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BPA Honors 234 Berkeley Restorations

Mark Reed Page...26

Courtney O’Regan Page 32

Stephen Wessling Page 33 234 Berkeley St. ...pg 11

Carrie Platusich Page 35

Tamara M. Roy Page 35

First Church of Monson Steeple Restored Using Precast Concrete Brooks House Hotel Restoration Preservation Completed at Norwood Memorial Municipal Building Historic Restoration and Preservation of The Frederick Ayer Mansion Bowdoin Completes Museum Reno Designed by Bechtel Frank Erickson Architect CWA Helps Yale’s Quantum Physics Researchers Pick Up Good Vibrations AIANH Annual Excellence in Architecture Design Awards The Boston Preservation Alliance Embraces the Harmony of New and Old by Greg Galer Code Compliance Requirements in Renovation Projects by Christopher D. Howe The Massachusetts Prompt Pay Act - A Refresher by David Wilson Monitoring Construction Vibration in Highly Sensitive Facilities by Marc Newmark How Do They Do it for Just One Buck by Stand Hurwitz Best Practices: Converting Office Space to Medical Offices by Bradley Cardoso Changing Display Walls Shine in Academic Environments by Naomi Mukai and Michele Phela Porter Building Systems Continues to Demonstrate the Benefits of Panelization by Jim Cram Rethinking Carpet by Joe Versluis Plus Municipal, Green, Retail & Hospitality, Multi-Residential, Education, Corporate, Healthcare Facilities, People, Calendar and more…

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Upfront.................................... 6 Publisher’s Message.................. 8 Corporate.............................. 24 Retail/Hospitality.................... 25 Healthcare............................. 29 Municipal.............................. 30 Trends & Hot Topics................. 32 Multi-Residential...................... 38

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(l-r) Maria Furman, Dr. Divina Grossman, James Buonomo, Rep. Christopher M. Markey, Rep. Paul Schmid III (back), and Katherine Craven...page 12

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Restoration/Renovation............ 10 Life Sciences........................... 26

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Seccareccia Elected President of AIA RI Providence, RI - Union Studio’s Vada Seccareccia has begun her term as president of the American Institute of Architects Rhode Island Chapter for 2014. Working with the AIA RI Board of Directors, Seccareccia has outlined the following iniVada Seccareccia tiatives as priorities for the organization in 2014: • Hosting the AIA New England Conference in Providence in September. This conference typically attracts over 200 design professionals from throughout New England for various programs, one of which is the AIA New England Design Awards. • Increasing collaboration with other design professional organizations. Last year, the AIA RI successfully teamed with other organizations of design professionals to plan events such as PARK(ing) Day with the American Society of Landscape Architects and a film series with the American Institute of Graphics.

• Completing a redesign of the AIA RI website. This will improve functionality for members and be a resource for events and news associated with AIA RI and the design community. • Creating a process that links architectural mentors with mentees. Seccareccia is working with AIA RI’s Emerging Professionals Committee, Professor Jim Barnes of the Rhode Island School of Design, and Dean Steve White of Roger Williams University to start up a process for mentors and the architects looking to find a mentor. Currently there are 257 AIA members in Rhode Island. In addition to her volunteer AIA RI presidency, Seccareccia serves as Designer and marketing coordinator at Union Studio Architecture & Community Design. The immediate past president (Douglas Kallfelz) and president-elect for 2015 (Stephanie Zurek) are also with Union Studio. Seccareccia holds a Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Bryn Mawr College.

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East Providence, RI - Steven Benfeito, vp of New England Drywall Co., Inc., was awarded the 2013 Chairman’s Award in recognition of his outstanding service as a member of Associated Builders and Contractors. He joined ABC in 2008, became a member of the board in 2010, vice chairman in 2012, and in 2013 he became chairman elect. Since joining ABC, he has become a well-respected member, bringing new ideas on various subjects and making great strides to expand the Rhode Island chapter. He brought in six new members, the highest in the membership drive. He traveled to Texas in 2012 and to Las Vegas in 2013 for Leadership Institute, where he represented the Rhode Island chapter of ABC at the ABC award

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“Cambridge - The New 24/7 Hub” Boston - A group of over 300 attended the recent NAIOP breakfast entitled, “Cambridge - The New 24/7 Hub.” Moderated by Steve Purpura, Transwestern | RBJ, the panel included Steve Marsh, MITIMCo; Jerry Nadeau, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), Eric Sheffels, of Leggat McCall Properties; and Alex Twining, Twining Properties. Cambridge has long been one of the nation’s hottest markets for office, lab and multi-family – today, vacancy rates for all product sectors (l-r) Steve Purpura, Steve Marsh - MITIMCo, Eric Sheffels, Alex Twining, Jerry Nadeau are reaching historic lows. Buoyed by institutions such as MIT and Harvard The focus will shift to Boston Feband some of the world’s most cutting edge ruary 22 when NAIOP hosts, “Boston’s technology, pharmaceutical, and media Energy Reporting Ordinance - A Training companies, Cambridge has emerged as Workshop” from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. at the a global point of entry and the new 24x7 offices of Sherin and Lodgen LLP, 101 hub of the region. Federal Street. Visit www.naiopma.org.

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Len Bradley Appointed to State of R.I. Code Consistency Council Cranston, RI – Leonard R. Bradley Jr., PE has ben appointed to the State of Rhode Island Code Consistency Council by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee. The Council is responsible for examining the fire, building, elevator and other related state codes for consistency. Leonard Bradley Bradley is vice president at DiPrete Engineering and has over 25 years of engineering and design experience in New England. The Code Consistency Council was signed into law in the summer of 2013. The 16-member council includes the state fire marshal and the Rhode Island

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GOOD ENOUGH, ISN’T. Publisher’s Message In this edition of High-Profile, we focus on restoration and renovation projects in New England, as well as the Life Sciences market. You’ll find a welcoming piece to open our Restoration/Renovation section, written by Boston Preservation Alliance’s executive director, Michael Barnes Greg Galer. BPA’s achievement awards, which were held in October of 2013, are also featured in this issue. Our Life Sciences focus features none other than Mark Reed of LAB/Life. Science Architecture, Inc. offering an inside look into the recently completed Bluebird Bio project in Cambridge. This impressive project spanned only seven months from design phase to occupancy. This is a busy time of year! It’s hard to believe how quickly January came and went. In our staff meeting this week, we discussed all the exciting trade shows and conferences that we’ll be a part of in the coming months. For those of you in Connecticut, the Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) is one of the 32 hosting A/E/C industry organizations for the 18th Annual Joint Dinner of the Design and Construction Industry to be held at the The Farmington Club, Farmington, Conn. Tuesday, February 25. With keynote address by Governor Dannel Malloy, this evening of networking, collegiality, and relationship building is an extraordinary business opportunity for networking with both the members of the A/E/C professional associations and Connecticut government officials. Visit www.cbc-ct.org for details.

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New Takeda Facility Breaks Ground Cambridge, MA - Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) joined Takeda leadership, industry stakeholders and state and local officials for a ground breaking ceremony for a new 250,000sf building in Cambridge. Takeda will be the sole life sciences tenant of the new building at 300 Massachusetts Avenue. The expansion will allow for the relocation of Takeda employees from other facilities and accommodate for future company growth. The project is a joint venture between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Forest City, a

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Greg Galer it. The Alliance’s nearly 3,000 constituent-followers include residents as well as design and development professionals. We are supported by 70 corporate and 35 nonprofit organizational members that cut across a wide spectrum of interests and specialties from community groups to developers, architects to tradesmen, and historic sites to law firms, all unified by their belief that preservation of the city’s character is of social and economic benefit to all. Much of the Alliance’s work happens in the background, meeting with

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We also host many programs for the general public to provide education and to promote the many benefits of preserving Boston’s character and historic resources. At our annual Preservation Achievement Awards, the city’s marquee annual preservation event, the Alliance rewards the highest quality projects with coveted public recognition for the best projects that exemplify the work promoted by the Alliance. At our 25th Preservation Achievement Awards for 2013, the Alliance bestowed, in front of 400 attendees, awards to: • Mayor Thomas M. Menino-Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement • 131 Clarendon Street. • 234 Berkeley Street. • 951 Boylston Street. • The Men’s Comfort Station/ Earl of Sandwich, Boston Common. • Brighton Mile Marker #6, Allston. • Dorcas Window Restoration at Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury Street. • Harvard Medical School Gordon Hall Window Restoration, Harvard. • Hayden Building, 681 Washington Street. • Hostelling International Boston, Continued on next page


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(l-r) Maria Furman, Dr. Divina Grossman, James Buonomo, Rep. Christopher M. Markey, Rep. Paul Schmid III (back), and Katherine Craven Roxbury Presbyterian Church Roxbury, MA - Roxbury Presbyterian Church, a striking example of Victorian Gothic architecture, was restored by Studio G Architects and was honored with a 2008 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award. Listed on the National Register for Historic Places, the project addresses concerns over the deterioration of the Roxbury puddingstone and pink granite façade and exterior architectural details; issues of universal access; and modernization and expansion of interior spaces. While preserving the historic character of the sanctuary, Studio G incorporat-



Dartmouth, MA – The UMass Building Authority and UMass Dartmouth recently celebrated the opening of the new Tripp Athletic Center, that received a $5 million renovation. Executive director Katherine Craven of the UMass Building Authority attended an unveiling ceremony at UMass Dartmouth along with UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman, Maria Furman, vice chair of the UMass Board of Trustees; Trustee James Buonomo; Mass State Representatives Christopher M. Markey and Paul Schmid III, and other UMass officials and students. The renovations to the Tripp Ath-

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campus into a green space, connecting the quadrangle, athletic and science centers, and the Spellman Philatelic Museum. The library entrance will also be changed to face the campus’ new quad. The Suffolk team is utilizing Target Value Design and Lean Construction techniques to ensure efficient project delivery, that is scheduled for completion in June 2015. The architect firm is Sasaki Associates Inc., and Colliers International is the owner’s project manager. Regis College is currently applying for a grant for a new science center, which is proposed for Phase 2. Also included in Phase 2 are renovations to the existing student center as well as additional renovations to the library, dormitories, and athletic center.

