Inside June, 2012this Issue
Winchester Hospital Opens New Sugery Center...pg. 15
Dimeo Nears Completion of Medical Building ...pg. 19
Healthcare Facilities Developments
DBVW Renovates Health Ctr...pg. 22 HKS Making a Mark in NE Healthcare... pg. 16
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Pro Con at Aviv Ctrs..pg. 22.
Sandra Soraci, IFMA Healthcare Network...pg. 14
William Nicholson, Making the Most of HUD 232...pg. 18.
Suzanne Robinson, The Engineerâ€™s Perspective of AIA 2030 Challenge...27
Bryan Kelly, Mixing Total Quality Into Your Next Interior Painting Job...28
Mark Reed, Chilling Out in the Lab...pg. 32
Elizabeth Clark, Reducing Phosphorus in Stormwater ....pg. 35
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and general manager of SkanWellesley, MA - At the May ska USA Building Northeast annual meeting of the Associated Region; Mark David, president, General Contractors of MassachuJones Lang LaSalle Northeast setts (AGC), the new chairman Region; Lisa Wexler, president, and leadership team for 2012Elaine Construction, immediate 13 took their seats on the board past chair; and Robert Petruof this 77-year-old construction celli, president & CEO, AGC of trade association. Mass. Robert France, founder and In his brief statement at president of Senate ConstrucRobert France the meeting, Chairman France tion, was elected chairman; Jefindicated that he and his execufrey DeMarco, vice president of Campanelli Cos., vice chairman; Joseph tive team will continue the collaborative Albanese, president, Commodore Builders, initiatives of the past year working with treasurer; and Domenic Tiberi, Compass AGC’s allied associations to foster a more robust business climate in the commonProject Management, secretary. Completing the AGC executive com- wealth. For the complete list of the board of mittee for the coming Association year are Paul Hewins, executive vice president directors, go to www.agcmass.org.
2012 AGC Safety Awards
Watertown, MA - AGC and Aon Construction Services Group will recognize construction safety awards on June 21. Twenty-five AGC member firms will receive awards at the Plumbing Museum, 80 Rosedale Road, Watertown, for their ex-
emplary safety records. The event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 AM with a full breakfast. Aon will present these National and MA Awards to these deserving firms. For more info visit http://www.agcmass.org .
Boston - The Boston chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) announced the winners of the 2012 Awards of Excellence. Following is a list of winners: You Make it Happen Award: Claude Lancome, Esq., Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc. President’s Award: Kate Thibeault, CFM, Pearson. Exemplary Service Provider Award: Francine Buck, Haworth and Guy Campagnone, LEED AP, Chapman Construction. Exemplary End User: Anthony Leonard, Liberty Mutual Insurance. Emerging Leader Award: Carolyn Manoukian, FMP, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.
Education & Professional Development Award: Tom Dunn, III, CFM, RPA, Eastern Bank. Facilities Management Achievement Awards for Best Practices: Sustainability Existing LEED Principles: Liberty Mutual Insurance (nominated by NELSON); Small Project (<50,000sf): Philips (nominated by Margulies Perruzzi Architects); Medium Project (50,000 – 150,000SF): Holland & Knight (nominated by BOND) and Large Project (>150,00 sf): Boston Properties (nominated by cbt architects) Details of the Awards with photos of all winners will be featured in the July issue of High-Profile Monthly.
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stitutions for research and teaching has influenced the field of healthcare design. He has been involved in the planning and design of more than 400 built healthcare projects around the world and has Kurt Rockstroh been involved in master planGraduates and faculty members gather on the steps of Wentworth Hall. ning and strategic planning initiatives for more than 75 healthcare Boston - Wentworth Institute of ani, Daniel Spinney, Armand Veliaj, Alec organizations. Technology’s College of Professional and White. Not pictured were Rajeev Bhangoo He joined SBA in 1977 and has Continuing Education recently congratu- and Christine Graziani. served as president and CEO since 1996. lated its first graduates from the Master of Zorica Pantic (president, Wentworth Science in Construction Management. Institute of Technology); Russell PinnizGraduates included Antonio Antenor, zotto (provost, Wentworth Institute of Anthony Bond, Adam Bowen, Paul Bren- Technology); Ilyas Bhatti (faculty, Wentnan, Patrick Brown, James Davis, Ignacio worth Institute of Technology); Larry Carr ing high-quality apartment communities in Gomez, Matthew Gotowala, Jason Grina- (dean, College of Professional and Conhigh barrier-to-entry markets in the United coff, Francis Gugliotta, Robert Gutmann, tinuing Education); Glen Wiggins (facStates. Its major markets are located in the Nicholas Haney, Ann-Marie Jennette, ulty, Wentworth Institute of Technology); Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, James Lee, Andrew Loomis, Nathan Mal- E Scott Sumner (department head, Wentand Northern and Southern California. lard, Brian Norris, Patricia Riley, Paul worth Institute of Technology). AvalonBay has a long-standing his- Salamone, Daniel Samuel, Gerhard Sintory and commitment to meeting the housing needs in the Greater Boston area and contributing to the region’s economic viMark Reed AIA and Stephanie leading international awards program brancy. Its current 28 Boston area properGoldberg AIA announced that Lab/Life. recognizing big ideas in marketing and ties are a mix of garden-style, townhome, Science.Architecture, Inc. has won a communications. The awards are judged mid-rise and high rise communities in subsilver award of distinction for its web- by the International Academy of Visual urban and urban locations. Since 1993, in site and a gold award of excellence for Arts, an invitation-only body consisting the Greater Boston area, AvalonBay has business cards at the 18th Annual IAVA of top-tier professionals from acclaimed developed over 6,600 apartmenthomes, Communicator Awards. media, communications, advertising, with another 2,500 currently under develThe Communicator Awards is the creative, and marketing firms. opment, and invested over $1.3 billion in rental housing.
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We have received a number of reports on signs of an improving economy here. On Friday, June 15, AGC and BSA will host a meeting in the new BSA headquarters Boston with two economists Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America, and Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, Chief Economist, American Institute of Architects. They will discuss their insights on where the markets are going and what might be in store for design and construction moving forward. The invitation we received indicates on some of what we are likely to hear, “The upward tick, unlike other recoveries, is more modest. In past recessions, the global dependency was not as significant a force, the banks were not as reticent to invest and the homebuilding marketplace moved the economy along. Today, our reality is much different.” A/E/C Business Finally Up? The following article appeared in the AIR Graphics Newsletter: It’s hard to imagine after four years of recession, but enough signs are starting to pile up about an improving A/E/C industry that maybe optimism is in order. Consider these facts: The AIA Architecture Billings Index has been about 50 (meaning increasing billing) for five consecutive months; the Commerce Department reports that building permits in March 2012 were 30.1 percent higher than March 2011; and the Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors was up 4.1 percent in March over February (and 12.8 percent above March 2011). Of course, even these pretty numbers don’t mean the industry is in a complete recovery. Many firms are suffering, unemployment across the board is still high, foreclosed homes are still clogging the market. But some people are optimistic: “We are starting to hear more about improving conditions in the marketplace, with a greater sense of optimism that there will be greater demand for design services,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “But that is not across the board and there are still a number of architecture firms struggling so progress is likely to be measured in inches rather than miles for the next few months.” Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, also seems happy. “First quarter sales closings were the highest first quarter sales in five years. The latest contract signing activity suggests the second quarter will be equal-
ly good,” he said. “The housing market has clearly turned the corner. Rising sales are bringing down inventory and creating much more balanced conditions around the county, which means home prices will be rising in more areas as the year progresses.” Of course, even the optimism is guarded. A report from CoStar Group, which researches commercial real estate, noted that the vacancy rate of warehouses fell to 9.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012, an improvement of 0.2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. But that absorption of warehouse space is one third slower than space was absorbed in the fourth quarter, so no one is exactly cheering. “We definitely saw a slowdown in demand during the first quarter of this year,” said Rene Circ, director of industrial research for Property and Portfolio Research (PPR), CoStar’s analytics and economic forecasting division. “[But] It was a slight slowdown and we do expect it to pick up.” So, you probably shouldn’t put the Dom Perignon on ice just yet, but maybe it is time to breathe a little more easily. Nonresidential Construction Index Continues to Rise Raleigh, N.C. - FMI (www.fminet. com), the largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, announces the release of its Second Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) for 2012. Rising 1.7 points from the first quarter, this is the highest confidence rating ever achieved, since the index was developed in 2007. Panelists reveal that backlogs remain about the same at a median of eight months. However, all markets, with the exception of education construction, are expected to improve slightly over the next quarter. Productivity has also shown improvement. Holding down the NRCI is the continued increase in labor and material costs. Welcome NEBFMers If you are discovering High-Profile Monthly for the first time from an issue you picked up at our booth at the 7th annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conferenc, I would like to extend our welcome. After the show be sure to visit our website at www.high-profile.com to find archived issues, a link to sign up for FastFacts Friday and information on how to submit news and articles.
Williston, VT - Don Wells, president of D.E.W. Construction Corp., announced the merger of the MacMillin Company of Keene, N.H. with D.E.W. “I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with MacMillin’s owner Bill Walker and his staff to integrate our services to better serve the market,” says Wells. D.E.W., a 15-year-old company, brings to the table a solid business development plan, progressive marketing strategies, and Building Information Modeling, a technology method of managing models, processes, and communication across a large team. MacMillin, a 66-year-old company, brings a rich history of service and customer satisfaction in a region where D.E.W. previ-
ously planned to expand operations. Bill Walker, who has been with MacMillin for 42 years and President for the last 25 years, says the merger will yield an entity that is stronger than what each independent company now offers. “Our companies have a great synergy. They are alike in management practices and philosophies and it’s a great fit for the employees. The result of the merger will be companies that are stronger and more competitive in the construction marketplace.” D.E.W.’s corporate headquarters will remain in Williston, VT, and the MacMillin Company will retain its Keene offices and New Hampshire corporation status, with Walker continuing as CEO.
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Fraunhofer to Build Energy Center
Westfield State U Breaks Ground
DiMella Shaffer Design with BR+A Engineers
Boston - The new Fraunhofer center for sustainable energy systems will be at the leading edge of advanced energy technologies and efficiency, using the latest in sustainable building systems and providing real-time performance data in a living laboratory setting. This deep energy retrofit will transform the historic, 100-yearold building at 5 Channel Center in Boston into a building technology showcase for clean energy technologies and research. Construction will be managed by Gilbane Building Company. “In addition to making the Building Technology Showcase the premier research and demonstration laboratory for clean energy technologies, we are commit-
Information is presented in innovative ways that engage visitors. ted to making the building a venue where everyone—from seasoned architects and construction executives to students still deciding their future career paths—can visualize the performance and potential of the technologies incorporated into the building,” said Nolan Browne, managing director of Fraunhofer CSE. “Our goal is to present the information in innovative ways that engage visitors and create demand for these energy-saving systems and sustainable products in the market.” The center will serve as the Fraunhofer’s new headquarters, housing advanced research labs and staff. The facility is being designed by DiMella Shaffer with BR+A as engineers. Renovations will begin in July and are scheduled to be complete by the end of this year. The center will target LEED Platinum.
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AGER Designs Playscape
Concord, MA - A new nature-based park and playground for multi-generational users of all abilities, The Playscape at Ripley is being planned in Concord. The project, designed by the Boston-based landscape architecture and planning office, AGER Group, responds to the community’s growing concern that children are increasingly missing out on the numerous benefits from outdoor play, which include experiences that help heighten awareness, exercise observational and reasoning abilities, and can ultimately improve academic skills and cognitive development. The proposed playscape site is next to conservation land jointly owned and managed by the Sudbury Valley Trustees, the Meriam Close PRD Trust, and the Concord Land Conservation Trust. A few of the key features of the new park and playscape include hands-on
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Children enjoy benefits from outdoor play. gardens, a babbling brook and sandy beach, bird blinds, and a woodland walk. The goal of the project is to be universally accessible and to provide a unique resource where visitors from across the region can gather outdoors, socialize, learn, and be eager to return.
