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2013 AIANH Design Awards A.D. Makepeace at Rosebrook Place Design Complete for Reading Middle/High School CTA Breaks Grd on Dracut Town Hall Pro Con on Schedule at Exel Center Allen & Major Completes Walmart Superstore Site Design Abbot Restores Historic Church Tower Timberline Begins Legal Sea 11 North Branch Celebrates 55 Years Press Release Relief: You’ve Written it, Now What? by Jennifer Shelby Infrastructure Upgrades to Existing Buildings by Alexander Vanderweil Mobility and Flexibility in the Specialty Lab by Stephanie Goldberg

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Boston - The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) announced at the New England Idea Exchange in Boston that it is establishing the Thomas M. Menino Alliance Scholarship for professional development in recognition of the mayor’s dedication to the city of Boston, his passion for sustainable development, and his Mayor Tom Menino promotion of publicprivate partnerships. “Mayor Menino’s contributions to ICSC, the retail real estate industry, and the city of Boston cannot be measured. He has been a staunch supporter of public–private partnerships and sustainable and responsible economic development,” said Michael P. Kercheval, president and CEO of ICSC. “We are grateful for the mayor’s continued involvement with ICSC over the years, and his advocacy for retail development in Boston. This scholarship is just one way

for ICSC to say thank you, and continue his efforts,” he said. Mayor Menino’s efforts are a reflection of ICSC’s Alliance program, whose mission is to promote public-private partnerships. He has worked closely with the retail development industry in order to increase economic development; as a result, the city of Boston is booming economically, in downtown areas and in neighborhoods with strong business districts. It is with these efforts in mind, that ICSC has established the Thomas M. Menino Alliance Scholarship for professional development, which will enable those public sector and nonprofit members of ICSC with limited resources to enroll in ICSC’s most distinguished professional development programs. This scholarship will allow other public officials to follow in Mayor Menino’s footsteps, and learn about the retail real estate industry and the positive impact quality development can bring to their communities.

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Design-Build Mid-Year Market Review and Forecast

by Chuck Reilly If you attended The 2013 SIOR/ NAIOP Mid-Year Review Program on June 13 at Boston’s Westin Waterfront Hotel, you had to leave the event excited about all that is happening in eastern New England in the entire commercial, industrial, and residential marketplace. Every speaker had positive attitudes backed up by strong statistics. How long will this cycle last? There is speculative construction on Route 128 with Duffy Properties completing the site and shell of their office building at 78 Blanchard Road. The Gutierrez Company has completed steel erection on Phase 2 of the Keurig project at Route 128 and Route 3. Both projects are in Burlington. Nordblom and Nordic Properties are about to renovate the office building at 201 Burlington Road in Bedford. Interstate 495/MetroWest filled three major vacancies earlier this year with TJX, Boston Scientific, and Quest Diagnostics. MathWorks will backfill the Speen Street, Natick building Boston Scientific will phase out of. FedEx Ground will occupy its new 173,000sf Boston Distribution Center in August (which is presently being completed by Scannell Properties and Dacon) behind MathWorks’ new digs. For industrial design-builders, activity levels are good. 2013 started out hot but hit a three-month lull in late winter through early spring. As of July 1, robust activity is back. We have identified 12 po-

tential design-build renovation projects and four ground-up build-to-suit projects outside of 128. Two are presently in engineering. Crown Uniform & Linen Service will break ground on Battles Street in Brockton in mid-August for a 94,000sf headquarters and laundry processing center. This consolidation project will combine Crown’s existing Fall River and Boston facilities. AccuRounds, Inc. of Avon will add an 18,000sf Lean manufacturing expansion later this fall. Other significant suburban projects include Trip Advisor and Normandy Real Estate Partners’ 280,000sf new headquarters building on Route 128 in Needham, which will break ground shortly. Schneider Electric and Leggat McCall Properties are completing a 230,000sf expansion and renovation of 800 Federal Street in Andover. This market momentum is being fueled by lower vacancy rates across the board, which reduces available options in existing buildings. Rising rental rates, confidence in the corporate world for manufacturing expansion, and social media companies’ growth to meet expanding electronic world markets are contributing to the positive cycle. Life science companies leaving Cambridge are backfilling vacant space on Route 128. Combined, these factors have created America’s job growth engine that has been lacking since the .com boom in the early 2000s. Continued on page 28

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The election results are in and next year’s leaders of the Boston Area Chapter of ISPE have been announced. Jay Zaino, soon to be past president of the Boston Area Chapter of ISPE, thanked all who helped lead and volunteer over the past year and congratulated those who have been elected to steer the organization for the upcoming year. The 2013-2014 board of directors are: Officers: President, Dan Ramsey; vice president , Christopher Opolski; treasurer, H. Steven Kennedy; and secretary Janet Tice. Directors: John (Jack) Campion. Tom Choyce, Dan Rufo, Tulsa Scott, John Spohn, CPIP; Dr. Jim Stout; Jillian Willard and Darren Wolter. Jay Zaino, current president of the Boston Area Chapter, and Kevin Chronley, current president of the New England Chapter, will serve on the board of directors as co-past presidents of the integrated


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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Suffolk Construction Breaks Ground on Brigham Building for the Future NBBJ Architect for $280 million Longwood Medical Area Project

Boston - Suffolk Construction recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the Brigham Building for the Future project in Boston. Located on the Brigham and Women’s Hospital campus in the Longwood Medical Area, the $280 million project totaling 620,000sf will feature an 11-story research lab and clinical facility

and 460-car below-grade parking garage. The state-of-the art building will encompass lab and outpatient clinical space, advanced imaging facilities, and a conference center, bringing clinicians and researchers together to foster translational medicine. A pedestrian bridge will be constructed to connect the Brigham

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Building for the Future to the existing Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, which was also built by Suffolk. The Suffolk project team will utilize the innovative, hybrid up/up construction method for the core and shell of the building. This method will enable the simultaneous construction of both the substructure and superstructure. Throughout the duration of the project, the project team will also implement Target Value Design, Model-Based Estimating, and Lean Construction processes to enhance teamwide

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Exel Center on Schedule Pro Con Architect and CM

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Dracut, MA - CTA Construction has broken ground on the new 20,000sf Dracut Town Hall designed by Johnson-Roberts Associates. The new $9.3 million building replaces the existing 1893 town hall and provides municipal departments with a large, modern facility that is ADA accessible. Once construction is complete, the existing town hall will be razed. The proj-

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ect will be targeting LEED certification. Vertex Engineering is the owner’s project manager. In addition to serving as construction manager on the Dracut Town Hall, CTA Construction currently is providing construction services for the $46 million renovations and addition to the Dracut High School totaling over 220,000sf.

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High-Profile: Retail Facilities Development News

Braintree, MA - This year, Timberline took on the task of creating another Legal Sea Foods location in Braintree. A Cambridge-based company, Legal Sea Foods has experienced success and developed a strong reputation for more than 60 years, which has led to a restaurant portfolio offering a total of over 40 locations throughout the East Coast. In the last decade, three sub-brands have also launched: Legal C-Bar, Legal Test Kitchen (LTK), and Legal Harborside. The project is a first-generation onelevel restaurant tenant build-out featuring an indoor dining area and outdoor seating on a balcony on the second floor of the two-story retail development. The Johnson Studio of Atlanta, Ga., provided the architecture for this 9,437sf project, which can hold about 300 occupants. The exterior of this work will feature a new branded storefront and will be accessible by stairs, ramp, or elevator. The open floor plan accommodates a large oval-shaped bar and various seating arrangements including tables and installed booths. When constructed, the interior dining area will include wood flooring and exposed main ceilings, creating a relaxed but contemporary atmosphere with both private and public seating areas available. Refrigerated glass cooler display cases, containing oak barrels and wine bottles, will divide the dining room from the restrooms in the front of the house; single restrooms are to be located in the back of the house for employee use.

Timberline Begins Legal Sea Foods

Legal C-Bar in Hingham, Mass. Once Timberline completes the restaurant, it will also showcase a raw bar and expo area with ceramic wall tiling, metal hoods and counter tops with under-counter lighting along a stone bar. Above the bar is a suspended wood plank and metal acoustic panel ceiling featuring recessed lighting and tilted custom framed mirrors. High-end millwork and decor are utilized throughout the restaurant. The kitchen, employee elevator, single staff restrooms, and an office area

can be accessed through the Raw Bar. The commercial kitchen includes areas for prep, cooking, and expo, as well as separate fish, and produces coolers, a freezer, and dish room. Along with the Legal Sea Foods project in Braintree, the team is currently working on the neighboring T.G.I. Friday’s renovation. Timberline Construction also recently completed a Legal C-Bar in Hingham. The restaurant project consisted of interior and exterior renovation of a previously occupied in-line restaurant space within the Derby Street Shops. Timberline completed this project at the end of May for the restaurant’s Memorial Weekend grand opening. The Timberline team renovated the existing 7,000sf space to fit-out a restau-

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High-Profile: Retail Facilities Development News

Final Phase of Portwalk

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Portsmouth, NH - The steel framing is underway for the final phase of Portwalk, ab mixed-use development, which will include a 120-key Hampton Inn & Suites hotel and The Residences at Portwalk, a 113-unit luxury apartment building, all above a one-story, belowgrade parking garage. XSS LLC and Cathartes Private Investments are developing the hotel, and Cathartes Private Investments is developing the apartment complex. Pro Con Inc of Manchester is the architect of record and construction manager for the Portwalk project. Portwalk is a pedestrian friendly, integrated urban development featuring luxury residences, a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and the Harbor Events and Conference Center, retail and restaurant space. When completed, Portwalk will include four buildings located between Deer, Hanover, and Maplewood streets in downtown Portsmouth: the Residence Inn by Marriott and the Harbor Events and Conference Center; The Residences at Portwalk; and The Hampton Inn hotel, expected to be completed in April 2014. The mixed use retail space and residential apartments are scheduled to be completed in August 2014. The four buildings are connected by a thoroughfare called Portwalk Place, which is aligned with the Vaughan Mall walkway and creates a large pedestrian loop that connects Congress Street with Deer Street. The master planner of Portwalk was Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston, and the consulting architect was DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth. The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel will

Portwalk in progress offer 96 guest rooms and 24 guest suites with living areas and kitchenettes. The 72,000sf hotel will feature a large common room, bar and lounge area, breakfast room, indoor pool and fitness room, meeting room, and business center. An enclosed surface deck parking area and below grade parking garage with an entrance off Portwalk Place will offer parking for 240 vehicles. The 152,000sf luxury residential apartment complex will consist of a five-story mixed-use building. The 113 apartments will each offer a fully equipped kitchen with wood cabinetry and granite counters, Energy Star stainless steel appliances, laundry area, living/dining room or great room, and master bedroom suite with cultured marble vanity counter and shower surround, walkin closet, and over-sized windows. The ground floor of the building will offer future retail tenant space and a private entrance, club room, lobby, and elevator for the residences. A fitness center will be located on the second floor.

