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Poinelli Elevated to College of Fellows

Mulvey Reelected NEBCA President

Cambridge MA - Philip J. dent of the Northeast Region of Poinelli, FAIA, a principal with the Council of Educational Facildesign firm SMMA, was named ity Planners International (CEFPI) to the College of Fellows by the and co-chair of the AIA’s national American Institute of Architects K-12 Education Subcommittee. (AIA) 2012 Jury of Fellows. A longtime member of the BosElevation to Fellowship is an ton Society of Architects (BSA), honor awarded to AIA members Poinelli served in multiple volunwho have made significant conteer roles, including as a 20-year tributions to the architecture member of the BSA’s Educational Phil Poinelli Facilities Committee. profession and society on a na“I’ve had the pleasure of tional level. Poinelli’s professional and communi- working with Phil for 20 years, so I am not ty contributions span four decades in archi- surprised that he earned this noteworthy tecture, specifically centered on innovative distinction among his architectural peers,” planning and design excellence in K-12 said Ara Krafian, PE, CEO and president of education environments. He is vice presi- SMMA.

professionals working in Massachusetts and in its surrounding states. The main purpose of NEBCA is the promotion of adopting modern national building codes and standards with member states. Quarterly educational meetings are held, with Burlington, MA - Fay, topics ranging from regulation Spofford & Thorndike (FST) changes in member states to will serve as lead design training in advances in construcengineer on the team setion methods and techniques. lected by MassDOT for the design-build replacement of the Burns Memorial Bridge, which carries Route 9 over Lake Quinsigamond between Shrewsbury and Worcester. Marblehead, MA - Nancy Goldstein Design, LLC, The team is led by Middlea boutique lighting design firm, has changed its name to Rendering of the new Burns Memorial Bridge sex Corporation, the project’s Light Positive. With the bridge’s location in a heavily comdesign-build contractor. FST Founded in 1996, the company offers solutions for mercial area that is also in close proximity will take the lead in structural, civil, and architectural, landscape, event, and exhibit lighting design, to densely populated neighborhoods, traftraffic engineering. specializing in the integration of interior and exterior spacfic management and complex construction The new structure is planned as a es to enhance the aesthetic and functionality of both. five-span, steel-tied deck arch that referenc- staging will be vital. The project will also es the aesthetics and history of the existing involve substantial utility relocation and Nancy Goldstein structure while providing a much needed the addition of new utilities to the bridge. enhancement to the area’s infrastructure.

Weymouth, MA - The North East Building Code Association (NEBCA) announced that for the year 2012, Matthias J. Mulvey, a builder and building and land use consultant from Weymouth was elected to his seventh one-year term as president of the association. Norwell Construction Attorney Paul J. Moriarty was elected Matthias J. Mulvey vice president. NEBCA gains its membership from regulators and construction

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IBEW Local 103 Exceeds Goal

Dorchester, MA – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 held a blood drive at its headquarters in Dorchester on February 16, 2012 to benefit the American Red Cross. IBEW Local 103 had overwhelming support from members and their families, who came as far as from Connecticut to give blood. Local 103 exceeded its goal of 103 participants and was praised by the American Red Cross for this great achievement. The event was a kickoff The blood drive received overwhelming support to Local 103’s new member wellness program, which the excited about the number of walk-in donors union implemented in January of this year. we had from IBEW Local 103 neighbors.” Kaitlyn Gambino, Wellness Coordinator “This blood drive is about being for Local 103, said, “I was blown away by there for our community when it needs us the response of not only Local 103 mem- the most,” said Local 103 business manbers, but also their families and members of ager, Michael Monahan. “We at Local 103 the surrounding community because when are proud to be able to contribute and give we asked for donors, we did not know what back to those in need and help those hosto expect or the number of members who pitals who have employed so many of our would answer the call. We are also really members over the years.

Boston Innovation Center Plans

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Boston - Mayor Thomas M. Menino recently announced plans for the development of a $5.5 million innovation center in Boston’s Seaport District. The facility will be operated by the Cambridge Innovation Center, an organization that supports start-up companies in Kendall Square. “The Boston Innovation Center has been conceived as a flexible and collaborative workspace and meeting environment for the emerging innovation community


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in Boston’s Seaport,” said David Hacin, FAIA, principal at Hacin + Associates Inc. “The eventual new restaurant opens directly to the new public parks and activity along the waterfront and creates a new and unique destination for people to engage with this rapidly changing area. The building’s dynamic form, industrial materiality, and state-of-the-art graphic displays recall the industrial history of the harbor’s past and promise of Boston’s future.”

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MBC President John Cannistraro Jr.

Now in its 91st year, the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) brings together decision-makers from all corners of the $6.1 billion design and construction inSub Contractors dustry in MassachuA1 Concrete Cutting Veneer Plaster Plasterers: A1Angelini Concrete Cutting setts. I had the good Plastering Venetian Polished Plaster Veneer Plaster Angelini Plastering Austin Ornamental Inc. Three coat conventional Plaster fortune to visit with Venetian Polished Plaster Austin Ornamental Inc. Back Bay Concrete Ornamental Plaster John Cannistraro Jr., Three coat conventional Plaster Back Bay Concrete BidgoodAlloc. Assoc. Historical Restoration Bidgood the MBC 2012 presiOrnamental Plaster & Preservation Cape CapeCod CodPlastering Plastering E.I.F.S. Historical Restoration & Preservation dent, to gain some Cavalieri CavalieriConst. Const. Portland E.I.F.S. Cement (Stucco) insight into the orgaJohn Cannistraro Jr. Century CenturyDrywall Drywall Fireproofing Portland Cement (Stucco) nization. Components Spray Fireproofing Spray Fireproofing Fireproofing HP: What is unique about the MBC DComponents & M Concrete Cement D & M Concrete Cement Masons: Masons: East Coast Fireproofing breakfasts? Flatwork East Concrete Coast Fireproofing F.C.F. Floors Flatwork Cannistraro: The MBC breakfasts Sidewalks GH. & Carr G Plaster & Son& EIFS Sidewalks are unique in that they bring together all the Pool H.Island Carr & Son& Plaster Lath Pool Decks Decks different players of the construction indusIsland & Plaster Decorative J.R.J.Lath Construction Decorative Concrete Concrete Overlays Overlays J.R.J. Construction try in a more intimate group. It’s open to all, Stamped John L. Ciman & Son Stamped Concrete Concrete John L. Ciman & Son and the mission of the congress is not speConcrete J.L.Marshall Marshall Concrete Repair Repair & & Restoration Restoration J.L. cific to one entity or one point of view. It’s Epoxy, M.L.McDonald McDonaldCo. Co. M.L. Epoxy, Seamless Seamless and and Composition Composition a very focused group based on the design Flooring *and much more* Mass Acoustics Inc. Mailoux Bros. Construction Flooring *and much more* and construction industry – general contracMecca Const. Corp. New England Decks New England Decks For More Information Please Call tors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, For More Information Please Call New England Finish Systems Polcari Plasterworks, Inc. Peter Stracuzzi, Jr. Industry Analyst Peter Stracuzzi, Jr. Industry Analyst and accounting, law firms, and insurance Ricmor Construction, Inc. Ricmor Construction, Inc. Office: 617-825-5200 • Cell: 617-750-0896 Office: 617-825-5200 • Cell: 617-750-0896 S & F Concrete companies – all with their No. 1 business S & F Concrete Website: www.opcmialocal534.org Stafford Construction Website: www.opcmialocal534.org being construction. The programs that our Stafford Construction program committee put on are just fantastic. We get excellent speakers and topics, and people have a chance to ask questions during the presentation and also chat with the presenters both before and after. HP: What is on your calendar for this spring? Cannistraro: April 26 we are presenting a breakfast panel discussion called “The Social Network: AEC Strategies for Social Media Success,” which will examine Hydro Mobile:  Masonry  I  Window Work                                             how AEC businesses are using social media engineering  I  design    Facade Removal and Replacement  and their results. erection  I  dismantling  Also, on May 17 we will present a Higher Education Summit, where executives from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and Northeastern universities will join us to discuss capital programs and trends in institutional building. HP: I heard there is a new time for the golf outing? Cannistraro: Historically we have   had our golf tournament in June, but this AERIAL LIFTS FROM 10’ TO 170’    year we are going to change it up a bit to SECTIONAL FRAME  I  SHORING   have it September. It will be September SYSTEMS SCAFFOLD   17 at the Woodland Golf Club in Newton,


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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Tocci Breaks Ground on Cancer Pavilion

Navy Selects Brookstone

Portsmouth, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc., construction managers and general contractors headquartered in Manchester, has been selected to perform a renovation project by the US Navy. The focus of this project is the installation of a new elevator in one of the engineering facilities at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The scope-of-work will include lead and asbestos abatement, reestablishment of an existing elevator shaft, the creation of elevator lobbies, and the installation of a new elevator and the associated security systems. “We appreciate the opportunity to handle this project,” said Paula Scales, Brookstone Builder’s president. “We have worked on a number of renovations at the shipyard in recent years, and have always appreciated the Navy’s streamlined approach and straightforward protocols for communication.” Mark W. Gemmiti of Brookstone Builders will serve as project manager.

Rendering of new cancer pavilion Marlborough, MA - Tocci Building Companies announced that Marlborough Hospital has broken ground on its new Cancer Pavilion. The facility is part of the UMass Memorial Health Care’s Cancer Center of Excellence, and Tocci will partner with architect The S/L/A/M Collaborative (S/L/A/M) of Glastonbury, Conn. For the first time in Massachusetts, a healthcare project will be built using integrated project delivery (IPD), a new contract form that will yield $1.7 million in construction-related cost savings on a $12.7 million project while delivering the owner’s full project vision. Marlborough Hospital chose the team of Tocci and S/L/A/M for its expe-

rience using IPD, a contract form and design/construction process that fuses parties together in the spirit of ownership, collaboration, and mutual responsibility for the project’s success. The project will also benefit from colocation, a practice in which representatives of major disciplines – such as structural engineer, electrical subcontractor, and MEP engineer – work on-site several days a week in a central office to drive face-toface collaboration and real-time problemsolving. The 14,500sf addition will offer cancer care services, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, highly-trained cancer specialists, and access to the latest

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treatments and therapies. The construction program includes a healing garden as well as dedicated areas for medical and radiation oncology exams and treatment. The completed project will cluster cancer services together under one roof, with a dedicated patient entrance and services, and includes the world’s most sophisticated linear accelerator technology available. The Cancer Pavilion will be built according to LEED principles of sustainable construction. The project will be completed in the spring of 2013. Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates of Stoneham is providing MEP engineering services.


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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

First of Graduates of WIT’s Program Slide into Stretch Code Compliance

Boston - Local 103, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the Joint Apprentice and Training Committee of Greater Boston (JATC), announced the first group of graduates of Wentworth Institute of Technology WIT. Twenty nine Local 103 union members Some IBEW Local 103 graduates pictured with Michael graduated with an associate Monahan, business manager, IBEW Local 103 (center with of applied science in engi- striped tie) standing next to Dr. Zorica Pantic, pres. of WIT a professional degree program designed to neering technology. JATC graduates now have an op- enhance training and skills developed durportunity to advance their careers through ing the course of their apprenticeships.

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by Chad A. Wisler The Stretch Energy Code is being adopted by more and more municipalities across Massachusetts since it arrived as part of the Building Code appendix in 2009. Over 100 of the state’s municipalities have adopted the code, and the state is on track for full adoption within the next 12 to 24 months. Additionally, almost all of the state’s population centers Chad Wisler have already adopted and are enforcing the Stretch Energy Code. While the Stretch Energy Code addresses a wide range of building types (residential/commercial) and building size, this article will focus specifically on commercial buildings 100,000sf and larger. The goal of the code is to promote energy conservation above current building code (Mass 8th Edition) and foreshadow increased energy performance requirements by later revisions of the building code. For new construction 100,000sf and larger, the Stretch Energy Code requires the design and construction to be 20% more energy-efficient than building code (780 CMR) baseline (ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G). Compliance with the code is not

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High-Profile Focus: Multi-Residential / Assisted Living

Senior Living Interview

Simon Etzel of KBE Building Corporation

Farmington, CT - High-Profile recently interviewed Simon Etzel, a principal of KBE Building Corporation, who leads KBE’s work in senior living, to talk about the latest issues and trends in the senior housing market, and how the difficult economy has affected the timing and motivations of seniors who are contemplating moving to a continuing care Retirement community (CCRC). KBE Building Corporation is a $300 million commercial Simon Etzel construction firm in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md. The firm specializes in senior living and healthcare, higher and secondary education, federal, and retail construction. KBE’s recent senior living work includes ongoing renovations to Tower One, an assisted living community in New Haven, preconstruction work on the proposed repositioning of the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, and the recent completion of the Renaissance Expansion Project for Hamden’s Whitney Center, which won CT ABC’s Top Healthcare Facility Construction Award as well as the People’s Choice Award. HP: The residential housing market seems to be slowly coming back to life. Are we seeing this same kind of trend in senior living communities? Etzel: I think it’s trying to, yes. But it’s still a difficult time right now, financially speaking. I was at a senior housing seminar recently in San Antonio, Texas, and the overall gist of it was that the market is trying to come back, but the money is, unfortunately, not there yet. The economy continues to have a huge impact on the housing market overall. Seniors who need to sell their homes as a prerequisite to moving into a senior living community are facing the same roadblocks occurring in the overall housing market: reduced home value in the face of a glut of available properties. The reduced profit on the sale of their homes reduces the amount they can spend for an entry fee into one of these communities. HP: What is construction like? Are CCRCs still being built? Etzel: Unfortunately, most of them are not. There are few, if any, startup proj-

ects. Most of the potential deals that we see involve repositioning of existing facilities. The traditional form of bond financing for these projects is so hard to come by these days. Alternate forms of financing such as local/regional bank financing and HUD [U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development] loans are trying to fill the industry gap, but they do take a long time to secure and present substantial obstacles and hurdles to the borrowers. Some of our clients have been very successful in using HUD grants on renovations to existing facilities, but these grants are typically limited in value and require facilities to break the upgrades into smaller pieces, which ultimately prolongs the overall renovation. HP: What overall trends are you seeing in the senior housing market? Etzel: Repositioning, repositioning, repositioning. As I stated previously, startups are basically unfinanceable in this economy. So we are seeing existing facilities upgrading and expanding the services that they provide. Some are CCRCs that provide independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing, others provide only assisted living and/or skilled nursing. But the repositioning trend is the same in all facilities at this juncture. The other trend we are seeing is providers not just improving the physical facility but also incorporating different models of care. Examples of this are cottages for independent living and households for skilled nursing. All providers are incorporating units dedicated to patients who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. HP: What does the next couple of years look like for senior living communities? Etzel: There is absolutely no question that the population continues to age and the need for quality senior living care and communities will continue to grow. But, for right now, the money to build new construction or potentially upgrade older facilities is either difficult to secure or unavailable, depending on the type of project being proposed. We might need to wait a while for the economy to finally get back on its feet, but as the market starts to get better and more seniors are financially able enough to sell their homes, we will definitely see a rise in the population of retirement communities. And, as soon as we see that, I guarantee there will be an upsurge of new senior living communities of all types and sizes.

