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Educational Facilities Underway All Over New England
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Gross Anatomy Lab at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. / photo by Heidi Gumula, DBVW Architects page 41 Stephanie Goldberg Page 16
Tom Quinlan Page 17 View of WCSUâ€™s Visual and Performing Arts Center west entrance and proscenium theater fly tower / Robert Benson Photography page 14
Aerial rendering of Park Elementary in Webster, Mass. Rendering by Dore & Whittier Architects page 28
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TROY Boston Tops Off / Suffolk CM - Designed by ADD Inc. N.H. I-93 Welcome Centers Ahead of Schedule / Samyn-Dâ€™Elia Architects - Conneston Construction Contractor GW Univ. Law Learning Center Renovated / Vanderweil, Perkins+Will, Shalom Baranes Collaborate Bridgeport School Demonstrates Sustainability and Innovation A New Addition for Northern Maine Community College RDK Completes Webster Hall Featuring: Could Passive House be the new LEED? by Charles R. Hopkins Safety and Security Window Films 101 by Peter J. Davey College Prep: An Ounce Of Gas Detection Can Prevent A Tragedy by John V. Carvalho III Old School Goes New School by Tom Quinlan Transforming a Brute by Angela Ward Hyatt Plus: Healthcare/Life Science, Municipal, Multi-Residential, Corporate, People, Trends & Hot Topics, Calendar, and more...
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Where Technology and Real Estate Collide Boston – Organizers of the “Disrupt CRE” event set for Oct. 16, 2014, expect hundreds of technology innovators and professionals at the forefront of New England’s commercial real estate industry to pack the new District Hall meeting venue in the city’s Innovation District for this historic event. The event aims to bring together technology, venture capital, and the commercial real estate industry. Running from 1 p.m. to 7 the four disruptive panel topics to be addressed include: crowdfunding real estate projects; the cloud and how it has affected
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Torrington, CT – The state of Connecticut has chosen KBE Building Corporation to design and build the long-awaited Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse. Ground was broken on August 12 for the $67.8 million project that encompasses the new construction of a 183,600sf L-shaped building containing a south wing with three stories and basement, and a north wing with four stories and basement. The courthouse will accommodate 386 vehicles via an attached two-story parking structure and on-site parking at grade level. KBE leads the design-build team, which includes The DLR Group of Orlando, Fla. as the lead architect with support from Conn.-based architect AM Design. DLR Group’s Justice+Civic practice is nationally recognized for award-winning courthouse and correctional design for local, state, and federal clients. AM Design has designed three courthouse projects. Other design team members include BVH Integrated Services of Bloomfield, Conn. providing structural, civil, mechanical/electrical/plumbing, and information
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Boston – ADD Inc, a 210-person architecture, interior design, planning, and branding firm based in Boston, has signed a letter of intent to merge with North American design firm Stantec. The deal is expected to close in September. Stantec president and CEO Bob Gomes says, “ADD Inc’s background in urban markets with projects in commercial development, workplace Bob Gomes design, mixed-use housing, hospitality, retail, and academic institutions gives us a platform to continue growing in these areas across the country.” ADD Inc serves multifamily housing, hospitality, retail, higher education, and corporate office developer and end user clients. One of the company’s most notable projects is Fred Kramer the Massachusetts College of Art’s “Tree House,” hailed as one of Boston’s most innovative new high rises. The firm also recently completed One Channel Center, an office building in
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Governor Deval Patrick recently signed Chapter 276 of the Acts of 2014, “An Act Relative to Fair Retainage Payments in Private Construction.” This is an important new law affecting the Massachusetts construction industry which takes effect November 6. The Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM) will host a “Seminar and Celebration Massachusetts New Retainage Law for Private Construction” Monday, September 15, 2:00 – 4:00 PM with a reception immediately following at the Westin Hotel, Waltham. This is your chance to learn everything you need to know about the new law. Atty. Carolyn Francisco, Counsel to ASM, Partner, Corwin & Corwin LLP, and a primary author of the law, will review the key provisions and show how the new law builds naturally on the 2010 Prompt Pay Law to speed up payment of retainage and improve cash flow Carolyn Francisco for contractors and subcontractors on private construction projects. This is an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of your rights and responsibilities under the new law and how it creates new industry standards that will benefit all parties, including project owners. For more information about the new law and to sign up for the event visit http://www.associatedsubs.com.
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Not too early to save the date! Architecture Boston Expo (ABX), an interactive marketplace, is set for October 28 – 30 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This is the largest building industry event in the northeast and ABX expects 10,000 A/E/C industry professionals to attend. I hope you have a chance to drop your business card in the jar at our booth and say hello. Your comments are always welcome. Produced by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), the founder and longtime co-producer of Build Boston and Residential Design & Construction, ABX evolved with a larger venue and is now in its third year. The 2014 conference program, led by industry experts, includes tracks on climate resilience, socially sustainable design, and building performance. The 175 workshops and tours focus on the brass tacks of the industry, energy efficiency, professional development, and design. The tours include new and recently completed projects in the Boston area, including the Christina and John Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge, Brigham Green, and the Charles River’s “Lost Half Mile.” The BSA will host its annual opening night party – the ABX Social-- a mustdo networking event where exhibitors, attendees, and BSA members mingle and enjoy seasonal cocktails while taking in views of Boston on the top floor of the BCEC. In addition, ABX accommodates a number of associations and alumni groups to have receptions on the show’s second night. Registration is available by clicking the ABX icon at www.high-profile.com. The early bird pricing (expiring October 14) includes free admission to the exhibit hall and special workshop pricing.
MBC Women’s First Anniversary Boston - More than 75 women came together on August 20 to mark the first anniversary of the Massachusetts Building Congress Women’s Network. Allsteel’s downtown roof deck was a perfect setting to celebrate a very successful year for this organization aimed at connecting women for business development mentoring and promoting women in the A/E/C industry, and recruiting more women members for the MBC. In its first year, the MBC Women’s Network endowed an annual scholarship for young women looking to explore careers in architecture, engineering, and construction fields. The group also started an annual donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank. The anniversary celebration was a great opportunity for this collection of women to raise a glass to the successes and partnerships formed over the past year while looking ahead with excitement to a host of programs and events to come. Sponsors of the event were: Allsteel, WSP, J. Derenzo Company, Haley & Aldrich, S&F Concrete, Total Office, and saam architecture. To learn more about the MBC Women’s Network, visit the MBC website at www. http://buildingcongress.org/womensnetwork.php and join the LinkedIn group.
