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KBE Continues 50 Ways Program

Farmington, CT - What began as a philanthropic endeavor to help celebrate its 50th year in business has now become a part of the culture at KBE Building Corporation. The award-winning initiative, 50 Ways to Make a Difference, is now an annual, yearlong community outreach program that supports communities where the firm’s employees work and live. 2012 will be the third year of the program, which has an emphasis on fighting hunger and supporting programs that benefit seniors. In 2011, KBE and its employees donated more than $22,000 to local organizations. These funds were generated from three sources: 1) company donations, 2) employees’ loose change from their Change Makes a Difference initiative, and

NEWiRE Anniversary

NEWiRE announced that its 30th anniversary luncheon program celebration will be held on January 18. Networking and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon and program at noon in the Wharf Room of the Boston Harbor Hotel, Rowes Wharf, Boston.. Guest speaker Gloria Larson, president of Bentley University, will speak on “Women in Leadership.” For more information: http://www.newire.org/eventdetail. aspx?id=5364.

Boston - The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE), Chapter 37 (route 128 beltway), recently presented its Partners in Industry Award to Andrew Coull, president of JM Coull, at a meeting in Boston. The award was made in appreciation of previous and ongoing contributions to the organization by Coull and others at his firm. JM Coull, Inc. is a certified green contractor based in Maynard. Jeff Myrdek, chapter president, acknowledged “many years” worth of involvement by the construction management and design-build firm. The meeting took place at JM Coull’s recently completed project in Boston for F.W. Webb. The facility attracted the attention of AFE with its sustainable approach to en-

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(l-r): Andrew Coull, Jeff Myrdek ergy consumption, utilizing a hybrid solargeothermal system for heating and cooling the building and solar thermal energy for domestic hot water. Members of the project team led the group in a discussion of the systems and a tour of the facility.

3) employees’ “fees” for participating in Jeans Fridays, when they can wear jeans to work in exchange for a donation of $2. All employee donations were matched by KBE’s owners Mike Kolakowski, Eric Brown, and Simon Etzel, and donated to a local homeless shelter or food pantry. 50 Ways to Make a Difference was expanded in 2011 to include not only monetary donations but also greater hands-on participation from the firm’s 125 employees, who established a 1,200-hour volunteer goal. The volunteer hours initiative was so successful that the employees shattered their goal, logging more than 2,200 hours of community service.

Boston - The BBJ recently reported that the Berklee College of Music has raised $90 million in tax-exempt bond financing to advance construction on a planned 16-story, 155,000sf mixed-use building at 168 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston. The bond was underwritten by MassDevelopment. With a planned opening in 2014, the new structure is designed to include 370 beds and academic space to house 1,200 students, according to updated project plans. The dining hall will have seating for 400. In addition, the building will house a music technology center with recording studios. Including land-acquisition costs, the total project is expected to run around $100 million. The development represents a frac

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IFMA Presentation

Boston - Have you heard about IPD? Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) harnesses the talents of a project’s owners, designers, and contractors, and forges them into a single collaborative team from the very beginning of a project. These partners work together to achieve the unified project goals, sharing both risk and reward via a three-party agreement. Panelists for this event are working collaboratively on the Maine General Medical Center (MGMC) new regional hospital. They represent all three parties of the special IPD agreement – the owner, MGMC; the design firms, TRO Jung|Brannen and SMRT, Inc.; and the construction management group, HP Cummings Construction Co. and Robins & Morton. The panelists are Steve Evers, AIA, TRO Jung|Brannen (facilitator); Ellen Belknap, AIA, LEED AP, SMRT, Inc. (facilitator); Stacey Yeragotelis, LEED AP, TRO Jung|Brannen; Steve Wiley, Robins & Morton; and Rick Albert, Maine General Medical Center.

The presentation will include such topics as delivery model options (IPD vs. “IPD lite” vs. design-build), how IPD works, and the benefits and risks. Particulars about the MGMC case study will be revealed, such as cost controls and scheduling methodology, staffing, and practice changes, the co-lo site, deliverables and work progress, resolving issues, and measurable results to date. MGMC’s new hospital is planned to be a 640,000sf facility in Augusta, Maine to serve Kennebec Valley residents. Construction of the $312 million facility began in August 2011 and will be completed for a grand opening in the summer of 2014. Please join us for an exciting inside look at one of the largest IPD projects in the Northeast! Schedule: 5-6 p.m. registration, and Refreshments; 6-7:30 p.m. - presentation; 7:30-8 p.m. - Q&A For more information visit: www. ifmaboston.org.

Amtrak Project Planned

Boston - Richard Davey, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said the agency has received proposals from three firms competing to add nine new tracks at South Station in preparation for expanded commuter rail and Amtrak service. The project includes the potential

for future air-rights development over the station that would pave the way for an office tower and help the state pay for the pricey project that involves moving the adjacent US Postal Service. HNTB and Parsons Brinckerhoff are said to be in the bid mix for the job.

Volunteers Wire New Hospital in Haiti

IBEW volunteers join workers in Haiti on the new hospital.

Boston - Volunteers from The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 of Boston were in Haiti to donate their time and talents to help provide quality healthcare in Haiti by wiring a new hospital in the Central Plateau after the devastating earthquake of 2010. Mirabalais Hospital will be the largest hospital in the Caribbean when it opens. It will have 300+ inpatient beds, an outpatient clinic, birthing center, dental center, and a women’s clinic. It is about an hour and a half out of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Not only will it give the people of Haiti first-class

healthcare, with the training and motivation provided by this project, but it will lead them hopefully to long-term employment at a decent living wage, which is directly in line with the mission of the IBEW. Dr. Paul Farmer started Partners in Health (PIH) 30+ years ago to build small healthcare clinics in the poorest of poor areas of Haiti. PIH is directly affiliated with Partners Health Care of Boston and some of Boston’s biggest and best hospitals. Shawmut Construction’s founder, Jim Ansara, is directly involved and oversees all construction on the project.

Boston - The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) officially announced the formation of a new tradeshow and conference recently. From the longtime co-producer of Build Boston and Residential Design and Construction, this new show – ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) – will be the most comprehensive building industry event in New England. ABX will be held November 14-16,

2012 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. It will be anchored by a tradeshow on the exhibit hall floor and will feature a comprehensive conference program offering continuing education credits for architects and other building industry professionals. To learn more about ABX, please visit abexpo.com or contact John Chase at jchase@architects.org.

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Have you been checking our HighProfile calendar? Each month we provide details for industry educational and networking conferences in our calendar. To announce events that are slated before our next publication we rely on our weekly FastFacts Friday e-blast to get the message out. We hope you will have an opportunity to meet with our staff at Michael Barnes one of the many industry events in 2012. This year we will visit networking meetings hosted by MBC, CBC, IFMA, AGC, AFE, ABC, MHA, ACEC, ASM, SMPS, IIDA, NAIOP, BOMA, Corenet, ISPE, SFNE, NEWiRE and other select associations mostly in the Boston and Hartford areas. Here are some of the upcoming trade shows and other special events:

BuildingEnergy 12 (BE-12) expo and conference organized by the Northeast Recently Completed Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, Portsmouth, NH Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). It is the most established and most crossdisciplinary renewable energy and high (603) 224-3233 . FAX (603) 225-7165 performance building conference in the www.northbranch.net region. BE-12 brings together architects, engineers, builders, policymakers, developers, and building managers for three days of networking, accredited educational sessions, and a high-level trade show that attract participants from across the US and Europe. BE-12 will take place March 6-8, 2012, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. 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High-Profile Monthly will have a booth at the 7th annual Northeast Buildings& Facilities Management Show & Conference (NEBFM) at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center June 6 & 7, 2012. Our booth will be part of the expo featuring over 300 exhibitors displaying products and services necessary for the operation, management, maintenance, and renovation of buildings and facilities in the greater New England region. Running concurrently with the trade show is an educational conference featuring 30 individual one-hour talks covering a wide range of topics including: LEED, green, sustainability, energy, building commissioning, facility maintenance, construction and renovation planning. IFMA - Boston produces, monitors, and provides CFM credit for each conference talk attended. I am saving Thursday June 14, 2012 for the annual ROC Awards Gala hosted by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Boston chapter. The gala begins with a networking reception, followed by dinner. The evening culminates in the presentation of awards to firms and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. The food, décor, and presentation tie into a theme for the year. The International Interior Design Association of New England (IIDANE) Interior Design Awards are presented in June. The prestige of the IIDANE awards brings out the top echelon of the best design firms in the area, making for a terrific evening of networking too. IIDA is an international professional networking and educational association committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge. We will be announcing the date and venue this spring. Also look for IIDANE’s Fashion Show in October where talented designers showcase how they have put their design knowledge and skills to work with area vendors and dealers to create runway outfits fit for the catwalk out of materials typically used in interior spaces. ISPE’s Boston Area Chapter offers an exciting array of educational, career development, networking, and recreational events held throughout the Boston and surrounding areas. ISPE Annual Product Show is scheduled for the October 3, 2012. Information on this program will be Continued on page 34

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High-Profile Focus: Forecast 2012

Assembly Row to Break Ground in 2012


omerville, MA – Federal Investment Realty Trust is breaking ground this spring on Assembly Row, the planned $1.5 billion revitalization of Assembly Square in Somerville. Located at the intersection of Route 28 and Interstate 93, the former industrial center is being transformed into the largest new neighborhood since the Back Bay. It will include a vibrant new urban center with public parks and open spaces, residences, restaurants, retail shops, built-to-suit office and research and development space, and a new MBTA Orange Line T stop – a true smart growth urban development. Federal Realty has begun building roads and other infrastructure at the site and plans to begin construction on the first buildings, a pair of apartment blocks with 450 units and street-level stores being developed by AvalonBay Communities Inc. Work is scheduled to start soon on a third residential building and on a retail complex that will include a 12-screen movie theater, restaurants, and additional stores. Overall, about 45 stores are planned in the first phase of work, with 30 of them to be outlets. The initial work will include construction of a new Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Orange Line station and revitalization of the six-acre Mystic River Reservation at the edge of the property. Later construction will include office buildings, an IKEA furniture store, a

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hotel, and dozens of additional restaurants and stores. Designed to complement the legacy of Boston and Cambridge, Assembly Row will completely embrace the 21st century consumer. Modern and technologically advanced yet down-to-earth, Assembly Row will help businesses succeed as much as it helps residents and employees feel right at home. With a mix of retail, restaurants, entertainment, residential, and office space, there will be something for everyone. This project reflects nearly six years of consensus-building among Federal Realty Investment Trust, the city of Somer-

ville, the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and active stakeholders in the community. The result will be a vibrant, mixed-use urban village and commercial center that will create more than 19,000 permanent jobs, over 21,000 construction jobs, and significant new revenue for the city of Somerville and the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The smart-growth vision arises from six key characteristics consistent with the city of Somerville’s long-standing goals for the Assembly Square District: • Create a balanced mixed-use program. A robust mix of retail, commercial, and residential programming will create

jobs, increase tax revenue, and improve the quality of life for Somerville residents. • Transit-oriented design. Density, active ground floor uses, and pedestrianand bicycle-friendly streetscapes will leverage the transit opportunities, including the new Orange Line T Station, the first to be built on the Orange Line since the southwest corridor stations in 1987. Links to mass transit will maximize the Assembly Row’s appeal as a major employment center, visitor destination, and residential neighborhood. • Focus development around new pedestrian-oriented public places. A variety of public spaces will provide green oases in a dense urban environment. A full range of open spaces, ranging from social gathering spots, venues for seasonal events, and natural extensions of the Mystic River Reservation, will create an environment few can resist. • Improve access to the waterfront. Direct pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and vehicular access to an enhanced Mystic River waterfront will increase recreational opportunities for Somerville residents and visitors while restoring and improving riparian habitat. Enhance circulation and access to the area – Providing new and enhanced roadway and bicycle path connectivity within and to Assembly Row will create a seamless transition from other local neighborhoods and recreation spots in and around Continued on page 14

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New Auto Showroom Under Way

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Laconia, NH - Jewett Automotive Design & Construction has contracted with the Irwin Automotive Group for construction of its new Hyundai dealership at 446 Union Ave., Laconia. The project consists of upgrades and renovations to an existing 16,000sf singlestory masonry and steel-framed building for a new auto showroom, offices, and service department.

Exterior renovations include installation of the new Hyundai gateway and new glass and aluminum storefront. Additional work includes new structural steel and interior masonry walls; ceiling systems; tile, carpet, and all finishes; design-build fire sprinkler systems; and plumbing and electrical systems. The new dealership is expected to be complete by February, 2012.