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Manchester, NH – Tocci Building Companies announced that it has been awarded its second project with Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Housed within the Amoskeag Millyard, a historic area of former mills that has been renovated into office and residential space in Manchester, the 40,000sf project will consist of a comprehensive renovation and upgrade to the building’s third and fourth floors as well as the lobby. In 2008, Tocci and architect KlingStubbins collaborated on Autodesk’s new headquarters in Waltham, Mass., the first true integrated project delivery (IPD) project in New England. The building earned LEED Platinum for Construction Interiors (LEED-CI) certification and received 14 industry design and construction awards, including the AIA’s Technology in Architectural Practice: Building Information Modeling (BIM) award and chosen as the “Best of Year” in Interior Design magazine. This second alliance between Autodesk, Tocci, and KlingStubbins kicks off with Autodesk’s alternative workspace solutions (AWS) process, which was modeled after the success of the team’s work on Autodesk’s Waltham office. AWS engages employees through surveys, workshops, and focus groups to seek input regarding the final design of their new offices. AWS configurations are characterized by open space and flexible seating arrangements that include
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Cambridge, MA - Roundhill Construction, a Boston-based general contracting firm specializing in interior build-outs for commercial space-users, announced that the company has been selected by The Beal Cos. to conduct two separate office and lab space buildouts at One Kendall Square in Cambridge. Roundhill Construction will create 10,000sf of laboratory and office space at One Kendall Square for GnuBIO, a privately held company that develops next-generation gene sequencing technology for clinical and research applications. Roundhill Construction also will fit out 4,500sf of office space on a fasttrack schedule for Crashlytics, a startup company that creates debugging and crash reporting and analysis software High-quality materials and impeccable craftsfor mobile computer device applica- manship are the standard when painting Class tions. Crashlytics will be based at BuildA office space for technology clients. ing 300 within One Kendall Square. ern office facilities on five floors and is a In addition, Roundhill Construction signature property in Synergy’s portfolio. has completed the build-out of 48,272sf The largest of the projects involved of office space at 101 Summer St. in Bos- the build-out of 20,000sf of space on the ton on behalf of property owner Synergy second and third floors of 101 Summer St. Investment & Development. for law firm Murphy & Riley. Roundhill Roundhill Construction conducted Construction and Boston-based architect several separate fit-out projects over eight NELSON reconfigured the firm’s offices months at 101 Summer St. Also known as and built new conference, break and IT the Church Green building, 101 Summer rooms, as well as new file space. The fastSt. is a 50,673sf office building built in track project was completed in just three 1873. The historic property features mod- weeks.
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Arts Center Opens at Johnson S.C. BWK Completes Boston College Reno Designed by Freeman French Freeman
Johnson, VT - Freeman French Freeman, Inc. recently joined the Johnson State College community in celebrating the opening of the new Visual Arts Center. Commonly known on campus as “the VAC,” the center is home to the painting, photography, sculpture, digital arts, print, and ceramics programs at the college. The newly renovated facility doubled in size and now contains more than 9,000sf of studio, gallery, and classroom space. The VAC renovation represents the first addition of space to the Johnson State campus in 14 years. Freeman French Freeman, Vermont’s oldest architectural firm, served as design architect for the $2.7 million project.
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Boston - Wentworth Institute of Technology announced that a new graduate program in facility management will be launched in the fall of 2012. The Master of Science in Facility Management (MSFM) program is designed to educate students in management principles, enhance facility management skills and knowledge, and prepare them for advancing their Rendering of new residence hall at UMass Lowell careers in the facility manageWentworth Institute of Technology Lowell, MA - Lee Kennedy Co. has ing totals 165,000sf and stretches over 465 ment area. and compete globally, students will learn begun work on a new 510-bed residence feet. LKCo. will utilize a unique Infinity Managing the built environment is an increasingly valued compe- the leadership and business skills necessary hall on the University of Massachusetts structural system on the building; this load tence that integrates the elements of project to respond to keep their facilities highly Lowell campus. The private housing de- bearing metal stud system is designed for management; finance; real estate; employ- efficient and functional. velopment is a partnership with owner low story heights and comes panelized for “There are tremendous job opportu- Construction Administrative Services in faster installation. ees and their working environment; space planning; building operations and main- nities and unmet demand in the growing conjunction with the UMass Building AuIn addition to the residences, the tenance; and quality assessment. As com- field of facilities management,” said Su- thority. building includes interior parking for 20 panies today are particularly focused on zanne Kennedy, chair of the Management The $27 million project will be com- cars, a fitness area and locker rooms, launimplementing cost-cutting measures to im- and Facilities Department “The role of pleted on an aggressive 15-month schedule dry, a conference center, common spaces, prove profitability, streamline operations, facility manager continues to evolve as or- to accommodate student housing for the and lounge areas. There is also slated to be ganizations become increasingly sophisti- fall 2013 semester. Designed by Neshem- a connector bridge between the facility and cated and efficient. More companies recog- kin French Architects, the six-story build- a campus parking lot. nize the need for facility managers to have an academic background and see the function as a key business operation, especially since it is typically the second highest cost to a business behind labor.” Boston - Student Housing Busi- dent housing contractors list. This annuThe MSFM program, the institute’s ness magazine recently ranked Suffolk al list ranks contractors based on student third graduate program, is structured as a Construction an impressive No. 6, rising housing projects that were constructed blended learning model that includes facethree spots from last year’s No. 9 rank- nationally for the 2011-2012 school year. to-face and online delivery. It is offered as ing, on its second annual 2012 top stuan evening program for adult learners and can be completed in five semesters.
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Boston - The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) - Healthcare Network in Boston was developed to meet the industry-specific networking, informational, and educational needs of its members. Educational topics have concentrated on process improvement, patient-centered care, indoor air quality, evidence-based deSandra Soraci sign, and healthcareassociated infections. The IFMA Boston Healthcare Network annually hosts two or three events to provide opportunities for members and nonmembers to meet other professionals who have a vested interest in healthcare. Past programs have included: The Joint Commission Resources - Safe Health Design, Integrated Project Delivery In Action - The MaineGeneral Regional Hospital, The New Spaulding Rehabilitation Center - Overview with Partners Healthcare, and Indoor Air Quality in the Healing Environment - The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. As co-chair of the Healthcare Network in Boston, Sandra Soraci, LEED AP, EDAC, NCIDQ, IIDA has been a member since 2009. “ I have seen first-hand how the network has evolved,” she said. “The ability to present topics that are healthcarespecific gives our team great satisfaction in
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Amherst, MA - Atkinson Family Practice, Kuhn Riddle Architects, and Wright Builders broke ground for the medical group’s new sustainable, solarpowered offices on April 25. High on the facility’s requirements list was that it be a sustainable, solar-powered environment filled with natural light and healthy air for patients and staff. Kuhn Riddle Architects designed the new 13,513sf building using sustainable components and building practices such as double-wall construction, triple glazed windows, and VRV system heat pumps with energy recovery ventilators.
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Winchester Hospital Opens New Surgery Center
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armington, CT - Work is well under way on the $318 million improvements project at the UConn Health Center in Farmington that includes renovations to the John Dempsey Hospital and construction of a new 11-story patient care tower. According to Shannon Kraus, senior VP and managing director DC at HKS Architects: “The new tower is the most striking feature of this project. It is perched on a prominent location, setting the tone for the new hospital as its skin is designed to complement and contrast the context of the existing academic campus. “From the moment visitors and patients arrive off the elevators with views to the outdoors and where they are parked,” he says, “they are immersed in a healing environment to help disarm stress. Within the units, the bed tower features 100% standardized, same handed rooms–each one offering expansive views of the surrounding countryside.” The new hospital tower will contain 169 single-bed, inpatient rooms, a 28-bed intensive care unit, a 29-bed step-down unit (cardiac and medical), a 28-bed hematology/oncology unit, a 28-bed orthopedic/spine unit, and two 28-bed medical-surgical units. Construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2016.
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View from the East In addition to normal site-work for new construction, existing site utilities including sanitary, storm, water, and electrical, will be relocated during the initial construction phase to accommodate construction of the new tower and parking facilities. The public garage will have 402 spaces, including nine ADA compliant spaces. The staff garage will have 397 spaces including eight ADA compliant spaces. Kraus noted that “there are always challenges on projects this complicated. Site, parking, image, function, and flow are competing forces vying for space and dollars. The design team, owner, and construction manager have all worked together to constantly monitor these challenges and make decisions that tie back to the original guiding principles whenever an issue arises.” He said BIM is being used throughout the project as well as in the master planning. Linda Haggerty, principal and interior designer at Steffian Bradley Architects, commented that “this project will transform the patient, family, and staff experience. The
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health center staff is collaborating and participating in the design of their new facility at a level of commitment that is rare.” Under Bioscience Connecticut, the new patient care tower and renovations to John Dempsey Hospital will provide the region with the most advanced healthcare technologies, including state-of-the-art equipment and services. The new tower will include designated teaching space and be connected to adjacent research areas, allowing optimum communication and collaboration between patient-care team members and researchers working on new treatments and cures. A welcoming main entrance and lobby will offer visitors easy way-finding and amenities, including a new interfaith room and an inviting café where guests can relax and refresh. New technologies will be integrated throughout the facility to empower patients, their families, and healthcare providers to participate together in the healing process.
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Making the Most of HUD 232
Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Construction by William A. Nicholson Much has been discussed about the pros and cons of the HUD 232 New Construction or Substantial Rehabilitation (sub-rehab) program for the financing of skilled nursing and assisted living construction. Although challenges do exist, there are certainly ways to William Nicholson make the program work effectively for health care projects. The Advantages While there is no “free lunch” with HUD, there are significant advantages to HUD 232 construction loans. The HUD program is the only 40-year, fixed rate, nonrecourse healthcare facility construction loan program. The program’s interest rates are extremely competitive. The 232 program provides construction financing and permanent financing, so the risk of interest rate exposure is well managed. The fact that HUD loans are nonrecourse loans is undoubtedly an attractive consideration. HUD’s construction period plus 40year amortization has a significant positive impact on the cash flows of the facility once it is built and operating. While HUD’s loan to values are not what they
once were, 80% for nursing and 75% for assisted living (85% and 80% respectively for nonprofits) are certainly competitive in today’s environment. Also, the ability to use the project’s land at appraised value (vs. cost) in the loan underwriting often represents a significant positive impact on cash requirements in instances where sites are appraised at a value significantly higher than their original cost. The Challenges The challenges exist, but they can be addressed. Davis Bacon (federal prevailing) wages apply, increasing the hard costs of construction, particularly outside of urban areas. In states that allow wood frame construction of assisted living facilities, this has a particularly significant impact. The processing time has been a significant concern over the past two to three years, since the implementation of HUD’s Lean process, which centralized nationwide the processing of nursing and assisted living projects in Seattle, Wash. Fortunately, those with applications pending have seen significant improvement in process times very recently, since HUD has added and trained staff in an effort to reduce the queue of HUD loan applications. For the complete story, log onto http://wp.me/pvUHo-1JM. William A. Nicholson is CEO of The Congress Companies of Peabody.
Hayner Hoyt-KBE to Build
200,000sf Hospital Addition for St. Joseph’s Syracuse, NY - The Hayner Hoyt Corporation and KBE Building Corporation have been selected to construct a 200,000sf addition to St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. Hayner Hoyt and KBE have partnered to complete the seven-story, $98 million addition, which will include new operating rooms, post-anesthesia care units, intensive care units, patient rooms, and administrative and support space. The project also entails a 50,000sf renovation on the existing emergency room space in the hospital and will consist of post-anesthesia care units, locker rooms, showers, administrative, and additional staff support space. The Hayner Hoyt-KBE team provided extensive preconstruction planning services, and groundbreaking ceremonies were held in April. The project has an estimated completion date of summer 2014. The hospital also recently completed a 78,000sf addition that includes an emergency room, emergency treatment and trauma spaces, administrative and medical
consulting spaces, and medical staff support space. Jeremy Thurston, president of The Hayner Hoyt Corporation, said that the Hayner Hoyt-KBE team looks forward to working with the designers, King and King Architects, Sack and Associates, John P. Stopen Engineering, and Appel Osborne to complete a state-of-the-art addition that will serve the patients and community for years to come.
