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Gray Joins Shawmut
TFMoran Ownership Transition
Bedford, NH - TFMoran Inc. has announced the transfer of ownership to a team of four senior employees. Robert and Anne Cruess have been in charge of the firm since 1987 and owners since 1991. “This is TFM’s 45th year in continuous operation,” says Robert Cruess, “and after 26 years in charge, I am pleased that this group of long-term, dedicated employees is taking over ownership of the company that has been an important part of our lives.” “Robert and Anne Cruess have made a tremendous impact on our business and our profession,” says new president Robert Duval. “Under their guidance, TFMoran has always been on the cutting edge of innovation. Robert and Anne pioneered sustainable design in our region with the creation of the Eco-Industrial Park in Londonderry.” The new ownership team includes Robert Duval as President, Dylan Cruess as Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Vice-Presidents Jeff Kevan and Paul Sbacchi.
Jeff Kevan Paul Sbacchi Robert Cruess remains involved as Chairman of the Board of Directors and to assist in marketing and outreach for the firm. Anne Cruess will remain as Chief Landscape Architect.
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Boston - Shawmut Design and Construction of Boston announced that Susan Gray has joined the company as director of strategic marketing for its New England Group. She joins the management team responsible for servicing clients locally in the academic, healthcare, life sciences, and tenant improvement sectors. Prior to joining Shawmut
she served as director of corporate communications for Hybrid Parking Garages, a national parking garage design builder. She is a former vice president and director of marketing at Suffolk Construction. Gray was the first recipient of the SMPS Boston Marketing Executive of the Year Award.
Landmark to Renovate MBVC
Somerville, MA - Landmark Structures Corporation, a Woburn-based commercial general contractor and construction management company, has been selected as general contractor for a Somerville project for Volunteers of America Massachusetts. Landmark Structures will work to build, restore, and retro- Rendering of new Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center fit the Massachusetts Bay VeterThe MBVC units will serve the popans Center (MBVC), a 15,000sf three-story brick building located at 1323 ulations of Norfolk, Plymouth, and SufBroadway into 22 transitional and seven folk Counties, and are expected to provide permanent housing units for homeless and significant, long-lasting, and positive outat-risk veterans. The goal of the MBVC is comes in the lives of the veteran populato increase the availability of affordable al- tion. In Massachusetts, estimates are that cohol- and drug-free housing for veterans more than 1,400 homeless veterans are in need of housing on any given night. in the Metro Boston region. The design includes a “country kitchAccording to William J. Glasser, president and CEO of Landmark Structures, the en” in the basement to allow for commuexisting building will be completely gutted, nity or individual meals to accommodate and part of the plan includes the installation their newly established work or community of new, energy-efficient systems. The build- life in Somerville and the surrounding area. ing was previously used as a nursing home This is in addition to the sober transitional and youth facility. The $2.7 million project and permanent housing units, counseling rooms, offices, lounges, and meeting areas. should be completed later this year.
MBC Hosts White House Roundtable Coull Completes Solar Tech Facility
Boston -The Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) hosted a White House Business Council Roundtable, an informal, information-gathering discussion led by US Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari and US General Services Administration Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. The roundtable was held at Watson Hall at Wentworth Institute of Technology. The 34 participants in the roundtable represented business owners and executives from MBC firms, academic leaders, and students. Attendees asked questions and provided feedback and general observations about the economy, job growth and creation, and other topics related to building a stronger America. The discussion explored what is working and not working and what can be done better and differently. Content from the roundtable is being shared with the White House. Benjamin Goldfarb, president of the MBC and vice president of Nauset Con-
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struction Corp., said “Today’s roundtable discussion exemplifies that Washington is actively conducting outreach efforts to listen to the challenges that business leaders are facing at the local level. It was an honor to be asked by our federal government to provide a forum for our MBC members to be heard.” MBC members include architects, engineers, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, owners/clients, professional service providers, labor unions, and professional/trade associations within the design and construction industry.
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New Bedford, MA -1366 Technologies hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently at its new Bedford, headquarters, built by JM Coull, Inc. The facility is the new site of research and development operations for 1366’s Direct Wafer technology and the Lt. Governor Tim Murray speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony manufacturing of siliused forms of energy. con wafers used in solar energy systems. The 42,000sf corporate headquarters It is 1366’s stated goal to produce sowas developed within an existing building, lar at the cost of coal which would make an overwhelmingly positive impact on both completely renovated, and customized for the use of solar for energy and reduction use by 1366. of carbon emissions created by commonly Continued on page 12
Kronos Project Completed
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Chelmford, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Packard Design, North Star Project Management and AHA recently completed a high performance workspace for leading technology company, Kronos. Working collaboratively the team successfully converted 60,000sf of manufacturing space in Chelmford, into the new corporate offices for the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Project highlights include two large greenery areas or “living walls” that divide open space; private executive offices; state-of-the-art conference rooms; a fully equipped gym; a full service cafeteria with another living wall as well as new carpet and “Living walls” divide open space paint throughout the space.
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Acentech Designs College Project
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Hanover, NH – Acentech Inc., has completed consulting work for two projects at Dartmouth College in Hanover: Memorial Field and the Dartmouth Softball Park. With the completion of these projects, Acentech and Dartmouth College have collaborated on more than 30 projects in the last 10 years. Originally built in 1893 and renovated as recently as 2006, Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field was constructed as a tribute to the Dartmouth students and alumni who died serving in World War I. In the past year, Acentech provided sound system design, sound emissions modeling, and regulatory compliance verification for the historic stadium, which remains the largest athletic field in northern New England. The stadium seats 13,000 spectators and consists of a football field and track. To address the shortcomings of the
stadium’s outdated sound system, Acentech designed a new sound system that greatly improves speech intelligibility and pattern control of the loudspeakers and provides greater listening coverage for the audience and athletes. Through optimal design and computer modeling, the new system directs sound into the stadium rather than the adjacent neighborhoods, complying with the town of Hanover’s noise ordinance. Acentech provided sound emissions modeling and public address (PA) system design recommendations for the Dartmouth Softball Park, a newly constructed National Collegiate Athletic Association-compliant softball field that includes a FieldTurf playing surface, and, wrapped around the infield, seating for 400 fans.”
High-Profile: Facilities Development News
Boston - Mayor Menino, Governor Deval Patrick, and other officials and members of the East Boston community celebrated the groundbreaking of Portside at Pier One, East Boston’s first new residential waterfront development in many years. The first of seven planned buildings is now under way and will lead the transformation of the underutilized shoreline with spectacular views of Boston’s skyline. Cranshaw Construction of Newton Lower Falls is the main contractor. The architect is Fort Point Associates, Inc. of Boston. “Today’s groundbreaking demonstrates how public-private partnerships can create economic opportunity and prosperity for a local community. I applaud the city of Boston and Massport working together with
Portside at Pier One Breaks Ground
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the East Boston community and the private sector to support this important waterfront investment. Ultimately, everyone who lives, works, and does business in East Boston will benefit.” said Governor Patrick. The first building to be constructed is a five-story apartment building with 176 units, 26 of which will be affordable, and ground-floor retail. The new apartment building is part of a larger, mixed-use, 550 luxury-unit project to be built over the next few years on Massport-owned property along Marginal Street and on Pier One. Mayor Menino commented, “Just one year ago I made a commitment to take
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East Boston’s enormous waterfront potential and turn it into progress. Thanks to focus and collective action, today I can proudly share with the residents of East Boston this momentous housing start and a promising neighborhood that is unde way.” “This development represents a significant contribution by Massport to revitalize East Boston’s waterfront neighborhood. We believe it will also prompt other private development in the rebirth of one of Boston’s hidden gems,” said Thomas P. Glynn, Massport’s CEO and executive director. Portside at Pier One is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2014 at an estimated cost of $46 million.
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Hudson, NH - North Branch Construction of Concord has begun work Library in Hudson. North Branch completed construction on a basement fit-up at the 13,500sf library in 2009 and was asked to return last summer to finish the basement for storage of archives. After the project came in over budget, North Branch and its subcontractors worked with the library’s board and leadership to identify alternate solutions that would provide both the archives and the li-
brary staff with a safe and comfortable environment while reducing the project cost by almost half. The scope of the project includes installation of a new split dehumidification and climate control unit and interior upgrades. Adams & Smith, LLC of Swampscott, Mass., provided architectural design for the project. The library will remain in full operation during the construction.
Newington, NH - Jewett Construction Company, Inc. of Raymond has contracted with Sig Sauer, Inc. of Exeter, to provide a 53,000sf interior fit-up of the company’s executive offices at 72 Pease Boulevard in Newington. Work on the project, designed by Nutek Facilities Corp. of York, Penn., includes selective interior demolition, miscellaneous iron and railings, carpentry, millwork, doors, frames and hardware, glass and aluminum rails, metal stud and drywall partitions, ceilings, carpet and tile flooring, painting, window shades, fire
protection, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work. The project will be completed on an aggressive 13-week schedule and while the client is occupying a portion of the existing office area. All metals work is being performed by Jewett Metal Buildings and Steel Erectors, a division of JCCI. This marks the latest of many projects in a working relationship between Sig Sauer and Jewett Construction that dates to 2003, and the second project performed in conjunction with Nutek Facilities Corp.
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Residence Inn’s Framing Complete Pro Con Architect and CM
Needham, MA - The wood framing is complete for the new 128-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Needham, located in the New England Business Center office park. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H., is the architect and construction manager for the $13.5 million design build hospitality project, which is owned by SXC Needham Inn, LLC. The hotel, which is being developed by Waterford Development Corporation of Needham, is part of a redevelopment plan by Normandy Real Estate Partners that includes four new office buildings, the hotel, and two parking garages to be built in the business park over the next few years. The building’s first floor will house the hotel’s lobby and reception, common areas and conference rooms. The hotel will offer 116 urban studios, eight one-bedroom suites, and four two-bedroom suites, with a large hearth room, bar and lounge area, breakfast room, indoor pool and fitness room, two flexible space meeting rooms, business center, and guest laundry area. Plans call for the hotel to have covered parking for 22 vehicles and surface parking for 80.
The wood framing is complete for the new Residence Inn. Pro Con Inc has designed the Needham Residence Inn to achieve LEED certification. The hotel will use regional and recycled materials in construction and incorporate environmentally friendly design elements such as a white roof; over-sized windows; low-flow, water-efficient plumbing fixtures; and LED lighting throughout the development. The exterior design will feature precast concrete blocks, brick veneer, insulated metal paneling, and cornice molding. The hotel’s main entrance will feature a canopy with metal panels and double sliding glass doors. The hotel is scheduled to be completed in June 2013.
High-Profile: Facilities Development News
DEW Breaks Ground on Barre City Place
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Portsmouth, NH - Berkeley Building Company was recently awarded the construction of a 7,000sf British Beer Company restaurant at 99 Hanover Street in Portsmouth. Construction started in early February, and the restaurant will open in the spring. In addition to the full interior construction, the scope Photograph by Alan Frey of the project includes the rel-r: Mike Francis, DEW; Jeff Davis, DEW; Mike Canavan, DEW; John Benson, Dubois placement of the existing store& King Engineers; Allen Haggerty, DEW; Don Wells, DEW; Governor Peter Shumlin; front with the signature look of Barre City Mayor Thom Lauzon; Steve MacKenzie, Barre City; and from of Banwell the British Beer Company faBeer Company Architects: Jules Chatot, Miccal McMullin, and Ingrid Moulton Nichols. BRITISH BEERBritish COMPANY çade. 99 HANOVER STREET Barre, Vt. - DEW Construction Corp. Center, which will have administrative ofmount Restaurant Supply, and Old Harbor The project team inPORTSMOUTH, NH recently broke ground on Barre City Place, fices for approximately 45 employees. cludes Jefferson Group Architects, Para- LLC as the owner’s representative. The project, valued at over $16 milkicking off the start of what some say is the next stage of the city’s remarkable renais- lion, is expected to be completed by the sance. Barre City Place will be a four-sto- spring of 2014. Financing for the highly ry, 80,000sf mixed-use building on Main anticipated building comes from a wide Street in downtown Barre. DEW Proper- range of sources, including about $10 milLawrence, MA - JM Coull of renovated to current standards, as repties, LLC will own the building and is the lion from Housing Vermont, $5 million lead developer on the project. A subsidiary from the Massachusetts Housing Invest- Maynard has begun renovations to ap- resented by restrooms presently located of the company, DEW Barre City Place, ment Corp., and $1.1 million from the Ver- proximately 4,500sf of existing space within the building. JM Coull has teamed with archimont Economic Development Authority. to create a new café and restroom areas LLC, will maintain the property. Barre City Place has preconstruction Other lenders include Mascoma Savings for New Balance. The upgrades to the tect J. Ferrera Associates to complete commitments from major tenants. The Re- Bank, Bank of New Hampshire, Vermont former mill building will bring existing the renovations and fit-ups. Since the building will be occupied throughout habGYM, a physical rehabilitation facility, Economic Development Authority, and areas up to current standards. The existing cafeteria will be construction, work will be executed and will occupy part of the first floor. Vermont’s Barre Area Development, Inc. The architect is Banwell Architects transformed into a comfortable and ef- installed in such a manner as not to disDepartment of Education and its nearly 200 employees will occupy the building’s of Lebanon, N.H. and Quechee, Vt. Ban- ficient café space where New Balance rupt or adversely affect the company’s top floor. Fifty employees of the Agency of well’s design for the main street façade associates can grab a quick meal to go ongoing operations. Human Services will split the second and uses brick and locally quarried granite to or eat in. Three bathroom areas will be
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Making Zero Net Energy Buildings Easy
by Suzanne Robinson Recently, I’ve been seeing a much larger interest and demand for zero net energy (ZNE) buildings in the commercial sector. A ZNE building has zero net energy consumption and carbon emissions measured over a period of a year, usually achieved with a combination of energy reduction strategies and onSuzanne Robinson site renewables such as photovoltaic arrays. It’s an exciting time to be part of this emerging market and to be able to work with clients considering a ZNE building. Exciting... but daunting. To be clear, designing a ZNE building is not easy. On one end of the spectrum, you have a code compliance building, the bare minimum that you can build. On the other end is a ZNE building; a building that has reduced its energy demand so drastically it can support its energy needs on-site. Most of us have worked on projects that fall in between, whether it was a stretch code building or even a LEED Platinum building. But these buildings aren’t in the middle of this spectrum; they’re still over on the side of code compliance, a few notches higher. For a ZNE building, the question facing the design team, including the owner, is where do we start so that we make it over to the other
end of the spectrum? Not an easy task. I remember the first time I worked on a project that looked at being a ZNE building; there were two main obstacles. First, and foremost, was the shift in thinking that it took to tackle the challenge. After this hurdle, the next difficulty was finding and understanding the necessary resources, methods, and technologies to achieve a ZNE building. We waded through the process, learning as we went along and trying to fill gaps as effectively as possible. Not an easy journey. Recently I was privileged to be one of just a few to participate in an industry stakeholder event to develop the strategic framework for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) New Construction Initiative (NCI). It was hosted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado in conjunction with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The focus of the initiative is to work with industry leaders in identifying technical roadblocks, perceived barriers, and financial constraints, with the goal of developing pathways to make ZNE commercial buildings commonplace. In other words, making ZNE buildings easy. In the morning, at the beginning of the meeting, I felt like I did on that first project – excited, but daunted. Since that first project, the idea of a ZNE building has become less daunting, the more I’ve learned and practiced. But here, in this meeting, I was faced with the question of
how do you make designing a ZNE building commonplace, accessible to not the privileged, and experienced few, but to all designers? This is where the real benefits of the built environment are realized, and where we need to focus. However, by the end of the day, the handful of us had dug into the issue, using our experiences, and frustrations, and developed a working plan of recommendations of what the market needed to bridge gaps, address barriers, and educate the mainstream. The topics ran the gamut: resources, data, code language, modeling tools, cost data, training, operation, the list goes on. Is it easy to design a ZNE building?