Hingham. MA - A major new office development project is being planned for Hingham. Developer Robert Spenlinhauer of RJSRealty Trust has retained the architectural firm Sheskey Architects of Quincy to master plan and design Hingham Tech 3 (HT 3). The park has a potential build out of 175,000sf of first-class office space. This location is considered ideal for medical/research, financial services, and technology companies. HT 3 is on nine acres of land adjacent to Route 3 at the intersection of Derby Street. For many years the site has been home to the South Shore Educational Collaborative (SSEC) that occupies the current

61,000sf building. The HT 3 site was for many years the home of Spencer Press, which was founded by Spenlinhauer’s father. Concept plans for HT 3 call for construction of up to two first-class office buildings flanked by parking garages, plus additional ground level parking. Building A could consist of 92,670sf and Building B could consist of 82,800sf. While the conceptual design for the full build office park and garages would require razing the existing building, under an alternative plan the owner would consider renovating and leasing the existing 61,000sf building. while at the same time developing the remainder of the park.

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Dignitaries and workers gathered at the groundbreaking. Middletown, R.I. - New England Construction (NEC) recently broke ground on a significant renovation project for Saccucci Honda, a third generation family owned and operated dealership located in Middletown. The project will consist of demolition of the existing showroom, construction of a new showroom, construction of a new service drive, renovation and addition to the service area, as well as an addition and renovation to the parts storage area.

The showroom will also contain a mezzanine with executive offices and conference space. The project consists of 33,853sf, of which 19,325sf is new and 14,528sf is renovated space. As the design-builder, New England Construction provided design, budgeting, permitting, and construction services. To provide the architectural services, NEC partnered with Regent Associates, of Westborough, Mass.

Essex to Construct New Dealerships John R. Perry Architect

Norwood, MA - Central Motors of Norwood has engaged Essex Builders Corp. of Westwood to construct two new dealerships for its FIAT and KIA brands. Design documents were prepared by John R. Perry Architect, Ltd. of Norwood.

Essex Builders completed an extensive remodel of Central Chrysler Jeep and Dodge dealership on Rte. 1 last year. The new dealerships will be located on Route 1’s “Auto Mile” in Norwood.

White Gets Chapelbridge Renovation

Newton, MA Richard White Sons, Inc. announced the award of a 100,000sf renovation project for Chapelbridge Park Associates, working closely with designer Andrew Cohen Architects. Chapelbridge Park Associates is a historic complex of brick mill buildings that serve as Rendering by Andrew Cohen Architects home to an array of comChapelbridge Park Associates panies. Chapelbridge has made significant code and tors, egress, and loading dock; complete architectural upgrades which will ensure upgrade of all mechanical, electrical, and that the building operates at maximum effi- plumbing systems; roof replacement; winciency, provide flexibility for future poten- dow replacement; façade work; and life tial tenants, ensure the building is meeting safety upgrades including new riser valves, current codes/regulations, and aesthetically backflow preventers, and alarms. raise the bar on the space making it a more The project provides a host of chalattractive home for potential tenants. The lenges, including creating new elevator 100,000sf project is comprised of work in shafts, underpinning two elevator pits, and nine different buildings that have been di- improving the structural integrity of the vided into five distinct work areas based on space by marrying structural steel to turnconfiguration and construction duration. of-the-century timbers as well as working Project work will include construc- adjacent to several occupied buildings. tion of a new fitness center, lobbies, eleva-

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Market Basket Store on Schedule

Pro Con GC at Alta Stone Place

Manchester, NH – Construction is continuing and on schedule for the new Market Basket store located at the corner of Elm and West Auburn streets in downtown Manchester. RMD Inc of Tewksbury, Mass. is developing the store for Demoulas Super Markets Inc. and the Market Basket stores. Pro Con Inc. of Manchester is the general contractor for the project, and Prellwitz/Chilinski Associates The new Market Basket store is scheduled to be Inc. of Cambridge, Mass. is the completed in March. project architect . Pro Con Inc. recycled 95% of the deThe new Market Basket molished construction waste material from store is located on a 10.7 acre site that was the former building, diverting tons of deformerly home to Rockwell Automation bris from the landfills. Inc.’s Allen Bradley Plant. As part of the Demolition work began in March extensive renovation project, a portion of 2011 and has scheduled an end of March the structure including exterior walls and 2012 completion date for the new store. the existing concrete slab was demolished.

Melrose, MA – The interior demolition is under way at Alta Stone Place, a 212-unit renovated mill and podium-style apartment complex developed by Wood Partners. Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc, of Boston is the project architect, and Pro Con Inc. of Manchester, N.H. is the general contractor for the $32 million residential project. The project involves the redevelopment and renovation of the existing four-story brick and wood-beam mill Alta Stone Place before renovation building, as well as the construction of two new four-story wood-frame buildings over a podium garage and an additional three-story building containing a new 6,500sf clubhouse. The mill’s landmark 100-yearold eight-story brick smokestack will be the centerpiece of a new resident landscaped garden area. Many original features and style of the mill building will be retained and enhanced in the renovation, including copper gutters and downspouts. The 92 apartment homes within After renovation..many original features and the renovated building will feature 10styles of the mill building were retained foot plus ceilings with exposed wood ble bath vanities and oversized tubs with beams, brick exterior walls, oversized wood mill windows, U-shaped kitchens, tile surrounds in bathrooms. The community will include a mix of walk-in closets, oversized tubs, and sideby-side washers and dryers. Other unit fin- studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units ishes include granite countertops and clean with sizes ranging from 552sf to 1,450sf. steel appliances in kitchens, cultured mar-

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Nitsch to Redesign Office

Boston - Nitsch Engineering, a Boston-based civil engineering firm, recently signed a lease for 18,000sf of space on the fourth floor of Two Center Plaza in Boston. The company has outgrown its current space at 186 Lincoln Street and prefers an open, single-floor layout to allow for greater collaboration and com-

munication among its more than 70 employees. Margulies Perruzzi Architects will provide interior office design services for the project, which is slated for completion in December 2012. Nitsch will pursue LEED certification for an office design with natural light and green features.

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Recent Commercial and Multi Residential BRA Approvals The Innovation District is an area on the South Boston Waterfront focused on attracting startup companies and innovation industries.

new public art and $250,000 to the Friends of Copley Square. The development team includes developer Simon Property Group, development project manager Collaborative Partners, and Elkus Manfredi Architects.

40 Warren Street

Charlestown The renovation of existing parking and office facilities at 40 Warren Street will create new housing for Charlestown. The refaced and updated mixed-use building will have 3,000sf of ground floor retail, 14 residential units, including two affordable units, and 14 parking spaces. The project underwent a thorough community process with the Charlestown Neighborhood Council. Over the past year, the Council refined the development proposal with BRA design staff. Total project cost: $10 million Total square footage: 13,156sf The project will create 30 construction jobs. The development team includes Nova Partners and architect Hresko Associates, Inc. Boston 319 A Street Rear will continue the transformation of the Innovation District into Boston’s next great neighborhood. The $100 million project will turn

319 A Street Rear a five-story warehouse into a 20-story 257,000sf residential building with 202 residences, including 22 affordable units. The project also includes 56,000sf of parking, approximately 96 spaces. The façade will undergo slight alterations, and the floor-to-ceiling heights of the existing building will be increased. Archon Group and Gerding Edlen Development will create 27 innovation housing units at 63 Melcher Street, including five that are affordable. The innovation units will be small with flexible layouts and share a common area. The building will have 11 additional units including five affordable artist live/ work units and six market-rate residences on the top floor. The development team includes Archon Group and Gerding Edlen Development, Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Epsilon Associates, architects James Gray and BK Boley of ADD, Inc.


Copley Place Expansion Boston Copley Place, a $500 million private investment, will put 1,700 construction workers back on the job. The new project will build on the strengths of the existing Copley Place complex at Stuart and Dartmouth Streets and infuse an already successful retail destination with mixed-use development. The expansion includes 75,000sf of new retail, restaurant space, and a public atrium. A 40,000sf addition will be made to the existing 115,000sf Neiman Marcus retail space, and 670,000sf of new residential space will be constructed. Approximately 785,000 of new square footage will be added to the existing building. The approximately 318 residential units will be housed in a slender 47-story tower, which will be the tallest residential building in Boston, at 625 feet. The developer, Simon Property Group, will create 48 new affordable housing units, including 10 on site. The existing building at Copley Place consists of parking, three levels of retail, and seven floors of office space. The new design will transform the brick-paved plaza entrance to Neiman Marcus into a multi-story atrium with a glass façade welcoming pedestrians into an indoor garden and channeling visitors to the retail stores. Simon Property Group has committed to developing a landscaping plan for the Southwest Corridor Park that incorporates active uses along with a $250,000 contribution to the park. The developer has also committed up to $1 million towards

1282 Boylston Boston 1282 Boylston Street will continue the transformation of the corridor into a pedestrian-friendly destination for retail, business, and residential uses. The 331,000sf project that will be developed by The Abbey Group will replace an underutilized surface parking lot with 12,000sf of ground-floor retail space, 88,000sf of office space, a 295-space below grade parking garage, and 210 housing units, including 21 affordable units. The $150 million project will include a 2,700sf ground floor community center furnished with computers and presentation equipment that will be maintained by the building management and available for use by the neighborhood. Substantial investment in the reconstruction of the sidewalks in front of 1282 Boylston will include highquality paving materials, landscaping, and lighting. The development team includes the Abbey Group, architects, and Bruner/Cott and Associates. Boston Phase 1 of the Pier 4 project, a three phase project located on 9.5 acres. Phase 1 is a $150 million project that will transform an existing restaurant, patio, surface parking, and deteriorating pier into a mixed-use complex with 625,000sf of residential space, 20,000sf of public civic Continued on next page

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Recent Commercial and Multi Residential BRA Approvals sual access of the public to the harbor. Cost $150 millionTotal Square footage, phase I: 373,000 sf Phase I will create 400 construction jobs. The development team includes New England Development LLC, and architects ADD Inc,.

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Pier 4 Phase One.

space, and 20,000sf of ground floor retail space. Thirty-five of the 383 residential units will be affordable, and 50 will be innovation housing. New waterfront open space areas will be created, including a one-acre Waterfront Park, Waterfront Plaza, 1,800 feet of Harborwalk, the Water Commons consisting of a water taxi landing area and covered waiting area, public restrooms, and the allseasons gathering area linking to the civic space. The deteriorating pier will undergo significant repairs, and the area will house a “touch and go” dock, fish cleaning station and bait and tackle shop. Additionally, approximately $2 million will be contributed to improved water transportation services in the District. Parking will move below ground opening surface area space for pedestrian use. Community activities in new, open waterfront space will be created, and a pedestrian and vehicular network across the 9.5 acres will be built improving the physical and vi-

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Boston 45 Stuart St is a 29 story building that will tie together the downtown, Chinatown, and theater district neighborhoods. The $125 million project will add approximately 404 new residences to the area, including 40 on site affordable units. The 384,000sf L-shaped building will replace a surface parking lot. The 404 housing units will be located on floors six through 29 and include studios and one and two bedrooms. The residences will provide new opportunities for a variety of income levels to complement the surrounding cultural, medical, and educational activities. A 198 spot parking garage will be located on the first five floors of the building and 89 of them will be available to the public. An innovative five-story glass curtain wall facing onto Stuart Street will align with the façade of the neighboring establishment and mask separate vehicle and pedestrian entrances to the building. The development team includes developer AvalonBay Communities CBT Architects. Allston Penniman on the Park - a project that will result in new home ownership opportunities just outside of Allston’s Union Square neighborhood. The $7.2 million Penniman on the Park project will replace three deteriorating low rise commercial and storage buildings a four-story artist live/work building,

Penniman on the Park and a commercial building. The new fivestory building will feature 36 condominiums, including six affordable units, 17 underground parking spaces, and access to 10 surface parking spaces on an adjacent parcel. The 41,053sf project will include bike racks in the garage and improved pedestrian access to the site. The plan includes four new setback penthouse units to mitigate the cost of environmental remediation required at the site. The project is expected to break ground in spring 2012 and will create 30 construction jobs. The development team consists of developer Rugg Road Realty Trust and architectural firm O’Sullivan Architects, Inc. Total project cost: $7.2 million Total square footage: 41,053sf Housing: 36 condominiums, 6 affordable Continued on page 33

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Stormwater Management 2012

by Robert Clarke Current weather trends have left many clients underwater…literally. The increase in storm events over the past several years has brought increased demand for stormwater mitigation, and there is no indication that the trend is going to subside in 2012. Remember the May 2006 Mother’s Day storm? That storm Robert Clarke alone accounted for two back-to-back 50-year storm events. Then there was the April 2007 Patriot’s Day storm event, which showed up on the record books as two feet above the highest annual tide, the highest level recorded to date. The North American Vertical Datum, previously known as the Sea Level Datum, predicts that within the next 100 years storm events will raise the sea level by 7.2 inches. In reality that would translate to mean the sea level in Portsmouth N.H. will rise by two feet and the sea level of Rhode Island will raise three feet. Even if these numbers prove to be exaggerated, there is no getting around the fact that new and existing development owners will need to be proactive on the stormwater front. The stormwater mitigation process begins with consideration of the cumulative impact of the surrounding areas, not just flood control on the specific parcel. A site assessment is then done, including a

review of historic rain events, FEMA flood impact studies, and local records provided by a town or municipality. This assists in determining the existing watersheds, which are then incorporated into a simulated software system to analyze the statistical rain fall events. Alternatives are then designed to best suit the budgetary needs of the client and limit impacts to surrounding resource. The EPA has ratcheted up its enforcement of the Clean Water Act, making stormwater engineering a complicated matter. Traditional stormwater systems are no longer the norm, so implementing a combination of structural controls such as pipes, catch basins, water quality units, and storage chambers in conjunction with bioretention, water quality swales, sediment forebays, wet ponds, and other nonstructural best management practices is typical. These complex systems are held to higher operation and maintenance standards by both local and federal agencies. These measures guarantee longevity and continuous treatment to control the rate of stormwater runoff and the quality of stormwater discharged. Owners of properties that were developed 20 and 30 years ago are facing the costly results of not mitigating, including loss of goods, tenant suits, and dwindling customer counts. By using existing scientific knowledge and technology in the field of stormwater management we can minimize the impacts of development and balance the needs of a healthy environment with those of social and economic growth. Robert Clarke, RLA, ASLA is vice president at Allen & Major Associates, Inc.

