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IMEC Builds Western Avenue Studios Suffolk to Manage Cancer Center Project Using IPD Columbia and Bruner/Cott Restore Waltham Watch Factory Complex JMB Completes Restoration of Museum Brown University Completes Metcalf Renovation O’Connor Nears Completion of MIT Project Suffolk Completes AMIGO Suite at Brigham and Women’s Bowdoin Completes Church Renovations Autiello Renovating Health Facility Alpine Performs Project at Historic Church KBE Begins School Project RMX Revitalizes Columbia Road Properties 12 Ways to Use Antique Architectural Salvage Abbot Restores Historic Back Bay Building Due Diligence for Tenant Improvements by Mark Reed LKCo. to Convert Historic Landmark Planning Renovations to Historic Buildings by Karl Walsh Feldman Scans at 330 Stuart and Fast 14 Wealth Management. Insights, Investment Focus By David Leger Exterior Designs Completes Reno The Building as Silent Partner by Ellen Anselone HMFH Completes Renovations How to Reap Proven Benefits of IPD, BIM and GDP by Chad Wisler Street-Works and Beal on Redevelopment of Quincy Featureing BOND Breaks Ground on Harvard Complex Focus: Metric Completes Merrill Wharf Renovation CSI Completes Façade Restoration

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Due Diligence for Tenant Improvements

BSA New Management Structure

Boston - The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) recently announced that it is implementing a new management structure, following the departure of its executive director, Margaret Wigglesworth, who has served as executive director since early 2011. She will return to the commercial real estate sector in February. “Margaret was presented with an opportunity to help a company expand and for personal reasons felt compelled to respond affirmatively to the offer,” said BSA president, Laura Wernick AIA, REFP, LEED AP. “Her departure is a loss, but we deeply appreciate the contributions she has made to our organization at a highly transitional time.” The BSA relocated to its new headquarters at 290 Atlantic Wharf in December 2011 and opened a new, public architecture and design gallery, BSA Space, in that location in January of 2012. “My experience at the BSA has been enormously satisfying, and I feel confident that I leave the organization well-positioned to take its place as Boston’s leading cultural touch point for architecture and design,” said Wigglesworth.

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The BSA’s deputy directors, Ann Fienman and Eric White, will become managing directors, and rounding out the senior management team are Renée Loth, editor of ArchitectureEric White Boston magazine, the BSA’s flagship publication; Pamela de Oliveira-Smith, communications director; Billy Craig, director of the BSA’s new tradeshow, ArchitectureBoston Expo; and Ben Cohen, controller.

by Mark Reed, One of today’s most active areas of construction lies in tenant improvements to existing buildings. Particularly in the life sciences sector, there is constant churn as companies mature and move into larger spaces to meet their growing space demands. Remarkably adaptable, most developers have a mix of buildings in their portfolios ranging Mark Reed from the 19th century through brand new construction to offer to potential tenants. So, as a tenant, it is important to be aware of the sometimes hidden issues associated with renovation and restoration that should become a part of the due diligence phase. We’ve asked both a structural engineer and a builder to comment on a few of the issues that they feel are often overlooked during this process. According to John Matuszewski, a principal at McNamara/Salvia structural engineers, load-bearing masonry buildings pose a particular challenge. “A number of our clients are looking at purchasing or leasing older mill buildings for reuse and adaptation and are unaware of the code requirements associated with the structural systems,” he commented. While Massachusetts uses the International Existing Building Code (IEBC 2009) as its model code, the state has added amendments that invoke Appendix A1 for masonry buildings. According to Matuszewski, this amendment can trigger significant reinforcement of the existing load

bearing masonry if the project area exceeds 50% of the building. “In some cases, we’ve seen mid six-figure costs associated with these upgrades.” If this requirement is not understood early on in the process, it can have a dramatically negative implication on the strategy of the project. This is particularly true if the responsibility for these upgrades is not clearly delineated in the lease or purchase agreement. Andy Coull, president of JM Coull, builders from Maynard, echoes this concern. “An area of potential conflict arises when a building is leased from a landlord for renovation or retrofit. The responsibility for things like hazardous materials abatement, code compliance and other changes to existing conditions can often be open to interpretation,” he says. A prime area of his firm’s expertise is in the conversion of existing buildings to high-technology facilities for research, development, and manufacturing. Coull adds, “It is important to eliminate gray areas within the lease because, once it is signed, it becomes the guiding document relative to who will pay for certain aspects of the renovation.” There is often significant pressure at the early stages of project to get the deal done and to focus on the immediate next steps, sometimes at the expense of looking at the life span of the deal. “Even though five, 10, or 15 years seems like a long ways away, don’t forget to look at and negotiate what is required at the end of the lease relative to returning the building to pre-lease condition. This can be very costly,” he cautions. Mark Reed, AIA LEED AP, is a principal of Lab / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc.


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UMBA Bids Farewell to MacKenzie

Boston - More than a hundred business leaders attended a reception recently for former UMass Building Authority (UMBA) boss David Mac-Kenzie at the UMass Club in Boston. MacKenzie was praised for the many great building projects he oversaw as executive director for the past seven years by University President Robert Caret, chairman of Katherine Craven, Bob Sheridan, David MacKenthe UMBA Board, SBLI President zie, and Robert Caret display an enlarged photo Robert Sheridan, and new UMBA of the Sherman Center. Director Katherine Craven. statewide, Craven will continue to manage President Caret used the occasion to announce that UMass will undergo construction on the much-anticipated Shera $3 billion capital improvement program man Center at Worcester Medical School, to further enhance the university’s academ- a $432 million research facility that will be at the forefront of the nation’s battle against ic appeal. Among the building projects cur- cancer and the new laboratory for Nobel rently under way on UMass campuses Prize winner Dr. Craig Mello.

MBC on Southfield

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) hosted Kevin Chase, vice president, LNR Property Corporation as guest speaker at the recent MBC Breakfast. Chase provided an overview of SouthField, the new 1,400-acre mixed-use community on the site of the former Naval Air Station in South WeyMBC President John Cannismouth,. As a national model for smart growth devel- traro, Jr., with Kevin Chase. opment, SouthField has been designed to promote thoughtful site planning, traditional neighborhoods, natural resource conservation, environmental protection, open space and the construction of green buildings. Congress Unplugged is scheduled for February. Visit www.buildingcongress.org for details.

ABCMA Installs 2012 Officers

Boston - The Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABCMA) installed its 2012 officers on January 19 at a joint meeting of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapters held at Christina’s restaurant in Foxboro. Dennis Maguire of the Maguire Company, Inc. is ABCMA’s Dennis Maguire 2012 chairman. Officers and other directors are: Chairman - Dennis Maguire, Maguire Company, Inc.; first vice chairman - Thomas Descoteaux, R. H. White Construction Co., Inc.; second vice chairman - Brian Jurgens, W. T. Kenney Company, Inc; immediate past chair - Mark Roberts, A & M Construction Co.; Inc. and treasurer - Joseph E. Mahoney, McGladrey Three-Year Directors: Leon Asadoorian, Methuen Construction Co., Inc.; Robert Brait, Brait Builders Corp.; Lyle Coghlin, CTA Construction, Inc.; Romeo D’Agostino, D’Agostino Associates, Inc.; and Michael Fish, Dellbrook Construction.


One-Year Directors: Patrick Callahan, Callahan, Inc.; James Grasseschi, Grasseschi Plumbing and Heating, Inc.; Jerry Simmer, Shawnlee Construction, LLC; and Bryan Quinn, Resource Options, Inc. National Directors: Eric J. Forish, Forish Construction Co., Inc.; J. Douglas Hunter, The Hunter Group; and Kyle Reagan, DECCO. Gould Construction Institute Trustees: Chairperson - Dottie Amanti, E. Amanti & Sons, Inc.; first vice chair/clerk - Daniel James, Erland Construction, Inc.; immediate past chair - Robert McDonald, Phoenix Mechanical Contracting, Inc.; and treasurer - Louis J. Sannella, McGladrey Trustees John Annarelli, Jr, Medford Wellington Service Co., Inc.; Timothy Barton, DECCO, Inc.; Gregory Beeman, ABC president; Tom Blesso, Erland Construction, Inc.; Ralph Caisse, NorthStar Construction Services Corp.; Rene Lachapelle, RALCO Electric, Inc.; Dennis Maguire, ABC 2012 Chairperson; Vic Pelletier,Tenant Systems, Inc.; Ivan Quinchia, Air Purchases, Inc.; and Michael Rheault, Mechanical Management, Inc.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Suffolk to Manage Cancer Center Project Waterford, CT - Suffolk Construction was recently awarded Lawrence & Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Center project in Waterford. TRO Jung|Brannen was engaged to design the $34.5 million Cancer Center, which will feature new construction of a 47,000sf comprehensive facility that will include extensive radiation and medical oncology programs, along with state-ofthe-art treatment technologies. The project is notable because it will be one of the first healthcare construction projects in the country to utilize the innovative integrated project delivery (IPD) method. For the Cancer Center project, the IPD method will consist of a contractual arrangement between Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Suffolk Construction, and TRO Jung|Brannen. The contract will require that all risk and reward on the project be shared with all project stakeholders, including mechanical/plumbing/controls, electrical, and sitework contractors. Suffolk will also leverage lean design and construction techniques and building information modeling (BIM) to minimize issues during construction, enhance teamwide collaboration, and add significant overall value on the project. In conjunction with Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, the project team will utilize the production preparation process (3P) lean design approach and pull plan-

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Monument Dedicated to Engineers

Boston - Pressley Associates, a Cambridge-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, announced the dedication of the Bernard M. Gordon Tribute to Engineering Leadership at Northeastern University. NU President Joseph E. Aoun hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for this interactive hightech monument of moving digital images on LED screens and photo tributes to engineering leaders including Bernard Marshall (“Bernie”) Gordon. With more than 200 inventions to his credit, including the high-speed analog-to-digital converter, the instant imaging computer-aided tomography scanner Digital Doppler Radar, and the world’s first solid-state x-ray generator, Gordon endowed the university’s Gordon Engineering Leadership Program with $20 million. Situated on the pathway be- Bernard M. Gordon Tribute to Engineering Leadership tween the university’s Snell Engineering Center and Egan Research ern University Veterans’ Memorial. Center, the Gordon Tribute’s surrounding These are the latest in a series of plaza was designed by Pressley landscape Northeastern campus landscape improvearchitect Matt Latimer with a grayscale ments designed by Pressley, which replaced paving pattern evocative of electron paths many of the campus’ asphalt-paved roads around an atom or moon orbits around a and parking lots with curved brick pedestriplanet, inlaid in a red brick pavement. an walks, greenspaces, granite-curbed tree/ Ergonomic stainless steel benches flower planters, and the landmark Krentzprovide viewing seats for the monument. It man Quadrangle on Huntington Avenue. is down a path from Pressley’s Northeast-

New Mass. Projects for GEI

Boston - GEI Consultants, Inc. is providing various consulting engineering services for the design and construction of a green bus maintenance facility located at Logan International Airport in East Boston. The 72,000sf facility will be located in the north service area of the airport and will include office, maintenance, and storage space for the fleet of buses used for operations at the airport. GEI performed an environmental assessment and geotechnical field investigation of the site; designed a foundation that consisted of spread footings on existing site soils improved with controlled-moduluscolumns; and evaluated and approved a

contractor proposed value-engineering alternative to support the facility on spread footings over site soils improved with rammed aggregate piers. Currently, GEI is providing construction oversight for this project. GEI also was selected to be part of the program management team engaged by Massport for review of design-build project improvements to the Runway Safety Area (RSA) at the end of Runway 33L at Boston-Logan International Airport. The proposed improvements are required to enhance the RSA, to the extent feasible, to be consistent with the Federal Aviation Administration’s current airport design criteria for RSA.