Taunton, MA - Vision 3 Architects and A. Autiello announce the completion of construction on the new Myles Standish Medical Center in Taunton. The three-story medical office building is located on Indus-
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Dimeo Nears Completion of Medical Building
arwick, RI - Dimeo Construction Company is nearing completion on Kent Hospital’s new two-story, 60,000sf ambulatory surgery and medical office building (MOB), designed by Steffian Bradley Architects. The MOB is being constructed adjacent to the existing hospital and will house eight new operating rooms to replace the hospital’s existing surgical suite. The first floor will accommodate private physician practices. Dimeo also is scheduled to begin construction on a main lobby, which will contain a connecting corridor to provide access from the hospital to the new medical office building and surgical suites. The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) will be attached to the northeast corner of the main entrance to the hospital and will in-
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clude five 600sf operating rooms and three 400sf operating rooms, along with the associated support space for each. The ASC will occupy the entire 30,000sf on the second floor of the new MOB. All construction activities had to be carefully coordinated within a very active, constrained site. Daily coordination
between the hospital staff, Dimeo project manager James Bendokas, and superintendent Mike Morocco was essential in maintaining uninterrupted access for both hospital staff and visitors, as a majority of the work occurs directly adjacent to the existing main entrance to the hospital. Another area of specific concern and coordination was the adjacency of the existing oxygen tank farm to the construction activities of the new MOB. Interrupting the supply of oxygen to the hospital from the
tank farm could not be tolerated. The teams met extensively to review and confirm acceptable construction practices, developed and set specific protocol for work occurring adjacent to the oxygen tank farm. Continuous communication with hospital personnel, preplanning, along with the development and distribution of detailed two week look-ahead micro schedules and site logistic updates were essential in forecasting and eliminating potential impacts to the daily operation of the hospital.
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Augusta, ME - Consigli Construction Co., Inc. of Portland has begun exterior restoration of the Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Building 200, located at the VA Maine Healthcare System Campus in Augusta. Harriman Associates is the architect. The main hospital building at the VA, Building 200 is part of the oldest veterans facility in the country, opening in 1866. Currently a 67-operating bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate, and mental health beds, as well as a 100bed nursing facility, the building will remain fully operational during construction. The $5 million project encompasses a 30,000sf restoration of the historic building’s façade and parapets, which will involve demolishing all existing parapets down to the roof line. Additional roof insulation and window flashings will be
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Restoration of Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center in progress
incorporated into the project. Staging will be erected around the entire facility while keeping the building open and fully operational. Project completion is scheduled for late 2013.
John Adams Medical Cntr. Completed
Taunton, MA - The new John Adams Medical Center in Taunton was recently completed. The new one-story 12,000sf medical office building is located in the Myles Standish Industrial Park on Industrial Park Road in Taunton. The building was developed by IMHA Real Estate and constructed by Nadeau Corporation of South Attleboro. The interior fit-up was done by D. F. Pray, Inc. of Seekonk.
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Project management was provided by The MEG Companies from Londonderry, N.H. The building has been leased by Steward Healthcare System.
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Exterior Finishes Installed at Aviv Ctrs Pro Con CM. KDA Project Architect
Peabody, MA – The exterior finishes are being installed at the Aviv Centers for Living 124,000sf expansion project, which has been designed and is being built to attain LEED Silver. The manager for the building project is Koningisor, Luciano & Associates of Framingham, and the project architect is KDA Architects of Voorhees, N.J. The construction manager is Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. The new $35 million Waldfogel Health Center will enable Aviv Centers for Living expansion project in progress Aviv Centers for Living to support doors and low volatile organic compounds a broad continuum of care and offer central- (VOC) products will be used for the inteized healthcare and administration at the rior finishes. 240 Lynnfield Street location. The building’s main entrance will “The installation of the exterior feature a porte-cochére, and the site will ofbuilding finishes is nearly complete, and fer 308 parking spaces with priority parkthe sheet rocking has been completed on ing for fuel-efficient vehicles. Indigenous the building’s upper floors,” stated Pro Con plantings that do not need irrigation and Inc’s project manager. “The interior paint- require minimal maintenance will be used ing, acoustical ceilings, and millwork are for the landscaping. in progress. The project is on target for a The four-story health center will summer 2012 completion.” have 144 skilled nursing beds. The center The energy-efficient building expan- will offer skilled nursing for short-term sion has been designed and is being built to rehabilitation and long-term care, assisted attain LEED Silver. The building’s sustain- living, adult day care, home care, and geable design features will include a white riatric care management. Highlights of the roof and the installation of high efficiency expansion project include an on-site childmechanical systems and low-flow plumb- care center, a kosher bistro, a center for ing fixtures. The building will feature en- lifelong learning, and specialty programs ergy efficient, low-e glass windows, and in subacute care.
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Lowell, MA - DBVW Architects is working with Lowell Community Health Center on the renovation of an1800’s textile mill into state-of-the-art healthcare space. Part of the historic Hamilton Mill, this project involves the conversion of 100,000sf of industrial mill space to healthcare space. Presently under construction, this facility will support programs designed to enhance the health of the culturally diverse Greater Lowell community and empower individuals to maximize their overall well-being. Programs include those like family practice, adult primary care, walk-in clinic/ testing, and dental that typically might be found in a health center, along with inno-
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High-Profile Focus: Life Sciences Development News
Ground Broken on MAB
State Electric Under Way With Facility
Cambridge, MA – State Electric Corporation, a Woburn-based NECA Boston Chapter contractor, is under way with core and shell electrical construction of Skanska USA Commercial Development’s new Class A laboratory and office building located at 150 Second Street in Kendall New laboratory and office building in Kendall Square Square, Cambridge. The three-story cluding Access Control and CCTV, and fire facility is designed by Elkus Manfredi Ar- alarm systems. Energy-efficient LED lightchitects of Boston to meet the US Green ing will be installed in the main lobby, and Building Council’s LEED Gold criteria. landscape lighting will accent exterior arThe facility will include approximately eas of the building. The facility will feature 120,000sf of highly sustainable lab space. a rainwater harvesting system to enhance In addition to primary and emer- its sustainable footprint. gency power installations, State Electric’s Construction is targeted for compleproject scope includes installation of the tion in November 2012. building’s lighting, security systems in-
Fall River, MA - Governor Deval Patrick recently joined UMass President Robert L. Caret and UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack and other local and state leaders in Fall River to break ground on the Massachusetts Accelerator for Biomanufacturing (MAB) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. On completion next fall, the MAB will be the only facility in the United States where startups will be able to test their biomanufacturing methods and bioproducts at every stage of development and access fullservice support from business and marketing to pure science support – all under one roof, and just 40 minutes’ drive from Kendall Square, the world capital of biotechnology research. “I welcome this new facility as a sign of UMass Dartmouth’s emergence as a major research enterprise within the University of Massachusetts,” said UMass President Robert L. Caret.
As the anchor tenant of the SouthCoast Life Science and Technology Park, the MAB is expected to leverage the creation of as many as 8,000 jobs once the park is operating at full capacity. The MAB is designed to serve researchers and entrepreneurs as they scale up products and methods that will reshape the fields of biotherapeutics, biomedicine, and green chemistry. Here, industry pioneers will grow antibodies to fight disease, generate new tissue from stem cells, create a new generation of biofuels, and more. “The south coast has a great deal to offer as a destination for biomanufacturing, and this new facility will serve as an anchor for efforts to attract industry to the region,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., president & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the agency charged with implementing Governor Patrick’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative.
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Davis Companies Purchases
Boston - Boston-based The Davis Companies announced that it has acquired Fresh Pond Technology Park in Cambridge and Bedford Business Park in Bedford adding to its portfolio of technology-related properties and positioning itself to continue to grow with the state’s technology and life sciences sectors.
Fresh Pond Technology Park comprises six buildings totaling 206,987sf of office/R&D and light industrial space located on 10 acres of land in West Cambridge. The Davis Companies is pursuing future development of the property, which is presently underutilized, as suburban tenants seek to locate close to the urban hub.
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Elkus Manfredi and CRJA West End Longfellow Towers Improvements
Boston, MA - The existing conditions at the Longfellow Towers apartment complex in Boston’s West End neighborhood expressed failing site and structure conditions, including water leaking and penetration to parking and office structures below the on-structure deck and mezzanine. The preexisting auto court and colonnade presented a cold, poorly illuminated, and generally inhospitable environment for pedestrians and visitors alike. The mezzanine level pool deck, which provided bathing and gathering for residents of the West End housing system, also expressed a vast, barren, and stark open space. In all, the client’s desire to reposition the property in order to stay competitive with the current and emerging housing market in downtown Boston served as the catalyst for this redevelopment. To create a truly integrated design, Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc. worked collaboratively with Elkus Manfredi Architects to develop a strong relationship between architecture and landscape. Often, design creativity is hindered by a site’s context or construction limitations. CRJA chose to draw from what many consider a “Brutalist” architectural expression the essence and unique moments of shadow and repetition in the site design and detailing. Working within the very strict, tight spatial and weight limitations of the on-deck condition, the design team finely detailed and executed a rich and complementary palette of materials. The design approach sought to provide warmth, clarity, propor-
tion and continuity to a seemingly forgotten and underutilized space by using warm materials such as tan and brown stones and colored concrete throughout the design to offset the once cold nature of the environment. Reuse and repositioning of existing site elements, which many would have chosen to demolish or ignore, such as the vent shaft lantern, and turning them into fitting focal elements within the space, further helped to express a truly creative landscape design approach. The transformation succeeds in creating a true urban oasis for the users of the space, providing unique and identifiable pedestrian level spaces as well as graphically contextual overhead views of the property for all of the inhabitants of the towers and adjacent structures.
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The Engineer’s Perspective of AIA 2030 Challenge Part 2
By Suzanne Robinson, PE LEED AP BD+C The AIA 2030 Challenge was launched in 2007 and 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. “The Engineers Perspective of AIA 2030 Challenge Suzanne Robinson Part 1” posted last month provided some background and context of this initiative. There are four items that are reported annually by firms as part of the AIA 2030 Challenge: 1. PEUI reduction from average EUI: predicted energy use intensity (PEUI) is the designed energy consumption in kBTU/sf/ year. 2. GSF modeled. 3. Data will be collected: energy consumption collected and analyzed during occupancy. 4. Lighting power density (LPD) reduction. Items 1 through 3 are reported on all the new construction, major renovations, and additions. The current target for PEUI reduction is 60%. Item 4 is reported on all the interior projects, and the current target for LPD reduction is 25%.
First, we noticed that the AIA 2030 Challenge uses a different metric for the baseline comparison than what we usually use. We work on many LEED projects, which measures predicted energy performance. LEED measures percentage of energy savings from ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G instead of an average EUI. The PEUI is based on site energy and not source energy, which would take into account GHGE. Second, the LPD baseline is on ASHRAE 90.1-2007, and for the majority of our projects, they are using a different design energy code. We sliced and diced the numbers and took a look at many things, including how we performed within different regions and program types. Our PEUI reduction is fairly evenly distributed across regions when comparing different office results. The top two performing sectors were “Offices” and “Laboratories,” with PEUI reductions of 40%. The biggest surprise was the percentage of GSF modeled. After all, we had just collected a lot of modeling information that we reported on. Over half of our projects are modeled, and that number is quickly growing. It turns out that the number reported was skewed to a lower number due to a few of our larger international projects. The biggest thing the numbers showed was that the AIA 2030 Challenge is a team effort. As engineers we can strive to keep pushing the proverbial envelope but can only get so far toward net zero. We can deliver high-performance systems, but the key is reducing the load, which is only achieved
with collaboration with the architect, lighting designer, owner, and others. The question is: what next? The answer is to use the AIA 2030 Challenge to keep the topic of energy front and center throughout the project – not just the green projects. We shared the information collected with the architects on the project. We provided each project manager, lead mechanical engineer, and lead electrical engineer a report showing how their projects compared with the company as a whole and our targets. We now provide at the beginning of a project the targeted AIA 2030 EUI and LPD. We include the AIA 2030 EUI target on each energy model report and track progress of projects throughout the design process. And the good news – we are already
New England Sealcoating Raises Funds Helps Build Homes for Injured Vets
Hingham, MA - Craig Swain, president of New England Sealcoating (NESCO) based in Hingham and sales manager Jay Muir have committed to raising $35,000 for Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) to help build customized homes with adaptive features to provide these veterans with maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. Swain’s donation will represent a percentage of company sales over the next few months. Homes for Our Troops, based in Taunton, is a national nonprofit, non-par-
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Mixing Total Quality Into Your Next Interior Painting Job
by Bryan Kelly Advances in digital technology have had an enormous impact on the way we live and do business. But few of us consider the underlying processes that result in the incredible functionality and reliability of digital devices. The way digital products are designed, manufactured, and maintained relies on an industrial philosophy Bryan Kelly first developed in Japan in the 1950s. Phrases like “Total Quality” and “Continuous Improvement” arising from those practices have become watchwords in industry all over the world. Interestingly enough, such ideas can also be applied to such apparently unrelated areas as building maintenance and refurbishment. In a way, this approach is similar to the quest for perfection that defines our own ideals of “the very best” in building trades craftsmanship. As facilities managers work to ensure properties become greener, can be operated more cost-efficiently, and incorporate new features and amenities, Continuous Improvement can serve as a worthy objective. All of us know the enormous costs associated with retrofitting older facilities with new systems for HVAC and light-
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Blue Hills Fire Substation Completed
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East Hartford, CT - Construction of the Blue Hills Volunteer Fire Department’s new fire station in Bloomfield, Conn. was recently completed. Diversified Project Management, Inc. (DPM) was retained to assist the Blue Hills Fire District with the planning, design, and construction of its new, 7,500sf substation at 779 Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield. With a price tag of $3 million, Station No. 3 is designed to house today’s larger, more advanced fire apparatus, which carries more equipment and water than those built just 20 years ago. The former station lacked the airhandling equipment for exhaust, had asbestos, an inefficient heating plant and dated
back to when firefighters were all men and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act had never been thought of. Without downtime as an option, the project required that the existing station operations be relocated within the district so that the old structure could be demolished and the new one constructed in its place. The project team included the Lawrence Associates, architects; Lupachino & Salvatore, general contractors; Fuss & O’Neill EnviroScience, environmental consultants, as well as several engineering firms including Consulting Engineering Services, MEP; Kahn & Bayer, structural; and F. A. Hesketh & Associates, civil.
