Worcester, is under way with the .5MW solar project at the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) Bus and Maintenance facility at 100 Hale Street in Lowell.

The solar electric installation will be comprised of 1,911 250kw solar panels on the 70,000sf roof. It will generate 489,700kwh of electricity per year, saving the agency up to $85,000 annually.




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September, 2011


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

New Police Station LEED Certified Boulos New Utility/Power Group Projects

“The new station is a sign of things to come for Dudley Square.” - Mayor Menino Boston - On July 30, Mayor Menino celebrated the opening of the new area B-2 police station in Roxbury’s Dudley Square. Covering 34,500sf, the three-story steel frame building with a masonry exterior cost approximately $15 million to build. “This new building will complement the City’s attempt to promote energy efficiency, green technology, and alternative energy solutions,” Mayor Menino said. The new station incorporates energyefficient building systems as well as brand new site utility systems and achievesLEED Silver certification. The station is the City’s first public safety building to attain the prominent LEED Silver certification. Some of the green features within Edsel Ford Memorial Library Hotchkiss School • Lakeville, CT

the building include day-lighting; energy efficiency; reduced water use; promoting alternative transportation methods, green education and maintenance initiatives; expansion of landscaped areas; a reflective roof; the City’s first vegetated roof and a comprehensive construction waste recycling. The site of construction for the new police station was formerly the Modern Electroplating plant, which was considered one of the most contaminated pieces of land in the state. An exhaustive remediation process cleaned the site. The project team included J&J Contractors, Inc. as the general contractor, and Leers Weinzapfel Associates as the design firm.

Roxbury, ME - E.S. Boulos Company’s Utility/Power Group, based in Lewiston, has been awarded and is well under way with both the new Roxbury 115kV/34.5kV substation and an eight mile 115kV overhead transmission line project. Both projects were awarded to ESB by Iberdrola USA/CMP and are being constructed in support of the Record Hill Wind Farm Project that is being developed by Independence Wind.

The eight mile overhead transmission line project is well under way

The new Roxbury Substation in progress.

The new OH 115KV Section 270 line will run from the existing Rumford Falls Hill Substation to the new Roxbury Substation. The eight-mile transmission line will be single pole davit arm constructed adjacent to the existing 34.5 kV Line Section 59. Pat Driscoll is ESB’s project manager for the OH T-Line project, and Timothy Murphy is the project superintendent. The new Roxbury Substation is being constructed concurrent to the Overhead Transmission Line project, which is headed by project manager John Carrier and superintendent Kevin Nesbit.

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September, 2011


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

HI-Boston Recieves Greenfest Award

Boston - Hostelling International Boston (HI-Boston) announced that it is the grand prize winner of the 2011 Boston Metro GreenFest Award. HI-Boston is part of Hostelling International’s Eastern New England Council. The award – given out by The Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. and the Boston Metro - recognizes the most exemplary and environmentally responsible exhibitor, sponsor or vendor at Boston GreenFest 2011. HI-Boston was chosen based on its environmentally-focused mission, leadership in promoting green practices, and community outreach fostering cross-cultural understanding. “Hostels are built on the concept of shared spaces and by design help to reduce a traveler’s footprint while promoting guest interaction,” said Deborah Ruhe, executive director of HI-New England. HI-Boston currently operates a hostel located at 12 Hemenway Street in the Fenway area. The New Boston Hostel will include several sustainable design components including low-flow plumbing fixtures and reduced lighting loads – taking advantage of the historic building’s tall windows. A green “g” icon will be placed throughout the facility to indicate these elements. “The New Boston Hostel will be the first LEED Certified hostel in the U.S. and will be a model for green accommoda-

Deborah Ruhe, shown with other GreenFest participants. tions,” said Ruhe. “In addition, the hostel will incorporate a green roof, green elevators, bicycle storage, recycled building materials, along with energy and water saving features. The New Boston Hostel will be the third largest hostel in the U.S. and will accommodate up to 468 guests per night. Construction for the hostel is well underway with the projected opening set for the spring of 2012. The facility will accommodate more than 40,000 travelers each year that will learn about its green design and low-impact operations. The influx of hostellers is expected to generate more than $16 million, greatly enhancing the local economy. In addition, HI-Boston supports programs for local youth, such as Cultural Kitchen – a program designed to teach inner city youth about different cultures through cooking

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Harriman Designs Bonnette, Page and Stone Builds