Bomco to Build New Facility

Gloucester, MA - MassDevelopment has issued a $4 million tax-exempt bond, purchased by TD Bank, on behalf of Bomco, Inc., a manufacturing company located in Gloucester, which produces sheet metal fabrications for jet engines, industrial gas turbines, and land and marine turbines. The company will use bond proceeds to build an 18,000sf manufacturing facility on Bomco’s current property, which contains 52,000sf of production space, and to purchase equipment for EDM drilling, vacuum furnace heat treating and brazing, and airflow analysis. These capabilities will vertically integrate the production process to improve turnaround time to customers. The company expects the proj-

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High-Profile Focus: Renovations/Restorations Facility Development News

Feldman Scans 330 Stuart

Boston - Harry R. Feldman, Inc. was contracted by Turner Construction Company to scan seven floors of the existing building at 330 Stuart Street. This building is undergoing restoration as part of the new Liberty Mutual Headquarters. The new 22-story tower is going to be tied into this building, so there was a need for highly

Laser scan of 330 Stuart St. accurate laser scanning and Revit modeling for trade coordination and tenant improvement work. Scanning was performed over five days along with conventional survey control to relate the Revit model to the

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Philips Healthcare Office Transformed Andover, MA – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA); J. Calnan & Associates, Inc., and CresaPartners announced that the firms jointly provided design, construction, and project management services for new office space for Philips Healthcare in Andover. MPA provided interior architecture and corporate design services, J. Calnan & Associates provided pre-construction and construction management services, and CresaPartners, under the direction of Dwight Patten, provided project management services for the 32,000sf interior fitup at 200 Minuteman Road. With an existing campus across the street at 3000 Minuteman Road, the new office offers Philips a new environment that embraces an alternative workplace strategy, with an open and efficient floor plan promoting collaborative work. “The design of our new space will provide opportunities for interaction and collaboration, while offering our staff the flexibility and mobility they need to do their jobs,” said Jay Poswolsky, director of workplace Innovation at Philips. Open workspace features 200 individual work settings for 240 employees in a “free addressing” concept. A tenet of alternative workplace design, employees may

“hang their hat” where they choose that day, working from anywhere in the office at anytime. The flexibility and adaptability of each work setting also allow employees to migrate from desk to desk depending on workflow, projects, and accessibility to other team members in the office. To promote collaboration and interaction, the open workspace is arranged in seven “neighborhoods” that house four clusters of six work settings, with adjacent support spaces that include meeting rooms, file areas, and phone booths. At the center of the neighborhoods, a large, multi-functional and colorful space anchors the office like an urban center. Philips’ “Town Square” space can be used as a lunchroom/café as well as meeting room with audiovisual capabilities. The Town Square boasts a colorful floor that offsets the neutral palette of the neighborhoods. Colors are introduced through signage and wayfinding throughout the space, with different colors and natural imagery defining the neighborhoods and providing wayfinding reinforcement. As the natural light diminishes into the depth of the space, warmer and bolder colors are used in the signage and wayfinding.


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February, 2012


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Abbot Restores Historic Back Bay Building

Boston - Abbot recently performed a comprehensive restoration project at 12 Commonwealth Avenue in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay district. The historic eight-story building consists of four-and-a-half floors of brick situated between pre-cast concrete upper and lower floors. The owner hired Commercial Construction Consulting of Boston to investigate the problems, develop the plans and specifications, and bid out the job to a select group of bidders. The specifications had to be reviewed by the Back Bay Architectural Commission to assure that all restoration was consistent with its regulations. Abbot was the low bidder and was selected as the masonry contractor. The project was performed in two phases: Phase 1, where the majority of the work took place, consisted of the front of the building, while Phase 2 involved the rear of the building including the courtyards. The front of the building consists of fabricated ornamental pre-cast concrete and slate mansards on the upper two floors, brick in the middle floors, and pre-cast concrete on the lower two floors. Significantly, the front entrance is adorned with an elegant canopy supported by two ornamental steel linked chains.

cornice stones in the top floor area. In the brick section of the building, Abbot replaced the steel lintels and repointed the entire area using mortar whose color was chosen by the Back Bay Architectural Commission. Roofing repairs included replacement of the slate on the mansard and both of the barrel roofs on the seventh floor. Upon completion of all of the repairs, Abbot sealed all of the pre-cast concrete with a protective elastomeric coating

whose color was also chosen by the Back Bay Architectural Commission. As part of the restoration project, the building owner agreed to restore the ornamental steel canopy, situated over the front stairway, that had deteriorated and become fragile over the life of the building, to its original appearance. Abbot also re-engineered the drainage system including installation of PVC downspouts to prevent future water damage to the canopy.

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Replacement of the ornamental precast concrete at top of building required Abbot to fabricate a 6’ x 5’ decorative precast concrete pattern to replace the original pattern. Significantly, Abbot needed to match the pattern that was still intact on the opposite side of the building. The company also replaced several pre-cast arched surrounds around the top floor windows, as well as several pre-cast

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LKCo. to Convert Historic Landmark Exterior Designs Completes Reno Group One Architects

Rendering of the planned hotel Boston - Lee Kennedy Co. of Quincy recently mobilized on a full interior gutrehab of 368 Congress Street in the city’s Innovation District. The contractor worked with owner Norwich Partners Management, broker Colliers International, and architect Group One Partners through a year of preconstruction services to convert the existing building into a 120-key Residence Inn. The six-story building, originally constructed in 1900, is on Boston’s registry of historic landmarks. As part of the preconstruction effort, LKCo. priced different concept scenarios and provided cost studies for numerous slab improvement options at grade level as well as the cost of window replication and re-

placement versus restoration. Construction will be a full gut renovation. The team will perform select demolition in the floors, walls, and roof for structural and MEP upgrades; complete structural improvements to the ground floor slab; install all new mechanicals; replicate and replace all of the interior and exterior windows as well as the building’s prominent skylight; install two new exposed glass elevator cores in the open atrium, and convert existing office space into guest rooms. Despite its new life as a hotel, the building will retain an industrial feel with exposed wood beams and ceilings as well as exposed brick in the atrium. The hotel will open to guests in May of 2013.

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Metric Completes Merrill’s Wharf Renovation

ortland, ME - Metric Construction Corporation of Boston recently completed a 100,000sf renovation at Merrill’s Wharf in Portland. The project consisted of a complex renovation resulting in the revitalization and reuse of a landmark property in Portland’s historic waterfront. Metric worked with Winton Scott Architects and Visnick & Caulfield Associates Inc., who designed the interior space for the firm of Pierce Atwood LLP to transform the tired five-story mill building into a modern and elegant office space for the renowned law firm and other smaller tenants.

Careful coordination allowed for the restoration of certain architectural elements throughout the building where exposed brick, granite, and stone were seamlessly blended into the décor. The project included the construction of networked offices for 170+ attorneys, a virtual conference center, a library, a large cafeteria, and a rooftop deck. Salvaged granite blocks from the Million Dollar Bridge which preceded the Casco Bay Bridge across the Fore River mark the building’s main entrance to celebrate and further preserve the historic significance of the landmark location.

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February, 2012


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Autoliv to Expand and Renovate

Boston - Autoliv, Inc. will expand its Lowell facility – its office, development, testing, and production facilities in the same building where it currently occupies 20,000sf of space. The building at 1001 Pawtucket Boulevard is owned by Winstanley Enterprises. Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) was selected to design a more open, collaborative work environment for Autoliv’s engineers in the expanded 60,000sf space. The project scope includes 30,000sf of office space with offices, workstations, conference rooms, and open work areas, and 30,000sf of production, engineering, and testing space, including ground floor space for vehicle testing. Autoliv’s reception area will feature display space for its worldclass products. MPA also designed a tour route throughout the facility for clients and visitors to observe Autoliv’s product development and production. The project is slated for completion in February 2012.

HMFH Completes Renovations

Cambridge, MA - HMFH Architects has completed an $85 million multiphase renovation project at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) and the new $50 million Hanover High School. HMFH was commissioned to create innovative educational spaces, provide modern design aesthetics, and establish sustainable design features for both schools.

replacement of the entire heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, installation of new high-reflectance roofing, and high-performance lighting.

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Hanover High School main entrance The total interior renovation of CRLS entailed a two-year phased process that revitalized 400,000sf of the high school’s academic space, which was originally constructed in 1933 and expanded in 1978. The 1,800-student CRLS is the only public high school in the city of Cambridge. The project is expected to receive LEED Gold certification as a result of comprehensive sustainable design that includes a photovoltaic rooftop panel array,

HMFH’s design of Hanover High School, built to replace a 1950s-era facility, represents a distinct departure from past approaches to departmentalized

education. Programmatically, the new building’s design encourages cross-disciplinary learning, featuring clusters instead of rows of conventional classrooms. The academic wing contains four U-shaped learning pods that consist of five general classrooms, one versatile computer lab, and two science labs, grouped around a central breakout space furnished with soft seating and marker boards to foster small-group learning.

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The 157,000sf building also contains a 12,000sf gymnasium; a 540-seat auditorium; a library that is twice the size of the one it replaced; and a dining commons that serves as a gathering place for the school, a lobby for the gymnasium and auditorium, and that opens out into a courtyard space. The building was designed to meet the standards of the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) program, and includes an abundance of natural light and ventilation. Design features enhance the school’s connection to adjacent wetlands and the nearby North River; the colorful terrazzo flooring pattern is an abstraction of a river and runs through to the commons from both entrances. Photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof, and a central kiosk relays information about energy usage.

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High-Profile Focus: Renovations/Restorations Facility Development News

Bowdoin Construction Completes Church Renovations Hingham, MA - Bowdoin Construction recently completed the major expansion and historic renovation of the South Shore Baptist Church, a 1950s classic New England landmark. Designed by Strekalovsky Architecture, the 26,030sf two-level addition features a new 740-person sanctuary, multilevel choir space, a new entrance lobby with elevator, reception areas, staff offices, nursery space, 10 classroom/meeting spaces, storage, and restrooms. The project also included renovations to the existing 18,800sf two-story church building, which is located in the historic district of Hingham.

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February, 2012


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JMB Completes Restoration of Museum

Boston - The rededication of the restored former African Meeting House, now the Museum of African American History, on Beacon Hill in Boston, took place at the national historic landmark in December. The three-story structure, built in 1806, is the oldest extant national African American church building in the US, and was constructed primarily by free black artisans. The museum, restored to its 1855 appearances reopened to the public on its 205th anniversary. NECA Boston Chapter contractor, J. & M. Brown Company (JMB) of Jamaica Plain provided electrical construction and restoration of the historic building as well as installations for the new adjoining structure, that houses an elevator and staircase to allow for handicap access. The project scope encom- Restored Museum of African American History passed providing the 5,364sf, twocentury old structure with a new walls of the structure, and numerous floor electrical service, interior and exterior boxes were cut into the existing historic lighting, fire alarm system, and tel-data in- wood floor. frastructure. Coordination of the new electrical JMB met unique challenges at the and mechanical room was also critical, extraordinarily tight site, among them the as the compact space holds equipment integration of electrical service from the for electrical, HVAC, and UPS, as well as main electrical and mechanical room lo- the elevator control room. The building’s cated in the basement of the new adjoining small footprint and lack of storage space building into the historic structure. Ac- for equipment necessitated that all trades curate layout of wiring was essential, as bring in only equipment that would be inall cables were chiseled through the brick stalled in the ensuing week.

Lighting installations at the museum included the revitalization of centuries’ old gas powered fixtures to electrical. The grand chandelier in the sanctuary was also refurbished and converted to electrical. JMB utilized a special motorized lift in the attic for its installation. Special wiring was required for the pulpit stanchions’ light fixtures. Theatrical lighting was also installed

for special events and guest speakers. Architect for the project was John W. Waite Associates of Albany, N.Y.; GC was Shawmut Design and Construction of Boston. The fast-track project started in November 2010 and was completed on an aggressive schedule in November 2011.

Silk Mill Historical Resto Under Way TAT Architect, Keith Construction GC

Pittsfield, MA - Construction is under way on the $15.5 million transformation of the historic A.H. Rice Silk Mill on Spring St. in Pittsfield into 45 units of affordable workforce housing. Jon Rudzinski, founder of Rees-Larkin Development, (RLD) says the historically sensitive renovation of the 66,100sf building is scheduled to be completed in July. He noted that the finished building will contain 19 one-bedroom, 19-two bedroom, and seven three-bedroom apartments. Forty-three of the apartments will be available at an affordable rate to working individuals and families at 60 % of the area medium income (which is currently about $49,000 for a family of four). The developer is Pittsfield-Silk LLC, a partnership between RLD and Howland Development Company. The Architectural Team is the project architect, Keith Con-

struction, Inc. is the general contractor, and Berkshire Housing Services, Inc. is the property manager. Rudzinski says the biggest challenge to the project early on was resolving a conflict between the requirements of historic preservation and the need to remediate a brownfield area that included a portion of the original 90,000 sf building. As soon as that problem was overcome, financing was assured, permits were obtained, and work commenced. A former senior vice president at WinnDevelopment, Rudzinski founded Rees-Larkin Development in 2008. Between 1997 and 2008 he was directly responsible for the successful completion of 20 housing developments, totaling over 3,000 units with a combined development cost of over $270 million.

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Street-Works and Beal Join Forces on Historic Redevelopment of Quincy strengthens the foundation of our work as we to continue to move this revitalization towards reality.” “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revitalize the birthplace of two American presidents,” stated Robert Beal, president of The Beal Companies. “We respect the passion and expertise of the Street-Works team and are proud to part-

ner with them on this important project. Their track record for creating and redeveloping authentic, urban neighborhoods across the United States meshes well with our approach and core beliefs. With StreetWorks, we’ll not just build buildings in Quincy; we’ll create a new environment in which the city of the 21st century can flourish.”