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Dartmouth, MA – BayCoast Bank announced that it has begun construction on a new branch location at South Dartmouth, that will be the bank’s 18th location throughout the south coast region. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on August 14. The building was designed by Jamie Hughes of Vision 3 Architects and is being constructed by R.P. Valois & Company. The open design concept will feature the latest in technology, including a technology center for staff to assist customers with on-line banking, mobile banking, mobile deposit, and bill paying functions. The new branch will have a person
teller machine, also known as an interactive automated teller, or virtual teller; a lobby coin machine, a smart drive-up ATM, and two drive-through lanes; as well as a community conference room, and after-hours meeting space. Carl Taber, executive vice president chief lending officer, and Ann RamosDesrosiers, senior vice president chief community banking officer, greeted guests at the groundbreaking. Attendees included Alan Heureux, civil engineer for the new branch, along with project manager Robert Shaker, president of PACE Project Management. Valois & Company was represented by Roland Valois. Other attendees included Ira Tatelbaum, manager of Dartco,LLC, the owner of the shopping center, and David Tatelbaum, owner of Big Value Outlet, as well as several individuals from the Dartmouth town offices: vice chairperson of the select board Lara Stone, select board member Stanley Mickelson, director of inspectional services Paul Murphy, finance director Gregory Barnes, director of development Deborah Melino-Wender, and planning board member Kevin Melo, who is also the branch manager of BayCoast’s Fairhaven location.
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One of the hallmarks of TROY BOSTON, designated as a LEED Gold building, is its internal power plant that co-generates electricity, hot water, and heat, working at 25% better than current energy codes and saving its residents energy, water, and clean air. Each apartment is meticulously designed, complete with 82% post-industrial, recycled content wood floors, stone countertops, custom closet space, energy-saving washer and dryers, Nest Learning Thermostats, and custom cabinetry in kitchen and bathrooms. The full city block, mixed-use complex
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restaurants with a host of modern-day amenities for today’s city dweller. The 1.27 acre site was once part of the original rail system from the Boston and Albany Railroad, and TROY was one of the stops named after the upstate New York railroad site. The residential complex has been designed by ADD Inc. The sustainable property consists of two residential towers, offering 378 residential apartments with 38 affordable units. Suffolk Construction is serving as the construction management company, employing 589 construction tradespeople for the project. Pivotal to the development team’s ethos is Gerding Edlen’s commitment to the local community of artists and designers. TROY BOSTON will feature commissioned pieces done by wellknown artists and designers working and exhibiting in the South End. The recent topping off also featured a new community partnership with Youth Design - a nonprofit organization headquartered in the South End that serves all urban youth in greater Boston to pursue a path to higher education and equitable careers by engaging the professional design community to mentor, educate, train, and employ the next generation.
features a 19-floor residential tower connected to a mid-rise tower. At the building’s promontory corner on Traveler St. will be 6,000sf of new retail and restaurant space providing an active street experience. There will be an aboveground parking garage with 180 spaces. A spacious bike room that provides ample and easy storage, as well as bike repairs, is part of the building’s appeal for today’s residents. Pet lovers will rejoice at the top-ofthe-line dog walking facilities and pet washing stations, both indoor and outside, to accommodate Boston’s changing climate.
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Durham, NH – A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for the new Madbury Commons, a mixed-use development located at 17-26 Madbury Road. The project will be comprised of 126 high end student apartments and approximately 45,000sf of commercial space in two multi-story buildings. PROCON of Manchester is the construction manager, TMS Architects of Portsmouth is the project architect, and Golden Goose Capital of Westford, Mass. is the project develope; Kennebunk Savings is providing the lead financing. Plans call for the development to be
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located in two buildings: Building A, 169,000sf, will have commercial space on the first floor, and floors two through 5 will be residential apartments. Building B, 39,000sf, will have commercial space at the street level and residential apartments on the upper two floors and a limited number of residential apartments below grade. The 126 apartment units will offer a variety of floor plans, and each apartment will have a fully equipped kitchen, including a washer and dryer and separate living areas. The UNH Interoperability Lab will be one of the tenants in the commercial space. PROCON began sitework on the project in June 2014 and has scheduled an August 2015 completion date, in advance of the fall 2015 semester.
Capone Iron Celebrates SteelDay Rowley, MA – Capone Iron Corporation has extended an open invitation to its facilities in honor of SteelDay on September 19. SteelDay is the industry’s largest educational and networking function, with events occurring all over the country. It’s an opportunity for individuals from various professions to see how the structural steel industry contributes to building America. The event, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and hosted by its members and partners, is held annually. Capone’s guests will enjoy a self guid-
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The AGC Alternative Boston – “The AGC Alternative,” the first of its kind, nationwide private insurance exchange to serve the commercial construction industry, is now offering firms belonging to the Associated General Contractors of America quotes. The private exchange, developed in collaboration with Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance, and reinsurance broker, features comprehensive insurance coverage from Aetna, MetLife, and Group Vision Service as part of its
introductory suite of benefits. Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer, noted that the new private exchange was designed by Willis for AGC to reduce costs and the administrative burdens for association members that provide insurance benefits for their employees. “Because the exchange offers a broader range of options than typically available to individual firms, employers and their employees will get more of the benefits that meet their particular needs,” he added.
