Inside this Issue January, 2013
Commodore, Martini Join Forces: story...pg. 7, interview with Joseph Albanese and Paul Martini...pg. 20.
Pro Con CM and JAL Architects Build Inn by Marriott at Orangeburg Commons...pg. 12.
Suffolk Construction Breaks Ground on Old Colony Redevelopment Phase 2...pg. 9.
(above and left) South Cove Manor Breaks Gound with Suffolk Construction and Levi + Wong Architects...pg 10.
Changing FM Profession Creates Need for Advanced Education by Phil Hammond...pg. 16.
Welcoming the New Year: 2013 Trends by Chad Wisler...pg. 7. Overview: Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act by Jack Lister.,..pg. 37.
New Marriott Hotel in the New England Business Center...pg. 11.
â€œMore Youâ€?: Trends for 2013 by Mark Reed...pg. 19. Energy Efficiency in Demand for the New Age of RE by Paul Guarracino...pg 15. Investment in Energy Efficiency by Glenn Kingsbury...pg. 17.
CBT Designs New Sports Facility...pg. 33.
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Boston – The Builders Asfinancial institutions, and dissociation of Greater Boston, an tributors of construction-related affiliate with the National Associamaterials. tion of Home Builders, welcomed Darcy has over 16 years Gerry-Lynn Darcy as an executive of experience in the real estate officer. and construction industry. Most The BAGB has evolved recently, she was the vice presiinto one of the leading trade asdent of marketing and business sociations in New England, servdevelopment at Metric Coning small-, moderate-, and largestruction Corporation, where Gerry-Lynn Darcy she managed a well-rounded volume builders and developportfolio of real estate projects. ers who construct single family, multi-family, and commercial properties, Additionally, the Boston Business Jourand remodeling contractors. Associate nal recognized Darcy as a Top 40 Under members represent property management 40 honoree in October 2011, that honors professionals, sales and marketing firms, Boston’s best and brightest young profesrealtors, suppliers, architects, engineers, sionals who are vital leaders of their reland planners, attorneys, accountants, spective industries.
AFE Chapters Merge
Boston - The membership of Chapter 37 of the AFE will merge with AFE Chapter 33 of Boston effective January 2013. In announcing the merge, Jeff Myrdek, CEM, CEA, CBEP, CMVP, president AFE Chapter 37, said, “I would like to personally thank you for your support over the years. It was a pleasure to provide the valuable programs and services which I hope you enjoyed.”
One more chapter event remains, the annual awards dinner on January 15. This dinner is for the membership but will be open to guests who want to attend. Awards will be presented to the Best Tour and Speaker for 2012 – as voted by the attendees. The Chapter Member of Year will also be awarded. Please contact jeff.myrdek@ cbre.com if you would like to attend.
Newton, MA – Commodore Builders, a 10 year-old general contractor and construction management firm, announced its acquisition of A.J. Martini, Inc., a 60 year-old Winchester-based construction manager and general contractor. The acquisition will enable Commodore to grow its business in the institutional, commercial, healthcare, and life sciences sectors. A.J. Martini’s senior team, responsible for building the well-recognized New England firm, will bring the firm’s full strength and depth of experience to Commodore. Joe Albanese, Commodore Builders CEO and founder, says A.J. Martini is a natural fit, and the decision to acquire the firm accelerates Commodore’s plan for growth. With revenues of nearly $100 million
in 2012, Commodore is focused on diversification across market sectors, growing its top and bottom lines, and increasing average project size. Says Albanese, “That won’t happen fast enough organically. And as the economy emerges from the recession, this acquisition will enable us to pursue and win game-changing opportunities faster.” Paul Martini, CEO of A.J. Martini, will become a Senior Vice-President at Commodore and describes the acquisition as an opportunity for the newly combined entity to go further, faster. Peter Martini and Nancy Martini will also join the senior leadership team at Commodore. See interview on page 20.
2013 Project Hot Spots Seen in Construction Outlooks
Excerpted from an article by Larry Stewart, editor of ForConstructionPros.com Forecasts from chief economists in the key construction sectors – the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), and the Association of General Contractors (AGC) – paint an encouraging picture of gently rising construction spending in 2013. “Housing is coming back,” says David Crowe, chief economist and senior vice president at NAHB. “Not
strongly, but I do think we are beginning to see some pretty solid foundations for a continuing slow, but steady recovery in housing.” Crowe’s NAHB forecast projects a 19% increase in total housing starts for 2013 (to 903,000 units). Remodeling is already back, at 98% of the average annual level of activity it registered early in the millennium. “And the multifamily residential sector is well on its way,” Crowe reports. “More than two-thirds of the way back to normal.”
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by Chad A. Wisler As we move into the new year, there are several trends for us to be aware of that will become more pronounced in our industry. 2013 is looking to be a transformation year within the AEC industry between the release of built-up demand of construction/renovation in the Northeast as we move past the Chad Wisler election and fiscal cliff drama. The Northeast corridor and specifically the Boston proper areas are well positioned to continue their strong relative growth through 2013, founded on the high technology, biotech/pharma, and financial industries that continue to swell past boundaries of Cambridge and downtown Boston. Several of the trends to watch (well, not watch, but rather get up to speed on and lead your firms/clients) include 1) sustainability and accountability; 2) BIM and laser scanning; 3) risk management and business continuity; and 4) staff retention. Each of these will shape our projects and have an increasing impact on our performance and success for our clients. • Sustainability and Accountability. While the LEED certification process has aided in transforming the building design industry through greater awareness of sustainability issues, the LEED
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HP will have a booth at the 8th annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference (NEBFM) at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center June 12 and 13, 2013. Their booth will be part of the expo featuring over 300 exhibitors displaying products and services necessary for the operation, management, maintenance, and renovation of buildings and facilities in the greater New England region. Running concurrently with the trade show is an educational conference featuring 30 individual one-hour talks covering a wide range of topics including: LEED, green, sustainability, energy, building commissioning, facility maintenance, construction, and renovation planning.
IFMA Boston produces, monitors, and provides CFM credit for each conference talk attended. We will also be announcing details of the annual ROC Awards Gala hosted by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Boston chapter. Traditionally held in June, the gala begins with a networking reception, followed by dinner. The evening culminates in the presentation of awards to firms and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. The food, decor, and presentation tie into a
ISPE at Gillette theme for the year. ISPE’s Boston Area Chapter offers an exciting array of educational, career development, networking, and r e c reational events held throughout the Boston and surrounding areas. ISPE Annual Product Show is scheduled for October 3, 2013, located at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Information for this program will be available soon. Last year’s 21st Annual Product Show saw
about 2,000 industry professionals gathered for this one day “can’t miss” extravaganza. Each October since 2007 the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) has hosted its annual Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to permanently recognize and honor the best in the industry for their innovation, consistent leadership, community responsibility, and client service.
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Boston - Upon successfully completing Phase 1, Suffolk Construction has been selected to manage construction on Phase 2 of The Homes at Old Colony redevelopment project in South Boston. The $50 million project will feature demolition of 223 distressed units and construction of 169 affordable rental units located in four three-story townhouse-style buildings and two four-level elevator buildings. Suffolk recently joined developer Beacon Communities Development LLC, The Architectural Team, and government officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of Phase 2, which will be completed in May 2014. Prior to the redevelopment, the Old Colony public housing development was the most physically distressed property in the Boston Housing Authority’s portfolio. As a result, the BHA developed a master
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Participating in the ceremony were (l-r): John Auerbach, Urban Health Research Institute at Northeastern Univ.; Andy Epstein, Dept. of Public Health; Dick Wong, South Cove President & CEO; Angus Leary, COO of Suffolk Construction; Wayne Patenaude, Cambridge Savings Bank; Peter Sargent, MHIC; Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch; Richard Lui, South Cove Board Chair; Quincy City Councilor Margaret LaForest; State Senator John Keenan; Benny Wong, MassDevelopment, and Phil Dowds, Levi & Wong Architects. Quincy, MA - Suffolk Construction recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the South Cove Manor at Quincy Point project, a four-story, 86,600sf nursing and rehaRendering of South Cove Manor bilitation center focused on servof-the-art facility will replace the existing ing the Asian community. The $22 million 27-year-old nursing home in Boston’s Chiproject will feature 141 beds clustered in natown neighborhood. small resident communities, six common The South Cove Manor at Quincy areas, three nursing stations, expanded Point project will create 225 construction rehabilitation space, attractive streetscape jobs and is designed to achieve LEED Siland gardens, and above-grade parking. ver certification. Suffolk is partnering with The new rehabilitation and long- architecture firm Levi + Wong Design Asterm care facility will be located at 290 sociates. Construction is scheduled for Washington Street in Quincy. The state- completion in early 2014.
Exeter, NH - Cobham Antenna System’s Microwave Components group’s 105,000sf expansion at its manufacturing facility in Exeter is nearing completion. Pro Con Inc of Manchester is the architect and construction manager for the design build expansion project, which has doubled the size of the company’s existing facility. “The front curtain wall and the final Apolic exterior panels have been installed,” said the project manager for Pro Con Inc. “The office fit-up was completed in October.” The new two-story addition consists of 70,000sf of manufacturing space on the first floor and 35,000sf of office and conference room space on the second floor. The manufacturing space has a 20-foot height clearance to accommodate specialized equipment. First floor ribbon windows bring light into the manufacturing area, and second floor clerestory windows and a cantilevered curtain wall allow natural light into
Cobham expansion nearly completed the office space. As part of the building expansion, Pro Con Inc designed a new main entrance, which includes a lobby, reception area, and passenger elevator. The design-build expansion incorporates environmentally beneficial strategies, including the installation of energy-efficient, low-e glass windows and low-flow fixtures, and the building is expected to exceed energy code requirements for energy efficiency.
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Newington, NH - North Branch Construction of Concord has begun building a testing facility for Sig Sauer. This two-level, 12,000sf facility will be constructed within its existing manufacturing building in Newington. The facility will be used to function-
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Callahan Breaks Ground
Bridgewater, MA - Callahan, Inc. broke ground on a new state-of-the-art senior living community in Wayland this past November. The Carriage House at Lee’s Farm will feature 62 units with specialized wings dedicated to assisted living and memory care. Callahan Inc., is serving as the general contractor on the project and will be (l-r): Wendy Nowokunski, president, Northbridge Compaself performing all sitework. nies; James Coughlin, CEO, Northbridge; Kevin Teller, The two-story, wood framed assistant VP, Cambridge Savings Bank; Michael Lindgren, structure is approximately senior vice president, Cambridge Savings; Patrick Calla54,000sf. The community han, president, Callahan Inc.; Paul Maloney, The Architectural Team; and Ray Mitrano, Waypoint Advisors. will include a mix of studios, art emergency call system, theatre and art along with one- and two-bedroom units. Once complete, 33 of the units studio. In addition, services will include will be dedicated to assisted living resi- wellness and exercise programs, a full-time dents and 29 units on the first floor will be social coordinator, a short-stay respite program, medication monitoring, scheduled dedicated to memory loss residents. “Constructing senior housing with transportation, and computer training. Traditional apartments will include units designated for both those who want assisted living capabilities, but also those kitchenettes, television, Internet, and who may be experiencing memory loss is phone access. Generation program aparta tremendous asset to the community,” said ments will feature private and semi-private Joe Roche, project executive at Callahan, apartments in a separate and secure environment for individuals with Alzheimer’s Inc. The Carriage House will offer a and other memory impairments. There are number of features and services, including: a limited number of upgraded apartments common and private dining rooms, café, also available. The Carriage House at Lee’s Farm fitness center, sunroom, library, salon and barber shop, brain gym, activity rooms, is currently under construction and locatopen and enclosed courtyards, a lounge, ed off Route 20 and minutes from I-95 in housekeeping and laundry, state-of-the- Wayland.
