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HP Interviews: Richard R. Fisher, President ASM James Fuda, President CBC Articles: New Year’s Resolutions by Stephanie Goldberg Nadeau’s 2014 MedBuild Team by Sean Lamontagne Redesigning Learning Centers and Community Spaces by Roland Tang Assisted Living Under Mass. Ch 40B By Brian D. Jones Should We Conserve Water or Use it More Efficiently? by Klaus Reichardt BIM Execution Plans: One of my Three Passions… by Chad Wisler Public Relations Can Bring Big Attention to Small Business By Michele Spiewak Mechanical Insulation - It works! Commercial Market- Untapped Potential by Jack Lister The Massachusetts Prompt Pay Act – a Refresher by David E. Wilson Plus Municipal, Green, Retail & Hospitatlity, Multi-Residential, Education, Corporate, Healthcare Facilties, People, Calendar and more…
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Dacon Breaks Ground for Centennial Crossing...page 11
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SFNE Announces New Board Members
Westborough, MA - At a re• Directors first term cent Steel Fabricators of New EnMike Feder, Infra-Metals Corp.; gland (SFNE) annual dinner meetBill Pascoli, AISC; Brett Miller, ing, the membership elected a new Building Envelope Systems board. The following is a list of • Term continues for anthe new board members: other Year - Steve Chasse, S.L. • President - Stephen CaChasse Welding & Fabricating; pone, Capone Iron Corporation; Darin Gillies, Reliance Steel, • Vice President - Rens Inc.; Josh Rosenthal, Novel Iron Hayes, Rens Welding & FabricatWorks, Inc.; and Mark Torriani, Stephen Capone ing, Inc. Santini Bros. • Treasurer - Tim Gendron, Tim’s Those board members whose terms Fabricators Inc. end on December 30, 2013 include: Eric • Immediate Past President - James Greene, American Welding Co., Inc.; and McBrady, James A. McBrady, Inc. Ron Morin, Metals USA.
Bowdoin Appoints Yanowitz Needham Heights, MA struction services for the past 12 - Bowdoin Construction anyears. nounced that Irwin Yanowitz Yanowitz and his partners has recently been appointed as Brian Collins, vice president and the new president of Bowdogeneral manager, and Chris Keein Construction. Yanowitz has ley, vice president of client debeen with Bowdoin since 1981 velopment, have been working and has served in many capacitogether as a team for more than ties during his tenure, including 20 years. field supervision, project manBowdoin Construction Irwin Yanowitz agement, and estimating. He is currently celebrating its 40th has been a partner and owner at Bowdoin year in business, serving the New Ensince 1988 and has served as executive gland region’s construction management needs. vice president and principal of pre-con-
APA RI Honors Guglielmo Cranston, RI - The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA RI) announced that DiPrete Engineering’s Sheryl Bezak Guglielmo was recently awarded the 2013 President’s Award for Distinguished Service. Honored at the APA RI annual awards reception and holiday event held in December at Bravo Brasserie in Providence, the award was presented to Guglielmo for her extensive service to the local chapter and its members. “Sheryl plays an incredibly important role within our firm as an accomplished project engineer and leader,” said
Melanie Jewett Army and Sheryl Bezak Guglielmo Dennis DiPrete, principal of DiPrete Engineering. “Her commitment to the trade is evident in her work with the Rhode Island Chapter of the APA.”
SFNE Donates to Toys for Tots Westborough, MA - SFNE members gathered for the association’s annual meeting on December 12. Some 75 members were in attendance to hear from the keynote speaker, Tabitha Stine, the director of technical marketing for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). She provided a review of the current market conditions in the construction industry and talked about what challenges and opportunities steel fabricators will face in the coming year. During the dinner, SFNE members donated some 250 toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The SFNE membership also donated an
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AWI Announces 2014 Leadership
Cambridge, MA - The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1953, recently announced its 2014 board of directors: President Michael R McNulty Sr., Millwork One Inc., Cranston R.I.; 1st vice president Tony Aubin, Aubin Michael McNulty Woodworking, Bow,
N.H.; 2nd vice president - Doug Fyffe, Chamberlain Company Inc., Salem, N.H.; Secretary - Michael Sinrich, Blum Inc., Swampscott, Mass.; Treasurer - Kimberly Homs, Great in Counters, Smithfield, R.I. Directors - Kevin Barlow, Keiver Willard Lumber, Newburyport, Mass.; Dennis Roche, Stiles Machinery, Peabody, Mass; Ken Bertram, Herrick & White, Cumberland, R.I.; Mike Sarno, Mass Cabinets, Methuen, Mass; John Ianiri, Fairfield County Millwork, Bethany, Conn; and Scott Gordon, Windham Millwork, Windham, N.H.
Cambridge, MA - AWI New England chapter announced its 2014 schedule of educational seminars: • January 22 - Best practices round table Royal Plaza, Worcester, Mass • March 12 LEED V4 Royal Plaza, Worcester, Mass. • May 14 - Human rescores refresher, Royal Plaza, Worcester , Mass • July 24 & 25 - Architectural woodwork
project management, Crown Plaza, Warwick R.I. • September 17 - General contractor round table, Royal Plaza, Worcester, Mass. Details on the NEAWI outings, including annual flat-water fishing in Newburyport, Mass. in July and the August annual golf tournament, will be announced as soon as plans are solidified.
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Open Space Investments
Easthampton, MA - Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary (EEA) Rick Sullivan announced more than $4.3 million in investments for parks, recreational spaces and open space conservation in 16 western Massachusetts communities. Secretary Sullivan made the announcement in Easthampton, where a $400,000
Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant will help make improvements at the Nashwannuck Pond Promenade Park. EEA created the Gateway City Parks Program in 2009 to develop and restore parks in urban neighborhoods, and 26 cities are eligible for the program.
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Salem, NH - Building Dreams for Marines recently completed its third renovation project. The organization is mission-based and nonprofit, with the sole purpose of providing no-cost planning, designing, and building services to make a marine’s homelife more comfortable and accessible. Brian Hooper, vice president of Salem-based MSI Mechanical Systems Inc. is cofounder of Building Dreams for Marines. After media coverage of the completed renovation project was at the home of Cpl. Andrew Johnson in Nashua, an anonymous donation of a chair lift was made.
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South Windsor, CT - The Congress Companies and LCB Senior Living, LLC held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of a $13 million Assisted Living and Independent Living Project in South Windsor. Located at 200 Deming Street, The Residence at South Windsor will be a state-of-the-art, 80-apartment senior living community. A full service construction firm, The Congress Companies of Peabody Mass., will provide Construction Management services for the project, which will be operated by their repeat client LCB Senior Living, LLC, of Norwood. The 66,000sf, three-story facility in the Craftsman style, was designed by The Architectural Team of Chelsea, Mass. The Residences at South Windsor will fea-
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Out with the old logo...in with the new logo, and our calendar is new for 2014 except the most popular topics for owners, developers, architects, engineers and contractors remain the same. This year we will be networking at meetings hosted by MBC, CBC, IFMA, AGC, AFE, AWI, ABC, MHA, ACEC, SMPS, IIDA, Corenet, ISPE, SFNE, NEMichael Barnes WIRE and other select associations in New England. There are many worthwhile events that are not mentioned here, but these are a few “not to be missed” for 2014.
On January 30, Stephen Chung AIA will emcee the 3rd annual BSA Design Awards Gala at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston. Last year a sold-out crowd of 500 A/E/C professionals from across the country attended the event. The 7th Annaul International Interior Design Association of New England (IIDANE) Interior Design Awards will be presented on February 27th, 2014 at Space 57, located in The Revere Hotel in Boston. The prestige of the IIDANE awards brings out the top echelon of the best design firms in the area making for a terrific evening of networking too. IIDA is an international professional networking and educational association committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge. Also look for IIDANE’s Fashion Show in the fall. This event is where talented designers showcase how they have put their design knowledge and skills to work with area vendors and dealers to create runway outfits fit for the catwalk out of materials typically used in interior spaces. March is a busy month with three key industry events! BuildingEnergy 14 expo and conference will be held on
March 4-6, 2014, at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. BE-14 brings together architects, engineers, builders, policymakers, developers and building managers for three days of networking, accredited educational sessions and a high-level trade show March 4-6, 2014, at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. On March 19 the ACEC/MA 2014 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala will recognize Engineering Achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit and ingenuity. The event will be at The Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, and the event emcee will be Richard Davey, MassDOT Secretary and CEO. That same month is The Society for Colleges and University Planners (SCUP) North Atlantic Region Conference, which is scheduled for March 12-14. The main site of the conference will be Boston University in Boston, Mass. This year’s conference is called “Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology, and Place”. The conference will cover all planning aspects when undertaking new college/university campus initiatives.
The 8th Annual Healthcare Construction Conference is set for Friday, May 9, 9:00am - 2:30pm Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) Conference Center at Executive Park, Burlington, Mass. Its too early for details but we’ll gaurantee quality speakers on hot topics. In Hartford Connecticut the 2014 CBC 18th Project Team Awards and Scholarship Award Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday June 10, 2014 at The Bond Ballroom, 11th Floor, Hilton Homewood Suites in Hartford. Learn more about CBC in Jim Fuda’s interview in this issue on page 36. High-Profile will have a booth at the 9th annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference (NEBFM) at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center June 18th and 19th, 2014. Our booth will be part of the expo freaturing over 360 exhibitors displaying products and services necessary for the operation, management, maintenance and renovation of buildings and facilities Continued on page 49
Nauset Breaks Ground on Lighthouse Care Center Addition TAT Architect
Revere, MA - Nauset Construction recently broke ground and construction is now under way on the $5 million addition and renovation of the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. Owned by Lighthouse of Revere, Inc., and affiliated with the Atlanta-based The Guardian Foundation, the facility will enhance its ability to serve both its
residents and ambulatory patients via a new three-story, 17,000sf addition and the renovation of an additional 10,000sf of existing space. The project not only will provide 12 new short-term rehabilitation beds, medical office and clinical space, but will also add amenities that will increase the quality of living for existing residents,
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including a new, 2,700sf state-of-theart rehabilitation gym. The architect for the addition and renovated areas is Boston-based The Architectural Team (TAT), which was also responsible for the design of the extensive renovations that Lighthouse underwent in 1995. The three-story addition will be built using steel framed construction with a slab-on-grade and slab-on-deck base, and an existing stairway will be removed and underpinned to make room for a new holeless hydraulic elevator. The exterior faĂ§ade will be com-
prised of pre-fabricated cementitious panels over an engineered weather barrier wrap with reveals. The steel canopies will be enclosed with aluminum composite panels for the soffits and facia complemented by aluminum storefront windows to complete the building exterior. Topping off the building envelope will be a TPO roofing system. Interior construction includes acoustical ceiling panels and vinyl tile and plank flooring. The projectâ€™s scope of work also includes extensive landscaping and hardscaping.