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A Look Into Higher Education Facilities by Shelley Vanderweil
Higher education facilities pose unique challenges and opportunities for the institution, architect, engineer and construction team. Understanding the environment in which these facilities are built and successful management of the projects within this Shelley Vanderweil environment is critical to their success. Academic institutions are comprised of various constituencies, each with different goals for the project. Though the goals may overlap in some areas, in others they seem diametrically opposed. For example, a college or university’s sustainability group may be vying for net zero energy usage or even E+ (energy positive), while the comptroller worries about what this will do to the project budget and the architect may be concerned about how much space it is going to take in the building to accommodate geothermal
and PV infrastructure. What’s good for one constituency may not be good for the other, and vice versa. It is important for the entire project team to recognize this tension and engage in an integrative design process that allows a thorough vetting of the implications of options – by all relevant parties – before making decisions. Another result of the constituencies and dynamics at play in an educational environment is the potential for change during the life of the project. Institutions are fluid with respect to teaching practices, student and faculty needs, and overall strategic plans. From master planning to concepts, through schematics and so on, there can be a complete upheaval in a college or university’s needs for a particular project. It best serves the institution to work with a design and construction team able to react quickly and seamlessly to the new needs of the project, whether this means upsizing or continued on page 38
View of WCSU’s Visual and Performing Arts Center west entrance and proscenium theater fly tower / Robert Benson Photography
Danbury, CT - Dimeo Construction Company recently completed the new visual and performing arts center for Western Connecticut State University, designed by Amenta Emma Architects and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture. The center houses two primary teaching/ performance spaces: a 350-seat concert hall with a stage that can accommodate an 80-person orchestra and a 100 person chorus; and a 350·seat proscenium theater, with an orchestra pit that seats 23 musicians, as well as multiple technical production and rehearsal spaces required to support these venues. Other academic spaces include instructional areas for music, theater, and studio art. Public areas include an art gallery with support spaces, a common public lobby that can serve all of the performance areas, and a box office. The facility also includes administrative offices for both staff and academic faculty.
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A gala open house is scheduled for September 28th at the newly opened 130,000sf arts center. The only school of its kind in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, it was designed, constructed, and equipped at a cost of $97 million. The project team included: architects, Amenta Emma Architects, architect of record; Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, design architect; MEP/ security/IT, Kohler Ronan, LLC; civil/geotech/survey, STV Inc.; structural, Robert Silman Associates; landscape, CR3, LLP; and cost, Faithful + Gould; signage, Ritz Henton Design Group.
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Designing by Committee – Working with Academic Teams by Stephanie Goldberg
Working with advisory groups is an essential component of designing in an academic environment. Not all committees are the same; different schools and even different Stephanie Goldberg renovations within a given department may have vastly divergent approaches to faculty involvement. The key to a suc-
cessful renovation within these contexts is to be able to approach each mode with an open mind and an understanding of the dynamic inherent to each committee group type. In our practice, we have identified four types of groups, and each has their strengths. Faculty-Centered Team
In this advisory team, a select group of faculty members from the departments involved in the renovation serve on the design committee and relay the meeting
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results to the departments at large. The benefit of this approach is that a diverse faculty group tends to look at the design from the department as a whole, rather than the individual needs of single faculty member. Space allocation is looked at creatively, and opportunities for shared resources are looked for. Identity and overall concept is easily discussed, as the focus is on the broader shared use of the project over a long term. Faculty are aware that they are bringing the results of the design sessions back to the rest of the faculty, which informs discussions and approaches. Single End User
Occasionally, we find that we are tasked with redesigning a single lab or space for a faculty member. The team is selected around the faculty member, and might consist of one or two administrators, the end user, and one of their graduate students. In this setting, the design is able to be tailored to a very specific use and need. Details are quickly arrived at ,and decision making tends to be swift. Often, the end user has a vision for the space, and meetings center on drawing out this vision and testing how it might translate into architectural space. Input from the administrators helps maintain budget and schedule as well as program limits and opportunities. Administration Based Team
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In this group, faculty and others work under the leadership of a strong administrator to advise on the renovation. The faculty might be from the single department that has the renovation, or it might bring in other departments that have a stake in the project. Often, in this approach, university- or collegewide program elements are important components of the project, such as shared classroom space. This approach tends to have a broader focus, looking to be more future-forward and with a view to the wider campus needs. Mixed Committee
Related to the faculty-centered team, this
group has a broader makeup of equally empowered administrator, faculty, department heads, and faculty admin support. While this diverse of a group may take the most time to arrive at final solutions, it lends the broadest view and gives a say to more junior faculty and assistants. In this team, the college administrator looks at the overall project, both in terms of design and budget, guiding the group. In the best situation, department heads listen to and empower the junior faculty and department administrators to elicit design ideas and understand better how the department operates and how the design can improve the overall functionality of the project. Conclusion
Key is to navigate these various groups to develop a cohesive design that builds on the program and manifests a vision for the project and the college as a whole. Understanding the dynamic and inherent focus of the advisory group in the early stages of the process is critical. Rather than taking suggestions at face value, mining for design intent and functional desire can lead to more creative solutions that solve the very real issues that the team brings to light during meetings. We have found that following through with questions when suggestions are offered leads to a broader and more informed understanding. Revisiting these questions throughout the design process allows the team to test their assumptions and needs against the evolving project. Often, early and quick assumptions by the group are replaced by more nuanced and complex formal decisions, and a quick check back can both confirm that the new design is correct and can result in a confident buy-in from the group and thus from the department and college as a whole, leading to a successful project and a happy client. Stephanie Goldberg, AIA, OAA, LEED AP, is a principal at Lab/Life. Science. Architecture, Inc.
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Newmarket, NH – Meridian Construction has successfully completed the second phase of the Newmarket Jr./Sr. High School renovations. Focused on life and fire safety improvements and upgrades, the project brought the school’s northeast wing into compliance, that covered both the first and second stories of the facility. During the second phase, Meridian demolished and installed ramps, installed new stairs, upgraded and rearranged doors, sprayed foam insulation to the underside of the roof deck, demolished the
existing plaster ceiling system, installed new acoustical ceiling tiles, and upgraded vinyl flooring. In 2013, Meridian completed the first round of renovations to Newmarket, that included a refurbished science lab, new science storage, and restorations to classrooms and corridors. Meridian finished the project approximately 10% below the guaranteed maximum price. Additional work was done in multiple areas, including mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection systems.
