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N E W E N G L A N D FA C I L I T I E S D E V E L O P M E N T N E W S Semi-Annual Focus:



Twenty Two Liberty Breaks Ground

Michael Kerwin Page...26

Michelle Spiewak Page...52

Bill DePippo Page...15

Diane Duncell Page...31

Mark Reed Page...10

Premier Event “How Echo Boomers are Changing Trends” How Branding at Logan International Airport is Making a Difference AGC MA Build New England Awards Sustainable Design and Construction in Biotech Facilities by Matthew Guarracino Trinity Completes Heartland Brewery and City Sports The Kensington Opens Terra-Cotta Veneer Enlivens Logan Facility Eagle Hill School’s Sports Center Provides the Spark Nauset Begins City Hall Restoration Suffolk Wins 2013 Best Project Award Bigelow Lab Receives AGC Top Award Design Completed For Envoy Hotel Peters Named Construction Safety Professional of the Year Jewett Completes Pinkerton Place Portwalk Wood-Framing Underway Genest Looks to the Future ABC RI Honors Bellaman

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MBC Honors James E. Rooney Boston - The Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) honored James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), with its Skyline Award for Outstanding Achievement at the annual MBC gala dinner at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston, on October James E. Rooney 17. Rooney oversees the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Hynes Convention Center, the Boston Common Parking Garage, and the MassMutual Center in Springfield. He previously served as director of development and construction for the MCCA, overseeing construction of the $850 million BCEC and the renovation and expansion of the $71 million MassMutual Center. The BCEC project was later hailed as one of the best-


Kairos Shen and Jim Rooney

Tom Glynn presents Skyline Award to Jim Rooney run public works projects in the country, and both projects were completed on schedule and within budget. This award has only been given six times before in the organization’s 93-year history. The Skyline Award recognizes widely perceived integrity of the individual, measurable accomplishments above and beyond recognized norms, and significant, recognized societal contributions. “Jim’s career shows extraordinary accomplishment,” said Ben Goldfarb, MBC president. “Our membership spans many ages, backgrounds, and disciplines, and it is a tribute to Jim that his contributions are so widely known and appreciated across the entire MBC community and its member companies.” The event featured a keynote address by Kairos Shen, director of planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority and a special introduction of Rooney by Thomas P. Glynn, CEO and executive director of the Mass Port Authority.

Boston - Trinity Financial, Inc. and Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco) announced that they have entered into an agreement with the Mass. Dept. of Transportation to construct a $190 million, 12-story building at One Canal Street in the historic Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood of downtown Boston. The architect is ICON Architecture, inc. and the general contractor is John Moriarty & Associates. Located near TD Garden, one block from North Station, and adjacent to the historic North End, the project, known as One Canal, will include 310 units of housing, 147 parking spaces, and ground-floor retail that is designed to accommodate a supermarket. The project is Trinity’s second development to commence construction in the Bulfinch Triangle and will add

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High-Profile Premier Event “How Echo Boomers are Changing Trends” Boston - High-Profile recently hosted “Changing Workspace: How Echo Boomers are Changing Trends,” the first event in a new series by High-Profile. The event took place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Allsteel’s Boston Showroom and was managed by Nickerson PR. Panelists at the event included Haril Pandya, principal of CBT Architects; Eric Sheffels, president and partner of Leggat McCall Properties; Roy Hirshland, President of T3 Advisors; and Michelle Darby, cofounder and CEO of Roomzilla. Moderated by Anastasia Barnes, business development manager at HighProfile, the event featured a discussion on how the changing communication and work styles of Echo Boomers (Millennials) are impacting real estate design, development, leasing and management, and corporate culture. High-Profile’s panel of experts offered tactics for adapting to the styles and trends of the emerging generation by using their own experiences and projects as examples. The interactive style of the event allowed for increased networking and interface between the panelists and attendees.

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Publisher’s Message High-Profile has maintained a steady course over the past 16 years to devote our publication to the owners, developers and managers of facilities in New England. Little by little we have improved to how we deliver our message to you. The new layout and Michael Barnes design-in-progress is a reflection of how are communicating through new media.

Our logo is more compact to fit with a format friendly to twitter and LinkedIn. The lines of the publication are cleaner and there is more white space to present a simpler and thus more readable version for both paper and screen. Refined categories reflect the new search capabilities for blog entries online. Paper design now must conform with the needs of our FastFacts Friday e-mail blasts and upcoming mobile apps in order to be consistent. I want to give a special shout out here to Nickerson PR for their assistance in the process. Branding our publication to compete in today’s media has proven to be more of an undertaking than we anticipated, but the results are more uplifting and far reaching than expected as well.


Construction Outlook and Industry Direction

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BRAGB Celebrates Prism Awards

Co-Host for Prism Awards, Tommy MacDonald, Host of WGBH’s “Rough Cut” and his wife Rachel On October 30th the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) hosted one of the largest industry awards programs at the Seaport Hotel in Boston’s Innovation District. A record number of entries and a worthy cause brought out 500 guests to celebrate the enormous accomplishments of the building and design industry. Celebrity chefs participated in this event that raised awareness for Housing Families, a charity that BRAGB holds near and dear. This memorable evening was made possible by the extraordinary efforts of BRAGB CEO Gerry-Lynn Darcy and her co-host, WGBH’s Tommy MacDonald, along with dozens of volunteers, special guests and Clappazzola Partners. What made the evening even more special was a live feed that allowed our guests to

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l to r: BRAGB CEO Gerry-Lynn Darcy, BRAGB immediate past president Ted Mahoney and BRAGB president Flecia Elias. watch the Red Sox win the World Series. You will find the complete listing of the BRAGB 2013 Prism Awards winners and sponsors on page 59.

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High-Profile Feature: Massport at Logan International


How Branding at Logan International Airport Is Making a Difference Boston - It’s not unusual for a bustling international airport to routinely conduct research to gauge customer satisfaction, secure feedback, and identify areas of improvement. But in 2011, when the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) conducted its annual satisfaction study at Boston Logan International Airport, it got a surprise. The “wish list” service recommendations cited by leisure and business passengers gauged in the Boston Logan survey looked awfully familiar. The issue? Most of them – such as free Wi-Fi and electricity power-up stations, among others – were already offered at Boston Logan. In some cases, they had been free services provided at the airport for years. The issue wasn’t a services gap or operations challenge but, rather, a communications issue. All efforts made by the airport to provide amenities to better the passenger experience simply did not matter if they didn’t know about them. The result? Massport initiated an integrated effort that included the marketing team responsible for the research working with its Capital Programs counterparts, which manage all development of infrastructure for all Massport transportation arms. Together, they tested, designed, and ultimately produced an innovative, airportwide signage system that is one part branding, one part wayfinding, and one part services notification. Boston Logan is a busy public transit hub, with approximately 27 million passengers every year. The job was to make it utterly clear and immediately apparent that these services are available for them, right there in the terminal environment. The program, initiated in 2011, is currently being piloted and will be in several airport terminals by the end of 2014. To make it happen, Massport’s outside branding and research agency, CerconeBrownCompany (CBC), selected Cambridge-based communications studio, 96pt., to design the system because of the firm’s strong expertise in placemaking, wayfinding, and branded environments. The design team coordinated with the integrated Massport team as well as Logan’s Aviation Operations team to design a unified series of on-site graphic communications that iden-

At gate 25 in Terminal C, amenity panels along curtain wall communicate Wi-Fi and electrical services offered signage in the terminals, but because they weren’t conceived as a family and were placed at different times, they didn’t have a unified look/feel or voice. 96pt. reviewed various terminal site conditions – from cavernous spaces with 20foot ceilings and glass surfaces, to narrow corridors with 8-foot ceilings and cinderblock walls – to develop a design vocabulary that would address a clear way of communicating to the public at various scales. Iconography was developed for each amenity, a quick-read description, a color palette and font style, uniquely cropped black and white photography featuring Boston city landmarks and the Boston Logan identity to

tie it all together. The result is a series of amenity panels with standard heights and widths produced on durable digital high-pressure laminate that could withstand high traffic airport use. Stand-alone signs highlighting each amenity were mapped to where the amenity would be most in demand (such as the gate areas) while groupings of amenities were integrated into larger stations adjacent to “you are here” airport orientation maps located at strategic points of the airport. Terminal C at Boston Logan was selected as a pilot site to test the design of the “amenity panels.” Boston-based Fennick McCreedie Architecture (FMA), already under contract with Massport for terminal renovations, provided measured elevations and floorplans for strategically located panel installations throughout the terminal. Poyant Signs installed the program; IZONE was the selected DHPL vendor. The 65 amenity panels are easy to spot without being intrusive. They carry the Boston Logan brand and themes of color, texture, and form systematically throughout the terminal, helping travelers locate and make use of the range of free services. While it’s still early in the project, the latest round of feedback from passengers gauged in terminal surveys in summer 2013 indicates people recognize that there is a system of services in place at the airport that is designed to support them as they get on their way to their destination. A second stage of work at Terminal B is currently in development for rollout in spring 2014.

Detail showing amenity icon and Bostonbased background photography tifies the free public services provided by Massport at Logan. Separately, CBC created a public transit and billboard advertising campaign to announce and support the program. First, CBC/96pt. conducted a site review of Logan Airport’s terminals and the final list of amenities offered by Massport that would be highlighted – Wi-Fi, gadget powering stations, hand sanitizing, courtesy phone, mail drop-box, automotive assistance, and recycling services. Many of these services had existing

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Li f e Sc i e nce s What is a Lab Building? by Mark Reed In preparation for a panel discussion, I was recently asked, “What are the key features that distinguishe a laboratory building from an office building?” It is a good question because more often than not the buildings we work in have many, but Mark Reed not all, of the key attributes of a good lab building. The following is a summary of what I believe a shell and core lab building should provide to distinguish itself from an office building and why it matters.


A lab building should have generous dimensions to allow the equipment and mechanical systems to be fully integrated and coordinated. High floor to floor heights allow ductwork to transition out of shafts, make crossovers, and distribute above ceilings without having uncomfortably low room heights. Low floor-to-floor heights can cause turbulent air flow, noise,

and difficult maintenance conditions. Similarly, building footprints should be wide and large to allow tenants to organize their labs and offices in as many configurations as possible and to optimize critical adjacencies. Large mechanical shafts, strategically distributed, provide flexibility for lab/ office locations.

Mechanical Space

The intense demand for ventilation, power, and plumbed services in a lab mean a variety of mechanical spaces are necessary for tenant use. First and foremost, a tall and expansive mechanical penthouse that houses equipment in a conditioned, dry space with ample access aisles ensures long life and ease of maintenance. Having it cover most of the building footprint allows for labs to be distributed flexibly on the floors below. However, there are many mechanical items that are best situated on other floors. For instance, tenant controlled acid neutralization rooms should be provided on first floors or basements to take advantage of gravity connections to the sewer system. Electrical rooms and voice data rooms are best provided on the tenant floor for ease of access, and some pure

water systems, compressed air, and vacuum pumps can be located on the tenant floor to minimize piping distances and to give control and oversight to the tenant’s facility manager. Finally, roof pads with stair or elevator access give tenants the opportunity to place air cooled systems or exhaust fans in an outdoor environment.

Material Handling

This is such a basic need, it is surprising how often it is overlooked. Loading docks and service elevators need to be provided in adequate size and number to allow multiple tenants to transport fume hoods, scientific equipment, and vivariumrelated materials up and down the building separated from public corridors.


One of the most common shortcomings with lab buildings relates to the structural and fireproofing design. Many buildings are designed with fire rated assemblies dictated by the height and area of the building, which tend to be less than what a lab building needs. In my view, all floor assemblies should be a minimum of two hour, regardless of the construction classification requirements. This allows control areas and hazardous storage rooms to be located anywhere on a floor plate in accordance to code. Another trick to consider is offsetting beams from the column lines to allow bench sinks to be located in modules with the column grid and not encounter conflicts with structure and drain lines.


Efficient lab designs don’t particularly like the ins and outs of building façade articulation. Ideally, large areas of the façade should be planar, with regularly spaced mullions that can accept wall locations gracefully. Standard soffit details that can accommodate perimeter heating, shade pockets, and overhead service panels in a consistent manner are preferred over complex geometries or multiple design conditions.

Energy Control

Lab buildings are energy hogs, and tenants have to foot the utility bill. Even with variable air volume systems, it is good to include heat recovery as a basebuilding amenity. Simple and fair metering systems should give tenants the ability to monitor and control their own energy use. Back up generators, or the provision for them in penthouse areas, are a “musthave” for lab usage. While there are many other considerations such as circulation patterns and common area allocations that are essential components in efficient and wellflowing lab design, we look to the major issues described above when advising clients about real estate decisions. That way, they don’t get stuck trying to fit a lab into an office building. Mark Reed is a principal at LAB / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc., a Boston based laboratory design firm.


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High-Profile Focus: Life Sciences

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Windover Completes Endicott College Project Manchester, MA - Windover Construction announced the completion of a new life sciences and business building for Endicott College. This is the ninth project Windover has completed on the campus in the past six years. The building will serve as the home for the newly named Gerrish School of Business, Judge Science Center, and Angle Center for Entrepreneurship. All three were named after notable alumni, entrepreneurs and leaders in their respective fields. Windover led the design-build of this new complex in the heart of the school’s coastal campus, featuring a high-ceilinged

New life sciences and business building In the wing housing the Judge Science Center, there are eight lab spaces and associated prep rooms to support various areas of study, including robotics, chemistry, molecular biology, environmental science, microbiology, anatomy, and phys-

iology. The majority of the labs were designed with flexible work spaces that can adjust to accommodate a number of different uses while facilitating interdisciplinary study and collaboration. The building is also equipped with a STEM incubator lab designed to stimulate start-up biotech business ventures and collaborate with the Angle Center for Entrepreneurship. The other half of the building houses the Gerrish School of Business. Teaching spaces were inspired by real-life business environments. Classes are held in boardrooms and seminar rooms as well as more traditional classrooms. Many are equipped with reconfigurable furniture, state-of-theart technology, and real-time data feeds to support the school’s robust curriculum. The building is home to Endicott’s undergraduate and graduate business programs.

Josh Rownd Joins SMMA The labs were designed with flexible work spaces atrium and grand foyer overlooking the Endicott lakes. Completed in less than 12 months, the 65,000sf state-of-the-art facility was designed in two wings to maximize synergies between the school’s science and business programs. The space includes teaching labs, office and classroom space, computer labs, and a 156-seat auditorium.

The building was designed to facilitate collaboration and learning between students and faculty. Each wing is equipped with numerous meeting spaces and lounges. Also, faculty offices are positioned adjacent to teaching spaces to promote accessibility and extended opportunities for learning.