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Ground Breaks at Thames Edge
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l-r: Simon Etzel, Michael Bouwman, Clint Brown, James Rosenman, Robert Emma, and Nigel Light greater Groton-New London community in an independent capacity while, enjoying the benefits of community living and a guaranteed continuum of five star care throughout their lives. Partcipitating in the groundbreaking ceremony were KBE Building Corporation principal Simon Etzel; Stategic Building Solutions project manager Michael Bouwman; DiCesare Bentley principal Clint Brown; Fairview CEO & administrator James Rosenman; Amenta/Emma Architects principal Robert Emma, and KBE Building Corporation preconstruction manager Nigel Light. The $13 million project is being constructed by KBE Building Corporation of FarmRendering courtesy of Amenta/Emma Architects ington. Thames Edge Senior Living Community
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F or e c a st 20 1 4 An Architect Looks Toward 2014 by Vcevy Strekalovsky
Uncertainty hangs over the design and construction industry: uncertainty of interest rates as the Federal Reserve Bank reduces stimulus efforts, of the impact of the Affordable Care Act, of governVcevy Strekalovsky ment spending priorities and tax legislation, of increased bank regulation, of global developments,and of investor and consumer confidence. Architecture is notoriously cyclical. A post-war building boom petered out in the early1970s in a credit crunch with high interest rates, an energy crisis, community pushback on schools funded by municipal bonds, and a moratorium on federal housing programs.Then, in the 1980s, public housing was revived by various federal programs, state reimbursement programs jump-started school construction, and liberal lending practices stimulated global speculative development. This led to oversupply and overextension by lending institutions and developers and the resulting collapse in the late 1980 s. Currently, Greater Boston is expe-
riencing a high-end residential and commercial construction boom, one of the hottest in the country. Low interest rates, corporate liquidity, investment by various funding sources, and increased demand have caused a development boom, particularly on the East and West Coasts, which will likely taper off. Colleges, universities, and museums have benefited from charitable giving from individual and corporate funding sources, and have enjoyed a building boom which is partly based on competition, the student loan structure, and the charitable giving climate. However, the cost of higher education has risen dramatically, with building programs, incurrence of debt, and growth in administrative overhead. The value is starting to be questioned, resulting in enrollment declines, which will likely lead to a construction slowdown. Trends that should create opportunities in 2014 include the decentralization of hospital services that are strained and inconvenient. Urgent care centers and outpatient surgery facilities are being developed close to population and commercial centers where there is mixed use and convenient parking. As centers of employment shift to oil and gas regions, there will be demand for rental and long-term lodging. Resorts that are aging will need to update and reprogram their facilities to remain competitive.
Public housing stock is aging; maintenance, energy efficiency, and code compliance will have to be addressed. DHCD has ramped up its House Doctor program to streamline the architect selection process and award multiple projects. The public bid process of general and filed sub-bids has given way to the apparent efficiency of construction management for school building; attempts at cost savings by repeating existing designs through the “model schools” program might be better served by development of true systematic prototypes. Growth in charter schools should continue as the state tries to improve education and communities to have more control. Multi-service centers are a response to community needs for education, recreation, shelter, transportation, a food pantry, medical referral, a thrift shop, job and skills training, and a positive social environment. Income and educational disparity, homelessness, and unemployment in this economic climate will likely become a government priority, and there will be private funding from those who want to see their investment at work locally. Affordable housing trusts are being established in communities committed to providing below-market housing. These trusts have utilized community preservation funds to acquire sites, then work with a design team through the comprehensive permit process. If projects are based on a realistic pro forma, developers will bid and then be committed to carry out a project preferred by the town. I would expect more affordable housing to result from this pro-
cess than from developer-initiated 40B proposals, for which there has been considerable pushback by communities due to inappropriate density, character, or siting. The incentive to build affordable communities should be a priority as Massachusetts continues to lose its young, educated workforce to other parts of the country where living costs are lower. An aging population will create a market for housing that is accessible and conveniently located near mixed-use centers. Smaller scale senior living facilities in existing “walking” communities with support facilities nearby will be more easily permitted, will have faster market absorption, and will benefit the community, unlike remote large-scale life care projects. Smaller, more energy-efficient single family housing will also likely be developed within existing communities, with less dependency on car travel and more efficient land use. The planning, design and permitting will require architectural expertise that will be valuable to developers. Developments in technology will offer opportunities for architects as offsite information storage and government data collection results in the growth of data centers. Permitting complexities and code requirements will continue to increase in 2014 and create an opportunity for architects to take a leadership role on the development team to advise owners, negotiate with town regulatory officials, and expedite project approval. Vcevy Strekalovsky is president of Strekalovsky Architecture Inc. HIngham, Mass.
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New Year’s Resolutions by Stephanie Goldberg This time of year, many of us are making our New Year’s resolutions. While setting personal goals, we joke about how we will break them before the year’s end and repeat the cycle next year. But why can’t we make similar resolutions for our business lives, with Stephanie Goldberg better success and resolve? In revisiting and reinventing the concept of the New Year’s resolution, we can take stock of where we are professionally and where we want to be a year from now. According to the American Psychological Association, this “is a time for people to reflect on the past year’s behavior, and promise to make positive lifestyle changes.” Translating the statement to relate to the design firm, how might this chance for reflection impact the age-old concept of a yearly resolution and how might it benefit the company as a whole, as well as the individual? At Lab, we thought about creating five points where one can focus on and be impactful. Here are our reflections on “positive change.” Donate office time on projects with social impact. While we look at all of our
projects as opportunities to make real impact on people’s lives, we can take the time to seek out projects for nonprofits and others that would not be able to afford professional services. Knowing that a designer’s spare time is limited, the company Public Architecture has established the concept of 1% for good – giving 1% of office resources to a group in need of design work. From its website theonepercent.org, the organization helps pair building professionals with nonprofits, helping to facilitate positive nonprofit work. Focus on office culture. As the year progresses, firms get busier and tied up with meetings, production, and deadlines. How the team coalesces can get lost in the shuffle. At the start of the new year, one can look back at the work accomplished and how the teams juggled the various tasks of bringing work to fruition. Before the year jumps into gear, goals for how the office might work better together can be established. Are there better opportunities for mentoring? Are there those in the office who need or want new challenges? Should there be more time for the office to come together to review overall progress or design ideas? These can be reviewed now and methods for checking in established throughout the year. Look at where we are heading. By year’s end, projects have been completed, interviews attended, connections made, all
contributing to a direction that the firm is heading in. Comparing this past year with others further past, we can look at the overall path the company is headed in and compare to goals that may have been established in long-term planning meetings. At this moment, there is the opportunity to decide if there are additional paths the company can or wants to take. These can be based on long-range planning goals already made, or decided based an understanding of the natural direction the latest body of work is taking the company. Understand the greater team. We think of our projects as the product of a larger collaboration between the architect, client, contractor, and consultants. Project success hinges on the collaboration of this larger team. Looking back, are there ways where we can work better together? What was most successful? Moving forward, one can seek out opportunities to discuss goals for future collaboration. Perhaps such conversations can take place outside of the job meetings early on in the year, before work gets back into full swing. Think about our 24x7 world. A big question in this digital age is balance of work and life. With our smartphones on all the time and usually by our sides, we are increasingly connected on a continuous basis. Returning from our holidays, and time with family, one can look back at how on call we have been throughout the year and
decide if it has worked well or not. Has the level of connectivity led to better and more effective work or has is interfered with overall creativity and attention to projects? The answer will be different for everyone, but it is worth looking at. Our connections to our phones have an immediacy that is hard to escape. Taking the time to look at the larger continuum can help us to decide how we want the relationship with our technology to evolve in the coming year. Drawing from long-term plans but taking time to look primarily at the past year and the new can be a valuable exercise. It allows the firm to take a fine tuned view of the ongoing development of the office and establish small and achievable goals. The key to successful New Year’s resolutions is to start small. Self-reflection itself can be the goal, and looking forward an opportunity. In the process of looking to the new year, we can decide how we might keep our resolutions and how important they are to the ongoing success of the firm. Perhaps it is as simple as setting up time as an office to review the ideas set forth at the start of the year, or as complex and staking out a new direction. It’s a new year, full of possibility and success. Stephanie Goldberg, AIA, NCARB BC+D,LAB/ is a LEED accredited professional at LAB/ Life. Science. Architecture, Inc.
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Boston - Over the last four years, the fastest growing segment of the housing market has been the multifamily sector. Since reaching a nadir of 82,000 in 2009, multifamily housing starts have risen over 350%. Price growth has been just as impressive. Over the longer run, multifamily construction is driven primarily by the outlook for local household growth and homeownership rates. However, in the short run, vacancy rates and the pipeline of projects in development will determine how fast this demand is turned into additional supply. On the condominium side, supply remains tight. According to the Greater Boston Association of Realtors, the inventory of existing condos currently sits at 514 units, which is down 31% from year ago levels.
Consequently, in spite of some mild offsetting influences stemming from the rental market, condo prices will continue to rise over the forecast horizon. Tight supply of both detached and multifamily residences has for a long time been a constraint in the residential Boston market. This has resulted in rents growing by an average annual rate of 3.7%, while home prices have increased by double the pace of income growth. In an effort to provide some relief, Mayor Thomas Merino recently announced a $16 billion housing plan that would bring an estimated 30,000 units of housing to the city of Boston by the year 2020. This is an excerpt from a report provided by TD Economics. It is for informational and educational purposes only.
that need some sort of facility alteration moving into 2014 can also take advantage of this opportunity to become more efficient as a working health center. “When we go in for our needs assessment meeting, we talk with doctors, nurses, and the admin staff to find out what the day-to-day operations are in their current building,” Menard continues. “A lot of times there are opportunities for owners to save money simply by creating a facility that allows for the staff to perform better. Something as simple as a doctor having to walk a shorter distance to fill out his charts translates to more time serving patients.” Another healthcare trend that Nadeau expects to see is an increase in its
solar division. The opportunity to improve energy efficiency can prove to net these facilities large-scale savings over time. Not to mention create great public relations and generate a way to showcase their efforts toward sustainability in the community. This 2014 forecast boils down the age-old supply-and-demand reasoning. 30 million new customers for any industry probably means a greater need for construction in that sector. Nadeau’s MedBuild Team is looking forward to helping the New England healthcare community through this process into 2014 and beyond. Sean Lamontagne is director of business development for Nadeau Corporation
more operating rooms, greater accessibility for ambulances, and on top of all that, they will require more medical office space to support the added administrative staff. These changing facilities will need insight to increase efficiency and minimize costs, but the tricky part is retaining that high level of quality needed to attract those top rated physicians and in turn, charge those premium rates that result in larger profit margins. “We expect to see many existing facilities being renovated whenever possible,” says Menard. “If they’re going to need an expansion, our team is going to sit down with the powers that be, and figure out a way to maximize the efficiency of the facility while still minimizing expenses.” This by no means indicates that the days of luxury healthcare facilities are over. “This is nothing new for us; we’ve been upgrading old buildings into state-of-the-art medical facilities for 30 years. It’s a matter of knowing what the needs and wants are, and then implementing a strategy that allows it to stay within budget and adhere to a strict schedule.” When new construction is needed, Nadeau suggests a design-build approach. With integrated project delivery and overlap, the owner generally sees savings related to efficiency, fewer obstacles, and faster completion. By including contractors like Nadeau in the design stages on the front end, healthcare organizations allow for identification of less expensive materials and methodologies. Healthcare systems
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An Interview: Richard R. Fisher Richard R. Fisher was recently installed as president of Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM), the commonwealth’s leading trade association for the subcontracting industry. He is president of Red Wing Construction, of Beverly. In addition Richard Fisher to his serving as a member of ASM’s board of directors, he is a former director of the Architectural Millwork Institute and a member of the Massachusetts Building Congress and the Lean Construction Institute. High-Profile had the opportunity to interview him regarding his hopes and plans for the future of ASM. HP: Tell us about your involvement with ASM and what led you to become president. RF: I first got involved about 10 years ago recognizing the power of associations to change an industry and provide individual companies with the resources to succeed in their day-to-day business operations. For much of the past decade I have been actively involved in the association’s legislative efforts – in particular, the campaign that led to the passage of Prompt Pay Law in 2010. RF: After being so active for so
long a period, it becomes almost natural to progress through the officer positions. It was a privilege to be asked to serve as president, and I am excited to see what a difference we can make as a board team in the next couple of years. HP: What would you most like to accomplish during your term? RF: While staying active in ASM’s legislative efforts, as president I’d like to focus on strengthening the association’s educational and technical assistance programs, and its members’ access to business resources. ASM has been the preeminent organization for subcontractors in Massachusetts for decades, and my goal is for it to become an even more significant presence and be recognized even further by the legislature, the business community, and the construction industry. Given the importance of the construction industry to the state’s economy, and the critical role that subcontractors play, there’s no reason why that can’t happen. HP: What are ASM’s top priorities for the membership in 2014. RF: We’d like to expand our educational offerings and technical assistance programs, which members have long considered one of the most important services we provide. Already our Program Committee has a pretty robust schedule in the works for 2014.
