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Boston - NAIOP Massachusetts’ Developing Leaders (DL) hosted a breakfast event for a case study conversation recently, where executives from Forest City Enterprises discussed the decisionmaking process for design and construction matters at 120 Kingston Street, a 240-unit multifamily projDL Breakfast at One Financial Center ect with ground floor retail currently under constructhe design criteria of the Boston Redeveltion along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy opment Authority and other city agencies. Greenway (see High-Profile Monthly NAIOP Massachusetts’ Developing April cover story). Leaders is a program designed to become Doug Arsham, vice president a catalyst for young professionals to prodevelopment, and Daniel Hughes, vice pel their career to the next level. They propresident construction for Forest City vide the tools, networking, and resources Enterprises, presented how real estate individuals will need to gain that competidevelopers are constantly weighing deci- tive edge. This program was created for sions related to design and construction. commercial real estate professionals who These decisions are often evaluated are 35 years old or younger. Developing using a number of metrics: schedule, aes- leaders will have access to a wide variety thetics, cost, maintenance and property of programming and career development management, market expectations, a de- opportunities. sire to differentiate, and a need to meet
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Massachusetts Building Congress recently hosted an educational breakfast program with speakers Thomas N. O’Brien, HYM Investment Group and Ronald K. Perry, Colliers International. O’Brien presented several HYM projects, including NorthPoint, the largest remaining land parcel in the city of Cambridge, which will be transformed into a vibrant mixed-use community; and One Congress/Government Center Garage, a multi-phased plan for replacing the existing massive above-grade concrete garage with a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, public plaza and mixed-use buildings on two appropriately scaled urban blocks spread among 4.8 acres. The demolition of a major portion of the garage will allow daylight to shine on Congress Street for the first time in more than 40 years. Perry offered an overview of the Boston Market. High-Profile Monthly will feature details of the report in its Build Boston focus next month. New developments in the Seaport district include Fan Pier, Pier 4, Seaport Square, Channel Center, Two Harbor Street, and the Bronstein Center. Another 3 million sf of new developments include TD Garden, Lovejoy Wharf, One Congress Street, One Franklin Street, 157 Berkeley Street, and 888 Boylston Colliers International market forecast shows a Street. decreasing vacancy rate through 2015.
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Shawmut Tops Off Mass. Maritime Academy Dorm Buzzards Bay, MA - Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Shawmut Design and Construction held a topping off ceremony of the academy’s 4th Company dormitory in Buzzards Bay. The 41,000sf addition includes six stories to accommodate 240 more beds in the 4th Company dormitory. The expansion project is a vital investment for the academy’s continued efforts to expand enrollment, which is projected to grow from 1,550 students to 1,800 by 2016. Company 4 is part of a larger makeover of campus dormitories, scheduled to open March 2015. The project’s general contractor is Shawmut Design and Construction, and the architect is Prellwitz Chilinski Associates. The 4th Company project, which remains on schedule and under budget, is set
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Tom Goemaat signs the final iron beam before it is hoisted to the top of the 4th Company dormitory. more light and views of the campus and water. Additionally, core bathrooms will be completely renovated and designed to mimic those of the Company 5 dormitory. The 4th Company dormitory project for completion next summer, is designed to reach LEED Silver. New glass entrance and canopy will be added along with new student lounges with waterfront views of the bay. 4th Company will be fully accessible with new accessible cadet rooms and restrooms on all levels. The project will feature a fully renovated and expanded Health Services Suite and expanded glazing at each end of the corridor to provide Ron Simoneau and Tom Goemaat with Richard Gurnon
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Boston - Jones Lang LaSalle Construction has been named general contractor for lobby and entrance renovations at Two Liberty in Boston. The 67,609sf office building was recently purchased by CenterSquare Investment Management, the real estate investment specialist for BNY Mellon Investment Management. Located in the heart of Boston’s Financial District across from Post Office Square Park, the 11-story boutique midrise is undergoing the renovations to modernize the historic building. The project features new finishes, wall coverings, extensive stone paneling, and millwork. New lighting will also be installed to accent the lobby area, with new wall directories and entry railings. Build out has begun, with completion scheduled for October. The architect is Dyer Brown & Associates.
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Jewett Renovates Two Dealerships Raymond, NH - Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has contracted with Commonwealth Motors to provide interior renovations to its Nissan and Honda dealerships in Lawrence, Mass. The Nissan project involves converting a portion of the existing service
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Woburn, MA - Allen & Major Associates, Inc. recently completed the engineering design and permitting of a 16,315sf retail pharmacy and drive-thru located on a 2.08-acre site that was consolidated from six individual parcels on the corner of Main and School streets in Woburn. The project successfully obtained a site plan special permit, project notification form filing with Mass. Historical Commission, as well as a Mass. Dept. of Transportation access permit. The successful lot consolidation was executed by A&M’s land survey division which also executed an ALTA/ACSM Land Title, Existing Conditions and AsBuilt Survey, and easement plans for Mass DOT roadway widening.
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by Deb Anderstrom The International Interior Design Association, or IIDA, has nearly 13,000 members in 58 countries and 33 chapters worldwide! As one of the largest, the New England chapter has over 500 professional, associate, industry, affiliated, educator, and members Deb Anderstrom student throughout our six states. We currently have three city centers: Boston; Providence, R.I.; and Hartford, Conn. Our mission is “To enhance the quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge.” In recent years, one of our goals has been to increase our membership. To achieve this, we continue to find ways to add value to help you be a better designer, grow your business, network, and advance the profession of interior design. Our volunteer board of directors and many committee members are working very hard to do just that. Last year, IIDA NE offered 10 educational programs, most for professional CEU credit. These are now free programs for all members! We offer a very comprehensive
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NCIDQ preparatory class twice annually, which also is free to associate members of at least two years’ standing. Beyond this, we conduct Forums tours throughout the year as a part of our educational focus. These tours showcase a variety of project types and sizes and offer a firsthand look at what others are doing in our design community. Our annual Design Awards allow for the submission of projects completed by our design community and schools. These projects are judged in various categories and recognized at a fabulous, fun event. We offer great opportunities to get
out of the office, engage our current and prospective clients, and mingle among our peers, with annual programs such as business leaders breakfast and fashion show in Boston; Providence’s croquet tournament at the Intl. Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport an - Hartford’s golf tournament and fabulous clam bake. Students pursuing design degrees in our region’s many schools are our future. We recognize this and provide strong ties to the educators and students through annual programs such as career day, portfolio day, and student mentoring week. We offer opportunities to challenge students and to be recognized outside the classroom with student sustainable design competition, the Lloy Hack essay competition and the ability to enter our design awards in the student category IIDA NE recognizes the importance of the work that Interior Design Coalitions from our New England states do. We support the organizations and their efforts to pass or sustain legislation that provide legal recognition, bring uniformity to the profession, define responsibility, and encourage excellence in the interior design industry. IIDA has a strong history of giving back to the community. The 33 worldwide chapters have collectively donated over $1 million in the past 18 months! The New England Chapter produces a number of events that have charitable components such as: the fashion show,
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LaFreniere and Bennington Complete F-Squared Headquarters Wellesley, MA - F-Squared investments has recently moved to its new headquarters at 80 Williams Street in the Wellesley Office Park. The firm now occupies 35,000sf on two floors, and in the fall will expand into the remaining 10,000sf of free space in the building. The new space was designed by LaFreniere Architects, with Deborah Speilman of Bennington Design Management as the owner’s rep and project manager. The general contractor was Buildout Construction. Because financial investment professionals require private space, offices are located on most of the perimeter. To maintain an open feel to the interior space, and an awareness of the outdoors, 70% of the office walls are frameless glass. The solid portions of the office walls have stained cherry veneer paneling, whose dark tone paradoxically makes the glass areas feel more open. The building has a relatively narrow footprint, so there are just single rows of open work stations for researchers between the exterior and interior offices, and all are brightly lit by the perimeter windows through the offices. The new facility has a large central gathering space which takes advantage of the bright natural light from the building atrium skylight. The coffee/lunch/breakroom has large high-top counters with stools to encourage mingling and informal interaction
Buildout Construction Self-Performs on Fast Track between team members and for impromptu meetings between various groups. The lunchroom is at the top of an interconnecting stairway and serves as a hub or “town square” for the company. The main reception for the company is located at the conference center, with three main conference rooms, and a large dividable training room, with stateof-the-art AV and teleconferencing. The conference center is used by many visiting groups and has its own breakout and food service areas. The planning and architectural language of the space was designed to be straightforward and practical, with a pro-
Offices are located on most of the perimeter. financial services firm. A variety of different solutions were considered for the glass walls, including DIRTT systems, imported European systems, and aluminum framed systems. In the end, a simple system of single half-inch thick glass panels supported by channels top and botSingle rows of open work stations between offices. tom, and a single glass door with patch hinges fessional and permanent appearance. The and recessed floor closers, turned out to be detailing and materials are modern, but the both the most economical and substantial, wood paneling and wood base add a traand also the least visually intrusive. The ditional feeling, which is appropriate for a general contractor was able to obtain all
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the materials with short lead times, so this selection facilitated the tight schedule as well. Buildout Construction self-performed all the drywall, ceilings, carpentry, and millwork on the project, including the wood paneling and custom reception desk. This facilitated a fast-track approach, with two separate permits, so the rapidly expanding firm could move into the first 15,000sf two months before the completion of the entire two-floor space. The team of LaFreniere Architects, Bennington Design, and Buildout Construction had designed and built FSquared’s former 12,000sf space in Newton two years previously, so the team was reassembled for this project.