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Old School Goes New School by Tom Quinlan
Old school You hear the term used most often when describing somebody who’s been around the block a time or two. As somebody who is now in my fourth decade in the construction Tom Quinlan business, many people describe me that way. In my case, it’s actually quite true as my first job in construction was repairing sheet rock walls in the bathrooms of Myles Standish Hall at Boston University. That was the summer before I attended BU. Over the course of the last three and a half decades, much has changed in the construction business as it pertains to colleges, universities and private colleges and prep schools. One thing that hasn’t is that every August, many colleges and schools will issue smaller projects and want those to be completed prior to the start of classes in September. While the level of sophistication of these projects has grown over the years, the need to complete these jobs prior to the start of classes has not. To give you some idea about the variety
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755 Commonwealth Avenue. Retrofit several large classrooms into smaller classrooms. All electrical, HVAC, and sprinkler systems reworked to accommodate the new classroom layout. Project included conversion of one classroom into a new Media Center. The construction window required double shifts and seven days a week to accommodate. So while the complexity of these projects has increased over the years, the deadlines remain the same: start of classes or bust. That requires a general contractor with large project capabilities who can streamline their process to a smaller scope. A smaller GC without a purchasing department or preconstruction coordinator is going to have a difficult time aligning all the various components for projects of this nature in what amounts to a two- to three-week window. Frankly, a big reason why colleges and private schools hire our firm is because we can take on several of these projects simultacontinued on page 52
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RDK Completes Webster Hall
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Exeter NH – RDK Engineers, in conjunction with Cutler Associates, provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, telecommunications, and security engineering design services for renovations to Webster Hall Dormitory at Phillips Exeter Academy. The renovations have modernized the building systems in the four-story, 100+ year old building while bringing the facility up to current code. RDK designed new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to improve the overall efficiency of the building systems. Design included a new steam to hot water heat exchanger and
new energy recovery AHU serving the game room, shower and toilet rooms and corridors., Electrical system upgrades included new service derived from the campus 4.16 kV distribution system; energyefficient lighting with occupancy sensor control throughout; a new 250 kW natural gas-fired generator to provide standby emergency power to Webster Hall and adjacent dormitory buildings; and a new fully addressable fire alarm system. Additional upgrades included a new elevator, new sprinkler coverage to meet the altered architectural layout, and telecommunications design for telephone, data, CATV, and wireless conductivity throughout the building. Security includes an electronic door access system for the dormitory that will be tied into the campus central system. The project scope included roof replacement, building envelope repairs, upgraded interior finishes and new bathrooms as well. The project was completed using the design-build project delivery method, with Cutler providing architectural and construction management services. The completed project was accomplished in two phases Summer 2013 and Summer 2014.
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Boston – Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc of Boston announced that the firm has been awarded the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst Old Chapel renovation and Boston University’s (BU) Kilachand Hall improvements study. Both projects focus on the design of cooperative work spaces that encourage students to assemble, interact, and collaborate. The Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus is a campus icon that has stood vacant for the past 15 years. The proposed renovations will turn the historic chapel into a thriving center for student activities and assembly
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Trends in Private Education Design: Architecture as an Advantage by Daniel Barton
Schools environments must be functional and safe. They also need to draw you in, inspiring creativity and exploration — for children, for families, and for staff. In the competDaniel Barton itive private school marketplace, first impressions are becoming increasingly vital to a school’s long range sustainability. While reputation, curriculum, and financial parameters will certainly be considerations, we believe an initial emotional response to a building’s character will weigh heavily in the decision-making process on whether or not to attend a particular school. The building’s design is also an important factor in the competition for highly qualified staff. People like to hang around spaces that make them feel good. In working with two recent educational clients, we have seen greater emphasis being placed on the quality of the design and the materials being used to create inviting school environments. We repeatedly hear (and witness) the need to provide a myriad of storage opportunities.
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Teachers want materials and equipment to be readily accessible, not cluttered about creating “visual noise.” They want kids’ gear and personal belongings to be tucked away in dedicated spaces, not lining the corridors or piled in the corners of learning spaces. In our work with World
Academy (2014 IFMA Award of Excellence Winner), traditional lockers were replaced with closed storage cubbies. The cubbies were accessed from a common lounge and became part of the decorative wall system of adjacent classrooms. Multi-purpose rooms are also growing
in popularity. They help square footage be used more efficiently and prevent large areas from being underutilized. These spaces also contribute to a school’s marketing and community outreach efforts. With proper furniture, storage, and equipment, a multi-purpose room can become an effective venue for large meetings, performances, or social events. Recent advancements in materials and technology have created spectacular opportunities to create exciting educational environments: photovoltaic panels can be used for canopy structures and roofscapes, rain water collectors can service teaching gardens, and recycled materials can add visual interest and variety. All these advancements help promote sustainability and create an enhanced, interactive educational experience. It is an exciting time for the private education design community. We have the opportunity to create a new generation of feel-good, efficient, and exciting schools that will attract new students and staff, and energize the exciting process of learning. Dan Barton, AIA, is the director of design at Maugel Architects, Inc.