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tainty in the healthcare market right now, it’s hard to say what 2014 will bring, but we’re determined to continue offering this good option to our members as long as it remains available. HP: What about the political arena? What issues will you be dealing with on Beacon Hill? RF: ASM has always been known for our strong advocacy for subcontractors, and that tradition will continue. It’s in our mission to do all we can protect and promote subcontractor rights. But at the same time, we make it a point to be fair to all parties to the construction process. Our goal is to restore balance to an industry that has become seriously out of whack, and achieve a fair business environment that makes it possible for businesses at all levels to succeed. Specifically, we’ve been part of a group working on reforms to public construction… and we will continue to work to make sure the reforms are reasonable to subcontractors and don’t have harmful unintended consequences. We are working with another group on legislation that will fix some loopholes in the lien law and stop the erosion of subcontractor lien rights that has resulted from a string of bad court decisions that are contrary to the intent of the law. And finally, our top priority is Continued on page 35
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Redesigning Learning Centers and Community Spaces By Roland Tang For the past decade, CTA Construction has had the privilege of building schools that transform the way we learn. These new structures adhere to new design principles that not only make buildings perform better when it comes to reduced Roland Tang energy usage and improved indoor air quality, but they also enhance the effectiveness of learning and enrich the experience for students young and old. Classrooms, such as those in the new West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School and Park Avenue Elementary School in Webster, designed by Flansburgh Architects and Dore & Whittier Architects respectively, and both under construction, have become “student centered.” They are specifically designed to be flexible, where furniture can be rearranged to foster group learning and collaboration, while the “teacher centered” orientation can still be maintained when formal instructions are conducted. Increasingly, spaces within the schools have been redesigned to allow cross-discipline learning. Science laboratories, art studios,
Rendering of Park Avenue Elementary School history classrooms, have all been grouped closer together to allow and encourage students to learn across curriculum. Corridors have widened to become common spaces for informal gathering, student interaction, and idea exchange. The traditional libraries within these schools are no longer necessarily quiet rooms confined by walls, but have become learning commons – multi-media centers supported by computer labs that allow student to access, evaluate, and retain information from a variety of sources. Expanded connectivity will continue to transform the methods and speed by which our students will have access to information and therefore, learn.
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The gymnasium and fitness areas have also been transformed to allow more natural lighting through skylights and specially designed and placed clearstory windows, while minimizing glare on the floors. To further enhance the function of the schools and community experience of the students, cafeterias have now become multi-purpose rooms. These traditional dining areas can now be opened up and reconfigured to allow after school functions and community events. Auditorium and performing art centers have also become accessible to the public, with security measures worked into the operational logistics.
This transformation of spaces also takes place at learning and community centers for our seniors. The Marlborough Senior Center designed by Courtstreet Architects and being constructed by CTA Construction is a building that features a large multi-purpose room, a library, computer room, and dedicated space for games, fitness, arts, and crafts. Like the schools, these spaces have been designed with the flexibility to accommodate a variety of programs and functions for both the seniors and the community. Another CTA project, the new Dracut Town Hall that we are currently collaborating with architect Johnson Roberts Associates, will also provide town officials and the local residents with an energy efficient civic building that will enhance their sense of community. As construction goes into full swing in 2014, we will continue to see improvement to not only the CTA projects described here, but to the many academic and civic buildings across Massachusetts. These enhancements in design will have a significant positive impact on our students’ achievement and improvement on the quality of life for our seniors and communities. CTA is proud to be part of this investment in our future. Roland Tang is V.P., business development at CTA Construction Co. Inc.
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Assisted Living Under Mass. Ch 40B Not Quite There, By Brian D. Jones The aging population has created an ever-growing need for specialized housing for seniors. Those individuals who no longer want to or are able to care for a personal residence often choose to move to an assisted living residence. Assisted living residences are Brian Jones able to provide care to people who are having difficulty living independently, but do not need the daily nursing services provided in a nursing home. These projects are typically welcomed into a community because of the low impacts and added revenues from property taxes. The projects themselves generate little traffic, and the traffic that is generated is traditionally off-peak. Also, the assisted living residences do not add children to the school system. The developments are also seen as a community asset, allowing seniors to stay within the town they currently reside. However, even projects that are popular and fill a need must comply with local zoning – or do they? The Comprehensive Permit Law, also known as Chapter 40B, was created to help address the shortage of affordable
housing units throughout the commonwealth of Massachusetts. This statute encourages affordable housing development by granting the developer the right to exceed local zoning and wetland restrictions in return for building affordable housing. This statute also applies to assisted living residences in order to expand the affordable housing options for seniors. Although many assisted living developers find that the 20% to 25% affordable unit requirement does not meet their development model, some developers are seeing the untapped potential that lies in the 40B pathway. Take for example a developer that has identified a market for an assisted living residence. They have located an appropriate building site within that market but are unable to pursue the project because the use is not allowed within the zoning district, or the dimensional requirements are too restrictive to allow proper siting of the building. The developer may then try to re-zone the property, but this is a time-consuming and uncertain process. Alternatively, the developer may pursue the project under the Comprehensive Permit Law and inject some flexibility into the zoning requirements. This allows the developer to choose the right site, not based on a Zoning Bylaw that may be Continued on page 21
But We Keep on Swinging by Mike Kolakowski The numbers are in, and it seems to everyone at KBE Building Corporation that our economy and industry have passed through the worst of the recession and crept into a slow and sustainable recovery. We all know that the construction market was one of the industries Mike Kolakowski hardest-hit by the recession. Our industry’s nationwide unemployment spiked upwards of 25% at the worst moments, and many projects have languished on drawing boards. Economists are predicting an uneven recovery for construction in 2014 and beyond. The construction market segments that took the biggest nosedives, such as housing and institutional building, are coming back in a big way next year. Multifamily residences and housing facilities will drive 2014 growth, which bodes well for commercial construction companies. Although demand for rental properties soared following the housing collapse, experts predict that single-family home construction will take much longer to catch up, causing residential builders continued heartburn.
One explanation for the swinging 2014 forecast is the simple fact that numbers got so low in previous years. Economists say that while construction starts will rise in 2014, the depth of the recovery lies in institutional building. McGraw Hill Construction (MHC) forecasts that 2014 will see the end of a three-year decline in institutional building with a modest 2% gain. Of the sectors that make up institutional building, educational facilities show the greatest potential. Educational buildings are predicted by MHC to come back from a negative 3.4% in 2013 to a positive 3% in 2014. That’s great news for construction companies who know how to work with campuses on asset reinvestment programs – comprehensive facilities upgrade, maintenance, and improvement programs. Our 2014 contracts support that forecast. Asset reinvestment isn’t glamorous, but these facilities maintenance programs have given KBE Building Corporation a way to maintain relationships with our education sector clients during the lean years when there was little money for new building. If the forecasts turn out to be true, KBE and other construction companies who turned to maintenance and facilities management during the recession are ideally positioned to take the lead on any new building projects. Continued on page 46
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North Shore Community College contractors developing more sustainable buildings and has also reduced material, installation, and maintenance costs. As an industry leader, Copley Wolff Design Group has designed green roofs for corporate headquarters, higher education facilities, medical office buildings, and high-rise apartments. At The Clarendon, a residential tower located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, Copley Wolff Design Group designed four semi-intensive green roofs that provide areas used for both public and pri-
vate amenity space. In addition to offering owners an urban oasis, these green spaces also help the building reach its environmental goals by helping it achieve LEED Silver Certification. Green roofs for commercial buildings not only provide environmental benefits, but they also enhance the visual appearance and provide outdoor space for the tenants of the building. The green roof at 75 State Street includes a variety of seating areas and open areas for small events or team meetings. The seventh floor deck contains numerous
plants that create pops of color throughout the spring, summer, and early fall seasons for occupants to enjoy during the work day. At the North Shore Community College in Danvers, the firm’s design of the green roof for the new Net Zero Energy Student Services Building provides a number of environmental benefits while also serving as an educational tool that students can utilize, learn, and calculate green metrics. Currently, Copley Wolff Design Group is planning and designing green roofs and roof decks for the following Boston mixed-use developments: 101 Seaport Square and The Watermark in the Seaport District; 22 Water Street in Cambridge; 345 Harrison Street, Northampton Square, and Ink Block in the South End; and 131 Beverly Street and One Canal Street in the Bulfinch Triangle. These projects are helping to change the landscape of Boston by providing environmental benefits to the buildings while also creating appealing urban green spaces for everyone to enjoy. Michael D’Angelo, LEED AP is a landscape architect at Copley Wolff Design Group, Landscape Architects & Planners.
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Hot Topics & Trends BIM Execution Plans: One of my Three Passions… by Chad Wisler As we toast to the new year, there is no better time than now to discuss one of the best project planning tools needed for almost every project active in our industry. Although it may not be at the top of your list during the holiday season, by gaining a better unChad Wisler derstanding of the importance of developing a BIM Execution Plan for your projects it will pay off for you, your firm, and most importantly your clients. Historically, any “managed” project was proactively managed throughout the development of a Project Execution Plan, which was either very simple or very detailed (not complicated). This often was dependent upon the project team members and the scope of work. Reaching back to my project management professional training, and latenight reviews of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (look it up), the most critical time period of a project is within the first two to three weeks.
The BIM Execution Plan is the direct offshoot of today’s design, construction, and facility management focus through streamlined project teams and relatively new software platforms. A BIM Execution Plan is essentially a subset of the overall Project Execution Plan for a project that is focused on the BIM environment and how it will be utilized for the design, construction, as-builting, and facility maintenance for the project/building. The plan is a jointly agreed upon and developed plan that documents what software will be used to generate the BIM model, who is responsible for what and when, and how the model will be utilized throughout the project (design, construction, and owner use). Such a simple concept is perhaps self-evident to many of the professionals reading this article, however, at the same time, BIM and its variations of its implementation on a project cannot be left to chance. There are three options in developing a BIM Execution Plan: Option 1 – don’t do it; option 2 – develop a very detailed plan; and option 3 – develop a simple, clear plan. Each option may be suitable for your project, but my recommendation is to focus on option 3 for our projects.