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High-Profile Focus: Retail Facilities Development News

Trinity Place Project Moves Forward

Boston - Trinity Stuart LLC, the team consisting of hoteliers Gary and Jeffrey Saunders and developer Jordan Warshaw, submitted details of its proposed project at 40 Trinity Place in the Back Bay, a dramatic 33-story glass building housing a mix of uses including hotel, residential, and restaurants and designed to enliven an uncharacteristically drab block of the otherwise lively Back Bay. Hotel architect Paul Taylor was selected to complement the building architect, The Architectural Team of Chelsea. On the site of the Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center and cantilevering over a portion of the adjacent University Club of Boston, the new building, featuring a 227-room hotel, 115 modern condominiums, and three restaurants, will be a dramatic addition not only to the Back Bay skyline but also to the life of the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods. The new hotel at 40 Trinity Place will feature a stunning “sky lobby” on its 18th

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Bowdoin Completes Supermarket Designed by Cuhaci & Peterson

Webster, MA - Bowdoin Construction recently completed a new 69,684sf supermarket for Price Chopper. The building, designed by Cuhaci & Peterson, includes precast concrete wall panels, a white TPO roof, and a complete build-out for this new interior prototype. Features of the store include a pharmacy with a drive-through, Starbucks, and a beer and wine department, as well as many sustainable and energy-efficient elements.

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JLL Completes Society on High

Boston - Jones Lang LaSalle Construction has completed its work as general contractor for Society on High, a new farm-to-fork themed restaurant at street level of 99 High in Boston. 99 High is a premier 730,000sf, first class office and retail tower owned by financial services firm TIAA-CREF. The existing storefront was replaced with a new glass vestibule entry and French doors. Interior features include: all new finishes and materials, a custom millwork and marble bar, French mullion partitions, wood flooring, all new light fixtures, columns of millwork and mirrored glass, high backed booths with seating around high cocktail tables, a 21-seat bar,

Society on High, a library/meeting room for private functions, and a barista. There is a portable outdoor bar with grilling on the patio on High Street. Jones Lang LaSalle is the construction manager, property manager, and exclusive leasing agent for 99 High.

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Raymond, NH - Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has completed an extensive renovation of Suburban Subaru at 24 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, Conn. A grand opening is planned for September. This is the largest Subaru dealership renovation Jewett has undertaken to date and includes two additions—a preengineered metal building with insulated metal panel walls for the service department and a new conventional steel combination showroom and new vehicle delivery area that effectively doubles the size of the building to 25,000sf. The new facility has 26 service bays and a heated two-garage door service drive, allowing customers to drive their cars inside to where a service advisor greets them, and then remain indoors in one of the two new customer lounges until the work is finished.

The exterior features full height glass windows with ACM panels and full glass overhead doors. The showroom features high ceilings and ceramic tile floors with laminate wood flooring in front of the fireplace in the customer lounge. Project challenges included the necessity of completing all work without disrupting the day-to-day activities in the company’s two other on-site buildings. Jewett Automotive Design & Construction specializes in design-build auto dealership facilities, auto dealership additions, auto dealership renovations, and auto dealership fit-ups all across New England—completing close to 50 such projects in the last few years. Automotive clients include such well-known organizations as Watertown Ford, the Tulley Automotive Group, Subaru of Keene, Olsen Cadillac, and repeat customers the Melkonian Group, Commonwealth Motors, and the Grappone Automotive Group.


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High-Profile Focus: Retail Facilities Development News

Commodore Builders in Full Swing at 1265 Main Street Retail Cluster Includes Marshalls, Market Basket, and Additional Retail

Waltham, MA - Demolition and sitework at 1265 Main Street in Waltham began almost two years ago, and today the site is in full swing with construction crews laying foundations of the first buildings. The location, formerly known as the Polaroid Campus, is directly adjacent to Route 95/128, and with the site frontage stretching for almost a mile; it is a live billboard to the approximately 250,000 travelers that pass by the development daily.

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A number of tenants, including wellknown brands and potential commercial residents, have already been announced, and several more are in discussions with the developer. The mixed-use development will feature retailers and hospitality tenants such as Market Basket, Marshalls, Bone Fish Grill, Jake n’ Joe’s, and Starbucks, among other recognizable names. In May 2013, 1265 Main Street LLC selected Commodore Builders, a Newtonbased construction management firm, to begin construction on a cluster of retail projects located on the massive 122-acre site. The entire venture is currently un-

dergoing its first phase of development, totaling an impressive 280,000sf. Commodore began work in early June on the first 130,000sf, including the Market Basket Flagship store, Marshalls, and two additional retail spaces at 5,000sf each. The buildings will consist of a steel shell with a masonry, glass, Erecting the steel shell of a building at 1265 Main and metal panel façade. Highlights Installation of steel began in July, and the of the design include detailed canopies and project is progressing smoothly, with comporticos that will require precision manu- pletion of the first phase slated for early facturing for the metal and glass panels. 2014.

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A.D. Makepeace at Rosebrook Place PCA Transforms Shopping Center Teams up with WS Development

Boston “The Street” is a dramatic rebranding of the former Chestnut Hill Shopping Center as a vibrant meeting place with a new streetscape and a new tenant program, including best-in-class retail tenants Sports Club LA, Showcase SuperLux Cinema, and the commonwealth’s first Shake Shack. It is a Brown Lindquist Fennucio & Raber lively new destination day Conceptual design for retail building - Rosebrook Place or night — a place to see Wareham, MA – The A.D. Make- site design, connecting the retail property and be seen. peace Company has broken ground on with nearby Rosebrook Business Park, a the first building at Rosebrook Place, and 190,000sf office park whose first building, a second groundbreaking ceremony will housing Southcoast Hospital Group and follow in September. Rosebrook Place Fresenius Medical Care, opened in 2011. is a new retail/mixed-use development The bank building at Rosebrook conveniently situated on Route 28 at the Place is designed by Brown Lindquist FenI-495/I-195 interchange. nucio & Raber Architects of Yarmouthport The first building will house Cape and construction is by J.K. Scanlan ComCod Five Cents Savings Bank’s first full- pany of East Falmouth. service branch off Cape Cod. The 2,300sf The hotel is being designed by building will also house a coffee shop and Opechee Construction Corporation of Beloffice. mont, N.H., a general contractor has not Meanwhile, Lafrance Hospitality been selected. Group of Westport is planning a 90-room Sitework at this location, designed TownePlace Suites by Marriott for the by Beals and Thomas of Southborough, Rosebrook Place site and will start con- Mass, is being done by KR Rezendes Inc. struction by fall. of Assonet. The Makepeace Company is the Rosebrook Place will also include world’s largest cranberry grower, and a 30- another 30,000sf of retail space and 36 acre working bog purchased in 1922 has apartments. been integrated into the Rosebrook Place New cinema building

New plaza and walkway Working again with WS Development, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA) has transformed this traditional strip shopping center. The dynamic windows of the new SuperLux Cinema and the pizzazz created by the colorful shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes establishes a strong new identity for this uniquely situated project, nestled between the serenity of Hammond Pond and the bustle of a vibrant one-halfmile stretch of Route 9. ”Rebranding the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center as The Street more accurately reflects the sophisticated offerings and upscale experience our customers seek,” says Dick Marks, partner at WS Development.

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Nadeau Collaborates with Salvation Army

outh Attleboro, MA - Nadeau Corporation Construction Development and Engineering of South Attleboro started delivering facility renovations, additions, and new construction for the Salvation Army almost 25 years ago. This collaboration continues with the recent renovation at the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store at 209 Broadway in Saugus. “Sales increased by more than 80% since the renovation was completed in November 2012,” said project manager Mark Menard. The $650,000 facelift for the 17,000sf retail store included a six phase

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renovation of the 31 year old building. The work incorporated new tile floors, ceilings, four new dressing rooms, check-out kiosks, a bright new paint job, ceiling fans, sprinklers, and new energy efficient lighting. Working in conjunction with architect William Turville of Arlington, the teams were able to implement Turville’s strategic lighting plan with energy efficient fixtures to make it more inviting for customers. The store’s increase in sales is particularly impressive when you consider that people continued flooding in while Nadeau’s construction was in progress. “We kept working as they kept working,” said Major Taylor of the Salvation Army. Menard also was able to schedule and coordinate the more disruptive aspects of the project between 6 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. before the staff and customers arrived. The work was completed one-and-a-half

months ahead of schedule so that the store could enjoy the busy November to Christmas shopping

season. Along with Nadeau Corp acting as general contractor, William Turville as architect, and Major Taylor representing the Salvation Army, another key player is Mark Estes, the founder of MDE Consulting of Mattapoisett. He played a vital role in planning, managing, budgeting, and revising priorities as the project matured. . Along with the retail space, the facility is home to one of four major distribution centers for New England, 47,000sf of warehouse space is attached to the store and it’s used for collecting donations, processing the items, and shipping them as far North as Manchester, N.H. It also supports the Alcohol Rehab Program as members of the program work 40 hours a week for six month periods or more to earn their living area and other assistance to help them recover. Lighting issues needed to be ad-

dressed because many of the fixtures were the original large, round mercury vapor lamps that were installed back in 1982. “We were able to save the Salvation Army approximately 15% in electricity cost for the warehouse with the new lights,” states Turville. Bristow Electric was the key subcontractor for handling the implementation of this lighting endeavor, which involved

over 70 new lights. Lastly, one last problem needed solving. When items don’t sell, eventually they get shipped off to help third world countries. This is a great program that helps countless people, but the issue occurs when the 1,000-lb. bundles of product need to be picked up by forklifts and loaded onto trucks. The siding of the building began breaking due to the constant smashing that was required for the forklift to get a good handle on the bundles that come stacked three high. Nadeau Corp and Jahn’s Metal Craft of Cumberland, R.I. formulated a solution. They drove heavy-duty posts four feet into the earth and firmly secured four highway style guard rails onto them. These now protect the metal warehouse building walls, and siding will stay intact no matter how many thousands of pounds smash into the apparatus. When all was said and done, the Salvation Army has boosted sales with its new image, cut its electric bill to funnel more money into its programs, and created a safer and more efficient work environment for its staff. On top of that, “There were no change orders, they were pretty happy about that,” laughed Menard. “We budgeted $650,000 and we closed it out at $650,000.” This is Nadeau Corporation’s 10 involved with prospective projects in Hanover and Somerville that are in the preliminary stages.

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High-Profile Focus: Retail Facilities Development News

Apple Blossom Mall Renovated

Winchester, VA - The Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester is being renovated to make it a family friendly destination to shop, relax, and dine. The 65,000sf renovation, the first in 30 years, already includes three new entrances, interior and exterior signage, all new ceilings, floors, and lighting, with new soft seating, and food court furniture. The material palette was chosen to provide a bright and vibrant interior/exterior with the use of timeless colors and shades to help ensure the images of the mall last over the coming years. The project also includes a renovated and expanded food court seating and dining area, expansion of restroom facilities, with updated men’s, women’s and family restrooms and a new indoor child play area. The food court entrance will become the mall’s primary entrance, and the exterior hardscape has been expanded to include a new patio seating area and integrated design aesthetics with the new cinema. The new 12-screen cinema featuring a “Big D” auditorium also was opened in June 2013. The mall had not been significantly renovated in over 30 years, and this pre-

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The Apple Blossom Mall sented many challenges. The design and construction team uncovered many existing conditions that were not documented on any plans or existing project information. The entire team worked as a unit to assess and remedy each item to work within the design intent and minimize the impact on the overall cost of the project. The mall had to remain operational during all stages of construction. The high majority of the work was completed during off/night hours, with the mall opening for the next business day. CUBE 3 Studio worked with the GC and provided night assistant, night site visits, and correspondence to allow for construction to continue and not be delayed. Although this project did not pursue LEED accreditation, the design team carefully selected LED energy-efficient lighting, Green Guard certified furniture, and High recycled content tile and carpet as well as all other interior materials. The general contractor recycled 95% of the demolished construction waste as part of their standard protocol.

