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Lee Kennedy Uses Lean Practices to Expedite Delivery of Envoy Hotel

Brent Maugel page 12

Robert Cruess page 18

Northeast Corner of Envoy Hotel in Boston pg. 23 / Rendering by Group One Partners, Inc.

Colm Allen page 22

John K. Pidgeon page 34

It’s time for Commercial Carbon Monoxide Monitoring by John V.Carvalho III Trinity Delivers Port Chester Hall CBC Elects New 2014-2015 Board Homewood Suites Breaks Ground, Designed by Group One Partners MPA Designs Waltham Office Space for Hobbs Brook Management WBRC Plays Key Role on Bangor Waterfront Projects J.M. Electrical Begins 75/125 Binney Street Coull Completes Campus Upgrades Acentech Provides Acoustic for BCH Delphi Completes Seashore Point Is Your Content Global Ready? by Richard J. Dealy Timberline Completes Two Retail Projects Featuring: The Abbey Group Hosts Viridian Topping-Off

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Lee Kennedy Uses Lean Practices to Expedite Envoy Hotel....... 23


The Abbey Group Hosts Viridian Topping-Off.......................16

Lee Kennedy uses lean practices to expedite the delivery of the Envoy Hotel


Up-Front................................... 6 Retail/Hospitality.................... 12 Trends and Hot Topics........ 22,34 Corporate.............................. 28 Northern New England........... 30 Connecticut............................ 32

Healthcare and Life Sciences.... 36 Education............................... 38 Multi-Residential...................... 39 Awards.................................. 42 People................................... 44 Calendar............................... 46

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Timberline Completes Two Retail Projects.............................. 14

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PLA! Summer Social a Success!

NEC Announces New Leadership Rumford, RI - New England Construction (NEC) announced the formation of a new leadership team. The move also marks a transition to the next generation of family owned leaderMatt Sluter ship for the company. Matt Sluter, son of founder and chief executive officer, David Sluter, has been promoted to president. He will assume decision-making authority over all aspects of the family-owned construction management firm. He has worked in the construction industry since 2001. His work for other firms moved him out of state for several years. He returned in 2005 and joined NEC as an assistant project manager and most recently serves as vice president. “Matt’s appointment is recognition of his ability to manage all key functional areas of the business,” said David Sluter. “On a personal level, I am very proud of my son. In addition to the elevation of Matt Sluter, the leadership team also added


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George Malakidis as director of operations and Wayne Grenon as vice president of finance. Malakidis is a construction industry veteran bringing over 16 years of experience to NEC. Most recently he served as senior project manager with Gilbane Building Company. Grenon also brings an extensive amount of experience and knowledge to the company in both finance and construction. Since 2001 he worked at Bowdoin Construction of Needham, Mass. as vice president of finance. New England Construction has a storied history throughout New England with its headquarters in Rumford, R.I. and an office in Burlington, Mass.

Boston – PLA! recently held its 2014 Summer Social, and it was quite a success! Anastasia Barnes, BD Manager of High-Profile, was among the 80+ women attending the event. Co-founded by Maureen Rystrom of J. Calnan & Associates and Kris Esposito of Office Resources Inc., PLA! is an acronym for the Professional Ladies Association and is geared towards helping women connect through networking, education, “just for fun” events, philanthropy, and mentoring. Its intent is to grow into the premier women’s networking association in Boston and beyond. Currently, there are over 200 professional women including brokers, end users, property managers, project managers, architects, designers, and service providers of all levels who have attended events hosted by PLA!

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The Boston Business Journal has sponsored PLA! for the last two years at its Advancing Women’s Conference, and it is proud to have the Ellie Fund (www. elliefund.org ) as a Charity Partner. With the help of PLA! sponsors, J. Calnan & Associates, Office Resources, and tickets sales, PLA! was able to make another significant donation to The Ellie Fund., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that fights breast cancer by easing its effects on patients and families.

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Amenta Emma Groundbreaking


Prengaman Installed as NCARB Dir Providence, RI – David R. several years, including the ARE Prengaman, AIA, NCARB, Subcommittee on Programming, was installed as a regional Planning, and Practice; the director at the National Council Procedures and Documents of Architectural Registration Committee; and the Regional Board’s (NCARB) 95th Annual Leadership Committee. Business Meeting in June. Prengaman is principal of He was first appointed to Vision 3 Architects in Provithe Rhode Island Board of dence. His other professional Examination and Registration of David R. Prengamen activities include service as president of AIA/Rhode Island Architects in 2009 and has served and as a member of the AIA New Enas its chair, vice chair, and secretary. gland Board of Directors. He is a LEED Prengaman also has served on many Accredited Professional. NCARB committees over the past

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Bloomfield, CT – Amenta Emma Architects recently participated in a double groundbreaking ceremony for its two senior living projects on the 40-acre campus of Duncaster of Bloomfield. One addition will add 12 new independent living apartments to the main building complex at 40 Loeffler Road and will include a new elevator, parking, and storage for residents.

A second will add a 12-bed memory care wing to the south end of the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center at 10 Loeffler Road and will incorporate “small house project” concepts that offer a model for long-term care designed to look and feel like a real home. The additions are to be constructed simultaneously.

Wellesley, MA - Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC) has brought on another team member, Joseph Kelly, to augment the association goals. As director of client relations, he will be working closely with members to develop a solid working relationship between the association and its membership. For the last eight years, Kelly has been with the City of Boston Inspectional Services Division, working with contractors to ensure the requirements are being filled appropriately and to guide contractors through Joseph Kelly the city’s process. At his departure, he was a chief building inspector for the city. Prior to this, he worked in the private sector as a superintendent with Bovis Lend Lease.


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Publisher’s Message Retail and Hospitality Sectors Up In a recent National Real Estate Investor article by James Koury “The appetite for institutional retail assets in Boston remains almost unquenchable. Similar to the trends being experienced in other gateway cities such as New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Miami, investors view core retail assets as a safe haven investment with long-term income and capital appreciation potential. As a result, investors are clamoring for everything from trophy “high street” assets to urban, in-fill shopping centers.” The full story is on nreionline.com/boston/ boston-retail-booming?eid=forward. It has been widely reported that demand for hotel rooms is at peak and daily rates are beginning to rise further than ever. In a recent Bisnow article Andrea Foster VP of PKF Hospitality Consulting is quoted as saying “the next couple years of average supply growth will be below the long-term average of 2% and then is forecast to increase slightly above the long-run average for a few years. So, those who build will reap rewards. Among the core markets—downtown, Back Bay, and Cambridge—RevPAR growth was strongest downtown, at 10% from January through April.”

Educational Facilities Developments Next month our focus on educational facilities developments will add size and volume to the printed publication and receive extra distribution through the North Atlantic Region of the Society of Colleges and University Planners (SCUP). We are asking our readers to let us know what current projects we should feature and what topics should be considered pertinent to those who are planning a facility renovation or the design and construction of a new facility. Send your suggestion to editor@high-profile.com

McManus Joins Timberline providing team leadership for all Canton, MA - With a 30-year record of success in estimating phases of work for on-time and and construction management on-budget delivery. on which to base his recent apPrior to joining Timberline, pointment, Tim McManus has McManus served as vice president joined Timberline Construction with Tishman Construction for Corporation as vice president more than eight years and 18 and project executive. His years with Payton Construction. specialties include highly His portfolio of clients includes: McManus complex, fast-track, mission Tufts University, New England critical, higher education, Conservatory, Bentley University, Boston corporate interior, hospitality, and mixedCollege, Brandeis University, Mass use projects. General Hospital, and Brigham and He is responsible for the client relationship, project management, and Women’s Hospital.

Suffolk Launches Development Series Boston - Suffolk Construction will be launching its third annual Subcontractor Development Series to assist disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned trade subcontractor firms in fostering long-term relationships with Suffolk. Provided at no cost to selected participants, the eightsession program will begin September 4. The application deadline is Friday, August 15 at 5p.m. EDT.