Inn by Marriott Under Way Pro Con Architect and CM
Needham, MA – Construction is under way for a new 128-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel located at the intersection of First Avenue and B Street in the New England Business Center office park. The hotel, which is being developed by Waterford Development CorporaNeedham Residence Inn tion of Needham, is part of a redevelopment plan indoor pool and fitness room, two flexible by Normandy Real Estate Partners that in- space meeting rooms, business center and cludes four new office buildings, the hotel, guest laundry area. Plans call for the hotel and two parking garages to be built in the to have covered parking for 22 vehicles and business park over the next few years. surface parking for 80 vehicles. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. is The 89,740sf inn, designed for the the architect and construction manager for extended stay traveler, will offer complithe $13.5 million design-build hospitality mentary continental breakfast, and evening project. social hours, and each suite will have sepaPro Con Inc has designed the Need- rate working, lounging, and sleeping areas ham Residence Inn to achieve LEED cer- and a fully equipped kitchen with granite tification. The hotel will use regional and counter tops, microwave, stove, refrigerarecycled materials in construction and in- tor, dishwasher, and coffee maker. corporate environmentally friendly design The exterior design will feature preelements such as a white roof, over-sized cast concrete blocks, brick veneer, insuwindows, low-flow, water-efficient plumb- lated metal paneling, and cornice molding. ing fixtures, and LED lighting throughout The hotel’s main entrance will feathe development. ture a canopy with metal panels and double The hotel will offer 116 urban stu- sliding glass doors. Construction on the site dios, eight one-bedroom suites, and four began in August 2012, and the hotel is extwo-bedroom suites, with a large hearth pected to be completed by June 2013. room, bar and lounge area, breakfast room,
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New Residence Inn by Marriott Under Way Pro Con CM - JAL Architects
Orangetown, NY – Construction is under way for a new 129-key Residence Inn by Marriott located at the Orangeburg Commons, a commercial development that will include a bank, restaurant, a Stop & Shop supermarket, and the Residence Inn hotel. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. is the construction manager for the $12.5
Orangeburg Commons main entry elevation million hotel, which is being built for FB Orangetown LLC. JAL Architects & Engineers are the project architects, and RD Management, LLC is the developer of Orangeburg Commons. The four-story, 91,396sf hotel will offer studio and one-bedroom suites with complete kitchens and separate sleeping
Bedford, MA - JM Coull (JMC) has begun an interior renovation of approximately 41,000sf of existing office space to create a new research and development facility for 1366 Technologies. The developer of silicon wafer technology for use in manufacturing solar cells will be moving its operations from Lexington to Bedford. The project is being completed in three phases over the course of 10 months. The renovated space will
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and living room areas. The hotel will feature a gatehouse with a large hearth room, New perimeter security fence will be an indoor pool and spa, a fitness room, outinstalled along with an entry control to door sports court, and guest laundry area. guard the main entryway. Pro Con Inc began project sitework in November 2012 and has scheduled an North Smithfield, RI – Nadeau CorOctober 2013 completion date for the new poration of Attleboro, Mass. has been hotel. named general contractor by the Rhode Island Air National Guard to provide services to the North Smithfield Station. The project entails demolition, removal, and off-site disposal of the existing fencing before installation of a new pestalled solar power by more than 50% and rimeter security fence along with an entry make the cost of solar power competitive control facility to guard the electric main with coal power. The rapidly changing entryway. technology places aggressive demands The major elements of work under on the project schedule, which JMC will this project are very similar to Nadeau’s meet by working closely with project arprior projects for the RI Army National chitect ci design, inc., of Boston. Guard. Two security fence projects, one at JM Coull is a design-build and the Camp Varnum Regional Training Facilconstruction management firm with offices in Maynard, Mass., and Shelton, ity and the other at the North Smithfield ArConn. mory, were awarded to Nadeau Corporation just two months ago.
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Tocci Begins Church Expansion Wiles Architect
Black Rock Congregational Church Fairfield, CT - Tocci Building Companies has broken ground and begun construction on Black Rock Congregational Church’s $14 million 20,400sf expansion in Fairfield. The church will feature a new, 950-person worship center with state-ofthe-art acoustic and video capabilities to serve its rapidly growing congregation and broadcast all its services, with completion scheduled for March 2014. The project also includes dramatic improvements to facilities for adult Bible study, teen worship, youth worship, and infant care. The project requires extensive reno-
vation to bring the 50-year-old facility up to current standards. Construction will involve demolishing 16,000sf of the existing structure and blasting of ledge while also protecting adjacent woodlands. Tocci is using virtual design and construction (VDC) and building information modeling (BIM) to manage construction and ensure every element of the design considers the impact of costs and future expansion. Tocci worked in close collaboration with architect George Wiles of Wiles and Associates to tightly control costs so the church can achieve its goals within its budget.
Direct TV Reno Completed
The scope of work included interior demolition, new walls and ceilings, a new HVAC system and upgrades to the current sprinkler system. Direct TV’s day-to-day operations continued without interruption during the project.
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Bedford, NH - Construction of the new 78,500 sf Market Basket store at the intersection of Donald Street and Route 114 in Bedford is continuing on schedule. RMD Inc of Tewksbury, Mass., is the developer for Demoulas Super Markets Inc and the Market Basket stores. Prellwitz/Chilinski Associates Inc. of Cambridge is the project architect, and Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H.
Interior under construction
slab placements are complete, and the balance will be completed before the end of the year. Interior framing, insulation, mechanical piping, and electrical wiring are all under way. We continue to be on schedule for a spring 2013 completion date.” The store will feature a Market’s Café, a Market’s Kitchen, and an in-store bakery. Oversized store-front windows will allow natural Market Basket work in progress light into the building, and is the construction manager for the project. high efficiency lighting fixtures will illumi“Work is progressing at a rapid nate the aisles. The building’s exterior will pace,” stated the project manager for Pro feature Hardie plank siding and ground Con Inc. “Most of the interior concrete face block.
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New Hampton, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc. of Manchester recently completed a renovation project in New Hampton that involved the conversion and fit-up of 12,000sf of warehouse space into office space within an existing 100,000sf Direct TV up-link facility.
Market Basket Takes Shape
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by J. Michael Abbott Noted 19th century architect Daniel Burnham left an indelible mark on the built environment when he proclaimed, “Make no little plans.” However, today’s worldwide urban housing shortage forces city planners and architects to think little, very little. Micro-lofts of 200sf to 400sf are the next big housing J Michael Abbott trend in the United Kingdom, Poland, China, and in American metropolises such as San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and Providence. Even the Big Apple is thinking small. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently amended zoning laws and building codes to allow apartments smaller than 400sf and commissioned 80 300sf apartments in Manhattan last summer. At home and abroad, micro-lofts prove to be innovative housing models that offer access to urban amenities at affordable prices. Major furniture retailers IKEA and Crate & Barrel recently joined the micro trend and sell sofas, tables, bedding, and storage specifically designed for smaller living spaces.
Living Small is the Next Big Trend
nation’s first enclosed three-story shopping mall. The Arcade was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and is notable not only for its striking architecture, which includes Ionic columns at both entrances to the building, but also for the memories many Rhode Islanders have of strolling through the building. Northeast Collaborative Architects were retained by developer Evan Granoff to create 48 micro-lofts on the building’s second and third floors. The $7 million adaptive reuse project respects the Arcade’s historic design, but the building will be modernized with double-hung windows to bring in more light. The furnished one- bedroom units will range in size from 225sf to 450sf and will feature full bathrooms, built-in beds, seating, storage, as well as kitchens equipped with refrigerators, sinks, dishwashers, and microwaves.
Rhode Island Landmark Repurposed as Micro-Lofts
The Arcade was built in 1828 in the Greek Revival style and is regarded as the
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Arcade in Providence When residents need more space than their cozy individual units offer, they can take advantage of a game room, TV room, and porches. The Arcade has other common amenities including on-site laundry, bike storage, locked basement storage units, and a parking garage across the street. The micro-lofts’ modest size was designed to keep rents affordable for students graduating from Providence’s colleges and universities. Rents will start at $550 a month.
Tenants are expected to move into the micro-loft units in early 2013, possibly as soon as February. The ground level will soon be filled with a variety of singleand double-level retail shops. Four of the 14 units are designated for restaurants, offering private access, outdoor seating, and interior restrooms. The units average 400sf, but they may be combined for those who want more space. The Arcade has been shuttered for the last three years. In that time, the Providence Preservation Society placed it on its list of the city’s 10 most endangered properties. When plans to reopen the Arcade as a mixed-use development were announced in 2012, the news was welcomed by elected officials and civic leaders, who called it an important development for the city’s downtown. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said, “This project breathes new life into America’s oldest indoor mall and one of our city’s most historically significant buildings.” The Museum of the City of New York will feature the Arcade’s micro-lofts in an exhibit called “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.” The exhibit opens on January 23, 2013 and showcases innovative design solutions to better accommodate New York City’s changing, and sometimes surprising, demographics, Continued on next page
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including a rising number of single people, and will feature a full-sized, flexibly furnished micro-studio apartment of just 325sf — a size prohibited in most areas of the city. Visitors to the exhibition will see models and drawings of housing designs by architectural teams commissioned in 2011 by Citizens Housing & Planning Council, in partnership with the Architectural League of New York. The exhibition also presents winning designs from the Bloomberg administration’s recently launched pilot competition to test new housing models, as well as examples set by other cities in the United States and around the world, including Seattle, Providence, Montreal, San Diego, and Tokyo. J. Michael Abbott, AIA, CNU-A, APA, is partner at Northeast Collaborative Architects.