Walmart Supercenter Saugus, MA - Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) in partnership with WS Development, has completed site design engineering and permitting for a 119,741sf Walmart Supercenter on Route 1 in Saugus. The store is currently under construction at 770 Broadway (Route 1 Northbound). The Walmart project is part of an overall 17-acre site development plan. The store, which will feature both general merchandise and groceries, will be a first-of-its-kind design. The store is being constructed as an elevated structure placed on concrete

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Infrastructure Upgrades to Existing Buildings: Opportunities and Challenges

by Alexander Vanderweil Infrastructure upgrades to occupied buildings present unique opportunities, challenges, and risks to owners. Design teams can use a combination of new tools and traditional methods to help mitigate these risks while maximizing the benefits that these upgrades yield. The existAlexander Vanderweil ing building stock of North America, the great majority of which were built before the year 2000 and with less sustainable systems, account for an estimated 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year; that’s more than a third of the continent’s greenhouse gas emissions. As these buildings age, infrastructure upgrades become necessary to adapt these assets to current societal and owner needs, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Infrastructure changes can range from simple upgrades (replacing an old fire alarm system) to wholesale replacement and upgrading of multiple building systems, such as HVAC, envelope, electrical, or lighting. Owners undertake infrastructure upgrades to take advantage of diverse opportunities. Infrastructure upgrades can decrease energy costs (and related greenhouse gas emissions) by replacing older systems with new, high-efficiency systems and by shifting fuel sources toward less carbon-

intensive ones. Examples include adding systems with energy recovery, improving building envelopes, installing sustainable energy generation, and replacing oil-burning boilers with gas-fired ones. The ability to accommodate modern programs can be greatly improved by infrastructure upgrades. Older commercial buildings are often “refreshed” to improve the marketability; related infrastructure changes might include envelope improvements, changing HVAC systems to improve views and comfort (for example replacing a perimeter induction unit system with a concealed HVAC solution), modernizing lighting and lighting control systems, and improving indoor air quality via better fresh air introduction and circulation. Academic and commercial research laboratories from the 1960s and ’70s were designed when researchers often needed less intensive utilities and in an era with different environmental health and safety practices. Mechanical and electrical upgrades can enable buildings to support 21st century research needs: healthier environments, robust utilities, and power reliability. Older research facilities are often more expensive to renovate for new researchers and programs, due to the lack of utility capacity and proximity (especially HVAC and power). Upgrades can ensure that utilities are available and accessible, helping to reduce the cost of future program changes. Associated with these opportunities are significant risks and challenges. Existing, older buildings are frequently burdened with poor documentation of existing condi-

tions. Minimizing downtime and disruption to occupants can be an important owner need. Critical facility functions often must not be disrupted. Unknown conditions, such as concealed equipment or the presence of hazardous materials like asbestos, can lead to unfortunate surprises when discovered during construction, leading to change orders and schedule delays. Luckily, a host of new and traditional methods exist that allow design and construction teams to mitigate these risks and overcome these challenges, helping owners realize the opportunities of infrastructure upgrades. Building Information Modeling (BIM) in combination with laser scanning is a powerful new tool to document existing conditions and prevent nasty surprises (and change orders) during construction. Laser scanning companies can quickly and economically document complex existing conditions; the three-dimensional map of the existing conditions is then imported into BIM and the design team can engineer utilities in 3D, reducing the risk of coordination issues in complex or poorly documented geometrical conditions. Life-cycle cost analysis is a traditional tool gaining popularity. These LCCAs allow different potential infrastructure upgrades to be quantitatively evaluated and prioritized in terms of economic benefit, enabling owners to get the most bang for their buck. Utility consumption, maintenance burden, and system lifespan are all calculated and modeled; the results might suggest that owner use a limited budget to prioritize upgrading a building’s heating plant over re-

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Windover Completes Bank Projects

Manchester, MA - Windover Construction is celebrating the completion of two locations for the Institution for Savings, a nearly 200-year-old bank with seven locations on Boston’s North Shore. The first was a large-scale renovation of one of the bank’s most visible locations on Storey Avenue in Newburyport. The second assignment involved creating a new full-service location within an 1809 historic building in downtown Topsfield. The renovation in Newburyport transformed the bank’s exterior and interior. The logistically challenging assignment required the Windover team to complete the project while the branch remained fully operational. The expansion includes a spacious second floor with additional retail and lending offices, a conference room, and employee lounge, while reflecting the bank’s historic New England roots.

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In Topsfield, the 1809 building underwent a renovation and addition, preserving the historic building’s charm. To accomplish this, the design team incorporated timbers from the original structure into the new design to create a beautiful cathedral ceiling. A drive-thru and ATM were also added.

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Chicago - The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has launched its first mobile app, called Build-A-Bolt, which helps those in the steel construction industry select the right structural bolt, washer, and nut combination and can be used in the field to determine bolt grade and manufacturer. The app is free and available for use at With the release of the app, AISC has also launched a new Steel Apps contest at www.aisc. org/steelappscontest, giving the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling $9,000.

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A Construction Company Focused on its Culture Imagine acquiring a thriving commercial construction company – and then having the market fall apart around you. What’s the next step? For KBE Building Corporation owners Mike Kolakowski, Eric Brown, and Simon Etzel, the solution was clear, if not unusual in the industry – turn their focus inward for an intensive examination of the company culture – learning more about the company’s strengths and shortcomings.

KBE’s three owners – Mike Kolakowski, Eric Brown, and Simon Etzel. The company changed its name to KBE Building Corporation in 2009 after the three men took ownership of the business.

When the three owners acquired KBE Building Corporation in 2007, they had taken on a highly successful business with 50 years of construction experience behind them. In fact, as long-time leaders of the company, they had personally orchestrated that success for much of the previous two decades. What they didn’t expect, however, was for the building industry to go to hell in a hand basket within a year. As the three owners celebrate their six-year anniversary of acquiring KBE Building Corporation, they reflected in a recent interview on their successful strategy for bringing the firm through the recession. Simon Etzel, Senior Vice President of Procurement: When we bought the company, the industry was at a high point. There was a lot of work, with margins as good as they’ve ever been. When the economy hit the wall, all that changed. Mike, Eric and I had already been managing the company for the former owner for more than 20 years. But when the economy collapsed, we were facing challenges we had never encountered before. The game had definitely changed. We are continually scouting ahead, trying to anticipate and navigate around the pitfalls that might be out there. Mike Kolakowski, President & CEO: The three of us talked a lot about developing a long-term strategy for coming out strong on the other side of this economic downturn. So, in 2009, we embarked on a 10-month process to develop a five-year Strategic Plan for KBE. Our goal was to proactively address the firm’s future growth while managing the impact of the economy. We gathered together 20 of our associates from different levels of the company, and worked with a facilitator with experience in the construction industry on a very intensive planning process. Eric Brown, Senior Vice President of Operations: We came up with a detailed five-year plan that focuses on seven key goals for our business. An unexpected benefit was a very self-reflective examination of the KBE culture. Our Strategic Plan has caused a lot of needed introspection. In a hard-driving construction company, our focus is typically on the end result. This process made us look inside KBE and our culture, look inside the processes and the ways that we approach getting to that end result, and how it affects us individually and as a company – as well as how our culture affects everyone we work with. I think it has made us better. It’s really

improved our process and how we interact with not only each other but with our clients, trade contractors, and the architect/engineer teams we work with. Simon Etzel: We conducted an external image survey as well, to gauge how our clients and others were viewing us. That was certainly eye-opening. Through the survey, one thing we learned was that people have no idea of the diversity of our work. The firm had started back in the 1950s under the former owner as a retail contractor. But the last twenty years, KBE has branched out significantly into other markets, with higher education, K–12 schools, senior living and other markets comprising well over 50% of our annual volume. So this pervasive image of KBE as ‘only a retail contractor’ doesn’t fit with the firm we’ve evolved into over the last couple of decades. Retail construction is certainly an important part of our business, but our ability to remain diversified across a number of key markets has been essential to our growth and our success. For example, our Strategic Plan has helped guide our advancement in the Federal market too, where we are really building a name for ourselves. And one key goal for the company has been to significantly increase design-build work, as it is a delivery method we are particularly good at. Mike Kolakowski: Another really important thing that came out of this self-examination was the recognition that our employees as our biggest asset. Most people have been with us ten years or more, and we have many who joined KBE 15, 20, even 30 years ago. So there is a pool of very loyal, very dedicated people. Because of that, we have put an enormous amount of time and money into supporting our staff. Over the last three years, we’ve put nearly half of our 120 employees through a week-long Leadership Challenge that’s unlike any leadership training program I’ve ever seen. Really exceptional – we’ve seen a fundamental change – for the better – in our culture. And just about everyone has gone through our “Emotional Intelligence” training program, which teaches us to identify our own emotional reactions to daily life as well as the emotional reactions of others. It’s made all of us much more adept at recognizing and managing conflict. So those are skills we are bringing to our project teams out in the field, working with our clients, and our trade contractors and the design team members.

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yoU MAy NoT KNoW... over the last two decades, KBE has expanded its market focus to include K–12 and higher education facilities, senior living, federal projects, and corporate facilities, while continuing the retail focus that characterized the firm’s early days. KBE’s “50 Ways To Make A Difference” philanthropic program has been one of the reasons employees come to work at KBE… and stay on.

Eric Brown: One team that went through our Leadership Challenge got really fired up by one of the required readings, Stephen Covey’s book, “The Speed of Trust.” After they finished the week-long challenge, the seven team members decided to each “adopt” another employee, and mentor them through the reading over a two-month period. The program has definitely caught on, and we now have a new group of 20 adoptees being mentored through the book. By mid-2013, we hope to have every KBE employee complete the program. Simon Etzel: I think what this points to is the fact that we have become much more conscious as an organization about the impact of our relationships with others. We feel that trust is probably the biggest factor in any relationship. So we’re talking to our staff and training them to focus on building trusting relationships with everyone they interact with – whether it’s our client, the architect on the project, the trade contractor, even the vendors delivering material to the job site – and, of course – each other. Eric Brown: The bottom line is that we are enhancing and fine-tuning our many strengths and addressing some key challenges. I believe this is what’s positioned us not only to survive, but to flourish as the economy starts to make its way back. It’s definitely making a difference for us as an organization. Mike Kolakowski: The best part for me has been seeing how engaged our employees are in embracing the changes in our culture. It’s the feeling I get when I see how much our people really care about the company, the business and our clients, and to see their compassion for each other, their dedication and pride, their commitment to doing the right thing. The worst part is that it’s now ten times harder to do business than in the past, because of a number of factors – regulatory issues, compliance, financial issues that plague clients, subs and vendors, lack of funding for projects, etc. Clearly, the economic downturn is still very real in the construction industry which results in fiercer competition to secure a smaller volume of work. Simon Etzel: Another thing that’s really been important for me has been the opportunity for Mike, Eric and I to put our stamp on what has been a long history of philanthropy at KBE. We wanted to formalize this philanthropic culture inside our company and make it our own – so that evolved in to our 50 Ways to Make a Difference campaign. 50 Ways is now in its 4th year – and through which KBE, its owners and its staff have donated more than $500,000 over the last four years and more than 5,000 hours in volunteer time both for company sponsored charitable events and personal time.

