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The S/L/A/M Collaborative to Design $400M Project for the University of Notre Dame

Jolene Knapp Page 10

Bob Joy Page 10

Kathleen McIntyre Page 12 University of Notre Dame Stadium...pg 28

Scott Robbins Page 38

John Curran Page 36

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Wentworth Offers FM Master The Bobcat Den at Bates College Renovated KVA to Design New North Bennet Street School H.V. Collins Co. Builds Quincy Central Middle School Saint Raphael Academy Opens New Coutu Theater Trinity Completes The Skylark in New York’s Fashion District Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel at Portwalk is Weather Tight Samyn - D’Elia Designs Training Center Margulies Perruzzi Architects Designs Eastern Bank Branch Amenta Emma Commences with Design of Phase 2 of Thames Edge BSA 2013 Design Award Winners KBE Wins Six Awards On the Boards: Northeastern University by Bob Schaeffner Investing in Youth to Build our Future by Sean Lamontagne Community School Realizes Energy Reductions by Brian H. Neely Construction Trends for 2014 by Bud LaRosa Plus Green, Retail & Hospitality, Multi-Residential, Corporate, Healthcare Facilities, People, Calendar and more...

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Boston - Beginning in September 2014, Wentworth Institute of Technology will offer its Master of Science in Facility Management in a fully online format in addition to the current on-campus format. This represents the third fully online degree program for the institute. Both the on-campus and online formats will continue to be offered part-time to appeal to working adults. The new online program format provides the same high-quality curriculum as the on-campus version, and also maintains a small student-to-faculty ratio to emphasize personalized attention and encourage

peer-to-peer learning. In addition, online students in the program will have access to all of the same resources as their on-campus counterparts. The Master of Science in Facility Management program is designed for those who wish to manage and lead within the facilities management profession, providing students with rigorous training in post-graduate management principles within the context of the facilities environment. Graduates of the program will be prepared for leadership roles in facility management and related industries.

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SSYMCA Holds Grand Opening

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Quincy, MA - The new Quincy South Shore YMCA (SSYMCA) recently held a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new state-of-theart facility. Callahan, Inc. of Bridgewater provided construction management and site development services for the new YMCA. Members of the Callahan team joined Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, SSYMCA leaders and staff, project donors, and members of the public at the event. The Coddington Street location in Quincy officially opened its doors to members in December 2013. The new $30 million facility is located at the same address as the previous building. The two-story, 118,000sf facility now includes a two-pool aquatics center,

Devens, MA - N.B. Kenney Company, Inc. has raised $34,000 in donations for the ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines following the typhoon that devastated the island nation last November. N.B. Kenney offered to match up to $10,000 in donations and quickly surpassed the goal thanks to the generosity of its employees, subcontractors, and vendors. “The unbelievable destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan made us want to help even though we are half a world away. We challenged our team to join us in raising these resources, and we could not be more thankful for their support,” said Robert Nims, executive vice president of N.B. Kenney, headquartered in Devens. Nims also stated that N.B. Kenney selected Direct Relief, a leading medical relief organization based in California, as

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$34,000 for Philippines Relief Efforts

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Incorporating Educational Occupancies into Your Mixed-Use Facility (Part 1) by Christopher Howe Are you considering including a child care center in your new office or residential development? Has a college or university expressed interest in leasing space in your existing facility? What are the building code implications of locating these educational uses in a building that is otherwise primarily office, retail, or residential space? From a regulatory standpoint, not

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all educational occupancies are the same. In fact, to avoid confusion, it is best to avoid using the term “educational occupancies” for this general discussion, as the building code considers many learning en-

vironments to be business or institutional occupancies. The code requirements for learning environments vary widely depending on a number of factors, including: the age of the students, the number of students (occupant load), location in the building, and the arrangement of the exits (means of egress). It is important to consider all of these factors as early as possible in the project planning process if you are con-

sidering including a learning environment in your new or existing mixed use facility. The first step in determining the building code requirements is to properly classify the occupancy, as the majority of the applicable building code requirements are based on the occupancy classification. Infants are fully dependent on adults. They have no ability to exit the building under their own power, and Continued on page 8

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High-Profile carries some aspect of sustainability. Our annual focus on green facilities developments in the fall is reinforced every month with news from our “green” pages. These two events give our march issue the extra content and distribution that have fueled a special supplement on MEP. Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing is the infrastructure of every building and facility in the world. An understanding of the concerns of that infrastructure and familiarity with the people who perform it is an added bonus to any planner and designer looking to make a sustainable future for the structures they build. Next month our focus will turn to the assisted living and multi-residential sectors. We hope you find that a glimpse outside the education sector will offer insight into what is similar and what is unique to the project that you may be working. We hope to see you at the new MedEd Facilities conference and trade show coming to the Seaport World Trade Center April 1-2 this spring. The healthcare and educational facilities design and construction event for New England features a conference and exhibits that address the unique solutions and needs of medical and educational facilities being built, expanded or renovated. See their ad on page 49 of this issue. You can register from the link on our website www.high-profile.com.

Incorporating Educational Occupancies Continued from page 7 are therefore considered “incapable of self-preservation”. For this reason, the building code assigns an institutional (I4) occupancy classification to child care centers that serve children two years nine months younger. The stringent code requirements associated with the I-4 occupancy are intended to provide additional protection from smoke and fire and additional time to allow the teachers to evacuate young children. At the opposite end of the spectrum are the adult occupants of a college or university. Most adults are fully capable of “self preservation”. The building code assigns a much less stringent Business (B) classification to learning environments that serve students above the 12th grade. The Educational (E) occupancy classification applies to learning environments serving students that are between


the two extremes described above. For example, child care centers serving only children that are older than two years nine months of age are classified as group E occupancies. Traditional learning environments such as schools (serving children through the 12th grade) are also classified as group E occupancies. Typically, the occupants of a facility classified as group E have the ability to walk unassisted, but may require some direction and assistance in exiting the building. Another significant factor that the building code takes into consideration is the anticipated occupant load (number of occupants per square foot of space) of the learning environment. Part 2 will be published in the next issue. Christopher D. Howe, AIA, CBO, CCS, is Architectural Consulting, Code Consulting & Architectural Specifications.

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MCLA Opens New Building

67,000sf Center for Science & Innovation North Adams, MA – The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) opened the doors for the current school year to its newest building on campus, the new Center for Science & Innovation. This $40 million facility is literally the first major construction project on the campus in the last 40 years. Designed by EYP and constructed by Columbia Construction, MCLA’s new 67,000sf Center for Science & Innovation will house flexible teaching and research laboratories and a mixture of office space. It also has a rooftop classroom and greenhouse, a three-story atrium that accommodates up to 100 people, and informal learning spaces with a 72-seat tiered lecture hall. The new state-of-theart integrated facility will primarily be used by the chemistry, biology, environmental science, psychology and physics departments, along with the college’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Pipeline and Berkshire Environmental Resources Center (BERC). Special features include a terra cotta façade with metal paneling, along with a curtainwall system and punched windows. Additionally, in an effort to extend the learning environment, an outdoor teaching circle was constructed. The project is targeting a Silver rat-


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Revere, MA - CTA Construction of Waltham has been selected to build the new Staff Sergeant James J. Hill Elementary School, which will replace the current William McKinley Elementary School in Revere. The new, modern, and compact $32 million, L-shaped building will replace the current 111-year-old building on its urban site, consisting of 103,650gsf. The new school will contain learning space for 690 students and 72 staff members. The building is organized around a central two-story lobby that shares views into the cafeteria, media center, and administration area. The north wing will

hold early childhood and first grade. Kindergarten, first through fifth grades, special-needs classrooms, and computer labs will be held in the three-story classroom wing at the south end of the site. The cafeteria and gym will contain glass that overlooks the new stadium being built by the city. CTA Construction will be working jointly with the project designer, Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. of Waltham, and owner’s project manager, Hill International (Collaborative Partners). The project will also be seeking LEED certification.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) From the Desk of Jolene Knapp, CAE SCUP Conferences Welcome, Are you familiar with “integrated planning”? By integrated, we mean that the people who are responsible for or involved in planning on campus should make informed decisions based on a dialogue with: 1) colleagues in other functional areas on Jolene Knapp campus, and 2) people directly affected by the plans, e.g., students, local residents, and government. It’s such a simple concept—sharing information—but we all know that these important conversations don’t happen for a variety of reasons. Good planning is collaborative, transparent, and integrated! The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is unique among higher education associations in that we recognize that members who work at architectural, engineering, and construction firms have just as much to share as their institutional colleagues when it comes to the integration of planning on campus. SCUP does not differentiate its members by assigning corporate folks to an associate

membership role. Corporate members are full, voting, office-holding members of our community and we welcome their expertise. Our membership is based on professional development and long-term, relationship-building rather than high-pressure business development, so please take a moment to learn more about SCUP’s unique culture by visiting www.scup.org/ membership/culture.html. We invite you and other members of your firm (and your clients!) to join SCUP if you believe that planning on campus needs to be integrated and to help spread the good word about SCUP at the colleges and universities with whom you work. Joining SCUP is a great investment if you need to reach the leaders on campus who are responsible for academic, facilities, fiscal, infrastructural, and strategic planning. Sixty percent of SCUP members work at colleges and universities—of all sizes and types. Of those, 40% are in facilities. The remaining 60% of our institutional members are a mix of senior-level administrators: CEO-president-chancellor, academic (including provost), strategic planners, financial, institutional research, Continued on page 41

by Bob Joy It is hard to pick up a newspaper or magazine nowadays that doesn’t contain an article about the affordability crisis in higher education. Calls for greater accountability and fiscal responsibility are coming from members of congress, state legislators, parents, and Bob Joy students. In his recent State of the Union speech, President Obama announced that the Department of Education would be releasing report cards grading colleges and universities on their effectiveness and efficiency. I am sure that all of the college presidents watching the speech were hoping that they would be graded on a curve. As a result of these concerns, resources at colleges and universities will be constrained even further in coming years. Faced with hard choices, some administrators will choose to defund “non-essential” expenses, such as memberships and conference attendance. While on the surface it might look prudent to keep the money focused on the mission, it could actually undermine the long-term viability of these institutions. When resources are scarce, we need to follow the old carpenter’s rule of, “Measure twice, cut once.” We should be placing a greater emphasis on planning, especially the unique model of integrated planning advocated by the Society for College and University Planning. SCUP’s approach to planning cuts across silos and integrates all of the key factors – resource allocation, academic planning, budget & finance, and facilities – into an inclusive, transparent process. Membership in SCUP should be seen as an essential first step toward achieving greater accountability and demonstrating fiscal responsibility.