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Roof Drain Flag Markers – a Much Needed Product by Linda May
As a Certified Insurance Counselor with over 25 years in the P&C insurance industry I immediately saw the value of this much needed product on many levels. It simply helps reduce Linda May the risk of property and casualty losses resulting from the damage a building can ensue from even just one frozen over clogged drain. Just locating the drains can in itself be an inherently hazardous task, especially after a storm when they are buried beneath the snow and ice. We’ve all witnessed winters where roof collapse becomes a threat, but it can take just one plastic sandwich bag from a school lunch to find its way to a school’s roof drain and wreak havoc. Maintaining proper drainage on the roof should go hand in hand with any other regular risk managing. We were truly excited when our efforts to bring awareness to roof drain
maintenance was further endorsed by various sources. Jim Koontz, RRC, PE of Jim D. Koontz & Assoc. did a first time study of the effects of debris on the flow rates of roof drains and scuppers and shared his findings at the RCI 25th International Convention. His findings are compelling and can be read first hand on the web at http://www. rci-online.org/interface/2010CTS-Proceedings-koontz.pdf In his conclusion he states that periodic debris removal is necessary for proper roof drain and scupper performance, and that new “green” roof assemblies most likely will require increased debris removal to assure proper drainage. Another in depth look at roof drainage is an article “Roof Drainage Not my problem…Maybe” put out by California Polytechnic professor and structural engineer John Lawson. He presented his findings at the SEAOC 2012 Convention and they can be viewed at http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/cgi/viewcontent. cgi?article=1069&context=aen_fac He states in his closing remarks that while the culprit of collapse to lightweight
low-sloped roof structures appear to be an inadequate or clogged drainage system; the structural engineer can be pulled into the lawsuit simply to find more money to settle the damage claims. Many architects and engineers have been specifying roof drain flags, especially in the reroofing of the schools that the state of Mass. has offered incentives for. I think it is only fitting that when one designs a roof to drain properly, they expect the building owner to keep up with the housekeeping of the drains to ensure they function as they were intended to. Slam Collaborative, an architectural firm in Boston who oversaw the plans for the reroofing of the four schools in Pembroke, Mass. was sure to include roof drain flags in the job scope. Quite often it is the town’s residents that are helping fund these projects. It’s good to know the town will be doing all it can to sustain the life of its schools roofs. Maintenance Solutions created a reference manual for property managers, owners, architects, and specifiers. It is an
extremely detailed financial explanation of “How roof maintenance saves valuable dollars.” It is sponsored by many national roofing associations and engineers. One of the sponsors posted it on its web site at http://www.naroofing.com/media/literature/gaf%20prev%20maintenance%20 pdf.pdf With today’s building environment being so focused on sustainability, shouldn’t we truly do everything within our power to encourage the integrity and sustainability of our flat roofs with proper maintenance? Imagine the impact it could have in the reduction of property damage, as well as law suits due to injuries. “See an accident before it happens.” You don’t have to be a large corporation to make good risk management decisions. Some investments just make sense, we’re one of them. When coupled with a proper roof maintenance plan one can extend the life of a roof by as much as 50%. Linda May is the chief executive manager of Roof Drain Marker Co. LLC of West Bridgewater, Mass.
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Methuen, MA – The Methuen Public Schools, the architects at Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc., and Consigli Construction Co., Inc., announced the opening of the newly renovated Methuen High School. The completed 364,000sf project was constructed in two phases and occupied by 1,400 students during the entire twoyear renovation period. “The existing 1975 school was wellbuilt, but the previous open-classroom
design did not provide an optimal learning environment,” said Methuen Public Schools Superintendent Judith Scannel. “The new design expands the school, improves the user experience, introduces energy and water-efficiency, increases daylight, and provides expanded teaching tools including a new wing for art and music, along with a 750-seat auditorium with stage that exposes students interested in theatre technology to professional-level equipment.”
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Bridgeport, CT – Antinozzi Associates announced the completion of renovations and a new entrance addition to the University of Bridgeport’s newly renamed Ernest C. Trefz School of Business in Bridgeport. Mandeville Hall is a building used for student services, meeting areas, classrooms, lecture halls, and for a variety of disciplines at the university.Renovations have been ongoing since 2009 to the lecture halls, private offices, computer labs, classrooms, and common corridors. New acoustical ceiling tiles, lighting, door finishes, veneer paneling, and window replacements were completed throughout the building over a period of years, as funding was available. As these changes were being made, the 40-year-old building needed an exterior to match its improvements.
In 2013, Antinozzi Associates was commissioned to design an addition with a new front entry and canopy. The glass façade on the front and two sides brings natural light into the lobby during the day while the low-hanging pendant light fixtures emit a warm glow at night. Although the entry is newly constructed, the yellow details and rectangular brise-soleil from the existing structure were integrated to implement cohesion of old and new. Included in this renovation were the toilet rooms, existing lecture halls, student center spaces, and modifications to the existing suite. The project team included architect Paul Antinozzi, AIA; architectural
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Transforming a Brute by Angela Ward Hyatt
The original Shain Library (at Connecticut College) was designed in 1974 in the Brutalist style. Although many think that “Brutalist Architecture” with its signature severe, often formidable apAngela Ward Hyatt pearance, is derived from the word “brutal,” the term actually originates from the French béton brut, or “raw concrete.” Brutalist buildings, usually made exclusively of this unadorned concrete, communicated strength, functionality, and frank expression of materiality. The Shain Library looks vaguely familiar to most people because this style is ubiquitous on college campuses and was, in its heyday, a perfect expression for the “modern library” — large, repetitive open floorplates with relatively small windows, designed to hold books first and people second. This era of buildings was specifically anti-reading room, so most study spaces were scattered around the building perimeter, which had very few windows and was very much about solitary quiet study. Now, exactly 40 years after it was first opened, the Shain Library
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is still a building containing books, but it is also an Information Commons, where student work is mostly collaborative, group-based. Resources are mostly electronic. And food, drink — and even conversation — are not only tolerated, they are welcome. But the existing Shain Library has always seemed closed off from its surroundings, aloof and somewhat forbidding, with heavy façades of corduroy textured concrete, narrow slit windows, and an entry bridge that passes over a sunken, waterless moat. Our design concept was to transform the Shain Library into a facility that is more connected to Connecticut College’s arboretum campus while maintaining its
architectural integrity as a building of the late Brutalist era. To do this, we focused on three things: • P hysical connection: eliminating the moat so that the building could be physically connected to the ground plane, allowing study to spill over from inside • V isual connection: enlarging the windows so that students have more access to natural light, and feel connected to the outdoors and to provide some transparency to the concrete building. • T hematic connection: selecting new materials and finishes that link the building to nature while preserving and enhancing the neutral, subdued
aesthetic of the 1974 materials palette. Once the design team had access to the original 1974 working drawings, it became clear upon analysis that the Shain Library was a perfect example of “Yankee Thrift”: every inch of the concrete structure was designed to maximum efficiency, leaving little spare capacity for the design team to work with. Even new floor outlets had to be located so that they would avoid all steel reinforcing in the floor slab. And, although the concrete structure relied on its continuity to be effective, a central design goal was to free the building of its pancake-like feeling by cutting a large opening in the roof to make a double-height reading room at the top floor; a new steel structure was required below the roof opening in order to maintain structural continuity. When it came to working with the façade, however, the existing building cut us some slack. Although we were prepared for the worst, the precast concrete panels came off easily, allowing us to introduce large areas of glass in what had been a mostly windowless building. The renovation will transform the entry and the building as a whole, enhance views into and from the library, provide continued on page 49
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Fitchburg, MA – CBT Architects recently completed the Fitchburg State Science Complex, a new $47 million, 105,425sf facility providing Fitchburg students with state of the art laboratory, research, and classroom facilities in a single location. The new complex brings definition and a new identity to an existing quad, making an important campus connection. CBT provided full design for the complex, which consists of a 55,625sf addition that includes a 3,000sf link and, the most recently completed phase, a 49,800sf renovated science building that
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Kalamazoo, MI – Western Michigan University’s new Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class on August 18. The S/L/A/M Collaborative in association with Diekema Hamann was selected from a field of 25 nationally known architecture firms to program and design the $68 million renovation and addition, which opened recently. The 350,000sf building, donated by MPI Research, is the new downtown Kalamazoo W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. The team developed the space program, and designed a facility to house the brand new school of medicine, which
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You’re a facilities manager at a college or university in New England. Given the long history of many of the schools in the region, there’s a very good chance there are some very John V. Carvalho III old buildings on your campus. With old buildings comes older other things. As we all know, older things are more likely to break down than newer things. And that’s where bad things may happen. So, as a facilities manager, with all that said, when was the last time you had your gas detection system checked for your dormitories, labs, and other buildings on campus? Chances are, if you have to look at your calendar, it’s been too long. And that can leave your institution—and lives— vulnerable to a potential gas or toxic leak. In Massachusetts, by law, buildings where people sleep like nursing homes,
In dormitories, it is required by a Massachusetts state statute called “Nicole’s Law” for each dorm building to be equipped with CO detection.