Energy Efficiency in Demand for the New Age of RE
by Paul Guarracino In the past few years, it’s become abundantly clear that the real estate industry in Boston and the Greater Boston area has reached a head-scratching inflection point. For about two years before the great crash of 2008, Boston experienced an increased number of large luxury condo constructions in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and South End neighborhoods. Paul Guarracino However, since the downturn in the economy, and in particular the real estate market, there has been a shift toward developing affordable, conservative apartments rather than luxury condos. Currently, popularity has shifted from spacious two- and three-bedroom units down to one bedroom units, and more compact studios are getting snatched up by young professionals and recent graduates from the city’s various universities. Ironically, while the job market in Boston has stayed relatively steady (Forbes rated it as the No. 8 best city for jobs out of 100 cities across the country), it seems Boston residents are holding on to their wallets and being cautious when it comes to real estate investments. Now that the focus is on a smaller, somewhat “less impressive” living space, developers, building owners, and tenants are looking at buildings in a different light. As companies look to recruit tech-savvy and
environmentally conscious talent, they also look for buildings to reflect those same values including. The real estate trend is extremely noteworthy; despite the fact that the market has shifted, there is still a consistent focus on technology and advanced systems and the benefits they can provide to owners and tenants. No matter where the market heads next, upscale or down, we fully expect that smarter buildings will be in the mix. Solar panels, green roofs, and LEED certification are becoming increasingly important assets. In addition, automated systems and advanced energy management systems give building owners more control and the ability to not only save money on energy but participate in “demand side” programs, creating additional revenue opportunities. Luxury residences such as the Mandarin Residences, The W Hotel Residences, and 45 Province Street have shown us that high end condo projects were quick to adopt advanced building systems in order to give their occupants the utmost in comfort, control, and safety. Recently, areas like Cambridge, South Boston, and the Seaport and Innovation Districts have become increasingly trendy and in high demand for new residencies, mainly because they are considered up-and-coming areas, which typically means a fairer price. Quick to jump on board, especially when it comes to lowering costs and being green, there has been a move toward energy-efficient upgrades in low to medium housing communities. For example, The Castle Square Apartments located in Boston’s South End; a 500-unit low- and
moderate-income apartment complex on Tremont Street, followed the cost-effective upgrade trend of urban renewal with an economically smart face-lift. The apartments have been undergoing an energy efficiency renewal to update the exterior and interior of the building, in addition to achieving a 72% drop in energy consumption. By enhancing the current property’s HVAC and boiler system with state-of-the-art energy-efficient technology, along with completing the nation’s largest Deep Energy Retrofit, Castle Square and its tenants are able to save over 50% on gas and electricity costs, and reduce its energy demand and consumption with managed energy practices. Once the renovation is completed it is expected to achieve US Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification. On the other hand, similar to the highend residences, developers are still interested in advanced systems, particularly when it comes to energy management, because they understand that this was an important value proposition for potential tenants. Long stalled projects are being revived, while the Seaport and Innovation districts are going head-to-head with traditional technology hotspots like Cambridge and Waltham. As projects begin to move forward, both developers and tenants are realizing there are a number of ways to save when it comes to real estate investments. Whether it is downsizing, investing in energy-efficient opportunities, or both, the real estate market is learning and adapting to a new age. Paul Guarracino is the president and founder of J.M. Electrical Co., Inc. of Lynnfield, Mass.
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Changing Facilities Management Profession by Phil Hammond In a recent LinkedIn blog post from the Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management Professionals Group, the question was posed, Is FM a strategic discipline? The answer is a resounding “yes.” Historically, as many of you know, facilities management has not been considered strategic, at least in the eyes of those outside of the proPhil Hammond fession. As Richard Christiano, Assistant Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology points out in his recent article, “Professional Development: Changing Face of Facility Management,” most facility managers entered the profession through the “back door” of an organization where they were likely managing critical equipment or running physical assets, for instance. While their work was vital to the success of a business, it was not typically integrated into the larger strategic vision of an organization. With the increasing complexity of the built environment—the operation of multicampus buildings, managing multi-faceted HVAC facilities, understanding intricate security systems—coupled with the evergrowing need to be cost-efficient, there is great demand for facility managers to think more strategically. Professor Kathy O. Rop-
Creates Need for Advanced Education
er and her colleagues at Georgia Institute of Technology point out in their white paper, “Strategic Facility Planning,” that strategic thinking among facility managers will only become more critical in the coming years as budgets grow tighter and a heightened focus on worker performance and productivity continues to increase in the knowledge age. The growing need for strategic thinking in the field of facilities management, in turn, is creating high demand for a more professionalized workforce. Today’s facility manager increasingly must be a person who not only has the technical knowledge to manage the 21st century built environment but must also be an individual who is armed with the business savvy to have a seat at the executive table. Their insight and management expertise will guide the operation, technology, systems, finance, and innovation for buildings of the future. These business leaders will help organizations save money on facilities, which is typically the second highest business cost (labor being first). Responding to the need for a more professionalized, strategic facility manager, Wentworth Institute of Technology launched the Master of Science in Facility Management (MSFM) program in the fall of 2012. The MSFM program is designed to educate students in foundational post-graduate management principles while enhancing facility management skills and knowledge. Students learn the leadership and business skills necessary to respond to the demand
to keep their facilities highly efficient and functional. Coursework integrates elements of project management, finance, real estate, employees and their working environment, space planning, building operations and maintenance, and quality assessment. Graduates will be prepared to lead the next generation of facilities management as strategic and innovative thinkers. Facilities management is certainly in the midst of an exciting yet critically important period in its evolution as a profession. There is a very bright future for the facilities
management profession, and Wentworth’s Master of Science in Facility Management program will help to usher in the next generation of strategic leaders in the field, who, as Professor Christiano notes, will serve to elevate the role of the facility manager as a core business function. Phil Hammond is the director of graduate programs for the College of Professional and Continuing Education at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Construction Growth Looking Up
The October Producer Excerpted from a report by Price Index data shows reEd Zarenski, The Gilbane Edge cent material price declines The Good News: holding year over year mateConstruction spending for rial costs, on average, to 2% 2012 should finish almost 8% over or less after 5% increases in 2011, 5% for non-residential buildings, 12% for residential. both 2010 and 2011. The current spending rate Contractors’ building for all construction is 6.5% above a costs “charged” in 2012 are year ago. Current spending rate for above labor and material cost residential construction is up 16%. increases, signaling a moveEd Zarenski If you haven’t been watchment towards recovery to ing, we’ve already started the next residen- more normalized margins. tial construction boom. New housing starts Construction spending for 2013 are up 30+% from last year and up 40+% should increase 5%. Residential spending from the bottom hit two years ago. should increase 11%. More reports from Zarenski can be Not only are construction starts increasing (although slowly), but also the viewed online by visiting www.thegilbaconstruction backlog indicator shows needge.com/author/edzarenski. backlog duration is increasing.
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Investment in Energy Efficiency
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Vital to Building Owners, the US, and Our Economy
by Glenn Kingsbury The electrical contracting industry specifies, installs, and services products that move America toward less energy consumption, lower carbon emissions, and more efficient use of our resources. However, widespread adoption of energyefficient technologies has been slow due to economical, governmental, and Glenn Kingsbury marketplace barriers. Federal tax incentives encourage building owners and other purchasers to help improve the energy performance of buildings and facilities and deliver tremendous benefits in terms of job creation, energy savings, and greater competitiveness. The impasse in Washington over tax policies and curbing federal spending has created considerable uncertainty in the American business community. With all the debate over specific ways in which the federal government can cut unnecessary spending and reduce the budget (and there are many), federal spending and incentives in energy-efficiency programs should not be part of the discussion. Why? • Energy efficiency incentives will create jobs, reduce energy costs, and improve the environment. An analysis by the American Council for an Energy COMMERCIAL
Efficiency Economy of the job creation and energy savings benefits of previously introduced energy efficiency tax incentive legislation indicates that 187,000 jobs would be created. These incentives also will result in $3.3 billion in annual energy bill savings. And, from an environmental perspective, the incentives result in reduced emissions equivalent to nearly 4 million cars. • Buildings hold the greatest potential for energy savings. Buildings use more energy than any other sector of the US economy, consuming more than 70% of electricity and over 50% of natural gas. There is 74.8 billion sf of non-residential space in the US according to the US Department of Energy, and less than 8% of these buildings can be considered energy efficient. Investment in energy efficiency makes buildings healthier, less costly to operate, and more environmentally sustainable over their entire life cycle. Energyefficient building systems, therefore, remain critical to tenants, the owner’s costs, as well as to our environment. It is for these reasons that the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) urges Congress to pass comprehensive changes in tax policy to real property owners to invest in energy efficient and energy-conserving building technology. Glenn Kingsbury is the executive manager of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Boston Chapter. INDUSTRIAL
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When the final figures are in, AGC steel, copper, and gypsum-products prices. For this year’s forecast issue, Mary Chief Economist Ken Simonson expects total construction spending to be up 5% to Gately of Associated General Contractors 9% in 2012, with high-single-digit growth (AGC) Massachusetts pointed us to the agcmass.org website, where we found a rates through 2017. Construction spending grew at a dou- number of fact sheets by state. ble-digit pace part of this year. Simonson forecasts construction materials costs Each sheet has bullet points on the role of conto continue to grow between 2013 and 2017 at 3% to 8% struction in the national and state economy; graphs rates, compared to 2% to 3% showing the change in construction employment CPI growth. The Employment since 2008; and a table listing construction employCost Index is also expected to ment by metro area in the state. http://www.agc.org/galleries/econ/MAstim.pdf rise 1.5% to 2.5%. Bid prices http://www.agc.org/galleries/econ/RIstim.pdf will grow at 2% to 5% rates http://www.agc.org/galleries/econ/CTstim.pdf through 2017. http://www.agc.org/galleries/econ/MEstim.pdf Inflation in construction http://www.agc.org/galleries/econ/NHstim.pdf materials costs is being driven http://www.agc.org/galleries/econ/VTstim.pdf by rising diesel prices and intermittent sharp increases in
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Architectural Billings Indicate Strongest Growth Since 2007
Excerpted from an article by Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, AIA, Chief Economist November saw the fourth straight monthly increase in the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI), with the pace of growth accelerating each month. At 53.2, the ABI is reflecting the strongest growth in billings at architecture firms since the end of 2007, just before the recession in design revenue began. At present, firms in the Northeast and Midwest are reporting a reasonably sharp upturn in business conditions. Firms in the South are reporting a modest increase, and firms in the West a very modest decline. However, regional revenue trends at architecture firms have been quite variable in recent months and are likely to continue to be so in the months ahead. The commercial/industrial index moved back into growth territory, and the institutional index remained barely in growth territory, with an index reading just above the 50 threshold. Both of these sectors are currently fragile enough that they are more vulnerable to the fluctuations of the broader economy, particularly the federal budget and debt negotiations.
In a long-awaited turnaround, the housing market has turned into one of the strongest sectors in the economy. In the second and third quarters, housing starts have been up more than 25% above the same period in 2011. However, the rest of the economy has been relatively disappointing. One relatively positive development of a sluggish economy are low rates of inflation. Consumer prices have been increasing at a pace below 2 percent per year in recent months, with producer (wholesale) prices growing less that 1.5 percent recently. Some of this has to do with falling energy prices over the past several months and recent developments point to more stable energy costs for years to come. For the complete report, visit www. aia.org/practicing/AIAB096926.