Idlehurst School-Greenest in the State

Somersworth, NH - Construction is complete on the new 580-student Idlehurst Elementary School in Somersworth. The $19.9 million school was designed by architecture and engineering firm Harriman. Bonnette, Page and Stone of Laconia was construction manager. The new 82,000sf single-story, pre-K through 5 school, was open as Idlehurst-school - greenest in the state planned for the first day of school on August 30. Each of the 24 classrooms automatic controllability of light fixtures; incorporates state-of-the art technology in- and on-demand ventilation providing venticluding interactive smartboards, a white lation to occupied spaces only. board, and teacher laptop computers. Each The school was designed to meet the classroom is color-coordinated by class- Northeast CHPS program offered by the room wings, with the color of the chairs, N.H. Department of Education (NHDE) for floor tiles, and wall trim representing the an additional 3% state building aid. Accordgrade of the students who use the room. All ing to Ed Murdough of the NHDE, the school classrooms offer an abundance of natural is the greenest in the state. The school dislight, creating a warm and inviting learning trict was presented with a check for $75,000 environment. The new school also features from Public Service of New Hampshire for a media center with an adjoining computer going above and beyond standard cost-savlab, full-size gymnasium, music and art ing and sustainable design features. rooms, and a cafetorium with a stage. The school was designed to also serve Some of the many energy-saving as a community resource and can easily be measures include building orientation to sectioned off for community use, including maximize solar heat gain and daylighting; the gymnasium, cafetorium, library, and a sunshades on the south-facing side con- dedicated community room for local orgatrollng direct sunlight into the spaces, thus nizations. In the event of a disaster, the new reducing cooling costs; radiant floor heating facility can be used as a community shelter in approximately 100% of the classrooms; including a command room for the fire dedaylighting control through the use of in- partment. ternal light shelves, external sun shades and

natural gas production and transportation infrastructure is a market pricing dynamic. Bearish factors – pulling or keeping prices down: Shale drilling continues to be a major energy resource for the foreseeable future. The horizontal drill rig count is up 27% year-over-year. Sluggish economic recovery. Without increased volume due to increased

limited, or restricted. As a testament to this real regulatory threat, take notice of the educational and industry advertisements that the natural gas industry is conducting to educate the public that hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, is an important means of securing natural gas for the foreseeable future. Nuclear plants licenses not renewed. There is concern that sevWhile Basis is fairly consistent in eral nuclear facilities in the North- pricing within the rest of the United States, east may not be given renewed operating licenses. Vermont Yankee the northeast is the exception because of and Indian Point are considered to infrastructure capacity constraints. be vulnerable and the market will move higher in response to this outcome. economic activity, increased supply will While this will not transpire until 2015 or continue to keep market prices for natural beyond, combined with retirement of cur- gas low. Recommendation: rent oil fire electricity generating capacity in While there are many factors that the ISO-NE region, this reduction in capacity will most likely be substituted for natural contribute to volatility, futures for natural gas affecting price and possible infrastruc- gas and basis appear to be stable but rising. Set your goals, be in a position to act when ture requirements. Consumers change to natural gas. prices start to rise, and you can feel comfortThe high prices of oil are driving a shift to able making a two year decision with an eye natural gas as a fuel of choice for as many to making a longer term commitment if bullish forces take hold. consumers that are able to do so. Pope Energy is a broker of electricity High oil prices. Incentivizes vertical drilling platforms to target oil as the fuel of and natural gas representing the interest of choice away from lower priced natural gas. the buyer. We bring the capacity and capaA more robust economic recovery bilities of our Channel Partners to benefit our customer’s interest. will boost demand for natural gas. Doug Pope is president of Pope InActive hurricane season. Hurricanes or the “fear” that hurricanes will interrupt dustries.

September, 2011


High-Profile: News

IBEW Local 103 Pin Night

Big Renovations, Small Dollars

Service Pins and Scholarships Presented

l-r: Patrick Johnson, Jennifer Tomasetti, Dylan Cosgrove, Danielle Marini, John Dumas, Michael Monahan, Megan Smith, Denis Rezendes, Reilly Smart and Grace Wallace.

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Boston - The IBEW Local 103 held its pin night recently to recognize the years of service of its members. John P. Dumas, president of IBEW Local 103; Chuck Monahan, financial secretary, IBEW Local 103; and Michael P. Monahan, business manager of IBEW Local 103 presented 326 members with pins ranging from 20 years of service to 69 years of service. A pin is given starting at 20 years and then every five years up until 50 years of service and after that, every year. Robert W. Baker was presented with a 69 year pin. Scholarships were presented to 10 students who each received $10,000. The students were selected based on their academic excellence and an application process. The scholarship award recipients include:

Erin Crane, Abington - U of Mass., Amherst; Dylan Cosgrove, Wrentham Holy Cross College, Worcester; Danielle Marini, Waltham - Univ. of Vt; Denis Rezendes, Hyde Park - Babson College; Reilly Smart, Weymouth - BU; Patrick Johnson, Whitman - Providence College, R.I.; Megan Smith, Norwell - University of R.I.; Jennifer Tomasetti, Holliston - Bryant University, RI; Grace Wallace, Norwell - U of Miss.; and Christopher Wood - San Marcos, Cal. - Univ. of California at San Diego. Michael Monahan, business manager, IBEW Local 103, said, “We are pleased to award scholarships to students for their academic excellence and achievements and it is another way we like to help the families of IBEW Local 103 members.”

