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DBVW Architects at Brown The New Department of Continuing Education

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Facilities News

Cobham’s Expansion Underway - Pro Con Architect and CM Wessling Architects Completes TD Garden Eco-Friendly Roof UMass Lowell, UMBA Breaks Ground on University Suites Residence Hall Suffolk Begins Phase 2 at Baystate Medical Center Designed by Steffian Bradley Erland Celebrates Groundbreaking - for Concord Hillside Griffin Completes J. Michael Ruane Judicial Ctr Work Featuring Richmond Completes Cubist HQ Expansion MAI Helps Wellesley Plaza Go Green CTA Breaks Ground on Two Schools Featuring Hooksett Market Basket Completed Nauset Begins AFB HQ


Featuring Boston Society of Landscape Architects 2012 Awards

American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts Engineering Excellence Awards

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Lamb First to Receive CHC Designation

Wood President of INCE/USA

Cambridge, MA - Eric J. W. ents outstanding in the field of Wood has been named president noise control engineering. of the Institute of Noise Control He is a principal at AcenEngineering of the USA (INCE/ tech Inc in Cambridge, where he USA), a professional organizadirects and provides technical tion that promotes engineering contributions to engineering and solutions to environmental, prodenvironmental projects related uct, machinery, industrial, and primarily to the measurement, other noise problems. evaluation, and control of noise Wood has served INCE/ and vibration during the design, Eric Wood USA as a vice president and construction, and operation of maboard member. He also serves jor energy systems and transporas president of the INCE Foundation, tation and industrial facilities. Photo by Acentech. which provides financial support to recipi-

Melaine Sprigler Joins CMAA

McLean, VA - Melaine L. Sprigler has joined the Construction Management Association of America as vice president of finance and administration. Sprigler, who is a certified public accountant, brings to CMAA more than 15 years’ experience and expertise in non-profit operations. As part of the executive management team at CMAA, she will provide financial analysis, budMSMId Ad #1.pdf


Suffolk Featured On ‘Top’ List

Boston - Suffolk ranked an impressive No. 11 on Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “Top Construction Management Companies” list. This prestigious list is based on the publication’s annual Construction and Design Survey, which ranks construction management companies by their 2011 dollar volume for completed healthcare projects.

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Boston, - New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) held its 2012 Achievement Awards and 30th anniversary celebration recently at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Janet Wu, news anchor and reporter for WHDH-TV, NBC Boston emceed the event. The following awards were presented: Esprit de Coeur Award - Cheeta Lorian Miho Soga, Nitsch Engineering; The Leadership Award - Thomas Hynes, Colliers International; Entrepreneur of the

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Lincoln, RI - Professional engineers from Pare Corporation (PARE), an engineering firm headquartered in Lincoln, recently made presentations to middle school students at Woonsocket Middle School (Villa Nova) and Lincoln Middle School. The purpose of the visits was to educate and encourage the students to consider civil engineering as a career choice. Cari Powers Orsi and Kevin Champagne, both licensed professional engineers, brought the construction plans they helped Kevin Champagne and Cari Powers Orsi, during a predevelop for each of the middle sentation at Lincoln Middle School. schools and explained how engineering is a key component in the Orsi and Champagne talked to all planning and building of a school. of the eighth graders at Lincoln Middle “Because we were the engineer of School through several presentations over record for both the Woonsocket and Lin- the course of two different days. They also coln Middle Schools, they were the logi- met with one class of advanced science stucal choice for our public outreach in con- dents at Woonsocket Middle School. Published by The S/L/A/M Collaborative Construction Services with permissions from the copyright owners nection with National Engineers Week,” “I guess they found value in the pre(as credited) said Trish Teeter, marketing coordinator at sentation, because they’ve invited us back ENR Building Cost Index - National Average - Holding Steady PARE. “We were able to show the students for Science Night in April!” said Orsi, the actual plans for their own school sites, speaking of a request from Woonsocket ENR Building Cost Index Forecast - Trending Upward talk about the challenges that we dealt with Middle School science teacher, Maryhelen 2012 +2.30 at each site, and show progress photos of Chiulli. The market is in transition from a Some construction forecast reports the construction.” “buyer’s market” to a “seller’s market,” are indicating recovery and escalation to according to The S/L/A/M Collaborative kick in by the end of the seconnd quarter Construction Services, with material rates, 2012. Other reports are indicating a flat hourly labor rates, and profit margins in- 2012, with recovery and escalation to kick Winchester, MA – A.J. Martini, rior restoration of historic Pearson Hall. creasing. The analysis was described as in mid year 2013. Inc. has been selected by Phillips Acad- Designed by Charles Bulfinch, Pearson one of cautious optimism. The number of public projects is deemy in Andover to provide construc- Hall was built in 1818 and is one of the Most construction forecast reports creasing. The number of private projects is tion management services for the exte- oldest buildings on the campus. are indicating recovery, but at a slower increasing. pace than expected.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

UMass Lowell, UMBA Break Ground on University Suites Residence Hall

Lowell, MA - UMass Lowell, the UMass Building Authority (UMBA), and community leaders broke ground on the new University Suites residence hall, a $54 million, state-of-the-art building that will bring the number of resident students to 50%. The 148,000sf hall will include four- and six-bed units, kitchen/lounge areas, study rooms, an outdoor courtyard, and more. “The University Suites not only fulfill a great need for more student housing, but offer students the best in campus living,” said Katherine Craven, executive director of the UMass Building Authority. “The building is state-of-the-art and

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Participating in the groundbreaking are l-r: UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, State Representative Thomas Golden, UMBA Board Member Frank Callahan, and UMBA Executive Director Katherine Craven.

energy-efficient, while remaining true in its architecture and appearance to the textile and industrial histories of Lowell.” Slated to open in fall 2013, University Suites will be the first new residence hall constructed on campus since 1989 and represents a new model of campus housing in an all-suites building. The new residence hall will be constructed in part with recycled materials and with the goal of maximum energy efficiency throughout, striving for LEED Silver certification. “With student enrollment now topping 15,000, up 37% over the past five years, the demand for student housing has

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Apartment-style housing for 510 students adjacent to south campus, under construction by a private developer, is also scheduled to open in fall 2013. The UMass Building Authority is managing the project in partnership with Joslin, Lesser + Associates Inc. of Watertown. The building’s architect is ADD Inc. of Boston. Walsh Brothers of Boston is the building’s construction manager. The project is just one of several under way that are transforming the UMass Lowell campus. Seven new facilities are scheduled to open in the next two years.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

LaFreniere Architects Breaks Ground

Cobham’s Expansion Under Way

Rendering of new Powissett Lodge

Exeter, NH – The steel framing is under way for Cobham Antenna System’s Microwave Components group’s expansion at its manufacturing facility in Exeter. Pro Con Inc of Manchester is the architect and construction manager for the expansion project, which will add 105,000sf to the company’s existing 80,000sf manufacturing facility. Rendering of Cobham Antenna System’s expansion The new two-story addition will consist of 70,000sf of First-floor ribbon windows will bring manufacturing space on the first floor and light into the manufacturing area, and sec35,000sf of office and conference room ond floor clerestory windows and a cantilespace on the second floor. The manufactur- vered curtain wall will allow natural light ing space will have a 20-foot height clear- into the office space. As part of the buildance to accommodate specialized equip- ing expansion, Pro Con Inc has designed ment. a new main entrance, which includes a lobby, reception area, and passenger elevator. The design-build expansion is incorporating environmentally beneficial strategies, including the installation of energy-efficient, low-e glass windows and lowflow fixtures, and the building is expected to exceed energy code requirements for energy efficiency. Pro Con Inc began the project in December 2011 and has scheduled a September 2012 completion date. Steel framing is under way

Powissett Lodge at Hale Reservation

Westwood, MA - LaFreniere Architects has broken ground on the new Powissett Lodge at Hale Reservation in Westwood. The new structure replaces the former lodge building that was tragically lost to fire a year ago. The building is sited near Noanet Pond within the beautiful preserved reservation. The new structure will be used to house day-camp and scouting activities within its large function hall. The function hall, kitchen, and bathroom facilities will also serve as event space for additional activities associated with the camp. The structure employs heavy-timber construction, leaving trusses and wood structure exposed. The building will be

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High-Profile Focus: Landscaping

Perry Schoolyard Receives BSLA Merit Award Award in Design Boston, MA - In March 2012, the Perry Schoolyard received the Boston Society of Landscape Architects’ Merit Award in Design. Designed by Warner Larson, Inc., a Boston-based landscape architectural firm, the Perry Schoolyard was completed in 2010. The Perry School currently serves 240 students in grades K-8. The schoolyard was an expanse of asphalt paving with no play structures or furnishings and very few plants. Through a consensus-based community process with the school, neighborhood, Boston Schoolyard Initiative, and the city, the design team created a schoolyard and outdoor classroom full of educational and recreational components. The Harbor Islands nautical theme is inspired by the school’s strategic seaside location and creates a playful connection with its surroundings. The elliptical track is the organizing element linking play areas on the symbolic harbor islands around a big blue “harbor” painted on the pavement. The outdoor classroom with maritime elements wraps around the schoolyard with buffering seashore plantings. “George’s Island” provides active play for 5- to 12-year-olds with challenging web, rock, and bar climbers within a pentagon “fort” pattern in the rubber surfacing. “Thompson Island” allows for imaginative play for children aged 5 years and younger, with a custom boat complete with a ship’s wheel and signal flags, a balance beam, and a talk

Designed by Landscape Architect Warner Larson tube for the “captain” to communicate with crew out back. The two-lane sand-colored painted track with metric measurements and phases of the moon, surrounds the open play area which hosted the Reebok “BOKS Kids” event on October 12 2011. The outdoor classroom (OC) has a custom boat-shaped work table and seating arranged in rows of wood pilings, along with a custom lighthouse storage shed, raised planters, and compost area. Wood logs, stumps, and boulders provide informal seating, and stone paths for ex-

ploration meander through the woodland, sunny, and wet meadow. An armature, sundial, thermometers, wind-vane, water source, and digging area are some of the lab components provided in the outdoor classroom. A nautical flagpole designed as the “boat’s” mast recently served as the focal point in a ceremony honoring heroes of 9/11. The OC has even been used for community yoga and scavenger hunts! Maritime quotations are engraved in boulders at “Spectacle Island,” including one from the school’s namesake “Oliver

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Hazard Perry,” a US Navy Commodore (1785-1819). The Perry Shark (school’s mascot) is integrated into one of the OC gates and on the wind vane atop the schoolyard entry gate (from E. 8th St) complete with “shark bites” in the sign edges. The collaborative approach involving the teachers, students, administration, and neighbors throughout the design process fostered a strong sense of pride and ownership, which is vital to the long-term care of this space. Since the project’s completion, the South Boston Neighborhood House and Youth Build are assisting with the seasonal maintenance. In addition, community fundraising and volunteer efforts are under way for future projects.


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High-Profile Focus: Landscaping

Interior Landscape Design - 150 Royall Street Atrium

by Nelson Hammer As an advocate and practitioner of the discipline of interior landscape design, I have a great deal of trouble rationalizing the current reality that living plants in buildings have not yet been fully embraced as an integral component of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED certification. My inNelson Hammer dustry colleagues and I have long asked, “How can a building be green with no plants in it?” It appears that is about to change. It is currently possible to receive LEED credits for specifying living walls and other unusual interior landscape applications as “innovations in design,” and since the inclusion of living plants in buildings has been known for decades to clean indoor air (a study published by NASA in 1989 demonstrated that many common house plants remove carcinogens such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and other VOCs [volatile organic compounds] from sealed indoor test volumes), it is hoped that the USGBC will soon include specific LEED credits for interior plants to mitigate indoor air quality issues as well; that is, provide credits for more general uses of plants indoors. There are a number of other justifica-

table seating area for enjoying lunches, and several small nooks for private conversations. The landscape palette, rather than the more typical palms and other species associated with tropical climates, consists of many species that recall a northern temperate woodland climate, such as pines and massed ground covers that help make the New England residents using the facility to Continued on page 15

Seating area for enjoying lunches. tions for the inclusion of plants in indoor environments: The presence of plants has been found to increase employee productivity and attendance; to lower blood pressure; to reduce stress; and to increase humidity in a space, particularly during the winter. When I was retained to design the interior landscape in the atrium at 150 Royall Street in Canton, I was careful to consider these benefits. Originally conceived as the new headquarters for OneBeacon Insurance Group, the Royall Street building was comprehensively renovated in 2006 by a project team headed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects. OneBeacon selected this location, in part, to take advantage of its generous atrium space and turn it into an interior garden that would serve as a workspace amenity for its local staff. The atrium contains a number of densely planted, on-grade planter beds, a water feature with enough moving water to create a muted level of white noise, a mezzanine seating area, bench seating, a large

The atrium contains a number of on-grade planter beds.