Bridgeport, CT - In a major step toward energy independence and reduced emissions, Viking Construction, Inc., has completed the installation of 126 Siliken solar power panels covering 3,000sf of roof top at its headquarters. The company now is generating nearly 30% of its total energy needs on-site and is on track to offset more than 100 pounds of carbon each day. Estimated power “savings” equals about 2.5 barrels of oil a week. The panels were installed by Encon Solar Energy of Stratford. In addition to reducing emissions and overall energy costs, Viking expects to be able to actually generate electricity that
goes back to the region’s power grid. “Viking has long been using energyefficient products and solutions for the buildings we construct, and we are consistently seeking best practices that conserve energy and natural resources,” said Anthony Gaglio, Sr., president of Viking Construction. “This solar project is one more step in that direction, making use of the power of renewable energy instead of fossil fuels– and eventually actually generating power for use by others in our community. It is an amazing effort that makes business sense as well as environmental sense.”
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KBE Employee Awards
Farmington, CT - Each year KBE Building Corporation formally celebrates the accomplishments of its employees with an annual Employee Awards program. Employees from the Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md. offices are recognized for their work in several categories, including customer service, procurement, innovation, safety, philanthropy, and project teamwork. “At KBE, we know that our people are our greatest asset,” explains Mike Kolakowski, a principal owner of KBE and the firm’s president and CEO. This year’s Connecticut awards were presented to the following: payroll administrator Jennifer Spring, business development manager Barrie Deschaine, project manager Adam Moore, BIM specialist Jacek Stachowiak , and project accountant
Gil Arzola. The 2012 Project Team Award was awarded to the team that completed The Renaissance Project addition to The Whitney Center, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Hamden, Conn. The team included: Anthony Maselli, director of field operations; Ross Mezzanotte, project manager; Brett Gunn, estimator; Dale Cote, site specialist; Charles Juhasz, mechanical/electrical specialist; Larry Goodine, project superintendent; Marc Browne, project superintendent; James Glaser, assistant project manager; Bob Piacentini, project superintendent; Deborah Norman, project accountant; Karin Rinaldi, project engineer; Jacek Stachowiak, BIM specialist; and Adam Peters, safety director.
KBE Completes ConnCAT Reno
Farmington, CT - KBE Building Corporation recently completed renovations for the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT). The $1.2 million project consisted of a 16,000sf interior renovation and included administrative offices, classrooms, and support spaces for adult job training and youth art programs. “It’s a real honor to provide an educational and supportive environment that aids unemployed and underemployed
young people,” said KBE Building Corporation president and CEO Mike Kolakowski. ConnCAT is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Center for Arts and Technology (NCAT) that provides industry-specific adult job training for the New Haven community. In September of 2012, ConnCAT will add an after-school arts program to its organization, which will be offered to an at-risk, urban, youth population.
Harris Assumes Barker Steel Facilities
West Hartford, CT - AH Harris has entered into an agreement with Barker Steel LLC, whereby AH Harris has assumed Barker’s Westfield, Mass., and Queens, N.Y., facilities. The agreement is based on Barker’s decision to exit the building materials distribution and forming and shoring rental business and focus on rebar and rebar fabrication only.
Barker will maintain its rebar fabrication operations and will continue to distribute reinforcing steel, wire mesh, rebar accessories, couplers, and Nucor products such as Vulcraft. AH Harris has acquired all remaining forming and shoring equipment as well as the building materials inventory for all seven Barker Building Materials locations.
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S/L/A/M Wins Best Design Award
S/L/A/M Team Accepting Award
rew CT – The Real Estate Exchange, the premier commercial real estate organization in Connecticut, announced the winners of its 17th Annual Blue Ribbon Awards Showcase, held in Hartford recently. The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) won the 2012 Best Interior Design Award for Pfizer 260’s Workplace of the Future Project. Pfizer, a global pharmaceutical company, desired to change its workplace to become leaner, more competitive, more productive, and better positioned to attract the new workforce. As Pfizer relocated employees onto its Groton campus, savings were to be achieved through reduction in space and operating costs and enhancements to productivity. New policies, focused on unassigned workstations and a need to foster greater
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collaboration among the knowledge workers, resulted in the embrace of new office components. Private areas include focus booths and quiet workrooms. Collaborative areas include conference, meeting/team rooms, huddle rooms, and living rooms. Among the social areas are cafes and open informal seating areas. Workstations provide individual work settings and touchdown areas. Achievements include a reduction of 50% per sf per person, significant savings in operational costs, and increased collaboration. The Blue Ribbon Awards Showcase is the most significant annual awards event in commercial real estate in Connecticut and a celebration of excellence in the industry.
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Chilling Out in the Lab
by Mark Reed, AIA LEED AP “Let’s meet in the chill center” is a frequent request we hear from one of our Cambridge-based R&D clients. The “chill center” is a 1,500sf somewhat nondescript, cafeteria area set in the middle of an open office environment near a lab zone. Furnished only with school cafeteria style Mark Reed tables, a kitchenette, and a bank of vending machines (all items sold for 25 cents), the chill center is constantly buzzing with activity as scientists and engineers work out issues of R&D, often with unsolicited commentary from adjacent work cubicles. In our experience, it is one of the most highly collaborative and productive work environments out there. The idea of the chill center is quite different from the recreational areas often associated with start-ups and dot-com companies. Gone are the basketball courts and foosball tables, replaced with simple, flexible furnishings, free coffee, and inexpensive food. Because the majority of the conversation in this area is work-related, there is no stigma to being seen away from one’s workstation. In fact, participation in this zone is a sign of productivity. With the constant conversations, the chill center acts as a white noise machine allowing the adjacent office spaces to have a more relaxed and informal ambiance.
Tagline: Trade Gothic Lt Std Chill centers are productive work areas. More and more of our clients are requesting space for all-hands meetings and all-office lunch rooms. Usually sized for 50 to 100 people, at 20 to 25sf/person, these spaces represent approximately 8% to 10% of the overall space requirement and can cost more than a million dollars in rent over a lease term. Our clients must be seeing a significant benefit to having these kinds of spaces in their space plan. “With cafés in a laboratory building, it is important to be clear that the café is not an amenity, but rather a critical part of scientific infrastructure,” says Professor Charles Marcus, the leader of the client committee for Harvard University’s Laboratory for Integrated Science and
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Engineering (LISE) building. This view is shared by many of the world’s leading research institutions, including the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics located in Waterloo, Canada. In this remarkable new building, clusters of offices surround small living rooms outfitted with wood-burning fireplaces, supplemented by larger gathering areas, cafés, and restaurants. From the perspective of the scientist, there is no difference between the private office and the social area in terms of thinking space. Biotech incubator spaces such as the Cambridge Innovation Center and 215 First Street have also embraced the idea of socializing science. While the individual offices in these facilities are quite small, the infor-
mal gathering areas, coffee bars, and beer taps are proportionally large in comparison. It may be that the best precedent for designing social research space lies not inside the university and the workplace but in the public world of restaurants, coffee bars, and the first class lounges at international airports. Such places are generally filled with people hard at work or deep in conversation. These are places that encourage creative thinking and collaboration. If you really need to be productive, relax, chill out. It’s okay. It’s what the leading thinkers in the world are doing. Mark Reed, AIA LEED AP is a principal at Lab / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc., a Boston based laboratory design firm.
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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News by Donald E. Bowen, Jr., and Jonathan J. Markey Massachusetts is the new hot bed of ground based solar PV projects in the Northeast. The recent SolarREC carve-out from the already aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards, along with Municipal Net Metering, has created an all-out sprint to the finish line of 400MW of solar. The value of the auction floor of SolarRECs at $0.30 kWh has spurred unprecedented growth in the PV marketplace. Solar Developers throughout the US and some foreign countries are getting in on the action for the new wave of Renewable Energy – Commercial Scale Ground Based Solar. Almost every municipality in the commonwealth appears interested in ground-mounted solar PV, and many are entertaining the option of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) to limit risk while avoiding capital investments. Development of large-scale renewable energy projects, including solar PV, is assisting municipalities by reducing their annual energy expenses and serving as a hedge against continued volatility in the energy sector. Before a PPA can be finalized or construction may begin, regulatory permits must be secured and the design finalized. The importance of these steps is often underestimated or, in some cases, completely overlooked. Regional planning commissions are receiving inquiries from member communities and have started analyzing the benefits and optimization of an aggregated approach.
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Pittsfield wastewater facility Similar studies have been performed Solar Stimulus (MaSS) Program by Massachusetts Meridian Associates, Inc. for regional Pittsfield Wastewater Treatment Facility Pittsfield, Massachusetts planners such as Merrimack Valley Planning Commission and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council on a regional basis to maximum potential for ground-mount solar photovoltaics and wind power. “As civil engineers, we deal with land use and permitting daily; it is necessary and appropriate to perform due diligence to identify potential fatal flaws for any given use, including solar,” according to Meridian Associates Principal Richard Waitt, Jr., PE. Solar developers are finding that land use considerations add a level of complexity unrelated to their experience with installa-
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Needham, MA - The America’s most progressive govConsortium for Solar Lighting ernment policies toward residen(CSL), a group of manufacturtial and commercial solar power ers working to accelerate the usage. global adoption of reliable solar The CSL was created by lighting technology, has hired some of the most active solar lightclean energy veteran Michael ing product makers in North AmerTrahan as executive director to ica to foster awareness and provide lead the group’s effort to deeducation in solar lighting and the applications where it is a viable alvelop universal specifications Michael Trahan ternative to conventional grid-conto support consumers’ fair and nected lighting technology. comprehensive evaluation of CSL founders include Carmanah commercial-scale lighting systems. Trahan has served as executive di- Technologies Corporation, Sharp Manurector of statewide industry group Solar facturing Company of America, Sol, Inc., Connecticut, Inc. since 2008, during which SolarOne Solutions, Inc., and Trojan Battime industry membership has quadrupled. tery Company. More than 60 solar lighting manufacEarlier this year, HeatSpring Magazine wrote that, “Mike Trahan is the hardest turers, researchers, educators, and related working man in solar,” mainly for his ef- businesses worldwide have expressed inforts to galvanize manufacturers, installers, terest in joining CSL since the group was and state policy-makers to adopt a set of formed.