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North Branch Restores Church Wolfeboro, NH – North Branch Construction of Concord continues work on schedule and on budget at the historic First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro. Foundations and structural steel are complete, and framing began shortly after Thanksgiving. The building is expected to be fully enclosed by the end of January. North Branch has taken great precaution to carefully remove many historic elements from the church so that they may be displayed and put to use in the new sanctuary. The church’s stained glass windows and curved pews were placed in storage, where they will remain until it is time to reinstall them into the new sanctuary. The church bell was lowered before demolition and will be placed on display in a structure in front of the church. Design of the structure by the project’s archi-

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First Church of Monson Steeple Restored Using Precast Concrete Monson, MA - When a tornado destroyed the historic steeple on the First Church of Monson in 2011, church officials considered several options for rebuilding the signature structure. They decided on a precast concrete design supplied by Coreslab Structures. “When the designers pointed out that the precast concrete option could replicate wood, the church administrators became very interested because of the long-term durability,” says Rob Del Vento, Coreslab sales manager. “We helped in the preliminary design stages with the designer and worked with the general contractor to create the final bid.” The designers, URS Corp., often work with telecommunications companies to conceal antennas within steeples for churches. After church officials selected URS to design the steeple for them, the designers began looking at all options, with an eye on durability. The steeple had been destroyed before, and church officials were concerned about long-term maintenance costs. “This is the first steeple we’ve ever built from precast concrete,” says Naish Artaiz, project manager for URS Corp. Richard Sambor, the senior structural engineer for the URS team, suggested the precast concrete design and contacted Coreslab Structures, which had worked with URS on previous projects.

save them about $40,000 every 10 years in maintenance and painting fees,” he says. “And it could be erected quickly, which was a key concern.” The precaster used small decorative pieces from the destroyed steeple to replicate the original look. The pieces were copied in enlarged form and used to cast rubber molds. The formliners also recaptured the original joints measuring 1/16 by 1/16-inch. “We went all out to ensure the con-

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“My initial reaction was that it wouldn’t look right built with concrete, with visible aggregates and a darker color,” says Artaiz. A visit to Coreslab’s plant eliminated those concerns. “They showed us what they could achieve with white cement and smooth finishes, as well as their ability to replicate decorative detail.” “The precast concrete design will

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crete design replicated the original wood look,” says Del Vento. “Scaling-up small moldings that were more than 100 years old to create new ones was the most complex formliner work we’ve done. It took a lot of time to get the details for the formliner correct. But it was important to the community that it look right. It’s been missed, and now it’s back.” The steeple stands 135 feet tall with a width of nearly 18 feet at its base. The precast concrete components make up the bottom 77 feet of the height, with a fiberglass spire on top. The structure contains 32 precast concrete pieces, which were transported to the site with the help of a Massachusetts state police escort from the Connecticut state line. The steeple is free-standing and consists of eight levels, with each level erected and grouted in one day to ensure it was braced securely. New footings were poured, with a two-story base erected on them. Then a slab for the bell tower was erected, followed by the belfry walls, a slab for the clock level, the clock-tower walls, another slab, the spire base, and finally the spire with communications antennas inside. The precast concrete walls were 1-foot, 3-inches thick at the base and narrow to 8-inches at the clock tower. “People came out to watch the erection, and they were amazed at how quickly it went up,” says Artaiz.

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Jewett Completes Dealership Renos DM&S Renovating Former Filene’s Raymond, NH - Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond, N.H.-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has completed renovations to four dealerships in Massachusetts. The project at the Commonwealth Motors dealerships in Lawrence included work to both the Honda and Nissan facilities and involved converting a portion of the existing Nissan service area into an expanded body shop, while work at the Honda facility included the construction of a sound soffit to buffer service area noise from service advisors and service customers. Jewett also completed an extensive renovation of the Lexington Toyota dealership in Lexington, Mass. Designed by the Curtis Architectural Group, the project involved a complete refit of the front and side façades of the building. The outdated roofline and painted brick exterior were upgraded to an aluminum composite panel skin and the addi-

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Renovation underway on former site of Filene’s Dept store. Boston - Daniel Marr & Son Company (DM&S) is busy fabricating and erecting structural steel framing for extensive renovation of the 12-story Burnham Building under way at the former site of Filene’s Department Store in Boston. Scheduled to open in September, the building is part of the Millenium Tower Project including mixed use office and retail space.

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Brooks House Hotel Restoration Brattleboro, VT - The Brooks House Hotel in Brattleboro was built in 1871 and was one of the largest hotels in New England at the time. It is the prime architectural element of downtown Brattleboro with its classic Mansard Roof profile and five story turret. Over time, it was converted to 59 residential apartments and 16 commercial spaces. In 2011, a six-alarm fire gutted much of the building destroying the homes of over 80 people. After almost two years, the building was purchased by the Mesabi Group, real estate investors who then put together funding and a plan for the $24 million restoration project. The architect, Stevens and Associates of Brattleboro, created a design that would add modern amenities while retaining historical features. The renovated building will include 60 apartments, 10 commercial spaces, as well as a campus for the Community College of Vermont. The Bread Loaf Corporation of Burlington Vermont was selected as the general contractor. The overall project is scheduled to be completed this summer. As an indication of the enthusiasm and interest that the community has for this project, the Brooks House owners already have commitments to occupy almost the entire building. Soon Brattleboro will have its landmark centerpiece back as a thriving

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Bowdoin Completes Museum Reno Designed by Bechtel Frank Erickson Architects

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scope of construction planned. Changes in occupancy generally trigger the greatest scope of code requirements. A proposed change of occupancy that would result in a substantial increase in the number of occupants (occupant load), in a substantial increase in the amount of combustible materials present, and/or introduces occupants that are incapable of evacuating the building without assistance will trigger the highest degree of code compliance. Upgrades to the existing structural system, fire protection systems, interior finishes, and upgrades to the arrangement and enclosure of means of egress may all be required. A change of occupancy from an office use (business occupancy) to retail (mercantile occupancy) is an example of a change of occupancy that results in an increase in both the occupant load and the amount of combustible materials that are likely to be present. A change of occupancy to an institutional occupancy (healthcare facilities, for example) would introduce occupants that are incapable of evacuating without assistance. In projects where there is no change of occupancy, the proposed renovation of a portion of the building that is equal to or greater than 50% of the total building area will require the highest degree of code compliance. Accessibility: The degree of ac-

cessibility compliance required is established based on the cost of construction in relation to the “full and fair cash value” of the building. If construction costs equal or exceed 30% of the “full and fair cash value” of the building, the entire building must be brought into compliance with the accessibility requirements of the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board. Upgrades to parking, building access, elevators, and restroom facilities are among the most common requirements. Following are two key points to keep in mind when determining the degree of compliance required: The value of all work completed within a 36-month period must be considered; and, depending on the municipality, the assessed value of the building may or may not represent the “full and fair cash value” of the building. Energy code: The energy code requires the greatest degree of compliance when the building is changed in a way that results in a significant increase in the demand for energy. For example: The conversion of a warehouse to office space

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Preservation Completed at Norwood Memorial Municipal Building Norwood, MA—The late-gothic Norwood Memorial Municipal Building was built in 1927-28, and consists of a four-story solid masonry structure with split-face granite block veneer and limestone bandings. The existing roof consists of slate shingles and sheet metal copper flashings. The 120’ carillon tower consists of split face granite block veneer, limestone bandings, limestone and mahogany wood window surrounds, with limestone pinnacle and finials at the peak. The 85 year old building was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The preservation project originated when pieces of the split face granite began to fall away from the building posing a considerable threat to both public safety and the integrity of the building itself. The restoration of the Norwood Memorial Municipal Building was a huge undertaking including removal and replacement of the Restoration of the Norwood Memorial Municipal slate shingle roofing system and Building copper flashings at the Memorial Hall roof, the complete removal included the installation of engineered and replacement of the built- up roof on anchoring systems to enhance the structhe office wing of the Town Hall, and the tural integrity of the tower. The existing large scale rebuild of the granite ashlar deteriorated wood window tracery were veneer of the carillon tower. This rebuild scraped of loose material and restored to

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Cambridge, MA - Skanska USA, a leading provider of construction management, preconstruction, and design-build services, has opened a new office in Cambridge to support the growing infrastructure market. The firm has tapped long-time industry veteran Paul Pedini as vice president of operations and regional manager of the new Cambridge office. He also will serve as the technical leader in BIM and 3D constructability review, and analysis techniques, that will boost Skanska’s ability to take on and complete projects in the

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IMAGINiT Announces Platinum Level Partnership with CCA New multipurpose office and distribution facility Peabody, MA - Dacon Corporation of Natick earned the contract from DB Schenker to construct a new multi-purpose office and distribution facility in Peabody. DB Schenker offers integrated transportation and logistics solutions to clients that need to move their goods throughout North America and across the globe. The 45,000sf, one-story building includes a 30,869sf warehouse facility, 11,500sf of office space, and 2,131sf of

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Retail & Hospitality C.E. Floyd Celebrates America’s First Ever Trappist Brewery Spencer, MA - C.E. Floyd of Bedford is celebrating the completion of the first Trappist Brewery ever constructed in the United States. The opening of this state-of-the-art facility signals a new era in the American beer industry, as Spencer Brewery begins distributing limited quantities of its much-anticipated Spencer Trappist Ale to stores. C.E Floyd Company, Inc., a Bedford-based general contractor, overcame numerous challenges while building this complex brewery, from the time ground was broken in September 2012 to brewing the first batch of ale 14 months later. The brewery is located on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Mass. The client, St. Joseph’s Abbey, tapped the general contractor to build and manage the process equipment installation of what is now a magnificent and historic brewery. Building information modeling (BIM), a 3D computer modeling system, was utilized to coordinate the building and brewing equipment layout. Eight fermentation tanks are housed in the brewery,

Br. Daniel inspecting the boil at the newly built Spencer Brewery on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Abbey which also features stainless steel process piping, fully vitrified octagonal tiles in the brewing area that provide a connection to the European roots of the brewery, and a removable curtainwall system and removable roof panel to allow for future equipment replacement and expansion.

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Spagnolo/Gisness & Associates Architects Bedford, MA - Erland Construction recently completed renovations to Holcim’s new U.S. headquarters – allowing the company to move its operations from Waltham to Bedford. Holcim (US) Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of cement and mineral components in the United States. Teaming with Spagnolo/Gisness & Associates of Boston, Erland completed the tenant fit out in just five months. The existing 30,000sf space had an open floor plan. While tenant improvements included adding walls to create perimeter offices and conference rooms, natural light was not lost. Offices include frameless sidelight glazing and full glass wood doors that allow sunlight to penetrate into the interior open office areas. Design capitalized on the natural light from existing clerestory windows in the atrium by removing existing perimeter kneewalls and installing a new glass rail system. Renovations to the existing lobby included a new tile floor and stone clad water feature that showcases Holcim’s porous concrete paver systems via cantilevered concrete blocks of different porosities that allow water to flow through at differing rates.

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Li f e Sc i e nce s

Lan-Tel Completes Boston Facility

PMA Project Manager at UMBA MLSC Life Sciences Facility Project PMA Consultants is currently engaged as the owner’s project manager by the UMass Building Authority (UMBA) for the MLSC Life Sciences Facility Project at UMass Amherst. This project was made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The new Life Sciences Laboratory (LSL) at UMass Amherst is a five-story, high-efficiency building completed in spring 2013 with two parts (LSL1 and LSL2) with a total area of 310,000gsf. LSL1 was fully built out and is occupied while the southern wing of the building, LSL2, is a five-story shell structure sized to contain 98,356 net sf of lab and lab support space. The building shell has been constructed so that all building and laboratory utilities and services are already in place in risers at both ends of the building for distribution through the final lab floors, as needed, in the final plans. The majority of the lab and office space will build out three floors, leaving one full level for future programming. These research centers will be housed in the fit-out floors and will provide state-of-the-art equipment for collaborative projects with industry partners to develop innovative products and services.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Boston - LAN-TEL Communications, Inc., headquartered in Norwood, has reached substantial completion of the tel-data infrastructure and build-out project for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Parcel A Building, located at 50 Northern Avenue on Boston’s Fan Pier. The NECA contractor is serving on a project team headed by general contractor Turner Construction of Boston. Elkus Manfredi Architects is the project architect. The 16-story, 585,000sf facility houses Vertex research labs on floors two through seven and corporate offices on floors nine through 15. Retail, restaurants, and a daycare facility will be situated on the ground level, and the building includes a three-level underground parking facility accommodating 290 vehicles.