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High-Profile Focus: Life Sciences

Sustainable Design and Construction in Biotech Facilities

by Matthew Guarracino National and global leaders in the biopharmacy and biotechnology sectors increasingly look to the United States, and more specifically the Boston area, to anchor and expand corporations. As they continue to grow, the construction of these mixed-use facilities exhibit a uniqueness in design that requires strict project management and stringent criteria to meet clinical, reMatthew Guarracino search, and regulatory requirements. With technicians working in a variety of spaces on the facility, including parking areas, office levels, and critical biomedical research and laboratory spaces, diligent project management from contractors and subcontractors is crucial. When working in these larger facilities that will support a variety of different corporate functions, all construction parties must emphasize that each individual area requires unique and specific expertise. Energy reliability has proven essential for operating medical research labs smoothly without costly disruptions, requiring the installation of innovative technology to handle their complicated energy, HVAC, and processing needs. Automation systems typically deployed and installed control the temperature and humidity levels while simultaneously moving large amounts of air for several different rooms or floors of lab

space, sometimes spanning the entire facility. Sophisticated comprehensive building management systems are used to control air handling, ventilation, security, life safety, and power control systems throughout facilities to ensure an efficient and reliable power supply. In order to reliably maintain an environment that adheres to clinical, research, and regulatory requirements, and also preserves the sensitive nature of the work, these systems have become universally crucial. While the organizations and building managers that work in these facilities are concerned with reliable energy delivery for power, heat, and water, reduced energy demand and consumption has been brought to the forefront. An emphasis of sustainable design and building has been growing more and more popular throughout the industry. To achieve energy savings within a building, it’s essential to ensure that every building subsystem, from heating to security, works together as a cohesive unit. By bringing independent systems together, building automation leads directly to better performance and more intelligent energy use. As cutting-edge facilities, these campuses require the most advanced integrated and energy-efficient systems to support the many research and laboratory spaces, which allow the building to save on operating expenses, reduce carbon emissions and annual energy use, while also providing a better work experience for all occupants. Matthew Guarracino is business development manager for J.M. Electrical Company, Inc.

November, 2013

Dana-Farber and MLSC Begin Advanced Imaging Facility Boston - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) celebrated the start of construction on a laboratory for making chemical tracers that “light up” cancer cells and molecular pathways, a technology for research on improving cancer diagnosis and developing precision drugs matched to individual patients. The Molecular Cancer Imaging Facility (MCIF) will house a cyclotron for making short-lived molecular imaging probes that are tracked by PET scanners. The process is key to evaluating experimental drugs and showing whether they hit vulnerable targets within cancer cells. Construction of the facility at Dana-Farber’s Harbor Campus in South Boston’s Innovation District is supported in part by a $10 million grant from the MLSC, a state-funded investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, research, development, and commercialization. The MLSC is charged with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative, proposed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and approved by the legislature and signed into law in 2008. The commencement ceremony marked the start of renovations to 50,000sf of space. The new facility will be adjacent to the Lurie Family Imaging Center (LFIC). Project leaders have selected a

l-r: Mass. State Rep. Nick Collins; Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, president and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, president and CEO of the Mass. Life Sciences Center GE cyclotron that will be installed on the first floor. A cyclotron whirls beams of charged particles at extremely high speeds in a spiral-shaped machine the size of a small car. The particle beams can be used to bombard atoms of different types to produce radioisotopes that are detected by PET scanners. In addition to the space being renovated at the Harbor Campus, the MCIF will be complemented by 6,000sf of cold chemistry and support space in the Longwood Center, that is currently being developed adjacent to Dana-Farber’s Longwood campus.


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Mass. Life Sciences Center vice president for marketing and communications, Angus McQuilken, joins PerkinElmer chairman & CEO, Rob Friel, and additional Perkin Elmer members for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Hopkinton, MA - PerkinElmer, Inc. announced the opening of a new Center for Innovation in Hopkinton. The facility features a state-of-the-art laboratory space where PerkinElmer engineers, scientists, and customers can interact and share insights to benefit the life sciences market. The R&D teams working at the facility will focus on the development of new products and applications in key areas such as biotherapeutics, imaging and pathology, biomarker research, and genomic analysis.

“The Boston area is a hub for academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical research organizations, making this expansion an exciting opportunity for us to work more closely with this community,” said Jim Corbett, senior vice president, diagnostics and life sciences and technology. “At the center, researchers will have greater access to training and demos on how these disruptive technologies can enable the advancement of human health.”

November, 2013

Moderna Expands to New HQ Cambridge, MA - Moderna Therapeutics, a pioneering company developing messenger RNA therapeutics™ announced the expansion of its headquarters to Technology Square in Cambridge. With the addition of the new space, Moderna will have up to 100 full-time employees at two locations by the end of 2013. The new site will be the l-r: State Rep. Tim Toomey; Noubar Afeyan, cocenter of Moderna’s R&D and provide a significant increase in founder and chairman, Moderna; managing partner laboratory space for formulation, and CEO, Flagship Ventures; Stephane Bancel, screening, and both in-vivo and president and founding CEO, Moderna; Angus in-vitro studies. The facility hous- McQuilken, vice president for communications & es administrative and corporate marketing, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. needs as well as IT specialists and Moderna’s previous Cambridge is equipped with state of the art technology headquarters will continue to serve as an adto enable virtual collaboration and cloud- ditional site for manufacturing and quality. based computing.

Ipsen Relocates to Cambridge Cambridge, MA – Ipsen, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris, plans to relocate its U.S. R&D operations from Milford to Cambridge, Mass. A leading hub for biotechnology research, this site will be key for innovation in targeted therapies across Ipsen’s specialty areas as well as a center of excellence for peptides. The move also brings Ipsen closer to several key partners based in the Cambridge area, including prominent hospital

centers, medical schools, and biotech companies. The company signed an 11-year lease on 62,600 rentable sf of laboratory and office space within the 282,000sf building located at 650 East Kendall Street. The deal was brokered by Cresa Corporate Real Estate, and the property is owned by BioMed Realty Trust Inc. Ipsen is a past participant in the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Cooperative Research Matching Grant program.

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Firefly Partners with EMD Millipore Cambridge, MA - Firefly BioWorks recently announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with EMD Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany. EMD Millipore will lead global distribution of the Firefly microRNA Assay, marketed under the name SmartRNAPlex™. The assay enables rapid profiling of up to 68 microRNA targets per sample      

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Needham, MA - Callahan, Inc. recently completed construction on the Residences at Wingate in Needham. Wingate Healthcare, a provider of healthcare and hospitality for seniors, recently announced the opening of its 21st community. The 112,23sf community features 91 units and a 30,000sf below-grade parking garage; 82,030sf of living space is divided among three floors in the steel and wood framed building. The inspiration was born when Wingate Healthcare founder and president, Scott Schuster, recognized that the local options available for an aging relative did not exist; he sought to create a place that could provide seniors with varied levels of care, services, and hotel-like amenities in a single location. The Residences offers many amenities; however, what really sets the community apart is the modern architecture and

Living area visual inspiration, including interactive Zen-like spaces, vibrant interior design, outdoor fireplaces and dining, floor-toceiling windows, and the Versailles Spa and salon. The community also boasts two secured Memory Care neighborhoods with private rooms and an enclosed garden for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The architect was The Architectural Team.

Kaplan Premiers AAAL Hanson, MA - All American Assisted Living (AAAL), an affiliate of Kaplan Development Group, LLC, has unveiled plans for a visionary new model of senior living with its first community in Hanson. The project team includes The Douglas Comp., general contractor and EGA, architect. One of the main differentiators of AAAL is its physical layout. All apartments are designed as comfortable two-bedroom units with shared living area, kitchenette, and bathroom. Encouraging communal living as opposed to individual units maximizes sociability for residents, while minimizing the building’s footprint and operational costs. These shared living spaces also are proven to promote physical and mental well being among senior residents. The community is a new two-story construction, featuring 48 two-bedroom apartments for a maximum capacity of 96 residents; eight units (16 residents) are reserved for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of cognitive impairments. With 24-hour security, stateof-the-art emergency response system, the building offers a parlor and library for quiet socializing and private contemplation. Additional common space includes dining room, bistro, media room, and an arts and crafts room. There are public lounges on both floors. Wellness and support services at AAAL include 24x7 certified personal care staff, an on-site registered nurse, weekly linen service and housekeeping, and a medication management program that en-

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November, 2013

Trinity Completes City Sports

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A painted track runs through the lower level. Wilmington, MA - Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp., a Massachusetts-based general contracting and construction management firm, announced completion of City Sports at 225 Franklin Street in the heart of Boston’s financial district. The 13,000sf two-floor store was built in partnership with designer Paul Maggi Architects on an aggressive eightweek schedule. The athletic apparel and equipment store features a bright color palette and a painted track that runs through the lower level. Display racks and shelving were also installed throughout.


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The existing space had once housed a bank, with a vault located on the bottom floor. In order to connect the two levels of retail space for the landlord, the construction team cut through the 32-in. floor to install a new staircase and elevator. This labor intensive process took nearly a month to complete. Trinity’s team took care not to disrupt the tenants occupying the offices above or the parking garage located directly below the jobsite while construction was under way. Despite project challenges the store was completed on time and on budget.

New York, NY - Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp., has successfully completed construction of Heartland Brewery’s Flatiron Hall in New York’s iconic Flat Iron district. This two-floor, 6,000sf former clothing store space, was transformed with gold detailed wallpaper, antiques from Heartland Brewery owner Jon Bloostein’s personal collection (appropriately incorporating flatirons into the décor), reclaimed wood floors, vintage area rugs, and other customized details. Trinity partnered with designer Niemitz Design Group and architect Whidden

Silver to bring another signature Heartland Brewery concept to life. Jon Bloostein of Heartland Brewery remarked, “Working with Trinity was a big improvement over contractors used in the past. They volunteered valuable insight into a custom storefront that was very complicated. They also were able to customize bars dating back to the 1800’s flawlessly. There is nothing more important to me than having the restaurant open on time and Trinity delivered on that promise.” Construction was conducted on an aggressive 17-week schedule in an occupied building with tenants above.

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Integrated Bldrs Completes Lofts


Collaborates with O’Sullivan Architects Cambridge, MA - Integrated Builders completed the adaptive reuse of the former J. H. Emerson Company factory in Cambridge into a sustainable 16-unit condominium complex named Emerson Lofts. Integrated collaborated with O’Sullivan Architects to overcome the challenge of maintaining the historic aspects while updating the energy efficiency of the building. Most recently, the building received its certificate of occupancy, demonstrating the precision and high work standards adhered to during renovation. The $4.5 million project created a LEED certifiable building located at 22 Cottage Park Ave. Throughout the project, Integrated Builders restored and reused 95% of the building’s existing brick and timber structure to maintain the original character of the former factory. The historic factory originally developed and manufactured the first iron lung medical device, which acted as a precursor for the famous biotech and medical innovations that now

Union Studio Renovates Kinsley Bldg

Kinsley building before rehab Providence, RI - Union Studio Architecture & Community Design is working with the Providence based development company Cornish Associates on the redevelopment of the historic Kinsley Building into approximately 44 workforce apartments with shops and/or restaurants at the ground level of downtown Providence’s Westminster St. The apartments in this 45,000sf building will be approxi-



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mately 600sf each, located on the second through fifth floors. The current scope includes interior floor plans with residential units on upper floors and first floor retail space, masonry, window and storefront restoration, and mechanical / life-safety upgrades. The project will utilize federal and state historic tax credits.




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Chelsea Place Chelsea, MA - Tocci Building Companies has completed construction of Chelsea Place, a new 56-unit residential complex. Tocci worked with Khalsa Design Inc. and Cambridge-based Oaktree Development LLC on the 80,000sf project to offer luxury apartments within an accessible proximity to downtown Boston. The project brought a new meaning to the term “fast track” by using modular technology to complete the apartment complex within one year of the construc-

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tion start date. Using Oaktree Development’s unique, patented GreenStaxx System, Tocci strategically built the apartment complex by using 80 prefabricated modulars. The predesigned and preengineered multi-level “stacks” of residential units were then fitted together like Lego blocks, and once stacked together, finishing touches were applied to the project. The complex contains one-, two-, and two-plus-bedroom units that range from 700sf to 1,000sf. Additionally, each unit features an open concept kitchen equipped with high-end stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and custom cabinets, and walk-in closets in each bedroom. The complex also features ground parking and over 2,100sf of community space, including a welcoming lobby, community room, bicycle storage area, fitness center, and outdoor patio gathering area.

Kensington rental unit Boston - Mayor Menino recently appointed rental units that are compact and joined representatives of Kensington In- efficient and satisfy the living needs of 21st vestment Company and Chinatown to of- century city residents. The building’s ameficially open Boston’s newest, green rental nities are focused around building comapartment building, The Kensington. The munity and include a dining/entertainment $170 million project is located on Wash- area, a communal kitchen, an outdoor pool ington Street near the Financial District, and deck with fireplace, a solarium, public the Theatre District, Chinatown, and computer access, a dog wash, a 3,600sf fitness center, and meeting space. The project Downtown Crossing. “From its green design and access also includes 110 parking spaces. The Kensington broke ground in to public transit to its modern units and leading-edge amenities, The Kensington October 2011. Kensington Investment represents the future of urban living not Company, a Boston-based real estate deonly in Boston but throughout the coun- velopment firm, partnered on this project try,” said Mayor Menino. “The Kensing- with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance ton will also attract young professionals Company and National Development. who will strengthen Downtown Crossing The architectural firm is The Archiwith a whole new level of vibrancy.” tectural Team, and the construction conThe Kensington includes 381 well tractor is Suffolk Construction.

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Valley Brook Village Manchester, MA - Windover Construction announced the completion of two veterans-supportive housing communities, with two additional projects on the drawing boards. Locally, Windover completed the Pleasant Street Apartments in downtown Beverly. Located adjacent to the Beverly MBTA train station, the project transformed an existing historic industrial building into

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a residential community for veterans. The four-story building underwent a complete renovation, incorporating “universal design” components for increased accessibility and numerous green building elements. The completed complex provides 32 permanent apartment residences, in addition to on-site counseling and job training. The community also offers a fitness center, computer room, and other common area amenities. Valley Brook Village, the second project, is located just outside of Morristown in Lyons, New Jersey. The 61-unit housing complex consists of three buildings with both one- and two-bedroom apartments, situated around a common village green. In addition to residences, the complex has a community space and supportive services for residents, including innovative work readiness, job training, and employment programs, designed to help veterans re-enter the workforce.