Conference attendance is also sometimes constrained when budgets are tight. Yet, what is one great insight or idea worth to an administrator? SCUP’s collegial culture provides opportunities to learn from members who reflect the broad range of interests and roles found in higher education. Our conferences bring the best minds together to share ideas and case studies in efficient and friendly forums. The post-conference surveys we conduct always show that participants place a high value on what they have learned and feel it is essential to their professional growth. I therefore encourage you to join us at our upcoming conferences. On May 1-3, 2013 we will travel to Montreal to explore the impact that globalization is having on colleges and universities. The title is, “Global, Local, or ‘Glocal’: Identity for Higher Education in an International Context.” We will be hosted by both McGill University and Concordia University, both of which are located in the vibrant heart of Montreal, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. We have several outstanding plenary speakers lined up, including Jamil Salmi, former Education Sector Manager for The World Bank and Philip Altbach, Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. We are especially excited that the City of Montreal will use the occasion of our conference to unveil its new strategic plan for higher education. Conference attendees will be invited to the presentation on Wednesday afternoon and an exclusive reception afterward. For more information about this exciting conference, go to http://www.scup.org/page/regions/ na/2013. Our one-day conference will be held at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut on October 4, 2013. In August, 2012 Gateway opened its new 367,000sf campus in the heart of downContinued on page 18

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Blue Skies Prevail by Kathleen McIntyre Despite the inclement weather the nation has been experiencing of late, blue skies prevail at the University of Maine’s Facilities Management department. The importance of the department’s goals and functions have been heightened and highlighted as part of President Kathleen McIntyre Paul Ferguson’s Blue Sky Plan, and its various achievements have been recognized recently in the university’s 2013 annual report. Developed in 2011 and finalized in May 2012, the Blue Sky Plan is comprised of five “pathways,” with the focus on facilities management aspirations being Pathway 5. Titled “Restoring the Dream: Renewing Pride and Stewardship of Place,” the fifth pathway of the plan promised to “restore the dream of the land-grant mission by revitalizing the brick-and-mortar and technology infrastructure critical to our flagship campus.” In part, Blue Sky Pathway 5 called for implementing the president’s Paint, Plant, and Polish Initiative. With funding initially derived from energy cost-savings, and sustained annually by a new endowment, this initiative provided for beauti-

Nothing but blue skies for the UMaine campus. fying the face of the campus, improving accessibility, and upgrading classrooms. Additionally, the plan called for developing plans to restore and effectively use the campus’ historic buildings located in the National Register Historic District and continuing the implementation of sustainability initiatives to meet the University of Maine’s established goals in the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment. Thanks to the many contributors, much has been done in accomplishing the Restoring the Dream goals of the Blue Sky Plan.

Exterior painting has been completed on several significant campus buildings, including Raymond H. Fogler Library, the state of Maine’s research library, and Alumni Hall, which is situated in the National Register Historic District and houses the president’s, provost’s, senior vice president’s, and vice president for research’s offices. The campus’ iconic black bear monument, which was shrouded by overgrown shrubbery, received a much-needed facelift with its new plantings and stone pathways. Many extensive renovations have taken place across campus, greatly im-

proving the appearance, functionality, accessibility, and/or energy efficiency of academic and athletic buildings. Examples of these construction projects include lab and classroom upgrades/builds; elevator and ADA-compliant restroom installations; the major exterior renovation of Nutting Hall; the major interior renovation of the New Balance Field House; and the expansion of the Memorial Gym. Design guidelines for the buildings and landscapes which comprise the original core of the University of Maine at Orono National Register Historic District have recently undergone a revision to better reflect the campus’ changing programmatic needs and completed capital projects. The design guidelines describe in detail each building’s original and existing architecture and site, and offers suggestions for each building’s preservation and use. Continued on page 45

Raymond H. Fogler Library receives a facelift.

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Boston - The cornerstone of curriculum at Providence College has always been Western Civilization. As the college grew and developed, the faculty and administration focused on the need to create a new Western Civilization program, and in doing so, create a new home for the humanities as well as a building for both academic and community use. The result is the new Ruane Center for Humanities, which, according to Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., Providence College president, at the building’s dedication “… will be our signature building for the next hundred years.” A year after opening, the positive response by both faculty and students to

the building, designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative’s Boston office in association with Sullivan Buckingham Architects of Providence, is evidence that it is fulfilling the college’s vision for this signature building and focal point on campus, and a symbol of the importance of the humanities to Providence College. Dr. Vance G. Morgan, professor of philosophy and Western Civilization program director, said a humanities center has been a dream for all of his 19 years at the college, and he finds himself smiling and pinching himself in disbelief as he walks its hallways. Meanwhile, his colleagues have reported the best seminars of their careers. “The beauty and elegance of the Interactive teaching classroom

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cer of Providence College. According to Martin, the presentation will examine the thrust of humanities to the collegiate settings and the particular objectives, based on the institutional mission, in creating the new campus icon. SLAM presenting seminar on Providence College’s new Ruane Center for the Humanities at SCUP 2014 North Atlantic Region Conference in Boston – The session will be held on Thursday, March 13, from 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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KVA Designs North Bennet Street School in Historic North End Boston – The North Bennet Street School was founded in 1885 as a school for industrial crafts and has since then become world-renowned for its hands-on training in traditional programs such as carpentry, violin making, piano restoration, bookbinding, jewelry, and locksmithing. Kennedy & Violich Architecture was selected to design a new home for NBSS in the historic North End, where the majority of its programs have remained since its beginnings, within a former City of Boston Police Station and Printing Plant. The combined 65,000sf renovation and addition now brings together all of its programs in a single facility with expansive floor plates and natural lighting. BOND was hired to provide preconstruction and construction management services related to the renovation/restoration of NBSS’ new home. Consultants and engineers included Buro Happold for mep/structural, Nitsch Engineering for civil, and Epsilon Associates for preservation. Fox RPM Corp. acted as the relocation consultant for the move from its old location to the new facility. Seeing as the school is nationally known for its carpentry, including piano and violin making/ repaid, among many other crafts, much of the equipment required rigors to move. The architectural concept was to create two rooms, one indoor and the other outside, each of which would offer the kind of social space that NBSS has been lacking

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The Bobcat Den at Bates College Renovated

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scaping encircled the indoor and outdoor spaces, further contributing to their isolation from campus life. The challenge to Canal 5 Studio and Consigli Construction (working together as a design-build team) was to complete design and renovations within a seven week time period. The project team included Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture and Greg Day Lighting. The project scope included the Bobcat Den, an outdoor patio, a new four stop elevator, a new entrance lobby, and life safety improvements in several areas throughout the building. The tight

of height. Narrow steel columns were wrapped with hollowed-out tree trunks to add texture and contrast to the contemporary new furniture. Occasional tables were created from a venerated campus elm tree that had died and had to be removed. New booths along the perimeter of the space include power outlets for computers. At the exterior patio, existing pavers were removed and the entire area regraded to be handicapped accessible. Overgrown landscaping around the patio area was removed, which revealed views to the campus and visually connected the Den to the campus quad. A new retaining wall doubles as bench seating for large gatherings, while maple trees in a field of stone provide shade.

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Lewiston, ME – The Bobcat Den, located in Chase Hall at Bates College, has historically served as a faculty and staff dining facility. With the recent construction of a new dining facility elsewhere on campus, and the resultant physical separation between faculty, staff, and student dining, campus life became less integrated. Therefore, the college decided to renew the space to make it more appealing as a gathering place. Last renovated in the 1970s and located partially below grade, the Den was dark and claustrophobic. It adjoined dilapidated outdoor patio space adjacent to a scenic campus quad. Overgrown land-

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timeframe meant close collaboration was necessary among college officials, code authorities, subcontractors, suppliers, and the design team. Abatement required before demolition further compressed the time available for construction. A critical path schedule was developed to guide design approvals so that material procurement could keep pace with the construction schedule. The renovation of the Bobcat Den interior included removing screen walls, which opened up the seating area. Old brick walls, formerly hidden, were exposed and glazed with architectural lighting. The new ceiling, which was constrained by low structural conditions, includes floating wood-trimmed acoustical panels that create the illusion

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Inst i t ut i on s & S ch ools Smaller District, Greater Rewards

Following are excerpts from an article by Hugh Pearson, a partner with Wethersfield, Conn.-based Moser Pilon Nelson Architects. No school redistricting project moves forward without controversy, particularly when it involves reducing the school district’s holdings in facilities and making improvements to those that remain. A certain percentage of residents facing a higher annual tax bill, families whose children attend schools slated to close, teachers’ unions, and various others affected will all find something to vigorously oppose in whatever plan eventually goes in front of voters. The costs of doing nothing about inefficiently configured and marginally operational buildings, though, can’t be overstated. Manchester, Conn. – 58,000 population, located east of Hartford – has struggled for years with aging school facilities in dire need of maintenance and repairs. Worse yet, many elementary schools (currently nine of the city’s 14 public schools) can’t always accommodate the neighborhood school-age population, leading to overcrowding that in some schools has required the use of unsightly and uncomfortable portable classrooms. With its consolidation and renova-

Highland Park Elementary School in Manchester. Moser Pilon Nelson, Architects was awarded the 2013 AIA Connecticut Chapter’s People’s Choice Award for its design work. tion of elementary schools, and a reorganization that will require mass movement of students within the district, Manchester’s $120 million plan is controversial to say the least — and shows how national studies of student achievement, state grant programs for capital projects, and state and federal requirements for new and renovated facilities can help determine what happens to schools on a local level. The state department of education classifies Manchester in district reference group (DRG) G, putting it in the lowest one-fifth of Connecticut schools in terms of socio-economic status and other factors. The city’s elementary school enrollment is equal to or less than the mean enrollment in elementary schools in Connecticut and

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via an enclosed overpass to Bennet. Public sentiment on this is more uniform: By an overwhelming margin, Manchester residents want to see these buildings reused. The catch, for city residents, is how Bennet-Cheney would be populated. SMARTR’s proposal is predicated on the notion that fifth-graders from the nine current elementary schools would shift to the new joint fifth/sixth-grade academy (to be completed by the summer of 2016), while the nine K-5 schools would (by 2020) become seven K-4 schools. Four existing elementary schools would undergo renovations budgeted at around $4.5 million apiece, while two would be completely gutted, expanded, and renovated “like new” during the 2016-2020 timeframe. Highland Park’s “like new” renovation — including full replacement of antiquated MEP systems, new state-ofthe-art technology systems, meeting of all accessibility standards, building envelope upgrades, and abatement of all hazardous materials — cost a little more than $13 million, with the state picking up about 58% of the total. Emblematic of the new plan’s cost sensitivity is the committee’s recommendation to expand the two renovated Continued on next page

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Smaller District, Greater Rewards Continued from previous page schools to house about 530 students each, thereby raising the state’s commitment up to 65.71%, since the state’s formula for grant reimbursement favors larger schools. It’s easy to sympathize with the concerns of residents raised on a neighborhood school concept. SMARTR’s plan can’t magically revive the neighborhood school concept, but it at least addresses the other relevant issues. In terms of facilities, the Bennet-Cheney plan makes use of three historic buildings, and by taking the city’s fifth-graders creates enormous flexibility district-wide, which the city will need to address its rising population (the city’s 12.8% growth over the past two decades dwarfs the state’s 3.3% increase during that time), as well as respond to projected shifts in enrollment. The district has identified the K-4/5-6 split as a better educational model for both elementary and middle school kids, and hopes are high that keeping class sizes small — and bringing local schools into the 21st century — can boost student achievement. And in terms of cost, removal of two schools from the city’s stock of buildings, and renovations to new state standards (comparable to LEED Silver), will have a huge impact on ongoing operational expenditures.