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Cambridge, MA - It used to be a trend for start-ups with limited funds and few employees. Now it’s made its way into the mainstream. The trend? Decreasing individual office space and adding more breakout areas to promote collaboration and informal meetings among employees. Back in 2010, Commodore Builders was hired to build out 70,000sf on two floors of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), at One Broadway. The state-of-theart facility became a flexible office building designed to house young technology and life sciences companies. The environment is designed with glass, natural light, and high tech finishes to create an exciting, high energy atmosphere for the innovators who occupy the space. On the fourth floor, a former parking garage ramp was converted into office space. Thirty-two skylights and two light tubes carry natural daylight from the fifth floor roof, down through the forth floor to the third floor offices. The layout at CIC is extraordinarily dense. This density is a catalyst for creating new methods of way-finding, which include the use of vibrant colors, landmarks, and paths that wind through the neighborhoods of office pods. During the design phase, particular attention was paid to connectivity and communications. Dry erase whiteboard paint is used throughout to influence the spontaneous exchange of ideas, and conference rooms are placed strategically for meetings requiring more privacy. CIC offices are designed to be flexible, without feeling temporary. Ghost doors, the equivalent of door frames with frosted
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ways, are designed within the drywall. If a tenant’s business grows, a door can quickly be cut out of the drywall to provide a link to bigger space. Neighborhoods of office pods can expand and contract in minutes. This highly collaborative, flexible concept took off, and in 2013, Commodore Builders partnered with CIC once again. Now at 101 Main Street, an adjacent building to One Broadway, Commodore is building out another two floors of space for CIC. This time, the existing offices running around the perimeter are being renovated and converted into private meeting pods, and the open areas in the middle are being used as additional open office space. Bob McAuliff, Commodore’s vice president and the project executive for this project, states, “I oversee a large percentage of Commodore’s tenant interior projects, and I’ve noticed a definite increase in our corporate
clients’ preference for open office designs and a push from the building owners to accommodate their requests.” The project is scheduled for completion in October 2013. In the past few years, the concept of smaller individual offices and more-open spaces has been rising in popularity. Companies, both big and small, are utilizing the model to create a culture of collaboration and a cost-effective use of real estate. Open office designs have become the norm as companies strive to eliminate physical barriers to communication and create a more inviting place for employees to connect. Over the last year, Commodore has worked with a wide range of clients, including Nitsch Engineering, Brightcove, allen & gerritson, and T3 Advisors, on projects each containing an increased emphasis on more open, collaborative spaces.
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Johnson Roberts Architects Completes BSU Renovation Bridgewater, MA - Renovations were recently completed on the Bridgewater State University (BSU) East Campus Commons Servery, a 5,500sf facility that serves 3,000 meals to students daily. Architects Johnson Roberts Associates, Inc. of Somerville worked with contractor Seaver Construction, Inc. to finish the project on a tight schedule over the summer months. The servery reopened to students this fall. The East Campus Commons Servery is part of a dining and bookstore building that is only 10 years old, but the influx of 500 additional students from a new resi-
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dence hall nearby would have strained the existing facility. Renovations include a reorganized floor plan to accommodate increased student traffic, new kitchen equipment, lighting, and room finishes. A different range and presentation of food options reflects the changing food preferences of the BSU student body. The reorganized servery includes two new islands serving fresh fruit, salad, and beverages, which can be restocked by staff without impeding student traffic. An expanded grill, pizza oven, and panini grills accommodate increased demand for made-to-order meals over pre-made or reheated food. A new â€œspecialtyâ€? food section accommodates students with food sen-
sitivities and dietary restrictions by serving gluten-, nut-, and dairy-free foods, as well as vegan and vegetarian fare. Six pay stations now easily handle the current student traffic during peak meal times. Improvements to the food preparation area include a new ceiling and surfaces and state-of-the-art equipment. Johnson Roberts Associates worked with food service specialists Cromwell Consulting, Inc. and engineering firm Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa, Inc. to install a new environmentally friendly dishwashing system that is energy-efficient, and water-conserving and that disposes of waste materials ecologically. The project provided a facelift for the servery, unifying it with the surround-
ing dining areas and creating a morewelcoming ambience. A refined palette of deep brown, green, gold, and black was used, with metallic finishes in dark brass and stainless steel. New signage clearly indicates the range of food options for students. Conference rooms on two sides of the main dining room were opened up and now serve as flexible meeting spaces for students. New amenities in these rooms include enhanced sound systems, flat screen televisions, and projectors. Along with improvements to the servery, these rooms create a dining facility that is visually open and encourages users to move freely, socialize, and enjoy their dining experience.
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Nadeau Completes Nat’l Guard Project Camp Edwards, MA - Nadeau Corporation Construction, Development, and Engineering, located in South Attleboro, has completed another project for the Mass. Army National Guard. This time the endeavor was improvements made to the bachelor officer quarters, at Camp Edwards. The project involved coordination of many key specialists from all over New England. Hot water improvements and new showers were tackled by Robert W. Irvine & Sons of Lynn, HVAC upgrades by Dwight D Silva HVAC of Fall River, and electrical advancement by KRT Electrical of Bridgewater.
A refinished hardwood floor This project also included many aesthetic amenities for the improved space. Key subcontractors took on challenges such as refinishing hardwood floors done by Quang Hardwood Floor of Dorchester, and installing new kitchen flooring by Foxboro’s The Carpet Gallery. Kitchen cabinets and countertops from Douglass Lumber from Smithfield, R.I. were installed by A1 Home Improvements from Cranston, R.I. “It truly was a melting pot of professionals brought together on this,” stated Sean Lamontagne, director of business development for Nadeau Corporation.
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Amazon Moves to New Offices Columbia CM - IA Designer
Cambridge, MA - The Kendall Square area of Cambridge sees yet another innovative company move into town. Recently the Kindle Team relocated to the 101 Main Street office complex and is expected to occupy over 100,000sf of space. The group will be spread out over several floors of the Riverfront Office Complex, located at the foot of the Longfellow Bridge. Establishing its presence in Massachusetts’s high-tech community, Amazon’s space was built-out with creativity and innovation in mind. The ductwork and ceiling grids are exposed and concrete floors polished, giving the space an industrial but modern-day feel. Other areas include a new reception area, as well as offices and a number of breakout rooms for various project teams, all of which are surrounded by frosted glass walls. The space also contains two café’s that overlook the Charles River. The project team selection process was led by Jones Lang LaSalle. After a vigorous review, IA Interior Architects was selected as the designer, and Columbia Construction as the construction manager. Other team members include WB Engineers as the consulting engineer. Leading the construction efforts, Columbia Construction installed all new interior components including MEP systems as well as security and tel/data systems, some
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Amazon break room of which required custom-made elements. The design of the space speaks to the innovation of the Kindle Team. The special layout and details foster creativity and collaboration. Though the project has been unfolding in phases for over a year, come April of 2014 the entire Kindle Team will finally be centralized in one space.
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Kaplan Completes Teen Center
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Boston - Kaplan Construction announced the completion of the 12,000sf sustainable Brookline Teen Center (BTC), at 40 Aspinwall Ave. in Brookline, The BTC celebrated its grand opening recently, the successful culmination of an eight-month-long renovation project that transformed a former auto body garage into a vibrant, modern environment for teens. Serving grades 9 through 12, the BTC features a bowling alBrookline Teen Center Shelly Harrison Photography ley, gym, recording studio, lounge, Kaplan Construction’s help. outdoor patio, café, aerobics dance The BTC features many environstudio, game rooms, and study hall. mentally responsible elements, including For decades, the offerings in afterthe use of sustainable building materials, school public youth programming were water-efficient practices, and a green mealmost nonexistent in Brookline. In 2008, chanical and electrical system within a Brookline High School social worker Paul more energy-efficient exterior envelope. Epstein set out to change that, enlisting The project is expected to achieve LEED certification. Architectural design for the BTC was provided by studio MLA Architects of Brookline and GMI Architects of Boston. Additional project team members included GLC Development Resources/ Stantec, RSE Associates, and WSP Flack & Kurtz.
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Rockland, MA - Integrated Builders constructed a 22,000sf build out for California-based label and packaging manufacturer Avery Dennison at the Westborough Office Park. The original office was completely gutted and is now home to the company’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) division. The new space, designed by IA Interior Architects, includes enhanced lighting and a new lobby that incorporates large amounts of open space to encourage employee interaction and collaboration. The modernized office outfitted with high-end designs represents growth for the RBIS division that employs 20,000 people, 100 of which are in Massachusetts. The new space will comfortably accommodate
100 employees and includes space for a training wing and café space. The circular lobby represents the new global reach for Avery Dennison that has operations in over 50 countries with over 30,000 employees. New conference rooms have innovative audiovisual equipment to support both local and global operations. Work on the fast track project began before Memorial Day and was completed by the end of July. Neil J. Hurley and Timothy Betjemann of Colliers International Development and Consulting Services oversaw the project for Avery Dennison. Integrated Builders collaborated with subcontractors Tech Mechanical Systems of W. Bridgewater and S. Donnelly Electric of Lakeville to assist in the construction.
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SG&A Designs New Office Space
Boston - Recently acquired by Cassidy Turley, Boston’s former FHO Partners required a space that would reflect its new corporate brand. In keeping with the parent company aesthetic, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc. (SG&A) was called on to provide a sleek and elegant space that incorporates a neutral palette with pops of color, sustainable elements, and capitalizes on the Boston views. SG&A worked closely with the project design partners, including Boston Art Inc., Cassidy Turley, Commodore Builders, HLB Lighting Design, Office Solutions-MA, and RDK Engineers. The entrance and reception area is open and bright. Glass-front conference rooms line an entire side of the space, providing expansive views of the waterfront. Drawing on the Boston-based theme, each conference room is named after a local neighborhood. The seating zone allows direct visual access to a textured feature wall that houses a large-screen television with scrolling company news. Lumisty film, applied to glass behind the Cassidy Turley logo at reception, offers a level of privacy to the workspace beyond. A casual
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Refresh space “refresh” zone, tucked away to the left of reception, welcomes visitors to help themselves to beverages and snacks and also serves as an informal meeting area. As a combination of closed and open office areas, the liberal use of glass allows maximal sunlight to filter through the space. Two workstation typicals, developed early on in the process and produced in a socially conscious manner, reflect and respond to the diverse storage needs of the employees. Huddle rooms, with whimsical lighting and brightly colored felt walls, can accommodate small meetings or private conversations. Environmental consciousness played a significant role in the design process. Whenever possible, existing components, such as the doors, were reused and refurbished. The large scale green glass installation in the café is composed entirely of recycled glass and resin, and many other materials in the project contain high levels of recycled or recyclable content.
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The office space was developed to encourage collaboration across departments and allows for expected personnel expansion. JM Coull worked with project architect, Industrial Facilities Design, Inc. of Hopkinton, RDK Engineers of Boston and, Allegro Interior Architecture of Boston to deliver this new facility, which includes lab and cleanroom areas in addition to office, training and ancillary spaces.