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Twenty Two Liberty Breaks Ground Boston - The Fallon Company recently unveiled architectural renderings of Twenty Two Liberty, a 14-story luxury residential tower situated at Fan Pier on Boston’s Waterfront. The 118-unit building is the first new construction luxury, water view condominium residence to be built in Boston since 2009. Fan Pier is a joint venture of The Fallon Company, MassMutual and Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, and is one of the country’s largest mixed-use Twenty-Two Liberty, Rendering courtesy CBT development sites, spanareas – the one-acre Park at Fan Pier, as ning 21 acres and nine city blocks. well as a public green. The homes will also Designed by award-winning, Bosprovide easy access to Fan Pier’s worldton-based CBT Architects with interiors class, six-acre marina, which offers a vaby the internationally recognized architecriety of berthing options from sailboats to ture and design firm, BBGM, out of New mega yachts. York, the LEED Silver-certified Twenty In attendance at the recent groundTwo Liberty residences will feature 12breaking were a host of local dignitaries, foot floor to ceiling paneled glass, along on hand to commemorate the start of conwith an abundance of outdoor space via a struction and honor the iron and construcvariety of private terraces and balconies. tion workers involved with the project, The non-reflective blue glass maximizes including Boston Mayor Thomas M. Meviews for residents from the inside out, nino, Mass. State Senator Linda Dorcena while distinguishing the building from Forry, Mass. State Representative Nick the exterior, mimicking Fan Pier’s crystalCollins, and Boston City Councilor Bill line waterfront setting. Every resident will Linehan have front door access to two lush outdoor

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Terra-Cotta Veneer Enlivens Logan Facility Designed by Parsons Brinckeroff Boston - The first-ever use in North America of terra-cotta veneer on structural precast concrete panels helped create a dramatic appearance for the new (CONRAC) Consolidated Rental Car facility at Logan International Airport in Boston. The 1.2-million sf, four-story facility provides car rental operations (including fueling, car-washing, and cleaning services) for a number of rental companies. The terra-cotta panels help create a contemporary appearance that fits with the surrounding airport facilities while also acknowledging the older brick façades of the nearby residential neighborhoods. “The terra cotta provided the warmth and color of brick but also a modern look, as it could be used in larger pieces and different sizes that appealed more than the smaller, standard brick sizes,” says Camille Bechara, project manager and lead designer with Parsons Brinckeroff, the

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frame onto which the terra cotta would be secured was value-engineered when the precaster assured the team the veneer could be embedded into structural panels. That change saved approximately $1 million in material and labor costs. It also required the precaster to ensure that the panels’ structural loads would not cause problems for the veneer. The concept had been used in Germany, which encouraged designers that they could make it work. The panels, fabricated by Blakeslee Prestress, were cast 51 feet tall, 12 feet wide, and 10.5 inches thick, with ¾-inch

terra cotta sheets cut into 2- by 3-foot panels to be set into the panels. They were secured in a formliner, and haunches were cast into the panels’ reverse sides to support three levels of double tees for the four-story building. The structure features 60by 60-foot bays consisting of precast concrete columns and double tees. Structural H-frames support loads along the perimeter, with interior moment frames provided between columns and girders to allow column-free interiors. Erection of the 2,215 components took less than seven months. The structure also was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. Precast concrete aided this goal through its use of local materials and manufacturing, recycled materials, minimal construction waste, and other features. The terra cotta material also provides a noise buffer that helps minimize noise and echoes. “We liked the flexibility that the precast concrete framing system provides to give each rental-car company complete flexibility in designing its layout,” Bechara says. “Each has exclusive rights to lay out its space and direct cars as they want because there are no columns to impede them.”


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Vinson-Owen School Opens CTA CM - Tappé Architect

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The new Vinson-Owen Elementary School Winchester, MA - CTA Construction of Waltham, the construction manager for the new Vinson-Owen School, along with school officials, town dignitaries, project architect Tappé Associates, owner’s project manager Skanska USA Building, Inc., and other members of the project team and school community celebrated the official opening of the new school with a ribboncutting ceremony on October 20. The new three-story, 74,800sf school that accommodates 400 K-5 students, is designed to support 21st century pedagogy for young students, and encourages integrated project-based learning. Twenty-one brightly lit classrooms, along with such improved features as a new cafeteria, full-sized gymnasium, me-

dia room, art room, administrative offices, reading areas, and dedicated computer labs are features evident in the new building. The design layout also allows community events and parent access without disturbing the instructional spaces. The site includes two new playgrounds, athletic fields, and two new parking lots that can now accommodate 92 vehicles. The redesigned driveway and dedicated lanes further improve traffic flow and allow much safer and more organized afternoon pick-up. The eco-friendly school is designed according to the criteria set forth by the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS).

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Brookline, MA - Kaplan Construction announced that it has been selected to build a 10,000sf child care center in Brookline for Bright Horizons Family Solutions, a national leader in child care and early education.The $2 million project will involve the adaptive reuse of an existing office building on Harvard Street in Brookline. Kaplan will begin the work of transforming the building into a new child care and education facility. The construction will include a complete demolition and fitout of the space, along with the installation of a new roof, MEP and fire protection systems, and emergency exit ramp. Kaplan will also be constructing a new on-site playground for Bright Hori-

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November, 2013

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University arena Towson, MD - A key component to Sasaki’s design of the new 5,200-seat SECU arena on the campus of Towson University is the 32-footwide north concourse, which has become a prime destination spot available for campus use or lease. Located beneath the arena’s suite level, the concourse, as the large hospitality room above it, is flooded with natural light from a wall of storefront windows and clerestories. The suites, which hang from the upper-level arena structure, are clad in a wood-veneered phenolic panel system that continues beneath the suites. Its high level of finish has led the university to view the open concourse as an inviting place to hold special functions

and hospitalities during the days when no sporting events are scheduled. A 300-foot outdoor promenade is visible from the hospitality room’s eastfacing portal that breaks through the building envelope. Sasaki designed the plan as two offset boxes, with a smaller building volume skewed from the larger arena bowl. The design team created multipurpose spaces, including a doubleheight galleria on the west side of the concourse level, with a university store, a VIP-level multipurpose room, and open spaces at the arena’s corners that also can be rented or used for private functions.

Double-wall demising partitions and floating-slab construction protect spaces from extraneous noise. Worcester, MA - Acentech, Inc. has tral control and monitoring room to record completed consulting work for the Al- simulations; more than 20 nursing simulabert Sherman Center at the University of tion rooms with remote individual moniMassachusetts (UMass) Medical School, toring, control, and recording stations; and located on the Worcester campus. Acen- debriefing rooms for group monitoring. Also designed were 25 conferenctech provided audiovisual systems design and architectural acoustical services for ing/meeting/class spaces with audio and the new 512,000sf LEED Gold-certified video conferencing capabilities; a 350-seat building. The $400 million biomedical re- auditorium with a multi-image display search and academic facility was designed screen and recording and conferencing by ARC/Architectural Resources Cam- capabilities; a function room for formal presentations; a divisible multipurpose bridge and built by Suffolk Construction. The project’s challenge was the space for large gatherings; and an entry close integration of the audiovisual tech- atrium with an array of flat panel displays nology with the architectural and mechani- that promotes the school’s branding. The cal aspects of the building design. Acen- all-digital backbone technology promotes tech designed audiovisual systems for a the interaction between rooms and remote variety of spaces including four intercon- sites to foster research and learning at the nected trauma simulation rooms and a cen- medical school.

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November, 2013

CTA Breaks Ground on West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School Flansburgh Architects

West Bridgewater, MA - CTA Construction participated in a groundbreaking ceremony recently for the new, 141,250sf West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School that serves students in grades 7 to 12. The new school will be built on athletic fields at the rear of the existing building. Once completed, the old school will be demolished to make room for a new synthetic football/soccer field with a six-lane running track, a new baseball field, and a field hockey overlay field. One prominent feature of the design will be an internal “main street” that connects two main entrances – each dedicated to student drop-off or parking, which will simplify traffic flow and prevent traffic congestion at the beginning and end of the school day. Another characteristic of the new school is the common “shared” spaces such as the gymnasium, the cafeteria, the auditorium, music spaces, and video lab that are organized along this internal main street. Other classrooms, including SPED spaces are organized along a loop corridor that encloses an interior courtyard, and the (science, technology, engineering, and math) STEM classrooms are clustered around a STEM commons. This design fosters collaborative learning. Additional common areas can also be found on different floors to facilitate team teaching, less formal learning, and student interaction for each of the grades. The Media Center on the second floor features two adjacent computer rooms

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billion in reimbursements for school construction projects. CTA Construction Co, Inc., is an award-winning construction management and general contracting firm. Based in Waltham, its portfolio includes construction projects valued at over $800 million. As a leader in green building, the construction firm has helped numerous clients build sustainably and meet LEED and MACHPS standards.

Rendering of the new West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School that support the new 21st century technology-based learning in the school. The academic loop around the courtyard can easily be closed off during special events in the gym, cafeteria, or auditorium for security and ease of supervision. The courtyard is accessible from the cafeteria for possible outdoor dining in good weather and prol-r - Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini; Denise Johnson of Cong. Tsongas’s office; vides alternative spaces for outdoor educaState Rep. Linda Dean Campbell; Diane Fasulo, parent and advocate; John Guerin, tion. The school is designed according to Capital Campaign Director; Jason Lacroix, project manager; Lucien Lacroix, buildthe criteria set forth by the Collaborative ing committee chairman; Jane Harris-Fale, Opportunity Works executive director; High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS). Al Wencl, chairman, Opportunity Works Board of Directors; Nicole Martineau, TMS CTA Construction is once again Architects; Bill Fallon, president, BWK Construction; State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor collaborating with both project architect, Ives; Janice Morse, president, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Flansburgh Architects, Inc., and owner’s project manager, Strategic Building SoHaverhill, MA - BWK Construction a variety of integrated, multi-disciplinary lutions, LLC. The Massachusetts School recently broke ground on a new 37,000sf supports and services. Building Authority (MSBA) partners with educational facility in Haverhill for OpThe building was designed by TMS Massachusetts communities to support the portunity Works, a private, non-profit or- Architects of Portsmouth, N.H. design and construction of educationally ganization that empowers adults with disThe new facility will be built on appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and costabilities and their families. land abutting Northern Essex Community effective public school facilities. Since The $6.4 million building will in- College and is slated to open in the fall of its inception, the authority has made $8.9 clude 12 specialized classrooms to offer 2014.

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November, 2013

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Providence, RI - A building dedication was held at Providence College in October for the recently completed Ruane Center for the Humanities constructed by Dimeo Construction and designed by The S/LA/M Collaborative. The three levels of the new building contain approximately 63,500sf. The lower level is partially below ground and comprises approximately 21,500sf, accommodating mechanical and electrical spaces, a 120-seat lecture hall, seminar rooms, and office spaces. The first level consists of approximately 21,500sf and includes a great room with an outdoor attached patio space, a 150-seat lecture hall, faculty lounge areas, seminar rooms, and office space. The second level consists of approximately 20,500sf and includes two 50/60 seat classrooms along with seminar spaces. Recently completed Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex Amherst, MA - Dimeo was on hand Oct. 19 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the recently completed Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex (CHCRC). Designed by William Rawn Architects, Commonwealth Honors Residential Complex consists of a mix of unit types including approximately 600 beds of singles and doubles and 900 beds in suites and apartments. The project included associated residential common spaces such as floor lounges and laundry facilities to complement the residential experience. In

addition, the facility’s program included nine classrooms and a large multi-purpose room for Honors College academic use, as well as approximately 9,000sf of the Commonwealth Honors College student support space. The facility is applying for LEED Silver status with the USGBC. The CHCRC marks the second project for Dimeo on the UMass-Amherst campus. Dimeo also built the North Residential Apartments. Over the past seven years, Dimeo has put in place over 2,350 residential beds on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst.

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Westfield State Opens Residence Westfield, MA - Westfield State University trustees, students, faculty, and staff recently celebrated the official opening of University Hall, a $55 million, 450-bed student residence. The design and construction team for the new LEED plus residence hall includes construction manager Walsh Brothers, project architect ADD Inc ,and owner’s project manager Diversified Project Management (DPM). The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) funded the project. The five-story, 135,000sf University


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November, 2013

Enhancing Access Control for Existing Campuses by Michael Kerwin In this article we will investigate the important but difficult task of upgrading and enhancing access control systems on existing campuses, along with the associated challenges. While there are numerous other security and safety systems required for overall campus operations, surveilMichael Kerwin including lance, emergency blue phones, duress buttons, etc., this discussion will focus solely on issues related to access control upgrades. Academic buildings have unique hours of operations and uses. They tend to have open hours of operations for large portions of the day and provide limited student and faculty access at other times of day. The multiple functions within these buildings include large group activities, small group activities, and independent study and research. There are a growing series of issues relating to campus safety which may be addressed through effective access control. This discussion could be expanded to campus residential buildings by taking into account their unique demands including high door count, accidental lockouts, and potentially difficult retrofit conditions. A proven approach to addressing these types of projects includes documenting current access control policies, procedures, and standards; determining the

threats to be addressed; identifying how access control strategies can meet these objectives; and defining the modifications to the systems, policies, and procedures required to accomplish these goals. Successful projects must take into account the capital expense and operational requirements related to the existing and anticipated new systems. Impacts such as staffing have long-term budgetary implications, and must be taken into account. Early planning activities should include the identification of existing access control systems, existing IDs and credentials, the quantity and types of readers already installed on the campus, and the capacity and age of the existing access control equipment. While magnetic stripe cards and readers tend to be dated and do not offer many of the currently available enhancements for security and student residential life, existing investments in these technologies may require an approach that supports the existing credentials and readers while providing new technologies and the migration strategy. The term “credential” refers to the object that a person uses to identify themselves to a security system. Typical credentials include photo IDs, cards, with a magnetic stripe, proximity cards or smartcards. Historically, cards with magnetic stripes have been the predominant credential on campuses. Initially, the requirement for magnetic stripe credentials came from early campus parking control systems and library systems. As additional applications arose, specifically food-service and stu-

dent chargeback for laundry, etc., the magnetic stripe reader systems were expanded. Newer technologies including proximity and smartcards have emerged as the leading desirable credentials, based on enhanced security, ease-of-use, and system reliability. When considering an access control system enhancement, it is important to coordinate the objectives, strategies, and solutions with the existing and emerging technologies. In one recent project, it made sense for the client to replace existing magnetic stripe readers with smart card readers during the project so that the faculty and students could receive updated smartcards for use throughout the campus. In another recent project, the institution elected to install combination smartcards/magnetic stripe readers to allow existing and new credentials to function. The selection of reader type and credential type should be taken into account both logistically and financially, during the planning portion of the project. Once access control strategies have been identified, they should be reviewed in light of the existing conditions, systems, and integration requirements. The physical aspects of the access control systems need careful review and documentation. Specific items to be reviewed include, existing devices and lock sets, door ages and conditions, potential historical requirements, acceptable wiring pathways, door frames/ styles, and associated physical building attributes. A successful project strategy may include developing a database of the existing conditions, with project objectives and

associated anticipated costs. This information allows the confirmation of the capital expense and operating expense implications of the project prior to implementation. After the project has received initial approval, detailed inspections of each door, anticipated cable pathways, and location for common equipment should be conducted. Based on these assessments, detailed project documents (drawings and specifications) can be developed. Specific attention is required at doors that are configured or need to be configured for accessibility. To ensure the ability to implement associated and complementary security upgrades such as surveillance and duress buttons, the selection of main equipment should include review of potential integration into an overall campus security management environment. The involvement of public safety personnel, campus police, local police, and fire, is important to ensure that policies and procedures are selected and implemented as part of an overall campus security plan. For example, it is important to determine whether campus police and/or local police have access credentials that allow them to enter buildings, and whether these credentials are issued on a ship basis or are available at central locations. A thoughtful and well planned access control system is the cornerstone of a good campus safety plan. Michael Kerwin, RCDD, CCS, DCCA, is a principal at Vanderweil Engineers, Boston.