No. Will it ever be? The eternal optimist in me thinks so. I was invigorated after the meeting. This is doable. Challenging, but doable. We’re no longer individuals wading through this challenge on our own. We have the federal government, in the form of the DOE and the National Laboratories, stepping up to provide a leading role in developing the supporting framework we all wish we had years ago on that first ZNE project we stumbled through. Designing a ZNE building will become easier and easier with these resources that are being developed, making ZNE buildings the norm one day. Suzanne Robinson is the director of sustainability at Vanderweil Engineers.
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Plan Helps Communities Adopt Clean Energy
Boston - The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Green Communities Division announced the six municipal governments and regional planning authorities that will participate in a $500,000 pilot program to help local communities identify energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy strategies to meet local energy needs. The Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program — which will serve 16 communities — will provide technical and financial assistance to these municipalities and regional planning authorities to help identify, prioritize, and enable a mix of clean energy strategies and incentives best suited to address local interests, needs, resources, and opportunities for clean energy development. Participating in the pilot program
are Northampton, Watertown, Newburyport, Franklin Regional Council of Governments (Greenfield, Montague, Buckland, and Shelburne), Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Hamilton, Wenham, Salem, and Swampscott), and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (Amherst, Hadley, Holyoke, Easthampton, and East Longmeadow). The program is designed to help communities assess and evaluate clean energy investments ranging from highefficiency heating and cooling equipment and insulation to wind turbines and solar electricity systems. Participating communities and regional planning authorities will receive assistance from industry experts in assessing the area’s clean energy resources, infrastructure, and community needs. The goal of the program is to provide communities with a menu of clean energy options depending on their needs and resources.
SourceOne Announces Partnership
Boston - SourceOne, a national energy consulting firm and a subsidiary of Veolia Energy North America, announced its partnership with Energy Star. SourceOne’s voluntary partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star will offer an oppor-
tunity to help its clients improve the energy efficiency and performance of their facilities. SourceOne serves biotechnologypharmaceutical companies, data centers, municipal agencies, hospitals, universities, and real estate investment trusts (REIT).
Efforts to Save Energy Can Degrade Indoor Air Quality
by David W. Bearg One key point of integrated design is the acknowledgement that the various aspects of a building and its HVAC system interact. This is especially true with efforts to reduce energy consumption in a building, as these changes in building operation can adversely impact the amount of ventilation provided. As an example, I can point to a lightDavid Bearg ing retrofit project in a building served by a variable air volume (VAV) system. Since improved lighting technologies produce less waste heat, their implementation reduces the cooling load on the building. This in turn means that less cooling air will be provided to maintain thermal comfort. With no change in the percent of outdoor air in the supply air, the amount of ventilation will be reduced as well. From a financial standpoint, this situation can be penny wise and dollar foolish. This is because on a square foot basis, people costs far exceed those of energy. I find that people costs in commercial buildings are around $300/sf, while energy costs are around $3/sf. This situation can illustrate how an energy saving effort can end up costing more money than it saves due to losses in productivity. Let’s say a lighting retrofit saves 5% of a building’s energy use, or 15 cents/sf in
this building with a VAV system, while the reduction in ventilation reduces the value of the worker productivity by just 1%. At around $300/sf for people costs, this 1% loss in productivity has a value of $3/sf. Pennies saved, dollars lost! So just focusing on energy, while ignoring healthfulness, can end up moving away from optimizing building performance, when productivity is included in the equation. Imagine if the productivity loss were 2%, how much worse this would be. Conversely, if a 1% increase in the productivity of the workforce could be achieved by increased ventilation, this added benefit could justify a doubling of energy costs, and it still would be revenue-neutral. In one published retroactive study comparing multiple office spaces, it was found that increased ventilation resulted in a significant reduction in short-term absentee rates. In this study, for every $1 invested in conditioning more OA, $6 in reduced absentee rates were achieved. Another relevant fact about the people in a building is that they emit carbon dioxide (CO2) at a concentration of about 40,000 parts per million (ppm). Therefore, monitoring CO2 levels through the day can provide a dynamic assessment of the relationship between these people, their numbers, their activity levels, their duration of occupancy and the ability of the ventilation component of the HVAC system to dilute and remove their bioeffluents. Continued on page 14
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Green Schools Exhibit Unveiled Designed by Perkins + Will
Sprout Space, the modular category winner
Littleton, MA - Triumph Modular announced the completion of its first modular Sprout Space classroom. Designed by international architecture and design firm Perkins + Will, Sprout Space is a high-performance and healthy modular classroom and the modular category winner of the “Open Architecture Challenge: Design the classroom of the future” by Architecture for Humanity and the Open Architecture Network. Triumph Modular worked with the designers from the conception to make the design constructible and affordable. As the official distributor of Sprout Space, Triumph Modular is responsible for factory-fabrication and installation of the classrooms. Beginning March 3, 2013, Sprout Space will be displayed on the lawn of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. throughout the year as part of the Green Schools exhibit. In 2004, Triumph Modular launched a campaign to be the first in the country
to produce a LEED level, green portable classroom. Since then, Triumph has collaborated on numerous building projects which showcase the green benefits of greater prefabrication in construction, including a 13,000sf early childcare center in North Andover, a 6,000sf addition at the Oak Hill Middle School in Newton, and a 5,800sf child care center at Harvard University, the winner of the 2011 USGBC Massachusetts Chapter “Innovation in Green Design Award.”
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Achieving a noticeable reduction in absenteeism by rapidly diluting and removing these air contaminants requires providing ventilation rates in excess of those listed in ASHRAE Standard 62.1. The ventilation rates listed in this standard are merely intended to achieve “acceptable” IAQ, where at least 80% of those exposed are not dissatisfied. Or looked at another way, up to 20% can be dissatisfied. Like the building code that defines the worst building you can legally build, ASHRAE 62.1 defines the lowest level of ventilation you can get away with. In both cases, quality increases when these standards are exceeded. This fact also points out a limitation with the LEED approach to IEQ, which is merely based on achieving the ASHRAE Standard 62.1 listed minimums, which is not enough ventilation to actually provide a healthy indoor environment. The operational challenge becomes one where you not only need to provide more ventilation than listed by ASHRAE 62.1, but you need to accurately know how much ventilation is actually provided to a building’s occupants. The key questions become: What are the most important things to know about building operations? And what is the best way to get that information? The most accurate way to determine how much ventilation is actu-
ally being provided is to use one of the shared-sensor monitoring systems that measures CO2 concentrations. In this approach, air samples are transported via tubing from multiple locations in the building to a central location and one accurate sensor. In Figure 1, there is data from one example where room-to-room variations in the amount of ventilation provided is shown. The underventilation events are occurring in conference rooms where the VAV systems are failing to open promptly as the controls wait for a rise in local temperature to provide the signal for more ventilation. In this example, the highest CO2 reading of 1,182 ppm, occurring when the outdoor air value was 426 ppm, implies that the ventilation rate provided could be no greater than 14 cfm/person, well below the ASHRAE listed minimum of 20 cfm/person. The CO2 data presented in this figure was collected by one of the shared sensor, so that all measurements for this parameter were measured with the same laboratory grade device. Using this monitoring approach makes it easy to measure absolute humidity as well so that moisture management performance, as well as ventilation performance, can be assessed too. Remember, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. And similarly, the better something is measured, the better it can be managed. David W. Bearg, P.E. is a consultant in Environmental Health & Building Science for Life Energy Associates.
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Boston - Integrated Design Group (ID), an architectural, engineering, and planning firm focused on data center design, sponsored the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s Winter Lights program. The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway is a ribbon of contemporary urban parks that connects people and the city. ID’s sponsorship echoes the design firm’s passion for integrating people, landscape, and structures. “Without the generous support of Integrated Design Group, we would not be able to produce the unique series of light installations and art events for the Winter Lights program this year,” said Jodi Wolin, director of development for the conservancy. “We’re thrilled that they initiated this strategic partnership, and we look forward to their stylistic contributions and volunteer participation for many years to come.” Winter Lights on the Greenway is
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North Andover, MA - The expansion of the Volpe Athletic Center on the campus of Merrimack College is continuing on schedule. Pro Con Inc of Manchester, N.H., is the architect and construction manager for the project, which includes a new practice ice arena and a new home for the college’s sports medicine and Volpe Athletic Center under construction athletic training programs. “The final phase of enhance the student experience. The new the project’s steel framing is nearly com- arena will allow Merrimack College to plete,” stated the project manager for Pro expand its partnership with a local youth Con Inc. “The exterior and interior mason- hockey club by providing the club with a ry work is under way, and the air condition- permanent home and will complement the ing and dehumidification units are expect- college’s existing ice arena, the Lawler ed to be placed on the rooftop by the end of Center, the current home for Merrimack January. The project remains on-schedule hockey games and practices. for a mid-June completion date.” The new home for the college’s The Volpe Athletic Center Expansion sports medicine and athletic training proProject is a critical piece to attaining key grams will consist of state-of-the-art goals outlined in the college’s 10-year stra- classroom space, team locker and shower tegic plan, the Agenda for Distinction. rooms, a weight training facility and officThe 83,000sf expansion includes a es. These additions will provide health scinew ice arena that features an 85 x 200- ence majors with real-world opportunities ft ice surface with mezzanine seating and that combine classroom work with internlarge locker rooms with generous space for ships and relevant clinical and professional changing, equipment storage, and athletic experience. training facilities. The expanded entrance Pro Con Inc began construction for lobby will house the college’s bookstore the project in September 2012 and has and a concession stand – all designed to scheduled a summer 2013 completion date.
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HVAC in High Schools
by Scott Robbins Times have changed regarding the design and program requirements for high schools. With these new program requirements and changes in the energy code, building systems and their integration into the building design play a larger role. There are many different space types within a high school. Each space has unique requireScott Robbins ments which need different systems to maintain safety, comfort, and functionality while performing within energy requirements. Each space does require four basic HVAC functions. How each of these are generated and operated will have a substantial impact on the energy performance of the building. They are: 1) heating; 2) cooling; 3) ventilation; and 4) temperature control. Heating Hot water is now the standard for heating a building versus historical steam systems. There was a time when 180°F water would be the standard design to circulate throughout a building. This was done because existing boiler technology could not handle low return water temperatures or high temperature differentials. The major breakthrough in condensing boilers has led to significant increases in energy performance. Up to 97% efficient systems can be realized when condensing boilers are installed and operated correctly. Engineers are now successfully designing buildings with a hot water supply temperature of 120°F and return temperatures at or below 100°F.