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LAN-TEL’s tel-data scope included installation of all voice and data cable for the facility, as well as main distribution frame (MDF) and intermediate distribution frame (IDF) build-outs. The facility’s entire fiber optic backbone runs from the MDF on the 10th floor, connecting to the IDFs on each floor. Installations for the tel-data closets on floors one through seven and nine through 15 feed 300 workstations on each floor. Two separate paths of fiber optic cable were installed to provide full physical redundancy for Vertex’s mission critical data requirements. In total, the LAN-TEL crew installed approximately 10,000 feet of fiber optic cable for the facility’s backbone and 1.2 million feet of Category 6 copper cable to support the data needs.

High-Profile: Life Sciences

February 2014


Bluebird Bio Finds a New Nest by Mark Reed Bluebird Bio, a Cambridge-based biotech company devoted to “transforming the lives of patients with severe genetic and orphan diseases,” recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 41,000sf R&D headquarters at 150 Second Street in Cambridge. The Mark Reed new labs and offices are designed to support the mission of “developing next generation products based on the transformative potential of gene therapy to treat patients with diseases such as childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy and beta-thalassemia/sickle cell disease.” Designed by LAB / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc. as part of a design-build team with The Richmond Group, AHA Consulting Engineers, and Fletcher Martin Corporation, the new facility provides flexible and modular laboratory space to house a growing inventory of state of the art equipment and office space to support a rapidly growing headcount. Stacy Gilroy, Bluebird’s operations manager, led the team on a day-to-day basis. According to Gilroy, the main challenge beyond the technical demands of

Despite its pace, the design-build team was able to complete the work under budget, continually managing the cost and schedule risks in coordination with Bluebird’s needs for a highly responsive design. “Working with the LAB team was truly collaborative. They took the time to not only understand what we needed in an office, but also who we are as a company”, said GilPhoto Credit: LAB / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc. roy. Bluebird embraces an Bright accent colors, coordinated with the corporate open office concept, with evcolors of Bluebird Bio, visually punctuate the huddle ery member of the team, from founders to newest employees, rooms in the open office environment. occupying open workstations. the space was to minimize the potential To provide privacy and sound control, the for cultural impact on the company. design employs the use of huddle rooms, “When we realized our growing phone booths, and 1:1 interview rooms team was quickly outpacing our space carefully distributed throughout the open on Memorial Drive, we were faced with office to help create neighborhoods and the challenge of trying to recreate the subgroups within the 150-seat office. culture of Bluebird in a space that is so “Early on, we identified the concept of a much larger,” Gilroy said. “Every part of ‘nest’ as an organizing principle for the our former office was so inherently ‘Bluebranding and aesthetic of the workspace,” bird,’ so our primary goal with the new said Stephanie Goldberg AIA, princispace was to create an environment that pal architect from LAB. Using lighting, felt like the same company from the momaterials, and surface patterns loosely ment you walked through the door.” arranged in twig-like fashion, the design is The project was fast-paced and held together by a blending and weaving intense, with design starting in May of these elements into a cohesive whole. and achieving occupancy in December. Baltimore • Boston • Raleigh • Richmond

An “all-hands” cafe anchors the social life of the company, providing a variety of seating options to promote informal conversations and team groupings. The team worked closely with Total Office to integrate the furniture into the design. Equally important to the office areas, the laboratory design provides the opportunity for the development scientists to share space with the research scientists in a large open lab at the center of the laboratory zone. Flanking this open area are modular closed labs that provide the specialty environments for each group. The cross-pollination of the R&D worlds is intended to speed new therapies to the marketplace that directly improve the health and well-being of the patients the company is devoted to serve. The results of the laboratory and office design are immediately apparent as the company uses the space in a buzzing, active, and highly communicative way, being encouraged to “b colorful, b cooperative and b yourself.” As Gilroy reports, “The feedback to our space has been amazing and consistent. Though it is significantly bigger, it remains true to our company and our focus on transforming the lives of patients with severe genetic and orphan diseases.” Mark Reed AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at LAB / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc.

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High-Profile: Life Sciences


MBC Life Sciences & Biotechnology - An Update Boston - Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) recently hosted an Educational Breakfast Program entitled “Life Sciences & Biotechnology - An Update.” Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., president & CEO, Mass. Life Sciences Center, and Peter Abair, director, economic development & global affairs, MassBio, spoke and fielded questions on the hot life science sector that will continue to keep designers and contractors busy in Massachusetts. Some of the current and recent construction activities in the life science sector include: Novartis, Mass Ave., Cambridge, 400,000sf; Pfizer, Main Street, Cambridge, 180,000sf; Biogen Idec, 17 Cambridge Center, 205,000sf; Biogen Idec, 225 Binney St., Cambridge 305,000sf; Alexandria Center, 75/125 Binney, Cambridge 389,839sf; The Broad Institute, 75 Ames Street, Cambridge 250,000sf; Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Fan Pier, Boston, 1.1 million sf; plus PerkinElmer,

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Novartis, Mass Ave., Cambridge, Cannon Design, architect of record; Skanska USA, construction manager Hopkinton; Boston Scientific & Quest Diagnostics, Marlboro; and Longwood Center, Boston. Some recent MSLSC capital investments in construction and renovation: Genzyme biomanufacturing facility, Framingham; WPI’s new Gateway Park building, Worcester; Massachusetts Accelerator for Biomanufacturing

(MAB), Fall River; Albert Sherman Center, Worcester; UMass Lowell ETIC, Lowell; Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole; Joslin Center for the Cure of Diabetes, Boston; Children’s Hospital Zebrafish Lab, Boston; LabCentral, Cambridge; and Dana Farber Molecular Imaging Facility, Boston.

• Engagement by the life sciences community - Unprecedented participation from industry, and the academic, medical, entrepreneurial, and venture communities. • Leverage - Halfway through the 10-year initiative, the MLSC has invested nearly $500 million but leveraged $1.2 billion of matching investments. • Job creation - Life sciences are now fastest job-creating sectors in the state. Massachusetts is creating new life sciences jobs faster than any other state. • 10 of 10 - All 10 of the top 10 global biopharma leaders are present in Massachusetts. • National recognition - National award for excellence in innovation and technology-driven economic development.

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Healthcare North Haven Medical Ctr. Reno

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Yale-New Haven Hospital North Haven, CT - Engaged as the construction manager by Yale-New Haven Hospital, O&G was hired to manage the remodeling of an existing four-story office building to create a comprehensive ambulatory care center. With tight budget and a total construction duration of less than six months, O&G’s field team, led by project manager Carrie Riera and superintendents George Parenteau and Steve Baranello, successfully managed this fast-track project, opening the North Haven Medical Center on time. Designed by Cannon Design, the

medical center includes Yale-New Haven’s first interventional immunology center specializing in the treatment of chronic autoimmune conditions and related disorders. The new building also includes a walk-in/primary care center, a Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center – one of 10 Smilow Hospital Care Centers in Connecticut - consultative and infusion treatment services for outpatient medical and hematological care, and an on-site diagnostic radiology center offering MRI and digital x-ray imaging, fluoroscopy, laboratory, and blood drawing services.


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Middletown, RI - The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce presented Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center with the Silver Hammer Award in recognition of its outstanding renovation of its skilled nursing and rehab center at Wesley Village. C.E. Floyd completed design-build renovations at United Methodist Homes’ Bishop Wicke with EGA, P.C. Architects. The innovative project transformed tradi-

tional nursing stations into interdisciplinary work centers that encourage greater interaction between staff, residents, families, and guests. C.E. Floyd renovated all four health care wings in phases. Work included the interdisciplinary work centers, new wall layouts, lounges and food service equipment, as well as aesthetic updates. The facility was fully operational during renovations.


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High-Profile Feature: Yale’s Quantum Physics Researchers


February 2014

CWA Helps Yale’s Quantum Physics Researchers Pick Up Good Vibrations Christopher Williams Architects LLC (CWA) recently completed a 2,150sf multi-level laboratory with ancillary spaces for Department of Physics Principal Investigator Jack Harris and his research team. The new space provides an environment to study the quantum aspects of motion through cryogenic and room-temperature opto-mechanical experiments. The experiments focus on the force that light exerts upon small mirrors at temperatures approaching absolute zero. In doing them, they hope to refine theories of low-temperature physics that will result in more accurate fiber optics and laser technology, including the possibility of quantum computing, To make this level of research possible — which means, among other things, measuring only the vibrations generated by an exceedingly weak light force exerted on small mirrors — CWA created an environment that provides extraordinary acoustical separation, vibration isolation, and thermal stability to support the sophisticated, expensive, and unwieldy equipment. Located in Yale’s Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory (a 27,000sf building constructed in 1960), the space allocated for the new lab was the last unimproved piece of the west high-bay that formerly housed the reactor. Far from ideal, the space presented a number of challenging

Harris Lab physical constraints, including a two-story concrete shell that was too expensive to demolish. Also, the designated area sits at the juncture of three separate building additions – this meant that each perimeter wall presented a different physical configuration on each face and different exposures on each level. As Chris Williams explains, “The trick was to integrate the shell into the overall design while decoupling each perimeter wall individually. A hierarchy of acoustical separation techniques effectively isolates the entire lab from the rest of the building, the internal labs from each other, and the two-story refrigerator chamber which contain the functional specimens, from the labs.” Integrating unique equipment into a complex space required a level of mutual understanding that drawings alone could

not communicate. CWA built a replica in which the research team could determine comfortable working postures, identify reach limits, and test positional preferences needed to perform tasks, some of which require the precision and control of an eye surgeon. The mock-up later saw a second life as the practice stand-in for the delivery and installation of the new equipment, which the lab researchers handled themselves. Using the models, the team worked out the details of the rigging methods, clearances, sequences, and responsibilities of each participating researcher. These drills contributed substantially to a well-prepared crew and yielded a completely uneventful final placement of the delicate apparatus. As for the outcomes of the project,

Lab overview Jack Harris effusively commented, “Working with CWA was an incredibly positive experience. [Project manager] Joe Chadwick absorbed a huge number of potentially conflicting requirements, and found a way to accommodate them all in the very challenging site. I consider the lab design and construction to be a huge success, and I credit CWA with pulling it off. I couldn’t be happier with the lab space, in terms of both function and aesthetics.” CWA’s current work on campus includes a green chemistry lab and a large shared lab for the School of Forestry, as well as several physics labs that involve research into dark matter an neutrinos. Past projects have included psychology, biology, genomics, physics, paleo-biology, and geology labs.

