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Educational Facilities

Dore & Whittier Designs, Agostini Builds

John Rogers Middle School and Rockland High School

Feldman Support on Major Projects Wessling Selected for School Renovations PARE Completes School Engineering Services Atkinson Family Practice to Open New Offices Bowdoin Completes Little Wanderers Expansion Hotchkiss School BioMass Facility Nears Completion North Branch Completes Kingswood School Projects Suffolk Construction Breaks Ground at Boston Wharf Vanderweil and CBT Complete Corporate HQ Design Pro Con GC for MRI Suite Fit-Up Intermodal Transportation Center Completed Reggio School of the Arts - Newfield CM, Friar Assoc. Architects Alpine Environmental School Lead Paint Abatement by Ron Peik Top-of-the-List Energy Conservation Measure by Peter J. Davey

NECA Standard on Photovoltaic System Installation Now Available Affordable High Performance Laboratory: Myth or Reality? by Suzanne Robinson

Forging Identity by Stephanie Goldberg

Boston Preservation Alliance 2012 Preservation Achievement Awards ASHRAE Boston Chapter 100th Anniversary Celebration Gala

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Affordable High Performance Laboratory: Myth or Reality?

by Suzanne Robinson What do you get when you combine an energy intensive laboratory building, aggressive sustainability targets, and existing conditions that include low floorto-ceiling heights? The beginning of a bad joke? Nope, the Conant Science Center at Bridgewater State University. Bridgewater State University’s Marshall Conant Science Center stands as Suzanne Robinson a cost-effective example of green building design, drawing upon a number of sustainable features and strategies which has led to a building with exceptional energy savings as well as coming in well below budget. The project has been designed for Silver certification under LEED 2009 for New Construction as an academic science and research building for undergraduate students. The building is part renovation, part new construction, with a new wing constructed adjacent to the original, renovated building. The entire building is approximately 212,000sf and includes a vegetated roof, solar thermal array, greenhouse, and rooftop observatory. Total site energy savings amount to 34%, with an estimated cost savings of 28.3%. That’s all well and good, but what’s the secret to this success? The answer is quite simple: a good team and early align-

ment between the owner, contractor, architectural and engineering teams. The project’s kick-off meeting set the stage for what the project team wanted to do and made sure everyone was onboard. Early in the project, concepts were explored that allowed the project team and owner to make informed decisions about sustainability. Simplified controls, reduced air change rates, staged exhaust, low pressure air drop system, reduced exhaust rate, and cascading air systems were all ideas that made it through to the end due to continuous exploration and discussions of sustainability features throughout the project. After investigating the benefits and limitations of an enthalpy wheel, it was decided to include this energy recovery device. Five 30,000cfm low-pressure drop enthalpy wheels were installed in the project building. An enthalpy wheel is a total energy recovery device designed to transfer outgoing heat and humidity (energy) to the incoming air. Because removing moisture can represent a substantial cost for conditioning air, an enthalpy wheel offers more savings compared to a more conventional air-to-air exchanger. One of the more difficult hurdles to overcome within the existing building was the low ceilings – running ductwork was almost impossible because the floor-to-floor height was so low, at approximately 9-10 feet. To overcome this and in lieu of a more standard HVAC system, displacement Continued on page 42


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North Andover, MA - Construction is under way for Brightview North Andover, a new senior living community located at 1275 Turnpike Road in North Andover. The $19.8 million project is being developed by Shelter Development of Baltimore, Md., and will be operated by Brightview Senior Living. Pro Con Inc of Rendering of Brightview North Andover Manchester, NH, is the projThe four-story, 140,530sf apartment ect architect and construction manager for the North Andover communi- home community will offer a vibrant social ty, which will be the fifth Brightview com- environment where housekeeping, dining, transportation, and maintenance are promunity in Massachusetts. Brightview will have 133 units, in- vided by a caring staff. Plans call for the cluding 65 apartments for independent community to have elegant dining rooms, living, 41 apartments for assisted living, a private dining room, a café, wellness/fitand 27 apartments for Alzheimer’s and ness center, on-site movie theater, hobby dementia care. The apartments, which are room, billiard room, beauty/barber salon, all under one roof, will offer the residents a library/media room, a roof-top garden, and outdoor patios. variety of floor plans and care options.

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The Boston Society of Architects, (BSA) founder and longtime co-producer of Build Boston and Residential Design & Construction, recently introduced ArchitectureBoston Expo as the new conference and tradeshow for New England’s design and construction industry. Most of us recognize ABX as the new name for the very successful Build Boston show held annually. This year for the first time the show will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center | Hall C. I recommend the show for those interested in design and construction of facilities. You can register by October 31 for free admission to the exhibit hall and workshop discounts. If you’ve missed the deadline, e-mail editor@high-profile.com for a free pass to the exhibit hall. You’ll find more information at www.abexpo.com or 800-996-3863.

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share with our readers in our October issue. At the same event, Goulston & Storrs real estate partners Karen O’Malley and Andrew Zelermyer are with Karen’s husband Michael Feldman, CEO of Harry R. Feldman, Inc. In an article on page 12 of this issue, Michael is quoted as saying that his survey business is up 15% over last year.

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) recently announced that the Bay State’s clean energy economy grew by 11.2% from July 2011 to July 2012. According to the 2012 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report released recently, the growing sector now employs 71,523 people at 4,995 clean energy firms across Massachusetts.


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Nicole DeBenedictis, Megan Lewis, and Steven Kelly of Timberline Construction High-Profile’s Michael Marvelli recently attended the BisNow Boston Retail Summit where he took a photo of Nicole DeBenedictis and Megan Lewis with their president Steven Kelly of Timberline Construction. We will have an update of the talk Steven presented at the summit to

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Westbrook, ME – EnviroVantage, a New England based firm headquartered in Epping, N.H., has opened a second office in Westbrook, Maine. Owner and President Scott Knightly commented, “Maine is an essential component to Envirovantage’s continued growth throughout New England. Having worked From Lubec to Kittery over the past 30 years, it was time to make the commitment to the state and its people by opening a full office and warehouse in Maine.”

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

Ann Beha Designs New England Conservatory Buildings Boston - The New England Conservatory of Music plans to construct two new buildings on its Boston Campus, both designed by Ann Beha Architects with Gensler Boston as associate architect. The projects were recently approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and are planned to break ground in 2013. Founded in 1867, the New England Conservatory of Music is the oldest independent school of music in the United States. Located in Boston’s East Fenway district, the Conservatory occupies 2.5 acres and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a continuing education program, and a preparatory program for students ages 3-18. The core of the campus is Jordan Hall, an internationally-known con-

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Design Team for NE Conservatory Bldg.

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New student life and performance center and academic center

ing commons, the Conservatory’s superb library and archival collections, practice and performance facilities, and an opera workshop. Phase 2 will provide additional student and faculty resources, offices, practice rooms, and a black box theater designed for ensembles and for the Conservatory’s opera program. This $130 million project will create a vibrant new setting for academic and community life and will invigorate the Conservatory’s urban presence and cultural impact. These distinctly contemporary buildings symbolize the forward looking mission of the institution and its preeminence as a world class conservatory. The buildings are transparent, showcasing the activities and performances within, and, with the Conservatory’s historic buildings, form an architectural ensemble spanning two centuries.

cert hall, which was restored by ABA. These buildings will be the Conservatory’s first new construction projects in over 60 years. The design proposes an extensive transformation of the urban campus, removing two existing structures and installing extensive new streetscape and landscaping. A dynamic new image for the Conservatory will be seen on Huntington Avenue and on the famous southern edge, St Botolph street. Phase 1 is a new student life The Black Box Theatre and opera workshop will open and performance center accomonto St. Botolph St. modating student residences, din-



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High-Profile: Facilites Development News

Boston Wharf Tower Breaks Ground Cornerstone Expands FoodState Facility Teams up with Stibler

Suffolk Construction CM for 20 Stories at Fort Point

Londonderry, NH Cornerstone Construction Company of Manchester is partnering with FoodState Nutrients (formerly BioSan Laboratories), maker of the MegaFood line of premium dietary supplements, to expand its New Hampshire manufacturing and warehouse Photo by Jodie Andruskevich) facilities. Looking over plans are (l-r) from FoodState, Richard Working with Stibler LaFond, VP of Research & Development; Robert Craven, Associates of Manchester, CEO; Elsa Pomberio, CFO; and Roland Martin, Cornerstone was hired to president of Cornerstone provide an analysis of Food to 11 Delta Drive. Approximately 15,000sf State’s space requirements and assess of the Delta Drive building was already bewhether the company should build, buy, or ing used by FoodState as a distribution cenexpand its current locations. Cornerstone ter and warehouse. Renovation of the buildsubsequently was awarded a design-build ing’s remaining 25,000sf will accommodate contract to renovate and build out a facility the increased production capacity. Boston Wharf Tower Rendering by ADD Inc at 11 Delta Drive in Londonderry. Completion of the work is expected FoodState is relocating its current dry by early fall. Boston - Mayor Thomas M. Menino; the first new high-rise multifamily project manufacturing facility from a Derry location BRA Director Peter Meade; Portland, Ore- in the Fort Point Channel area and is slated gon developers Gerding Edlen; restaurateur for completion by November 2013. Barbara Lynch; and Senator Jack Hart celA sister project at 63 Melcher will ebrated a groundbreaking on Boston Wharf feature 38 units of housing, including 27 Tower in Fort Point. The $100 million proj- innovation units for entrepreneurs, five afect will feature 202 rental units, including 22 fordable live/work artist spaces, and six top Boston - Colliers Meredith & international interior design and archion-site affordable units. The project also in- floor market rate units. It is scheduled to Grew was the project manager and Suf- tectural firm. cludes an off-site component at 63 Melcher come online in fall 2012. folk Construction general contractor for In preparation for The Fairmont Street with 27 units of innovation housing. Both Boston Wharf Tower and 63 the first phase of the renovation at The Copley Plaza’s centennial celebration, Boston Wharf Tower at 319 A Street Melcher are designed to maximize space Fairmont Copley Plaza. The architect is the hotel announced a complete restoraRear, in the heart of the Innovation Dis- and minimize energy usage, and both projParker Torres, a Massachusetts-based tion project, totaling over $20 million. trict, will be Gerding Edlen’s first Boston ects are expected to achieve minimum development. This 20-story tower will be LEED Silver certification.