Option 1 – Don’t Do a Plan Unfortunately, the majority of BIM projects today still do not employ any “Plan.” While BIM and the associated software platforms (Revit, Intergraph, Navisworks, EcoDomus, Archibus, etc.) are relatively mature, their overall integration into a project is not, and perhaps never will be since there is not a “one-solution for every project/client.” Therefore, if your project does not have a BIM Execution Plan, you are putting unnecessary risk on your firm, your client, and also reducing the potential of what the project could be. This is a lost opportunity for you and your client. Don’t do it. Option 2 – Overly Detailed Plan Some of the most impressive plans are literally hundreds of pages and take months to develop. Most of us have worked on projects where we have spent several months developing a plan and a beautiful colorful record document for the plan and feel great about it. However, at the same time, the team is moving forward, developing habits, and most importantly, not following the plan and essentially falling back to a nonplan. This in turn results in misaligned models and expectations of the model for design, con-
struction, and owner use. Option 3 – Simple, Clear Plan The more concise and clear a plan can be the better. In doing so, all participants (designers, management, CMs, and owners) can clearly understand the modeling efforts, and what is (and is not) modeled and by whom. The plan is then followed and used as a tool to manage the project. Because the plan is simple, it can be used as a communication and check-in tool for all members of your project team. Additionally, by keeping it concise, it can be developed, reviewed/approved within a couple of weeks of the project, which further aids in its real-time use. In summary, develop a plan, keep it simple and concise, and engage the participants in its development. Don’t get caught in the academic level of producing an impressive binder for the plan or even worse – not developing a plan at all. Lastly, remember that we develop plans to focus on how to achieve a goal (in life and business). The BIM Execution Plan is a valuable tool for proactive management of today’s BIM projects. Happy New Year! Chad Wisler, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is a managing principal at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP in Boston.
by David E. Wilson This is part one of a two-part series. The second part, addressing “pay if paid,” disputes, and suspension of work, will appear in next month’s edition of High-Profile. - Editor. The Prompt Pay Act of 2010 has improved the flow of funds to those David Wilson who furnish and pay for the labor and materials in private construction. It contains important provisions affecting progress payments, change orders, “pay-if paid,” disputes, and suspension of work. The law applies to prime contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers entitled to file a mechanic’s lien on projects where the prime contract has an original price of $3 million or more. It does not apply to residential projects of four or fewer units, or where the prime contract was entered into before November 8, 2010. Here’s how the Prompt Pay Act works: Payment applications contracts and subcontracts must provide reasonable time periods within which periodic payment applications are submitted, approved or rejected, and paid. The parties may negotiate
those time periods provided they’re reasonable and don’t exceed the prescribed limits. The reasonable time period for submission of an application may not exceed 30 days. The cycle begins with the end of the first calendar month occurring at least 14 days after the applicant’s commencement of work. Payments are based on actual progress, although milestones may still be a basis for payment if the time between applications doesn’t exceed 30 days. Once submitted, the reasonable time period for approval or rejection may not exceed 15 days. But since the prime contractor must receive, review, and assemble applications from its subcontractors for inclusion in its own submission, the law allows the prime contractor an additional seven days to approve or reject a subcontractor’s application. Likewise, the law allows each tier below the prime contractor seven days more than the tier above for approval or rejection of an application from the tier below. The grounds for rejection are not prescribed by the law and remain subject to the parties’ contract. However, any rejection, whether in whole or in part, must be in writing, explain the factual and contractual basis for the rejection, and be certified as made in good faith. An application for payment that’s neither approved nor rejected within the specified time is deemed approved. To ac-
count for possible oversight or error, an application that was deemed approved may still be rejected up until the time payment is due, but the rejection must otherwise meet the statutory requirements for rejection. Meanwhile, a deemed approved application advances in line toward payment. Finally, regardless of whether approval was express or deemed, the reasonable time period for payment of an application may not exceed 45 days after approval. The law also requires contracts and subcontracts to provide reasonable time periods within which written requests for change orders are approved or rejected. The time period for approval or rejection of change orders may not exceed 30 days after submission of the request, or commencement of the changed work, whichever is later. The prime contractor, and each low-
er tier, is allowed seven days longer than the tier above for approval or rejection of a change order request from the tier below. Requirements for submission and entitlement remain a matter of contract. Rejection may be in whole or in part, but it must be in writing, explain the factual and contractual basis for rejection, and be certified as made in good faith. If a change order request is neither approved nor rejected within the specified time, it’s likewise deemed approved, unless properly rejected before payment is due. And once approved, whether expressly or “deemed”, the change order request may be submitted for payment with the next application for payment. David E. Wilson is a partner at the construction law firm of Corwin & Corwin LLP, and drafted the bill that became the Prompt Pay Act.
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Public Relations Can Bring Big Attention to Small Business By Michele Spiewak This article originally appeared in the SMPS Boston blog Outlook . - Editor In today’s business environment and media landscape, companies are vying with each other for attention from a myriad of audiences: customers, suppliers, consultants, and proMichele Spiewak spective employees, to name a few. It can be especially difficult for small businesses to make a big impact in such a noisy environment. Small businesses have their own particular goals and challenges in the marketplace. Public relations can play a significant role in raising the visibility of small businesses. Why should a small business consider launching a public relations program? For small businesses, public relations is an invaluable marketing tool. It creates visibility and brand recognition, builds credibility and third-party validation through editorial placement, and, we hope, generates new business leads. Targeted, strategic public relations can also produce tangible results that raise aware-
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that understands the unique goals and challenges of small businesses. The first step of every successful PR program is to understand the client’s core business by knowing what sets it apart from its competition. For small businesses owners, that golden nugget includes their expertise and the story behind their business. A good PR professional will convey the message
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RODE Completes Modern Penthouse Suite for Historic Building Brendan Haley Design Build LLC General Contractor Boston - RODE Architects announced the completion of a modern 1,200sf penthouse and roof deck to a sixth floor condo unit at 108 Lincoln St., a historic old mill building in Bostonâ€™s Leather District. The wood and metal clad penthouse features a master bedroom and bathroom, den with fireplace, and large glass doors to the roof deck with outdoor kitchen. A staircase connects the renovated sixth floor to the penthouse. The mezzanine floor opens between the lower and upper level, allowing natural light from skylights to flood the new kitchen and main living space. RODE collaborated closely with general contractor Brendan Haley Design Build LLC of Newton, Mass., during construction to ensure the integrity of the design was maintained through the detailing.
The new addition harnesses the integrity of the old mill building construction with contemporary lines of new architectural elements. Named for its dominance of the leather industry in the 19th century, the Leather District encompasses nearly 11 acres located between the Financial District and Chinatown in Boston. The historic neighborhood, which is zoned with a capped rooftop height, required RODE to work through a strict zoning approval and community review process with the Boston Redevelopment Authority before adding the seventh floor penthouse onto the 114-year-old building. RODE is also working on 107 South St., adding a 1,600sf penthouse to an existing 3,200sf sixth floor condo to create a two-story unit with a solarium and outdoor
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Newport, RI - Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. of Holliston, Mass. recently completed the electrical installation work at the U.S. Navy’s Officer Training Command Quarters in Newport, R.I. The new Nimitz Hall, a 118,500sf, three-story facility, was constructed to house naval candidates entering the officer training program. The state-of-theart facility holds 116 modules with four students per module, in addition to laundry, utility, storage, and multipurpose space, with vending areas and a loading dock. Also included within the building is support space for Officer Training Command’s training and administration staff. The Griffin Electric team was responsible for the BIM 3D coordination of fixture conduit runs and cable tray installations on-
site. Additionally, Griffin designed the fire alarm system, installing it along with systems for power, lighting, mass notification, tele/data, and low voltage. Serving as the project’s general contractor was Absher Construction Company of Puyallup, WA, with Tetra Tech, of Seattle, WA, as the architect and BCE Engineers, of Fife, Wash., the electrical engineer. “We are proud to be concluding our first project with Absher,” remarked Wayne J. Griffin, president of Griffin Electric. The project is anticipating LEED Gold certification, due to the utilization of a solar thermal water heating system and high efficiency plumbing fixtures throughout the facility.
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Co r p o r a t e MPA Completes National Development Woburn Office Woburn, MA - Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) recently completed the design and renovation of a Woburn office building for National Development. MPA designed the base building upgrade to the 80,000sf building at 200 Unicorn Park Drive to accommodate medical offices. Additionally, MPA provided interior architecture and healthcare design services for Winchester Hospital Outpatient Center, which occupies half of the facility. National Development selected MPA to first retrofit the existing office building into a patient-focused medical office building. The four-story building received upgrades to the lobby, common, and tenant areas, including new finishes, lighting, and electrical service. New mechanical systems were specifically designed for medical use, and a stretcher-size elevator was installed. The ground floor offers an entrance with sliding doors for easy access, a lobby food kiosk, a lobby concierge station to direct visitors, a central registration area, and an outpatient lab. Once the building upgrade was completed, MPA designed a 38,000sf tenant fit-out for the Winchester Hospital Outpatient Center. MPA was selected to
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700 Technology Drive Braintree, MA - Campanelli announced it has sold 700 and 900 Technology Park Drive in Billerica to Grander Capital Partners (GCP) for $7.1 million. The two buildings, totaling 87,000sf situated in a mature park setting, are directly off Route 3, within six miles of both Interstate 495 and Route 128. The Transwestern I RBJ Capital Markets group of Chris Skeffington and Roy Sandeman represented both the buyer and seller in collaboration with the firmâ€™s leasing team of Brian McKenzie, John Wilson, and James Lipscomb.
Renovation of the two Billerica properties included refurbishing the lobbies, new ceilings, new floors, new lighting in common areas, and significant upgrades to the fitness center. Additional improvements were also made to the parking lots, HVAC efficiency, and landscaping. The buildings are located in a prestigious office park home to well-known companies such as Avaya, GE, Luminus Devices, Inc., and Raytheon. The park also features a full-service cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch, a daycare, and a hotel.
IEP Technologies Rockland, MA - Integrated Builders Inc. began construction on a new headquarters for IEP Technologies. The project, located at 417 South Street in Marlborough, will focus on the build out of 34,000sf of interior space in the 140,000sf building. CI Design, Inc. and Engineered Systems, Inc. will collaborate with Integrated Builders to complete the project by February 2014. In 2011, Integrated Builders worked with the ownership, Calare Properties, on the exterior of the building, and completed site utilities,
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Educational New Maynard High Officially Opens CTA CM - Tappé Architects Maynard, MA - CTA Construction recently celebrated the ribboncutting ceremony of the new 121,000sf Maynard High School. The new two-story building was designed to integrate into the educational complex of three other Maynard School buildings. It was constructed in stages, and now comprises four wings: Wing A houses the gymnasium, locker rooms, and classrooms; Wing B, administrative offices and classrooms; Wing C, auditorium, cafeteria, kitchen, and academic classrooms, and Wing D, mechanical rooms. The building also features a radio/ TV station that is integral to the school curriculum. The gymnasium and auditorium are designed with the intention to be accessible to the community after school hours, when the remainder of the building is secured. CTA Construction continued with the second phase of the project after
Maynard High School the new building was erected. The existing school was demolished and replaced by new athletic practice fields. Extensive site improvement work brought the project into full completion. The project is a participant in the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS), which would be the equivalent of a silver LEED building. CTA Construction collaborated with both project designer, Tappé Architects, and owner’s project manager, Municipal Building Consultants, Inc.
State Electric Under Way at Lesley U Designed by Bruner/Cott
Cambridge, MA State Electric Corp. of Bedford is in early phase electrical construction of Lesley University’s College of Art & Design project on Mass. Ave. in Porter Square, Cambridge. The new $46 million Lunder Arts Center, a landmark project for the college, integrates modern design and historic architecture. A new, contemporary four-story structure will Lesley U’s College of Art & Design – Architect Bruner/Cott connect to the historic former North Prospect SEC project manager Chris MaChurch by a three-story, glass wall comhoney and foreman Mark Federico are mons that will serve as the entrance to the managing the project with an electrical Arts Center, opening to a plaza on Mass. field crew expected to reach upwards of Ave. The former church will be relocated 14 Local 103 electricians and technicians in November to a lot adjacent to the new at peak construction. The complex projfacility, and in an adaptive reuse project ect is scheduled for completion in Octowill undergo an extensive restoration and ber 2014. renovation to incorporate an arts library The Lunder Arts Center, designed and art studios. State Electric’s compreby Bruner/Cott & Associates, will be built hensive electrical project scope includes to meet LEED Silver certification stanproviding the facility’s primary and emerdards. John Moriarty and Associates is gency power, lighting and lighting control the project’s general contractor. The projsystems, and fire alarm system installaect is partially funded by the Massachutions. The NECA contractor is currently setts Cultural Facilities Fund. providing temporary power to the site.