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Rendering of revitalization of Adams Green in downtown Quincy Quincy, MA - Street-Works Development, LLC and The Beal Companies, two creative leaders in real estate development, and the city of Quincy’s Mayor Thomas Koch, announced that they are joining forces on the $1.6 billion revitalization of downtown Quincy. As Beal/Street-Works, the two companies will execute the largest historic redevelopment in Massachusetts, that is a national model for aging cities seeking a brighter future. The Beal Companies and StreetWorks will be co-managing partners on the redevelopment of the new Quincy Center, an ambitious transit-oriented, mixed-use project that encompasses 3.5 million sf of new development—over 20 acres—in-

cluding 1.1 million sf of new office space, two hotels, and over 1,400 new residential units. “The Beal team has been and continues to be a driving force behind urban spaces and projects in and around Boston, and we are pleased to have them join us in the rebirth of Quincy,” stated Street-Works co-founder and managing partner Ken Narva. “Our companies share the same vision—to combine financial prudence with entrepreneurial vision and thoughtfulness to create a downtown that will be successful for generations to come. For the past six years we have worked with the city and state to develop this vision for Quincy. Our partnership as Beal/Street-Works

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Cambridge, MA - O’Connor Constructors is in the process of completing a new project at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. The project involves selective demolition and interior construction renovations on the third floor of Building 3 at MIT. The ECM Design Nexus Research Lab project is expected to be completed in February 2012. This MIT project consists of an 11,800sf renovation of existing lab space, which includes the complete removal of existing labs and rebuilding new lab space and offices in an occupied environment. This new mechanical engineering space includes an H2O laboratory, an optics lab, a microscope laboratory, a new 54-seat capacity tiered classroom and a new 500sf conference room. Other additions involve the installation of a fire protection stand-

pipe down to the basement and an upgrade of emergency power panels as well as other new life safety systems improvements Construction is taking place during the school year, which is making it necessary for the O’Connor Constructors staff to coordinate potentially disruptive activities during the project with the occupants of adjacent spaces. For instance, exposed MEP infrastructure was run in the ceiling of a shared corridor adjacent to office space utilized during construction activities by MIT personnel. A prominent architectural feature to this project is the installation of storefront lining the corridor at the offices. The architect for the ECM Design Nexus Research Offices project is D’Agostino Izzo Quirk Architects, Inc.

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CSI Completes Façade Restoration RMX Revitalizes Columbia Rd Properties

Boston - Contracting Specialists Incorporated (CSI) has completed Phase 3 of the façade restoration contract they were awarded for the 75 Kneeland Street office building in Boston. The base scope of work for this phase consisted of restoring the top two floors of the building, including replacement of decorative precast pieces, installation of a new waterproofing system, replacement of relieving angles, and rebuilding of the masonry façade. CSI worked closely with the building owner and the project engineer to respond to issues that arose through each phase of the project, including fabrication and installation of additional structural steel required to support the decorative precast at corners. CSI also performed make-safe work at the completion of the project including removal of potential spall hazards and stabilization of the masonry façade on the lower levels of the building by installing helical tie anchors. Other repairs included removal and replacement of window perimeter sealants, patching and repairs to the structural concrete frame, repairs to the metal coping system, and installation of a new coating system over the decorative precast.

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Boston - A two-phased masonry restoration and building renovation project is underway at 422 Columbia Road and 466/468 Columbia Road, Boston. Both properties are under the management of Maloney Properties, Inc. of Wellesley. The design plan submitted by RMX Northeast, Inc. of Milford encompasses a largescale repair to deteriorated concrete sills and lintels along with miscellaneous brick repairs at 422 Columbia Road, as well as a complete façade restoration at 466/468 Columbia Road. Two elevations of the 466/468 Columbia Road façade are being completely renovated with a new exterior skin and metal panel installation with the remainder of the property being fully repointed, and the concrete sills and lintels replaced.

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Following an extensive bidding process, Abbot Building Restoration Co., Inc. was selected as the masonry contractor on the project. According to Abbot vice president and director of field operations, Steven Diodati, “Abbot’s ability to fast track the project enabled us to complete the major portion of the Phase 1 renovation work before the cold winter weather set in.” Renovations at 422 Columbia Road were completed ahead of schedule. The Phase 2 portion of the project is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2012. The facade had to be completely restored.

DBVW to Restore Victory Theatre

Holyoke, MA - The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA) chose Durkee, Brown, Viveiros &Werenfels (DBVW) Architects to design the restoration of the Victory Theatre in Holyoke. Opened in 1920 on Suffolk Street in Holyoke and closed in 1979, the Victory was purchased by MIFA in 2009 to restore and return to use for theater, opera, dance, film and other arts. The restoration project is expected to cost $29 million and is being funded in part with state historic preservation tax credits.

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BL Companies Designs, Erland Construction Builds Storrs Center

ansfield, CT - The first two buildings are on track to be completed this summer at Storrs Center, a mixed-use town center and main street corridor at the crossroads of the town of Mansfield and the University of Connecticut. Work is being carried on this winter on the two apartment buildings that include first floor retail space scheduled to be completed by July 31, 2011. Located along Storrs Road adjacent to the university, the town hall, the regional high school, and the community center, Storrs Center will include a new town square across from the School of Fine Arts complex. The Storrs Center master plan will knit quality architecture, pedestrian-oriented streets, and public spaces into a series of small neighborhoods that will make up the new fabric of the town center. Ground floor retail and commercial uses opening onto landscaped sidewalks and intimate streets will reinforce shared community spaces and will be supported by residences above. The center will combine retail, restaurant, and office uses with a variety of residence types, including rental apartments, town homes, and condominium apartments. Structured and surface parking will be provided. Storrs Center is one of the most ambitious public/private initiatives in the history of the state. At its core is the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc., an independent, nonprofit organization that is

The new Storrs Center under construction composed of representatives from the community, local businesses, the town, and the University of Connecticut. Storrs Center Alliance, LLC, an affiliate of Leyland Alliance LLC, Tuxedo, New York, is the master developer. Leyland Alliance is a noted New Urbanist development company that has developed mixed-use projects in Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia. Scheduled to be completed in 2012 and 2013, respectively, the first two phases of Storrs Center will include commercial and residential offerings. The retail and other commercial space will be owned and

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managed by Leyland Alliance. Numerous commercial businesses have signed letters of intent to lease portions of the first phase of development. Joining Leyland Alliance in developing the first two phases of Storrs Center is Education Realty Trust, Inc. (EdR), based in Memphis, Tennessee. Education Realty Trust will create high-quality housing within Storrs Center to appeal to the university and town of Mansfield community. EdR will develop, own, and manage 290 high-quality apartment homes, including studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom residences. BL Companies of Meriden, Connecticut is the lead architect for buildings included within the first two phases. Erland Construction of East Winsor, Connecticut is serving as the general contractor for this phase of the project. Andy Graves, LEED AP, principal at BL Companies, says, “We have been working with Leyland Alliance for a number of years and have been involved with a number of projects with them. EdR brings expertise in residential communities near universities. We see our relationship with our clients as co-creative collaborators. Our role on this particular project was to help

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manifest a shared vision of a new place, a center, a gathering place for the town of Mansfield. As part of the process, all of the stake holders needed to be involved in a way that brought out a common vision that could still encompass the diversity of ideas and goals of all involved. “ Graves noted that. “ This first portion of the project is the first piece of a complex public private partnership that involves significant infrastructure work as well a number of new mixed use multi-tenant buildings. At the heart of the project is a new town green, which provides a center for a university town that currently lacks a town center.” He also pointed out that, “As part of the early approval process of the master plan for the project, sustainability guidelines were introduced as a way of ensuring that all of the future development would be environmentally responsible. Guidelines are based on the LEED building rating systems. The project features water efficient plumbing fixtures, low maintenance, native and locally adaptive landscaping, high efficiency mechanical systems, thermally efficient building envelop, low VOC building materials, and materials with significant amounts of recycled content.”

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Owners - Storrs Center Alliance, LLC/Leyland Alliance LLC and Education Realty Trust Master Planner - Herbert S. Newman and Partners P.C. Advisory Planning/Design Consulting - Patrick Pinnell AIA CNU APAP Lead Architect and Structural Engineer (for buildings within the first two phases) - BL Companies General Contractor - Erland Construction Residential Interiors - Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects Electrical Engineer - Interstate Electric Plumbing/Mechanical Engineer - Hart Mechanical Geotechnical Engineer - Haley and Aldrich Energy Modeling - Partner Energy Mechanica/Plumbing Engineer - Allied Consulting Engineering Services (for HART) Fire Protection Engineer - Cogswell Sprinkler

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Eric Greene,vice president of Erland Construction in East Windsor, Connecticut, the project’s general contractor says, ”The project is moving along very well and we were able to get both buildings TS-1 and DL-1/2 weather tight prior to Christmas and the site prepared for the winter months. This was a big milestone that we met through a lot of hard work by many. The buildings are currently being heated, and the trades are all able to work through the winter. Interior mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-ins are nearly complete in Building TS-1 and production sheetrock is starting. DS-1/2 follows TS-1 by a few weeks.” He said, “The architects (BL Companies) and developers (Leyland Storrs and EdR) have done a great job with the exterior of the building to design buildings that create the sense of community with very

Rendering of the new Storrs Center project.

inviting façades. The exterior façade is designed to look as if the buildings were built over time and have a very New England feel to them. The various materials also give the buildings a feel of smaller scale so that they fit in.” Greene said, “We have worked very hard to utilize Connecticut firms and local workers from the Storrs/Mansfield area on the project. Approximately 85% of the subcontracts awarded have been Connecticut firms, and approximately 70% of the workers on site each day are from Connecticut. Erland, Mansfield Downtown Partnership, and the developers have sponsored local job fairs. Erland has hired an engineering student from UConn and many subcontractors have hired local workers for this project as well as for other projects that have their companies have in Connecticut.”

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The Building as Silent Partner

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ic core wedded to a modern addition. The result is a civic resource for generations of Holyoke residents. Our charge was multifold: Restore the façade, refurbish the interior, install new building systems, and achieve 100% accessibility while meeting program goals in an environmentally friendly addition. We were fortunate to have the original construction documents as we began to get acquainted with our project partner: the building itself. Through the drawings and time spent on-site, we got to know the building, its construction, and peculiarities. We also came to understand where and how an addition could merge with the historic building. Restoration and repair to the façade will involve cleaning the brick and limestone, replicating three original skylights that had been removed, and repairing the terracotta roof tiles. Inside, murals that Continued on page 30

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High-Profile Feature: Western Avenue Studios

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Lowell, MA - Western Avenue Studios (WAS), which started in 2005 with just a handful of studios on a single floor, has steadily grown over the past six years to 149 studios on four floors in two buildings, featuring over 200 artists – becoming one of the largest artist studio collectives in the Northeast. WAS is a dynamic artist community that features open studios the first Saturday of every month, as well as two-day Lowell open studios in October and four-day

holiday open studios in December. The Loading Dock Gallery, an on-site gallery run by a group of the artists, is open five days per week. The Studios community has become a pillar of the Lowell arts and cultural scene. WAS artists have been clamoring for live/work space at Western Avenue, and after years of efforts in permitting – with dedicated and boisterous support from the artists – zoning was changed in 2008 and again in 2010. Even in the face of weak

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Original details such as stairwell skylights, roof access ladders and original metal fire doors will be restored and remain in place to reflect the Lofts’ historic character

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High-Profile Feature: Waltham Watch Factory

Columbia Construction and Bruner/Cott Restore Waltham Watch Factory Complex


altham,MA - For the last five years the historic Waltham Watch Factory has been undergoing major modifications. Berkeley Investments, its design team headed by Bruner/Cott & Associates, and its construction team, headed by Columbia Construction Company, are rapidly closing in on the April completion date for the second phase of this rehabilitation project. Phase 1 converted 177,000sf to office uses in 2009, and it is now fully leased. Phase 2 is a residential project that will offer 97 apartment units to bring a further 142,000sf of empty industrial space back to life. Since its construction over 150 years ago, the Waltham Watch Factory has been a major landmark in the city of Waltham. Together, phases 1 and 2 will create a “work, live, play” lifestyle environment to support the thriving businesses and professionals who will reside here. The city of Waltham has supported the redevelopment of this historic complex, welcoming the creation of attractive new public space that the neighborhood can once again utilize. The execution of this design and construction project is vast and complicated. The factory as a whole, comprised of 22 interconnected buildings totaling 400,000sf, is rich in history and features a variety of structural approaches through the years. As the project evolved, and the design and construction team continued to build new ways to live within its walls, the richness of the factory’s past and the mate-

daylighting into the building. The layout of the new residential units takes advantage of the window placement, as most were designed so that residents can enjoy light and views from two or more directions. As part of Phase 1 and Phase 2, approximately 2,100 windows were replaced and 2,000 restored, all of which replicate the subdivisions of the original wood sash and frames. The main entrance to the building is placed at the original headquarters of the Waltham Watch Factory and preserves original historic architectural features. The main lobby is located in the contiguous factory building and accessible only to resContinued on page 31

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Waltham Watch Factory exterior view

rial and spatial assets the Waltham Watch Company left behind continued to unfold. Berkeley Investments was committed to restoring the character of the building that can be seen in the design and construction techniques implemented to the building and surrounding landscape. The office space built in 2009 truly reflects the goal to restore the factory’s historic nature, and these elements are more evident in the residential phase currently under way.

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High-Profile Focus: Renovations/Restorations Facility Development News

Brown University Completes Metcalf Renovation Leers Weinzapfel Associates, CM - Dimeo Construction, MEP


rovidence, RI - The Brown University Metcalf Renovation project unites the departments of psychology and cognitive science and linguistics in two connected brick research buildings, built in the campus expansions of the 1920s and 1930s, fronting onto Brown’s Lincoln Field. The design challenge was to maintain an interactive, open, and collaborative spirit while restoring the envelope and maintaining the structural integrity of the existing buildings. This challenge was met by a reorganization of the of the two buildings into a faculty office wing and a research lab wing linked by a new gathering and circulation core of open lounges and conference rooms surrounding the central stair and elevator.