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High-Profile: Facilites Development News

New Bank Branch for Lowell Five

Elevation of the future Lowell Five Bank

North Andover, MA - The Lowell Five Bank and NES Group have contracted with Jewett Construction Company, Inc. of Raymond, NH to build a new 3,150sf branch facility in North Andover, Mass. Work for the upcoming project includes concrete foundations and slab, landscaping, masonry and structural steel,

wood siding and trim, architectural millwork, insulation systems, synthetic stone, both EPDM membrane and shingle roofing, doors, glass and aluminum storefront and windows, glass and aluminum curtainwall systems, and all interior finishes including acoustical ceiling systems, ceramic tile, carpet, resilient flooring and painting.

Quincy, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. was recently awarded the preconstruction and construction management project for Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). The project consists of the complete renovation of 320,000sf spanning multiple floors and buildings to PTC’s Needham Campus. Simultaneous and overlapping construction zones will have the campus undertaking an incredibly detailed phased restacking program. Included in the overall project will be new software labs and general office space renovations, amounting in large amounts of new usable space. The net reclaimed

15,000sf of lab space will be converted to general office use and programmed according to various department proximities. Various departments have also been reconfigured in an effort to maximize space efficiency, and a projected campus headcount growth of approximately 15% has been tested and incorporated into the program. The team includes Boston Properties, landlord; Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, architecture, A/E/C Solutions, project management; and AHA Engineering. The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013.

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Al’s Auto Ctr Renovated

Exeter, NH - Al’s Automotive Service Center has contracted with Jewett Automotive Design & Construction of Raymond for an extensive renovation of its Exeter facility. A groundbreaking was held on July 26. The project includes the demolition of interior offices and service bays to accommodate a new, upgraded floor plan consisting of new office space, service bays, wash bay, and storage areas, as well as additional tenant space. Work includes selective demolition, concrete foundations and slabs, new CMU masonry walls, Exterior Insulated Finishing System (EIFS), new EPDM roof, overhead doors, aluminum storefront glass,

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Ground Broken for U.S. Embassy

Boston - US Ambassador Barry B. White, along with other honored guests and foreign dignitaries, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the EYPdesigned US Embassy in Oslo, Norway. Situated on a 10-acre site, the multi-building complex will include a chancery, an underground support annex, three entry pavilions, and Marine security guard quarters. The new Embassy will incorporate numerous sustainable features, Rendering of US Embassy in Oslo, Norway including a restored stream that will to meet nearly 100% of its heating load. become a key landscape feature and con- The new site is also located within 300 metribute to storm water management. Other ters of public transportation and includes sustainable features include a green roof on more than 45 bicycle parking spaces. The one building, use of natural daylight for en- facility is targeting LEED Silver certificaergy savings, and a ground-source heat ex- tion. change system that will allow the Embassy

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High-Profile: Facilites Development News

Feldman Support on Major Projects

Boston - Business is up 15% over last year for Harry R. Feldman, Inc. according to Michael Feldman, president and CEO. Its crew members find themselves on sites like Boston Wharf Tower, Liberty Mutual, Kensington, and Hayward Place. “Construction managers have been calling on us,” states Feldman. “We took over the layout services for The Innovation Center near Fan Pier and for the Consolidated Rental Car facility at Logan Airport.” Harry R. Feldman, Inc. provides ALTA/ACSM Land Title surveys and all other survey services to help clients achieve their projects’ goals including 3D laser scanning and Revit modeling. Recent projects include Dudley Square redevelopment of the Ferdinand Building, the redevelopment of the Herald Building, and the Historic Preservation of the Malcolm X House in Roxbury. “As you look at the Boston and Cambridge skylines, it is a great sight to see all of the cranes. And on many of these sites you will find a field crew from Harry R.Feldman, Inc.,” says Paul Foley, PLS a project manager at Feldman. “It is great to these projects come to fruition after all of the years that we have provided our services to support the design and permitting efforts.”

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Worcester, Mass - WinnDevelopment, of Boston, announced the ceremonial groundbreaking and funding of Voke Lofts, a 116,306sf foot mixed-income residential building in Worcester. WinnDevelopment joined government officials in celebrating the opening of the sole housing component of the city of Worcester’s Gateway Park Master Plan. The Gateway Park Master Plan represents an innovative partnership between Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Worcester Building Development Corp. to redevelop the 55-acre brownfield district next to downtown Worcester. The plan has resulted in $80 million worth of public and private investment funding to date. The Voke Lofts project will consist

of the preservation and adaptive reuse of the existing building at 34 Grove Street, formerly known as the Worcester Vocational Technical School. Once complete, the building will be comprised of 84 units of mixed-income multifamily housing, half of which will be operated as low-income rental units that will be restricted to households with incomes between 30% and 60% of the area’s median income. The Lofts will also feature amenities such as an onsite management office, a community room with a kitchen, a computer learning center, and fitness center and bike storage. Dellbrook Construction was named the project’s general contractor, and the architect of record is The Architectural Team, Inc.

September, 2012


High-Profile Focus: Educational Facilities News

New Haven, CT - The Gateway Community College in New Haven held a ribbon-cutting celebration in August. The Dimeo Construction Co. team was part of the collaborative effort in helping deliver the new campus designed by Perkins+Will. This is the largest CM-at-Risk construction project the state has ever undertaken and its first public building designed to be LEED Gold certified. The Dimeo team was also on hand for a topping-off at the new Visual & Performing Arts Center, designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture / Amenta Emma, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The new 134,000sf center for WCSU will house two primary teaching/

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performance spaces, a 350-seat concert hall, and a 350-seat proscenium theater, as well as multiple technical production and rehearsal spaces required to support these venues. The town of Grafton, Mass. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 27 for the new Grafton High School designed by Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA). This new 186,000sf high school

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Vernon Group Architects. The new school will be part of the 65+ acre St. George Street campus and be built behind the existing Duxbury middle school. It will replace the current Duxbury middle and high schools. The existing middle school will be demolished, and the area will be redeveloped with reorganized parking, improved vehicular path of circulation, as well as active and passive recreational outdoor space. The existing high school site will be redeveloped for the replacement of athletic fields displaced on the middle school site and will include parking, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, as well as a field house with restrooms, team areas, and concession area. The project is scheduled for completion in

will house 900 students, with a capacity to expand the population to 1,100. The project is located on the existing 46 acre high school site so great care and planning needed to take place to segregate the work site from the occupied campus. The Dimeo Team is currently under way with construction on the new 322,000sf, $104.7 million, colocated Duxbury Middle and High School, designed by Mount

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

D.E.W. Completes UVM Redstone Lofts Eckman Building CC Student Center Williston, VT – D.E.W. Construction Corp. announced the completion of the Redstone Lofts project at the University of Vermont. Redstone Lofts, owned by UVM’s Catamount Housing, LLC., is the university’s largest on-campus student housing complex, with two UVM’s largest on-campus student housing complex. buildings and 403 beds, within 144 manage the buildings and rental agreements. units. The housing is a mix of studio, D.E.W. broke ground for the one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apart167,000sf buildings in April, 2011. Bill ments. The two buildings are joined by a Wolpert of Youkel was the architect. The common room called the Lantern. UVM’s project was completed in July 2012, ahead juniors, seniors, and graduate students are of schedule. eligible to live in the apartments. D.E.W. has registered for and anticiRedstone Development of Burlington pates LEED Silver certification. developed the project and will continue to

Wessling Selected for School Renos

Coddington School elevation MEP & FP systems throughout the building. The newly renovated 40,000sf space will feature city of Quincy school department administrative offices, city school information technology (IT), and city printing department. In addition, the renovated building will include a new meeting space for the public.


Quincy, MA – The design for the renovations of the Coddington School is under way. Wessling Architects of Quincy was selected to provide historic preservation, building envelope restoration, and interior design for this turn-of-the-century historic building. The Coddington School is one of Quincy’s finest institutional buildings, designed by Charles Brigham, one of Boston’s great architects. The Coddington School is individually listed in the State National Registers of historic places. The work includes masonry restoration, a new slate roof and copper detailing, new energy-efficient windows and doors, new interior finishes, and complete new

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Proposed Manchester Community College sudent center Manchester, NH - Eckman Construction of Bedford has been selected to serve as construction manager for a student center at Manchester Community College. Construction has begun on the 28,000sf renovation and addition project at the Front Street campus, Eckman’s third project at the school. The new space will include a large multi-purpose room with a full-size basketball court, a new kitchen with dining room, a function room, a student lounge area, fitness rooms, locker rooms; and offices for student organizations. An outdoor

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

PARE Completes School Engineering Services Ai3 Architects

Lincoln, R.I. - Pare Corporation (PARE), a planning and engineering firm headquartered in Lincoln, completed engineering services for two new Massachusetts high schools that opened their doors to students this September. Designed and constructed under the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Model School Program, the new $78.5 million, 255,000sf Natick High School and the new $83 million, 268,000sf Plymouth North High School are based on a similar design, yet uniquely customized for their communities and adapted to their respective sites.