Boilers mainly use natural gas. One way to reduce carbon footprint and further improve energy savings beyond condensing boilers is with a geothermal heat pump system. They can be distributed (small units serving each space) or a centralized heat pump which distributes hot and chilled water throughout the building. Geothermal heat pumps offer value reducing energy consumption in cooling mode, but its real value is reducing energy consumption in heating mode. Cooling Due to year-round operation and the acknowledgement that thermal comfort leads to improved learning conditions, cooling has become the norm for today’s schools. Cooling is created through the refrigeration cycle. A compressor takes a low pressure gas and converts it into a high pressure/hot gas. This hot gas is then cooled into a liquid, and the liquid passes through a metering device where it expands and absorbs energy… to create cooling. Whether the building has a chiller or direct expansion (DX) unit, it is the same principle. There are two major issues to deal with in improving efficiency: 1) Compressor capable of modulating to match building load 2) Lower the discharge pressure the compressor pushes against The cooling load required for the building changes constantly due to environmental conditionals (solar load, infiltration, equipment usage) as well as space usage. If the cooling system does not have a compressor capable of modulating to match the load, the result is inefficiency and temperature control . A compressor controlled by a variable frequency drive can match the load of the buildContinued on page 24
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Planning consultants, architects, and engineers at firms that serve the higher education marketplace play an active role at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). They: • Share the knowledge gained from interesting, challenging, and unique campus projects, along with their institutional clients, at regional events and the annual Jolene Knapp international conference. • Serve in key volunteer positions, including the SCUP Board of Directors, standing committees, and the new National Council. • Write articles on planning best practices for the Planning for Higher Education journal. • Participate actively in SCUP’s mojo and our LinkedIn site. • Recommend campus/master and strategic plans that they have written for clients, or discovered online, for the Higher Education Institutional Plans Database. • Advance the society’s programs by providing much-needed financial support through advertising, exhibiting, and sponsoring. The society has many stories of how corporate members have embraced our mission of integrating planning on campus and have, in turn, served as ambassadors and missionaries on our behalf: • One enterprising East Coast architectural firm has hosted all three steps of the SCUP Planning Institute at its office for the benefit of its clients. • A national space-design firm hosted a Step
II workshop for a group of ACE Fellows. • A foundation created a research prize to honor the life’s work of a renowned planning consultant. We invite you and other members of your firm (and your clients!) to join SCUP if you believe that planning on campus needs to be integrated and to help spread the good word about SCUP at the colleges and universities with whom you work. By integrated, we mean that the people who are responsible for or involved in planning on campus should make informed decisions based on a two-way dialog with: 1) colleagues in other functional areas on campus, and 2) people directly affected by the plans, e.g., students, local residents, and government. It’s such a simple concept—sharing information—but we all know that these important conversations don’t happen for a variety of reasons. Good planning is collaborative, transparent, and integrated! We are unique among higher education associations in that we recognize that members who work at architectural, engineering, and construction firms have just as much to share as their institutional colleagues. SCUP does not differentiate its members by assigning corporate folks to an associate membership role. Corporate members are full, voting, office-holding members of our community and we welcome their expertise. Our membership is based on professional development and long-term relationship building, rather than high-pressure business development, so please take a moment to learn more about SCUP’s unique culture by visiting www. scup.org/membership/culture.html. Continued on page 23
UMass Med Ctr Renos Completed Timberline Works with S/L/A/M
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GAB No.1 Breaks Ground, Wilson Architects
Boston - Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in February for The General Academic Building No. 1 (GAB No. 1) at UMass Boston, the second new building planned for the campus. The $113 million GAB No. 1 will be a four-story building containing general purpose classrooms and three specialized instructional spaces — art department, performing arts department, and chemistry teaching laboratories — an intentional blending of arts and sciences to create a unique, collaborative learning experience. The different types of classrooms distributed throughout the building will include studio classrooms, lecture rooms, case study rooms, and breakout/seminar rooms. Larger, community-focused spaces are also a key component of the 191,000gsf GAB No. 1. The building’s daily users and public visitors will enjoy a variety of programs and events in the 500-seat auditorium, theatre, recital hall, exhibition gallery, lounge, and café. These venues will foster a high level of interaction between the build-
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The Design-Build Approach to Residence Hall Renos
by Roderick C. Shaffert Mount Holyoke College, Clark University, the University of New Hampshire, Berklee College of Music... each of these notable institutions of higher education has turned to a design-build solution when it came time to update, upgrade, and enhance existing residence hall facilities. They all have chosen Cutler Associates to undertake their projRoderick Shaffert ects because Cutler has become known as residence hall renovation specialists. Whether a turn of the century historic building, an outdated 1950s dorm, or a repurposed aging hotel, college and university residence halls need to be brought up to code and meet the modernized standards and evolving needs today’s students demand and deserve. But doing so presents a number of challenges, two of the biggest being time and cost constraints. That’s where design-build excels. An integrated design and construction approach addresses both budgetary and time challenges. The design-build delivery method means a single source for project coordination which maximizes both budget and value. One integrated team means faster delivery, sole responsibility, less risk. Residence hall renovations come with
the added challenge of working on occupied campuses. To minimize the impact on campus activities, many of these projects are undertaken on an abbreviated construction schedule over the 12- or 14-week summer break. Again, the design-build method meets that challenge. Getting the job done right, on such a tight schedule, means that a great deal of very detailed site assessment and planning has to be put in upfront – ideally, beginning up to a year in advance. Obtaining board approvals and ensuring purchase and delivery of long lead time materials is critical to the success of these fasttrack projects. With architects and builders under one roof, this can be accomplished with greater efficiency and more effectively than otherwise. Coordinating, strategizing, estimating, planning, executing… with designbuild it all flows from a single source — and the benefactor: the client. There is proof that this approach works. Utilizing the design-build delivery method, Cutler has never missed a schedule commitment — and has never come in over budget. Whether for a $7.2 million 15-month historic renovation, a $3.5 million 14-week modernization, or a $9.5 million two-phased renovation and upgrade, the unified designbuild process yielded successful projects. A win-win-win: for the client, for the students, and for the builder. Roderick C. Shaffert, P.E., LEED AP is vice president, Scholastic Division at Cutler Associates of Worcester, Mass.
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UMass Med Ctr Renos Completed Continued from page 18 C-Arm renovations at the hospital. For this project, Carucci and Superintendent Matthew Bussiere returned to the campus for a $1.1 million project involving a two-room radiology renovation with a control room, and two nurse stations. The work is designed around the installations of high-tech imaging equipment. Construction involved demolition efforts and a total renovation with new architectural finishes, as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components. The work was divided into two phases within the sensitive location and involved tight trade coordination around
the operating facility’s schedule. For this technical project, detailed attention was exercised to provide the necessary infection control measures to keep adjacent affected areas up and running during the construction. The installed medical structural support systems now accommodate new Philips imaging equipment; plumbing work includes new medical gas and vacuum services. The mechanical scope incorporates the installation of a new rooftop air handling unit. The new rooms also received electrical upgrades to the existing services to support the power requirements of the new Philips system. Life safety and fire protection upgrades were also made to the space. The overall new architectural layout accommodates new lighting, lead lined walls, floor finishes, millwork, glass, and doors. Ti m b e r l i n e Construction Corp. is a full-service general contractor serving clients nationally with a current project portfolio throughout the Northeast.
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Deferred Maintenance and Upgrades: A Survival Guide
by Simon F. Etzel Jr. Deferred maintenance and facility upgrade are among the most pressing issues facing college and university facility managers today — and as we all know, these projects can be among the most difficult to construct, for a variety of reasons that we will discuss later in this Simon F. Etzel Jr. article. Maintaining and enhancing existing facilities is the crux to creating a strong campus aesthetic that attracts students. Over the course of five decades in business, the past two of which have been predominated by education projects, KBE Building Corporation has amassed considerable insight into what works and what doesn’t on deferred maintenance construction projects at higher education institutions. This article highlights the most significant challenges and recommends the singular solution that we have used year after year to overcome these on-campus obstacles. The specific challenges include: • Deferred maintenance on aging campus infrastructure is the least glamorous and hardest-to-fund type of project, although it is arguably most important. • The campus is rarely completely empty, so teams of contractors often must work within occupied structures and around significant obstacles, not the least of which are young pedestrians.
• Much of the work is simply impossible to do during the academic year, so construction seasons are typically very short. • Turf battles and competing agendas among all parties are commonplace, if not the norm. • Accelerated schedules and a highpressure environment can morph the most minor communication challenges into project-killing disasters. Fortunately, a set of best practices exists to attenuate each of these challenges. KBE has developed these best practices as part of our broader “Asset Reinvestment Program for Colleges & Universities.” We’ve outlined our key learnings that may be of help to you in planning your future campus upgrades and maintenance projects. KBE’s Asset Reinvestment Program is a planning and construction approach that pools multiple projects to form a single, linear building program. Depending on the scope of your program, it may be beneficial to engage an independent consultant to review and assess the overall campus condition. The goal is to develop a list of recommended projects that are prioritized by severity of need: • “Visibility” of the work and its impact on student recruitment and retention. • Impact on long-term operating costs. • Impact on the facility’s ability to safely and efficiently continue to use the facilities. • Ability to defer some projects to subsequent years without incurring additional repair costs due to delay.
Although the program can be implemented over the course of one year, a single-year project is limited by the amount of work that can be completed during academic breaks. A multi-year project is quite different and provides the following benefits: • Scope can be divided into smaller segments that can fit into preferred calendar slots. • Subcontractor performance and loyalty to the success of the project are significantly enhanced by the prospect of future work in the subsequent years. • The project team has sufficient time to develop a strong working relationship and “partnership” mentality because of the associated learning curve dynamics that are inherent when working in a new environment. • The benefits of the partnering process are realized and become an integral element of the team structure. Typically, newcomers to the partnering process don’t realize the full value of partnering until they have completed a partnered project, because it takes time to develop the critical success factor of trust built over time. • The project team develops from a “learning team” into a high performance team. Regarding trade contractor selection and participation, the following criteria are essential: • Locally based (within one hour); the closer the better, from a service standpoint. Continued on page 23
Partnering: The Silver Bullet
Partnering is a collaborative and collegial approach to managing projects through team-building and encouragement rather than the adversarial approach that has long plagued the construction industry. Partnering can significantly enhance and improve any construction project by building the essential team relationships, and is a particular benefit when coordinating multiple, concurrent projects. The Partnering Charter is perhaps the best embodiment of this innovative approach. On a partnered project, every member of the team – the owner, design teams, construction manager, major trades, and even major suppliers - voluntarily sign a Partnering Charter at the start of each year’s endeavor. This charter represents the combined goals of every team member – developed in concert at a fullday project kick-off meeting – and a pledge by each to honor and support one another in achieving those goals. KBE has used formal partnering since 2005 on more than 250 facilities maintenance and facilities upgrade projects at Connecticut College — more than $53 million in construction volume — without a single subcontractor or vendor claim – due to the extensive preconstruction planning phase and the use of partnering.
Tecton Architects is a proud member of the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) and embraces their mission that provides its members with the knowledge and resources to establish and achieve institutional planning goals within the context of best practices and emerging trends.
Tecton’s design for Tunxis Community College in Farmington received a Trustees Award from the Connecticut Community College Board of Directors.
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B & F Earns High Marks
Easton, MA - In recent years, Bigelow & Fleming (B & F) has been called upon for a variety of projects by Brandeis University in Waltham, Babson College in Wellesley, and Mount Ida College in Newton. Company Principal Tom Bigelow says jobs often involved tight timeframes, unusual requirements, and/or complex designs “With new construction, you don’t have to work around people,” says Bigelow, “but with school projects involving renovations or expansions, our team may need to work in close proximity to active classrooms, labs, offices, athletic facilities, dorms, bookstores, lavatories, cafes, etc.” Among Bigelow & Fleming’s new and renovation higher ed projects have been: • Laboratory expansion – included demolition of existing lab, renovation and expansion of chemistry lab, workspace and computer lab; removal of asbestos flooring and fume hood; installation of new electrical and venting systems. • New student grocery store – unique campus student center storefront; 3,000sf, 12-week timeline; incorporated unique stone façade. • President’s office renovation – full project to be completed during president’s vacation; new finishes, ceilings, lights, fire protection; employed noise and dust control during renovation due to neighboring offices • 30 new dorm bathrooms – required coordination of many specialty trades including plumbing, electrical, painting, drywall, fire protection systems, carpets; in several different dorm halls; 90-day timeframe; $1.5 million budget – completed on time, on budget.
Brown Joins Shawmut
Boston - Shawmut Design and Construction of Boston recently appointed Julie Brown director of business development. In this position, she will be tasked with expanding existing client relationships and creating new partnerships within the academic market. Brown most recently served as director of client services for Tocci Building Companies and formerly served as director of client development for Higher Education at Sasaki Associates.
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• Renovation of lecture hall / classroom – complex design of underground data/power boxes; dust and noise had to be kept low due to adjacent ongoing classes; challenging placement of light fixtures, HVAC duct work due to ceiling limitations; completed ahead of schedule and on budget. As an indication of the B & F team workmanship, the firm has managed projects for such blue-ribbon corporate clients as Gillette, Verizon, Duracell, Procter & Gamble and Bristol-Myers Squibb, to name a few. On behalf of higher education clients, Bigelow & Fleming has earned an A, completing jobs on time and on budget. The firm has completed some 60 projects with a combined value of over $20 million. Due to the nature of higher ed facilities’ unique configurations and academic calendars, projects often require construction teams to work around staff and students.
Boston - Wilson Architects of Boston has named Samir Srouji, AIA, LEED AP, a principal in the firm, and recently welcomed Jonathan Ross, AIA, LEED AP, and Timothy Scarlett, AIA, as associate principals. Srouji joined Wilson Architects in 2001 and has worked with some of the firm’s key academic clients to meet their mission through programming, planning, designing, and implementing a wide range of project types. He is a strong advocate of creating sustainable, intriguing environments that encourage collaboration, and of blending high-performance technical solutions with elegant aesthetics. Ross has over 35 years of experience leading teams in the programming, planning, and design of complex projects and is well-versed in numerous building types. His projects include an impressive array of campus buildings, including those dedicated to science, libraries, classrooms, dining and, athletic programs. Scarlett rejoins WA after focusing for
Ross Scarlett a few years on other academic project types. His 25 years of experience include the design and management of projects for major institutional clients. Scarlett’s passion is creating quality architecture Srouji for clients, with a keen interest in building technologies, construction methods, and the art of detailing.
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Joining SCUP is a great investment if you need to reach the administrators on campus who are responsible for academic, facilities, fiscal, infrastructural, and strategic planning. Sixty percent of SCUP members are institutional. Of those, 40% are in facilities. The remaining 60% of our institutional members are a mix of senior-level administrators: CEO-president-chancellor, academic (including provost), strategic planners, financial, institutional research, student affairshousing, technology, and advancement. Our annual international conference this year will focus on the theme of “Cultivating Integration.” The annual conference will be held July 27 to 31, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.
In addition to our annual international conference, we also offer regional conferences and special one-day events. SCUP’s Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic regions are having conferences in April and May: Mid-Atlantic’s regional conference is April 7 to 9, 2013, at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The theme is “Academic Relevance—Is Higher Education Still the Gateway for Opportunity?” North Atlantic’s regional conference is May 1 to 4, 2013, in Montreal. The theme is “Global, Local, or ‘Glocal’: Identity for Higher Education in an International Context.” Sponsorships are available. Walk-in registrations are welcome. Please join us.