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Group One Partners Designs Urban Loft Hotel Historical Renovation Transforms 1900s Warehouse Building
Boston - Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/Seaport is a new six-story hotel opened in June 2013, located on Congress Street in the thriving Fort Point Channel Landmark district. The property is owned by Norwich Partners, managed by True North Hotel Group, and will operate as a Marriott franchise. Group One Partners served as architect, interior designer and, purchasing agent. The hotel features 11-foothigh ceilings, glass elevators in its 1900s era white glazed brick atrium, a lobby lounge, meeting room, fitness room, guest laundry onsite, day/night bar, buffet, and ground floor restaurant and retail spaces. Each guestroom has a fully equipped kitchen, large and efficient work space, and oversized windows with cityscape views. The historical renovation and design of the property highlighted the building’s industrial character, including the exposed brick walls, post and beam construction, and even presenting the original 1901 boiler doors as an art expression. Custom artwork is also displayed throughout the hotel and is produced entirely by local artists. Because the property was a historical renovation, Group One was required to maintain all of the existing masonry. The windows were replaced with new aluminum energy-efficient units, and the profiles were required to match existing units. The window selection and detailing required
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several historical reviews, and a single bay of the original wood windows was salvaged and completely restored adjacent to the entrance. The interior atrium area was one of the more unique spaces and design chal-
lenges in the building. Group One reused the existing six-floor atrium area as a main focal point of the hotel’s interior design. The elevators were placed at one end of the atrium, and the back wall of the elevator was designed as full glass with views into
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Workspace for Zipcar Completed
The new office employs a high-performance workspace. Boston - Interior architectural design of the new headquarters for Zipcar Inc. in Boston was recently completed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects of Boston. Cresa provided brokerage and project management services for the new collaborative headquarters. Zipcar moved its hub from Cambridge to 46,000sf at 35 Thomson Place in Boston’s thriving Innovation District. The new office employs a high-performance workspace strategy that offers an open and productive floor plan for collaborative work, while embracing sustainability for a healthy working environment. After several test fits to compare efficiencies of potential locations, Zipcar ultimately decided to occupy all six floors of 35 Thomson Place, to allow the company to create an entire “Zipcar Building.” It currently houses 230 employees and provides room to expand to 340 in the future. The goal for increased collaboration between employees was a constant of
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the design process. A flexible work desk, or “benching system,” was selected, with moveable storage components underneath. One end of each office floor was strategically kept free of obstructions to allow for uninterrupted views of Boston Harbor and South Boston, and most importantly, to provide maximum daylight to the open workspaces. Each floor features an open kitchen and collaboration area, prominently located near the elevator and stairs to facilitate spontaneous meetings. Phone booths and privacy nooks where individuals can break off for quiet calls or work are also provided. A ground floor café was designed so that it can be used when the entire company is called together for an event. The Zipcar project team included Wise Construction and WB Engineers + Consultants. New furniture was provided by Office Resources, Inc. Audiovisual equipment was provided by Red Thread. The project was completed in July 2013.
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by Kayte Muse With all of the buzz about branding the environment, it’s easy to question whether your logo colors should control the interior design of your workplace. Many clients ask, “Do I have to live in my logo?” Perhaps key brand colors are too overwhelming when used Lobby waiting area at Branding Center in large expanses or there is concern that brand standards may change. quirky meeting spaces all tell a story that a Fortunately, brands are multi-dimensional; room full of its brand blue could not. although logos are a piece of a brand, they For Communispace at Atlantic are not the entire story. Wharf, the base palette took on its signaWhile a brand is signified by its key ture blue and warm gray, while its secondPantone colors and typefaces, it is char- ary brand colors translated in accents that acterized by much more. Graphic identity were used sparingly. The logo was incorworks as an informant in the design pro- porated into a supergraphic shape at the elcess but does not have to dictate the color evator lobby while curvilinear walls and an of every surface. Identities infused into the illuminated circular soffit allude to the logo entirety of a space, not just paint colors, re- as a dimensional form. veal the true culture of the brand. PUMA N. America owns “red,” and The strategic balance of spatial re- while it may make sense to infuse red aclationships, finishes, and furnishings with cents in key areas of its space, other colors communication graphics, signage, and and finishes are needed to not only make wayfinding creates a platform to design its signature red feel special, but to support space with intention. its boldly colored products in a somewhat For example, LogMeIn’s brand is neutral way. taken to a whole new level by its new “brick What works for you brand? Are your plus beam” workplace setting in the Inno- signature colors adding to or detracting vation District. The space immediately con- from the atmosphere of your space? veys aspects of LogMeIn’s culture and brand Kayte Muse is senior environmental that its logo alone could not. The mill build- graphic designer at Spagnolo Gisness & ing setting, open-office concept, unique plus Associates, Inc.
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Worcester, MA - Brennan Interior Contractors (BIC) participated in the renovations of the Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Services’ academic and student center on the Worcester Campus by installing new acoustical ceilings on the second through fourth and sixth floors. The project consisted of installing approximately 30,000sf of Armstrong Dune tegular-edge 2’ x 2’ tile in a SupraNew Hubspot headquarters fine XL 9/16” suspension system. While Cambridge, MA - HubSpot, a provid- construction manager and R.W. Sullivan the ceilings on the second to fourth floors er of marketing software as a service, has Engineers. were a typical acoustical ceiling instalengaged IA Interior Architects to renovate The first phase includes a workspace lation, the sixth floor plans called for a approximately 100,000sf of its new 12-sto- for the HubSpot development team. A ry headquarters, consolidating multiple resident zone provides a quiet heads-down locations. This is the firm’s first relocation area for those writing code. and expansion since its founding in 2006. Between the two zones are the living The renovation will be phased and room and coffee stop, areas for both respite focused on currently occupied space as and impromptu collaboration. IA added well as new spaces within the building; it a long farm table created from salvaged will take approximately two years. wood that can seat as many as 12. There is The project team includes Chapman a reception area and conference center and Construction as general contractor and several interview/phone rooms.
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Renovation Transforms Yale’s Helen Hadley Hall for Returning Students Christopher Williams Architects-Babbidge Facilities Construction
New Haven, CT - Yale University’s newly renovated Helen Hadley Hall serves as a defining benchmark of how resident comfort and convenience can be synthesized with organizational and maintenance goals to create a successful group-living environment at an institutional level. Through the concerted efforts of architect Christopher Williams Architects LLC (CWA) and construction manager Babbidge Facilities Construction, the building welcomed returning students at the start of the 2013 school year both on time and under budget. Built in 1958, Helen Hadley Hall is a five-story, 64,300sf coed graduate residence hall. Designed by noted architect Douglas Orr, the building is a marble-
The revitalized lounge is comfortably furnished with an impressive array of ’50s inspired modern furnishings
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trimmed brick building considered a classic mid-century modern design. Unfortunately, with the exception of a few minor alterations, the building had been virtually unchanged since its opening 55 years ago, and it was in desperate need of renovations. For CWA, the challenge was to transform a facility wrought with outdated and high-maintenance components into a modern, desirable residential environment. According to Principal Christopher Williams, “The process started by attentively listening and responding to all of the involved stakeholders including the university’s planner, graduate housing administrators, custodial staff, the university’s fire marshal, physical plant trade groups, and most importantly, the resident students who make HHH their home.” The design team paid close attention to details like the need for fresh air, while carefully considering the long-term costs, maintenance, and aesthetics of every decision. This resulted in a carefully considered specification for the 200 new casement windows that have delighted the residents, maintainers, and owners alike. This comprehensive approach was used to address all of the project’s programmatic needs, and can be used to solve the many issues endemic to providing a modern living environment within aging college campuses. CWA collaborated with H2Z Design Continued on next page
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Modern stainless steel student kitchens for easy cleaning Continued from previous page for the interiors that showcase the large, ground-floor common room revitalized to a 21st century interpretation of this mid20th century space. Decked out in new vibrant colors, carpeting, and lighting, the lounge is comfortably furnished with an impressive array of ’50s inspired modern furnishings. Ascending through the five residential floors, one finds similarly refurbished corridors, brightly illuminated, stainless steel and tile student kitchens, and comfortably appointed dorm rooms sport-
ing ceiling fans, new finishes, and operable weathertight windows with insect screens. Adding to the students comfort and safety, though barely visible, were extensive infrastructure upgrades made to the building’s once antiquated mechanical, electrical, and life-safety systems. For Babbidge, the challenge was to complete all of the work over a short summer break. Initially envisioned as a six month project, the schedule was compressed so that all work could be completed over the ten-week summer break; a schedule that was then shortened to nine weeks to accommodate early arrival
Renovated bathrooms featuring easy-to-clean signature floating vanity design students. According to Project Executive Alex Babbidge, “The whole project team did a great job of working together, and our crews worked double shifts and sixto-seven-day day weeks throughout the summer to get everything done on time.” The detailed scheduling and coordination required to complete the work was further complicated by the extensive asbestos abatement that was required and that rendered sections of the building inaccessible at any given time. Even a major increase in the electrical scope of work with two weeks left was accomplished on time. “We had a great team of managers and contrac-
tors on this project and they really came through,” said Babbidge. Returning students were greeted by a completely transformed space that has garnered rave reviews. While it is unlikely that the new tenants will realize how much thoughtful understanding, exhaustive preparation and masterful execution were required to make it all happen, they will appreciate Helen Hadley Hall’s new homelike sense of comfort and security that will allow them to focus on their studies – and therein lies the project’s true success.
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Vision 3 Completes YMCA New England Construction GC
Barrington, RI - Bayside YMCA of Barrington recently celebrated the opening of the new aquatic center addition to the facility. Demolition of an existing pool and locker room facility was performed to make way for the new 12,000sf addition designed by Vision 3 Architects. The addition includes a new six lane lap pool and family play area, as well as locker rooms and lounge space for members. The project also includes interior renovations to the existing building, such as an expanded lobby with cafe area, new child care center, and upgrades to the existing waiting area.
Barrington YMCA Now fully open, the facility remained operational throughout the construction process. New England Construction served as general contractor.