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High-Profile Feature: Samyn – D’Elia Architects


Samyn – D’Elia Architects, A Well-Kept Secret Ashland, NH - Nestled in the beautiful North Country of New Hampshire, Samyn – D’Elia Architects, P.A. is still a well-kept secret. Indeed, the firm has been the architect for numerous award-winning projects including: • Norway Point, Lake Winnipesaukee – AIA NH 2014 Honor Award. • The Lodges at Church Landing at Mill Falls, in Meredith. • Hampton Beach State Park Redevelopment – AIA NH 2013 Merit Award and the coveted People’s Choice Award for Commercial Projects. Norway Point house

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Church Landing • Holderness School student dormitories and faculty residences, in Holderness. • Cornerstone Award from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of NH, June 15, 2012, and Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture from AIA NH, January 20, 2012, and Gold LEED certification. • Alpine Clinic, in Franconia - AIA NH 2011 People’s Choice Award and two Silver awards from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of NH, April 2, 2011. • Interlakes Medical Center, in Meredith - Gold award from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire, April 2, 2011. • Restoration of Ashland School, in Ashland, built in 1878, closed in 1991, falling in disrepair, and designated as one of the “Seven to Save” by the NH Preservation Alliance. AIA NH 2011 Merit Award for the renovation of this historic facility. High-Profile’s Daniele MacMillan had the opportunity to question Ward D’Elia and Tom Samyn to find out what worked for them when incorporating sustainable practices into the Norway Point design. Ward D’Elia: We have had a 25year relationship with Timberpeg, a manufacturer of post and beam homes in Claremont. Though Timberpeg does not manufacture homes for us, the company has designed frames and provides us with numerous products. Timberpeg and Samyn – D’Elia Architects have part-

nered in award-winning projects such as the recent Norway Point home. The post and beam technique using real pegs goes back to the 1500s. Tom Samyn: The Norway Point house is a Timberpeg home, made up of heavy timber, hence very energy-efficient and with a warm ambience. Ward D’Elia: Norway Point consists of a convoluted nine-acre lot property with a 230° view of the lake, part of which is a huge spit of land, 60-foot wide, going 200 feet into the lake, with limited area to build upon. As a result, we had to very carefully combine the 3,000sf space available to set the house, while taking advantage of the sunrise, morning, and sunset views. One of the owners likes to cook. So the kitchen was an important piece of the design and needed to be oriented toward the east side of the house, with easy access to the outside because the owners enjoy living inside and outside. The house had to be designed around the lifestyle of the clients, the severe limitations of the property, and the magnificent opportunity to see the lake and get sunlight into the spa. That house shape reflects all those criteria. The clients like wood, materials, and stone. As a result, the house has six fireplaces linked to a single chimney and a huge amount of stonework – a design feature that the client wanted to bring forward. The client wanted lots of lighting in the house, especially in the kitchen where the cabinets and pantry are set below. The house is curving around to take full advantage of the view. Timber was designed as a spoke-like fashion around a pivot in

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Hot Topics & Trends The Massachusetts Prompt Pay Act – a Refresher

by David Wilson This is part two of a two-part series on the Massachusetts Prompt Pay Act. Part 1 was published in the January 2014 issue of High-Profile. Editor. Disputes – Disputes over rejected payment applications or change David Wilson order requests are inevitable, but many contracts require resolution of disputes to await completion of the project. Consistent with the improvement to the flow of funds, the Prompt Pay Act directs that rejection of a payment application or a change order request is subject to the applicable dispute resolution procedure, and any provision that requires a party to delay use of that procedure for more than 60 days is void and unenforceable.

the party seeking to enforce the payment condition must have taken specific measures to obtain security and minimize the risk of nonpayment. Those measures are filing documents to obtain a mechanic’s lien before its first application for payment for on-site work, maintaining, perfecting and foreclosing on the lien, and pursuing all reasonable legal remedies to obtain payment until there’s a reasonable likelihood further action will not result in payment. The party seeking payment may question the legal remedies taken, and if not satisfied, may file a proceeding in court for a quick judicial determination. Suspension of Work - Unpaid contractors and subcontractors may no longer be forced to continue work because of contract provisions prohibiting suspension for any reason, or requiring long notice and cure periods for nonpayment. Now, any contract provision requiring a person to continue working if payment of

Unpaid contractors and subcontractors may no longer be forced to continue work because of contract provisions prohibiting suspension for any reason, or requiring long notice and cure periods for nonpayment. Pay if Paid - Contract provisions that condition any obligation to pay upon receipt of payment from a third party (“pay if paid”) can shift the risk of nonpayment to those with no connection to the reason for nonpayment and least able to bear that risk. The Prompt Payment Act declares pay if paid provisions void and unenforceable, with two exceptions, which must be clearly stated in the contract. The party seeking to enforce pay-ifpaid bears the burden of proof as to each element, and if neither exception applies, it must pay regardless of whether it receives its own payment. The first exception applies where nonpayment from the third party is due to failure in performance by the party seeking payment. The party seeking to enforce pay-if-paid must have provided written notice of the failure, and the party seeking payment must have failed to cure within the contractual cure period, or if there is none, within 14 days after receipt of written notice. The second exception applies where the third party fails to pay because it is insolvent or becomes insolvent within 90 days after submission of the application for payment. But,


an approved amount is not received within 30 days of when it’s due, is void and unenforceable. There are two exceptions. The first exception is when nonpayment is due to a dispute over the quality or quantity of work, typically where defects or errors in measurement appear after payment approval for apparently correct work or quantities. The second exception is when nonpayment is due to a default occurring after approval of the payment, typically where the party seeking payment has defaulted in some other way, such as abandonment of the project, causing damages that fairly should be offset against the pending payment. For either exception to apply, the party seeking to prevent suspension must have given prior notice of the dispute or default, and paid all undisputed amounts due. Unenforceable Provisions Prompt Pay is the law. And to make sure of that, the Act also provides that any contract provision which purports to waive or limit the terms of the law is void and unenforceable. David E. Wilson, Esquire, is a partner at the construction law firm of Corwin & Corwin LLP, and drafted the bill that became the Prompt Pay Act.

PR vs. BD:

Dispelling the Misconceptions by Courtney O’Regan Do you feel a rush of adrenaline when your firm wins a big project? Like most of your SMPS peers, you probably do and were drawn to the field of marketing for the thrill of a win. Our roles as marketers are similar to those of competitive athletes; we harness Courtney O’Regan our skills, work as a team, race against the clock to get a proposal in on time, and in the end we either win or lose. Part of your marketing game strategy is to know everyone’s role on your team and how they can come together to win that next big project. Two positions that are often confused are that of the public relations and the business development professionals. How are their roles different and how can they complement each other to work effectively? Having previously worked as a marketing director for an A/E firm and now as an account manager for Rhino Public Relations, I want to help clarify how PR and BD differ. In a nutshell, the goal of a business development professional is to nurture relationships with prospective clients and use one’s network to help develop new opportunities for the company. Setting up meetings, representing the company at industry events, assessing the competition and helping the company form a “go/nogo” decision are but a few of the responsibilities of a BD professional. PR professionals support these efforts by developing brand awareness and nurturing your company’s public image. Public relations commonly uses the following tactics to shape the public’s perception: 1. Media Relations. While business development professionals maintain relationships with clients and prospects,

PR pros maintain relationships with the media. Using our press contacts and news savvy, we help your firm get mentioned in the press – which carries with it the weight of third party validation. If your next big client is watching, reading or listening, a press mention can go a long way in helping support your business development efforts with that prospect. 2. Messaging. What is your firm known for? What are its specialties and areas of expertise? If you surveyed your colleagues and clients, would they all have the same answers to these questions? A public relations strategy ensures consistent messaging to reinforce what your company does best. 3. Awards. Awards help boost a company’s profile. PR professionals research and submit award entries for your company. The recognition helps your firm rise above and differentiate itself from the competition. 4. Speaking Opportunities. The unique opportunity of having an expert from your company speak at an industry event is one of the best ways to position your firm as a thought leader in its field. Just how do companies come across these coveted speaking opportunities? It is the PR professional’s role to research them, pitch the speaker and topic to the event organizer, and even help prepare the speaker for his or her big moment. Marketing is truly a team sport. Each person – the proposal coordinator, the business development manager, the PR professional, and many more – is relied upon to do his or her part and work together to get the win. I sense there is a great football analogy here. The quarterback throwing the ball to the other guy so he can get the touchdown. Yes, I said other guy. I may not know football but I know PR! Make sure it is part of your next game strategy. Courtney O’Regan is an account manager at Rhino Public Relations. This article originally appeared in the SMPS Boston blog Outlook

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Why Hire an Architect for Your Roof Repair or Replacement Project? by Stephen J. Wessling Some real estate and property management firms hire contractors directly to perform medium and large-scale commercial roofing and building envelope repair work. Some hire consultants that only provide roof consulting services who sometimes lack the knowledge of the entire building Stephen Wessling envelope. There are numerous things that can drastically go wrong with this approach, including relinquishing product and design decisions as well as entering into a project without set, concise specifications and a clear scope of work. The answer to the question: “Why hire an architect for your roof repair or replacement project?” is complex, but best summed up by the word “protection.” To elaborate on this aspect, we mean protection of all parties such as: • The owner (their asset and investment). • The tenant (their critical role in the property as lease/renter) • The property management firm (their performance and professional reputation). Of course, the protection and performance of the physical asset is obvious. Budgetary concerns are always included

in the overall evaluation process, and all available options are considered for the project. The logical decision is to team up with a qualified architect who specializes in building envelope design and restoration. While many engineers and roof consultants understand roofing and are an asset to the industry, they quite often do not understand the entire building envelope as well as other aspects of the building’s architectural features and components that interface with the roofing.

oranges” comparison scenario. Another common roof detailing flaw is the improper roof perimeter edge terminations to the exterior façade walls. With our knowledge of the available contractors, we at Wessling Architects target the appropriate contractors that fit the specifics of your project, such as type of roof system, manufacturer approved contractor, size of project, complexity of metal work, and schedule requirements. We then promote the project and coordinate the entire bidding process for the project.

The logical decision is to team up with a qualified architect who specializes in building envelope design and restoration… Using a competent and experienced architect is cost-effective in several ways. You save valuable time by having the required review and evaluation take place, resulting in the best approach for the roof project. A comprehensive evaluation and design process actually saves money by developing proper designs and specifications from the start, thereby dramatically reducing the potential for short or longterm problems. All evaluation data is integrated into a complete set of contract documents for bidding. When different contractors are called in to bid, there is no standard for them to follow. Critical project items such as roof insulation thicknesses vary between contractors’ bids that lead to an “apples and

All the contractors are brought together in a prebid conference to be shown the project and briefed of the project specifics. A question/answer period is always provided at both the prebid and during the entire bidding period. Final bids are organized and listed in a bid spreadsheet for review and recommendation. Low bidders are then descoped to confirm all project specifics have been included. Repair and/or complete replacement can in many instances cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Wessling Architects provides comprehensive evaluation to develop an approach to your project which considers all existing conditions and architectural concerns. While input from roofing contractors

or manufacturers is helpful, this advice may leave you with confusing and incompatible data that can lead to erroneous decisions regarding your roof expenditures. Contractors and manufacturers can also be biased and have a conflict of interest in the roof, especially in effectively determining if the roof should be repaired or replaced or if the roof is a candidate for less expensive overlay roof or full replacement. Certain contractors are also better suited for certain roofing systems. The roof system that the contractor/manufacturer recommends may not be best suited to your building. A contractor or manufacturer may not provide the thorough review of the existing conditions of your building that may be currently deficient. Consulting with an architect who specialized in roofing and building envelope design and restoration will ensure all aspects of your building are evaluated and considered. Identifying current deficiencies in the evaluation process will allow the designer to address and remedy any shortcomings. Wessling Architects provides visual evaluations with field roof test cuts as the first step in your roof evaluation process. The type of roof, its age, condition, composition, design, thermal efficiency, roof deck type, and overall quality installation are all evaluated. Stephen J. Wessling is owner of Wessling Architects.