Continued on page 21 • Key company leaders will be engaged in the project (preferably an owner of the company). • Financially strong. • Appropriate project experience. • Self-performs work (second-tier subcontracting is discouraged due to the potential for disconnection). After subcontractor bidding is received and budget constraints met for the preferred projects previously earmarked, subcontract awards can be made. It is always critical to: • Balance the workload with capabilities to prevent overloading any subcontractor. • Award an adequate amount of work
to any one subcontractor for economy of scale. • On multi-year projects, share the work among all the key subcontractors who have previously participated in the asset reinvestment program to maintain their interest and commitment to the overall project. When done properly, these best practices result in astounding productivity. With an appropriately planned project that also utilizes the partnering concept, KBE Building Corporation has completed summer-based construction seasons from as little as $1 million (6-10 projects) to more than $9 million (100+ projects). Simon F. Etzel Jr. is senior vicepresident and principal at KBE Building Corporation.
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Johnson & Wales
Providence, RI - DBVW Architects was hired to renovate an existing 17,000sf building into new academic medical space for Johnson & Wales University. The renovation transforms a historic building into an open, vibrant, and New Johnson & Wales medical space high-tech facility that includes a gross 1,800sf of newly constructed space. To anatomy lab; a clinical skills practice lab; meet historic requirements and also spea 60 person lecture hall; an active learning cific program needs, the exterior ribbon classroom for 48 students; a library; and windows include specially screen-printed administration space. glass and shadow box assemblies designed The design also features a new ento reinterpret the patterns of the origitrance and main staircase as well as new nal windows while also creating visual lounge and learning commons within depth at glazed areas that would otherwise be flatly opaque. The exterior also includes custom concrete wall panels that can be easily removed in the future. The project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Construction completion is scheduled for January 2014. Lounge area
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Tecton Collaborates with Tunxis CC
Farmington, CT - In 1969, Tunxis Community College in Farmington, a two-year public college, offered classes in an existing, converted mall. While their beginnings were modest, their vision and mission were not. In 2000, they laid out a master plan that would create “a vibrant educational and cultural center responsive to current as well as emerging student and community needs.” Fast forward to today, a lucky 13 years later, and the campus barely resembles its roots. While the mall is still there, physically integrated within the footprint of the campus, the library, classrooms, and construction of a second building of classrooms support a dynamic architectural statement that here lies a community of students and educators, not merely a two year degree drive-in. Craig Saunders, AIA of Tecton Architects, the senior design architect, has collaborated with the college since 2000 on the master plan and then with multiple architectural designs. “From the beginning, Tunxis wanted their students to have a complete campus experience that resembled a four year college – where they could feel included and involved.” Kevin Kerchaert of Tecton Architects is the architect and project manager for the new 50,000sf classroom and administrative building. Slated to open in July 2013, the building will adjoin the classroom building
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Tunxis Community College that he completed in 2008. So along with Saunders, this is Kerchaert’s third project on campus, and it’s his third time bringing master planning concepts to reality. “There is no fait accompli with regard to the implementation of the master plan,” says Kerchaert. “The Tunxis mission requires us to be responsive to the ever changing demands of business, industry, and technology, so the plans must provide for future growth, flexibility, and re-purposing of space. Today’s dental hygienists might be tomorrow’s robotics engineers.” Thirteen years may seem like a long time to some and the blink of an eye to others, but the moral of Tunxis’s story is that they have stayed true to their goals and educational mission through distinguished architecture and planning.
ing. It also has the benefit of working with a cooling tower which lowers the discharge pressure on the compressor. For these reasons, a water-cooled chiller is considered one of the most efficient solutions for cooling. For further energy savings, consider a geothermal heat pump solution. Rather than utilizing the wet bulb from the cooling tower for heat rejection, the earth is used as the heat sink with its stable temperature lower than wet bulb. Ventilation Outside air requirements are provided via Code and are essential to a good learning environment. How many of us have been in congested conference rooms with no ventilation? After a short period of time the CO2 level substantially rises causing everyone to feel tired and lethargic. Unfortunately the side effect of more outside air is increased energy consumption. There are several ways to improve the energy performance while ensuring adequate CO2 levels: 1) Demand Control Ventilation measure CO2 levels and adjust the quantity of air into space to meet minimum requirements during occupied hours 2) Energy Recovery - any outside air entering the building must also leave the building. By controlling how it exits the building and recovering the energy via enthalpy wheels, energy performance is improved. Temperature Control
Each space is unique with special requirements to maintain thermal comfort. Building Management Systems (BMS) are now standard to monitor and control the operation of building systems. Each room (or temperature control zone) has a temperature sensor, which is constantly monitored. When the room is not within the required set point, the HVAC system will adjust until the room is back at set point. There are a number of HVAC systems which can be installed for temperature control. Common options include Variable Air Volume Systems (VAV), Low Supply Displacement, Active Chilled Beams. It is important to understand that classroom require a high percentage of outside air so the installed system has to be capable of fulfilling that requirements. One item of note, finned tube radiation has been a standard in the north east at windows. With enhancements to façade construction, window design, and construction quality, finned tube radiation has been successfully eliminated without any negative impact to the thermal comfort of the room for a VAV system with reheat. These fundamentals of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) for schools serve as the foundation to provoke discussion, the generation of suitable options for the project and the associated comparative analysis for the project team to make informed decisions. Lastly, each project is a unique opportunity… to make a difference. Scott Robbins is associate principal at Vanderweil Engineers.
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Dorm at UMASS Lowell Nears Completion
SCUP’s 48th annual International Conference will take place July 27 through July 31, 2013, in San Diego with a Cultivating Integration Educational Program. More than 100 higher education planning experts will share their stories of what worked and what didn’t with a focus on strategic, integrated planning. SCUP–48 is where you need to be this July! You’ll meet hundreds of higher education planning professionals from all areas of campus planning who will share the latest trends and planning practices about academic, institutional direction, facilities, and resource and budget planning. SCUP–48 will give you the space for innovative thinking to help shape new ideas and actions, share in crossdivisional conversation, and stretch your expertise to gain new perspectives. Join your colleagues and find out how SCUP-48 can help your day-today decision making and your longterm strategies. For information http://scupannualconference.org/ page
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Riverview Suites at UMass Lowell Lowell, MA - Students at UMass Lowell can look forward to living in a brand new, sustainable, “suites” dormitory next fall. Located directly adjacent to the Lowell campus, “Riverview Suites” will house up to 510 students in two bedroom and three-bedroom units. Studying will be made more convenient and comfortable with apartment-like amenities such as kitchens, living rooms and separate bedrooms. There will also be laundry facilities, a fitness center with locker rooms and showers, lounge, game room, and multi-purpose meeting rooms. The 170,000sf, six-floor dormitory will also have ground-floor parking for 22 cars and storage for bicycles. In order to have the dormitory ready for occupancy in the fall, an innovative
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structural system was used. The design team selected the “Infinity System,” which allowed for an aggressive schedule over more traditional framing options. The panelized metal stud system utilizes the wall framing and composite floor as the structural frame, which allows for lower floor heights and faster construction. Access to the UMass campus features a 104 foot pedestrian bridge that connects the dormitory to the university parking lot on Broadway Street. The bridge will allow the students to safely cross over the active MBTA railroad tracks that separate the two properties. The materials used in the span are all American-made with the “Made in America” stickers emblazoned on the beams. The bridge was built in the shop of Lowell Iron and Steel and driven in one
Rendering by Neshamkin French Architects piece to the site. Workers used a crane to hoist the massive 32-ton bridge into place and secure it to the support structures. Lee Kennedy of Quincy was selected as the contractor, Neshamkin French Architects of Charlestown is the architect for the project, and TFMoran Inc. of Bedford, N.H., provided the structural engineering. The dormitory is scheduled to be completed for the fall 2013 semester. Developer and owner Jim McClutchy says that the $42 million project is a “win win” for the city and the university, creating 400 jobs as well as bringing in $250,000 annually in tax revenues. His company, Soho Development ,will lease the dormitory to the university for 15 to 30 years.
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by Bob Joy It is hard to pick up a newspaper or magazine nowadays that doesn’t contain an article about the affordability crisis in higher education. Calls for greater accountability and fiscal responsibility are coming from members of congress, state legislators, parents, and students. In his recent State of Bob Joy the Union speech, President Obama announced that the Department of Education would be releasing report cards grading colleges and universities on their effectiveness and efficiency. I am sure that all of the college presidents watching the speech were hoping that they would be graded on a curve. As a result of these concerns, resources at colleges and universities will be constrained even further in coming years. Faced with hard choices, some administrators will choose to defund “non-essential” expenses, such as memberships and conference attendance. While on the surface it might look prudent to keep the money focused on the mission, it could actually undermine the long-term viability of these institutions. When resources are scarce, we need to follow the old carpenter’s rule of “Measure twice, cut once.” We should be placing a greater emphasis on planning,
especially the unique model of integrated planning advocated by the Society for College and University Planning. SCUP’s approach to planning cuts across silos and integrates all of the key factors — resource allocation, academic planning, budget and finance, and facilities — into an inclusive, transparent process. Membership in SCUP should be seen as an essential first step toward achieving greater accountability and demonstrating fiscal responsibility. Conference attendance is also sometimes constrained when budgets are tight. Yet, what is one great insight or idea worth to an administrator? SCUP’s collegial culture provides opportunities to learn from members who reflect the broad range of interests and roles found in higher education. Our conferences bring the best minds together to share ideas and case studies in efficient and friendly forums. The postconference surveys we conduct always show that participants place a high value on what they have learned and feel it is essential to their professional growth. I therefore encourage you to join us at our upcoming conferences. On May 1 to 3, 2013 we will travel to Montreal to explore the impact that globalization is having on colleges and universities. The title is, “Global, Local, or ‘Glocal’: Identity for Higher Education in an International Context.” We will be hosted by McGill University and Concordia University, both of which are located in the vibrant heart of Montreal, one of the world’s most cosmo-
Suffolk U Facility Approved
Boston - The BRA Board unanimously approved Suffolk University’s plans to construct a new building for educational use at 20 Somerset St. The project will consolidate the university’s classrooms and move all of its existing academic seats out of the residential area of Beacon Hill. The $62 million project will replace a vacant government office building with a 112,000sf 10-story 20 Somerset St. rendering building, including ing 1,100 classroom seats. The building two floors partially or fully underground. There will be four will also house student support services, floors each of general-education and sci- a cafeteria and performance space, and an ence classrooms of various sizes, provid- indoor lounge area. politan cities. We have several outstanding plenary speakers lined up, including Jamil Salmi, former education sector manager for The World Bank; and Philip Altbach, director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. We are especially excited that the city of Montreal will use the occasion of our conference to unveil its new strategic plan for higher education. Conference at-
tendees will be invited to the presentation on Wednesday afternoon and an exclusive reception afterward. For more information about this exciting conference, go to http:// www.scup.org/page/regions/na/2013. Our one-day conference will be held at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut on October 4, 2013. Continued to page 29
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New Center at New England Conservatory of Music Under Way Tishman Construction Construction Manager, Ann Beha Architects
oston - Ann Beha Architects is leading design for a new student life, performance, and academic center at the New England Conservatory of Music. A vibrant new setting for academic and community life, this campus development will transform this eminent conservatory’s urban presence and extend its cultural impact. Tishman Construction is the construction manager on the project. Two new buildings offer over 200,000sf devoted to academic, residential and campus services. Phase 1 includes a new Student Life and Performance Center offering residences for 250 students, a dining commons, the conservatory’s library and archives, practice and performance facilities, and an opera theater. Phase 2, the Academic Center, will provide student and faculty teaching studios, offices, practice rooms, and performance areas. The buildings will be linked by a pedestrian bridge, offering an integrated academic environment. The distinctly contemporary design reflects the Conservatory’s mission as an international leader in music education. The buildings will showcase activities and performances to the larger community, integrating transparency, access, sustainability, and technology. The project includes new landscaping, lighting, and campuswide upgrades, creating a new gateway from Boston’s “Avenue of the
Renderings of the new student life, performance, and academic center. Arts” into the campus. With the Conservatory’s historic buildings, Jordan Hall, a National Historic Landmark, and the St. Botolph Building, the campus ensemble will span two centuries.
Phase 1 opening is planned for fall 2017, coinciding with the Conservatory’s 150th anniversary. Ann Beha Architects is working with Gensler Boston, a third collaboration
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CTA Completes Parker School
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Billerica, MA - CTA Construction completed construction of the new 89,093sf, two-story Parker Elementary School in Billerica. The existing school was demolished and the project was completed ahead of schedule. The Parker Elementary School contains classrooms, gymnasium, music/art rooms, library/media center, and a cafetorium with a stage for theatrical productions. Numerous windows and glass walls throughout the school provide ample daylight for the students, Parker Elementary School photo by of SMMA faculty, and administrators. An outdoor courtyard allows for Symmes Maini & McKee, the project additional educational space for faculty and architect. students. Joslin, Lesser & Associates is the owner’s project manager, and SMMA/
Worcester, MA - Suffolk Construction recently completed construction of the $400 million Albert Sherman Center, a 512,000sf biomedical research and education facility located on the University of Massachusetts Medical School campus in Worcester. The facility is the centerpiece of the state’s multi-year life sciences initiative. The Suffolk project team joined Massachusetts Governor Deval UMass Medical School Albert Sherman Center Patrick, UMass MediThe LEED Gold certified Albert cal School Chancellor Michael Collins, UMass President Robert Sherman Center stands 11 stories high, Caret, and other dignitaries to celebrate with nine occupied floors topped by a twothe grand opening of the Sherman Center, story mechanical penthouse. The facility which doubles the medical school’s re- features research laboratories, six learning search capacity. The facility serves as the community centers, a 350-seat auditorium, hub of the Worcester campus, physically conference rooms, a full-service café and connecting to existing buildings with broad dining area, and a fitness center. The projlandscaped exterior plazas and two elevat- ect scope also featured construction of a nearby 1,411 space, seven-level parking ed pedestrian bridges. Designed by ARC/Architectural Re- garage. A key component of delivering the sources Cambridge, the interdisciplinary, research and education facility was created project on time and within budget was Sufto maximize collaboration among research- folk’s innovative use of virtual design and ers, educators, and students to encourage construction / building information modelinnovation and learning across disciplines. ing (BIM).