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National Development Breaks Ground On Luxury Condos Cranshaw GC – Elkus Manfredi Architects

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SEPIA at Ink Block

Boston – National Development was joined at a ceremony by Mayor Martin J. Walsh; City Council President Bill Linehan; Representative Aaron Michlewitz, and local neighborhood and labor representatives to celebrate the construction start of SEPIA at Ink Block, an eight-story condominium building in Boston. The 83-unit luxury development is being built at Ink Block South End, a mixed-use development that is transforming the former Boston Herald

site on Harrison Avenue into a new hub for the South End. Cranshaw Construction is the general contractor for the project, and Elkus Manfredi Architects is the architect for SEPIA. When complete, Ink Block will be a total of six buildings, including a 50,000sf flagship Whole Foods Market and over 500 residential units along with ground floor restaurant and retail space. The first four buildings are currently under construction. One of only a few large-scale luxury

condominium projects under way in Boston, SEPIA is already 60% presold, with occupancy scheduled for fall of 2015. SEPIA offers a range of units from studios to three-bedroom homes and is part of a revival that will see over 1,000 new luxury residential units within a two-block area. “I want to thank Ted Tye and the team at National Development for bringing this exciting project to life,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Residential marketing and sales for SEPIA is being managed by The Collaborative Companies. SEPIA at Ink Block offers a sophisticated design, luxury-level services and a

vibrant lifestyle, all of which have proven to be appealing to both current urban residents as well as those migrating into the city from the suburbs. An ideal location, access to on-site retail, underground parking, a rooftop deck with an outdoor kitchen, fitness center, clubroom, indoor bicycle storage, and access to Ink Block’s rooftop pool make it one of Boston’s most compelling new home ownership developments. The flagship 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market will be the grocer’s largest location in the city of Boston and the first full-size grocery store in the South End.

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Groton, MA - Senate Construction Corporation of Shirley has started the second phase of construction at Boynton Meadows in Groton. Phase-II will include 15 townhouses, ranging between 2,000sf and 2,500sf of space with additional walkout and basement space. The project is expected to be completed in November. The first phase of the project, located on Main Street, includes mixed-use office and retail on the first floor and is occupied by a yoga studio, bakery, and dental office. Senate Construction guided the permit process through the Historic Districts Commission, the Groton Design Review Committee, the Conservation

Commission, and the Planning Board to receive zoning approval for 18 dwelling units. The project includes restoring a historic colonial structure, as well as adding retail space and constructing 15 townhouse units overlooking the picturesque Gibbet Hill. Maugel Architects designed this mixed-use project and buildings and incorporated the colonial architecture of the community while including modern features of today’s architecture. The project, which is financed by Bank of New England, is developed by Mount Laurel Development LLC.

The MERC at Moody and Main / Rendering by ADD Inc.

Waltham, MA - Erland has been selected to construct The Merc at Moody & Main, a new mixed-use development at the intersection of Moody Street and Main Street in downtown Waltham for Northland Investment Corporation. The project, designed by ADD Inc of Boston, has begun with demolition of three existing structures on the 4.6 acre site. The Merc at Moody & Main will contain 269 rental apartment units in three five-story buildings – four wood framed

residential floors above a ground floor steel-framed podium for commercial/ retail and amenity spaces. A two-level underground parking garage spans almost one-third of the site’s footprint. Construction of The Merc is being phased to allow two on-site banks to continue operations. The first phase will be available for residents and retailers in the summer of 2015, with final project completion in the summer of 2016.



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Retail/Hospitality Retail Design Trends: The Marketplace Concept of Live-Work-Play by Brent Maugel

There is a growing synergy in the trend for multi-family housing and the retail market. From Milleniums to Baby Boomers, residents want immediate and convenient access to Brent Maugel restaurants, stores, and healthcare facilities. The extreme traffic congestion of the Greater Boston area has many people transitioning from traditional living and shopping standards to live-work-play environments. Gone are the days of wanting to drive long distances to conveniences and services. The latest trend in retail design is toward a marketplace concept. The marketplace concept features a variety of styles and amenities, such as ample outdoor dining areas, attractive and vibrant pedestrian environments, and creative softscape and hardscape elements. As proponents of sustainable design, we are excited to see people embrace walking and biking to shop, to work, and

Rendering of Rebecca’s Café at New England Executive Park

to play. More importantly, the commercial real estate industry is responding to public demands. As designers, we now have opportunities to create retail and mixeduse environments that abandon strip mall aesthetics and favor individuality and corporate branding. The result is an exciting new dynamic in the retail experience. This new market dynamic is driving

wider distribution of convenient entertainment and shopping experiences. A good example of the live-work-play trend is Burlington, Mass. Maugel Architects is currently working on four new retail projects in Burlington: King’s Bowl in Northwest Park, Rebecca’s Café at New England Executive Park, Starbucks Plaza on Middlesex Turnpike, and The

Shops at Mall Road. Grocery stores are also jumping into the live-work-play mix. Wegman’s, in the midst of Nordblom’s Northwest Park, is nearing completion, and employees in the park are excited to have amenities, new restaurants, and entertainment all within walking distance. Brent Maugel is the president of Maugel Architects.

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Lynnfield, MA - Veitas and Veitas Engineers is the structural engineer for MarketStreet Lynnfield, a leading openair shopping center. Phase II construction is under way, featuring an expansion of 107,000sf of retail space. Veitas and Veitas is providing structural design for the four structure expansion. National Development and WS Development formed a partnership to lease and develop the project.

Prellwitz Chilinski Associates is the architect, Cranshaw Construction is construction manager. The structures, intended to house a diverse group of retailers, utilize metal stud exterior wall construction, moment frames and brace frames to provide lateral stability and meet snow drift requirements. Construction is scheduled to continue through 2014, and a phased opening is planned for the first half of 2015.

Stowe, VT. - PC Construction has been awarded a $58 million contract to build the next phase of Stowe Mountain Resort. Upon completion, the project will significantly expand family amenities and services at the internationally renowned year-round destination. Spruce Peak Realty once again tapped PC Construction, which has completed several other significant projects at the resort, to construct the 125,000sf children’s Adventure Center and Alpine Club. The facilities will feature a ski/ride school, year-round daycare facilities and children’s activity center, retail shops, restaurants, food markets, ski valet space, and 19 luxury condominium residences. The project, designed by Bull Stockwell Allen, also includes amenities such as an 85,000sf below-grade parking structure, an outdoor ice skating rink, a community pavilion, and an outdoor plaza. Phased construction completion will begin in November 2015, with final completion scheduled prior to the 2016-2017 ski season.

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Timberline Completes Two Retail Projects Canton, MA – Timberline Construction of Canton recently completed the Pressed Café fit-out within the Tara Commons retail plaza in Nashua. With an open commercial kitchen behind the sales counter, seating for 50, and men’s and women’s restrooms, the restaurant was built to accommodate both to-go and

Pressed Café at Tara Commons

dining-in customer needs. The project also involved the construction of a new drivethrough system outside of the restaurant to help achieve their convenience goals. The fit-up of the in-line corner location was designed by Landry Architects of Salem with an open layout. The 1,582sf restaurant space features extensive millwork, modern and rustic architectural design components, and both built-in and moveable furnishings. Hanging light fixtures, pendant lighting, and large windows allow for a warm and amiable atmosphere. Timberline’s interior fit-up team produced a finished product that combines the functionality of this contemporary

SCI Cracks the Retail Market


Wrentham, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) completed full demolition and renovations of the flagship DKNY at the Wrentham Outlet Mall. Working with the building owner and town zoning board, SCI wrapped up the project within a very short time frame. The renovations included a new storefront and exterior façade work, as well as all new HVAC protection, electrical, and lighting packages. To work within the budget, SCI also provided a specially

The Luggage Factory

café with New Hampshire’s rural charm. Timberline Construction also recently completed the 2,031sf retail tenant improvement remodel for the Luggage Factory on the ground floor of one of the buildings that make up Assembly Row within Assembly Square in Somerville, Mass. Assembly Row is a new mixed-

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DKNY at the Wrentham Outlet Mall

engineered polished concrete floor. The new space exceeded all of the DKNY’s expectations and reopened earlier than anticipated.


use development, some of which is still under way. When complete, the lifestyle center will include shopping, restaurants, entertainment, two million sf of office space, a hotel, six-acre riverfront park, and 2,100 residences. It will also host the Assembly Station on the orange line, the first T station added to the MBTA system in over 20 years. The store’s design, by DTM Architects of Arlington, Texas, features white builtin casework, pendant lighting, and a gray exposed industrial ceiling. The store’s location on Artisan Way is conveniently across from a parking garage and below residential units. This project was completed by Timberline within four weeks.