It’s something that means a great deal to me personally, as well as to just about every employee – and it speaks to the character of our company and our people. Eric Brown: This process of self-examination and long term planning takes a lot of time, and, frankly, a lot of money. But I’d urge any construction company – any business, in fact – to go down this path. Candid, self-examination can be painful but it brings a remarkable focus to your business and to your people. And it certainly brings more balance to an industry characterized by so many hard-nosed practices. . Mike Kolakowski: The economy was clearly a driving force in our decision to embark on this Strategic Planning process. And it was a fortuitous decision. This planning process enabled us to do some long, hard soulsearching about KBE and our work culture – and just as importantly, was a big part of what’s brought KBE so successfully through the recession. Through all of this economic upheaval, we’ve remained a financially strong and stable company. What we came up with wasn’t so much something new and radical. Rather, it’s given us the opportunity to name and speak to our values and to better understand the principles that drive us to be our best. Certainly, it was also a chance to take a hard look at things that needed improvement, some minor but some very important, or that maybe we weren’t communicating clearly to our clients and others. And given what I know today – I would still have made the decision six years ago to acquire the company – and I know my partners feel the same way.

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August, 2013


High-Profile: Green Facilities Development News

Walpole Library Achieves Gold

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occupied by the U.S. Public Health Service’s shellfish sanitation laboratory, made it possible for the water quality research staff to pump sea water directly into testing tanks from the bay, rather than conveying the water samples by tanker truck to the original laboratory at the University of Rhode Island campus. Four years after the lab moved, and now under the new stewardship of the EPA, a new $4 million, 51,000sf addition was completed and dedicated in 1977. The major expansion to the campus, which would become the EPA Atlantic Ecology Division, was to support the expanding research needs of the water quality laboratory. The addition included wet and dry research space to support 85 scientists and professionals specializing in research aimed at restoring and protecting the quality of coastal and marine waters.

Walpole, MA - The new Walpole Public Library surpassed its original plan for achieving LEED Silver and has recently been awarded LEED Gold certification. It is Walpole’s first LEED certified building and just one of a handful of libraries in Massachusetts achieving certification. The design of the building by LLB Architects makes use of both passive and active sustainable design strategies. “It’s a combination of everything,” said Jim Johnson, assistant town administrator in Walpole.

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The incorporation of a green roof over the one-story wing creates a better insulated space for the program area. Natural light floods the interior spaces through the surrounding glazing and skylights and reduces the need for artificial lighting. Highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems help reduce the total energy consumption of the building, resulting in 48% energy cost savings annually versus a traditional building. Plus, the use of a photovoltaic panel system generates over 5% of the building’s required energy source. Educational signs are displayed throughout the Walpole Public Library to encourage the community to learn how the

building contributes to a sustainable environment. “We built the building to be a lesson,” permanent building committee member and former library trustee David Wildnauer said. He added, “It’s exemplary that the first LEED certified building is a municipal building. If you’re going to set an example, the fact that the town is setting the example is wonderful.” The project was made possible in part from a construction grant by the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners. The library is now eligible to receive additional funding through the MBLC’s Green Library Incentive.

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High-Profile Focus: Life Sciences Facilities

Boston Biomedical Opens HQ

Cambridge, MA - Boston Biomedical, Inc. (BBI) recently celebrated the relocation of its headquarters to Cambridge with a grand-opening ceremony. Academic, business, and government leaders, as well as executives from Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. (DSP), the parent company of BBI, joined the celebration. “We are pleased to celebrate the opening of our new facility, which will greatly expand the efforts of the Boston Biomedical team in our quest for l-r: Masayo Tada-san joins Dr. Chiang Li at the better therapies for cancer,” said ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Dr. Chiang J. Li, M.D. FACP, the BBI’s new office in Cambridge. founder, president, and CEO of BBI. Masayo Tada, president and CEO of DSP, “We chose Cambridge as the location and chairman of Boston Biomedical, Inc. for Boston Biomedical’s new headquarters The new, 64,000sf facility is located to capitalize on the easy access to leading- at 640 Memorial Drive, a historical landedge scientific research and technology mark situated at the epicenter of the redeveloped by the surrounding world-class gion’s life science and technology clusters. universities and research institutes,” said

Design-Build Mid-Year Market Review Continued from page 6

The balance of 2013 will see a continuation in design-build and design-bidbuild projects. Pent-up demand that is presently in the planning stages will be built. The key to continuing this forward momentum in 2014 is a continued clear path of stability in the economy and po-

litical sectors. My advice to my associates, friendly competitors, and clients is to work harder during this rising market because you never know how long this cycle will last. Chuck Reilly is vice president, director of business development at Dacon Corporation.

ZS Genetics Opens in Wakefield

Wakefield, MA - ZS Genetics, developer of a third-generation DNA sequencing platform, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced the official opening of the company’s new office in the l-r: Paul Ferguson, marketing director, ZS Genetics; Martha Greater Boston area. ZS Genetics’ Farmer, Ph.D., president and CEO, North Shore InnoVentures; management team, Mass. State Rep. Paul Brodeur; Bill Ward, president and COO, ZS; Angus McQuilken, VP for marketing & communications, as well as representatives from the Mass, Life Sciences Center; William Glover, founder and CEO, MLSC, MassBio, ZS; Peter Abair, director, economic development & global affairs, MassBio; and Thomas Abert, ZS founder, CFO, and and State RepresenVP finance & administration. tative Paul Brodeur, sample preparation lab. The labs are schedcut a ribbon recently to mark the grand opening of the compa- uled for completion in September, at which time those ZS Genetics employees who are ny’s new facility in Wakefield. The Wakefield facility brings togeth- currently working in leased facilities will er employees who currently work remotely join their colleagues in Wakefield. The facility will house state-of-theand also provides sufficient expansion space to accommodate the company’s an- art equipment, including two electron microscopes, to develop the company’s platticipated growth. Through the MLSC, Massachusetts form. The second of the two, a Nion, was is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the recently acquired and underwent installagrowth of the state’s life sciences super- tion and commissioning in the second half cluster. These investments are being made of June. President and COO Bill Ward said, under the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative signed into law by Governor Patrick “Building out a space to this level of quality in just 64 days was an incredible chalin 2008. The 10,000sf space includes office lenge. We deeply appreciate all of those and cubicle space for employees, as well whose hard work made it happen.” as facilities for a chemistry lab and a DNA



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High-Profile Focus: Multi-Residential / Assisted Living

Brightview Senior Living Communities Under Way

Manchester, NH - Pro Con Inc. of Manchester is acting as project architect and construction manager for two new senior living communities being developed by Shelter Development of Baltimore, Md . The communities will be operated by Brightview Senior Living. In Arlington, Mass., framing is under way for Brightview Arlington, located on Hospital Road. The cold formed metal framing and decking have been completed for the second floor deck, while structural steel bracing is ongoing. Plans are to have the building weather tight by mid-August. The $13.8 million project will have 90 units including 60 apartments for assisted living and 30 apartments for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The

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Brightview Arlington framing in progress. private dining room, a café, wellness/fitness center, activities room, beauty/barber salon, library/media room and outdoor patios. The building’s exterior will feature cement siding and a stone façade. Covered parking for 38 vehicles will be availablebeneath the building with elevator access for residents and a natural stone patio and decorative pergolas will enhance the exterior courtyard. Pro Con Inc began site work on Brightview Arlington in November 2012 and has scheduled a winter 014 completion date for the project. In North Andover, Mass. construction of Brightview North Andover, located at 1275 Turnpike Road, is nearing completion.

“The commercial kitchen is being installed and the interior and exterior finishes are in the final stages,” stated the project manager for Pro Con Inc. “The landscaping along the tiered 20-foot high retaining wall, which is located behind the building, has been installed. We continue to be on schedule for an August completion date.” The $19.8 million, four-story, 140,530sf senior living community will offer a vibrant social environment where housekeeping, dining, transportation, and maintenance are provided by a caring staff. Brightview North Andover will have 133 units including 65 apartments for independent living, 41 apartments for assisted living and 27 apartments for Alzheimer’s and dementia care.



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KBE Donates to Tower One

New Haven, CT - KBE Building Corporation of Farmington has donated $50,000 to the Tower One/ Tower East assisted living community’s Wellness Initiative in downtown New Haven. The donation was made in honor of the company’s 50 Ways to Make a Difference initiative. The annual program is funded by significant corporate donations, personal donations from the firm’s Mike Newton, KBE project manager (extreme three owners, and donations and vol- right) presents a check to members of Tower One/Tower East (l-r): Sharon Bender, past unteer time contributed by KBE’s chair of the board; Lori Weiss, board of direc120+ employees tors; Carol Shanbrom, board of directors; Mark KBE donations help the comGarilli, president and CEO; Charlene Wendell, munity’s residents to participate in committee member; and David Schancupp, such activities as an arthritis exercise immediate past chair, board of directors. class and Tai Chi, along with memory groups, a nutrition program, transition group for family members or other carers groups, and a fall prevention program. of the resident. The Towers also provide a caregivers

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Rendering of Old Talcott Mill Vernon, CT - Erland Construction of East Windsor has been awarded preconstruction and construction services for the historic adaptive reuse of the Talcott Brothers Mill in Vernon. The new development will be called Old Talcott Mill. Teaming with Crosskey Architects and owner’s project manager, Laura Knott-Twine, construction is scheduled to begin in October 2013.

Erland will convert this former mill space – registered with the National List of Historic Places – into residential and commercial space. When completed, Old Talcott Mill will feature 83 apartment units and space for commercial tenants. Amenities will include a community center, gym, and convenience store for residents.

Recent MacMillin News

Keene, NH - The MacMillin Company has been selected as the construction manager for several new projects. Construction has begun on a new branch for Mascoma Savings Bank in Hartland, Vt., The architect on the project is David Laurin. Construction is under way for the renovation at Mt Ascutney Healthcare’s Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock, Vt., and later this summer, construction will begin on renovations at River Valley ComFoundation in progress for the new munity College in Claremont, N.H. Mascoma Savings Bank In other news, the company has hired three new employees in manager. He has over 15 years’ experithe Keene, N.H., office. ence and also is a previous employee of Carol Marsigliano has joined the Baybutt. company as project administrator. She Steve Hart joined the company as brings over five years of construction expe- special project manager and brings over 30 rience and previously worked for Baybutt years of construction experience. He previConstruction. ously worked for American Construction. John Edwards has joined as project

August, 2013


High-Profile: Connecticut Facilities Development News

Construction Institute Awards Dinner

Hartford, CT - The University of Hartford’s Construction Institute held its 38th Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner on June 13 at The Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. At this year’s event, the Construction Institute honored Robert Hickey of vanZelm Engineers is being presented individuals who embodied the with the Special Lifetime Recognition Award. Also in the highest level of professionalism photo is Susan Labas of vanZelm, William Cianci, Ph.D., in serving the construction in- executive director of the Construction Institute, and CI dustry in the state of Connecti- Chairman of the Board, David Rosengren, Esquire of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter cut. This year’s honorees were: Robert Hickey, P.E., contributions to the advancement of Conchairman emeritus, vanZelm Engineers, Inc. - Special Lifetime Recog- necticut’s construction industry. CI’s Fairfield County Taskforce, nition Award for a lifetime of dedication to the Construction Institute and a continued George Perham, chair, Antinozzi Associates, P.C. - Distinguished Service Award impact on the construction industry. Joseph Greenier, St. Francis Care for dedication and outstanding service to - Distinguished Achievement Award for the Construction Institute.

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Benchmark Senior Living Center Shelton, CT - Callahan, Inc. of Callahan, Inc. is providing construcBridgewater, Mass. recently broke ground tion management services for the 92-unit on Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock, community. The building features a combia state-of-the-art assisted living com- nation of a panelized, EIFS, and clapboard munity in Shelton, Conn. The 73,000sf façade, asphalt shingling, and accent metal LEED certified community will feature standing seam roof. Amenities include a main dining studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. There will also be a 20-unit memory room and private dining, a bistro/pub, and care wing for residents with dementia and library. The community will also feature an exercise room and a beauty salon with spa Alzheimer’s. “The wing specializing in memory and wellness suite. care will be a tremendous asset to the comBenchmark Senior Living at Split munity,” said Patrick Callahan, president Rock is scheduled to open in May 2014. of Callahan, Inc.