Exterior Finishes at Bar Harbor Hotel Pro Con Architect and CM

Bar Harbor, ME - The exterior finishes are being installed at the West Street Hotel, a new luxury boutique hotel and mixed-use development overlooking the Bar Harbor waterfront and near the Town Dock. Pro Con Inc. of Manchester, N.H., is the architect and construction manager for the mixed-use development that will include the hotel, retail space, and restaurants. The developer and owner of the property is West Street Properties LLC of Portsmouth, N.H.

Guestrooms will feature individual balconies.

Ground level retail spaces under construction

“The hotel is weather tight and we are finishing the installation of the exterior siding and brick façade” stated the project manager for Pro Con Inc.“The railings on the guestroom balconies are scheduled to be installed in the spring.” The hotel’s102 guestrooms will feature water views and individual balconies. The hotel’s public spaces will have upscale finishes, including tile floors, granite countertops, and custom millwork. Plans call for the boutique hotel to include a restaurant, roof top pool, and a fitness room. The development will have ground-level retail spaces available for future commercial tenants.

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Congress Companies Chosen

Expansion Project Designed by Mackenzie Architects

Rendering of Cedar Hill Assisted Living and Memory Care renovation

Rosemont elevation Randolph, MA - Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H., is the general contractor for 120 apartment units in three high-quality buildings, located in the Rosemont Square community of Randolph, Mass. The new development will complement the existing 384 garden-style apartment units at Rosemont Square, which are also undergoing renovations. The community is being developed by The Praedium Group, a New York Citybased national real estate investment firm, and its partner, Beacon Communities of Boston, residential real estate owners, developers, and managers. Davis Square Architects of Somerville, Mass. is the project architect, and Stantec Consulting of Boston

is the landscape architect. The 120 new apartment homes will be located in three, four-story garden-style buildings. Each of the 840sf, one-bedroom apartments will feature a fully furnished kitchen with Energy Star appliances, washer and dryer, and individual balconies with sliding glass doors. Six of the units will be accessible apartments, and some units will have open kitchen floor plans. Rosemont Square’s amenities include a new clubhouse, pool, and fitness center that were completed in 2010. Construction on the 120,000sf residential project began in December 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in November 2012.

Windsor, VT - The Congress Companies of Peabody, Mass., was selected by Cedar Hill Assisted Living and Memory Care of Windsor, Vt., to provide construction management for the facility’s $8 million addition and renovation project. Cedar Hill offers a continuum of care ranging from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing, rehabilitative, and Alzheimer’s care, all on one campus. With groundbreaking scheduled for this summer, the 42,200sf addition will include 36 assisted living units, 43 beds, administration offices, an activity and fitness area, a living room, dining room, and commercial kitchen. The renovation portion of the project will include relocation of a laundry room as well as conversion of a lounge area to a studio apartment unit. This project will not only provide

benefits to Cedar Hill but also to the entire Windsor community. Congress’ ongoing commitment to utilizing local subcontractors will help to create construction jobs and will be a boost to the local economy. “Red Capital Group, the HUD lender, and Mackenzie Architects, the project’s architectural firm, have tremendous experience and expertise in the senior living sector. We are excited about working with such a quality team on this project,” said Congress CEO William Nicholson. The project team for the project also includes civil engineer Pathways Consulting, LLC of Lebanon, N.H.; structural engineer Engineering Ventures, Inc. of Burlington, Vt.; electrical and engineer mechanical Allied Consulting Engineering Services, Inc. of Sudbury, Mass.; and interior designer Stibler Associates of Manchester, N.H.


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Metro Walls Begins Framing

Bedford, NH - Metro Walls of Manchester was hired by CE Floyd Company to install roof trusses, decking, exterior and interior wall and ceiling framing, and drywall finishes for the newly designed Bedford Falls assisted living facility. The $24 million development will furBedford Falls assisted living faciliy, under construction nish a 75,000sf facility and is designed for 64 assisted Bedford Falls will seek Silver LEED living residencies, 84 apartments, and 20 certification for this project. memory care units. During the height of The expected completion date is construction, Metro Walls will employ beOctober 2012. tween 30 and 40 workers to keep the project on a fast track.

SCI Launches New Division

Marion MA - South Coast Improvement (SCI), headquartered in Marion, has recently announced a formalized healthcare and senior living retrofit division. The company has recently incorporated a new heathcare and senior living division to meet an increased demand for renovations, additions, and retrofits in these occupied environments. Henry Quinlan, production manager at South Coast Improvement, will oversee the new division. South Coast Improvement has successfully completed significant projects for healthcare facilities, educational institutions, commercial properties, assisted liv-

ing facilities, senior living, and residential communities throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey. The company utilizes special building practices to ensure the comfort and safety of special needs residents and patients who occupy the spaces that are being renovated. Examples of common renovations in healthcare or senior care facilities include resident room upgrades, which includes all new finishes, moldings, flooring, cabinets, and counter tops, and common hallway renovations, new ACT ceilings, new energy efficient lighting, wall sconces, vinyl wall covering, paint, carpet, handrail, and crash rail installation.

Bowdoin to Build Habilitation Facility Designed by Group 7 Design

Kingston, MA - Bowdoin Construction of Needham was recently selected by New England Village, a campus-based residential community for adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities, to build a new 12,272sf adult day habilitation facility in Kingston. The building, designed by Group 7 Design, is currently under construction and includes wood framing with an asphalt shingle roof and a fiber cement clapboard and cultured stone façade. Interior spaces will include group

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Adult day habilitation facility

therapy rooms, a multipurpose room with fitness area, a sensory room, art room, kitchen, therapist offices, case worker offices, and a nurses office.

BAGB Awards April 26

Boston, MA - The Builders Association of Greater Boston will recognize its members for their commitment to excellence in building and remodeling, customer service, and community service Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the Embassy Suites (formerly Doubletree Guest Suites) in Waltham. The Association of Home Builders and Home Builders Association of Massachusetts has represented the industry since 1944. The Builders Association of Greater Boston has evolved into one of the leading trade associations in New England with over 370 members includ-

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Millennium Place III Well Under Way

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Boston - The earth retention system is installed, and mass excavation is nearly complete on Millennium Partners’ newest development in downtown Boston. Construction on the 15-story, 390,000sf project—which will occupy a full city block spanning Washington Street, Avenue de Lafayette, Harrison Avenue Extension, and Hayward Place—is being managed by Suffolk Construction. The project team is currently installing the concrete foundation, which will consist of a four-foot thick mat slab across the entire footprint of the 256unit luxury residential tower. Mat slab foundations were selected for the $220 million Millennium Place III tower—former site of the Hayward Place

When completed in fall 2013, the luxury tower will consist of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, 9,700sf of retail space on the ground floor, and 125 below-grade parking spaces. The Millennium Place III project will be the third and final phase of Millennium Partners’ mixeduse campus in downtown Boston. The first two phases of Millennium’s development consists of the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Towers. Handel Architects designed the Millennium Place III project, which broke ground in November 2011.

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Millennium Place III, bird’s-eye view

Garage—to allow for even distribution of the building’s weight over the entire footprint. The mat slab foundation will be divided into six sections due to the large size of the 40,000sf footprint of the building. It will take approximately 100 trucks of concrete to fill each section (in one continuous pour). Once the entire foundation is complete, 800,000 pounds of reinforcing steel will have been set.

Skanska and Twining to Develop Apts.

Boston - Skanska USA Commercial Development Inc. and Twining Properties have acquired Block K of Seaport Square in Boston’s Innovation District from MS Boston Seaport, LLC. Together they will develop Watermark Seaport, a planned residential tower with more than 300 apartments and 25,000sf of retail space targeting LEED Gold certification. Watermark Seaport will be located on the southeast corner of Seaport Boulevard and Boston Wharf Road within the 25-acre Seaport Square, which is planned to contain 6.35 million sf of residential, office, retail, hotel, and civic/cultural space upon completion. Seaport Square will also contain several parks, which, in addition to serving as highly desirable amenity space

for residents of Watermark Seaport, will preserve open views of Boston Harbor and the city’s skyline from the building. “The Innovation District provides one of the most exciting opportunities for development in Boston in many years and we are eager to contribute to this area. The plan for a mix of uses will allow for the creation of a dynamic neighborhood where people will want to live, work, and play,” said Shawn Hurley, Executive vice president and regional manager of Skanska USA Commercial Development in Boston. Twining Properties has been involved with Seaport Square since 2007 advising Morgan Stanley on the 2.85 million sf residential program during the master planning and approvals phase.

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Whitman Woods Completed

LaFreniere Architects, Dakota Partners

Whitman Woods apartment complex Tyngsboro, MA - LaFreniere Architects has completed the final phase of construction for the four-building, 96-unit, Whitman Woods apartment complex in Tyngsboro. The 100% affordable rental housing project was developed by Dakota Partners with Howland Development. Sited on a scenic wooded site, the Whitman Woods project has earned a LEED Silver rating and was designed by LaFreniere Architects to employ modular construction. Project architect, John LaFreniere, notes that modular construction provides for spacious, attractive, and well-appointed units at an exceptionally reasonable square foot cost. Construction time was signifi-


cantly reduced as well, with the building modules being preassembled by KBS Building Systems at its factory in S. Paris, Maine. The prefabricated boxes come to the site complete with windows, doors, and full unit interiors in place and ready to be craned into final position. System connections, exterior siding, entry porches, and balconies are completed on-site, ensuring a tight building envelope and a custombuilt appearance. Additional benefits of the modular construction include excellent STC ratings at wall and floor/ceiling assemblies and good quality control of construction.

Revitalizing Assisted Living Facilities by Bryan Kelly Facilities managers in charge of maintenance and improvement programs for assisted living properties know their work is influenced by a unique circumstance: the residences they oversee will almost always be occupied (and sometimes fully so) throughout the construction process. This circumstance sets a high standard for new Bryan Kelly construction, improvements, and repairs. At the same time, traditional standards of quality, timeliness, and economy must be observed in anticipation of outcomes meeting expectations. Thus, a process that can be noisy, dusty, and even highly intrusive must be carried out while elderly and even frail individuals are living in close proximity to the worksite. Accommodating such circumstances while maintaining site safety, overall cleanliness, and respect for the living circumstances of residents requires meticulous planning, a deft hand, and calm leadership under what fairly can be called “challenging circumstances.” And while site management skills are a significant factor contributing to the success of assisted living improvement programs, they are by no means the only ones. Daily contact with site managers (sometimes minute-to-minute) typifies the construction phase of a project. But before work can even be considered a comfortable, open liaison with architects, engineers, and interior designers must be established. A clear recognition on the part of the vendor team that residents and their families are part of the process, too, will help assure the patience and even generosity of spirit necessary to traverse the bumps that inevitably occur during any project. The need to plan, coordinate, facilitate, and execute – sometimes involving multiple facilities and time frames ranging from a few days to many months – requires painstaking preparation, well-established communications, and clear lines of authority, with the facilities manager securely seated (beside management) at the head of the table. Projects vary, especially as a challenging economic climate limits construction of new facilities. Facilities managers associated with established properties find they are challenged to undertake buildouts, reconfigurations, and rehabilitations never anticipated in original building design or construction. Imaginative architectural and engineering designs, realistic time frames and solid financing comprise the underpinnings of such undertakings, but reality intrudes in the form of old construction and obsolete building systems that must give

way (often grudgingly) to new construction and technology. Any general contractor seeking to manage the many challenges accompanying such an exercise must have an encyclopedic understanding of the revitalization process. Consider the range of materials, trade skills, contingency management, and human resources skills your GC must possess in light of the work at hand. From new resident rooms and bathrooms to kitchens, therapy centers, hallways, atriums, lobbies, and foyers – the range of tradecraft and supervisory know-how must be vast. Exterior envelopes present another set of challenges. Roofing replacement and flashing schedules hold unique challenges of their own, while the success of siding, window, and door replacement often hinges on reliable vendor relations and clever sourcing. When allied vendors like plumbers, electricians, and HVAC specialty firms become part of the project team, which is invariably the case, a general contractor must represent a range of logistical skills of the highest order, lest delays and miscues drive costs beyond planned ceilings. Another factor to be considered: Does your general contractor employ trained personnel with experience in carpentry, painting, and allied trades that represent a high standard of craft skills combined with human skills? A fair quotient of common sense combined with good manners is always a factor in facilities where the elderly and infirm may be present. Underpinning the whole set of variables associated with assisted living facilities improvements are questions you already know but will need to answer before formalizing an agreement with any general contractor: Are you comfortable with the principal(s) and senior project management staff of the bidder? Are proposed suppliers and materials consistent with your values and intentions and representative of real value? Are project management tools readily accessible online and explicit in the presentation of milestones, slippage factors, and terminal goals? Are timelines aggressive to the extent you’ll meet your goals, yet sufficiently flexible to allow for the workarounds and slippages that invariably accompany any assisted living renewal project? A few thoughts in closing: Smart GCs run their punch lists like a good coach manages a winning game plan. Matching skill sets and personalities to work crews and tasks, lending support and direction when unexpected problems are encountered, and being recognized by all members of the team as a problem-solving resource can contribute to progress in all sorts of ways. All that and more are guarantors of quality for your project and a calling card your general contractor is glad to leave behind in anticipation of the next assignment. Bryan Kelly is president of Kelly’s Property Services, Newton, Mass.