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Working collaboratively with a design team led by Ai3 Architects, PARE provided site/civil, geotechnical, environmental, traffic, permitting, and LEED documentation services for both projects. Each school required significant site feasibility analysis to fit the new buildings, parking, and athletic facilities on sites next to the schools they were replacing. In both

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

CTA Finishes Four, Starts Four

Waltham, MA - As the start of a new academic year approached, CTA Construction Co. Inc. last month handed over the keys to several new schools while at the same time starting as many new projects as it finished. Three school projects were on time and on budget for the start of the school year, with a fourth on schedule for completion later this fall. Meanwhile, CTA’s project teams were ramping up on four new projects, two set to break ground this fall. Tewksbury Memorial High School – The $52-million school covers 219,000sf. It features an impressive two-story, glass entryway and a full performing arts center with lighting, sound, and rigging systems. The project architect is Symmes Maini & McKee Associates. The second phase includes demolition of the existing, adjacent 175,000sf school for playing fields and parking. The building was occupied last month, and total project completion is slated for fall of next year. Weston High School Science Wing – A new science wing at Weston High School, built to meet LEED Silver standards, opened for classes last month. The $9.4 million project added 23,000sf of science labs that meet environmental standards and have state-of-the-art safety features. Overall, the project added seven new classrooms and expanded two existing rooms. In addition, a new fire suppression system now protects the entire existing school. Project architect is Dore & Whittier Architect, Inc. Parker Elementary School – The new $22 million school in Billerica is 89,000sf

science rooms, classrooms, media center, administrative offices, and a music suite. Renovations to the 118,000sf existing building included a new kitchen, bathrooms, accessibility code requirements, roofing, fire protection, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems. The addition and the majority of the renovation were turned over for SepSteel goes up at the Douglas School tember. Minor renovation work will continue through the end of 2012. The project architect is KBA Architects, Inc. Douglas – A new 83,100sf elementary school and the renovation of an 88,245sf middle school are under way in this $36.2 million project that kicked off last spring. The project also includes construction of a new roadway and athletic fields. CTA’s winning bid saved taxpayers $2.6 million off the proposed budget. The project architect is DiNisco Design Partnership, Ltd. Maynard High School - work progress Vinson-Owen Elementary School with a red-brick exterior and opened for the – The new 78,000sf school in Winchester start of the 2012-2013 school year. The proj- broke ground in the spring. The $20.7 milect architect is Symmes Maini & McKee lion, three-story, brick-clad school is being Associates. The second phase of the project built on the site of its predecessor, which includes the abatement and demolition of was demolished last year. Designed by the existing school to make way for park- Tappe Associates of Boston, the school will ing, and detention systems as well as a new feature a classroom wing, art, music and playing field. computer rooms, a media center, gymnaMarshall Simonds Middle School sium, cafeteria, offices, and multiple play– The $21.5 million project includes con- grounds. struction of a 37,000sf addition to include

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

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Newton, MA - In Western Massachusetts, diversified project management ( DPM) is managing the design and construction of a new, 400 bed residence hall at Westfield State University ( WSU). This $40 million project is the collaboration between the university and the Massachusetts State College Building Authority. The 135,000sf complex includes two major five-story buildings linked by sky corridors. The university was unyielding in its stance to create a building that contained a prominent iconic feature, and the element that was developed is a two-story dramatic tunnel which also creates the main entrance to the building off of the campus green. The dorm project, when completed, will give Westfield State the highest on-campus residency among the state system. The new hall is specifically designed to accommodate students that require physical and behavioral assistance. DPM coordinated the assembly of the design team and construction manager, managed the design process, and is currently overseeing construction. The project team included RF Walsh, GC; ADD, Inc, architect; MEP Engineers, BVH Integrated Services, Inc.; structural engineer, Odeh Engineering, Inc.; civil and geotech engineers, Tighe & Bond and commissioning consultant, WSP – Flack & Kurtz. The project is within budget and on time for fall 2013. Diversified is also managing the design and concentrated renovations to WSU’s Ely Hall. This $15 million program, funded collaboratively by the uni-

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olfeboro, NH - North Branch Construction of Concord has completed the phased $43 million additions and renovations to the Kingswood Regional High School, Middle School, and Technical Center. Despite the challenges of working on an occupied school campus, North Branch completed this project for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District four months ahead of schedule. The architect for this project was CMK Architects of Manchester. This project has been called the “most complicated public school project in the history of the state” by the Governor Wentworth Regional School District Superintendent John Robertson. North Branch was already on site for Phase 1 building a new multi-purpose building, new synthetic and natural turf athletic fields as well as a geothermal ground heat exchanger (GHE) piping system to serve the entire campus. The $18.2 million multi-purpose building includes a 900 seat auditorium with classrooms and locker rooms. Phase 1 construction was completed in November 2010 and won the Award of Merit in Construction for the Institutional Over $10 Million category at the 2011 ABC NH/VT Excellence in Construction Awards.

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2010 and included major underground site utility reconstruction bringing the geothermal system (wells drilled in Phase 1) to all three schools. Over 300 construction workers were on-site daily when students left for the summer of 2011 school vacation. The high school and middle school schedules were fast-tracked in order to be ready for the 2011 fall semester. This two year project included 90,000sf of additions and nearly 270,000sf of renovations to the middle school, high school and technical center. All three schools were re-roofed and renovated. The high school underwent a total gut renovation, including asbestos abatement. The middle and highschools’ exterior façades were replaced, upgrading the thermal envelopes.

Aerial photo of Kingswood Regional Schools This project was built to meet the energy efficiency and environmental standards of the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NECHPS State Funding for School Construction). Chip Krause of CMK commented that the preliminary results for total energy used by this facility is 40% less than other high performance schools. The techniques utilized for this energy savings are applicable to any building type. Phase 2 of construction began in June

Project Team for Kingswood Schools

Owner: Kingswood Regional Schools Construction Manager: North Branch Construction Architect: CMK Architects Civil Engineer: White Mountain Survey Co. Structural Engineer: Foley Buhl Roberts & Assoc. Mechanical Engineer: Yeaton Associates Inc. Electrical Engineer: Engineered Building Systems Acoustical Engineer: Acentech Inc.

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Norwood, MA - Agostini Construction Company of East Providence, R.I. along with Compass Project Management, Inc. of Medfield, Mass., the owner’s project manager, teamed up with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and Architectural Involution (Ai3) of Wayland to successfully manage, design, and build the new Norwood High School. The new high school was the first model built under the MSBA’s Model School Program...see story on page 32. (above) athletic field (top and below) Entrance to athletic center and performing arts center.

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September 2011

Windover Construction Completes Three School and College Projects BOND CM for UMass Fitchburg State Project Erland Tops Off New School Center with Robert Olsen + Assoc. LLD Designs, KBE Builds URI’s Hillside Residence Hall Profile: CTA Cements Place as Leading School Builder Cutler Associates’ Design Build Anna Maria College Holds Open House Oldcastle Precast Awarded Liberty Terrace Dormitory Featuring: BC Project Achieves LEED Platinum Tewksbury High School Tops Off UMass Lowell Begins Steel Erection

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High-Profile Feature: Reggio Magnet School

Reggio School of the Arts Under Way

Newfield Construction CM - Designed by Friar Assoc.


von, CT - Construction recently started for the 67,000sf Reggio Magnet School of the Arts in Avon. Designed by Friar Associates Inc. of Farmington, this 450-student, pre-kindergarten through grade five school follows the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. The main piazza forms the building’s central design theme. This gathering space acts much like the outdoor, old-world piazzas in Italy. Bringing the outdoor piazza inside allows both small and large gatherings to meet for presentations and other group functions. While also serving as a gallery to display projects and art, the piazza at Reggio Magnet School of the Arts provides circulation space between the classrooms, gymnasium, and cafeteria. True to the Reggio Emilia tradition, the classroom arrangement creates shared studio spaces – one per every three classrooms. Throughout the school, student projects and art retain importance with display cases, tack boards, and interior viewing windows throughout the building. The two-story structure complies with Connecticut High Performance Building standards. The design team incorporated energy-efficient systems and finish

Rendering of Reggio Magnet School of the Arts

materials with a high recycled content into the building, which assisted in attaining the required 28 points. Construction materials include a structural steel frame with a brick and stone exterior and PVC roof membrane. The brick detailing is reminiscent of old-world brick corbelling and features a low-relief brick sculpture on the front façade. As the construction manager, Newfield Construction of Hartford is leading the construction effort. This project is scheduled for completion for the 2013/2014 school year at a construction cost of $20 million. When the school is complete students and staff will enjoy a modern educational facility – one that utilizes building systems, technology, and architectural elements that facilitate learning and enhance the educational environment. Tom DiMauro, Newfield’s project executive, stated, “We are so proud to be under way, helping CREC to attain their vision of providing specialty magnet education to Connecticut’s children. We also look forward to working with the local subcontractor and M/WBE community to deliver this project.”

The piazza provides circulation space between the classrooms, gymnasium, and cafeteria.