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Mobility and Flexibility in the Specialty Lab

by Stephanie Goldberg We were recently brought in to design a lab and office space for an emerging biotech research and development company. Like many up and coming companies, they have a strong need and desire for flexibility. Though moving into a larger space, they Stephanie Goldberg wanted to maintain their elasticity and ease of shifting the direction of their work. In order to achieve their goal, we worked with the concept of a completely movable laboratory zone. The design called for a main general lab and six individual more specialized lab spaces. The concept of the movable and flexible lab is well established in main labs. However, taking this leap to the specialized lab is new and brought an interesting set of challenges. The goal for the client, however, was clear. They wanted to be able to switch around the relationships between rooms and groups. Thus entire labs should be able to be moved without much difficulty or down-time. Our approach to the problem was simple, rather than conforming the rooms to the specific requirements of each lab space, we analyzed the labs and their needs

and developed a single lab size and proportion that would work for each space. The sink and emergency shower were similarly located in a consistent space by the door to the corridor. Lab benches and equipment then were fit to the space established. Working with the company, we found that the spaces worked well within the established boundaries. In the early stages of design, the client switched the functions of the rooms as they grappled with developing their desired adjacencies. As happens in many young companies, they were working through their organizational needs as we were developing the plan. This interworking and collaboration further validated our approach to the specialty lab designs, as it enabled our office to continue the design as our clients developed their workflow, allowing the project to stay on schedule and on budget. As we look toward the future of the company, we can visualize that their ability to shift the functions of the rooms will allow them to make connections and changes within their work that will keep them nimble and on top of their research. We learned in our work with biotech firms (and indeed this applies to many other types of companies as well), that is it critical to ask about their needs for flexibility. Key questions are “How do they establish their workgroups?” and “What kind of

connections are there between various research groups within the company?” Our initial exercise of diagramming workflow showed that our clients had divergent views of the ideal flow, all of which had legitimacy and potential. By creating a design and floor plan that allows the client to play out different scenarios, we were able to deliver a project that can serve the client well over the next five to 10 years. This is critical in today’s market, where the importance is in invest-

ing in research and development and not in renovating space each year as needs change. Importantly, we were then able to focus not on reworking the plan, but on developing the design and the environment in which the researchers will spend their time. Stephanie Goldberg, AIA, LEED BC+D, is a principal at Boston based laboratory design firm Lab / Life.Science. Architecture, Inc.

AIA Awards Tsoi/Kobus

Washington, D.C. - Tsoi/Kobus & Associates in Cambridge has been recognized with a National Healthcare Design Award from the American Institute of Architects, for its work on the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis,. The six-story building consolidates the pediatric programs and inpatient units. It includes 96 same-handed, private inpatient rooms, a sedation/observation unit, dialysis unit, pediatric emergency department, an expansion of the existing imaging department and surgical suite, family resource center, gift shop, and underground parking. The building creates a distinctive identity for the hospital, immediately

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High-Profile Focus: Healthcare Facilities Development News

New Health Ctr for Cobleskill Hospital

l-r: Dr. Joseph Sellers, medical director, Cobleskill Health Ctr; Dr. William Streck, CEO, Bassett Healthcare; Dr. Steven Heneghan, CCO, Bassett; Corrine Plummer, grant writer; Barbara DiCocco, chair of the board, Cobleskill; Dr. Bertine McKenna, COO, Bassett; Brenda Ferraro-Hanson, Cobleskill; William Repichowskyi, architect, MorrisSwitzer; Dr. Gerald Groff, Bassett; Phil Lafata, project superintendent, McCarthy; Sandra Falco, RN, Cobleskill; and Eric Stein, CEO, Cobleskill.

Cobleskill, NY - MorrisSwitzer~ Environments for Health and Bassett Healthcare Network recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new health center to be built on the Cobleskill Regional Hospital campus. This project will relocate and expand the primary care services of Bassett Healthcare Network, accommodating increased patient volumes. The new facility is being designed as a medical home, supporting Bassett’s patient-centered approach to care. The floor plan is divided into four distinct pods with

care teams assigned to each pod. The pods will contain a nurse station, four provider offices, and 11 exam rooms. Centrally located support spaces such as blood draw, medications, supply storage, and lab are shared between two pods to minimize foot traffic for staff. A single central waiting room provides a clear point of entry to the building and easy access to registration and check-in. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health has offices in Boston, Burlington, Vt.; and Portland, Maine.

Urgent Care Centers Open

Bowdoin Construction, Strekalovsky Team Up

Needham, MA – Bowdoin Construction of Needham and Strekalovsky Architecture of Hingham recently completed several adaptive reuse and renovation projects for CareWell Urgent Care Centers, with several more under way. Grand openings have been held in Norwell, Lexington, and Billerica, with two more openings planned in the coming weeks in Needham and Tewksbury.

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August, 2013


High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

HMFH Breaks Ground on Bresahan Elementary Newburyport, MA - HMFH Architects of Cambridge announced the groundbreaking of the Bresnahan Elementary School in Newburyport in June. The new 112,000sf building will combine two existing schools, which separately house Newburyport’s PK-K and grades 1-3, into one building that will share its site with the community’s senior center. Based on HMFH’s successful model elementary school first built in Fairhaven,

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Rendering of the front entry of the Bresnahan Elementary School

the Bresnahan PK-3 building is designed for a much larger population of 760 students, allowing for a single building and comprehensive approach to elementary education in Newburyport. To accommodate more students, HMFH’s design includes 33% more classroom space than the model school to cover the needs of pre-K and kindergarten. The new school will be built on the same 17.5-acre site as the existing Bresnahan School, allowing students to remain while the new building is constructed. In keeping with Newburyport’s New England feel and rich history, l-r: Representative Mike Costello (no hard hat); the exterior is designed with brick in Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives; Treasurer place of the model school’s original Steven Grossman; former Superintendent of concrete block, differentiating core Schools Deirdre Farrell; Facilities Director spaces and classrooms with patternSteven Bergholm; Mayor Donna Holaday; City ing that breaks up the building’s mass. Councillor Dick Sullivan, Jr.; Laura Wernick, While retaining the organization of the prinicpal, HMFH Architects.

original two-story Fairhaven model that groups core spaces such as the cafeteria, gym, and library, Bresnahan’s three-story classroom wing is programmatically different. Larger specialized areas including faculty workrooms, conference rooms, a nurse’s suite, and teaching areas for spe-

cial education and literary and behavioral specialists – previously in cramped, inadequate spaces in the existing building – are organized with classroom space on the second and third floors for individual learning and support. Classrooms maximize exterior views and daylight, and bright colors and patterns are used throughout the school to engage students and create a special place for young children. The school features a technology-rich environment that will allow the students to take advantage of the latest in educational technology. The Bresnahan School has been designed to achieve Mass. CHPS Verified Leader status. CTA Construction is the general contractor on the project, and Heery International is serving as the owner’s project manager.

Work Continues at Walpole School

New cafeteria Walpole, MA - Work will begin on project. They have successfully worked toa renovation project at the Blessed Sacra- gether on multiple education projects in the ment School in Walpole. past, including a new cafeteria, new athThe 6,000sf project will include letic center, and multiple labs for Cardinal a new cafeteria, kitchen, restrooms, and Spellman High School in Brockton. lobby. Acella Construction Corporation Construction will continue throughhas partnered with Ai3 Architects on this out the summer.

North Branch to Renovate UNH Hall

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August, 2013


High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

Design Complete for North Reading Middle/High School Reading, MA - R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP, a Boston-based, full-service engineering firm, is collaborating with Dore & Whittier Architects on the new North Reading Middle/High School. The newly designed school is a 270,000sf building that will provide a 21st century learning environment for the students and faculty. The new facility will offer flexible classrooms, small group learning rooms, special education spaces, high-tech science laboratories, technology program spaces, along with creativity-inspiring art rooms. The existing renovated middle school

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and new high school will be connected through a large open “Main Street” corridor. The two adjoining spaces will share a new auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, library, media center, along with the administrative spaces. In addition, this project has been designed for phased construction, with the new high school to be completed prior the the middle school renovation. Due to the multiple phases, the schedule is being compressed where possible in order to expedite the opportunity for utilization. North Reading Middle/High School has been designed to achieve LEED Gold

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The schools will be connected through a “Main Street” corridor. certification. To achieve this level of certification, numerous sustainable features have been implemented into the building’s design. Some of the sustainable design features will include a high-performance exterior wall system that includes high-efficiency windows with thermal performance and high visible light transmittance, daylight dimming lighting controls with photocells, and systems put in place and equip-

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High-Profile: Educational Facilities News

Triumph Installs Modular Schools

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Newman Elementary School Needham, MA Triumph Modular CASE STUDY recently installed a relocatable modular Newman Elementary School school building at the Newman Elementary NOW BEING USED AS A TEMPORARY SOLUTION, BUT COULD School in Needham, enabling students to BE PERMANENT. AVAILABLE FOR LEASE OR PURCHASE IN continue on-site in an optimal enAUGUSTlearning 2012. vironment during the school’s renovation. Triumph Modular recently installed a relocatable modular school building at the Newman Elementary School in Needham, MA, enabling students to continue learning on site in an optimal environment during When the school addition is comthe school’s renovation. This modular solution uniquely offers flexibility, style and green features. When the schoolthey addition is completed, they will have leased the modular school buildings for only 12 months. pleted, will have leased the modular In its current use, this is a sizable installation of 35,620 sq ft and was installed in 60 days. The Franklin “CUBS” Preschool North Andover school buildings for only 12separate months. In theits38 modules modular school complex is comprised of three buildings, and include 30 Early Childhood Center classrooms, administration offices, and 3 multi-stall restrooms. Each of the 3 buildings have 10 Floor, wall, and ceiling systems are current use, this is a sizable installation of classrooms and are connected via a ramped corridor. The modular complex features up lighting with illusion ceiling tiles, large aluminum framed 3’x6’ designed to limit sound transfer between 35,620sf and was installed in 60 days. windows including a few 6’ round diameter windows to take advantage of natural light, and oak doors, shelves and coatmodular hooks throughout. The surfaces, materials and used in therooms space are designed and dampen sound reverberation The school complex iscolors comto provide vibrancy, fun and creative inspiration, while also promoting health, sustainability, functionality and hygienic ease of maintenance. high-efficiency “Energence™” by Triumph also• worked to create a cusprised of three separateRoof-mounted, buildings, and the 38 HVAC systems Location: Needham, MA Lennox with energy recovery ventilators and UV light technology which kills allergens. Floor, wall and tomreverberation. designed modular preschool in North modules include 30to limit classrooms, administra• Sq. Footage: 35,620 ceiling systems are designed sound transfer between rooms and dampen sound Aluminum ramps were installed in sections for easier mobility to the next user and the HardiePanel® and • No. of Modules: 38 Preschool Chiltion offices, and three multi-stall restrooms. Andover for the Franklin aluminum extrusions provide a modern façade. • Completion Date: August, 2011 Abilities (CUBS). Each of the buildings has 10 classrooms dren United by Special • Available for lease or sale: Summer of 2012 With the efficiency and time savings and are connected via a ramped corridor. afforded by modular construction, the total The complex features Call our Salesmodular Team today at: 800-257-2536 or visit up lighting with Triumph illusion ceiling tiles, large time from conception to completion of the Modular | 194 Ayer Rd | Littleton, MA 01460 aluminum framed 3-ft. x 3-ft. windows in- school was only six months. Triumph worked with the Franklin cluding a few 6-ft. round diameter windows to take advantage of natural light, and oak School to create a customized space with doors, shelves, and coat hooks throughout. their specific design requirements, such as The surfaces, materials, and colors used in 10-inch toilets and sustainable features; the space are designed to provide vibrancy, white roofing, energy recovery ventilators, fun, and creative inspiration, while also and microbial (mold resistant) drywall, to promoting health, sustainability, function- give the students an optimal learning environment. ality, and hygienic ease of maintenance.