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Eagle Hill School’s Sports Center Provides the Spark Hardwick, MA - Eagle Hill School’s new recreation center stands as an embodiment of its promise to bring exercise and movement into the lives of students with learning differences. Many buildings have been completed during the tenure of PJ McDonald, headmaster of Eagle Hill School. When he arrived on the Hardwick campus in 1993, the school had 78 students and a decrepit physical plant. Just since 2002, McDonald has overseen the construction of nine buildings, including a 105-bed and a 36bed dormitory, a $3 million wastewater treatment facility, two classroom buildings, a cultural center, and a student union. But it wasn’t until this summer that McDonald got the building he considers the capstone, the one that he believes will have the most direct impact on the learning capacity of the school’s 205 students, all of whom have been diagnosed with the increasingly out-of-favor term “learning disability.” July’s opening of the 62,000sf sports and fitness center, which replaces an outdated (and now demolished) gym building, ends phase 3 of the school’s ambitious master plan and gives the school a place to put the work of John Ratey (associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) into practice. It was Ratey’s 2008 book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, that McDonald says “crystallized” his philosophy of the academic and other benefits to the human brain from exercise and physical fitness, and motivated him to put the recreation center construction on a fast track. Students returned this September to a transformed campus, where the new recreation center is central to their social lives as well as the school’s curriculum. The sports and fitness center, which includes a natatorium, a fitness center, a walking/jogging track, a multipurpose room, squash courts and a climbing wall in a tower just off the three-court competition/recreational gymnasium, provides the campus counterweight to the school’s cultural center, which was completed in 2008. Crucial as these facilities were to the cultural and physical transformation of the campus, McDonald felt strongly

tatorium). The two are linked by stepped paths that converge halfway up the hill and encircle an amphitheater intended for outdoor performances, concerts and movies, as well as casual meeting space in the center of the quad. McDonald believes that the design’s particulars could aid Eagle Hill students. “The clarity of the design of this building lends itself to high school kids — and perhaps, in particular, kids with learning differences,” he says. “There’s nothing like walking in that front door and being able to experience things from a sensory

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that to complete the vision, he needed to work with specialists in each building type. For the cultural center, McDonald had selected as design firm a Massachusetts-based specialist in arts buildings (Lamoureux Pagano Associates Architects of Worcester), and in choosing another Massachusetts-based specialist, Stanmar Inc. of Wayland, to both design and construct the sports and fitness center, he was doing so with financial and timing considerations foremost in his mind.“We had raised $5 million toward the building, and held a major auction in the spring of 2012 where we made $3.7 million — that’s how important this building is to our parents,” McDonald says. “The board of trustees gave the go-ahead a year ahead of schedule, and then the construction was very fast, 13 months. Design-build on this building type I think works really well. Our change orders on the entire process on a $15 million project only totaled $53,000, and all $53,000 was because of simple changes we made, like key-card upgrades.”

Eagle’s new sports center The cultural center and sports and fitness center now face each other, the newest building occupying a prominent place at the top of a hill overlooking the campus (the hill is used to partially hide the mass of the large-volume gym and na-

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Mun i c i p a l Jewett Completes Town Garage Port One Architects

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stained concrete floors. A mezzanine above the office space is designed for additional storage and equipment. Systems include a complete fire protection system with sprinklers, as well as radiant heating in the concrete slab flooring powered by an innovative wood chip boiler heating system with an exterior storage silo for wood chips. A secondary propane heating and cooling source has also been installed, as well as a 85KW generator for emergency back-up power. The project, designed by Port One Architects, was completed both on time and within budget.

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Nauset Begins City Hall Restoration Griffin Completes Electrical Installation Holmes & Edwards Architect

l-r: Planning director Dennis Harrington; Ward 2 City Councilor Brad Croall; City Council President Michael McFarland; Ward 1 Councilor Margaret Laforest; Mayor Thomas Koch; city historian Tom Galvin; Community Preservation Committee members Tony Ricci and Maureen Mazrimas; architect Jim Edwards; Ward 4 City Councilor Brian Palmucci; Community Preservation Committee member Connie Driscoll; president of Nauset Construction, Anthony Papantonis; and Director of Public Buildings Gary Cunniff. Quincy, MA - Mayor Thomas Koch and Nauset Construction officially kickedoff the historic restoration of the city’s 169-year-old city hall, believed to be the oldest functioning city hall in America. The $8 million project includes a full restoration of the 1844 building’s granite façade and a complete renovation of its long-deteriorating interior. The “Great Hall,” once the primary public meeting space for city residents and the city council but reduced in size over the years, will be restored to its original stature and layout. New meeting space will be created for the city’s boards and commissions, as will exhibition space for any number of historic artifacts, including letters from John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and John Hancock. Quincy City Hall is one of two historic renovation projects that Nauset is currently undertaking for the city of Quin-

Holliston, MA - Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. has recently completed the electrical installation work at the 5 Western Avenue revitalization project in Cambridge. Built in 1933, the newly dedicated Alice K. Wolf Center, in the heart of Cambridge’s Central Square, was utilized as a municipal building, housing city offices and the Cambridge Police, plus local VFW and American Legion posts. After an extensive renovation, the historic landmark is again occupied, by two offices through the city’s Department of Human Services, the Multi-Service Center for the Homeless, and The Community Learning Center, in addition to the Cambridge Housing Authority. Work on-site included the preservation of the building’s exterior, to maintain its historical façade, and an interior demolition and abatement. Office and classroom space was constructed, maintaining energy efficiency. The project is anticipating LEED

Alice K. Wolf Center Gold certification. Griffin Electric’s project contributions included the installation of new lighting, power, and telecommunications wiring within the building. Systems for security, lighting controls, and fire alarm were also set up by Griffin. Construction manager, W.T. Rich Company, of Newton, coordinated the project’s completion, working alongside architect, Finegold Alexander & Associates, of Boston, and electrical engineer, ART Engineers, of Worcester.

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High-Performance Workspace Design: The New Way to Work by Dianne A. Dunnell The workplace as we know it is undergoing a major sociological shift, one fueled by our reliance on technology, employees’ desire for greater control over their time, and companies’ need to reduce overhead costs. This shift is changing how people work and spend their days, and even Dianne Dunnell affects our social relationships in a work setting. Many companies are moving toward a high performance workspace design, a design philosophy that is championed by executive leadership, human resources, and facility managers, and lauded by thousands of employees as the new way we want to work. A high-performance workspace (HPW) is the combination of nontraditional work practices, settings, and locations, and the HPW model is also known as alternative workplace design, workplace transformation, or workplace innovation as it substantially deviates from traditional office designs and practices. HPWs are characterized by open space and flexible seating arrangements; areas for collaboration, communication, and quiet work; and the embrace of tech-

nology to tie the office and its employees together. Most companies take the concept further and support work-from-home options that increase employees’ flexibility as well as their productivity. When the employee is in the office, he/she is there for collaboration and communication with others, not deskwork that can otherwise be done at home. Other companies reduce their real estate burden by employing a “free addressing” or sit-where-youwant desk arrangement. With this style of workplace innovation, employees are encouraged to work “their way,” whether at collaborative or individual desking, living room, café, or quiet zone environments. There’s a legitimate real estate argument for considering HPW design. The HPW model reduces the amount of space that is unoccupied on any given day, thus reducing the overall square footage per person by eliminating unused real estate. The design offers a better use of space by taking into consideration employee travel, sick time, and vacation schedules, as well as work arrangements that have employees out of the office one or two days a week. Why pay for real estate when 30% to 50% of an employee’s time is spent in places other than the office? For HPW design to be successful, however, executive management, human resources, facility management, and the IT department need to work together to help change how the company works.

Company culture, branding, and communication become key in a highperformance workspace, as companies seek to remind people who they work for and what their shared mission is. Engaging a change management firm to aid in the transition to a high performance workspace can also ease or eliminate any employee reservations. While flexible workspace solutions create opportunities for greater collaboration, communication, and mobility, they don’t work for every employee, department, or company. For example, the level of employee satisfaction in a free addressing program is usually very high, but implementing it doesn’t work for all departments. The innovation coming out of a collaborative work environment may also be quantifiably measured, boosting the argument for an open-plan design. Don’t

be motivated, however, to embrace a highperformance workspace just for the real estate cost savings. The concept, applied to its fullest, can help a company attract the best talent wherever they may be. While there are many ways to implement a high-performance workspace, the tenets of openness, flexibility, collaboration, branding, a mix of work setting offerings, and integration of technology remain. Make the space inspirational to encourage creativity, dynamism, and dialogue and enhance the company culture. In this era of mobility, prompt communication, and information exchange, the high performance workspace concept is fast becoming the norm in interior office design. Dianne A. Dunnell, IIDA, LEED AP, is a NCIDQ certified interior designer and senior associate at Margulies Perruzzi Architects

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Awa r d s PC Garners ENR Award Designed by Goody Clancy South Burlington, Vt. – PC Construction recently received a regional Best Project Award from Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine for the construction of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. The 120,000sf facility, which is sustainably designed and currently pursuing LEED Gold certification, combines art with the latest educational technology to provide students with a dynamic learning environment. The award, which was received in the category of Higher Education/Research, was one of only four projects in the nine categories to be recognized as a Best Project in the New England region. PC Construction also was recognized with an award of merit in the Safety category for the same project. The $37.5 million dollar building, designed by Goody Clancy of Boston, combines a unique blend of visual art with state-of-the-art technology. Elements of the building include a 40-foot kinetic sculpture

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Great Hall suspended over the Great Hall entrance, high-tech tools such as smart screens and recording equipment, and QR-coded systems and a stock ticker that allow the University and its students to keep up with the latest trends in the business world.

Derenzo Named to Top 600 Boston - J Derenzo Co., a Bostonbased site work and excavation firm, was listed among the top third of companies in ENR magazine’s 2013 ranking of the nation’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors. The company was also listed #11 in the Exca-

vation & Foundation specialty category the only Boston firm included on the list. In its first year of participation, J Derenzo Co. was one of only a small handful of New England companies to crack the list.

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Boston - Suffolk Construction recently won a 2013 “Best Projects” award from Engineering News-Record New England for its University of Massachusetts Medical School Albert Sherman Center project. Honored with an award in the Higher Education/Research category, the team was recognized for excellence in project management, outstanding team collaboration, and successful use of innovative technologies. The Albert Sherman Center is a new 512,000sf biomedical research and educational facility that expands and unifies the UMass Medical School’s Worcester campus, doubles its research capacity, and supports the school’s new learner-centered curriculum. The interdisciplinary, state-ofthe-art research and education facility was created to foster interaction and collaboration among scientists and promote innova-

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Aw a r d s AGC of Massachusetts Build New England Awards Boston - “This has been a groundbreaking year for the AGC of Massachusetts – we have revised our strategic plan and reestablished the AGC as the premier organization for construction managers and general contractors in our market,” stated Jeff Jeff DeMarco DeMarco, president of Campanelli Construction & chair of the AGC of Massachusetts Board of Directors.“ At AGC of Mass. we continue to provide services for members to help them produce exceptional buildings and shape the future of our industry, the same way that these talented companies honored in the AGC Build New England Awards have.” Today, the concept of teamwork in building tomorrow’s facilities is even more important than in the past. With tight schedules and limited dollars, collaboration among all the project team members can make the project more successful and the journey to completion more gratifying

for all concerned. Collaboration and teamwork is the theme of the AGC Build New England Awards program and has been since its inception in 1981. The entries represent a wide spectrum of firms, project teams and facility types completed over the last two years. Some of these projects are very large and complex while others may be smaller in size but highly valued by the owner and the constituency that it serves. AGC congratulates the owners, designers, contractors, and subcontractors who represent the essence of teamwork as judged by the select group of jurors for this unique awards program.

Grand Honor Award

• Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Campus, East Boothbay, Maine. Owner: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Designers: WBRC Architects/Engineers, in association with Perkins + Will Contractor: Consigli Construction Company. Integral subcontractors: ABM Mechanical, Porter Drywall. Photo Credit: Christopher Barnes Photography

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Honor Awards

• Gateway Community College, New Haven, Conn. Owner: State of Connecticut Department of Construction Services Primary designer: Perkins + Will Contractor: Dimeo Construction Company. Integral subcontractors: Ferguson Electric Co., Inc., F & F Mechanical Enterprises, Inc., M. Frank Higgins & Co., Inc.

Gateway Community College • Boston University Center For Student Services, Boston. Owner: Boston University Primary Designer: Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners Contractor: BOND Integral subcontractors: JC Cannistraro, AJ Welch, Canatal/Prime Steel, Ostrow Electrical. Continued on next page

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• University of Mass. Lowell Emerging Technologies & Innovations Center, Lowell. Owner: University of Mass. Building Authority. Primary designer: HDR.

Boston University Center Continued from previous page Photo Credit: Richard Mandelkorn Photography

• Abbot Mill, Westford, Mass. Owner: Yule Development Co., Inc. Primary designer: Ganek Architects, Inc. Contractor: Tocci Building Corporation Integral subcontractors: TCT Roofing, Inc., Tim’s Fabricators, Covenant Fire Protection

Terminal B parking garage Contractor: Turner Construction Company Integral subcontractors: AGI Abbie Gregg, VitaTech Electromagnetics, LLC, Weidlinger Associates • Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, Clinical Wing Project, Harvard Law School, Cambridge. Owner: Harvard Law School. Primary designer: Robert A.M. Stern. Continued on page 34

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Runway 33L, Logan International Airport Continued from page 33 Contractor: Skanska USA Building. Integral Subcontractors: JF White Contracting Company, Betons Prefabriques du Lac, Millwork One. • Wayland High School Expansion and Modernization, Wayland, Mass. Owner: Town of Wayland. Architect: HMFH Architects. Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction. Integral subcontractors: Griffin Electric,

N.B. Kenney, DFM Industries. • Long Wharf Theatre Main Stage Renovation, New Haven, Conn. Owner: Connecticut Players Foundation, Inc. Architect: Gregg Wies & Gardner Architects. Contractor: Petra Construction Corporation. Integral subcontractors: New England Scaffolding, Petra Construction Corporation Millshop, Semac Electric Co. Photo Credit: Photo: ©Jim Fiora

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• Winslow Homer Studio. Owner: Portland Museum of Art. Architect: Mills Whitaker Architects. Contractor: Marc Truant & Associates. Integral subcontractors: Weather Barriers, Architectural Conservation services, Chameleon Coatings.