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When it comes to a weathertight building envelope it’s all about the flashing schedule

by Bryan Kelly In keeping a building weathertight, roof-related flashing schedules can help ensure the long-term integrity of the properties you manage and maintain. New England weather is notoriously variable, with extremes of temperature and precipitation creating punishing conditions. Even extended periods of Bryan Kelly mild weather can create hazards: Consider an older, shingle-style roof when exposed to the high temperatures and degrading effects associated with direct sunlight. Shingles can become brittle, splay, and crack while hip lines separate. Further, what goes unobserved in summer can become a major problem as the ice and snow of winter penetrate roofing underlayment. Some mistake obvious failures in roofing construction with siding issues, especially improperly installed vinyl or even fiber cement products. A failing roof can also be a function of improper installation or shabby design. But there are other factors, as well. Some roofs begin life in New England suffering from built-in issues, includ-

ing what I like to call “regional deficit disorder.” What’s exactly does that mean? Consider this example: Recently, a large condominium complex in eastern Massachusetts put out an RFP seeking remedial solutions for severe water penetration problems associated with virtually every one of its 54 residential units. A professional engineering firm from southern New Hampshire with long experience in multi-unit housing made a site visit followed by a careful review of property building plans. Here’s what was found: Without benefit of an engineering analysis the property developer had chosen an architectural design used exclusively in southern states. On examination it was deemed entirely inappropriate for use in New England, where ice and snow build-up are major factors. Commonly repeated design features, including multiple gable and valley configurations with abutting cheek walls led to excessive accumulation of precipitation; inadequate gutters and downspouts limited carry off. Compounding the error of choosing a design intended for southern climes, internal attic geometry limited proper interior ventilation. Effectively, the developer had Continued on page 39

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Civil Engineers and Landscape Architects work together to solve storm water runoff issues

by Anne Cruess, ASLA In the not so distant past, storm water from parking lots, roofs and roads did not require treatment once it left its place of origin. The run off found its way to streams, ponds and ground water without concern or constraint on the quality or quantity of the discharge. This practice contributed to erosion and degradation of the quality of our watersheds. All levels of government are now involved with storm water management practices. From EPA to local conservation boards, the way storm water is dealt with is highly regulated. The effective design of storm water flow, retention and cleansing facilities is one of the primary jobs of the civil engineers and landscape architects at TFMoran Inc. and it can make or break a project. The early storm water treatment systems were quite simple and usually consisted of a grassy trench located at the lowest elevation of the site. Run off from parking lots and other paved areas would simply be allowed to flow into these trenches and be “cleansed” by the grass. Although this treatment option is still viable, what if the lowest elevation of a site is up front and painfully visible? Not many property owners, especially retail establishments, want their customers greeted by a murky trench, which can fill up with trash and be difficult to maintain.

Green Pavement at French-Atwood Marketplace in Bedford In later years underground infiltration systems became popular, but they were very expensive to install and maintain. The idea behind these was to capture the runoff from parking lots (and other impervious areas) in big underground concrete boxes which would allow a slow percolation of the storm water into the groundwater. Although this system encouraged more creative use of a site, the expense was high. Over the years the concrete boxes were replaced by rigid plastic “tubes” that were easier, more flexible and cheaper to build and maintain. Continued on page 31

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The Engineer’s Perspective of AIA 2030 Challenge Part 1

by Suzanne Robinson, PE LEED AP BD+C Here’s something to consider: Of all the energy consumed in the US, almost half is by buildings. That’s a large market share – more than automobiles. And yet we’ve seen how the automobile industry has been kicking out more and more fuel vehicles. Suzanne Robinson efficient A decade ago when you bought a Honda Civic, you had a car that had decent fuel efficiency, about 30 mpg. Now you can purchase the same vehicle in hybrid form with gas mileage of 44 mpg. Well what about buildings? How have they done in the past decade? Do you even know what a building’s “mpg” is? If you answered EUI – point for you! The EUI (energy use intensity) is measured in kBTU/sf/year. It measures the amount of energy utilized by a building and normalizes it so buildings of different sizes can be compared. This all brings me to my point – the AIA 2030 Challenge. The AIA (American Institute of Architects) took a look at energy consumption in the US and came to the conclusion that as architects, they had a responsibility on how the built environment they were involved in creating utilized energy. Many factors and people are involved in the decisions that make a building, but as

architects, they had the ability to help influence and guide these decisions to produce more energy efficient buildings. Out of these efforts and discussion came the AIA 2030 Challenge. It challenges the design community to work on designing buildings so that by 2030 we are producing buildings with zero fossil fuel consumption. There are incremental steps to bring us to net zero buildings by 2030. We are currently targeting a very ambitious 60% energy reduction. And this brings me to today – well, last month. “Without the understanding of where we are now, it will be impossible for us to tell if we are improving as practitioners, as firms, and as a profession.” The AIA 2030 Commitment requires all firms that sign the commitment to submit annual assessments for all their projects, not just the good ones. Due at the end of Q1 this year was the Annual Report for 2011 Design Work, which reports the EUI for all the projects in design last year. A big kudos to the architectural community for developing this challenge, but they can’t do this on their own. To transform the way we design and construct buildings it will require a team effort to meet the goals. Recently there are more and more nonarchitectural firms signing the AIA 2030 Commitment. Having just completed our AIA 2030 Annual Report for 2011, I have some insight from the engineer’s perspective. First, that was a lot of work! We reported on 283 projects that were in design last year. That was over 18 million sf of buildings! And I have to share an unexpected pattern. The

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to also compare notes. Over 50 architectural firms we work with received specific project information, and from this came questions and discussions that allowed us to bring energy performance on buildings front and center. What did the results show? What do you do with this information? How do we do better? Stay tuned for Part 2. Suzanne Robinson heads up the Sustainability Department at Vanderweil Engineers.

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Wessling Architects Completes TD Garden’s Eco-Friendly Roof

Boston - The TD Garden is home to the six-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, the 17-time world champion Boston Celtics and, thus, more championship banners than any other arena in the country, so when the arena needed a new roof to cover them, Delaware North Companies – Boston, owner and operator of the Boston landmark, looked to bring in the experts in the roofing industry. DNC-Boston found the best to be in local companies, and commissioned Wessling Architects of Quincy to design the new roofing system. Both owner and architect selected Shawmut Design and Construction of Boston, as general contractor and Shawmut hired Greenwood Industries of Millbury as the roofing contractor for the project. Wessling Architects specified Sika Sarnafil of Canton as the manufacturer to provide both the liquid applied and PVC membrane roofing systems. The existing roof systems on the 16-year-old arena had reached their serviceable life expectancy and required replacement. The roof project began on 8/6/2010 and was recently completed on 11/21/11. Under Shawmut’s direction, Greenwood replaced the various roof and gutter systems in a two-year phased project. Workers removed approximately 156,000sf of existing roofing from the arena’s roof and gutter systems. The salvageable total of the existing roof membrane was recycled in conjunction with the new roof manufactur-

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integrated into the new roof design such as a self-adhered air/vapor barrier, Sika Sarnafil’s EnergySmart white reflective roof membrane that reduces building energy usage for cooling and minimizes the building’s contribution to the urban heat affect in Boston. The Rhinobond system improves the wind performance of the roof and reduces sheet flutter lending itself to a long lasting aesthetically pleasing installation. Wessling Architect’s Senior Project Manager, John Karman said, “Shawmut’s extensive resources, in collaboration with Greenwood, Sika Sarnafil, OMG Roofing Products, & United States Gypsum Company, resulted in a highly successful project.” The TD Garden stands as a monument, museum and home to NBA and NHL Champions. Similarly the TD Garden also stands as a monument to teamwork and excellence in the roofing industry. The project team including Delaware North Companies-Boston, Inc., Wessling Architects, Shawmut Design and Construction, Sika Sarnafil, Sikalastic RoofPro and Greenwood Industries combined to design and install a custom product under demanding conditions. Innovative building products in conjunction with Green building solutions, all locally sourced, combined at the TD Garden to provide an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing product to the arena on time and on budget.

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feel more at home. All the plantings are automatically irrigated using a custom-built system that also heats water to tepid levels all year long, ensuring that irrigation water during the winter isn’t too cold for tropical plants. The plantings are direct-planted in the native subsoil beneath the building to allow for normal root growth, rather than planted in individAll the plantings are automatically irrigated ual planters. The existing skylight glazing of the atrium was and the growth evident since the original replaced with a special glass that diffuses installation is a “problem” the landscape light, an improvement that both elimi- maintenance firm charged with their care is nates the hot spots of direct sunlight pleased to address. and more evenly distributes light suffiThe 150 Royall Street staff, i.e., the ciently suitable for plant growth to more users of the atrium, with whom I have sporemote corners of the space. ken since the installation have expressed The excellent environmental condi- many positive comments to me about tions in the atrium make pruning of plants how favorably the garden has affected a regular necessity to prevent overgrowth. their work environment, and such comIn most interior landscapes, the goal would ments have made me proud to be a pracbe to maintain the size of specimens as titioner of this discipline. Now, if we can planted, with the presumption that light only get the some credit, LEED credits, for levels would be so meager than more vig- interior landscapes, the world will be both orous growth would never materialize. At greener and healthier. 150 Royall Street, the number, size, and Nelson Hammer, RLA, is a principal composition of the skylights make the of Hammer+Walsh Design Inc. environmental conditions almost ideal,


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High-Profile Focus: Civil Engineering and Landscaping Hooksett, NH - Allen & Major Associates, Inc. recently announced the completion of the 75,000sf Hooksett Market Basket. Located at Exit 10 off I-93 in Hooksett, the project began as a consolidation of three separate lots to develop a phased, mixed-use project that would include the Market Basket and a proposed hotel to be developed at a later date. Allen & Major worked with Retail Management Development Inc., Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc., TEC, Inc., Schauer Environmental Consultants, LLC, and Deloury Construction to develop the site. The consolidated lot posed development challenges from the very beginning, including extensive ledge, high groundwater, extreme topography, wetlands, state

Hooksett Market Basket Completed

Stone strong retaining walls were engineered and designed with integrated guard rails that flank the main access drive and tie directly into the truss bridge. All these elements were major undertakings and required an outstanding working relationship with all members of the development team to successfully complete. Each of these massive elements blend seamlessly into the overall esthetics of the site by the use of abundant landscaping design elements, including additional stacked stone walls, colorful planting beds, and parking islands.

Stone strong retaining walls flank the main access drive.

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and federal highway right-of-ways, and deeded easement restrictions. Extensive permitting was required at both the state and local levels and included four separate variances that were granted by the town for wetlands, proximity to the zoning setbacks, and groundwater protection overlay.

In order to preserve and protect the local resources as well as meet the client’s site requirement needs and the requirements of the various state agencies that had jurisdiction over the project, the project team needed to get creative. Two dams were designed in order to mitigate stormwater runoff, requiring yet another permit, this time from the NH State Dam Bureau. A 130-foot vehicular truss bridge is also located on the site and was designed to span a 30-foot ravine, allowing access from the United Healthcare office building that is located southwest of the site, to a signalized intersection.

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by Jerry Blumenthal, PE, LEED Green Associate Over the past few years, the City of Boston has focused on putting all transportation users on equal footing with motor vehicle drivers. This focus on improving the quality of life in Boston by balancing the needs of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists is known as the Complete Street approach and has become an important Jerry Blumenthal element of modern communities. One critical component of a Complete Street is sustainability: using best management practices and environmental sensitivity during design and construction, thus making the street a Green Street as well. Green and complete streets help restore a sense of neighborhood cohesion through context-sensitive design that evaluates the needs of all users and takes into account how the street is used, such as land use and density. The philosophy reverses many of the problems that the traditional approach of widening streets to increase roadway capacity for vehicular traffic. This has created unfriendly pedestrian environments, decreased foot traffic for local businesses, and increased accident rates. With communities now working to win back the

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Redesigned Peabody Square streets of their neighborhoods, motorists will have to adjust to the concept of sharing the roadway with pedestrians, bicycles, and transit users. Meanwhile, sustainable transportation engineers and landscape architects have pointed out the many benefits involved in making a street more green. Implementing stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) and using Low Impact Development (LID) approaches (such as porous pavement and/or bioretention areas) can improve water quality and reduce pollutants entering water bodies. A healthy tree canopy and other plantings provide important aesthetic and shade benefits,

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while improving air quality and reducing the heat island effect. The City of Boston Public Works Department decided to address these issues at Peabody Square, at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue, Talbot Avenue, and Ashmont Street. Adjacent to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Ashmont subway and bus station, the multi-legged configuration of Peabody Square had many channelizing islands and numerous signal phases, resulting in an unfriendly and unsafe environment for pedestrians, congestion and long delays for motorists, and a higher-than-average accident rate.