NCA Renovates School
Old Lyme, CT - A ribbon-cutting ceremony recently took place at Region 18 Lyme/Old Lyme High School. Northeast Collaborative Architects’ (NCA) design team, the towns’ officials, school board members, state senators and representatives, teachers, administrators, students and parents celebrated the completion of the “renovate-as-new” high school project after three years of construction. The project is expected to come in $4.6 million under budget, at $35.26 million. NCA was retained to renovate Region 18’s existing high school facility that included an addition and renovation scheme that created a new secure entry, first-floor student commons, a totally reconfigured auditorium, and renovated building as required by the “renovate-as-new” statute.
Five Important Design Issues
by Stepanie Goldberg In laboratory/office design, there are many considerations. The tenant fit-out is naturally tucked into an existing facade and shell and designed around a fixed core. While consideration for the existing condition can be seen as a hinderance, incorporating working with Stephanie Goldberg these constraints can result in a more considered and cohesive design. Additionally, looking beyond the program at the life of the project is critical, both the current life and culture as well as the future. In thinking about these ideas, I have listed five issues that are important in the interior project design.
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Renovated-as-new high school A new 120 geothermal well system provides heating and cooling to the building. While the sustainable energy system added about 2% to the overall cost, it pays for itself in six years, has a 50-year life span, and significantly reduces building energy costs for both communities. The building was designed to comply with LEED Silver standards.
Laboratory design is highly modular and with tenant fit-outs the designer is at the mercy of the building shell. New structures are often designed to be highly transparent, with varying patterns of mullions articulating the facade. Attention to these constraints is important as is developing a clear set of details early on in the project which address the condition of walls as they meet the window. Often, we will find that the more restrictive needs of the laboratory dimensions means that we need to be creative in developing elegant ways for the interior to meet that glass facade.
Flow to the Common Core.
Looking from the outside in, inevi-
tably the project is tied to the center of the building. While we layout the interconnections between labs and office space, we need to be equally cognizant of the organization of the design as it relates to bathrooms, elevator and delivery areas. How does the flow work and how does it relate to the culture of the office? Is it best for occupants to walk through the lobby to bathrooms and elevators predominantly, or do the tenants prefer more private, secondary pathways to “back of house” spaces? Such concerns should be addressed early, and an understanding of how the client’s company functions can inform the solution.
Mark the Penthouse.
In developing the organization of a given tenant fit-out, understanding the layout of the roof mechanicals is important. In many of our projects, services need to extend to the roof or to a space in the penthouse. These locations may be quite restricted, and by working to locate sensitive components of the project closer to their required roof/ penthouse access points, we can help the client save costs and headaches during the construction process.
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In more of our work we are finding that clients are looking for ways to promote informal interaction and exchange of ideas. Often, they look to establish multiple small conference rooms and to situate the majority of their employees in open office configurations. We have worked with our clients, successfully, to include spaces at different parts of the project where simple lounge furContinued on page 45
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High-Profile: Facilities Development News by Jennifer Shelby People say that the eyes are the windows into the soul. Professionally speaking, a web site provides a first glimpse into your business. Today’s websites are dynamic marketing tools that require a constant influx of new information to maintain visibility within your target market. ConJennifer Shelby tent must be varied, accurate, and enticing. The content management systems that run the back end of these sites must also be easily updated, bug-free, and intuitive. Sites should be overhauled every three to five years to ensure information is presented using the newest digital tools available and appropriate for your message. If you find yourself on the precipice of starting the design or redesign process, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind: • Do your due diligence. Check out competitors’ websites and those of other firms that appeal to you. Note the features, photos, and amount of text. Do you prefer the sites with more photos? Minimal text? Social media access on the home page? Does your firm require a client portal for project management and communication? Knowing what you want, what you like, and explaining why is very helpful during the discovery process. • Craft a thoughtful RFP. For many
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Maximizing Your Energy Model’s Potential by Carrie Platusich This week marked the arrival of the September ASHRAE Journal in mailboxes across the region, and profiled inside was the world’s largest net-zero energy building, the Department of Energy’s Research Support Facility located in Golden, Colo. In contrast to Carrie Platusich the successful design highlighted in this article, the reality is that many design teams in our industry are still embracing a process that can result in a last-minute scramble to analyze additional energy conservation measures to include near the end of a project’s construction design phase. So, the question becomes, how do more projects move forward from a (not uncommon) predicament of late-game heroics to an integrative team design process where net zero buildings are more commonly achieved? With the ongoing advancement of energy savings stipulated by the LEED rating system, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and the 2030 Challenge, early-stage energy modeling is rapidly becoming an element of the traditional design process, instead of a novelty that only the most aggressive projects undertake. Primarily, this enables the energy
Energy profile by month savings burden to be partially lifted from the engineering systems’ selection and performance and redistributed more evenly to all of the project team’s disciplines. Last year, the AIA published “An Architect’s Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process,” which defines the different types of energy modeling and the design stage in which they are to be most effectively used. Of particular note in this publication is design performance modeling (DPM), which is performed during the early stages of design. The objective of DPM is to take the maximum advantage a project can from architectural strategies, including thermal massing,
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not help you obtain additional LEED points (although you could attempt to submit an exceptional calculation), but it will reduce your EUI, potentially enable the mechanical equipment to be downsized, and help assist in the achievement of net zero. The advantages associated with early stage energy modeling are also starting to be acknowledged by some of the more progressive owners. Cornell University, a signee of the President’s Climate Commitment, is one institution of higher learning that has pledged to have its main campus be net zero by 2050. In order to attain carbon neutrality, the university has taken steps to use carbon offsets; however, the offsets are a backup plan to its primary agenda of reducing the amount of carbon it produces. To further this goal, the university has developed a design standard for its building projects that states its EUI energy targets and details its energy modeling requirements for each stage of the design process from conceptual through construction documents. Too often, project buildings’ design, with respect to achieving energy savings, is seemingly being determined on “form follows precedent” instead of “form follows function,” but early-stage energy modeling is one of the most effective tools a design team can undertake to successfully achieve energy goals. Carrie Platusich is an energy engineer at Vanderweil Engineers in Boston, Massachusetts.
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When a ‘Right of Way’ Is in the Way by Vlad Shafir As the demand for telecommunications access diversity becomes increasingly driven by companies’ desire to build business continuity solutions and comply with regulatory requirements, the problem of finding true redundant telecommunication paths into a building presents a chalVlad Shafir lenge. Multiple service providers may have connectivity into a particular building, and it may appear that the building has multiple redundant connections to the Internet, however, quite often these connections share a common physical path somewhere along the way to their central office facilities.Additionally, as new business applications are deployed, the demand for greater bandwidth continuously increases, creating additional and often unbudgeted expense. In many cases, what appears to be a relatively short distance physically can present multiple problems. In a recent instance, a company acquired additional facilities less than 2,000 feet from its existing building; the problem was that a major rail facility passed between the two buildings. A traditional land-based solution would have required a high monthly recurring cost plus a significant initial construction expense to obtain the required connectiv-
ity between locations. An additional issue was that the time-frame to negotiate the licensing and right of ways to build such a solution would take over six months to complete, significantly delaying the schedule for deploying to the new building. In many cases, situations such as this can be resolved by “going up”. Recent advances in wireless technology utilizing FCC registered microwave frequencies have allowed companies to deploy highcapacity, extremely reliable, cost-effective solutions between campus and urban locations. Deployment of these solutions allows connectivity of up to 1GB across a mile and up to 100Mb across 10 miles, as long as “line of sight” is available. Experience has shown that the associated cost of this technology is extremely competitive with more common alternatives, both to deploy and support. Common objections occur around reliability and vulnerability to changing weather conditions. Again, experience has shown that wireless performance is as reliable and, properly designed, is as impervious to the most serious of weather related issues as traditional ground based solutions. When the potential of damage to ground based facilities, such as manhole fires and fiber cuts are considered, a strong argument can be made that the two paths are equally reliable. Equally as important is the time to deploy, given that roof rights are available at both ends of the link, deployment can take 90 days or less from receipt of order to completion.
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Construction Hits Four-Year High
Arlington, VA - Total construction spending hit a four-year high in July as private residential and nonresidential activity increased while public spending declined, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged lawmakers in Washington to make infrastructure investment a top federal priority before funding runs out at the end of September. “The patterns seen earlier this year reappeared in July, with strong year-over-year gains in single- and multifamily building, a range of results for private nonresidential categories, and deepening downturns in most public segments,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “These trends are likely to hold for the remainder of 2013.” Construction put in place in July, $901 billion, was the highest mark since June 2009, and an increase of 0.6% from the month before and 5.2% from July 2012. Totals for May and June were revised up, implying a stronger second quarter for the
overall economy than the government reported last week. Private residential spending rose 0.6% for the month and 17% from July 2012. New single-family construction climbed 0.5% in July and 29% from a year ago. New multifamily spending edged up 0.1% in July and advanced 39 % year-over-year. Private nonresidential spending gained 1.3 % in July and 2.0% year-overyear, Simonson observed. Components with substantial increases since July 2012 included lodging, up 33 %; warehouses, up 11%; and the largest private nonresidential category, power—including oil and gas as well as electricity—up 5%. However, there were decreases in private health care construction, down 3 %; and communication, down 12%, Simonson noted. Public construction spending slipped 0.3% for the month and 3.7% over 12 months. The two largest public components both dropped: highway and street, down 1.1% in July and down 3.8% year-overyear; and educational, down 1.5% and 12%, respectively, Simonson said.