• Runway 33L End Safety Area Improvements Project, Logan International Airport, East Boston. Owner: Massport. Design/Builder: JF White Contracting Company/Jacobs Engineering. Owner’s Representative: Fay, Spofford & Thorndike. Integral Subconsultants: Stantec Consulting Services, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, GEI Consultants, Vine Associates. • Massachusetts Maritime Academy Library Modernization: American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons, Bourne. Owner: Division of Capital Asset Man-


• St. Sebastian’s School - Science, Math, Library Center. Owner: St. Sebastian’s School. Architect: Robert Olson + Associates. Contractor: Erland Construction. Integral subcontractors: Peregrine Mechanical, Commercial Drywall and Construction, MP Masonry

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Continued from previous page agement & Maintenance – Mass. Maritime Academy. Architect: Perry Dean Rogers. Contractor: W.T. Rich Company Integral Subcontractors: Transas USA, National Geothermal, Lockheed Window • Boston College – Stokes Hall, Chestnut Hill. Owner: Boston College

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East Boothbay, ME – Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has received the 2013 Build New England Grand Honor Award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts. The prestigious award was presented to the laboratory at a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston on October 3. Build New England recognizes outstanding project teams for their collaborative approach to planning, designing, and building facilities that meet the vision and goals of the owner and enhance the community in which the project resides. In describing the award, AGC emphasized that the Laboratory’s East Boothbay campus project was originally projected to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, but that “the entire three-building campus ultimately became the first scientific research

laboratory to achieve LEED Platinum status in Maine.” In making the award, AGC cited the project’s energy efficiency, low carbon footprint, high use of recycled content, sustainable manufacturing processes, and lifecycle durability as instrumental in achieving Platinum designation, and explicitly recognized campus designers WBRC Architects/Engineers, in association with Perkins + Will, contractor Consigli Construction Co., Inc., and integral subcontractors ABM Mechanical and Porter Drywall. “This award recognizes the fantastic team effort in construction – Consigli Construction Co., Inc. and their subcontractors – and designers WBRC Architects and Engineers and Perkins + Will in creating a world-class facility here on the coast of Maine,” said Bigelow executive director Graham Shimmield.

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CBT Wins 2013 BSA Award Boston - The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has selected Olmsted Hill Residences, designed by CBT Architects, Inc., for recognition in the 2013 John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing. Olmsted Hill, completed in 2012, is recognized for excellence in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of socially responsible housing. The John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing was established in 2004 by the principals of Boston architecture firm Goody Clancy. The intent of the award is to recognize and honor the decades of creative commitment John Clancy FAIA brought to the planning,

Olmsted Hill Residences design, and construction of multifamily housing for diverse populations at all income levels. Projects eligible for the award include residencies – completed and occupied since 2002 – that are multifamily in nature and provide for low- or moderateincome residents as a major portion of the project.

Rumford, RI – The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and Preserve Rhode Island bestowed a 2013 Rhody Award to Lang Wheeler for the historic renovation of the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, R.I. The Rhody Awards are chosen from nominations by the public and honor individuals, organizations, and projects for their contributions to the preservation of Rhode Island’s historic places. The Weekapaug Inn, sister property to the Ocean House, re-opened in October 2012 after a $20 million historic restoration. New England Construction served as construction manager, along with the team of designers including Arris Design

Weekapaug Inn Chris Riegel Photographer Studio, Inc. of Baltimore, Md. and Taylor Interior Design of Providence, R.I. The team worked diligently along with Lang Wheeler and Charles Royce restoring the Inn to incorporate many updated features, while preserving the character and historic charm of the original structure.

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Shawmut Receives AGC Award Teams up with HMFH and KVA

Wayland High School Boston - Shawmut Design and Construction received the Associated General Contractors (AGC) 2013 Build New England Award alongside HMFH Architects, KVA Associates, and representatives from the town of Wayland for their work on Wayland High School. The team was on hand at the AGC’s Annual Construction Gala at The Intercontinental Hotel in Boston to accept the award. The Build New England Award is a juried program that recognizes exceptional teams that construct projects around New England. The Wayland High School project included 154,350sf of new construction and 40,800sf of renovation. Shawmut built two new structures on existing parking lots and renovated the school’s field house. The team also constructed a new wastewater treatment plant that services

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Rendering of Herb Chambers Jaguar-Land Rover. Sudbury, MA - Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond, N.H.-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has contracted with the Herb Chambers Companies to provide both interior and exterior renovations to its Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships in Sudbury, Mass. The project, designed by Regent Associates, Inc. of Westborough, includes the

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Seymour Antiques ‘Reverse Reno’ Warehouse Bar and Grill Boston - Jones Lang LaSalle Construction (JLL) has completed its work as general contractor for Warehouse Bar and Grill, a new sports bar and restaurant at street level of 40 Broad Street in Boston. The new restaurant, from Cliff and Toni Dever, features a minimalistic design and industrial aesthetic. The interior build out of the space included: refinished concrete floors, new wall covering, grey leath-

er booths, a poured concrete bar, unique polished nickel light fixtures, new HVAC systems, and a new kitchen. The architect was Donald Lang of Newton. Joining construction manager Bob Kelly on the construction team for the Warehouse project were superintendents Keith Pearson and Chad Nixon and estimator Chris Hardiman.


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Dealership Renovations Completed PCA Designs MarketStreet Designed by BKA; Built by NEC

Clay Nissan Newton dealership Newton, MA - The exterior and inte- easily recognizable as a Nissan dealership. riorrenovations of the existing Clay Nissan This was achieved by installing smooth Newton dealership on Washington Street and ribbed metal panels as well as stucco in Newton have been completed. BKA panels on the exterior of the building. Architects of Brockton developedthe deOn the interior, the showroom and sign for the 4,500sf renovation basedon sales office spaces that extend back to the the Nissan Retail Environmental Design service area and the service write-up desks Initiative (NREDI) prototype drawings were renovated. A separate showroom loand the dealership’s specific operating cated on the opposite side of the service requirements. drive was also brought up to NREDI stanNew England Construction (NEC) dards and will be used for the Nissan comserved as the design-build general contrac- mercial vehicles. tor, and additional consultants included The customer lounge was upgraded Allen & Major Associates of Woburn. to provide a more comfortable waiting Applying the NREDI program to the environment. Key changes in this area inexisting dealership that was comprised of clude a separate but visible children’s area, two existing and very different buildings updated and larger restrooms, and a new was a challenge. One building, construct- customer-friendly cafe bar with seating. ed in the 1950s, has a monolithic masonry A code-conforming ramp was designed at bearing wall structure. The other has a the new entrance location that allows the steel-framed, stud infill structure from the two different building levels to connect 1960s. The exterior of the existing build- with the third, lower, street-level—making ings were updated to make the building the facility fully accessible.

MarketStreet Lynnfield, MA - The opening of shopping center. The venues on-site include MarketStreet in Lynnfield introduces a a 45,000sf Whole Foods Market, designed town center experience, community green with a green roof where produce sold in the spaces, professional office space and a first store below is grown and harvested. Restaurants like Legal C Bar, Daphase of 54 new retail, entertainment and vio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and Yard dining destinations. Designed by Prellwitz Chilinski As- House, as well as cafes and eateries like sociates (PCA) and developed by a joint Panera and Starbucks offer a wide range of venture of National Development and WS dining options for hungry shoppers. EnterDevelopment, MarketStreet builds on the tainment venues are supplemented with a success of PCA’s Legacy Place, offering wide range of fashion retail that combine to upscale retail, dining and entertainment create an eclectic mix of food, fashion and fun that people will want to explore. within a lushly landscaped environment. Outdoor spaces contain rich plantMarketStreet was designed to generate the vitality of a town center. The ings of native grasses and other local plants, 11buildings, housing retail, entertainment a design feature inspired by the original and dining, are organized to create three meadow landscapes of Lynnfield. Street new streets, a market square and a town trees, lighting, benches and planters all green. The range of venues allows a shop- help to create an approachable, pedestrianping trip to become something more – an friendly environment, providing a destinaopportunity to explore, indulge and re- tion in its own right. MarketStreet creates a town center charge – spending an afternoon into the evening with family and friends discover- feeling on this suburban site, with active outdoor spaces and dining and entertaining a variety of exciting places. At 475,000sf, MarketStreet Lynnfield ment options that bring people together will be the North Shore’s largest open air much like a traditional town center.

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Peters Named Construction Safety Professional of the Year Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation recently announced that its safety director, Adam Peters, was named Construction Safety Professional of the Year by Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (AGC-CT). Another valued KBE employee, Jeff Guilbeault, was selected as a finalist for Construction Supervisor of the Year. “We see it every day, but when an employee is recognized by industry peers for his superior work and commitment to excellence, it really highlights the quality of people we have around here. Adam and Jeff are great examples for all of us, and we’re all very proud of them”, said Mike Kolakowski, President and CEO of KBE Building Corporation. ACG-CT’s criteria for the awards include: • A high level of leadership; • An understanding of construction principles and theory; • A record of professional and personal accomplishment; • A high skill level, developed through education and job experience; • The experience, discipline and

Adam Peters (r), Safety Director with KBE Building Corporation, receives the “Construction Safety Professional of the Year” award from Thomas Giardini of the Associated Construction Company and current president of the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut. focus to bring good judgment and skill together in various types of construction projects; and • An adherence to fair and responsible business practices.

Bristol, CT WinnDevelopment, the real estate development arm of WinnCompanies, announced the complete rehabilitation of Huntington Woods, a 280-unit, mixed-income apartment community in Bristol. l- r: Larry Curtis, WinnDevelopment; Eric Chatman, Conn. A substantial reha- Housing Finance Authority; Michael Putziger, WinnCompabilitation of the property nies; Adam Stein, WinnDevelopment; Mark Luster, Conn. included a major util- Housing Finance Authority; Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of ity conversion, replacing Connecticut; Rob Charest, Boston Financial; Mayra Sampoutdated electric heating son, Bristol City Council member and Evonne Klein, Conn. and hot water systems Dept of Housing with high efficiency natural gas systems that draare unrestricted, market rate apartments. matically lowered residents’ utility costs. The Huntington Woods community Winn also updated kitchen and bath- features a newly renovated clubhouse that rooms with Energy Star appliances, light- includes the leasing office, as well as a tening, and windows. In addition, the buildings ant lounge with a kitchen, fireplace, seatreceived new roofing, attic insulation, and ing area, and fitness room. Additionally, exterior stair and balcony improvements. WinnDevelopment built a children’s playNo residents were required to move ground, re-tiled the swimming pool, resurduring these renovations. faced the tennis courts, added a new half Originally built in 1995, Huntington basketball court, and installed handicap acWoods consists of 17 residential buildings cessible site and unit improvements. on 20 acres of land. With the completed The project’s architect was The Arrenovations, the 280 units consist of one-, chitectural Team, and the contractor was two- and three-bedroom floor plans. The Keith Construction. Yankee Gas, a Northnumber of affordable, income-restricted east Utilities Company, installed the new apartments increased from 40% to 70%. In underground gas systems. WinnResidential ® addition, the affordability provisions have will serve as the property manager for Hunbeen extended and will remain for the next tington Woods. 40 years. The remaining 30% of the units



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Shawmut Joins Yale Ribbon Cutting Thirteen New Hires at KBE Forging Identity Awards to Farmington, CT - KBE Building Orange, CT - Shawmut Design and Researching the 13 architect’s design velopment informed the rest of the project. Corporation has hired new employees Construction joined Yale University at the By Stephanie Goldberg When we began our firm over a year career, we found elements from his comIt is interesting to us to find the confor its Farmington office. dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Green work, asjoins well KBE as from BobofSessions as within a proj- nection between the iterative process with the Yale School of Nursing’s new location, ago, we spent time thinking about how we plete body want to represent ourselves. The develop- the itself which could be 14 reinteron the university’s West Campus. ectbuilding superintendent. He has over years our clients and our own recent process of Communities Shawmut renovated the existing West ment of a clear identity was important for preted to createinan that links the focusing our firm’s identity. Before even of experience theidentity construction industry.

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Moody tojoins as manager history Patricia of the building an exciting new of administration. previously future chapter. Part She of thewas enjoyment of employed a project engineer, the design as process stemmed fromassistant learnproject manager, manager, ing with the client, project as researching the and arbuildingwork consultant. chitect’s led to a fuller understanding James Brenia, LEED AP, within joins the of the importance of the building a firm as a project manager. A 13-year indusbroader context. try veteran, he has scale, also earned certificaOn a different we recently betion as an Associate Constructor from the gan work for a newly emerging commercial American of Constructors, Amerclient, who Institute was looking for a design which ican Society for Healthcare Engineering strongly reinforced their vision. Their clarity (ASHE) and as a LEED AP. of identity allowed us to assist in strengthKamil Wieczorek joins KBE as an ening their brand through architecture. assistant superintendent. He has 10 years As the first impression of a place, the of construction industry experience. lobby and connected spaces needed Walter Moorepublic joins the company as toa embody the idea of the company in dyproject superintendent. He is also acertinamic allowing the balance of the fied byfashion, the ASHE. space toMichael be designed forjoins moreasfunctional Pazsak a project internal needs. Working with highly superintendent. With over 25thisyears of collaborative client, we pursued several experience in the construction industry, avenues, of whichmedical expressed includingallextensive anddifferent hospital aspects their brand. He This exploration alfacilityofconstruction. also has an ASHE lowed the team to decide what was most certification. important about the company an Karen Clarke joins KBEand as awas project coordinator. She was employed excellent platform for previously the investigation of as a receptionist administrative assisideas, making for and an enjoyable and intertant for both construction and engineering active design process. Though on a tight firms. spending time on the expression schedule, Abi Levesque as was a legal asof the most prominentjoins spaces critical sistant/paralegal. She was previously emin subsequent design decisions, as their deployed as a paralegal and compliance spe-