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Avenues, is envisioned to provide links within the WUSM community and attract and retain the highest caliber research talent. It will provide a framework for both collaborative and individual research needs, and showcase and anticipate trends in research lab design through flexible and adaptable spaces which can evolve to meet future needs – all within a highly efficient building envelope and supporting systems infrastructure. LEED Silver certification is targeted. Building occupancy is slated for June 2015.




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August, 2013


High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Major Renovations at Phillips Hall Canobie Lake Park Gets Parking Facility ARC Architect

Exeter, NH - In 2007, Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) was retained by Phillips Exeter Academy to study options for renovations to Phillips Hall, a 44,000sf historic building which has served as the home to the English and modern language departments since its construction in 1932 – housing over 40 classrooms as the central meeting room for all faculty weekly gatherings. Building upgrades were designed to provide much-needed improvements while maintaining the historical integrity of the original building. A phased construction plan was planned out to be completed over the course of two summers to allow the building to be continuously used for classes during the school year. The completed project provides five new classroom spaces in previously underutilized

attic spaces; a new elevator and accessible bathrooms on the every level and ADA improvements including a reconstructed accessible patio detailed with limestone and granite to closely match the original building’s exterior masonry; air conditioning and classroom technology carefully integrated to preserve the historic paneling and ceiling heights; replacement of all windows and roofing, and restoration of all original masonry. Improvements to the campuswide site drainage system were made, and the construction manager implemented and monitored an erosion and sedimentation control (ESC) plan for construction activities related to the demolition of existing conditions and the construction of the new building specific to this project.

JMB, Grinnell, AGEO Partnership

Boston - J. & M. Brown Company, Inc. (JMB), a Boston based electrical construction company, Grinnell Mechanical, Inc., an HVAC system contractor, of Burlington, and AGEO Corp. (Aligning Green Operations & Environments), a global sustainability consultancy and engineering firm headquartered in Boston, announced the formation of a partnership that provides comprehensive energy efficiency and sustainability services and solutions for corporate, educational, biotechnology, and healthcare clients throughout the northeast.

The joint venture, AGEO 360°, integrates JMB’s Electrical and Energy Divisions, Grinnell’s HVAC services and AGEO’s world-class engineering capabilities. AGEO 360° will provide complete design-build-consulting services geared to ensure optimal building performance that meet sustainability and energy-efficiency reporting regulations as set forth in Boston’s recently enacted Building Energy Disclosure and Reporting Ordinance.

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Salem, NH- SFC Engineering Partnership has designed an expanded parking area for Canobie Lake Park with a focus on being environmentally friendly. Parking capacity is being increased to improve patron convenience while minimizing the use of buses to transport employees from off-site parking areas. This expansion will add over two-and-a-half acres of new pavement surface. Many factors must be considered: soil erosion, aesthetics, traffic, tree removal, lighting, and noise. Each aspect is carefully orchestrated to insure that the only effects of this project on the community are positive. Perhaps the most recognized effect of a project of this magnitude is on stormwater. When two-and-a-half acres of pavement is created, stormwater water volume increases and water flows faster than before. SFC met the design challenge with pervious pavement and a gravel wetland to control and clean the stormwater. Pervious pavement controls stormwater even before it becomes a factor. Rainwater falling on pervious pavement behaves not unlike rainfall on a grassy meadow. The rain infiltrates right into the pavement. It does not run across the pavement surface, and therefore, eliminates negative effects of stormwater runoff. A portion of the Canobie Lake Park project where soils are suitable for infiltration is being constructed with pervious pavement

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August, 2013


High-Profile: Awards

Windover Wins CMAA Award

North Branch Recognized

Eck | MacNeely Architects

Concord, NH - North Branch Construction, Inc. is the recipient of multiple awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors of VT/NH Safety Awards. North Branch received second place in the “Over 50,000 Man-Hours” category, as well as a Silver Level “Safe- Safety Director Kevin Temple accepted North Branch ty Training and Evaluation ProConstruction’s awards. l-r: Tracey Hartford, Windover; Matt Donnelly, Pinck & Co.; Dustin Corbett, Windover; cess (STEP)” Award. The ConSafety Fine Program on all projects, with Aaron Hirsch, CSW; Charlie Mann, Windover; Rob Laverdure, CSW; Margaret Wood, cord-based construction firm also received an award for “Zero Cases the intent to increase hazard recognition, Pinck & Co.; Stuart Meurer, Windover; and Jeremiah Eck, Eck | MacNeely Resulting in Lost Workdays” in the “Over reduce risk of injury, and create an overManchester, MA - Windo50,000 Man-Hours” category. all safer working environment for all perver Construction announced that North Branch Construction has gone sonnel working on construction sites. It it received the Building Project a step beyond the recommended OSHA 10- requires subcontractors as well as North of the Year Award from the New Hour training and obtained OSHA 30-hour Branch’s own employees to abide by the England Chapter of the Construcconstruction training certification for all OSHA Construction Industry Regulations tion Management Association of project managers and superintendents. Ad- at all times. America (CMAA). The award ditionally, they have implemented safety North Branch issues safety fines for was presented in the New Conrequirements on their jobsites, including any repeat violations for both subcontracstruction category for the firm’s the use of high-visibility safety shirts and tors and itself, and at the end of each year, distinctive work on Warren vests and safety-toed footwear to be worn all proceeds from the Safety Fine Program House, a new dormitory comat all times by all North Branch construc- are donated to the nonprofit charities and pleted for the Cambridge School tion personnel. organizations that they work with. of Weston. The project was a colNorth Branch also implements a The Warren House laboration with the design team at Eck | MacNeely Architects Inc. and faculty, outdoor community space, and Warren House is an 11,000sf dormi- a large kitchen classroom. tory, including 24 student beds and three Hamden, CT - Silver / Petrucelli + During the entire process, Windover faculty apartments. In addition to the resi- focused on integrating eco-friendly mate- Associates has been has been named to the dential rooms and apartments, the building rials and design elements, including com- “Top 300 Architecture Firms.” This is the has a large common space with adjacent posting toilets, LED lighting, and highly firm’s first appearance on this internationkitchenettes, a computer and group study efficient heating and cooling with individ- ally recognized list that was published by room, summer storage space for students ual controls. Architectural Record magazine in its July issue. “It is gratifying to achieve such a prestigious national ranking,” said Bill $4,854,000 Silver, AIA, president of the firm. “It is Bill Silver Dean Petrucelli Purchase Loan even more rewarding when the recognition for our largest design project in our history is tied to our intentional slow but steady CVS and recently achieved LEED Gold certifigrowth over the past 21 years.” cation for Fire Station #5 in East Hartford, Haverhill, MA Vice President Dean Petrucelli, AIA, gionaL Conn. making it the first LEED Gold fire adds, “This is yet another first for Silver / peRmanent LoansL:Loans ppeRmanent eRmanent oans :: e: station in the state.” • Office Buildings • Office Office Buildings Buildings Petrucelli this year. We were also selected $4,000,000

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2013 AIANH Design Awards/Winning Projects

he AIANH Excellence in Architecture Awards Program provides public and professional recognition for architectural projects of design excellence by New Hampshire architects. The 2013 winners are shown here. TLT Construction Corp. Photographer: Joseph St. Pierre. Merit Award Keene State College TDS Center, Keene; Architerra, Inc., Boston; contractor: Engelberth Construction; landscape architect: Brown Sardina, Inc.;

Manchester Department of Public Works Honor Award - Project: City of Manchester Department of Public Works Administration Building; Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester; C M: Harvey Construction Corporation photographer: Joseph St. Pierre.

Phillips Hall photographer: Joseph St. Pierre. Merit Award Project: Phillips Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy; Architect: ARC (Architectural Resources Cambridge), Cambridge, Mass.; general contractor: Harvey Construction Corp.; Photographer: Warren Patterson. Merit Award - Harriman Hill Housing Coalition, Wolfeboro; Warrenstreet Architects, Inc., Concord; C M: Gary Chicoine Construction; photographer: Joseph St. Pierre. Merit Award - Project: Nubanusit Lakehouse, Hancock; Sheldon Pennoyer Architects, Concord; builder: James C. Moore Builders; photographer: Joseph St. Pierre

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photographer: Chuck Choi. Merit Award and People’s Choice Award: Commercial - Hampton Beach Design & Development Project, Hampton Beach; Samyn-D’Elia Architects, P.A., Ashland; design-builder: Harvey Construction Corporation; landscape architect: ORW Landscape Architects and Planners;

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Merit Award - Project: Harriman Hill Housing Coalition, Wolfeboro, Warrenstreet Architects, Inc., Concord; construction manager: Gary Chicoine Construction; photographer: Joseph St. Pierre. Commendation - Project:

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Regeneration Park, Portsmouth; TMS Architects, Portsmouth; G.C.: T.R. Russell Builders; landscape architect: Toomey Landscape; photographer: Trent Bell Photography. Commendation - Project: Mount Wachusett House, Princeton, Mass., Firm: Daniel V. Scully/Architects, Keene, N.H.; contractor: Grzyb Builders, Inc. photographer: Harriet Wise Commendation, Unbuilt Category Project: Island Shack; Architect: Bart Sapeta AIA, Keene State College. People’s Choice Award: Residential - Project: Night Pasture Farm, Central Vermont; Firm: Bonin Architects and Associates, New London, N.H.; builder: Randy Keating; photography: John W. Hession.


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Press Release Relief: You’ve Written it, Now What?

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duce your release in the body of the email. For example: • Brief: SMPS Boston Celebrates Outstanding Communication • Full: SMPS Boston Celebrates Outstanding Communications at Annual ROC Awards Gala. Minimize clicks. Paste your release into the body of your email. Media professionals are busy people, and you want to make their lives as easy as possible. If they have to open an email and then open an attachment, chances are they won’t take that next step. At the very top of the release above the title make any necessary personal notes briefly and in a font size and style that separates it from the body of your email. These notes can include photo credits and captions, or someone’s hometown or year of graduation, if applicable to the recipient. Attaching images. Make sure that any image you attach is small enough to make it into the intended mailboxes. Your personal note can include a line such as “higher resolution images available upon request” but respect your recipient’s email limitations by keeping images small – a suggested size is 4x5 inches at 150 dpi. Keeping files sizes under 800kb is a good rule of thumb. Also, make sure your image is clearly identified with your firm name and a brief description (e.g. SMPSBoston_ AwardsCommittee.jpg). Distributing news is a cost-effective and highly targeted manner in which to grow visibility for your firm. It should be

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CTA Attends Ribbon-Cutting

HKA Architect for New Municipal Building Wakefield, MA - CTA Construction of Waltham, general contractor for the town of Wakefield’s new Municipal Gas and Light Department building, attended the project’s ribboncutting ceremony. Participating in the event were local dignitaries, representatives of CTA Construction, and the project’s architect, Helene Karl Associates, Inc. (HKA) of Groton. CTA Construction worked Wakefield Gas and Light building closely with the town and HKA Associates to provide demolition additional challenge as the project site of the existing 15,000sf building and conwas already tight and located immediately struction of a new 30,000sf state-of-the-art adjacent to Wakefield’s Lake Quannapowitt. facility. The new $7 million building pro“At CTA, safety is always our first vides department employees with spacious priority, but constructing the building offices, open administrative areas, a large around an active gas substation really elconference, training room, large reception evated our awareness of safety and protecarea, and kitchen and dining facilities. tion on this project. We are proud to say the The entire project, located at 480 project had zero incidents or accidents,” North Avenue, was constructed around commented Davida Flynn, CTA’s project an active gas substation that services the manager for the project. entire town of Wakefield. This added an High-Profile Monthly‘s annual focus on educational facilities reaches institutional, private, and public facilities planners and managers with news on the people and companies that are designing and building our schools and institutions of higher learning.