Genzyme’s Center Earns LEED-CI Gold Northborough, MA - Genzyme and Perkins+Will announced that The Green Building Certificate Institute recently awarded the 270,000sf Genzyme Northborough Operations Center the LEED-CI Gold certification, making it the only operations center in New England to receive a LEED Gold rating. Lighting and HVAC design strategies, the use of locally-sourced materials, a high rate of construction waste recycling,
and a selection of low-VOC emitting materials all contributed to meeting the project’s sustainability goals. Originally envisioned as a traditional distribution center, the program was redefined into a multichannel operations center supporting basic distribution functions as well as eight other groups, including quality control, packaging and labeling, and clinical research.
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tions of building mounted solar PV systems. Delays may result from a lack of understanding of considerations and Photoland Provideduse Courtesy of PanelClaw Inc. and Nexamp, Inc. can cost the project proponent unanticipated time and money. Permitting a commercial scale system requires the expertise of land use professionals. Land use restrictions require research and experience to determine potential impacts on the development and grid connection of a solar array. Such restrictions include easements, deed restrictions, hidden subsurface utilities, stormwater surface runoff and flood plains, use restrictions, grid interconnection/access, title ownership, zoning restrictions, and
other regulatory controls. Title and ownership issues must be vetted prior to design to ensure that there is clear title to the land and that the parcel is not subject to easements or other encumbrances that may interfere with construction or long-term operation. Rick Waitt states, “Potential land use restrictions should be evaluated to insure compliance with regulating limitations and to avoid conflicts with ownership or deed restrictions.” Environmental regulations require protection of natural resources such as wetlands and endangered species habitats, which may preclude any development on the site. Flood zones, drainage design, access to the site including roadways and utility infrastructure, require design calculations to ensure that the removal of vegetation and the introduction of impervious surfaces will not create a burden to abutting or downstream properties. Securing regulatory permits may be as challenging as other commercial land developments. Many ground-based projects in the commonwealth have never reached the construction phase because of inadequate due diligence, design, or the permitting process. Maintenance, insurance, and risk must be factored into the project proforma prior to submission to ensure a PPA that will work for both parties. Donald Bowen, Jr., PLS is one of the founding principals and Jonathan Markey, PE is a senior project manager at at Meridian Associates Inc.
Hobbs Brook Hosts Goodwill Event
Waltham, MA - Hobbs Brook Management LLC, a pioneer in the development of office space in the Boston suburbs, announced that the electronics recycling event it hosted for tenants and employees within the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham is the largest that the eastern branch of Goodwill has seen during a corporate sponsored function. Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island was on site to accept donations from park tenants. “We’ve been collecting electronics from corporate-sponsored events since 2004, but we’ve never seen the sheer volume that we received at Hobbs Brook,”
said Edward Balasco, supervisor of recycling and training programs for Goodwill Industries of R.I. Known throughout the greater Boston area as a philanthropic company, Hobbs Brook continues to find new ways of supporting programs that in turn support community development, job creation, and the concept of paying it forward. Thomas Dusel, president and chief operating officer of Hobbs Brook, said, “Despite terrible weather conditions, we still received electronics from more than 145 people in our park, and collected 37,543 pounds of waste to be recycled.”
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Restoring and Maintaining Urban Wetland Resources Cambridge. MA - SAK Environmental of North Andover is providing hazardous materials consulting services on the Blair Pond Restoration project in Cambridge. Preservation and restoration of wetland resources is a priority for conservation agencies. This is especially true in urban environments where storm water runoff from paved industrial/commercial sites potentially transport pollutants to adjoining waterways. Such is the case with the Blair Pond Restoration project. Working as a subcontractor to SumCo Eco-Contracting, SAK Environmental,
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a certified woman-owned business enterprise environmental consulting firm, is performing hazmat consulting services to manage these environmental issues during construction. Blair Pond, originally a man-made pond to support brick manufacturing in the early 1900s, is located in a mixed-use high density residential and commercial area near Fresh Pond. For decades, the pond has been filled with sediment and overgrown with invasive plants. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) received a permit to dredge and restore the native wetland
Blair Pond restoration project plants to the shores and surrounding acres. years, and we are pleased that we were This estimated $1.3 million restoration able to award the project and see construcproject began in January of 2012 with the tion start this season,” says Robert Lowell, goals that included: increasing the pond’s DCR project manager. flood storage capacity; constructing an SAK’s work will ensure that water upstream detention area to settle out sedi- resources will not be adversely affected ments in storm water; restoring terrestrial, by the construction, and that any contamiaquatic, and benthic habitats in and around nated soil or groundwater encountered is the pond; and improving the overall aes- properly treated, managed, and disposed thetic quality of the pond and surrounding of in accordance with environmental reguenvironment. latory requirements in an effort to protect “The Blair Pond restoration project and potentially improve the environmental has been a priority for DCR for several quality in the area.
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Reducing Phosphorus in Stormwater – A New Way of Thinking
by Elizabeth Clark, PE There has been a growing trend to tighten stormwater regulations with the intent to improve the quality of our water resources. Advances in environmental sciences have made it possible to quantify and measure the impact of specific pollutants. While stormwater in Massachusetts has been treated to remove Elizabeth Clark total suspended solids and oils for years now, nutrients, such as phosphorus, are the target of the latest regulations. Phosphorus is a naturally occurring element in all living creatures, and it is found in our streams and rivers. Manmade products such as lawn fertilizers, pesticides, cleaners, oils, and auto exhaust contain high concentrations of the element. During rainstorms, these products end up in stormwater runoff and drain into nearby stormwater systems and ultimately into our streams, rivers, and lakes. Excessive phosphorus in the Charles River has been attributed to large algae blooms, which can cause a number of water quality issues, such as eutrophication. Of particular concern are blue-green algae species, which can be toxic to humans and pets, thereby affecting the ability to use the river for recreational activities.
In compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) has developed a list of impaired waters and determined the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of a pollutant that a water body can sustain. The TMDL outlines reduction goals of the targeted pollutant for individual communities. To achieve these goals, coordination is required with existing and proposed regulations and programs, such as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits program. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States through the NPDES permit program. Part of this program requires municipalities to submit applications for their stormwater discharges. To receive approval, these stormwater discharges must meet the requirements outlined in the EPA Municipal Separate Storm Sewer permit (MS4 Permit) for their specific area. In February, 2010 the EPA issued a draft MS4 permit for the Lower Charles River with a key provision that requires all towns and cities tributary to the Lower Charles River to meet the goals to the TMDL within 10 years. This requires municipalities in this area to lower their phosphorus discharges anywhere between 5.2% and 65.5%. This will have a significant impact on how stormwater is collected, treated, and discharged for mu-
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proach will be required. There is often little-to-no open space to treat or infiltrate stormwater prior to draining to a municipal system. When open space is available, challenges are often presented by the existing soils, which frequently are comprised of urban fill and may not be suitable for infiltration. To meet When open space is available, the goals of the TMDL, civil engineers will have to team up with challenges are often presented by the landscape architects, mechanical existing soils, which frequently are and plumbing engineers, and arcomprised... chitects to implement successful solutions. Collecting roof runoff and reusing it for irrigation, HVAC phorus discharges at a minimum to meet make-up water or toilet flushing can sigthe goals of the TMDL. This will add cost nificantly reduce a site’s phosphorus discharge. Green roofs may also be a viable and complexity to proposed projects. As with most design elements, phos- alternative for treatment, as well as the phorus mitigation is site-specific. Cost ef- use of proprietary filter systems. The EPA hasn’t stated when the fective ways to treat for phosphorus include prohibiting the use of fertilizers containing MS4 permit for the Lower Charles River phosphorus, infiltrating stormwater, and will be finalized. It was originally schedtreating stormwater with rain gardens or uled for issuance in 2010 but has been deconstructed stormwater wetlands. Subur- layed due to significant public response. ban and rural developments with adequate Some municipalities are taking a proacland area will likely be able to utilize these tive approach and require new developbetter management practices to treat for ment and redevelopment projects to meet phosphorus. Significant additional cost the goals of the TMDL now. When the may not be incurred if these strategies can permit is issued it will strongly alter the be used since they are often required to way we think, plan, and design for stormmeet the standards of the 2008 MADEP water management. Elizabeth Clark, PE, is a profesStormwater Management Handbook. In the greater Boston area, where sional engineer with nine years of indusland is valuable and space is limited, a try experience. She works as project manwhole-site-whole-building design ap- ager for Beals and Thomas, Inc. nicipalities located within areas that have higher pollutant reduction goals. Towns and cities will have to retrofit existing stormwater management systems to meet this requirement. New development and redevelopment within these areas will be required to reduce their phos-
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Kaplan Recipient of Paul E. Tsongas Award Boston - Kaplan Construction recently announced that the historic rehabilitation of former mill buildings into the Residences at Riverwalk in Amesbury and the renovation and adaptive reuse of Washington Mills Building No. 1 in Lawrence received the Paul E. Tsongas Award by Preservation Massachusetts. The Residences at Riverwalk include a brick mill building originally constructed in 1885 with 18 townhomes while 69 apartments are located in a 1918 wooden mill building. Siemasko & Verbridge, Inc. was the Architect for the project. The extensive historic rehabilitation of the mill buildings into luxury townhomes and apartments required shoring or replacing 50% of the structure of both buildings and 100% of the exterior of the
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wooden mill. Kaplan Construction provided preconstruction and construction services for the project. The historic Washington Mills building is located on the site of the former Bay State Mills, the earliest textile mill in Lawrence. Originally built in 1886, the renovation and adaptive reuse of the 240,000sf building included transforming a deteriorating and vacant former mill build-
ing into 155 loft-style live/work units. Kaplan Construction provided construction and preconstruction services. The architect for the project was Durkee Brown Viveiros & Werenfels. The units range in size from 625sf to 1,700sf and employ design features that showcase the building’s industrial character, including nine-foot arched windows, exposed brick walls, and original wood beams and ceilings.
Davis Finalist in Design Challenge
Burlington, VT – Berglind Davis, IIDA senior interior designer at Freeman French Freeman, Architects, has been selected as one of four finalists in the 2012 tx:style design challenge. The national competition, sponsored by Mannington Mills, a leading US manufacturer of both carpet and hard surface
flooring, asked contestants to create a new carpet design for the commercial market. Davis’s design, titled “Refraction,” was inspired by Vermont’s winter landscape. NeoCon is North America’s largest design expo and conference for commercial interiors.
Engelberth Project Gets SHARP Award
Norwich, VT - Engelberth Construction, Inc. of Colchester was recently presented with the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award by Vermont Department of Labor for the King Arthur Flour Expansion Project in Norwich, Vt. This marks Engelberth’s second SHARP designation for a project, making it the only contractor in the United States to achieve this accomplishment. The SHARP award is not given lightly in the construction industry, and Engel-
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Lincoln, R I- Cari P. Orsi, P.E., LEED AP, project engineer for Pare Corporation, was named 2012 Young Engineer of the Year by the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers (RISPE) at its 2012 annual awards dinner. The RISPE Young Engineer of the Year Award honors an engineer 34 years of age or younger who “best exemplifies the ideal image of the young engineer.” She is currently providing civil/ site engineering for a variety of projects in Rhode Island and Massachusetts out of PARE’s Foxboro, Mass. office. Orsi also donates her time to public school children, advocating for careers in engineering and the sciences. She has participated as a STEM Ambassador in
berth Construction has been a participant in a pilot program to establish construction companies in the SHARP program. SHARP is an OSHA consultative cooperative program that recognizes employers who have successfully incorporated safety and health management practices in the workplace. The program provides assistance to employers to work with their Bristol, RI - Ron Simoneau, vice employees to find and correct hazards, president of Shawmut Design and Conpre-plan to anticipate hazards, and provide tools to continuously improve their safety struction, recently accepted the “Distinand health processes. guished Person of the Year” award from the Roger Williams University Construction Management Professional Advisory Board (RWU CMPAB). At Suffolk, Simoneau has played an instrumental Steimle is responsible for the overall role in the growth of the RWU Construcmanagement of the tion Management (CM) program as a long company’s brandtime member of the CMPAB. ing platform, corHe actively supports CM student porate marketing, competition teams, has helped to lead the business developboard’s strategic planning, and repeatedly ment, and commuserved as a jury member for senior capnity outreach camstone projects. paigns. Kimberly Steimle
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Kimberly Steimle Gets TOYL Award
Boston - Kimberly Steimle, Suffolk Construction’s chief marketing officer and chief people officer, was recently honored as one of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 recipients of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) awards. Reviving a long-standing tradition of celebrating Greater Boston’s current and future leaders, the 10 recipients will be honored at a reception on June 21 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel.