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Monitoring Construction Vibration

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By Marc Newmark New construction and renovation projects in populated areas create noise and vibration for both neighbors and occupants, with sensitivities ranging from inconsequential to critical. Construction work near existing facilities has the poMarc Newmark tential to adversely affect sensitive equipment and activities, including microscopes, MRIs, and mice, as well as data centers and performance spaces. With proper understanding, consideration, and communication, the project manager can ensure a smooth vibration monitoring process and minimize obstacles to cost and scheduling. General contractors often employ vibration monitors around the construction site to protect neighboring buildings from vibration-related damage. For sensitive equipment, however, the vibration levels of concern can be more than 100 times lower than those associated with even minor cosmetic building damage. In such cases, more sophisticated mon-

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itoring systems are needed to measure and assess the potential adverse effects of construction-related vibration. Vibration sensitive equipment, such as electron microscopes and MRIs for example, typically have very detailed vibration criteria, which are often frequency dependent (the allowable level varies depending on the frequency of the vibration). And until recently, electron microscopes and MRIs, were typically located on grade-supported slabs, often in a hospital’s basement. This type of equipment is now being used on higher floors where it is closer to patients. Above-grade building floors are more flexible and are more prone to vibrations, which may interfere with the equipment’s efficient operation. Sophisticated systems are needed to evaluate the vibrations at multiple frequencies at the same time. With an Internet connection, these sophisticated monitoring systems can be placed in the field to monitor the vibration remotely in near real time and to send alarm messages by text or email when the criterion limits are exceeded, allowing the contractor to adjust means and methods to reduce the offending vibration. Continued on page 47

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Micro-Housing: Who Needs It?

by Tamara M. Roy On January 16, IFMA invited residential experts Tamara Roy and Quinton Kerns from ADD Inc, Barry Bluestone from the Dukakis Center, and Sean Cassidy from LogMeIn to speak about the need for more compact living models in Boston. The group also brought in stuTamara M. Roy dents from Suffolk University and Northeastern University to present their designs for units below 400sf. It was a fun night at District Hall in the Innovation District. Who would be interested in renting a smaller unit? Let’s start with the Millennial workforce, the largest generation after the Baby Boomers. With an average starting salary of $44,000 and college debt averaging $35,000, this group desperately needs inexpensive housing to keep them here after college and out of their parents’ basements. Then add seniors, widows and widowers, with limited incomes and spiraling health care costs. How about workforce singles and couples – nurses, chefs, creatives, city planners, construction workers, anyone who doesn’t have a job in medicine, finance, or high technology? Many divorcees also tell us there’s little housing for them. Then there are the upperclassmen and graduate students, who may want to live independently but take on roommates in order to afford the rent. It turns out there are a lot of people who could benefit from renting a reasonably priced, well-designed small studio or micro one-bedroom apartment. ADD Inc is working with Barry Bluestone of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy to communicate the staggering demand for smaller units and why our supply isn’t catching up, using the Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2013 the 2005-2011 American Community Survey. These databases show that households are shrinking: Nearly 30% of the Greater Boston population is in single person households and only 26% live

with children under 18. Due to extremely low vacancy rates, rent burdens are rising: Over 30% are paying half of their income on rent. Yet our current housing stock was built for large families: Out of 1.4 million units in Greater Boston only 2.6% are studios, and of the city of Boston’s 272,000 units only As we become a society of singles and couples who increasingly desire walkable urban environments over suburbs, there are nowhere near enough small units to go around. Micro-housing offers an alternative to roommates and long commutes. With creative design, the quantity of space becomes less important than its quality, location, and being in a building with an energetic community of like-minded individuals. So far it is the price tag that is the most difficult aspect of matching supply to demand. Developers want to charge more per square foot because they still have to provide a kitchen and bath no matter how small the unit, and because they can – the demand is that great. Lately we’ve seen many more luxury units created than affordable ones. We hope that mayors across the Commonwealth take a hard look at the shortage of small affordable units and propose policy changes to address the crisis. Several solutions were suggested, including removing Boston unit size minimums (like Cambridge for instance), overhauling city zoning to make dense, small-unit projects easy to permit, supporting nonprofit developers and CDCs, and providing free city land to whomever could produce 80% to 100% percent of their units as affordable housing. If Governor Patrick could create a housing authority similar to quasi-public student housing authorities, it could be the single most effective way to introduce thousands of reasonably priced small units to the market. For now, it is encouraging to hear architects, students, economists, demographers, and housing activists raising their voices about the need for more affordable small units. It is a need that is aching to be filled. Tamara M. Roy is a principal at ADD Inc.


Boston’s Greatest Hits: The Menino Years by Carrie Platusich For the first time in two decades, a new year in Boston includes a new mayor in City Hall. Twenty years is a pretty significant chunk of time to hold the reins of a city, and Mayor Menino left office with a unique legacy as a result. The city, its administration, and its inhabitants were faced with a series of challenges and opportunities – economic cycles, population growth ratios, transportation projects, gentrification that have led to the Boston that stands today. Let’s review a few items that had a significant impact and will Carrie Platusich continue to play a part in the city’s evolution. 1. Welcome Back – After three decades of population decline precipitated by the nationwide flight to the suburbs in the 60’s, people started migrating back into Boston in the 1990’s, and we’ve been able to sustain a modest, but steady population growth ever since. Perhaps the last reminder of how devastating an urban population’s exodus can be is found downtown. For years a microcosm of the struggling urban centers in the Midwest

where a population primarily exists only between the hours of 9 to 5, the downtown area has recently seen an infusion of public works tax dollars, the construction of several new residential towers, and another green light on the long-awaited Filene’s redevelopment which should help transform the area into a bustling neighborhood, instead of a commercial zone. 2. Boomtown – The elevated central artery disappeared, and the development of South Boston’s Waterfront began in earnest. A new cityscape now rises-up to greet you, seemingly every season, when you cross south over the Fort Point Channel. Fort Point, Seaport, the Innovation District, Fan Pier, the Convention Center – the amount of renovation and new construction projects that have happened, are happening, or will happen is hard to keep up with. Is a major grocery store in the near future? 3. Red, White, and Blue…and Green – After an initial pilot version, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) entered the building industry mainstream in 2000. Its credibility met with some initial skepticism, but it gained traction and became the industry’s yardstick to determine a building’s degree of sustainability. As a result of the growth of the green building movement, Mayor Continued on page 48


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Best Practices: Converting Office Space to Medical Offices by Bradley Cardoso Increasingly, commercial spaces and offices are being renovated to serve medical office buildings, outpatient clinics, wellness centers, and other healthcare facilities. It’s a task that may leave developers reaching for the aspirin. But leave it to the archiBradley Cardoso tects and engineers to come up with the solutions to the challenges lurking amid the structure – while creating opportunities for more cost-effective operations – and more efficient care. Medical buildings, even seemingly basic ones, can often use significantly more power and heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) than a typical office building would require. The strength of the existing main electrical service and the distribution network should be carefully studied first for capacity. HVAC systems may provide adequate supply, but may not have the ducted return air system required in medical spaces. Emergency or life safety systems may also need an upgrade based on the degree or frequency to which patients become nonambulatory – or unable to move under their own power – while receiving treatment.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) renovated an 80,000sf office building in Woburn, Mass. to accommodate doctors from Winchester Hospital outpatient departments and affiliated physician suites. Part of the retrofit included new mechanical systems specifically used in medical spaces. Ensuring a healthy environment for patients and staff starts with air handling systems that meet ASHRAE standards for fresh air ventilation, filtration, and exhaust. From acute care to ambulatory clinics, healthcare architects focus on process refinement within healing environments.

Hospital Outpatient Center features a lobby concierge station to direct visitors, a central registration area, and a shared outpatient lab. Within the actual doctors’ offices, employing the Lean design process was also helpful to outline complex patient flows and develop a design minimizing travel and patient wait times. MPA utilized the Lean design methodology of Define, Measure, Analyze, Design and Verify (DMADV) to understand Winchester Hospital’s former processes and develop future solutions. Evidence-based design strategies were also incorporated by using existing treatment rooms as mock-up

...expect that you may also need to cut a hole in the side of the building just to move your equipment in by crane. But when you’re converting from office to medical office – expect that you’ll be tearing down some walls – literally and figuratively. The typical walled-off suites of commercial buildings will often need to be opened up during medical office conversions. Some of the newest, out-ofthe-ground medical office construction features open, collegial spaces, as many individual providers now seek opportunities to collaborate with other practices or specialists. Renovations to existing buildings may be able to provide similar flexibility in layout. The new Winchester

spaces to test design solutions. This process helped the clinical staff envision the finished project in lieu of viewing plans. The presence of any form of medical imaging technology will have ramifications on the existing building structure. Some imaging equipment generates vibrations that must be isolated from other parts of the building, while other such equipment may be especially sensitive to vibration, and therefore require special isolation design. When moving from office to medical office, expect that you may also need to cut a hole in the side of the building

just to move your equipment in by crane. The basic weight of some equipment items may be much greater than a typical office building was designed to support, triggering reinforcement of the structural frame. At the Winchester Hospital Outpatient Center, MPA redesigned some floors to accommodate the weight of breast care imaging instruments. The entrances to office buildings often need to be replaced by automatic sliding doors to ease patient access. A multifloor building may require a stretcher-sized elevator cab. Consideration should also be given to ambulance access to the main entrance. Full-scale renovations will likely trigger an upgrade to current accessibility codes, but even here, additional investigation is warranted. Stretcher access and the use of wheelchairs, walkers, and other support mechanisms all have to be factored into the route of travel through the building. Other finishes like way finding systems and emergency lighting are smaller, but still important pathway concerns. As architects and providers continue to navigate the intricacies of office to medical office conversion, expect both sides to take great care in discussions about best practices – with the patient always top of mind. Bradley Cardoso, AIA, is a senior healthcare architect at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.