La Brasa dining room

Somerville, MA – Bowdoin Construction recently completed the fit-out of La

Brasa, a new boutique restaurant at 124 Broadway in Somerville. Bowdoin provided preconstruction and construction management services working in conjunction with La Brasa partners Daniel Bojorquez and Frank McClelland, and RODE Architects. The new space includes rustic wood clad walls, wood flooring, a stainless steel bar, wood burning ovens with exhaust hoods, expansive dining and bar seating, and a full commercial kitchen.

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August 2014


It’s Time for Commercial Carbon Monoxide Monitoring The Argument Grows for Laws Monitoring Restaurants and Retail Outlets by John V. Carvalho III

Earlier this year, a carbon monoxide leak in the heating system at a Legal Sea Foods in Huntington Station, N.Y. resulted in the death of a restaurant manager, the hospitalizaJohn V. Carvalho III tion of another staff member, and the need for 26 patrons to be treated at a local hospital. This tragedy sent a shockwave through the restaurant community. Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz responded by installing carbon monoxide detectors in all Legal Sea Foods restaurants. Yet the question most had was “Why didn’t the restaurant have carbon monoxide detectors to begin with?” Good question. The most obvious answer is that most states do not require restaurants and retail outlets to have carbon monoxide detectors. Some states do require commercial entitles to have detection systems on-site, but those regulations only apply to businesses where the customers sleep, e.g. hotels, nursing homes, universities, etc.



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doesn’t take overnight exposure to carbon monoxide for it to be lethal. In fact, with a high enough concentration of carbon monoxide, somebody browsing in a store for 10 to 15 minutes can be at serious risk, even risk of death. We recommend that any retail store, restaurant, or hotel/inn that uses fossil fuel sources such as oil, propane, and natural gas be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector in the basement or boiler room. It is even more important to have a detector if your heating systems employ elbow-shaped pipes. Elbow pipes can be particularly dangerous when there’s a leak because the shape of the pipe will actually slow the flow of the carbon monoxide and create much greater exposure than a straight pipe. In terms of the types of systems commercial businesses should choose, that can vary on the size of the building, the number of people in that building at a given time, etc. It is conceivable that a smaller business could get by with a store-bought, battery-operated carbon monoxide detection system similar to the continued to page 18

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The Abbey Group Hosts Viridian Topping-Off Bruner/Cott and Suffolk Team Up Boston – Boston-based developers The Abbey Group recently held a ceremonial topping off for its Viridian project at 1282 Boylston Street, which will feature 342 residences (including 38 affordable housing units), 295 underground parking spaces, and 10,000sf of ground-level retail space. The ceremony marks a milestone in the continuing transformation of the Fenway neighborhood into a vibrant “urban village.” Bruner/Cott of Cambridge is the architect for the project, while Suffolk Construction Co. of Boston is serving as construction manager. In addition to housing and retail space, the LEED Gold certified Viridian complex will also provide the neighborhood with a new community center. The nonprofit center will offer computer access to residents and community meeting space and services for lectures, events, neighborhood groups, and educational classes. “The Viridian at 1282 Boylston is situated in the heart of the thriving Fenway neighborhood’s cultural, social, and retail center and serves as a gateway to the residences in the Fens,” said David Epstein, president of the AbbeyGroup. “With its convenient location, access to

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the Longwood Medical Area, active social scene, and many dining and entertainment options, the Fenway is quickly becoming one of the premier residential destinations in the city of Boston.” The Viridian is the latest in a series of new housing options and developments that have risen and connected the booming Fenway neighborhood in recent

years. New award-winning restaurants, apartment buildings, condominium complexes, hotels, entertainment venues, transit options, and office spaces have rebranded the area as a “mini-Newbury” and the most rapidly and drastically changing neighborhood in the city. This wave of construction will continue over the coming years, as the Fenway will see

further additions of a $500 million megacenter, first-class hotels and residential spaces, and expanded retail developments including Boston’s first Wegman’s Supermarket and Target. The ceremony featured keynote speaker John Barros, chief of Economic continued to page 17

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Yes, many towns and cities in New Hampshire are encouraging mixed use development; however; some of the encouragement is directed at “lifestyle centers” with living units directly Robert Cruess above the retail users. The lifestyle concept works in Celebration, Florida and in numerous other, more densely populated locations; however, there has been a reluctance to try these centers in N.H. The hesitation to invest in lifestyle centers has been broad based and includes resistance from developers, real estate agents, and the end user retailers. What seems to be working in NH is “market driven mixed use development,” which situates housing proximate to, but not on top of or abutting, retail/ commercial uses. And key to the success of mixed-use development has been ordinances that provide guidance for the developer, while allowing for flexibility as market driven forces play out over the multi-year construction of a large mixeduse development. The Dover Fields mixed-use development, located in South Dover, is a good example of a market driven mixed use project. It consists of a 40,000sf

Hannaford’s market, out parcels for a bank and a coffee shop, as well as an additional 15,000sf of retail. The overall development also includes 144 age restricted modular housing units with a mixture of single family, duplex, and triplex units all with the use of a 4,500sf clubhouse. The housing is further supplemented by 70 congregate care units and 60 affordable senior housing apartments. The Dover Field development has public bus service available and other features that accrue to its location in South Dover, namely, proximity to the University of New Hampshire, a few miles south in the neighboring town of Durham, and, it is only a short drive to the N.H. seacoast and the tourist town of Portsmouth. The development has paths and sidewalks to facilitate walking to retail establishments and an overall feel of a small community within the city of Dover. As I mentioned above, flexibility in the regulations has been a key to the successful development of Dover Fields, and of course the credit for the flexibility goes to the Planning Department and the Economic Development office of the city of Dover. The initial construction began in 2007 and almost immediately confronted the headwinds of “the great recession” of 2008 and 2009. As you might expect, changes in the plans had to be made continued to page 19

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August 2014

Homewood Suites Breaks Ground


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Boston - The official groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for Claremont Companies’ Hilton Homewood Suites in Brookline. Group One Partners, Inc., the hotel architect, interior designer, and purchasing agent, is working with Tocci Building Companies, R.W. Sullivan Engineering, and Goldstein Milano on the Claremont Companies’ property. The 97,775sf, 130room extended stay hotel will occupy the space of the former Red Cab site that has been vacant for more than 20 years. “This is an interesting project, as the hotel is located on Route 9, a major eastwest highway in the state,” says Harry Wheeler AIA, LEED, NCARB, principal of Group One. “To meet Brookline’s Sky

Plane zoning requirements, our design allows for five stories on the Route 9 side of the building while gradually decreasing to two stories on the back side. This provides an urban street-side profile while being respectful of neighboring housing and residents.” A building information model (BIM) of the Brookline Homewood Suites will be developed to coordinate project systems, streamline the construction process, and communicate its mitigation plan to the project team and community. The upscale all-suite hotel will set a new standard in the Brookline area, offering guests convenient like-home comforts and quality bundled services in a transit-friendly environment. The hotel is set to open in December 2015.

Warwick, RI - The grand opening of the new Balise Subaru dealership was recently completed by Vision 3 Architects. The new one level, 24,000sf dealership includes 10,000sf of showroom and offices, 4,000sf of service drive-in, and 10,000sf service area. The facility features a reception area,

showroom, offices, customer lounge, service drive-through, service bays, parts storage, and supportive utility spaces. The Warwick dealership moved from Post Road to the new building on Route 2. Construction management was by New England Construction.

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to accommodate changing economic realities, and the city worked with the developer to amend the plan and modify the initial mix of end users. Residents of Dover Fields will be able to walk to the grocery store, bank, or coffee shop, or hop a bus to downtown Dover (and perhaps eventually to UNH). There are walking paths that provide for

leisurely exercise in pleasant surroundings with ample open space preserved in an almost park-like setting. Properly designed, mixed-use developments offer an alternative lifestyle that can be quite appealing to our senior citizens looking to downsize. Robert Cruess, PE, is a director at TFMoran, Inc.



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Hotel Commonwealth Expands Designed by Group One

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Boston - Hotel Commonwealth, located at 500 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston’s Back Bay, began construction recently to add 96 hotel rooms and more than 12,000sf of indoor/outdoor event space. The expansion features a grand ballroom, an outdoor terrace overlooking Fenway Park’s ‘Green Monster,’ five meeting rooms, a boardroom, three floors of valet parking, and a private event entry and prefunction space. The new facility is expected to open mid-2015. Currently the existing property is comprised of 149 hotel rooms and 30,000sf of restaurant and retail space. Construction for the hotel expansion is

co-managed by Columbia Construction and Mortenson Development, with Group One as architect. It is funded by investment partners Sage Hospitality and Fundamental Advisors. The build-out is taking place on the open air parking site at the rear of the existing hotel, facing Fenway Park and the Mass. Turnpike. Hotel operations will continue as usual during the expansion. Harry Wheeler, AIA, LEED, NCARB, principal of Group One Partners, Inc., the project architect, said, “With this expansion, the property is better able to accommodate the community’s booming tourism industry while providing more spacious rooms and first-rate event space.”