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Situated on a lovely wooded site Bedford Falls, MA - music Situated on spaces. In the program is an athletic/spa including rooms, in New England, this libraries, project a lovely wooded site in New England, area as well as café/bistro. spa/message lounges, providesaarooms, critical housing Benchmark Senior Living provides critiThe 24 ground floor memory care cal housing component outdoor adjacent screened to adjacent the residences component to the are clustered around the dining porches, many amenities of a mixed useamenities commercial area use and outdoor garden providing connecmany of a mixed theater and pub. development. tions to nature, clear points of reference, commercial development. The architect is Bechtel Frank Erand wayfinding clues. The main dining on C.E. three levels, the ickson Architects, Inc.Constructed of Lexington. rooms are located on the ground floor adjaFloyd Company, Inc.building of Bedford is the cent to takes advantage of thethe kitchen and service areas which General Contractor. are tucked Client into the topography. sloping site by relating Constructed on three levels, the Upstairs, the residential neighborBenchmark Senior Living Topby a variety of activity to parking andare served 76,000sf building takesentrances advantage of the areas hoods View of front entry sloping site by relating creating entrances to parkspaces outdoor garden areasincluding music rooms, lounges, Contractor ing areas and creating outdoor garden areas outdoor screened porches, theater, and pub. for the enjoyment of the Middle Left C.E. Floyd Company, Inc. for the enjoyment of the residents. The 84 The project is one of the few assisted First floor plan residents. The 84 residences residences are distributed throughout the livingare residences to seek LEED certificaSize tion from GreenRight Building Council. three floors and punctuateddistributed with light filled throughout the the US Middle 76,000The SF building is set for completion in common space gathering three areas,floors creating a View into pub and punctuated sense of identity and scale to the various the fall, 2012. with light filled common space Cost Bottom gathering areas, creating arequest sense Withheld at owner's View of lower entry of identity and scale to the various spaces. The 24 ground

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KBE Renovating Tower One

New Haven, CT – KBE Building Corporation recently completed four of five phases of its ongoing renovations to the Tower One/Tower East assisted living community in New Haven. The $18 million Tower One project, sponsored by the New Haven Jewish Community Housing Corporation, launched in 2003 and consisted of converting US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing units into assisted living residences. Tower One/Tower East assisted living community The first phase of the project, which converted 40 apartDesigned by renowned architect ments on six floors of the occupied 365 Charles Moore, Tower One opened for ocapartment high-rise, also created an expan- cupancy in 1971, and Tower East followed sive 6,000sf dining room, a covered drop- 11 years later. KBE and the architects of off, a main entrance area, and one floor of Tower One have made a point to achieve resident services and administrative offic- the assisted living community’s mission, as es. Renovations to the apartments included articulated by Simon Etzel, a principal at updating and reconfiguring handicapped- KBE: “We are honored to be able to proaccessible kitchens, bathrooms, doorways, vide seniors with high quality living arand hallways, and providing each new resi- rangements based upon the values and tradential floor with a common lounge area ditions of the Jewish faith. We’re excited equipped with washers, dryers, and a com- that this project continues to make a lasting mon kitchen. impact on the assisted living community.” The second phase completely renoWork continues on the Tower One vated 20 apartment units on two floors, project with renovations to the laundry fathe third phase converted 24 units on three cilities and kitchen areas and the converfloors into assisted living suites, and the sion of 14 more units scheduled for sumfourth phase added an exterior elevator and mer 2012 and beyond. Preconstruction has renovated four studio apartments on each also begun on Phase 1 of a renovation for floor into regular apartments with space for Tower East. the new elevator lobbies.


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Mass-ALFA Update on Marketplace Kensington Residential Tower Under Way

Waltham, MA - Investors, developers, and other senior living stakeholders have been watching the senior living marketplace grow over the past year, a development that has many excited about the future of the industry. The Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA), the nonprofit association that supports assisted living in Massachusetts, closely monitors the activity and trends taking place in the senior living environment. Mass-ALFA Board Member, Robert Noonan explained, “In the past 10 years, we saw very little construction of assisted living product. But we are starting to see that change. In the past 12-18 months, we have seen a number of projects hitting the marketplace.” Noonan has been active in the senior living industry since 1987, and has functioned both as an investor as well as participating as an investment officer at several operating entities. Noonan attributes the recent growth of the industry to a rebound in the capital markets for commercial real estate. “The capital markets for commercial real estate

have rebounded and in that vein are cautiously bullish for the senior living industry. In particular, the national REITS are strongly enthused and have been active investors over the past 24 months,” Noonan explained. “In addition, the private equity investors have joined the fray and are now actively involved as well.” Mass-ALFA ‘s President, Emily Meyer said, “Another trend in the assisted living marketplace is the increase in the number of memory care services and dedicated memory care communities for residents who can no longer live safely on their own and need additional services.” In response to the local demand, several new developments serving residents with memory care are being proposed in towns across Massachusetts. For more information about assisted and senior living trends, you can join MassALFA for a Business Symposium with the National Investment Center on May 31, 2012. For more information about the Symposium or Mass-ALFA, go to www. massalfa.org.

Boston - Suffolk Construction recently broke ground on The Kensington, Boston’s newest residential tower located at 659 Washington Street. The 27-story, 488,000sf building will offer 381 luxury rental apartments, 2,300sf of ground floor retail space, and 110 parking spaces. Amenities will include fully equipped clubrooms, a sixth floor open air heated pool with a landscaped terrace, tech-savvy common areas, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. It will be the latest Suffolk project built in the area, joining the Archstone Boston Common, Suffolk University Modern Theatre, and Boston Opera House. The project has also provided funds to the nearby Hong Lok House to assist in the development of affordable housing for Chinatown seniors.

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Plymouth, MA - Hundreds of building trade union leaders, contractors, state and local government officials attended the 93rd Annual Massachusetts Building Trades Council Convention in March in Plymouth. The MBTC presented Boston Mayor Thomas Menino with the 2012 Municipal Official of the Year Award and Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo with the 2012 Public Official of the Year Award. U.S. SenClarion Partners acquired the two ate Candidate Elizabeth Warren and Goveradjacent properties from 535-545 Boylston nor Deval Patrick spoke at the convention. Francis X. Callahan, Jr. was sworn in Street Property, LLC in January, 2012. as president. He has been with the MBTC for 16 years and has been president since April 2007.

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Boston - Clarion Partners has hired Dyer Brown Architects to provide ongoing architectural services for its newly acquired properties in Boston’s Back Bay, 535 and 545 Boylston Street.

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High-Profile Focus: Multi-Residential Development News

The Many Shapes and Flavors of Wood Construction by Rimas Veitas Those who are active in the design of multi-family housing and hotels fully understand that it is a hot market right now. Many of these projects are in suburban locations. However, the urban market is also demanding a more cost-effective structural solution than the usual suspects - steel frame, block and plank, girder-slab or castin-place concrete. The three- or four-story residential wood construction product (defined in the IBC Code as Type V-A) is the most costeffective structural system for low/midrise multi-family housing and hotel structures. Given a sloping site and the need for units with lofts, the design team can structurally stretch the four stories to a building of six stories over a limited area. The IBC allows the use of walkout basement space and mezzanines to accomplish the six structural stories. For the last 10 years we have successfully designed and constructed many such projects. The four-story Type V-A product can be set on top of one or two levels of non-combustible Type I construction of either concrete or steel, effectively creating a seven-story structure using wood construction. The IBC Code allows the use of gypsum shear walls for wood structures up to four stories. The use of gypsum shear walls provides another design feature that allows for further cost savings with the use

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Type II-A Construction, Elkus Manfredi Architects of Type V-A construction. one and a half inches of gypcrete topping. Several years ago we were asked to The outcome of our initial design-build design a hotel structure for a hotel operator meeting was to investigate the utilization that was extremely concerned about sound of a composite Hambro joist floor system transmission through a wood floor system. using a three inch concrete slab for the The floors are usually constructed with a floors, wood bearing walls, and engineered sound/vibration absorbing cushion placed wood roof framing. over the plywood floor sheathing and up to We completed our initial structural

assessment and concluded that a four story composite structure could economically be supported on wood bearing walls and be laterally braced for seismic loads by plywood faced shear walls. The roof was framed with wood roof trusses. The owner was pleased with the sound performance of the concrete floors and the economy of this composite wood structure. Over the years the wood industry has promulgated the use of what is known today as Type III-A construction in the building codes. With the use of Type III-A construction the IBC now allows a wood structure to be constructed up to five floors of wood construction. Type III-A construction requires the use of non-combustible materials for the exterior walls. An IBC exception allows the use of fire-retardant-treated (FRT) lumber within the exterior walls to qualify as “non-combustible.” The application of Type III-A construction allows owners to effectively reduce land costs and increase value by creating a project that increases density and utilizes a cost effective system. Rimas Veitas, PE is principal at Veitas & Veitas Engineers, Inc. of Braintree, Mass.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News


Sound Advice for School Performing Arts Design

by John A. Prokos and Chris Savereid hen planning new performing arts facilities, it is important to understand the goals of the arts curricula and how the facilities relate to the overall school design. At Newton North High School, a new award-winning 413,000sf public high school in Newton, Mass., performing arts is a vibrant studentcentered community that produces nearly a dozen shows annually. When tasked with the design of a new school that would serve more than 1,850 students, school administration and arts leaders sought to create a professional environment where students can engage in artistic collaboration and a disciplined work ethic while exploring a range of roles both on and off stage. The resulting design anchors performing arts on one end of the school’s serpentine-like plan. A separate school entrance and generous theatre lobby provides community access after regular school hours and a dedicated arrival sequence for performances. The performing arts facilities consists of a 600-seat multipurpose theatre

with a fly system and orchestra pit, black box theatre, choral and music rooms, and associated support spaces. Adjacencies were developed to allow for optimal circulation, service access, and sound isolation. Vestibules, dressing rooms, and other support spaces help buffer the theatres; however, the band and choral rooms have direct program adjacencies, which presented unusual sound isolation challenges. Next door is a noisy carpentry shop, and directly above are classrooms. At the carpentry shop, the solution was double wall construction, comprising a solid masonry wall, coupled with a separate stud and drywall partition. To protect the classrooms above, the band and chorus rooms were outfitted with resiliently suspended double drywall ceilings. Creating an intimate performance environment where students can project and feel a strong connection with their audiences is among the most important design goals. Optimal sightlines and acous-

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tics are provided by the seating design, ceiling clouds, and sound diffusing and absorbing finishes at the rear of the auditorium. Like many schools, the main theatre at Newton North was designed to support both theatrical and musical performances, which have different acoustical design requirements. The solution was to create a large interior volume that would enhance music, but with sufficient fixed sound diffusing and absorbing finishes (mostly at the rear of the auditorium) to assure good speech intelligibility. Theatre equipment, lighting, and special HVAC requirements are frequently big budget items that are met with scrutiny in today’s cost-conscious environment. What items are necessary to create a successful theatre? School and community leadership remained committed to creating an acoustically optimal environment. Great care was taken in both the auditorium and the black box theater to achieve very quiet background conditions. The HVAC design required very slow airflow velocities (i.e.,

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large ducts) and the use of internal duct lining, silencers, and appropriate diffusers. High school orchestra pits are often eliminated due to their expense, and in some instances, safety concerns. The result at most high schools is a socalled “moat” between the front row of audience seats and the stage: a wide, flatfloored expanse intended to accommodate the pit band for musicals. In addition to degrading any sense of intimacy between the audience and the stage, these “moats” prevent an acoustical balance between the pit band and the singers on stage. Fortunately for Newton North, a properly depressed orchestra pit survived the design and budget process, and the results have been outstanding both acoustically and visually. Even in a project as well designed, outfitted, and funded as Newton North, there are usually acoustical items that one hopes to add in the future. For Newton North, the list includes a properly sized orchestra shell, a permanent entrance vestibule at the black box theater, and increased lighting dimmer capacity in the auditorium, to avoid the need for noisy portable dimmers. The architect of record for Newton North High School was Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc. John A. Prokos, FAIA, LEED AP, is a principal at GUND Partnership, a planning firm based in Cambridge, Mass. Chris Savereid is a principal at Acentech Inc., a multi-disciplinary acoustics, audiovisual systems design, and vibration consulting firm based in Cambridge.