Nitsch Engineering provided transportation and civil engineering services for the redesign of Peabody Square. Working closely with landscape architect Carol R. Johnson Associates and structural engineer Lin Associates, Nitsch Engineering led a complex design and community process to find the best option to improve roadway layout, reduce points of conflict, create a safe environment for vehicles and pedestrians, and revitalize the Square to promote commercial and community activity. As the project entered the 75% design phase, the Department of Environmental Protection through the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) funded a grant to integrate LID techniques into the redesign of Peabody Square as a Green Street Pilot Demonstration Project. The project team worked with CRWA to implement sustainable design techniques to reduce stormwater runoff volume into the closed drainage system and remove pollutants from waterways. These LID techniques included a bioretention basin to collect and treat stormwater runoff via engineered layers of mulch, soil, and plant root systems; porous pavers/pavement to provide infiltration with an overflow protection connection to the storm drain system; and an infiltration trench to recharge and treat stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot. The low impact, best management Continued on page 39

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Framing Under Way for Apt. Buildings Erland Celebrates Groundbreaking Pro Con GC - Davis Square Architects

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Concord, MA - Erland Construction of Burlington recently celebrated the ground­breaking for Concord Hillside – a new 50,000sf, two-story medical office building for developer Normandy Real Estate Partners and tenant Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Concord. Erland joined the project team representatives from Normandy, Harvard Vanguard, Steffian Bradley Archi­tects, and Walsh Company LLC to officially mark the start of construction. Rendering by Steffian Bradley Architects “After an extensive preconstrucRendering of new Concord Hillside medical tion period, Erland is excited to officially office building mark the start of construction for Concord Hillside,” said Erland Vice President Rick As­sociates has leased the entire base building Jensen.“We’re looking forward to working as the new location for its Concord practice. with the team and creating a new landmark Erland is also performing the buildout building in Concord.” for the tenant, which will feature exam rooms Located on a six-acre parcel along and doctors’ offices when completed in May busy Route 2, Harvard Vanguard Medical 2013.

Appledore Assumes Tighe & Bond Name

Portsmouth, NH - Appledore Engineering, a 24-year-old civil engineering firm located in Portsmouth, has changed its name to Tighe & Bond. On January 1, 2011, the two firms joined forces to better serve their clients with expanded services and broaden Tighe & Bond’s service area to northern New England. “The merger with Tighe & Bond has successfully accomplished the goal of growing our Portsmouth office to a full service branch, and expanding our work into the municipal, state, and federal markets in New Hampshire and Maine,” states Gregg Mikolaities, vice president of Tighe & Bond and original co-founder of Ap-

pledore Engineering. “In the past year, our Portsmouth office staff has expanded by 35%, and we expect continued growth in the coming years. Although we will be discontinuing the Appledore Engineering name, we remain committed to providing the same quality, timely, and responsive service that our valued clients have come to expect – and deserve,” he adds. Tighe & Bond, a 220-person consulting firm founded in 1911, celebrated a century in business last year. The firm has offices in Westfield, Worcester, and Pocasset, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Nauset Begins AFB Headquarters

Sheskey to Design Office Park

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Rendering of the National Guard Bureau’s new joint force headquarters

Bedford, MA - Nauset Construction is beginning foundation work on Phase 2 of the National Guard Bureau’s new Joint Force Headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base. The four-story, 80,000sf office building will connect to the existing 193,000sf facility and is anticipated to be completed by May of 2013. The construction of the building and connections to the existing facility have been well coordinated by Nauset’s building information modeling (BIM) management team, which used 3D modeling to detect structural clashes. “Nauset generated a 3D image and it was terrific. They put it up on a screen and the model revealed potential conflicts,” said Bob Brandon, principal at Kleinfelder/SEA, the architect on the project. “We had all the subcontractors, our engineers, and the National Guard at a recent Nauset presentation, and we were able to get everyone from design to construction on the same page.” The new facility will have its own air handling units and heating and cooling systems, but the water, fire protection, and electrical systems will be central to the two phases. “We’re going to be coordinating our MEP tie-ins with Phase 1,” explained Mike Rimmel, senior project manager for Nauset. He said that the use of BIM for the project will save considerable time as well as saving money and materials on rework. “Our BIM Management team identified several conflicts that were critical to

solve during this early phase, because once you build it, it costs so much more to make field alterations,” said Rimmel. “It’s two months into the process and we’re already looking at the end result. That’s important because this is an occupied and restricted facility and it saves everyone work.” Designed to resist the effects of earthquake motions, the facility will house classrooms with raised computer access flooring, heated storage, and vehicle-ready work bays. The foundation will consist of reinforced concrete footings and floor slab with steel framed masonry walls, aluminum windows, and a metal paneled roof system with integrated gutters. The HVAC system will include three 2,000 MBH gas-fired boilers, two 140 ton electric air-cooled chillers, and air handlers with multiple zones. Additional building features will include auxiliary power, fire detection and suppression, security access and surveillance, and intrusion detection systems. Extensive hardscaping (roadways, groundlevel parking, an amphitheater with tiered seating, pedestrian walkways) and landscaping is also part of the project’s scope of work. The LEED Silver rating will be achieved by utilizing energy-efficient MEP systems and controls, as well as bio-swales to reduce stormwater runoff. Project challenges include close coordination with all subcontractors due to the highly sensitive, occupied, and restricted site location.

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Rendering of Hingham Technology Park Quincy, MA - The award-winning Quincy architectural firm of Sheskey Architects has been selected to master plan and design Hingham Technology Park 3 (HT 3), a new first-class office development to be built on a nine-acre parcel near the intersection of Route 3 and Derby Street in Hingham. This is just the second time in a decade that a major new office development project is being planned for Hingham. In making the announcement, developer Robert Spenlinhauer of RJS Realty Trust noted Sheskey’s track record on behalf of many high-profile clients that include Quincy City Hall, Eastern Nazarene College’s Library, the South Shore YMCA Aquatics Center, Network Plus, and Quincy

Mutual Fire Insurance Co., to name a few. The exclusive broker who is marketing the build-to-suit space is Richard McKinnon, director of brokerage services for The Grossman Companies, Inc. Sheskey’s concept plans for HT 3 call for construction of up to two LEED Certified first-class office buildings flanked by parking garages and ground level parking. While the conceptual design for the full-build office park and garages would require razing the existing building, under an alternative plan the owner would consider renovating and leasing the existing 61,000sf building. For many years that building has been home to the South Shore Educational Collaborative (SSEC) and is being marketed to educational institutions.

Boston - Tocci Building Companies has been selected by Harvard Planning & Project Management (HPPM) to provide consulting services and develop a series of building information modeling (BIM) resources to assist the university in its implementation of BIM. Harvard selected Tocci from a field of national BIM consultants for its experience as a pioneer in BIM implementation and virtual design and construction. HPPM, in partnership with the University Construction Management Council (UCMC), works to establish policies, procedures and best practices for delivery

of capital projects at Harvard University. The UCMC BIM subcommittee is working to educate University stakeholders about BIM and developing plans for integrating BIM on capital projects. Tocci will work with HPPM to develop a BIM Decision Matrix to determine logical utilization for specific projects. The team will also develop a BIM project implementation plan to guide how project teams can best leverage BIM technology. Finally, Tocci will develop a BIM road map, which will detail the processes and resources necessary for successful BIM-driven project delivery on capital projects.

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May, 2012


High-Profile Feature: ACEC/MA 2012 Awards

ACEC/MA 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards


oston - The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) announced the recipients of the 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards. The awards were presented on March 28, 2012 in a ceremony at the Boston Cambridge Marriott. The event was emceed by TV host Nate Ball. Grand Conceptor Award

The Grand Conceptor award went to Tetra Tech, Inc. Project: 93 Fast 14 Project in Medford - Massachusetts Department of Transportation-Highway Division and White-Kiewit Joint Venture.

Gold Award Winners:

• Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Hotel Towers and Sky Park in Singapore by Arup USA Inc. - Safdie Architects. • Route 24 Interchange 8B in Fall River and Freetown, Maine, by TranSystems Corporation. Clients: Massachusetts Department of Transportation-Highway Division, SPS New England, Inc., DW White Construction, Inc. • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Art of the Americas Wing by Weidlinger Associates, Inc. Client: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. • Modern Electroplating Redevelopment: Brownfields to Boston’s First LEED-Certified Police Station by Weston & Sampson. Client: Boston Redevelopment Authority and Public Facilities De-


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l-r: Jim Jones (JF White), Peter White (JF White), Joe Gill (Gill Engineering), Bill Shea (JF • Project: Marina Bay Sands InteWhite), Peter Piattoni (ACEC/MA Awards Committee chair, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike), grated Resort, Hotel Towers and Sky Park Mary Hall (ACEC/MA president, GZA GeoEnvironmental), Chris Calnan (Tetra Tech) in Singapore. Firm: Arup USA Inc., Client: Safdie Architects.

Small Firm Award Winner

• Project: From the Ground Up – Creating a Municipal Water System in Wellfleet. Firm: Environmental Partners Group -Town of Wellfleet.

Silver Award Winners

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High-Profile Feature: ACEC/MA 2012 Awards

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town, Rhode Island, by Fay, Spofford & Thorndike. Client: Town of Jamestown, Rhode Island. • Wind Technology Testing Center Large Blade Testing Facility in Boston by GEI Consultants, Inc. Clients: Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. • Madbury Water Treatment Plant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by Hazen and Sawyer. Client: City of Portsmouth, N.H • Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency in Pittsfield by Kleinfelder/ SEA Consultants. Client: City of Pittsfield, Mass. • Peabody Square Reconstruction in Dorchester by Nitsch Engineering. Client: City of Boston Public Works Department. • Groveland Wells Superfund Site Remedial Actions in Groveland by Nobis Engineering, Inc. Client: US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 1. • Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Medical Education Building in Providence, Rhode Island, by Odeh Engineers, Inc. Client: Brown University. • Logan Airport Economy Parking Garage in Boston by Parsons Brinckerhoff. Client: Massachusetts Port Authority. • Nashville-Davidson County Long Term Recovery Plan in Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee by PEER Consultants, P.C. Client: Mayor’s Office of Flood

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High-Profile: BSLA Awards


The Boston Society of Landscape Architects 2012 Awards

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Award of Excellence in Design, College and University Design - UMass Southwest Concourse-Stephen Stimson Associates. Honor Award in Design-Commercial and Institutional Design - 200 5th Avenue - Landworks Studio, Inc. Memorial Design - Lakewood Garden Mausoleum - Halvorson Design Partnership, Inc. Parks and Recreation Facilities Phil Hardberger Park - Stephen Stimson Associates.


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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

When Lerner|Ladds+Bartels (LLB Architects) moved into its new office at 161 Exchange Street in Pawtucket last summer, they did more than move boxes. The building, dubbed The Design Exchange for its focus on attracting creative enterprises, was the perfect opportunity to practice what the firm preaches – sustainability and commitment to the renewal of the urban fabric. Partners of the firm started their search for the perfect building some 15 years ago. Although their ultimate goal was to remain in Providence, they ventured to East Providence and Bristol before finding a place to

LLB Creates New Office Space

settle in Pawtucket. Partners Kathy Bartels and Chris Ladds purchased the vacant mill building in 2010. Located at the epicenter of the Exchange Street historic district, the four-story brick building was part of the Rhode Island Cardboard Company complex constructed in 1880. The project represents one of the last pieces of the puzzle in rehabilitating this neighborhood, paying homage to the city’s industrial past yet embodying its future as a creative enterprise hub. Through their relocation, LLB is emphasizing its commitment to building

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restoration, adaptive reuse, and design collaboration. The award-winning firm has settled into the top floor of the four-story building. Bartels notes, “The existing space was raw enough to put our stamp on it and call it our own.” Ladds mentions that it provides the studio feel they’ve been looking for and the loft-like spaces that are conducive to a collaborative work environment. He adds, “Collaboration is a big part of our practice… it’ll only be strengthened in this kind of setting.” With floor plates at 5,000sf, the size of the building is a perfect fit for LLB; they hoped to find like-minded creative professionals to fill the second floors.

The goal was to attract creative professionals to the Design Exchange to forge opportunities in collaboration under one roof and within a creative neighborhood. So far that model has worked: Designs by Lolita, Hollester Interiors, and Fuzion Design have all signed on, leaving only the second floor remaining to rent. “In this commercial market, that kind of response is nothing short of remarkable,” notes real estate agent Jim Derentis of Markham + Derentis, “and is a testament to the design and quality of the building renovation. Proximity to the highway, access to public transit, and a walkable community add to the appeal of the location.”