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In August, 2012 Gateway opened its new 367,000sf campus in the heart of downtown. At a reported cost of $198 million, it was the largest project of its kind in state history and is expected to boost enrollment by 50%. In addition to exploring state-ofthe-art laboratories and classrooms, we will discuss the role of higher education as an economic driver. We all understand how increasing educational attainment and improving worker training are essential to economic growth. Here we will also learn
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Frostburg, MD - R. G. Vanderweil Engineers LLP, a Boston-based, full-service engineering firm, has collaborated with Ayers Saint Gross Architects and Planners of Baltimore to complete the design of a $45-million classroom facility at Frostburg State University (FSU). The Center for Communications and Information Technology (CCIT) is designed for mathematics, computer science, graphic design, and mass communication curriculum. It will house the university’s radio station studio, along with the television and multimedia broadcasting studios. In addition, the new center will include a planetarium that will be used as a multi-media learning center and be open to the public. The new 127,000sf structure is located in a prime location on the campus, near the performing arts center, science center, and student union. It is designed to act as a hub at the center of campus, offering a pathway through a light-filled, south-facing courtyard to surrounding buildings. The contemporary architecture of brick, sandstone, precast concrete, and glass is designed to bridge the modern and traditional architecture of the campus. Inside the three-story facility, study lounges, break-out areas, and conference rooms encourage students from different academic programs to
connect and collaborate, while providing them with the latest cutting-edge computer technology. A rooftop observatory will be used by the university’s astronomy program. Vanderweil is responsible for the design of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (MEP/FP) systems in the building. This network includes classroom and office air-handling systems; the building’s central chilled water and heating hot water boiler plant; and ventilation, electrical power, and lighting systems. The engineering and architecture firms designed the CCIT as an instrument to educate the campus community about environmental responsibility. A green roof helps to manage storm water run-off on campus and creates a venue for the ethno-botany program. Other sustainable features include lighting control systems, chilled beams, high-efficiency condensing boilers, and an energy recovery heat wheel. The CCIT is currently under construction and was designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating with the potential for certification from the United States Green Buildings Council. The building is scheduled to open in early 2014.
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Boston - Bond Brothers (BOND) has been hired to provide construction management services for Wentworth Institute of Technology’s new residence hall, the Apartments at 525 Huntington Avenue. The 305-bed residence hall will provide much-needed living space for junior and senior students, offering apartmentstyle living with mostly single bedrooms as part of a suite. It will create more appealing housing alternatives for students wishing to live on campus rather than in Boston’s surrounding neighborhoods, and these units will provide modern amenities to address the current and future needs of students. The 110,870sf building offers 72
units of living space combined with ground floor offices, common space, and bike storage areas. The project site will dedicate 2,350sf to a landscaped entry plaza, providing a green gathering space reminiscent of other plazas located along the busy Huntington Avenue thoroughfare. BOND’s team is working closely with Wentworth and design firm Beacon Architectural Associates on the project. As construction manager, BOND will provide a link between the on-site construction team and the surrounding neighborhood, keeping residents updated on planned construction activity.
High-Profile: Educational Facilities News
Major Expansion to P. C. Arena
Rendering of new arena
Providence, RI – Shawmut Design and Construction has been awarded the expansion and renovation of Providence College’s Schneider Arena. The fast-tracked project began in November and will be completed in September. Designed by architect Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, the corner-
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stone of the project is a new 30,000sf ground-up addition which will house the new lobby,ticket office, additional concessions, men’s and women’s varsity locker rooms and training rooms, varsity lacrosse locker room, strength and conditioning facility, coaching staff offices, and mechanical and operations rooms for the rink staff. The project also includes renovations to the existing arena, including new premium seating, improvements to the press box, additional Americans with Disabilities Act compliant viewing locations, and renovated youth hockey locker rooms. Schneider Arena will be occupied for the duration of the project for the men’s and women’s hockey seasons and other activities.
Windover Completes Boathouse
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Methuen, MA - Windover Construction announced the completion of the William A. Brown Boathouse on behalf of Phillips Academy Andover. Located on the banks of the Merrimack River in Methuen, the building was dedicated to the school’s first crew coach. The project involved the complete
redevelopment a 5.8-acre site to create a new home for Phillips Academy Andover’s renowned crew program. The new facility includes a private staff residence, administrative space, changing facilities, museum, and great room, plus extensive areas for boat storage and maintenance, launch ramp, docks, and more. “Everyone connected with the project seemed to have the rowing program’s needs foremost in their minds. They worked hard to understand what we wanted and did their very best to make it happen,” said Andover Crew Coach Pete Washburn. “It was a true pleasure for me to be able to work with them and I have been absolutely delighted with the way that everything turned out.”
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Dimeo Completes Gateway Community College
New Haven, CT - When the new Gateway Community College (GCC) opened its doors on September 4, 2012, it was the culmination of GCC President Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick’s tireless efforts to bring state and local parties to the table to secure funding and outline a vision for a state-of-the-art facility that would uphold the ideals of sustainability – for the facility itself and, most importantly, for the burgeoning student population and surrounding community. The safe and timely completion of the project represents the cooperation, communication, and coordination of the CT Department of Construction Services, construction manager Dimeo Construction Company, Perkins + Will Architects, construction administrator Gilbane Building Co., city of New Haven officials, and trade contractors.
With a goal of creating a meaningful identity for the college and enhancing the surrounding urban neighborhood, the architectural firm Perkins+Will had to negotiate the task of creating a large facility, one that encompasses two city blocks, while creating an environment that would encourage transparency, openness, identity, and engagement. The construction site is made up of two parcels, one located north of the other, on 3.7 acres at 2-20 Church Street. The new campus includes two fourstory buildings totaling 360,000sf and a 600-car parking garage. Perkins+Will’s design is planned around a multi-story atrium that connects the second, third, and fourth levels of the building, and bridges over George Street to link the north and south buildings. The atrium serves as an interior, three-dimensional
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“street” that connects the main entry to the fourth floor, bringing daylight into the middle of the building and providing clear, intuitive access to all of the major spaces. Configured as a series of terraces linked by stairs and stadium-style seating, the atrium will become the primary gathering space for students and a link between academic spaces and faculty offices. Along the north side is a Learning Wall, a four-story, articulated surface that features inspirational messaging and is patterned with windows that bring natural light into interior classrooms. The bridge features a LED art instal-
lation by the art collective Electroland, with portraits that showcase the personalities that make the college unique. Perkins+Will also located the more public elements of Gateway’s program at street level, with the cafeteria, bookstore, culinary arts program, and art exhibition space all visible through storefront-style windows. The new Gateway campus features culinary and hospitality management labs, a nursing skills lab sponsored by the YaleNew Haven Hospital, a nuclear medicine technology lab, a computerized tomograContinued on next page
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High-Profile Cover Story: Gateway Community College First Public Building to Achieve LEED Gold in Connecticut Continued on from previous page phy lab, and a graphic design studio, among other facilities. With 90 classrooms, 10 meeting spaces, 22 computer labs, a twostory library, a culinary center, a bookstore, a health center, an early learning facility, and a small business center, GCC is ready to meet today’s educational needs and the many workforce challenges of tomorrow. The new campus will increase GCC’s enrollment capacity by 50%. GCC is one of the fastest growing community colleges in Connecticut and has been challenged for the past several years to accommodate its growing student body within its previous two campuses, one in New Haven and the other in North Haven. The students are not the only beneficiaries of the project that was more than three years in the making; work began on the site in December 2009 and was completed for the fall 2012 semester, and represents over 900,000 trade hours worked and 800 +/- construction jobs created. Before the project even began, the project team was charged with a challenge to meet and exceed the state set-aside requirements of 25% SBE and 6.25% M/WBE/DBE and to grow the state DAS prequalified contractor pool to draw companies from trade packages greater than $500,000 in value. As the lead party responsible for assembling the subcontractor trades, Dimeo Construction
student gathering area that steps up from the ground floor to a rooftop garden. The green roof also supports photovoltaic panels on a special framing system. Stephen Rutledge, chief operating officer at Dimeo Construction Company, notes the commitment of the state of Connecticut and the city of New Haven to offering opportunities to those who are eager to improve their skills during tough economic times: “Dimeo Construction Company is proud to have been a part of helping lead the team of professionals in construction of this very important educational facility for the regional community.”
Main entrances looking northwest Company implemented a series of protocols that ultimately resulted in 43% SBE participation and 24% MBE participation – far higher than the state mandated goals, including increasing the DAS prequalified trade listing by 300%. The program was such a success that Alvin Bingham, Affirmative Action/Contract Compliance Unit Supervisor for the CHRO, has called it “the model template that all state of Connecticut projects should strive towards.” Doug Peckham, project executive with Dimeo Construction Company, credits the cooperation of state and city officials, de-
sign consultants and critical trade contractors, as well as the depth of experience of Dimeo’s estimating, purchasing, and field staff with creating and successfully implementing the best possible solution for each complex challenge faced. The campus is one of the largest construction projects the state has ever undertaken and its first public building designed to be LEED Gold certified. The work included sustainable design strategies including solar shading, ice storage, sustainable and recyclable materials, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water heating. The design allows the college to maximize the use of energy efficient systems and equipment and reduce the demand on existing energy utilities. It includes a multi-level
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New Residence Hall Uses Precast Hollowcore Plank
Kingston, RI - University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston has been growing steadily since its humble beginnings in the late 1800s. The latest enrollment figure is 16,250 students, with about 6,200 living on campus. As with many historic universities, it is out with the old and in with the new. In this instance, a 65-year-old apartment complex that housed only 54 beds is being replaced with a five-story, 429 bed residence hall. This isn’t your average residence hall, students have noticed the open, airy feeling of the rooms with 9-ft. ceilings and the abundance of operating windows. There are two wings connected in the center, with a four-story glass bridge linking them together. This bridge provides each floor with outstanding views of the campus and its gardens and includes comfortable lounges that promote community for either meetings or studies. This 120,000sf residence hall utilizes 8-in. thick precast concrete hollowcore planks for the floors, ceilings, and roof. Oldcastle Precast, Inc. of Selkirk, N.Y. manufactured the 1,263 pieces of 4 ft. wide, 8-in. thick precast prestressed concrete hollowcore planks, as well as the 74 pieces of 8-in. thick solid precast prestressed slabs. One of the latest important criteria in new student housing is design flexibility. Universities and colleges want the ability to modify the building’s internal layout as future needs change. A major plus to design flexibility with precast hollowcore planks is that the plank itself is long and thin; an 8-in. thick hollowcore plank will span 30
feet with no interrupting columns or beams in the middle of the living area. The strength and design flexibility of precast hollowcore planks permits the use of long spans with high-load capacity, which is perfect for large open areas such as lounges and meeting rooms. Another part of its design flexibility is that precast hollowcore planks can be used with different structural systems. In URI Hillside, hollowcore planks are bearing on both steel structure and masonry. Precast hollowcore planks have many benefits over other building materials. One is concretes mass, which acts as a thermal sink to smooth peak heating and cooling demands, saving both energy and money. This next benefit is one of the reasons the design
URI residence hall team chose precast hollowcore planks: fire safety; it provides a non combustible structure and eliminates the need for additional fireproofing or fire spraying. Precast concrete also provides moisture control to combat mold and mildew, a health issue that’s a growing concern. Add to that the benefit of reduced noise and vibration between floors, making it an excellent choice for college students, who at times seem to have more energy than can be contained. “Using precast hollowcore installation meant less site congestion, and erection is faster, which gave us earlier access for other trades, saving both time and money,”
says Anthony Maselli, vice president of field operations for the contractor, KBE Building Corporation of Farmington, Conn. On average, Oldcastle can erect and place between 70 amd 80 pieces of 4-ft. wide plank covering an approximate area of 8,000 to 10,000sf of precast hollowcore plank a day, even during the adverse weather conditions. Precast hollowcore planks provide natural channels for wiring, plumbing, and HVAC. The finished planks can be left exposed but are smooth enough to simply be painted, alleviating the need for suspended ceilings. The floor side requires minimal finishing with gypcrete or concrete self-leveling to be ready for flooring applications. University campuses prove to be an excellent venue to build sustainable buildings since faculty and students are very engaged in environmental issues. This URI residence hall is applying for LEED Silver certification, which goes beyond the skeleton of the building and its precast hollowcore planks. The roof includes plantings and solar collectors which will provide 30% of the hot water needs. Windows open to supply natural ventilation, and each floor includes recycling centers. The landscaping includes permeable paths and rain gardens that filter water as it travels back to the river. The new residence hall at URI is environmentally friendly, sustainable, airy, inviting, and inspiring. It is an uplifting environment to encourage the education of our most valuable asset, our children. The project was designed by Lerner Ladds + Bartels and constructed by KBE Building Corporation.
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The use of precast concrete in educational residential facilities allows architects and designers to go beyond the old style design. Precast hollowcore planks and solid slabs can provide more livable and multi-functional spaces. The 5-story, 429 bed, University of Rhode Island (URI) Hillside Residence Hall is a perfect example of how high performance precast hollowcore provides an efficint, resilient flooring solution. Precast erection comPleted on time in 5 months. To read the complete story on the URI Hillside Residence Hall, visit www.pcine.org /projects.
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CTA Completes Tahanto School HMFH Architects
Boylston, MA - CTA Construction completed construction of a new 126,000sf Middle School/High School for the Berlin-Boylston Regional School District to replace an existing 98,000sf school building which is in severe disrepair. The new school was completed on an aggressive 18-month schedule. The existing school will be demolished by June 2013. CTA Construction worked closely with the Tahanto Regional Middle/High School Building Committee, the owner’s project manager, PMA Construction Services, and the project architect, HMFH Architects, Inc., to complete the project on time and on budget. Although the school building contains both the middle and high school, with separate entrances for each group, the building has many shared spaces including the auditorium, dining commons, and gymnasium. In January of this year, administrators, faculty, and students moved into the new school. The school site is situated near the Wachusett Reservoir. Construction work on the school included installing and maintaining erosion control systems to protect the wetlands area. Sitework involves site utilities, new parking areas, reconfigured access ways and athletic fields including ball, soccer, and football fields. The project is participating in the
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Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools program. Some of the sustainable features include use of recycled materials regional materials, high-efficiency heating systems, waste recycling, and light harvesting systems. Working with IRN, The Recycling Network based in Concord, N.H., more than 26 tons of surplus furniture and equipment such as desks, chairs, books, shelving, and science tables are being sent to Saint George’s College in Kingston, Jamaica, a new grade 1-12 school that is in need of furnishings. CTA Construction, along with other project team members, is assisting in the cost of delivering these furnishings to Saint George’s College.