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CampusAmherst, building MA to suit the specialized both expressing our uniqueness and solidi- Energy and needs of the nursing school. The custom- fying the concept of our company. Environmental Affairs Secretary ized renovation includes simulation laboLikewise, the Rick Sullivan and Department of ratories, modern teaching spaces, a Bioprocess of designing Energy Resources Commissioner Veronica Good, executive assistant to behavioral Suite, and research laboratories. for a client is an opMarkThe Sylvia recently presented Dean Grey (center) with Shawmut execuceremony featured Yale more President portunity to assist in than $1.15 million in grants to fund tives (l-r) Andy Tomasko, superintendent; Peter Salovey, Provost Benjamin Polak, clarifying their own clean energy projects in the towns of Chaplain Sharon Kugler, West Campus Vice Ken Procino, senior project manager; Amherst, Conway, Gill, Huntington, sense of who are President Scott Strobel, Margaret Grey, and Spencer Dauer, assistant projectthey manNorthfield, Pelham, andofSunderland. and shape how they Dean of the Yale School Nursing. ager; and Bob Lord, project executive In addition to the grants listed are perceived. We below, the towns will receive a cerhave found that many tificate from the commonwealth and Stephanie Goldberg of our clients are four road signs identifying them as looking to us to find an official Green Community. East Hartford, CT - Joseph Retive representing The Fremont this collaboration. ceivingGraphics, grants were: Merritt Inc. headquarGroup, LLC, was involved in As architects, we enjoy the challenge, and Amherst: $302,000; tered in Hartford, was in Conway: the all aspects of this lease negotwo very different projects show how such $139,650; Gill: $139,900; Huntingmarket to identify a property to anda played an integral explorationtiation can drive design process. ton: $140,650; $143,750; lease that was Northfield: strategically lorole in consummating this While working for a university cliPelham: and Sunderland: transaction. cated and$138,100, could accommodate ent, we were commissioned to renovate a $146,450 Ralph Calabrese and the space required to expand one floor of a historic building, designed by a The business grants arecomponents. part of a packValenti also brokered a 3,100sf of its key prominent architect. The client asked for age of nearlyof$2.75 in fundlease to Jimmy’s II Family Tony Valenti the R.million Calabrese an approach that would express the charing to beLLC, givenrepresenting to the state’sMer17 newRestaurant located at 579 WaAgency, Tony Valenti acter of the building itself and which could estGraphics, Green Communities. In addition tertown Avenue in Waterbury. ritt identified 26,473sf be repeated as more floors opened, were renovated. thePrestige seven communities Recently this is atto101 Park Road in receiving East While focusing on the program for the ocgrants Monday, awardschoice. were made to the second Jimmy’s restaurant location in Hartford as the logical cupants’ space market. and community was Ashland, Auburn, Group, Berlin, LLC, Great the Bar-own- the Waterbury Calabreseneeds and ValThe Fremont important, our design looked/ landlord, to captureand the Lakeville, Leominster, Richrepresented the owner errington, and landlord of the building was repre- enti spirit of the original architecture and to remond,by Tisbury, Townsend, and West sented Cushman & Wakefield of Con- John Famiglietti of Drubner Commercial inforce the role of the building in the camTisbury.LLC, also located in Hartford. Real Estate Services represented the tennecticut, pus experience. Joseph Sposito, a senior execu- ant.

taking on clients, we sat down and went through not only options for our firm’s name, but how that would be expressed in print and on the web.Patricia Working with a Moody Bob Sessions graphic designer, we looked closely at how cialist and is a member of the American the focus of our work related to the visual Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Assoexpression of the company. Multiple opciation, and Central Connecticut Paralegal tions and concepts were created as we purAssociation. sued ways of identifying who we intended Kaitlyn Vitorino joins KBE as a to be. Paring those ideas down into one project engineer. She was previously emsingle wasproject a waymanager. to solidify ployedexpression as an assistant how we wantedSarner to work as as architects Timothy joins a projectand suhow we would approach collaborations perintendent. He was previously employed with as a future projectclients. manager, small business proWeandtook awaysuperintendent. important lessons prietor, a project from that process, reinforcing theasconnecSydney Colon joins KBE a projtion that architecture can make ect engineer. She previously heldbetween internself-expression and space. Through our ships in construction management and construction administration in New York. recent work we have found that by looking Dale Dubinsky joinswant KBEto shape as an with our clients at how they assistant estimator. While previously an their spaces, we engage them in thinking intern at KBE Building Corporation, he about what is important within their comworked on the Whitney Center Renaispany or campus. By working through difsance ideas project the the Rhode Island Colferent andand paring design to a clear lege Athletic Center renovation. idea, we find architecture can shape not Terry Terragna the company as only space, but how joins we understand oura project manager. He has over 30 years selves and where we are and want to be. of experience commercial and residenStephanieinGoldberg, AIA, LEED AP tial construction. He is also licensed as a is a principal at Life.Science.Architecture, Massachusetts Construction Supervisor. Inc.

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Clegg Joins DPM

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November, 2013


MPN Wins AIA Award

Highland Park Elementary School Manchester, CT - Moser Pilon Nelson, Architects (MPN) of Wethersfield was awarded the 2013 Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) People’s Choice Award for its design work on the Highland Park Elementary School in Manchester. The school was in the Favorite Educational Building category. The building and property constructed in the 1920s and ’60s were totally re-

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Newly revitalized Greeley Memorial Laboratory lobby New Haven, CT - Christopher Wil- needed social space for the residents of liams Architects (CWA) was recently Greeley and nearby buildings as well. honored by the AIA CT with a 2013 merit “The foyer helped to revalue the award in the Encompassing Art category building. The jury appreciated the whole for the revitalization of Yale University’s composition, the lining, the furniture, that Greeley Memorial Laboratory lobby. are well related and that make a whole. Completed in 1959, the building is This is a very elegant, tasteful addition the first of Paul Rudolph’s five built works with an organic feel to forceful design,” in New Haven. The project re-energized noted the judging panel. the 50 year old lobby and created a long-

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November, 2013

Trinity Turns Over Post 154 Partners with Niemitz Design

Westport, CT - Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp., a Massachusetts-based general contracting and construction management firm, recently completed construction of Post 154 located in the historic Westport Post Office building. This 9,000sf restaurant is headed by executive chef Alex Rosado. Trinity partnered with Niemitz Design Group to transform the building into a two-story restaurant that seats over 260 and boasts a large U-shaped bar, an opendisplay kitchen, wine cellar, private dining rooms, an outdoor patio, and an elevator. Key features of the space are its high

ceilings, brick columns, dark wood paneling, large hanging lanterns, and an oversize back-lit train station inspired Roman numeral clock. The design incorporates large hand-painted wall murals and prints that celebrate the history of the U.S. Postal Service as well as the era the building was originally constructed (c.1935). Trinity’s team installed reclaimed white oak flooring as well as octagonal mosaic tile in various areas of the restaurant. Challenges of the project included working with the Westport historic commission to adhere to building guidelines and retaining the character of the original post office.

Middletown, CT - C.E. Floyd Company has added three to its Connecticut office. Mike Mertz joins the company as project superintendent, Heather Mezza as office/ business development coordinator, and Jonathan Rios as assistant project engineer. Mertz will be supervising the construction of the new clubhouse at Hampden Country Club in Hampden, Mass. with TMS Architects of Portsmouth, N.H. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry including 13 years with Petra Construction and 16 years running his own general contracting company in New York. Mertz’s portfolio includes multiple projects for Yale School of Medicine, Hartford Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, and Bridgeport Hospital. Other notable projects include a fast-track summer renovation at Ridgefield Academy and, most recently, the rebuilding

of the Somers Congregational Church after it was destroyed by a fire. Mezza provides support for the office and business development team by managing general office duties, maintaining the CRM database, updating marketing collateral, and coordinating events. Previously she was an office assistant at Manchester Auto. Rios, who had been interning with C.E. Floyd for the last year, has joined the company full-time. He assists the project manager by reviewing submittals and RFIs, coordinating delivery of construction materials to the job site, attending job meetings, and managing the closeout process. Currently he is completing closeout for the Fairfield Country Day School Learning Commons renovation and The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bristol Family Health Center.

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A.P. Construction Marks 20 Years

Stamford Hospital Operating Room Stamford, CT - A.P. Construction cessful healthcare projects require strong Company, a construction management and teamwork between the healthcare faciligeneral contracting firm, recently marked ties, architects and contractors. We take 20 years of completing over $100 million pride in partnering and communicating of healthcare construction projects. with all involved from project inception Specializing in hospital renovations, through completion. This produces better outpatient care facilities, and special needs quality projects that are completed faster housing for the elderly, A.P. Construction and are more cost effective,” said Nick S. has completed a diverse range of projects Everett, executive vice president of A.P. that include intensive care units, operating Construction Company. rooms, clinical laboratories, cardiovascuIn order to improve on their experlar care units, central processing areas, and tise, 15 of A.P. Construction’s employees post anesthesia care units. are now Certified Healthcare Constructors “A.P. Construction believes that suc- (CHC).

Designed by Friar

Back l-r: From Friar Associates: Bryce Sense; David Friar and Mike Sorano; Paul Guidone, COO for Waterbury Public Schools and Mark Sedensky, O&G Industries. Front l-r : Karen Renna, V.P. of Carrington Elementary School; Dr. Kathleen Ouellette, Supt. of Waterbury Schools; Ken Russo, CPR, KBE; Joseph Geary, Waterbury chief of staff; Antonio Mancini, KBE; and Conn. State Rep. Jeffrey Berge Waterbury, CT - KBE Building Corporation celebrated the ribbon-cutting for Carrington Elementary School in Waterbury. The $28 million, 82,000sf project, which was built adjacent to the original elementary school, will house students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Designed by Friar Associates of Farmington, the new school features a media center; a combined cafeteria and auditorium (“cafetorium”); a gymnasium with 138 bleacher seats, a divider, and locker rooms; academic classrooms, including art rooms and science labs; special education classrooms; and administrative offices. The project also incorporated many sustainable design and construction fea-

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Corporate Webb Hosts Ribbon-Cutting

MPA Completes Coyle Office Space Boston - Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that it recently completed the interior design of 6,000sf of new office space in Wellesley for The Coyle Company. Having designed The Coyle Company’s previous office in Waltham in 2005, MPA was again selected to design Class A office space for the firm’s move to the Wellesley Office Park. The bright and elegant new space showcases a diverse range of color and artwork, alongside comfortable and contemporary furniture and finishes. It features a mix of offices and low-walled, glass-paneled workstations that promote visibility and collaboration. Three conference rooms, enclosed

l-r: Michael Kennedy, general manager; Springfield City Councilor Kateri Walsh; Dot Lortie; Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno; Lori Loughlin, Webb’s Bath Ctr; Ed Welch, v.p. of purchasing; and Andy McBeth of JM Coull Inc. Springfield, MA - F.W. Webb Company hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at its new 65,000sf facility in the Springfield Smith & Wesson Industrial Park in Springfield. Speakers at the ceremony included the mayor of Springfield, Domenic J. Sarno, Kateri B. Walsh of the Springfield City Council, Michael Kennedy of F.W. Webb, and Andrew McBeth of J.M. Coull, Inc.

Mayor Sarno thanked F.W. Webb for its new presence in the industrial park and expressed his enthusiasm for the success of the firm. Although the facility has been open and occupied for six months, this ceremony marked the official opening of Frank Webb’s Bath Center, which showcases F.W. Webb’s plumbing supply products.

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Reception area WarrenPattersonPhotography in glass, feature round circular tables for formal meetings, as well as sofas and armchairs for more casual gatherings. In addition to the workspaces, MPA designed The Coyle Company’s new office break room featuring a kitchen island with barstools and the relaxed feeling of warm, even lighting from cove fixtures. Lighting was also key in highlighting the artwork that appears throughout the office. Artist Sara Egan was commissioned to paint an accent wall behind the reception area.


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LaFreniere Architects Newton, MA - Integrated Builders has completed construction of EMC’s 12,000sf interior build out at 75 Wells Avenue in Newton. Integrated Builders worked with LaFreniere Architects, Inc. to redesign EMC’s facility, provide its employees with a better atmosphere, and work environment. Integrated Builders has effectively worked with EMC on a number of other projects, including a call center at Building Four in Southborough, a data center in Hopkinton, and an engineering lab and data center upgrades at 4400 Computer Drive in Westborough.. The firm is recognized for its design-build approach, which enables clients to adapt adjustments to plans as projects progress. The full scope of the work at 75 Wells Avenue included the demolition of the existing partitions, construction of the newly designed space with high-end finishes, mechanical and HVAC systems upgrades and enhanced fire protection.

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November, 2013

Johnston Towne Centre Opens

DiPrete Eng. and Cleri Construction Team Up

PriceRite opens new Johnston Towne Centre Johnston, RI - The former Stuart’s design and engineering plans for the new Plaza in Johnston has a new look. PriceRite, 40,000sf location at the centre. the first in a number of new businesses to beIn addition, DiPrete developed a comgin doing business at the location, opened its mercial site plan and provided utility comdoors recently. panies with an existing condition study. The The area, now named Johnston Towne firm also worked on stormwater design and Centre, sits on a site that has been vacant for water maintenance for the new plaza. over 22 years on heavily trafficked Hartford Construction for the project was proAve. vided by Cleri Construction Corporation, DiPrete Engineering obtained town and the construction was overseen by Jeffrey and Rhode Island Department of Environ- Saletin of Saletin Real Estate Group. mental Management permits for the develFinancing from a tax increment bond oper, prepared site work, and developed helped finance and jump start the project.

Essex Completes Progressive Bldg Westwood, MA - Essex Builders has just completed a new claims center for Progressive Casualty Insurance Company in Westwood. The new 25,000sf building located in the heart of the popular Route One Automile; provides a regional base for Progressive’s claims processing professionals, as well as inspection bays where technicians can assess vehicle damage. Design documents for the project were prepared by Richard L. Bowen and Associates of Cleveland, OH. “The diverse range of projects com-

New claims center for Progressive Casualty pleted for our commercial clients includes a significant number of auto dealerships, which made this job a great fit for our talents,” explained David O’Neil, President of Essex Builders.


LKCo. Finishes Interior Projects

Boston - Lee Kennedy Co. (LKCo.) announced the recent completion of more than $90 million of work by its corporate interiors group. The company completed preconstruction and construction services for a new six story steel framed office building and six floors of new tenant fit out for Boston Properties and Biogen/ Idec at 17 Cambridge Center. The 204,000sf facility, linked to the existing Biogen Rendering of Brown Brothers Harriman headquarters Building 8 via a two-level connecand pavers and its HVAC system that gets tor, was constructed of steel frame with unitized curtainwall and precast fa- its power from the existing Biogen steam çade with pressure injected footings. The plant. As a result of such features, Lee lab ready shell/core was built on grade Kennedy Co. was able to achieve LEED with a vapor mitigation system and in- CI Gold certification on the project. Lee Kennedy Co. also steps away cluded a large landscape package featuring from completion of the $70 million hardscape elements and planters. 400,000sf fit out of the old Verizon buildThe tenant fit-out project includes ing at 185 Franklin St. for Brown Brothers new partitions, finishes, and MEPs to Harriman to consolidate its Boston continproduce open office areas, huddle rooms, gent into one headquarters location. conference rooms, and support areas. The LKCo. built out 12 floors of new ofspace also features telepresence rooms, fice space in a scope of work that includes lab space, satellite cafes on every floor, a open work areas, private offices, trading lobby coffee/snack shop, and child care, areas with heavy tel-data requirements, a wellness, and fitness centers as added bonew conference center, training rooms, a nuses for employees. Flex pods and office fronts were constructed with demountable full-service cafeteria and kitchen, an exwalls and all office space was built on a ecutive dining facility, as well as atriums raised access flooring system to allow for and interconnecting stairs. In addition to the size and scope of flexibility in the future. work, an added level of complexity came The building, constructed on an exfrom the need to repurpose a building isting brownfield site, includes numerous originally constructed as a telecom outpost sustainable design elements, including the into a Class A office space. reuse of granite on the site for benches


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Riverview Technology Park Billerica, MA - Integrated Builders began the second phase of construction on the 700,000sf development at the new Riverview Technology Park on Woburn Street in Billerica. On behalf of Calare Properties and Hackman Capital, Integrated Builders began Phase 2 of construction on September 1st, and project completion is scheduled for December 2013. Originally constructed in the 1960s and early 1970s, the buildings located within the new Riverview Technology Park will offer tenants 100,000 – 500,000sf of facilities for creative offices, research and development, and light manufacturing. Integrated Builders’ work on the project is aiding in the transformation of the buildings to create a modern space that suits the needs of growing companies.