Assembly Row

Rendering of planned Assembly Square marketplace. Continued from page 9 Somerville and the region. The development of Assembly Row is planned in multiple phases over 10 to15 years. The first phase comprised of the construction of Assembly Square Drive, significant infrastructure work including the majority of all utilities necessary to serve the full build out of the project, construction of the MBTA Orange Line T Station, as well as 450 units of residential housing and approxi-

mately 280,000sf of retail space. Later phases will include another 1,650 residential units, additional parks, a 200-room hotel, and office buildings that Federal Realty hopes to lease to technology or medical tenants. IKEA, which originally purchased land on the site in 1999, is also planning a store there and has received most of its permits.

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Can Developers Really Get Value for Money in This Market?

by Karl Walsh The answer is yes, but …It may seem obvious that the current economic climate can create wonderful opportunities for developers to secure aggressive construction costs; nevertheless, in reality there is a real risk of the very opposite being the case. Educated industry insiders rarely share the secret that soliciting bids from Karl Walsh a long list of general contractors does not necessarily yield the most economic route to completing a project. Ironically, as in recent years, economic factors in 2012 make this traditional bidding method even less likely to serve a developer well. Before identifying a viable alternative, we should first consider why this route is destined to fail during tough economic cycles. • Time. Time is money! Soliciting bids from multiple general contractors is a waste of everyone’s time unless the developer and his design team are confident that the plans and specifications accurately represent the project’s scope. For this to be the case, time must be invested in this process to reduce the potential for change orders during construction. The situation is made much worse if the bidding pro-

cess uncovers problems with the budget return on those efforts is lowest. which force elements of the project to be Another risk to developers is the redesigned, along with a subsequent bid- pressure on general contractors and subding round. Too much of this can cause a contractors to over-extend themselves and project to lose credibility with the trades, attempt to undertake more work than their which is often reflected as a lack of interest labor and credit resources can support. on their part as subsequent bidding rounds Consequences can include missed compleare dragged out. tion milestones, inferior quality control isThis extended time may cause a sues, workplace accidents, or worse! landlord to lose a tenant. (What retailer wants to open his store on Engage the services of a January 1 rather than November 1?) quality construction manageThe developer may incur additional bank fees and interest payments. A ment firm... at the same time you delay of several weeks may subject engage your architect. a project to costly winter conditions expense. • Trades. Many subcontractors have • Relationships. A rigorous bidding made personnel cutbacks during recent process involving multiple general conyears. Accordingly, their estimating depart- tractors only focuses the selected entity ments need to be more selective regarding and their subcontractors to recoup margins the jobs they choose to bid. The time and they gave up in order to win their respecattention to detail which they devote to a tive contracts. Like any other endeavor in proposal for a general contractor who has life, a team comprised of players who do already been awarded the overall proj- not all share the same goal is more likely ect exceeds the time they would invest if to fail. the job was being bid by several general • The solution. Engage the services contractors. Consequently, the later is bid of a quality construction management firm quicker and more conservatively or in some which has a thorough understanding of instances not at all. Even though a devel- your needs, as well as an established presoper may request a break-out of the bids, ence in the region where you want to build. each of the trade line items is vulnerable to Ideally, this selection should be made at the same inflationary pressure arising from the same time you engage your architect, subcontractors’ reluctance to invest esti- so that a cohesive team can be assembled mating resources where the possibility of a to work on the preconstruction duties and

ultimately transition into the construction phase with a clear common mission, along with all the tools necessary to succeed. The industry has various types of construction contracts, and the selection of a particular one is usually driven by the unique circumstances of its case. A reputable CM firm should be able to recommend an appropriate contract format. Having an experienced construction attorney review this agreement is always an important step in the process. The attorney’s response to your CM’s proposed contract terms should be a measure of the character of the CM firm you have selected. There are many benefits to engaging a CM firm rather than soliciting multiple GC bids. Primarily, it produces a more realistic and reliable budget sooner than if the developer had to wait until receipt of GC bids. If there are issues with the budget, then the sooner they are detected, the better it is for the project. In 2012, the need to achieve more with less heightens the importance of budget control. Employing a CM firm with a proven history in this area is critical. The selection process should include inviting Requests for Proposals from a select number of firms, followed by interviews and checking of references. Karl Walsh is the business development manager of Essex Builders Corp., Westwood, Mass.

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Marketing Forecast 2012: A Rising Tide


by Susan Gray s we enter 2012, we do so with a full menu of marketing priorities. Here are a few that rise to the top in discussions with clients and fellow marketers in our industry. • Social media continues to dominate marketing programs. Campaign experts frequently comment Susan Gray on the impact of social media on the current presidential election; how bouncing back from one blundered (or forgotten) debate answer or that series of unflattering photos is tougher than ever. A candidate has little chance of full recovery, even with the same social media tools pumping out positive posts. As marketing professionals, it seems we all are working overtime to balance broad social media presence and a continuous stream of interesting content with appropriate levels of exposure for our principals and controlled open dialogues. Long-standing concerns for reputation and service recovery remain very relevant topics for us today. As all-consuming as it can be for our marketing teams, social media strategy implementation is only one priority, but one that will remain on the top of our agendas in the year ahead. • Extraordinary service rules the day. If this age of social media allows us to

deliver our claims about service and value with thorough and targeted ease, delivering on those claims is thoroughly crucial. The social objects that deliver the messages we desire also spin those we do not, from pure speculation to the truthful telling of a client’s bad experience. The companies that are best positioned for 2012, simply put, have delivered. They have done so in good times and bad, and whether their marketing says so or not. • Giving back to our industry and local business community. Last month while at Build Boston, one of my favorite colleagues joked with our group that “a rising tide lifts all boats, but drowns all swimmers.” When the well-deserved laughter settled, we discussed a shared hope that, as the tide does begin to rise, we would see boats lifted, lifeboats inflated, and swimmers pulled aboard. Corporate outreach programs that focus on lifting the tide for all will be central during recovery. We are all socially responsible. We care about our communities, the environment and sharing with those in need. Often, CEOs have passionate interests which shape their platforms for giving and social responsibility. Being socially responsible builds brand esteem. It can make a good company a great one. It can deliver tremendous quality of work-life benefits for involved employees. Beyond their stated platforms, the best firms in our industry and their leaders exhibit generosity of time and expertise within their specific industries and markets. Giving back to our own industry and our local

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business community speeds advancements and enhances regional competitiveness. Whether through professional association involvement, general business leadership, or support of economic development close to home, this generosity will ensure greater prospects for the future. • Optimism. If we are still here, we are optimists. The uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring spurs us on, rather than deters us. The pursuit of better approaches and our openness to promising new ventures are the unexpected benefits that will allow us all to emerge more competitive in the year ahead. • Build upon knowledge of the generations. And if we are optimists, maybe it is because we have been through this before to some degree. With as many as four generations in the workplace, relevant history abounds about previous economic downturns and business challenges. Many of us, for example, recall the incredible hard work of the early ‘90s to ensure both shortterm project wins as well as positioning for long-term industry leadership. Share and listen to the stories told by colleagues who have survived financial crisis and other setbacks, and let that experience bolster your team’s resilience for a more focused imple-

mentation of your strategic plan. • Harness momentum. Over the past three decades, I have had the very good fortune of combining a passion for our industry with a love for sports coaching. In skating, we have a simple, seemingly obvious expression: momentum is real. When we talk about momentum in sports we usually mean the actual physics of an object or athlete’s movement. We also might be referring to a winning streak or season. Whether in sports or business, we have all felt the power of game-changing momentum. Within an organization, momentum is a powerful force mentally and emotionally – at meetings, when the right team chemistry comes together, or on that project that simply seems to hum, we have all experienced it. In 2012 and beyond, as that tide finally begins to rise, the best teams will harness that momentum for higher levels of energy and performance. Susan Gray is a marketing professional. She currently consults for Hybrid Parking Garages, Simon Design Engineering, and Berlin Steel Construction and is a former vice president at Suffolk Construction Company.

Boston Among Markets Expected to Outperform Nation Chicago - Economic indicators suggest improvement – albeit minor – in the real estate market for the forthcoming year, with no foreseeable double dip, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s 2012 National Commercial Real Estate Outlook. Key findings from Jones Lang LaSalle’s outlook were presented by top experts from the firm’s research group in its annual media webcast event. “Given concerns in Europe and in some emerging markets, we anticipate the United States recovery to be comparably stable in 2012, though the overall growth trajectory will remain modest,” said Ben Breslau, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Americas Research Managing Director. Despite the slow improvement in underlying demand for most segments of the commercial real estate market, total investment volume will continue trending upward. “Debt financing will remain available for core real estate, and we expect the current slowdown in commercial mortgage-backed securities will be relatively short-lived, though the recovery in CMBS volumes will be choppy and will take time.” 2012 Commercial Real Estate Outlook Highlights • Total investment transaction volume will increase by 15% to 20% to

$190 billion in 2012 a slower increase than the last two years. • Businesses will take real estate into greater consideration in 2012, focusing investments on efficiency and productivity. Additionally, businesses will consider corporate real estate as a greater contributor to corporate social responsibility initiatives in 2012, shifting investments from new construction toward retrofitting existing assets. • Global uncertainty, slow employment growth, and changes in space use will cause office space demand to slow. Commodity- and technology-rich markets, such as Texas, Denver, and Northern California, will lead demand growth. Boston too should outperform, benefitting from its exposure to growth industries such as high-tech, education, and healthcare in 2012. Firms seeking proximity to world-class educational institutions, venture capital firms, and a strong labor pool, for example, should continue to lease space in key submarkets. • Hotel demand is expected to continue to rise in 2012, but likely on a more cautious trajectory than in 2011, with private equity groups at the forefront of asset bidding. • Distribution hubs and ports will lead the industrial recovery in 2012.