May, 2012


High-Profile Cover Story: Brown University’s Continuing Education Renovation

DBVW Completes Renovation for Brown University’s Continuing Ed Dept.


rovidence, RI - Durkee, Brown, Viveiros and Werenfels Architects (DBVW) and Shawmut Construction have just completed the renovation of 198-200 Dyer Street in Providence’s new “Knowledge District.” This project repurposed an existing building for use by Brown University’s Department of Continuing Education (CE) as staff offices, program teaching classrooms, and lecture halls. The program is broken into two components. The 198 Dyer side of the building contains 13,000sf of administrative space, and the 200 Dyer side of the building contains 9,000sf of educational program space. “DBVW Architects created a new facility for Continuing Education that is very functional, light-filled and beautifully designed, and is a pleasure to work in,” said Karen Sibley, dean of continuing Classroom

education at Brown University. “Early on, they took the time to ensure a thorough understanding of our work, our aspirations, concerns and expectations for the new space. They converted this understanding into excellent early designs and then worked diligently and responsively to modify the designs according to new

information, questions from the staff and budgetary issues.” The administrative portion of the building comprises private offices, conference rooms, and breakout areas for the CE program faculty and staff. The educational space is designed to accommodate four seminar rooms, one large meeting seminar room, and one smaller round table meeting room. The large meeting room and one of the four classrooms will have lecture capture capability to support the CE program’s online learning content. There is also a studio for filming interviews and a control room for lecture capture and editing. The areas surrounding these classrooms contain lounge and café style breakout areas where participants in the CE program and CE faculty and staff can informally meet.

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May, 2012


High-Profile: Healthcare Facilities Development News

Suffolk Begins Phase 2 at Baystate Medical Center Designed by Steffian Bradley

Springfield, MA - Suffolk Construction recently joined Baystate Health in celebrating the opening of Phase 1 of its expansion and facility-replacement project at Baystate Medical Center. Located in Springfield, the $296 million, 641,000sf new clinical facility houses a state-of-the-art heart and vascular center as well as critical-care and inpatient rooms designed in collaboration with patients and families. Suffolk has already begun work on Phase 2, a new emergency department, which will triple the size of Baystate’s existing emergency room, one of the busiest in the nation. The new MassMutual Wing features the Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center, which includes six cross-functional surgical/endovascular suites. Representing the latest in patient-focused design, a new 20-room Cardiovascular Assessment, Recovery, and Evaluation (CARE) unit allows patients undergoing outpatient procedures to go from pre-op to discharge in the same room, with the same nursing team. The facility also consists of 96 private inpatient rooms and 32 cardiovascular critical care rooms. Suffolk provided preconstruction and construction management services for the project, which is part of a 15-year master plan for the hospital—the largest medical facility in Western Massachusetts.




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tion modeling (BIM), Suffolk saved significant time and money on the project. The team is also working with Baystate Health to develop 6D facility maintenance options that will best suit the hospital’s needs in order to operate the building in the most efficient and economical ways possible. Suffolk adhered to the sustainable design principles of The Green Guide for Health Care and incorporated green elements, including a seven-story light well and green roof. The second phase, which started in the summer of 2011, consists of a new $25 million emergency department to be located on the first floor of the new building. When completed in late 2012, the 70,000sf emergency room will be more than three times the size of the hospital’s existing emergency room. The new expanded emergency department will feature 90 patient treatment rooms, including 65 adult rooms, eight behavioral rooms, and a dedicated children’s area with 17 pediatric rooms. It will also feature an updated helicopter pad, which is being moved from an adjacent parking lot to the fifth-floor roof, with an express elevator connecting it to the emergency room. The project is designed by Steffian Bradley Architects.




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High-Profile: Awards

Verizon Center Wins Award

Boston - The Verizon LTE Innovation Center, located in Waltham, Mass., earned World Class status from the Association of Briefing Program Managers (ABPM). Presented in March during the 19th ABPM Spring Conference in Boston, Verizon’s program marks the first time an innovation center has won this award. The Verizon LTE Innovation Center, created to foster and advance the work of the next generation of wireless technology, encourages meaningful, creative relationships among its more than 100 participant companies. Since its opening day in July 2011, the center has hosted dozens of companies and hundreds of other visitors from around the world to discuss technology questions and rapidly develop, test, and prototype Exterior view of The Verizon LTE Innovation nearly 100 4G LTE-enabled products. More than a dozen of these ideas and to push the boundaries of wirenontraditional, 4G LTE-enabled products that began at the Verizon LTE In- less connectivity,” said David Small, chief novation Center are now available to cus- technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Recognition of our program by ABPM is tomers, with many more in the pipeline. “We have created an environment a testament to the focus, energy, and innothat promotes the kind of collaboration vation that happens at our LTE Innovation necessary to connect people, world-class Center every day.”

Massport Garage Earns CMAA Award

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Project team: l-r front: Robert Leger, Massport; Lucia Couto, Consigli. L-r 2nd row: Jared Cianciolo and Jim Hervol of Consigli; Steve Arnold, Kit Huettig, and Peter Howe, of FST; Sam Sleiman, Massport. L-r 3rd row: Camille Bechara, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Andrew Brodeur, Kevin Beachman and Patrick Flanigan, of Consigli; Tony Dubrowski, Wael Abdulkader, Robert Dunn and Michael Hayes, of FST; Sean O’Rourke, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Boston - The team of Consigli Construction Co., Inc,; Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, and Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) was recently honored with the 2012 Building Project of the Year Award for the Terminal B Parking Garage at Boston Logan International Airport by the New England Chapter of the Construction Management Association (CMAA). The renovated 500,000sf garage received the award for Building Renovation/Modernization projects greater than $40 million. This outstanding achievement celebrates a truly collaborative effort by the entire building team. The complex renovation and environmental improvements in the busy operational garage were completed nearly one year ahead of schedule. Originally constructed in the 1970s,

the five-level, pre-cast concrete garage provides 2,700 parking spaces for longterm airport 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. In addition to the garage and lobby renovations, all new perimeter roads, including arrivals and departures, roadways, and ramps were installed. Environmental improvements involved 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, the installation of 1,024 photovoltaic solar panels on the roof deck, and two 1,000-gallon rainwater harvesting collection tanks to provide water for maintenance use throughout the airport properties.

WinnDevelopment Awarded

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Boston - Preservation Massachusetts recognized two WinnDevelopment projects with the prestigious Paul E. Tsongas Award for their historic preservations of Canal Lofts at the former Hill Envelope Company Factory in Worcester and the Curtain Lofts at Wampanoag Mill in Fall River. Preservation Massachusetts is a statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage. Canal Lofts, formerly known as the

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Foundation Honored by First Lady East Greenwich, RI - The Our Family for Families First Foundation, the charitable arm of Rhode Islandbased company Picerne Military Housing, was honored at the White House for its work on behalf of military families by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.Picerne Military Housing is a fully integrated development, construction, and property management firm that

provides improved housing for America’s service members and their families. The Foundation was recognized as People’s Choice Winner of the Joining Forces Community Challenge during a ceremony held on the south lawn of the White House to spotlight citizens and organizations with a demonstrated, genuine, and deep desire to be of service to military families.

Curtain Lofts


Canal Lofts Hill Envelope Company Factory, located in Worcester, was historically preserved and transformed into 64 units of mixed- income housing. The LEED certified project involved restoration of significant architectural features such as exposed brick walls, beams, and columns, stairways, and wood floors. This historically significant building located in the city’s Harding & Winter Streets Manufacturing District represents the nineteenth century industrial history of Worcester. Curtain Lofts, formerly known as Wampanoag Mill in Fall River, is a wellpreserved granite mill and is an example of a late 19th century textile manufacturing complex. Completed in November 2011, the adaptive reuse and LEED certifiable rehabilitation of Wampanoag Mill created 97 units of quality, mixed-income rental housing for residents over 55 years of age.

May, 2012


High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

Conn. Construction Guidelines

Robinson & Cole Attorneys Contributing Authors Hartford, CT - Gregory R. Faulkner and Martin A. Onorato, partners of Robinson & Cole LLP’s Construction Practice Group, were contributing authors to Connecticut Construction Guidelines: The Manual for Successful Building Projects, 2nd Edition, published by the Connecticut Construction Gregory Faulkner Martin Onorato Guidelines Coalition. Attorney Faulkner authored the organizations representing professions “Requests for Information” guideline and trades dedicated to the design and construction process. Connecticut Conand edited numerous other guidelines. Attorney Onorato authored the struction Guidelines provides concise, “Retainage” guideline and also edited unbiased information on the design and other guidelines. construction process, which is particuThe Connecticut Construction larly helpful to those new to the conGuidelines Coalition is composed of struction process.

BL Companies Receives Award

Hartford, CT - BL Companies received the 2012 “Best Sustainable Design Project” Award in the 17th Annual CREW CT Real Estate Exchange Blue Ribbon Award Showcase for the Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School in Hartford. The award was presented in April at the Society Room in downtown Hartford where all the entries Employees accepting the award are, l-r: Scott Pellwere showcased and the winners man, AIA; Rainer Muhlbauer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; announced in front of a wide vari- Joseph Blowers; Nick Semyanko, RA; and Jennifer ety of local and regional industry Marks, LS. professionals. and land surveying for this project. BL Companies served as The firm is a multidisciplined archithe lead designer for the team, providing tecture, engineering, environmental, and architecture, civil engineering, landscape land surveying firm with offices in Merarchitecture, transportation engineering, iden and Hartford, Conn.

SKDC-Related Entity Acquires Properties BL Companies 100% Employee-Owned

West Hartford, CT - Simon Konover Development Corporation (SKDC), along with its joint-venture partner, Outlook Development Group, of Franklin, Wisconsin, recently acquired two Wisconsin commercial properties by closing on a combination of strategic debt restructuring and discounted payoffs, materially improving the market positions these assets had previously enjoyed. Liberty Plaza in Milwaukee is the only retail center in Park Place Office Park, the second largest business park in Milwaukee.

City Center Junction in Madison is a 25,300sf premiere upscale retail and office center. The joint venture of SKDC and Outlook was established in early 2011 to focus on commercial real estate investments in the Midwest. The joint-venture has acquired office and retail properties in Brookfield, Hartford, and Fort Atkinson, Wis., as well as Chicago, Ill. Headquartered in West Hartford, Conn., SKDC is a division of The Simon Konover Company.

Meriden, CT - BL Companies, a multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, and environmental (A/E/E) firm providing services to public and private clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, celebrated becoming 100% employee owned on December 31, 2011. Through a transaction with its nine shareholders at the end of 2011, the company purchased the remaining 20% of outstanding shares of stock to become 100% owned by all of its employees through an

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May, 2012


High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

Konover Wins Two Awards

Simon Konover Appoints Lynch

West Hartford, CT - The Simon Konover Company announced that Scott J. Lynch has been named vice president. In this role he will focus on project financing, property refinance, capital formation, and equity structuring related to the existing portfolio and new developments, as well as acquisitions and dispositions.


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The Dye House Apartments exterior Manchester, CT - The Dye House Apartments in Manchester was recognized with awards at two separate ceremonies held in April. Dye House Apartments received the Best in Class Multi-family Blue Ribbon Award at the 17th Annual Blue Ribbon Awards Showcase. The Dye House was also recognized with an Award of Merit for Physical Preservation at the 2012 Connecticut Preservation Awards held at the State Capitol. Built in 1914, the Dye House is located in the Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District. The adaptive reuse project created 57 modern one-, two-,

and three-bedroom affordable apartment homes while retaining the historic charm of the building’s structure. Construction was completed in May 2011. The former mill building was redeveloped by The Simon Konover Company in conjunction with Carter Realty, LLC and New Castle Housing Ventures. The project created unique apartment homes with high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and custommade, large architecturally detailed windows, preserving the classic timber and brick elements of the early 1900 mill construction style.

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The Construction Institute Thursday, May 24, 2012 Dolce Norwalk Norwalk, CT The Institute invites you to its 2nd Annual Fairfield County Spring Social. Through programs, workshops, and a

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 5:30-6:30 Registration, Networking 6:30-8:30 Dinner & Awards Program The Bond Ballroom, 11th Floor, Hilton Homewood Suites, 338 Asylum Avenue, Hartford The Connecticut Building Congress will recognize the winning project teams that have adopted close collaboration to improve project quality. Join us and meet representatives from the project teams,

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May, 2012


High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

Cobleigh Appointed ICSC Director

Glastonbury CT -Wayne lead local programs. Cobleigh has been appointed as Cobleigh is manager of the Connecticut State Director of project development for GZA the International Council of ShopGeoEnvironmental Inc. He has ping Centers (ICSC) for a third 27 years of project manageone-year term. ment, marketing, and business In his role as state director development experience in the Cobleigh, chairs the leadership environmental services industry committee and volunteer activities in Connecticut. He advises prifor the area and reports to the divivate and public sector clients on Cobleigh sion vice president on issues and a wide variety of environmentrends impacting the region. He is tal compliance matters and real also responsible for the program planning estate development issues. committee and appointing volunteers to

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Hamden, CT - Hoffmann Architects announced the promotion of two employees. Cari A. Tate has been promoted from marketing coordinator to marketing manager. She is responsible for managing responses to requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for qualifications (RFQs), overseeing website development, creating and maintaining project and client profiles, producing electronic and print marketing materials, planning for events, and developing successful marketing strategies.