by George Takoudes Space planning, project evaluation, and construction budget optimization are intrinsic components to facility and planning offices at colleges and universities. The stakes for capital allocation decisions are heightened for teaching and research labs given their increased budget requirements for fit-out and building systems. Contemporary academic lab design finds a different set of parameters: discerning students, design-savvy faculty, and razor-thin margins. A more and more common solution points to space reuse and rehabilitation — a solution that can prove prudent and cost-effective but challenges the architect and design team to seek creative, affordable solutions without compromising teaching, safety, or classroom technologies. Academic teaching and research lab renovations can include a variety of lab sizes and types for biology, chemistry, and physics. These labs often demand high volumes of air for fume hoods, increased electrical needs for equipment, and strict temperature and humidity controls to meet stringent requirements for equipment and experiments. Moreover, lab safety concerns translate into science teaching environments with good visibility and requisite safety stations. And teaching labs must work for faculty, teaching assistants, and students to ensure oversight, observation, and effective instruction including computational stations and computer locations as an integral part of labs design. As home to students ranging from novice scientists to hardcore pre-meds to nonmajors seeking a distribution requirement, teaching labs are among the most

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Renovated organic chemistry teaching lab at Suffolk University

intense and dynamic educational environments at colleges or universities. Obsolete facilities, new equipment, and competition with peer institutions all contribute to the ongoing and ever-moreimportant need for colleges and universities to refresh and reformulate their labs and associated classrooms and resource rooms. These needs — compounded by an uncertain economy — are leading many institutions to pursue strategies in rejuvenating spaces rather than replacing them. Outdated spaces can be successfully transformed by a new generation aesthetic crafted in clear, understandable layouts and constructed of affordable and durable materials. It is this newest formulation that is proving to be the most teaching-focused, cost-conscious, and clearest expression of challenging renovations, aka ‘big renovations for small dollars. George Takoudes, AIA LEED AP is a principal at Isgenuity, LLC in Needham, Mass.

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High-Profile: Expert Advice

High-Profile: News Home for Little Wanderers

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Rendering of the cottages behavioral, educational, and psychiatric issues. Longview Farm currently has a residential capacity of 22 students and provides services including individualized treatment plans, a year-round outdoor education/ adventure program, psychological and educational evaluations and assessments, and pre-vocational training. Beals and Thomas, Inc. (B+T) was retained by The Home in 2008 to assist with the engineering associated with an expansion to the Knight Children’s Center at its Jamaica Plain campus. Due to increased operating costs and various program changes The Home soon decided to relocate the Knight Children’s Center from Jamaica Plain to the Longview Farm campus. B+T quickly switched the focus from the challenges of redeveloping an extremely constrained urban site to the challenges associated with new development within a residential and suburban setting.

Architect’s rendering of the entry Even without the proposed consolidation, the 16,000sf existing school building at Longview Farm was deemed inadequate for the current school programs. The classrooms were undersized; space for art, music, and science were nonexistent; and the existing building was in need of improved mechanical systems. The Home sought out the services of Roundel 47, an architecture firm specializing in the design of education facilities, and owner’s project managers, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services. The project team was engaged to provide design and permitting services to remedy these deficiencies by renovating and expanding the existing school building, providing additional classroom space, and replacing many of the mechanical systems with en-

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ergy efficient-systems, and making muchneeded repairs to aging infrastructure. Great effort was put forth into the architectural design of the structures in order to make them fit with the rural character of the residential neighborhood setting. The scale of the buildings is consistent with other buildings in the area, and the materials utilized will be residential in nature. The configuration of the school addition is such to take advantage of the site topography to minimize the overall mass, while avoiding existing ledge to the extent practicable. The resultant building will create a central courtyard to be utilized as outdoor classroom space as well as a quiet location for meetings with students and counselors. After completing a rigorous permitting process with local authorities, work has recently begun on the school expansion which, consists of the construction of a 31,000sf, two-story addition to provide the necessary classroom space for the existing and relocated student population, as well as increased clinical offices and associated school facilities. Bowdoin Construction has been selected as the construction manager. Two additional residential buildings are proposed as part of this project. These structures will consist of student bedrooms, resident staff office space, a residential style kitchen, and common areas. An existing older dormitory that is in need of structural repair and systems upgrades will be replaced with two small 2,600sf residential cottages. Upon completion of the project, Longview Farm will be the home for an expanded program for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17 years old, where they will enjoy the new facilities as well as in exciting activities using the existing swimming pool, Project Adventure ropes challenge course, putting green, fishing and ice skating pond, hiking and nature trails, and vegetable and herb gardens and orchard, where they will grow their own food. The experiences this setting provides will help the children to gain self-esteem, learn to take risks, and acquire basic skills that they can apply in their own community after they have left The Home’s care. David J. LaPointe, RLA, LEED AP is an associate at Beals and Thomas, Inc.