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which they would meet with their research groups. The renovation is seeking a LEED Gold rating from the US Green Building Council and will perform 20% better than basic energy code requirements. Savings are due in large part to improvements in the building envelope, including insulated masonry walls and new operable insulated windows. Optimal lighting controls contribute significantly to energy efficiency. Available public transportation, bike and shower facilities all contribute to site sustainability. The design team includes architect Leers Weinzapfel Associates, CM - Dimeo Construction, MEP - Cosentini Associates, structural - Lim Consultants, landscape Stephen Stimson Associates, lighting - Lam Partners, acoustics - Acentech, sustainability consultant - Viridian Energy and Environmental, and civil engineer - Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

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High-Profile Focus: Renovations/Restorations Facility Development News

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Boston - Salvaged building materials can almost always be reused in their traditional way but are also often creatively repurposed in new and different ways as unique and ecoconscious design elements in residential as well as commercial projects. Hotels, condominiums, businesses, offices, restaurants, gardens, and outdoor landscapes often rely on recycled antique materials and artifacts in restoration, renovation, and decoration projects. A heightened appreciation for the craftsmanship of architectural antiques, coupled with a growing commitment to preserve both our heritage and our environment, has inspired an increased demand for these vintage salvaged materials. They are coveted for their beauty, quality, scarcity history, and authenticity, and also because they are unique, as well as green building alternatives. At the same time, these one-of-a-kind, reclaimed relics can be far more cost-effective! Restoration Resources, located at

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Alpine Performs Project at Historic Church

Rockport, MA - The First Congregational Church is one of the most prominent historic landmarks in Rockport. The church has a day care center in the adjoining building, and is surrounded by neighbors in close proximity. As with most buildings and homes of this period, the exterior was covered in lead paint. Alpine Environmental was contracted to prepare and paint the exterior

Scaffolding was fully enveloped in poly sheeting to prevent lead contamination.


of the church, and also to delead the day care center. In order to do this, great care had to be taken to prevent lead contamination from spreading out of the work area. To safely achieve this goal, Alpine erected scaffolding and fully enveloped it in poly sheeting. Crews then scraped loose and flaking paint from thousands of square feet of clapboards and trim within the scaffold containment, keeping the lead debris from contaminating the sensitive surrounding areas. Alpine crews then painted the church, in accordance with exacting historical painting specifications. Part of the paint job included stripping, restoring and reinstalling several historic windows in the church and day care wing. Historic restoration epoxy was used to repair damage that some First Congregational Church of Rockport of the windows had incurred over the decades. Partial funding for Rockport history. For instance, in 1865 this work was provided by the Massachu- then Ex-President Franklin Pierce greetsetts Community Preservation Act. ed soldiers returning from the Civil War, This church has stood on a hillside while standing on the green in front of the overlooking Sandy Bay since 1855, and church. has proven to play an important role in

A set of period doors zine, and New England Home magazine. Also, just recently, ABC’s, “The Nate Berkus Show” chose Restoration Resources as one of the top three architectural salvage stores in the country and showed a video tour of the store as part of a segment dedicated to using salvaged items as design elements in new ways. Owner Bill Raymer initially “rescues” his collection of design elements and old house parts from historical sites, noteworthy commercial buildings, period homes, mansions, and churches throughout the New England area, and then showcases these relics in his well-organized 7,000sf showroom and warehouse located in Boston. Boston City Hospital, South Station, the Massachusetts State House, Boston College, Our Lady of Pity Church in Cambridge, the old Boston Police Station, and the Paramount Theatre in Boston’s old theater district are just a few of the New England buildings where an assortment of antique items have been carefully removed and then added to the eclectic collection found at Restoration Resources. Vintage treasures include 5-foot building urns, an altar, plaster-winged cherubs, iron gates, frosted glass novelty doors, an old phone booth, antique sconces, and lighting fixtures. Most items can still be reused in traditional ways, but many have also been repurposed as unique accent pieces, ornamental elements, and architectural décor to complement a variety of exterior as well as interior design concepts in nonresidential locations throughout the Greater Boston area. Some of the customers involved in commercial projects include restaurant owners, architects, interior decorators, hotel owners, landscape designers, and contractors. In fact, while contractors drop by the store to purchase salvaged building materials, in some cases they also use the store’s recycling center to drop off materials from a building or home that they are in the process of demolishing or renovating, which allows them to also receive LEED points. Continued on page 30

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High-Profile Feature: First Church in Salem


The Need for Care When Planning Renovations to Historic Buildings

by Karl Walsh ew careers can compete with the construction industry when it comes to gaining insight into the fabric of society and how it operates. An established general contractor will work for a wide cross-section of commercial, industrial, and institutional entities. Most people (other than direct employees) drive past an aircraft factory or similar complex manufacturing plant, but construction professionals often get an opportunity to work inside. Rarely do consecutive years in this industry have the same work environment. When the aircraft factory project closes out, it may mean moving to something completely different, such as a food processing plant, a biotech laboratory or perhaps a retail project. Personally, I have found this to be the most rewarding aspect of a career in the construction industry, and it gets even better when the work entails renovating or restoring a historic building. Ever since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, New England has played a key role in American history and especially those events leading to the country’s independence. While the region has been bestowed with more than its fair share of historic landmarks, the area’s climate fails to recognize their importance, but rather seems intent on destroying them. The fact that even one of Paul Revere’s bells remain in existence today is a testament to the skill of tradesmen who built the original churches where they hang. (Hurricane Carol claimed one in 1954, when it toppled the steeple of the First Parish Church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.) Fortunately, today’s restoration programs include thorough inspections by licensed professional engineers who know a bit more about wind shear and seismic design than their counterparts of the eighteenth century. Before embarking on a historic restoration, the building’s owner should catalog and place into storage all antiquities, documents, and artwork which can be removed. For those valuable items which remain, care should be taken to protect them from dust, extreme temperatures, humidity, vibrations, or other damage. Sometimes this will entail employing specialty firms such as those skilled in protecting choir organs during church renovations. New England is blessed (no pun intended) with historic houses of worship and fortunately, many of them have strong and conscientious congregations that are committed to their upkeep. Essex Builders is proud and privileged to have been invited to work on many of these precious landmarks. Currently it is completing an addition and renovation at The First Church of Salem, Unitarian in Salem, Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest Protestant congregations in North America, formed in 1629 by Puritan settlers from England. The church building, which the congregation occupies today, was built in 1836 with Quincy granite and features an English Gothic style. Renovating historic buildings certainly raises the levels of challenge that a contractor is likely to encounter. The cali-

Above: A bold granite veneer and custom millwork features have been employed to marry the new addition with the existing structure. (l): The First Church of Salem. date from the church’s master plan and omplementation committee. The main goal is to provide universal access, which will be achieved by employing an elevator in the new addition. Other elements of the design focus on improving areas ancillary to the Meetinghouse that will benefit community programs, which include one of the oldest established pre-schools in the country. The scope also provides for the installation of a new heating system that will reflect the

ber of the design team is a critical factor in determining how effectively these will be overcome. Fortunately, the architect of record for this project, Menders, Torrey & Spencer, is a respected authority on historic preservation. Even though the planning and design process began several years prior to the commencement of construction, Essex Builders did participate by providing budgets, schedules, and value engineering recommendations. Whereas most projects require little more than a formal building permit application, construction on historic buildings often requires approval from several agencies with jurisdiction over the work. Not only do the plans for this job satisfy the congregation’s aspirations, but they also comply with historic commissions, zoning ordinances, building codes and access/barrier regulations. Functionality needs to be achieved in concert with the building’s aesthetics and heritage. Fortunately, on this historic project, the congregation shares the same vision and desires of the regulatory bodies charged with protecting this landmark. Menders, Torrey & Spencer prepared construction documents reflecting a man-

church’s commitment to conservation and sustainable energy values. Essex Builders has a strong talent pool that is well-suited for working on renovation projects involving historic buildings. Five of its licensed project superintendents each have over 30 years of industry experience, which includes working for a varied client list including the US Department of the Interior. The company’s field operations are supported with a strong project management team, which is also highly experienced in this discipline. The First Church of Salem, Unitarian’s urban setting has presented an added challenge on this project, since space is definitely a premium. An extra effort has been made so that all construction operations are carried out with the upmost consideration of the church’s neighbors. Although the completion date is still several months away, it is now possible to see how a bold granite veneer and custom millwork features have been employed to marry the new addition with the existing structure. Not only is Essex Builders proud of its legacy of work for houses of worship that span a wide spectrum of faiths, but it is also very aware that the majority of its projects in this area have been earned through referrals. Owners who are considering making improvements to historic buildings should take proper care and time when selecting both their architect and building contractor. Karl Walsh is the business development manager of Essex Builders Corp. of Westwood, Massachusetts.

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New Shawmut Sports Venues Div. Boston - Shawmut Design and Construction located in Boston announced the launch of a dedicated sports venues division that will specialize in the management of construction projects at stadiums, arenas, and other athletic facilities across the country. The launch of this division is the Randy Shelly result of momentum established by the completion of more than two dozen projects at some of the nation’s marquee stadiums, including: MetLife Stadium, home of the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets; TD

Garden, home of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics; Yankee Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees; Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles; Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox; and Alumni Stadium at Boston College. Shawmut’s Sports Venues division will be overseen by Randy Shelly. Shelly joined Shawmut in 2002, and has more than 25 of years of experience in the construction industry where he has cultivated relationships and managed projects with some of the most prestigious names in sports venues, restaurants, and retail, including Delaware North Companies, MetLife Stadium, Apple and Louis Vuitton.

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nice lines and limestone, brick and glass of the 22,000sf addition all resonate with the 18,000sf historic building to create a whole. The main entrance has been shifted to the north with an at-grade entry that is welcoming, accessible, near parking, and offers after-hours access to large public meeting rooms. Vertical circulation is always a challenge in dealing with historic buildings. Meeting today’s building codes and merging new construction with old fabric is where the rubber hits the road. Our solution was a new circulation core that carries people efficiently through the entire building, connecting three existing levels with three new interspersed levels. Flanking the core are double-height spaces (a teen area and a reading room) that will bring the historic exterior façade inside. Throughout the planning and design process, our team has been guided by the original design intent, how the building was constructed, and how it has aged. Our goal is to give voice to our silent partner, value what it offers, and bring forward the decades of memories housed there Ellen Anselone AIA LEED AP is a senior associate at Finegold Alexander.

The Building as Silent Partner

have enlivened the interior since the 1950s are being cleaned and reinstalled. New sprinkler and electrical systems were to be inserted into the first floor coffered ceiling of decorative millwork and plaster. Again, we listened to the building and realized we could come in from the top. By removing the finished floor and subfloor of the second floor we are able to introduce new systems into the first floor ceiling more sensitively. In early 20th century libraries, books were often housed in a stack wing distinguished by structural systems of steel with glass floor tiles. With Holyoke’s Historic Commission, the design team received approval to deconstruct this inaccessible wing to make way for a more efficient addition. New outdoor benches will be made from the repurposed glass floors, and brick and limestone has been retained for repairs to the historic core. Removal of the stack wing allowed the design team more latitude to design an addition that is futureforward while celebrating the original 1902 design and avoiding destruction of adjacent parkland. Again, cues from the existing building set the stage for new construction. Cor-