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

Wakefield, MA - Recently, Beverly High School and the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School were honored at the State House with Outstanding Green School Awards. These were two of five schools in the commonwealth honored by the Green Schools Organization for transforming their learning environments. The Green School organization commended both of these schools for their green initiatives. This is the fourth year that the Green Schools organization has recognized outstanding schools and environmental leadership in schools and communities. Awards were given to schools, leaders, projects, environmental education, and efforts to improve waste management. Robin Organ, executive director and founder of Green Schools, highlighted each school’s sustainable green design elements. Originally built in 1965, Beverly High School was the picture of classic Californian style academic campus. Sprawling over five acres, the two-story school building had three academic wings, a field house and auditorium jutting off like spokes from a central corridor. At the time of its construction there was little consideration as to its energy efficiency, utilization of physical space, or of percentage of impervious surface. As the years passed, the school started to decay, the roof was deteriorating, and the school was no longer a building of which the community could be proud nor could it deliver top-quality education to its students. Under the threat of losing accreditation due solely to the deteriorating school

Schools Honored with Green Awards

Abraham Lincoln School proximately 160,000sf and media center, classroom spaces, and a recrenovations to the main reation area including a synthetic turf field core facilities, including and resilient track. The new facility conthe field house, cafeteria, tains high-efficiency systems and meets or auditorium, and music exceeds all Massachusetts CHPS requirespaces. Breaking ground ments. in January 2009, Beverly The Abraham Lincoln School has High School was complet- been designated a “Model School” by the ed on-time, under-budget, Commonwealth of MSBA’s Model School and targeted 41 points un- Program. This program was established Beverly High School Photovoltaic Roof der the Collaborative for to allow communities to reuse the design High Performance School of a successful, recently constructed elbuilding, Mayor William Scanlon took the ementary, middle, and high school. Model necessary steps to transform the Beverly Verification Program. Beverly High School is now a high schools contain optimal classroom space High School campus. He formed a “Green and are chosen by the MSBA for their efTeam,” comprised of Al Calcagno, proj- performance school. Abraham Lincoln Elementary ficiency, ease of maintenance, ability to ect manager, Heery International, Ricardo Anderson, assistant project manager, CTA/ School was completed in 2010. The city accommodate lower or higher enrollments Konover Construction, Arnel Catalan, asso- of New Bedford worked with Daedalus and the incorporation of sustainable green ciate principal, MVG Architects, and Paul Projects Inc., MVG Architects and its con- design elements. Districts in the state can Banks, principal, B2Q Associates; to ensure sultant team to design and develop a new now use the Abraham Lincoln Elementary that the new Beverly High School would re- facility that would provide the commu- School as a model for their new elementary flect today’s principles of energy efficiency, nity with a 21st century learning environ- school, modifying space and floor plans to ment. The new 93,833sf elementary school suit the goals and needs of their communisustainability, and smart growth. The school underwent a significant serves 600 students from kindergarten to ty. When communities use a model school transformation. Construction included a fifth grade. The building features an au- they can reduce both projects costs and new four-story academic addition of ap- ditorium, gymnasium, cafeteria, library/ completion time. Beverly High School



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MA Court Rules: Solar PV Installations are Electrical PHYSICAL INSTALLATION of PV Systems Must Be Done by LICENSED ELECTRICIANS


July 2012 ruling by Suffolk Superior Court affirmed the long-held position of the Massachusetts State Board of Examiners of Electricians: licensed electricians and properly supervised apprentices must install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with the assistance of other non-electrical building professionals as necessary. In August 2010, a contingent of solar companies without electrical licenses took legal action against the Board (John Carroll et al. v. Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians et al.), alleging the Board’s position kept them from advertising for and taking on solar PV projects out of fear of prosecution. The group sought a declaratory judgment that they, as so-called general contractors, are beyond the Board’s jurisdiction with respect to advertising and performing non-electrical solar PV installation tasks. WHAT THE RULING MEANS TO YOU The Court’s decision affirmed the following in regard to solar PV installations: • PHYSICAL INSTALLATION of solar PV systems MUST be done by LICENSED ELECTRICIANS. • INSTALLATION includes, but is not limited to: Linking individual modules, hardware, mounting brackets, grounding, installation of wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, other appliances, etc., as mandated by M.G.L. Chapter 141. • General Contractors MAY advertise solar PV systems ONLY if subcontracting installation to LICENSED ELECTRICIANS. • General Contractors MAY perform NON-ELECTRICAL tasks within a project, including energy audits; applying for tax credits; consulting with consumers about renewable energy options; analysis of roof conditions, strength, wind effect and load; physical piercing, waterproofing and reinforcement of the roof; and purchase of PV panels and transport from warehouse to the jobsite. However, a LICENSED ELECTRICIAN is required for INSTALLATION. The National Electrical Contractors Association, the Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Municipal Electrical Inspectors Association of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors Paul Revere Chapter are fully committed to the safe installation of solar PV systems by licensed electricians, in collaboration with other construction professionals if needed. This message is brought to you by: National Electrical Contractors Association

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September, 2012


High-Profile Feature: ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and A

ASHRAE Boston Turns 100


oston, MA - The Boston Chapter of ASHRAE recently hosted the Region 1 Chapter Regional Conference at the Marriott Copley Place in downtown Boston. ASHRAE’s Region 1 is comprised of 15 chapters that are located throughout the six New England states plus New York and New Jersey. More than 150 active ASHRAE members and their families attended the conference. The three-day Chapter Regional Conference began on Thursday at noon and offered attendees seminars on building design and technical training, along with time built in to exPhotos courtesy M. Sears, RDK Engineers plore the city of Boston, complete with a Duck Tour and a guided trip to the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) Boston site. As the conference came to a close on Saturday the 25th, there was a 100th Anniversary Celebration Gala. Approximately 600 people from local engineering firms, contractors, manufacturers, facility owners and Abigail Day, Ron Hayduk, Bob Preshini, Stephanie LaFontaine, Katy other professional societies joined in Shultz, RDK Engineers; Jennifer DeAmicis, M+W Group the celebration at this action-packed event. Dance music and entertainment from the Las Vegas rock string Preparation and planning for the gala took over a year, with ASHRAE quartet Bella Electric Strings wowed the crowd! Society President Tom Watson and many other Society dignitaries in attendance. Gala planners worked together on everything from menu choices to auditioning acts for live music to making sure they compiled photos that showcased everything that the Boston ASHRAE Chapter had accomplished in the past 100 years. RDK Principal Bob Persechini, who planned the event along with d former ASHRAE President Bill Garvey and Darcy Carbone of StebbinsDuffy, Inc., had this to say about gala: “Turning 100 years old is a major achievement for the Boston Chapter of ASHRAE. We are tremendously C ASHRAE Boston immediate grateful for the personal friendships and professional connections that all c Colonel Domenick Bill Reid, Urell, past president Patrick Duffy, of us have made as ASHRAE members and we enjoyed every moment we A. Garzone, Army entertainment BR+A with Tom Watson, Ed Fruth, Daikin McQuay; spent at the conference and gala.” Corps of Engineers sponsor ASHRAE Society Jim Dale, Daikin AC


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September, 2012


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

BOND Completes Health Center

Quincy, MA BOND, a construction management firm joined local officials and residents to celebrate the completion of the new South Cove Community Health Center on Holmes Street in Quincy with a Participating in the ribbon cutting were l-r State Senator ribbon cutting and dedi- John Keenan, Mayor Thomas Koch, Board Member Dr. Stecation ceremony. phen Tang, State Rep. Tackey Chan, and South Cove BOND provided Executive Director Eugene Welch construction management gyn, behavioral health, optometry, and soservices on the $11 million, 21,000sf community health center. cial services The new building features eight peThe center has an existing patient base of diatric rooms, four behavioral health con12,000 that continues to grow at a rapid sultation rooms, expanded OB/GYN, denrate. tal operatories and an optometry suite. The This facility will allow for improved fourth floor has conference and meeting service to the city’s rising demand for room space, a learning center and a roof top multi-cultural medical services with exZen garden incorporating feng-shui design. panded services in pediatrics, dental, ob/

New Apts at Rosemont Square Pro Con GC

Randolph, MA - Construction is on schedule for three new apartment buildings located in the Rosemont Square community of Randolph. The new development will complement the existing 384 garden-style apartment units that are also undergoing renovations. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, NH is the general contractor for 120 new apartment homes. The community is being developed by The Praedium Group, a New York Citybased national real estate investment firm and its partner, Beacon Commu-

New apartment building at Rosemont Square

Brookstone Completes Project

Nashua, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc. of Manchester recently announced that they have completed a renovation project at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. The project involved the upgrading of interior finishes at the hospital’s off-site Medical Arts West physicians’ office on Kinsley Street. All of the three-story building’s common areas,

including hallways, stairways, elevatorlobbies and bathrooms, were refinished with new ceilings, flooring, wallpaper and paint. In order to avoid any interruption of or interference with patient visits, the work was completed during evening and weekend hours, enabling the physicians to maintain a full schedule during the project.