Alison B. Hoffmann has been promoted from public relations coordinator to public relations manager. Hoffmann is responsible for producing the award winning Hoffmann Architects Journal, which covers topics relating to building envelope rehabilitation and professional practice. She is also responsible for award nominations, presentation development, website copy, articles, social media, marketing correspondence, direct mail campaigns, and promotional materials.

Dentamaro Joins Tighe & Bond

Middletown, CT - Nicole Dentamaro joined Tighe & Bond, Inc. recently as a geographic information systems (GIS) analyst working out of the firm’s Middletown office. She is supporting Tighe & Bond’s steady growth strategy for environmental and GIS services in Connecticut. Tighe & Bond’s wide range of GIS services include environ-


mental analysis for brownfields and other projects, parcel mapping, utility data development, web hosting, and application development. With more than eight years of experience as a GIS professional in Connecticut, Dentamaro has provided a range of services to local government, public and private utilities, and private industry clients.

Krueger and Perry Join Consigli

Hartford, CT - Aaron B. Krueger, LEED AP and Ronald Perry have joined the Hartford office of C Construction Co., Inc. as project managers. Krueger brings 13 years of Connecticut area construction management experience in the private and public sectors. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of his projects, and as the hub of team communications, he will be accountable for all facets of project administration. Before joining the company Krueger was involved in projects at Fairfield University, Trinity College, Deerfield Academy, The Learning Corridor in Hartford, the town of Killingly, and the town of Manchester. Perry is a building industry veteran with more than 13 years of construction



management experience for corporate and school and university projects throughout Connecticut. His past projects include work for Wesleyan University, Waterbury Performing Arts Magnet School, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and Edwards Angle Palmer and Dodge in Hartford.

Burns & McDonnell Recognized

Wallingford, CT - For the third consecutive year, the New England office of Burns & McDonnell has been named among the Best Places to Work in Connecticut by the Hartford Business Journal. Burns & McDonnell was ranked sixth among large companies that were recognized. Overall, 30 companies were recognized as top places to work in Connecticut for the year 2012, and that list was determined through a national survey conducted by The Best Companies

Group that ranks the most progressive companies in the state based on employee satisfaction. Brett Williams, senior vice president of Burns & McDonnell’s New England office, said: “To receive this prestigious recognition three years in a row is very gratifying to us. We continuously strive to add new talent to our company, to increase our presence across the Northeast, and we know that our employees are the lifeblood of our business and the key to our success.”

CBC Hosts Energy Efficiency Event

Hamden, CT – Members of the Connecticut Building Congress gathered recently to discuss the changes to the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code from the 2009 code. Connecticut state statute requires the adoption of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as early as 2013. The changes call for 26% more energy efficiency than the current 2009 code. Acting State Building Inspector Joseph Cassidy, private building owner Kerry Kerr (HartDick Jacques introducing the speakers ford Hospital), project management and funding consultant standards. The panel discussion was modSteven Chandler Hall (Chandler LLC), erated by Richard Jacques, AIA (Jacques and Energy Code Consultant Frederick F. Management LLC). Wajcs, PE discussed the challenges that The presenters’ slideshow is availlie ahead and their plans to address and re- able on CBC’s website for all those interspond to these higher levels of efficiency ested.


May, 2012


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

ESI Chosen by Miller Recycling

GLSD Upgrades Promote Green

By Meredith S. Zona and James M. Bing In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, wastewater treatment facilities across the country are considering environmentally sensitive retrofits and upgrades. For a worthy example of how to successfully and creatively implement renewable energy technologies, these facilities can look to the Greater Lawrence Sanitary Greater Lawrence Sanitary District District (GLSD) in Eastern Massachusetts. ing a reduction in greenhouse gas emisThe GLSD recently completed two sions. significant renewable energy upgrades: the GLSD’s efforts to become greener installation of two dual-fuel steam boilers and reduce its carbon footprint also includat the wastewater treatment plant and the ed implementing a ground-mounted PV addition of a ground-mounted solar photo- system. The system has a total capacity of voltaic (PV) system. Those associated with 441 kW, one of the largest in Massachusetts the GLSD project learned rather quickly used by a wastewater treatment plant. that these modifications not only promote The PV system utilizes 210-watt green initiatives in the environmental Kyocera model solar panels split between sense, but green savings in the more tradi- a pair of sites. Site 1 is comprised of 1,800 tional sense, as these upgrades, in combi- solar panels connected in 120 “strings” or nation with other energy upgrade projects, source circuits of 15 solar panels in series. will save hundreds of thousands of dollars Site 2 is comprised of 300 panels connecteach year. ed in 20 strings of 15 solar panels in series. The treatment facility at GLSD— Since going online, Site 1 has prowhich serves six communities: Lawrence, duced 288,800 kWh of power, while Site 2 Andover, Methuen, North Andover, and has produced 47,727 kWh. The solar arrays Dracut, Mass., and Salem, N.H.—can pro- are expected to generate enough electricity cess up to 52 million gallons of wastewater to power the equivalent of approximately per day (MGD) with the average daily flow 80 Massachusetts homes. typically close to 31 MGD. Major process All told, GLSD’s PV system is expect$4,854,000 components are primary sedimentation, bi- ed to bring tremendous economic and enviPurchase Loan ological oxidation, secondary clarification, ronmental value. The solar panels are proand treated effluent chlorination. jected to save GLSD approximately $59,000 CVS GLSD’s wastewater treatment plant per year in electricity costs. 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Couple the price & Installation (ESI), a northeastern renew- drop with several state and federal incenable energy firm with offices in North Ox- tives, which may have a limited life span, ford, has been chosen by Miller Recycling and it makes “now” an opportune time to Corporation to design and deploy a roof- deploy a solar project. “After carefully reviewing these promounted solar project to be located on their grams with solar consultants from ESI, it Mansfield facility. seemed like the The project consists right time to of a 300 kilowatt solar elec...system will generate move forward tric system that will gener- enough electricity to power 30 with a project ate enough electricity to average homes. of this size and power 30 average homes. scope,” adds This power will be utilized Miller. “While by the facility to offset its own traditional energy needs. 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May, 2012


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Meridian Associates Helps Wellesley Plaza Go Green PCA Architects, CM&B, and Straightline Construction Contractors

Wellesley, MA - Meridian Associates, Inc. (MAI) recently assisted Gravestar, Inc. with the redevelopment of the of its Wellesley Plaza site, located at the intersection of Washington and State streets in Wellesley. The project goal was to provide its new clients and the residents of the town with a sustainable outdoor environment in place of the existing, outdated plaza. The driving force for the proposed renovations was to accommodate the opening of a Whole Foods Market within an existing supermarket building. This seemed simple enough at first, but the challenges brought about by the existing site and the requirements of the proposed program made this a daunting task. Then all this should be done in the most environmentally friendly way possible… no problem, right? The logical point of beginning for this discussion is/was the existing site conditions. There were some great advantages to the site, with the most obvious being its “location, location, location” at a main intersection and adjacent to a major recreation asset in Hunnewell Park. The site is also at a confluence of two existing town trails and is frequented by students walking to and from the nearby high school, as well as providing temporary day time parking for high school staff. Secondly, the existing architecture and many mature trees located along the street provides the framework to create a vibrant streetscape. The site was not without is challenges, however, the main one being pavement…and lots of it.

Continued from page 13 The detention “pond” has been another visible sign of storm water management strategies. At first these ponds could be designed to actually hold water, but over time the pond’s main function was to detain the water before it was allowed to slowly run off the site. The aesthetic appeal of most of these manmade ponds was diminished by having to line them with chunky rip rap and fence them in with 6’ chain link. All in all, the history of storm water management practices through the 80’s and early 90’s was more of a functional response to an ecological problem rather than an aesthetic response. Then the notion of “environmental design” was born. Environmental design attempts to harmonize both the functional and aesthetic aspects of storm water management. The modern concept has been around for over 25 years and was initially promulgated by academia, but spread to both the public and private sector as rapid land development threatened water quality. The new initiatives in storm water runoff include “BMP” (Best Management Practices), “LID” (Low Impact Development), and now “LEED” (Leadership in Environmental Design) certification for site design. They all encourage the use of onsite natural features to protect water quality

Trail Head walking Area

Whole Foods outdoor seating

to remove pavement, since a reduction in much valued parking would result. However with some careful planning, creation of a more efficient layout with consolidated access drives and the introduction of compact parking spaces, a middle ground was found to allow much needed All photos by Meridian green space to be added Safe and accessible walkways and seating areas are provided. throughout the site. The streetscape could then Due to its success at its previous be completed and safe and accessible walk(much smaller) location in town, Whole ways and seating areas could be provided Foods was in need of a lot of parking; along the roadways and between the prowhereas the existing location provided very posed site components and the adjacent reclittle of such. In the interest of “greening reational amenities, which included a new up” the site, new landscape areas were detrail head and information kiosk. In addition sired. Needless to say, it was not initially to enhancing the pedestrian experience and well accepted when the designers proposed

clarifying the vehicular ways, the removal of pavement allowed the opportunity to introduce small-scale bio-retention basins within landscape areas packed with largely drought-tolerant and native plants. In addition to the bio-basins, the installation of more traditional catch basins, treatment units, and subsurface recharge basins were added where none previously existed. The existing pavement was then ground and regraded to redirect stormwater flows to the new “BMPs.” The resulting stormwater management system reduced peak flows to the adjacent brook, while greatly enhancing recharge and overall water quality. The vegetated areas between the plaza and the brook were further improved by the addition of new fencing and the removal of the invasive plant species that had taken up residence on its banks. MAI staff worked closely with Whole Foods executives and Jacobs (its architectural team) to ensure that their environmentally conscious message and ecological philosophies were captured in all designs prepared for the project. In addition to the Whole Foods improvements, a second building on the property was completely refurbished to allow retenanting to include a new branch of Brookline Bank. This work was undertaken with Gravestar’s architect, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA). Construction was completed by CM&B and Straightline Construction.

Can Site Drainage Be Attractive?

Rain Garden at Abingdon Square - Goffstown N.H.

and promote sustainability. Some of the small scale hydrologic systems used to replicate the “pre-development” condition of a site are: • Rain Gardens—these bioretention areas use a combination of soil layers and plants to remove contaminants from the run

off before it is absorbed by the ground water. • Tree filters—small (usually 6’ diameter) concrete planters which collect run off and filter it using the soil and the roots of the trees. • Pervious Pavement—or porous pavement, are paved areas that absorb water

rather than deflect it. The underlying layers of sand and gravel filter out contaminants and reduce, or eliminate, the need for other types of treatment. • Green Pavement—this is essentially grass underlain with either a plastic or concrete grid system, which keeps the grass and soil from compacting. It is used primarily for overflow parking. • Green Roofs—the use of plants to collect, filter and reduce the amount of run off from roofs. An additional benefit of green roofs is to help moderate temperatures. • Bio-swales—vegetated swales which collect, filter and reduce run off from parking lots. • Underground infiltration systems— manufactured devices, usually recycled plastic, which collect water through a conventional manhole, then pipe the run off to perforated “tubes” where the runoff is detained and filtered through sand and gravel. Using natural features to manage storm water runoff is an attractive, efficient and economic method of keeping our watersheds healthy. Please visit www.tfmoran. com and click on the link green technology for more information on these natural methods of storm water management practices. Anne Cruess, ASLA is a principal of TFMoran Inc., Bedford, N.H.


May, 2012


High-Profile: Awards

Harbor Islands Pavilion Recognized SGH project captures Silver

Boston - The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion project by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), captured a silver award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts’ (ACEC/MA) Engineering Excellence Awards. The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion was designed to raise awareness of the nearby Boston Harbor Islands – a natural resource only a 20-minute boat ride from The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion downtown Boston. Two structural exhibit that highlights the rich historical double-curved reinforced-concrete roof canopies define the pavilion, provid- and ecological diversity of the archipelago. ing spatial definition and protection for two SGH provided structural design, concrete kiosks, a large-scale map of the islands in- materials consulting, and construction adcised into the pavement, and a permanent ministration services.

Brookstone Receives USCA Award Manchester, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc., headquartered in Manchester, was recently selected for the 2012 Best of Manchester Award in the Commercial and Office Building Contractors category by the US Commerce Association (USCA). Each year, the USCA identifies companies that it deems to have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. “We’re very happy to be recognized by the USCA,” said Paula Scales, Brookstone Builders’ president. “We have always been committed to quality, integrity, and serving the needs of our customers in a straightforward way.”

For over 40 years Spilldam Environmental, Inc., has been manufacturing environmental protection equipment for industrial and marine applications.