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Here’s a sampling of acoustical issues at NNHS that may apply to your auditorium project: • Finding a suitable acoustical “balance” for a multiuse auditorium – Few high schools can afford the luxury of separate theater and music performing spaces. The challenge is to strike an appropriate acoustical balance that supports both types of performances. Sound diffusing and absorbing finishes can help achieve this. If the budget allows, making the majority of sound absorbing finishes retractable (such as velour curtains or reversible panels) will allow the space to be made acoustically “brighter” for music performances. • Keeping HVAC noise quiet – Whether audience members realize it or not, their perception of the acoustical quality of a typical high school auditorium usually depends on how quietly the HVAC system operates. These noise control measures never come cheap, but failure to deliver quiet ambient conditions can acoustically cripple any facility for generations to come. • Sound isolation – Good listening and teaching conditions in both the performing arts facilities and surrounding classrooms depend on keeping out unwanted and distracting sounds. Vestibules and support spaces can provide sound isolation; however, sometimes direct program adjacencies cannot be avoided. Double wall construction and resiliently suspended drywall ceilings are solutions that worked at Newton North. • Orchestra pit – Although orchestra pits come with a high price tag, they are often worth the investment for the flexibility they provide in accommodating various types of performances.


April, 2012


High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

Oriol to Construct Medical Office Bldg.

Rendering of Oriol Health Care Medical Office Building

Holden, MA - As owners of the former Holden District Hospital property, Oriol Health Care launched a long-term collaborative process with the town of Holden to develop a healthcare campus on the hospital site. The addition of a patient care building to house cutting-edge medical care was deemed a perfect fit for the expansion. Margulies Perruzzi Architects

(MPA) and Cutler Associates were selected for design and construction management services for a new three-story 36,000sf medical office building at the entry to the Boyden Road campus. The building, which will house a family medical practice and other healthcare providers, will complement Oriol’s other medical arts buildings and a skilled nursing facility on the site.

North Branch to Build Clinic CWS Architects

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HDS Completes Marino Ctr Reno

Cambridge, MA - The Marino Center has opened its doors to its completely renovated 13,500sf, three-story facility located at 2500 Massachusetts Avenue. Founded in 1993 by Les Marino, The Marino Center for Integrative Health is a regional primary care leader providing an integrative model of healthcare at two locations in Cambridge and Wellesley. HDS Architecture was the The new facility has created a more comfortable project architect. The Glendale patient environment. Group of Peabody was the construction manager and general enhanced the Marino Center’s mission for contractor. HDS conducted an initial physical patient care.” On-the-Move Interiors profeasibility analysis to confirm that the exist- vided interior design consulting for colors, ing building could accommodate Marino’s finishes, and furniture. Feng shui consultoperational and program requirements. ing was provided by Linda Varone. A tight schedule for design and Completely new circulation patterns and interior space layouts were created. In ad- construction required close collaboration dition, the new design had to comply with between the owner, architect, and builder. Department of Public Health (DPH) design The Glendale Group provided the budget, schedule, and phasing plan that defined the requirements for certification. Rui Mendez, Marino Center, Cam- process. Nick Hall, Glendale Group senior bridge practice manager says, “The new project manager, says, “This project was facility has created a more comfortable riddled with complexities directly associpatient environment. Areas are much better ated with the owner’s requirement to keep defined, making it easier to direct patients.” the facility fully operational during conHDS took advantage of every oppor- struction.” Changing out all of the building systunity to connect internal patient areas with the outdoors. Hans Strauch, AIA, HDS’s tems (MEP/FP/TelData) while keeping the principal-in-charge, says, “Our goal was to Continued on next page create a physical design that reflected and


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High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

Aviv Health Center Expansion Weathertight Peabody, MA – The Aviv Centers for Living expansion site remains very active as progress on the building continues at a rapid pace. The 124,000sf expansion project at 240 Lynnfield Street is weathertight, and the installation of exterior finishes is under way. The manager for the building project is Koningisor, Luciano & Associates of Framingham; the project architect is KDA Architects of Voorhees, N.J., and the construction manager is Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. The new $35 million building will be called the Waldfogel Health Center and

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The Aviv expansion project is weathertight and the installation of exterior finishes is under way. will enable Aviv Centers for Living to support a broad continuum of care and offer centralized healthcare and administration in one location. “The roof installation is complete and the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing installations are on-going,” stated Pro Con Inc’s project manager. “The installation of the sheet rocking is under way and we are still on target for a summer 2012 completion.” The plans call for the facility’s first floor to in-

clude a 58-student childcare center with an outdoor toddler playground, an adult day care center, a bistro, a beauty/barber salon, and a great room for social, educational, cultural, and religious events. Floors two through four have been designed to have three “households” on each floor. Each household will be comprised of 12 private and two semi-private rooms that will share a common parlor, dining room, warming kitchen, and nursing station, creating a “home away from home” environment for seniors in need of skilled nursing. The center will be equipped with state-of-theart technology for patient monitoring and nurses call.

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High-Profile Focus: Multi-Residential / Assisted Living

Stonebridge at Burlington Senior Living Community

Burlington, MA - Situated on nearly nine acres of undeveloped land across from Network Drive and convenient to major highways, Stonebridge at Burlington will be the fifth assisted living community owned and operated by Northbridge. Sister communities are: Stafford Hill Assisted Living in Plymouth, Autumn Glen at Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Bayberry at Emerald Court in Tewksbury, and Avita of Needham in Needham. Stonebridge at Burlington is thoughtfully designed to blend a supportive physical environment, complete with the stateof-the-art technology, with innovative social programming. This new community is described by professionals as a “cutting edge” and “innovative” assisted living community. The Stonebridge is financed by Cambridge Savings Bank and Fidelity RE Opportunistic Income Fund, L.P. The development team includes;

Understanding the customer’s and ultimately the end user’s needs, and working those details into the project through preconstruction has resulted in a cost effective design in a building with an emphasis on luxury. Combining input from the operations side of the company has ensured a level of functionality without compromising aesthetics. The building consists of three levels of wood framed construction on a slab on grade foundation. The structure is approximately 95,000sf, with two interior

Stonebridge at Burlington The Architectural Team of Chelsea, Callahan Construction, Bridgewater; Waypoint Construction Consultants, Needham; and Group One Partners, Inc., Boston. The project is accepting reservations and is scheduled to open in fall 2012. Highlights of the design include: comfortable studio, one- and two-bedroom

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High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

DPM to Provide Conn. College Reno.

Rendering of New London Hall Diversified Project Management (DPM), a Hartford-based owner’s representative consulting firm, has been hired by Connecticut College to provide OPM services for the renovation and expansion of New London Hall – the college’s oldest academic building. Built in 1915, New London Hall houses the life sciences departments, including biology, botany, environmental science, and computer science. Working with KBE construction and Payette Architects, DPM will provide staff augmentation for the existing facilities management department and will assist with the reporting and monitoring of the construction progress on the science center renovation and addition. This project involves the renovation of the 25,500sf New London Hall and atCBR425HOUSECLR 10/29/07 2:27 PM tached 3,200sf greenhouse, as well as the construction of a 13,600sf addition to the

building. Upon completion, the building will feature 21 offices, five classrooms, seven teaching labs, and six research labs. Best practices of sustainability are being implemented with a goal of obtaining LEED Silver certification through the USGBC. Construction is now under way and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2012. “We are very proud to have been selected for this project,” said Mark DuPré, assoc AIA project executive for DPM. “Connecticut College has a tremendous reputation as an academic institution, as well as having top notch facilities and being selected to work with this team is quite an honor.” Senior project manager, Scott Pinckney, LEED AP BD+C, will provide the onPage 1 site support.

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Foxwood, CT - A major renovation to the Great Cedar Hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino was recently completed by Standard Builders, a midsize construction management firm in Newington. The project involved five floors of guest rooms encompassing 200,000sf within two wings and center core of the occupied casino hotel. The original and more conventional approach presented to the project team involved taking each of the two wings off line while the renovation work was being completed. However, Foxwoods’ goal of maximizing occupancy dictated that a unique, phased approach be developed to meet this overarching goal. The resulting alternate approach developed by the project team gained Foxwoods over 40,000 additional room nights for the hotel, which ultimately paid for the cost to complete the project. Although challenging in itself, there were aspects of the project that posed significant consideration, including the mechanical systems renovation within the attic space of the eighth floor. Without accurate existing building systems information, renovation of this portion of the project would have been extremely daunting with the potential to result in cost overruns and delays in the schedule. A laser scan of the attic space was used to develop a 3D model, which helped mitigate these challenges and create an accurate baseline of the existing building sys-

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High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

Vaillancourt Joins Tighe & Bond

Middletown, CT - Amy Vaillancourt joined Tighe & Bond, Inc. in February as an environmental project manager who specializes in site assessments and brownfields remediation. She will work primarily out of the firm’s Middletown office. Vaillancourt has more than 12 years of experience completing site assessment and remedia- Amy Vaillancourt tion projects in Connecticut for municipalities, as well as private clients and developers. For the past eight years she has

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ConnDOT Certifies DBE

Hartford, CT – EDI Landscape’s commercial fence division has been certified as a fence contractor by the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (ConnDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. To become certified as a DBE by the state of Connecticut, a company must be a for-profit small business in which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest

and also control management and daily business operations. EDI Landscape is led by partners Kimberly Colapietro and Joan MurdochDavidson. The DBE fence contractor recognition will ensure the company has an opportunity to share in the award of ConnDOT contracts, including highway, transit, and airport projects.

Cop-Eze Name Changed to BL Graphics

Meriden, CT - CopEze, a division of BL Companies, Inc., announced its name change to BL Graphics. Based in Connecticut, BL Companies, Inc. is an employee-owned firm established in 1986 with offices throughout the Northeast and

Mid-Atlantic. In addition to traditional reprographics services, the division now provides fullservice color printing in large format, presentation graphics, trade show booths, commercial signage and vehicle signage.

Cynthia van Zelm addresses CBC’s guests, with Macon Toledano, left background, and John Hankins, right background Rocky Hill, CT – CBC held its March program on the Storrs Center Project. Cynthia van Zelm, executive director of Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc., and Macon Toledano, vice president of planning and development, Leyland Alliance, LLC, master developer, discussed the first phase of the mixed-use development, located at the crossroads of the town center and UConn. John Hankins, senior vice president of Fuss & O’Neill was the moderator and provided a historical perspective as a 40-year-plus Mansfield resident. Attendees were treated to a firsthand

account of the benefits of the public-private partnership that is essential to this type of development. A strong community influence and a commitment to create a modern and central public space have shaped the evolution of this development, according to van Zelm and Toledano. As private and public funding sources shrink and development demands increase, the Storrs Project may very well serve as an ideal case study for future partnerships. The event’s presentation is available on CBC’s website, www.cbc-ct.org/ cbc_news.

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Jackson Labs Plans New Facility

Farmington, CT - Centerbrook Architects and Planners of Centerbrook and Tsoi/ Kobus & Associates of Cambridge, Mass., will plan and design The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine facility in Farmington, Conn., laboratory officials announced. JAX Genomic Medicine, a new nonprofit research institute for genomics-based medicine, will house 300 biomedical researchers, technicians, and support staff in

advanced computing facilities and laboratories. The high-profile project will be completed in 2014. The nonprofit Jackson Laboratory has built or renovated seven research buildings on its Bar Harbor, Maine, headquarters campus in the last 10 years, each structure representing the state-of-the-art in function and energy conservation.


April, 2012


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Marshfield Commons Model for Smart Growth New England Construction GC - O’Hearne Architects


orth Smithfield, RI - NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV), the town of North Smithfield, and many other development partners broke ground on their new affordable housing development earlier this year. “The architects and engineers worked hard to make this classic New England village environmentally state-of-the-art. This will be affordable workforce housing at its best,” said Robert Ericson, town planner for North Smithfield. New England Construction is the general contractor. The architect for the project is O’Hearne Associates.

The development, called Marshfield Commons, will be a model for rural smart growth, preserving over 74% of the 6.3 acre site for open space. When completed, the site will feature 38 townhousestyle one- to three-bedroom units scattered among 18 buildings. John O’Hearne of O’Hearne Associates said, “We have designed Marshfield Commons according to smart growth principals. We have attempted to provide a safe, walkable neighborhood to promote interaction and enjoyment for its residents. This has been accomplished through the retention of areas of natural beauty, the

Ground was broken early this year

our state is facing an economic crisis, federal funds are being cut, and unemployment remains high, the building of these new homes will provide immediate jobs; badly needed construction investment in our communities; and good homes for Rhode Islanders.” The project costs an estimated $11 million and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2013. Early estimates show the project creating 89 new jobs in the construction field during the Town-house style units under construction development phase. Even with a modest tenant inprovision of a village common, and the creation of an old-fashioned neighborhood come, once completed the project will have streetscape. There has been careful design created an additional 16 local, full-time of traffic-calming roadways, along with the jobs based on spending projections for the creation of semiprivate resident outside new tenants. “New England Construction couldn’t spaces, all helping to provide a sense of be more pleased to partner with Neighbor‘ownership’ for each of its residents.” Works on such an impactful project,” says “Many partners, including the town of North Smithfield, have joined together New England Construction president and to ensure new safe, healthy, and afford- COO, John Pignataro. “We fully support able homes and preserve key green space,” their mission to bring affordable housing, said Richard Godfrey, executive director job creation, training, and apprentice proof Rhode Island Housing. “At a time when grams to Rhode Island.”