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Managing a Higher Education Institution’s Most Important Asset: its Campus by Michael Guidera Even the best-maintained buildings and facilities need an upgrade or repair every now and then. Like all problems, the sooner maintenance issues are addressed, the less likely they’ll snowball into larger, more costly problems. This is particularly true for colleges and universities with campuses constantly filled to capacity with thousands of students. Repair projects become all the more challenging when factoring in the need to protect students, faculty, and staff during construction – while keeping vital buildings fully operational throughout the duration of the repair work. KBE Building Corporation has gained expertise in helping colleges and universities develop and implement a maintenance/ repair construction program that minimizes disruptions to academic and campus life. KBE works with the institutions’ facilities

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KBE completed extensive renovations to the Meyran Hall student residences. staff and administration to plan and manage a master schedule and budget that addresses the institution’s long-range planning, capital requirements, and immediate repair needs. One example of this approach is Connecticut College’s Asset Reinvestment Program. This 10-year campus renewal plan spells out a $53 million program for renovating and preserving the college’s most important asset – its physical facilities and campus. The program is designed to enhance technology in learning environments, revitalize student life, boost energy efficiency, and update staff and faculty office space. Each year since 2005, Connecticut College, KBE Building Corporation, the design team, and trade contractors have spent the nine-month school year meticulously planning an impressive scope of work that is then implemented over the following 12week summer break. What’s exceptional about this program is the depth and breadth of the collaborative approach established by the College and embraced by every member of the project team. From the very start, the team has incorporated a unique hybrid planning strategy that blends critical chain project Management, a project management methodology adapted from the Microsoft Project software, and partnering, a collaborative and collegial approach to managing projects through team-building, cooperation, and encouragement. For example, the 2007 construction program tackled more than 100 projects over the course of the summer – $9 million in construction value. As with each program

year, work began with a formal partnering kick-off meeting that engaged the college’s facilities staff, the KBE field team, the design team, and representatives from all the major contractors and vendors. A nonbinding partnering charter was drafted, debated, and ultimately signed by all participants, defining how the team would work together and how conflicts would be addressed and quickly resolved. A conflict resolution matrix was presented and agreed on, which provides a framework and strict time frame for problem resolution at the field level (superintendent to foreman). If no resolution is achieved within 24 hours, the problem rises up the chain of command – again, within very strict time frames to keep the schedule moving forward – until resolution has been achieved. The success of partnering is more than evident in the fact that, over the course of six years and more than $35 million in construction work to date, not one single claim has been filed. Simply put, asset reinvestment takes a planning and construction approach that streamlines multiple projects to form a single, linear building program developed to enhance the college campus. What we have seen through this program is that a wellconceived facilities improvement plan and construction process can build the case for obtaining the needed funding and backing. The program can be structured to accommodate as few as 10 to as many as several hundred projects and implemented over the course of one or multiple years. Depending on the specific needs of the university or college, an independent consultant can be engaged to review and

As part of Connecticut College’s Asset Reinvestment Program, KBE is currently constructing the Science Center addition and renovations. assess the overall campus condition. The result would be a list of recommended projects that would be prioritized by: • Severity of need, • The “visibility” of the work and its impact on student recruitment and retention, • Impact on long-term operating costs, • Impact on the institution’s ability to safely and efficiently continue to use the facilities, as well as on projects that could be

deferred without incurring additional repair costs. Institutions, of course, always have the option of pursuing campus upgrade projects with a different team each year, but this single-year/single-team approache has limitations. A multi-year project, on the other hand, can achieve the following benefits: • The benefits of the process become an integral element of the team structure, and typically foster a highly cooperative work environment and a commitment to quickly and efficiently resolving conflicts and challenges that arise. Typically, newcomers to the partnering process don’t realize the full value of partnering until they have completed a partnered project, because trust is a major aspect of partnering, and developing an environment of trust is developed only over time . • Trade contractor performance and loyalty to the success of the project are significantly enhanced by the win-win focus of the partnering philosophy and the prospect of future work in the subsequent years. • The project team evolves from a “learning team” into a high-performance team. KBE has helped the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) and Hood College (Frederick, Md.) implement similar campus improvement programs over the last several years. Michael Guidera, LEED AP is project manager at KBE Building Corporation.

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2012 Outlook for Boston Multifamily Are these Streets Paved with Gold or Lead?


by James Mealey ow cap rates on institutional-quality properties have sparked a debate about the attractiveness of current apartment acquisition opportunities. But it appears that the investors paying these low cap rates were just well ahead of the curve. Yes, cap rates of 5% or less feel pricey, but only in a historical sense. On a relative basis, 5% James Mealey cap rates still present an attractive investment alternative in an environment where yields have been compressed across most asset classes, given a 10-year Treasury rate that starts with a one or at best a two. At the end of 2010, a 465-unit complex in the Seaport District of Boston sold for a 4.5% cap, and many people were left scratching their heads at such high pricing. But in the time since that purchase, rents in the Boston CBD have risen over 10%, effectively raising that going-in cap rate by nearly 50 basis points. Not too bad, and even better if we get the level of rent growth expected. More recently, in November 2011, a 228-unit suburban complex in Salem, Mass. joined the crowd and sold for a 5% cap rate. Again, people were left asking if that was too high, particularly for a suburban asset. The low level of residential construction over the past several years (for single-family homes as well as multifamily), combined with a fairly healthy local economy, unemployment below 7%, and rising median household incomes, has driven vacancies to very low levels (below 4% for the metro and under 3% for the CBD). And they should remain at these levels for the foreseeable future, with deliveries expected to remain minimal through at least the first half of 2013. All the factors above point to really strong rent growth for the next couple of years. At PPR we are forecasting annual rent

growth of nearly 7% in the CBD and almost 6% annually for the metro over the next five years. These rent growth projections rank Boston first in the nation for rent growth, and I would advise owners and managers to be pushing rents pretty hard. Given the strength of Boston’s economy, the ratio of rents to median household income is well below average compared to historical standards, indicating the capacity of tenants to absorb further rent hikes. Unlike the case for most commercial leases, apartment leases roll quickly. And if you push too hard, it’s fairly easy to correct and bring occupancies right back up to match the market average. Spreads for the two transactions mentioned earlier were over 250 basis points when the deals closed. At the peak of the most recent market high, mid-2006, spreads for average assets got down below 200 basis points. We can easily argue that these two transactions were both for better-thanaverage assets, as both large complexes had great occupancy and were new — which means anything built in the last decade by New England standards. Consequently, cap rates for these superior assets should be lower than the market average, and in fact they were. Average cap rates for the Boston market, however, have been in the 7% to 8% range (nearly 150 basis points higher than for San Francisco and San Jose properties) over the past 18 months. As these stats clearly show, were one to simply look at nominal cap rates, Boston’s multifamily real estate would appear pricey. But when viewed in the context of investment alternatives — the more appropriate view in our minds — Boston apartment acquisitions still make sense, particularly for those lucky enough to find value-add assets. The current market dynamics are a golden opportunity for multifamily owners, so go out and turn those rents into gold. James Mealey is the Boston Senior Market Advisor for Property & Portfolio (PPR), a subsidiary of the Costar Group, Inc.

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Thinking About Your Future Office Space?

by Charles A. Houy ince 2008, firms with expiring leases have continued to “trade up” to improved spaces/buildings while keeping their financial lease obligations below, at, or near their prior lease costs. Lease costs in most New England markets remain below 2007 levels, and plenty of opportunities still abound. Some clients have asked what changes we are seeing in these recent times, when many factors are at play, including: Charles Houy • The economy has remained weak, and budgets are quite limited. • Companies want to retain their most valuable staff, to be ready for the economic upturn. • Companies are seeking to lower their leasehold operating costs, including utilities costs. • Potential employees and companies are appreciative of greener solutions in built environments, whether LEED or more sustainable is the benchmark. • Today’s employment pool consists of several fairly distinct layers, including boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials. Our recent clients and their design teams have made noticeable changes in the clients’ interior architectures, and we expect these trends to continue for many years. • There is a visible increase in the use of natural light, and more “openness”

within building shells. The recognition that people, like plants, thrive on natural light, is shattering many of the former barriers to natural light within spaces. Hard, impenetrable drywall walls are giving way to glass walls, lowered walls (partial-height walls), or no walls at all. In many instances, this change has lowered the cost of construction; fewer full height walls saves money in drywall, HVAC, lighting, and fire-safety costs primarily, but additional savings can be wrung from less costly ceiling and carpet work. Lower furniture panels save FF&E costs as well; some of our clients are eliminating furniture panels entirely and using storage walls and banks of files as substitutes to achieve visual privacy for workers who formerly sat in high-walled cubicles. • There is more emphasis on encouraging employees to collaborate, and not just to focus on their individual contribution efforts. This business strategy is really focused on obtaining greater employee productivity and fostering process/product/ service changes which will give the company greater competitive advantages in the near and distant futures. To foster collaboration, as mentioned earlier, walls are coming down or becoming glass; informal meeting areas are being designed into floorplans, often with overstuffed chairs, couches, beanbags, ping-pong tables, etc.; semi-private “huddle rooms” are included in floorplans to accommodate two to four people who can collaborate away from the open environment to brainstorm or make focused progress. People who had been in closed offices are now provided with open offices and nearby access to huddle and conference rooms, and informal meeting areas. Kitch-

en eating areas are morphing into “cafés.” With more inviting collaborative seating, some cafés now double as the location for all-hands meetings. • Whereas past offices have sometimes had that “vast wasteland” look of orderly rows of cubicles under acres of low acoustical drop ceilings with uniformly bright white lighting, architects and engineers are now being asked by many clients to break up that look and give them a facility which is more visually interesting and even exciting. For example, Google’s facilities are known for their open ceiling areas combined with “cloud-covered” areas of conventional acoustic drop ceilings and brightly painted accent walls. Lighting choices today, especially with the newer LED light sources, allow architects and lighting consultants to vary the light levels across a floor while still providing appropriate work lighting for the occupants. These differences can also reduce construction costs, as savings can be found by not installing acoustical drop ceilings everywhere, by lowering the number of light fixtures needed, and by providing more-efficient lighting and HVAC. • There is a return to what architects often call an “honest” look in flooring, such as when a concrete slab floor is polished or stained in another color rather than covered with carpet or floor tiles. Most clients are leaving concrete bare in some/small portions of the facility, but you may have noticed retail stores which have recently employed this throughout. The honesty of the concrete flooring is often matched with open ceilings overhead. • One last note about flooring: there is a gradual increase in the use of carpet tiles

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oston - On the 238th anniversary of the original Boston Tea Party, Mark DiNapoli, president and general manager of Suffolk Construction’s northeast region, joined officials from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum to celebrate the raising and placement of the cupola on the roof of the museum structure. This milestone event marked the topping off of the $27 million, 18,700sf project. “Suffolk Construction is extremely honored to be building such a prominent and historically significant project in the city of Boston,” stated DiNapoli. “We know that on this day, December 16th, a pivotal event occurred in the history of our country. Today, we celebrate the boldness of a group of

present-day entrepreneurs, visionaries, and advocates who persevered to bring the vision of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum to reality.” DiNapoli was joined by Shawn Ford, executive director and vice president of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum; Chris Belland, CEO of Historic Tours of America; and Michael Cantalupa, senior vice president of development of Boston Properties. Following the topping off, period actors representing the patriots of 1773 threw replica tea crates into Boston Harbor as a reenactment of the actions 238 years ago. McManus Architects (formerly McManus Peterman Architects) is the design architect of The Boston Tea Party Ships & Mu-

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seum project and Marguliest Perruzzi is the architect of record participating in the construction administration phase of the work. As construction manager, Suffolk is using state-of-the-art virtual models and collaboration tools to build this structure that will pay tribute to this seismic event in American history. Building information modeling (BIM) helped the team coordinate the installation of extensive mechanical systems throughout the project, which will consist of a two-story bridge house pier structure supported by 47 steel piles and a 350-ton, 200-foot floating barge that was built off-site in the historic Quincy shipyard.

For example, the virtual models helped the team realize that the structural constraints of the tight attic spaces would not enable all the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components to properly fit. The end result was the seamless coordination of a complex installation process in both the pier building and barge structure. The pier building will contain a retail store, two reenactment meeting rooms, and offices. Three historic replica ships will surround the floating barge, which will house a museum on the first floor and a tavern/tea room on the second level. More than 50% of construction will take place off barges on the water.

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The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will offer a unique museum experience for visitors. There will be interactive tours, actors dressed in period clothing, cutting-edge exhibits, and living history programs that allow anyone at any age the chance to reenact history from 1773. Another special feature of the museum will be the display of the Robinson Tea Chest, one of only two known tea chests that still exist from the original Boston Tea Party event. The groundbreaking for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum took place on April 19, 2011. After eight months of building the museum barge, it was launched on November 11, 2011. The raising of the

cupola on December 16, 2011 is another milestone toward the opening of the Museum in June 2012. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum project team consists of owner: Historic Tours of America; development manager: Boston Properties; architect: Margulies Perruzzi Architects; construction manager: Suffolk Construction; mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical engineer: WSP Flack & Kurtz; marine engineer: Childs Engineering Corporation; civil engineer: Nitsch Engineering and structural engineer: Weidlinger Associates, Inc.


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High-Profile Facilities Development News

SAK Donates Services

Lowell, MA - SAK Environmental, LLC of North Andover provides pro-bono and discounted services for Lowell’s United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), a nonprofit community organization that offers hope for disadvantaged youth in the Lowell community. The site is at the historic Methodist Church on Hurd Street in downtown Lowell and is slated to be the first LEED Platinum building in the Merrimack Valley and the oldest building in the country to gain LEED Platinum status. UTEC has embarked on an ambitious expansion and renovation project, which includes a three- story, 7,500sf certified green building addition to its existing home at the historic Methodist Church (built in 1839). A permanent building for UTEC means a permanent commitment to gang peacemaking, alternative education, and workforce development for youth.

ESB Gets Conference Ctr Project

The historic Methodist Church in downtown Lowell The overall building will include a new café open to the community, a performance center, and new classrooms for New Bangor Arena and Conference Center UTEC’s alternative education and GED programs, making the entire center sustainBangor, ME – General contractor is providing grounding and under slab conable. Cianbro Construction Management has duit installations. In addition, this local project, inteawarded E.S. Boulos (ESB) the compreIn addition to the facility’s power grating green design methods, will bring hensive electrical construction work for the installations, ESB scope includes low voltjobs and attention to Lowell. new Bangor Arena and Conference Center age installations – voice/data, fire alarm, project planned by the city of Bangor. The CCTV, Access and security, and A/V sysproject architect for the 202,257 sf 8,500- tems. The majority of ESB’s scope will seat event and civic center is Sink Combs begin in spring 2012, after steel erection Dethlefs of Chicago. The facility will re- and concrete placements, with completion place the existing Bangor Auditorium. scheduled for September 2013. Construction is under way, and ESB

JN Phillips to Open Warehouse

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Chicopee, MA – Development Associates has begun facilitating the buildout for JN Philips, a family owned and operated auto glass company based in Woburn, to open a 7,500sf warehouse at 140 Padgette Street in Chicopee. The

expected completion date is March 1, 2012. This is the 15th building in Chicopee that has been developed and is managed by Development Associates.