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Boston - On Wednesday, December 18, BOND celebrated the topping off ceremony for the town of Wakefield’s Galvin Middle School. The new facility will replace the nearly 60-year-old existing Galvin Middle School, providing enhanced technology and educational services for Wakefield students in grades 5 through 8. The new 187,733sf Galvin Middle School is being built directly adjacent to the existing, fully-operational middle school, creating the necessity for a strict focus on safety and quality throughout construction. BOND is collaborating with town of Wakefield representatives, owner’s project manager Joslin Lesser + Associates, and design firm Tappé Associates to complete the new facility that will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, a media center, cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, technology labs, and spaces for special education, art, music, science, guidance, and school administration. Galvin Middle School construction is being completed in five phases to minimize disruption to the existing school and allow continued operations through the 2013-2014 academic year. BOND is currently in the midst of the project’s third phase, focused on the interior fit-out of the school’s academic wing; steel erection for the auditorium and music wing; and roof installation for an area of the school
l-r: Ed Bond, CEO of BOND; Chris Callanan, Steve Mai, and Joseph Bertrand-of the Galvin Middle School Permanent Building Committee; Katie Philbin, Ryan Dirico, Dave Capaldo, James Wrisley and Frank Hayes, all of BOND; Patrick Glynn, chair of the Galvin Middle School Building Advisory Committee; and Linda Carlson and Gregg Hogg of BOND that will house academic classrooms, a library, cafeteria, and administrative space. The team also completed a turf field prior to the start of building construction. Future phases of work will include the abatement and demolition of the existing Galvin Middle School to make way for the new facility’s gymnasium, as well as the fit-out of the remaining incomplete interior spaces. BOND will also build a second turf field for the campus. Final project completion is scheduled for summer 2015.
Novartis project team with Mayor Henrietta Davis and other dignitaries at topping off ceremony. Cambridge, MA - Skanska USA and Novartis recently topped out the 550,000sf Novartis campus expansion project in Cambridge. To commemorate the topping out, Skanska’s project team, Local 7 Iron Workers, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research executives, and local leaders, including mayor of Cambridge Henrietta Davis and Cambridge Fire Department Captain Thomas Cahill, gathered at the construction site to lift and place the project’s ceremonial topping out beam, marking the structural completion of the cam-
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Rendering of Tulley Buick/ GMC dealership. Nashua, NH – Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has contracted with the Tulley Automotive Group to renovate its Buick / GMC dealership in Nashua. Designed by Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects, the project entails both interior and exterior showroom renovations, as well as upgrades designed to comply with the latest GMC image re-
quirements. Work includes new sales and sales manager workstations; bathrooms; flooring, ceilings and lighting; a new glass & aluminum curtainwall; and ACM cladding. This is the latest project Jewett has undertaken for the Tulley Automotive Group. Other projects include a new BMW dealership and service center in Manchester, and an addition and renovation of Tulley BMW in Nashua.
West Elevation Wareham, MA - Groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently for construction of a 90-room TownePlace Suites in Wareham.The new hotel will be owned and operated by the Lafrance Hospitality Company and is the second building under construction at Rosebrook Place, South Elevation the A.D. Makepeace Company’s mixedtourism and economic development “go use development on Route 28 at the hand in hand.” I-495/I-195 interchange. The hotel, designed and constructA.D. Makepeace Company Presed by Opechee Construction Corp. of ident and CEO Michael P. Hogan deBelmont, N.H., is scheduled for opening scribed the hotel as the second of two in early 2015. It will include a 300-seat “bookends” for the v site, the first being function facility and an indoor pool. the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Rosebrook Place includes 32,000sf branch whose new steel frame was visible of retail and office space, and luxury from the groundbreaking site. apartments, all overlooking one of the “I just have one thing to say: this is A.D. Makepeace Company’s 2,000 acres a big deal,” exclaimed Marie Oliva, presof cranberry bogs. ident and CEO of the Cape Cod Canal Across the bog is Rosebrook BusiRegion Chamber of Commerce before a ness Park, a 186,000sf office park whose crowd of about 50 Lafrance executives, first building, completed in 2011, houses Wareham officials, other local businessSouthcoast Hospital Group and Fresenius es, and employees and board members of Medical Care. the A.D. Makepeace Company. Oliva said
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Bowdoin Completes ALDI Food Market FCSI Boston Celebrates10 Years Boston - At a recent gathering at Davio’s in downtown Boston, the New England Chapter of the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) celebrated its 10th anniversary and raised $20,000 for the Greater Boston Food Bank and the Emily A. Swartz Scholarship Foundation. “It’s important to us that we support our industry, spend time with friends, and help others at this time of year,” says Edward Arons, chairman of the local FCSI chapter and senior associate at Colburn & Guyette, a foodservice design firm based
ALDI Food Market Middletown, RI - Bowdoin Conimprovements and a complete interior fitstruction recently completed the adaptive out for this new market. The grand openreuse of vacant retail space into a new ing was celebrated on October 3, 2013. ALDI Food Market. The project included selective demolition followed by exterior
An Interview: Richard R. Fisher Continued from page 15 legislation to fix the problems caused by the standard withholding of “retainage” from payments due to a contractor on private work. Typically, the retainage holdback amounts to 10% of every payment. The work is done and the money has been earned, but it is withheld as assurance the work is satisfactory. But it is typically held for many months after the work is done – and even long after the entire project is done. It’s too much, and it’s held too long. Setting limits on this is our top priority, and is not just an issue here in Massachusetts. It is something that has already been addressed in many other states, and it’s time for Massachusetts to do something about it, too. HP: What can you tell us about the new ASM Young Professionals Group? RF: We have been talking about this for a few years now – but it took some of ASM’s “next generation” young professionals to make it happen. A few of them got together this year and are now working to plan their kickoff event early in the new year. They expect to offer a variety of activities that provide an opportunity for both learning and networking – while having fun in the process. The YP Group follows the lead of other similar groups in the industry, and is an important way to develop our future leaders and encourage them to develop the professional relationships that are so important to success in this industry. HP: Can you explain about the first ASM Pinnacle Award that was presented at the November Dinner Gala? RF: This was an award established just this year to recognize an individual who had shown extraordinary support and service to ASM over the course of many decades – Atty. Jerrold Olanoff of the construction law firm of Corwin & Corwin. Anyone who knows Jerry knows
the unique individual he is – an excellent lawyer as well as a contractor at heart. We wanted to create a special award for a special individual, in recognition of the breadth of his support to the Association – offering legal advice, giving presentations, preparing legislation, etc. – over such a long period of time. No one has done more. It’s possible that the award will be presented again, but there are no plans to do so on a regular basis. We want to keep it special. HP: What are some of the calendar events the association is working on for 2014? RF: We will have quite a range of programs this year, starting with a program on marketing basics in January; economic forecast in February; and building your project backlog in March, which we are presenting jointly with the Construction Financial Management Association. We’ll also be covering insurance issues, public bidding, contract negotiation, and other topics later in the year. New this year will be a panel we’re putting together for the spring, with several general contractors, where they will offer tips and advice to subcontractors on what they are looking for in subcontractors today – what it takes to be considered for their team. We are also planning a repeat of our popular general contractor showcase in the fall, where we invite 20 or so of the state’s leading general contractors to take part in a unique, user-friendly networking event. At the same time, we will be continuing our popular “Safety Roundtables” every two months, offered in partnership with OSHA and the MA Division of Labor Standards. In short, we will be offering a wide range of educational opportunities for our members, in an effort to serve not just company owners, but all members of their management team.
(l-r) Eric Swartz, Executive Chef at Davio’s Boston, Father of Emily Swartz; Edward Arons, Chairman of FCSI New England, Senior Associate at Colburn & Guyette Foodservice
Jonathan Blass, Craig Volcovici, Edward Arons, Mitch Marcotte and Brian Glennon out of Rockland. “After 10 years of donating to the food bank, it has become tradition, and this year we wanted to continue that tradition as well as start a new one.” In addition to the Greater Boston Food Bank, FCSI New England will be donating to a local charity as well. This year’s recipient is the Emily A. Swartz Scholarship Foundation, which was created in memorial of Emily Swartz, the daughter of Davio’s executive chef, Eric Swartz. While this foundation is still in its infancy its goal is to give back to the school and community programs that Emily Swartz loved most.
Fulcrum Completes LaBelle Winery Amherst, NH – Fulcrum Associates of Amherst recently celebrated the completion of LaBelle Winery in Amherst. The new 20,000sf winery nestled on the hillside of the former Bragdon Farm on Route 101 is a family business, run by winemaker Amy LaBelle and her husband Cesar Arboleda. The new California-style winery is of timber framed construction wrapped by structural insulated panels and sided with a blend of EFIS and clapboard and shingle siding. The extensive glazing bathes the West-facing facility in natural light providing a very inviting atmosphere throughout all the spaces. The main entrance is protected by an arched copper roofed canopy that leads you into the large vaulted two-story tasting room and retail space. The tasting bar and French brasserie café provide a comfortable environment for enjoying the fruit of LaBelle’s labor. The tasting room flows outside to one of three terraces featuring a fire bowl that enhances the ambiance. From the tasting room you get a glimpse of a three-story space housing five 23-foot-tall stainless steel fermentation tanks that will help increase the winery distribution from 18,000 to about 60,000 gallons per year. The gallery space is multi-functional and overlooks the area designed to ultimately house 13 of the 23-foottall tanks. Through the gallery you enter the “Vintage Room” a private dining and function room with seating for 32, technology ports and a private outdoor terrace. The lower level of the building consists of approximately 9,000sf of manufacturing space for the winery, including an automated bottling and labeling line, raw storage, case storage, fermentation tanks, a barrel room and the winemakers lab.
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The tasting room and retail space A wide crushed concrete path leads to the lower-level drive-in entrance. Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the winery is the large and bright ballroom, or great room, which is about 4,500sf and includes a large dance floor, private bar and a series of patio doors that lead out to another private outdoor terrace with views of the vineyards. A well-appointed commercial kitchen easily meets all the guests’ needs. Fulcrum Associates partnered with LaBelle and BMA Architectural Group of Amherst, for the development effort. Sanford Surveying and Engineering of Bedford provided the civil engineering and permitting for the site. Jeff Luter, Rob Fournier and Daryl Luter lead the team for Fulcrum along with Marcus Parkkonen and Rolf Biggers from BMA’s office.
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Connecticut An Interview: James Fuda
High-Profile recently had the opportunity to talk with this year’s president of the Connecticut Building Congress (CBC), James Fuda, PE, vice president and director of operations for Alfred Benesch & Company of Glastonbury, Conn. HP: What’s James Fuda up next for CBC? JF: Our next monthly program in January presents the topic of construction claims. We are offering insight into how to be proactive on avoiding them and identifying the typical situations in which claims arise. As you know there are a lot of ways to avoid bigger problems later, such as addressing possible issues early on. In my years of experience I am well aware of how being proactive can keep things running smoothly and avoid problems for yourself and for owners. HP: In February its “The Roll of the Dice”? JF: Yes, “Casinos in New England.” We are continuing our commitment to
be forward thinking for attendees of our programs and the CBC membership. The CBC Program Committee, realizing that Massachusetts has been the current focus of casinos in New England, convened a panel of experts in the casino industry that will talk about not just what they see happening in the Massachusetts environment, but identify industry trends and opportunities in the Northeast. We also will take a look at New York, which is following a similar path as Massachusetts in regard to casinos. The panelists have experience in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine. So it’s going to be an interesting program to show what the trends are, where we stand today, and where they may develop in the future. HP: Your company, Benesch, has a Boston office…How much outreach to other states besides Connecticut does CBC represent? JF: I’d say primarily Connecticut, but we do have a few Massachusetts firms that are represented by our Connecticut members. HP: What’s the Annual Joint Dinner for Design and Construction? JF: That is one of the highlights of Continued on page 38
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ENR NY Selects Two KBE Projects Farmington, CT - Two university building projects completed this year by KBE Building Corporation have been selected by Engineering News-Record New York as among the top construction projects of the year in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. According to ENR, the award program focused not only on the value and scope of the structures, but on those projects which “stood out among their peers for overall qualities such as craftsmanship, innovation, and/or safety.” The two KBE projects selected include the renovation of the University of Connecticut McMahon Dining Hall as “Best Small Project” and the New London Hall Science Building at Connecticut College for an “Award of Merit: Higher Education.”