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Welcoming the New Year: 2013 Trends Continued from page 7 efficient to develop an accurate existingcondition 3D model for the design team to utilize in their efforts. The greatest benefit of laser scanning is to provide a highly accurate (often less than 1/4”) model, which in turn reduces the risk of field changes due to unforeseen conditions and/or coordination issues. The option of utilizing laser scanning at the onset of a project as well as serving for record as-builts, will become more commonplace this year. • Risk Management and Business Continuity. With the apparent increase in disasters (natural, man-made, and their overlap...), there will be a significant focus on business continuity planning in 2013. As we all experienced with Hurricane Sandy, the time and effort to restore business operations can well extend into weeks, if not months, after a disaster. Risk management assessments of “What must remain operational, for how long, and how/where?” will become more commonplace, resulting in formalized plans and spun-off capital projects (data center relocations, generator/fuel system changes, improved communications infrastructure, relocation of key-program elements above
100-year flood levels, etc.). • Staff Retention. With the anticipated, if not hopeful, increase in gainful work in 2013, staff retention and their development will be critical. Following up on last month’s article, “Human Capital...” Our fundamental success is based upon our employees and their capability to deliver. In 2013, there will be an ever increasing level of effort of recruitment across firms and industries. The demand for registered architects and engineers will continue to be greater than their availability in the market. This, coupled with clients’ increasing awareness of legal and professional registration requirements, will challenge the industry in the coming year. We need to keep this in mind and position ourselves to develop and retain our key staff for our clients. (If you’re really good on the engineering and client-service side... let’s talk!) As an optimist, I believe 2013 is looking to be a great year for all of us. Change is good and exciting. Let’s work together to make it so. Cheers. Chad A. Wisler, PE LEED AP BD+C, is a managing principal at Vanderweil Engineers, in Boston.
High-Profile Focus: Forecast 2013
by Mark Reed “More you” is the catchphrase for the launch of the Windows 8 ad campaign, and it captures a trend that has been strengthening over the last year. The ability to speedily share aspects of our lives with friends and strangers through sites like Facebook, Circles, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram alMark Reed lows us to define and broadcast an image of ourselves that is intended for public consumption. Our start screen, our playlists, and our choice of apps make a strong and intentional statement about who we are and how we’d like to be perceived. Our uniqueness is cause for celebration. The trend toward personalized medicine has similar roots. More and more, we are willing to share our DNA to allow a highly focused and personalized regimen of care for any illness or potential illness. Additionally, we can follow people’s progress through treatment regimens on blogs and web-based support groups. The more personal the information, the more unique, the better. Customization and self absorption are now available to all and no longer a luxury for the few. This emphasis on public self-ex-
“More You”: Trends for 2013
Experimentation with innovative materials and forms will take on greater importance for clients seeking to broadcast a public image of their culture and beliefs. Image Credit: Lab \ Life. Science. Architecture, Inc. pression will filter strongly into the A/E/C sign and construction teams. More projindustry in 2013. Look for the following ects will skip the interview and RFP stage five trends to emerge: and instead will be negotiated with a cus• Clients will want designs that tom tailored team of architects, engineers strengthen and define their identity. and builders known to have the ability to More projects will start with the clients’ produce the image that exists in the minds narrative of what they stand for and how eye of the client. their culture needs to be reflected in their • Builders will form alliances with facilities. This will take precedence over designers to redefine their capabilities. the functional description of their needs. It will become increasingly important for • Clients will customize their de- builders to demonstrate their uniqueness
and to be in tune with the unconventional drive of their client base. They will focus on the ability to deliver the design intent and seek endorsement from design professionals. • Firms will self-publish on design-oriented websites to stay fresh and current. The long process of being published in traditional media creates a lag between current thinking and public perception. More firms will gain their fame through the web and social media. • Design will become edgier and more innovative. By definition, the trend toward customization and self-expression will require designers to take more risks, experiment with more materials, and to reconsider the most basic aspects of design. This should spark a new wave of design innovation. It is fascinating to see the creative potential that technology has tapped into. The world’s newest comedic, musical, and athletic talent is being fostered and discovered in real time as content is “liked,”shared, followed, and tagged. We can find far more relevant and entertaining ideas now than ever before. Before you know it, the built environment is going to take on this fresh and personal approach too. We’ll see “more you” in the coming year. Mark Reed, AIA is a principal at Lab \ Life. Science. Architecture, Inc., a Boston-based design firm.
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High-Profile Company Profile: Commodore Builders
igh-Profile had the opportunity to interview Joseph Albanese, president, and Paul Martini, senior vice president and principal of Commodore Builders, shortly after the Commodore Builders’ acquisition of A.J. Martini was announced. HP: What new markets will Commodore be pursuing? JA: Martini and Commodore have a lot of overlapping markets. The difference is that Martini is an older and more established firm and they have more relevant experience with larger projects. Commodore is a 10-year-old company with a strong bench of seasoned professionals, but most of our people gained their larger project experience with other firms, before they came to Commodore. Relevant experience is very important in the marketplace when competing for projects because most clients want to hire firms that have done similar work before. HP: Paul, what is your position now and how will the acquisition help? PM: I will be a senior vice president and principal of the firm. Now we have the financial resources that Joe has built up over the years to help us. A.J. Martini right-sized a number of years ago, due to the recession. We continued to pursue larger “marquee” jobs, but we were limited to how many we could take on, as we rebuilt our bottom line. Now with Commodore’s financial strength, and with our combined estimating and marketing capacity, we will really be able to expand our reach, going back to where it was back in ’05 – ’06,
Commodore, Martini Join Forces
(l-r): Tom Comeau, executive VP and COO;Lauren Larson, sr. VP of organizational development;Paul Martini, sr. VP and principal; Joe Albanese, president & CEO; Nancy Martini, senior strategist; Peter Martini, VP and project executive, and Paula Gerry, CFO. which is really exciting. HP: What markets will you be most active in? JA: One of the markets in which Martini is extremely strong and where they can add to Commodore’s presence is in the institutional marketplace: private schools, private universities, and even public schools and public higher education. Martini has built a number of dormitories. They have built science buildings on university campuses, and they’ve done historic renovations and restorations on university campuses. While Commodore has done its fair share of projects for some great institutions, the projects have been primarily renovations, so we are looking to expand our portfolio to include larger, more complex projects. Our five-year plan is to grow our average job size, to grow the top line and bottom line of the business,
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HP: How do you see the 2013 economy in New England? PM: At one point, we had 20 quarters of negative growth. It has now flattened out and started to turn in the other direction. I think we are going to have 2% to 3% growth over the next couple of years and then it will accelerate beyond that. I have always felt that it would take a year after the recent election before things settled down and began moving more quickly to the positive side. I am very confident that is going to happen. JA: We feel that 2011 and 2012 have been recovery years, but still not growth years. It’s time for us to position ourselves so that when the economy does really
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A Construction Company Focused on its Culture Imagine acquiring a thriving commercial construction company – and then having the market fall apart around you. What’s the next step? For KBE Building Corporation owners Mike Kolakowski, Eric Brown, and Simon Etzel, the solution was clear, if not unusual in the industry – turn their focus inward for an intensive examination of the company culture – learning more about the company’s strengths and shortcomings.
KBE’s three owners – Mike Kolakowski, Eric Brown, and Simon Etzel. The company changed its name to KBE Building Corporation in 2009 after the three men took ownership of the business.
When the three owners acquired KBE Building Corporation in 2007, they had taken on a highly successful business with 50 years of construction experience behind them. In fact, as long-time leaders of the company, they had personally orchestrated that success for much of the previous two decades. What they didn’t expect, however, was for the building industry to go to hell in a hand basket within a year. As the three owners celebrate their five-year anniversary of acquiring KBE Building Corporation, they reflected in a recent interview on their successful strategy for bringing the firm through the recession. Simon Etzel, Senior Vice President of Procurement: When we bought the company, the industry was at a high point. There was a lot of work, with margins as good as they’ve ever been. When the economy hit the wall, all that changed. Mike, Eric and I had already been managing the company for the former owner for more than 20 years. But when the economy collapsed, we were facing challenges we had never encountered before. The game had definitely changed. We are continually scouting ahead, trying to anticipate and navigate around the pitfalls that might be out there. Mike Kolakowski, President & CEO: The three of us talked a lot about developing a long-term strategy for coming out strong on the other side of this economic downturn. So, in 2009, we embarked on a 10-month process to develop a five-year Strategic Plan for KBE. Our goal was to proactively address the firm’s future growth while managing the impact of the economy. We gathered together 20 of our associates from different levels of the company, and worked with a facilitator with experience in the construction industry on a very intensive planning process. Eric Brown, Senior Vice President of Operations: We came up with a detailed five-year plan that focuses on seven key goals for our business. An unexpected benefit was a very self-reflective examination of the KBE culture. Our Strategic Plan has caused a lot of needed introspection. In a hard-driving construction company, our focus is typically on the end result. This process made us look inside KBE and our culture, look inside the processes and the ways that we approach getting to that end result, and how it affects us individually and as a company – as well as how our culture affects everyone we work with. I think it has made us better. It’s really
improved our process and how we interact with not only each other but with our clients, trade contractors, and the architect/engineer teams we work with. Simon Etzel: We conducted an external image survey as well, to gauge how our clients and others were viewing us. That was certainly eye-opening. Through the survey, one thing we learned was that people have no idea of the diversity of our work. The firm had started back in the 1950s under the former owner as a retail contractor. But the last twenty years, KBE has branched out significantly into other markets, with higher education, K-12 schools, senior living and other markets comprising well over 50% of our annual volume. So this pervasive image of KBE as ‘only a retail contractor’ doesn’t fit with the firm we’ve evolved into over the last couple of decades. Retail construction is certainly an important part of our business, but our ability to remain diversified across a number of key markets has been essential to our growth and our success. For example, our Strategic Plan has helped guide our advancement in the Federal market too, where we are really building a name for ourselves. And one key goal for the company has been to significantly increase design-build work, as it is a delivery method we are particularly good at. Mike Kolakowski: Another really important thing that came out of this self-examination was the recognition that our employees as our biggest asset. Most people have been with us ten years or more, and we have many who joined KBE 15, 20, even 30 years ago. So there is a pool of very loyal, very dedicated people. Because of that, we have put an enormous amount of time and money into supporting our staff. Over the last two years, we’ve put nearly half of our 120 employees through a week-long Leadership Challenge that’s unlike any leadership training program I’ve ever seen. Really exceptional – we’ve seen a fundamental change – for the better – in our culture. And just about everyone has gone through our “Emotional Intelligence” training program, which teaches us to identify our own emotional reactions to daily life as well as the emotional reactions of others. It’s made all of us much more adept at recognizing and managing conflict. So those are skills we are bringing to our project teams out in the field, working with our clients, and our trade contractors and the design team members.
yoU MAy NoT KNoW... over the last two decades, KBE has expanded its market focus to include K-12 and higher education facilities, senior living, federal projects, and corporate facilities, while continuing the retail focus that characterized the firm’s early days. KBE’s “50 Ways To Make A Difference” philanthropic program has been one of the reasons employees come to work at KBE… and stay on.