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North Branch Donates to Charity

Concord, NH - North Branch Construction’s dedication to jobsite safety includes the implementation of a safety fine program on all of its projects. The program was developed in 2005 with the intent to increase hazard recognition, reduce risk of injury, and create an overall safer working environment for all personnel working on construction sites. It requires subcontractors as well as North Branch’s own employees to abide by the OSHA Construction Industry Regulations at all times. When safety violations are observed, the objective is to correct them immediately. The company imposes safety fines for any repeat violations. North Branch Construction continues to raise the bar for construction jobsite safety in addition to the Safety Fine Program by performing random jobsite inspections and obtaining OSHA 30-Hour Certification for all of its project managers and

Front view of Families in Transition House project superintendents (an accomplishment few construction management firms can claim). At the end of each year, North Branch donates all proceeds from the safety fineprogram to the nonprofit charities and organizations that it works with. This year, it gave $1,500 to the Governor Wentworth School District and $3,600 to Families in Transition.

Donald Powers Architects Renamed

Providence, RI - After 10 more accurately reflect our years doing business as Donald mission as architects and Powers Architects, Inc. the firm urban planners,” says Powhas announced a formal name ers. “This was a strategic change to Union Studio. The decision to position the firm name change is accompanied by for the future.” a new logo and a new website. Kallfelz adds, “We The firm’s two principals, Union Studio’s new logo wanted to acknowledge the Donald Powers and Douglas contributions of all of our Kallfelz, agreed to the name change over staff members, because every project we a year ago, and the firm actively began the undertake comes to fruition through our rebranding process in January 2011. combined efforts and talents.” “It was time for our firm’s name to

Coastal Engineering to Restore PMPM

Provincetown, MA - The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) announced that a five-month restoration project of the interior of the Pilgrim Monument is under way that will restore and renovate the national historic structure that has welcomed more than 10 million visitors since its dedication in 1910. The renovation project is being managed by Coastal Engineering Inc. of Orleans, Mass. in conjunction with Fibrwrap Construction Services Inc., based regionally in Chantilly, Virginia. The monument renovation will strengthen the interior structure through the use of state-of-the-art advanced fiber technology used in aerospace and large bridge repair projects. The renovation will also increase structural integrity and address corrosion related repair. The work will be undertaken in five stages and is on track to be completed by mid-April, 2012.

The Pilgrim Monument commemorates the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims.

ESB Starts Substation

Westbrook, ME – E.S. Boulos Company (ESB) of Westbrook has started the new Central Maine Power 115KV green field substation project in Starks. ESB is serving as the prime EPC contractor in the Maine Power Reliability Program project. The substation is being built with three incoming 115KV OH lines in a ring bus configuration. The initial ring bus layout will be designed to allow for future expansion to a full breaker and a half scheme.

A total of three 115KV general-purpose breakers will be used to segregate the three line terminals. Two 18 MVAR capacitor banks will be connected to the ring bus and controlled with a zero crossing breaker and circuit switchers. TRC will be ESB’s engineering and commissioning subcontractor on this project. Engineering started in late summer and project completion is slated for November 2012.



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High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

New Medical Office Building Under Way

Pro Con Architect of Record and CM/Designed by Doonan

Chelmsford, MA - The brick façade and windows are currently being installed for Lowell General Hospital’s new 30,000sf medical office building complex at 14 Research Place. The new building and parking garage complex is significantly expanding the hospital’s suburban campus. The initial conceptual design was provided by Doonan Architects of Westford, and Pro Con, Inc. of Manchester, N.H. is the architect of record and construction manager for the new design build facility The medical office building will have a two-story, 347-car parking garage and deck to accommodate medical and physician practice space. The building, which is being built between two existing

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Rendering of the new medical office building and parking garage complex facilities in use by the hospital at 10 and 20 Research Place, has tenants preparing to

Lowell General Hospital’s new medical office building under construction

take occupancy in spring of 2012 when the facility is complete. Merrimack Valley Cardiology and Orthopedic Surgical Associates of Lowell use the diagnostic and surgical services at the current Lowell General Chelmsford campus. Pro Con Inc. began sitework for the project in May 2011 and the steel framing was completed in September. A portion of the top level of the parking deck will be turned over to the hospital, enabling 55 parking spaces to be utilized for medical staff parking in advance of the building being completed. The campus was designed with many landscape and aesthetic features using the services of Kim Ahern, with engineering services of Watermark Environmental.

President of North Branch Ken Holmes, project manager Eric Hastings, and project superintendent Julianne Cardinal accept an award of appreciation from Ann H. Peters, CEO of Lamprey Health Care. Nashua, NH - Lamprey Health Care recently celebrated the launch of its new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Built by North Branch Construction, the addition and renovation of the former Home Health & Hospice building located at 22 Prospect Street in Nashua is now home for the new Lamprey Health Care center.

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BWH Opens AMIGO Suite

Hospital Exterior Resto Completed

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Maine Medical Center – General Building Portland, ME - The original Maine General Hospital building at the Maine Medical Center in Portland was recently completed by the design-build team of Consigli Construction Co., Inc. and Becker Structural Engineers, Inc. One of the first hospitals in Maine, and part of the rebuilding of Portland after the Great Fire of 1866, Maine General Hospital first opened its doors in 1874. A series of construction and renovation projects, including a $46 million expansion in

1984, resulted in the current complex totaling more than a million sf. The Maine General Hospital Building anchors the complex and houses the hospital’s administrative offices. The project included a full slate roof replacement, exterior wood trim and wood window sash restoration, replacement of deteriorated building stones, cutting and pointing of mortar joints, and painting of all exterior elements.

Boston - Payette announced that the 5,700gsf Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) suite has opened at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. As the world’s first three-bay operating suite to house MRI, PET/CT, ultrasound and angiography in one place, along with surgical navigation tools and image registering and integration software, Copyright Warren Jagger Photography AMIGO offers sigAdvanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating suite nificant advancements to developing imageand seamless transitions between imaging guided surgical treatment procedures. and intervention. In this groundbreaking clinical care Within the same environment, muland research facility, a central operating tiple imaging activities can occur, allowing room is linked to adjacent imaging rooms the patient to receive care from teams of on either side, allowing the patient to re- multi-disciplinary specialists. main positioned on the operating table The integrated systems provide imwhile the ceiling-mounted MRI can move mediate access to imaging and enable the to the patient during a surgical procedure. precise, minimally invasive image-guided By suspending a moving techniques. The end result is a safe and 33,000-pound magnet system on a ceiling expeditious experience for the patient and mounted track, this unique feat of architec- a more effective application of intraoperatural engineering allows for unprecedented tive imaging for the surgeons, radiologists, interoperable flexibility and permits rapid nurses, and technologists providing care.



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High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

Burns & McDonnell Ribbon Cutting LEGO Refresh Project Completed

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Wallingford, CT - About five years ago, three employees from Burns & McDonnell came to Wallingford with a vision to grow a project office into the firm’s New England headquarters. Today, the company has officially grown out of its original location and secured Brett Williams, sr. vice president of Burns & Mca brand new home in Wallingford Donnell was joined by Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson, State Sen. Len Fasano, State Rep. Alfred at the Campus at Greenhill. Adinolfi, State Rep. Vin Candelora, Quinnipiac Business, political, and comChamber of Commerce President Robin Wilson, and munity leaders joined employeelocal Wallingford leaders to officially celebrate the owners as the group performed the Grand Opening of the Campus at Greenhill facility traditional ribbon cutting ceremony in Wallingford. at the recent grand opening of the carbon footprint, while offering employeefirm’s new regional office. Burns & McDonnell, the second owners a brand new facility that features tenant in the newly constructed 305,000sf an expansive floor plan with lots of natural Campus at Greenhill, will occupy 27,635sf light, a training room, auditorium, and access to an in house fitness center and cafof the building. The new energy efficient facility will eteria. enable Burns & McDonnell to lower its

Enfield, CT - LEGO Systems, Inc. recently completed an extensive buildingwide “refresh” project. Diversified Project Management, Inc. (DPM) was retained to provide comprehensive services from preconstruction through relocation for the Compass House building refresh project in Enfield. DPM worked with existing programming, done within LEGO Systems, to provide multiple design layouts to show how the internal departments would fit within the existing building in a more cohesive

manner. The project started with an initiative to standardize workstations and office spaces. Once the layout was approved, the RFPs for carpet and painting services were coordinated to “refresh” the finishes in the building. An overall phasing plan to move out staff, renovate, and relocate back into new configurations, happened over a two week period. Six overall phases were required to finalize all of the areas within the Compass House building.

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High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

Antinozzi Hires New Staff

Bridgeport, CT - Antinozzi Associates recently announced that the firm brought on board three new individuals to complement its architectural and interior design staff. Michael Losasso was hired as project manager, Lindsay Sacco as marketing coordinator, and Ryan Buell as job captain. Losasso is a registered architect, a LEED accredited design professional, and an active member of AIA Connecticut. His professional experience includes adaptive reuse and historic renovation; projects for college universities; multi-family housing; civic and municipal buildings; and projects for the United States military. He is currently the project manager for a magnet school in New Britain. He also is managing a project to enhance the main entrance for Bridgeport Hospital and recently completed the first phase renovation of the Marina Dining Hall on the University of Bridgeport campus. Sacco was hired as marketing coordinator to assist the principal of business development and other principals with all of Antinozzi’s marketing needs. Her responsibilities include coordinating proposal submission requirements; the development of a new website;





enhancing social media reach; and creating press releases, brochures, and other print media to help promote the firm. Buell contributes to the Buell Antinozzi associates team with the role of job captain. With his background in the arts and exposure to projects both national and international, he brings a unique skill set and new perspective to the firm. His main responsibilities have included programming, production, presentation, and project management.

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The award-winning seventh floor healing garden New Haven, CT - The US Green Building Council has awarded LEED certification to Smilow Cancer Hospital at YaleNew Haven in recognition of the hospital’s successful sustainable design and construction strategies. Designed by Shepley Bulfinch and completed in 2010, Smilow’s sustainable features include optimum circulation of natural light in its lobbies, corridors, and waiting areas; use of occupancy sensors in nonpatient spaces; pumps with variable speed drives; and room pressure monitors to reduce power usage for enhanced air supply. In addition, reflective roofs, an exterior sun screen on the west façade, a highefficiency unitized curtain wall system, and a terra cotta rain screen all work to reduce

heat gain in the building. The facility also has upgraded air handling units which provide improved indoor air quality, low-flow water fixtures, low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and finishes, easy-to-clean solid surface finishes, and epoxy paints in operating rooms to combat infections effectively. Construction crews were able to recycle 97.7% of construction waste. With 516,000sf, Smilow has 14 floors, 168 private patient rooms, 12 operating rooms, radiation therapy, and several integrated imaging technologies. In addition, a seventh floor healing garden was designed by landscape architects Towers|Golde.

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Meriden, CT - BL Companies donated one ton of food (2,000 lbs.) to local food banks. “BL Companies’ generous donation of more than 2,000 pounds of food helps our network of soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters continue to meet increasing demand during the holiday season,” said Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington. For the 2011 Charity Challenge, BL Companies employees split up into eight competing teams, developed team names, and strategized over what to bring. Thir-

teen days later, more than one ton of food was collected with the winning team, The Fat Belly Brigade, bringing in 497 pounds of food. The Meriden office donations headed to the Connecticut Food Bank in East Haven with the Hartford office donations going to the Food Share program in Hartford. “BL employees are known for their generosity and we have a rich history of giving back to the communities in which we work and live,” says Carolyn Stanworth, president and CEO.

Standard Builders Recognized

The Connecticut Construction Industries Association presented a safety recognition award to Standard Builders at the organization’s annual meeting. The award was presented to member firms that applied and met certain specified criteria. CCIA established the award to encourage safety in construction and recognize companies that maintain a formal safety and health program or related policies and procedures. This is the sixth consecutive year that Standard Builders has been recognized with the Construction Safety and

Excellence Award. SBI also received the Platinum Award. New this year, this award was given to firms that exceeded national safety statistics. The newly instituted program was established this year to recognize the top safety performers in their respective construction category. Standard Builders’ staff is dedicated to maintaining safe job sites to preserve the safety of workers and to maintain isolation from building occupants both physically and environmentally at all times.