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12 Ways to Use Antique Architectural Salvage Continued from page 28 While the store itself is renowned nationwide as a retail treasure trove of architectural antiques and unique decor, owner Bill Raymer and his talented design team are considered architectural salvage experts, well-seasoned in renovation and restoration. They provide important tips and guidance on how to integrate salvaged items into a new location, so customers can reuse them in the way they were originally intended to be used. Antique building ornaments, a beautiful stained glass window, or an ornately carved door from a Beacon Hill Brownstone adds character and charm to any setting, and may find a new home at the entrance to an office building. And a gorgeous vintage marble or wooden fireplace mantel may be relocated to the lobby of a hotel or condominium complex, while a 17-foot bar from a Rhode Island saloon may end up in a Boston Salvaged mantel repurposed as “media console.” area restaurant or bar. With regard to the hospitality indifferent ways to recycle finds from Resdustry, Restoration Resources has provided toration Resources and reuse them as funcunique artifacts and salvaged items such as tional as well as decorative accents in companeling, leaded and stain glass, decorative mercial settings. iron, hardware, windows, doors, and anTwelve ideas on reusing antique saltique lighting fixtures to numerous Boston vage in commercial settings: area restaurants and bars, including Brit• Replacing a run-of-the mill, enish Beer Company, Citizen Public House, trance door in an office with an unusual Stoddards Fine Food and Ale, Cafe Marli- antique door. ave, and Bill’s Restaurant. While salvage • Hanging a stained glass window on can almost always be reused in traditional a wall as “architectural art” in a lobby or ways, Raymer and his staff have also seen in front of an outside facing window for a growing trend of reusing and repurposing beauty and privacy. salvaged relics in new and creative ways. • Swapping out dull or ordinary ofOld building columns, stained and frosted fice doors using antique hardware and unglass windows, and doors, have been re- usual or elaborately carved vintage doors purposed as attractive partitions and are to make a statement for a main entrance, also used in unique and different ways to conference room, or CEO office. upgrade or subdivide a space. A decorative • Repurposing an old medical cabigranite stair part with the City of Boston net or kitchen Hoosier as an attractive and Insignia that was removed from Boston interesting conversation piece that can be City Hospital was repurposed as a unique reused as a supply unit, coffee and lunch garden “bench” at the pedestrian entrance cabinet, or CEO liquor cabinet. to the retail shops and galleries at Thayer • Using unique tables for desks or St. in the Sowa district of Boston. an old library type table for a conference Currently Bill Raymer and his staff room. are part of a Steampunk by Design team • Trading drab glaring light fixtures charged with completely renovating and for antique unusual ceiling fixtures and designing one of the entertainment rooms at wall sconces (which can also help improve Audio Concepts in Boston, which is sched- employee productivity). uled to be finished in March of 2012. (Au• Making unique walls or cubicles dio Concepts was recently awarded Best from old doors, paneling, wainscoting, Showroom in the Country!) Steampunk shutters, etc. artists across the country are repurposing • Making a statement on an open and recrafting period pieces to accommo- wall space and also “enlarge” an area at the date and embrace technology. Raymer is same time with distinctive mirrors, or creworking with a Steampunk team in Bos- ate intrigue by adding carved architectural ton, led by Steampunk guru, Bruce Rosen- elements and columns, etc. baum. Projects include the repurposing of • Completing an empty drab wall the frame from an old Victorian mirror and space with a one-of-a-kind fireplace mantel. recrafting it to surround a plasma Tv, while • Furnishing a hotel lobby or CEO the hearth of an old fireplace mantel will be office with a gorgeous mahogany desk recrafted to house all of the audio and video purposed from an old piano. components. • Surrounding a flat screen Tv with Bill Raymer is chock full of ideas a beautiful antique mirror frame or elaboand advice on how to repurpose antique rately carved molding. salvage. He highlighted some of the items • Using unusual old or antique chairs currently for sale at his store, and shared in your waiting area.

February, 2012


High-Profile Facilities Development News

Western Avenue Studios

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Civic Center Reno Under Way

Rendering of Cumberland County Civic Center Portland, ME - The Cumberland County Civic Center Board of Trustees selected WBRC and Sink Combs Dethlefs as the architects and engineers for the renovation of the civic center. Together WBRC and Sink Courtesy of John Wren Comb Dethlefs designed the new Originally built in the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Lofts building has steel columns offering Bangor Arena currently under clear spans, paired with impressive 14’ to 25’ sawtooth wood ceilings on the second floor construction. Work has begun on a three dimenand decorate their units – including decoOver 50% of the space in Western sional laser scan of the interior and exterior rating their outer hallway wall to reflect Ave Lofts has been preleased, months in of the center. This scan will provide a set their tastes and feature their art, just as they advance of the scheduled opening in May. of “as built” plans necessary to develop the do in the Studios building. As part of the Lofts project, the entire Unlike most historic mill buildings Western Avenue parking lot will be repaired, with thick wood columns 8-ft. to 12-ft. on resealed, striped, and landscaped with new center, the Lofts building, constructed orig- site lighting, street trees, and plantings – inally in 1930-1940, has steel columns 24- for an all-new look for the entire Western Continued from page 24 ft. on center. As a result, most Lofts live/ Avenue complex in May 2012. work studios have column-free space – a A mammoth 198 kW solar panel sysunique feature in Lowell historic proper- tem was installed on the roof of the Lofts idents and their guests. The interior treatties, allowing a tremendous amount of free- and the Studios in 2011, and went live in ment of this space changes dramatically at dom and flexibility for artists’ activities. September. Much of the power driving the this entry point, with long passages of viTypical windows are a massive 8-ft. Studios and eventually the Lofts is gener- brant color juxtaposed within corridors and high and 22-ft. wide, providing extraor- ated on site, from the sun. views directed outward into the courtyard dinary light. The front side of the Lofts The architect of record is The Archi- areas. building is pure north, providing plentiful tectural Team of Chelsea. The contractor is Though the structure is over 150-years but diffuse light preferred by painters and IMEC, Inc. of Ayer. old, overall it was structurally sound. Some photographers. The canal side of the buildWestern Avenue Lofts LLC, is a joint modifications were needed to meet today’s ing provides pure south light, for those who venture of BPV Lowell, LLC (owner of building standards, including seismic upprefer sun-filled homes and workspaces. Western Avenue Studios) and Sagebrook grades and the reframing of stairwell openCeilings heights are typically 13-ft. Development LLC. ings. All new energy-efficient mechanical, on the first floor, and 14-ft. on the second BPV Lowell LLC is headed by Karl electrical, plumbing, and fire protection floor, spiking up to 25-ft. in the three dra- Frey, an MIT graduate and a 30-year veteran systems were also installed, which includmatic sawtooth roofs running the length of of real estate finance and development. His ed new condensers on the roof. the building. wide-ranging career has included roles as Detail in the landscaping was also Finishes along the hallways will fea- managing director at Starwood Capital; as a key element to this revitalization projture the creativity of the artists themselves, a private large-scale residential developer; ect. Phase 1 was notable for since they are free to decorate the outside and currently as executive vice president of the many hidden courtyards, walls of their live/work studio. The build- iStar Land Company in New York City. large outdoor rooms, and aring hallways are 8-ft. wide minimum to Frey teamed up with Sagebrook as a eas of outdoor seating. Phase allow art exhibition and space for future local partner with “boots on the ground” to 2 incorporates similar outdoor open studios. Common amenities include bring the Lofts and the upcoming Studios elements as the apartments are common laundry and common artist wash expansion to fruition. surrounded by a vast internal sinks. The developer is Sagebrook De- courtyard and paved gatherTwo free on-site parking spaces are velopment LLC of Wayland. Rebecca ing areas weave throughout provided for each live/work studio – a rar- Mattson, principal has 20+ years of expe- the space. Additionally, a ity in Lowell and many other urban rental rience in real estate development in Bos- 150-year old red oak tree, a properties. ton, including the Boston Garden (now TD mature maple, and a chestnut With the luxury of plentiful parking Garden), 20-story Trinity Place in Copley were saved to become a foon-site, a portion of the parking lot along Square, and major renovation planning for cal point in an open courtyard the canal will be set aside for a Lofts ten- the Government Center Garage. that adjoins restaurant and ants’ community garden. café space

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engineering drawing for the renovation. The Cumberland County Civic Center is a multi-purpose entertainment and sports facility that hosts a wide variety of family shows, concerts, trade shows, and sporting events, including the Portland Pirates hockey franchise. WBRC and Sink Combs Dethlefs continue to work with the staff and trustees on the conceptual design and needs assessment phase of the project as the county prepares to issue the first bonds for financing the project.

Watch Factory Complex

As mentioned, landscaping was a critical element in the Berkeley Investment master plan for the development. The landscape architect, Richard Burck Associates, worked in concert with the civil engineer, BSC, and environmental engineer, Haley & Aldrich, to provide many outdoor areas for the residents and the general public to enjoy. The Waltham Watch Factory Revitalization Project is already a powerful architectural experience. As the design and construction team complete Phase 2 and ultimately move on to a third phase of further housing development, the final improvements will complete the re-establishment of the Watch Factory as a major focal point to the city of Waltham once again.

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February, 2012


High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

Suffolk Construction completes AMIGO Suite at Brigham and Women’s

Boston - Suffolk Construction recently completed the multi-million dollar Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) suite at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). A highly integrated, 5,700sf suite featuring three sterile procedure rooms, AMIGO represents the leading edge in surgical care, where imageguided surgical procedures will be introduced, tested, and perfected for the benefit of patients around the world. The AMIGO suite will serve as the clinical arm and research test bed of the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT) at BWH. Designed with new intraoperative technology, the suite features a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) room, an operating room with angiography, and a positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) room. Suffolk worked closely with BWH, architect Payette, and IMRIS, a global leader in image guided therapy solutions, to create a space that features a first-of-

BIM was used to allow for a more streamlined installation of the new configuration.

Use of advanced imaging techniques help make procedures more precise its-kind ceiling-mounted MRI that runs on rails between the MRI room and the operating room. This design allows the equipment, rather than the patient, to move between rooms, resulting in reduced trauma for the patient as well as increased patient safety. The suite also provides the intraoperative use of advanced imaging techniques that help make procedures more precise and enables surgeons to more fully assess the initial results before closing the incision and completing the procedure. It is the first time that such a large variety of imaging technologies are situated together in one space in an operating suite. Suffolk’s team successfully addressed a series of building challenges throughout

the project. New design plans, including moving the MRI equipment from a floormounted to a ceiling-mounted set-up, were implemented after extensive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) coordination was completed. Building information modeling (BIM) was used to allow for a more streamlined installation of the new configuration. The suite, located two floors below grade and under live operating rooms, featured a low 13-ft. ceiling that required a substantial support system for the 33,000 pounds of ceiling mounted equipment and provided limited space to install the MEP systems . In addition, Suffolk implemented an innovative vibration dampening system to minimize disruptions to MRI imaging.

Positron emission tomography/computed tomography room.

Autiello Renovating Health Facility


Fall River, MA - A. Autiello Construction Co. Inc. of Cranston, R.I. is in the process of completing a 20,000sf interior renovation Hydro Mobile:  Masonry  I  Window Work                                             on the St. Anne’s hospital engineering  I  design    Facade Removal and Replacement  campus for SSTAR Family erection  I  dismantling  Health in Fall River, Mass. The project consisted of converting a medical office complex into a health care facility. The project was performed using the construction management process   and a guaranteed price. An AERIAL LIFTS FROM 10’ TO 170’    extensive value engineerSECTIONAL FRAME  I  SHORING   ing inventory was done SYSTEMS SCAFFOLD   of the existing contents to save money and reduce the ROLLING TOWERS  I  TUBE & CLAMP  construction schedule. The SUSPENDED SCAFFOLD   I  DEBRIS CHUTES    project will be completed SCAFFOLD ENCLOSURES  in less the three months. PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION      The CM hired Vision HYDRO MOBILE MAST CLIMBERS  3 Architects and Creative Engineers Corp. to prepare   the documents. This is the lullofboston.com  fifth major project Autiello marrscaffolding.com  has completed for SSTAR Inc. in the past 10 years.

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February, 2012


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Renovations at UM Orono Orono, ME – Consigli Con-

struction Co., Inc. announced that its Portland, Maine office has been commissioned to perform renovations, upgrades and energy improvements at the University of Maine flagship campus in Orono. Nutting Hall, which houses the University’s departments of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology will receive an energy upgrade and Neville Hall Data Center will undergo renovations and full data center upgrades. Already underway, the 4,600sf modernization and renovation of the University’s mission critical Neville Hall Data Center includes electrical and mechanical upgrades, exterior lighting, landscaping and paving improvements. The 24-hour facility will remain in constant operation during construction, which will be conducted in two phases. Architect for the project is Harriman. This unique and memorable building combines 27 different species of wood, many from native forests in Maine and contains administrative offices, conference rooms, classrooms, labs and lecture halls. Work will begin this spring and will be performed while the building is occupied and around an active campus. Architect for the project is Lewis & Malm Architecture. Completion of both projects is slated for fall of 2012

How to Reap Proven Benefits of IPD, BIM and GDP


by Chad Wisler ver the past several years the building design and construction industry has engaged in a new project execution approach (IPD), facilitated through the use of incredible software (BIM), and driven by business savvy software vendors. The challenge that our industry has is how to reap the proven benefits of IPD and/or BIM for our clients without falling into the trap doors that are sprinkled along the landscape of the project process. One of the Chad Wisler greatest benefits of IPD and/or BIM is that it allows us to have an open discussion across all project parties and we can develop, adjust, and adapt the process as appropriate for each client and/or project. In this brief article, we’ll explore some common terminologies that are discussed on a daily basis and one that is not discussed... enough. IPD (integrated project delivery): The latest derivative of a project execution strategy pulling all project constituents together at the same level to acknowledge and leverage their individual skills, talents, and perspectives to collaboratively develop the design and oversee the construction and turnover. The strategy can be wrapped and formally organized through a contractual agreement (i.e., AIA C195) or through a traditional contractual basis, yet

still implemented with the approach and attitude of IPD (often referred to as IPD-Lite or Design-Assist). Design-Assist is an intermediate level to IPD, focused on the elimination of duplication of efforts, i.e., bringing the design documentation to a design development or GMP level and then engaging construction contractors to develop the fabrication drawings and final coordination models together with the professional engineer’s involvement. The realized goals are to achieve real schedule improvements (buyout, permit, time-to-occupancy, timeto-market), along with enhanced coordination (fewer change orders, lower contingencies, and increased quality through prefabrication and/or shop fab versus field assemblies). An additional benefit to this process is the reduction in waste materials, fewer materials on-site, and the associated sustainability attributes of the overall efficiency in the process. BIM (building information modeling) has been part of the industry for decades. My first exposure to BIM was in the early ‘90s doing work for the national labs through a software package that documented the design in 3D, integrated piping and valve specifications, and “smart” elements. Old is new. BIM holds an incredible promise of centralizing the design process and documentation, which in turn facilitates design (and procurement) optimization, visualization, virtual punch lists, construction sequencing, and facility management. BIM is fulfilled through a wide variety of software tools, and their interoperability is

both key and a challenge to the industry. The latest challenge is the interoperability of the software applications with the model and the standardization of model element variables and specification information. GDP (good design process). This is one of the greatest challenges seen over the past several years and a challenge to us all moving forward. The software tools today with their visualization/rendering capabilities and analysis tools are fantastic, but can often serve as a distraction from traditional (proven), good design process. The design and construction industry’s most successful projects are those where senior leadership is involved and can bring their experience (often lessons learned...) to the project before drawing/model development is meaningful. Often, the challenge is not “How soon can we get in the model?”, but rather “What are the challenges and opportunities of this project and what are the concepts and available options?” This leadership on the project is further enhanced by engaging and demonstrating the process with younger professionals and tradesman for mentoring and carrying on the profession. While BIM software platforms are quickly maturing for all disciplines and the industry is getting past the learning curve, the realization of the promise of BIM will be achieved. The industry will be transformed through optimization of our design, construction, and operations facility through BIM. Good times. Chad Wisler, PE LEED AP is a principal at Vanderweil Engineers, LLP.