Eric Brown: One team that went through our Leadership Challenge got really fired up by one of the required readings, Stephen Covey’s book, “The Speed of Trust.” After they finished the week-long challenge, the seven team members decided to each “adopt” another employee, and mentor them through the reading over a two-month period. The program has definitely caught on, and we now have a new group of 20 adoptees being mentored through the book. By mid-2013, we hope to have every KBE employee complete the program. Simon Etzel: I think what this points to is the fact that we have become much more conscious as an organization about the impact of our relationships with others. We feel that trust is probably the biggest factor in any relationship. So we’re talking to our staff and training them to focus on building trusting relationships with everyone they interact with – whether it’s our client, the architect on the project, the trade contractor, even the vendors delivering material to the job site – and, of course – each other. Eric Brown: The bottom line is that we are enhancing and fine-tuning our many strengths and addressing some key challenges. I believe this is what’s positioned us not only to survive, but to flourish as the economy starts to make its way back. It’s definitely making a difference for us as an organization. Mike Kolakowski: The best part for me has been seeing how engaged our employees are in embracing the changes in our culture. It’s the feeling I get when I see how much our people really care about the company, the business and our clients, and to see their compassion for each other, their dedication and pride, their commitment to doing the right thing. The worst part is that it’s now ten times harder to do business than in the past, because of a number of factors – regulatory issues, compliance, financial issues that plague clients, subs and vendors, lack of funding for projects, etc. Clearly, the economic downturn is still very real in the construction industry which results in fiercer competition to secure a smaller volume of work. Simon Etzel: Another thing that’s really been important for me has been the opportunity for Mike, Eric and I to put our stamp on what has been a long history of philanthropy at KBE. We wanted to formalize this philanthropic culture inside our company and make it our own – so that evolved in to our 50 Ways to Make a Difference campaign. 50 Ways is now in its 4th year –and through which KBE, its owners and its staff have donated more than $500,000 over the last four years and more than 5,000 hours in volunteer time both for company sponsored charitable events and personal time.
It’s something that means a great deal to me personally, as well as to just about every employee – and it speaks to the character of our company and our people. Eric Brown: This process of self-examination and long term planning takes a lot of time, and, frankly, a lot of money. But I’d urge any construction company – any business, in fact – to go down this path. Candid, self-examination can be painful but it brings a remarkable focus to your business and to your people. And it certainly brings more balance to an industry characterized by so many hard-nosed practices. . Mike Kolakowski: The economy was clearly a driving force in our decision to embark on this Strategic Planning process. And it was a fortuitous decision. This planning process enabled us to do some long, hard soulsearching about KBE and our work culture – and just as importantly, was a big part of what’s brought KBE so successfully through the recession. Through all of this economic upheaval, we’ve remained a financially strong and stable company. What we came up with wasn’t so much something new and radical. Rather, it’s given us the opportunity to name and speak to our values and to better understand the principles that drive us to be our best. Certainly, it was also a chance to take a hard look at things that needed improvement, some minor but some very important, or that maybe we weren’t communicating clearly to our clients and others. And given what I know today – I would still have made the decision five years ago to acquire the company – and I know my partners feel the same way.
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Boston - The Construction Institute (TCI) announced the recipients of TCI’s 2012 Pride in Construction Project of the Year awards and the Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety awards. TCI conferred two Pride in Construction Project of the Year awards recognizing Baystate Medical Center: Hospital of the Future and the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETCI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The Volpe-Eagan Construction Safety awards were presented to Harry Carlson, a safety manager with Greenwood Industries, Millbury; and Rick Carter, training coordinator for the Plumbers Local 12 Education Fund, located in Boston. The $296 million Baystate Medical Center Hospital of the Future project is a 641,000sf new clinical facility in Springfield. The first phase of the project, completed in October 2011, built the entire shell and core of the building and fit out a state-of-the-art heart and vascular center which includes six operating and procedure rooms, 30 critical-care and 96 inpatient rooms, and support functions. The second phase, completed in September of this year, fit out a new emergency and trauma center and imaging center. Baystate Medical Center is the only level-three trauma center in Western Massachusetts, and at 110,000 patients per year, is the second largest emergency department in Massachusetts. The Hospital of the Future was designed with guidance from patients, fami-
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(l-r): Bruce Ventura, project executive, Turner Construction; Rick Carter, training coordinator, Plumbers Local 12 education fund; Stanley Hunter, Baystate Medical Center project executive; Michael Moran, Baystate VP, clinical, facilities, and guest services; and Harry Carlson, safety coordinator, Greenwood Industries renovation in an existing building for a new main lobby for the entire campus. The construction was completed under a project labor agreement with the local building trades and Suffolk Construction as the construction manager. It employed, on average, (l-r): Frank Callahan, TCI president; Mary Vogel, TCI exec. 250 construction workers director; Bruce Ventura, project executive, Turner Construc- daily, including many lotion and Hugh Kelleher, TCI VP cal residents, throughout the four-year project. lies, and clinical staff for optimum patient The opening of the $80 million statecomfort and recovery. The facility is predominantly new construction, including of-the-art Emerging Technologies and Inmultiple tunnels and bridges and tie-ins novation Center (ETIC) at UMass Lowell to two existing buildings, and includes in October will propel new scientific dis-
covery and groundbreaking research in nanotechnology, plastics engineering, biomedicine, and electro-optics at the university. As the first major construction project on the North Campus of UMass Lowell in over 30 years, ETIC resulted in almost Harry Carlson, 300,000 man-hours safety coordina- of construction work tor, Greenwood and over 550 construcIndustries tion jobs over the twoyear project. The success of the ETIC project was dependent upon understanding the level of quality that a nanotechnology facility demanded, engaging the highest skilled workforce, utilizing the latest methods in safety, and maximizing the benefit that the final product would have on its local community. The building design meets and exceeds critical criteria for temperature, humidity, and vibration required by leading edge scientific research. Turner Construction, the construction manager on the ETIC project, also recently completed the union-built Mass Green High Computing Center in Holyoke. Harald (“Harry”) Carlson, the recipient of the Volpe-Eagan Management Award, is the ultimate safety professional. Continue on page 26
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Newport, RI - AIA Rhode Island, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects honored Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) with design awards for the Interlink, Warwick, and Fort Adams Redoubt Jail, Newport. Interlink earned the 2012 Merit Award in the Commercial and Industrial category. Rhode Island Airport Corporation and Rhode Island Department of Transportation directed the program and oversaw construction of this $267 million project. The multi-tiered collaborative effort revitalizes a blighted airport parcel and fea-
Fort Adams Redoubt Jail tures a dynamic elevated glass-enclosed Skywalk that rises 35 feet above the ground and spans a quarter-mile. Passengers arriving at T.F. Green Airport enjoy an unimpeded six-minute connection to the train station, rental car facility, and parking garage on moving walkways that transport travelers 100 feet per minute.
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Concord, NH – Cobb Hill Construction has received a 2013 first place award from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Mutual Insurance Company Safety Awards for Excellence (SAFE) in the Light Commercial Contractor Safety Program of the Year category. The category consists of general contractors with 50 employees or less engaged in construction of commercial buildings, including, but not limited to, the following: self-storage Interlink The interior design articulates the motion of ocean and air currents. Like wind and waves, horizontal bands of glass vary in color, size, and intensity to evoke a serene environment. Fort Adams Redoubt Jail was awarded the 2012 Merit Award in the Historic Preservation category. The restoration project is among the first state-owned historic properties designed to meet United States Green Building Council’s LEED standards. Fort Adams is a National Historic Landmark constructed between 1824 and 1856. It is of the largest coastal fortifications in the country. Working as the architects for the Fort Adams Trust, NCA has orchestrated more than $6 million of restoration and rehabilitation work.
facilities, strip malls, office buildings, mixed-use developments, community centers, and schools. “Safety is our top priority at Cobb Hill and our safety initiatives are designed with the latest industry standards and practices in mind,” said Cobb Hill Safety Officer Geoffrey Magoon. “We appreciate this recognition of our efforts from a national organization like the NAHB.”
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Market Basket LEED Certified
Manchester, NH - The new 94,000sf Market Basket store located at the corner of Elm and West Auburn Streets in downtown Manchester has been awarded LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council and is proudly displaying its new certification plaque in the store. The Manchester Market Basket is the first newly constructed supermarket to achieve LEED certification in New Hampshire. The new store was developed by RMD Inc of Tewksbury, Mass. for Demoulas Super Markets Inc. and the Market Basket stores; Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H., was the general contractor for the project. Prellwitz/Chilinski Associates Inc. of Cambridge, Mass. was the project architect. Throughout the design and construction process, Demoulas and Pro Con took measures to significantly reduce the Market Basket’s energy use. The goal was to reduce the store’s energy consumption and attain a 16% improvement in energy performance when compared to similar sized stores. “Historically, super markets consume large amounts of energy due to the large amount of refrigeration required,” stated Dan Messier, senior vice president of Pro Con. He added that sustainable design practices were incorporated into each phase of design, construction, and operation of the building. Supermarket refrigeration systems traditionally use large amounts of energy to run because they cycle on and off, allowing humidity and frost to build up. By
Holding Market Basket’s LEED Certification plaque (l to r): Dan Messier Pro Con SVP; Michael Kettenbach, RMD Inc.; Ted Gatsas, Mayor - City of Manchester; Ken Juthe, Pro Con PM; and Dennis Carpenito, Market Basket ass’t mgr.
World Demolition Summit
Rochester, MA - For the past four years, Demolition & Recycling International magazine and the KHL Group have been bringing together the brightest minds and biggest talents in the demolition, dismantling, and recycling trades for the World Demolition summit, the premier international conference and awards show for the demolition industry. The Summit, held in Amsterdam each November, obvi-
installing a desiccant dehumidification system, excess humidity is removed from the air, and the build-up of frost on the store’s refrigeration systems is prevented. The desiccant system provides a drier, more comfortable environment for shoppers, extends product shelf life, and reduces frost build-up on frozen products and refrigerated cases, saving energy. Other energy savings features include insulated windows that reduce heat transfer and increase the amount of natural daylight in the building, low-flow plumbing fixtures that reduce water usage by 33%; energyefficient lighting throughout the interior of the store and exterior LED lighting fixtures controlled by photo sensors that auThe World Demolition Summit is held in tomatically turn off lights at dawn and on Amsterdam each November at dusk; and a waste heat recovery system that captures waste heat from the refrigeration compressors and utilizes it to heat the ously features proud participation from the building. biggest names from continental Europe and the UK, but also a great showing from the US and even participants from Brazil, India, and New Zealand—making it truly an international event with representatives from 95 companies spread throughout 17 countries. The event is a brilliant testament to the truly remarkable demolition projects that take place across the globe every year. Dedicated Commercial Building Track Some of the stunning projects highlighted 24 Accredited Workshops this year included the dismantling by a Norwegian contractor of a Soviet-era na4000+ Attendees val destroyer wrecked on the bottom of the 150 Exhibitors North Sea and the ongoing clean up and Live Demonstration Stages recovery of Christchurch, NZ following Keynote by NPR’s Alex Blumberg the massive earthquake of 2011. New England was well represented by Costello Dismantling of Rochester, MARCH 5-7 2013 SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER, BOSTON, MA Mass., who once again was on the short list
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Costello Dismantling represents New England at the summit. had not been successfully implemented in this market to that point. The finished product was tested to meet stringent criteria and shipped to a bio-fuel power plant to be used to make electricity. Costello Dismantling, winner of this award in 2009 and 2011, was unfortunately not able to bring home the trophy this year, but was honored to be a nominee alongside some of the giants of the worldwide demolition industry.