Sherwood Middle School gym Shrewsbury, MA - PMA Consultants ported the town of Shrewsbury in obtaining recently completed the new Sherwood funding for this project from the MassaMiddle School in the town of Shrewsbury chusetts School Building Authority. PMA several months ahead of schedule to allow also managed the town of Shrewsbury’s classes to start on January 23, 2013. procurement of a construction managePMA Consultants oversaw construc- ment at risk firm, solicited and reviewed tion of the new 130,000sf middle school statements of qualifications from trade that serves 1,000 public school students in contractors, managed the bid process, and grades five and six. As the owner project has supported the town with the opening of manager, PMA represented the Town of trade contract bids in February of 2011. The project is currently in Phase 2 Shrewsbury from feasibility study phase of design in June 2009, through the contract which includes abatement and demolition documents stage of the design, which was of the old school, completion of playing fields, landscaping, and parking areas. completed in December of 2010. The project team included the town PMA, in conjunction with the project team, developed construction cost esti- of Shrewsbury, PMA, Lamoureux Pagano mates, conducted constructability reviews, Associates Architects, and Gilbane Conreviewed contract documents, and sup- struction Company.
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Abbot Restores Mixed-Use Building Community Senior Center Completed
Boston - Abbot Building Restoration Company, Inc. of Boston recently completed restoration of the top two floors of a five-story brick mixed-use building located at 76 Batterymarch in the heart of downtown Boston. Originally a commercial property, the building was converted to condominiums back in the mid-1980s. During that conversion, Abbot had performed limited masonry work to repair various defects as directed by the owner. After the construction, the units were sold for private residential and some commercial usage. Over the years, the building had experienced increasing water infiltration problems, primarily around the top two floors. Coincidentally, in the spring of 2012, Abbot was contacted by the association’s management company, Sun Property Group, to address the water infiltration issues. After a comprehensive investigation by Abbot and Sun Property Group, Abbot was contracted to repoint all of the brick on the top two floors, caulk the perimeter of the windows in that area, and apply a water repellent coating to the brick surfaces. One of the complexities
Natick, MA - Diversified Project Management (DPM), a Newton-based owner’s representative, recently completed construction management services for the Town of Natick’s new, $10 million community/senior center. Sitting on the site of the former senior center and courthouse property, the new, 28,000sf community /senior center boasts all new amenities includNatick’s new community/senior center. ing a gymnasium, multiexisting building and remediation of ledge purpose meeting hall and full service dining facilities with modern- and contaminated soils from the site. DPM Project Executive Frank Kenized and increased accessibility. In addition, the facility features sev- nedy; Senior Project Manager, Tony Sieveral multipurpose rooms for classes and ers; and Construction Site Manager, Larry other activities as well as a large parking Connors worked closely with Natick’s area to support the anticipated increase in building committee and all members of the project team including Graham Meus Arprograms. DPM provided comprehensive con- chitects, TLT Construction, Inc. and WSP 76 Batterymarch struction management services including Flack & Kurtz, to deliver the first-class faof the job was to match the red color of the abatement and demolition oversight of the cility. original mortar used on the building. The new mortar used by Abbot was manufactured to meet these original color specifications. Old Town, ME – AlliedCook Con- work also included modifications of the struction, a northern New England con- firm alarm systems and associated carpenstruction management firm, recently com- try and finishes. The project required carepleted renovations at University Park, a ful planning and coordination in order to family housing development for the Uni- limit disruption to residents. versity of Maine community. Despite an aggressive three-month AlliedCook provided construction schedule, the project was completed ahead management services for life-safety up- of schedule and under budget. grades that included the installation of Port City Architecture of Portland sprinklers into 14 single-story apartment designed the renovations. buildings constructed in the 1960s. The
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Villages at River Mead Under Way
Peterborough, NH - Metro Walls has been hired to complete a large scope of work at The Villages at River Mead in Peterborough. River Mead is an assisted and independent living community that is adding a new 108,000sf building within 33 wooded acres across from the original campus, just steps away from downtown Peterborough. The apartment and cottage styles will be full featured, open conVillages at River Mead under construction cept, and planned for gracious living and entertaining. Metro Walls is peralso was hired on the project to complete forming the installation of all light-gauge all of the exterior siding and trim. The steel framing, light-gauge metal trusses, project is expected to be completed in the wood blocking, interior framing, and all spring of 2013. drywall. Metro Walls and Exterior Designs Its sister company, Exterior Designs, are located in Manchester.
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Hopkinton, MA - Congress Building Corp. announced that construction financing for Phase 2 of the renovation and addition project at Golden Pond, an assisted living residence in Hopkinton, has been closed and construction is under way in earnest. Congress was selected by its repeat client, Golden Pond Resident Care Corp., to provide the construction management services for Golden Pond’s two-phased renovation and addition. Phase 2 construction will result in
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Project Resource Completes Center
Franklin, NH - Project Resource Group, LLC of Francestown recently completed a multiple phase renovation project for the city of Franklin at the newly created Bessie Rowell Community Center, previously home to the Bessie Rowell Elementary School. Barker Architects, Inc. of Concord provided construction documents and administration. The former school, a 26,000sf building constructed in 1957, underwent a consolidation that reverted the building to the city. Utilizing CDBG funds and a grant from the N.H. Charitable Foundation, the city proceeded to develop an adaptive reuse plan to lease out the building. Currently, the tenants include Tiny Twisters Daycare Center, the Belknap-Merrimack County Community Action Program (BM-CAP) Head Start program, and the city’s own Recreation Center. A future project to house a BM-CAP Senior Center is in the design stage and scheduled to be built in 2013. The renovations performed by PRG included asbestos abatement, plumbing upgrades, life safety upgrades, a full commercial kitchen, a complete fire alarm system upgrade, and extensive architectural
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Nordblom Launches Project
Editors note: The following are excerpts from Boston BisNow Newsletter. Burlington, MA - Nordblom Co will soon start construction on a $1 billion, 3.6 million sf mixed-use complex in Burlington that includes an urban-style town center and culinary strip. Nordblom is a fourth-generation, family-run CRE company in business for more than 90 years. Nordblom will complete permitting and begin site prep in a few weeks for the $200 million Phase 1 redevelopment of half of its 285-acre Northwest Park office complex. Wegmans has already started construction on its 140,000sf supermarket, set to open mid 2014. Over time, Nordblom plans to develop on the site up to 2 million sf of office space, 300 rental apartments, and 300,000sf of restaurants, retail, and entertainment called 3rd Ave. Elkus Manfredi, which has projects in Boston’s Seaport District and Cambridge’s Kendall Square, is the master architect. Nordblom realizes that new Boston/ Cambridge developments attract companies seeking to hire and retain skilled tech
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Lowell CHC Opens its Doors DBVW Architects
Providence, RI – DBVW Architects and Consigli Construction have substantially completed work on the $24 million Lowell Community Health Center (CHC). A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 1 was the culmination of a complex renovation project that consolidated six of the health center’s outpatient locations into a state-of-the-art, 100,000sf medical and community health facility. The six-story facility boasts 77 exam rooms, a teen center, a teaching kitchen, one floor of administrative offices and conference rooms, and a pharmacy. DBVW Architects provided architectural, interior, and signage design services, and worked with various departments including pediatrics, behavioral health, adult medicine, cariño, nutrition, family medicine, and health promotion, among others, to understand their present and future needs. The health center’s diverse population speaks over 25 languages, so clear signage and wayfinding patterns were critical. The grand opening celebration focused on the team effort that was necessary
Wise Completes Healthcare Projects
Winchester, MA - Wise Construction of Winchester has completed work on the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in East Boston. Wise built out approximately 1,300sf of rental space at the center’s 20 Maverick Square outpatient care facility. The space is located on the ground floor and will be used as a pharmacy dispensary and coffee shop. Isgenuity of Boston is the architect for the project. At Memorial Hospital in North Conway, Wise will relocate and redevelop a walk-in clinic adjacent to the existing Emergency Department. The renovation will enable collaboration between clinical teams working in the clinic and the Emergency Department. Wise’s project team
will also reconfigure the nurses’ stations in the hospital’s Primary Care Department. The architect for the project is Steffian Bradley of Boston.
Coull to Expand PerkinElmer Site
Lowell Community Health Center to bring this project to fruition. Lowell CHC provides care to 50,000 residents of Greater Lowell a year, regardless of wealth or insurance status. The ribbon-cutting was a happy moment for the 1,400 donors who contributed to the successful $5 million capital campaign, including the employees of Lowell CHC, who had almost 90% participation in the donor program and contributed over $350,000. Michael Viveiros, principal in charge of design at DBVW Architects, commented, “It’s having a chance to collaborate with people like these, who have made a lifetime commitment to community healthcare, that makes architecture worth pursuing. My team and I are truly honored to be associated with Lowell Community Health Center.”
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Hopkinton, MA - JM Coull of Maynard is renovating and expanding two facilities located in Hopkinton for PerkinElmer as part of the development of the company’s new Personalized Health Innovation Center of Excellence. The center will focus on accelerating scientific innovation to help researchers who are working to eradicate disease and extend the quality and longevity of life. Working with Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects, Coull will transform an existing first floor into three new laboratories. The 16,000sf space will house chemical, biochemical, and vivarium laboratories. The project also includes a two-story office addition. The 40,000sf building will provide the company with additional office
space, conference and training rooms, a dining hall, and fitness and locker rooms. The office addition is projected to be completed this summer. Across the street from the office building addition, JM Coull will add approximately 15,000sf to the south side of an existing single-story, high-bay PerkinElmer warehouse. The existing warehouse will be converted into offices and light manufacturing space. JM Coull recently completed renovations for a suite of three cleanrooms plus a clean gowning room to accommodate the manufacturing of microfluidic cells, a process currently performed by PerkinElmer in Silicon Valley in California.
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Mass. Eye and Ear Designed To Serve Visually Impaired Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary’s new 79,000sf facility on Huntington Avenue near the Longwood Medical Area is a stand-alone patient care and surgical center serving a large number of visually impaired people. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A) designed the building to include many elements specifically implemented to accommodate these users, as well as an aging population in general. Design strategies that TK&A em-
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Suffolk, Tsoi/Kobus, McNamara/Salvia Team Up ployed to make the building more accessible to the visually impaired include:· • To simplify navigation through the space, strong color contrast distinguishes between walls and floor, furniture and floor, fixtures and floor, and between doors and the adjacent wall. Special floor patterns at doors help visitors easily identify door locations. • Accent colors are introduced in the floor to mark the main path to major destinations like clinic entries and reception desks.·
• Rust-colored Trespa rainscreen panels on the building’s exterior create a uniquely recognizable presence on busy Huntington Avenue, allowing the building to stand out from its neighbors. The designers also made sure that the new building would be a lively and welcoming presence in the neighborhood. For example, they designed the café so that its seating section is front and center, facing Huntington Avenue. In addition, an optical shop open to the public is situated on the first
• Relatively intense accent colors are used on side corridors to help visually impaired visitors identify their clinical destination. Different colors in different corridors help to facilitate way finding. • Access to natural daylight is maximized by locating public waiting rooms and corridors next to huge exterior windows.
floor, encouraging additional traffic into the building. Due to the building’s position at the foot of a steep hill, large windows on upper stories establish a connection with foot traffic on the side street as well. The building was profiled in the project gallery at the ASHE PDC conference in February. The project team is Tsoi/Kobus &
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High-Profile Feature: M.D. Fox Elementary School
Downes Set To Complete Phase 3 of the M.D. Fox Elementary School
artford, CT - Construction Manager Downes Construction, in collaboration with Smith Edwards McCoy Architects, is about to complete Phase 3 work on the $40 million “renovate as new” project at the M.D. Fox Elementary School. Originally constructed in the 1920’s, the four-story, 140,000sf school will undergo major restorations as the five-phase project progresses with a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification. Work completed in the first two phases of the project included hazardous material and environmental abatement, partial building demolition, site work and the replacement of single hung windows. Phase 3 includes construction of the building envelope, ADA accessibility and structural upgrades. Fixtures, furnishings, and equipment will be installed in Phase Four and the final phase will be devoted to playground equipment. The project scope includes completely new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. A new lower level entry lobby, exterior 3/17/09 entrance11:47:58 canopy,AMand monumenMJDaly_Ad_A.pdf tal stair creating a spatial link between the floors will be installed. Three separate wheel chair lifts are incorporated to facilitate accessibility throughout the building; one at the main entrance lobby, one serving the stage and
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one serving the Auditorium mezzanine. The existing masonry school building requires a full renovation including new roofing, windows, doors, classroom appurtenances, and interior finishes. The existing 600 seat auditorium and mezzanine will be completely renovated all new seating, stage appurtenances, theatrical, and house lighting will be incorporated into the design. The existing gymnasium will be renovated with a new wood athletic floor and gym equipment, new lighting, electronic scoreboard, folding bleachers
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High-Profile Feature: M.D. Fox Elementary School Continued from previous page and finishes. New boys and girls changing rooms and faculty offices are incorporated in the design. The existing basement level cafeteria and kitchen are to be demolished and replaced with a new kitchen, servery and dining room. This space is to be located under the gymnasium with direct access to the play area. New site work will include an interior drive to allow school busses and parents to drop off younger students and surface parking for 107 cars, site lighting, site walks, and specialty paving areas, playground and play equipment. A dining terrace is planned adjacent to the new cafeteria. Storm water management and underground utility connections to existing public services will be required. Smith Edwards McCoy Architects pointed out that the M.D. Fox School was originally the Morgan D. Bulkeley High School constructed in 1924-25. It was the companion school to Weaver High School built in 1922. Both were designed by Frank Irving Cooper, and were the most distinguished schools constructed in an era of major expansion of the Hartford school system. Together they joined with their predecessor, Hartford Public High School, constructed in 1883 and 1897, to give Hartford three high schools of great academic and architectural distinction. While the original Hartford High was demolished in 1963 to make way for
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I-84, Bulkeley (now M. D. Fox Elementary School), remained. The schools were designed in the Collegiate Gothic style. Bulkeley High is distinguished by its elaborate front entrance with castings of Aesop’s Fables, and the stained glass library windows depicting historical scenes and events of Hartford and Connecticut. When the new Bulkeley High School wascompleted in the early 1960’s, this school became the M.D. Fox Elementary School.