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by Peter J. Davey Unfortunately, for all of us, school safety has become a critical topic of concern in our daily lives. As a result, school systems are under tremendous pressure to quickly establish effective safety measures that will increase protection and improve the safety of Peter Davey school children and educational staff. School superintendents, facility managers, principals, and teachers are discovering that the glass on the windows and doors of their school building is an extremely vulnerable entry point into their school. This vulnerability is compounded by the fact that most schools do not have laminated glass to help prevent shattering, resulting in potentially easy access through a glassless frame. School decision makers are searching for assistance to help protect these critical entry points. Thankfully, hundreds of schools throughout the country have been retrofitted with safety and security window film that can help mitigate the injuries and damages caused by acts of terror, vandalism, violent weather, and blasts. However, there are still schools with windows in need of the added protection of safety and security film. A strong, quality safety window film
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Braintree, MA - PMA Consultants recently completed OPM services on three K-12 schools in the Boston area on time and under budget. Thompson Elementary School in Arlington is a $20 million project that began in the fall of 2011 with the demolition of the school’s 55-year old original structure. The new three-story structure contains 20 classrooms, a gymnasium, a library, and cafeteria with a full kitchen. East Somerville Community School was finished on schedule and Rendering of the new Webster Elementary School under its $39.5 million budget and inWebster, MA - CTA Construction cational classrooms and include flexible cluded selective demolition and rehahas broken ground on a new 109,067sf, spaces to support 21st century learning. bilitation of a 105,000sf fire-damaged three-story elementary school for the town Collaborative Partners is the owner’s K-8 school along with 16,000sf of new of Webster. Designed by Dore & Whittier project manager. space, including a state-of-the-art media Architects, the new school will accommoThe school construction will be com- center, guidance suite, green roof, and date PK-4 students and replaces the exist- pleted in three phases beginning with the after-school entrance. This project is up ing 50+ year-old Park Avenue Elementary demolition of the upper portion of the ex- for LEED certification. School, which had become undersized and isting building, followed by construction of Finally, Quinn Middle School in outdated with inefficient infrastructure sys- the new building and then the demolition of Hudson is a $44 million project that tems and limited handicap accessibility. the lower portion of the existing building consists of 117,920sf of new construcThe new school will have state-of-the-art once the new building is complete. School tion, including a new cafeteria/auditolearning spaces as well as special edu- will remain in session during all phases of rium, gymnasium, administrative space, the project. state-of-the-art technology throughout Sitework will include all utilities, the building, and extensive sitework. parking lots, and roadways throughout the The school will replace the adjacent site. The school will be a more compact, existing JFK Middle School, which energy-efficient building with many sus- remained operational during constructainable features that will support a pro- tion and has been demolished with the jected 41% savings in heating and cooling completion of the new David J. Quinn costs. Middle School. The project is on track The project is targeting LEED Silver to be LEED Silver certified, with the certification. possibility of achieving LEED Gold Construction will be completed in certification. Fire Protection Entrance of new elementary school summer, 2015.
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UMass Lowell and UMass Building Authority celebrate opening. Lowell, MA - More than 150 members the evening, along with Red Mango frozen of the UMass Lowell community gathered yogurt and Starbuck’s coffee; Wi-Fi and on September 19 to celebrate the opening of other technology throughout the building; University Suites, a $54 million residence quiet conference rooms and study lounges; hall that is drawing rave reviews from stu- a multi-purpose room for groups of up to dents for its cutting-edge design, amenities, 126 people; and a courtyard designed for public events. and positive impact on campus life. The University Suites construction Located at 327 Aiken St. in the heart of UMass Lowell’s East Campus, the project was overseen by the UMass Build148,000sf, five-story University Suites is ing Authority and managed by Joslin, Lesshome to 472 students and represents a new er + Associates, Inc. of Watertown. The building’s architect was ADD housing model that includes: 88 four and six-bed suites that feature living rooms, Inc. of Boston; Walsh Brothers of Boston bedrooms, kitchenettes, and bathrooms; was the building’s construction manager. common lounge areas with flat-screen TVs, Constructed in part with recycled matericouches, and full kitchens; a glass-fronted als and with the goal of maximum energy living room with a fireplace; the Hawk’s efficiency, the residence hall is seeking a Nest Café, which is open to students and Silver LEED certification from the U.S. the public, and serves grab-and-go meals Green Buildings Council. during the day and Asian-fusion cuisine in
Erland Completes School Project Imai Keller Moore Architects
Concord, MA - Erland Construction of Burlington has completed construction of the new 13,850sf Jafari Library & Science Center at the Fenn School in Concord. Teaming with Imai Keller Moore Architects of Watertown and Zaurie Zimmerman Associates of Lexington, Erland completed this project in 17 months. For this project, Erland took down the existing Robb Hall and built the new twostory library and science center in the same footprint. The library occupies the entire first floor; the second floor features four science laboratories and support spaces. The new structure is tied into Thompson Hall and the School
Fenn Library House – acting as a connector for the two existing buildings. Erland also performed life safety upgrades to the School House and exterior site improvements.
Finegold Alexander Renovates H.S.
Methuen, MA - Finegold Alexander + Associates of Boston recently completed the Phase 1 addition and renovation of the Methuen High School. Originally designed as an “open classroom” high school, Methuen High had not been significantly altered since its original construction in 1975. A new lobby unites the two wings of the school, presenting a welcoming front entrance. Windows were expanded
in the existing building, and new lightwells were inserted, allowing natural light to flow into the internally oriented rooms. Classrooms were created in the academic wing equipped with digital televisions and audio systems. A new cafeteria, state-of-the-art kitchen, media center, fine arts studios, and band room are located in the new wing.
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Antinozzi Builds 145,000sf CREC Magnet School
New Britain, CT - Antinozzi Associates announced the construction of the Capitol Region Education Council’s (CREC) medical profession and teacher preparation magnet school in New Britain. Antinozzi Associates was chosen by CREC to design the new school, which will provide new 6th through 12th graders educational and medical education, allowing up to 700 students who are interested in teaching or the medical field to be enrolled in either program. Additionally, a pre-kindergarten child-care facility will be incorporated into the building for both student teaching and staff use. This new 145,000sf $64 million magnet school facility will have state-ofthe-art teaching spaces, including a medi-
Rendering of new magnet school.
CREC project under construction
cal simulation instructional space and specialized laboratories. The new technology and equipment will be outfitted to support an interactive and student centered educational experience. Similarly, the main lecture hall will utilize this technology to support distance learning instruction. The exterior of the building is a conceptual representation of the human body, with the outside veneer alluding to the varying textures of the human skin complexion. The main lecture hall, a spherical structure facing the main entrance of the building, has a red glass tile component that is reminiscent of the human heart. Overall, the design embodies the characteristics of a corporate building rather than that of a “traditional” school, which gives
each student the mindset and ability to gradually develop skills for the real world. “CREC chose these two fields as the focus of their school in anticipation that they will be in high demand in the future job market in Connecticut”, states Michael Losasso of Antinozzi Associates, the firm’s project manager for the school. Currently under construction on an 18-acre site, the school will share space with a large commercial park. Additionally, CREC received a zoning modification to build a collection of solar panels next to the school, which will convert sunlight into electricity, generating up to 18% of the annual power usage. Completion is expected for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
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Avon, CT - PDS Engineering & Construction, Inc. recently completed the renovation of O’Neill’s Chevrolet in Avon. The 23,000sf, $700,000 project included a new showroom, new exterior, a new service area, specialty finishes, and state of the art mechanical systems. Work was completed by GM guidelines while the dealership was fully occupied.
Bridgeport, CT - Viking Construction has completed a mixed-use housing and healthcare facility that is a collaborative project owned by Southwest Community Health Center (SWCHC) and the Bridgeport Housing Authority. Viking served as genO’Neil’s Chevrolet eral contractor for the $18 million project that includes a three-story medical building with offices, outpatient services, a dental clinic 6:30 PM, at The Sheraton Hartford South, with nine exam rooms, and New mixed-use housing and healthcare building. Rocky Hill, Connecticut 35 two-bedroom apartment LEED-certified green roofs on the mediVisit www.pwcusa.org/index. units. cal building and on the one-story hallways php?chapter=CT01 The sustainable building, located that connect to the dental clinic. on a 1.16-acre lot on Albion Street in Additionally, the dental center feaBridgeport, includes energy-efficient win- tures a Zen garden courtyard. dows, extra insulation in the walls, and “This project replaces
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new surgical suite at St. joseph’s hospital, part of KBe’s recently completed, $98 million renovation and addition.
the conStruction doctorS are in:
How to Build a Winning Medical Construction Team mike Kolakowski, principal and ceo, KBe Building corporation
pretty soon, our guys will start carrying stethoscopes in their tool boxes. Well, maybe that’s a little extreme, but if we keep up our recent trend of medical construction projects, they will at least be able to ace the medical terms category on the next episode of jeopardy. MedIcal facIlIty coNstrUctIoN — from hospital
renovations and new buildings to highly technical laboratory construction to medical teaching facilities — is fast becoming a core strength at KBe Building corporation. What started several years ago as a strategic move to expand our market diversity into the health care field has developed into a series of success stories of on-budget (or under) and on-schedule (or ahead-of-schedule) projects. Here’s how we built the team that is making this happen. Extend Knowledge from Other Markets With 54 years of experience and more than $2.5 billion in construction volume during the last decade alone, KBe has a lot of experience to tap. Indeed, we found that one of our leading market sectors, educational facilities construction, had a lot to offer in preparing us for Medical construction. The greatest similarity between these two project types has been knowing how to navigate the challenges of working in occupied structures with vulnerable populations. among the parallels: • Unique safety considerations • scheduling challenges
• Noise management
• Navigating restrictive working hours/daily routines But those similarities go only so far… clearly, we needed to quickly learn the true intricacies of building in the medical arena. Develop Industry Expertise In a hospital or health care setting, construction doesn’t occur in a vacuum (except of course, when it actually occurs in a vacuum – see the third bullet below). It is affected by a myriad of significant challenges, including:
Deliver! We don’t deliver babies, but we deliver great projects. and when the demanding leaders of metropolitan hospitals, such as Kathryn ruscitto, ceo of st. Joseph’s Hospital in syracuse, Ny, are happy, that’s really all that matters. In commenting on KBe’s recent performance in completing the $98 million addition and renovation at st. Joseph Hospital in syracuse, Ny, Ms. ruscitto said “not many ceos can talk about their project being under budget and ahead of schedule, and I am grateful to our construction team for their great work.” *
• Infectious control issues, especially in medicalcritical areas
• Unexpected emergencies that may halt work at a moment’s notice • Working under negative pressure conditions
• The 24/7 impact of all construction activities
assemble the Best team available as construction managers, we’re in the knowledge business, not the hammer-swinging business. so our people are our number one resource and competitive advantage. our medical-construction team averages 26 years of experience constructing medical facilities, and has overseen some of the highest-profile projects in the region. see the accompanying summaries for more info.
• The involvement of many more decision makers, including not only upper hospital administrators, but also medical department heads and the end users — the physicians and medical staff who require exacting customizations.
Building our medical construction team has been challenging, but very fulfilling as we see such great projects rise from the ground to keep people healthy. I’m looking forward to seeing what this team does next.