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hotels, residences, and dormitories are required to have carbon monoxide (CO) detection system. Connecticut and Rhode Island also have laws requiring schools to have carbon monoxide monitoring systems in residences (see the National Conference of State Legislatures’ website at http://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/carbon-monoxide-detectors-state-statutes.aspx;). The other New England states do not. While a CO leak is more dangerous in buildings where people are sleeping, people can be just as vulnerable in a classroom, lab, cafeteria, or athletic center without the correct system in place and a maintenance/monitoring program. In dormitories, it is required by a Massachusetts state statute called “Nicole’s Law” for each dorm building to be equipped with CO detection. It’s recommended that each CO detector be calibrated or tested at least once every six months. Each time a CO detector is inspected by a gas detection technician, the technician checks the CO detector to ensure that it is accurately reading
CO and that the detector itself has not expired. In either case, the detector should be replaced immediately on the spot by the gas detection technician. Larger colleges with stadiums and indoor athletic centers that can attract large crowds for sporting and other can pose their own set of challenges when it comes to hazardous gas detection. Gas detection manufacturers such as RAE Systems by Honeywell have developed a wide range of products that can be deployed around a venue with readings being sent back to a central command post. This gives those monitoring a sporting event the capabilities to set up a perimeter around the venue and monitor what threats could be found inside a venue. Laboratories present different challenges. All labs should be equipped with some sort of gas detection monitoring system that can alert you to combustible or toxic gases. The recommended type of system for most labs is a constantly monitoring, hard-wire stationary gas detection system with a monitoring panel and sensors located throughout the laboratory. Other opportunities in educational facilities can produce hazardous gas, for example a broken propane tank pipe or trucks idling in a confined space, such as a parking garage or loading dock, and could produce a CO leak could cause a major incident if undetected. Unfortunately, some institutions feel the investment in a gas detection system to be sufficient and don’t take the extra step of having the system maintained on a regular basis. Regrettably, many facilities managers go by the mantra that if the gas detection system doesn’t detect anything that nothing is wrong. If you could be 100 percent sure the system was working properly, you can understand that logic. Unfortunately, you can’t know a gas detection system is working unless it’s tested with the appropriate gases. Since most facilities managers do not intentionally have those gases on them in a safe form to test their system, there’s no way for them to know if the system is actually reading gas. Consequently, by not having a routine maintenance system in place, you can put the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors at risk if your gas detection equipment is not functioning properly. And when it comes to exposure to gases, it only takes one incident to put lives in jeopardy and open up your institution to tremendous liability. John V. Carvalho, III is the president of Apollo Safety, Inc.
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EH&S During School Renovations by Roger Francoeur
Every summer I receive a number of emergency calls because of renovation projects that have fallen into tailspin as a result of environmental health & safety (EH&S) issues. Usually these Roger Francoeur “surprises” translate at the least into delayed schedules, confusion, cost overruns, and premiums for expediting work. Even more serious consequences include worker or public injury, exposure to hazardous materials, bad publicity, and legal liabilities. Basic construction safety standards and procedures are fairly well known, especially among the mid- to larger-sized firms; however, many involved still do not possess a clear understanding of other issues such as asbestos, mold, indoor air quality, chemical exposures, PCBs, mercury, and lead paint. Too often it is an afterthought, under-appreciated, or in some cases, a needless knee-jerk overreaction. With K-12 schools, there often is even more care required, heightened regulations, and more severe repercussions for inadequate planning and response to EH&S issues. Most building professionals have
at least a vague awareness of the more common culprits, such as asbestoscontaining building material (ACBM) and lead paint. Asbestos inspections are required prior to renovation or demolition, and if ACBM is identified and is to be disturbed by the work, it must be properly abated. For K-12 schools, there
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With K-12 schools, there often is even more care required, heightened regulations, and more severe repercussions for inadequate planning and response to EH&S issues.
are additional requirements pursuant to the EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) for more stringent abatement design, independent oversight, testing, and recordkeeping. Most schools already have had some level of inspection and reporting for asbestos. What is lesser known is that the continued on page 61
The BSA/SCUP Roundtable, founded in the late 1990s by Donna Denio and the Liviu Brill, AIA, is one of the BSA’s most successful committees if you measure success by the quality of program content and the number of people attending the programs. From the beginning, the Roundtable has been a hybrid of two already successful organizations, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). To launch the committee, Denio, who served for seven years as a member of the SCUP North Atlantic Regional Council and is a long-term, active member of the BSA, approached Tom Flaherty and other members of the SCUP North Atlantic Regional Council about the partnership. The SCUP North Atlantic Regional
Council and the SCUP National Council embraced and supported the idea of the joint initiative. The goal of the committee is to organize and host monthly programs of interest to college and university campus leaders with responsibility for campus planning and revitalization and the design and building professionals who serve college and university clients. During the first years of operation, Roundtable programs were organized by a steering committee of six–three consultants and three representing local colleges or universities. For the past several years we have initiated an open participatory program planning process. Each August we issue an open invitation. Anyone interested is invited to suggest program ideas. During a brainstorming session we refine the list of ideas to five to six program concepts. Anyone not able to attend the open planning meeting is encouraged to email ideas to either of the Roundtable co-chairs; Debi McDonald at DMcDonald@nbbj.com or Donna Denio at DDenio@campbell-mccabe.com. An abundance of interesting program topics were generated during our 20142015 planning meeting held on August 21.