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Investing in Youth to Build our Future by Sean Lamontagne When I was a kid I was absolutely sure I’d be a professional baseball player. Not only that, I was positive I’d play my entire lengthy career with the Boston Red Sox. As I sit here now writing this, I realize how different my career has turned out compared to my original Big League plans. Very rarely do we end up making a career out of what we dream as kids. Fortunately for our youth today, there are plenty of opportunities for them to dip their feet into various careers before settling on what’s right for them. These unique opportunities have been dubbed “externships.” In the spirit of planting the seeds for the next generation of construction managers, Nadeau Corporation Construction Engineering & Development has teamed up with Roger Williams University and its Career Center to offer a student a “day in the life” with the company. The Winter Externship Program gave Ernie Nadeau, president of Nadeau Corporation and Roger Williams Alumnus, the opportunity to spend a day with Joe Batista. Joe is an up and coming construction management student at the university and got the opportunity to “shadow” Nadeau for a busy day in the field. Batista wants to become a construction manager, so we gave him the opportunity to take a peek inside of a working

Ribbon Cutting for Net/Zero School Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School

Newport, R.I. - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently at the new 16,800sf Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School in Newport. The design-build public high school was built to be Rhode Island’s first net zero state facility. The school project team included general contractor, Gilbane; architect, Robinson Green Beretta Corporation; Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School structural engineer, Odeh Engineers; and will allow maximum shade in the spring mechanical, plumbing, electrical, Stanand summer months, while reaping suntec. R.I.’s two senators, Sheldon Whiteshine exposure in the winter. The school house and Jack Reed, as well as mayor will accommodate 130 students and 20 of Newport, R.I., State Senate President staff. Paiva-Weed, and others all gave remarks. Some of the MEP sustainable deThe new high school will house sign features will include: geothermal classroom spaces, multi-purpose rooms, heating/cooling system; solar thermal STEAMM center, environmental and digdomestic water heating; rainwater harital labs. Construction will occur approxvesting system; energy dashboard monimately 20 feet from the school’s current itoring of building energy usage; and location, nestling into the natural slope of low-flow plumbing fixtures and low-flow the site. The orientation of the building water fixtures.

Ernie Nadeau and Joe Batista commercial construction firm so he could find out if that’s what he really wants to do for the next 30 to 40 years. He was able to follow the president and senior project manager around to meetings with colleagues, clients, and subcontractors. He visited project sites ranging from downtown Boston Hotels, to a Framingham thrift store during his day on the road with the CEO. Ernie Nadeau has become a strong advocate for unique opportunities like this. “Offering students a chance to get out of the classroom and into real life sit-

uations is essential,” states Nadeau. “The truth is, these kids are going to be building New England long after we’re done doing it, so it’s nice to give them a snapshot of what they can expect.” The Director of the RWU Career Center, Robbin Beauchamp, said it best; “Even in these times of economic uncertainty, we must all be committed to educating the future employees of our industries.” And it’s true. Having the opportunity to participate in this provides students with an invaluable experience, and reinforces how the books translate into real-world experiences. When asked about his time with Nadeau, Batista said, “There were many aspects to the construction industry that I was not aware of before this experience. It has broadened my knowledge in the field.” Nadeau Corporation looks forward to participating with Roger Williams University in next year’s shadowing program and continuing our involvement with the future construction professionals of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Sean Lamontagne is director of business development for Nadeau Corporation.

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Keene, NH – Engelberth Construction, Inc. of Keene, New Hampshire, recently completed a new state-of-theart nursing simulation and skills lab for Keene State College’s newly accredited nursing program. Featuring the latest in nursing education technology, a former computer lab in Rhodes Hall was converted into two areas: The Simulation Lab consists of two intensive care hospital rooms with a shared control room. The Nursing Fundamentals Lab is a large, open space which includes five

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GECHS multi-purpose room Charles Mayer Photography Boston - Studio G Architects helped financial reach. Greater Egleston Community High School Studio G Architects’ 15,000sf ren(GECHS) address the challenge of finding ovation transformed the existing school space by repurposing and transforming an space and an adjacent car barn to create airy industrial building into an environment classrooms, science labs, an art room with that enhances the school’s programs and adjacent dark room, a resource library, and facilitates future growth. a computer lab. The program also included For charter and pilot schools, finda kitchen, a conference room, and much ing space is a daunting challenge, which needed office space for GECHS faculty, is why many start in storefronts and oththerapists, and case managers. At the heart er misfit buildings. With the mandate to of the new spaces lies the multi-purpose demonstrate long-term viability, charter room, which functions as a large gathering schools often outgrow their space quickly. space for the school, recreational space for the YMCA, and a rehearsal space for the When they do, an ideal facility may not await. Frequently, charter and pilot schools theater group. The space is also available must exercise imagination—sometimes for community events. The new front entry created on School Street provides handiextreme—to secure a permanent home, capped access. since a new building is often beyond their

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On the Boards: Northeastern University by Bob Schaeffner The new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (ISEB) is the first phase of Northeastern University’s ambitious plan to develop 600,000sf of new academic and research space for Northeastern on an existing surface parking lot. The proposed plans inBob Schaeffner clude a basement, six levels above grade, and a mechanical penthouse. The site is separated from the main campus by existing Amtrak and MBTA rail lines. The Arc, a dramatic curved bridge, links the Huntington Avenue campus with the Columbus Avenue site, expanding the campus and linking two disconnected urban neighborhoods, the Fenway and Roxbury. The design of both site and building open up to and are integrated with a new pedestrian track crossing (the Arc). The construction of this pedestrian track crossing spanning the rail corridor provides an accessible landscape integrated with the campus open space network and linking the communities. This design choice transcends the building and original site to initiate and sustain connectivity through the neighborhoods for years to come.

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The building’s research and office wings will both open to a central atrium that is designed to promote collaborative research and learning. The architectural language evolved through the exploration of numerous “out of the box” forms during a six-week design competition. Once the forms and architectural language was identified, we deeply investigated the façades, whose expressions are informed by their climatic responsiveness. The office-oriented forms respond differently to solar conditions than the laboratory block. The architectural expression responds to this site’s unique forces of connectivity and integration that extend the connected landscape of the campus across the tracks, gathering multiple campus

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The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building at Northeastern University, view from Columbus Ave. paths together with the street patterns to the south. This collection and channeling of tributaries (similar to a watercourse) has been visually interpreted in the organic forms of the building, the arc shaped pedestrian track crossing, and the landscape development. Four academic research disciplines for engineering, health sciences, basic sciences, and computer science come together in the ISEB to define a dynamic and collaborative research culture. The building massing has been organized in two main volumes; an east facing laboratory bar and a west facing office form wrapped around a central open atrium. The building provides

new open, efficient, flexible, and adaptable research laboratories arranged to support the needs of proposed interdisciplinary research clusters. All offices, staff workstations, conference rooms, break areas, cafes, and research labs look across the atrium, which functions as the cultural melting pot, creating a vibrant shared public realm. The building will be clad with a fully glazed curtainwall consistent with the intent to have a visually open design placing science on display. The high performance curtainwall envelope will balance the openness with insulating spandrels to achieve the thermal performance requirements of the skin. The curtainwall will be wrapped with an outer skin of fixed solar shading responding to the building orientation. Primarily in response to the south and southwest exposure, the building is shrouded with shading devices tuned to the building exposure configured to create the soft expressive building forms. The form language of the architecture embraces the organic movement system that the Arc generates. Movement defines the architecture, revealing a new culture of science at Northeastern that once existed in silos. The Arc links the life sciences programs with engineering and takes a bold position about the role of Northeastern in the public life of the city. Bob Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Payette in Boston.

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New Berklee Tower Opens Boston - Berklee Colfloors are wrapped in glass, lege of Music has unlocked offering the public full view the doors to its first building of evening events in the new ever constructed from the two-story performance space. ground up at its Boston camTwelve stories of windows pus. The 16-story tower at 160 make up one corner of the Massachusetts Avenue conbuilding, bringing sweeping tains 173 dorm rooms for 369 vistas of Greater Boston into students, 23 practice rooms, the six two-story common arsix two-story common areas, eas. Dorm rooms, which are a fitness center, and a 400-seat mostly doubles, have loft-like dining hall that doubles as a windows. Already, students performance space. A 10-stuare using the views from the dio music production combuilding as backdrops in their plex that is among the largest music videos. Berklee Tower of its kind in the United States The two stories below and nearing final installation is grade is a cutting-edge, 10-stulocated floors below grade. Total cost of dio, 14,000sf music production, technolthe entire project is approximately $100 ogy, and learning complex designed by million. The project broke ground in 2011. the seven-time TEC Award-winning WalWilliam Rawn, Cliff Gayley, and ters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG). It feaSam Lasky of William Rawn Associates, tures three recording studios, a live room Architects, Inc., worked with Berklee presfor up to 55 musicians, isolation booths ident Roger Brown and the college comlarge enough for a grand piano, a mastermunity in creating the design for the building/critical listening lab, a suite of four ing. The Walters-Storyk Design Group project studios, and a music technology designed the music production complex, lab. its overall ergonomic and aesthetic master The building’s design emerged from plan, and the acoustics/recording link for the college’s vision for providing state-ofthe performance space. Lee Kennedy, Co., the-art living and learning facilities, and Inc., built the tower. community forums organized by President The building is meant to create Brown and architect Rawn where students connectivity between Berklee and the advocated for increasing practice and procity, and the city to Berklee. Its first three duction facilities and common areas.