North Branch Honored

Concord, NH - North Branch Construction, Inc. was honored to receive the 2012 Plan NH Merit Award for the Newbury Center Meeting House Historic Renovation at the awards banquet held in Concord. The Plan NH Merit Awards Committee selected this project as it reflects Plan (l-r) Bill Weiler, Joseph Campbell, Dan Wolf accepting the award. NH’s mission to promote “excellence in sustainable planning, design, and development of the built environment” and embodies several of its “Smart Growth” Principles. Project manager Joseph Campbell, along with Newbury Center Meeting House Representatives Dan Wolf and Bill Weiler, accepted the award. This marks the fourth award given to the Newbury Center Meeting House project. Previous awards include a 2012 New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Merit Award, an Award of Excellence from the 2011 Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT Chapter Excellence in Construction Awards, and a 2011 Preservation Achievement Award from the New Hampshire PreservaExterior shot of Newbury Center Meeting House. tion Alliance.

Richmond Completes Cubist HQ Exp.

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Cubist Pharmaceuticals headquarters Lexington, MA - The Richmond existing laboratories on the building’s first Group has completed the expansion of floor. The project also incorporated a preCubist Pharmaceuticals’ headquarters in cast 299-car parking garage. Lexington. Richmond managed the designHigh-efficiency plumbing and light build project, which provides an additional fixtures, distribution-controlled heating 104,000sf of laboratory space for Cubist’s and cooling systems, and updated mechanstaff focused on the development of antibi- ical equipment combine to offset the conotics and acute care products. stant operations of the lab facility, which is Due to site restrictions and the exist- designed to LEED Silver certification. ing building’s footprint, the most cost efOther project team members include fective solution for expansion was to build R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, Spagnolo Gisvertically. Richmond oversaw the planning ness & Associates, Inc., and Olson Lewis + and construction of two floors of labora- Architects, Highpoint Engineering, Goldtory, administration, and technical support stein-Milano, and Rolf Jensen & Associspace, a new central utility plant, a new ates, Inc. mechanical penthouse, and renovations to

May, 2012


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

The Agile Firm: Using the Cloud to Boost Design and Client Service

by Stephanie Goldberg AIA, LEED AP At Lab, we recently celebrated our first year in business and are able to reflect upon our strategies for success. As a startup, we had the opportunity to design and define a new model for delivering architectural services. We considered all aspects of the practice, from the details of technical infrastructure to our method of articulating design choices with our clients. Wanting to focus our time and effort on design and client relationships, we sought to create a company that is nimble and free of technological and infrastructural issues. Coming into being in the virtual age, Lab is built on the idea of portability and effective harnessing of the Internet. The reinvention of the practice has benefits for both time management and quality. In traditional models of architectural practice, the designer brings a formalized presentation to the client and goes back to the office to make revisions. Though much of design work is accomplished in studios, the strategy work and planning can be done on-site with the client. By eliminating servers and leveraging cloud storage, we are able to bring all the tools of our office to the client’s site and eliminate the step of retranslating decisions into drawings. Our work is accessible from anywhere. Working in real time with our clients and within our own team, we can collaborate no matter where we are. Design revisions are uploaded to our cloud-based information, so our team members at the office have access to

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Axonometric of project showing integrated outlets and switches. The outlets and switches are part of the engineering drawings and are coordinated with the architecture and furnishings. the same information quickly and our group is always in sync. The ease of a cloud-based system benefits our clients in lower overhead costs. Importantly, it allows our firm unlimited flexibility of growth. Storage is an operating cost, not a capital expense, and as such can be upgraded at will from month to month as needed. We can grow with our clients and meet their demands without looking for new infrastructure. Using technology to simplify our

practice has also been a focus. Rather than pulling from multiple programs to create a presentation, we are able to use our software effectively, keeping the complexity of creating our imagery straightforward. Our clients benefit from the fact that there is no redrawing time and no lag between numeric and visual information. In our recent university work we have worked with user groups in three dimensions, using the rendering tools to test and present the designs. Our software allows these designs

to also be shown in traditional plan and elevation for use in construction without redrawing the work. The benefit to both the clients and to ourselves is that what is presented is what will be built. Integrating all aspects of the project at the earliest phases streamlines our design work and saves time. Rather than redraw the MEP and structural work, we link their models to our own. In this way, we have been able to quickly see the relationship between the consultant work and our own, correcting issues during the design phases of the project. The time saved translates into savings for our clients and helps us to design a more coordinated project. The challenge for firms today is to be competitive without compromising creativity and attention to clients. In designing our firm, we decided to push ourselves to maximize what current technology has to offer. The ability to bring our design work to the client, allowing for ease of growth and integration of all aspects of our work, has freed our firm to focus on our client relationships. It allows us to grow without growing pains. This year we’ve more than doubled our team without significant infrastructural change As we continue to grow, we will see how this model adapts; however, maintaining a small footprint and a growing design practice is a great place to be. Stephanie Goldberg AIA LEED AP BC+D is a principal at Lab / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc., a Boston-based architecture firm focused on laboratory design.

Life. Science. Architecture. LAB is a new firm that combines the knowledge and skill of a large firm with the energy of a startup. We have 20 years of lab design experience behind us, and use technology and strategic partnerships to bring an agile, focused and responsive approach your projects. Learn about our approach at labarchitectgroup.com


May, 2012


High-Profile: PCINE News

SUNY Nears Completion of Liberty Terrace

Albany, NY - The State University of New York (SUNY) is nearing completion of a new 500-bed dormitory, Liberty Terrace. The $60 million project will include a community center with lounges, meeting rooms, and a fitness center. Each of the apartmentstyle dormitory rooms has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and living/dining room. The Liberty Terrace complex consists of two buildings, each five stories, for a total area of 180,000sf. The project uses precast exterior insulated wall panels along with precast stairs, landings, beams, and hollowcore planks. Oldcastle Precast, Inc. – Building Systems Division was awarded the contract for the design and engineering of the precast dormitory structure as well as manufacturing and erecting the precast elements. David Wan, PE, LEED AP, at Oldcastle Precast, Inc. explains that “using two field erection cranes and crews enabled the project to meet a very aggressive schedule.” This speed of erection is not an uncommon reason for choosing precast concrete over other building systems. In this case the precast erection started June 17, 2011 and was completed three months later, on time, September 17, 2011. This dorm uses 604 exterior precast wall panels each 12-inch thick with 4-inch continuous EPS insulation. The insulation is sandwiched between two layers of precast concrete, preventing the insulation from ever getting wet and becoming a mildew problem. The insulated panels keep the interior warmer in winter and cooler in sum-

at all. Using precast concrete panels saves time and money by simply having less finishing work to do both inside and out. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards are being followed to insure that this project is environmentally friendly. Features include: permeable pavement, a green roof, rain gardens, daylight maximization, and the use of recycled and locally sourced materials. A geothermal (ground source heat pump) system using the constant temperature of the soil to moderate cooling and heating energy needs will help them achieve a LEED Gold certification. SUNY’s Liberty Terrace dormitory promises to be an asset for the university for decades, attracting students to take advantage of exceptional dorm life they offer.

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mer, while using considerably less energy in the process. That same panel also dampens sound, keeping the noise of campus life outside from reaching hard-working students inside. Keeping students safe is a priority for every school, large or small, and precast concrete offers unparalleled protection. Liberty Terrace uses 185,000sf of hollowcore planks for floors/ceilings and 250 solid interior load bearing wall panels, and this matters because precast concrete doesn’t burn. If a fire did break out, it can be contained,

allowing the occupants sufficient time for a safe evacuation. Liberty Terrace is on schedule to open for the fall of 2012 semester; the precast work is complete, and the interior work has commenced. Precast saves time inside, too; the interior surface of each panel is smooth when put in place and ready for painting or a seal coating. Interior precast concrete panels have over 500 electrical boxes and conduit assemblies cast right into the precast walls. The exterior surfaces are exposed aggregate needing little or no finishing work

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First Total Precast SUNY Dorm! The use of precast concrete in educational facilities allows architects and designers to go beyond the old style design. Precast hollowcore planks, wall panels, spandrels, stairwells and precast columns can provide more livable and multi-functional spaces. Liberty Terrace is the first total precast apartmentstyle dormitory (two buildings) for the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany. PrecaST erecTioN comPleTeD oN Time iN 3 moNThS. Oldcastle Precast is responsible for the precast concrete design and engineering, as well as the manufacturing and installation of the precast concrete elements. Supplying 185,000 sf of 8" & 10" Elematic precast hollowcore concrete plank (floor/ceiling units), 95,000 sf of exterior finished, insulated, load bearing precast wall panels, 52,000 sf of interior load bearing solid precast wall, and various

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May, 2012


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Roundhill Completes Seaport Ctr. Project

JC&A Completes Three Projects

New Irwin Hyundai Completed

Building Pathways Graduates

Boston - Roundhill Construction, a Boston-based general contracting firm specializing in interior build-outs for commercial space-users, has completed the fit-up of 4,400sf of new office space at 70 Fargo St. in Boston for OneView Commerce, a provider of software solutions for retailers that will be headquartered at the building. Roundhill Construction conducted the build-out project on behalf of The Beal Cos., the Boston-based owner of 70 Fargo St., and its joint-venture partner, Rockpoint Group. Also known as Seaport Center, 70 Fargo St. is a 465,000sf, Class A office building located in the South Boston Seaport District. Margulies Peruzzi Architects of Boston provided design services for the project.

Quincy, MA - J. Calnan & components to manufacturers of Associates, Inc. announced that its HVAC equipment, had just four focused special projects division reweeks to renovate and expand cently added three more fast-track its office and warehouse space in office fit-out projects to its growing Rockland. Using a design-build portfolio. The projects include renapproach, Affinova, a software ovations for Liquid Pixels, AirXand services company, turned to change, and Affinova. JC&A when it needed to expand. Liquid Pixels, a supplier of In order to accommodate its readvanced Dynamic Imaging solucent growth, Affinova needed to David Conner tions, was relocating to Bedford increase its space in Waltham by and required 5,000sf of renovation. approximately 5,000sf. Together New office space at 70 Fargo St. Working collaboratively with Walsh Co- with Hobbs Brook Management LLC and chis Architects, Koda Ventures, and Liquid Studio Troika, the JC&A team used the deRoundhill completed the nearly full Pixels, the JC&A project team successfully sign-build approach to convert the space in gut-rehab of the building’s ninth floor on a completed the renovation in just four weeks. just four weeks. The project included demo, fast-track basis to accommodate OneView’s AirXchange, a company with ex- new carpet throughout, a new kitchen, mitight relocation schedule. perience in the design, manufacture, sale, nor finish improvements and private office and support of energy recovery ventilation furniture.

Laconia, NH - Upgrades and renovations to the Irwin Automotive Group’s Hyundai dealership at 446 Union Ave., Laconia have been completed by Jewett Automotive Design & Construction of Raymond. The project involved renovating an existing 16,000sf single-story masonry and steel-framed building into a new auto showroom, offices, and service department. Interior upgrades included new structural steel and interior masonry walls; ceiling systems; tile, carpet, and all finishes; design-build fire sprinkler systems; and plumbing and electrical systems. Exterior renovations involved

Boston - The first registered preapprenticeship program in Massachusetts held a graduation for 16 participants in the second training session of Building Pathways, a building trades pre-apprenticeship program. The participants were selected from over 160 applicants and took part in a seven-week training program that included classroom and hands-on learning experiences to prepare them to enter an apprenticeship in the building and construction trades. Participants had to be Boston Housing Authority residents or meet HUD Section 3 income requirements for low and very low income, as well as other criteria

Renovated Hyundai dealership in Laconia. installation of the new Hyundai gateway and new glass and aluminum storefront. Major subcontractors included Gove Construction, Britton Plumbing and Heating, and Amax Construction.

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May, 2012


High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

CTA Breaks Ground on Two Schools

Douglas, MA - Within a span of four days, CTA Construction Co. Inc. broke ground on two new school projects in Douglas and Winchester where the winning bids saved millions in construction costs. In Douglas, CTA will build a new 83,100sf elementary school and refurbish an 88,245sf middle school, as well as install athletic fields and a new driveway. Total cost: $36.2 million. The groundbreaking ceremony was March 31. The school was designed by DiNisco Design Partnership. In Winchester, the new 78,000sf Vinson-Owen Elementary School will occupy the site of its predecessor torn down last fall. Total cost: $20.6 million. The groundbreaking ceremony was April 3. “Both of these projects represent tremendous savings for the residents of these towns while also providing high-quality

Husson’s new Living Learning Center

The new elementary school in Douglas, Mass. new schools for generations of school children,” said Patrick Tompkins, P.E., principal of CTA Construction.

The new Vinson-Owen Elementary School in Winchester.