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SolarOne Solutions, Inc. Case Study Jericho, VT - Hadco Lighting Systems incorporated SolarOne’s SoBright Technology to provide a reliable stand-alone lighting solution at Browns River Middle School in Jericho. Officials describe how science club students at the school recognized that using off-grid solar-powered lighting to replace lights whose wiring infrastructure was failing was both environmentally responsible and cost effective. They not only saw the opportunity, but did the work to make it happen. The Browns River Middle School serves 429 students from grades five through eight. In 2010, a group of students, with the help of committed faculty and the support of the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP), proposed replacing the school parking lot’s decaying lights with new, solarpowered lighting. This change, they argued, would improve the quality of lighting around the school as well as provide a cheaper option than the installation of conventional commercial lights. Solar lights would not require the extensive rewiring of conventional lights, thus alleviating the cost of ripping up and repaving the entire parking lot. After reviewing the pros and
cons of solar lighting, the student group brought their recommendations to the Jericho Energy Task Force in May of 2010. They received positive feedback from the Task Force, and after an in-depth analysis of potential alternatives, gained their backing for the solar installation. With the backing of both the task force and VEEP, the students presented their idea to the Chittenden East School Board in late 2010. The school board gave their full support to the students’ recommendations, amending the design only to include LEDs in the new lights, and hired lighting designer Donna Leban of Light Space Design in Burlington to begin implementing the students’ plan. The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) published the report, “Tackling Vermont’s Energy Challenges,” underscoring Vermont’s need for a dramatic shift towards renewable energy sources in the public sector. This report specifically highlighted the accomplishment of these dedicated students at the Browns River School and encouraged other students to continue in their footsteps, saying, “With the right support and resources, students can be drivers of change in a community, not just recipients of knowledge.”
PP&T Promotes Panelization
Portland, ME - Maine based Porter Panel & Truss (PP&T) announced that it has been selected as one of the first affiliated fabricators of prefabricated exterior wall systems marketed by Sto Corporation. Dominick Barruffi, executive director of Sto Panel Technology, visited Porter Panel’s manufacturing facility in Portland to make the announcement, after which Porter and Sto hosted a seminar that was attended by over 50 regional architects, engineers, and building contractors on building envelope design and panelized commercial wall systems for high-performance buildings. The development of modern building materials and techniques requires considerable research, design, and testing to properly execute the required external insulation and air and moisture barriers specified to meet the
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Ribbon-cutting ceremony increasingly stringent building performance codes. Porter Panel & Truss is a statewide construction company that has been doing drywall and commercial framing since its beginning in 1989. In 2007, it took on its first panelization project with the fabrication and erection of the seven story Hollywood Slots hotel in Bangor. Soon after, it put a new exterior skin using a panelized approach on the nine-story Sheraton Four Points hotel, also in Bangor. This experience convinced the company leadership that developing skills to be able to manufacture a much higher percentage of a building in a controlled environment can produce much higher quality results more efficiently and under safer and more predictable working conditions. In the past three years, Porter has completed 40 additional panelized building projects, including two large dormitories at UNE and Husson University, the Oxford Casino, Bigelow Laboratories in East Boothbay, and the very large new Maine General Hospital in Augusta. Smaller projects include several branch banks, medical buildings, condominiums, and apartment buildings.
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Northstar Joins EV Charge Stations
Shirley, MA - NorthStar Construction Services, a full-service commercial roofing contractor, has joined the nationwide network of charging stations for electric vehicles provided by ChargePoint. This is an open-platform network of charging stations which delivers electric fuel to any plug-in electric vehicle owners who are subscribers. Municipalities and businesses are using the network to offer chargMore than 360 solar panels were installed on the roof of ing services to residents, NorthStar’s headquarters. employees, and customhicle commuters. Additionally, not only ers. NorthStar decided to become part of the network to provide the is NorthStar offering free access to Wi-Fi convenience to employees and commuters while users charge their cars, there also in the area in an effort to encourage the ex- happens to be a diner across the street to grab a bite while they top off their vehicle’s panded use of electric fueled cars. The location of the NorthStar facil- battery. NorthStar provides this charge staity in Shirley is just over a mile from the Route 2 entrances at exit 36, which makes tion for the community powered with green it a convenient location for plug-in ve- energy, sourced by 100% solar power from the roof of the facility. Back in February this year, NorthStar installed more than 360 solar panels on the roof of its 20,400sf headquarters. This solar roof system has been providing more than 100% of the electricity needed to run the company’s operations and now powers this charge station. NorthStar added a 100% electric vehicle to its fleet.
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Boston - The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Massachusetts. recently awarded four Excellence in Construction awards to JM Coull, Inc. Three projects earned recognition, including a new genomic sequencing facility for Beckman Coulter Genomics in Danvers, a sprinkler system and boiler replacement for New Balance in Lawrence, and a new store and showroom for F.W. Webb Company in Boston. All of the projects were recognized for excellence in construction; the F.W. Webb project also won a Green Award for sustainability. The Beckman Coulter facility expanded the company’s laboratory and production capability and includes four BL2 labs with dedicated HVAC, 10 specialty labs, and a 1,200sf data server room with specialty HVAC and fire suppression system redundancy. The 20,000sf dedicated lab production space incorporates a one-megawatt diesel standby generator and a 225 kw UPS battery backup system. The award for the New Balance project recognized the design-build team’s ability to achieve a successful project in the face of numerous extenuating circumstances. Replacing major building systems in the 1909 former mill building required a high level of knowledge and problem-solving skills. This was true not only because of the age of the building and the unforeseen conditions encountered, but also because of the logistical challenges to maintain normal operations throughout the project. The project team included architect J. Ferrera & Associates. F.W. Webb’s new store, showroom, and distribution center was the focus of two awards, one for excellence in construction
Beckman Coulter Award (l-r): Christopher Oldham, JM Coull; Rob Troccolo, IFDI; and Beth Sarni, Brookwood Financial Partners
Accepting the Webb Award are (l-r): Andrew Loverud, Design Science Int’l; Tom Blades, Webb Co.; and Andrew McBeth, JM Coull.
The New Balance Award (l-r): John Araujo, New Balance; Daniel Cobb, JM Coull; Jay Ferrera, J. Ferrera Assoc.; John Campbell, New Balance; and Thomas Dube, JM Coull
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USGBC Fights for Transparency Royersford, PA – The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has the opportunity to continue to drive industry specificity with the reinforcement of its Recycled Content documentation clarification. The LEED Interpretation Ruling (LIR) from the USGBC (ID# 10246) released on October 1, 2012 set the standard for Recycled Content claims and documentation for LEED projects. This official LIR deemed national averages as unacceptable for LEED documentation, and is a major step toward total product transparency and industry integrity. GreenCircle applauds the USGBC’s latest ruling, which addresses the issue of potential greenwashing by some manufacturers. This much needed USGBC clarification provides a transparent and clear system for LEED project teams pursuing the Recycled Content credit. This push toward total accountability for each product line and manufacturing facility is another step forward in promoting sustainable product development. By issuing this LIR, the USGBC has established another line of defense against misleading environmental claims. It is anticipated that the USGBC will remain steadfast in its position and commitment to a sustainable future.
Campanelli Earns Energy Star Ratings
Braintree, MA - Campanelli recently announced that they have earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star rating for superior energy efficiency for three Campanelli owned buildings; Weymouth Woods Corporate Center, Weymouth; 300 Crown Colony Drive, Quincy and One Campanelli Drive, Braintree. The ratings signify that the buildings perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy-efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Ron Billings, director of prop-
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Brooks School North Andover, MA - Nauset Con- the school administration and design team struction announced the completion of considered, including a composting waste Chace House, a 22-bedroom dormitory at treatment system and Nepon three-ounce the Brooks School in North Andover, an in- foam-flush toilets in the final specifications dependent college preparatory boarding and for Chace House. In addition, the dormitory features day school for grades 9-12. The new dormitory, completed in late summer, was named a 97.5% efficient heating system with a in honor of Kim Chace ’52, a longtime trust- natural gas-fired burner; a high-efficiency ee and supporter of the school. The Chace building envelope with superior insulation House features a number of sustainable ele- to prevent energy loss; individual room ments that were conceived with the help of thermostats with an automated system a student initiative focused on reducing the that can be programmed remotely; energy management systems with occupancy senschool’s environmental impact. In the summer of 2011, students sors; a cupola that releases warm air on working at the Brooks Institute for Sustain- hot days; drought tolerant native exterior ability, a student summer program, were plantings and water-efficient landscaping; focused on finding ways of reducing the solar lighting tubes in hallways that create school’s environmental impact as part of its natural day lighting; and low-flow water curriculum. Their plan included sustainable facilities (including the composting toilets) elements in the dormitory’s design, which to reduce the sewage bills.
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Boston - Goody Clancy was selected by Harvard Business School to design the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, a 90,000sf building that will serve as a new gateway for the 10,000 students who attend classes each year in the business school’s executive education program. The center will be designed as a bustling hub of social and academic life on campus, providing classrooms, dining, and meeting spaces to foster frequent interaction and collaboration among MBA students, faculty, doctoral candidates and executive education students. “Harvard Business School has a long-
standing commitment to executive education, and the new Chao Center will heighten this commitment by integrating the learning, living, and socializing experience for all students,” said Roger Goldstein, principal of Goody Clancy. “We are thrilled to be selected to design this new building, in a location that will bridge the gap between the oldest and newest areas of campus.” The Chao Center will be built on a site in the northeast corner of the historic McKim Mead and White campus where Kresge Hall now stands, shaping a new quadrangle with Tata Hall.
Wind Research at UMass to Expand Boston - Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton McDevitt announced a grant of up to $260,000 to help strengthen and grow the research capacity of the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Wind Energy Research Group. The grant includes $115,000 for a graduate student program in conjunction with MassCEC’s Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown. The grant also provides $100,000 to support the continued development of an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for which UMass Lowell is seeking funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). If the NSF funds the center, the grant provides an additonal $45,000 for MassCEC’s membership in the center. “The research center will further strengthen the wind energy research cluster here in Massachusetts by bringing together the university and private developers to reach a common goal,” said Barton McDevitt. “Training the next generation of researchers will ac-
celerate the development of the next generation of high-performance wind energy technologies designed to generate even more clean power from a single turbine.” “UMass Lowell’s expertise in wind blade technology is helping the nation expand its supply of alternative, clean energy sources. Our partnership with the Wind Technology Testing Center and MassCEC will help ensure that Massachusetts is a center for advances in the industry,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “We are grateful to the MassCEC for their support of the important research being conducted by UMass Lowell faculty.” More than 50 wind technology companies have expressed interest in joining the research center, which will serve to bring together those in the industry with the students and professors of UMass Lowell. The center will also further strengthen the university’s ability to attract and graduate students in disciplines that support the Commonwealth’s wind energy cluster.