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Ron Simoneau accepts the “Distinguished Person of the Year” award from Tom Comella, former chairman of the CMPAB.
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AlliedCook Transforms School
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Biddeford, ME AlliedCook of Portland is putting the finishing touches on the $4.5 million renovation of Emery School, transforming the empty school into affordable, senior housing units. After sitting idle for nearly five years, this historic 1912 building, which once served as a neighborhood elementary school in Biddeford, has been transformed into elderly housing with 20 one-bedroom units The former school has been transformed into and four two-bedroom units. elderly housing. Thirteen of the units are fulthirds of the two chimneys were demolly handicapped accessible. Many original features of the build- ished but structurally reinforced to support ing were restored and reused, including the the upper sections. In addition, a new roof was installed, existing tin ceilings, all interior wood and window trim, and the antique chalkboards all the windows replaced, and 100% of the which are installed in the kitchens of each exterior brick repointed. The basement features an additional community room of the apartments. The original stage on the third floor with laundry and full kitchen. The renovanow serves as a community space for resi- tions also addressed code issues and energy dents, and the original wood floors in the efficiency, including the installation of socorridors were refinished, as well as the ter- lar panels. An elevator was added, as well as a wheelchair lift. razzo in the stair towers. Portland-based Archetype designed Because the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, two of the renovations, and Developers Collabthe three chimneys needed to be preserved orative partnered with Avesta Housing on from the third floor up. The bottom two the project.
Chestnut Hill Realty Caps 12 Year Project Norwood, MA Chestnut Hill Realty’s recently completed construction of 54 one-bedroom apartment homes at Norwest Woods in Norwood accounted for nearly 10% of all new apartments built last year in Greater Boston, the second year in a row CHR has achieved that mark. The new apartments represent the final phase of a 91-unit, four-building building project that commenced in 2008. “Although the demand for apartment space has risen sharply in Eastern Massachusetts, a distressed economy and high barriers to entry have prevented production from keeping pace,” said Edward Zuker, founder and CEO of Chestnut Hill Realty, a full-service real estate company specializing in multifamily housing. “This new construction helps meet an important need in the region while solidifying Norwest Woods’ reputation as a wellrespected community.” Confirming the demand for new apartment stock in the region, the new apartment homes at Norwest Woods were fully leased within three months of being built. The addition of the 54 apartment homes, including luxury loft units, caps a
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Greenwood Builds Award-Winning Roof on Mass. State House
Boston - In 2009, Greenwood Industries of Millbury began reroofing the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Perhaps the highest profile roofing project in the commonwealth, the State House is significant not only for its historical importance, but for its functionality as the political hub of the commonwealth. It houses both the executive and legislative branches of the Massachusetts government, including the governor’s office, as it has since the erection of the building in 1795. Greenwood was awarded the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) Platinum Gold Circle award for superior workmanship. Greenwood is a member of the Boston Roofing Contractors Association, an affiliate with the Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA), known for the stringent training and qualification of its members and their employees. Greenwood’s skilled team of approximately 20 sheet metal workers from locals 17 and 63, and 16 roofers from Local 33, worked for 23 months on this project. According to Robert Sparks, project manager, every tradesman who worked on the State House was in awe. “We’d say, ‘Look around you because you’ll probably not see the likes of this again.’” Parks added, “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Every single tradesman was thrilled to have the chance to work on such a high-profile project.” In 1965, when Sparks got into the business, the State House was one of his first projects. “Back then it was just some repairs,” said Sparks. “I think it’s ironic that
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44 years later, I would have the opportunity to work on this huge reroofing project, and it would be my last before retiring. I feel really lucky to have had this opportunity.” Few roofing projects could be considered as unique as the one at the Massachusetts State House. It was to be a massive, challenging roof replacement and exterior repair. The vast quantities of copper installed came from Revere Copper, which was founded in 1801 by Paul Revere. Greenwood married copper, slate, modified roofing, PVC roofing, walk pads, and pavers to form an aesthetic masterpiece fully functional in its design to keep water out of the building, drain water away, and
provide comfortable patios and walkways for the occupants to enjoy. In the urban Boston setting there was no room for ground materials storage; a truck and crane lifted materials to the workers as needed. The safety team devised a railing and safety net system to keep workers, material, and debris on the roof. In order to keep workers safe when traveling across a sloped roof covered in copper— with many angle changes – a wood walkway system with railings was designed and installed. Greenwood utilized full body harness tied off 100% of the time anywhere a worker was to be exposed to a fall hazard. The end result: zero significant injuries dur-
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Framing Complete for Cobham Exp. Pro Con Architect and CM
The steel framing has been completed. Exeter, NH - The steel framing is The steel framing has been completcomplete for Cobham Antenna Systems’ ed, and placement of the concrete slab on Microwave Components group’s expan- deck is under way. Plans are to begin the sion at its manufacturing facility at 11 roof, the exterior framing, and the buildContinental Drive in Exeter. ing’s underground utilities before the end Pro Con Inc. of Manchester is the ar- of the month. chitect and construction manager for the exPro Con Inc began the project in Depansion project, which will add 105,000sf cember 2011 and has scheduled a Septemto the company’s existing 80,000sf manu- ber 2012 completion date. facturing facility.
Red Hat Expands
Westford, MA - Red Hat, an emergent global leader in open source technology, is adding 100,000sf to its offices in Westford that will more than double its space. Neil Ross of JLL represented Red Hat and RBJ’s John Wilson and Jamie Lipscomb represented The Gutierrez Company, landlord and building owner. Diversified Project Management, Inc. will provide comprehen-
sive project management services, including programming, construction administration, FF&E coordination, and move planning. IA will provide design and architectural services and will be assisting with the contractor selection process. The project is expected to complete in the spring of 2013.
Theater Nears Completion
Designed by Catalano, Constructed by Stateside
Nantucket, RI - Construction of the new Dreamland Theater on Nantucket is nearing completion after 18 months of construction and years of planning. Considered one of the oldest theaters in America, planning and fundraising for the construction of a new facility started eight years ago when the Dreamland Foundation acquired the property and determined that the building needed to be replaced. Designed by Catalano Architects of Boston and constructed by Stateside Construction Group of Westborough, Mass., this project is slated to obtain a LEED Silver rating from the US Green Building Council. It is one of the first projects in Nantucket’s Old Historic District to reach such a distinction. This new 15,000sf multipurpose facility includes a 320-seat main theater, a studio theater with a capacity of 140, and the Harbor View room and terrace, which can accommodate up to 80 people. Equipped with a state-of-the-art digital projection system, the main theater will show current blockbuster movies as well as host theatrical productions and other performing arts. The studio theater will also be able to show mainstream movies, smaller theatrical performances, comedy shows, and music events. During demolition of the original historic meeting house, heavy timber wood trusses were salvaged and incorporated into the new construction of the studio theater. The Harbor View meeting room and terrace, with adjacent catering kitchen, pro-
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Dreamland Theater vides additional meeting space and boasts spectacular views of Nantucket Harbor. Construction began in January 2011, and because of a long-standing requirement in Nantucket’s historic district, the entire exterior shell needed to be completed by June 15, 2011. Interior construction continued throughout the summer and into early 2012. The close proximity of the site to the harbor required the entire site to be surrounded by a cofferdam and dewatering system to allow the excavation to remain dry during construction. The building footprint is mere inches from the property line Continued on next page
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Innovative Technology Improves Power Distribution System Energy Efficiency by Donald J. Moore, CEO Harmonics Limited High energy costs can quickly land hospitals and other types of healthcare facilities in critical condition. In these facilities, energy waste hurts. Hot transformers disrupt power to critical equipment, and cooling systems work overtime to dissipate the heat. What suffers most? System reliability and the bottom line. The problem could be third harmonic currents, which plague medical facilities with a high density of sensitive electronic loads: computers, servers, monitoring equipment, diagnostic systems, and hightech instrumentation upon which hospitals rely. It has long been recognized that harmonic currents, particularly the third harmonic, flowing in a wye distribution system serving multiple computer loads, are detrimental to system operation. Problems caused by these harmonic currents include: overheated transformers, switchgear, and
wiring; random circuit breaker tripping; and reduced usable system capacity. The cure is Harmonics Limited, Inc.’s (HL) patented Harmonic Suppression System (HSS) that totally eliminates the third harmonic current from the hospital’s electrical distribution system. The HSS increases system quality, reliability, and provides sustained increased energy efficiency over the life of the electrical system. Most importantly, HSS technology reduces energy usage (and electric bills) from the instant it’s installed. What causes third harmonic currents? The electronic equipment that healthcare facilities need most! These devices draw power from the distribution system via their switch-mode power supplies (SMPS). Harmonic currents are a direct result of the way in which the SMPS draws current from the system. The input circuit of an SMPS is a bridge rectifier that changes the 120 volt AC input to DC. Al-
Theater Nears Completion Continued from previous page on two sides and resides approximately four feet from an existing building on the third side. This presented many logistical challenges during construction, including the need to completely shut off one of the adjacent streets during construction to allow access for a crane. Additionally, the salvaged wood trusses required restoration
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and coordination with the steel erection in order to integrate the trusses into the new steel structure. Once construction is complete, the Nantucket Dreamland, with new and old design elements coupled with premier technologies, will continue its historic legacy well into the future.
though the AC voltage is a sine wave, the rectifier draws its current in spikes. These spikes require that the AC supply system provide harmonic currents, primarily third, fifth, and seventh. These harmonic currents do not provide power to the SMPS, but they do take up distribution system capacity and increase system energy consumption. The principal harmonic current is the third (180 Hz), and the amplitude of this current can be equal to or even greater than that of the fundamental current. The only way to solve the issues caused by harmonic currents is to remove the harmonics themselves. That’s the proven cure that HL’s Harmonic Suppression System provides. HSS is the only technology that prevents the generation of the third harmonic current at the source; the SMPS in the high tech equipment. From the moment the HSS is installed in the distribution system, the harmonics generated by the high-tech loads cease to exist. The result? A systemwide eradication of wasted energy. The distribution system can now handle more loads, even in older hospitals with downsized neutrals. Plus, with HSS the facility can earn LEED credits and meet important targets toward becoming a green building. The Harmonic Suppression System cuts costs by eliminating third harmonic currents and the associated heat they generate. That means: • Energy bills drop as much as 8%, with reduced waste and cooling expense. • Expensive service calls decline,
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with better system reliability, • Over-sized transformers and conduits become obsolete, with a “right-sized” distribution system that handles more loads, • Existing transformers can be salvaged, by boosting efficiency and capacity without the cost of replacing them, • Energy efficiency increases, with a patented solution that can pay for itself over a short time period. Unlike harmonic-mitigating transformers or solutions that “accommodate” the third harmonic by “over-sizing” transformers, conduits, and switchgear. HSS does more. It entirely eliminates harmonic currents from existing everywhere within the system, at the source. The system has less current, less heat, less waste, lower electric bills, and a real solution that pays for itself even as energy costs rise. Planning a facility expansion? Need to replace a transformer? For maximum energy savings, consider Harmonic Suppression technology as a retrofit to an existing transformer, or as an integrated component of the transformer in the design of new construction. For over 10 years, Harmonics Limited has been increasing energy efficiency with its proprietary leading-edge Harmonic Suppression Systems. The company has helped thousands of facilities save money, boost reliability, and earn credit for their improved energy performance. Donald J. Moore is CEO of Harmonics Limited.
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Abbot Restores Office Building
Boston - Abbot Building Restoration Company recently completed a major restoration of the façade of a brick and limestone high-rise office building at 85 Devonshire St. in downtown Boston. Phase 1 of the restoration involved the 12-story south, west, and east elevations, where Abbot repaired various perimeter wall defects. The repairs consisted of pinning defective stones and sealing numerous cracks to bring the building in compliance with the City of Boston Façade Ordinance Code. On the five-story north elevation, the brick wall that corresponded with the elevator shaft was experiencing severe leakage likely attributed to the multiple dislodged bricks and deteriorated windows. The contract called for Abbot to repair the dislodged bricks, install new brick in place of all of the windows, repoint the entire brick wall, and seal the wall with two coats of an elastomeric protective coating. The project was complicated by the need for Abbot to move its equipment over
Restoration of the façade of the office building at 85 Devonshire St. an abutter’s roof by crane, erect the equipment, and then remove the equipment by crane after the job was completed.