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Beyond Retail: Changing Display Walls Shine in Academic Environments by Naomi Mukai and Michele Phelan Changeable graphic walls and panels can help transform interior spaces within minutes, providing versatility and flexibility to designers and architects. One of several systems available uses magnetic receptive materials in a three-part graphic system, where films, fabrics, and veneers are applied to the wall and align with pretreated walls and casework. The Visual Magnetics Graphic System uses a magnetic receptive iron based primer, a magnet backer, and a magnetic receptive media material, to provide a versatile solution for graphics and décor, the flexibility of being able to layer on materials and to mix textures and finishes. Boston College’s Cadigan Alumni Center, completed in 2012 and designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC), is fast becoming a “home away from home” for Boston College Alumni. During the architectural renovation and addition project, the college realized it needed to create a library space that provided both a welcoming place to sit and read as well as an area for the display of publications, books, and other materials created by alumni. 96pt. of Cambridge, Mass., was called in to design a flexible, changing display area along a blank wall in the Alumni Center’s atrium. “We wanted to create a library experience that was dif-

Boston College’s Alumni Center display with changeable graphic recesses ferent than the historic spaces on campus – something fresh and contextual that complemented the clean lines and detailing of the modern atrium,” says 96pt. partner Michele Phelan. 96pt. worked with BC to program the wall to include movable displays, storage, and large recessed windows for photography, welcome messaging, and visuals. ARC provided the construction documentation and follow School of Visual Arts Design for Social Innovation through with the project’s former millwork contractors. For the entrance way featuring photo installation by graphic component, Visual MagSimo Neri

netics was the perfect partner. The recesses were treated to accept magnetic receptive material, and photos selected by the college’s design and photography team were printed on the appropriate medium for installation. The photos were simply “rolled on.” “It’s like magic” says Phelan. “The college can remove and store the photos, and change them on the fly to display seasonal or event-based images.” Other institutions have also used the magnetic receptive system as a solution for functional décor. The School of Visual Arts’ Design for Social Innovation program in New York City used the system as an interior design feature where entire walls were treated with several styles of graphics and wall coverings. For example, lobby space walls were treated with a 70-foot magnetic receptive photo installation by artist Simo Neri, while interior classroom walls were treated in floor-to-ceiling whiteboard and included magnetic receptive sticky notes specifically designed for use by the program’s students. Boston College Cadigan Alumni Center is located on the college’s Brighton Campus on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. The School of Visual Arts is headquartered in New York City. Naomi Mukai is a communications strategist at Visual Magnetics; Michele Phelanis a partner at 96pt.




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Multi-Residential The Victor Celebrates Open House

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Additon to The Edge Completed Boston - The Edge, a new 79-unit residence developed by The Mount Vernon Company and designed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA), opened as the latest addition to the six-building, 500-unit Allston Green District in Boston. The Edge is the second new residence within the Green District, the largest privately funded, multifamily community in Allston’s history. With its contemporary architecture, loft-style unit layouts, eco-friendly living, and multiple amenities, The Edge is competing with prime rental properties in the Seaport, South End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Each unit was leased before construction was complete. The Edge and the Allston Green District are changing perceptions by capitalizing on the potential found in a previously under-appreciated Boston neighborhood. Located along the Green Line connecting to the Back Bay and downtown, Allston was historically known for its pre1940s housing stock and low-cost student housing. The Edge advances the growing appeal of Allston as a desirable address for the city’s mobile young professionals. The design, materials, and unit layouts of The Edge depart from the traditional four-story brick Boston apartment buildings. Each unit features floor-to-ceil-

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ESB CNG Facility The E.S. Boulos Company (ESB) Commercial Division, based in Westbrook, has completed the fast-track electrical construction of the new compressed natural gas (CNG) loading station in Bangor. The NECA contractor met an aggressive three-month schedule, providing installation of the facility’s electrical service, power control systems, lighting, fire alarm, and security system for the site. ESB project manager Peter Lamb headed the team with foreman Brian

Lane, supervising a field crew of six electricians based out of IBEW Local 1253 in Fairfield. The facility, developed by Global Partners subsidiary, Global CNG, will be used to help Bangor Gas Company fuel its CNG-fueled vehicles and transport CNG used for heating to commercial, municipal, and industrial customers both in the local Bangor area and in other parts of the state. It is the first public compressed natural gas fueling station in Maine

Hanscom Air Force Base, MA – Nauset Construction and the Massachusetts National Guard held a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the grand opening of the Joint Force Headquarters following completion of the $20.7 million Phase 2 of the LEED Silver project. With the completion of Phase 2, the 172,000sf HQ, located at Hanscom Air Force Base, is now fully operational. The celebration was held in conjunction with the 377th birthday celebration of the National Guard, and over 100 people were in attendance. Phase 2 of the project entailed construction of an 80,000sf state-of-the-art office building that was adjoined to a newly constructed 92,000sf facility. In addition to the office functions, the new

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Coös County Jobs Creation Association Names Members Manchester, NH – The Northern Pass project, a proposed transmission line carrying low-cost renewable hydroelectric power to New Hampshire and New England, announced the formation of the Coös County Jobs (l to r): Ted Burns , David Atkinson , former State Senator John Gallus and Chris Diego of Whitefield Creation Association. The association held its first Creation Association include Ted Burns official meeting recently at the Mountain of Stratford, David Atkinson of Lancaster, View Grand in Whitefield. former State Senator John Gallus of BerMembers of the Coös County Jobs lin, and Chris Diego of Whitefield.

START Facility Under Way Boscawen, NH - North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord is building a new 3,200sf house in Boscawen for Community Bridges. The single story, six-bedroom START facility-based respite home will provide active therapeutic supports to individuals who have been determined to require out-of-home evaluation, stabilization, and treatment implementation. The home includes an open-concept

common room, kitchen and dining area, as well as separate meeting rooms. Community Bridges is a Concord-based nonprofit agency serving disabled individuals in need and their families in local communities. Susan Phillips-Hungerford, AIA of Peterborough is providing design for the project, to be completed in the spring.

Concord, NH - In late spring of 2013, North Branch Construction, Inc. completed the construction of Rivermere Community Housing in Lebanon. Rivermere, owned by Twin Pines Housing Trust, provides 21 units of affordable rental townhouse housing along the Mascoma River. North Branch contributed a $25,000 donation to Twin Pines Housing Trust through the Community Development Investment Program. This program is designed as a fundraising tool for nonprofit community development organizations, cooperatives, and municipalities to raise much-needed money for their causes.

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Jewett to Build New YMCA in Exeter

Exeter, NH - Southern District YMCA has partnered with Raymond, N.H.-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc. to build a ground-up, new YMCA in Exeter. Jewett Construction has a long history of building facilities for New Hampshire nonprofits, including the Boy Scouts of America — projects for which they also fundraised — as well as the historic renovation of the nonprofit America’s Credit Museum in Manchester. A volunteer YMCA Facility Committee is working with Jewett Construction to

design a facility that will meet the needs of the extended community and will fulfill the focus of the Y on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The approximately 30,000sf building will be expansive, including a cardio and weight room, group fitness studios, an indoor track, a full-court gymnasium, a multi-purpose community room, locker rooms, and space dedicated to watching children while parents use the facility. A second phase will join an indoor pool with access through the locker rooms.

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Porter Building Systems Continues to Demonstrate the Benefits of Panelization by Jim Cram Porter Building Systems continues to demonstrate the benefits of panelization to enhance a project’s on site speed as well as to showcase the quality of added scope being applied to the panels in the factory. 1. Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford, Maine – This past December presented the construction community with very challenging weather in Maine. Temperatures hovering just above zero and two feet of snow had no impact on the heated 400-foot-long assembly lines at Porter’s factory. Rigid insulation and air barriers were applied without gloves, and windows were carefully flashed and sealed. On-site, trailer loads of panels were prepositioned to avoid road closures due to storms, and the panels were installed in just one week, allowing the building to be sealed up and other subcontractors to stay on schedule. It was the first panel job for Ouellet Associates, Inc. of Brunswick, Maine. Dean Ouellet, vice president of Ouellet Associates, Inc., recently commented, “We have not done any panelization prior to this project and I was very apprehensive. However, after reviewing shop drawings and visiting the shop a few times prior to and during fabrication of the panels, it became apparent that build-

Entry elevation at Southern Maine Medical Center ing these walls in a controlled environSystems prides itself on maintaining good ment during the dead of winter was truly communication and coordination bethe right way to do it. tween the panel fabricator, the structural Despite the fact that we had two engineer, architect, and general contractor storms totalling 25 inches and blistering so that panelization is successfully done. cold temperatures in the first few days Keith McBey, vice president at commencing installation, all the panels Bonnette, Page & Stone, were installed within the first week prior said after the installation to Christmas and we happily had the heat at the Lakes Region Comsystem blowing throughout the building munity College , “There are prior to the New Year. few times in a career when I am certain that doing panelization one runs into an entire during those cold snowy days saved a team that performs as well month in our schedule. It has been a good as yours. From the initial learning experience for us and we look sale through the shops and forward to the next one…Thank you.” into installation, Porter per2. Lakes Region Community Colformed seamlessly” lege in Laconia, N.H. – Porter also com3. Hampton Inn in pleted a similar project in Laconia, N.H. Lewiston, Maine – Winduring another cold snap. Again, it took ter has a firm grip on the just one week on site to transform the construction site at the new steel frame to a fully enclosed, insulatfour-story Hampton Inn in ed building. The team at Porter Building Lewiston, Maine, but fortu-

nately much of the exterior work is being done inside the panel shop at Porter Building Systems. This is a LEED certified project being managed by Wright-Ryan Construction of Portland. The wall panels have added scope applied, including continuous 2-inch rigid polyiso on the outside of the building, an air barrier, and the windows are installed. For the fourth floor the panels are pre-finished with EIFS and include the parapet. Because the walls are complete and are insulated, it is now possible to heat the space from below and allow concrete to be poured in subfreezing temperatures. Jim Cram is sales director/pre-construction and LEED Green associate at Porter Building Systems.

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Awards AIANH Annual Excellence in Architecture Design Awards • Honor Award - Norway Point, N.H. Lakes Region – Samyn-D’Elia Architects, P.A., Ashland, N.H.; Contractor: Cerutti Construction, Meredith.

Amherst, NH – The American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter (AIANH) announced the recipients of its 2014 Annual Excellence in Architecture Design Awards, the highest recognition of architecture that exemplifies excellence in overall design, including aesthetics, clarity, creativity, appropriate functionality, sustainability, building performance, and appropriateness with regard to fulfilling the client’s program. The AIANH Excellence in Architecture award recipients are:

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Citation Award - Private residence in rural New Hampshire, Architect: Dennis Mires, PA, The Architects, Construction Manager: North Branch Construction

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• Honor Award - City of Manchester Police Department – Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester. Construction manager, Harvey Construction

Corporation, Bedford; Police Planning Architect, Architects Design Group, Winter Park, Fla. • Honor Award - Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics, University of NH, Durham – Goody Clancy, Boston. General contractor, PC Construction, So. Burlington, Vt.; Landscape architect, Carol R. Johnson Landscape Architects, Boston.

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• Merit Award - Burr and Burton Academy Mountain Campus Academic Building, Peru, Vt. – Bensonwood, Walpole, N.H.; Architect/Builder: Bensonwood, Walpole. • Merit Award - Lighthouse Cove Cottage, Wolfeboro, N.H. – TMS Architects, Portsmouth. General contractor: Lovering Construction, Wolfeboro. • Merit Award - Keene Family YMCA, Keene, N.H. – ARC/ArchitecContinued on next page

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tural Resources Cambridge, Mass. General contractor, The MacMillin Company, Keene.