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Structure Tone Completes MFS HQ Boston - Over an aggressive ninemonth construction schedule, Structure Tone successfully completed the fit-out of MFS Investment Management’s new LEED Silver certified corporate headquarters. The premier asset management firm has relocated 1,300 employees to a 280,000sf, 11-floor office space. MFS now occupies floors 2-3, 21-24 and 30-35. For seven months the Structure Tone team provided extensive preconstruction services to develop a comprehensive approach to achieve MSF’s move-in date. The multi-shift construction schedule accelerated the date by three months. These services included a conceptual budget which was updated routinely as the design progressed. As scope was added to the project, the team analyzed the design and sought ways to keep the project in line with the budget parameters.
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One of the most critical elements to the success of the project was the logistics planning and sequencing of the work— manpower, vertical transportation, material storage, subcontractor availability, and workloads, etc. A unique plan was developed to achieve the schedule and ensure
quality work scheduled 24-hours a day, sixdays a week. Noisy work and work completed on each tenant’s floor was completed off-hours, with MEP shutdown incorporated into planned building shutdowns. The project team utilized a dedicated freight elevator to move men and materials through the project during the day, with access to a second freight elevator for the second and third shifts. With all floors under construction, there was no room for storage on-site. Materials and equipment were loaded onto the floors in the evenings and overnight. Structure Tone worked with Childs Bertman Tseckares Architects to guarantee that the construction met LEED guidelines. The design featured high efficiency equipment and systems, floor to ceiling windows for day lighting, LED lighting with motion sensors when required, occu-
pancy sensors and personal environmental/ thermostat controls throughout, low flow fixtures, and water efficiency controls. The general office floors feature a standardized floor layout and furniture. A demountable partition system was utilized for maximum flexibility, as floor layout changes and restacks are common. A central corridor or boulevard divides each floor in half. Centralized along the corridor are the public amenity spaces, including the elevator lobby, pantries, and conference rooms. The consistent layout assists with orientation and wayfinding. The conference rooms feature the latest technology and communication systems, including video conferencing, Voip, plasma monitors, and a wireless network. Extensive coordination was required of the subcontractors to install the extensive MEP systems. New infrastructure was installed throughout the floors, except the life safety emergency power, which remained. During preconstruction, the team developed fully coordinated MEP shop drawings to accommodate the installation. Precise measurements and layouts were completed to ensure the new infrastructure would fit within the existing shafts and the MEP connections were in exactly the right place on the floors. Dual generators and air-cooled chillers were added to support the additional power and cooling requirements of the trading floor, conference center, communications/computer room, and IDF closets (two per floor), along with a new UPS system.
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Vision 3 Completes Coastway Bank E. Turgeon CM
Rendering of new prototype retail branch Cranston, RI - Vision 3 Architects of Providence joined Coastway Community Bank recently in celebrating the opening of the inaugural location of its new 3,800sf prototype retail branch on Comstock Parkway in Cranston. The branch is intended to be the first of multiple locations for the design, that uses quality, traditional materials of brick, stone, and glass to create a new contemporary brand identity for the bank. The atrium-like lobby utilizes an open plan and liberal use of glass to provide an open and inviting environment for the bank’s growing number of customers. E. Turgeon Construction Corp. was the construction manager. The design team included: from Vision 3 Architects: Joseph Caldeira, project
l-r: from Vision 3: Joseph Caldeira, Keith Davignon, and Andrew Hausmann. From E. Turgeon: Christopher Ducharme and Peter Abbenante manager; Keith Davignon, principal; and Andrew Hausmann, architect. From E. Turgeon Construction Corp: Christopher Ducharme, principal; and Peter Abbenante, project manager.
Jewett Completes New Bank
North Andover, MA - Jewett Construction Company, Inc. (JCCI) of Raymond, NH has completed construction of a new, ground-up branch of Massachusetts-based Lowell Five Bank at 498 Chickering Road, North Andover, Mass. This is the bank’s 16th such facility. JCCI contracted with NES Group of Mansfield to construct the new 3150sf branch facility, that was designed by DRL Associates, Inc. of Weymouth. It includes four teller stations, offices and a two-lane drive- thru with 24hour ATM. The exterior is of architectural shingles and HardiePanel cement board siding and trim, with Low E glass for windows and store fronts. Also included are decorative columns and cultured stone veneer, with copper down spouts and gutters. Exterior walkways have a snow melt system installed to eliminate snow and ice. The interior reflects many of the same qualities and finishes as the exterior,
New Lowell Five Bank with cultured stone veneer dressing the teller line and accent walls, and a high vaulted ceiling in the lobby with accent moldings. The mechanical and electrical work included a radio master box and security system provided by American Alarm . Diebold, a division of NES Group, provided the branch with all Diebold equipment. The entire project was completed in six months, and despite encountering thousands of tons of contaminated soils, JCCI maintained the original delivery date promised the client.
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Concord, NH - Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc., of Concord, completed renovations and additions to the Concord Food Coop designed by DC Design of Concord. The project included the addition of the new entry and tower and complete renovations of the entire facility. The project was constructed on a tight, busy, downtown lot on Main Street.
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Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation (KBE) has promoted three directors to vice president. Jim Culkin has been promoted to vice president of preconstruction and estimating from his previous Culkin position of director of procurement for the northeast office. Culkin has 27 years of experience in the construction industry. Tony Maselli has been promoted to vice president of field operations from his former position as co-director of field operations for the northeast office in Farmington. A 26-year veteran of the construction
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Silver/Petrucelli Design $103M School
Bloomfield, CT - BVH Integrated announced the firm has promoted three members of its project management staff to vice president. With BVH since 1998, Mark Allyn, P.E., has managed a wide range of healthcare, higher education, and institutional projects. With over 20 years of engineering design experience, he is a licensed professional engineer throughout New England and in New York. Daniel J. Herzig Jr., P.E., has 25 years of experience in engineering design and project management. He was a mechanical engineer and project manager at BVH for 14 years before establishing Herzig Engineering, Inc. where he served as president before returning to BVH in 2007. He specializes in advanced technology, biopharmaceutical, healthcare, and academic projects. Jeffrey Cichonski, P.E., LEED AP, joined BVH as a mechanical engineer in
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Pegasystems HQ Completed Cambridge, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Visnick & Caulfield Architects, WB Engineers, and Officeworks recently completed the new corporate headquarters for the Massachusetts-based software company, Pegasystems, located at One Rogers Street in Cambridge. Working collaboratively, the project team transformed the existing 162,000sf space into a
Pegasystems headquarters flexible corporate headquarters that will accommodate future growth and also tell the story of Pegasystems.
Interior view of new headquarters Highlights include new private offices that were constructed to double as small meeting rooms, flexible conference rooms with extensive audio visual equipment, as well as various workstations and public open space that promote collaboration. A combination of both solid and glass demountable architectural walls were utilized extensively throughout the space to provide maximum flexibility and allow for various reconfigurations. Overall, the space was designed for change with the anticipation of rapid future growth.
Bridget Taps A&O Danner
Boston - Stephen Danner, president of A&O Danner, says his most recent client, No Rest for Bridget, based in Irvine, California, will be ready to open its 1,300sf shop at 220 Newbury St. in Boston in midMarch. This will be the small chain’s first East Coast location. Danner is working with D2 Construction of Costa Mesa, Calif. No Rest for Bridget markets affordable women’s clothing and accessories to 20- to 39-year-olds. This is the fourth cutting-edge fashion retailer in recent years to select A&O Danner to build a flagship store on Newbury Street. In 2010, Danner completed a shop for British clothing store Jack Wills Outfitters. To date Danner has built seven
Callahan Completes Transfer Station
Callahan completes transfer station Bridgewater, MA - Callahan, Inc. transfer station. The $5 million Callahan recently completed construction on the contract began in March of 2012, and the Braintree Transfer Station for the Covanta station remained fully operational during Energy Corporation. The nine-month reno- the renovation. vation added new recycling capabilities The project included a new enclosed and will reduce noise and diminish poten- staging building, a tarping and exit scale tial odor complaints, among several other building with enclosure to reduce noise, improvements. The newly improved trans- new air filtration system for mitigating fer station was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting odors, a relocated resident drop off area, ceremony in early January. and a new inbound scale house. Sitework Callahan provided construction man- included expanded roadways and perimagement services and associated sitework eter fencing, new trees, and landscaping. for the renovation and modernization of the
Kaplan Completes Work for ABC and GCI
Boston - Kaplan Construction, a Brookline general contractor and construction management firm, has completed construction of offices for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC) and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI). The Massachusetts Chapter of ABC is the largest construction trade association in the commonwealth, representing more Entrance for No Rest for Bridget than 475 local general contractor, subconlocations for them in three states. In 2012, tractor, supplier, and associate companies. Danner built out a shop for Alton Lane, innovative men’s custom clothier, and completed Scoop NYC, a high fashion boutique for men and women.
GCI is the training affiliate to ABC. This project marks the second time that the property owner, Adam DeSanctis, enlisted Kaplan Construction for preconstruction and construction management services. Kaplan was able to meet the client’s goals of budget and schedule by completing the fast-tracked design-build project in five weeks. The scope of work included new class A office space for ABC and a training facility for GCI.
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Watertown, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. of Quincy recently completed a two story addition to St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary school in Watertown with SMMA. Careful upfront planning, communication and teamwork were the keys to the successful completion of this fast track project. Before a shovel even hit the ground, the team developed a very detailed schedule, provided value-engineering solutions that would work within the timeframe and budget, and New classroom in St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary procured long school. lead items. In just three and elevator; fresh landscaping around the months, the team built a new two-story, wood-frame addition that in- grounds and a new playground in time for cluded four classrooms, a new entryway the return of the students and faculty.
Boston - Sasaki Associates was recently honored with three BSA Design Awards. An honor award was received for Planning for the Universidad del Istmo Master Plan. The new campus is located in the rapidly growing community of Santa Isabel near Guatemala City, Guatemala. A Citation for Planning was received for the Mississippi State University Master Plan - Sasaki’s provided planning guid-
ance for the entire 4,400-acre contiguous land grant campus including the university research park and outlying land utilized for agricultural, forestry, and veterinary mission-related purposes. A Citation for Design Excellence was given for Lorain County Community College iLOFT - Sasaki undertook a major renovation of LCCC’s former library, transforming it into a dynamic and innovative teaching and learning environment.
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by Mark Reed Nearly 20 years ago, as a young designer at Payette, I had the opportunity to focus on the design of the teaching laboratories for Vanderbilt University’s new chemistry building. It gives me great pride to know that the innovations that we achieved in those designs have become the model for nearly all the organic chemistry teaching labs built in the US since then. The innovations were driven by curriculum changMark Reed es in which universities began to base the lab work on fume hood activities rather than bench activities. This change was the result both of safety concerns and of the desire to give students the experience they would need to work in professional laboratory environments. But how could all these hoods fit in a lab (one station per student)? After a bench-marking tour of teaching labs nationwide with the faculty, we collectively rejected the designs, in fashion at the time, that placed the bulky fume hoods in the center of the laboratory space, where they served as visual impediments. Even the schemes to use “see through” fume hoods were disappointing, in our view, as the multitude of reflections did not reduce the visual impediment. What we decided to do instead was to prioritize the learning environment on
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terested in expressing these changes in the design. For one small liberal arts college in the area, we have zoned the lab from a wet bench zone along the windows to the rear of the lab, to a bench zone for individual a group work towards the center of the lab, to a dry computation and discussion area approaching the front of the lab, culminating in a curved media wall that serves as the prime visual and communication area. The curved forms necessary to give great sight lines from all the benches in the labs are echoed in the curvature of the lab benches, which subtly define individual work zones and group work areas. From a sustainability standpoint, the fact that experiments are all predefined and prescriptive (unlike in a research lab) allows ductless fume hoods to be a viable option. This is an exciting time for teaching lab design. The recognition of the students’ need to learn in multi-mode fashion, accustomed to highly visual, interactive, and multi-tasking social media, means the labs of the future are going to be fundamentally different than those of the past. We are looking forward to being a part of that transition and to realize the design potential of these new forces. Mark Reed, AIA LEED Rendering by LAB \ Life. Science. Architecture, Inc. AP, is a principal at LAB \ Life. A new teaching lab design features a curved media Science. Architecture, Inc., a wall that serves as the prime visual and communica- Boston-based laboratory design tion area for group work and discussion. firm.
finally, with the early advent of laptop computing, a dry write up and analysis zone ringed the central instrument area, giving students a convenient place to conduct their work within steps of their hood. In our recent work on teaching lab design, we’ve found opportunities to take these innovations a step further. In addition to the fundamental principles we developed in the Vanderbilt model, our clients are now seeking to integrate multi-media capabilities and Photo by Jeffrey Totaro, Architectural Photographer sustainable design into the lab Vanderbilt University’s organic chemistry teaching labs environment. These new rehave become the model for nearly all the organic chemquirements generate a new set istry teaching labs built in the US since then. of innovations, and we are in-
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JM Coull Hires Four
Maynard, MA - JM Coull announced that Antonio Antenor, Derrick Buron, and Matt LaVangie joined the company as assistant project managers. Jordan DiGeronimo was hired as marketing assistant. Antenor joins JM Coull as an assistant project manager in the operations group. Previously he worked for the town of Needham as an assistant project manager in the Department of Public Facilities and Construction. Buron worked for GPI Construction, Inc. of Brattleboro, Vt., as an estimator/ project manager. He has been involved in the construction of residence halls for the University of New Hampshire along with other residential projects. Buron is currently working on the expansion of Perkin Elmer’s facility in Hopkinton, Mass. as an assistant project manager. LaVangie has joined the operations group at JMC as an assistant project manager. He previously worked for C.E. Floyd Co. as an estimator and interned with Camp, Dresser & McKee as a project engineer in N.J. and N.Y. DiGeronimo joins the JM Coull staff as a marketing assistant. She interned with Montagne Communications, a public relations firm out of Manchester, N.H., where
Antenor DiGeronimo she assisted with media outreach, press releases and social media management. JM Coull is adesign-build firm specializing in new construction and renovations for the life sciences, advanced LaVangie technology, education, and healthcare markets. The firm uses an integrated approach to project management and focuses attention on the early phases of a project, using the proprietary StartSmart process, to ensure overall success. The company works throughout New England from its offices in Maynard, Mass. and Shelton, Conn.