*KBe completed the project in partnership with the hayner hoyt corporation.
Select project exampleS for KBe’S medical conStruction team KEnnEth RussO, CPE 43 years’ experience St. joseph’s, new Britain General, Special care, and St. francis hospitals, plus Yale School of medicine: renovations /new construction for emergency, nuclear medicine, cardiology, surgery, radiation therapy, and dialysis. RICh PEtERsOn 34 years’ experience new mep, life safety systems, and mechanical room upgrades for emergency rooms, surgical suites, examination rooms, and patient rooms at St. joseph’s, hartford, St. francis, and Bridgeport hospitals JaMEs BREnIa, LEED aP 13 years’ experience $15.5 million in renovations, Yale new haven hospital. hybrid operating rooms, cath labs, neuroangiography labs, virology labs, ct simulator room, psych ward renovations, and hybrid electrophysiology lab. BOB sEssIOns 15 year’s experience
St. joseph’s hospital, Syracuse, nY
St. francis hospital, hartford, ct
st. JOsEPh’s hOsPItaL, syRaCusE, ny • $98 million addition and renovation project, completed in july. • Completed under budget and ahead of the proposed schedule. • New 73,000 square-foot surgical suite with 17 operating rooms (ORs), a new 12,100 square-foot Central Sterile unit, and renovation of an existing post-anesthesia care unit (pacu) plus additional pacus. • “Green” instrument washers to save water and electricity. • Increased annual capacity from 10,500 to 14,000 patients. st. FRanCIs hOsPItaL, haRtFORD, Ct CuRtIs D. ROBInsOn MEn’s hEaLth InstItutE
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unIVERsIty OF BRIDGEPORt, BRIDGEPORt, Ct FOnEs sChOOL OF DEntaL hyGIEnE • $4.3 million, 24,000 square-foot Fones School of Dental hygiene, a teaching dental clinic serving the Bridgeport community. • The clinic was created through the renovation of two floors of an occupied student residence hall, and provides 30 dental chairs, four x-ray rooms, sterilization room, waiting room, offices, conference room, and classroom with smart board and plasma tV. • Part of $20 million Campus-Wide Facilities Improvement program overseen by KBe since inception in 2007. unIVERsIty OF BRIDGEPORt, BRIDGEPORt, Ct anatOMy LaB
• 9,305 square-foot renovation to convert a four-story medical office building for use by the men’s health clinic.
• $1 million, 3,500 square-foot anatomy lab renovation, completed in february 2012.
• Includes a medical consultation suite, conference rooms, community room, two classrooms and break rooms.
• One floor of the occupied building, consisted of interior demolition, abatement and heavy mechanical, engineering, and plumbing system upgrades that required structural and roof modifications, plus interior renovation with finishes including male and female locker rooms.
• Upgrades to all common areas and mechanical/electrical/ plumbing and telecommunications systems. st. FRanCIs hOsPItaL, haRtFORD, Ct nOn-InVasIVE CaRDIOLOGy tEstInG suItE • Construction now underway on new, $1.3 million, 12,500 square-foot Non-Invasive Cardiology Testing Suite, planned for early spring 2014 completion. • Includes modifications for nuclear imaging and hot lab rooms, relocation of the hVac system, and installation of lead-lined partitions, doors, and viewing windows.
hartford Va hospital: $8.8 million in renovations, complete gut & remodel. new haven Va hospital: $7 million, electrical system replacement, asbestos & lead abatement, and pharmacy/clean room addition. ChaRLIE Juhasz 26 years’ experience two-story addition at hospital of St. raphael. complete mep & fp systems including medical gas & vacuum, emergency & life safety electrical distribution, isolation hVac for patient rooms, and nurse call stations. ROss MEzzanOttE 23 years’ experience renovations & new construction, St. francis hospital’s men’s health center. nuclear imaging & hot lab rooms, hVac relocation, and installation of lead-lined partitions, doors & viewing areas. LaRRy GOODInE 32 years’ experience $98 million surgical suite addition and er renovation for St. joseph’s hospital in Syracuse, nY. 17 operating rooms, 12,100 sf central Sterile unit, new and renovated post-anesthesia care units (pacus).
SFC Designs Canobie Lake Parking Brookstone Completes VA Safety Job
Salem, NH - SFC Engineering Partnership of Auburn, N.H., has designed an expanded parking area for Canobie Lake Park with a focus on being environmentally friendly. Canobie Lake Park is increasing parking capacity to improve patron convenience while minimizing the use of buses to transport employees from off-site parking areas. This parking expansion will add over 2½ acres of new pavement surface. As with any new construction projects, many factors must be considered: soil erosion, aesthetics, traffic, tree removal, lighting, and noise. But each aspect of the project is carefully orchestrated by Canobie Lake Park 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 2½ acres of pavement is created, stormwater volume increases and water flows faster than before. Without proper care and planning, adverse environmental effects could take place in a project such as this. 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. Rain water 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 per-
Manchester, NH – Brookstone BuildMark Gemmiti was Brookstone’s ers, Inc., recently announced the comple- project manager, and Mario Machado was tion of a safety improvement project for the the on-site superintendent. Veterans Administration Hospital. Veterans Development Corporation, The scope-of-work involved field su- Inc. is a registered and certified Service pervisory services as part of a collaborative Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business effort with Veterans Development Corpo- (SDVOSB) corporation. Headquartered ration of Braintree, Mass. Various me- in Braintree, Mass, the company delivers chanical improvements in the boiler plant, general construction and Design-Build serincluding masonry work, concrete demoli- vices. tion and replacement, as well as structural Brookstone Builders, Inc. is a womCanobie State Park Entrance steel modifications resulted in enhanced an-owned business founded in 1984. vious pavement to take advantage of these safety and efficiency. benefits. Other portions of the site drain to a gravel wetland. The gravel wetland is a constructed facility using a stone filter media Auburn, NH - SFC Engineering of Auburn announced the and a wetland environment to detain and filrecent addition of Doug Fountain, B.A., B.E., to the fire protecter stormwater. The gravel wetland proved tion engineering department. to be a relatively compact and efficient faFountain, originally from Australia, brings a broad range cility that allows maximum parking yield in of experience specializing in fuel systems designs, fire safety, the available space. hazardous material storage, and power generation systems. With Additionally, offline infiltration his Australian training and experience, he will bring a diverse chambers are used to increase the rate of Fountain infiltratration back into the ground and de- perspective to the fire protection department at SFC. crease the volume of stormwater flowing from the site. SFC worked with Canobie Lake Park to design these solutions. The net result: no negative impacts to stormwater quality, no Concord, NH - The 14th Annual Ex- types of contractors. increase in stormwater volume or stormwater cellence in Construction Awards will be Awards presentation begins at 5:30 rate of flow. The parking lot will improve hosted by the New Hampshire/Vermont in the theater - food and networking availthe park experience and will be a positive Chapter of Associated Builders and Con- able after around 7 pm. element for the community. It is the hope of tractors (ABC) October 24 at the Capitol Attendee, $50, groups of eight or both SFC and Canobie Lake Park that this Center for the Arts, Concord NH. The EIC more, $35. gravel wetland will even become an outdoor project awards has become a premiere conContact: Paulette Melanson: pauclassroom for future stewards of the envi- struction industry event for the area. The email@example.com. ronment. program includes award categories for all
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Pro Con Design-Builds for Wiggins Wood Siding Clip and Fastener System
West Elevation Wiggins Airways Hanger Rendering Courtesy Pro Con Inc. Manchester, NH - Pro Con Inc of mal movement and enable the firewalls to Manchester N.H. is the architect and con- be freestanding. An internal corridor alstruction manager for a new hangar at Wig- lows Wiggins Airways’ employees to pass gins Airway’s General Aviation facility at from the hangars to the terminal building the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. without having to go outdoors. The $3 million design build expansion will The pre-engineered hangar will have provide a fourth hangar to the general avia- exterior metal panels and a pitched metal tion facility for aircraft storage. roof. The Norco Stack hangar door system The 23,240sf hangar will have the measures 28-foot high by 114-foot wide to ability to accommodate various types of accommodate a wide variety of aircraft. general aviation equipment and is designed The floor of the hangar will be coated with a high gloss white, nonslip floor finish. to handle multiple aircraft. Pro Con Inc began construction on Metal clips and expansion joints will allow the buildings to be physically con- the hangar expansion project in September nected, while permitting the buildings to 2013 and has scheduled a February 2014 expand or contract up to 2 inches for ther- completion date.
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Concord, NH - ABC has announced a healthcare plan developed for ABC member firms and their employees. The plan now available for coverage includes programs and features that were created
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Washington, D.C. - The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Listing Program has been transitionally approved as a licensed certifier of Pre-Rinse Spray Valves. This approval was granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under its WaterSense program that is designed to help save water and the environment. “This recently added scope gives ICC-ES PMG a complete set of capa-
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JACA Wins Abu Dhabi Contract
N. Quincy, MA - JACA Architects has been awarded its first overseas project at the International Knee & Joint Centre in Abu Dhabi. JACA Architects will work with a local engineering firm in Abu Dhabi, selected by the center, to help with local implementation and completion of the construction design phase of this 30,000sf section. The Abu Dhabi Knee and Joint Centre specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with knee, joint, and sports-related injuries. Providing patients with state-of-the-art healthcare based on accepted international standards and evidence-based medicine, the centre has performed over 1,200 surgical procedures. The International Knee & Joint Centre in Abu Dhabi is being established by Dr. Charles H. Brown, Jr. medical director, and partner Dave Baston, PT, SCS,
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CSCS, to provide both clinical treatment and physical therapy rehabilitation. Gregory Ettridge; Senior Associate, and Semir Baqhum; Project Manager will act as the lead roles from JACA Architects. Ettridge will be responsible for project design and primary client contact. Baqhum responsibilities as Project Manager will have encompassed all phases of Healthcare and institutional projects from Schematic Design and Design Development through Construction Document production, coordination and administration.