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ministration area; an expanded gymnasium area, which will allow existing lockers and weight-lifting facilities to be moved out of the school’s basement; new athletic fields, including a new synthetic turf field and a new track; renovations to all classrooms and common areas; and new office space for the town’s board of education in the school’s rarely used shop space. “This project will be done in phases so that students will still be able to use the school while construction is taking place,” says King. “When completed, the town will have a school facility that will meet the needs of the 21st century student and last for many generations. Kaestle Boos Associates is proud to play a part in this important project for Naugatuck.”

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January, 2012


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Maine Bank Gets LEED Gold

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Falmouth, ME - AlliedCook Construction and Gawron Turgeon Architects announced that the Gorham Savings Bank in Falmouth, Maine earned LEED Gold certification. “We are thrilled the project surpassed the credits needed to achieve a gold rating from the USGBC,” said Daniel Cook, vice president of AlliedCook Construction

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The project earned 45 credits, which qualified for the goal of achieving the Gold rating. “This goal was achieved based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community,” said Mary Turgeon, AAHID, IIDA, LEED AP, principal at Gawron Turgeon Architects. These features include: recycled and rapidly renewable materials; regional materials; low emitting materials that reduce harmful indoor air contaminants; 95% views to the outside, and natural daylight inside; open, vegetated space equal to the size of the building footprint; solar domestic hot water; solar reflective shingles to reduce localized heat island effect; 87% of construction waste diverted from land fills; and maximized building insulation to reduce energy use.

National Grid Facility Earns LEED Gold

Boston - National Grid, an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks, announced that its recently renovated facility in Northborough has earned Gold-level LEED commercial interior certification for its green design, construction, and amenities. The 145,000sf two-story building, which houses approximately 800 employees, is the hub for National Grid’s New England control center and customer service operations. Jones Lang LaSalle is the development manager for the project. Highlights of the building’s green and energy-efficient attributes include: lighting that uses approximately 30% less electricity than a typical commercial office building in Mass., saving more than 84,000 kilowatt hours annually – enough to power roughly 13 homes for one year; high-efficiency heating and cooling systems with adaptable controls to sense outdoor and indoor temperatures; water conservation measures including dual-flush toilets, automatic sensor

faucets and waterless urinals that together are expected to reduce consumption by about 575,000 gallons per year, or more than 48%; sustainable materials: about 25% of the materials and furnishings are recycled; more than 58% of the wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests; more than 74% of the furniture used in the project is either reused or refurbished; low-VOC adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings throughout the building; more than 53% regionally manufactured materials; more than 83% of construction waste was recycled; more than 86% of the appliances and office equipment are Energy Star rated. In addition to Jones Lang LaSalle, the companies that worked with National Grid to complete the renovation project included Spagnolo Gisness & Associates - architect/ interior designer; AHA Engineers - LEED consultant / mechanical, electric, plumbing, fire prevention engineer; and A/Z Corporation - construction manager.

Solar Panel Field Const. to Begin

Westford, MA - L.J. Mishel Electrical Contractor of Ipswich will begin construction of the Cathartes Private Investments of the Boston / Nexamp solar power plant on 22 acres of industrial land bordering Route 3 in Westford. The facility will be constructed in two phases and will utilize 7,000 solar panels on each of the site’s two 11-acre parcels. The solar plant is expected to

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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Saint-Gobain Achieves LEED Gold College of Art Reno Gets LEED Gold

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Northboro, MA – The expanded Saint-Gobain research and development center at 9 Goddard Rd. in Northboro recently obtained a Gold Rating in the US Green Building Council’s LEED program , placing it among the very few buildings in North America to qualify for this prestigious energy efficiency and sustainability rating. The building was designed to adhere not only to LEED standards but to SaintGobain’s rigorous worldwide energy efficiency standards for new company buildings through the “Care:4” program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions of company-owned buildings by a factor of four by 2040. Care:4 covers new office buildings, training centers, showrooms, as well as existing Saint-Gobain buildings that undergo major renovations. The new Northboro building attained the Care:4 rating based on its state-of-theart design, as well as its use of Saint-Gobain energy-saving products. The Northboro operation has been a major center for materials research since 1985. It joined Saint-Gobain in 1990 as part of the acquisition of Worcester-based Norton Company. In 2003, the site became SaintGobain’s main research location for highperformance plastics and coated abrasives, and since then has grown and expanded its activities. The 186,000sf R&D center is based in three buildings on a 26-acre site near I-290 in Northboro. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year by the US Environmental Protection Agency, SaintGobain earned the 2011 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The reason for the $15 million expansion project was to provide permanent space for 160 employees that were based in temporary trailers, as well as space for up to 40 new employees. The expansion was prompted in part by Saint-Gobain’s emphasis on its global mission: to attain worldwide leadership in construction markets, offering innovative solutions to meet the fundamental global challenges of growth, energy, and the environment. Special features of the construction project include unprecedented use of Saint-Gobain’s own building products, particularly those of its subsidiary CertainTeed, which provided acoustical ceilings,

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One of the few buildings in North America to qualify for the US Green Building Council’s LEED Gold gypsum wallboard, insulation, solar reflective CoolStar roofing, foundation products, ceiling grids, and tiles. Window glass for the buildings was manufactured by SaintGobain. Adhesives were used from SaintGobain’s performance plastics business. A mesh product from Saint-Gobain subsidiary ADFORS was used as reinforcement and embedded in the exterior building wall panels, concrete walkways, and asphalt in the parking lot to reduce cracking. A mechanical system supports the laboratory space utilizing a heat recovery wheel installed in a roof top HVAC unit manufactured by Cambridge Engineering. The mechanical systems that were installed utilize the air displacement system for distribution of the air. The mechanical system on the second and third floor uses a pressurized raised floor system that promotes an equal distribution of the temperature climate in the building. The design and construction team includes architect Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott; construction manager A.J. Martini; mechanical, electrical & plumbing engineers AKF Engineers; HVAC & process piping subcontractor J. J. Bafaro, Inc.; electrical subcontractor W. J. Griffin Electric; and controls subcontractor American Energy Management.

Boston - MDS/Miller Dyer Spears announced that the Kennedy Campus Center renovation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design has been awarded LEED Gold-CI certification. MDS worked in collaboration with the Mass. State College Building Authority (MSCBA) and the Mass. Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) in order to transform the outdated student center into an inviting hub of campus activity and to open it to the larger public and multiple institutions in the LMA. This project was the renovation and expansion of its Kennedy Campus Center on Huntington Ave., with a scope that included an expanded dining hall, servery, new café, art store, bookstore, student art gallery, student organization facilities, student development offices, career services, and health and counseling department. All completed while the college remained operational. The addition provides a sense of connection between internal and external environments, bringing light and energy

Kennedy Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Art and Design into the dining hall and student development offices and through to the renovated basement, while revealing college activities and enticing others into the building. The team worked to keep 51% of the existing interior elements, supplemented with recycled materials including gypsum wall board, acoustical ceiling tiles, largeformat porcelain tile, and glass wall tile. Reclaimed, rapidly renewable, and formaldehyde-free materials like sorghum straw panel board and recycled paper countertops were used.

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Marshfield Commons North Smithfield, RI – New England Construction announced breaking ground on Marshfield Commons, an affordable housing development located in North Smithfield, RI. O’Hearne Associates from Slatersville is providing architectural services. NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV) is the developer leading the project. The new affordable housing development will feature 17 walk-up style buildings with 38 rental units and a community center.

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Marshfield Commons is being built on eight acres of land marketplace. seventy-five percent of the site will be preserved as green open space. The complex will be built utilizing Energy Star compliant materials. NWBRV is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 community development corporation that works with residents, businesses, neighborhood institutions, partners, and communities to revitalize and enrich neighborhood life and make affordable housing opportunities available throughout Northern Rhode Island.

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Deerfield, Ill. Finegold Alexander + Associates, Inc.of Boston announced that it has completed a $14 million synagogue project for Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE) in Deerfield, Illinois. The project involved converting a series of under-used 1970s office buildings into a modern religious center to supB’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim front entrance port the needs of BJBE’s center with 21 classrooms and five pre-K growing congregation. The complex consists of approxi- classrooms. Features include a large landmately 71,380sf of worship and commu- scaped courtyard and a community court, nity space, including a sanctuary, chapel, expanded as a village center and a multisocial hall, youth lounge, and education functional gathering and activity space.

DH PM for Acosta Reno

Marlborough, MA - Dowling Houy LLC (DH) of Boston, acting as the building owner’s project manager, announced the recent completion of a 100,000sf office renovation for Acosta in Marlborough. DH was responsible for overall project management, including working closely with the architect and GC, and preparing and maintaining all budgetary documents from project conception to final TI reimbursement. DH worked with the contractor to conduct carpet replacement by lifting existing furniture in place, rather than dis-

mantling and moving it to other parts of the building, a significant cost savings. Acosta’s budget was further stretched through refurbishing furniture (versus buying new) and incorporating floor coring into the GC’s scope, enabling Acosta to eliminate wires and cables across open floor areas. All floors of the building were involved in the renovation and consolidation from 100,000sf to 88,000sf. The floors were renovated one-half floor at a time, allowing the entire Acosta team to remain productive during the four-month period of active demo and construction work

January, 2012


High-Profile: Multi-Residential Development News

Southfield Starts Construction

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SouthField, MA – Construction has begun on 226 units of studio, one, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes being developed by John M. Corcoran & Co. Sixty single family, townhouse, and garden court homes are currently being built by two South Shore homebuilders, Whitman Homes and Interactive Building Group; and Rogerson Communities is scheduled to begin construction in 2012 on the 220 unit William B. Rice Eventide senior independent living and skilled nursing facility. These four builders will bring 500 units of housing, valued at over $130 million, to the market in the next two years. LNR Property LLC announced it has closed on the purchase of the final 830 acres of land from the United States Navy at Southfield, New England’s newest community and a national model of smart growth, transit-oriented, green development. Formerly the site of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, SouthField will

feature 2,855 units of housing and two million sf of commercial and retail space upon completion. The development will also include more than 1,000 acres of neighborhood parks and dedicated open space, a links style golf course, and a $20 million indoor/outdoor sports and recreation complex. The project will have a total approximate value of $2.5 billion and is expected to result in 6,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs and represents one of the most significant hubs of job growth and economic activity in the commonwealth. LNR Property’s investment is one half of a unique public-private partnership that has spurred development on the base. The Patrick administration has invested $45 million to construct the East-West Parkway, a critical regional transit improvement connecting routes 3 and 18, and the federal government committed $8 million for other transit improvements.

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Coliseum Senior Residence addition Nashua, NH - Within a rigorous 11-month schedule, AlliedCook, headquartered in Scarborough, Maine, recently completed the five-story addition to the Coliseum Senior Residence in Nashua, NH. The addition provides for 40 new one- and two-bedroom, ADA compliant units for the 55+ community. In addition to the 40 units, the

39,000sf addition includes exercise and activity rooms, sitting areas, and a library. The facility also features a community dining and kitchen area as well as a pergolacovered patio. AlliedCook also updated the mechanical systems and performed cosmetic renovations to the community spaces in the original building while fully occupied.

Oldcastle Tapped for Avalon Project

375 Market Street Brighton 375 Market Street - a new mixeduse development which will replace a vacant building and surface parking lot with a four-story residential building with ground floor retail. The $15 million project at 375 Market Street will house 39 residential units and provide new housing opportunities for families, including two one-bedrooms, 34two bedrooms, and three three bedrooms. The project includes a 22,425sf parking garage with 58 spaces and accommodations for 12 bicycles. New plantings and 3,567sf of new retail associated with the project will improve and activate the Market Street streetscape heading towards Brighton Center. The project is expected to break ground in April 2012 and will create 40 construction jobs and 10 permanent jobs The project’s development team includes Brookline Development Corporation O’Sullivan Architects. . Total project cost: $7.2 million Total square footage: 41,053sf Construction jobs: 30 Housing: 36 condominiums, six affordable

West Square Boston The West Square project will demolish four vacant and vandalized buildings on 2.5 acres in the St. Vincent neighborhood. The proposed project will build a four story building with 256 residential units, a 4.5 story parking structure with 268 parking spaces, and open space for residents. The 256 residential units will consist of 40 studio units, 146 one-bedroom units, and 70 two-bedroom units. Total project cost: $15 million Total square footage: 65,727sf Housing: 39 units, 5 affordable The development team includes Lincoln SB LLC, SK&I Architectural Design Group and Epsilon Associates, Inc. Total project cost: $75 million Total square footage: 351,341sft Number of jobs: construction jobs: 200; permanent jobs: 10 Housing: 256 residential units, 33 on-site affordable housing units

Avalon Bay Communities Natick Project. photo courtesy of Avalon Bay Communities

Natick, MA - AvalonBay Communities, Inc. of Selkirk, N.Y. recently awarded the precast concrete building contract for Avalon Natick, a new luxury high-rise apartment community in Massachusetts, to Oldcastle Precast Building Systems, of New York. The new luxury apartment complex is located at 5 Chrysler Road in Natick, Mass., a premier location in one of the most desirable MetroWest areas of Boston. Oldcastle Precast will engineer, manufacture, deliver, and install 415,000sf of precast concrete hollow core plank and 40,000sf of precast concrete slabs that will create the 462,000sf apartment complex. In addition, Oldcastle Precast is supplying 80 precast stair components, 80 precast

stair landings, and 214 precast lintels. When all of the precast is erected, Avalon Natick will have a 10-story, 210,000sf building with 183 apartments and an 11-story, 252,000sf building with 224 apartments. The new 407 unit, luxury high-rise apartment community will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and penthouse floor plans. Oldcastle Precast Building Systems will be on the project team with AvalonBay Communities Inc., the owner of the project, Callahan Inc., Russell Scott Streedle and Capone Architects, Inc., and D.M. Berg Consultants Inc. The new apartment community is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013.