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Understanding (and discussing) the project budget can alleviate wasted cycles of design and analysis across all disciplines. Every project has a budget. If you’re told otherwise, you’re already off track. Don’t: • Sacrifice the Program and/or Architectural Vision. The 20% energy efficiency increase requirement over the baseline is often readily achievable without adversely affecting the project’s original space program or architectural vision (materiality and/or façade). There may be upgrades necessary in insulation values, architectural detailing, and/or buy-in from the owner/developer with regards to lighting power densities, but nothing significant (yet…). • Apply Band-Aids Without Optimizing the Building Design First. If the initial modeling analysis indicates that the building isn’t meeting the Stretch Energy Code requirements, avoid throwing the “Green Design” kit of parts at the project – including double façades, triple pane glass, green roofs, active exterior shading elements, PV, wind turbines, etc. Each of these has their own place in design, but not as Band-Aids on your proj-

ect. They often increase the overall cost/ complexity of the project without addressing the root design issue with the building for the lack of compliance. Optimize the building first, and then apply additional green measures and renewables. Fortunately our industry has a lot of synergistic activities and formalities engaged over the past 5 to 10 years, ranging from LEED, BREEAM, and the AIA 2030 Challenge outside of the government’s code mandates. Each of these in their own way is focused on reducing energy/carbon footprint, improving the occupied environment, and minimizing waste. The Stretch Energy Code is the tip of the iceberg for code compliance for energy over the next 20 years. With an ever increasing focus on energy costs, bottom-line management, and corporate/institutional mandates on energy, the collaboration across the design team will become more and more important to achieve success. We’re quickly entering a period of where these factors will strongly influence the building architecture in additional to the systems and equipment. Chad A. Wisler, PE LEED AP BD+C is managing principal at Vanderweil Engineers, LLP.

April, 2012


High-Profile Feature: Commons at SouthField Highlands

Tenants Move into The Commons at SouthField Highlands

Built by Plumb House, Designed by Russell, Scott, Steedle & Capone Architects

Weymouth, MA - John M. Corcoran and Company, one of the Boston area’s largest and most respected apartment home developers and managers, is building 226 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as 8,700sf of first-floor retail space at The Commons at SouthField, designed by Hugh Adams Russell of Russell Scott Steedle & Capone Architects Inc. of Cambridge. Plumb House Inc. of Milford is the builder. Located in SouthField’s Highlands neighborhood, The Commons features high-quality craftsmanship, open living areas, high ceilings, oversized windows, large bedrooms, and ample closet space. The community anticipates LEED and Energy Star certifications, and will feature low VOC paints, sealants, and carpets, as well as energy-efficient lights and appliances, water-efficient fixtures and irrigation, and recycling. The master plan for SouthField incorporates a number of green aspects: redevelopment of previously developed site, commuter rail stop, generous open space with a network of pedestrian paths, new urbanist plan with denser housing in clusters around retail shopping. SouthField Commons’ part in this is creation of some of the pedestrian network retail space on the main shopping street and building fourstory apartment buildings. “We also incorporate green fea-

Townhomes along Parkview Avenue and the SouthField Highlands neighborhood park. tures that are becoming more common in apartments,” explained Hugh Russell, “recycling of 95% of construction waste, water conserving plumbing fixtures and irrigation, enhanced insulation, high performance vinyl windows with low-e argon glazing, high-efficiency gas heaters for heat and hot water, use of local materials and materials that do not pollute the interior environment. What is more unusual is achieving Energy Star and LEED certification, which has become a John M. Corcoran Co. standard.” The building design features large windows including many bay windows to increase natural day lighting of spaces. At corners of the buildings, brick “towers” have been created with standing seam

Pool at SouthField Highlands

roofs which enclose two-story loft spaces. Balconies are placed to create a streetscape rhythm at the scale of individual units, with ground floor units facing streets having individual entrances and small fenced yards. John Anderson, project manager for Plumb House, told High-Profile, “We have worked on several successful projects with John M. Corcoran and have developed a solid working relationship. Working with project manager Peter Mahoney and architect Hugh Russell on SouthField makes for a strong team.” “The first group of residents began moving into their new homes at the start of April of this year,” Cynthia Buckley, marketing manager for the Commons at SouthField for John M. Corcoran and Company

told High-Profile. “By mid April all amenities will be done including the pool and fitness center so that tenants will be able to use them as soon as they move in. The delivery date for the completion of construction for all the apartments and amenities is the end of summer.” Amenities include a private clubroom and patio opening onto a seasonal resort-style saltwater pool and sundeck, resident-only lounge with Wi-Fi, and fitness center with areas for yoga and stretching routines. Three attached garages with fully enclosed walkways provide access to the main buildings as well as to a mix of SouthField retail shops.

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High-Profile: News

Blakeslee Busy in Boston Area

Boston - Recently, the Boston area has seen a wave of new, high-end parking structures with precast/prestressed concrete supplied by Branford, Connecticut-based Blakeslee Prestress. With two projects wrapping up in December and another high-profile job on tap for 2012, Blakeslee continues to build its reputation in the Northeast market. The Staples Parking Aerial rendering of Logan-ConRAC Parking Garage Garage in Framingham, Mass., was first to open. rage in Bridgewater, Mass., has four strucPrecast erection began in September and tured levels. This 841-space structure was wrapped up in November. Gensler in Bos- designed and engineered by Walker Parkton designed the three-level, 827-space ing Consultants in Boston. The general garage, and Cranshaw Construction out of contractor was Barr & Barr out of FramNewton Lower Falls was the general con- ingham. Precast erection began in August tractor. and was completed in September. Going up at about the same time, the Looking ahead, Blakeslee is now Bridgewater State University Parking Ga- involved with the construction of LoganConRAC Parking Garage in East Boston. The garage is being designed and engineered by Parsons Brinkerhoff in New York, and the general contractor is Suffolk Construction Company in Boston. The 900,000sf job has a planned June start date, and precast erection is expected to Rendering of Bridgewater State University Parking be completed in December. Garage

High-Profile: Awards

Vision 3 Wins National Competition

Providence, RI – Vision 3 Architects is one of the first design firms to be awarded the “Reality Winner” in the Commercial Ceiling & Wall Systems category of Armstrong World Industries’ i2r (ideas 2 reality) pro­fessional design competition. Vision 3 Architects was asked to design the new corporate offices for NaviNet, a healthcare communications network in Boston. The new corporate office encompasses 65,000sf of the lower level, first and second floors of the building, with approximately 43,000sf of new build-out on the second floor. Vision 3 created a design that melded the historic elements of the building with modern features through finishes, colors, and textures. The design allows for lines of sight to the outdoors from virtually all areas of the open office space and defines traffic areas with ceiling components comprised of wood, metal, and lighting details. Those details are strategically repeated throughout the space to create a cohesive design.

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Nobis Recognized

Lowell, MA - Nobis uted to the nation’s overall Engineering, Inc. announced economic growth. that its CEO, Nannu Nobis, Nobis will be recoghas been selected by the US nized by SBA at its May Small Business Administracelebration. “We’re thrilled tion as the 2012 New Hampto hear that Nannu has been shire Small Business Person selected by the SBA for his of the Year. leadership, community comNobis was recogmitments, and the success of nized for his leadership, our firm. We’re very proud of Nannu Nobis dedication to his comour growing small business munity, and innovative and being a part of the SBA business solutions that have driven community,” said Pete Delano, senior Nobis’s business growth and contrib- vice president.

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High-Profile: Awards

SBA’s Subcontractor of the Year

Richardson Electrical Company Recognized

Boston - The US. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized Richardson Electrical Company, Inc. of Seabrook, N.H. as the 2012 Region 1 Subcontractor of the Year. Region 1 covers the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. This award, which recognizes a single subcontractor in each of SBA’s 10 regions for exceptional performance, is presented to subcontractors who have provided the government with outstanding goods and services and is designed to recognize their dedication, innovation, and outstanding performance as a subcontractor. Nominees are evaluated on overall management, delivery performance, technical capabilities, special achievements, labor relations, cost performance, financial strength, customer inter-

face, and exceptional results. Linda Richardson, president, Richardson Electrical Company, Inc. said, “We are extremely honored and pleased to be nominated for the distinction that this award represents for our company and our employees”. Richardson added, “We are grateful to ECC for this nomination and their recognition of our commitment to excellence as an electrical contractor.” Richardson Electrical Company, an electrical contractor associated with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, built its reputation in the early 1950s in the water and wastewater treatment industry. At one point in the 1970s, the company had built, repaired, or modified every major water and wastewater treatment plant in New England.

FST Gets Award for Parking Garage

New York - Unistress Corporation presented FST Engineers, Inc. with its 2011 PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) Award for FST’s role as lead structural engineers on the 164th Street Parking Garage in the Bronx, NY. Unistress was the precaster for this garage project. This award from PCI was presented to the design-build team for the design and construction of the

250,000sf, 800-vehicle garage, built as one of three new parking facilities serving the new Yankee Stadium. FST is a multidisciplined engineering and planning firm with offices in Boston, Mass.; Hyannis, Mass; East Windsor, Conn.; Bedford, N.H.; Portland, Maine; New York, N.Y., and Melville, NY.

Panera to Build New Bakery

Suffolk Univ. Theatre Awarded

Boston – Boston’s Suffolk University Modern Theatre renovation project is one of the most significant construction projects of 2011, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). As a result, the locally based construction manager, Suffolk Construction, was one of 16 firms to receive AGC’s Alliant Build America Award. Before Suffolk Construction’s renovation, the facility – Boston’s first-ever motion picture venue – was in complete disrepair. Because only the façade could be saved, the team built an entirely new stage and auditorium. In addition, they added 10 stories of student residential space above the theater. Enhancing the façade and preserving the limestone exterior was one of the greatest challenges, but Suffolk Construction used total laser scanning and building information modeling to dismantle and reassemble the façade piece by piece. The project was completed on time and under budget, with no scheduling disruptions.

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High-Profile Cover Story: The Gables at Winchester Levi + Wong Design Assoc. and Nauset Construction Complete Assisted Living Facility

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inchester, MA - The Gables at Winchester in Winchester is a friendly and relaxing integrated independent and assisted living retirement community just minutes from Boston and Cambridge. Residents and guests are welcomed at the new main entrance that flows seamlessly into this first-class retirement community positioned on 14 wooded acres of beautiful rolling land and manicured grounds, owned and operated by Five Star Senior Living of Newton. Local architect and landscape ar-

chitect, Levi + Wong Design Associates has worked with The Gables for over four years in executing the facility’s long-term goals and improvements, and with its parent company Five Star Quality Care for over eight years, nationally, with their senior care and living projects, as well as physical rehabilitative and memory support care. The Gables project included a renovation, addition, and site improvements. Designed by Levi + Wong Design, and constructed by Nauset Construction


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Corp., a regional construction management firm, the 40,000sf project elevates the senior living experience through traditional and transitional architectural details with high-quality residential finishes. Levi + Wong Design worked collaboratively with Teevens Interiors and The Gables on the interior design and finishes. In addition to the new main entry, amenities include a renovated reception and living room; state-of-the-art 32-plus person theater with surround-sound; a li-

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brary and lounge with computer access and views of the Boston skyline; a wellness and rehabilitation center outfitted with the latest equipment; a stylish bistro called the Black Horse Café that features casual dining and outdoor patio-seating; and a new activities room with a fully accessible kitchen that opens to a spacious, beautifully landscaped patio with stone wall seats, blue stone in-lays, and warm exterior Continued on next page


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High-Profile Cover Story: The Gables at Winchester staff. This required maintaining a high level of communication with the owner and the entire project team, along with consistent subcontractor and supplier coordination and leveraging the practices of lean construction,” said Benjamin Goldfarb, vice president of Nauset Construction.

The Gables at Winchester is the latest example of the collaboration between Levi + Wong Design and Nauset Construction, and the firms have teamed on other senior living and medical projects in the region.


ive Star Senior Living is an operating division of Five Star Quality Care, Inc., and includes 230 independent living, assisted living, skilled health care, and continuing care retirement communities and facilities. Through its rehabilitation services operating division, Five Star operates rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient health rehabilitation clinics. Five Star is headquartered in Newton.



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Continued from previous page lighting – the perfect outdoor location to socialize and relax. Warm interior finishes for the dining room, lounge, and corridors; new sales and administrative offices; a modern beauty salon; and a major kitchen renovation round out this multimilliondollar transformation Extensive preplanning with The Gables and communication throughout this three-phased, 14-month project further enhanced its successful outcome. Levi + Wong Design, Nauset Construction, and The Gables worked in concert on project scheduling and move coordination to minimize disruption and to ensure the comfort of the residents.