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Somerville, MA - Boxman Studios, a global leader in shipping container modification, has created an all new one-of-akind dining and retail venue from shipping containers to anchor the Assembly Row neighborhood in Somerville. Assembly Row is the area’s newest shopping, dining, live/work and entertainment destination. At the corner of Canal Street and Grand Union Boulevard will be four modified 20-foot shipping containers that make up SOMBLOX, an homage to Somerville’s historically industrial past. The container courtyard is outfitted for three local businesses,

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architecture,” said Boxman Studios architectural designer, Taylor Bishal. “Using modern design elements like large hinged storefront windows, along with things like accent rope lighting, we’re able to merge the trendy beer garden environment with a backyard feel.” The four containers create three distinct spaces that are all ADA accessible and include electrical and lighting. Two containers are designed for retail spaces with easy-to-open eight-foot hinged storefront windows and steel doors to quickly adapt to weather conditions. A larger space for the taproom is comprised of two containers that include kitchen equipment and plumbing.

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August 2014


WBRC Plays Key Role on Bangor Waterfront Projects

Site preparation is under way for the new Residence Inn by Marriott on Bangor’s Main Street. Photos courtesy of WBRC Architects • Engineers

Bangor, ME - Along Maine’s meandering Penobscot River, the city of Bangor, population 33,000, is preparing for a new five-story hotel, the sixth hotel planned for the region in less than a decade, and is securing proposal responses for a waterfront amphitheater. Bangor’s waterfront is seeing a surge of activity, and it’s just the start, says City Councilman Gibran Graham. The city’s Main Street, adjacent to the waterfront, will see the addition of grassy medians and improved lighting, as well as widened sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety and encourage cycling use. “It’s an exciting time for the people of Bangor,” Graham says. “Development is brisk, and Mainers are benefiting.

New businesses and venues mean more options, more jobs, and more revenue for the area.” Maine-based WBRC Architects • Engineers is playing a key role in many of these projects. The 60-person firm teamed with Sink Combs Dethlefs, an arena and convention center expert based in Denver, Colo., to bring Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center to fruition. The 5,800seat arena and convention center officially opened last September. Already, it has hosted more than 200 events, and many more are on the way, says Tiffany Sun, the center’s director of sales and marketing. “We expect to host over 320 events by the end of the 2014 calendar year,” Sun says. A new Residence Inn by Marriott,

designed by New Hampshire-based Pro Con and owned by Ocean Properties, will support additional accommodation needs for Cross Insurance Center events. The 124-room hotel, a few feet away from the center, recently broke ground and is scheduled to open in May 2015. The inn and its restaurant, combined, are expected to employ 150 people. WBRC provided civil engineering services for the project. Across the street, Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway has already upped its offerings with the recently opened Celebrity Bar and Grill. Celebrity Bar and Grill at Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway in Bangor

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With talent scarcity remaining, how do you get the best candidates from your competitors to want to join your team? The days where people just show up and “buy” what you have to offer are gone. You need to engage and encourage candidates to want to come to your place of business. Think back to the days Colm Allen when retail stores had product behind the counter and you needed a sales associate to assist you. That retail industry was disrupted by Department stores who let you browse, touch and try before you would buy. There is a similar trend within the world of hiring. In the past it was typically the hiring manager or client who held all the cards. Today, candidates are as much a part of the decision-making process as the hiring authority–they want the full picture before they will consider making a move. Your job is to connect each candidate to your company’s unique value proposition in every interview so, regardless of who you end up hiring, you have options. Hiring authorities should be 100% clear on what they have to offer potential candidates. Here are some areas to consider before your next interview: Gve the 10,000 ft view: • Outline the reasons someone

would want to join your company. This should take no more than 5 minutes and happen regardless of the role a candidate is interviewing for.

 utline how long you have been in O business, size of your company, and any awards. • Provide an overview of the short- and long-term company goals. • Lay out how the candidate can grow their career with you–provide examples of different positions in the company. • What are the employment benefits/perks to joining your company? Do you offer free food Fridays, matching 401K? •

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 andidates want more than just money; C they fundamentally want to work in a place that supports their personal goals. Your job is to find out what motivates them. • Share the company vision and goals. Do you have a philanthropic component, do you support a flat management structure, are you investing in technology? • Highlight employees that have risen through the ranks so that candidates can •


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understand what’s possible with their professional development. Focus on people, not just the perks.

assive candidates are employed and P don’t need to make the move unless you have something they really want to join. • Speak to your company culture and the specific team environment they will be joining. • Who else works within your company and why? What is the average tenure? • When possible, have happy employees meet with potential candidates to express why the move was positive for them. Let candidates ask them questions about their experience while you are not in the room. •

Don’t sugar coat. Transparency is key to making great hires.

ood candidates will research your G company before an interview. Shady dealings can be found with a click of a mouse. Be proactive in addressing any concerns a top candidate may have. • No HR mumbo jumbo when it comes to their employment package such as “competitive salaries.” What does that mean, competitive to who? • Be clear about the role and any difficulties associated with the position. Will they be working for a micro-managing superior? Let them know upfront. This way the candidate is informed before they start. •

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rovide an overview of day-to-day P expectations. • Will they work offsite or in the office? • Does anyone work remotely? If so, what roles have this flexibility and why? • How do remote employees manage workflow and communications? LogMeIn, Google docs, project management tools, Basecamp etc? • If working from home is not feasible, do you see this becoming an option? •

Most of all, be human.

 ot all potential candidates will want N to work for you, now. Maybe your projects are too small or they heard the boss is crazy. You still want to make an impression that lasts, as you never know what the future holds! • Ultimately the best practice is to be realistic and honest with potential hires about what you are looking for and why. • As recruiters, some of the greatest complaints candidates have regarding their current situations are around communication issues. Being clear on expectations and goals upfront can save you time and money in the long run. Colm Allen is president at Construction Recruiters, Inc. in Milton, Mass. •

Consumers have come to expect better information; so it’s no surprise that there has been an explosion of spending on content development. Statistics show that the total number Richard J. Dealy of indexed pages grew from 1 trillion in 2008 to more than 30 trillion in 2013. Although English remains the most commonly used language on the Internet, 70%of all Internet traffic originates in non-English-speaking countries. Customers are increasingly expecting engagement in their native language: 72% of internet users spend all or most of their time on sites in their own language. Nine out of 10 people will always opt for a native language website when available. People are four times more likely to purchase online when in their own language. You can see the importance of making your content available in the

language of your customers. Here are a few things to think about as you consider localizing your content. Four Keys to Global-Ready Content: Be Clear – Simplify your content. Less is more. Avoid analogies, buzz words, cultural references.

Maintain Brand Clarity – Clearly define your “style” and “voice” by creating a style guide. Ensure your brand names and tag lines convey the same essence and impression in the target language. Localize – Contact information, currency, measures, formats of numbers and dates, and images and multimedia – are they culturally relevant? Consider Format, Layout – Prepare for the expansion or contraction of your content in the new language.

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MEC Systems Awarded Envoy Hotel Boston – MEC Systems, the Hinghambased telecommunications division of McDonald Electrical Corp., has been awarded the comprehensive tel/ data installation package for the new 100,000sf, six-story Envoy Hotel project at 70 Sleeper St. in Boston’s Seaport district. MEC Systems is working on a project team headed by general contractor Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. of Quincy and joined by electrical engineering firm R.G. Vanderweil Engineers of Boston. Norwich Partners, LLC, based in Sanibel, Fla. and Lebanon, N.H., is the developer. The NECA contractor’s scope includes

providing the infrastructure for the facility’s Honeywell INNCOM wireless network, wireless access points for the Vingcard back-of-house door security system, and privacy services installations. The project also includes LED lighting for the hotel lobby’s state-of-the-art feature/accent wall, which will integrate audio and visual systems. MEC will commence telecom installations in August and manage a field crew of up to eight IBEW Local 103 technicians throughout the eight-month project. Construction of the 136-room boutique hotel is targeted for completion in spring 2015.