In Douglas, CTA was able to price the project under the $39 million budget, saving taxpayers about $2.6 million. The savings gave the project owner the flexibility to add a new running track and water lines to the project. For Winchester, CTA’s competitive bid saved $660,000, allowing school officials to add more durable granite curbing to the parking lot design and additional space within the school footprint should more classrooms be needed in the future. The two new schools join a portfolio of ongoing CTA school projects that include the Maynard High School, Tewksbury Memorial High School, Tahanto Regional Middle High School in Boylston, and Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington.

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Bangor, ME - Construction is nearing completion on Husson’s new Living Learning Center, a design-build project managed by AlliedCook Construction and scheduled to be completed this summer. The new $11 million, five-story multipurpose building will include experiential learning environments, classrooms, faculty offices, and suite-style living space for 245 students. The first floor will house the experiential learning classrooms dedicated to specific academic programs, including space for the College of Business that will allow students to conduct simulated board meetings and web-based team analysis. The criminal justice program will also have space for actual investigations allowing students to investigate mock crime scene scenarios. The top four floors will provide suite-style living quarters, each containing two bedrooms, combined living and study area, and private bathroom.

May, 2012


High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

Franklin Pierce Center Opens

North Branch School Projects

Technical center lobby entrance Wolfeboro, NH - North Branch Construction of Concord completed additions and renovations to the Kingswood Middle School in March and continues work on the high school and technical center. Current projects in the high school include a lecture hall, two audio/visual studios – one which will be the home of Wolfeboro Community Television, a wood shop, an exercise/weight room, and a dance studio. The technical center will see new childcare, healthcare, and electronics and machine tools sections in April and early May. Modular classrooms will be removed during spring break vacation, and final sitework will take place during this time. Final

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Milestone CM - Designed by DC Designs

Concord, NH - The University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law School, has recently opened the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property in Concord. The building was designed by DC Designs of Concord The Construction Manager was Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc., also of Concord. The building, which is built as an addition to the existing UniFranklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property versity of New Hampshire School of Law, houses classrooms space, The building was oriented to the faculty offices, conference rooms, a 100- southerly direction to take advantage of the seat lecture hall, which has been fit out to sunlight in the entry and rotunda. handle distance learning and guest lecturThe project is built on a very tight ers from around the world; and a rotunda site, bordered by three streets and abutting at the entrance. a major intersection. The construction

Technical center greenhouse paving will be done when students begin their summer vacation on June 22, 2012. Construction remains ahead of schedule, and North Branch expects to have all three schools complete by early summer 2012.

June focus:

Healthcare Facilities

Interior view of lobby and staircase

required tight site management as there was virtually no staging area. The building exterior utilized a brick façade to complement the existing building along with large aluminum glass curtain wall to light the rotunda. The exterior façade is highlighted with an aluminum composite panel. Inside, the interior finish includes new granite tube floors, extensive wood and paneling, and an architectural metal stair surrounding a Zen feature in the lobby.

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High-Profile Monthly features healthcare facilities news in every issue and June is the special annual focus where we devote extra space to the unique needs and concerns of designing and building for the healthcare environment.

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May, 2012


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Building a Home for Veterans

Winooski, VT - The Canal Street Veterans Housing Project in Winooski was born out of the continuous need to provide suitable housing for the evergrowing population of homeless war veterans. Bob Duncan of Duncan Wisniewski Architecture in Burlington took on the challenge, determined to design and deliver a sustainable, affordable, and functional facility. To meet the housing demand of area homeless veterans, Duncan designed a contemporary, light-filled building with large windows, which matched the pattern and style of existing buildings in the area, on a small commercial site footprint. The six-story building incorporates a creative combination of Marvin fiberglass products, which offered energy efficiency, sizes, and sustainability needed for the project. Fiberglass windows with clad components were used on the three main zones of the building — a storefront on the first floor, housing units on the floors above, and a stair tower to link them. To create a first floor storefront, Infinity all-fiberglass stationary casement and awning units were used with Marvin’s clad three-piece mulls and mull covers. The combination of Marvin mulls and Infinity windows was a new solution suggested by the architectural team at A.W. Hastings, the New England and Eastern New York distributor for Marvin Windows and Doors, and retailer Windows & Doors By Brownell.

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Canal Street Veterans building For the housing units above the first floor, Integrity Wood-Ultrex Double Hung windows were chosen for their warm wood interior. The Canal Street Veterans building has 12 studio apartments and four twobedroom apartments on the bottom four floors, for two-year transitional housing for veterans involved in the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) program. An additional 12 units (10 studios and two two-bedroom apartments) located on the top two floors, are for permanent, affordable housing for the public, with veterans receiving priority placement. The COTS program provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont.

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CCB Inc. Recognizes Longevity

Westbrook, ME - Members of the CCB team were recognized recently for their longevity and contribution to the 67 year-old company. Alfred Brickett, Jr., and William Charity were lauded for 30 and 25 years of dedicated service, respectively, at the company’s annual meeting in March. Brickett, a carpenter by trade, joined the CCB team in 1981 as a field engineer/superintendent before becoming a project manager in 1997. CCB principals Sean Ferguson, Beth Sturtevant, Charity, an ironworker by and Marc Belanger are shown with 30-year team trade, worked on steel erection, member Al Brickett. maintenance, and mechanical instalRyan, Patricia A. DiGeorge, David P. lation projects mainly in papermills throughout the northeast before joining Cloutier, Michael Goodwin, Robert Porter, John R. Pelletier, Terry Pinkham, and JefCCB in 1986 as a project superintendent. Other members of the CCB team frey R. Perron. CCB, Inc., a Maine-based, womenmentioned for their longevity and dedicaowned, general contractor, currently has tion to the company were owner Beth L. offices in Westbrook and Old Town, Maine, Sturtevant, Clem L. Gervais, Newell E. as well as Wilmington, Mass. Porter, Robert K. Mullen, Richard (Sam)

Brookstone Completes Hospital Reno

Manchester, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc. recently completed a multiphase renovation project for Portsmouth Regional Hospital. The scope of work involved the renovation of the hospital’s hematology and chemistry laboratories, which are located in the facility’s mid-section. Under-slab plumbing modifications were made, and

new floors, ceilings, plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring, and fire alarm systems were installed. Blood-testing and analysis equipment was also upgraded and installed. The process was conducted in four separate phases to eliminate any disruption in hospital workflow. JSA Inc.of Portsmouth was the project’s architects.

May, 2012


Griffin Completes

High-Profile: Facilities Development News Green and Complete Streets Electrical Work

Salem, MA - Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. of Holliston recently completed the electrical installation work at the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center in Salem. Expecting a LEED Silver certification, the new 195,000sf facility has consolidated five court departments within two adjacent buildings. The expansive complex includes 11 courtrooms, a large jury pool room, 33 detainee cells, district attorney’s ofJ. Michael Ruane Judicial Center fices and a grand jury room, nications work included voice, data, and in addition to administrative offices for over 200 staff, security officers, a video-structured cable system, utilizing and judges. A new law library was created UTP, plus copper, fiber optic, and coaxial from the relocation, renovation, and pres- cabling. Also, the contract incorporated ervation of Salem’s historic First Baptist an extensive integrated electronic security system, which has a CCTV, intrusion deChurch. Griffin Electric was responsible tection, and access control systems. Serving as the project’s construction for installing a 3,000-amp service, with a manager was Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, 1,000kw generator on-site. Additionally, a Inc. of Holyoke, with Goody, Clancy & complete high-rise fire alarm system, powAssociates, Inc. of Boston as the architect er, and lighting branch circuits, including and Cosentini of Cambridge the electrical lighting control and light harvesting, was engineer. set up by the Griffin team. Telecommu-

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Roof Tops

created a perfect storm of design blunders through an overall roofing configuration designed to limit the release of precipitation and promote ice dams. The result was a group of frustrated and even outraged unit owner and a community association board brought to its wit’s end. Significant penetrations of roofs and walls occurred in multiple instances throughout the community, with some units experiencing up to $30,000 in waterrelated damage. An engineering study revealed the unthinkable: short of one, untested expedient, the suggested cure-all required the replacement of all roofs and attic substructure throughout the complex. Unit owners, who had paid top dollar for units averaging 2,800sf in size when built in 2006, were devastated. The association board was faced with a financial nightmare. A first attempt to remediate the problem through the creation of an impervious roofing membrane failed for reasons familiar to anyone experienced in shingling systems. Only through the installation of a robust, overbuilt flashing schedule could the inherent failure-points accompanying the original roofing configuration be fully overcome. First, proper flashing was run up cheek walls and precisely positioned behind fascia and trim. Underlayment water barriers of upwards of a yard in height were used extensively. A commercial-grade gutter and downspout system featuring 6-inch channels was installed.

Additionally, 6-foot ice shields were established around all gable edges featuring Tyvec, which was installed using special adhesives. A total shingle replacement provided uniform shielding across all roof surfaces. Further, a rubberized ice shield was installed along drip edges and secured with an ultra-high-bond glue product. Outside and inside corners above roof pitches received the 3-foot flashing treatment, too. Lead flashing was installed at joins as a matter of economy and flexibility. Lead’s unique strength and durability make it an ideal product when multiple joins require a readily formed protective barrier. In total, 12 of the 54 affected units received this treatment in a preliminary test. Human factors played a role in the remediation process as well. While this past season was an exceptionally mild one, unit owners had nothing to look forward to last fall but the misery and expense of one more New England winter. The remediation project was undertaken on the promise of a five-week timeframe, with no punch list on completion. All remaining units in the complex are now under remediation, and a comprehensive solution to what on first consideration appeared to be an unmitigated disaster is well on the way to full completion. The community association and its owner-members are enjoying the waterfree living conditions they deserve while benefitting from significantly less cost than originally anticipated. Bryan Kelly is president of Waltham, Mass.-based Kelly’s Property Services.

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practices that were selected for the project provide numerous stormwater benefits, including runoff volume and rate reduction, groundwater recharge, natural treatment of stormwater runoff, and runoff temperature reduction. These benefits are particularly important because the stormwater runoff that discharges from the site into the City’s storm drain system eventually makes its way to the Neponset River, which is on the Peabody Square © Christopher Barnes Photography Massachusetts list of impaired The reconstructed Square is now bewaters and is identified as impaired for organics, pathogens, and turbid- ing used as a model by the Boston Public ity, all common pollutants in stormwater Works Department to promote the benrunoff. By treating the stormwater on-site efits of green and complete streets techusing sustainable design components, the niques and their successes. City Engineer project is doing its part to improve the Para Jayasinghe said “Peabody Square water quality of the Neponset River. The has been recognized by the community as sustainable components not only provide a a resounding success and by the City as a cost-effective way for treating stormwater prime example of what a Complete Street by reducing the infrastructure needed, but should be.” Jerry Blumenthal, PE, LEED Green also enhance the beauty of public spaces by incorporating stormwater into landscape- Associate, is a Senior Project Manager at based systems and aesthetic patterns of po- Nitsch Engineering, Boston. rous pavers.

New Management Training Program

Dunning and McInerney at Needham Electric Supply Canton, MA - Needham Electric Supply has launched a management training program to provide a structured approach to developing qualified candidates for branch manager positions and other leadership roles in the company. This program rotates individuals through all aspects of the company’s business to acquire the knowledge and experience required to run a department or branch location. At the end of the journey, participants are expected to have honed their sales skills, developed strong managerial and operational capabilities, expanded their industry product knowledge, and increased their overall business acumen to be ready to take on

a leadership role. The full scope of development will span two to four years depending on the individual’s level of experience when they enter the program. Currently, Needham Electric has two associates, John Dunning and Tim McInerney, who are participating in this program. Dunning was previously a sales associate with Standard Electric in Needham, where he served the residential and commercial contractor markets. McInerney’s family was the former owner of Wellesley Electric Supply, which was acquired by Standard Electric in 2004. McInerney has held positions in counter sales, inside sales, project quotations, and branch management.

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May, 2012


High-Profile: People

Abbot Organizational Changes

Boston - Abbot Building Restoration Company, Inc. of Boston announced a series of organizational changes involving its principals. With the retirement of long-time president, Angelo Diodati, Michael Norman moves from vice president to president, with day-to-day responsibility in the areas of contract work and client negotiations. Steven Diodati takes over as vice president and director of operations, where he is responsible for maintaining the efficiency of the firm’s project operations, including construction scheduling and production. In addition, he is responsible for quality assurance and the integrity of craftsmanship and materials provided for each project. Michael Diodati, director of field operations, is primarily responsible for coordinating day-to-day operations for Abbot’s large project division, including managing multiple crews and maintaining the con-

Norman struction schedule. All three are descendants of the founding principals. Michael Norman represents the second generation, and the Diodati brothers represent the third generation of handson leadership for the firm.