by Jeanne MacLellan be defaced; exterior surfaces wiped down; Moving, be it your home or office, waste materials properly disposed of. is always a complicated process. Stressful Hiring the mover becomes a little and time-consuming, more complex with a lab move. Make it can become quite sure to vet that each mover bidding has the daunting endeav- in fact worked in a lab before, checking or. Add the complex- with references, and confirm what their ities of a lab and you exact responsibilities were and what types are gearing up for a of equipment were involved. Determine whole other level to if a rigger will be required (not uncomyour move. Why do mon with lab moves) along with a general labs differ? With all mover. Chemicals and biologics will require Jeanne MacLellan the normal requirements of moving the their own mover. Most times there is a office, a new layer service vendor in place who handles the of complexity is brought in with the spe- lab waste, and usually they are equipped cialized equipment, chemicals, biologics, to help with your move; getting them on and on-going experiments that come with board early will help save time and money moving a lab. later in the project. Now is the time to Starting with purge anything that Working with your Environ- may have expired equipment, you must evaluate each piece mental Health & Safety (EH&S) or is no longer beand determine what representative, come up with a ing used - take actions will be re- plan to decontaminate all the this opportunity quired before and equipment. to come up with a after the move. Does clear inventory of the facilities group what is there, what need to be involved with equipment dis- is needed, and what can be disposed of. connects/reconnects; does the equipment None of these decisions are made need to be calibrated; what other service alone. Involving the scientific staff is a vendors need to be scheduled? Many of must. This is a very knowledgeable and the analytical pieces require having the hands-on group of people. They must be manufacturer’s technician service them allowed to provide input into the schedfor both pre- and post-move, as not doing ule; what they are working on in the lab so may void any service warranties that can greatly affect when you can shut down are in place. Scheduling of these vendors and relocate them. Often they will be the can be time-consuming and must be done ones doing the work to get all the equipwith ample notice. In many cases, there ment ready to go, so don’t allow them to are only one or two service technicians underestimate the time needed to accomwho cover a significant territory, so their plish all the tasks at hand. time is scarce. Organization is the key. Be sure to Working with your Environmental have a strong team in place to keep track Health & Safety (EH&S) representative, of all the details, and your lab move is come up with a plan to decontaminate guaranteed to be a success. all the equipment. Most movers will not Jeanne MacLellan is senior project touch anything if they cannot confirm it is manager and lab specialist at Dowling safe to handle. Hazardous stickers need to Huoy LLC.

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High-Profile: Multi-Residential Development News

691 Mass. Ave. Completed

The Residences at 691 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston

Boston - Urbanica, Berkeley Building Company, and Studio Luz have completed the Residences at 691 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. The 40 unit building includes both interior and exterior parking spaces and consists of six floors and roof deck with views of the Boston skyline. The Massachusetts Avenue façade is terra cotta on the lower four levels, with metal panel exterior on the fifth floor. The penthouse, also in a metal panel finish, is set back from the building line to limit the overall appearance of height. A number of units have been sold, and it is anticipated that the continued strong interest will result in the balance of the building being occupied by the end of this year. Some highlights of the construction itself included extensive underpinning of the adjacent buildings. The underpinning totaled over 100 feet to a depth of eight feet and was done in a three-week period.

Six projecting oriel windows give depth to the façade and allow the residences of the third floor an extensive view north and south along Massachusetts Avenue and the residences on the fourth floor a small private deck. The façade design consultant was Studio Luz Architects, David M Berg provided the structural design, VGNA provided electrical design, Panitsas Associates the mechanical and plumbing, and Fernandez Associates the fire suppression.

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Jewett Completes FedEx Expansion

Saco, ME - Jewett Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors, of Raymond, N.H., under contract with PM Construction, recently completed an expansion of a FedEx ground facility at 115 Industrial Park Road in Saco, Maine. The project included a new 24,500sf pre-engineered steel building, an addition to the existing 60,000sf structure erected by JMB in 2005, which provides added warehouse space and seven new loading

dock doors. Additional work included the removal of existing endwall siding, wall girts and columns prior to the expansion—all without disturbing the facility’s day-to-day operations. Additional challenges included working in severely confined areas with limited access around the perimeter of the building.