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CTA Takes ‘LEED’ on Building Sustainable Schools Webster, MA – CTA Construction is installing a wide array of sustainable elements in the new Park Avenue Elementary School in Webster, aiming for a LEED Silver rating and a projected 41% savings in heating and cooling costs. Environmentally friendly projects now account for a large majority of CTA’s business, placing the Walthambased contractor among the ranks of the greenest contractors nationwide. The $33 million, 109,567sf elementary school, serving students in pre-kindergarten to second grade, is the latest of many projects by the firm that contain numerous sustainable elements. For CTA, green building starts with the choice and source of materials, an emphasis on recycling construction waste, and a commitment to hand over a facility with clean air. With an eye on the LEED for School Silver standards, the company is using construction materials with 10% recycled content and 10% extracted, processed and manufactured regionally on Park Avenue Elementary. In addition to the use of certified wood, composite wood and agrifiber products, low-emitting adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, and flooring systems are being used To reduce waste sent to landfills, CTA
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has a goal of diverting 75% of construction debris to be recycled and is currently tracking to exceed that goal by 15%. Prior to delivering the building to the school district, CTA will test the building air quality or perform a full-building flush -out to remove airborne pollutants. The many sustainable elements in
Park Avenue Elementary are attributed to the work of Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc. of Burlington, Vt and Newburyport, Mass. Dore & Whittier is also highly ranked (No. 87) on the list for the top 100 Green Architecture Firms by ENR. For CTA, the many green elements offer new approaches to the familiar functions of
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and low-flow fixtures to reduce water use by 35%. • Only refrigerants free of chlorofluorocarbons used in equipment. • High-efficiency lighting and use of daylight in 90% of the building spaces. • Classrooms and other learning spaces designed for optimum acoustics and to minimize noise pollution. • An HVAC system, with a direct-digital control system, monitoring airflow, filtering outside and return air, and measuring carbon dioxide levels. • Independent exhaust systems for rooms such as janitor closets, laundry, copier rooms, and industrial art shops, where hazardous gases or chemicals may be present. • Separate drainage systems leading to proper disposal for areas with chemical mixing. • Permanent grills or grates to capture dirt at high-volume entrances. • A reas designated for the collection and storage of recyclables.
Outside of the school, the parking area, with fewer spaces, will encourage alternative transportation with preferred parking for low-emitting and fuelefficient vehicles. It will offer secure bicycle storage with shower and changing facilities to encourage cycling by faculty and staff to and from school. Storm water will be controlled and sediment removed through natural, on-site treatment systems. The landscaping will not require irrigation, and no permanent irrigation system will be installed. The new school is being built in three phases, adjacent to the location of a stilloccupied facility that dates to the 1960s. The project is scheduled for completion next year.
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Safety and Security Window Films 101 An Introduction to Security Films for Schools and Other Buildings by Peter J. Davey
School district superintendents and facility managers have done their homework and have launched aggressive programs to improve school and building safety and security. However, many schools, as well as other federal, municipal and commercial buildings, remain vulnerable to the repercussions of forced entry and high impact. Windows, the most vulnerable point of entry in any building, often remain unprotected and could benefit from a safety and security film installation. It would be wise to review the following “chapter notes” before assuming you have achieved a passing grade on building safety. The Weakest Point of Entry
Although school doors are usually locked, window glass in those doors and ground level windows in particular, remain an extremely weak point of entry. Most schools do not have bullet resistant glazing or laminated glass – which is quite costly. They often have tempered glass only. One bullet can shatter unprotected glass making forced entry immediate. Shrinking school budgets often prevent window replacement from moving forward. A premium safety and security
Authorized window film dealers can show video examples of bomb blast tests conducted in a variety of conditions and actual attempted forced entry thwarted by security window film. It is stunning to see how long it takes for vandals to force their way through strong security window film. Safety and Security Window Films are not bullet-proof
window film installation with a strong attachment system is far less expensive and a highly effective method to improve security. Applied to existing glazing, security window films dramatically slow down intruders, allowing precious time for law enforcement to arrive and for occupants to get out of harm’s way. Most often, vandals or terrorists move on, frustrated by their inability to gain quick access.
Although you may hear otherwise, bullets will penetrate both window glass and installed security window film. However, this film holds shattered glass in place, and although a bullet hole remains, a good quality security film with a strong adhesive and attachment system is very difficult to tear. Factors that determine the length of time it takes to break through a window with security window film installed include force and type of impact, the strength of the film, the type of attachment system, the thickness and strength of the glass, and the size of the opening required to enter. Choosing the Right Film
When choosing a safety and security film, pay close attention to its tear- and shatterresistance. Along with the film itself, its attachment system is critical. An impact
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to rigorous GSA blast testing or other credible, independent glazing standards and blast testing procedures. A bit of research about your window film dealer and manufacturer will be beneficial should you need to activate your warranty. Be sure to choose a manufacturer’s authorized dealer. Many film manufacturers will not honor warranties continued on page 57
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George Washington University Law Learning Center Renovated Vanderweil, Perkins+Will, Shalom Baranes Collaborate The occupied lower level is utilized by the GWU law school and incorporates seminar rooms, moot court, lounge, and law school support spaces. The historic townhouses were restored to maintain their individuality at their front façades. Internally, they were connected to provide the program space for the law clinic. New circulation was added at the rear yards to provide elevator service and required emergency egress as well as to allow as much historic fabric of the original townhouses to remain.