‘Flex’ Building Completed
Cumberland, RI – Vision 3 Architects has completed the core and shell of a 20,000sf, one-story “flex” building, Highland Corporate Park in Cumberland. The Economic Development Foundation of RI, (EDFRI) is the developer. The project is part of the EDFRI Master Plan of providing a flex building
type to allow a mixed use group of business, warehouse, and light industrial to any of the tenant spaces. This building is the fourth of its type for Highland Corporate Park. The general contractor on the project was New England Construction from Rumford.
AlliedCook Completes TV Station Design By Lachman and Copen & Lind
Biddeford, Maine - AlliedCook recently completed construction on Biddeford’s new public access station. The renovated former Knights of Columbus building is now home to Biddeford’s new public access station, where city council meetings and other municipal programming will be produced and aired on the city’s two cable channels. The station will also serve as a resource for the entire community so that individuals of all ages may create their own television programming. Portland-based Lachman Architects + Planners provided the exterior design,
PCU Opens New Location
Cumberland, RI – Pawtucket Credit Union (PCU) held a ribbon-cutting recently to mark the opening of its newest branch. The new branch was built by Graham Builders, Inc. of Smithfield and designed by Vision 3 Architects of Providence. The 2,800sf branch at 1855 Mendon Road is the credit union’s 15th location, and the first in Cumberland. The exterior design is a simple, traditional style with the interior being more contemporary. Features of the new full-service branch include two drive-thru lanes, a 24 hour drive-up ATM, and private offices.
l-r: Brian Regan, Vice President, Pawtucket Credit Union; Daniel McKee, Mayor of Cumberland; Karl Kozak, President and CEO, Pawtucket Credit Union; Ronald LeClair, Chairman of the Board, Pawtucket Credit Union; Keith Davignon, Principal, Vision 3 Architects; David Graham, President, Graham Builders
Essex Completes Church Reno
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Salem, MA - Essex Builders of Westwood has completed an extensive renovation and addition for The First Church in Salem, Unitarian. The new addition houses an elevator that provides universal access to all areas of the church, which was a key goal of the design. The church’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the installation of a new efficient heating system. Other aspects of the work focused on renovations to areas other than the meeting house, Newly renovated First Church in Salem which are utilized in the course of the parish’s community serers Torrey and Spencer prepared a tasteful vice. This included remodeling of class- design which complemented the existing rooms for the Henny Penny Nursery School, historic structure. Priceless elements such as which is the oldest operating pre-school precious stained glass windows were recovnorth of Boston. ered during the demolition phase for incorThe architectural firm of Mend- poration in the new work.
and Copen & Lind Consulting from Amherst, Mass. provided the interior design and served as the cable communications consultant. The 4,200sf renovation included demolishing part of the building, gutting the interior, and adding a new entrance. The renovation converted the space to a modern, soundproof broadcast studio for live broadcasts for up to 49 people, a smaller studio, a large room with multiple editing bays, sound control room, offices, Boston - In 2010, Jack Wills conference area, and storage space. The faUniversity Outfitters a British highcility will also continue to serve as the pollend clothing and accessories retailer, ing place for elections for Wards 1 and 2. decided to cross the Atlantic and expand into New England. The company chose A&O Danner Companies, Inc., a builder and general contractor based in Plymouth, Mass., to build its first US stores. The first store was on the island of Nantucket, followed by upscale shops in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, and on trendy Newbury Street in downtown Boston. Two others were built in Connecticut, and Jack Wills is in negotiations with Danner for another Cape Cod store. Following the successful 2010 projects, Jack Wills continued to contract with Danner who completed retail fit-ups in Greenwich and Westport, Conn.
Danner Completes Retail Shops
Jack Wills, Boston. While their US stores usually range from 1,300 to 3,400sf, Newbury Street is the largest at 5,300sf. Construction costs for that store were about $1.2 million. The five custom-built stores have a combined total of 15,000sf, and cost some $3 million. All told, the chain operates 11 stores in the US
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Pro Con Completes Market Basket Griffin Completes Police Station Project Prellwitz/Chilinski Project Architect
Manchester, NH - Pro Con Inc. of Manchester has completed the new 100,000sf Market Basket store in downtown Manchester, on a 10.7 acre site that was formerly home to Rockwell Automation Inc.’s Allen Bradley Plant. RMD Inc. of Tewksbury, Mass. developed the store for Demoulas Super Markets Inc. and the Market Basket stores. Prellwitz/Chilinski Associates Inc. of Cambridge was the project architect, and Pro Con was the general contractor for the project, which included the supermarket as well as space for retail tenants. The new store features a Market’s Café, a Market’s Kitchen, and an in-store
Interior view of the new supermarket.
Recently completed Market Basket store bakery. Pro Con completed construction of the free-standing stair tower that leads customers from the street level to the front entrance of the store in advance of the grand opening. The Market Basket store was designed and built to be LEED certified. As part of the extensive renovation project, Pro Con demolished a portion of the structure including exterior walls and the existing concrete slab and recycled 95% of the waste material, diverting tons of debris from the landfills.
EDC Moves to New HQ
Waltham, MA - Education Development Center (EDC), a global nonprofit organization with more than 300 health and education projects in 35 countries, recently moved into its new headquarters at 43 Foundry Avenue in Waltham. Diversified Project Management of Newton completed the renovation and relocation. The project team was rounded out by RDK Engineers, Red Thread, Acentech, Atelier Ten, Sebesta Blomberg, Interstate Electric, Furniture Consultants Inc., and Sterling Movers.
The new headquarters houses nearly 420 employees and consists of approximately 120,500sf of space. The highly collaborative and open space features a café, multiple breakout and soft seating areas, and state-of-the-art audio visual systems, all of which facilitate its global operations & communications. Based on a sustainable design model, the new space meets high efficiency engineering standards while maintaining the goals of aesthetics and space flexibility/functionality.
Wise Completes Renovations
Waltham, MA - Wise Construction, of Winchester, has completed construction of the first phase of a multiphase facility renovation at Fresenius Medical Care in Waltham. Renovation plans call for the creation of 15,000sf of new office space and reconfiguring existing space for the company’s various divisions into a contiguous layout within the existing 200,000sf office footprint. The renovation also requires the creation of swing space for 1,000 em- Renovation at Morgan Stanley Capital Internaployees to be relocated as part of the tional offices at Federal Street, Boston included new meeting areas. project, which will continue through August 2012. 21st floor office space at 101 Federal Street Fresenius Medical Care is a major provider of kidney dialysis services and in Boston. The renovation featured an open floor plan, conference rooms, skyfold partirenal care products. For Morgan Stanley Capital Interna- tion, new reception area, and break room. tional (MSCI), Wise Construction complet- MSCI provides investment decision suped a high-end office fit out of the company’s port tools.
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Chatham, MA - Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. of Holliston has completed the electrical installation work at the new Chatham Police Station and Town Hall Annex. These new, two-story, buildings, one 18,000sf and one 20,000sf, are the solution to previously outdated and overcrowded facilities. The updated town hall annex accommodates the community development, health and environment, coastal resources, conservation and planning departments for the town of Chatham. The Griffin Electric team was responsible for exterior site work, including primary, secondary and low tension duct banks, in addition to manhole and handhole work. Other electrical installations included a raceway system, secondary distribution equipment and seismic restraints. Additionally, the team installed systems for
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fire notification and prevention, uninterruptable and emergency power, and lightning protection, as well as, the interior and exterior lighting and automated lighting controls. Consigli Construction Co., Inc., of Milford served as the project’s construction manager; Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Dartmouth was the electrical engineer; and Jacunski Hume Architects, LLC, of Berlin, Conn., was the architect.
IronWood Awarded New Projects
Medway, MA - IronWood Commercial Construction was recently awarded three projects in Boston, Peabody, and Stow totaling approximately 20,000sf. Two of the projects are office space for UBS Financial and CNE Direct, and the third is a multi-phased tenant-occupied lab fit-out.
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EnviroVantage Adds Two
Epping, NH - EnviroVantage of Epping announced that Richard Beaulieu and Alicia Papandrea have joined the firm. Beaulieu is the new senior operations manager. He has spent the last seven Beaulieu years as a construction manager with responsibilities of project management, safety, quality, and process development. He is also an expert in the area of government affairs including his work on projects with the Department of Defense. Some of the qualifications Beaulieu brings to
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CSI Team Announcements
Boston, MA - Contracting Specialists Incorporated (CSI) – Northeast announced the following additions to their team: Arthur Gillis brings 20 years of extensive industry experience to his role as a CSI projects manager. He has experience as project engineer, estimator, lead structural engineer, and project manager. He has successfully managed commercial and retail construction projects valued to $7.5 million, as well as several highlyspecialized restoration, waterproofing, and masonry projects for public and private clients individually valued to $8 million. Steve Papp draws upon a wide
range of industry experience that contributes to his exceptional performance as a CSI assistant projects manager. He has held a diverse range of professional roles, including owner and operator of a successful masonry restoration business, as well as staff engineer at a national construction products manufacturer. Andy Nguyen has more than 18 years of industry experience that contributes to his impressive achievement as a CSI estimator. His professional career features roles of a wide range in different domains, such as inspector/lab technician of concrete works, estimator/ assistant project manager, and estimator.
Wright-Ryan Personnel Announcements
Portland, ME - Wright-Ryan Construction has hired Jeff Heseltine as the new general manager of field operations. He has 15 years of experience. Formerly of J.D. Heseltine Construction, he will manage and estimate all labor for WrightRyan’s residential and commercial divisions. Wright-Ryan also hired Suzanne Benoit, LCSW, SPHR as its director of human resources. She will provide the firm with a strategic, flexible, and forward-thinking resource for its employees and clients. In addition, the company has promoted Kevin Griffeth to operations manager and safety director. Griffeth has been with Wright-Ryan since 1992 and previously served as field operations manager. In his new position,
he will focus on assisting both the commercial and residential divisions in safety management, logistics support, project close-out, and warranty.
McMahon Hires Palmer Palmer’s engineering expe-
Taunton, MA - McMahon Associates, a full-service transportation engineering and planning firm, announced the addition of Christine Ann Palmer, P.E., PTOE as a project manager to its New England transportation design department. She has over 25 years of professional experience with expertise in transportation and traffic engineering.
rience includes design of roadway reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in both urban and rural settings. These projects range from complete reconstruction of arterials, including drainage and intersection geometric and signalization improvements, to pavement rehabilitation projects.
ARC Personnel Achievements
Bradford, VT - ARC Mechanical announced the training achievement of 10 HVAC technicians, installers, and plumbers. Willie Bonser, Nick Carbee, Shaylor Duranleau, and Brad Roy are now master plumbers in Vermont. All four are master plumbers in N.H. Steve Copp, a fourth year apprentice plumber in N.H., is now a journeyman
plumber in Vermont. In addition, Tyson Hayes and Jesse Webster have become Silver Certified Technicians through the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) and Luke Hathaway, Brad Roy, and Andy Tomlinson completed the competent person training to be qualified crane signalers.
Marion, MA - Thompson Consultants, Inc announced that Kieran Guinan, PE has joined the firm as the assistant director of electrical engineering. He brings 23 years of experience with electrical engineering design and project management for academic clients, research facilities, and hospitals. His design experience includes electrical service and distribution, as well as
security, fire alarm, and other low voltage services and interior and exterior lighting. He has had diverse electrical engineering experience, with an emphasis on technologically complex buildings.