Under construction nities of Boston. Davis Square Architects of Somerville is the project architect, and Stantec Consulting of Boston is the landscape architect. “We are installing the interior finishes, including cabinets and flooring, in the first building and expect the model unit

to be open in early August,” stated the project manager for Pro Con Inc. “We are on target for a September completion for the first building.” Each of the 840sf, one-bedroom apartments will feature a fully furnished kitchen with Energy Star appliances, washer and dryer, and individual balconies with sliding glass doors. Six of the units will be accessible apartments, and some units will have open kitchen floor plans. The new apartments will be located in three four-story garden-style buildings with elevators. Construction on the 120,000sf residential project began in December 2011. The first building will be ready for occupancy in September 2012; the other two buildings will be completed by the end of October 2012.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Awards to Green Communities

Amherst, MA - Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia recently presented more than $1.15 million in grants to fund clean energy projects in the towns of Amherst, Conway, Gill, Huntington, Northfield, Pelham, and Sunderland. In addition to the grants listed below, the towns will receive a certificate from the commonwealth and four road signs identifying them as an official Green Community. Receiving grants were: Amherst: $302,000; Conway: $139,650; Gill: $139,900; Huntington: $140,650; Northfield: $143,750; Pelham: $138,100, and Sunderland: $146,450 The grants are part of a package of nearly $2.75 million in funding to be given to the state’s 17 newest Green Communities. In addition to the seven communities receiving grants Monday, awards were made to Ashland, Auburn, Berlin, Great Barrington, Lakeville, Leominster, Richmond, Tisbury, Townsend, and West Tisbury.

By Stephanie Goldberg When we began our firm over a year ago, we spent time thinking about how we want to represent ourselves. The development of a clear identity was important for both expressing our uniqueness and solidifying the concept of our company. Likewise, the process of designing for a client is an opportunity to assist in clarifying their own sense of who they are and shape how they are perceived. We have found that many Stephanie Goldberg of our clients are looking to us to find this collaboration. As architects, we enjoy the challenge, and two very different projects show how such exploration can drive a design process. While working for a university client, we were commissioned to renovate a floor of a historic building, designed by a prominent architect. The client asked for an approach that would express the character of the building itself and which could be repeated as more floors were renovated. While focusing on the program for the occupants’ space and community needs was important, our design looked to capture the spirit of the original architecture and to reinforce the role of the building in the campus experience.

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Researching the architect’s design career, we found elements from his complete body of work, as well as from within the building itself which could be reinterpreted to create an identity that links the history of the building to an exciting new future chapter. Part of the enjoyment of the design process stemmed from learning with the client, as researching the architect’s work led to a fuller understanding of the importance of the building within a broader context. On a different scale, we recently began work for a newly emerging commercial client, who was looking for a design which strongly reinforced their vision. Their clarity of identity allowed us to assist in strengthening their brand through architecture. As the first impression of a place, the lobby and connected public spaces needed to embody the idea of the company in a dynamic fashion, allowing the balance of the space to be designed for more functional internal needs. Working with this highly collaborative client, we pursued several avenues, all of which expressed different aspects of their brand. This exploration allowed the team to decide what was most important about the company and was an excellent platform for the investigation of ideas, making for an enjoyable and interactive design process. Though on a tight schedule, spending time on the expression of the most prominent spaces was critical in subsequent design decisions, as their de-

velopment informed the rest of the project. It is interesting to us to find the connection between the iterative process with our clients and our own recent process of focusing our firm’s identity. Before even taking on clients, we sat down and went through not only options for our firm’s name, but how that would be expressed in print and on the web. Working with a graphic designer, we looked closely at how the focus of our work related to the visual expression of the company. Multiple options and concepts were created as we pursued ways of identifying who we intended to be. Paring those ideas down into one single expression was a way to solidify how we wanted to work as architects and how we would approach collaborations with future clients. We took away important lessons from that process, reinforcing the connection that architecture can make between self-expression and space. Through our recent work we have found that by looking with our clients at how they want to shape their spaces, we engage them in thinking about what is important within their company or campus. By working through different ideas and paring the design to a clear idea, we find architecture can shape not only space, but how we understand ourselves and where we are and want to be. Stephanie Goldberg, AIA, LEED AP is a principal at Life.Science.Architecture, Inc.

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High-Profile Cover Story: Rockland Middle and High Schools Dore & Whittier Designs, Agostini Construction Builds


John Rogers Middle School and Rockland High School

ockland, MA - Agostini Construction Company of East Providence, RI was selected as construction manager at risk by the Rockland School Building Committee in April 2010 to manage the $66 million construction of the new John Rogers Middle School and renovation of the Rockland High School. Agostini joined owner’s project manager Daedalus Projects, Inc. of Boston and Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc. of Newburyport, Mass. and South Burlington, Vt. to successfully direct the project through fi-

nal design, bidding, and construction. This project was designed for LEED Silver certification. Despite difficult economic times, Rockland residents voted overwhelmingly to support the replacement of their existing 84-year-old middle school and an upgrade of the town’s high school. A new 110,000sf middle school was attached to the front of the existing 162,000sf high school with a design that allows sharing of some core spaces while establishing necessary separation Construction of the middle school

New middle school and courtyard

Donald M Walter, AIA, NCARB principal Dore & Whitier Architects, Inc.

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Steve Agostini president Agostini Construction and Robert Gilchrist, project manager at ribbon cutting event for the middle school started in January 2011 and was completed and opened to students as scheduled in September 2012. Renovation of the occupied high school also started in January 2011 with a phased renovation schedule. Phase 1 classrooms were occupied by students on schedule in September 2011 and the final phase of renovations will be completed in December 2012. The middle school is a three-story building with brick masonry and metal panel façade that presents expansive curtain walls and banks of windows to flood the classrooms and common areas with natural light. Programmatically, the school features state-of-the-art classrooms, modern science lab facilities, multiple computer labs, cafeteria, and gymnasium. Compelling and distinctive elements of the new school include a library/media center that will be shared with the high school, a multi-purpose Continued on next page

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High-Profile Cover Story: Rockland Middle and High Schools Continued from previous page 140-seat lecture hall with the latest in audio/ visual technology, an enclosed courtyard with recycled glass walkway, and expansive common areas including an open courtyard and outdoor stage. The existing high school, constructed in 1958, expanded in 1969, and essentially in original condition, will be completely gutted and renovated. Windows, curtain walls, roofing, and metal panels will be new, and the existing brick masonry will undergo extensive patching and repair. Inside, the flooring, ground-face masonry walls, doors and hardware, ceilings, and porcelain ceramic wall tiles will be new as will the electrical, lighting, plumbing, fire protection, and HVAC systems. A renovated auditorium features a new orchestra pit, an attached chorus room, a new band room with storage and practice areas; the renovated gymnasium and locker room facilities include new fitness, trainer, and weight room spaces, and the kitchen and cafeteria are updated. New technol-

New shared auditorium ogy labs and home economics spaces have been included in the program, and extensive renovations have led to modern science lab facilities and upgraded computer labs, art room spaces, radio station, and cable TV studio. Removal and replacement of an existing rooftop photovoltaic system is included in the project. Following completion of the new John Rogers Middle School, the existing building will be abated of asbestos and hazardous materials and then demolished to

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New middle school corridor

make space for new parking areas. Exist- their staff facilitated effective teamwork. A ing limestone accent pieces from the exist- high level of cooperation and collaboration ing middle school main entrance were sal- was mandated and established on day one vaged and incorporated into the new middle and was exhibited daily as multiple owner school construction. requests and changes were expeditiously Sitework improvements include new managed and executed while impacts to the granite curbing, extensive concrete side- project were minimized. walks with integrated concrete pavers, and new paving, landscaping, signage, site lighting, bike racks, site benches and game tables, brick veneer planters, chain link fencing, and retaining walls. Tennis courts and basketball courts have been added to the school’s outdoor facilities. The success of this project has been exemplified by the consistent, on-schedule completion of the multiple phases of work and careful cost control that kept the project under budget through all stages of its development. An excellent working relationship between Agostini, the Walkway from middle school. Note the panel on the Rockland School Building Comwall preserved from the former middle school, “nulmittee, Daedalus Projects, Dore & Whittier Architects, the owner and la dies sine progress,” (not a day without progress).

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High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

Winchester Joins BL Board

Meriden, CT - BL Companies announced that Steve Winchester has joined its board of directors. Winchester started his career with McDonnell Douglas and then joined Black & Veatch, a global engineering firm, where he served in various capacities for 16 years, ending as the regional manager of the Pacific Northwest Region’s Water and Wastewater Business. He then moved to the engineering firm Psomas. In 2010, he formed his own firm, the Winchester Consulting Group LLC, to assist companies serving the water industry, including engineering, technology, and venture capital firms.


Donations Protect Watershed

Torrington, CT - C.H. Nickerson & Company, a Torrington-based construction firm specializing in water and wastewater treatment construction, was recognized this week for its $2,500 donation to the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), an organization that works to protect nearly 2,000 square miles of land and water throughout the Housatonic River Valley. Four other Connecticut and New (l-r): Robert Houlihan, president - Housatonic Valley Assoc.; Jason Nickerson, England-based construction companies director of development – C.H. Nickerson also donated $2,500 each, bringing the and Charles V. Firlotte, president and CEO total donation to $12,500. The donation Aquarion Water Co. triggered a $12,500 matching grant from Aquarion Water Company, making a grand ognized at a ceremony at Aquarion Water total $25,000. Company’s headquarters in Bridgeport. In addition to Nickerson, the other The Housatonic River flows 150 participating firms were: Burns Construcmiles from Hinsdale and Washington, tion of Stratford, H.D. Supply Waterworks Mass., to the Long Island Sound. The waof Bridgeport and New Britain, J.J. Brentershed includes hundreds of rivers and nan Construction of Shelton, and Tighe & streams throughout Connecticut, MassaBond Engineers of Westfield, Mass. chusetts, and New York. The five participating firms were recNEBFM Trade Show 2012, Booth #622

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Glastonbury, CT - Dan T. perience participating in, diKinard, P.E. has been promoted recting, and managing geoto associate principal at GZA technical investigations and GeoEnvironmental’s Glastonrelated engineering studies bury office. for a wide variety of facilities Kinard joined the comacross the US, Middle East, pany in October of 2009. Preand Caribbean. His areas of viously he was a senior projspecialization are geotechniect manager with Ocean and cal and foundation engineerCoastal Consultants, with prior ing for buildings, bridges, Kinard employment as vice president highway infrastructure, power of Haley & Aldrich. plants, wind farms, dams and He has more than 30 years of ex- levees, slope stability and stabilization.