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coverage of your company news where you need it most. Jennifer Shelby, CPSM, is an account director at Rhino Public Relations. This article originally appeared in the SMPS Boston blog Outlook.

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August, 2013


High-Profile: News

Triumph Awarded GSA Vendor Contract

Littleton, MA - Triumph Modular, Inc. has been awarded a vendor contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the primary agency of the U.S. government tasked with developing best price buyer’s contracts to maximize the value and minimize the costs associated with procurement for all government agencies. Buyers can go to GSA Advantage online shopping and ordering system to purchase direct at the negotiated price. Triumph’s partnership with GSA will

provide opportunities for a variety of agencies and clients to easily lease and purchase their products direct. The partnership also will provide Triumph with the ability to expand marketing efforts aimed specifically at federal agencies and educating them about the potential applications for modular buildings and their advantages. “We are excited to begin what we hope will be a long-standing relationship with numerous federal buyers,” says Theresa Hazelrigg, VP of administration at Triumph.

BBH Begins Apt Complex Keith GC - TAT Architect

ID Completes Data Center

Needham, MA - Integrated Design Group (ID) of Boston announced that Digital Realty’s data center in Needham (DLR Needham) is complete. ID designed the master plan and provided combined architecture and engineering services for the three-story, 130,000sf data center. DLR Needham is designed to meet the technical requireDigital Realty’s data center in Needham ments of companies seeking bestmizer systems take advantage of the New in-class data center space, featuring data England climate to allow for full or parcenter solutions, redundant power feed and tial economizer operations for almost 10 fiber connectivity. months of the calendar year. For the elecEach of the five suites will have aptrical rooms, the system uses outside air to proximately 8,000sf of raised floor space first ventilate the indoor substation rooms, and 1.125 MWs of IT capacity. The space then transfers the air to cool the electrical will include state-of-the-art HVAC systems equipment housed in the adjacent electriand security optimized to support advanced cal/UPS rooms prior to being exhausted. data center operations. For the computer rooms, the CRAHs Lack of adequate yard space on the modulate dampers and pull in filtered outNeedham site forced ID to find creative acside air to cool the space, and then sepacommodations for the data center’s eight rate relief air fans exhaust the hot air out generators. Relegating these units to the of the building. However, this can lead to roof was not an option due to the town’s humidity issues in New England, so ID adstrict zoning regulations. Therefore, ID’s dressed this by including a CRAH gallery alternative design solution accommodated with high-capacity, low energy humidifiers the generators within the interior of the to raise the humidity to acceptable ranges data center. for the computers. This design adds the Other unique features include an airhumidity into the system very effectively, side economizer that has been incorporated without having to add equipment and run into the cooling systems for the computer water piping in the computer room. rooms and electrical rooms. The air econo-

Suffolk Launches Fall Series

Boston - Suffolk Construction will launch its second annual Subcontractor Development Series to assist disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned trade subcontractor firms in fostering long-term relationships with Suffolk. Provided at no cost to 30 selected participants, the eight-session program will begin Thursday, September 5. The series will be offered exclusively to union and nonunion subcontractors that are certified by the Mass. Supplier Diversity Office as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), or Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). Firms must also have been in business for a minimum of two years. “We take great pride in creating equal access and opportunity for qualitydriven, experienced subcontractors on all

of our projects,” said Brian McPherson, director of diversity and workforce.” Each 2-hour course will be presented in an interactive format and led by Suffolk executives and local industry experts. Classes will take place every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Suffolk’s Conference and Learning Center in Roxbury. Attendance will be mandatory at all eight sessions. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a graduation certificate and have one-on-one access to Suffolk subject matter experts. The application deadline is Friday, August 2 at 5 p.m. EDT. All eligible firms are encouraged to apply. Space will be limited. For more information and to apply, visit

Rendering of The Coolidge at Sudbury. Sudbury, MA - B’nai B’rith Hous- nomic Development. ing (BBH) has started construction on The The new construction will be a coCoolidge at Sudbury, a 64-unit apartment lonial-style building that will replace the complex serving active seniors and older site’s decaying greenhouses and single adults aged 55 and over. family home. The development includes BBH purchased the land at the end 64 apartment units in an elevator building of May from the Mercuri family for $2 with surface parking. The planned develmillion. The organization finalized its fi- opment will include a meeting room, a linancing with the Bank of America/Merrill brary, a fitness center, and outdoor patios Lynch in June. on the east and west sides. Surrounded by The residences will be built at a trees and plantings, it will feature 61 onecost of approximately $16.7 million and bedroom units and three two-bedrooms. financed by Bank of America/Merrill A property management office will be loLynch. Approximately $10.7 million of cated on-site. private equity has been raised associated The architect for the project is The with an award of federal and state tax low- Architectural Team (TAT) of Chelsea. The income housing credits allocated through general contractor is Keith Construction the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Inc. of Canton. Executive Office of Housing and Eco-

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High-Profile: Facilities Development News

Abbot Restores Historic Church Tower

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA - Abbot Building Restoration recently restored the historic granite stone tower at Sacred Heart Church in Manchesterby-the-Sea. Over the years, the perimeter of the tower, and especially above the windows, began to show evidence of severe calcium carbonate deposits that detracted from the aesthetics of the building. This condition was due mainly to problems with the existing roof. The tower was also experiencing dislodged stones in the corners along with other structural problems. In conjunction with recommendations by the architectural firm of McGinley Kalsow & Associates of Somerville, the parish contracted Abbot Building Restoration to perform the desired masonry repairs. In the initial phase of the project, the granite stone tower was cleaned to remove the calcium carbonate deposits, and any stones that had been displaced at the corners of the tower were removed and reset. Abbot then grouted vertical cracks in the tower walls and installed stainless steel dowels to reinforce the stones. In the next phase, Abbot completely repointed the granite stone joints with a special colored mortar to match the original appearance of the façade, and capped all of the stones at the top portion of the tower

Design by Udelsma

United Rentals’ new facility. Hookset, NH - North Branch Con- Hudson locations. struction of Concord has completed imConstruction included interior finishprovements to the interior and exterior of es, new lighting and ventilation, sitework United Rentals’ new facility in Hooksett. and landscaping, including truck ramps The 23,000sf facility is a former PSNH and site lighting, and the fit-up of a new warehouse and now includes warehouse, equipment wash bay. office, and showroom space, allowing the Design for the project was provided company to consolidate its Manchester and by Udelsman Associates of Hollis.

Sacred Heart Church

with copper caps. To protect the stones from future environmental deterioration, a durable water repellent sealer (Prosoco SLX-100) was applied to the entire tower facade. Abbot also installed a new roof on the inside parapet at the top of the tower, and retrofitted a gutter system around the perimeter of the tower above the windows to protect the masonry from further calcium deposits.

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Arrowstreet Moving to Boston

Somerville, MA - Architectural firm Arrowstreet will be moving its offices to Boston. After being based in Davis Square for over 20 years, the firm will be relocating to 10 Post Office Square in January. Jim Batchelor, Arrowstreet’s CEO and president, says, “We see this move as a reflection of the future of our firm. We are excited our office will be in a central, accessible location in the hub of downtown Boston, in close proximity to

many of our clients. We look forward to becoming part of the burgeoning creative and innovative community in the Financial District.” Once complete, the new office space will offer staff, clients, and other project collaborators a state-of-the-art environment, which will serve as a laboratory of smart, thoughtful design. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank served as the firm’s broker.

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High-Profile: People

McCartney Joins Bay State

Hudson, NH - Bay State Industrial Welding & Fabrication, Inc.’s president, Rick McCartney, introduced his daughter, Bridget McCartney, as the company’s new face for business development and sales and marketing. She comes from a background in hospitality management and has acquired managerial experience ranging from restaurants, nightclubs, and high-end lounges in the Boston area. She has taken on the role of Bay State’s main coordinator for all participa-

tion in events and activities with the Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter as well as the ABC Young Professionals Group. She will also be participating in the McCartney ABC Future Leaders in Construction Program scheduled to start this fall.

Windover New Hires

M a n c h e s t e r, MA - Windover Construction announced six new hires. Rhiannon Casey is on board as an executive assistant. She brings more than 10 years of experience supporting a number Robitaille of organizations in the healthcare and financial industries. Dennis Conlon is the newest member of Windover’s field support team, assisting on various jobsites. Prior to joining Windover, he ran his own property maintenance and landscaping business for 19 years. Sara Husted joins Windover as an executive assistant. She has more than 10 years of administrative experience working at high-profile financial firms. Rick Medeiros has been hired as a senior estimator. Prior to joining the Windover team, he spent 16 years with Berry (a division of Suffolk Construction), where he worked on numerous large-scale, complex urban assignments. Wendy Miller is Windover’s Florida development coordinator. With 13 years of experience, she is an expert in all facets of real estate, from business and operations to marketing and sales. Miller is responsible



Mack Joins JLL

Boston - Jones Lang LaSalle Construction (JLL) announced that Bill Mack has joined the New England team as senior VP. He will focus on managing client relationships, new business development, and overseeing the successful completion of project assignments. Mack is a veteran of the construction industry, with over 30 years of experience throughout New England.


He comes to Jones Lang LaSalle from Integrated Builders, where he was senior VP of business development. Previously, he was the director of project development for A.J. Martini. He also has held positions with Shawmut Design and Construction, Massachusetts General Hospital, Barkan Construction, and Steffian Bradley Architects.

ID Promotes Shanley

Boston - Integrated Design In her new role as projGroup (ID) announced that Lindect manager, she will take say A. Shanley has been promoton additional responsibilied to project manager. ties managing design teams Shanley joined ID as an asin the Boston headquarters, sistant project manager in 2012. point-of-contact oversight Since then she has successfully of data center projects, and participated in managing several leadership roles within the key projects, most notably the company. Digital Realty building in NeedPrior to joining ID, Shanley ham. She worked closely with Lindsay worked as an archiBrown University to accommotectural drafter, the head of date additional high capacity computing graphic design, and a lead designer in varwithin Brown’s existing data center us- ious professional and academic settings. ing in-row HVAC Units.

MPSE Elects Chris Barros

Conlon Miller for managing the firm’s Florida development projects. Jennifer Robitaille has joined Windover as a project manager. A seasoned professional, she brings tremendous expertise to Windover’s commercial and institutional team. She specializes in the academic and banking markets, and most recently worked as a project manager at Shawmut Design & Construction.