Canton, MA - O’Connor Constructors of Canton recently announced the promotion of Brandon Seaman to manager of its building division and the addition of John Gannon as project manager. Seaman has been with O’Connor for over 25 years as a project manager and has spearheaded many signature projects such as Wm X. Wall Experiment Station in Lawrence, Coal Gasification Pilot Plant in Somerset, Worcester Vocational High School, Senator Edward Brooke Courthouse in Boston, and the Brighton Landing Office Complex. Gannon joins O’Connor Constructors with over 20 years’ construction experience. Career highlights include proj-
Seaman Gannon ects for the Dallas Cowboy stadium, the Miami Performing Arts Center in Florida, Antelope Valley Courthouse in California, Island Coast High School in Cape Coral Florida, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
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Jones Lang LaSalle Personnel Announcements
Boston - Jones Lang LaSalages diverse and complex conle Incorporated announced that struction assignments for the Peter Bekarian and John Osten construction team. With over 10 have been named executive vice years of commercial construcpresidents from the New England tion expertise, his assignments region. Michael McGloin and include numerous tenant fit-ups, Dana Griffin were named senior life science and new building vice presidents. construction. Bekarian, with 17 years These individuals were of real estate experience, is part also promoted: Brendan Cohn, Bekarian of the Cambridge team and is a Brandon Dickason, Matthew leader of the Life Sciences pracGiffune, Molly Heath, Patrick tice group. Nugent, Christopher Packard, and Bryan Osten focuses his attention on repre- Sparkes to vice president ; Jared Casey, senting tenants and landlords in Cambridge Anthony Coskren, and Patrick Triggs to and the surrounding markets. With 16 years assistant vice president; Keith Pearson to of industry experience, he also is a leader assistant vice president, senior superintenof the firm’s Life Sciences team. dent; Michael Belanger to assistant vice As a key member of the property president, field manager; Timothy Martin management team, McGloin is responsible to senior property manager; Cadman Corfor enhancing operations, the review of bet to senior estimator; Scott Dean to conregional capital planning and project over- struction manager; Bob Kelly to senior susight increasing value for clients. He cur- perintendent; Shannon McCarthy to senior rently oversees the sustainability and en- marketing manager; and Melisa Marcotte ergy saving program at 99 High in Boston. to senior project manager. As a project executive, Griffin man-
Loring Assumes Leadership
Westfield, MA - Tighe & Bond named David Loring, P.E., LEED AP the firm’s new Technical Practice Leader (TPL) for the Civil Practice Group. He has worked for Tighe & Bond since 2002. A senior project manager and a firm associate, he has served as the transportation specialist in the firm’s Civil
Practice Group since its formation in 2004. He is also a Title V System Inspector and Soil Evaluator. Loring has more than 25 years of experience encompassing a diverse range of civil engineering practices.
SG&A Adds Seven
Boston - Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc. (SG&A) announced the addition of seven new employees: Marc Gabriel, RA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, project architect, brings over 16 years of experience to SG&A. He has a strong track record of achievement in managing complex architectural and construction projects - especially for laboratory, pharmaceutical and R+D clients - from inception to completion. Miguel Linera, project manager, returns to SG&A after managing his own design business for several years. As a project manager, he is responsible for managing the details and coordination issues for each project assignment from schematic design through construction document production and construction administration. Matthew McCreary, LEED AP returns as a project designer in the architecture department after working at design firms in Chicago and Milwaukee. He has worked on commissions for multi-family residential developers, hotels, mixed use developments, hospitals, colleges and universities, and schools.
Brendan Powers, LEED AP BD+C, production manager, has worked as both a project manager and architectural designer prior to joining SG&A. Working in the interiors studio, his responsibilities include collaboration with clients, consultants, cost estimators, and building officials; code review; specification writing and review; as well as assigned QA/QC “red line” document reviews providing a measure of quality control for each project. Inga Bystryak, LEED AP ID+C, interior designer, has worked as both an interior designer and architectural lighting design consultant prior to joining SG&A. Gabriella Gatto, LEED AP, IIDA, NCIDQ, interior designer, worked not only as an interior designer before joining SG&A but also as a LEED project engineer organizing and preparing documentation to submit multiple projects for USGBC LEED certification. Jessie Abbott, interior designer, joins the interior design studio at SG&A after working as a junior designer and project assistant at other firms.
Antinozzi Names Four
Bridgeport, CT - Antinozzi Associates announced the promotion of four long time staff members. After many years of working with the firm, David C. Ferris, associate AIA; Jose A. Imery; Kevin Matis, LEED-AP were promoted to associate and Patricia J. McKeon, NCIDQ to senior associate. McKeon, who has 25 years of experience, joined Antinozzi Associates in 1998 and became the firm’s senior interior designer in 2006. Her ability to translate each client’s functional needs into a creative vision has made her a key asset in the firm’s interior design project success. Ferris has been a key member of the firm for seven years. He is capable of directing and managing the most complicated (and largest) public school projects and guiding his team from start to finish. Imery joined Antinozzi Associates in 2006 to manage retail branch projects for one of the firm’s most prominent financial clients, and he soon became chair of the firm’s quality assurance committee. Matis has been instrumental in the successful development of the firm’s projects since the late 1990s – both through
management and technology. He has become the prime “advisor” in keeping the firm’s staff updated with both hardware/ networking solutions, as well as the latest BIM software and training.
Berkeley Building Hires Kelly
North Andover, MA - Berkeley Building Company announced the hiring of Patrick Kelly in its North Andover office as project manager. Kelly brings 10 years of experience in institutional, restaurant & retail, commercial & athletic facilities construction and will also be involved in estimating and purchasing. Kelly
Nobis New Associates
Lowell, MC – Nobis Engineering, Inc. has promoted Boyd Allen, P.G and Vicki Leduc as associates. Allen has 29 years experience in hydrogeology and geology, manages projLeduc ects at government and private client sites with technical skills in hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry, natural attenuation,
and contaminant fate and transport. Leduc, Nobis’ director of human resources, joined the firm in 1999. She is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Allen and has earned her HR certification as professional human resources from the HR Certification Institute.
Seigal Joins Tighe & Bond
Westfield, MA - Stephen Seigal, P.E., BCEE has joined Tighe & Bond, Inc. as a vice president who will work primarily out of the firm’s Worcester office. A civil engineer with 36 years of regional experience in the wastewater industry, he is a familiar face to many municipal staff in New England cities and towns. Seigal has planned, de-
signed, and provided construction phase engineering services for more than 24 wastewater treatment facilities throughout Mass., Conn., N.H., Maine, and R.I. His expertise includes innovative wastewater treatment technologies for nutrient removal, biosolids processing and disposal, odor control, pumping stations, and collection systems.
Wednesday, June 28 5 - 7 p.m. - 50 Rowes Wharf, Boston Builders Association of Greater Boston Multifamily Council Networking Night Multifamily Council members and their guests are invited to join us for drinks, light food, and networking. Come learn about the benefits of membership in the NAHB and the Multifamily Council. BAGB’s Multifamily Council focuses on issues related to expanding opportunities for the production of multifamily housing including: financing, property management, government regulations, legislation, and other issues related to the rental housing market Rain or shine, come and experience spectacular views of Boston Harbor. Space is limited, so register early. Council members - $10 Guests of council members - $20 Register at: Multifamily council networking night.org
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AGC Golf Classic - The International Golf Resort Join AGC and friends again this summer for the Annual Golf Classic at The International, in Bolton, Mass We encourage all AGC member firms to invite key personnel, business associates and clients to join in the fun at our Annual Golf Classic. Proceeds assist in developing educational programs for the industry August 16 & 17, 2012 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. AGC of Massachusetts - LEED AP+ BD&C 2-Day Class - This course is perfect for developers, contractors, architects, lawyers, builders, and engineers. Everblue’s exam prep courses and materials include a credit-by-credit overview of the LEED AP BD&C rating system, as well a review of the processes, procedures, and calculations associated with attaining LEED certification for a building. For more information: agcmass.org
AFE Facilities Engineering September 10 – 12, 2012, Washington, DC Registration is Open! Facilities America Education Forum, at the Hilton Crystal City at Reagan National Airport—AFE’s annual conference and Expo for facilities engineering, operations, management and related professions. Come network with peers and experts in the industry while gaining insight from timely education sessions and innovative product demonstrations. Register online at AFE.org
September 17, 2012 MBC 63rd Annual Golf Outing Woodland Golf Club 1897 Washington Street July 19, 2012 - 5 p.m. Auburndale (Newton), Mass. Fan Pier, Boston Time again for the annual Schmooze This one sells out fast...reserve now. Cruise! A favorite event of the year....Join us for the http://buildingcongress.org/golf-tournafun. ment.php information: http://www.ifmaboston.org
Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire June 26, 2012 8 - 5 p.m. The Housing Center, 119 Airport Road, Concord, N.H. The Construction Institute of New Hampshire - Classes for Construction Professionals - Train the Trainer. This course is designed for building industry professionals who wish to teach the NAHB education curriculum and pass their knowledge onto their peers. For more information contact Kendall Buck www.hbranh.com or www. buildgreennh.com
June 21 - 11:30 a.m., Boston Harbor Hotel - Wharf Room. New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) will host their Annual Meeting luncheon. Retired judge Nancy Gertner will receive the Arabella Bab Mansfield Award from the National Association of Women Judges. The cost is free for members and $85 for non-members. For more information, visit http://www.newire.org/eventdetail. aspx?id=7826 or call 617-247-2346.
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ARCHITECTS “I particularly enjoy working
with architects at the beginning of a project because, well, that is when the most creative structural solutions are born. I have to really understand the architect’s vision, their goals, to provide world-class structural design for our healthcare projects. For hospitals, that means understanding the relationships between the different departments, the desired design aesthetic, the project goals and challenges, and how best to deliver all of this within an established budget. It’s never a cookie-cutter design! We deliver the most value to the project when we participate in the process early.”
Lanny J. Flynn, P.E., S.E. Principal. He is a healthcare specialist at Stantec. Harmonizes creativity with structural engineering. Appreciates the flexibility of steel shapes to enhance the vision of today’s architects and healthcare facilities. PATIENT CARE “The primary focus of
hospitals is patient care, which demands intense medical, mechanical and electrical systems with very rigid architectural requirements…efficient staff circulation and patient flow, acuity adaptable rooms, patient- and family-friendly spaces, and integration of infrastructure. There are also required levels of transparency, as well as stringent vibration criteria for sensitive equipment and procedures. The structure must support all these demands and be flexible enough to change rapidly. Steel structural systems are great for this type of design. As hospitals bring in new technologies and adjust patient care strategies, steel structures are able to easily morph to make these modifications possible.”
SEISMIC “Hospitals need to function after
an earthquake, so Codes impose more stringent requirements on their design. Steel is a wise choice, because it is a very ductile and predictable material. One of my recent hospital designs involved a 700,000-square-foot expansion and utilized a unique steel bracing system with a well-defined ductile steel core designed to dissipate the energy imparted by an earthquake. That system actually bettered code requirements and, because of the steel bracing system, actually reduced the structural costs of the foundation system and columns. The hospital not only saved money, but also received a better-performing building.”
DESIGN “Twenty years ago, hospitals were more institutional. They had repetitive grids, boring public areas, and drab décor. Today’s hospitals incorporate amenities you see in five-star hotels, and the framing is moving away from institutional to the longer spans of steel. In one of my recent hospital designs, a portion of the patient-care wing was cantilevered 120 feet. Steel made it possible.” BIM “Stantec has been doing this for quite
some time, even though the transition to BIM (Building Information Modeling) is occurring as we speak. We actually use a BIM delivery system for all of our hospital designs, because of the benefits it provides in coordinating structure with the intense MEP systems and Architectural requirements embedded in modern healthcare design. In one hospital where I led BIM delivery, all the structural steel framing was developed in 3D object-based design. The mechanical routing of the intense duct work and HVAC systems through the interstitial truss work was shown, and a lot of conflict checking and coordination occurred early on in the design phases avoiding downstream coordination issues. BIM is a real time saver, and steel is leading the way.”
TRANSPARENCY “Today’s healthcare designs call for openness and controlled transparency. Small, sleek structural members and long spans aid in supporting this concept. Steel systems are an excellent choice to create open and transparent spaces which help to improve the experience of the patient and the patient’s family and friends.” STEEL “Owners saving money, saving time,
increasing building performance, and lengthening the hospital’s service life is what steel is all about. You have more ability to dial-in performance with steel.”
PERFORMANCE-BASED “Stantec has
taken a leadership role in delivering innovative engineered designs validated by performance. Rather than just relying on the prescriptive code-based designs, Stantec’s dedicated research and development department actively seeks out appropriate technologies that can be used to improve the performance of healthcare facilities.”
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Published on Jun 1, 2012
This is the Healthcare focus of High-Profile Monthly. High-Profile Monthly is a facility development trade publication, featuring construct...