New lobby entrance Within the past year, the Integrated Builders team has built a 400-car parking lot and a new lobby entrance and façade for the 495 Woburn Street building. The second phase of construction will include interior demolition, addition of 90 new windows and saw-tooth skylights, electrical upgrades, and a new façade. Moving forward, improvements will continue once the building begins to lease.

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Boston - The Fallon Company announced it has finalized a lease agreement with Polaris Partners to move its corporate headquarters to Fan Pier, one of the country’s largest privately funded, mixeduse development sites. Terms of the deal, which was brokered by CBRE New England and Richards Barry Joyce & Partners, were not disclosed. Polaris, a venture capital firm investing in successful technology and healthcare companies, has leased the 10th floor of Fan Pier’s One Marina Park Drive, comprising 16,000sf. Polaris joins a growing list of venture capital firms that have relocated to Boston’s Seaport in response to the grow-

ing number of technology, biotech, and professional services companies that have recently moved into the area. Battery Ventures announced plans to move from Waltham to Fan Pier just last year, joining EnerNOC, an energy management company and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, which is slated to move its global headquarters to two build-to-suit commercial towers on the site in early 2014.

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PC Const. Completes Hotel Vermont Designed by Smith Buckley

Inside the lobby at Hotel Vermont Burlington, VT - PC Construction, one of the nation’s largest employeeowned contractors, recently completed a $14.4 million construction project for Burlington’s first eco-friendly independent luxury hotel – Hotel Vermont – located in the heart of the city with views of Lake Champlain. A once barren, 45-foot strip of land has been transformed into the new sixstory, 85,000sf, 125-room boutique hotel with unparalleled amenities. This soon-to-

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be LEED Certified hotel offers unique local touches, from a wood-burning hearth in the lobby to custom Johnson Woolen Mills blankets on every bed, providing travelers with a truly authentic Vermont experience. Guest bedrooms, designed to reflect local aesthetics, feature Vermont-made elements, including custom sap bucket ice containers and organic bath products from Burlington’s own Lunaroma. Hotel Vermont offers 2,200sf of meeting space shared among four rooms,

two of which include lake views with 1,100sf of space for up to 80 guests. Additionally, the hotel has over 9,500sf of outdoor space, including Burlington’s first hotel with a green roof and garden with views overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Smith Buckley Architects designed the project, and TruexCullins was responsible for the interior design. Both firms are based in Burlington. While the hotel’s location is choice

for travelers, it presented challenges for construction teams. Existing structures in the surrounding area, including a senior housing complex, a church, parking garage, along with a steady flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, added to the complexity of building at an already busy scene. Despite the congested work zone, PC Construction’s effective communication and well-coordinated job site led to a safe work zone.

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Jewett Completes Pinkerton Place Port One Architects

Pinkerton Place Derry, NH - Jewett Construction also installed, featuring standing seam Company, Inc. of Raymond has complet- metal roofing at the arches for accent. ed construction of the final multi-tenant Landscaping, paving, and an irrigabuilding in the Pinkerton Place retail/busi- tion system complete the exterior. Interior ness complex at 19 Manchester St., Derry. work included the construction of erodDesigned by Port One Architects, the ing walls between the five tenant spaces, project includes a 9,000sf Corle pre-engi- as well as lighting, ceiling, and bathroom neered metal building erected by the Jewett fit-up. Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors division. This is the second project Jewett The exterior is of cement board sid- Construction has undertaken for Boomer ing and accent trims, EIFS system, and Wolf, LLC, having completed the Panera Bread bakery and restaurant at Pinkerton cultured stone veneer. An EPDM rubber roof system was Place in 2012.

Milestone Completes Expansion Designed by Turner

Concord, NH - Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. has completed a 39,000sf warehouse expansion to New Hampshire Distributors in Concord. The project was designed by The COMMERCIAL

H.L. Turner Group of Concord. The project includes the warehouse expansion, new receiving docks, and an expansion to the coolers. INDUSTRIAL


PBS Expands At New Site Gorham, ME - Porter Building Systems (PBS) has moved into a 60,000sf facility on a five acre site in the Gorham Industrial Park, more than doubling their capacity to produce panels. The main hall of the new factory is 100’ x 400’ and allows the company to work on as many as 200 panels when they are stored vertically. Overhead cranes covering the entire area enable workers to load trucks with panels exactly as they will be used on the site. Ken Porter of Porter Building Systems Other improvements the company has made include: structural crews have been trained by the Air Barrier components, such as tube steel headers Association of America and can provide and posts built into the panels, have be- certified testing when required. We are come commonplace as the company takes also one of eight Sto Panel Technology on ever more challenging projects. There partners around the USA.” are almost unlimited finish options, and Porter Building Systems recently on-site installations continue to get faster. won the AGC in New England award for Ken Porter, president and founder its work at Bigelow Laboratory in East of Porter Building Systems, says, “Porter Boothbay.

No. Branch Begins SIG Sauer

Exeter, NH - North Branch Construction of Concord has begun the renovation of SIG Sauer’s manufacturing plant and office building located at its former headquarters in Exeter. North Branch recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art testing facility and upgrades to the manufacturing plant at the new location of SIG Sauer United States headquarters in Newington, N.H.


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Portsmouth, NH - The wood-framing is under way for the final phase of Portwalk, an environmentally friendly, mixed-use development, which will include a 120-room Hampton Inn and Suites hotel and The Residences at Portwalk, a 113-unit luxury apartment building, all above a one-story, below-grade parking garage. XSS LLC and Cathartes Private Investments are developing the hotel, and Cathartes Private Investments is developing the apartment complex. Pro Con Inc of Manchester is the architect of record and construction manager for the project. The wood-framing is under way for the hotel, and concrete slabs are being cast for the residential apartments. The installation of the hotel’s grade-level granite veneer is complete, and the installation is continuing for the apartments. Construction is progressing as planned, and the hotel is expected to be completed in spring 2014. The hotel and mixed-use apartment building are designed to achieve LEED certification. PCI is using regional and recycled materials in construction and has incorporated environmentally friendly design elements such as a white roof, over-sized windows, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and LED lighting throughout the common areas and parking garage. The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel will offer 96 guest rooms and 24 guest suites with living areas and kitchenettes. The 72,000sf hotel will feature a large common room, bar and lounge area, breakfast

l to r: PC team members Mike Leonard, project manager; Anne Minor, office engineer; Jim Bowie, project manager; Ginette Reynolds, operations assistant; and John Lavoie, project superintendent Waterbury, VT - PC Construction 86,000sf office building and 20,000sf cenwill rebuild the Irene-ravaged Waterbury tral plant and maintenance facility; and State Office Complex. facilitate the historic renovation of the 13 The firm has begun work on the $125 original core buildings. million project to deconstruct 310,000sf The state office building reconstrucof flood-damaged structures; build a new tion project – the largest ever awarded by the state of Vermont – is a critical step in revitalizing the town of Waterbury, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Given the primary emphasis of reducing future flood risk, all new and renovated facilities will be elevated and all occupied areas of those buildings will be above the 500-year flood level. The complex, designed by the Burlington-based architectural firm Freeman French Freeman, will be constructed to meet LEED Gold standards. The renovated and new structures will be home to almost 900 employees of Vermont’s Agency of Human Services, who will join approximately 300 employees of the Department of Public Safety Demolition officially commences on the already located on the Waterbury campus. Waterbury State Office Complex project.

Wood framing is under way at The Residences at Portwalk room, indoor pool and fitness room, meeting room, and business center. The 152,000sf luxury residential apartment complex will consist of a fivestory mixed-use building. The building will offer a variety of residential floor plans including studio, one-, two-, and threebedroom units with an assortment of design configurations. The ground floor of the building will offer future retail tenant space and a private entrance, club room, lobby, and elevator for the residences. A fitness center will be located on the second floor. The exterior design of both the hotel and the apartment building will feature granite, pre-cast concrete, brick veneer, fiber cement panels, and fiberglass cornice molding. The hotel entrance on Portwalk Place will feature a curved canopy with metal panels and double sliding glass doors.

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Genest Looks to the Future

Sanford, ME - Sustainability is about building the quality life for now and future generations. When you build with concrete block, occupants enjoy improved indoor air quality, dryer spaces, and improved health, comfort, and productivity. Concrete masonry also improves fire safety and reduces heating and cooling costs. Other sustainable features are that the blocks are made from abundant raw and recycled materials. Looking to the future, the real challenge facing our industry will be to offer cost effective building solutions to meet the continuously increasing energy efficiency requirements. For example, the DOE has mandated all states update their commercial building codes to meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1. The key requirements are continuous insulation and a continuous air barrier. Research is being done every day trying to develop new products such as our Omni Block R-29, to assist design professionals in designing energy-efficient buildings. Since 1934 Genest Concrete located, in Sanford, Maine, has been a familyowned and -operated business committed to manufacturing quality masonry products for builders, masons, and architects throughout New England. The company has taken a leadership role in developing and manufacturing products that are sustainable and energy-efficient, making a significant contribution in communicating the importance of utilizing concrete masonry in building design to improve on the health, comfort, and productivity of its occupants.

Market Basket Genest Paving Stones, Anchor Retaining Wall Systems, and Genest Concrete Products have given the firm the opportunity to distribute not only to the commercial market but also to residential landscape and masonry customers through the Genest Authorized Dealer locations. Ray Petrarca, sales manager of Genest, says, “Educational, retail, and government facilities have always been a key building sector for us. These projects often require materials that exceed industry standards. Our in-house research and testing lab staff has over 40 years of experience in the concrete masonry industry. Testing is done daily to support the compliance of our materials to the requirements of various codes, standards, and specifications. Our architectural sales staff work with the designers, architects,

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Show Me the Return On Investment (ROI) in Public Relations by Michele Spiewak Public relations (PR) and marketing efforts can bring measurable results to a company’s bottom line and help achieve its business development goals. PR is an invaluable marketing tool, creating visibility and brand recognition, credibility, and third-party validation through Michele Spiewak editorial placement, and ideally, lead generation. Unlike paid advertising and other communications vehicles, PR is validated by the media. Using local, national, and industry trade publications – both print and electronic – to educate and inform potential clients is a proven step to building a successful brand and driving continued sales growth. Clients often ask how we measure the return on investment (ROI) of public relations. This can be difficult, as a price tag can’t be placed on the number of eyes reading an article or forwarding a link. While there’s no magic formula to calculating heightened company visibility, PR ROI can, however, be gauged by traditional metrics as well as outcomes and value to the business overall. Certainly, counting media placements is one way to measure ROI, but quantity of coverage alone doesn’t tell the full story. Other factors should be considered, such as: • Quality of placement (Is this a top-

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Real Estate Commercial Property Owners Renovate Their Way to Occupancy By Brent Maugel The current inventory of existing, vacant commercial real estate presents an opportunity for many investors. Due to the lack of market demand in recent years, many investors are diversifying their portfolios and selling properties at very attractive values. The attractive pricing and recent, subtle uptick in demand for commercial office space and light manufacturing has led buyers to be cautiously optimistic about investing in older buildings. Many savvy investors are able to acquire properties at price points that allow for dramatic façade and infrastructure improvements—while still preserving attractive lease rates. Many commercial property owners are choosing renovations over new construction for a myriad of reasons: Faster time to market means that returns are realized sooner, often in as little as six months versus sometimes years for a new facility; the cost of building materials makes renovating a more cost-effective alternative to ground-up construction; and working with an existing structure also avoids many zoning and permitting issues often plagued by new construction. The rapid increase in the cost of

leasing space in Boston and Cambridge has spurred the migration of many biotech, pharmaceutical, and technology compaBefore: 53 Ayer Road, Littleton, Mass. nies to the surrounding suburbs. One Before: area 53 Ayer Road, Littleton, MA that is becoming a hotbed of renovation activity is the Lincoln Labs-Hanscom FieldHartwell Avenue area. Maugel is currently working with Griffith Properties, Boston Properties, and The Nordblom Company on ten such renovation projects in the area. All renovations will receive refreshes of lobbies, common areas, landscaping, and signage. One five-building portfolio will feature iconic architectural elements to clearly delineate their identities as part of a newly repositioned product. For large space requirements, older industrial facilities are becoming an attractive option. The ease of the retrofits and the high-bay structures of industrial buildings allow for more dramatic and varied interior design options. FIBA Technologies of Millbury, Mass., recently purchased a vacant concrete pre-cast facility, constructed in the late 1960s or early ’70s, located at 53 Maugel Rendering: FIBA Ayer Road in Littleton. Maugel Architects Maugel Rendering: FIBA designed a new façade and a glass atrium en, we expect to see the renovation of an attractive path to occupancy. entry facade that transforms the building vacant commercial properties continue. Brent Maugel is president of Maugel and creates a signature style. The shortened time to market and superior Architects, the market continues to strengthen, we expect to see Inc. the renovation of vacant commercial As the market continues to strength- As cost benefits make commercial renovations properties continue. The shortened time to market and superior cost benefits make commercial renovations an attractive path to occupancy.

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NAIOP’s Developing Leaders Spark Lively Events Coffee with Colleagues

NAIOP’s Developing Leaders Series held its popular Coffee with Colleagues, a fun and informal networking event that included a continental breakfast and an address by Bill Gause, executive

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Medical Office Bldg Breaks Ground Designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health

Kaplan to Renovate Medical Offices Lavallee Brensinger Architects Boston - Kaplan Construction has been selected to renovate the offices of Longwood Pediatrics, a 75-year-old private pediatric medical practice with close ties to Children’s Hospital Boston. Located in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, the pediatric group occupies two floors at 319 Longwood Avenue, and recently acquired additional space to better serve its patients. The project’s architect, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, provided process analysis and simulation services to fine-tune patient and staff flow. Their new design for the space will feature a dedicated check-in, exam rooms, collaborative team rooms, and support functions for each floor, maximizing patient-provider interactions, and minimizing travel. Longwood Pediatrics will remain open and continue seeing patients throughout the renovation. Kaplan provided preconstruction budgeting, phasing, and scheduling input to minimize the im-

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Longwood Pediatrics pact of construction on patients and staff. The three-phase renovation will focus on updating the two floors to meet the new interior design and to comply with regulatory standards for handicap accessibility. Kaplan will also install a new fire protection service and distribution system to serve the entire six-story building, which will require close coordination with the various tenants to prevent disturbances.