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Essex Project Awarded LEED Platinum The First State-Owned ZNEB Opens Designed by DiMella Shaffer

Danvers, MA - GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.recently joined in the celebration of the opening of the first state-owned Zero Net Energy Building (ZNEB), a health and student services building at North Shore Community College in Danvers. The 58,000sf three-story building provides new classrooms, labs and offices for the campus. A building is classified as a ZNEB if over the course of a year it will produce as much energy onsite as it consumes. The building includes geothermal wells for heating and cooling, chilled beams and energy recovery ventilation, roof-mounted photovoltaic systems, high-performing

HVAC systems, natural day lighting and controls that adjust lights based on daylight. The building is expected to achieve LEED Gold Certification. The Architectural firm of DiMella Shaffer designed the building and selected GZA for the Geothermal Design. Walsh Brothers, Inc served as Contractor on the project. The efficiency of this building promises to save the Commonwealth several million dollars in reduced energy costs over the next 20 years while preventing several thousand metric tons of carbon emissions over the same time period.

Fall River, MA - Philips Lightolier announced the completion of the new wind turbine in Fall River. The turbine is expected to generate up to 70% of the facility’s electricity needs through a clean, renewable energy source, making it one of the greenest facilities in Massachusetts. The wind turbine at the Philips Lightolier facility is a great example of a publicprivate partnership to achieve sustainability

goals and create jobs. It is also part of the company’s ambition of making the facility a net zero plant. Over the last several years, the facility has been recognized for its sustainability efforts by reducing electricity use by 40%, reducing water use by 78%, reducing natural gas use by 36% and reducing volatile organic emissions by 98%.

Wareham, MA - Broadway Renewable Strategies, a division of Broadway Electrical Co. based in Boston, has completed the design-build 905kW solar installation for Rosebrook Farms in Wareham, Mass. The PV system is a ground-mounted

system comprised of 3,124 Canadian solar 290w panels. The project also included installation of circuit combiner boxes, Satcon inverters, a data acquisition system with reporting capability.

Philips Lightolier Completes Turbine

Elm Place Westwood, MA - The US Green Building Council has awarded Elm Place at 1066 Cambridge Street, Cambridge a Platinum rating under its LEED for Homes program. Essex Builders Corp. completed construction of Elm Place last year for Just-A-Start Corporation. The 25,000sf, four-story building includes 19 affordable apartments with select retail space at street level. The design by VMY Vitols Architects incorporated a high sustainable element including a 24kW solar power plant on the roof.

“We are delighted that Elm Place received a Platinum rating,” acknowledged David O’Neil, president of Essex Builders. “Long before there was a LEED federal program to monitor sustainability, our company conducted its operations with consideration of how we impacted the environment. We have found that it always made good business sense to do so. I’m delighted for Just-A-Start as well. They work hard to provide affordable housing and we have had the good fortune to be involved with many of their projects.”

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February, 2012


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

IPI Publishes Parking ‘Framework’

Fredericksburg, VA - The International Parking Institute (IPI) has published its “Framework on Sustainability for Parking Design, Management, and Operations,” outlining industrywide goals and organization action items that provide education, incentives, and forums for members to learn about and contribute to sustainable parking solutions. According to IPI Chair Casey Jones, CAPP, “This framework represents a fundamental shift in thinking and reflects the integral role parking professionals play in helping communities achieve sustainability goals.” Jones noted that the framework is not an endpoint, but a living document

that will be adapted over time to accommodate new ideas and advancements in the sustainability movement. Many parking facilities today are adopting best practices in sustainability with energy-efficient lighting, solar panels, and innovative water and waste management systems to reduce their carbon footprints. These include implementing recycling systems, using local and recycled materials in construction, and installing renewable energy technology such as photovoltaic, wind power, bio-fuels, and hydrogen fuel cells. An increasing number of parking facilities are also supporting sustainability by accommodating alternative fuel vehicles.

NECA Boston Cosponsors Symposium

Boston - NECA Boston Chapter joined with leading energy-efficiency stakeholders – building owners, managers, developers, and planners of commercial, educational, and municipal facilities, as well as contractors and service providers – in co-sponsoring the first of a series of symposiums aimed at stimulating economic activity through energy efficiency projects. Approximately 300 industry experts from New England and throughout the US

Jeffords Hall receives LEED Gold

met to learn more about the utilization of resources from the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. Massachusetts State Senator Brian Joyce was the opening session moderator. He was joined by Gil Sperling, senior advisor for policy & programs, US Department of Energy. Patrick Cloney of the MA Clean Energy Center also discussed economic impact and jobs for energy-efficiency in privately held buildings.

Jeffords Hall Burlington, VT - James M. Jeffords Hall, home to the departments of plant biology and plant and soil science at the University of Vermont, has been awarded Gold status by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Jeffords hall is one of just a handful of university laboratories nationwide to receive Gold status. The three-story, 100,000sf building uses one third less energy and half the wa-

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February, 2012


High-Profile: News

BVP Selects Dowling Houy For Kendall Square Move

Cambridge, MA - Dowling Houy LLC was engaged by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) to provide overall project management and move management services for BVP when it decided to leave its Wellesley Hills location and move closer to the heart of the intellectual and technology community in Kendall Square, Cambridge. As the oldest continuously operating venture capital firm in the United States, founded in 1862, BVP has a place of history in this country. It wanted its space to reflect its respect for the past while acknowledging the fast-paced realities of the present, and to carry it into the future. To this end, BVP and Dowling Houy selected Dyer Brown Architects to design the space and implement their vision of a modern office that still reflected the company’s history and values. Coming from offices in an old Victorian home, BVP was no stranger to occupying a unique space and adapting to older architecture. Their decision to lease 5,000sf in a brick and beam building on Broadway Street in Cambridge allowed the design team to transform this 19th century industrial architecture into a 21st century high-tech office space, all while maintaining the charm of the exposed brick walls and wood beams, original wood flooring, and open ceiling. Dowling Houy put together a team with Dyer Brown and WB Engineering providing architectural and Engineering

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The look of today blends with the brick and beams of the past. services; Garland Construction to build out the space and Peabody Office sourcing the furniture. Working closely with BVP, the team worked on a plan that provided a space with glass office and conference fronts and side walls to allow visual connections between offices and throughout the space. The use of glass allows for an abundance of natural light and brings airiness into the inner spaces, providing the feel for a much bigger foot print, and gives the space an incredible connection to the outside. Dyer Brown conceived the central collaboration space as a place to exchange ideas and foster interaction, acting as the hub of the space. Idea paint was applied across the entire central partition, taking a seemingly static wall and transforming it to a dynamic area where staff and clients can gather and work through ideas and solutions.

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February, 2012


High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

New GEI Projects in Conn.

semi-annual and annual stormwater sampling at the Deming Road landfill and the city’s residential recycling center. In addition, GEI has been selected by the city of New London to perform certification services for the New London Hurricane Protection System as mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). GEI and its subcontractors will provide survey services to create topographic mapping of the flood control system and land record research to confirm ownership and levee encroachment issues. The team will inspect components within the hurricane barrier system including earthen levees, concrete flood walls, vehicular closure gates, a pumping station, underground conduits, and associated sluice gates and valves. GEI will also review and update the city of New London’s Maintenance and Operations Plans for its Hurricane system.

Glastonbury, CT - GEI Consultants, Inc. has been selected to provide sampling, testing, monitoring, and reporting services across four main task areas for the Deming Road landfill and residential recycling center in New Britain. Initially, GEI will perform groundwater, surface water, and methane monitoring to assess the water quality trends of the site. GEI will then evaluate the landfill site and transfer station site with respect to potential stormwater impacts originating from on-site facilities, practices, and operations. Next, an annual report will be prepared including such items as water quality data, groundwater elevations, and groundwater flow map, and a discussion of key groundwater data including exceedances of National Primary Drinking Water Standards and Connecticut Department of Health Services Standards. Finally, GEI will perform quarterly,

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Rendering of Carrington Elementary School Waterbury, CT - KBE Building Corporation of Farmington recently started construction on the new Carrington Elementary School in Waterbury. Located adjacent to the existing elementary school, the $28 million, 82,000sf pre-K to eighth grade school is expected to host its first students in the fall of 2013. KBE is construction manager at risk for the project. Designed by Friar Associates of Farmington, the new school features an exterior of light-colored brick and stone exterior. Inside, the school will provide a media center, technology labs, “cafetorium,” a 138-bleacher seat gymnasium with a divider and locker rooms, academic classrooms, special education classrooms, and administrative offices. The school will have radiant heating in the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and special education classrooms. The project also incorporates many

sustainable design features to help achieve the State of Connecticut’s equivalency of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating. KBE worked closely with the architect Friar Associates of Farmington, the city of Waterbury, and the City’s School Construction Administrator, O&G Industries as the project’s design has been completed, presented to the board of education, and has been approved. KBE’s preconstruction team supported the project throughout this process with in-depth preconstruction planning services, including building information modeling (BIM), constructability reviews, value engineering, detailed cost estimates, and project scheduling. After the construction of the new school has been completed, the existing school will be demolished as part of the overall program to make way for new play fields.

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High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

NCA Marks Anniversary

Middletown, CT - This month marks the first anniversary of the merger between Bianco Giolitto Weston Architects, LLC, of Middletown, and Newport Collaborative Architects, Inc. of Newport and Providence, R.I. The new Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) is a growing vital practice with new optimism. From court houses to museums to sustainable communities, several new historic preservation and adaptive projects distinguish NCA’s horizon list for 2012. Landmark projects in the Recently completed restoration of a stick style municipal and private sectors inresidence in Newport, R.I. clude the restoration and expansion of Hamden Town Hall in Hamden, thermal heating and cooling systems and a Conn.; the adaptive reuse of Beechwood new carriage house based on Hunt’s origiMansion designed by Calvert Vaux in the nal design. 19th century, and later expanded by Richard The merger between NCA and BGW Morris Hunt in Newport, R.I. to a 30,000sf proved to be a viable business solution museum and residence; and the adaptive re- during the recession. Managing Partner use of 25,000sf 19th century hunting lodge Jeffrey Dale Bianco, AIA says, “NCA’s in Lake Bluff, Ill. to a mixed-use condo strengths were focused in the private sector conversion and athletic club. The historic and BGW’s strengths were with state and building designed by Howard Van Doren municipal work. Combining strengths inShaw will be the centerpiece of a proposed creased the new firm’s potential to expand newly designed 100-unit New Urbanists’ its client base.” community. The company currently employs 25 NCA recently completed the restora- architects, designers, and planners who tion of a stick style residence on Bellevue have designed a wide range of projects inAvenue in Newport, R.I. that was origi- cluding historic preservation, educational, nally designed by Richard Morris Hunt in hospitality, commercial, civic, medical, 1870. The 12,000sf project features geo- residential, and multi-family.


Burns & McDonnell Hires Seddon Wallingford, CT - The Springfield Reliability ProjNew England office of Burns ect and the Manchester to &McDonnell has hired DeboMeekville Junction Project. rah Seddon as an information Seddon’s duties will management specialist. She is include technical services one of approximately 35 new for the project controls hires that Burns & McDonnell team, data and documentahas made in the past year. tion management for variSeddon brings over 12 ous projects, and project Deborah Seddon years of experience, most reteam integration assistance. cently working at United Nat“I am looking forward ural Food Inc. in Dayville as a senior to being a part of an impressive and business analyst and programmer. She successful company that is constantly joins Burns & McDonnell’s Wallingford growing,” she said. office in a support role on Northeast utilities projects including the Greater

KBE Awarded by CCIA

Farmington, CT - KBE Building Corporation has been awarded the 2011 Community Service Award from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, Inc. (CCIA). The award honors KBE’s 2011 work on its charitable program “50 Ways to Make a Difference.” The program is a year-long community outreach initiative that was launched in 2009 to celebrate KBE’s 50th year in business. It focuses on providing charitable support for local children and seniors

through several distinct programs, including employee initiatives such as “Change Makes a Difference” and “Jeans Friday,” as well as significant corporate donations. Throughout 2011, more than 2,200 hours of time were volunteered, and over $22,000 was donated to food banks and homeless shelters across Maryland and Connecticut, where KBE maintains offices.