Ironwood Completes Façade

Ironwood Commercial Construction recently completed a 14,000sf exterior façade for Sabre Management, currently the Winchester office of Alleghany Contract Flooring, along with 5,000sf interior office renovations. The façade and building envelope has been updated with a modern design using Metal Span insulated panels in two finishes to provide architectural detail at the main office entry and the new showroom entry. An updated “false” façade also adds prominence to the main entry. New ribbon windows and storefronts were installed throughout to add natural light to the existing and new office interiors. Landscaping and exterior signage completed the renovations. Ironwood Commercial Construction, led by Bill Hommel and Molly Pidgeon, is a forward-thinking company seeking part-

The new façade adds prominence to the main entry. nerships with both clients and vendors who are interested in the economic and environmental benefits of conserving resources. Ironwood specializes in projects within the private corporate, industrial/manufacturing, academic, and retail sectors throughout New England.

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Hospital Parking Foundation Complete Thundermist Holds Ribbon Cutting Pro Con Architect and CM, Design by Doonan

Designed by Vision 3 Architects

West Warwick, RI - Vision 3 Architects recently joined Thundermist’s acting CEO Chuck Jones, former CEO Maria Montanaro and state officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony of Thundermist Community Health Center’s newest location at 186 Providence Street in West Warwick. This is an adaptive reuse of a 120-year-old historic granite mill building that is known in the community as The Cotton Shed. The new facility will enable Thundermist to expand its medical services to meet the increasing needs of West Warwick and surrounding areas. Dental services will remain at the old Main Street location. Designed by Vision 3 Architects, the

new health center has a unique character achieved through creative integration of a modern medical facility into a two-story historic mill building. Working with State Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, the design concept preserves and features many historic elements of the building including the existing clerestory windows, heavy timber construction and exposed interior stone and brick walls. The new 18,000sf health center greatly expands Thundermist’s ability to serve its patients. Included are 28 exam rooms, a 75-100 person multi-purpose conference room, clinical, staff, and administrative space all on one level.

Pro Con Completes Medical Office

New 14-ft high foundation wall of Lowell General Hospital’s parking deck Chelmsford, MA - The foundation is complete for Lowell General Hospital’s new 35,000sf parking deck that is part of the hospital’s new medical office building complex at 14 Research Place. Pro Con, Inc of Manchester, N.H. is the architect and construction manager for the new design build facility that will significantly expand the hospital’s suburban campus. Initial conceptual design was provided by Doonan Architects of Westford, Mass.

The 30,000sf medical office building will have a 347 car parking deck to accommodate medical and physician practice space. The hospital’s $10 million expansion will bring an extensive array of new quality, leading edge outpatient services to the Chelmsford community and beyond andimprove access to medical care and physician practices making Lowell General Chelmsford one of the premiere outpatient facilities in the Merrimack Valley.

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Portsmouth, NH - Pro Con Inc of Manchester has completed Beacon Internal Medicine’s office fit-up. The medical office is located on the second floor of the West Building on Borthwick Avenue, adjacent to the Portsmouth Hospital. Pro Con Inc was the general contractor and AG Architects, PC of Dover was the project architect. The medical office includes 13 exam rooms, physician offices, administrative offices, a conference room, and View of Beacon Internal Medicine’s new offices a spacious reception area. As part of the project, Pro Con wood flooring, specialty lighting and new Inc provided custom millwork, sculptural interior finishes.

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Bowdoin Completes Golf Clubhouse Haley & Aldrich Golf Tournament Designed by Maugel Architects

Boston - Haley & Aldrich hosted their first annual Golf Tournament, a charitable outing to benefit two long-standing clients, Children’s Hospital Boston and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. The event attracted about 100 golfers from Bostonarea AEC, real estate de-

Iliana Alvarado, senior engineer, and Mark Haley, senior VP, Haley & Aldrich, present the $10,000 donation to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s Maureen Banks, COO, David Storto, president, and David Burson, senior project manager.

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Exterior view of the new Needham Golf Club Needham, MA - Bowdoin Construction completed the construction of a new 14,000sf golf clubhouse for the Needham Golf Club in time for the summer season. The new two-story wood-framed facility, designed by Maugel Architects, features a large function room, a grill room with coffered ceilings and mahogany millwork, commercial kitchen, outdoor covered deck, pro-shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, meeting and conference rooms, View of the new grill room administrative offices, and cart storage.

Brookstone Completes Demolition

Manchester, N.H. - Brookstone Builders, Inc., construction managers and general contractors headquartered in Manchester, recently have completed a demolition project for the N.H. Air National Guard in Newington. The scope-of-work involved the demolition of an obsolete two-story 13,000sf

building, which was formerly used by the 157th Air Refueling Wing Squadron at the Pease Air National Guard Base. The project also involved standard abatement, landscaping reestablishment, granite curbing, paving, hydro-seeding, and the removal of debris. David Giovagnoli of Brookstone Builders was the project manager.