Bangor, ME - St. Joseph Healthcare broke ground on its new 23,000sf medical office building with a community oriented groundbreaking ceremony on October 12. The facility was designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health and will house St. Joseph Internal Medicine’s growing primary care practice that uses a patient-based medical home model. This new building, along with renovations to St. Joseph Hospital, is part of a $15 million facilities improvement package through Covenant Healthcare, the parent organization of St. Joseph Healthcare. The medical home design was used to create a focus on patient-centered care. Mary Prybylo RN, MSN, FACHE, CEO, and president of St. Joseph Healthcare commented, “We’re pleased to be working with MorrisSwitzer to enhance patient care. We want to create an environment

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Health Center Achieves Leed Silver Designed by Vision 3

Providence, RI – Vision 3 Architects announced that Providence Community Health Centers, Prairie Avenue Health Center, has been awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The health center consists of a twostory addition to two existing historic buildings that were once part of the Federated Lithographers Company. The existing buildings had been empty for years, the site was a brownfield, and the neighborhood was desperate for change. Providence Community Health Centers and Vision 3 Architects are creating that change by designing a sustainable campus. Many of the sustainable features of the project came from the site itself. The design of the stormwater system captures and treats 100% of the stormwater on site. The reuse of the existing building shell limited the amount of demolition waste brought to landfills. Many of the building’s original window openings that had been blocked over for many years have been reopened to flood the health center with natural daylight, minimizing light fixture use. The materials used for the interior of the health center were selected because they would contribute to a healthy environment for patients and staff, improving indoor air quality of the building. LEED initiatives included reduced heat islands through the use of white TPO roofing; 40% water use reduction by use of low-flow fixtures; expected energy

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Pawtucket, RI –Vision 3 Architects celebrated Collette Vacations’ ribboncutting ceremony on September 20 of the new Wellness Center at 192 Middle Street in Pawtucket. Designed by Vision 3 Architects, the new 4,620sf facility offers two floors of exercise areas and amenities for use by Collette’s employees. Collette Vacations has offices in two buildings adjacent to this new building in a commercial area along the Blackstone River. The fitness center, in Pawtucket’s riverfront district, is adjacent to the route 95 interstate and the surrounding residential neighborhood. The wood-frame

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ABC Honors Bellaman Pawtucket, RI - The Rhode Island Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), held a special membership reception featuring Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of ABC National, at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick on October 9. Over 80 ABC Michael Bellaman members and potential new members attended the reception, which was held as a membership recruitment event. ABC is a National Association made up of 22,000 members. with 70 Chapters across the country. “Having Mike Bellaman fly up from Washington D.C. to address our members and potential new members was certainly an honor,” according to George Grayson of TradeSource, Inc. and this year’s Chairman of the Board for the Rhode Island Chapter. Bellaman has served as president and CEO of ABC since Feb. 1, 2011. He has focused on increasing the value of ABC to its members and the construction indus-

try and has prioritized safety by leading an industry-wide effort with the Construction Coalition for a Drug-and-Alcohol Free Workplace and focusing on ABC’s Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP). “Mike Bellaman is a true leader in the construction industry. His experience allows him to lead ABC from a position of strength like no other CEO since the Association was formed in 1950,” said Steve Benfeito of New England Drywall and the 2014 Chairman of the Board for Rhode island. Michael Bellaman was well-received and his comments about safety and workforce development were applauded enthusiastically by the members and prospective members in attendance at the reception. Following Bellaman’s remarks, Rhode Island Chapter President Boisselle presented him with a baseball that was autographed by Terry Francona shortly after he led the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series Championship in 86 years. shortly after he led the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series Championship in 86 years. This was especially appreciated because Francona is now the manager of the Cleveland Indians whose system Bellaman pitched with in the 1980’s.

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Energy Conservation and NFPA 285 by John Karras Energy Conservation - Owner clients, particularly institutions with aging building stock and a focus on sustainability, generally list improving energy conservation near the top of their priorities. Although the design and consulting community offers a variety of energy modeling tools to forecast the impact of design decisions, many of these models may not accurately estimate future performance. At SGH we are currently metering a building pre and post thermal and air tightness improvements. This energy retrofit project, going forward, will provide us with feedback on the validity of energy models. Such realistic energy retrofit models will help owners get the most bang for their energy-conservation buck. NFPA 285 Fire Testing - Many architects are scratching their heads over NFPA 285, which is required in the International Building Code (IBC) for many types of combustible exterior wall materials used in non-combustible construction. Notwithstanding a local building official’s acceptance of a variance, the exact wall assembly

must have passed the NFPA 285 fire propagation test, and designers must specify particular fire-safing details at wall openings. The head-scratching exists although NFPA 285 has been a part of the IBC since 2000. It remained largely unknown and unenforced until foam plastic insulation achieved widespread acceptance as a durable solution to International Energy Conservation Code continuous insulation requirements. Once NFPA 285 awareness emerged, the requirement that other combustible materials commonly used in highperforming building envelopes comply (e.g., metal composite materials and highpressure laminates) also revealed itself. Designing NFPA 285-compliant exterior walls is feasible, but requires diligence in specifying, detailing, and constructing building envelopes. Note to the building design and construction community: Increasingly stringent NFPA 285 requirements are scheduled for release in IBC 2012 and 2015 editions. John Karras is a building envelope engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger.

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Denoya Joins TFM

People CRG Welcomes Steve Orth Plymouth, MA - Creative added value for his clients. Resources Group announced the He then became an account addition of Steve Orth as its new executive for the facilities develbusiness development manager. opment newspaper, High-Profile With over 20 years in adverMonthly, and for the Boston Sotising sales, Orth formerly served ciety of Architect’s local trade as a publisher for the New England show, “ABX” and quarterly magReal Estate Journal,where he facilazine, Architecture Boston. itated print marketing for clients in Now part of the team at commercial building and real esCreative Resources Group, Orth Orth tate and worked closely with Jourwill offer a full-service suite nal editors to create corresponding of advertising and marketing news releases and print articles, providing products and services.

Tracey Joins Dellbrook

Quincy, MA - Dellbrook ing the construction of the $46 Construction announced Jim million New England BapTracey has been named to the new tist Outpatient Care Center in post of executive vice president of Westwood/Dedham. the privately held company. Before that, he served Tracey will be responsible as vice president of healthcare for leading the company as it construction in the Northcontinues to diversify into the east Region for Suffolk Conhealthcare, educational, and life struction in Boston where he sciences markets. He has more oversaw projects for some of Tracey than 22 years of experience in the the region’s most prestigious construction industry, with specific exper- healthcare institutions, including Brigham tise in building state-of-the-art healthcare and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s facilities in New England. Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Before joining Dellbrook, Tracey Center, and Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary. was a project executive at the building Tracey was named one of Boston’s consultancy KV Associates in Boston. At Future Leaders by the Greater Boston KVA, he represented several owners dur- Chamber of Commerce.

Bedford, NH – TFM Structural Engineers recently hired Joaquín Denoya, PE, as a structural engineer project manager. He has over eight years of experience in structural design, analysis, and construction administration of both new and existing residential and commercial buildings throughout the Northeast. Denoya’s prior experience includes serving as a senior project engineer for The Di Salvo Ericson Group Structural Engineers in Ridgefield, Conn.


Rhino Promotes Cunningham

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Lewis Joins DPM

Boston - Greg Lewis has joined Diversified Project Management (DPM) as project executive and will lead its laboratory and life sciences effort in the Newton office. He has 16 years of building design and construction project management experience. He recently served as director of facilities planning and site services at Shire Lewis Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, where he led the development effort of the campus and its facilities teams. campuses He also led its global planning, design, and and office project management efforts in Europe and projects.

South America. Prior to his work at Shire, he worked as facilities planner at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer) and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Prior experience includes work on many projects, including six buildings being built from the ground up, dozens of major interior renovations, development of biotech/life science for manufacturing, laboratory space, and four LEED certified

Vision 3 Promotes Gadoury

Providence, RI - Colin Gadoury, Associate AIA, has been promoted by Vision 3 Architects to job captain. In 2012 he completed an internship with the firm and was hired as an intern architect. Gadoury is currently work-

ing on the design for the renovation of an existing gymnasium into a 300-seat performing arts center for St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket.


Integrated Builders Adds Cichon

Rockland, MA - Integrated industry experience as assistant Builders, Inc. has added project project manager for The Whitmanager Matthew Cichon to its ing-Turner Contracting Comgrowing team of construction pany. In this position, Cichon professionals. In this position, he was particularly influential in will work with clients, architects, the management and producdesign engineers and subcontraction of the Connecticut Science tors to facilitate effective conCenter in Hartford, Conn. and struction processes and managethe Wake Forest Biotech Place ment. in Winston-Salem, N.C., both of Cichon Prior to joining Integrated which received LEED Gold AcBuilders, Cichon gained over six years of creditation.


ROI Hires Three

Resource Options, Inc. (ROI) announced that Nick Lueders has joined the firm as sales coordinator. His responsibilities will include workforce development, customer service, and overall operations management. Katz ROI also announced that Ana Carolina Fogaca and Anna Katz have joined the firm in the positions of search consultant. Fogaca brings nearly two years of recruitment experience to the ROI team. She previously worked for JCSI as a recruiting consultant where she was responsible for

Lueders Fogaca candidate engagement on a variety of professional positions. Katz will be responsible for the recruitment of candidates within the A/E/C and environmental industries throughout New England.

New Boston Promotes Bustard

Boston - New Boston Fund, Inc. announced that Jennifer Bustard has been promoted to vice president of investor relations. In her new role, she is responsible for managing client accounts, including all daily interaction with investors, and forgenerating content and messaging for annual and ad hoc investor reports, as well as

due diligence reporting. Prior to joining New Boston Fund in 2007, Bustard spent nine years in various capacities at Fidelity Investments. Most recently, she served as the director of sales for the Pyramis Global Advisors business unit. She also spent nearly four years working for Starwood Hotels as a corporate auditor and analyst.

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Norwood MA - GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. announced that Patrick F. Sheehan, P.E., of Millis has been promoted to senior principal at the company’s Norwood office. He is the metro Boston district office manager and has been with GZA for 22 years. His areas of specialization include environmental engineering, site investigation, remediation system design and construction, construction management, and remedial feasibility assessment.


Schippers Appointed BIM Manager project workflow. Boston - EYP Architecture & His accomplishments Engineering announced the key apinclude developing building pointment of John Schippers as its information models to solve new firmwide building information problems, quantify materials, modeling (BIM) manager. illustrate construction sequencHe is nationally recognized ing, and communicate final for his expertise in managing the implementation of BIM and related products to clients; and development and dissemination of technologies and their applications to the collaborative design project standards and best pracSchippers and construction phases, as well tices for Autodesk, Adobe, and as providing a clear BIM project Microsoft applications. environment. Prior to joining EYP, he managed In his new role, Schippers will spear- BIM processes at such firms as Grunley head corporatewide BIM growth, provid- Construction Company and RTKL Associing strategic leadership for improving ates.

North Branch Welcomes Blazon Concord, NH - Bruce Blazon has moved from his position in field operations for North Branch Construction into a project management and estimating position at the company’s headquarters in Concord. Blazon has served as vice president and principal of the firm since 2004 and brings with him leadership


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C a l en d a r Mass. Life Science Ctr.

December 11, 2013 The 2013 New England Venture Summit Hilton, Boston, Dedham Meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious New England Venture Summit A highly productive full-day venture conference. This exclusive summit will feature a distinguished line up of more than 40 Investors on interactive panels; presentations by more than 50 companies seeking funding, and high-level networking opportunities. More inforfmation: www.masslifesciences.com


December 5 Investing in the Next Generation of Dealmakers 5 - 8 p.m. The Offices of Burns & Levinson LLP, 125 Summer Street Boston Join ACG Boston as we invite mid-level and senior professionals from these firms to share their stories and best practices, and lead an open discussion on managing the transition in leadership. For more information: http://www.acgboston.org/events/event.aspx?EventId=6557


Nov. 20, 2013 Annual Market Forecast Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. 7:15 a.m. - 10 a.m. Doug Poutasse, exec. V.P. of Bentall Kennedy, will provide a snapshot of the economy and its impact on the local real estate market. A panel of Greater Boston’s leading real estate experts will then present an analysis of the Mass. commercial sectors, with a special focus on office, multifamily, industrial, and capital markets. Panelists will discuss emerging trends in specific markets, new growth areas and a general outlook for the future. For more information: http://www. naiopma.org/wcevents/eventdetail. aspx?eventid=241. Upcoming events: December 4, 7:15 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Annual Government Affairs Roundup December 6, 7:15 a.m. - 9 a.m. Building a Solid Foundation: NAIOP Annual MeetingDecember 12, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. NAIOP Developing Leaders Holiday Party See more at: http://www.naiopma.org


Holiday Party and Volunteer Thank You December 12, 6:30pm – 10:30pm Loring Greenough House - Jamaica Plain For more info and to sign up: http:// bslaweb.org/calendar.html


Dec 5 Building Leaders Series Debriefing: If We Knew Then What We Know Now One Financial Conference and Event Center, 675 Atlantic Ave. 2nd floor, Boston Registration: 3:30 pm; Event Start: 4:00 pm; Event End: 5:30 pm for a relaxed, networking environment with all of your SMPS friends and colleagues. How many of us only conduct a debriefing when we lose? What if you built in the debriefing process to every job -- win or lose? Veteran marketing/business development professional, Cathy Edgerly will lead a panel of experts in an interactive discussion about the different aspects of the debriefing process from the client’s point of view. Join us after this event for the Mix@6! http://www.smpsboston.org/program/ event.php?event_id=318


Dec. 4, 2013 Annual Economic Program, Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Rd., Route 30 Newton, Mass. Construction Outlook and Industry Direction Join Scott Rasor, head of construction for Zurich North America, to learn more about the areas that are leading the recovery in construction, those that are lagging behind, as well as the impacts on insurance. Register and pay via credit or debit card for this event online by going to: https://www.agcmass.org/agc-institute/ register/?ID=5980258E-D701-E2B2C4FB49B1D67DE05F&Action=. For more information, contact Mary Gately, gately@agcmass.org. For registration information contact, Barbara Canoni, canoni@agcmass.org.


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