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BL Companies Donates to Food Banks Meriden, CT - BL Companies, an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm is donating $10,000 to food assistance programs in honor of their clients and business partners. “The food assistance programs are
facing ever increasing demands for their services throughout the communities where BL Companies works and our employee owners live,” said Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO. BL has contributed to food bank agencies in Conn., Penn., Mass., N.Y., Ohio and Texas.
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the year, where every organization that is involved in design and construction, primarily the design engineers and architects and other related design professionals, have a joint dinner. It’s usually around 300 people. Last year the governor was invited and the last two years he has been our keynote speaker. It is consistent with the way the design and construction industry is – projects get done by collaboration now. There is a collaboration between the owner, the contractor, and the architect and engineers that is very healthy. Years ago it was like a silo mentality…but today it is more collaborative, which I think is a benefit to everybody. So the industry dinner is a glimpse at how the industry has been working together, with everyone joining in a night of networking and sharing of information. HP: What segments of the industry are best served by CBC? Who should attend these meetings? JF: Our membership is a diverse representation of the AEC community. Specifically, any architect, engineer, construction manager, lawyer, or subcontractor who lead the trades, as well as accountants and a broad cross section of others who benefit from it. If they are in construction, design, or providing professional services to any of those major
2013 Annual CBC Awards Banquet areas, they will benefit from the proin a collaborative way. Moving forward grams. this year, what has been very positive is HP: And you are attracting new the strong volunteer effort that each of people? those committees has put forth and how JF: Yes, things are going well for strongly they are working together to get CBC, and I’d like to highlight the leadthe information out to members and new ership of Eric Schatz in membership, members and anyone that doesn’t know Richard Bergman, for marketing, and who the CBC is. Through the marketing Tom Beebe and John Hankins on the efforts use of LinkedIn and social meprogram committee. Those three comdia, and even some creative advertising. mittees are very well organized, and the By embedding a YouTube video into way they are supported is an insight into our December program announcements, how CBC works. There is a very strong people could get a personal introduction base of volunteers in each of those comfrom the program chairman, Tom Beebe, mittees, led by chairmen who work hard and Cathy Elithorpe, the program coorwith our executive director, Terry Casey, dinator for this one.
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The Mystery of Ships Ladders by Shawn Gosselin A “ships ladder” in an industry term for a ladder that is on a fixed angle versus a ladder on a straight 90 degree run. This type of ladder can be used on exterior and interior applications where the footprint space is available and an easier climb is desired. Roof, mezzanine, loading dock, and crossover (over ducts, rooftop pipe system) are all typical ships ladder access applications. Generally speaking, the industry standard of climbing angles for ships ladders fall between 60 and 75 degrees. Some of the basic requirements are as follows:
Hoffmann Receives Patent Hamden CT - Hoffmann Architects, Inc., an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors, announced receipt of a United States Patent for an innovative design by a senior member of the firm’s engineering team. Designed to prevent and remediate structural failure at precast parking garage decks, the patented seismic connection improves structural integrity and reduces the incidence of stress and fatigue fracture. Lawrence E. Keenan, PE, AIA, director of engineering with Hoffmann Architects, developed the design after observing structural failure of welded deck connections at different precast parking garages. The extent and nature of the failures led Keenan to consider new ways of approaching these critical connections. The patented solution developed by Keenan and Hoffmann Architects reduces stress at precast concrete garage connections by replacing standard straight bars with bent erection plates. By increasing
Patented design solution the bending capacity of both the plate and the weld, the design improves the strength of flange connections by as much as a factor of ten. By reducing the concentration of stress, the patented connection also satisfies building code requirements for fatigue resistance. These benefits are achieved without increasing the size of the steel bar or the weld, making the design cost-effective, as well.
IMAGINiT Renames Product Line Framingham, MA – Rand Worldproduct to represent the theme of con-
wide announced that it has renamed its three IMAGINiT Clarity software products: IMAGINiT Clarity, the platform product; IMAGINiT, Clarity Connect and IMAGINiT Clarity Connect LT. “We’ve changed the names of our COMMERCIAL
necting,” says Tim Johnson, senior vice president,IMAGINiT Technologies. “It continues to deliver on the promise of helping BIM teams tackle their toughest challenges.”
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Bay State’s Boston Strong Shop Staff Hudson, NH - Bay State Industrial Welding & Fabrication, Inc. of Hudson was presented with the 2013 Image of Welding Award for the Small Business Category at this year’s FABTECH Expo in Chicago. The American Welding Society and the Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee selected Bay State as the recipient of this award based on various contributions by Bay State to the welding industry in recent years. Bay State donated time, materials, and service to erect the fallen I-beam
from the World Trade Center at the Benson Park 9/11 Memorial Site. In addition, Bay State regularly sponsors and supports local events and organizations such as the Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire & Vermont Chapter, the Young Professionals Group, the Hudson Chamber of Commerce, and Building Dreams for Marines. The company regularly donates time to providing students with hands-on demonstrations and is initiating a welding apprenticeship program geared toward high school and college aged individuals.
Hotel Vermont Gets AGC/VT Award Burlington, VT - PC Construction’s recently completed Hotel Vermont project received top honors at the recent Associated General Contractors of Vermont Annual Dinner. The $14.4 million eco-friendly independent luxury hotel was recognized with a Best Builders Award in the Building/New Construction category. The new six-story, 85,000sf, 125room boutique hotel boasts 2,200sf of meeting space and over 9,500sf of outdoor space, including Burlington’s first hotel green roof with views overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. The project is currently pursuing LEED Silver certification. The hotel’s urban location presented challenges for the PC Construction team. The tightly constrained site was prone to heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic. In addition, the hotel was built in 45 feet of green space between the parking garage and the road, restricting the worksite.
Hotel Vermont Erecting and installing structural steel, precast, siding, and glass required cranes and other large equipment operating in very limited space on a heavily populated street. The team’s emphasis on safety and extensive pre-task planning resulted in a successful safety performance.
Meridian to Renovate Barracks
Strafford, NH - The New Hampshire Army National Guard barracks in Center Strafford will receive a series of renovations this fall and winter, with work expected to be completed next spring. Meridian Construction, selected by the state to handle the general contracting responsibilities for the project, will perform services that include renovations to the bathrooms, laundry room, boiler rooms and sleeping quarters of two separate structures in the facility. The two structures, called Upper Foss and Lower Foss, are 4,600sf and 4,800sf in size, respectively, with total project costs estimated at $779,893. When asked about the challenges, Bill Hickey, project manager at The H. L. Turner Group, the architecture and engineering firm for the project, says, “As with all renovations, the design and construction team has overcome the challenges of incorporating new mechanical systems and code-compliant bathrooms into existing spaces. The new mechanical system is high-efficiency. All plumbing fixtures will
be low flow.” The project will include demolition work, as well as modifications to the interior layout of the two structures. The layouts for the bathrooms and the laundry room will be modified, and both buildings will be equipped with new card / proxy reader security systems. New doors and frames will be installed within the new spaces, and the new bathroom layouts will include new plumbing and underslab drainage to the existing septic system. Boiler room renovations will involve coordinating existing equipment with new mechanical equipment, and a new mechanical AC system will be installed along with required electrical work. Additional project-related work will include site construction, concrete, masonry, wood and plastics, thermal and moisture protection, finishes, specialties, and sewer and water connections. The project is scheduled to be completed on April 1, 2014
Job Corps Center Progressing Designed by Miller Dyer Spears Bedford, NH - Construction of the new Job Corps Center on Dunbarton Road in Manchester is progressing on schedule. Eckman Construction is the general contractor for the project. Nine acres of the 19-acre site was cleared, over 90,000 cubic yards of ledge was blasted, and the campus buildings where young people will live, study, and learn a trade are now under construction. The buildings that will make up the center include dormitories, a classroom building, recreation facility, dining, a wellness/ administration building, and a gatehouse. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2015. Job Corps Centers are funded through the Department of Labor, and
NH Job Corps Center under construction they currently train more than 60,000 students at 125 centers nationwide. The NH Job Corps Center was designed by Miller Dyer Spears, Inc. of Boston, and the construction contract was awarded to Eckman Construction last spring.
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The Center at 17, Southern NH Medical Center Nashua, NH - Fulcrum Associates of Amherst has completed renovation of the former Nashua YMCA for immediate use as a new medical center for the Southern N.H. Health System. The premier new medical offices are located at 17 Prospect Street, just down the street from the main campus, providing much needed expansion for their diverse group of medical practitioners desiring close proximity to the main hospital campus. Fulcrum Associates began the renovation of the former YMCA in late summer of 2011, and the completed building was fully occupied in November of 2012. The project design called for a complete gut and renovation of the predominantly cast in place concrete structure, the demolition of an approximately 9,000sf single story wing, the complete reconfiguration of the site and a new two story addition constructed along the west end of the building that includes waiting areas,
elevators, and a circulation core punctuated by a prominent entrance canopy. No component of the building was left untouched; from basement to roof, the entire envelope was redeveloped for energy efficiency, and the exterior received aesthetic treatments to resemble the main hospital palette of finishes. Additional square footage was accomplished by infilling floor decks at the mid-level of the two gymnasiums and the swimming pool, as well as decking over the swimming pool itself. The building also received completely new state-of-theart energy-efficient electrical and mechanical systems and controls, adding to patient comfort for years to come. Other features of the building include an emergency generator and a common area dining café. Fulcrum Associates of Amherst partnered with Dennis Mires The Architects P.A. of Manchester for the project;, site engineering was prepared by Hayner & Swanson of Nashua.
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Healthcare North Branch Completes Psych Facility
Exterior view of New Hampshire Hospital Acute Psychiatric Services Facility Concord, NH - North Branch Construction of Concord has completed the exterior improvements at the New Hampshire Hospital Acute Psychiatric Services Facility located on Clinton Street in Concord. The scope of work included a complete roof replacement, masonry veneer repair, replacement of exterior composite wall cladding materials, and miscella-
neous site improvements. Construction was completed a week early and under budget. Design for the project was by Christopher P. Williams Architects of Meredith. New Hampshire Hospital provides acute treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly who suffer from severe mental illness.
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Doyle and Mattheson Recent Projects Quincy, MA - Doyle and Mattheson, Inc. of Quincy recently announced the completion of renovations on two of three phases for Chestnut Dental located at 87 Chestnut Street in Needham. The third phase is currently under way and will be completed in the spring of 2014. The first phase included 1,500sf of state of the art orthodontic clinical space, lab and sterilization area, private office and consultation space, business offices, and reception area. Phase 2 included 3,000sf of pediatric care including: 10 clinical chairs, three instructional stations, digital x-ray, labs and sterilization center, private offices, business and accounting offices, conference center, restrooms, and reception area. The practice was founded in 1970 by Steve Shusterman and provides multi-specialty dental care, including: pediatrics, orthodontics, and general dentistry. The practice employees over 110 people and occupies over 6,000sf at this location. Doyle and Mattheson, Inc. also completed construction of 6000sf of new clinical space at Hammond Pond Dental Associates in Chestnut Hill. The new 6,000sf state-of-the-art facility includes: 14 clinical chairs; private offices; lab, sterilization center, and x-ray
Hammond Pond Dental facilities; reception with children’s play space, private offices, business and consultation offices and employee cafeteria. The interior spaces were designed by The Inside View, LLC to provide a relaxing and positive experience. Hammond Pond Dental Associates showcases a changing art display entitled, “Arts on the Wall,” paying tribute to their patient artists.