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Massachustts FY 2013 – 2017 total bond cap will equal $10b. Out of this capital investment are the following areas: Higher education $1.3b, corrections $289m, and courts $485m. The remainder will include energy, transportation, health and safety, etc. DCAMM projects in varying stages of design, cost, and CM process include: Sa-
lem probate, $57M, spring 2013;Worcester State University, $51M, spring 2013; Bristol CC, Fall River Technology & Learning, $47M, spring 2013; Quinsigamond CC, Science/Tech, $23M, spring 2013; W MA Fire Training Springfield, $13M, fall 2013; DYS Middleton , $45M, winter 2012. Source agcmass.org.
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response. The drop is also due to the fact that many are building more sustainably and owners are requesting more energy efficiencies. Additionally, a fairly large minority of owners (17%) said they would be extremely likely or very likely to pursue other certifications than LEED. Kudos to USGBC for shedding light on the green movement!
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ID Completes Data Ctr Design PC Construction GC
Augusta, ME - Integrated Design Group (ID) of Boston an architectural, engineering, and planning firm focused on data center design, announced that design and construction has been completed for the state of Maine data center located in the city of Augusta. This facility will serve as the primary data center for the state, providing the majority of its data storage requirements. ID provided architectural and MEP/ FP design services for the 3,000sf standalone data center located in a 6,000sf building on the state capital campus. The $5 million renovation project required a near complete demolition of the interior space. Originally constructed for general office use, extensive structural reinforcement for the building’s upper level was required in order to convert the existing space into a data center. The design and construction of the data center were fast-tracked, completed in six months from start of design through commissioning and integrated system testing. The effort required the ID project team to work closely with the general contractor, PC Construction, in order to meet critical milestones throughout. A major design challenge was to provide the data center with sufficient capacity despite significant space limitations. Originally a credit union, the structure is made up of irregular perimeter angles. As a way to work with the odd building shape and to conserve space, in-row refrigerant cooling units were selected as the primary source of data center cooling.
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Rendering of the new sports facility New state of Maine data center
The mechanical design included an exterior chilled water glycol system for heat removal, with integral water economizer capability, which allows the data center to take advantage of the many available hours of Augusta’s cool climate. The economizer allows the chiller plant to operate at partial capacity or be turned completely off during colder times of the day. Annual energy savings for the economizer should exceed six figures with a payback in less than one year. The electrical system was designed to be concurrently maintainable throughout with redundant feeds to IT equipment and UPS/generator backup. A new primary utility feed from the existing campus power loop and transformer were included. The renovation also included new sprinkler and gas suppression fire protection systems. Other project team members included RRC Engineering, structural engineer and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., civil engineer.
Hanover, MA - Star Land Recreation Center was originally established in the 1960s as a family entertainment destination offering arcade games, go-karts, batting cages, miniature golf, and a driving range. When the property was purchased in 2002, the new owner’s envisioned a much larger complex with a broad range of indoor and outdoor sporting and entertainment activities to meet today’s demand. CBT Architects of Boston was named project architect . The design called for the demolition of two existing buildings and the construction of a new 163,000sf complex composed of four interconnected buildings. Ironstone Construction, Georgia, is the construction manager. Steel construction specialists BARNES Buildings & Management Group, Inc. is the GC. Two 63,000sf buildings will house the athletic
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courts and fields, that can be used for soccer, lacrosse, and flag football, along with eight wooden basketball courts, that can be converted into 16 volleyball courts. A 7,000sf building will house locker rooms, bathrooms, offices, and a conference room. In addition, the go-karts, batting cages, and miniature golf that made Star Land famous will also be part of the new facility. A 30,000sf two-story building in the front will house arcade games, laser tag, and a snack bar that overlooks the wooden courts and turf fields, so people can eat and watch the sports teams in action below.
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The Kensington Topped Off
Boston - BRA Director Peter Meade, Kensington Investment Company, and Suffolk Construction celebrated the “toppingoff” of The Kensington, a $188 million project bringing 381 residential units to Washington Street. The ceremony recognized the 400 construction workers and the placement of the final steel beam on top of the 28-story building. The Kensington broke ground in October 2011. The project will feature 4,000sf of ground-floor retail in addition to its 60+ affordable units and is slated for occupancy in late 2013. The 28-story, 488,000sf building will offer 381 luxury rental apartments, 2,300sf of ground floor retail space, and 110 parking spaces. Amenities will include fully equipped clubrooms, a sixth floor
Erland Gives Back During the Holidays
Burlington, MA Erland Construction, Inc. recently completed its annual holiday gift drive. This year’s event was to benefit the People Helping People charitable organization based in its hometown of Burlington. People Helping People provided names and wish lists for three local families with children ranging in age from 5 to 16. Erland employees purchased the requested items and donated money to this worthy cause. Throughout the month of December, the pile of un-
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wrapped gifts grew as every gift request was fulfilled. “This year’s drive for Burlington’s People Helping People was another great success,” said President, Steve McDonald. “As usual, so many of the Erland employees were incredibly generous and we’re proud that our donations helped make the holiday season a little brighter for these children.”
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open air heated pool with a landscaped terrace, tech-savvy common areas, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. In addition to ground-floor retail space there will be an exhibit of artifacts from the Gaiety Theatre. The Architectural Team, a Bostonbased firm, is the architect for the project. In keeping with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s recent initiative to promote smoke-free living spaces in the city, The Kensington will be completely smoke-free. It will also be designed and built to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Canton, MA - Needham Electric Supply, a full-service electrical distributor, has acquired the assets of Laconia Electric Supply. Laconia Electric Supply is headquartered in Laconia, N.H., with additional branch locations in Plymouth, Conway, Littleton, and Wolfeboro. Laconia Electric Supply will operate as Laconia-Needham Electric Supply. “Laconia Electric Supply is a familyowned and operated electrical distributor with a proven track record in providing superior customer service for over 80 years to its commercial, industrial, and residential contractors,” noted Joseph A. Cincotta. “We are very excited to welcome Laconia Electric to the Needham Electric team.
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Wethersfield, CT - The Connecticut Construction Industries Association presented the Safety Recognition Award to Standard Builders at the organization’s annual meeting in December. CCIA established the award 13 years ago to encourage safety in construction and recognize companies that maintain a formal safety and health program or related policies and procedures. This is the seventh consecutive year that Standard Builders
has been recognized with the Construction Safety and Excellence Award. In addition to this annual award, SBI was also recognized for the second consecutive year with the Platinum Award. Instituted last year, the Platinum Award is given to firms that exceed national safety statistics. The newly instituted program was established to recognize the top safety performers in their respective construction category.
Torrington, CT - Diversified Project Management, Inc. (DPM) of Hartford has been selected to manage the expansion of the Community Health & Wellness Center’s (CHWC) facility in Greater Torrington. CHWC has retained DPM to provide comprehensive owner’s project management services for its planned 28,000sf medical office building, a project made possible by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. DPM will act as the owner’s repre-
sentative from the design phase through construction of the new facility and renovation of the existing space. DPM will also assist with the contractor selection process and act on behalf of Community Health and Wellness throughout the project to deliver a facility to accommodate CHWC’s growing needs. The final design is nearly complete, and construction is expected to commence in the spring. CHWC expects to complete new construction in April of 2014 and begin renovation to the existing space.
Windsor, CT - Recently completed renovations at 100 Corporate Drive in Windsor include new building lobbies, common areas, and restrooms; a façade renovation; new storefront building entries; the upgrade and replacement of base building HVAC units. The revitalization of the two story 69,300sf Class A office building combined with a marketing campaign, added sig-
nificant value resulting in over 23,000sf of new leases. “The lobby renovations will enhance the property’s image as a quality Class A suburban Hartford office building,” said Gold Ring Holdings Asset Manager Heather Huber. Jones Lang LaSalle is the leasing agent, construction manager and property manager.
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The New Britain police station
New Britain, CT- New Britain’s police department moved to the next level of public safety with the opening of its new, state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of downtown. Downes Construction Company constructed the 91,300sf facility with a 30-month start-to-finish time, including six months of early design time and 24 months of construction time. The state-of-the-art building, located at the corner of Chestnut and Main streets, features a modern forensics lab, including a signal isolation room to reconstruct electronic device history, as well as a tiered lecture room for 100, a library, a physical combat training room, and a dual-function pistol range. The new police station includes five levels and houses a dispatch and emergency operations center. “The New Britain police station project has been a model project in both teamwork and technology,” said John E. Downes, III, president of Downes Construction Company. “We take great pride in constructing this modern facility, as New Britain is where we also hang our hats, and we continue to enjoy our positive relationship with the city of New Britain.”
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Yale Project Team Insight
New Haven, CT – How do you get your team members to arrive at the jobsite with a smile every day and ensure a safe environment? Members of Yale’s awardwinning 493 College Street project discussed how they made it happen at a meeting sponsored by The Connecticut Building Congress held at the New Haven Lawn Club recently. The New Haven Lawn Club was decorated for the holiday season as CBC members and guests contributed to a ToysFor-Tots drive during the networking hour. The guest panel included David Cripe, senior capital projects manager, Yale University, John Apicella, AIA, Apicella + Bunton Architects, LLC; and Michael Kearns, project manager, Shawmut Design and Construction. The speakers attributed the project’s success to the early adoption of weekly project meetings with the owner, architect, and contractor to head
The guest panel included l-r: Michael Kearns, Shawmut; David Cripe, Yale and John Apicella, Apicella + Bunton. off conflicts and to ensure no surprises. Another innovative tool, as explained by David Cripe, was Free Lunch Fridays. For every week during construction that passed without a safety issue, the workers got a free lunch on Friday. This small step made a huge impact on the overall project budget and schedule. Workers began to police themselves, and the free lunch became an incredibly effective incentive program.
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BR+A Tees Up to Fight MD ESC Major Sponsor
Bolton, MA - Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers hosted the 13th Annual Charity Golf Outing, raising over $50,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Taking place on two beautiful courses at The International in Bolton, the sold-out tournament included 57 foursomes and in total has raised over $300,000 for MDA. The golf tournament was started 13 years ago to show support for BR+A employee Nick Johnson, who had been diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a neuromuscular disease covered by MDA. Johnson is a member of the MDA’s National Taskforce on Public Awareness. The event is sponsored by many local companies, including Electric Supply Center (ESC) of Burlington and Wakefield. “Electric Supply Center is thrilled to sponsor BR+A’s Charity Golf Outing,” said ESC president and CEO, Larry LaFreniere.