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Lowell, MA - Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) has completed the design of the University of Massachusetts Lowell New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center, a new 10,000sf robotics lab and testing facil Three Gates I Detailed Programming Options ity that is being hailed as the nation’s most he start of the project, Massachusetts Secretary of advanced facility for robotics testing to lth and Human Services, John Polonwicz, returned to date and the first of its kind in the northeast. ribbon along with local dignitaries and UMass Memorial The NERVE Center iso ated in an 800,000sf R&D building owned and EO, Eric Dickson, MD. Joining Dr. Dickson was Dr. Giles The modular system offers: managed by Winstanley Enterprises, LLC ology/Endocrine Surgery Interim Director as well as CT | GA | MA | NY of Concord.. The new lab space features rim President and CEO, Candra Szymanski, who was 860.657.8077 open, high bay space for robotics testing FLEXIBILITY www.slamcoll.com and includes a machine shop for fabrication of testing obstacles and equipment, an AMCollaborativeArchitecture EFFICIENCY open office area, and a 9,000sf test range.
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High-Profile Focus: Healthcare Facilities Development News
New L+M Cancer Center Opens
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Celebrating the opening of the new $34.5M L+M Cancer Ctr. were Robin Campot, Bill Seddon, Josh DiGloria, and Ed Tobin of Suffolk Construction; Brenda Bullied and Crista Durand for Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, and Pamela Mace, Scott Mueller, James Newton, and Brian McKenna of TRO JB. Waterford, CT - The Lawrence + Memorial Cancer Center, a new 48,000sf, $34.5 million treatment facility in Waterford, Connecticut, hosted a grand opening September 18 to celebrate the project’s completion. Designed by Boston-based architectural/engineering firm TRO JB and built by Suffolk Construction, the new center was conceived, designed, and built using an innovative development strategy known as integrated project delivery (IPD). The three major parties involved, L+M, TRO JB, and Suffolk, signed a three-party contract in which architect, owner, and construction manager shared both risks and rewards. Completed on schedule and under budget, the L+M Cancer Center is one of
SCI Hospital Projects
Marion, MA - South Coast Improvement Co. (SCI) headquartered in Marion has expanded its services to include hospitals. At Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, SCI provided a complete build-out for the new outpatient spine clinic. The project featured a reception area, new administrative offices, and multiple exam rooms. The architect on the project was Jaca Architects. SCI’s project at Franciscan Hospital in Boston included relocation of the reception desk without ever closing down the entrance lobby–a logistical challenge met by completely constructing the new reception desk off-site and preparing the wiring in advance. Installation was as simple as dropping in the desk and plugging in the electrical. The other innovative component of the project was the millwork, which was designed to be blades of sea grass waving in the breeze. A cloud system was also constructed out of drywall and hung over the new reception desk.
the first healthcare projects in the country to be built using this collaborative model. The new L+M Cancer Center was developed in affiliation with Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care. L+M is the first hospital in Connecticut to affiliate with Dana-Farber, internationally renowned for both research and clinical excellence. staff were already applying Lean principles Lean Principals Govern in their clinical practice, and the Cancer Decision-Making Center project gave them the opportunity Programming, design, and construc- to design and construct a facility that truly tion of the new Cancer Center relied on supported quality care. Lean principles to create an efficient facilSustainable Design ity and achieve cost, quality, and schedule The Cancer Center is one part of targets. Lean principles stress collaboration L+M’s master facility plan, which has been across disciplines and making informed de- developed in conjunction with TRO JB cisions based on broad input. L+M hospital and Suffolk since 2010. The plan outlines
Franciscan Hospital reception area a comprehensive environmental strategy that includes sustainable design. The new Cancer Center features several sustainable design components, including extensive access to natural light, a geothermal system for heating and cooling, and the use of chilled beams to reduce energy costs. L+M expects the building to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Quincy, MA - For the seventh consecutive year, J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) ranked among the top corporate charitable givers in Massachusetts, according to a recent report by the Boston Business Journal. The com- l-r: Peyson Sword, Team IMPACT Case Manager, Jay pany was recognized for its Calnan, CEO, J. Calnan & Associates and Founding charitable giving and for the Board Member of TEAM IMPACT, Maura Mahoney, Dicontributions made by J. Cal- rector of Communications & Case Management, TEAM nan employees. Additionally IMPACT; Paul Leech, CEO Team IMPACT; Maureen Rystrom, Director of Marketing, J. Calnan & Associates; JC&A ranked No. 1 overall for Erin MacNeil, Case Manager, Team IMPACT. average per-employee volunteer hours. J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. and The announcement was made re- Team IMPACT also were recently recogcently at the eighth annual Corporate nized by the Boston Business Journal as Philanthropy Summit held at the Westin Partners of the Year for their continued Boston Waterfront, which was attended by work to improve the quality of life for nearly 1,000 leaders representing a wide children facing life threatening illnesses range of local and national companies by matching them with college athletic with a presence in Massachusetts as well teams. as many nonprofit organizations.
Boston - Fidelity Investments and Integrated Design Group (ID) announced that their design of Centercore, an off-site fabricated enterprise data center, has been recognized with two industry awards for innovation and design excellence. Centercore has been recognized as the 2013 CoreNet Global Industry Excellence Award winner, and is the DatacenterDynamics 2013 winner of its “Innovation in the Medium Data Center” category. ID was selected by Fidelity to design and engineer a scalable data center that would increase operational efficiency while reducing costs. The end result is a facility that looks and operates like a traditional data center hall but can be rapidly deployed to meet capacity demand. The prototype, built adjacent to Fidelity’s existing data center at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, was successfully constructed in 2012, and the next generation is reaching the market in 2013. Much more than a modular so-
Centercore lution, Centercore is a resilient and scalable off-site constructed kit of parts that is shipped to the site and assembled, enabling an accelerated project delivery and mitigating project risk due to weather or unforeseen site conditions. Centercore was recognized by CoreNet Global as the 2013 Industry Excellence Award winner. The awards program provides firms a chance to showcase professionalism and ingenuity in the data center industry.
MLSC Wins Nat’l TBED Award
Portland, OR - The State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) announced that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) has received its national “Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development” (TBED) award for accomplishments in the category “Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries.” The MLSC won the award based on a na-
tional competition to identify initiatives that represent best practices in innovationdriven economic development. The MLSC is the sole initiative from the East Coast to win an award. Through the MLSC, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life sciences ecosystem.
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Milestone Project Gets LEED Bruce Hamilton Architects
Concord, NH - Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. of Concord has just received LEED Certification for the Lindt & Sprungli (USA), Inc. corporate offices expansion in Stratham. The project, which included a 40,000sf addition, and 25,000sf of renovation was design by Bruce Hamilton Architects of New Ipswich.
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niture, white boards and data access points are located. This encourages people to leave their workspaces and sit in more communal environments, providing that in-between type space that is neither workstation nor closed meeting room.
Plan for Change.
Technology is always on the move. Whether in laboratory research, theories on how offices function, or simply the available technology for work, change is a constant. Current trends in office design preference the open office environment with multiple closed spaces for meetings and occasional private work. At one level, this allows for alterations to the organization of the open office space, a simple furniture redesign, and on another level allows for the closed rooms to change function as needed. Similarly, we are finding that there is a demand for labora-
tory spaces to be designed to be used in different ways. Equipment and investigations in those rooms are highly specific, however, this need not restrict the client to an expensive redesign when their research changes direction or technology for investigation changes. Through regularizing the size of lab spaces and designing services as “plug and play,” clients are able to leverage their initial investment in the fit-out by planning for changes in the labs themselves. Five issues does not seem like much, however, they touch on all aspects of the design, from the restrictions set by the building itself, to the opportunities of communication and future change. By clearly setting out an understanding of constraints and needs, the project can be richer and more responsive to the client and environment. Stephanie Goldberg, AIA, LEED BC+D, is a principal at Boston based laboratory design firm Lab / Life.Science. Architecture, Inc.
Solar Incentive Program Open for Applications
Boston - The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) recently announced that the second round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program is now accepting applications from cities and towns interested in participating. The program – designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and further reduce the overall cost of solar power – offers residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar. The more people who sign
up, the greater the savings are for everyone. The program is open to all Massachusetts communities, including those designated by DOER as Green Communities, a designation made by DOER to cities and towns that meet five clean energy requirements, including a commitment to reduce their energy use by 20%. Individual cities, towns, and groups of contiguous municipalities can apply for the second round by downloading a request for proposals and applying by Oct. 22.
Clean Energy Jobs Growth
Boston - Governor Deval Patrick announced that clean energy jobs in Massachusetts grew by 11.8% between June 2012 and June 2013, the second year of double-digit growth. Over the past two years, clean energy jobs have grown by 24.4%, with 5,557 clean energy companies now employing 79,994 workers across the commonwealth. The results of the 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report were announced at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. “Building a clean energy future is central to our growth strategy, and another year of double-digit job growth is proof that our strategy is working,” said Governor Patrick. “We pursue our
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Integrating Green Infrastructure in Campus Design
by Tobias Wolf, ASLA As colleges and universities become leaders in sustainability, they are exploring their campuses’ potential to provide “green infrastructure” that will protect watersheds, recharge aquifers, and support native birds and pollinators. A new bioswale at Cornell Plantations, the boTobias Wolf tanical garden of Cornell University, demonstrates how stormwater management can be integrated in campus landscapes. Conventionally designed landscapes and hardscapes shed runoff quickly into drains and pipes. Most rainfall is gone from the site before it can soak into soils, support vegetation, or percolate into the groundwater. Instead, it empties quickly into rivers and streams where it can cause erosion, flooding, and pollution. Vegetated swales offer an effective and attractive way to help restore natural water cycles. A vegetated swale collects runoff from rooftops, parking areas, roads, and lawns, and uses plants and soils to cool the water, slow its movement, and reduce its pollutant load. Vegetated swales are engineered to fill with water during storms and to drain completely within 24 hours, and their plantings are selected to flourish through both inundation and drought.
The plants, soils, and hardscape elements at Cornell Plantations’ bioswale work together as a single system. As water runs off the adjacent parking lot, a “filter strip” slows its movement and precipitates out suspended particulates. Next, the water’s movement is further slowed by densely planted grasses and flowering plants, which absorb pollutant-laden water, metabolizing hydrocarbons and releasing water vapor and oxygen into the atmosphere. Their roots aerate the soil, maintaining its capacity to absorb water quickly and to release it gradually to plants and into the underlying aquifer. The bioswale’s plants are mostly native meadow species, which create a striking display in the summer and fall. This combination of beauty and function has made the bioswale “one of Plantations’ most popular gardens,” according to Executive Director Don Rakow, who says the Bioswale has become “a model for university-based public gardens around the nation.”