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ment, programming, and project management and coordination. He is currently working on projects for Hobbs Brook Management and National Development. P r e v i o u s l y, Shaw was a design Meyers drafter at Studio One Inc. in Springfield, Mass., where he was responsible for conceptual design and contract documentation. Photo credit: Boston Portrait

Tocci Promotes Reynoldson

Boston - Tocci Building a VDC training program Companies has promoted Pierce for Tocci employees and Reynoldson to virtual design conwill be responsible for destruction (VDC) manager. veloping and maintaining In his new role, Reynoldson software and process stanwill provide oversight on Tocci’s dards, manuals, and best VDC projects and will manage practices, and testing and the five-person VDC team, inproviding recommendacluding conducting performance tions on software advancements. reviews, providing coaching and Reynoldson Finally, Reynoldson mentoring activities, and recruitwill spearhead research and ment for the VDC department. In addition, he will implement development projects for the firm.

Shawmut Appoints Tripp

Boston - Shawmut Design and Construction has appointed Matthew Tripp business development director in the company’s hospitality group. In his role, Tripp will be responsible for cultivating new relationships with national hospitality clients and reinforcing existing partnerships. Tripp joined Shawmut in 1998 and previously held the po-



Westfield, MA - Gabrielle perience in environmental planBelfit recently joined Tighe & ning and permitting, municipal Bond, Inc. as a senior environbylaw development, grant writmental scientist. Working out ing and management, community of the firm’s growing Pocasoutreach and planning assistance set office, she provides clients for water supply, wastewater, with solutions that address enlow-impact stormwater design, vironmental and Massachusetts and water quality issues. Contingency Plan (MCP) chalShe worked for the Cape lenges, regulatory compliance, Cod Commission as a hydroloBelfit and environmental permitting gist and water resources planner concerns. for 28 years before joining Tighe Belfit has more than 30 years of ex- & Bond.

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New Roles for Meyers and Shaw

Boston - Jenna Meyers, LEED AP, ID+C and Joshua H. Shaw have joined Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA). In her new role as interior designer, Meyers will be responsible for the design of selected projects from early conceptual stages through construction documents. She is currently working on several projects for Reliant Medical Group (formerly Fallon Clinic). Previously, she held a commercial interior design internship at Bergmann Associates and was with Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C. and Merkel Donohue, all in Rochester, N.Y. In his role as architectural designer, Shaw’s role will include design develop-

Belfit Joins Tighe & Bond

sitions of assistant superintendent, superintendent, and national construction manager. He has worked with many of Shawmut’s hospitality clients, including Joe’s Crab Shack, Yard House Restaurants, Shake Shack, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and California Pizza Kitchen.

Swansea, MA - Partners Insurance Group, LLC announced that Stephen R. Long has been certified as a construction risk and insurance specialist (CRIS). This insurance designation recognizes specialized expertise in construction insurance and establishes commitment to the construction industry through an ongoing continuing education component

focusing on construction risk and insurance. The CRIS program consists of Contractual Risk Transfer in Construction, Commercial Liability Insurance for Contractors, Commercial Auto, Surety, & CIPs, Workers Compensation & Property Insurance for Contractors.

Marr Hires Robertson

tive and field personnel. AdBoston - Marr Equipment ditionally, he will oversee the Corporation announced that John operations of Marr Rigging S. Robertson, III has joined the Company, Inc., a related busicompany as general manager. He ness entity providing rigging, will be responsible for the mantrucking, and warehousing seragement of all operational funcvices to Marr customers. tions, including the development Robertson has had a 19of new business, the direction and year career in the equipment and oversight of the sales function, construction industry, including and overall growth of the busiRobertson the recent ownership of a crane ness. training company focused on A fully-trained crane operator himself, Robertson will supervise the training and safety on the job. He most redaily coordination and utilization of Marr’s cently served as operations manager of a fleet of cranes and construction hoists and Pennsylvania-based crane rental company. will provide leadership to both administra-

FFF Hires Leet

Burlington, VT - Freeman French Freeman (FFF) has hired Brian Leet of Montpelier as project architect. Leet joins the firm with 15 years of design and project management experience in Vermont and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has worked on several high-profile LEED-certified proj-

ects including UVM’s Aiken Center and the NRG Systems headquarters in Hinesburg At FFF Leet will join the design team working on the Vermont Aviation Center in South Burlington and a new office building for the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust in Barre.


Goodreau joins Solectria

Lawrence, MA - Solectria Renewables, LLC, announced that Mark Goodreau has joined Solectria Renewables as director of North American Sales for Utility-Scale Solutions. He has worked in the PV industry since 2006, holding senior management positions with solar equipment manufacturers and project developers. Prior to joining Solectria Renewables,

Goodreau served as director of sales at Satcon Technology. Previously, he was president of Gloria Spire Solar. In addition to his executive positions in the solar industry, Goodreau has held senior marketing and business development roles with fast-growing technology companies, from start-ups to Fortune 500’s.

May, 2012


High-Profile: People

Burdin and Petrillo Join Erland

Two New Hires

Milford, MA - Two construction industry veterans, Christopher Scarvalas and Michael Freud, have been added to Consigli Construction Co., Inc’s Boston area construction management team. Drawing on more than 30 years of construction management experience, Christopher Scarvalas joins the company as project executive. He has led projects for a variety of Greater Boston area academScarvalas Freud ic, biomedical, healthcare, and corporate Burdin Petrillo clients such as Tufts University, Massa- tion industry, with specialized expertise in during a project’s critical preconstruction chusetts Institute of Technology, Emman- complex new construction, design-build, phase. He was formerly with Barr & Barr. uel College, Proctor & Gamble, Newton- renovation, and interior fit-out projects for Wellesley Hospital, Massachusetts General life science facilities. His significant loHospital, and Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medi- cal work includes projects for Shire, Genzyme Corporation, Archemix Corporation, cal Center. Hypnion, Acusphere, and Metabolix. Michael Freud, project executive, has South Hamilton, MA - Rhino relations experience. In her new over 25 years of experience in the construcPublic Relations announced that role she will take on responsibilMichele Spiewak has been proity for staff development includmoted to account director. In her ing training Rhino PR staff and new role she will continue to be overseeing professional develCanton, MA – Needham Electric of sales and marketing for Pass & Seyresponsible for developing, manopment. Supply (NESCO) announced that Mi- mour/Legrand and Wiremold/Legrand aging, and executing PR programs Michele’s career includes chael J. Gambino has joined the com- companies, and most recently as presito support Rhino PR clients, and extensive experience in the techpany’s board of directors. He brings dent until his retirement in 2007. Prior working directly with Principal nology and architecture/design over 30 years of executive management to that, Gambino started his own conSpiewak Susan Shelby, CPSM to develop fields at firms such as Shandwick experience and industry knowledge to sulting firm and created bestroute.com, agency staff and programs. International, Sasaki Associates, the board. an online site for hard-to-find electrical Spiewak joined Rhino PR in April and Art Technology Group. He joins current board members, products. Earlier in his career, he held 2008, with more than 15 years of public Tom Cloud, chairman of the board for a variety of management positions with United Electric; William Von Achen, Midland Ross/American Electric. Gambino is also a member of the president of Strategic Management Resources; and Frank Cincotta, co-founder board of directors for the Vera House of and chairman of the board for Needham Syracuse, a nonprofit organization that gional general contractors. Scarborough, ME - Alliedassists families in crisis. Electric. Throughout his career, he Cook Construction announced Gambino served as vice president has been instrumental in that Kevin Freeman has joined assisting firms to achieve the company as director of busisignificant growth and ness development to lead the market diversification. company’s business developIn his role at Alliedment efforts in Maine and New Cook, Freeman will be reHampshire. sponsible for maintaining With over 20 years of Over 22 Years in the Graphic Design Freeman relationships, developing experience, Freeman brings a and Printing Industry new clients, and working wealth of knowledge and expertise in the construction industry, closely with the company’s manageMagazine managing the business development ment team on strategic business planefforts, client relations, and strategic ning and identifying new markets. Newspaper Layout positioning for a number of leading re-

Burlington, MA - Erland Construction announced that Jessica Burdin, LEED AP and Joseph Petrillo have joined the firm. Burdin is director of project development for the academic market. She was formerly with the corporate real estate department of The MITRE Corporation and the administration and planning group at Simmons College. Petrillo is Erland’s director of preconstruction, working closely with the project team to develop all deliverables

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Gambino Named to NESCO Board

Freeman Joins AlliedCook

Greene Appoints Lampman

Boston - G. Greene Construction announced that Dick Lampman has been appointed director of business development. He has more than 30 years of executive leadership and expertise within the healthcare, academic, life sciences, hospitality, corporate, and commercial construction, as well as urban mixed-use development. Formerly VP of the Tocci Building Companies, Lampman was responsible for client development and maintenance. In addition, he has held senior management positions with several ENR Top 400 companies, including Perini Building Company, AMEC/Morse Diesel International, the Clark Construction Group, and the Dimeo Construction Company.

He served as senior executive for a Silicon Valley software company developing new construction industry applications. This experience, combined with a working knowledge Lampman of today’s building information modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) processes, gives him insight into the revolutionary possibilities, as well as the daunting challenges, facing facility owners and the AEC industry.


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May 17 - 7:15 - 9:15 a.m. 225 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston Anatomy of a Building Join us for a detailed look at the architectural, MEP systems, and related codes that commercial real estate brokers need to understand. Speakers will discuss the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems that comprise the anatomy of a building. Key issues of concern include: Controls: ability to manage and track systems; foundation and frame: seismic compliance and floor loading; MEP/FP: cost, comfort and control; skin: age of roof and glazing system and efficiency; site: adequacy of parking Speakers: Alex Vanderweil PE, LEED AP, Associate Principal, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP Marc Margulies AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Margulies Perruzzi Architects For more information visit naiopma. org - Pauline Rand - (781) 453-6900 x4 Email: rand@naiopma.org

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AGC and BSA Joint effort

Thursday, May 17 5:30 - 9 p.m. Dinner Meeting, Marriott Hotel -Newton Projects in The Pipeline Please join us for our Spring Membership Dinner Meeting to meet and talk casually with other members, relax over dinner, and get the latest information on project opportunities in the city of Boston and across the state. Also, take part in an important Vote on adoption of changes to ASM’s governing documents. Save the date! - Monday, July 23 ASM’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth For more information on these events please log onto http://www.associatedsubs. com.

June 15 - Economy-Up or Down for 2012 and 13 Registration: 8 a.m. Program: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.. BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, Chief Economist, American Institute of Architects It is a little early to see how the political scene will play out, but we are beginning to see signs of economic recovery. Two economists representing the best in our industry will discuss their insights on where the markets are going and what might be in store for design and construction moving forward. For more information: agcmass.org

Golf Outing 2012

WMA Dinner - MA Prevailing Wage Law May 23 - 5:30 p.m. Elan, 450 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, Mass. With Special Guest Speaker: Miranda S. Jones, Esq., Fair Labor Division, Mass. Attorney General’s Office. Are you doing public construction work? Are you thinking of getting into the public market? You cannot miss attending this meeting. In order to give your company a competitive advantage in the public market, you must keep up with the prevailing wage laws in Massachusetts! For more information: Anne Cucchiara 781-273-0123


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



May 17 - 31st Annual Steel Design Conference Worcester Polytechnic Institute - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The conference will be sponsored by the American Institute for Steel Construction, New England Steel Detailers Association, Steel Fabricators of New England and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This year the conference will offer several sessions that will be of interest and benefit to engineers, architects, detailers, and fabricators. For more information: ssfne.org


May 24, 11:30 a.m. - Four Seasons, Boston. New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) Luncheon Program Susan R. Windham-Bannister, PhD, first president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, will be present. Since 2008 Dr. Windham-Bannister has been responsible for the overall implementation of the life sciences initiative, including staffing the center, developing policies and procedures, creating a brand, and formulating the investment strategy. Tickets are $85 for non-members. For more information visit http://www. newire.org/eventdetail.aspx?id=7360 or call 617-247-2346.

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Webster Block Chelsea, MA - Northeast Interiors

Crate and Barrel Natick, MA - Tocci Building Companies

25 Exeter Street Boston, MA – Cafco Construction

Grandview Condominiums Lowell, MA - Tocci Building Companies

100 Beacon Street Boston, MA – Metric Construction

Peabody-Lynnfield YMCA Peabody, MA – TLT Construction

Dana Park Place Cambridge, MA - Nauset Construction

Cypress Lofts Phase I Brookline, MA – Bowdoin Construction

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rovidence, RI (April 16, 2012) – Durkee, Brown, Viveiros and Werenfels Architects and Shawmut Construction have just completed the renovation of 198-200 Dyer Street in Providence’s new “Knowledge District.” This project repurposed an existing building for use by Brown University’s Department of Continuing Education (CE) as staff offices, program teaching classrooms, and lecture halls. See the full story on page 24.


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High-Profile Monthly: May 2012  

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

High-Profile Monthly: May 2012  

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