JM Coull Competes Hallmark Renos
Tufts Medical Center Primary Care Quincy, MA - Kaplan Construction of Boston has completed work on a new 15,000sf, $1.5 million Tufts Medical Center building in Quincy. Located in Crown Colony Park, the new building will house Tufts Medical Center Primary Care – Quincy. The practice will offer comprehensive primary care with individualized diagnosis and treatment plans to patients in the Quincy area, thereby providing easy access to Tufts Medical Center’s skilled doctors and world-class care in a community setting. The new practice will also work closely with a wide range of top specialists at Tufts Medical Center, to ensure a
fast and seamless process for patients who need to be referred or transferred for follow-up care. Working on an accelerated summer schedule, Kaplan converted the building into patient-centered offices for up to 12 physicians. Lavallee Brensinger Architects provided the interior architecture and healthcare design services for the fit-out. The building is divided into quadrants, each with exam rooms clustered around a centrally-located team room where doctors, nurses, and other support staff can meet to collaborate on patient care.
Hallmark Health Entrance Reading, Mass -JM Coull has completed Hallmark Health Medical Center’s new Urgent Care Center in Reading. Coull worked with JACA Architects to transform the former CT Diagnostic Area and shell space on the first floor into an Urgent Care Center, creating a convenient new option for patients looking for an alternative to emergency room care. This service does not require an appointment and has extended hours and its own entrance for greater accessibility. Hallmark Health Medical Center at 30 New Crossing Road in Reading is part
of the Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. The three-story outpatient facility in Reading features physician offices and outpatient medical and imaging services. JM Coull has previously worked with Hallmark Health System, renovating health care spaces at this location and at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, Mass. Hallmark Health is a charitable, non-profit and tax-exempt community-based healthcare system that JM Coull is proud to work with.
Senior Living Nauset Begins New Wing for Nashua Crossings Sr.Living Nashua, NH - Nauset Construction has begun construction for a new memory care wing at the Nashua Crossings senior living community for Wellesley, Mass.-based Benchmark Senior Living. The 14,675sf one-story addition will provide 20 new rooms specifically designed to care for seniors with memory impairment issues such as Alzheimer’s and dementia and will be comprised of one and two-bedrooms with a number of handi-
cap-accessible units. The addition will house a nurse station, large activity/living room, a dining room with an adjacent prep kitchen, and two exterior courtyard areas with porches for the residents. The community is expected to be completed by spring 2014. Erecting a new community in an occupied healthcare setting requires that construction be conducted in a manner designed to be as unobtrusive as possible,
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so extra precautionary procedures will be in place throughout the process. “Although the addition will be a freestanding structure, we have to tie the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems into the existing community, and anytime you’re working in an assisted living environment, you need to minimize disruptions to the residents and staff,” said Nauset Construction president Anthony Papantonis. The existing community at Nash-
ua Crossings was built in 1999 on a 3.5acre parcel at 674 West Hollis St., and currently houses 64 assisted-living units. Designed by architects Udelsman Associates, the new memory care addition will be a wood-framed structure featuring wood trusses, with vinyl siding and asphalt roof shingles.
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Awards 150 Second Street Awarded LEED – CS Platinum
Designed by Elkus Manfredi, Landscape Architecture by Copley Wolff Design Group Cambridge, MA - The new three-story research laboratory building located at 150 Second Street in Cambridge has been awarded LEED-CS v3 Platinum certification by theUSGBC. According to Chris Schaffner of The Green Engineer, 150 Second Street is the first commercial lab project certified Platinum under LEED v3 in New England. Elkus Manfredi Architects provided core and shell design services for the 108,000sf facility in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. Developed by Skanska USA Commercial Development, the building is currently 85% leased. The building features several sustainability strategies, including a heat recovery loop, extensive solar control and daylighting controls, and an innovative structural design that uses steel trusses to reduce the building’s weight and cost. High-performance HVAC systems produce more than 30% energy cost savings over a baseline reference. An extensive community-based planning process guided the selection of materials, building massing, and ample green space, resulting in optimum contextual design within the
150 Second Street in Cambridge Photography by Jeff Adams surrounding neighborhood. forced cementitious panels to break down The building’s diverse palette feathe mass into three discrete volumes. The tures glass, metal, and glass fiber-reinentry court at the corner of Second and
Bent streets acts as an exterior “room” defined by the building façade, paving, and low walls, all interspersed with abundant greenscaping. Landscape architects Copley Wolff Design Group developed a sustainable landscape design that contributed to this award, which included sustainable IEP benches, drought tolerant plantings, and rain gardens to collect storm water. In addition, Copley Wolff provided streetscape treatments by lining adjacent sidewalks with honey locust and red maple trees. Other project team members included: Skanska USA Commercial Development (client), WSP Group (MEP/ FP), The Green Engineer (sustainability), Nitsch Engineering (civil), McNamara/ Salvia (structural), RDK Engineers (commissioning), Lerch Bates (vertical transportation), Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (building enclosure), LAM Partners (lighting), Hughes Associates (code), and Skanska USA Building (construction manager).
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CCI Wins 2013 Vision Gold
Needham, MA - Construction Coordinators, Inc. (CCI) recently received a Constructech Vision Gold Award for 2013 for its development of a custom-built web application to facilitate project management and synchronize data between the field and office, reducing the company’s submittal turnaround time by seven days. CCI’s improvements to the firm’s project management process occurred while project manager Brendan Dowdall was developing Material Command. Starting with a submittal processing function to track and organize project submittals, additional functionality was added to support daily job re-
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MSI Receives Merit Award
Salem, NH - At the 2013 Excellence in Construction Awards presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors NH/ VT (ABC NH/VT), MSI Mechanical Systems received a merit award recognizing its outstanding mechanical work in the renovation of a 12,000sf data center owned and operated by Marlborough, Mass. based, Xand. With over 30 years of experience, Xand has designed, built, and managed IT infrastructure services that allow enterprises to maximize their critical application performance and availability. MSI was responsible for designing the mechanical aspect of the data center while installing custom piping and a new chiller located on the roof of the building. “The project which normally would have taken 12 weeks was done in an impressive 6 weeks,” said Brian Hooper, VP of Oper-
MSI mechanical systems team l-r: Jim Bigelow, project mgr; Jerry Redfern, service mgr; Michelle Moore, controller; Sean McNamara, project mgr and Brian Hooper, VP Operations. ations, MSI Mechanical Inc. “Our project managers were put on a tight timeframe by the contractor who was also forced to meet Xand’s accelerated deadline. We exceeded all expectations for both the contractor and the client.”
Bridgewater, MA - The Bridgewater State University Science and Mathematics Center has been recognized by this year’s BSA Honor Award jury. Built to expand the university’s 1964 science center following a ten-fold increase in enrollment, the new Science and Mathematics Building provides students with opportunities for experiential learning and undergraduate research, Bridgewater State University science and mathematics center fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration, The third side was carefully configured and radically redefines a once ragged to protect and preserve a collection of campus edge. The project—a strategic rare specimen trees; here, a delicate wood mix of renovation, demolition, and addiscreen filters daylight and frames views tion—is comprised of three wings formof the arboretum from the building’s ing a “Y” which address very different multi-story entrance lobby, faculty officcampus contexts through subtle shifts in es, and student study spaces. exterior vocabulary and materials. The level of the award – Honor levOn one side, two terracotta wings el, Award level, or Citation level will be face a traditional campus quadrangle. On announced formally at the January 2014 a more utilitarian, metal-clad side, the BSA Awards Gala. building abuts the campus utility plant.
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Overcoming Uncertainty to Make Room for Growth Economic uncertainty continues to be the largest hurdle for construction, which lagged in 2013 primarily because of consumer fear of spending. According to FMI’s Construction Outlook 3rd Quarter Report, commercial construction is still waiting on consumers to recover from debt or find good-paying jobs. Many employers reduced office space last year after staff reductions. The Association of General Contractors (AGC) pointed to the switch from retail shopping to online purchasing as another factor limiting commercial construction. However, we are entering 2014 with a new federal two-year budget deal in place, which could provide a heightened level of predictability. Unemployment is holding steady, and the Federal Reserve will soon begin reducing its qualitative easing program. I wouldn’t characterize these developments as “consumer confidence,” but they do point toward greater economic stability. Stability allows companies to begin emerging from the bunker mentality of the past five years. In 2013, we were happy to see commercial development projects like the Steelepoint Harbor Development in Bridgeport, Conn. take off. What Makes 2014 Different Projects such as Steelepoint Harbor illustrate how construction growth in 2014 will differ from what we’re accustomed to seeing. Usually residential construction
takes off, and the rest of the market follows. The 2014 predictions call for small increases in institutional construction and multifamily housing, with single family homes still stuck in park. Another big difference this year is the minimal planned investment in federal infrastructure. All the data point to reductions in federal funding for building, including roads, bridges, and power lines. If economic factors such as gradually decreasing unemployment and slow-rising consumer spending and interest rates indicate more stability, then federal construction spending is a giant question mark. The federal shutdown in October 2013 unsettled companies working and bidding on federal projects. Earlier automatic sequestration cuts in 2013 eliminated nearly $4 billion in construction from federal discretionary spending. Congress has reached a two-year budget deal, but the debt ceiling fight is looming once again in February. Therefore, the federal government remains a wildcard in construction forecasts for 2014 and beyond. Overall, the news is mostly good – and I didn’t even touch on the predicted 5% rise in manufacturing, an industry many people thought would never come back. While this recovery looks different from previous construction cycles, I think we can all agree there’s a good reason to keep on swinging. Mike Kolakowski is president and CEO of KBE Building Corporation in Farmington, Connecticut.
Bowdoin Wins Multiple Awards For Home for Little Wanderers
Residences Waltham, MA - Bowdoin Construcactive school campus and entailed four tion was recognized recently with three new single-story residence buildings toawards by The Associated Builders and taling 15,000sf, as well as a three-story Contractors for the major expansion and 31,000sf addition to the Longview Educarenovation of The Home for Little Wandertional Center. Bowdoin also renovated the ers Longview Farm Campus in Walpole. existing 16,000sf school building. Bowdoin received an Excellence in In total, the project encompasses Construction Merit Award, as well as Safe62,000sf of new and renovated space featurty and Green Awards for the project. The ing housing for 44 residents, a cafeteria with awards ceremony was held at the Westin commercial kitchen and servery, multiple Waltham hotel on November 20, 2013. classrooms, middle and upper school librarAs construction manager, Bowdoin ies, music rooms and administrative offices, worked in conjunction with The Home’s as well as upgrades to the existing gym and staff, Northstar Project & Real Estate Serlocker rooms and vocational classrooms. vices project managers, and Roundel 47 The project also involved a new architects to provide extensive preconentry drive, staff and visitor parking, imstruction services and full general contractproved septic system, improved stormwaing services. ter drainage / recharge system, new water service, and new landscaping. Construction took place on an
AIA RI Honors NCA with Two Awards Newport, RI – AIA Rhode Island, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, honored Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) with design awards for the Micro Lofts at the Arcade, Providence, and the Pawtucket River Bridge. The annual competition celebrates outstanding works of architecture from Rhode Island architects and honors the project teams and clients who work with them. The Micro Lofts at the Arcade earned the 2013 Merit Award in the Historic Preservation category. Micro lofts are innovative housing models that offer
access to urban amenities at affordable prices. The Arcade was built in 1828 in the Greek Revival style and is regarded as the nation’s first enclosed three-story shopping mall. The $7 million adaptive reuse project respects the Arcade’s historic design, but the building is modernized with double-hung windows to bring in more light. The Pawtucket River Bridge earned the highest honor, the 2013 Honor Award for Urban Design. NCA’s design challenge was not to create a linkage over a relatively narrow
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New England waterway but to convey the series of extraordinary events that for centuries converged at this very spot. From hand-hewn covered bridges to steel and concrete marvels, Rhode Islanders have long expressed pride in bridges and regard them as iconic structures. The project entailed replacing three separate structures with a bridge to carry I-95 Northbound; a bridge to carry I-95 Southbound; and a bridge for the on and
off ramps to George and School streets. The new bridge’s four pillars feature representations of Art Deco wings on the eagles chiseled atop the tower at city hall. Seen from the river, the bridge, made of metalized steel and illuminated at night with colored LED lighting, displays a graceful silvery arch over the Pawtucket River. The project cost $80 million and was completed in 2013.