Rakow and his staff laid the foundations for the bioswale’s success through careful planning and design. The bioswale was conceived in Plantations’ 2002 Master Plan, which paired it with a proposed visitor parking area. This linkage helped assure that the bioswale would be funded and built. Equally important was the decision to manage stormwater locally, as an element of a larger distributed system. Stormwater management works best when the system catches and “processes” each drop of water as close as possible to where it falls. The bioswale is sited and scaled to receive runoff from nearby buildings, pavement, and gardens without exceeding the site’s ability to percolate runoff into the ground below. Plantations’ boldest move was to locate the bioswale at its main visitor entrance. The prominent location committed Plantations to a high level of design and care, and it signaled Cornell’s belief that green infrastructure can be beautiful and that stormwater management is worthy of inquiry and display. To create a bioswale worthy of its prominent location, the client and consultants worked collaboratively, exchanging sketches and plant lists to develop a plan that reflected both the outside designers’
Sign by Cornell Plantations vision and the staff’s detailed understanding of the site’s soils and microclimate as well as the day-to-day work of tending the gardens and sharing them with visitors. Vegetated swales can be integrated in nearly any landscape – they have no set “look” or style. The design of Cornell’s bioswale is based on its site and purpose: Its “half-wild” plantings tie the groomed botanical garden to the wooded hillsides around it; their curving lines evoke the ancient creek whose route the bioswale traces; their diversity supplements Plantations’ existing plant collections; and their exuberance makes each visitor’s arrival a memorable encounter with the natural world. Tobias Wolf, ASLA, is a principal at Wolf Lighthall Landscape Architecture + Planning.
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Kaplan Adds Lepore
Boston - Kaplan ConstrucHe previously was a tion announced that Sean Lepore has superintendent with Turner joined the firm as a superintendent. Construction, where he spearHe brings more than a decade of conheaded mechanical coordination efforts for the ground-up struction experience and special exconstruction of a 43,000sf pertise in virtual, multi-dimensional museum for the Rhode Island coordination through building inforSchool of Design; the conmation modeling (BIM). struction of both a mechanical In addition to overseeing the penthouse and gallery space daily activities of Kaplan job sites, Lepore for the Peabody Essex MuLepore will play an integral role in seum; and the Allston expanthe early planning and design stages of projects. With his knowledge of the sion project for Harvard University. He is modeling programs Revit, AutoCAD, and also well-versed in analyzing site logistics Navisworks, he has led mechanical coordi- for postage stamp-size sites and the impact to their surroundings. nation efforts on many complex projects.
IMAGINiT Adds Three
Framingham, MA IMAGINiT Technologies announced the addition of three new members to the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) consulting group. Craig Paxton has extensive CFD analysis and thermal simuKeller lation experience with companies including Boeing, Textron, and L-3. He has contributed to the body of research on CFD analysis through numerous journal articles. Doug Mosemann brings a wealth of technical sales knowledge to the IMAGINiT CFD group, having worked in high-tech sales with Autodesk, Blue Ridge Numerics, Compuware, and IBM. He brings the latest in simulation and analysis to clients, help-
Nobis Announces Promotions
Lowell, MA - Nobis Engineering, Inc. announced that it has promoted three individuals of the firm. Clarence “Tim” Andrews, PG, has been promoted to senior project manager. He has 18 years experience and currently manages Phase 1 environmental site assessments and follow-up Phase 2/3 environmental investigations in accordance with ASTM standards for numerous clients. Erin Reardon Lambert, PE, LEED AP, has been promoted to senior project manager. She has 16 years experience and also is well-versed in low impact development (LID) design using a combination of management and design practices that lessen the human impact on the environment. She performs analyses to assist in resolution of construction disputes and performs analyses to allocate project cost overruns to responsible parties. Denis McGrath, CHMM has been
Andrews promoted to project manager. He has 16 years’ environmental science and engineering experience and is currently working on chemical and hazardous waste investigation and remediation type projects.
Gartner Joins JACA
Paxton Mosemann ing them bring to life their most creative ideas by bridging the gap between ideas and reality. Greg Keller joins the team from within IMAGINiT, where he worked with clients in the mechanical space helping them understand 3D modeling and simulation. He combines his sound business advice and industry experience to ensure every client receives maximum value from each engagement.
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Quincy, MA - JACA Architects of North Quincy has named Dieter H. Gartner as an associate with the firm to assist in completing healthcare architecture and design. In this role, Gartner will be responsible for client relations and the overseeing of office development. He comes to JACA after having spent 21 years at Payette in Boston, and a shorter affiliation at Perkins & Will. His résumé includes leading large scale healthcare and related projects over the past 25 years as well as leading diverse teams through all phases from master planning to completion.
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LaRosa Gets CCIFP Designation
TCI Promotes Smith Marion, MA - Thompson Consultants, Inc. (TCI) has
promoted Kevin Smith to associate and manager of the mechanical engineering department. He has over 20 years of experience, nine with TCI, in engineering, design, and construction administration. This has involved the full range of healthcare inpatient, outpatient, and research facilities. He has also worked extensively on college and university campuses on athletic, research, residential, performing, and fine arts facilities, as well as classroom facilities.
KlingStubbins Promotes Two
Cambridge, MA - KlingStubbins announced the promotions of Peter Blewett, AIA, and Chris Leary, AIA, LEED. Blewett has assumed the role of Cambridge managing director, operations. He has been with the KlingStubbins organization for over 31 years and has had many roles and responsibilities. He will look after the staffing, operations, and financial matters for the office. Leary is Cambridge managing director, projects. He has been with the firm over 20 years and will lead the way in client development and growing capabilities
Congress Companies Hires
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Silva Named Project Superintendent
Norwell, MA - Acella Construction Corporation announced that Marcilio Silva has joined the firm as roject superintendent. In this role, Silva supervises site crews, schedule inspections, manages weekly schedules and deadlines, enforces OSHA safety regulations and coordinates all trades to complete projects efficiently. Silva worked with his father, the
ers in Massachusetts, LaRosa Woburn, MA - Robert (Bud) will join an exclusive group LaRosa, chief business perforof financial professionals in mance officer of Tocci Building the construction industry. “The Companies, recently received completion of the CCIFP certhe title of Certified Construction tificate not only shows Bud’s Industry Financial Professional high level of commitment to (CCIFP). his position, but also a natural CCIFP designation is the sole ability to take initiative and industry-recognized certification continue his own professional acknowledging a financial profesLaRosa education,” said John Tocci, sional’s true understanding of the chief enabling officer of Tocci unique business of construction. With only 16 CCIFP certificate hold- Building Companies.
owner of a multi-specialty construction company in Sao Miguel in the Azores. He has been involved in the construction industry professionally since 2000, when he started his own small residential general contracting business. More recently, Silva was employed by D. F. Pray General Contractors as project superintendent.
Peabody, MA - The Congress Companies recently welcomed three project managers to its team: Stephen T. King, senior project manager; Robert M. Mini, project manager; and Andrew DiFraia, assistant project manager. As senior project manager, King is the firm’s primary customer contact and interfaces with owners and architects for selected projects. He also is responsible for projects’ overall performance, final cost, and schedule. In addition to his previous tenure with Congress, King spent five years as a senior project manager for Walsh Brothers, Inc. of Boston where he was responsible for managing an on-site construction management project at the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in South Boston.
In his role as project manager at Congress, Mini coordinates and oversees completion of activities in all phases of the project cycle for construction projects. He is responsible for the oversight of project superintendents’ activities and serves as the liaison between clients and architects. Mini brings over 20 years of experience as a project manager and project superintendent for various engineering and construction firms in the Boston area. As assistant project manager at Congress, DiFraia is responsible for the management of submittals, schedule updates, quality control documentation, changes in the work, and other construction management and engineering functions.
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• October 23 - ACCA Dinner Meeting 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Doubletree Hotel, Westborough, Mass. Sales and Marketing featuring Kevin Farrell, director of training services, Conservation Services Group. Simple techniques to tailor communication based on the customer’s style and emotional state as it changes throughout a sale. • December 10 - ACCA Dinner Meeting, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, Westborough, Mass. In the Blink of an Eye Safe Driver Program featuring: Jon Medo, field manager, Association Risk Management Real Estate Awards Gala Services, Federated Insurance Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5 30 p.m. Information: http://accanewengland.org. Westin Boston Waterfront 425 Summer Street Send your news or event to Boston, Mass. For more information, visit: email@example.com http://www.naiopma.org.
Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire upcoming events: • October 22, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sub-Contractor Management - Cultural Chemistry Training Center, Manchester • October 15, 2013, 3 5 p.m. Do Consumers Really Want A Green Home? Concord, N.H. • October 22, 2013, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sub-Contractor Management - Cultural Chemistry Training Center, Manchester, N.H. • October 24, 4 - 9 p.m. Workshop - Blending Greenways, New Urbanism, and Conservation - Bedford, NH • October 28, 8 a.m. - October 29, 2013, 5 p.m. (three-day training for workers) Lead Abatement for Workers, Contractors, and Supervisors • October 31, 8 a.m. - Friday, November 1, 2013, 5 p.m. (four-day training for contractors & supervisors) - Concord, NH More details & Registration: Online - http:// publicpolicyallianceforhousingnh.com/en/ calendar-of-events or call 603-228-0351.
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New Hampshire Mixer Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Location: THE DRAFT 67 S Main St Concord, N.H. 03301 For more information, visit; ww.smpsmaine.org.
Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. 93rd Annual Gala Honoring James E. Rooney, executive director, Mass. Convention Authority. Reception, Dinner, Keynote. Information and to register: http://www. buildingcongress.org/events.php
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 bragb.org or call 781-890-2101.
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edical facility construction — from hospital renovations and new buildings to highly technical laboratory construction to medical teaching facilities — is fast becoming a core strength at KBE Building Corporation. What started several years ago as a strategic move to expand our market diversity into the healthcare field has developed into a series of success stories of on-budget (or under) and onschedule (or ahead-of-schedule) projects. Here’s how we built the team that is making this happen. --- Full story on page 38.
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Published on Oct 2, 2013
Published on Oct 2, 2013
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