Viking Scholarship Winner

Bridgeport, CT Erin Liberis of Stamford was selected as the first recipient of the new Viking Construction Education Scholarship. Viking president Anthony Gaglio, Sr., joined Anthony Gaglio Jr., Viking project manager, and Jennifer Di Renzo, member of Vi(l-r): Anthony Gaglio, Sr., Anthony Gaglio Jr. Erin Liberis, king’s Scholarship team, and Jennifer Di Renzo. to present the $4,000 Viking created the annual scholarscholarship award to Liberis, who is pursuship program as part of its efforts to suping a degree in civil engineering at Clarkport the next generation of construction son University in New York. professionals.

September, 2012


High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News High-Profile: Connecticut Calendar AIA Connecticut

The AIA Connecticut Annual Conference - Two Days (Oct. 3 & Oct. 25) October 3, 2012 - New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven Program: Walking tours of new and old significant New Haven architecture; Hard Hat Tour of the new Yale University School of Management designed by Sir Norman Foster. October 25 - Educational Programs; Opportunities to network with event underwriters and sponsors. For more information please go to aiact.org.


September 19 8 - 9:30 a.m. The Connecticut Subcontractors Association invites you to attend a Finance/State Bonding and Grants Seminar. Hartford Square North Building in Hartford Kim Hawkins, the director of the Business Resource Center, will provide information to successfully maneuver through the often complicated process of obtaining a bond, estimating a construction project, getting financing, or applying for a grant. If you are a subcontractor in Connecticut this seminar should not be missed For information: www.brcct.com


September 24 Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington The Connecticut Building Congress is holding its 17th Annual Robert J. LeFloch Memorial Golf Outing. The annual golf outing is the CBC’s main fund raising event. Proceeds will go to the CBC scholarship fund This year’s outing will again be an 18-hole shot-

gun start scramble with various contests, lunch, door prizes, and a buffet dinner with awards and raffle prizes. Registration is available online at www. cbc-ct.org.

Boroson Falconer Completes School Giordano CM

New Haven, CT – The New Havenbased architectural and engineering firm of Boroson Falconer, LLC announces the completion of its most recent project, Hill Central School. Located on Dewitt Street in the city’s Hill neighborhood, the public PreK8 school opened on schedule on August 29 with a projected enrollThe two-story main entrance corridor with skylights allows ment of 540 students. sunlight to the interior. The 77,500sf new construction proj“It is tremendously gratifying to create a ect, which replaces the former Hill Cen- new school that’s state of the art, energy tral Music Academy on the same site, was efficient, aesthetically pleasing and conapproximately $2.5 million under budget. structed significantly under budget. We The school’s heating and cooling will be always look forward to being present at the generated by a new central utility plant, first day of school to welcome the students that also provides supplementary power and staff to their new educational home.” via a fuel cell. The central utility plant also Hill Central is the fourth school deserves another school nearby. signed by Boroson Falconer as part of Designed to LEED Silver standards, New Haven’s $1.5 billion Citywide School the facility has been submitted for Energy Construction Program, initiated by Mayor Star Challenge certification, sponsored an- John DeStefano Jr. and Superintendent of nually by the US EPA. A unique quality is Schools Dr. Reginald R. Mayo, and overthe two-story main entrance corridor with seen by the New Haven School Construcskylights to allow sunlight to the interior. tion Program manager, Gilbane Building All of the school’s occupied spaces permit Company. Giordano Construction of Branviews to natural daylight. ford was construction manager. Principal architect Ken Boroson said,

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www.frankmonkiewiczphotography. com 617.868.9000 Award winning Armed Forces Reserve Center Farmington, CT - KBE Building Corporation has won a 2012 Connecticut Green Building Award of Merit from The US Green Building Council, Connecticut Chapter (CTGBC) for its Armed Forces Reserve Center in Middletown. The $54 million, 203,000sf center encompasses a training center, a vehicle maintenance facility, and a field equipment storage facility for the Connecticut National Guard and Army Reserve. In a joint venture with DeRita Construction, KBE building Corporation was the designBuilder, with Kleinfelder as the architect of record. The fast-tracked construction phase was completed in just 16 months,

even with permit delays and the removal of nearly 500,000 cubic yards of soil and rock from the site. The new Reserve Center features numerous “green” building measures, including a green roof, photovoltaic arrays, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. The Armed Forces Reserve Center project also won Best in Show from Connecticut’s Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., as well as the 2012 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies and a First Place Award at the 2012 Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) 16th Annual Project Team Awards Banquet.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

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family-centered care. Psychologists Susan Molano and Chaia Wolf will partner with the medical team to provide whole-person care to patients of all ages from newborn to elderly in this family practice. Kuhn Riddle Architects, onboard from the very beginning, designed this 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. Architects Ann Marshall and John Kuhn, along with their team, put together a unique and visionary facility, now more than mid-way into construction. Wright Builders joined the team to

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High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Callahan Completes Green Arena

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Falmouth, MA - Callahan, Inc. of Bridgewater recently completed work on the new Falmouth Ice Arena. The state-ofthe-art, energy-efficient arena opened earlier this summer. Callahan provided construction management and general contracting services for the new facility. The $6 million project was funded entirely by private donors and supporters of the Falmouth Youth Hockey League. The rink was at its previous location for 40 years. The new location features a 50,000sf pre-engineered metal building and sits on seven acres. “We are always eager to work on projects that integrate the latest energysaving technologies and cost-efficient products,” said Joe Roche, project manager at Callahan. The arena features one full NHL rink and a half sheet studio rink. The building is powered by the sun, through an 890 kW solar panel field on the roof and carport canopies in the parking areas. Other energy



efficiency technologies include: optimized heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, heat recovery technologies and ondemand water heaters. The advanced water heat recovery system powers the under-slab heating, snow melting and heating for ice resurfacing. “The new cutting-edge arena is the only one of its kind in the region, using only half the power of similar arenas,” said Joel Irving, general manager of the arena. In addition to the solar and energy efficient elements, the arena features a number of added amenities. These include a 2,000sf fitness center, full service snack bar and concession kitchen, administrative offices, nine locker rooms, lobby with a fireplace and seating area viewing the ice, and a pro shop with skate rentals. The custom made bleachers were built above the team changing rooms, providing an excellent view of the ice. The arena holds close to 850 spectators.




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High-Profile: PCINE News

Intermodal Transportation Center Completed Norwich CT - Groundbreaking for Phase 1 the Norwich Intermodal Transportation Center in Norwich began in July 2010, and the facility was completed on time and on budget in the spring of 2012. The precast concrete facility brings together several modes of transportation including cars, buses, taxis, and limousines. Strategically built on Hollyhock Island near Route 82, it will allow phase two to include future access to rail and ferry service. Designed by Domenech Hicks and Krockmalnic (DHK) of Boston and New York, the façade of the parking structure features a inlaid combination brick with

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Norwich Transportation Center stone look. DHK chose an thin brick façade that uses thin slices of real brick placed on a form; concrete is then poured over them securing them, and producing a large finished panel. The result is almost impossible to tell from a traditional masonry structure. The benefit of thin brick precast concrete wall panels goes beyond aesthetic appeal to include expedient erection, low maintenance, and reduced

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construction cost. The graceful stone arches over the windows are actually precast concrete that is cast in forms along with the thin brick inlay, producing one large panel that includes the window and is ready to erect. Precast concrete perimeter columns were designed to look like stone and used to eliminate corner joints and expedite construction. The resulting design has a look

of permanence that will endure into the future. The ability to cast forms into practically any shape provides architects with unprecedented design freedom. According to Bruce Hultgren, RA, AIA, “Precast concrete was used to maximize span lengths needed for the design, and its use shortened the construction schedule.” DHK worked closely with Blakeslee Prestress, CT, who produced all 393 precast concrete pieces for the project and erected them on the island and over an active street. The $21.8 million project has been in the works since 1995 and has finally come to fruition with a well conceived design that not only promises a new era in transportation for the area but will compliment future maritime traffic and travel into the harbor. This finished first phase is three levels, a total of 61,940sf, with 162 parking spaces; taxi and bus bays. Phase 2 is next, but certainly not another 16 years away, according to Mayor Peter Nystrom.

Project Team Intermodal Transportation Center: Architect: Domenech Hicks Krockmalnic General Contractor: Downes Construction Co. LLC. Precaster & Erector: Blakeslee Prestress, Inc. Engineer: Desman Associates

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September, 2012


High-Profile Focus: Healthcare Facilities Development News

Pro Con GC for MRI Suite Fit-Up JSA Architect

Portsmouth, NH - Pro Con Inc of Manchester is building the fit-up of a medical office suite in the West Building at 155 Borthwick Avenue to accommodate a fixed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit for Portsmouth Regional Hospital. JSA of Portsmouth is architect for the project. Pro Con Inc will reinforce the floor of the MRI room by pouring a new slab with steel columns and footings. The interior of the room will be encased with a copper shield, and a quench vent will be installed up through the core of the building. Plans call for the MRI to be craned into place through an exterior wall, requiring the exterior skin of the building to be removed prior to installation and then be rebuilt.