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Bradford, VT – Wil Buskey, president and owner of ARC Mechanical Contractors in Bradford, announced significant changes to the company’s corporate structure. With retirement approaching, Buskey has redefined the management team that will steer ARC to a future without him. His new role as chief executive officer allows him to continue to guide (seated, l-r) Wayne Vanasse, Jody Perkins, the company’s direction, but the dayto-day operations of ARC will now be Andy Courchesne, (standing, l-r) Wil Buskey, Brian Sager handled by Jody Perkins, ARC’s current service manager and new president. and design; Andy Courchesne, vice presiARC’s redefined management team is Wilton L. Buskey, CEO; Jody dent, sales and operations manager; and Perkins, president, service manager; Brian Wayne Vanasse, general manager, chief fiSager, vice president, chief of engineering nancial officer.

EYP Partners With Long Point Capital

Albany, NY - EYP Architecture & Engineering, headquartered in Albany, announced that Long Point Capital acquired a minority interest in the privately held firm. With offices in Boston, Greenville, New York City, Orlando, and Washington, D.C., EYP is a leading AE firm providing both stand alone and integrated architecture and engineering design, master planning, and energy services to a wide variety of prominent public and private clients. Financial details were not disclosed. “This relationship fulfills a number of our key strategic goals,” said Tom Birdsey,

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Three at Tighe & Bond Licensed

Westfield, MA Three Tighe & Bond engineers recently passed their PE exams to become professional licensed engineers. All are from the firm’s Westfield office. Daniel Boulais has worked for Tighe Boulais & Bond for 18 years and has substantial engineering experience in civil/site, solid waste, water resources, and roadway improvement projects. Carlos Chaves, LEED AP has been with Tighe & Bond for six years and has engineering experience in civil/site, water



resources, energy and resource conservation, construction administration, and wastewater projects. Zachariah Chornyak also has worked at Tighe & Bond for six years and has experience in civil/site and wastewater engineering.

Anderson Joins Boulos

Lewiston, ME – David Anderson has recently joined the E.S. Boulos Company’s Safety Department and will be handling overall safety and environmental inspections for the company’s Utility Division Overhead Transmission Line project,

which will run from the Rumford Falls, Maine substation to the Roxbury, Maine substation. Anderson brings over 35 years’ experience in the overhead line construction business to the company.

ROI Adds Manley

Needham, MA - Resource Options Inc. (ROI) announced the recent addition of account manager Christopher Manley. In his new position Manley will be responsible for overall business development in the construction division. He has worked in the construction industry for over 10 years and is an active member of the Associated Builders and Contractors. ROI provides staffing solutions to the construction, design and environmental industries.


Windover Adds Three

Manchester-bythe-Sea, MA - Windover, LLC, of Manchesterby-the-Sea announced the hiring of three new employees. Paul Bogart, director of finance and administration, joins Windover with 25 years of Sears real estate development and construction industry experience. He will provide the firm with a comprehensive set of financial skills. Shannon Hale, executive assistant, joins the company after many years of administrative experience with major northeast firms such as Fidelity Investments and

North Andover, MA - SAK Environmental, LLC has added Sherry Albert to its team as a senior engineer and risk assessor. She is a senior environmental (chemical) engineer with 25 years of broad experience in environmental management and risk assessment for the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. Her areas of expertise include human health risk assess-


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ment, site investigation/environmental due diligence, Mass. Contingency Plan (MCP), toxics use reduction, remediation and process design, industrial waste treatment, fate and transport modeling, and technical report preparation. In addition to risk assessment, Albert has over 20 years experience conducting site investigations and remediation design.

Manchester, NH- Amy Doherty has been promoted to senior project manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental’s Manchester office. Doherty first joined the company in 2000 as a project manager focusing on environmental site assessment and remedial planning. Formerly, Doherty was an environmental scientist at Stone & Webster Engineering.


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Three Join Vision 3

Providence, RI – Vision 3 Architects, headquartered in Providence, announced the addition of three new members to its staff. Rene Croteau has joined Vision 3 as a job captain. He brings over five years of experience to the company. Croteau joins the corporate office team and is currently working on a project for Providence Community Health Centers that involves the historic restoration of a mill building in Providence. Jill Karkovice has joined Vision 3 Architects as an interior designer. She has over five years of experience that includes the interior design of corporate offices, institutional spaces, and government projects. Karkovice is responsible for all phases of interior design. She is currently working on projects for Hanna Instruments in Smithfield and Delta Dental in Providence. Katie Lidestri joins the firm as mar-



keting director. She brings over seven years of experience to Vision 3 and will play a key role in planning and implementing marketing strategy, brand identity, and promoting the firm.

Needham, Ma - Resource Options Inc. announced the recent a (ROI) provides staffing solutions to the construction, design an Manley will be responsible for overall business development in Lidestri construction industry for over 10 years and is an active membe Contractors. DMS Design Adds Three



Mullen Advertising. Marc Sears joins Windover Construction as the newest member of the customer service group. Formerly with Payne/Bouchier Inc., Sears is a licensed construction supervisor in the State of Massachusetts.