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Lee Kennedy Uses Lean Practices to Expedite Delivery of the Envoy Hotel

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South Boston MA – Lee Kennedy Co. is incorporating Lean building practices into the planning and management of the new Envoy Hotel construction. This 136-key luxury boutique hotel, owned by Norwich Partners, with Colliers International acting as the project manager, is located at the gateway to Boston’s historic Seaport District and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015. Lean practices are being used by the team to ensure a cost-effective and timely delivery of the hotel in order to capitalize on the growing hospitality market within the district as well as the city. “Lean construction practices at our Envoy Hotel project are resulting in highly efficient quality control and production and saving the client time and money,” says Lee Michael Kennedy, president and CEO of Lee Kennedy Co. Some of the anticipated challenges associated with the project included building on a very small site, difficult trucking access, a relatively complex exterior façade system, elaborate interior finishes, and a demanding schedule. The team tailored its goals for Lean implementation to include streamlining and optimizing work sequencing and subcontractor coordination, site and continued to page 24


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Left: Glass curtainwall façades will provide sprawling views of the city. Early construction shows Envoy Hotel’s location on Boston’s waterfront. It is centrally positioned to the Harborwalk, Fort Point Channel arts and innovation district.

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Corporate MPA Designs Waltham Office Space for Hobbs Brook Management

Waltham, MA - Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that it has been selected to design a new five-story, 315,000sf Class A office building in Waltham for Hobbs Brook Management LLC. The building, which features a fullservice cafeteria, green roof courtyard and 1,025-car parking garage in a campus setting, is the third out-of-theground project that MPA has designed for Hobbs Brook Management. MPA is also providing architectural services

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Two Heritage Drive Opens Designed by MPA Quincy, MA – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced the opening of the repositioned and renovated building at Two Heritage Drive at Heritage Landing in North Quincy.

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Cambridge, MA – Acentech Inc. has been selected by Philadelphia-based Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers to provide consulting services for two office projects in Philadelphia. Acentech is providing architectural acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for the headquarters office fit-out of law firm Cozen O’Connor, and audiovisual systems design for the new corporate headquarters building of Franklin Square Capital Partners.

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Campanelli engaged MPA to work with its design, leasing and construction teams to develop a comprehensive strategy for improvements to the ninefloor, 185,000sf Class A office building that provides potential tenants with all the amenities and dynamism of a downtown building. Built in 1982, Two Heritage Drive required significant exterior and interior updates to renovate it as an upscale, high-tech building with urban amenities.

The exterior front access point was repositioned to a more accommodating area of the building, and two entries were redesigned as easily recognizable, branded arrival points; both feel more current and inviting. Inside, MPA redesigned the lobby with a sleek and dynamic vibe and added a new contemporary urban café featuring the downtown eatery Sebastians, a graband-go coffee kiosk, and a high-end fitness center. The existing 70-seat conference center was refreshed with modern finishes, and core building components were updated, including elevator lobbies, bathrooms, and common spaces on upper floors.

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Northern New England North Branch Completes Spine Clinic Jewett To Erect Farm Building Designed by Dennis Mires

Stratham, NH – Jewett Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors, a division of Jewett Construction Co., Inc. of Raymond has contracted with Scamman Farm in Stratham, to construct a large equipment and hay storage barn. The project involves erecting a 7,000sf pre-engineered metal building complete with two pass doors and two sliding barn doors.

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Plaistow, NH – North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord has completed construction of the new Interventional Spine Medicine office in Plaistow. This project involved the renovation of a 3,300sf home built in 1920. Plans included a 1,400sf addition to the back of the house and all new HVAC and electrical systems, as well as a new

elevator. The new medical building has a procedure room with x-ray machine in addition to a recovery room. This design/ build project, designed by Dennis Mires P.A., The Architects of Manchester, was completed in June and Interventional Spine Medicine started welcoming patients the following week.

Concord, NH – Denron Plumbing and HVAC, LLC received a Gold Level STEP Award and a a Third Place Safety Award from ABC NH/VT Chapter in Concord. Denron continues to strive for safety having a goal to foster a “Zero Accident Culture” to create the safest and most productive work environment possible. Daily morning briefs and weekly safety meetings are held with the general contractor in order to ensure that all required measures are taken to keep everyone on the jobsite safe. PAV E R S B Y I D E A L

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Connecticut The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) Elects New 2014-2015 Board

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Executive Director: Theresa Casey, FSMPS, CPSM On Target Marketing & Communications

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Secretary: John Jenney, CCCA Fletcher Thompson, Inc.

Historian: Chris-Phillip Onofrio Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

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Two KBE Staff Members Appointed

LATICRETE Promotes Janet Brunwin

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Bethany, CT - LATICRETE of the company and global announced that Janet Brunwin subsidiaries. has been promoted to vice Brunwin has been with president of finance. LATICRETE, a manufacturer In her new role, she will be of premium installation and engaged in developing longfinishing systems for the term financial plans and business building industry, for 12 years, strategies. She will continue to most recently as senior director provide oversight for corporate of finance. Before that she held finance, annual financial plans the position of director of finance Janet Brunwin and budgets, and all accounting, and started with the company as financial, tax and IT related activities its controller.

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Farmington, CT — The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC), Connecticut’s premier networking organization for contractors and related professionals, has appointed KBE Building Corporation’s vice president of preconstruction & estimating James Culkin as a 2017

member of its Board of Directors. He has more than 26 years of field construction experience, and has been with KBE since 1996, and oversees preconstruction and estimating services for all of KBE’s projects. In addition to Culkin’s appointment, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Connecticut Chapter (CT ABC), has appointed Charles Juhasz, mechanical/ electrical/plumbing specialist at KBE, as the newest member of the construction education center board of directors. Juhasz has been with KBE since 2010. He has 27 years of industry experience and holds an E-2 Unlimited Electrical Journeyman license.

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Achieve Hartford! Invites Gollenberg Glastonbury, CT - Achieve reach of the community deeper Hartford! recently invited Glenn into the organization to ensure G. Gollenberg, AIA, principal it stays relevant and focused on for SLAM to serve on its newly the most important and timely formed Community Engagement education issues in Hartford. Committee. Gollenberg, who is also Achieve Hartford! is an indeSLAM’s K-12 studio market pendent nonprofit organization leader, joined the firm in established to monitor, support 1994. He has served as princiand be a catalyst for education Glenn G. Gollenberg pal-in-charge on some of the reform and community involvefirm’s most important projects. ment in the Hartford Public He specializes in urban and vocationSchool District. al-tech school design using an integrated The role of the new Community Engagement Committee is to extend the design process.

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Costly Software Conversion by John K. Pidgeon


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In many instances, by factoring in a consultant knowledgeable in accounting software in the front end of a conversion, mid and small sized companies can save money, as well as facilitate a seamless conversion. Recently, a call came in from a small architecture/ design firm that John K. Pidgeon had run into serious difficulties with an accounting software conversion. Upon arriving, I realized I had unwittingly walked into a series of unexpected surprises. I first discovered there was no on-site accounting staff. An outside bookkeeper was used to prepare financial statements, but was not involved with the day-to-day accounting and bookkeeping operations. A junior staff designer was tasked with all the company’s billing – a complex and daunting job even for an experienced bookkeeper. I was also introduced to a new finance manager with surprisingly little bookkeeping experience. The new software package had been installed by the software company. By the time the client went live, the software company had converted their legacy data three times – each time unsuccessfully, for various reasons. To add to the complexity, the client had been using two software packages which had to be converted into a single new package – a difficult task even for expert software technicians. With each attempt, the client became more dissatisfied and distressed. With the conversion issues not fully resolved, the software company gave the go ahead to start operations. However, the staff had not received enough training to become comfortable with the new system. So, what they did was continue to run their old software, in parallel, because the new software was still not working properly, even after three conversions. As I continued to find critical software setup issues and transaction posting errors during the subsequent visits, I realized the client was in big trouble. Many facets of the set-up were either incorrect, or not set up at all. It seemed each solution hinged on solving another problem first. I assured the owner that I would be able to repair the issues, while still operating, but they would certainly take time. Continuous effort paid off, and after several weeks

the frequency of my visits wound down and their financial statements began to take shape. The software company was notified about all the major issues, and was convinced to provide a substantial refund, mainly for letting the client operate without proper set-up or training. Could these problems have been avoided? Absolutely. Since there was no outside consultant used for guidance, the client assumed the software company would handle everything, and the process would be seamless. The owner did not have enough experience to know that the conversion would not be seamless – they never are, and having to convert data out of two systems compounded the problem. Next, there was no accounting oversight of the conversion. In fact, there was no

Factoring in a consultant knowledgeable in accounting software in the front end of a conversion, mid and small sized companies can save money in the process, as well as facilitate a seamless conversion.

accountant or bookkeeper on site at all during the conversion. The client was not afforded the opportunity to properly test the software prior to the final conversion, a process that allows the client to play in a test environment in order to learn the new software. Had the client retained a third party software consultant, such as DMC, with specialized knowledge of both the new software and the business processes of the firm, it would have recouped the incremental cost by avoiding the problems, downtime and rework. Further, the guidance the consultant would have provided would have reduced the stress for both the client and the software company, and would have led to a much greater degree of satisfaction. Also, a firm like DMC trains users in the live system, on the job, which not only gets the work done and helps set up good practices and procedures, but “sticks” better than the more generic training often provided by software companies in a simulated environment. John K. Pidgeon, is an Accountant & Certified Fraud Examiner at DMC Accounting + Technology in Waltham, Mass.