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Unique Park Fence Project Wins Fence Industry Design Award


January, 2012

High-Profile: Awards

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) has announced that the 2011 Les Grube Memorial Design Award has been given to Beth Galston (designer) and Bartek Konieczny, installer, for their work on the Serpentine Fence Project in Boston, MA.

Park Fence Project Wins Design Award ProCon Inc. Receives ABC Awards

Boston - The Chain Link Fence Man- pentine, and the ufacturers Institute (CLFMI) announced pother posts are that the 2011 Les Grube Memorial Design set purposely at Award has been given to Beth Galson., de- angles to crease signer, and Bartek Konieczny, installer, for ate a sense of work on the Serpentine Fence project rhythm and rk Fencetheir Project Wins Fence Industry Design in Boston. energy. The Award The project consists of a sculptural chain link fabnce Manufacturers Institute hasfabricated announced in thata theric 2011 fence made of (CLFMI) chain link is stretched al Design Award has been given to Beth Galston (designer) and serpentine sharp with sinuous curves. In around the nstaller, for their work on the Serpentine Fence Project in Boston, The Pro Con Inc Team (l-r): Lance Bennett, executive VP; Tom Haubrich, project manthis fence, the top and bottom rails are ser- structure to creager; Rich Lambert, safety officer; Brian Humphrey, project superintendent; and Jim ate billowing Ovady, project superintedent. curves. To start Manchester, NH – Pro the design proCon Inc. of Manchester was cess, several full-scale mock-ups of theof honored with three The project consists a sculptural fence awards made of chain link fabricated in a fence were made to be certain the serpentine shape fabric with sinuous In this fence, the top and bottom rails are at the curves. “Excellence in Conwould form smooth continuous curves. serpentine, and the otherstruction posts are set purposely 2010” celebration at angles to create a sense of The fence was then constructed in six secrhythm and energy. The chain link stretched around the structure to create hosted by fabric The is Associated tions which werebillowing transported to the site and curves. set in concrete. The fabric is in a custom Builders and Contractors of Hampshire and Vermont purple color, andTo at start night the theredesign are 14 process, spe- Newseveral full-scale mock-ups of the fence were made to (ABC NH/VT). cial uplights along lengththe of the fence be the certain fabric would form smooth continuous curves. The fence was then The were Residence Inn by to the site and set in concrete. to create a dramatic effect. constructed in six sections which transported Marriot & Harbor The fabric is in a custom purple color, and Events at night there are 14 special uplights sts of a sculptural fence made of chain link fabricated in a Conference Center was rec- effect. Collaborating landscape along the length of the fence to create a dramatic with sinuous curves. In this fence, the top and bottom rails are e other posts are set purposely at angles to create a sense of architects were Ray Dunetz Landscape Architecture. ognized with an “Award of . The chain link Boston fabric is-stretched around the structure to create Integrated Design Group has tion Giants 300 and Zweig Letter Hot Firm Excellence for Design Build” The CLFMI Design Award is named for Les Grube, a Past President of the Chain been named to the Inc. 500/5000, Building lists. and the“Sustainable Building Link Fence Manufacturers Institute and a fence industry pioneer. The winning Design & Construction Giants 300 and “Integrated Design Group has process, several full-scale mock-ups of the fence were made to architect and contractor each receive specially - designed plaques and cash awards Courtyard by Marriott in Letter continuous Hot Firm lists in recognition to expand its presence ric would Zweig form smooth curves. The fence wasworked then very hard of $1,000.00 for the project. Keene - “Award of Merit for sections which transported to the site andyears. set in concrete. of its were nearly 65% growth over three nationally,” said Gary Murphy, principal custom purple color, and at night there are 14 special uplights Design Build” This is first year that the firm is be- of the firm. “This yearinformation both ourcontact Boston For more Mark Levin, CAE, CSP at 301-596-2583 (clfmihq@aol.com) f the fenceing to recognized create a dramatic effect. Collaborating landscape on four industry lists, hav- headquarters and Dallas office grew sigy Dunetz Landscape Architecture. ing been named a Boston Business Journal nificantly. These national awards are testament consisting of office, sixth aconsecutive timeofinthe ment n Award isPacesetter named forfor Lesthe Grube, Past President Chainto the fine work our teams are doing retail, and residential space, acturers Institute to develop new business and design excelMay. and a fence industry pioneer. The winning located one block from the actor each receive specially -Design designed plaques and cash lent data centers that yield a high rate of Integrated Group placed on awards downtown business district. e project. the Inc. 500/5000 list in 2010, but is a new- repeat clients.” The LEED Silver five-story Building Design & Construcct Mark Levin,comer CAE, CSPtoat the 301-596-2583 (clfmihq@aol.com) hotel has 100 guestrooms, including four executive suites, a bistro and full service lounge, business center, guest market, Continued from page 8 indoor pool and fitness center. November 8. One of many events hostThe hotel has 2,100sf of flexavailable soon. Last year’s 20th Annual The Residence Inn by Marriot & Harbor Events Confer- ible meeting space for up to ed by NAIOP, the prestige of the awards Product Show saw about 2,000 industry ence Center – “Award of Excellence for Design Build” 200 persons and a commercial make this one its most attended. professionals gathered for this one-day and the “Sustainable Building Award.” abX (formerly Build Boston) kitchen. “can’t miss” extravaganza. will be held November 14-16, 2012 at Sustainable features of the Boston Convention and Exhibition the Courtyard hotel include: Center. It will be anchored by a tradeAward.” Pro Con Inc was the architect and 40% of new construction materials purshow on the exhibit hall floor and will construction manager for the hotel, and the chased were made with recycled materials, feature a compreconference center, which have achieved Each October since 2007 the Mas31% of the construction materials came hensive conference LEED Silver certification from the US sachusetts Building Congress (MBC) from within a 500 mile radius of the projprogram offering Green Building Council. has hosted its annual Hall of Fame. The ect, over-sized operable, low–e windows continuing education The Residence Inn is the first LEED Hall of Fame was created to permanentwith insulated glazing were installed, low credits for architects certified hotel and the Harbor Events Cenly recognize and honor the best in the and other building industry professionvolatile organic compound (VOC) products industry for their innovation, consistent ter is first LEED certified event center in als. This is the most popular event of were used in construction, low flow plumbleadership, community responsibility New Hampshire.The five-story, 96,000sf the year for the AEC industry. You are ing fixtures were installed, energy-efficient and client service. Residence Inn by Marriott hotel has 128 invited to visit our booth to pick up a lighting was installed and exterior fixtures The National Association of Insuites and12,000sf of street level retail gift subscription and a ticket for an adare controlled by photo sensors and back of dustrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), space. The Harbor Events and Conference vertisement discount. We hope to see the house rooms are equipped with occuthe state’s you there. Center, which is adjacent to the Residence pancy sensing controls, each guest room is leading We have listed only a few of many Inn hotel and joined via a common corriorganizaequipped with a localized energy manageupcoming events here. If I haven’t mendor, is a full service conference and event tion for ment system, a white TPO heat-reducing tioned your favorite event, please send facility. developers, owners and related profesreflective roof system reflects 88% of the an announcement with the date and The 65,795sf Courtyard by Marsionals, will present the NAIOP Massun’s energy and eliminates “heat islands,” venue to editor@high-profile.com. riott in Keene, which was honored with an sachusetts 2012 Distinguished Real and all the cooling and refrigerants use non“Award of Merit for Design Build,” is part Estate Award at its Annual Award Gala CFC (chlorofluorocarbons) refrigerants. of Railroad Square, a mixed-use develop-

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High-Profile: Awards

HMFH Honored with Award

Cambridge, MA - HMFH Architects was recognized with the 2011 Design Award of Excellence from the New England Concrete Masonry Association (NECMA) for the Rashi School in Dedham. “Creating an innovative and welcoming facility for the Rashi School, its first permanent home since the school’s founding in 1986, was a very fulfilling experience,” said Laura A. Wernick, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, senior principal at HMFH. “The new building is a physical manifestation of the school’s values: cultural heritage, intergenerational learning and relationships, integrating secular and religious life, and sustainability. The use of masonry was a significant design component in realizing these values in the building’s aesthetic.” Concrete masonry was selected for its long life and low maintenance needs, contributing to the school’s goal of environmental consciousness. To support this aim, the building was also oriented to take advantage of the beauty of the surrounding natural environment while minimizing impact on the environmentally sensitive site.

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GZA Wins ACEC Engineering Award

Participating in the ACEC awards are l-r Jeff Folsom of Maine DOT (owner), Dustin Littlefield and Charlie Seavey of Reed & Reed (design-builder), Chris Snow and Andy Blaisdell of GZA (geotechnical designer), and Jeff Andrews of T.Y. Lin International (lead designer).

Norwood, MA - GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., a Norwood geotechnical and environmental consulting firm, has received the 2012 Engineering Excellence Special Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Maine for their innovative embankment preload program as part of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge Replacement Project in Portland and South Portland, Maine. The South Portland Approach for the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge Replacement Photo by Anton Grassl/Esto faced difficult constraints, including waterRashi School - interior view front construction over the mudflats, permitThe energy-efficient school was designed based limits on the allowable disturbance to meet LEED Silver and resulted in certifi- area, and a subsurface profile including up cation by the Massachusetts Collaborative to 90 feet of moderate strength, compressfor High Performance Schools (CHPS). ible marine clay. The preliminary and final design and construction of a preload program for the South Portland Approach was executed by the design-build team to provide a cost-effective, safe solution that met the project performance and safety criteria. GZA was the engineer-of-record for

TCI Awards

Boston - The Construction Institute (TCI) recently announced the recipients of its Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards and the Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety Awards. TCI presented three Pride in Construction Project of the Year Awards recognizing the Medford Interstate I-93 Fast 14 Superstructure Bridge Replacements, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps CommuRepresenting the Medford Interstate I-93 nity Center, and Figge Hall Dormitory at Fast14 Superstructure Bridge Replacements the College of Holy Cross. at the awards were: (l- r) Hugh Kelleher, The Volpe-Eagan Construction VP, TCI and of PHCC of Great Boston, Inc.; Safety Awards were given to Jill P. Al- Craig Bateman, and Peter Rapp, both of JF exander, project development director, White and Mary Vogel, exec. director, TCI K. Courtney & Associates and Frederick The Archi(“Rick”) Bockman, New England regional safety manager, Gilbane Building tectural Team Inc. Suffolk Company. The Medford Interstate I-93 Fast 14 Construction as superstructure bridge replacements were served construction completed in November 2011 by JF White Contracting Company in a joint venture manager on with Kiewit Infrastructure. This unprec- the project. An inedented fast-track, design-build project tegral piece Respresenting the Ray and replaced 14 deteriorated bridge superstrucJoan Kroc Corps ComHoly tures on I-93 in Medford under the accel- of munity Center, (l-r) James erated bridge program during 10 weekends Cross’s mas- Grossman, Suffolk Conter plan, between June and mid-August 2011. struction and Major Robert construction The Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kountz, Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center officially on the $20 opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in million dolDorchester in April. 2011. The $115 mil- lar Figge Hall project began in the summer lion new state-of-the art recreational and of 2010 and lasted 16 months. Designed arts facility was made possible by the gen- by CBT Architects and constructed by Fonerosity of Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s taine Bros., Inc. using 100% union labor, the 60,000sf, 156-bed dormitory provides dyfounder Ray Kroc. The Kroc Center was designed by namic, modern space for on campus living.

the South Portland Preload portion of the project, responsible for design and construction documents and a member of the Reed & Reed / T.Y. Lin International design-build team. GZA envisioned a 25-foot high earthfill preload embankment supported by temporary, anchored, sheet pile cofferdam to limit the environmental impact on the mudflats and developed this concept for preliminary design. During final design, GZA developed a reliable subsurface model for geotechnical engineering evaluations and evaluated short-term and long-term global stability, long term settlement adjacent to proposed piles and in general approach embankment areas, and designed and installed wick drains to promote consolidation. The design met the constraints imposed by the design-build RFP, allowed for efficient foundation design, and was constructible for the contractor. The South Portland embankment concept saved over $1 million compared to alternative design approaches.