“The safety and contentment of a facility’s residents is always the top priority for Nauset while performing construction work in an occupied environment, and that’s where our extensive experience in these settings shows,” said Anthony Papantonis, president of Nauset. “Extra care needs to be taken when working on building utilities such as the electrical, fire alarm, and sprinkler systems, as they need to be maintained 100% during the construction, while also being mindful that we are, in fact, working in people’s homes.” “One of the main project challenges was achieving the necessary balance of an accelerated construction schedule of three distinct phases while minimizing the daily impact of construction to the residents and

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auset Construction is a construction management and design-build firm run by industry veterans with a shared goal of providing an unparalleled client experience. Senior living and related healthcare communities represent one of Nauset’s largest sectors within its project portfolio. Many of these projects have been completed within occupied and sensitive operational environments involving extensive preconstruction planning and regulatory coordination. Safety, technology training, and best practices are prioritized at Nauset including The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Healthcare Construction Certificate (HCC) program practices as well as building information modeling (BIM) that help to significantly improve the project delivery process and final outcome. Nauset excels at complex projects on challenging sites with aggressive time and budget requirements. Using a collaborative approach throughout the project cycle, Nauset provides creative ideas and alternative methods that reduce cost, save time and increase value for its clients.

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April, 2012


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Final Beam Placed on Green Building Tufts Renovation Earns LEED Gold

Norwood, MA - Hobbs Brook Management LLC of Waltham, celebrated a toppingoff ceremony for its latest Class A office building, a four-story, 160,000sf structure in Norwood. It is anticipated the project will achieve LEED Silver certification for new construction by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and will be the first office building in Norwood to do so. The topping off ceremony is the latest milestone for the Norwood office project that is located at 1175 Boston/Providence Highway. Photo by Duncan Lake: Margulies Perruzzi Architects Designed by Margulies Steel beam being raised at the topping-off ceremony Perruzzi Architects and conof new Hobbs Brook office building structed by Columbia Construction Company, the building will FM Global’s entrance features a accommodate two tenants, FM Global and glass canopy, while The Dedham Medical Dedham Medical Associates, with separate office features a drop-off canopy entrance entrances and lobbies. for patient convenience and an adjacent glass-enclosed stair tower visible from Route 1. The new building was sited to fit into FM Global’s campus, and a landscaped connection was created to join the new building to the existing buildings. The façade of pre-cast concrete and metal rainscreen panels was chosen to blend into the context of the other buildings.

Boston - ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge announced that the first phase of a comprehensive renovation of pre-doctoral clinics for Tufts University School of Dental Medicine has received LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). ARC completed the 20,000sf first phase Tufts Dental renovated second floor of a comprehensive renovation plan totalthan 84% of construction waste was diverting 60,000sf of clinic, office, and support ed away from landfills. space in the fall of 2011, just in time for the The project achieved several ceruniversity’s fall semester. The full renovatification points for design innovations, tion plan spans across three floors at Tufts including green cleaning policies, and a University School of Dental Medicine’s green education program incorporating health sciences campus at 1 Kneeland St. building signage and a website. in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. Water use on the building’s second Among the areas addressed to floor was reduced by 40% through techachieve LEED Gold certification for the niques such as the use of metered water Phase 1 renovation of the second floor fixtures. In addition, the installation of enwere improvements in water efficiency, energy-efficient, hands-free dryers is reducergy use, building materials and recycling, ing both paper towel and electricity usage. indoor environmental quality, green design Energy-efficient lighting at the facility uses innovation, and sustainability of the site. occupancy sensors in common areas and Increased ventilation and localized temvacancy sensors in private offices, while perature controls contribute to improved single-stream recycling stations are built indoor environmental quality. More than into common staff areas. 23% of the building materials were manufactured using recycled content, and more

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April, 2012


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Getting Green Together: Campus-Community Sustainability Collaborations

by Mark Zarrillo The idea of shared sustainability initiatives between universities and their host communities – “Getting Green Together: Campus-Community Collaborations” is a continuing story that will be presented by SMMA at the APA’s 2012 National Conference in Los Angeles. This evolving report is a continuing update Mark Zarrillo on the progress of the movement that started in 2007 with an SMMA Academy presentation to understand the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. It has included a 2009 NASCUP presentation, “Getting Green Together – Town/Gown Sustainability Planning,” with an emphasis on the mandate and the awareness gained through strategy and experience. SMMA reported our findings at SCUP 46 in 2011 on community efforts and now again in 2012 on the interaction of policy and tactical solutions. The main focus behind town-gown climate change collaboration was being defined five years ago, and now we can present information on how the collaboration has proceeded and what components have been put into place. Communities are working more closely with university groups on sustainability actions because both sectors have put into place similar programs that

complement each other. Both parties realize there is a strong mutual interest in reducing greenhouse gases. Since they all share the same resources and breathe the same air, it makes sense to find ways to work together and achieve a broader impact. There are several areas where cooperation and a combined front will succeed. Recycling, energy reduction, transportation, and waste management are issues with large-scale impact on carbon reduction goals. Whether you represent a college or a municipality, the challenges and opportunities are comparable. As a member of the Town of Brookline Planning Board, and its representative on the town’s Climate Action Committee, I am after the same outcome as the colleges – reducing energy costs and saving money. Initially there was no established mechanism in most communities for working together beyond the usual boundaries. There are well-intentioned people on both sides, but too often there is no visible link or place that exists to review the opportunities and goals. Presently there are dedicated groups in communities and colleges with overlapping goals and tasks. The process of teamwork can begin immediately, if it has not already, facilitating discussions to keep on track and get the full benefit of coordination. The ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability is a global association of local governments committed to advancing climate protection and sustainable development. Currently, there are over 500 US cities

Integrating Sustainability into the Panning Process

and towns participating, and 1,000 locales around the world. In addition, this association provides technology tools and a practical protocol for local governments to follow as a benchmark. Many of the ICLEI tools can be applied in partnership with universities. As universities implement green campus programs or conform to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, they are realizing that they can only proceed just so far on their own. They are part of a larger community with shared issues and sustainable ideals. The financial resources for implementing any kind of community or campus improvement

program are scarce for the foreseeable future; therefore, the rationale for combining initiatives is more important than ever. Why not broaden the vision and expand beyond your own green island? A way to begin collaboration is to discuss aligning policy goals and tactical solutions that can be implemented by working together to organize and coordinate effort. The above table outlines a starting point for discussion to include sustainability in the planning process. Mark J. Zarrillo, FASLA, AICP is a partner at SMMA (Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, Inc.) in Cambridge.

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High-Profile: Educational News

Nauset Tops Off Heath School

Classes to Begin at Dedham Avery Designed by Dore & Whittier

Dedham, MA - The new 60,950sf Dedham Avery School has been designed for 315 elementary school students. Classes are scheduled to begin in the building in April. The building will be a LEED Gold certified project and will feature a rain garden and an outdoor classroom. The new school has separate playgrounds for the upper and lower grades and a cafetorium with an elevated platform for student performances and other commu-

nity functions. The school’s media center features a clerestory overlooking the new high school track and sports turf field, which Dore & Whittier completed last year.

Maynard, MA – CTA Construction Co. Inc. based in Waltham has started constructing the steel frame of the new $36.7 million Maynard High School after breaking ground on the project last fall. The approximately 122,000sf school will serve 410 students in grades 8 to 10. The two-story building with a glass wall entrance and brick-and-slate cladding features a 350-seat performing arts auditorium, a gymnasium with 600 seats on electric telescoping bleachers, a media center, art and music classrooms, and vocational technology classrooms. The new school will also include a radio and TV station that will be integral to the school program. Following completion of the new facility, the former high school will be demolished and the site used as playing fields. Construction of the facility is scheduled for completion in fall 2013. The

Steel goes up at new high school building was designed by Tappe Associate, Inc., a Boston-based architecture and planning firm. The project is participating in the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools, a program that improves the quality of education by setting standards for the design, construction, and operation of new, high-performance schools that are environmentally sustainable, healthy, and comfortable.

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CTA Starts Steel on New School

The cross beam signed by students is hoisted into place. Brookline, MA - Students at the Heath School were treated to a memorable interactive experience recently as Nauset Construction conducted a topping-off ceremony at the school to mark the completion of the steel erection for a new 14,000sf classroom addition. Students signed the steel beam at the start of the operation, and a roar went up from the crowd when Raymond Masak, owner’s project manager for the town of Brookline, gave the thumbs up signal to the crane operator, who then hoisted the cross beam into place. The new addition will be a combination one and-two story wings and will house five new classrooms, a science lab,

and a multipurpose room, which will be outfitted with athletic flooring. The renovation will include the replacement and expansion of the existing kitchen and cafeteria dining space. Additionally, the library will be expanded to facilitate the growing student population and added services, while the auditorium will see accessibility upgrades, including a new lift to the stage. The building will be comprised of conventional concrete footings and walls with steel-framed construction. The building’s exterior façade will feature an aluminum storefront and brick-and-mortar masonry walls. Interior finishes include vinyl composite tile, stone tile, resinous flooring, and carpeting.

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High-Profile Feature: Congregation Beth El

Temple Renovation Complete

Newton, MA - The Kaplan Corporation, as general contractor, recently completed the a $2.5 million, 32,700sf renovation and improvements program at the Congregation Beth El Temple in Newton. The project includes 13,900sf of renovations and 18,800sf of life safety and accessibility upgrades. Key features include temple renovations, a new sprinkler system, electrical system upgrades, and an elevator. Congregation Beth El of Newton has a long history in the greater Boston area.

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The current building was built in the mid’60s and has undergone various minor renovations since that time. With changes to the building code, an aging mechanical and electrical system, and a desire for handicap accessibility, the congregation was in need of another renovation. Board members teamed with brothers Paul and David Hajian of Hajian Architects Inc. of Watertown and a range of outside consultants to envision a project that brings Congregation Beth El into the present. A new seating layout in the sanctu-

Congregation Beth El of Newton

Artistic representation of initial concept

ary, with new pews imported from Israel, provides visitors with a better view of the bima. New millwork flawlessly created by Chamberlain Millwork and Kaplan Corporation general contractors provides the focus in a sanctuary that is now flooded with natural light. Updated energy-efficient windows and mechanical systems allow for easier temperature control while also reducing the congregation’s impact on the environment. A new pallet of materials creates a contemporary feel to what was previously an outdated space. Going beyond form, suspended custom maple ceiling canopies in the sanctuary, as well as the social

hall provide noticeably better acoustics throughout the congregation. A new elevator, handicap ramp, and updated bathrooms bring Congregation Beth El up to date with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Members of the project team included owner’s representative - Kaufman & Arnold; structural engineer - Arthur Choo Associates; MEP engineer - Merrimack Valley Corporation; electrical - Donnelly Electric, Inc.; plumbing: - Dan-Cel Company, Inc.; HVAC engineer – Merrimack Valley Corp (design/build); civil / site engineer - Schofield Engineering and fire protection engineer - Lynco Fire Protection, Inc.

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April, 2012


High-Profile: Educational News

North Branch Completes Projects

Wolfeboro, NH - North Branch Construction of Concord has completed several more construction and renovation phases of the Kingswood high school, middle school, and technical center, including a renovated home economics classroom and lab for the middle school; a renovated kitchen, five renovated classrooms, a pantry, and laundry room for the high school; as well as the newly renovated construction trades classroom and shop in Technical center main entrance the technical center. North Branch plans to present teachers and students at all three schools with several more newly renovated areas in March. These phases include the renovated Industrial Arts wood shop and computer lab, over 10,000sf of newly constructed classroom space in the middle school, two more science classrooms in the high school, and a brand new main office, lobby, and main entrance for the technical center. The Technical Center’s Agriculture Greenhouse will also open this month. Construction remains ahead of schedule, and North Branch expects to have all three schools complete by early summer 2012. Middle school home economics classroom

Wheaton’s Mars Center for Science EYP Provides Design

Norton, MA - EYP Architecture & Engineering is providing integrated programming, design, and energy consulting services for Wheaton College’s Mars Center for Science and Technology. The largest capital project in the college’s history, the highly visible facility comprises approximately 73,000gsf of new construction and 22,000gsf of renovation. With energy conservation measures such as a living green roof, extensive day-lighting, and highefficiency HVAC systems, the anticipated minimum energy cost savings is 30% more than LEED baseline. EYP’s integrated approach ensures a facility that encourages student-faculty collaboration and campuswide interdisciplinary learning and research while exemplifying the college’s commitment to sustainability. The three-story building design incorporates open space and extensive glass to reveal the activity and share the excitement of science with the campus, sparking interest in interdisciplinary collaborations. With its dynamic curves, green roofs, and outdoor spaces, the design resolves the dynamic tension between the grid of the campus plan and the adjacent wetlands. The facility includes 12 teaching labs, 23 research labs, faculty and support spaces, a greenhouse, a vivarium, as well as conference rooms and a café, creating an attractive, academically focused community center.


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Mars Center for Science at Wheaton College Designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification with sustainable response to the local landscape being a primary design requirement, the building’s sustainable features include: a 1,300sf “green” roof; drought-tolerant plants to conserve water; solar shading on glass and brim for energy efficiency year-round; glass walls for natural light; night sky-compliant lighting that shines downward to reduce light pollution; motion-sensor lighting indoors for energy conservation; use of certified, responsibly forested wood throughout the building; vinyl tile floors made of recycled material; carbon dioxide sensors to monitor air quality; energy recovery wheels in the airhandling units to reduce heating and cooling loads; highly reflective and vegetated roof surfaces to minimize the cooling loads during the warm months; and bioretention basins to control quantity and quality of stormwater runoff.