Integrated Bldrs Adds Two

Rockland, MA - Integrated Builders, Inc. recently added two new construction professionals to its staff. Dean Kelliher has been added as project manager. Prior to joining the company, he was project manager for Pihl, Inc. and was a key member of the $90 million Pawtucket River Bridge replacement team. Kelliher also has served as a project manager for a number of firms over his 30-year career, including Bufftree Building Co. of New Bedford, Dacon Corporation, and Westcott Construction Corporation. Mark Mariano joins Integrated Builders as project superintendent. He will manage on-site construction with Integrated Builders’ subcontractor base through coordinated efforts with each of the firm’s project managers. Prior to joining the company, Mariano gained valuable field experience serving as project superintendent at Weston and Sampson CMR from 2010 to 2013. In addition, he was the Lead Title V Inspector for his self-founded company Mariano Inspections and Services and is a registered E.I.T. in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Boston - The Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers (MPSE) has elected Chris Barros, PE, as president for a two-year term from 2013-2015. Barros is vice president and gen-

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High-Profile: People

Personnel Announcements

Maynard, MA Thomas Dube has been named vice president of business development and preconstruction at JM Coull, Inc. of Maynard. He has been with the firm five years, and will continue to manage all Oldham preconstruction activities including business development and marketing programs. Christopher Oldham, JM Coull’s executive VP, has also been named chief operating officer to oversee the construction operations of the company. Oldham has been with the company for 20 years, and has held almost every operational role including project manager, and field super-

Hoffmann Welcomes Susca

John J. Hoffmann, FAIA , bility for the firm’s achievements owner and president of Hoffmann with the other owners and with Architects, Inc. announced the Hoffmann, who will continue as acceptance of a joint ownership majority shareholder. opportunity by a member of the By providing an opportufirm’s senior staff. nity for joint ownership, HoffSenior engineer Steven J. mann Architects recognizes the Susca, PE, joins the seven comdedication and accomplishments pany executives who became of the senior personnel who have shareholders in 2011. contributed substantially to shapSusca Gilfoy Dube As joint owner of the coming the direction of the company. intendent, positioning him well to lead con- pany, Susca will share responsistruction efforts. Also, Richard Gilfoy has been hired as chief financial officer. He was most recently the chief financial officer at Cutler Bedford, NH - Paul C. Liversidge, LLS, PLS, was recentAssociates, where he was responsible for ly promoted to chief of survey for TFMoran, Inc. all corporate financial matters and informaA licensed land surveyor in New Hampshire, Massachution technology. setts, and Maine, he joined TFMoran, Inc. in 1994. He has over 30 years experience and oversees all land surveying projects from proposal preparation to field operations, technical computations, research and boundary determinations, and project management. Liversidge is a member of the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association and National Society of Professional Surveyors. Liversidge

TFMoran Promotes Liversidge

Vision 3 Staff Announcements

Providence, RI – Christen Robbins, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted by Vision 3 Architects to project manager. She is currently a member of the project teams for the addition/ renovation of the Butterfield Dining Hall at the University of Rhode Island, as well as a new rehabilitation facility at Briarcliffe Gardens. Robbins is a director on the AIAri board. Rebecca Medeiros has been hired as an intern architect by Vision 3 Architects. She is currently working on Bay-

Shute Joins Bowdoin


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Needham, MA - Bowdoin Construction announced that Jeff Shute has joined the firm as business development director. He has over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate/facilities industry. His background includes working as a business devel-

opment professional and account manager as well as managing facilities and corporate real estate on the client side. Prior to joining Bowdoin, Shute worked for The Walsh Companies, Kimball Office, and GK Associates.


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High-Profile: People

Dietz Welcomes Two

Springfield, MA - Dietz & Company Architects recently announced that Marco Crescentini, AIA, LEED AP, and Haley Hardwick-Witman have joined the firm. Crescentini has been added as senior architect. Since joining the firm, he has been involved in the Chapin School Veteran’s Housing and Park West Apartments projects. In previous positions he worked on Maple Glen, a guest house that is part of the Red Lion Inn in historic Stockbridge. He also worked on a few commercial projects, and while living in Italy he focused on a number of urban design projects. Hardwick-Witman was added as architectural associate. Since joining the firm, she has been working on Parsons Vil-

Crescentini Hardwick-Witman lage In Easthampton that has the potential for being a Net Zero Energy project. She is also working on the North Adams Conte Elementary School project, which involves a complete renovation of the existing historic school to serve grades K-7.

EnviroVantage Hires Rush

Epping, NH - EnviroVantage, an Epping environmental remediation and demolition contractor, has hired Kevin Rush as its new safety officer. Rush, a certified OSHA 500 outreach instructor, has more than 27 years of safety experience. He comes to EnviroVantage from CCMSI where he served as the senior loss control consultant covering the city of Manchester and the Associated Builders & Contractors of NH/VT Signatory Insurance Group.


Clark Joins Granite Co.

Wakefield, MA - Olde tion, he is available as a resource New England Granite/The Reed for architects, engineers, and deCorporation announced the adsigners that require technical asdition of the newest member of sistance, and will be helping to its team, Joshua Clark, a regexpand the design-build division. istered landscape architect in Clark has experience with Massachusetts who has had his using the company’s material at own successful design-build both the civic/institutional and the business on the North Shore for more intimate residential scale. He the last eight years. has used the products for historical Clark He will assist in the daily restoration applications, grade and operation of the firm’s new facility at One drainage solutions, and aesthetic surface New Salem Street in Wakefield. In addi- treatment installations, to name a few.

Turner Designated CCIFP

Cambridge, MA - TG Gallagher announced that Kevin Turner has received the designation of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) from the Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals, Inc. He joins an elite group of more than 870 CCIFP profession-


als nationwide and only 17 in the state of Massachusetts. Turner joined TG Gallagher in 2009 and serves as the company’s CFO. He oversees all the financial and administrative affairs of the company, including project accounting, finance, bonding, and risk management.

Thomson Joins Calnan Quincy, MA - Calnan & Associates, Inc. announced that

James Thomson has joined the Quincy-based company as a senior project estimator. Thomson has nearly 15 years of experience in the construction industry and has worked with high-profile clients such as Boston College, MIT, Biogen, and The Four Seasons, to name a few. Prior to joining J. Calnan & Associates, Inc., he was part of the estimating and preconstruction team at Commodore Builders


ID Promotions

Boston - Integrated Design Group (ID) has promoted four people within the firm. The promotions also include the appointment of a new architectural group leader. Chad Fowler, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted from associate and project manager to senior associate and architectural group leader. An original member of the ID team, he has a 16-year history with the firm’s founding partners. Fowler has been instrumental in design and management of Building G on the Digital Realty Campus in Loudon, Virginia. Jeanne Karpel, who has been an employee of ID since it was established in 2003, was promoted to senior associate. Directing all human resources operations, she has helped grow the staff from seven to 65 people over the past 10 years. She also works closely with the firm’s principals to ensure that all aspects of business operations are managed effectively. ID’s newest associate is John T. Moran, LEED AP. A member of the project management team since 2010, he oversees all projects with key client Fidelity Investments. This past year, he collaborated with Fidelity on its Tier IV data center in Omaha, Ne., which will include the next generation Centercore, an innovative off-site constructed data center.





Peter Norris, AIA, LEED AP, was promoted to senior associate. A member of ID’s architecture group since 2006, he has more than 15 years of experience as a designer and project architect. He has been instrumental on data center projects that ID has designed for Digital Realty, Fidelity Investments, and Harvard University.

Two Complete FLIC

Concord, NH - North Branch Construction, Inc. announced that two of the firm’s project superintendents have completed the Associated Builders and Contractors of VT/NH Future Leaders in Construction (FLIC) program. Julianne Cardinal and Christopher Galbraith were recognized at the 2013 ABC graduation event. The FLIC program is a nine-monthlong series of educational classes designed to “enhance the leadership skills and knowl-

Cardinal Galbraith edge of young high-potential construction professionals.”

Nobis Hires Six

Lowell, MA - Nobis Engineering, Inc. has hired six technical staff members. Samuel Paikowsky, Sr., Sc.D., will serve as a senior geotechnical advisor for complex geotechnical projects throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has over 30 years of experience in geotechnical related consulting, research, and engineering projects. Craig Marchionda, EIT, will serve as a project engineer in the Lowell office. His experience includes testing the integrity of drilled shafts, performing dynamic testing on driven piles, directing subsurface investigations, and preparing borings logs and subsurface profiles. Seth Robertson, EIT, will serve as a staff engineer in Lowell. He is currently supporting the MBTA Green Line Extension project. He is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Robert Clopper, EIT, will serve as

a staff engineer in Lowell. He will be performing geotechnical field and geotechnical analysis services. He is currently supporting MBTA Green Line Extension project and the replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge as a geotechnical engineer. Alice Arsenault has joined Nobis as a staff engineer in the Concord, N.H. office. She has conducted an extensive monitoring program and assisted with a water supply project to find two feasible sites for drinking water wells. Daniel Landolt has joined Nobis as a CAD technician in the Lowell office. He has over 24 years experience generating survey base plans; preparing civil engineering plans; designing subdivisions and commercial sites from conceptual to final layout; and drafting survey plot plans, definitive subdivision plans, roadway plans, and profiles and site plans.

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Save the date! December 9-10 New York National Conference - New York, NY Held annually, these deal making events are a great opportunity for owners, developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, municipalities, property asset managers, and product and service providers to gather under one roof to exhibit, make deals, and form successful business partnerships. For information contact Rachel Miraglia,


Oct. 30, 6-11 p.m. 2013 PRISM Awards Gala Seaport Hotel Boston The Prestigious Results in Sales and Marketing (PRISM) Committee of Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) honors the finest builders, developers, project owners, architects, land planners, marketers, advertising executives, interior designers, merchandisers, remodelers, and other professionals in the building industry to honor excellence in product and community design, advertising, marketing, and sales achievements by both individuals and teams. For more details viisit or call 781.890.2101

MBC Events

• August 29, 12 noon Lunch with Legends Massachusetts Building Congress’ 20:30 Club provides emerging A/E/C leaders and their peers with casual, educational, and fun events for building professional relationships. Join the 20:30 Club for a lunch and learn with Dick Amster the Director of Facilities Campus Planning at MIT For more information contact: Laura Cannistraro or John Karras • October 17 Hall of Fame Gala Save the Date !!! For more information contact: Jbreed@


September 13 New England Women in Real Estate’s 2013-2014 NEWiRE Kick-Off Luncheon Program 11:30 a.m. Networking & Registration • 12 p.m. Luncheon & Program Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston Street, Boston For more information visit http://www.


The SFNE Board of Directors will host in the second annual Motorcycle Ride on Friday, August 23. This event is another in a series of programs that SFNE has created to provide members with an opportunity to network with colleagues in the steel industry. We hope that you will join us for a fun ride through the New Hampshire countryside. The day-long event will begin at 9:00 am. Riders will meet at the Market Basket Plaza in Lee, NH. The ride will take you north up to Concord with winding curves and sights to see such as Old Shaker Village. You will tour the quaint New Hampshire towns of Tilton, Bristol, Rumney, Lincoln and then through the Kancamagus Highway to Conway and end at Rochester Harley. Your trip will include stops along the way for lunch and to check out the scenery. There is no charge to join the ride, but SFNE hopes to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Fund. Your donations would be appreciated. The registration deadline is August 16 For registration and information visit www.


August 14, 2013 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Third Annual Rock and Reel Estate Harbor Cruise Samuel Clemens. 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston For information contact: Melissa Turetz 781-453-6900 x4 Email:


Oct 2 - 4 IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo 2013 Philadelphia, Pa. IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo is the largest, most longstanding and well-respected annual conference and exposition for facility management and related professions. Each year offers a new experience, addressing challenges and strategies that are universal to every facility type, shape, and size For more information: http://www.

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