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High-Profile: Educational News

Coull Constructs Northeastern U Lab

Boston - JM Coull has begun construction of a new laboratory for Northeastern University for the study of aging. The 10-week transformation is taking place within Nightingale Hall on Forsyth Street. The laboratory is being readied for Dr. Derek Isaacowitz, who will join the Northeastern faculty as associate professor in January 2012. He will investigate the link between attention and emotion throughout the adult lifespan. The research requires a sound-proof environment, so JM Coull will create four lab rooms, each encased by three layers of ceiling and an acoustically treated wall system, and accessed by a double layer of

doors. A cable tray system above the ceiling will connect the lab rooms to a control room and prepare the facility for technological systems for monitoring and data collection. Ancillary areas will accommodate work stations for research assistants. The construction team will also perform related work in adjacent areas within the building. “We have an aggressive schedule, given the limitations we’ve placed on the work hours,” said John Sheldon, senior architect with Northeastern University and the project’s architect of record. “But we’ve worked with JM Coull before and we know what they can do.”

Brown Univ. to Begin Renovations Providence, RI - Three dormitory buildings at Brown University are scheduled for extensive renovation. The project has been awarded to Shawmut Design and Construction of Providence. The project will enhance the firstyear experience of Brown students, and includes a top-to-bottom renovation of Metcalf and Miller Halls, which will be converted into double occupancy bedrooms. The connection between Metcalf and Miller halls to Andrews Hall will be removed, creating three independent structures. Andrews Hall also will undergo an



extensive renovation. Where possible, one-, two- and three-student bedrooms will be converted into double occupancy rooms. Kitchenette and recycling closet space on each floor will be combined to create a common area lounge. The exterior of the buildings will also be restored. Shawmut has partnered with CBT Architects to complete this project. Metcalf, Miller, and Andrews halls are located on the Pembroke Campus on Lloyd Avenue in Providence. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2012, and will be completed by December 2012.

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High-Profile: People

Denny Joins Congress Companies

Peabody, MA - The Congress Companies announced that Kenneth E. Denny has joined the company as the director of business development. He will lead client services, retention, and growth within the current dynamic healthcare, senior living, and multi-family housing construction and development markets throughout the Northeastern United States. Denny brings more than 30 years of diverse experience serving the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. A LEED accredited professional, he is adept at numerous facets of real estate development.

Before joining the Congress team, Denny held the role of business development manager at EMJ Corporation of Waltham. He previously served as a business development principal at Cubellis, Inc. of Boston; vice president of business Denny development at Parsons Brinckerhoff of Boston, and as an owner’s representative and capital project manager at Boston University.

Westborough, MA - Meridian Associates, Inc. in Westborough announcd the addition of senior engineer Todd M. Lobo. A registered professional engineer, Lobo was hired to Lobo complement the expansion of Meridian’s civil engineering division. He brings 24 years of professional experience, which includes project management, civil site design, and permitting and construction management.

Meridian also announced the addition of senior associate Jeffrey A. Thoma, a registered landscape architect. He will lead the expansion of the company’s landscape architecture division. Thoma In addition to 17+ years of professional experience, Thoma has recently been recognized for his work on the 2010 project that received the BSLA’s Honor Award for Institutional Design.

Meridian Adds Two

McKinnon Broker Hingham Tech 3

Hingham, MA - Richard McKinnon, director of brokerage services for The Grossman Companies, Inc., of Quincy, has been named exclusive broker for Hingham Tech 3, a new office complex being planned in Hingham.


Brookstone Welcomes Egan

Manchester, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc., construction managers and general contractors headquartered in Manchester, recently announced that Tonia Egan has joined the firm as director of marketing. Egan spent over seven years in the broadcasting field, serving as a promotions assistant and promotions coordinator, and approximately three years at Bay State Wholesale Floral in Wilmington, Mass. as director of sales & marketing. Her primary responsibilities at Brookstone Builders will include managing the company’s overall marketing effort, including social and print media.

RBJ Appoints Atkins

Boston – Richards Barry Joyce & Partners, LLC (RBJ) announced the appointment of Dean Atkins as Director of national and international accounts. Atkins brings a blend of legal and real estate experience to the firm. In his new role, he will provide advice to the firm’s corporate clients on leasing, sales and consulting projects in


the Greater Boston area, as well as across the United States and internationally. Prior to joining RBJ&P, Dean was an attorney on Mintz Levin’s Real Estate and Government Law sections. He represented clients in commercial real estate transactions involving leasing, property management, acquisitions and dispositions, and permitting.

January, 2012


High-Profile: People

Two New Appointments

Providence, RI - James Koloski has been appointed to director of business development at Shawmut Design and Construction in Providence. Koloski will focus on establishing Lahah new relationships and reinforcing current partnerships in Rhode Island and central and western Massachusetts, within the academic, corporate and commercial, healthcare and life sciences sectors.

Previously he served as business development manager at RDK Engineers where he worked closely with many of the elite academic, corporate, healthcare, and laboratory institutions in the market. Koloski Kevin Lahah was appointed to project manager at the company. Prior to joining Shawmut, Lahah served as project manager for Structure Tone, Inc, where he managed multi-million dollar projects.

Two Join MPA

Boston - Jessica L. Dubois and Caitlin D. Greenwood have joined Margulies Perruzzi Architects as architectural designers. In their new roles, they will be responsible for drawing and document production throughout all design phases. They will also provide support during the construction observation phase. Dubois is currently working on a new office building for Hobbs Brook Management in Norwood. While at Wentworth, she was a teaching assistant for architecture design studios and served as a critic for numerous architecture studio reviews. She also spent a summer at

the B.A.S.E. Beijing Architecture Studio Enterprise where she observed and documented Chinese construction methods in active sites. Greenwood is working on construction documentation for the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood of Boston.Her professional experience includes two architectural internships while in Italy and an architectural internship with Peterson Design Group in Kennebunk, Maine. She also served as a teaching assistant in design studio and architecture lecture at Roger Williams University.

O’Hara Joins FPPM

Boston - Fort Point Project goals with the firm’s service Management (FPPM) announced offerings. In addition, she will that Meagan O’Hara has joined the manage FPPM’s social media firm as director of business develinitiatives. opment. She will be in charge of Prior to joining Fort the firm’s day-to-day management Point Project Management, of existing clients while identifyO’Hara held several marketing new business opportunities in ing positions throughout her the life sciences, institutional, highcareer. From Willowbend tech, and corporate industry secCountry Club on Cape Cod to O’Hara tors. Caritas Christi Health Care in FPPM’s approach to offerBoston, she continues her ening scalable, comprehensive services will thusiasm for increasing business now with benefit from her ability to align a client’s Fort Point Project Management.

Copley Wolff Hires Oliver

Boston - Copley Wolff and institutional projects. Design Group, Inc. (CWDG) anHe will bring his subnounced the hiring of Brett W. stantial expertise to several Oliver as landscape architect and immediate Copley Wolff project manager. Design Group projects inOliver’s work experience cluding the waterfront park as a team member and project and streetscape at Assembly manager encompasses a wide Row in Somerville. range of project types including Oliver has managed Oliver work within the public and urthe design and document ban realm through the design and production for academic implementation of multiple streetscapes projects at Virginia Tech University, and urban parks, as well as mixed-use Georgia Tech University and Texas retail and multiple university, academic, A&M University.

Acentech Welcomes New Staff

Cambridge, MA - Acentech Inc. announced new additions to the staff in its Cambridge headquarters. The new hires include: Matthew Azevedo, consultant in architectural acoustics and mechanical systems, who brings an extensive range of teaching and recording talents plus experience as an audio engineer, mastering engineer, and musician to his role of acoustician at Acentech. His consulting projects focus on architectural acoustics, sound isolation, and acoustical measurement. Ethan R. Brush, senior consultant in noise and vibration, has a wide range of experience in strucCuff tural dynamics. At Acentech, he focuses on real-time remote monitoring systems for construction-related noise and vibration near sensitive facilities. He also applies his sound and vibration testing skills to product noise studies. Nicole S. Cuff, PE, LEED AP BD+C, consultant in architectural acoustics and mechanical systems, served as principal engineer in earlier roles. At Acentech, her project focus lies in mechanical system noise control, vibration isolation, sound isolation, and room acoustics. Her projects include room acoustics, interior noise con-





trol, and environmental noise control. Thomas E. Lynott, joins Acentech as controller/chief financial officer responsible for the accounting and financial functions of Acentech. Lynott was the owner of AEC Resources, LLC, and previously, was the controller for Guertin Elkerton & Associates, Inc.of Boston. Also, Aaron Bétit, senior consultant in architectural acoustics and mechanical systems, has joined Acentech to expand the firm’s architectural acoustics presence in the Southern California area.

Congress Companies New CFO

Peabody, MA – The Congress Companies welcomed Edward O. Tabor III to the company as chief financial officer. In this position he will manage all financial functions of the company as well as administration, IT, and human resources departments while maintaining all administrative and financial records. For nearly 20 years, Tabor held the position of controller and treasurer for Deck House, Inc. of Acton. He then assumed the role of vice president of finance and CFO for Empyrean International, LLC.

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Bierbrier Promotes Dattoli

Lexington, MA - Bierbrier Development Inc. has promoted Ronald Dattoli to the position of senior propertymanager. In his new position, Dattoli will oversee the management of properties in Bierbrier’s Massachusetts portfolio in Haverhill, Arlington, Medford and Brockton,

including supervision of dayto-day operations, building systems, tenant build-outs, tenant compliance, and property maintenance. Dattoli joined Bierbrier Development in 1984, serving as a property manager.


Skanska Promotes Hurley

Boston - Skanska USA announced that its commercial development unit, which is pursuing commercial development initiatives across the country and recently broke ground on its first project in Cambridge, has promoted Shawn Hurley to Executive Vice President and Regional Manager of the Boston region.


January, 2012


High-Profile: Calendar ASM


Young Contractors Professional Institute - January 17- Setting Smart Goals - Identifying, building on strengths and weaknesses. Understanding key construction success factors and differentiators. Diverse success paths in the construction industry. Setting goals that matter, getting started now to achieve them. - January 31 - Managing Finances - Increasing project cost controls and profit. Spotting and addressing project financial problems quickly. Achieving full financial literacy and meeting current standards. Understanding company finances, your role and impact as a young contractor. - February 15 - BSA Joint Session Effective Architect/Contractor Teamwork “What were you thinking?” Understanding predictable architect/contractor differences and using differences as a resource. Improving meetings, discussions and follow through. Solving problems and generating solutions. Seminars run 2 - 6 p.m., with light supper and a tour by the host organization. For locations and general information, contact Rebecca Walker at walker@agcmass. org or Institute Director Dr. William Ronco at: 781-275-2424 or wronco@gatheringpace.com. Note: When registering, please note “ASM” in the comment section of AGC link to reFebruary 16, 2012 - Registration: 3:30 p.m. ceive member rate Event start: 4 p.m. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Business Development from the Clients’ Perspective Boston Architectural College. For information: smpsboston.org - January 24, 2012 8 - 10 a.m. AGC Conference Center, Wellesley, Mass. Preparing for the “New Construction Economy” Adapt or Perish: The Practical Construction MBA Over the past couple of years, construction professionals have experienced tremendous change with more risk and more competition the most notable trends. Yet, there are many other trends, some fair and some unfair. How do these trends impact construction professionals and a firm’s ability to make a profit? For contractors and subcontractors, some may be faced with a “no growth” scenario to stay in the market, while others will adapt to change and grow. Come listen and discuss. More information or to register: http:// www.agcmass.org







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January 19 - 7:15-9:30 a.m. Special Main Event breakfast program Westin Hotel, Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street Casinos Coming to Massachusetts. Spinning the Wheel – What this New Industry Means for the Commonwealth. This program will focus on what gaming will mean for the commonwealth. January 26 - 7:15-9:15 a.m. Goodwin Procter LLP, 53 State Street 2nd Floor, Boston Parking Matters - Trends and Solutions for new developments parking is a critical component in most developments and acquisitions, and its economics can be crucial to the financial success of a project. Hear from a panel comprised of a developer, construction manager and consultants who will share first-hand knowledge regarding the latest new trends, solutions and considerations for parking in your development. More information: http://www. naiopma.org/ or contact: Pauline Rand (781) 453-6900 x4.

January 24, 2012 9 - 11 a.m. BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston Building Information Modeling (BIM) Roundtable Professionals explore Building Information Modeling (BIM), a software approach designed to increase productivity in building design and construction. for more information: http://www.architects.org/calendar/2012-01 January 26, 2012 Boston Marriott Copley Place Hundreds of architects, contractors, engineers, and owners will gather to discover who has won the 2011 season’s most prestigious industry awards. It’s the all new “Oscars” of the New England design and construction industry. For more information: BSA@architects. org


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