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Architectural Signage Projects for Residences Needham, MA – Whitney Veigas Architectural Graphics recently completed architectural signage projects for three student living projects in Massachusetts. The firm designed and supplied interior, exterior, and donor recognition signage for the new Berklee College of Music residence hall, designed by William Rawn Associates. The interior coderequired signs are based on an existing campus-wide sign program, while wayfinding signage was created to help navigate the five floors of common areas, including a dining commons, practice rooms, and recording spaces. Donor recognition was handled with satin aluminum individual letters applied to architectural surfaces and satin aluminum plaques to identify room donors. Twenty-one large fabricated letters were mounted on the edge of the projecting canopy above the main entry, and are lit with a concealed light trough. At Worcester State’s new residence

Charter School Underway Designed by Studio G

Holyoke, MA - Construction is under way at Holyoke Community Charter School. Studio G Architects designed a new 15,000sf permanent addition for the public K-8 school with enrollment of more than 700 students. “We saw an opportunity to connect the library with the landscape. The exterior courtyard is designed as a contemplative garden with stone pathway and bamboo plantings that will serve as an extension of interior learning spaces,” said Steve Michener, project manager. Studio G’s design consists of five classrooms, a computer testing center, staff and student lavatories, service and storage areas, and a new library that spills into a landscaped courtyard. The library space contains ample book storage, a cozy reading nook, digital work stations, and informal collaborative spaces. Large windows provide abundant

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March 2014


KBE Wins Six Awards Farmington, CT - KBE Building Corporation received six awards, including the Merit Cup Award, from Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut, Inc. (CT ABC) at the 2014 Annual Dinner & Excellence in Construction Awards. The Merit Cup Award, CT ABC’s most prestigious, honors the company with the greatest commitment to the merit shop philosophy, in which subcontractors are hired on a merit basis regardless of their union or nonunion status. The criteria for winning the Merit Cup Award included not only the compa-

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High-Profile Feature: Saint Raphael Academy


March 2014

Saint Raphael Academy Opens New Coutu Theater

Designed by Vision 3 Architects, Construction Management by E.Turgeon Pawtucket, RI – The Joseph & Blanche Coutu Theater is the latest addition to Saint Raphael Academy’s seven-building, historic campus located in Pawtucket. The new performing arts space was constructed out of what was formerly known as the Dennis M. Lynch, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium. The Coutu Theater and associated renovations include a 300-seat performance space, a 1,600sf art gallery, a renovated ticket booth, restroom facilities, and improved storage and set-design space. Working with the architecture firm Vision 3 Architects and construction manager E. Turgeon Construction Corporation, Saint Raphael Academy now has a performance space like none other in the region—providing a state-of-theart space for the fine arts. Saint Raphael Academy’s Drama Club, which is a 19time State Drama Festival winner, now has a space that is worthy of its success. The design boasts an intimate setting, stadium-style seating, and acoustical design that will make each visit to the Coutu Theater memorable. This $1.3 million, fully funded project was made possible through a

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March 2014

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the existing structure up to code. Heavy construction began shortly before the start of the 2013-14 school year and continued into the Christmas season. The theater officially opened its doors to sold-out performances during the weekend of February 7, 2014 for the school’s Grand Opening Gala Weekend.

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High-Profile Cover Story: University of Notre Dame


March 2014

The S/L/A/M Collaborative Designs $400M University of Notre Dame Project Glastonbury, CT - The University of Notre Dame has announced The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. was selected as lead architect to design the largest building project in the university’s 172-year history. Known as the Campus Crossroads Project, the $400 million, 750,000sf endeavor will attach three new buildings to the west, east and south sides of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium. The feasibility study for expanding the use of the stadium was announced this past spring. SLAM and Notre Dame’s goal during the programming and planning stage was to examine if and how the university could make the stadium a year-round hub for academic and student life. The new facilities will house new research and teaching venues, several academic departments, a much expanded student center, a digital media center and a variety of hospitality and programming spaces. The project is currently in the early design. Construction will begin in about two years and take nearly three years to complete. “We are honored to have been selected for this historic opportunity,” James M. McManus, FAIA, chairman emeritus of SLAM, and Notre Dame alumnus, said in response to the announcement. “Both SLAM and I have long histories with Notre Dame and I am

proud to be able to continue to help implement the university’s educational vision.” In the past 18 years, SLAM has completed more than 10 building projects for the university, among them major projects such as the new Jordan Hall of Science, new Eck Visitor’s Center South Building view Images courtesy University of Notre Dame and the expansion and renovation of the Eck Hall of Law. “At a time when some are questioning the future of the residential college campus,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, Notre Dame’s president said in a letter to the campus community, “we believe the investment in these new facilities, which will house new research and East Building view teaching venues, several academic departments, a much expanded student center, a digital media center and a variety of hospitality and programming spaces, will greatly enhance the campus experience for all those who study, live, work here and visit Notre Dame . . . Since its founding, one of Notre West Building view

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Dame’s greatest assets has been the boldness of its vision . . . this project continues that boldness of vision.” “It is such an iconic place, so you touch it with great care,” said Steven W. Ansel, AIA, firm chairman and SLAM’s chief design officer, “But what we are doing is exciting in terms of bringing this year-round life to the stadium. This is pushing the envelope much further than we have seen anywhere else in the country.” The exterior design of the Campus Crossroads Project is inspired by Knute Rockne’s original Notre Dame Stadium – which still stands today as the core of the facility – and is wed with materials, massing and details taken from many of the Collegiate Gothic buildings on the campus. The three new structures attached to and serving the stadium will house student life services, including space for student organizations; a recreation center and career center; anthropology and psychology departments and a digital media center; and the department of music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program. The east and west buildings also will include some 3,000 to 4,000 premium seats for the football stadium with supporting club amenities. Continued on next page

High-Profile Focus: Institutions & Schools

March 2014


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University of Notre Dame Project

Rendering of Harding High Bridgeport, CT - Antinozzi Associates recently announced the proposed design of the new Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The city of Bridgeport awarded this $78 million high school project to Antinozzi Associates in 2011. which will accommodate an anticipated 800-student enrollment. This school is designed to house two primary academies for the new 9th through 12th grade students – The International Baccalaureate Academy and the Health and Environmental Science Academy. The existing facility’s age, outdated technology, insufficient classroom space, and poor ventilation required updating and improvement beyond renovation. The new 144,000sf high school will be relocated to a large parcel of land at the

Architectural model of Campus Crossroads Project Continued from previous page The area between the stadium and the DeBartolo Hall classroom building will become a pedestrian plaza with walkways, trees, planters and seating areas. The entire project will include sustainability practices consistent with other University projects. Football fans, especially younger ones, have expressed a clear desire to have better access to data and video when attending Notre Dame games. Some of



that will be addressed through enhanced broadband connectivity and some by the introduction of video, though the shape that will take has not yet been finalized. SLAM is the lead architectural firm for the Campus Crossroads Project. Other architects participating include RATIO Architects, Workshop Architects and 360 Architecture. The contractor is Barton Malow Company.







corner of Boston Avenue and Bond Street and will include state-of-the-art computer labs, virtual and traditional science labs, a graphics lab, music rooms, art classrooms, a new mentor program area, and additional educational and athletic spaces. It will also feature a state-of-the-art performance auditorium and media center spaces, as well as a fully functional mini health-services center. The new Harding High School is one of several schools designed by Antinozzi Associates that meet the state of Connecticut’s High Performance Building Standards, ensuring the space is low maintenance and environmentally friendly. The high school will also seek LEED Silver certification by the USGBC.




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High-Profile Feature: Mattahunt Elementary School


March 2014

Community School Realizes Energy Reductions by Brian H. Neely After two years of design and one and a half years of construction, the redesigned Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan is realizing a 30% reduction in energy costs to heat and cool the facility. This $8 million modernization project was funded by the city of Boston and constructed by Reliable Roofing and Sheet Metal, the general contractor. Originally built in the 1960s, Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan started as a three-story 105,000sf building, with a masonry first floor and a white insulated metal panel system with punched windows at the second and third floors. The metal panels were rusting, paint was peeling, air and water were infiltrating to the interior via panel joints, and the moisture infiltration was deteriorating the panel insulation. The metal panels were visible to the inside of the classroom in multiple locations, and they gave a sterile industrial atmosphere to the classrooms. The existing windows were steel pivot windows that started to sag over time, leaving large visible gaps and allowing further air infiltration. Gale Associates, Inc., a building envelope consulting engineering firm, provided the Boston Public Facilities Department (BPFD) and School Department with several replacement options, emphasized the need for long-term performance, en-

Mattahunt elementary school ergy efficiency, and the low maintenance and durability necessary for an urban environment. In addition to the various technical challenges, the existing building had a mundane and uninteresting appearance, allowed for limited daylighting opportunities in the classrooms, and an unfriendly main entry door with little on it to indicate the school’s name or that it served as its entry point. The BPFD assembled the design team of Gale and Utile, Inc.,

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March 2014


Community School Realizes Energy Reductions panels. They then installed new metal stud framing, exterior sheathing, air and vapor barrier membranes, and continuous insulation. They also installed a new metal panel system from the exterior. Once that exterior wall was completed, the contractor removed the interior temporary protection and could reveal the newly completed walls. Brian H. Neely, AIA, CDT, NCARB is a project architect at Gale Associates, Inc. “Lego-like� color schemes

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20% and also substantially reduce heat loss and drafts. The project was phased during the school year, which required an additional step to minimize disruption to the students. The school had to provide temporary classrooms elsewhere in the building, where each class could be relocated for two weeks at a time. Meanwhile, the contractor would build a new temporary wall, including windows, while they removed the exterior wall

Curtainwall windows eliminated the need for additional structural supports for individual window units. Since the curtainwall would span nonwindow areas, a collection of translucent, opaque, and partially opaque glass was used to provide daylight, and to hide floor slabs and interior chase walls. The design was able to increase daylight and natural ventilation to the classrooms by

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H.V. Collins Builds Quncy Central Middle School Designed by Ai3 Architects

Quincy Middle School Quincy, MA - Work is continuing on schedule for completion in October of the new $30.8 million, 115,000sf Quincy Central Middle School at 875 Hancock St. just outside the city center. The project team constructing the new school includes H.V. Collins, general contractor, of Providence, R.I.; Ai3 Architects, of Wayland; Mass.; Griffiths & Vary, Inc of Wareham and Ostrow Electric of North Quincy. Situated on a corner across from the city’s sports stadium, the new school was designed for LEED Silver designation but is expected to achieve the Gold standard when completed.

March 2014

FoxRock Honored for Edu Collaborative

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Hingham, MA - FoxRock Properties was recently recognized for its involvement with the newly designed school for South Shore Educational Collaborative (SSEC). The new building was dedicated to Robert T. Hale Sr., FoxRock Properties owner Rob Hale’s late father, with a special recognition and appreciation for the FoxRock Properties team. FoxRock partnered with Bowdoin Construction and Roth & Seelen Architects to transform a former industrial manufacturing facility into a new location for SSEC. The 85,000sf building includ-

ed the complete renovation of an existing 60,000sf warehouse along with over 25,000sf of new construction. The new facility, whose doors opened at the start of the 2013 academic year, includes a full cafeteria, gymnasium, therapeutic pool, and additional office and classroom space. Wider hallways and the absence of stairs make the new building particularly helpful in accommodating more students with physical challenges, such as those who need to use wheelchairs.