MCLA Starts New Science Center EYP Architects

Rendering of the new center for science North Adams, MA - Construction was started recently on a new center for science and innovation at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, designed by EYP Architecture & Engineering. This follows the recent completion and certification of EYP’s feasibility study and schematic design. The project, which also includes the renovation of existing Bowman Hall, for a total project cost of $56.2 million, marks a significant transformational investment in public higher education by Massachusetts in this region. The college’s first new building in 40 years, the three-story, 65,000sf facility will include teaching and research laboratories, office space, and informal learning spaces serving the biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, and psychology departments. Providing increased opportunities for MCLA students interested in pursuing careers in the sciences, it will also serve as a central location for all of MCLA’s programs promoting researchintensive science learning and hands-on discovery. Flexible classrooms in the center, including a 72-seat tiered lecture hall, will provide resources for all students and the community. Further, the center will be a resource for K-12 educators and students

in the region through the Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC) and for the Berkshire Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Pipeline Network by making labs, classrooms, and other resources available to the community. The new Center for Science and Innovation will be situated on a prominent location between the core campus and the college’s north perimeter and adjacent neighborhood and will thereby offer the compelling visibility of learning activities in science classrooms and laboratories for the greater campus community and North Adams alike, further demonstrating the college’s strong commitment to scientific learning and associated economic development in the region. Designed with the goal of achieving LEED Silver from the US Green Building Council, the new building will incorporate a series of the latest sustainable technologies available for both demonstration and energy reduction purposes. Under study to be included are an energy recovery wheel, geothermal and solar energy systems, efficient envelope technology, solar shading, bio-swale landscaping, and a rooftop greenhouse. The new center is scheduled for occupancy in the fall of 2013.

State University Saves $1.5M

Fitchburg, MA – Fitchburg State University saved $1.5 million on a new science building with IES’s Performance Analysis Software. CBT Architects utilized the software as the central hub for the MEP engineers, energy modelers, and commissioning agents involved in the project. The university also will save more than $34,000 in annual operating costs. University officials were faced with meeting the state’s Silver LEED certification mandate and improving energy efficiency of the Science Building. It required high-performance heating, insulation, and windows in order to keep occupants comfortable in the

primarily cool climate in the region. Other challenges involved determining how to cost-efficiently decrease cooling loads during warmer months, as well as improve ventilation and use daylighting to decrease reliance on artificial light. Using IES’s software tools, CBT was able to drive sustainability through performance analysis by acting as a central hub to the engineers, energy consultants, and commissioning agents. This integrated workflow resulted in the successful completion of an energyefficient yet extremely cost-effective structure. The science building is due to be complete by spring 2014.

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High-Profile: Educational News

Steel at Colby Museum of Art Tops Out

Waterville, ME - With construction under way on the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion at the Colby College Museum of Art, the recent topping out marked the moment the highest structural beam was swung into place and welded into posiRendering of Colby College Museum of Art tion. The 26,000sf threeAt the adjacent existing museum, story expansion will include 10,000sf of new exhibition space, making Consigli is performing renovations, meColby’s the largest museum in Maine when chanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems upgrades and infrastructure reconcompleted in December 2012. Construction is by Consigli Con- figuration to accommodate the new addistruction Co., Inc.’s Portland, Maine, tion. Building information modeling (BIM) office, and the project was designed by technology is being used to coordinate the Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects of complex systems installations and the concrete foundation work for the addition. Los Angeles. A temporary entrance to the museum has been constructed at the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the works of Alex Katz off the Roberts parking lot allowing access to galleries until project completion, at which time the main entrance will be through the Schupf Courtyard. Next up in construction this spring will be the installation of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion’s unique glass-clad exterior curtain wall system, which is designed to reflect its surroundings and showcase the art within the museum. Topping out steel at Colby Museum of Art

Trending Upward: Physics Labs

by Mark Reed Physicists are proud to call their field the “mother of the sciences,” and based on our recent experience they have every right to boast. From medical device companies, laboratory equipment manufacturers, biotech startups to software development corporations, the role of physics has trended upward and is now a significant driver of laboratory design for many of our projects. This is an important new direction for lab design because the requireRendering copyright: Lab / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc. ments for physical labs are funda- Research at the scale of the atom triggers unusual space mentally different from traditional needs, including extra tall labs with multiple layers of life science spaces. vibration, acoustic, and electromagnetic isolation. One reason why physics has One can imagine the large impact of a small such a strong place in recent innovations stems from the need for new products jiggle of the hand when using a laser pointto behave in highly customized and flexible er against a distant wall, and the same prinways, and understanding the properties and ciple holds true for high-precision optics. It behavior of materials is at the core of many is not unusual for tight temperature and husubdisciplines of physics. The ability to midity, vibration, acoustic, and electromagharness material behavior allows for more netic specifications to accompany these precise and targeted drug delivery methods, room types. Methods for mitigating these minimizes the toxicity of medical coatings, sources of noise become critical design paoptimizes sample preparation for analytical rameters. In addition to the environmental purposes, and improves the color rendi- requirements, many physics labs benefit tion and clarity of flat panel displays, just from ceiling and wall attachment systems to name a few. On the computing side, the that allow researchers to mount devices development of quantum computing holds and conduct rapid prototyping in a flexible the promise of exponentially faster, “ener- manner. Beyond the labs themselves, physgy-less” switches. The market for physical ics research entails ancillary spaces that applications in the innovation marketplace, pose their own set of challenges, including cleanrooms, wet prep labs, and machine therefore, appears to be limitless. In order to support this trend to- shops. These present additional structural ward physics, new labs need to provide and base building construction issues. The re-emergence of physics as a proper environments. Accommodating physics labs into standard buildings poses central science for innovation isn’t just a significant challenges. Because material local trend but has also gained traction inand quantum science disciplines involve ternationally. In addition to our work in the the study of atomic scale interactions, fa- United States, we are currently working on cilities capable of providing exceptionally projects of this type in Australia, Denmark, stable conditions and large space volumes and Canada, with budding opportunities in are needed. One of the great ironies of Brazil and Singapore. Innovation’s increasthe study of atoms is that the smaller one ing reliance on materials science and enprobes, the larger one’s space requirement. gineering is driving the market for stable, Like any optical process, the longer the fo- quiet, high-performance laboratories, and cal length, the greater the resolution that we see this upward trend continuing for the can be achieved. For most nanoscale obser- long term. Mark Reed, AIA LEED AP is a prinvation, room heights of 16 feet to 25 feet cipal at Boston-based laboratory design are common. With long focal length experiments, firm of Lab / Life. Science. Architecture, the stability of optics becomes paramount. Inc.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Abbot Restores Historic Buildings Contracts with Hardaway Assoc.

Massport Improvements Completed

Boston - Abbot Building Restoration recently completed a comprehensive masonry restoration project at 266 and 274 Summer Street in the heart of Boston’s historic Fort Point Channel waterfront neighborhood. These landmark multistory brick masonry buildings served as warehouses at the turn of the 20th century. Now converted to office buildings, they are currently primarily occupied by Vanderweil Engineers, a national engineering consulting firm headquartered in Boston. The rear walls of both buildings were experiencing significant leakage caused by erosion of the brick joints over the years. In

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addition, the building was originally constructed with steel shutters over the windows hung on cast iron supporting pins that were anchored at all four corners of every window. These anchors were deteriorating and dislodging from the surface, causing safety concerns. The building owner contracted with the architectural consulting firm Hardaway Associates of Wellesley to evaluate the situation and recommend remedial action. To resolve the problems, Abbot was contracted to completely repoint the brick masonry walls, and to remove all of the cast iron pins and replace them with brick.

Boston, MA - Extensive renovations and environmental improvements for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Terminal B Parking Garage at Boston Logan International Airport have been completed by Consigli Construction Co., Inc. nearly one year ahead of schedule. Architect/engineer for the project was Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST) of Burlington. Patrons using the newly refurbished parking garage will notice new roadways, new updated elevator lobbies and finishes, brighter lighting, and new signage throughout a safer, more environmentally friendly parking structure. Originally constructed in the 1970s, the 500,000sf, five-level, pre-cast concrete

garage provides 2,700 parking spaces for long-term patrons. After over 30 years of heavy use, the garage required significant structural repairs, drainage and environmental improvements in order to extend the life of the building. Environmental improvements included the replacement of existing lighting with new energy-efficient LED fixtures in the garage, along roadways and walkways, as well as a new crosswalk lighting and safety system—using a total of 49% less electricity than before. In addition, the installation of 1,024 photovoltaic solar panels on the roof is expected to produce over 5% of the garage’s annual electricity consumption.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Arrowstreet Completes WLP Reno Metro Walls Completes Market Basket Pro-Con GC

Manchester, NH - Metro-Walls, Inc. of Manchester was part of the team in the construction of the new Market Basket on Elm Street in Manchester. Pro Con was the GC on the project. The new 100,000sf structure will accommodate the supermarket as well as other retail tenants. Metro Walls, Inc. is providing all interior and exterior framing and drywall, including interior finishes such as FRP and door frames.

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The light-filled, warm, inviting dining space gives WLP’s guests a sense of home. Somerville, MA - Arrowstreet recently completed renovations to The Women’s Lunch Place (WLP), Back Bay’s only day shelter for homeless women. The renovations took a 50-year-old church basement and, through exposing the historic brick piers and granite foundation walls, created a light-filled, warm, inviting dining space that gives WLP’s guests a sense of home. A donor wall welcomes guests and volunteers in the entry space, fashioned to resemble cafeteria trays and featuring art by shelter guests. Entering the dining area, a suspended ceiling gracefully mimics the curve of the adjacent arches, while simultaneously providing improved lighting with a more pleasant and natural feel. Combined with an improved, more open layout, the renovated space is now easier to navigate,

while still providing private, dignified spaces for showering, laundry, and rest. Arrowstreet’s renovation also provides a new, modern industrial kitchen to serve 200 meals a day to the nonprofit’s guests and accommodate shelter fundraisers. The team improved the kitchen’s layout as well, creating direct line-of-sight between volunteers and guests to improve both the quality of food service and the volunteer experience. Included in the renovations was updated support space, including a resource center and reading room located in the upper levels of the historic church. The space takes advantage of ornate decorative windows and exposed brick arches to create a comfortable and useful space for guests to participate in career training.

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Bay 4 at Electric Boat Completed

Quonset Point, RI – Construction of a heavy industrial building, known as Bay 4, at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Quonset Point facility, was recently completed by Dimeo Construction Company of Providence. The building, designed by Ware Malcomb, is approximately 150,000sf with two freight elevators, four overhead cranes (two with a combined lift capability of 120 tons and two with a combined lift capability of 30 tons), as

well as other manufacturing equipment. The building will be used to construct submarine deck modules for the Navy’s Virginia Class Nuclear submarines. This project included the largest, single crane structural steel pick, in Rhode Island history, weighing 268 tons. A great deal of coordination was required between Dimeo, Electric Boat, and the structural steel contractor to successfully achieve this major milestone.

Wise Completes Work on Aquarium Labs

View of new lab at the New England Aquarium research center. Boston - Wise Construction, of Win- HVAC systems. chester, has completed construction of five Construction required working above new research laboratories for the Aquarium the Aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank, which Research Center at New England Aquari- remained open to visitors throughout the um. Researchers will use the laboratories to construction process. examine the relationships between coastal The New England Aquarium is a environments and the migratory patterns, global leader in ocean exploration and madiet, and health of mammals. The new labs rine conservation. It is one of the leading house specialty bio-safety equipment and visitor attractions in Boston.

HCC Opens NY Office

New York - With 29 years of national retail construction based out of the headquarters in Danvers, Hirsch Construction Corp. (HCC) announced the opening of its Madison Avenue office in New York City. “New York City is the retail capi-


tal of the country, if not the world. We have always done a high percentage of our work in the city on Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue, and downtown. Having a full-time presence in this city is great for our clients, many of whom are located in the city,” said Adam Hirsch, president.

April, 2012


High-Profile: PCINE News

New York - Forest House apartments in New York takes affordable urban living to new sustainable green heights. The eight-story, 124-unit apartment project is located in the low-income area of South Bronx and will include a rooftop “urban farm.” This 10,000sf rooftop greenhouse will be commercially operated, providing fresh, hydroponically grown produce to tenants and neighbors in the community through local distribution points. Blue Sea Development, working with ABS Architects and Danois Architects, developed the project with precaster Oldcastle Building Systems. According to David Wan, P.E., LEED AP at Oldcastle, this is the “first affordable housing project with a rooftop greenhouse.” The greenhouse includes a water retention system that will manage 491,000 gallons of storm water per year. This water would have flowed into the East River, but will now be diverted to the greenhouse and to an additional 11,000sf of landscaped green space. The storm water recapture system provided by Oldcastle was instrumental in winning a grant from New York’s Department of Environmental Protection. Storm water is a huge problem for New York, and projects like this provide shining examples of viable solutions. The precast concrete erection started in August 2011 and was completed by November 2011. Oldcastle manufactured 134,000sf of 8- and 12-inch thick hollow core planks, 190 8-in. thick exterior thin brick exterior bearing wall panels and 180

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The brick exterior uses precast wall panels for choosing precast concrete, starting with the actual production of the concrete, made in part with coal ash, a byproduct from coal furnaces. This ash is recycled into the cement mix and adds to the strength of the concrete. Using local precast concrete suppliPhotos by Oldcastle Building Systems. ers like Oldcastle means less Forest House apartments under construction transportation of heavy precast pieces, lowering carbon 8-in. thick interior bearing walls, along emissions. The brick exterior uses precast with precast concrete parapets, lintel wall panels that have thin brick pieces set beams, stairs, and landings. Precast coninto the panel forms before the concrete is crete not only minimizes job site activity poured. This process uses 15% less materiand debris, but the quick erection time of al than a normal brick and mortar wall and four months for 124 studio, one- and twoprovides a brick façade with a longer life bedroom apartments allows plenty of time expectancy and very little, if any, maintefor interior trades to meet the occupation nance. deadline of fall 2012. Precast concrete in conjunction with There are numerous green reasons a continuous in. thick layer of XPS insula-

tion provided a 100% thermal separation of the building interior from the outside environment,” said to Wan. This translates to energy savings that will keep tenants warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while costing less. This total precast concrete project goes beyond green and into a better quality of living. Precast concrete is fireproof and keeps fire from spreading, allowing time for residents to evacuate safely should the need arise. Noise reduction is another benefit of precast concrete. The reduction of sound from floor to floor is diminished, as is outside street noise. Mold resilience is also a reason to build with precast concrete, since mold naturally doesn’t like concrete as a food source and generally doesn’t grow there. Rounding out the green attributes of the project, Oldcastle Allied Building Products is supplying 3,000sf of solar panels. With energy efficient-lighting, appliances, a specialized ventilation system and environmentally safe interior materials, this project is not only environmentally green, it is also fiscally responsible. The architectural design of the project and the use of precast concrete will help the project achieve LEED Gold and Energy Star Certification. It will serve as a higher standard for affordable living. A healthier living environment that is energy efficient will be an example for other developers to follow and proves that affordable green housing is possible.