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• Citation Award - Piedra Fina Restaurant, Marlboro, N.H. – Daniel V. Scully/Architects, Keene. Contractor, Ingram Construction Corp., Swanzey.

• Citation Award - Manchester Community College Student Center – Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester. Construction manager, Eckman Construction, Bedford. The 2014 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture was bestowed posthumously on Duffy Monahon and Rick Monahon AIA. Rick and Duffy Monahon were two extraordinary people who gave generously throughout their careers in the areas of architecture, preservation, and planning. They were passionate about history and finding new uses for old buildings and so it made sense that they would become intensely involved in planning and historic preservation. Jennifer Goodman and Phyllis Stibler were named as Honorary Members

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Honor Award - Norway Point, NH Lakes Region, Architect: Samyn-D’Elia Architects, P.A., Contractor: Cerutti Construction

People’s Choice Award Residential - Ash Street Split, Architect: McHenry Architecture, General Contractor: Pidela Corp.

of the the AIANH Chapter. This award is bestowed on nonarchitects who have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences related to architecture within the state. Outstanding Service Awards – Two individuals were honored for their service to the profession of architecture and to the AIANH Chapter. Dale Doller AIA of Lavallee Brensinger Architects in Man-

chester, was honored for his committed leadership of the AIANH Chapter and his service to the profession of architecture. Scott Vlasak, AIA, of Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects in Rindge, was honored for his service on the board of directors since 2011 and on the Education Committee for 10 years, as chairman for the past three.

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CT ABC Excellence in Construction Awards CT ASLA Announces Winners Rocky Hill, CT – CT ABC hosted its 12th annual Excellence in Construction awards ceremony on January 30, at the Aquaturf Country Club in Southington with over 650 of the industry in attendance. The event honored construction companies and subcontractors who performed work on outstanding construction projects. 35 ABC members participated in STEP (Safety Training Education Program) “Best of the Best” safety awards winners are: • Small GC/CM: PDS Engineering & Construction, Inc. • Large GC/CM: KBE Building Corp. • Small Specialty Contractor: Notch Mechanical Constructors • Large Specialty Contractor: EMCOR Services New England Mechanical CT ABC honored three firms for outstanding service to the industry: Associate Member of the Year – Mahoney Sabol& Co. Specialty Contractor of the Year – Modern Mechanical Systems, Inc. Contractor of the Year (Merit Cup Winner) – KBE Building Corporation The year’s Best in Show was awarded to Cianbro Corporation for the Niantic River Bascule Railroad Bridge Replacement Project. CT ABC recognized the following

as Excellence in Construction Award recipients: • Mechanical: Orafol Americas, Inc. – EMCOR Services New England Mechanical • Institutional (tie): Carrington Elementary School – KBE Building Corp. • Institutional (tie): Fairfield Woods Middle School Additions & Renovations – ESRT Construction • Healthcare <$5M: Saint Francis Hospital Innovation and Learning Center – S/L/A/M Construction Services d/b/a Construction Services of Somerset, Inc. • Healthcare >$5M: Albion Street – Viking Construction • Renovation: The Learning Lab at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network – KBE Building Corporation • People’s Choice: Saint Francis Hospital Innovation and Learning Center – S/L/A/M Construction Services d/b/a Construction Services of Somerset, Inc. CT ABC recognized the following as Merit Award recipients: • Mechanical: Industrial: Covidien Chilled Water Plant – Crest Mechanical Services, Inc. • Renovation: Long Wharf Theatre Main Stage Renovation – Petra Construction Corp. • Specialty Construction: Complex Television Production Facility – United Steel

New Centra building New Haven, CT - The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) announced the winners of its annual Connecticut Professional Awards competition. CTASLA conducts the awards competition each year to recognize excellence in landscape architectural design, planning and analysis, communication, and research. Winners of the 2014 Connecticut Professional Awards competition include: Landscape Architectural Design – Residential: Wesley Stout Associates, LLC, New Canaan – Merit Award for Saugatuck Center: Neighborhood Revitalization, Westport; Richard Bergmann Architects, New Canaan – Merit Award for Bend-in-the-Road Landscape; Artemis Landscape Architects, Inc., Bridgeport –

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Merit Award for Sustainable Landscape for an Injured 911 Worker, Mahopac, N.Y. Landscape Architectural Design – Corporate Institutional: Anne Penniman Associates, LLC,Essex – Honor Award for Weekapaug Inn,Westerly, R.I.; Aris Land Studio, LLC, Bridgeport – Honor Award for Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk; Towers|Golde, LLC, New Haven – Merit Award for Centra Metropark, Iselin, N.J.; Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Hamden, Merit Award for Bridgeport Hospital Grant Street Entrance Plaza, Bridgeport. Landscape Architectural Design – Municpal/Public Spaces: Site Systems, Inc., Trumbull – Merit Award for Old Mine Park Pond Restoration, Trumbull.

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Rethinking Carpet

Apollo Safety Expansions Fall River, MA - Apollo Safety, Inc, recently announced the formation of a special division to serve wastewater treatment facility clients. The new division will feature extensive offerings for wastewater treatment facilities as it pertains to gas detection equipJohn Cavalho III ment, maintenance, and monitoring. Those offerings include a wide variety of portable and stationary gas detection systems suitable for wastewater treatment plants, including name brands such as Industrial Scientific, RAE Systems, RKI, and GMI. These systems are available for purchase or rental at weekly or monthly rates. Apollo also has expanded its fire department services division. That expansion will include extended offerings as it pertains to gas detection equipment and training. From a product standpoint, Apollo Safety offers safety equipment and clothing ranging from eye and face protection

to flame resistant rainwear/suits and headwear to footwear. That also includes hazardous storage and handling equipment, ARC safety equipment, janitorial supplies, and more. In addition, Apollo Safety provides on-site installation and training and 24x7 service. All Apollo Safety technicians are factory-trained and certified. In addition, Apollo offers its own training program, with five levels of certification. Apollo Safety technicians must be Level II or higher to service a wastewater treatment gas detection system. “The advanced training our technicians receive provides an added level of safety and security for our clients,” said John V. Carvalho III, who, along with his wife, Tracy, opened Apollo Safety back in 1995. “Because of the training our techs receive, they can spot potential problems much sooner than techs without that training.” Carvalho added. “That extra level of training can mean averting a major problem before it has the potential to become a tragedy. Or diagnosing a minor problem as part of a regular maintenance check that undetected could end up being a $4,000-5,000 repair.”

by Joe Versluis With the economy picking up, many building owners and managers are considering building new facilities or taking on renovation projects they have postponed for a few years. One of the issues they will likely confront in the process is whether to install Joe Versluis hard-surface flooring or carpets. Historically, choosing between carpets and hard-surface flooring in facilities has been more of a design issue than anything else. There have been times when carpeting is “in” and hard-surface flooring is “out,” and of course the reverse happens as well. Today, and at least for now, trends seem to indicate that hard-surface flooring is once again becoming the preferred floor covering. This may be because some hard-surface flooring is often less expensive than carpet, and hard-surface floors are believed to be less expensive to maintain overall. While the first reason may be true in some cases, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) disputes the claim that hard-surface flooring is cheaper to

maintain. According to CRI, over time it can be as much as 65% less expensive to maintain a carpeted floor compared to a hard-surface floor. CRI bases this on the amount of time, labor, and supplies required to strip, clean, refinish, and maintain hard-surface floors. Additionally, CRI suggests that hard-surface flooring requires 2.5 times more cleaning than carpets on an annual basis. Beyond costs, there are other arguments that can be made in favor of carpeting, and one that should be in every building owner/manager’s mind is health. A study recently released by Airmid Healthgroup Limited, a leading biomedical research organization, reports that when compared to hard-surface flooring, properly maintained carpets (cleaned using high-performance vacuums and hot-water extractors) can trap foreign allergens that could have potential negative health impacts. This process also helps improve the overall air quality in a facility. Other health-related benefits of carpeting have been studied and reported, with most studies coming to the same conclusion as the Airmid Healthgroup study. For instance, a 2008 study, “Carpet, Asthma and Allergies—Myth or Reality,” by Dr. Mitchell W. Sauerhoff, found that carpeting has the ability to hold and trap contaminants, a feature not possible with Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page hard-surface floors. The study referred to this ability as “sequestering.” Further, one of the first studies on the health impact of carpeting was reported nearly two decades ago. The Research Triangle Institute and the University of North Carolina reported that according to their research, although a carpeted floor may have higher concentrations of biocontaminants compared to a same-sized tiled floor, amounts of airborne contaminants—those that get released into the air and may be inhaled by building users— were higher over tiled floors than over carpet. There are other reasons building owners/managers should consider carpeting when restoration or renovation work is being performed in their facilities. Among them are the following: Noise: It is well known that carpet can reduce noise levels. What is less known is just how much it can do so. According to BuildDirect, marketers of hard and soft flooring materials, carpet has a noise reduction coefficient (NRC) rating of .40–.50, making it the most efficient sound-absorbing material available. Vinyl, cork, and rubber also have fairly high NRC ratings, but not as high as carpet. Stone floors were reported to be at the bottom of the scale for sound absorption. Safety: Slip and fall accidents account for about one million injuries each year in the United States, and many of

Monitoring Construction Vibration Continued from page 34 During times when the vibrations are within safe limits, the monitoring systems can provide peace of mind to researchers and staff in the facility. At New England Baptist Hospital, vibration measurements were carried out in sensitive areas of the hospital before and during a series of representative construction activities. The measured vibrations were compared to criteria for MRIs, CT scanners, and operating rooms, in order to

Using high-performance vacuums and hot-water extractors can trap foreign allergens. these occur in commercial facilities. While there are slip and fall accidents on carpet, these typically involve tripping over a cord or an object on the carpet, tripping on a torn or bulging area in the carpet, or possibly slipping on a carpet that is still wet after cleaning. Most slip and fall accidents occur on hard-surface floors, making carpets significantly safer for building users. Joe Versluis is national sales manager for U.S. Products, a manufacturer of hot-water carpet extractors.

Remote monitoring – where measurement systems are installed in critical areas and their data are observed at other convenient locations – has been found to be especially useful not only for coping with construction, but also for evaluating the suitability of sites being considered for sensitive activities. As an example of the latter, remote monitoring is being used at the University of Connecticut Health Center to determine whether a selected location on a higher floor is suitable for

“…sophisticated monitoring systems can be placed in the field to monitor the vibration remotely in near real time and to send alarm messages by text or email…allowing the contractor to adjust means and methods to reduce the offending vibration.” evaluate the potential impacts. The tests and data were used to educate the hospital staff and to devise strategies that permitted the hospital to continue carrying out its work during construction without continuous monitoring. At Boston Medical Center, real-time vibration monitoring of the vibrations in the sensitive areas was used during construction, with automatic alarms sent to project and hospital personnel if any preset vibration limits were exceeded. This allowed the hospital and construction personnel to anticipate complaints from staff and to mitigate the construction activity, if necessary.

relocation of its Center for Advanced Reproductive Services. In cases such as the ones illustrated here, remote monitoring can be a cost-efficient tool in view of its capability to provide data and alarms in real-time and thus to protect hospital environments and other buildings from undue vibrations – all without the need to have specialists onsite for extended periods. Marc Newmark is a senior consultant in noise and vibration at Acentech Inc.. Marc Newmark is a senior consultant in noise and vibration at Acentech Inc.