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R e t a i l & Hos pitality Jewett to Renovate Wakefield Subaru Phase Begins at Chelmsford Town Ctr. Designed by Bruce Ronayne Hamilton

Rendering of Subaru Dealership. Wakefield, MA - Jewett Automotive Design & Construction of Raymond, N.H., recently contracted with Subaru of Wakefield to renovate its dealership at 614 North Ave., in Wakefield, Mass. Designed by Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects, this 37,000sf project involves the conversion of a vacant auto dealership building to comply with the latest Subaru image program. Exterior work includes a new aluminum composite ma-

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terial (ACM) façade and the installation of the iconic Subaru sign tower. Interior upgrades include new ceiling tile, paint, and flooring in all customer and service reception areas, that will create a bright and comfortable atmosphere. Existing offices will be renovated and new offices created, along with a new business development center, employee lunch room, and ADA-compliant restrooms to accommodate those with disabilities.

Chelmsford, MA – As construction crews began to demolish the exterior façade of the old Chelmsford Town Center, the mood was focused on the exciting transformation ahead for the former Stop & Shop/Marshall’s plaza at 18 Boston Road. In many ways, the taking down of the old façade marked a transition for the project development team towards reconstruction of the 8.5-acre 60,000-plus square foot site. Winstanley Enterprises, based in Concord, MA, purchased the site about 6 months ago and began construction on the development in late-December. Winstanley has committed $4.5 million in renovation costs to convert the site into a fresh, vibrant retail space. The new building exterior will feature a sophisticated, modern look highlighted by a brick façade, a clock tower, all new storefronts, pedestrian-friendly circulation, updated landscaping that includes removal of invasive plants and debris along Beaver Brook, a patio area for al fresco dining, and other ornamental features that will make the new Chelmsford Town Center a downtown destination. “This site has great potential, so we’ve made a strong commitment to trans-

Demolition Underway at Old Chelmsford Town Center forming it into an attractive retail complex that will rejuvenate the downtown Chelmsford area,” said Adam Winstanley, principal of Winstanley Enterprises. The transformation of the plaza, scheduled to be completed by the end of July, comes on the heels of a master plan that was recently unveiled by the Chelmsford Village Master Plan Committee as well the recent approval by the House of Representatives of $5 million to improve the town’s center. The master plan seeks to make the downtown area more user-friendly by improving parking and pedestrian circulation, and to capitalize on the beauty of Beaver Brook by creating a walkway for patrons and visitors.

Trinity Completes The Skylark in New York’s Fashion District Wilmington, MA Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp., a Mass.-based general contracting and construction management firm, recently completed construction of The Skylark at 200 W 39th Street in the heart of New York City’s fashion district. This multilevel restaurant, bar, and lounge perched high above the city streets features an outdoor patio offering stunning panoramic views of midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. Trinity built The Skylark in partnership with designer Meyer Davis Studio and Stys Hospitality Initiative over a 20 week construction schedule. Construction was executed on five levels: the cellar, ground level, 30th, 31st and 32nd floors. Unique design elements include integrated finishes, interstitial staircases throughout the space, Bendheim tinted mirror walls that reflect the skyline, and glazed brick wall tile. The main bar is upholstered in tufted vinyl panels with a leather clad bar top. The Skylark features floor to ceiling windows,

custom lighting on a Lutron dimming system, and a high-end furniture package influenced by the surrounding fashion district. The bathroom is equipped with steel mirrored vanities and a 1,200 pound cast stone wash basin. The Skylark’s rooftop terrace boasts a cast concrete bar, concrete pavers, Alucobond wall panels, multiple outdoor heating units, and a weatherproof flat screen television. The space was logistically challenging for the team, and the sequence of work was critical. Active staircases needed to be shut down to allow for work to be completed while still providing access to adjacent building


March 2014

High-Profile: Retail & Hospitality


ROK Builders at Sheraton Harborside The Beat Hotel a Harvard Sq. Original Remodel and Final Phase Renovations

Portsmouth Sheraton Portsmouth, NH - ROK Builders, LLC, the hotel construction affiliate of Roedel Companies, LLC, has been retained by Harborside Associates, LP to remodel the front desk area and complete the final phase of guestroom renovations at the Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth. The organization is installing new millwork, countertops, and lighting at the

front desk. On the second floor of the hotel, ROK Builders is updating 59 rooms and bathrooms with new fixtures, furniture, and finishes. Public corridors on the floor will also be upgraded to better serve guests. The project will be completed in May 2014.

Boston - Ashling, Inc. was retained by The Beat Hotel to convert an aged subterranean retail shoe store into a 360 seat American brasserie & jazz club. The immediate logistical challenge was to create a restaurant layout that would incorporate a mechanical system that was hindered by a 9-ft. clearance from existing concrete floor to concrete ceiling. The first building block was positioning a 32-ft.-long, rear discharge kitchen hood adjacent to a new mechanical shaft up though the Harvard Coop, the GAP, and two floors of office tenants. This was achieved by locating the kitchen in a rear storage & maintenance area that a portion of is actually over the MBTA Red Line tunnel. The kitchen layout resulted in some “hard labor” required to hand-excavate 400lf plumbing trenches through concrete slabs weighting 30 tons, as well as removal of two concrete bearing walls. The Beat Hotel owners are Jack Bardy, Bertil Jean-Chronberg, William Keravouri, and Jennifer Epstein. The inspiration for the concept was the hippie and beat movements of the mid-20th century, which meant that local artisans, carpenters, and painters would become part of an on-site crew that would work

Dining area seamlessly with a construction crew that focused on providing a building and ADA code-compliant canvas. Carpenters created a grid work of reclaimed wood beams to conceal ductwork and divide large areas of sprayed-on acoustical ceiling treatment; blacksmiths built custom metal railing to support discarded stone pieces repurposed as drinkrail tops; tile installers created mosaic wall areas throughout bathrooms that also had granite toilet partitions, and painters claimed steel beams, walls, and elevators to leave one-of-a-kind murals throughout the hotel. Artist and designer Dave O personally added a real 24-inch diameter oak tree meticulously cut and reassembled around a vertical steel beam. That touch of whimsy and placement of various outsider art, found objects, and sculptures ensure that The Beat Hotel is a Harvard Square original.


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Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel at Portwalk is Weather Tight PROCON Architect and CM

al and recycled materials in construction and has incorporated environmentally friendly design elements such as a white roof, over-sized windows, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and LED lighting throughout the common areas and parking garage. The 152,000sf luxury residential apartment complex will consist of a five-story mixed-use building offering a variety of residential floor plans including studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units with an assortment of design con-

figurations. A fitness center will be located on the second floor. The exterior design of both the hotel and the apartment building will feature granite, precast concrete, brick veneer, fiber cement panels, and fiberglass cornice molding. The hotel entrance on Portwalk Place will feature a curved canopy with metal panels and double sliding glass doors. The hotel is planned to be completed in spring 2014.

$10M Renos Under Way at Loews Portwalk Portsmouth, NH - The 120-room Hampton Inn and Suites project at Portwalk is weather-tight. The guestroom windows have been installed and the exterior finishes are under way. The hotel is part of the final phase of Portwalk, which, when completed, will include the hotel and The Residences at Portwalk, a 113-unit luxury apartment building, all above a one-story, below-grade parking garage.

XSS LLC and Cathartes Private Investments are developing the hotel, and Cathartes Private Investments is developing the apartment complex. PROCON of Manchester is the architect of record and construction manager for the Portwalk project. Cathartes, XSS, and PROCON have designed the hotel and mixed-use apartment building to achieve LEED certification. PROCON is using region-

Boston - Construction is currently under way on the Loews Boston Hotel – located in the historic Boston Police Headquarters building at 350 Stuart Street. Renovations will encompass the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, entrance lobby, six meeting rooms, and a newly branded and reimagined restaurant and bar. A complete transformation of the guestrooms and dining spaces began in January 2014. The guest room design, inspired by a fine-tailored suit, will feature sumptuous hounds tooth, grey flannel,

and herringbone fabrics in a sleek design with every amenity for hotel guests including the latest technology, complimentary Wi-Fi, and plenty of work and relaxation space. The new restaurant will serve local residents and neighbors as well as hotel guests as the local gathering spot. The restaurant will debut this spring, and will reflect the best of New England farms as interpreted by a renowned French chef, as well as a cozy bar serving classic cocktails and a menu of great American standards. The renovations are slated for completion on March 31, 2014.


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Construction Trends for 2014 by Bud LaRosa The new year is here! With it, comes our annual opportunity to start anew. Looking ahead to 2014, many constructors are feeling more optimistic than they have since 2008. As the construction industry looks toward 2014, there are certain factors that will shape and impact Bud LaRosa the industry. Construction: Multi-unit housing, assisted living, and hospitality opportunities are abundant through the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, multifamily new building permits increased by 37% in the Northeast, 36% in Ocean City, N.J., and 24% in Pennsylvania. In Massachusetts, particularly Boston, the construction industry is once again growing, with increases in areas such as biotech, life sciences, and healthcare. In Cambridge, biotech and life sciences rule the roost. According to a 2013 Boston Globe article, Cambridge has about 3.4 million sf either under construction or in planning – the majority of which will be occupied by biotech or life sciences companies. Boston’s Seaport district is also undergoing dramatic changes, with cur-

rently 23 acres under construction or close to starting. Area hospitals continue to build and remodel, including Longwood Medical, Boston Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Delivery Methods: Delivery methods are changing, as many companies have started embracing lean construction and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). Companies are beginning to combine lean, IPD, and other collaborative methods to better align business interests of all parties. At Tocci, we have developed Highly Collaborative Project Delivery (HCPD) for clients that aren’t quite ready for IPD, but are frustrated with the status quo. HCPD bridges IPD’s incentive clauses and collaborative style with more conventional contractual agreements. Look for these delivery trends to continue in 2014 with complex healthcare and pharmaceuticals projects leading the way. Technology: Building information modeling (BIM) will continue to become the standard work process for designers and contractors. BIM users are moving toward higher end capabilities such as modeling safety exposures and protection, improving installation sequencing operations, and identifying opportunities for design optimization. More sophisticated users are starting to tie the model to billing for example, color coding what has been paid, not paid, and needs to be completed.