February, 2012


High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News Derby, CT - Mayor Staffieri recently announced that MOS architectural firm out of New Haven and Boston has been selected to begin work on the interior design of the Sterling Opera House. The city of Derby secured federal and private grant funding for the opera house interior renovations. “I have always felt that there would be tremendous regional benefit to restoring a treasure like the Sterling Opera House. The Sterling will bring new life to Derby’s downtown and new life to the surrounding communities once fully restored. This is the next step to acquiring funding for the construction of the interior. I am honored that this well-known team will be working with us to create a vision for the Sterling,” said Mayor Staffieri. MOS will have six to nine months to complete the interior design. They will be working with Theater Projects, Consultants, who have created performance spaces around the world in over 1200 projects including the Kodack Theater in Hollywood, Calif., and the Wyly Theater, At&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas TX. The interior design will include Phase 1 – evaluation, programming, design; Phase 2 – schematic design, and Phase 3 – design development. In 2011 Final Design of the Interior of the Opera House was completed. A cost estimate of between $3 million and 4 million was established for the interior renovations.

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View of Opera House before restoration The final design includes the following: the Sterling’s three-tiered auditorium – stage, orchestra pit, seating area, and two balconies – will be restored and brought up to current code compliance. The seating arrangement (originally configured to accommodate an audience of 1,250) will be redesigned to provide added comfort to approximately 400 patrons. New theatrical lighting, stage, and projection equipment and curtains will be installed. Iron works on the balconies and theater seats will be refurbished, and floors will be refinished. Dressing rooms below the stage will be upgraded, and an elevator will be installed. Access for handicapped will be incorporated.

Derby’s Sterling Opera House was the first structure in Connecticut to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1889 and operated as a theater until 1945. Two lower levels served as City Hall and the Police Station until 1965. The Opera House is unusual for its Italian Victorian architectural treatment in a public building. The design balances symmetrical and asymmetrical effects: the asymmetrical tower is balanced by the window treatment. The house was built in 1889 to seat 1,250, and possesses an excellent stage. Designer H.E. Ficken, one of the creators of Carnegie Hall, combined sev-

eral architectural styles in the Sterling. The exterior and roof-top and the interior walls and doorways are Italianate Victorian and display the final evolution of the Italian Baroque opera house. The interior seating plan was influenced by German composer Richard Wagner’s conception of a triangle seating arrangement, with all seats enjoying an unobstructed view of the stage. No box seats were used, but two “piano boxes” were located on either side of the stage to accommodate two Sterling pianos. A proscenium arch frames the 60-by34-foot stage. Below are 10 dressing rooms. The auditorium boasts an orchestra pit, two gracefully sweeping balconies, and fine examples of bottle glass, keystone arches, and wrought iron work. Acoustically, the Sterling has no equal. Even a whisper can be heard clearly from all areas of the auditorium. The city of Derby has worked with state, federal, private and local citizens to restore the exterior of the Sterling Opera House, which included brick re-pointing, new doors and windows, guana removal, new roof, newly restored cupolas and new entrances. The city has also secured funding for the interior design. It is envisioned that the complete restoration of the Sterling Opera House will provide Derby and the surrounding Lower Valley communities of Ansonia, Beacon, Falls, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton with a cultural center accommodating community groups, festivals, theater groups, etc.

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February, 2012


High-Profile: Educational News

YMCA Celebrates Grand Opening ARC Provides Design Services

DiNisco Completes College Design

Bunker Hill Community College

The new Keene Family YMCA Keene, N.H - ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge of Cambridge, Mass has completed work on a new YMCA health and wellness facility at 200 Summit Road in Keene, N.H. The new 65,000sf Keene Family YMCA features a dedicated, six-room childcare center for infants through preschoolers, outdoor playing spaces, a climbing wall, and 150 parking spaces and bicycle racks. Facility highlights include an aquatics center with lap pool, whirlpool, sauna,

and a zero-entry warm therapy pool that offers older people, younger children, and those with accessibility problems a gradual slope similar to a natural beach that leads to the water, rather than stairs or ladders. The Keene Family YMCA also includes youth and adult wellness centers, racquetball and squash courts, and a community room. The full multi-purpose gymnasium is fitted with basketball and volleyball courts, a gymnastics floor and gymnastics pit, a jogging track, and two fitness studios.

Charlestown, MA - The LEED GoldCertified, winner of the 2008 EducationDesignShowcase, Green Design Concept Award is the first new building on the Bunker Hill Community College Charlestown Campus in three decades. The Health and Wellness Center, designed by DiNisco Design Partnership, provides new classrooms, offices, and laboratories to serve the college’s rapidly growing nurse education and health professions programs. The new health sciences classrooms and labs double the existing educational component included in the original study and will maximize state funding. This allows the college to accommodate several new programs, as well as allow for future expansion. The new athletic center includes a gymnasium that meets 2008 NCAA men’s

and women’s requirements. In addition, it meets the height requirements for collegiate volleyball. The gymnasium seats 500 spectators on telescoping bleachers, meeting MAAB/ADA requirements. There is also a unisex team and locker rooms to maximize space and minimize capital. The 2,000sf fitness center includes weights, treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowing machines, and elliptical stair machines. The fitness center includes separate unisex changing and shower facilities. The project incorporates sustainable design components such as daylit south facing classrooms with exterior sunshading, translucent glazing, high-performance architectural pre-cast concrete, insulated sandwich panels, a “cool roof, ” ultra low flow pump fixtures, and no new irrigation for the added landscaping for substantial water savings.

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February, 2012


High-Profile: News

BOND Breaks Ground at Harvard William Rawn Architects

Allston, MA - (BOND) Bond Brothers of Everett recently broke ground on the new $80 million Tata Hall at Harvard’s Business School. The project will utilize BOND’s technical expertise in both building construction and underground utility infrastructure and tunneling in the role of construction manager. With demand for HBS executive programs on the rise, Tata Hall will house participants in the business school’s executive education program. The new building will be comprised of approximately 170 bedrooms with associated living group lounges, two 90-person case method classrooms, as well as informal gathering social space, all while supporting state-of-the-art practices in technology and sustainability. The arch-shaped stone and glass building designed by William Rawn

Pressley Completes Sherrill Plaza

Architects will overlook the Charles River. The project is being constructed to Harvard University’s Green Building Standards and is pursuing a LEED Gold rating. The building’s below grade, tiered Sherrill Plaza style classrooms require a challenging foundation system to mitigate the high waCambridge, MA – Pressley Associ- among the surrounding buildings while reter table and existing river deposit and fill ates, a Cambridge-based landscape archi- specting their diverse architectural styles. soil conditions caused by the site’s adja- tecture and urban design firm, announced Stairs were consolidated and redecency to the Charles River. the completion of construction at Sher- signed in an amphitheater-like form to rill Plaza, a vital campus gathering space provide outdoor meeting space and various jointly owned by Lesley University and the seating options for daily use and special Episcopal Divinity School. events. Angular walks that cramped plantRiver Design of Vermont will house 16 The shared campus that contains ing areas were smoothed and curved out students and two faculty residences and Sherrill Plaza is bordered by Brattle, Ma- to soften the campus space with expandwill replace an existing building which has son and James streets in the Old Cambridge ed greenery and easier circulation routes outlived its usefulness. Historic District near Harvard Square. among all buildings. The new building will be heated by Pressley’s goal for the landscape’s upgrade New water-efficient groundcovers, steam provided by the school’s centralized was a verdant, universally accessible gath- perennials, and shrubs give the plaza a garbiomass boiler system continuing in the ering place for students and faculty. The den-like appearance while reducing irrigaschool’s environmental focus and reduc- project also sought to increase useable tion requirements. New large caliper shade tion in the use of fossil fuels. space and seating areas, enlarge planted ar- and ornamental trees enhance building Additional sustainable features will eas, and simplify complex grade changes entrances and provide shade. be incorporated into the design to reduce the building’s environmental footprint and provide data on student’s energy consumption.

Bruss Projects at Proctor Academy

Andover, NH - Bruss Construction Inc. announced the completion of a 7,800sf addition to the Teddy Maloney Ice Arena at Proctor Academy in Andover. The addition contains a new visitors’ lobby with rink viewing area, new locker room, coaches’ offices, referee changing rooms, and training facilities. The fivemonth fast-tracked project broke ground in August with design provided by UK Architects of Hanover. Also at Proctor, Bruss is currently providing integrated design-build services for the construction of a new dormitory. The 10,500sf dorm designed by Black

Garden City Center Expansion

Cranston, RI – Garden City Center, Rhode Island’s premier outdoor shopping venue, detailed a multi-phased strategy to expand, reconfigure, and redevelop the historic shopping center. Construction of a new 20,000sf building begins an extension of the iconic village that will eventually turn former large format retail space into a mix of mid-size and smaller specialty stores. Later phases include construction of several new restaurant spaces and improved traffic and pedestrian links to the Whole Foods Market section of the center. The multimillion dollar project will employ a sophisticated contemporary design leveraging Garden City Center’s New England village concept and utilizing the traditional New England elements and materials already found throughout the center. Phase 1 extends Garden City’s “village” to the south with the addition of the new 20,000sf building immediately adjacent to Papa Razzi. The new space will be home to two premier

national retailers. At the same time, the iconic Garden City gazebo will be transformed from the end-cap of the village into the new focal point for the center. Construction is anticipated to break ground in late spring with delivery of the space to retailers in late 2012. Phase 2 will see the conversion of previously occupied large format stores, located in the area that is now called the commons, into smaller 3,000sf to 10,000sf stores and restaurants. It is anticipated the Phase 1 construction will be complete by early 2013. Further phases will include the addition of new restaurants and redesigned connections to the Whole Foods Market section of the center. Located on Route 2 in Cranston, Garden City Center has 500,000sf of retail and office space. It was one of the first centers of its kind in the country, and generations have fond memories of GCC shopping excursions. The center is currently home to 55 shops, services, and eateries.


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February, 2012


High-Profile: Awards

Correctional Inst. Wins DBIA Award Casino Theatre Wins AIARI Awards DBVW Architects

Providence, RI - Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels (DBVW) Architects was recently honored by AIA Rhode Island for its work restoring the Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The jury commented that “The renovation was very respectful of the building, and the necessary interventions were done so as to show themselves as decidedly new

but also blend into the background…” At the same awards ceremony, Mark Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and DBVW’s client for the Casino Theatre project, was recognized with an Archistar Award for his efforts to preserve landmark historic buildings throughout Rhode Island.

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Berlin, NH - The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) bestowed a national merit award on the Federal Correctional Institution—Berlin project at its annual awards dinner. A joint venture of Heery and Bell Corporation designed and constructed the $245 million project and successfully overcame numerous challenges presented by the rural Northern New Hampshire weather and site.

The team adapted the Federal Bureau of Prison’s (FBOP) design standards to account for heavy snows by adding sloped roofs and an interior corridor. It also surmounted extreme weather conditions, a six and one-half-foot thick frost line and a demanding 37-month schedule. The team maximized the use of local labor, far exceeding FBOP’s goals, and delivered the project on schedule and within budget. Casino Theatre Interior

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February, 2012


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Residences at Portwalk Completed Pro Con Architect and CM

Portsmouth, NH - The Residences at Portwalk, a $6.8 million luxury apartment building in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic district, is now complete. Pro Con Inc. of Manchester was the architect and construction manager of the five-story, 52,000sf complex, and Cathartes Private Investments of Boston was the developer. The Residences offer a variety of floor plans ranging in size from 720sf to 1,169sf with various one- and two-bedroom design configurations. The 36 apartments each has a fully equipped kitchen with wood cabinetry and granite counters, Energy Star stainless steel appliances, laundry area, living/dining room or great room, and master bedroom suite with cultured marble vanity counter and shower surround, walk-in closet, and over-sized windows. Some floor plans include a raised ceiling and sliding terrace doors, offering scenic views of the city and the skyline. The ground floor offers future retail tenant space and a private entrance, lobby, and elevator for the residences. Additional amenities will include a private parking area. Many environmentally beneficial

Residences at Portwalk features are incorporated such as high efficiency, energy-saving heating units and appliances in each apartment. The goal is to have The Residences attain a 16% improvement in energy performance when compared to a similar building. Pro Con Inc also used low volatile organic compounds for the adhesives, paints, coatings and flooring materials and used regional and recycled materials in construction. The Residences at Portwalk are part of Portwalk, a mixed-use downtown development featuring a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and the Harbor Events and Conference Center.

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February, 2012


High-Profile: People

BKA Adds Four

Brockton, MA - Andy Estabrooks, Mai Ha, Cristina DesLoges, and Edward Partens have joined BKA Architects of Brockton as part of the firm’s effort to expand and strengthen its retail team. Andy Estabrooks, with 15 years of specialty retail store development experience, is a project manager for lululemon athletica. His prior work experience includes roles with db2/ARCHitecture, Bergmeyer Associates, and Architectural Axiom, as well as The Stride Rite Corporation. Cristina DesLoges is part of the retail team dedicated to providing architectural services to lululemon athletica. Prior work experience includes Wessling Architects and Line Company Architects. Mai Ha is currently applying her knowledge of Revit for the coordination of construction documents for projects completed for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Prior work experience includes Durland Van Voorhis Architects.