Reynoldson to Lecture at Yale
Woburn, MA – Pierce In the course, graduate Reynoldson, virtual design students will create a concepand construction manager at tual design in-studio, includTocci Building Companies of ing all architectural, HVAC, Woburn, recently returned to and structural elements of teach at Yale University as an their projects. This year, the assistant professor at the Yale course focus is museums. School of Architecture. This “I really enjoy teaching is the second year Reynoldson and training in general,” said has taught at his alma mater, Reynoldson, who also reguReynoldson where he graduated first in his larly teaches Tocci employees class. and employees partnering with Tocci. Tocci is an industry pioneer in “These student projects are more unconbuilding information modeling (BIM), ventional than you would normally find, and Reynoldson will serve as the BIM so it allows them to think more ‘outside coordinator for the class, “Systems Inte- the box’ than usual.” gration in Development & Design.”
Nitsch Promotes Two
Boston - Nitsch Engineering announced that two key company leaders have been promoted. Fayssal Husseini, PE, PTOE, LEED Green Associate has been promoted to vice president and named a principal of the firm, while John Schmid, PE, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to executive project manager. Husseini has 28 years of experience in providing transportation/traffic engineering and construction phase services. As Nitsch’s director of transportation engineering, he has combined his project and business development experience to more than double the size of the transportation department. Schmid has 25 years of experience as a civil engineer, including 19 years at
Husseini Schmid Nitsch, where he is also an associate and shareholder. He has become well-known as an expert on the city of Boston site design process. At Nitsch Engineering’s civil engineering department, he successfully oversees a high volume of projects.
Varbedian Joins PMA
PMA Consultants announced that Vivian Varbedian has joined the company as an Associate. She will be based out of the company’s Braintree office and will provide owner’s project management services on projects in the New England Region. Varbedian has over five years of project management experience in Massachusetts, and
an additional seven years in California. Her most recent experience includes providing project management services for: Ariad Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, Brandeis University in Waltham, Lasell College in Newton, and the MIT Sloan School of Business Management in Cambridge.
Suffolk Hires Sanborn
experience managing compaTarrytown, NY - Suffolk nies, project teams, and new Construction has hired Mark Sanventures. Prior to accepting his born as its new vice president and new position at Suffolk Conregional director, responsible for expanding Suffolk’s market share struction, Sanborn was a key and servicing clients in the healthleader for the New York-based care, science-technology, and highhealthcare and life science dier education sectors throughout vision for general contractor New York. Structure Tone. He also held Suffolk has opened a new leadership positions with conSanborn office in Tarrytown that will serve tractors Skanska USA Building, as a base of operations for project Inc. and Lehrer McGovern Bomanagers, superintendents, and engineers. vis, and worked as a project manager for Sanborn has more than 32 years of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
Two Join Timberline
Trina Jerich recently joined the Timberline team as a senior project manager and client relations. She brings significant experience in the healthcare, assisted living, multi-unit housing, historical rehabs, and high-end commercial sectors. Over the past 14 years, she served as project executive and senior project manager for Dacon, CWC Builders, Walsh Brothers and Suffolk.
Wayne Pelletier joins Timberline as senior project manager after spending the past 28 years at Monitor Builders and DiGiorgio Associates, based in Boston. During his tenure he held positions as: project captain, project executive and vice president of architectural operations with DiGiorgio; and superintendent and senior project manager with monitor.
BKA Promotes Five
Brockton, MA - BKA Architects recently promoted five staff members: Jill S. Peebles, AIA, and Andy Estabrooks to the role of associate, and Alexandra J. Lerner, Sanford, Edward B. Peebles Parten, and Christopher Pizzichemi to the role of project manager. Peebles, a registered architect with 12 years of experience, will be responsible for managing client relationships. She also will fill the role of project architect and project manager on the projects she works on, such as her current work for Brophy and Phillips, South Bay Mental Health, The Boulders Apartments, and Catholic Charities. Estabrooks brings over 25 years of specialty retail store and commercial development experience to his role as associate. He is tasked with overseeing BKA’s lululemon athletica store development program. Prior work experience includes roles with db2/ARCHitecture, Bergmeyer Associates, The Stride Rite Corporation, and Architec-
Parten Pizzichemi tural Axiom. He brings an understanding of the issues facing both the architect and the retail client to the projects he manages. In their new roles, Lerner, Parten, and Pizzichemi will be responsible for the project management of retail projects located throughout North America.
Marr Promotes Wiles
have been firmly established Boston - The Marr Companies under her management. She announced that Paula M. Wiles was has assisted in the developrecently promoted to vice president ment of safety performance of human resources. measurement objectives on a Wiles started with The Marr company-wide basis and has Companies in 2001 as the executive helped to maintain and furassistant to the firm’s corporate adther strengthen Marr’s signifministration and safety departments. icant safety culture with the In 2004 she became human resources creation of safety targets and manager responsible for the adminWiles awards programs. istration of employee benefits, inBefore joining Marr, cluding health insurance, personnel recruitment and staffing management, the Wiles worked for two years as a paralegal implementation of personnel policies and for Plymouth Rubber Company, Inc., and procedures, and compliance with insurance for the year prior to that, she was a contracts/safety specialist for Fluor Daniel GTI programs such as workers’ compensation. The administrative functions of and a human resources generalist/medical the Marr Safety Program, such as safety surveillance coordinator with Clean Harcompliance, training, and record keeping, bors Environmental Services, Inc.
Dyer Brown New Hire
Boston - Dyer Brown nies including Bank of America, Architects announced that Sara Walt Disney, and Liberty Mutual Ross, LEED AP ID+C has joined Insurance, as well as Fidelity Inthe firm as senior manager of vestments, Navigant Consulting, corporate services. She has over Avaya, UBS, Washington Mutual, 15 years of commercial interior and Toyota Motor Sales. design and project management One of her most recent experience. projects, Dassault Systemes, was Prior to joining Dyer Brown, awarded the CoreNet Best New Ross was a senior project manWorkplace Award for 2012 and Ross ager at Elkus Manfredi Archithe Boston Business Journal Best tects and Interior Architects. Her Green Practice Awards for 2012 past clients have been Fortune 100 compa- in the Design Category.
Hyannis - Brown Lindquist Fe- was part of the team that earned a LEED nuccio & Raber Architects anGold certification for the hisnounced that Kathryn Giardi, toric renovation of the GlobLEED AP has recently joined its al Health & Social Medicine staff as a project architect/projAdministration Building at ect manager. Harvard Medical School. Giardi has more than eight In her new position, years of experience working as Giardi will be responsible an architectural designer. She for managing residential and has worked with a variety of commercial projects, using her LEED expertise on green building types, including multiGiardi building projects, and assistunit residential and affordable ing the firm in its transition housing, public safety, laboratory, and commercial projects. She is also to Revit, a 3D-based architectural design a LEED Accredited Professional and program.
Boston - Jones Lang LaSalle ments. announced that project and develLarge-scale assignments opment regional director Dermot under way or completed under Roe has been appointed to also Roe’s direction include: a malead the company’s national conjor renovation of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s flagship struction business. In his new role facility; the construction of Roe will focus on the continued 670 Albany Street in Boston’s growth and development of the BioSquare complex; developbusiness in the existing five marment of Pleasant Street Resikets of Boston, Washington, D.C., Roe dential for Harvard University; Philadelphia, Chicago, and San renovation and construction for Francisco. He has over 20 years of real estate Stratus Computer in Maynard; projects for development and construction experience various tenants in Cambridge Park and the throughout the US in all property types. construction of nine commercial buildings His primary focus is in commercial base with a retail marketplace at New England building construction and tenant improve- Executive Park.
JC&A Personnel News
Quincy, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Inc.(JC&A) announced that Stephen Robak has been promoted to vice president. He has been with J. Calnan & Associates for nearly 10 years and has worked on many high-profile projects including Thayer Academy, Viega, NESN Studios, The Wood Mill, The Park School, Puma, Converse, Shire, Children’s Hospital, Joule, and A123 to name a few. JC&A COO Michael Crowther says: “Steve’s new title reflects his achievement, contributions, and accomplishments within our organization, as well as the industry as a whole.” JC&A also announced that Chet Braun and Josh Hines have joined the company’s project management team, and David Ferreira has joined as a project executive. Braun and Hines will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of projects from preliminary planning through construction and final occupancy. Their responsibilities include supervision of staff and subcontractors, trade coordination, logistics and safety planning, subcontractor buy-out, contract negotiation, requisition review and approval, financial status reports, budget reports, quality control and overall client satisfaction. Braun has nearly 10 years of experience in the construction industry. Most recently he was with Commodore Builders where he managed projects for New York Life, The Container Store, and Brightcove. Hines had nearly 15 years of experience in the industry and was most recently with Jones Lang LaSalle and prior to that, Whiting Turner. Some of his recent proj-
Ferreira Hines ects include Perkin Elmer, BU Medical School, Keurig and Wilmerhale. Ferreira will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of projects from preliminary planning through construction and final occupancy. His responsibilities include supervision of staff and subcontractors, trade coordination, logistics and safety planning, subcontractor buy-out, contract negotiation, requisition review and approval, financial status reports, budget reports, quality control and overall client satisfaction. Ferreira has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Prior to joining J. Calnan & Associates, Inc.,He was in a management role at The Gutierrez Company.
Metro Adds Gagnon
Manchester, NH - Metro Walls Inc. of Manchester announced the addition of Dan Gagnon to its estimating team. He brings over 20 years of experience in the construction field as an estimator, carpenter and foreman. Gagnon is currently in his fourth year at The Wentworth Institute of Technology to receive his degree in project management.
DBVW Promotes Branch and Redfern
Providence, RI - Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects (DBVW) announced the promotion of Virginia Branch, AIA, and Sean Redfern, AIA, LEED AP to the position of associate principal. Branch has over 20 years of architectural experience and has been with DBVW since 2001. She has led project teams for several of DBVW’s most complex affordable housing, non-profit arts facilities, and adaptive reuse projects. She is involved in the Providence and Greater New England arts and architecture community. Redfern has nearly 20 years of architectural experience and has been with DBVW Architects since 2000. He has
Branch Redfern led project teams for several of DBVW’s most notable higher education, theater, and adaptive reuse projects. Redfern is known to his clients as being an effective collaborator, a good listener, and a dedicated and detail-oriented manager.
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April 9 - 11, 2013 World Conference & Expo Boston Biotech Business Development Conference World Trade Center, Boston The 2013 program will feature compelling talks from industry and academia on new trends in data generation, knowledge management, and information technology in life sciences and drug development, including best practice case studies and joint partner presentations relevant to the technologies, research, and regulatory issues of life science, pharmaceutical, clinical and IT professionals. For more information and to register: http://www.bbbiotechconference.com/ conference-agenda.php?id=10.
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Identity for Higher Education in an International Context Join us in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Montréal, home to four major international universities and ranked among the world’s top 10 cities for students. Addressing globalization in higher education, the conference will focus on strategies to develop planning processes with international standards and depth, serving our “national” members /stakeholders in a broader international context, extending the boundaries and scope of integrated planning; enriching the service we provide by continuously integrating theories, planning, knowledge, and practices beyond an inward national focus, and exploring and being inspired by world-wide experiences and expertise. For more information: http://www.scup. org/page/regions/na/2013
April 23, 2013 5:50-9:30 p.m. “Women in Media” National Association of Women in Construction Anastasia Barnes, business development manager at High-Profile Monthly, will join in a discussion on “Women in Media” Info: http://www.nawicboston.org/events.html
2013 Federal Contractors Conference April 23 - 25 Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC The AGC Federal Contractors Conference is the only national event where AGC contractors and federal agency personnel can meet in a collaborative forum to review federal construction contracting issues from around the United States. http://www.agc.org/cs/events/2013_federal_contractors_conference
Call for Entries Has your firm ramped up its marketing efforts recently? If so, SMPS Boston invites you to submit your marketing materials to the 2013 Recognizing Outstanding Communications Awards program. The ROC Awards program honors the best of the best in Boston A/E/C marketing, selected from a pool of more than 90 premier area firms. Communications categories include: • Brand Identity • Marketing Collateral • Event Marketing • Website • Holiday Piece • Integrated Marketing Campaign To see if your firm’s marketing materials are just the ticket, log onto http:// smpsboston.org/files/2/cfe_2013_final.pdf for the entry packet and join us at the gala on June 13! Entries are due April 11; the late deadline is April 26.
April 11, 2013 5 - 8 p.m. Doubletree Hotel - 5400 Computer Drive - Westborough, Mass. Joint Dinner Meeting SFNE and MSCI invite you to attend the Joint Dinner Meeting to share an array of topics that apply to the New England market, featuring Peter Wright, president of Steel Market Analysis. Some of the topics will include: US and global outlook for 2013 and beyond, durable goods orders and ISM manufacturing index, consumer confidence, and steel demand Indicators. For more information: www.ssfne.org or phone: 603-766-7363.
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