These advancements will gain wider adoption and spawn even more complex capabilities. Additionally, more companies will move to the cloud, which allows contractors to seamlessly share files of any size with virtually unlimited power. Cloud based solutions will help increase collaboration among teams and will improve efficiencies. The collaboration needed to deliver projects through IPD or HCPD will also help facilitate the move to the cloud. Labor: Acquiring skilled labor is going to be an issue in 2014. After 2008, a lot of skilled workers left the construction industry to find other employment and will likely not return. Companies need to combat this skills shortage with creative ways to both retain existing employees and train their new staff. Many companies are starting to implement mentoring programs to start transferring knowledge from those with 30+ years of experience to green employees. Tocci uses Individual Development Programs (IDP) to work with each employee on his or her professional development goals. Other companies are implementing sabbaticals, wellness programs, or professional coaching to help with employee retention. It has been shown that positive company culture and employee appreciation are top factors that contribute to employee happiness.

Prefabrication/Modularization: Prefabrication has been happening for years – especially with mechanical and electrical trades. What’s different now is the transition from prefabrication to multitrade componentization and modular construction. Driving this is more collaborative delivery systems, including IPD, HCPD, and various forms of design-build. None of this could happen efficiently without BIM – which allows greater coordination of design with construction. The biggest driver is that modular saves time. Modular helps end users bring their projects online substantially faster. Modularization will also help address the impending skilled labor shortage. Repetitive design projects such as multiunit, hotels, and hospital rooms are the likely candidates in the near term. As traction builds, other industry segments will follow. As the construction industry moves into 2014, we will be exposed to a lot of new opportunities and challenges. What we do to prepare for these opportunities will help determine our success throughout the year. All in all, 2014 promises to be a good year for the industry. Bud LaRosa is the chief business performance officer at Tocci Building Companies in Woburn, Massachusetts.

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Student Unions Cooking Revolution by Scott Robbins Student Unions have significantly evolved over the past several years. What was once a simple cafeteria and gathering space has become more of an architecturally defined interaction space. Student unions have become the heartbeat Scott Robbins of a campus, where students gather to study, socialize, relax, and, of course – dine. Cooking areas are very complex from an equipment and systems perspective. Where there used to be only one large back of a house kitchen, there are now multiple cooking areas as students enjoy the experience of watching a chef prepare their meal. There are also now many choices of cuisine. Sloppy Joes may still be on the menu, but so are sushi, roasted chicken, risotto, and farmto-plate selections. These different menu items require more cooking space. Not only are there more cooking areas, but they are now distributed throughout the student union. These complex kitchens also require systems to function properly, and these supporting systems require more space than has been historically required. This can be particularly challenging when


the student union project is a renovation with low floor-to-floor heights. There are code requirements which dictate how the systems need to operate and what is required for the kitchens. For example, sinks being used for hand washing and triple pot sinks for cleaning need to be provided. Sinks require water, and more importantly sanitary lines which need to be pitched. These complexities in turn require an increased level of experience and coordination to ensure that the construction and subsequent kitchen operations are smooth and uninhibited. Certain types of cooking require grease exhaust hoods. Grease exhaust ductwork has a number of code requirements to provide enhanced safety. Many

Here are a few examples of these items and how they impact the building design. Number of hoods/system – multiple hoods can be on one exhaust fan, as long as they are located on the same floor, are located in the same room or adjoining rooms, do not penetrate fire resistance related assemblies, and do not serve solid fuel fired appliances. Grease duct clearances – must have no less than 18 inches of clearance to combustible construction and no less than 3 inches to noncombustible construction. Grease duct pitch – grease duct must be installed with a pitch (2% slope) for horizontal runs under 75 feet. More than 75 feet of horizontal run requires an

“Code requirements, as well as good industry practices surrounding the design and installation of kitchen grease exhaust, often have appreciable impact on the building design.” fires have occurred over the years, in kitchens, due to the poor exhaust systems and surrounding construction techniques. Code requirements, as well as good industry practices surrounding the design and installation of kitchen grease exhaust, often have appreciable impact on the building design. Such designs need to be reviewed and accounted for early in the project to mitigate adverse impacts on space planning.

8.3% slope. Cleanouts – cleanouts are required on horizontal sections of ducts, no more than 20 feet apart and at all turns. The opening dimensions must be a minimum of 12 inches on each side. These cleanout locations cannot be obstructed. Grease duct risers – each riser must be enclosed within its own shaft (or 2 hour wrap) and shall not contain other ducts, piping or wiring systems.

Roof termination – exhaust outlets, on the roof, must be a minimum of 40 inches above the roof. Grease exhaust can cause a visual and odor issue around the campus. Air purification units can be installed in order to capture the grease and odor from the kitchen hoods, prior to discharge. These units are large and take up space on the roof or penthouse. They require regular maintenance for cleaning and filter replacement. Kitchen hoods require a significant amount of make-up air; therefore, energy efficiency needs to be considered. Whenever air is exhausted, an equal amount of outside air must be brought into the building. One way to reduce energy loss is to provide make-up air at the hood. This air can be delivered with less stringent temperature standards, saving energy, rather than using fully conditioned air to be brought into the space. There are other opportunities to reduce the operating energy (fan energy, tempering, hood selections, and kitchen physical arrangements) and they should be explored on each project. Fundamentally, grease can be very dangerous when not properly handled via a properly designed and constructed grease exhaust systems. Scott Robbins, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, is an associate principal at Vanderweil Engineers in Boston.

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Coull Completes PerkinElmer Center

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Interventional Spine Medicine office Plaistow, NH – North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord continues construction of the future Interventional Spine Medicine office in Plaistow. This project involves the renovation of a 3,300sf home built in 1920. Plans include a 1,400sf addition to the back of the house and all new HVAC and electrical systems, as well as a new elevator. The addition is now weather-tight, and finishes have begun.

The new medical building will have a procedure room with x-ray machine in addition to a recovery room. The existing building is showing signs of its age, and North Branch will work to restore the beauty of the house. This design-build project is expected to be completed in June 2014, with design by Dennis Mires P.A., The Architects of Manchester.

Hopkinton, MA – JM Coull worked with Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects, Meridian Associates, RRC Engineering, and Building Engineering Resources to build PerkinElmer, a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, a ground-breaking personalized health innovation center of excellence. The focus of the center is to help scientists eradicate disease and extend the quality of life for individuals around the world. The project was completed in four strategic phases that involved multiple buildings around an occupied campus. Most comprehensive was the first phase, which built clean and nonclean space for the production of microfluidic cells in ISO 5 and ISO 6 cleanrooms.

The second phase renovated lab and office space to accommodate new office space and three new laboratories which were relocated to Hopkinton from Montreal and Boston. The second floor remained active during construction of the first floor offices and chemical, biochemical, and vivarium laboratories. In addition to this, the electrical service was upgraded along with new mechanical and process systems. The last two phases created a new 40,000sf executive and corporate office, conference and training rooms, fitness and locker room, and a dining hall, and then added 15,000sf to the existing warehouse, while converting the existing warehouse into manufacturing and office space.

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Cooper Joins Headwaters Rochester, NH - Headwaters sonry contractors. He will Inc. Stone Division announced the be attending and exhibiting addition of Carlton Cooper as the at regional trade events and New England territory sales repreindustry association funcsentative promoting its three lines of tions. manufactured stone veneer: EldoraIn Cooper’s nearly 20 do Stone, Dutch Quality Stone, and years in the construction inStonecraft. dustry, he has played a key His primary responsibilities role in growth of compaCarlton Cooper are to lead all product sales and nies such as A.H. Harris & distribution activities. He also will Sons, Georgia Pacific Gypeducate and train architectural firms, sum, and others throughout the New Endistributors, as well as general and magland region.

Brookstone Builders Awarded US Navy Shipyard Projects Manchester, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc., headquartered in Manchester, recently announced it has been selected to perform two energy conservation and renovation projects by the US Navy. The first project involves a total renovation of an existing building at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that will include the complete reworking and updating of interior office areas, historical window and masonry restoration, insulation upgrading, and a new roof. Brookstone Builders will act as the subcontractor, with Richard Brady & Associates of Virginia Beach, Virginia, serving as the general contractor. Mark W. Gemmiti will serve as Brookstone’s project manager.

In addition, Brookstone Builders will be the subcontractor on a second project, with CCI Solutions of Augusta, Maine, serving as the primary contractor. The scope-of-work will involve some interior demolition and the refit-up of an existing building at the shipyard, including the installation of a new energy-efficient roof with restored trusses, historic window restoration, installation of storm windows and the reconstruction of a roof monitor, along with new mechanical and electrical systems. Erik Crisman will be Brookstone ’s project manager. All work on both projects will conform to historical building restoration standards.

Manchester, NH - Brookstone Builders, Inc., construction managers and general contractors headquartered in Manchester recently announced that it has completed a renovation and improvement project for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester. The scope-of work involved the installation of a more energy-efficient, low-maintenance exterior siding and insulation, along with the renovation of interior offices, the staff kitchen and medical treatment areas within the urgent care unit of Manchester’s Veteran’s Adminis-

tration Hospital, where the area’s veterans receive emergency medical care. To keep the urgent care facility fully-operational during construction, the project was completed in three separate phases, each incorporating the heightened safety, noise-control and dust-abatement protocols necessary to enable working in or around occupied space. Brookstone Builders teamed with Veterans Development Corporation of Braintree, Mass. for this project as part of a collaborative effort.

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From the Desk of Jolene Knapp, CAE Continued from page 10 student affairs-housing, technology, and advancement. Our annual, international conference this year will focus on the theme of “Plan for Transformation.” The annual conference (SCUP-49) will be held July 12-16, 2014, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Visit http:// scupannualconference.org to learn more. SCUP-49 will kick off a celebration of the society’s 50th culminate at our 50th impact on higher education through the years has been profound, thanks to our members, and we will tell the stories of the men and women who have changed education through their volunteer work at SCUP and on the job. In addition to our annual, international conference, we also offer regional

conferences and special one-day events. SCUP’s Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic regions are having conferences in March: • North Atlantic’s regional conference is March 12-14, 2014, at Boston University. The theme is “Minding the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology, and Place.” A block of guestrooms is reserved at the Hilton Boston Bay Back. • Mid-Atlantic’s regional conference is March 23-25, 2014, at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. The theme is “Engagement for Value, Viability & Vitality.” A block of guestrooms is reserved at Sheraton University City Hotel. • Regional sponsorships are available. • Walk-in registrations are welcome. Please join us! Please take a moment to learn more about SCUP and what we have to offer. Visit www.scup.org.

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The finalized facility includes expanded parking areas and a vehicular drop-off area adjacent to the main building entrance. It also features pedestrian sidewalks, crosswalks, handicap accessible ramps, and a loading dock and waste disposal/recycling enclosure. Significant site and perimeter landscaping were also completed as part of the overall redesign.