JSA Completes Hospital Labs

Portsmouth, NH - JSA Inc. recently completed renovation and expansion projects on two new hospital labs. Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s project involved the renovation and expansion of the original undersized microbiology, chemistry, Portsmouth Regional Hospital and hematology laboratoThe six month project is expected to ries and blood bank locatbe completed in late fall. ed in the hospital’s core. This is one of several medical ofIn order to maintain all fice fit-ups Pro Con has managed at 155 lab services unimpeded, Borthwick Ave. including a 7,000sf office fit-up for Beacon Internal Medicine and a 16,000sf fit-up for Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s Physical Therapy and Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.

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Boston Medical Clinic Completed Jones Lang LaSalle CM

Boston - Jones Lang LaSalle’s Construction team completed an interior renovation for Boston Medical Center in its Preston Family Buildings Center for endocrinology, diabetes, nutrition, and weight management on 732 Harrison Avenue, Boston. The $2.5 million project provides the community with a contemporary care facility. Jones Lang LaSalle is the construction manager/general contractor.

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construction was broken into four carefully planned phases. At Frisbie Memorial hospital the lab was redesigned and renovated, creating more efficient workflows within the existing square footage. Because the lab remained fully functional during construction, the renovation was conducted in three phases to eliminate any disruptions to critically needed lab services.

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High-Profile: Awards

Boston Preservation Alliance 2012 Preservation Achievement Awards

Boston - The Boston Preservation Alliance recently announced its 2012 Preservation Achievement Awards: New Construction in Harmony with Boston’s Built Environment • Dudley B-2 Neighborhood Police Station; owner/developer: City of Boston Public Facilities Department; architect: Leers Weinzapfel Associates. • Liberty Wharf; owner/developer: Cresset Development, LLC; land owner: Massachusetts Port Authority; architect: Elkus Manfredi Architects. • Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital; owner/de-

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High-ProfileFeature: Hotchkiss School


The Hotchkiss School BioMass Facilty Nears Completion Designed by van Zelm Engineers and Centerbrook Architects, O&G CM

akeville, CT - O&G Industries, Inc. was contracted by the Hotchkiss School and is nearing completion of its new 16,500sf biomass heating facility. The new central heating facility will utilize wood chips in lieu of fossil fuel to support the school’s steam and hot water demands of the entire campus. Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by one third to one half, compared to the oil-fired boiler plant it replaces. Designed by van Zelm Engineers and Centerbrook Architects, the plant consists of two Messersmith biomass boiler units and a 17,500cf storage bin capable of

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supplying a week’s worth of fuel. An oil fired boiler serves as further backup. With its low profile and curved, sloping green roof, the new building blends with its surrounding landscape. David Madigan, PE, LEED AP, and principal at van Zelm, states that the two biomass boiler units, operating at 82% efficiency, can generate 14 million BTUs per hour in the form of 60 psi steam. The units will burn waste wood acquired from sustainably harvested, (FSC) Federal Stewardship Council certified local forests, replacing some 150,000 gallons of fuel oil per year and saving approximately 95% of the campus heating requirements. The school will burn 5,400 tons of wood

chips will be burned by the School annually. Waste ash from the combustion is collected for use as a fertilizer, and an electrostatic precipitator will remove over 95% of particulate matter from emissions. The 48-foot chimney will disperse emissions into prevailing winds, reducing ground-level impact to almost zero. The project includes extensive buried steam/condensate and hot water piping to convert the new plant to the existing campus steam distribution system as well as the hot water heating plant for the Mars Athletic Center. Biomass heating is expected to reduce Hotchkiss’ carbon footprint by more Continued on next page

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High-ProfileFeature: Hotchkiss School Continued from previous page than 6 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year. One of only three LEED certified power plants in the country, the new central heating facility attests to the Hotchkiss School’s commitment to becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2020. The building will also serve this independent boarding school of nearly 600 students in grades 9 thru 12, as an educational mission, exposing its technologies and wood structure. Tours along the mezzanine balcony allow students and community groups to overlook the boiler room and examine wall-mounted charts and maps and interactive computer consoles that track performance data. Outside the plant, a nature path affords up-close views of the serpentine shaped green roof and a stroll

through the new rain gardens, bio-swales, and nearby wetlands. Jefferson B. Riley, Centerbrook partner in charge of the project, explained that they wanted a building that would, at once, establish itself as an iconic, seminal, biomass building and, more or less, disappear into the landscape in sympathy with nature. The building’s vegetated roof combines with the bio-swale/rain garden system to absorb rainwater and filter run-off, and is just one of its many sustainable features. Others include a renewable, laminated wood structural system; water-conserving plumbing features; use of local materials with a high recycled content; highly efficient mechanical systems, lighting systems, and exterior skin; and an abundance of daylight. Messersmith wood chip boiler No. 1 and steam piping

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Walpole Public Library

Vanderweil Completes Design

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Walpole, MA The Walpole Public Library is a rare new building sited adjacent to the town hall and historic Blackburn Hall and just steps away from downtown. LLB Architects had been working with the Walpole community since 2007 when it was asked to re-envision and improve upon a previous library design, acceptPhoto by Bruce T. Martin Photography ed for a construction The Walpole Public Library grant from the Mass. On the interior, service desks for cirBoard of Library Commissioners. After a long, 22 process and culation, reference, and the children’s area funding approval by a slim margin, the are centrally located for the highest viscommunity of Walpole can be proud of its ibility and security. One of the areas in the library that has grown in popularity is the new library. The design of the new 32,000sf quiet study rooms, designed with floor to building uses traditional architectural tex- ceiling glass, which allows for a sense of tures, colors, and fundamentals to respond privacy and territory, but a sense of secuto the New England context. The library rity as well. The building is expected to receive program is organized around four masses encased in fiber cement panels that anchor LEED Silver certification and makes use of the building’s entries. In between them, both passive sustainable strategies as well generous circulation paths, a sculptural as active strategies. Walpole’s new library, with a project staircase, and skylights create a feeling of openness and lightness. The difference in budget of $11.2 million, has been made treatment and fenestration on each side of possible by various contributions including the library appropriately responds to its site a generous grant from the MBLC, chariorientation and the environmental effects table donations from the community, and optimism from the taxpayers of Walpole. on them.

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movable walls for flexibility and efficiency, multiple cafés, renovated core restrooms and relocated support spaces including mail sorting, copy/print, and circulation spaces. Both design and construction were phased to enable continuity of operations for Bright Horizons. As part of Vanderweil’s design, the existing MEP infrastructure was utilized to the fullest extent possible to reduce first costs and also minimize new materials required in support of sustainable practices. In addition to full MEP services, Vanderweil provided technology infrastructure services, including the consolidation of the tel/data spaces into a main network room. In addition, utility rebates for high-efficiency lighting and lighting controls were pursued for this office space.

September, 2012


High-Profile Feature: Home for Little Wanderers

Bowdoin Completes Little Wanderers Expansion Northstar PM - Roundel 47 Architects


alpole, MA - Bowdoin Construction has recently completed a major expansion project at The Home for Little Wanderers’ Longview Farm Campus in Walpole. Prior to construction, Bowdoin worked in conjunction with the home’s staff; Northstar Project & Real Estate Services, project managers; Roundel 47, architects; and Beals and Thomas, Inc., civil engineers, to provide extensive preconstruction services, including progress budgets, scheduling, phasing, and safety planning. New construction entailed four singlestory residence buildings, totaling 14,530sf, as well as a three-story 31,000sf addition to the Longview Educational Center.

The Home for Little Wanderers - Longview Farm Campus Now that the main expansion is complete, Bowdoin has begun a second phase of work to renovate the existing 16,000sf school building. In total, the project encompasses 62,000sf of new and renovated space featuring housing for 44 residents, a cafeteria, multiple classrooms, middle and upper school libraries, music rooms, and administrative offices, as well as upgrades to the existing gym and locker rooms and vocational classrooms. The project also involved a new entry drive, staff and visitor parking, improved septic system, improved storm water drainage/recharge system, new water service, and new landscaping. The project also involved a new entry drive.

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ventilation was utilized throughout the existing portion of the project building which ties into the operable windows. This particular system is very quiet and uses 100% outside air, resulting in a healthier environment for occupants as air is not re-circulated through the building. Not only did this system provide a healthier ventilation alternative but it does not require a return air system, which resulted in considerable cost savings. Chilled beams were utilized in the new wing of the project. In the entry, there was no space to run duct work, so a radiant floor was used with a chilled water system. The project building also uses solar thermal heating for hot water used within lab spaces. A large cistern was buried near the project site, which provides a space for reclaimed water to be kept for flushing.

This, combined with low-flow fixtures and a system designed to capture condensate and rainwater, helped reduce water use. Three main ingredients provided a successful project from an MEP point of view. First, a good working relationship with the architect, Payette. Second, a great contractor that was involved early on, Barr & Barr. And finally, and most importantly, an owner that was readily accessible by the engineering team, willing to entertain newto-them design concepts and set a realistic budget and objectives. As a result, the MEP portion of the project came in 20% under budget and Bridgewater has a wonderful new Science Center that fits their needs and is a showcase of sustainability. Suzanne Robinson, PE LEED AP BD+C heads up the sustainability department at Vanderweil Engineers.