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Chelmsford, MA - Alpine Environmental has expanded its services to include mold remediation, and is announcing the addition of Ryan DeMoura to manage sales. In this position he will do on-site assessments, contract management, and quality control for the remediation process and
Auer Joins ABCMA Woburn, MA - Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC MA) announced that Alexandra Auer has joined the staff as program and event manager. “Alexandra is a certified meeting professional who brings over a decade of meeting planning experience to ABC,” said Massachusetts chapter president Greg Beeman. “Much of her focus has been on professional trade associations, and we look forward to putting that to work for ABC.”
Tocci Adds Three
Woburn, MA - Tocci Building Companies recently expanded its team with the addition of three new members: Katie Colombo, planning coordinator; Tia Karon, executive assistant; and Joann Pickard, project administrator. Colombo will be primarily responsible for updating the subcontractor database to improve its efficiency, tracking and distributing subcontractor bids, and distributing planning schedules according to client needs. Prior to joining Tocci, she gained industry experience working as administrator at Republic Building Contractors, Inc. and as an administrative assistant, project coordinator, and administrative manager at Construction Management & Builders, Inc. Pickard joins the Tocci team as project administrator, a position in which she will be responsible for drafting and finalizing all project correspondence and tracking
all subcontracts, purchase orders, and insurance certificates. Additionally, she will act as liaison between project managers and owners or subcontractors. She previously held administrative positions at CDM Smith, The Greener Group, LLC, and J&J Contractors, Inc. and has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Joining Tocci as executive assistant, Karon will manage the schedule, travel, and meetings for the virtual design and construction department and work with John Tocci, chief enabling officer, and Bud LaRosa, chief business performance officer to organize and manage public relations and business development. Prior to joining Tocci, Karon worked as executive assistant at Cydcor, where she was responsible for recruiting new talent, developing and maintaining all social media outlets, and acting as liaison between employees and management.
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MorrisSwitzer Adds Four Boston - MorrisSwitzer-Environments for Health announced four new architectural team members: Devin Bushey joins the Burlington, Vt. architectural team. She has worked with both structural engineering and architecture firms in Albany, N.Y. and Burlington, Vt. She brings experience in healthcare, education, and institutional design. Kirk McIntosh, AIA, has joined the growing Boston office. He brings 24 years’ experience in healthcare architecture around New England. He primarily focuses on healthcare planning and documentation, bringing strong knowledge of building and life safety codes in the Northeast – IBC and NFPA, as well as a diverse understanding of FGI Guidelines. He is a licensed architect as well as
a member of the AIA. Ana Ortega, LEED AP BD+C, recently joined the Portland, Maine office and will be working on projects for Eastern Maine Medical Center, among others. She recently returned to the United States after working in London for the past four years, and brings 24 years of healthcare and research lab design experience on both US and international projects. Ricardo Socorro, LEED GA, recently joined MorrisSwitzer’s Boston office. He brings over 15 years of design and project management experience covering a broad range of sizes and types. Socorro is a career healthcare architect. He has planned and managed diverse types of complex healthcare projects domestically as well as internationally.
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McGlone Named Mass Super Lawyer MPA Welcomes Amaral acceleration and inefficiency Boston - For the seventh claims; assertion and perfection consecutive year, David M. of mechanic’s liens and bond McGlone, a lawyer at Eckert claims; collection; bid protests Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, and claim arbitration; defective has been named to the 2013 ediplans and specifications claims; tion of Massachusetts Super AIA drafting contracts and diLawyers. Published by Thomas rect pay claims. McGlone’s conReuters, the list highlights lawstruction practice complements yers who are selected by their his work in products liability peers based on their professionMcGlone defense. He develops pre-trial achievements. McGlone was al remedies and outcome-geared straterecognized for his extensive work in congies to propel himself to this outstanding struction litigation position within his sector. McGlone’s repertoire spans a large In addition to McGlone, nine othsector of commercial litigation in which er lawyers from Eckert Seamans Cherin he specializes in construction law. He & Mellott were selected for inclusion in has over 20 years of experience in the inthe 2013 edition of Massachusetts Super dustry and is a seasoned first chair trial Lawyers. litigator. His primary focus areas include
CBT Promotes McGee Boston - Jacqueline McGee, a 20year design industry veteran, has been promoted to principal at CBT after a decade at the firm. Prior to her promotion, she served as the senior interior designer. The promotion of McGee to principal represents the continuing expansion of the hospitality and high-end residential division. As principal, McGee will expand and further refine the exceptional work and high-quality services offered by CBT. Her progressive design ideas have allowed the company to utilize her expertise to meet the needs of all clients, not only those in the hospitality division. Un-
der McGee’s guidance, CBT is now on the forefront of hospitality design and has completed award-winning projects such as the Boston Langham and Hotel Indigo. McGee oversees a department of 15 interior designers and architects. She is currently working on 31 different projects, including interior design work in D.C. at the Sofitel and a few of the Kimpton’s Washington, D.C. hotels, including The George and Donovan House; in Chicago at the Hotel Sax and Sofitel, in Boston at the Liberty and Seaport Hotels, as well as the Sofitel New York, Sofitel Philadelphia, PGA Resort and Spa in Florida and Le Meridien Cambridge.
Rhino Adds Nappi
Boston - Rhino Public that role, he built personal reRelations a specialty public relationships with clients through lations agency, announced that constant communication and Christopher Nappi has joined the attentive client service. He also firm as an account coordinator. In has held marketing internships his new role, he will provide daiwith Homeyer Consulting Serly support for the operations of vices, an industrial water coneach account, including research, sulting firm; and the Boston client reporting, and deadline Blazers, a professional indoor tracking, as well as overall agenlacrosse team. Nappi cy administration. Rhino PR is a full-service Prior to joining Rhino PR, Nappi public relations and marketing practice was a financial services professional at focused on meeting the unique needs of professional services firms. New York Life Insurance Company. In
Guilmet Joins NEC
Boston - Michael Guilmet, brings technical expertise with PE, LEED AP, vice president, rebuilding and site design, site cently joined New England Conpermitting, land development, struction (NEC) to lead the stratefeasibility and due diligence gic business development effort in analysis, construction adminthe Boston market. As a member istration, structural investigaof New England Construction’s tions, building code, and land executive management team, he development regulation to the will assist in developing key cliNew England Construction team. ent accounts and relationships Guilmet He is a registered proin the Massachusetts market in fessional engineer and LEED Accredited alignment with the organization’s strateProfessional. For 18 years he held the pogic business plan. sition of vice president with Allen & MaGuilmet has more than 30 years jor Associates in Woburn. of construction industry experience and
Boston - Margulies Perruzzi opment, performance manageArchitects (MPA) recently welment, mentoring, and the orgacomed Maureen C. Amaral to the nization of additional learning firm as its new director of human opportunities through the forresources. She brings significant mation of an “MPA University.” experience in employee relations Additionally, she will influence to MPA, along with demonstratand track the progress being ed success in talent management, made on MPA’s strategic plan outreach, and recruitment. for overall business growth. Most recently a human “We’re thrilled to have Amaral resources business partner with Photo credit: Bruce Rogovin a human resources director of State Street Corporation, AmaMaureen’s caliber at MPA,” said ral will now assist MPA with matters of Marc Margulies, AIA, LEED AP, founder employee relations, professional develand principal of the firm.”
Leonard Recognized for 20+ Years Woburn, MA - Tocci Buildto Tocci Building Companies ing Companies recently recogfor over 20 years and expanded nized Kevin Leonard, quality ashis industry skills tremendously surance and warranty technician, along the way. One of Leonfor 21 years of service to the firm. ard’s greatest accomplishments In his current position, Leonard in particular was his work on schedules and conducts warrana residential project – The Vilty reviews, performs inspections lage at Bear Hill in Waltham – and repairs, and supervises sigduring which he and his team nage and safety work throughout worked rigorously through a Leonard the final stages of a construction variety of on-site issues to create project. a new, beautiful living environment. As a Prior to joining Tocci, Leonard result of his continued hard work and allegiance to Tocci, Leonard was awarded the worked as a bricklayer at G.N. Prunier & Sons, Inc. in Grafton. Un-Sung Hero Award in December 2012 by the firm. Leonard has remained committed
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an exciting array of educational, career development, networking and recreational events held throughout the Boston and surrounding areas. ISPE Annual Product Show is scheduled for the October 1, 2014 and will be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Last year’s event was a blast and had an after party with New England Patriots’ Running Back Stevan Ridley at Bar Louie at Patriot Place. ABX will be held October 28-30, 2014 at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street in Boston. It will be anchored by a tradeshow on the exhibit hall floor and will feature a comprehensive conference program offering continuing education credits for architects and other building industry professionals. This is the most popular event of the year for the AEC industry. You are invited to drop by to visit our booth, pick up a gift subscription and a ticket for an advertisement discount. We hope to see you there.
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January 21st, 2014 5:30 - 8 p.m. Wendi Goldsmith CPG, CPSSc, CEO, Bioengineering Group “Climate Change Adaptation – How the Building and Infrastructure of the Future Will Be Different”. For information: http://www.nawicboston.org/events.html.
January 30, 2014 3:30 - 5 p.m. 675 Atlantic Ave., Boston - 2nd floor Building Leaders Series – “Dollars and Sense - Financing for Marketers.” For marketers to grow professionally and have the chance to earn a seat at the table with management, we need to develop a business vocabulary and understanding of the AEC industry outside of the marketing realm. One of the most crucial pieces of the pie is a grasp on your firm’s financial performance and metrics. Please join Tom Kahl and Ben Sawa from GEI Consultants as they present an informative and engaging discussion on the principles of business finance from a variety of perspectives. This is the third in the five part Building Leaders Series. Registration: 3:30 p.m. Event start: 4 p.m. Event end: 5:30 p.m. NOTE: Join us after this event for the Mix@6! Information and to register: http://www.smpsboston.org/program/calendar.php.
January 30, 2014 2014 Annual Meeting LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst N.H. 5:30 p.m.: Reception, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner 7:30 p.m.: Board Recognition Start the year off right with your first ABC Business Development event of 2014 and catch up with industry peers. Come thank out-going board chair, Brian Hooper of MSI Mechanical Systems, Inc., and welcome our incoming board chair, Timothy Long of Meridian Construction, and the 2014 ABC NH/VT Board of Directors. This is also your opportunity to show your appreciation for the time and effort of our officers, directors, and all our chapter leaders who are critical to the success of the ABC NH/VT Chapter. Information: Email: email@example.com Phone: 603-226-4789, FAX: 603-226-4442.
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January 16, 2014 5:30 - 9 p.m. The Pond House at Elizabeth Park 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford. 11th Annual Winter Social & Member Recognition Event The University of Hartford’s Construction Institute will be holding its 11th annual winter social. Member firms and organizations with over 10 years continuous membership in the institute and committee members who volunteer their time and energy to make the institute a success will be recognized at the event. Special recognition will be given to the town of West Hartford; Downes Construction Company, LLC; Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.; Manafort Brothers, Inc.; and The Hartford/Workplace Resources for 25 years of continuous membership. In addition, special recognition will be given to Hoffman Architects, Inc.; Macri Associates, Inc.; and United Steel, Inc. for 20 years of continuous membership. For a complete list of awardees please visit the CI website at www.construction. org. For event registration, please go to http:// construction.org/events/programs-andevents/ and look for the “Winter Social & 11th Annual Member Recognition Event” link.
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