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PROCON Architect/CM, Designed by JSA Arlington, MA - Construction of Brightview Arlington, a new senior living community located on Symmes Road in Arlington, is nearing completion. The $13.8 million project is being developed by Shelter Development of Baltimore, Md., and will be operated by Brightview Senior Living. JSA Inc., of Portsmouth, N.H. was the design architect, and PROCON of Manchester, N.H. is the architect of record and construction manager for the Arlington community, which will be the sixth Brightview community in Massachusetts. “We have completed the interior finishes on the top floor, and we expect the second and third floor interiors to be completed by early February,” said the project manager. “We are wrapping up the exterior skin of the building, the sidewalks are in, and the finished pavement is 90% complete.” Brightview Arlington will have 90 units including 60 apartments for assisted living and 30 apartments for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The apartments, which are all under one roof, will offer the residents a variety of floor plans and care options. Screened porches off the public

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Manchester, NH – The management of PROCON recently announced the firm’s new logo and branding initiative. The logo reflects PROCON’s unique approach to the design build process, as well as a strong commitment to the firm’s customer base, which extends throughout New England and the triState Area. The new logo, which will be included on all new marketing material, signage and advertising, represents PROCON’s unique process and single-source philosophy. In an industry wary of change, PROCON’S team embraces innovation and constantly seeks to improve, with the goal of creating

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Boston – Dan Biederman, president of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures (BRV Corp.), has been retained by the Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation to improve the appearance and add new and exciting programming to Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. While Faneuil Hall remains one of Boston’s top tourist destinations, its last overhaul was completed in 1976. The main building at the marketplace is Quincy Market, opened to the public in 1826. The marketplace totals 350,000sf of retail and office space, and has continued to be a major shopping and dining destination in Boston for decades. The property includes three buildings that include Quincy Market and the North and South Market buildings. Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s music and entertainment will be diversified and offered in more locations. Moveable out-

door chairs and informational features, from historic flags to a weather station, also are being considered as well as an outdoor reading room, artists-in-residence, and various games. Biederman Redevelopment Ventures has completed projects in The Boston Common and currently manages the floor of South Station for all marketing related activations, sponsorships, and programming.

First Colebrook to be Renovated Portsmouth, NH – Jewett Construction Company, Inc. of Raymond has contracted with First Colebrook Bank for a renovation and addition to its branch facility located at 2400 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth.

Designed by Portsmouth-based Port One Architects, the 1,200sf addition includes new offices, lighting, finishes and a new HVAC system. Site work will include new paving, curbs, and lighting.

March 2014

MPA Designs Eastern Bank Branch A New Model for Interactive Technology

Newly renovated Eastern Bank kiosk Cotuit, MA - Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that it provided retail design services for Eastern Bank’s newest branch location in Cotuit. The 2,100sf branch, now open to the public, serves as a new model for interactive technology for Eastern Bank, benefiting both staff and customers. The 195-year-old Eastern Bank is one of the oldest and largest banks in New England, with close to 100 locations. With an eye towards the future of branch banking, Eastern Bank first selected MPA to help it design a more self-sufficient, technologically supported environment at its new location in Cotuit. The layout for the Cotuit location updates the traditional teller counter, opting instead for multiple kiosk type stations on the branch floor. The kiosks are staffed with employees who can assist customers

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with all their banking needs or direct them to a virtual expert in a private room for more information on a banking product or service. An interactive table with a touchscreen keyboard is available to customers who want to independently complete a transaction. A community wall with multiple touch screens offers alternate access points to information on banking products, tips for setting up banking apps, local news feeds, and video games like “Design a Dollar” for children accompanying their parents to the bank. The project team included general contractor Development Concepts, Inc., exhibit designers Main Street Design, Inc. of Cambridge, multimedia designers Boston Productions, Inc., and MEP consultants BLW Engineers.



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$3M Hangar Expansion Complete PROCON Architect & Construction Manager

Interior Wiggins Hangar Manchester, NH - PROCON has completed Wiggins Airways’ new $3 million design build expansion that provides a fourth hangar to the general aviation facility. PROCON was the architect and construction manager for the hangar for the project. Wiggins Airways is located at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The 23,240sf hangar, that is being used for aircraft storage, is able to accommodate various types of general aviation equipment and is designed to handle multiple aircraft. The pre-engineered hangar has exterior metal panels and a pitched metal roof. The Norco Stack hangar door system measures 28-foot high by 114-foot wide to accommodate a wide variety of aircraft. The floor of the hangar will be coated with a high-gloss white, nonslip

floor finish. Metal clips and expansion joints allow the new hangar to be physically connected to the existing building, while permitting the buildings to expand or contract up to two inches for thermal movement and enable the firewalls to be freestanding. An internal corridor allows Wiggins Airways’ employees to pass from the hangars to the terminal building without having to go outdoors. This expansion is the third project PROCON has designed and managed for Wiggins Airways. Construction began in September 2013, and Wiggins moved the first aircraft into the new hangar in early February 2014. The exterior landscaping will be completed in the spring.

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When the guidelines are applied, as time and funding allow, appropriate maintenance, development, and use of the stately buildings are ensured, thus preserving the institution’s tradition of bricks-and-mortar and complying with the Blue Sky Plan’s commitment to sustainability, while supporting the dynamic evolving campus’ needs. Ongoing sustainability efforts on campus have been bolstered with the emphasis given by the Blue Sky Plan. Individual room temperature controls and occupancy sensors are being increasingly used. Campus trash generation is continually reduced, while campus recycling and composting efforts are increased. As the institution strives to reach campus carbon neutrality by the year 2040, the use of less-carbon-intensive fuels – the use of #6 fuel oil was discontinued as natural gas took its place as fuel-of-choice – is successfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These efforts were acknowledged, for the fourth consecutive year, with the honor bestowed to the institution by Princeton Review in its “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” as being one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The University of Maine’s facilities management department, which is responsible for 443 acres on the main campus alone, in addition to its 4.5 million square

The New Balance Field House now sports UMaine’s Go-Blue colors. feet of buildings, is working strategically with Sightlines, the campus’ facilities asset advisors based in Connecticut, to benchmark, assess, and prioritize its annual stewardship and asset reinvestment goals and strategies. Also under way is the implementation of a new Integrated Workplace Management System. Despite inclement weather, blue skies prevail. Kathleen McIntyre is special assistant to the senior vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine in Orono. She also is an instructor for INT289: Practical Leadership Ethics, and co-advisor to the UMaine Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

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Awards BSA Announces 2013 Design Award Winners Awards

Boston - The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced the winners of the 2013 BSA Design Awards. 2013 Design Awards Programs included Accessible Design; Education Facilities Design; John M. Clancy Awards for Socially Responsible Housing; Sustainable Design; Unbuilt Architecture and Design; Honor Award for Design Excellence; and the Harleston Parker Medal. Winners are listed below.

Abacus Architects + Planners for Allencrest Community Center; Ann Beha Architects for Nulman Lewis Student Center; Maryann Thompson Architects for The Foote School Science and Technology Building.

Higher Education Facilities Design: Honor Award Leers Weinzapfel Associates for University of Connecticut Social Sciences and Classroom Buildings, Oak and Laurel Halls.

Accessible Design

(includes three categories: Public Architecture; Private Residential; the William D. Smith Memorial Award, which recognizes projects that integrate accessibility with historic preservation)


Honor Awards

Private Residential: LDa Architecture & Interiors for the Accessible LEED Residence. Public Architecture: GUND Partnership for Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology. The William D. Smith Memorial Award: Institute for Human Centered Design for Boston Architectural College at 951 Boylston Street; Schwartz/Silver Ar-

East 34th Street Ferry Terminal chitects for Paresky Commons, Phillips Academy. Awards Public Architecture: Abacus Architects + Planners for New Accessible Passive Solar Housing; Dietz & Company Architects for Hoosac Hall, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

KVA Kennedy & Violich Architecture

Education Facilities Design

(includes two categories: K-12 and Higher Education)

K-12 Facilities Design: Honor Award

Jonathan Levi Architects with Stantec Architecture for Roger E. Wellington Elementary School.

Ann Beha Architects for Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding; GUND Partnership for Gund Gallery, Kenyon College; Payette for New London Hall Science Center.

John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing Honors Awards

Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects for Via Verde—The Green Way; Union Studio Architecture & Community Design for Sandywoods Farm. Continued on next page




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BSA 2013 Design Award Winners Continued from previous page


The Architectural Team for The Homes at Old Colony (Phase I).

Sustainable Design Awards

Architerra for SUNY- College of Environmental Science & Forestry Gateway Center; Maryann Thompson Architects for The Foote School Science and Technology Building; Perkins+Will for Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

Unbuilt Architecture and Design Honor Awards

over,under and Harry Gugger Studio with Seis Arquitectos for Museo Maya de America; Perkins+Will for Floatyard.


ARCHOLAB for Afterhouse; NADAAA for Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design; William O’Brien, Jr. for Hendee – Borg House: A Study in Nested Symmetries.

Honor Awards for Design Excellence Honor Awards

designLAB architects with Austin Architects for the Claire T. Carney Library; Flansburgh Architects for American International School of Johannesburg New Aquatics Center;

Jonathan Levi Architects with Stantec Architecture for Roger E. Wellington Elementary School.


Anmahian Winton Architects for Red Rock House; KVA Kennedy & Violich Architecture for East 34th Street Ferry Terminal; KVA Kennedy & Violich Architecture for Soft House; Machado and Silvetti Associates for New York University Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life; Schwartz/Silver Architects for McCoy Federal Building

Harleston Parker Medal

Jonathan Levi Architects with Stantec Architecture for the Roger E. Wellington Elementary School–Town of Belmont and Massachusetts School Building Authority, clients.

People’s Choice Award

Office dA with Stantec Architecture (formerly Burt Hill) for the Macallen Building. (The People’s Choice Award is determined by the results of a survey hosted by media partner boston.com.)