Brovitz New Manager at HSH






Burlington, VT Jesse Beck, president of Freeman French Freeman, architects in Burlington, announced that Mike Ballard joined the firm as marketing coordinator and Kristie Long was hired as financial administraBallard tor. Ballard is a skilled writer and designer with more than a decade of experience in

marketing and communications. Long brings more than 20 years of accounting experience to the firm. F r e e m a n French Freeman is known for its work at Burlington InLong ternational Airport, Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the University of Vermont.

Concord, NH - Tom Kane has joined The Recycling Network (IRN) to manage its construction and demolition recycling program. Kane has been in the New England recycling industry for nearly 30 years. From 1994 through 2011 he was the recycling business manager at Commercial Paving & Recycling in Scarborough, Maine. In that capacity he developed recycling capabilities for many different materials including

shingles, asphalt, brick, concrete, wood waste, and gypsum wallboard. Kane’s was the first plant in New England to handle painted gypsum, one of the most troublesome C&D materials to recycle.

Kane Joins IRN



on Olympus. Michael Wilson was promoted to project executive. He has over 12 years of construction industry experience and is Charest currently working with Diversified Project Management, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, and WB Engineers on ACME Packet; Dowling Huoy, Packard Design and WB Engineers on Emulex; and Cresa Partners and Packard Design on Morse Barnes Brown & Pendleton.

Medeiros Joins Simon Design

Wellesley Hills, MA - Simon Design Engineering announced that Darian Medeiros has joined the firm as project manager. He brings to Simon Design more than a decade of experience in planning, design, and engineering with specific expertise in parking garages. Prior to joining Simon Design Engineering, Medeiros was

Most recently, Brovitz conducted a workshop at the 2011 Build Boston Conference on formbased code trends in New England and the Smart Growth Rhode IsBrovitz land workshop on Achieving Compact Mixed Use Neighborhoods.

Two Join Freeman French Freeman

Calnan Promotes Three

Quincy, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. announced three promotions. David Conner has been promoted to director of special projects. Since joining the company, he has successfully completed numerous projects for high-profile clients and is currently working with Visnick & Caulfield & Associates, WB Engineers, and Office Works on PegaSystems and Atlantic Management, Arch Ideas, EXP Engineers, and Office Environments on Parexel. Conner has over 10 years of experience in the construction industry with a focus on corporate office fitup, high-end academic and industrial manufacturing projects. Daniel Charest was promoted to senior project manager. Throughout the course of his six years with the company, he has managed projects for high-profile clients. He is currently working with Boston Properties, Packard Design, and FMC on Joule Biotechnologies, Inc. and with Diversified Project Management, Maugel Architects, and WB Engineers

Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc. (HSH) announced that Ted Brovitz is the firm’s new manager of community planning and design. He has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. In his previous experience he served as a lead urban planner with multidisciplinary consulting firms, as executive director to two Massachusetts downtown organizations, and as director of planning and development in Brattleboro, Vt.


a project manager with Watry Design of Redwood, California where he completed more than 50 parking projects across a variety of sectors. He previously served as a parking master planner for Santana Row, a multi-phased 625,000sf, mixed-use development and 4,000 parking spaces in San Jose, California.


DiMella Shaffer Promotions

Boston - DiMella Shaffer Atchitects announced that on January 1, 2012 Randy Kreie assumed the role of president of the company and Ed Hodges has been promoted to CEO.

Principals Frank DiMella, AIA and Peter Shaffer, AIA, as founding partners, will continue their involvement with existing clients and business development initiatives.

Goldstein Joins The Simon Companies

agement disciplines. He also will Braintree, MA - The Simon identify property acquisition and Companies has hired Randall S. strategic partnership opportuniGoldstein as vice president and ties to grow The Simon Compadirector of fiduciary properties. nies’ portfolio of commercial and In this capacity, Goldstein multifamily holdings, as well as will formulate growth strategies recommend new lines of busiand actively develop new business for the company. ness opportunities for The SiPrior to joining The Simon mon Companies. He will work with property owners and other Companies, he was a member of Goldstein entities to promote and execute the real estate development team the company’s asset-optimizafor The Kraft Group. Prior to that tion service platform specifically within he spent six years with Boston Properties. the asset, property, and construction-man-

February, 2012


High-Profile: People

Four New Hires at JMC

Maynard, MA - Four new staff members have joined Coull, Inc. Joshua Brandt joined the JMC staff as project manager, bringing experience in the academic, healthcare, and industrial markets. Jeff Bodeur is a site superintendent currently overseeing the construction of a distribution center for Ross Express in East Granby, Conn. Bryan Clark joins as an assistant project manager in the preconstruction group. He will assist with project management, administrative, and preconstruction responsibilities. Heather Waice, in addition to preconstruction and operations support, will assist with project administration.


Shepley Bulfinch Welcomes Vieira


including a master plan and awardwinning patient care tower for Cape Cod Hospital; inpatient and ambulatory projects for Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn; and the Southcoast Hospitals Vieira Group. He recently led the planning and design of a series of hospitals in Papua New Guinea.

Babine Joins Commodore



ARC Techs Achieve Certification Bradford, VT – ARC Mechanical Contractors announced the recent National

Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) certification of four service technicians. Adam Cate, Shaylor Duranleau, Rob Ingalls, and Ray Welch are now Silver Certified Technicians. This certification, which is good for five years, requires three years of experience plus 100 hours of training. The exam has 100 multiple choice questions, and 78 correct answers are required to pass. To renew Silver certification, technicians need 24 continuing education credits, or can retake the Silver test or test for Gold certification.

Mc/Sal Promotions

McNamara/ Salvia, Inc. (Mc/Sal) announced the promotions of John J. Tracy, P.E., LEED AP; Jeremiah C. O’Neill, P.E.; Brent R. Shannon, P.E., and Omer F. Tigli, Ph.D. Tracy has been Tracy promoted to the position of associate. In his new capacity, he will be responsible for assisting company principals as related to client development, new projects, and office operations. He joined the firm in 2006 from a firm in Albany, NY and has since worked on such notable projects as the MGH Lunder Building, Children’s Hospital Expansion, and 225 Binney Street.

Boston, MA - Shepley Bulfinch announced that healthcare planning and design leader Mario Vieira AIA, has joined the firm as a principal. Shepley Bulfinch president Carole Wedge said, “This is a great match for Shepley. Mario is a trusted architect and advisor for community hospital leaders – something he’s forged with his passion, his personal commitment, and his ability to listen and to guide them through the complex planning, design, and approval process.” With 25 years as a healthcare architect, Vieira has worked with community hospital clients up and down the east coast,

O’Neill has been appointed to the position of senior project manager where he will take a more active role in all aspects of project structural design and construction administration for projects in O’Neill all market sectors. He joined the firm in 2006 after graduating with his masters from MIT. Notable projects include Fan Pier Parcels A, B, and F, and Exeter Tower. Also taking on new roles in the company are Brent Shannon promoted to project manager, and Omer Tigli promoted to project engineer.

Grossman Adds Olson

Quincy, MA - Michael Olson has joined the brokerage team at The Grossman Companies, Inc. of Quincy. Olson started his career with One Beacon Insurance where he assisted with the acquisition, financing, design, and build-out of the company’s 280,000sfheadquarters in Canton. For the last five years he served in various roles with Jones Lang LaSalle, including research, assisting with sales transactions, and generating office leasing opportunities. He is a licensed real estate salesperson and is a member of the national and Massachusetts chapters of ULI, NAIOP, and REFA.


Newton, MA - Commodore the housing sector where Builders announced that Dan Babine he managed a $50 million has joined the firm as a project execportfolio comprised mostly utive, bringing with him 30 years of of low-income HUD funded construction experience in the comprojects. mercial and housing sectors. In 2004, Babine estabBabine has managed a portfolio lished his own firm, Legacy of projects for clients including Cisco, Builders. By joining ComFidelity, and State Street Bank. modore, he will continue to He spent 19 years at Macombserve the needs of his existing Babine er as field engineer, an assistant suportfolio of clients, while addper, superintendent, project manager, ing valuable experience to the and ultimately the executive in charge of Commodore team.

NE Construction Hires Caron

Rumford, RI - New England Construction has hired Art Caron as vice- president of operations. He has 26 years’ experience in the construction industry, including time as an estimator, project manager, project director, general manager, and most recently as

regional manager. His experience throughout New England includes projects of all sizes and complexities within major markets such as commercial, institutional industrial, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and microelectronic.

O’Donnell Receives Engineer License

Bedford, NH – Michael O’Donnell, PE recently received licensure as a professional engineer on the Civil-Highway and Environmental rosters. O’Donnell joined TFMoran Inc. in 2001 and serves as a senior traffic engineer and project manager. He is responsible for the management, engineering design, and

permitting of land development and traffic projects. His experience includes residential, commercial, and municipal projects from very small to multi-million dollar facilities. He is also a Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI).


Taylor Elected TO BSA Board

Boston - EYP Architecture numerous BSA activities & Engineering Project Executive, over the years, including Heather Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, was serving as a speaker at BSA recently elected to the Boston SociCareer Days, acting as a ety of Architects (BSA) Board of DiBSA mentor, presenting at rectors as the commissioner of comBuild Boston on several munications and PR. occasions, and most recent“It is a great honor to be electly, working with the BSA ed by one’s professional peers. I feel Women’s Principal Group, very fortunate to be a part of this which ultimately resulted in Heather Taylor wonderfully collegial community of her playing a key role as a design professionals,” Taylor stated. steering committee member An active member of the BSA since for the National AIA Women’s Leadership 1994, Taylor has shared her expertise at Summits in 2011 and 2009.


February, 2012


High-Profile: Calendar AGC

February 24 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lean construction program that will explore more productive and efficient methods for the entire design and construction process Associated General Contractors (AGC) seminars and workshops Efficiencies are the key to new and renovated spaces for all facilities today. Owners are looking for energy-efficiencies, quick-to-market turnaround, and low cost. In turn, construction firms are retooling their processes to meet these demands. For more information and to register go to www.agcmass. org. March 1 & 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days LEED Green Associate two-Day Class - The LEED Green Associate credential is for professionals who want to demonstrate basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. LEED Green Associate is the best introduction to green building that you will find - it is high level and comprehensive in nature, providing insights into 100+ areas of green building. For information: www.agcmass.org.


April 5, 2012 SFNE Spring Dinner Meeting “Meet the GC” Program Doubletree Hotel. Westborough, Mass For more information: www.ssfne.org



IMAGINiT Technologies

March 26 - May 19: Second Session Spring The Sustainable Design Institute at the Boston Architectural College continues to offer the most comprehensive curriculum in sustainable design available at any accredited college or university. Building Envelope, Environmental Systems, Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design, Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Principles, and much much more. Learn more and register at www.the-bac. edu/green

Februry 28, 2012 | 9 - 11 a.m. Building Information Modeling (BIM) Roundtable BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston Professionals explore building information modeling (BIM), a software approach designed to increase productivity in building design and construction. RSVP by February 27. http://www.architects.org/

Early-Bird Reminder for 2012 Mid-Atlantic Conference Join your colleagues by attending the SCUP 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, “Beyond Plan “C”: Retooling for Integrated Planning Using the Campus As A Learning Laboratory,” April 15-17, 2012, at Penn State University. For more information: www.scup.org

Wednesday April 4, 2012 Powerful Proposals: The Integration of Strategy, Graphics, and Writing Registration: 3:30 p.m. Event Start: 4 p.m. Event End: 6 p.m. Boston Architectural College March 6-8, 2012, For info: smpsboston@smpsboston.org Seaport World Trade Center, Boston Conference + Trade show for renewable energy and green building professionals February 29, 2012 brings together architects, engineers, build7:15 - 9 a.m. ers, policymakers, developers and building “Building Blocks” managers for three days of networking, acMarch 14, 2012 - 7:15 - 9 a.m. credited educational sessions and a high“Main Event” level trade show. Attracting participants Join your colleagues and industry leadfrom across the US and Europe, it will take ers at NAIOP’s unparalleled networkplace next year YOU CAN SEE ing events. THE Director, FUTURE FROM HERE Mary Biddle BuildingEnergy For information on these and other upConference and Trade Show coming events Phone: 413-774-6051 ext22 Log into: www.naiopma.org/ or Paumbiddle@nesea.org line Rand rand@naiopma.org



March 8, 2012 - Noon until 6 p.m. Granite Links Golf Club, Quincy, Mass. Second annual NE-ICRI Boot Camp & Product Trade Show: Masonry Restoration – “Repairing the Past & Preserving the Future” 20 booths featuring updated industry information and products from leading manufacturers, networking event from 4-6 p.m. The registration deadline is Feb. 25, 2012. For information visit www.ne-icri.org or contact NE-ICRI President Dan Clark at dan.clark@ahharris.com or 978-902-0595.


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high-Profile Monthly: February 2012  

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

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