DTC Promotes Finitz

Andover, MA - Diversified Technology Consultants, Inc. (DTC) chairman and CEO, Dr. Murali Atluru, announced the promotion of Jeff Finitz to vice president. Finitz joined DTC in 2004 as project manager and as manager of Mass. operations in its Andover office. He has over 25 years of design experience on numerous public and private sector engineering projects.

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Currently, his work focuses on enhancing the safety of transportation infrastructures across New England, including complex, multi-million dollar projects for highways, bridges, and tunnels; arteries, commuter rails, and transit systems; and historic renovations within urban environments.

Beverly, MA DMS Design LLC of Beverly announced the hiring of three new employees. Lorie K. Skolski, Realtor joins as principal responsible for market direction, strategic planning, operations, Boutchia partner relationships and accounting. She is also president and COO of ZeroPoint Risk Research, LLC of Boston. Sid Silveira joins the firm as project manager. He has over 15 years of residential and commercial architectural experience, including additions to high-end homes to large multi-family housing, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement communities. Silveira’s experience also includes varying types of projects



including retail buildings, daycare centers, and healthcare facilities. Ginny Boutchia has been hired as lead drafter. She has over 16 years experience in master site planning and all aspects of schematic design. She has worked on a number of restaurants, office buildings, daycare centers, healthcare facilities, and banking institutions.

September, 2011


BKA Adds Five

Brocketon, MA - BKA Architects has added five staff members. Jill S. Peebles, a registered architect with 11 years of experience, will fill the role of project architect and project manager on a variety of Peebles projects. Peebles formerly worked for Asebrook & Co. Architects, Blackstone Block Architects, Jones Architects, and Gary Wolf Architects. Nathan Langlais is currently working as project manager for the Dollar Tree in Fall River, as well as providing support for projects under way for Horizon Beverage, Stonehill College, and Holiday Inn Taunton. Prior work experience includes positions with Peter Quinn Architects, Boston College, and Lerner | Ladds + Bartels. Christopher Pizzichemi, as job captain on the lululemon athletica retail design team, develops projects through all phases into construction. He has six years of experience, and has worked at Clark & Green, Inc. and Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. John W. Cali is working on projects for Talbots, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and


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lululemon athletica. Prior work experience includes positions with Nelson, KlingStubbing, and Wessling Architects. Joanna T. Myers has been providing support to BKA’s retail teams. At present, she is working on projects in progress for lululemon athletica, Reebok, Rockport and Talbots.

returned to Gilbane as an office engineer and has since risen through the estimating ranks. McCoy has been at the forefront of establishing the CM at-risk movement in Massachusetts and estimated many K-12 and other public projects.

CEI Staff Members Now P.E.

Merrimack, NH 
 – Comprehensive Environmental Inc (CEI) announced that two of its current staff members are now professional engineers (P.E.). Scott Salvucci, P.E. and Nick Cristofori, P.E. have obtained Salvucci their professional engineer licenses through the State of New Hampshire.

Salvucci and Cristofori are experienced in various civil engineering projects within the areas of stormwater, drinking water, wastewater, transportation, and hazardous waste. CEI, an enviCristofori ronmental and civil engineering consultant firm, has offices in N.H., Mass. and Conn. 

TRGB Hires Three

Hopkinton, MA - TRG Builders (TRGB) announced the addition of Keith Kerr, Douglas Stapelfeld, and Michael O’Neill to its project management team. Kerr joins TRGB as a project manager. Before joining the company, he oversaw projects for clients that include Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Boston University, Northeastern University, AT&T, and the Renaissance Marriott Boston Waterfront Hotel. In this new role, Kerr will be responsible for managing the daily operations of projects for TIAX, Genzyme, and Allergan

Burlington, MA - Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST), headquartered in Burlington, has added two key members to its senior technical staff. Geoff Webster, P.E. has 26 years of experience in geoWebster technical analysis and design, with recent experience focused on roadway, highway, bridge, and site development projects for Massachusetts public agencies and municipalities.

Nassim Razi, J.D., P.E. brings experience in electrical engineering as well as construction law. Her work at FST has involved electrical design for the U.S. Navy and Massachusetts Water Resources Razi Authority, and she previously led electrical engineering design for museum, educational, and medical centers in Texas, California, and the Middle East.

Hopkinton, MA - The Richmond Group (TRG) announced three new additions to its field staff. Jeffrey Nollet joins the firm as a project superintendent. With a background spanning 20 years, he has held the roles of field engineer, superintendent, mechanical superintendent, and mechanical coordinator. Currently, he is overseeing the expansion of Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc.’s campus in Cambridge for TRG. He has supervised work for Sirtris, ImmunoGen Inc., 215 First Street/Shell & Core Lab conversion, and the Clinical Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Matthew Fletcher has been hired as an assistant superintendent and is currently

supporting TRG on the AstraZeneca Gaus project in Waltham. Previously, he helped oversee projects for Caritas Christi Carney Hospital, Caritas Christi St. Anne’s Hospital, Caritas Christi Good Samaritan Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Tufts University. J. Ryan St. Martin, as assistant superintendent, will apply his background of civil engineering and construction management to the AstraZeneca Gaus project. Before joining TRG he was a civil engineer for Boston’s Zakim Bridge inspection and Tobin Bridge rehabilitation projects. Other projects include an office build-out for Cengage Learning in Boston and various renovation projects at Fenway Park.