August 2014


Healthcare/Life Sciences Acentech Provides Acoustics for BCH Cobleskill Medical Building Opens

Boston Children’s Hospital Emily O’Brien Photography

Cambridge, MA - Acentech, Inc. announced that it provided architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration consulting for Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston-based Walsh Brothers was the construction manager for the project. Working with architectural firm Payette, Acentech consulted on the new James Mandell Building, a 116,000sf 10-story urban infill building constructed on Binney Street in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area. The building provides much needed expansion space for the emergency department, imaging, same day surgery, neurology, pharmacy, and four floors of inpatient beds in alignment with the existing hospital. Acentech was highly concerned about

noise transmission from above grade MRIs to other locations, and worked with the design team to detail the sound isolation constructions required to eliminate that noise transmission. Another area of concern was controlling the ventilation noise emission to the outdoor courtyard. Acentech worked extensively with the project mechanical engineer to incorporate sufficient noise control in the many ducted and airborne noise paths between mechanical equipment and occupied spaces.

The new Cobleskill medical office building Acentech worked to eliminate noise transmission from above grade MRIs Emily O’Brien Photography

In addition to MRI rooms, the scope of also included acoustics consulting for patient rooms, exam rooms, consultation rooms, multi-purpose rooms, nurse and physician workrooms, and offices.

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Healthcare Considerations by Ryan Klebes

To the general public, constructing a building may seem like a straightforward task (especially to those in the industry), and generally independent of the type of building being conRyan Klebes structed. Certainly there are standards and commonalities throughout construction, but specific considerations should be taken into account when the building in question is a healthcare facility. For one, the users of the facility are a varied lot. There may be nurses and technicians that work an entire shift on the same unit, and doctors and other medical professionals that flit between departments and buildings. Visitors are also individuals to be kept into consideration – whether as a result of their general unfamiliarity of the area, or heightened anxieties. And then, of course,

there are the patients that depend on the facility as the framework for their care, regardless of whether they are in-patient or out-patient, in the building for a few hours or a few days. Large moving equipment is common in medical facilities, and accessibility should always be kept at the forefront. Specific electrical requirements also must be considered, as should the need for reliable and effective lighting, and the ability to keep the surroundings as clean as possible. Creating an environment that is calming is also vital. Healthcare building projects may encompass the construction of an entire new facility, or simply renovations to a previously built construction. The continuing advances in healthcare technology require that facilities be able to adapt and adjust as needed. For new constructions, amenities are being included that might not even have been thought of 10 or 15 years ago. Take continued to page 40

SCI Donates to Pediatric Wards

SCI VP Sean Whalen (third from left) donates pillow puppets to the Southcoast Hospital’s pediatric ward. Also pictured are (l-r) Dr. Brian Sard, Pete Braley and Jim Casey from Southcoast Hospitals.

Marion, MA – A good night sleep in the hospital isn’t easy to come by for anybody, let alone a child. That’s why South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a designbuild general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently donated 25 pillow puppets to the pediatric ward as part of South Coast Health Systems and Southcoast Hospitals’ Radiothon 2014 to benefit pediatric services at Southcoast Hospitals.

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Cambridge, MA – J.M. Electrical Company, Inc. recently kicked off project operations at 75|125 Binney Street, a 386,000sf multi-building life science complex in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. J.M. Electrical technicians will install a building automation system to control the heating, cooling, and ventilation in both of the six story buildings, with over half of the space being developed for the corporate headquarters and laboratory complex for a future pharmaceutical company. Gilbane, Inc. is the general contractor. The architect is Payette, and Alexandria Real Estate Equities is the owner. In order to maintain an environment that meets clinical, research and regulatory requirements, J.M. Electrical will equip both buildings with a central chiller plant, eight air handling units,

and an electrical control system, which will all work together to maintain precise temperature and humidity levels while simultaneously moving large amounts of air for the laboratories. These advanced systems are crucial to maintaining the optimal environment for the sensitive nature of the work, and support an ongoing effort to reduce energy demand and consumption in buildings while guaranteeing reliable energy delivery. The firm also is assisting in the building information modeling (BIM) process, that will involve the generation and management of digital representations of the work to be completed. This project, which exceeds over $1 million dollars for J.M. Electrical, is scheduled to be completed by March of 2015.

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Bowdoin Completes Thoratec Fitout Suffolk Awarded Lahey Project Designed by Facility Planning & Management

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Burlington, MA – Bowdoin Construction recently completed a 30,000sf fit-out of offices and lab space for Thoratec Corporation. The project, designed by Facility Planning & Management, Inc. entailed interior demolition and extensive

build-out of office space, an RPA Bio Lab, service lab, conference rooms, restrooms, a cafeteria, and reception area. The space also received all new LED lighting, as well as enhanced mechanical systems with new roof top units. Existing chemical hood systems with acid neutralizers and sinks were relocated and new Hamilton Scientific lab casework was installed. Thoratec is a leader in mechanical circulatory support with the broadest product portfolio to treat the full range of clinical needs for patients suffering from advanced heart failure.

Coull Completes Campus Upgrades Shrewsbury, MA – JM Coull recently completed upgrades to the first floor of the Chang Building at UMass Medical’s Maple Street Campus. This project consisted of office renovations including carpet restoration and painting. JMC worked with the UMass architecture team on this project. The Chang Building marks JMC’s second project at the Maple Street Campus. Renovations to the Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center were previously completed.

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Burlington, MA - Suffolk Construction has been selected to perform preconstruction and construction management services for phase one of the Stilts Infill Master Plan for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Suffolk is partnering with architect firm FreemanWhite on the project. Located on the academic medical center’s Burlington campus, the $60 million project will consist of a 190,000sf addition featuring a new emergency department, shell space, and mechanical areas to infill Lahey’s existing Stilts structure and tie in to its occupied clinical facility. The Suffolk project team will utilize Lean Construction processes and ModelBased Estimating to enhance team-wide

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Education Abbot Restores School Walkway Brookline, MA — Abbot recently restored the elevated concrete walkway located behind one of the classroom buildings at the Dexter Southfield School in Brookline. Abbot was Restored walkway initially contacted by the facilities director at the school to investigate the problem.

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Subsequently, the school decided to bring in its general contractor, C.E. Floyd Company, Inc. of Bedford to oversee the project. Based on the findings, it was determined that the concrete walkway, the steel decking, and sections of the supporting steel all had to be removed. To remedy the problem, new steel was fabricated to support the new decking, and new 5000 PSI concrete was poured and finished to meet the school’s specifications.

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Kingston, MA – Acella Construction Corporation was recently selected as the construction manager for Sacred Heart School’s new science and innovation center, a $1 million project. Phase I of the project will be completed over the summer and will

be ready for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. It will include a new biology lab with a fully functioning greenhouse, a new physical science lab, as well as a prep room with equipment for sterilization and refrigeration and a space for faculty. Ai3 Architects of Wayland created the design of the center and the laboratories. An expanded computer science lab will offer in-depth computer lessons beyond the integration of iPad technology that is used in the classroom daily. Phase II is scheduled for completion during the school year and will include a new earth and space sciences lab that will also be used by the school’s new astronomy club. A state-of-the-art physics lab will round out the renovations.