Inaugural ABX Attracts 8,500
Boston - The Boston Society of Architects’ (BSA) new annual convention, the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX), took place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from November 14 to 16. The largest building industry event in New England, the show welcomed 8,500 attendees, and 374 exhibitors and hosted over 150 educational programs. This was the inaugural
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The convention welcomed 8,500 attendees. Design for Aging Committees, partnering with Erland Construction, designed and built an exhibit exploring univer(l-r): Larry LaFreniere, president and sal design. Attendees could maneuver CEO- ESC; Dave Spellman, executive wheelchairs, walkers, and canes through director – MDA; and Allan Ames, presione structure that was designed to be dent - Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting inaccessible, and then use the same moEngineers. Sitting center is former BR+A bility aids to navigate through a space employee, Nick Johnson. designed to present a “universally” acAttendees were given the opportunity to explore cessible space. interactive exhibits. The ABX conference program attracted A/E/C industry professionals Randolph, MA - The December year of ABX. Founder and long-time co- seeking to build their knowledge and skills. joint meeting of the American Sociproducer of Build Boston and Residential The varied workshops attracted 2,250 atety of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Design & Construction, the BSA retired tendees, and additional free programming Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE ) the 27-year-old brands last year to commit was offered on the show floor by the BSA, and the American Society of Plumbfully to ABX. Architecture for Humanity Boston, ADD ing Engineers (ASPE) Chapter and In addition to the traditional exhibit Inc., and other allied organizations. Tours feature speaker Dale Powell of the Copper Development Association Dale Powell speaks to attendees after his presentation hall experience, attendees were given the to some of Greater Boston’s newest and (CDA). Powell provided a substanerties of copper and the use of it in HVAC opportunity to explore interactive exhibits most architecturally significant buildings on the show floor. The BSA’s Access and offered a behind-the-scenes treat. tive presentation on the antimicrobial prop- systems.
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Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2011
Mechanical insulation is a proven energy efficiency and emission reduction technology that will improve personnel safety and reduce costs while also creating tens of thousands of green jobs. Unfortunately, the benefits of mechanical insulation are often overlooked by all pipeline stakeholders – mechanical Jack Lister engineers, facility owners and managers, financial officers, etc. – during new construction, retrofitting, and maintenance opportunities. The benefits of this technology are further reduced because minimum requirements in new construction or retrofit applications are seldom exceeded and maintenance is not accomplished in a timely and proper manner. There are no existing tax incentives tailored for mechanical insulation. However, many tax incentives have been developed for envelope insulation (walls and roofing – the envelope of a building), lighting, residential weatherization, solar panels, and a host of other energy efficiency options. Mechanical insulation is defined to encompass all thermal, acoustical, and personnel safety requirements for
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Boston - Patrick Ronan, the new owner of APC Services of New England, knew he was facing a big challenge when he entered an agreement with general contractor Alpha Waterproofing to perform an extensive roof repair project at the Charlestown Navy Yard’s Anchorage Apartments. The project called for the repair of leaky copper gutters, a standing seam metal roof, and galvanized metal roof, and an upgrade to the appearance of the apartment complex’s ugly roof. The technical parts of the program included high-pressure washing to remove the existing poorly adhered roof coatings, recaulking every bolt head around the many skylights, priming the entire roof surface with a special product, RD Elastometal, to seal the roof, and provide the proper adhesion for new finishes and then installing reinforcing fiberglass mesh at all seams and on the inside of the gutters. The final step was to apply multiple coats of RD Elastometal Finish. The completed product is a uniform color that doesn’t leak and saves the owner 40% of the cost of a new metal roof. Ronan pointed out that “all the while during the project we had to be sure we followed strict EPA requirements for work performed close to the Atlantic Ocean, including the capture of every paint chip that was a natural product of the cleaning process.” He also noted that APC Services took extra care to use only low and/or no VOC products (because of the sensitivity to smells) and to
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Forest City and Millennium Petition Cambridge, MA – Forest City Enterprises is filing a petition with the city of Cambridge to build a new office and laboratory building of 250,000sf at 300 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge for use by the pharmaceutical manufacturer Millennium Pharmaceuticals, the Takeda Oncology Company. Forest City executives said they had received considerable encouragement in recent months from city of Cambridge officials, members of the public, and advocates for affordable housing,
and they said this revitalization of a block that is currently underused would help strengthen the economic health of the Central Square neighborhood and Cambridge. The new building would have retail space on the ground floor and would accommodate an expansion of 230,000sf of additional operations of Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Millennium has about 1,200 employees in Massachusetts and occupies space in six other buildings within University Park.
Sr. Living Community Under Way Rivermere Community Housing under construction Lebanon, NH - Construction is well under way on the site of the future Rivermere Community Housing in Lebanon. North Branch Construction of Concord began construction in July of two buildings that will provide a total of 21 affordable rental units along the Mascoma River. Sitework is complete for the season as insulation and drywall installation continues in Building 1, that will provide seven two-bedroom townhouse units. Framing and roofing for Building 2 are expected to be complete in early February 2013. Building 2 includes 14 two-bedroom townhouse units and two ADA accessible
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Brightview Arlington Arlington, MA – Construction is under way for Brightview Arlington, a new four-story, 68,691sf senior living community located on Hospital Road in Arlington. The $13.8 million project is being developed by Shelter Development of Baltimore Md and will be operated by Brightview Senior Living. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H. is the project architect and construction manager for the Arlington community, which will be the sixth Brightview community in Massachusetts. Brightview Arlington will have 90 units, including 60 apartments for assisted living and 30 apartments for Alzheimer’s
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Somerville, MA - Arrowstreet announced the promotion of the following key staff members. All are critical and valued members of the Arrowstreet team and are commended for their conAndreasen tributions to the firm. Senior associates: Claes Andreasen, LEED AP BD+C; Stefan Chaires, AIA; Lauren Haggerty; Amy Korte, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Matt Rice, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; and Tina Soo Korte Hoo, AIA. Associates: Jessica Bessette, LEED AP BD+C; David Burn, LEED AP BD+C;
Maguire Joins Allegro
Boston - Allegro Iterior Arguire has been involved in the chitecture announced that Colleen law firm project Hamel Marcin Maguire, LEED GA, is a new Dunn & Reardon, improvemember of the design team. She ments for Continuum’s downis a strong generalist in interior town relocation, renovations for design with specialized expertise the CPSE group at Wentworth in the preparation of furniture Institute of Technology, and the specifications and interior finish Billerica headquarters for E Ink. coordination. She brings experiShe has demonstrated an ability ence in several use groups into work well with many of the Maquire current technical tools, including cluding medical and the life sciRevit, Autocad, SpecSource and ences. Since joining the Allegro team, Ma- the Adobe products.
James Donnell Joins DESCO
Mattapoisett, MA - The project field staff and subconDESCO Company of Mattapoitractors; trade coordination; sett announced that James Donnell logistics and safety planning; has joined the company as a projquality control; and client satect superintendent responsible for isfaction. Rice Soo Hoo advancing DESCO’s ability to deDonnell has over 25 years of experience in the construcJason King, LEED AP BD+C; and Sarah liver superior project construction services to clients. tion industry. Prior to joining Mobraten, LEED AP BD+C. Donnell will be responsible DESCO, he worked on highfor the overall management and end casino construction projects Donnell in Las Vegas and commercial coordination of projects throughout the construction and final occupancy. projects throughout New England. Boston - Wentworth Institute ultimately growing revenue. His responsibilities include supervision of of Technology has elected Lawrence LaFreniere has over 20 years of LaFreniere, president and CEO of Elec- experience in the electrical distributric Supply Center (ESC), to the Corpo- tion and engineering industry. He comWestfield, MA – Tighe & Bond reration of the Institute. As a corporator, menced his career in 1988 with Westcently promoted 10 employees who have LaFreniere will serve as part of a key inghouse Electric as a sales engineer demonstrated exceptional performance, advisory board for guiding, advising, responsible for developing and supportclient service, and leadership. and advancing the institute. ing research for products. 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Hoffmann Architects recognized two employees who recently completed advanced degree programs. Michael Pereira, Assoc. AIA, earned a Master of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College. After working as an intern with Hoffmann Architects, he joined the firm full-time in 2007 as a project representative and was subsequently promoted to project coordinator. Pereira is responsible for preparing drawings and specifications and supporting design development in the company’s Connecticut office. Cari Tate, marketing manager, completed the Master of Business Administration program at Southern Connecticut State University.
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tion, preliminary scheduling, Quincy, MA - J. Calnan cost estimating, value engineer& Associates, Inc. recently aning and procurement of long nounced that Tim Ericson has lead items. joined the Quincy-based company Ericson has nearly 15 as senior preconstruction manager. years of professional experiIn this role, he is responsible ence providing conceptual and for coordination and management detailed estimates, scheduling of all preconstruction assignand managing all phases of the ments including design, estimating planning, design development, scheduling, value engineering and Ericson and construction processes for material procurement. He has the clients across various sectors. primary responsibility for ensuring that all resources during design and His most recent experience includes the preconstruction remain on schedule and preconstruction of a LEED Gold university lab building; a hotel-to-office conversion; within budget. Additionally he oversees the prequal- and a university classroom and office fitification process of the subcontractor selec- out.
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Gallagher Hires Clegg
Cambridge, MA - TG Gallagher announced it has hired David Clegg to serve as the company’s safety director. In this role, he will oversee safety practices and govern the company’s safety and health program. He will conduct daily construction site visits, direct site-specific safety requirements, and manage the company’s training program to ensure that all employees are knowledgeable in current safety standards and are updated regularly on changing requirements. Prior to joining TG Gallagher, Clegg most recently served as an environmental safety and health specialist in Afghanistan
for the global aerospace, defense, and information solutions company ITT Exelis, where he provided safety oversight for more than 1,000 personnel. Previously, he held the position of environmental Clegg safety and health specialist at Hanscom Air Force Base for IAP Worldwide Services. Photo by Robyn Ivy.
Epstein Joins Acentech
prove overall project quality. Cambridge, MA - Acentech Before joining AcenInc. announced that Jay Epstein, tech, Epstein was a senior RCDD, ESS, has joined the firm’s technology systems consultant systems design group as an inforand project coordinator at Bard mation technology and security Rao and Athanas in Watertown system designer. where he was responsible for In his role as senior consulthe design and planning of tant, Epstein will be responsible for information technology, elecproviding information technology tronic security systems, and consulting services to help docuEpstein nurse call systems for a variety ment, design, integrate, and coordinate the physical space requirements for of healthcare, corporate, government, and voice, data, audiovisual, multimedia, and higher education projects. He has particuInternet applications in a wide range of lar expertise in the design of local area netenvironments. Working directly with the works, campus master planning, telecomproject team, he will serve as the technol- munications rooms, security command ogy point-of-contact to help reduce dupli- centers, data centers, server rooms, and cated design efforts, ensure more efficient building entrance facilities. Photo by Acentech, Inc. cable path routing and distribution, and im-
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Hobbs Brook Breaks Ground ISPE Boston Chapter Events AGC Build New England Awards MBC Inducts Hall of Fame Honorees Bridgewater State Opens New Wing Eckman Renovates Union Crossing Temple Renovation Phase 1 Complete Cardinal Spellman Fitness Center Opens The Albert Sherman Center Well Underway Abott Boyle Photographers 40th Anniversary Renovations at Connecticut College Science Ctr. Barnes Nears completion of new US Biological Facility New School Designed to Meet MA CHPS Standards Diversified Project Management Spotlight: InterGen Callahan Multi-Projects: Avita, Stonebridge, Autumn Glen Congress Companies Continues Bel Air Health Care Center Expect more from Test-Fits by Mark Reed Massachusetts is Leading the Next Life Sciences Revolution by Robert K. Coughlin
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