Portland, Maine – Harriman announced the addition of two senior healthcare architects. Richard Borrelli, AIA, joins Harriman with 25 years of professional experience in healthcare facility programming, planning, Borrelli and design. His experience ranges from ambulatory to acute care and includes renovations, expansions, and new construction projects, with the focus on creating healing environments that respond to patient, staff, and physician needs. Prior to joining the company, Bor-

relli served as design director for the in-house architectural arm of Trinity Health. William Pogar, AIA, comes to Harriman with over 30 years of professional experience, Pogar 15 of those years focused in healthcare design, encompassing all aspects of planning and design. Pogar spent the past decade as Maine Medical Center’s in-house architect. Harriman, an architecture and engineering firm, has offices in Maine and New Hampshire.

TRG Expands Field Operations

McCoy Named VP

Boston - Joseph W. McCoy has been named a vice president in the New England region by Gilbane Building Company. McCoy started his career 1984 as a laborer when Gilbane still self-performed work. After attending UMass, he

FST Adds Two

Medical. Stapelfeld will assume the role of project superintendent, working with Kerr at TIAX. Prior to his new role with TRGB, he supervised laboratory projects for clients including Merck, Boston University and Hittite Microwave Corporation. O’Neill joins the company as a working superintendent and is currently managing construction projects for Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

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2nd Annual Education Day & TradeSeptember 24, 5-9 p.m. show Northeast Sustainable EnOctober 25, 2011 - Taunton Inn and ergy Association 2011 AnConference Center, Taunton, Mass. nual Meeting The second Annual NECMA EducaCUNY Institute for Sustion Day & Tradeshow promises more tainable Cities at Hunter College, NYC educational opportunities and CEUs Projjal Dutta of the MTA will address the as well as an expanded scope of proenergy impacts of transportation. grams, including sessions specifically October 1 - Green Buildings Open House Make your plans now for the annual Green addressing contractor issues. Buildings Open House (GBOH). Mark your calendar to make sure you NESEA’s GBOH is the largest sustainable attend this remarkable educational energy event in the northeast, from Maine event. to Pennsylvania. It operates in conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour and helps to kick off Builders Association of Greater Boston National Energy Awareness Month. Green Expo for more information log on to Sept 27 Education – Dinner – Exhibition The 2011 BAGB GREEN EXPO is a production of the Green Council: providing Construction Finannetworking, legislative, and educational cial Management Asopportunities for professionals in the Massociation sachusetts residential building and remodAnnual Golf Outing eling industry. Tuesday, September For more information: or 27, 2011 phone 617 773-1300 Sandy Burr Country Club, Wayland, MA New this year! - $50 “Super” ticket Consists of: 2 mulligans, 1 50/50 raffle Fall Courses Online - second session - Ocand 10 raffle tickets tober 24 – December 17: The proceeds of the golf outing will The courses have been developed in colbenefit the CFMA Mass. Chapter laboration with The Sustainable Design InScholarship Program. stitute at the Boston Architectural College For schedule of events and registration (BAC) and BuildingGreen. information please log on to http:// Learn more and register at www.the-bac. edu/green or call 1.617.585.0101


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- September 22, 5:30 p.m. Annual Meeting and Membership Drive 1 Central Wharf, Boston Network with other members from Massachusetts and New Hampshire - Oct. 11-12, - Mirage Hotel Events Center, Las Vegas. Facilities America 2011 will be held in conjunction with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo. To register and for more information go to


Anchor’s Away! ASM Harbor Cruise Tuesday, September 20, 2011 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. “Spirit of Boston” cruise ship 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Bring your spouse, guests, or colleagues to enjoy Boston’s premier luxury vessel for an exciting evening of cocktails, entertainment, and fun, fine dining, and breathtaking views of Boston Harbor and Boston’s skyline. For details:

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Norwood, MA - Agostini Construction Company of East Providence, R.I. along with Compass Project Management, Inc. of Medfield, Mass., the owner’s project manager, teamed up with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and Architectural Involution (Ai3) of Wayland to successfully manage, design, and build the new Norwood High School. The new high school was the first model built under the MSBA’s Model School Program...see story on page 32. (above) athletic field (top and below) Entrance to athletic center and performing arts center.

High-Profile Monthly: September 2011  
High-Profile Monthly: September 2011  

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