KBE Starts College Library Reno New London, CT - KBE Building Corporation has started structural demolition at Connecticut College’s Shain Library in preparation for a $9 million renovation and addition that comprises more than 45,000sf. KBE is construction manager at risk for the renovation and addition at Connecticut College. The project comprises 41,000sf of renovations to the existing three-story library, 4,600sf of additions, including a new three-story entrance with clerestory, enlarged windows, and mechanical and electrical upgrades. In addition to making architectural finish improvements, KBE will re-purpose several areas while adding collaboration rooms, seminar rooms, office spaces, and a 24-hour café and outdoor gathering area. During construction, KBE will erect temporary protection around the library’s

Demolition of Conn. College’s Shain Library

books and archives. The Shain Library renovation and addition is scheduled for completion in summer 2015. KBE is also construction manager at risk for the school’s boiler replacement project, scheduled for completion in fall 2014. KBE has also managed construction for several Maryland institutions, including Hood College and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

SLAM Awarded 4 STEM Projects Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. Architects was recently awarded multiple STEM-related ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) projects at Providence College, University of Mary Washington, Misericordia University, and Sacred Heart University. At the Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, SLAM is designing a new 115,000sf building for the College of Health Professions and a 300-car parking garage. The spaces will include clinical/ skills labs, a simulation suite, theaterstyle learning classrooms, a dining hall and supporting classrooms/offices. SLAM was asked by Providence College to conduct a space utilization and

needs assessment of its chemistry, biology, physics and psychology departments. In association with Commonwealth Architects, SLAM is designing a 40,000sf addition and 20,000sf of renovation to the four-story Jepson Science Center for the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. SLAM was approached by Misericordia University in Dallas, Penn. regarding a space planning project for the Hafey McCormick science facility. SLAM is completing a space assessment that will help the university provide adequate, flexible space to accommodate existing programs and allow for future growth in the Sciences.

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Multi-Residential Delphi Completes Seashore Point

Nauset Completes Sky Decks Designed by CBT Architects Cambridge, MA – Nauset Construction announced that construction has been completed for two new rooftop terraces designed by CBT Architects and located on the second and 21st floors of the

of Cambridge, the Charles River, and Downtown Boston. The 3,000sf terrace features Brazilian hardwood decking, concrete pavers, seating and meeting space with high-end finishes, customfabricated planters, living walls, droughttolerant grasses and plantings. The project’s scope of work also included the renovation of four apartment units on the 20th floor involving the

Seashore Point

Provincetown, MA – Delphi Construction, Inc. recently completed the second phase of Seashore Point in the center of historic Provincetown. The Deaconess Abundant Life Communities worked with Delphi to greatly improve senior living and elder care in the furthest region on the Cape. Seashore Point, an 81-unit senior living community with a 24-hour staff, creates an attractive, fully-functional senior care living facility within walking distance to many of the local shops, businesses and local government buildings. A full line of a la carte services are offered for those who need help with meals, housecleaning, transportation,

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or medicines. The model offered at Seashore Point is based on an a la carte system of independent living, an alternative that allows people to move before they really need help.

luxurious Watermark Kendall West mixed-use community in the heart of Kendall Square. The second floor terrace is constructed of an energy-efficient roofing membrane designed to resist ultraviolet, ozone and chemical exposure. Brazilian hardwood and concrete pavers were constructed above the membrane to provide seating and meeting space along with newly constructed badminton and bocce courts. The 21st floor rooftop terrace offers breathtaking panoramic views

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removal of the ceilings to install a steel support system to hold the added weight of the roof top terrace, as well as the reconfiguration of the drainage systems to accommodate the new ecosystem above.


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Canton, MA - CURRIER & Associates, Inc. (CAI) of Newburyport announced the launch of two new projects. Cornerstone at Canton, an assisted living and memory support residence located in Canton, is the second in a series of senior living projects that CAI, working in concert with SPL Development Group, LLC, developer; Udelsman Associates, architect; and Senior Living Residences, LLC, marketing and management partner; intends to complete over the next several years. Ground was broken in June 2014 for the new 70,000sf Canton project that will provide a total of 91 beds – 24 for Alzheimer’s residents and 67 for assisted

living residents. CAI will develop the interiors to appeal to the interests and tastes of the greater Canton community while reflecting the values that the owners wish represented to the community, the residents, and their families. In addition, CAI will be working with architect Richard Alvord Architects of Roslindale, and the Canton Council on Aging on the Canton Senior Center, a project that will renovate a former Knights of Columbus hall with the goal of making it a functional and updated environment appropriate for the seniors of Canton. Completion of the 6250sf project is scheduled for autumn 2014.

SCI Renovates Atria Crossroads Waterford CT – In early June, South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) of Marion, Mass. began work on a major interior renovation at Atria Crossroads Place in Waterford Conn. The first phase of the project is the construction of a new fitness center for the residents on the ground floor of the facility. As this phase is nearing completion, a memory impaired unit is being created for the facility. The scope includes the reconfiguration of space in an existing wing of the facility to meet the state and local codes that apply to memory impaired units.

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Major upgrades are also underway for the HVAC system, electrical and plumbing systems. In addition to the space reallocation, every unit on the wing is being renovated to ensure compliance with code and maximum comfort. SCI is also creating secure outside space complete with landscaping and walkways. The renovation also includes all common areas in the remainder of the building including lighting, wall finishes, new millwork and flooring. The creation of a bistro and dining options are also part of the upgrades to the facility.

Temple Place / Rendering by HMFH Architects

Cambridge, MA – Surviving a three-year legal battle, a protracted recession and a series of complex financing and land acquisition arrangements, a new 40-unit low and moderate income development is finally rising on Temple Street in Cambridge. Developed by the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) on the site of a former YWCA swimming pool just off Mass. Avenue in Central Square, Temple Place Apartments is now in construction for a 2015 opening. The $11 million project was designed by Cambridge-based HMFH Architects with sustainable features to achieve Enterprise Green Communities Certification and to measurably reduce energy cost and environmental impact. The construction manager for the

project is Nauset Construction. Completing the Temple Place project follows several failed attempts by other parties through two decades to develop the underused YWCA site. Creativity and perseverance on the part of the CHA-led development team and its 13 investment partners sustained the project’s progress at critical junctures. A 99-year lease agreement for the site was negotiated between the YWCA and the CHA. The lease payments provided stabilization and much-needed funding to the Y to renovate and upgrade its adjacent Cambridge facilities and services. The deal provided the Cambridge Affordable Housing Corporation, a nonprofit affiliate of the CHA, the rights to build an affordable, high-quality and transit-oriented development in Cambridge

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the new Village Pediatric Center, that opened in Brockton on May 3 and serves the healthcare needs of children from birth through 19 years of age. The 10,000sf building houses the new offices of a staff of medical doctors, pediatric nurse practitioners, a licensed independent clinical social worker, and a doctor of psychology. The state-of-the-art facility also includes a brand new youth and family fitness center, and 10 examination rooms. When renovating an existing healthcare facility, the construction firm should also keep in mind the nature of the services provided by the facility, which may prove challenging for the construction project to get underway. Construction firms need to be nimble and arrange their schedules to provide minimum disruption to patients. One way to do this is to schedule some work for evenings or weekends, when regular patient hours are not expected. Additionally, alerting the people in the area of noise beforehand is not only appreciated but can prevent unexpected

reactions. Always being aware of the surroundings – and the individuals’ needs within those surroundings – is integral to the success of any construction company working on a healthcare renovation project. Construction firms should also be sure to partner with other companies (architects, civil engineers, etc.) that specialize in healthcare facilities. This way, every aspect can come together smoothly. For the Village Pediatrics project, Acella Construction partnered with JACA Architects of Quincy and Civil Engineering Firm J.K. Holmgren Engineering, Inc., two organizations that also hold strong reputations for healthcare construction excellence. Users of healthcare facilities vary, but the importance of the overall mission of the project is to help people. Given this, it’s vital that the building be constructed with every need and use considered. Ryan Klebes is senior project manager at Acella Construction

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Boston – NAWIC Boston hosted its 14th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony recently at the Boston Design Center. Each year, NAWIC Boston presents scholarships to students pursuing careers in construction-related fields such as architecture, construction management, civil and mechanical engineering. At the awards ceremony, sponsored by real estate investment and management company Jamestown, NAWIC Boston presented scholarships to students pursuing careers in construction-related

fields at local colleges and universities. NAWIC Boston awarded the first annual Janal C. Fisher Memorial Scholarship to Taylor Briand, who attends Wentworth Institute of Technology where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in construction management. Additional scholarship awards were presented to Katherine Dougherty, who is pursuing a master’s in civil engineering and construction management at Northeastern University and Rosa Manzo, a student at MIT’s School of Architecture.