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Sustainable Green Housing! Forest House apartments in New York takes affordable urban living to new sustainable green heights. The eight-story, 124-unit apartment project is located in the low-income area of South Bronx and will include a 10,000 sf rooftop greenhouse. Blue Sea Development, working with ABS Architects and Danois Architects, developed the project with precaster Oldcastle Building Systems. Precast Erected in Four Months . . . August — November 2011 Oldcastle Precast is responsible for the manufacturing and installation of the precast concrete elements. Supplying 185,000 sf of 8” & 12” Elematic Hollowcore precast concrete plank (floor units), 190 pieces of insulated exterior load bearing thin-brick finished precast wall panels, 180 pieces of interior load bearing precast wall, and various precast stairs, landings, beams, parapets and lintels used in

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Two Join Tighe & Bond

Westfield, MA – Tighe & Bond, Inc. announced the addition of Daniel Buttrick, P.E. and Jason Urso, P.E. to the firm’s Westfield office. Buttrick joined Buttrick Tighe & Bond, Inc. in February as an environmental engineer. His addition to the firm’s dam and water resources team signifies substantial growth in that service sector. Buttrick has a background in dam engineering, water resources engineering and management, and stormwater management in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. He also has expertise in environmental compliance and permitting. Buttrick is a second-term member

of the Easthampton Massachusetts Conservation Commission, and served as a member of the city’s ad-hoc stormwater committee. Urso joined Tighe & Bond, Inc. Urso in February as a mechanical engineer. He will provide mechanical design support to the firm’s offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Urso has nearly 10 years of mechanical engineering experience in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. With a diverse background in all types of mechanical systems, he will work closely with clients to develop building solutions that are efficient, cost-effective, and appropriate to their unique needs.

Wolpert Joins Freeman French Freeman Burlington, VT - Freeman French Freeman has hired Bill Wolpert as project architect. Wolpert comes to the firm with more than a decade of design and project management experience and is particularly strong in the higher education and healthcare fields. He will join the design team working on the Moran Center at Waterfront Park in Burlington and a new student center and residence at St. Michael’s College in Colchester.

EnviroVantage Announcements

Epping, NH - EnviroVantage announced that Mike Rodgers will fill the newly created position of senior estimator. He joined EnviroVantage in 2010 as an estimator and brought with him over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. As senior estimator, Rodgers will oversee the estimating department and is responsible for identifying and assigning sales leads. He will assist the sales staff in establishing budgets and developing proposals as well as be involved in continuous quality improvement, which includes the implementation of new digital takeoff software that integrates estimating with accounting and job costing. New to the team is Ken Burkhart who has been added as an estimator. Burkhart, joins with over 25 years of experience in



estimating, management, and construction with 15 years of experience in estimating for all divisions for nuclear, government, heavy industrial, and commercial projects. Expertise spans all phases of estimating,including conceptual, preliminary, and definitive estimates for domestic and international projects.

DEW Hires Labare Williston, VT - Jay Labare is the newly appointed manager of MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) services for DEW Construction Corp. of Williston, Vt. and Hanover, N.H. He will be based in the Vermont office and will be responsible for MEP estimates, building information modeling (BIM) coordination and will assist operations with MEP coordination, commissioning, training and turnover of systems for all DEW projects.





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High-Profile: People

Tocci Adds New Employees

Boston - Tocci Building Companies has added several employees to its team in project management, administration, and business development. Jennifer Heikkinen, senior project manager, LEED AP has more than 12 years Brown previous project experience includes assignments for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, MIT, and Genzyme. At Tocci, Heikkinen will lead project teams in the healthcare and life sciences fields. Moises Berrun, VDC modeler, as an architectural designer with MJCL Architects in Brooklyn, NY, participated on projects for Queens, Elmhurst and Harlem Hospital Centers. He is currently a digital modeler and MEP coordinator in the field. Berrun will support client teams incorporating advanced digital methods that yield measurable results. Julie Brown, director of client Ser-


vices, has more than 10 years of A/E/C industry marketing and business development experience. At Tocci, she will be responsible for aligning the company’s range of services, from integrated project delivery to colocation, with the needs of its clients in each of the industries

Tocci serves. Bud LaRosa, chief business performance officer, brings significant experience in implementing and improving procedures, internal controls, and financial reporting to his role at Tocci. In his new role with Tocci, LaRosa will contribute to strategy and planning, M&A activity, joint venture relationships, staff recruiting, and business development. Previously, he held chief financial officer positions with Superior Commercial Roofing Company and Young Contracting Company.

FST Names New President

Burlington, MA - Peter J. Howe, P.E. was elected president of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST) at the firm’s annual stockholder’s meeting held on March 14. He has been with the firm since 1992 and has directed a wide range of transportation and infrastructure projects at the firm. Howe recently held the title of executive president and was president of the firm’s affiliate in New York state.

Auburn, ME - Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm announced that John W. Tarr, P.E., has been promoted to associate principal. Tarr previously worked for Harriman from 1987-2008. He recently rejoined the firm and is a senior electrical engineer in the firm’s Auburn office. He has over 25 years of experience. As a registered professional engineer in Maine and New Hampshire, he has a wide range of experience in the design of interior and exterior lighting, power distribution, emergency power, fire protection, security, and communications systems. He has worked with a diverse group of clients throughout his career including education, healthcare, corporate, municipal, government, and retail sectors. Harriman also announced that Leonard A. Lamoreau, CPA, John D. Kuchinski, P.E., and Heidi Gardner have joined the firm. Lamoreau brings over 13 years of experience in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants.





Kuchinski has 25 years of experience in civil engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Gardner joins Harriman as an architectural designer. She is currently working on the new Wentworth Intermediate School project.

Pella President’s Club Awards


Carvalho Appointed Safety Director

implementation of a new safety reBoston - Shawmut Deporting and tracking system. sign and Construction, located “Safety is a top priority on in Boston, has appointed Shaun the job site and Shaun brings an Carvalho to the position of safety incredible passion and drive to director. his work,” said Michael Sanchez, Carvalho joined Vice President. Shawmut’s safety department in Carvalho is the vice presi2003 and the company has won dent and president-elect of the seven safety merit awards from New York City Chapter of the Associated General Contractors Carvalho American Society of Safety En(AGC) under his leadership. gineers. Prior to joining Shawmut, He has been a driving force behind multiple safety-orientated initiatives he worked for Mass Electric Construction at Shawmut, including Safety Week, the Company and Brand Scaffold Services. creation of an online safety manual, and the

Filippi Appointed DiNisco Principal

Boston - DiNisco Design Partnership welcomed Leno Filippi, AIA, MCPPO, as a principal of the firm. He brings 28 years of design experience to the company. Areas of expertise include comprehensive design, feasibility studies, public permitting, programming, cost estimating, and specifications, and most importantly engaging clients in a collaborative process to identify their needs and facilitate their vision.

Harriman Personnel Announcements

Filippi began his career in architecture at DiNisco Design as the director of design and project manager for various Massachusetts public school and municipal projects. Other experience was gained in the design and master planning of commercial and residential projects throughout his career. Filippi is a member of the Filippi American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA).

Haverhill, MA - Pam DiVenuti and Tim O’Keefe of the Pella Window & Door distributorship of Haverhill have earned Pella Corporation’s 2011 President’s Club Award for outstanding sales and customer service performance. “Pella is proud to recognize the accomplishments of our salespeople serving the commercial building market with the highest level of professionalism,” said Annette Pella Corporation vice president, trade/commercial sales. “The outstanding efforts of these high-performing individuals reflect Pella’s commitment to quality products and services that enhance overall customer satisfaction.”

Pam DiVenuti

Tim O’Keefe

Both DiVenuti and O’Keefe serve architects, commercial construction builders, and contractors in the eastern Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire area.

Flagg Joins CCB

Westbrook, ME - CCB, Inc. of Westbrook, announced that Kelly Flagg has joined the team as manager of safety, human resources, and employee development. She brings over a decade of managerial and consulting experience to the 67-year-old construction company. Prior to joining CCB, Flagg owned and operated a successful landscaping business; worked as a health and fitness consultant; and was general manager of a fitness center.


Hushin Joins Needham Elec.

CLS, Hushin held positions of increasing responsibility in shipping and receiving, warehouse management, IT and, ultimately, as the NE division purchasing manager. During his time with Capitol Light/CLS he managed over 20 branch openings across New England.

Canton, MA - Needham Electric Supply announcd that Greg Hushin has been appointed to the position of purchasing director. Hushin brings over 30 years’ industry experience in procurement and materials management. Previously with Rexel/



April, 2012


ULI Boston

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 415 Summer Street, Boston Urban Land Institute holds an open exchange with Boston’s real estate leaders Connect with Boston’s real estate leaders as they examine the demand drivers of the next cycle in four key urban markets. From microresidential units to the creation of new urban villages, gain important insight from an exchange with over 20 top principals who are shaping Boston’s urban landscape. For more information: http://boston.uli.org.


• April 24, 8 - 10:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency Boston AGC of Massachusetts will host a panel of owners discussing why they chose designbuild, what the benefits and the downsides are and how the industry can better serve these clients. For more information on this program, please visit the AGC website at www.agcmass.org and click on the April 24 date. • May 3 and 4 AGC Annual Meeting-Retreat Ocean House, Watch Hill, R.I. Don Schmincke, author, mad scientist, renegade, and mildly irreverent consultant will challenge the status quo and debunk quick fixes with enlightened accountability. for information: www.agcmass.org - scroll down to AGC annual meeting.

High-Profile: Calendar ABC Golf Outing 2012

June 21 Pinehills Golf Club, 54 Clubhouse Drive, Plymouth, Mass. Events of the Day 10 a.m. Registration 11 a.m. Shot Gun Start Followed by: Cocktail Reception and Dinner/Awards Banquet Golfers can elect to play their own ball or play a scramble. For more information: abcma.org


The Boston Society of Landscape Architects sponsored workshops: April 28 and 29 LARE Section C - Design with Yvonne English This workshop is designed to improve attendees’ probability of passing Section C- Site Design. May 4 -6, 2012 LARE Section E - Grading Review Workshop with Jerry Hastings Both workshops will take place at Boston Architectural College. The Friday session will begin at 12 noon and end at 7 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday sessions will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Total classroom hours is 23. To receive email updates regarding registration, please submit your information here.

ASM Dinner Meeting


May 2, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jump on Board The NAIOP Massachusetts 10th Anniversary Bus Tour Boston’s Seaport, Fenway, Longwood and Cambridge A fast-paced, informative, live market update on the most dynamic markets in Greater Boston. Tour guides will provide up-to-the-minute data and expert analysis on the latest sales, leasing, and development activity for commercial, lab, multi-family, and mixed-use. Reservations must be made by April 20. Contact Pauline Rand, 781-453-6900 x4


Thursday, April 26, 2012 6-9 p.m. Embassy Suites, (formerly Doubletree), 550 Winter St. Waltham, Mass. Builders Association of Greater Boston will hold its Annual Awards Banquet. Join us as we recognize our members for their commitment to excellence in building and remodeling, customer service and community service. For more information and to register: bagb. org Please RSVP by April 25, 2012

Thursday, June 9, 2011 Newton Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, Mass. ASM wraps up the season with a special dinner meeting where you can connect with fellow ASM members and enjoy a buffet dinner. Speakers will focus on two of the hottest topics for construction business owners today: 1. What’s happening in the local construction market? Where do industry leaders see the most activity and greatest promise for future work? 2. What’s up with all the buzz about “social media”? How can it be put to practical use in a construction business? More information online at www.associatedsubs.com.


April 25, 2012 5:30 p.m. - Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston New England Women in Real Estate Annual Achievement Awards Dinner to honor the accomplishments of members. Awards recognized include Leadership, Entrepreneur of the Year, Esprit de Coeur, Professional Service, Suzanne King Public Service, and Networking. For more information, visit http://www. newire.org/eventdetail.aspx?id=6394

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