Speedway Building Completed

Loudon, NH - Construction of a new utility service building for NH Motor Speedway in Loudon was recently completed by Jewett Construction Company, Inc. of Raymond. Completed on a tight schedule to accommodate the client’s full summer racing program, this project involved the construction and interior fit-up of a new, 9600sf multi-use metal building to house ambulances for track use, a vehicle wash bay for track vehicles, seasonal quarters for the owner and Speedway staff, and a Legends parts showroom and retail store.

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Columbia Completes Restaurant

Boston - Columbia Construction Company recently celebrated the completion of Back Deck restaurant, a new “backyard cookout” spot in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood of Boston. As the newest addition to Boston’s Downtown Crossing area, Back Deck offers a laid-back, backyard grilling experience to its patrons. Boston’s new “backyard cookout” spot. Upon visiting, one will experience the warm throughout the dining room, as well as an ambiance of the space, which brings the open kitchen that invites guests to watch outdoors inside with such details as ex- the fun. terior carriage lighting and glazed brick

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High-Profile: People

Bergin Joins Triumph Modular

Littleton, MA - Triumph all construction disciplines at the Modular Corporation announced project site, maintaining the projthat Alfred P. Bergin, Jr. (AJ) ect schedule, and managing the has joined the company as site workforce. He will also implesuperintendent. He brings with ment and maintain the company’s him more than 20 years of expesafety policy. rience managing all aspects of For over 10 years, Bergin field construction projects across ran his own construction comseveral markets, geographies, pany, specializing in large scale building types, and materials. hotel renovations primarily in Bergin His expertise spans routine the New York area. Previously, capital improvement projects to he was with Hirsch Construction $350 million ground-up new construction. Corp. of Danvers, and Shawmut Design At Triumph Modular, Bergin will be and Construction. providing coordination and execution of Photo by Triumph Modular

New Leadership at Tecton

Hartford, CT - Tecton Architects announced its new leadership team with Ted Cutler, AIA, LEED AP as CEO and Jeff Wyszynski, AIA as COO. The appointments follow a successful second-generation transition of the 30-year-old firm from founding Principals Dave Foster and Peter Hentschel. Cutler joined the firm as an intern in 1994, became a principal in 2008, and was slated for COO at the onset of the transition. He sees Tecton’s success hinged on its ability to provide “good counsel, great results” regardless of project type or scope. Wyszynski joined Tecton in 2004 with solid academic design experience.

Cutler Wyszynski Like Cutler, he became a principal in 2008 and heir apparent to the role of COO. Wyszynski notes Tecton’s continued investment in both technology and its people as fundamental to the firm’s vitality.

Hamilton Joins BL Companies

Meriden, CT - BL Companies cility projects for electric and announced that Tom Hamilton has natural gas and is well versed joined the firm in its Meriden office in all the requirements and as senior project manager. interrelation of engineering, He has over 30 years of exenvironmental services, perperience in the energy industry that mitting, and regulatory comencompasses multiple engineering, pliance, and construction. construction management, and opHamilton will assist erational disciplines. He has comBL Companies’ clients in the prehensive expertise in high-level Northeast and Mid-Atlantic reHamilton program and project management gions. He also will be involved on complex engineering and conin the development and implestruction management projects for trans- mentation of BL’s growth strategy for the mission and distribution pipeline and fa- shale plays and overall energy market.

D’Angelo Joins Nadeau

Attleboro, MA - Nadeau Corporation announced that David D’Angelo has taken the position of project manager/ estimator. His responsibilities will include supporting projects from the estimating stage all the way through to ribbon cutting. D’Angelo is joining Nadeau after a long tenure across all industries including hospital, high rise, tenant fit-out, concrete foundations, telecommunications, wastewater, and sitework.


D’Antona Principal at TCI

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Hammond Joins Wentworth’s CPCE Metric Welcomes New Staff Members

Boston - Wentworth Instiin construction management and facility management. He will tute of Technology’s College of contribute to curriculum design, Professional and Continuing Edudevelopment, and assessment; cation (CPCE) announced that inadvise adult learners enrolled dustry professional Phil Hammond in CPCE’s graduate programs; joined its team as the new director and recruit and select industry of CPCE graduate programs. practitioners as adjunct faculty He brings 35 years of experimembers. ence, serving in private, public, and Hammond will also imnonprofit roles within the architecplement integrated marketing tural, engineering, and construcHammond plans and conduct on-going martion industries. Hammond will ket research of industry trends in play a key role in leading Wentworth’s newest master’s degree programs support of these graduate programs.

Precast Specialties Welcomes Duffel Boston - Precast Specialties Corp. announced that Brandon Duffel has accepted the position of senior project manager. His responsibilities will include managing and supporting projects for the company’s rapidly growing architectural group. Duffel brings many years of experience and a proven track record as a project engineer and project manager to Precast Specialties Corp. Most recently, he was the engineering manager for Coreslab Structures in CONN. He has extensive knowledge and expertise with both architectural and structural precast.


Fort Point Hires Taras

Boston - Fort Point Project Management announced that Jordan Taras has joined the firm as project manager. In this role Taras will lead renovation and relocation projects for companies in the high tech, life sciences, and healthcare sectors. Her proven successes with clients like Sanofi Genzyme and Harvard School of Pub-

lic Health guarantee seamless transitions for employees moving to a new work space. Prior to joining Fort Point Project Management, Taras managed real estate projects at ViryaNet where she facilitated customer communications while managing all project budgets and resource allocations.

Boston - Metric Construction Corporation recently welcomed several new employees to the firm. Anthony Sanchez serves as Metric’s new senior project manager, bringing more than 30 years of experience in general construction to the team, including 20 years in project management. Formerly of Pacific Mills Industrial Complex, he is currently overseeing the construction of a retail center in Allston as well as two new apartment buildings in Boston. Ryan Mador recently joined Metric as an assistant project manager. Previously with National Millwork Co., Mador’s current position allows him to serve as a liaison between senior project managers and site superintendents. Currently, he is responsible for academic, luxury residential, and historic rehabilitation projects under Metric’s purview. Charles Burzlaff has more than 20 years in project management and construction supervision experience. With a variety of projects under his belt, including residential, assisted living, and institutional buildings, Burzlaff specializes in complex, large-scale construction. Previously at J&J Contractors, he is currently supervising the construction of an apartment building in Boston. Based in Maine, Michael Doherty of Cloverleaf Management is supervising construction of The Bay House, a mixed-use residential/retail complex on Portland’s historic waterfront. As a veteran of the construction industry, Doherty draws on 35 years of experience ranging from luxury homes to commercial and financial institutions. Kevin McGrath, formerly of TLT Construction joins Metric as a project su-



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October 18 The Steel Fabricators of New England New Technologies Dinner Meeting. Doubletree Hotel, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, Mass. 5 - 6 p.m. registration, networking reception, sponsor visits. 6 - 8 p.m. dinner, new technologies panel discussion. The SFNE Education Committee has designed this dinner meeting program to provide members and colleagues with information about the latest technical innovations and systems that can be used in the steel fabrication business. Have the chance to learn about new technologies in the steel fabrication industry! To register and for more information log onto ssfne.org.

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October 3, 5:30 p.m. Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston 2012 Achievement Awards The Boston Preservation Alliance presents awards to property owners and developers of exceptional preservation-related projects in order to celebrate their positive impact on Boston’s built environment. For more information: Christine Piontek, Membership and Programs Manager cpiontek@bostonpreservation.org or 617367-2458.

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September 20, 1 - 5 p.m. Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, N.H. The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) is presenting an informative, educational seminar followed by a reception from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Sessions will include information on Rigger Safety and Signal Person Training requirements presented by respected SEAA member. There will be a session on indemnification language in construction contracts. October 4, SEAA’s 13th Annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Shotgun start begins at 1 p.m. after a group lunch. Players are invited to a celebratory dinner after the tournament. For more information go to SEAA.net.


September 19 Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston - 12 p.m New England Women in Real Estate will host a global commercial real estate update luncheon program with Raymond Torto, Ph.D., CRE providing an update of the global commercial real estate market and discussing how Massachusetts fits into an international perspective. Free to NEWiRE members and $95 for non-members. For more information, visit http://www. newire.org/eventdetail.aspx?id=8597, email laura@newire.org, or call 617247-2346.


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ockland, MA - Agostini Construction Company of East Providence, RI was selected as construction manager at risk by the Rockland School Building Committee in April 2010 to manage the $66 million construction of the new John Rogers Middle School and renovation of the Rockland High School. Agostini joined owner’s project manager Daedalus Projects, Inc. of Boston and Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc. of Newburyport, Mass., and South Burlington, Vt., to successfully direct the project through..see page 28.

The firm’s philosophy and operP: 802.863.1428 ations are based on three simF: 802.863.6955 ple yet critical elements. Design. Performance and Leadership. By combining these critical eleMASSACHUSETTS ments and the staff’s consider260 Merrimac Streeet able expertise, Dore & Whittier Building 7, 2nd Floor is uniquely qualified to help cliNewburyport, 01950 241 Narragansett Park Drive, East Providence, RI MA 02916 ents achieve their visioin as the Phone (401)from 431-1200 Fax: (401) 431-0049 firm guides projects initial P: 978.499.2999 concept to completion. F: 978.499.2944

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Several hundred Rockland residents gathered recently for the ribbon cutting of the new middle school. In the background is the original high school, built in 1928, that became the middle school when Rockland built the new high school in 1958.

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