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Architects (MPA) and built by Columbia Construction Company (CCC), the 160,000sf Class A office building opened in 2013 and fully accommodates two tenants with separate entrances, centralized corporate dining, and a complete on-site fitness center.

BL Companies Receives Award Meriden, CT – BL Companies, Inc. announced that the firm has received the 2014 Overall Business Champion Award presented by the MetroHartford Alliance and the Hartford Business Journal. The Business Champions awards celebrate the achievements of privately-held companies in the Hartford Region. BL was recognized as the Overall Award winner for its growth and best practices in all categories – revenue, innovation, workforce and community involvement. “As a 100% employee owned company the acknowledgement of who we are as a company, what we do and how we do it is especially meaningful to us,” said Carolyn Stanworth, president and CEO. The MetroHartford Alliance and The Hartford Business Journal announced the recipients of the 2014 Business Champions Awards at a breakfast reception held in June at the Connecticut Convention Center.

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Boston - At the recent national convention of the Construction Financial Management Association the Massachusetts Chapter was the recipient of two prestigious awards. Chapter President, Joseph Gates of Methuen Construction was presented with a plaque recognizing Massachusetts as one of only three chapters awarded the CFMA Achievement Award. This award is presented to the chapters that excel in providing the tools and education essential for the success and growth of construction financial professionals. Whether during the nine monthly ed-

ucational meetings, while interacting with other industry organizations, participating in the community through the annual food drive or awarding scholarships to deserving students seeking to further their education in the industry the Chapter is recognized as a leading advocate and source of information for the issues that impact the construction industry. Massachusetts was also awarded recognition with receipt of the Distinguished Progress Award for its’ work in developing the programs and events that continues the professional growth of the members and the chapter.

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Rogers Joins Vanderweil

People Vantage Welcomes LaVangie Waltham, MA– Vantage Builders announced that Ryan LaVangie has joined the firm as senior vice president of sales and marketing. He will develop and deliver the firm’s sales, marketing and branding strategies to the construction, architectural and commercial real estate markets. LaVangie brings more than 17 years of sales and marketing

experience to his role at Vantage Builders. Before joining the firm, he served as the regional manager for Kimball Office, responsible for driving sales strategies and managing a sales team covering the New England and Canada markets. He has held sales management LaVangie and business development roles with AIS and Haworth.

Kirwan Joins Nickerson Waltham, MA – Nickerson, a CV Properties LLC and is also full service communications the principal of Hotel Creation firm, announced the addition New England. of Tim Kirwan as director of the He formerly worked as the firm’s new hospitality division. managing director of Hotel Kirwan will supplement Commonwealth in Kenmore Nickerson’s operations by bringSquare, and received the AAA ing over 27 years of industry 4-Diamond Hotel award for the knowledge to the rapidly growHotel Commonwealth and the Kirwin ing Nickerson team. He will be 364-room Westin in Providence, executing project management that he opened and managed for seven tasks while fostering strategic partneryears. ships with new clients, vendors and the Kirwan has successfully created, community. opened, and assisted multiple companies Kirwan serves as the vice president of in becoming profitable.

Boston – Julia Rogers, LEED of Facilities at the Mass. AP BD+C, CSM, has joined the Institute of Technology . During Vanderweil Engineers sustainthat time, Rogers facilitated ability and energy department as and implemented energy a senior sustainability designer, efficiency programs, brokered specializing in working with partnerships in energy reduction project teams to integrate suswith the local utility company, tainability and energy efficiency executed measurement and into projects from the beginning verification methods for projects Rogers of a design project on thru operon campus and managed the ations. LEED certification process. During She previously worked with DTZ, her career, she has authored papers that creating sustainability programs for cover commissioning, building analytics, clients and developing energy and energy ISO standards and legislation sustainability metrics using predictive “Julia is a great asset to our maintenance software and modeling. Vanderweil team,” states Suzanne Prior to joining DTZ, Julia served as Robinson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, director sustainability designer for the Department of sustainability.

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Boston - Building Impact announced that Diana Brennan has joined the organization as chief executive officer. Before joining Building Impact, Brennan spent more than 10 years managing membership experience, branding, and strategy for the YMCA in both Massachusetts and Michigan. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Melrose YMCA. As CEO, she will provide leadership in creating an innovative growth and expansion strategy that will allow the organization to take advantage of demand in Greater Boston.

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Peabody, MA – The Congress Ciarfella served as sales director Companies recently welcomed at The Green Company, and Bobbi Ciarfella to the comsales and marketing director pany as director of business at Fox Hill Village retirement development. community. She has served “She brings more than 25 on the Board of the AGC of years of experience in the sales Massachusetts and its legislative and marketing of construction affairs committee, and the Cape management, architecture, and Cod Council on Aging. She also Ciarfella environmental engineering has been active in the Society services as a business development for Marketing Professional Services, professional,” noted Congress CEO the International Facility Management William Nicholson. Association and the Boston Society of A Massachusetts real estate broker, Architects.

Middletown, CT – The C.E. Floyd Company announced the promotion of Jeff Palmer and the addition of Craig Johnson and Michaela Catallozzi to the company’s Middletown office. Palmer will manPalmer Johnson Catallozzi age the firm’s largest projects and increase his involvement in pre-construction. He has been with C.E. Floyd for 14 years and has managed over 40 projects for clients such as Ashlar Village of Wallingford, Fairfield Country Day School, United Methodist Home, Bryant University and Distinctive Hospitality Group. Johnson and Catallozzi are both working on Benchmark Senior Living’s River Ridge ALZ renovation in Avon. Johnson returns to C.E. Floyd as a project manager after three years with Honeywell ACS. Prior to that, he was with C.E. Floyd for seven years as an intern, project engineer, then project superintendent. Catallozzi, a project engineer, transferred to Middletown from the Bedford, Mass. office. She most recently was a construction intern at Gilbane Building Company in Glastonbury.

Group One Hires Joe DeFarias Boston – Group One Partners, Inc. has hired Joe DeFarias as job captain. DeFarias is responsible for preparing design development and construction documents, adhering to building code compliance, directing other drafters, and assisting with preliminary and final architectural solutions. DeFarias is working currently on the Westin Waterfront conference room expansion project on Summer St. in Boston and the expansion of the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s Back Bay/Kenmore Square area.

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DiPrete Welcomes Babcock


Cranston, RI – DiPrete Engineering recently welcomed Robert Babcock as its new survey department manager. Babcock, a registered land surveyor in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, has 28 years of land surveying experience throughout New England and brings a variety of skills to DiPrete’s team. Before joining the firm, Babcock worked as a field surveyor for Land Use Specialists John Risser Associates, and Mark Hutchins Associates. He also served as survey manager for 16 years with Dunn McKenzie, Inc. located in Norfolk, Mass.

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East Hartford, CT – As part of its long-term growth strategy, United Steel, Inc., has hired Arin Langan as its new human resources manager. In this revamped position, Langan will develop and implement employee relations and retention programs that are in line with the company’s corporate vision to “empower a team to build success.” Langan will report directly to United Steel’s chief financial officer, Lynn Caouette. Prior to joining United Steel, Langan was human resource manager with Barnes Aerospace in East Granby, and with Whitcraft Groups in Plainville, Shelton and Bloomfield.

Intgegrated Hires Aitken and Little Rockland, MA – Integrated Builders, Inc., announced the addition of Colin Little and Ryan Aitken to its team of construction professionals. As project superintendents Little and Aitken will oversee on-site construction with subcontractors through coordinated efforts with each of the firm’s project managers. Prior to joining Integrated Builders, Aitken served as assistant project manager at SRA Construction in Hopkinton He

also worked in building management at Capital Group Properties and at Rosewood Construction. Little joins Integrated Builders from C.W. Little Co., LLC in Westminster, where he served as president, construction manager and general contractor for over 22 years. He also worked as general contractor at AMG Construction and at R.L Whipple Co., Inc.


Auburn, MA - R.H. White Companies Inc. announced that Daniel Horgan has been promoted to vice president – utility construction for R.H. White Construction Co., Inc. Horgan joined R.H. White in 1985 as a superintendent and was later promoted to project manager and then division manager.

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