Avison Young Wins Award Boston - Avison Young, a commercial real estate services firm, has been awarded the 2013 Gold Impact Award from Building Impact. Despite only becoming a member halfway through 2013, the company was still able to meet the requirements for a Gold Impact Award, the highest recognition award given by the organization. Avison Young will be honored, along with other winners, on, March 27th at Building Impact’s Second Annual Non-Gala that will be held at Sullivan & Worcester, LLP.

community.” Since joining Building Impact, Avison Young has been dedicated to opening its doors and helping nonprofit organizations through various volunteer activities. During the Thanksgiving holiday, the team partnered with Community Servings, a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts. Together, the group prepared Thanksgiving meals that were delivered to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. That same month, employees designed holiday

“Giving back to the community is something that the entire Avison Young organization is committed to,” Building Impact is a non-profit organization that is pioneering an innovative model for significantly increasing community involvement. Unlike other organizations, Building Impact brings volunteer opportunities into a company’s office building, making it easy and convenient for employees to give back and help the community. Today, Building Impact partners with 15 real estate firms across greater Boston. “Giving back to the community is something that the entire Avison Young organization is committed to,” said Rick Kimball, managing director at Avison Young Boston. “Being a member of Building Impact is a great way for the team to come together and support the

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Local Geothermal and Solar Companies Collaborate for Super-Efficient Homes

Following are excerpts of an article by Sam Ueda, staff writer at Green Alliance. Geothermal HVAC energy systems are increasingly breaking into the home construction mainstream. According to a Wall Street Journal article published in 2013, net-zero homes are on the rise, and some building companies are even making geothermal systems a staple of their building practices. Two New England businesses, Ultra Geothermal and ReVision Energy, are already successfully bringing that dream to the East Coast. If you’re an ecoconscious consumer or homeowner, a low- or no-carbon footprint home may be seen as a luxury investment, reserved for the wealthy. While it’s true that a geothermal HVAC system is an investment upfront, the eventual savings more than make up for it, while also increasing the value of your home. One thing that isn’t widely known is that homeowners also don’t have to completely replace their current HVAC system; Barrington N.H.’s Ultra Geothermal can meet you in the middle. Think of it like a hybrid car. A hybrid will run on electricity or biofuel until the power needed to run the engine exceeds what the electric motor can handle. Ultra Geothermal can install a partial geothermal system alongside your Energy Star or other

ultra geo2 compatible furnace that functions the same way. If you don’t have a newer furnace, such as a forced hot water baseboard furnace, Ultra Geothermal can come up with a plan to integrate ducting into the home. And when it’s finished, you also end up with central AC. One major facet of this industry that keeps people from buying geothermal systems is homeowners’ dependence on electricity. To further reduce monthly bills and environmental impact, a homeowner can install solar panels to power the geothermal pump. Enter Exeter-based ReVision Energy, one of New England’s foremost residential and commercial solar installers. ReVision Energy is collaborating with Ultra Geothermal to install solar systems that further reduce energy usage when geothermal is involved, additionally giving homeowners incredible energy independence and in some cases taking them off the grid entirely. The two local renewable energy leaders are combining solar energy

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Amenta Emma Designs Thames Edge


Starts Phase 2 for 16 New Homes

KBE Moves Iconic Building

Arial rendering of Thames Edge

Moving the creamery building Groton, CT – KBE Building Corporation lifted and resituated an iconic Groton building known as the Thames Creamery recently. The building was safely placed 60 feet from its previous location to accommodate the expansion of Thames Edge at Fairview, The Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut, a senior living community. The Thames Creamery has been an age-old fixture in Groton, serving as a community landmark and the go-to ice cream shop for local residents. “We wanted to make sure we could preserve the creamery building during the

expansion process,” stated Mike Kolakowski, president and principal owner of KBE. “That’s why we took every possible care to make the move as safe as possible – even though the total distance was only about 60 feet.” The space previously occupied by the Thames Creamery will now host a service road leading to the Thames Edge at Fairview senior living community expansions being built by KBE. The expansion effort is ongoing; Phase 1 includes the addition of 23 residential units and a clubhouse, and Phase 2 will include the addition of 11 more units.

Groton, CT - Following brisk sales of Thames Edge Phase 1 homes, Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut has directed Amenta Emma Architects to proceed with a second phase. Phase 2 of the project, known as Thames Edge, includes 17 additional homes of single, double, and quad configurations in nine buildings located along the new main entrance road and a spur road located immediately west of the existing Fairview buildings. The new homes terrace down the sloping hillside of the 70 acre campus that stretches along the Thames River in Groton. The Phase 2 homes, ranging from

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JC&A Expands The “A” Team

P e op l e CBI Consulting Promotes Lowe Boston - CBI Consulting Inc. recently announced that Mitchell H. Lowe has been promoted from the position of project architect to associate of the firm. Lowe, a native of the Washington D.C./mid-Atlantic region, is a well-rounded designer with over 30 years of experience. He joined the CBI team in November of 2010 Lowe and, since that time, has spearheaded many of the company’s complex,

high-profile projects for such clients as State Street Bank, Harvard University, City of Boston, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work on the renovations at East Boston Stadium was recently recognized by the International Concrete Repair Institute as the New England Chapter’s “Project of the Year.”

Bruner/Cott & Associate Promotions

Quincy, MA - J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. recently added four new employees to its “A” team of professionals including, assistant project managers, Matt Roberts and Brian O’Reilly; special projects division project estimator, Mark Hoffman, and project superintendent, Leo Boffoli. Roberts and O’Reilly will be responsible for working with the project managers to advance JC&A’s ability to deliver superior project management services to clients. Hoffman will be responsible for the overall coordination and managing the resources during the construction phase for design, estimating, scheduling, value engineering and material procurement for projects. Boffoli will be responsible for completing projects on-time, within budget while running a safe and efficient jobsite.

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Cambridge, MA – Bruner/Cott has promoted Lawrence Cheng, AIA, LEED AP; Bob Simmons, AIA, LEED AP, and



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Boston - Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) announced that Mark Terry, AIA, has joined the New England project and development services group as a project manager. He will focus on managing projects for corporate, retail, and manufacturing clients. Terry has eight years of project management and design experience. He comes to JLL from CI Design,






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MPA Welcomes Stein

Boston - Margulies Perness development and strategic ruzzi Architects (MPA) recently planning for the firm. Prior to welcomed Roger H. Stein, AIA, joining MPA, Stein worked on LEED AP, to the MPA leadersome of the most significant ship team as senior associate. developments in the Boston He brings more than 25 years area, including the State Street of experience in client manageFinancial Center in downtown ment, architectural and interior Boston, University Park in design, master planning, and Cambridge, Cambridge Innoconstruction administration. He vation Center, and the Trilogy Stein has been responsible for the mixed-use residential project completion of a wide variety of project in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. His types, including life science laboratories, extensive laboratory and research facorporate and developer office buildings, cility design experience includes 300, multi-family housing, retail, and mixed400, 600, and 700 Technology Square in use developments. Cambridge, Cubist Pharmaceuticals in In addition to his day-to-day Lexington, and M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratomanagement of a variety of MPA cliries, also in Lexington. ent projects, his role will include busi-

David Joins Elaine

Newton, MA - Elaine Conyears. His experience in commerstruction announced the appointcial ground up construction and ment of Mark David as director. tenant improvement projects inA construction and real estate cludes award-winning buildings leader with 28 years of experifor both corporations and comence, he joins Elaine’s executive mercial developers. leadership team and will work David currently serves on with the company’s clients and the board of directors and the staff on strategy, operations, and executive committee of the AsDavid project process initiatives. sociated General Contractors Prior to joining Elaine, David’s exof Massachusetts. He is a past president perience includes serving as president of and director of the Massachusetts Building Jones Lang LaSalle Construction, for 17 Congress.

Rollins Joins BOND

Boston - BOND recently announced that Paul Rollins, PE, LEED AP, has joined the company as project executive. His 30-year career includes construction work for clients spanning the academic, healthcare, and biotech industries. His portfolio includes Lawrence & Memorial Hospital’s Oncology Center and Medical Office Building and the Millenium Phar-


Acella Hires Chabot

Norwell, MA - Acella Construction Corporation announced that George (Skip) Chabot will join the firm as its vice president/general manager. In this role, he will assist President Dave Dirubbo in a number of key areas, including business development and overall strategy for growth.

maceuticals Building, as well as Baystate Medical Center, Heywood Hospital, and North Shore Medical Center. Major academic work includes Smith College’s LEED Gold-certified Ford Hall Engineering and Science Building and Harvard University’s Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering.

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March 2014


Ca l en d a r NAWIC

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.

Mass. Life Science Ctr.

April 10, 2014, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Annual Economic Development Summit Boston Marriott Newton Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century is the Commonwealth’s economic development strategy for a long term investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure. Please join Governor Patrick and leaders from business, academia, and government at this ‘invitation only’ event for an update on our progress. http://www.masslifesciences.com


March 20, 2014 5:30 - 8 p.m. Tuscan Kitchen - Salem, N.H. Southern Region Reception Business Development & Networking Event March 20, 2014 5:30 - 8 p.m. Tuscan Kitchen - Salem, N.H. ABC Member & Non-ABC Member $25 (pp) Free to nonmember guests of an ABC Member Join us for an informative business development and networking evening to register go to paulette@abcnhvt.org


BIMForum April 23 - 24, 2014 Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston Optimizing Design with BIM Implementation of building information modeling processes in the design professions has steadily increased over the past five years as shown by the McGraw-Hill study “The Business Value of BIM in North America,” but are we truly improving the built environment and the process by which it is delivered? https://bimforum.org/events/70/boston-bimforum/


March 26 - 7:15 to 9 a.m. Senior Housing is Booming with Boomers Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane Boston, With the over 65 population expected to double, senior housing has become a popular topic in the real estate community. Our panel will explore what investors and developers need to be aware of as they get involved in this highly specialized asset class. http://www.naiopma.org.


March 30, April 1 2014 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 1st. For information and to register: http://www.gbreb.com/boma/mac/


April 30-May 2 Northeast Regional Conference: SMPS UBER Conference A partnership between the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions has created a multiday conference that will feature prominent keynote speakers, educational and client-themed programs and network events. For information: www.smpsboston.org

March 20, 2014 The Americal Society of Interior Designers New England Chapter will hold its 2014 Annual Awards Gala 6-9 p.m. Mandarin Oriental 776 Boylston St. Boston Celebrating Achievements of the New England Design Community For information please go to http://asidne. org/

Topping Off 40 Years of Fortitude and Forging Ahead! During our forty-year tenure United Steel has grown to become the largest Fabricator and Erector of structural steel and miscellaneous metals in New England. We are proud of our people, our projects and our past successes, and we look forward to our next four decades. 164 School Street East Hartford, CT 06108 P: 860.289.2323 | F: 860.289.6350


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March 2014


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We salute you!

Respectfully, the employees & families of Capone Iron Corporation Boston’s #1 Steel Construction Company

Made with Pride in the USA 20 Turcotte Memorial Drive | PO Box 706 | Rowley, MA 01969 T: 978-948-8000 | F: 978-948-8650 | www.caponeiron.com www.high-profile.com

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Profile for High-Profile

High-Profile: March 2014  

March 2014 issue of High-Profile: Biannual focus on Institutions and Schools. Annual Focus on SCUP North Atlantic Region

High-Profile: March 2014  

March 2014 issue of High-Profile: Biannual focus on Institutions and Schools. Annual Focus on SCUP North Atlantic Region