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Chelmsford, MA - Alpine Environmental announced the addition of Theresa Clasby as administrative director. She will lead marketing, IT, business administration, and cost control as Alpine expands its lead paint abatement and mold remediation services. Before joining Alpine, Clasby was VP of administration at Triumph Modular, Inc. A major achievement of her career at Triumph was introducing cost controls and processes to stabilize the company in a very competitive industry.

DPM Promotes Four Newton, Mass – Diversified Project Management (DPM) recently announced four staff promotions. Denise A. Booras, PMP, has been promoted to the role of project executive in the Newton office. She has been with DPM since 2000 and is currently working on several tenant fit-out and relocation projects for Coverys in Boston and throughout the U.S. John Nicastro, LEED AP, has been promoted to the position of senior project manager. A veteran with nine years of experience in the East Hartford office, he most recently has been supporting the team at Pratt & Whitney and UTRC. Rick Davidow has been promoted to senior project planner. He has been with DPM in East Hartford for six years. His clients include Jade Marketing, Choate Rosemary Hall, Vesta, Harvard Ellis, and the City of Hartford. Brandon Needleman has been promoted to project manager. Since joining the company’s Newton office in 2011,


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he has managed both relocation and construction projects. His current clients include DentaQuest and Coverys.

CDHA Consulting has First Anniversary Somerville, MA - CDHA Consulting celebrates its first anniversary with the start of 2014. Principal Christopher Howe says, “There has been a lot of support for the combination of code consulting and specification writing services that I’m providing.” Projects range from small commer-

cial renovation projects of 2,000sf or less, to large educational renovations. Clients include building owners, developers, architectural firms, and general contractors. “I really enjoy the variety, and the ability to help with those projects that might otherwise be underserved.”

Boston’s Greatest Hits: The Menino Years Continued from page 35

Menino convened a Green Building Task Force in 2003. The Task Force created a 10 point action plan covering topics from technical assistance to funding to code article amendments. As a direct result of this report, Boston became the first city in the nation to require a green building standard for major building projects when it amended Article 37 of the municipal zoning code to require a LEED Certifiable level of design. 4. Footprint Size Matters – The green building movement also helped usher the terms “greenhouse gas emissions” and “carbon footprint” into our everyday lexicon. In 2010, the Mayor’s Climate Action Leadership Committee released a report detailing a path for reducing Boston’s carbon footprint 25% by the year 2020 and 80% by the year 2050. Two significant, building-related recommendations of the report have already taken effect and will change this year. The first was the adoption of the “stretch code” ordinance requiring new construction to


achieve 20% better energy efficiency than ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007. (Starting in July of this year, the base standard will change to 90.1-2010.) The second recommendation was the passage of the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance which, to date, has required only the energy performance disclosure of municipal buildings. Beginning in 2014, all non-residential buildings 50,000sf and larger will be required to report theirenergy and water use to the City of Boston via the EPA’s Portfolio Manager, in addition to undergoing an energy assessment, or taking an energy action, every five years. The aforementioned have all contributed towards Boston now being considered one of the “greenest” cities in the country. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see what Mayor Walsh adds to the city’s sustainability narrative. Carrie Platusich LEED AP BD+C is an Energy Engineer at R.G.Vanderweil Engineers, in Boston.

Peabody, MA - Kaloutas Painting recently promoted Roger Brizard to the position of field manager. In this new role, he will oversee a number of the company’s ongoing projects. In particular, he oversees the geographic region from the South Shore through Quincy and Dedham, and parts of Boston.


An 18-year employee of Kaloutas Painting, Brizard was previously a foreman prior to this promotion. He and his team recently completed work on St. Paul’s Church in Hingham. Before joining Kaloutas, he was employed by Brigham & Women’s Hospital in dietary services.

CES Promotions Middletown, CT - Consulting Engineering Services, Inc. (CES), a mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection consulting engineering firm with offices in Middletown, Conn, Canton, Mass., and New York City, recently announced its promotions within the

company. Associate Michael B. Walsh, P.E., is the newest principal of CES; associate Peter J. Votto, P.E., is a shareholder of the firm and Nicholas Fair has been promoted to an associate as well as the branch manager of the CES Canton office.

Cobleigh Appointed to GTGBC Board of Directors

Glastonbury CT industry in Connecticut. He advisWayne Cobleigh, CPSM manes private and public sector clients ager of project development on a wide variety of environmental for GZA GeoEnvironmental compliance matters and real estate Inc., has been appointed to development issues. He has reprethe Connecticut Green Buildsented GZA at several brownfield ing Council (CTGBC) Board redevelopment and sustainable of Directors for a three-year development forums and has preterm. pared testimony at public hearings Cobleigh has over 30 regarding land developments and Cobleigh years of project management, community outreach efforts inmarketing, and business development exvolving environmental assessment and perience in the environmental services remediation issues.

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Two Join Consigli’s Hartford Office Bellido Joins TDC Hartford, CT - Consigli Construction Co., Inc. recently announced the addition of two senior project managers, Todd Hedges, LEED AP, and Curtis Kuck, to its Hartford office.A seasoned project manager with over 23 years of experience in the construction industry, Hedges has been involved in extensive renovations and laboratory projects at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. He is a LEED Accredited Professional. Curtis Kuck is an industry veteran with over 24 years of construction management experience for university and healthcare clients in the Connecticut



area. Prior to joining the Consigli team, he worked on projects at the University of Connecticut, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Harriman Hires Three

Auburn, ME Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and New Hampshire, announced that Paul C. Noble, Karen L. Schacht, AIA, and John A. Ellis, III Noble have joined the firm. Noble joins Harriman as a designer in the electrical engineering studio in Auburn with over 20 years of experience in electrical engineering design. Prior to joining Harriman, he was employed with


Boston - The Davis Commanager, and a member of instipanies (TDC) announced that Entutional investment teams overrique Bellido has joined the firm seeing the design, development, as senior vice president of develand construction of commercial opment. In addition to leading properties in a diverse range of TDC’s development and construcproperty types, including office, tion team and being responsible retail, assisted living, residential, for oversight of new development and industrial. activities, he will oversee all deHe spent nine years as the velopment and repositioning director of construction manageinitiatives for the company’s ment for Long Wharf Real Estate Bellido existing portfolio and play a leading role Partners and its predecessor, the Fidelity in overseeing the physical due diligence Real Estate Group. Prior to that, Bellido process for all new company acquisitions . held the position of development project Bellido has more than 24 years of manager at Congress Group Ventures and experience as an architect, a development Northland Development Corporation.

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Hannaford in Scarborough as an electrical designer. Ellis joins Harriman as a designer in its architectural studio in Auburn, and Schacht joins the firm as a senior project architect in the Manchester, N.H. office.

Hyannis, MA - Brown designer. He has worked with Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Ara variety of building types inchitects recently announced that cluding multi-unit and resiTodd C. Carson, AIA, LEED AP, dential housing, retail banking, has joined its staff as a project armulti-use office buildings, and chitect / project manager. commercial projects. He is a In his new position, he will registered architect and LEED be responsible for managing varAccredited Professional. ious residential and commercial He most recently worked projects, using his LEED experas an architect at DRL & AssoCarson tise on green building projects, ciates Inc. in Weymouth and has and assisting the firm in its transition to also volunteered for the last two years Revit, a three-dimensional-based archiwith the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation to help design a new multi-unit housing tectural design software program. Carson has more than 12 years of facility for spinal cord injury patients. experience working as an architectural


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Region 14 Annual Forum April 12 - 13 Newport, R.I. NAWIC By The Sea Join Director Carol O’Donnell and the members of Chapter #52 Rhode Island for this year’s Annual Forum in the beautiful City by the Sea: Newport, Rhode Island. Colonial history, Gilded Age mansions, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, museums, interesting architecture, vineyards, sailing, beaches, great restaurants, shopping, and year-round festivals and events are just some examples of what awaits you in this beautiful seaside city. Information: http://www.nawicboston.org.


LEED v4 Master Class March 4, 2014 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Drive, Boston In this full day master session, presented by Chris Schaffner, we’ll take a deep dive into everything that’s new about LEED. This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to connect with the leaders in the LEED v4 field. http://www.usgbcma.org


Friday, February 28 13th Annual Ski Day Join us for Skiing and Networking at Loon Mountain 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln, N.H. Bring your family, employees and friends for a full day of skiing, snow-boarding and morning racing at a special package price that includes: Ticket, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Après-Ski Reception. 8:30 a.m. - Registration, 9 a.m. - Lifts Open 12:30 p.m. - Lunch, 3 p.m. - Après-Ski Reception Arrive Thursday and enjoy a 6 p.m. Welcome Reception with fellow ABC Members...and terrific dining options in the Lincoln / Woodstock area. http://www.abcnhvt.org/


March 20 The 2014 Annual Awards Gala Madarin Oriental Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston Celebrating Achievements of the New England Design Community Cocktails, small plates, awards presentation For more information: asidne.org.


March 3-6 95th Annual Convention The Bellagio Resort & Casino, Las Vegas Nevada Make your plans to attend the 95th Annual AGC Convention and seize your opportunity to build knowledge, grow your business, and shape the industry. The 2014 Convention features a packed program focused on sharing solutions from experienced contractors and industry experts on key construction issues, networking events structured so you can make valuable new connections, and opportunities to shape the future of the industry and the association. Further info and to register: convention. agc.org.


March 30 - April 1 BOMA MAC Conference Boston Marriott Long Wharf BOMA Boston will be hosting the 2014 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). This annual two-day conference brings together real estate professionals from 16 different BOMA Locals that have a combined membership of over 3,500. The 2014 Conference will include an opening night reception, keynote presentations, industry updates and will conclude with the highly anticipated Regional TOBY Awards on Tuesday, April 1. http://www.gbreb.com/boma/mac/ for more information.


February 27 Save the Date! BD Live 2014 One Financial Conference and Event Center, 675 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd floor Boston Registration: 3:30 p.m. Event start: 4 p.m. Event end: 5:30 p.m. Join us after this event for the Mix@6. Visit http://www.smpsboston.org/program/calendar.php for information.

February 21, Revere Hotel Boston 8:30-9:45 a.m. Massachusetts Building Congress presents Innovation in Transportation - MassDOT Plans for the Future. Speaker Richard A. Davey, Secretary & CEO, Mass. Dept. of Transportation will join MBC members for networking and breakfast. March 20, Westin Waterfront Hotel 7:30-8 a.m. - Registration and networking. 8-9:30 a.m. Sit down breakfast program Mayor Martin J. Walsh will join the AEC community to talk about his agenda Visit www.buildingcongress.org for more information.

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February 2014


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