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Washington, DC – R. G. Vanderweil Engineers LLP, a Boston-based, fullservice engineering firm, announced its collaboration with local architecture firms Perkins+Will, along with Shalom Baranes Associates, PC, for the design of the Law Clinic Townhouses, Law Learning Center, and the G Street Parking Garage projects on Square 103 of the George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom Campus. The 27,000sf set of three historic townhouses were renovated and combined
into a single building, which has been used to create office and conference space, seminar rooms, an individual space for the student journal, classroom facilities for GW’s law lchool, along with a moot court. The adjacent 200,000sf Law Learning Center and G Street Garage includes an entry pavilion and a five level belowgrade parking structure which currently accommodates approximately 390 spaces of parking for cars and assorted vehicles for the university.
The law learning center structure was designed to accommodate a potential future phase 2 project which may consist of a new 90-foot, 340,000sf building, that could be built above the existing program space and parking structure. Due to the energy efficient and sustainable features, the Law Clinic Townhouse recently secured LEED Gold certification while the law learning center is anticipated to achieve LEED Silver certification.
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Weston, MA – Fraser Engineering Company, a mechanical contractor based in Newton, is currently engaged in a large project at Regis College in Weston which
is part of a campus master plan developed by Sasaki Associates. Fraser Engineering’s part involves underground steam distribution pipework from the central powerhouse to all campus buildings and the installation of new water booster pumps and pressure regulating valves for nine existing buildings. Also included is the plumbing installation, HVAC, and controls for the new wing addition to Maria Hall. This phase of Fraser’s work on the campus is scheduled for completion by the middle of 2015.
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Designing the Technical High Schools of the 21st Century How KBE Building Corp. has worked with several leading architects to help create Connecticut’s state-of-the-art technical high school system.
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Despite pervasive myths to the contrary, Connecticut remains a hot-spot for high-tech manufacturing and other trades. And the technical high schools that teach those trades are becoming increasingly popular choices for students seeking an alternative to traditional higher education. Since 2002, KBE Building Corp. has completed eight technical high school projects across Connecticut — while working closely with architectural firms that have mastered the niche’s unique design challenges. “The quality of these technical high schools — and the innovative educational spaces they provide — is just exceptional,” says KBE Project Manager James Brenia, who managed the recently completed $60.5 million renovation and addition at J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, CT. Flexibility “Technology is changing at an increasingly rapid rate — and technical high schools must be designed to keep pace,” says architect John Scheib of Northeast Collaborative Architects, who designed the J.M. Wright renovation and addition. “One major architectural challenge is creating functional spaces in which shop equipment, electrical outlets, and even ductwork can be easily removed, adjusted, or upgraded.”
Quinebaug Valley Middle College High School Credit: Paul Burk Photography
Efficiency Many 21st-century building designs strive for efficiency, but technical high schools present a unique challenge on that front. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems that serve the entire school must also be integrated with several different kinds of stand-alone teaching equipment.
“At Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, for example, the carpentry shop is constructed with highly specialized dust collection/extraction systems that require proper balancing with the building HVAC systems and interface with the alarm and sprinkler systems,” explains KBE Project Manager Shaun St. Lawrence, LEED AP. “We had our in-house Mechanical Specialist, Charlie Juhasz, actively involved with our subcontractors and commissioning agent throughout the installation process to ensure that the building systems are properly operating and balanced as specified.” Functionality The unique requirements of technical high school students can complicate even the most common design elements. “We’ve designed two different translucent window systems that each allow in the appropriate amount of natural light while eliminating glare for students working with machinery,” said Scheib. “These windows also provide a high-energy efficiency factor that helps reduce overall energy consumption.” Collaboration “Technical high school students typically hail from many different towns, and at middle college high schools like Quinebaug Valley, they also rub shoulders with community college students. Indoor and outdoor informal and social spaces promote connections and
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W.F. Kaynor Regional Vocational Technical School Credit: Paul Burk Photography
The J.M. Wright Facilities Management program: first of its kind in the country | Credit: Paul Burk Photography J.M. WRIGHT TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL – STAMFORD, CT
• $60.5 million project completed in August 2014 E.C. Goodwin Vocational Technical School Credit: Paul Burk Photography
• 202,400 s/f renovation and addition of two entrances • New windows, new curtain wall systems, new roof electrical systems
• New equipment for technical education shops and laboratories
• New kitchen and dining hall
• Fully renovated lecture hall with new seating and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems
• LEED Certified
student collaboration, essential to student discovery, growth, and academic technical innovation,” says Robert Swain, principal with Amenta Emma Architects. Embracing Technology Today’s technical high schools are technology meccas, with state-of-the-art equipment for students to use and high-tech building systems to match. But technology also plays a critical role when it comes to the design and construction. At J.M. Wright, 3-D Laser Scanning (3DLS) was a vital factor in meeting the extremely tight schedule. It was imperative that existing conditions were comprehensively identified before embarking on the 200,000 s/f renovation. To achieve this, KBE recommended a full 3-D laser scan of the interior. Once the interior demolition of the existing school was complete, a Leica ScanStation was used to scan the exposed structure to create a ‘point cloud’ of information. Every unique dimension of the building was detailed with laser precision to provide existing conditions data. The resulting ‘point cloud’ was then converted into a 3-D model with Revit to use as the basis for structural and MEP trade coordination. “Building Information Modeling (BIM), especially 3-D laser scanning, eliminates in-field rework by showing our sub-contractors what they’re up against before construction even begins,” explains KBE’s BIM Manager Nick Wolf, who oversaw the laser mapping process. “3DLS was key in meeting the very aggressive 15-month schedule.”
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• Remained fully operational and occupied during construction
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• Exterior masonry restoration and redone interior finishes • Full upgrade to high-efficiency mechanical and
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• 175,000 s/f renovation and 55,000 s/f addition to
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HARVARD H. ELLIS TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL – DANIELSON, CT
• $52.3 million project completing in September 2014 • 117,300 s/f renovation and 68,000 s/f addition
• upgrades to all trade shops, including auto tech, autobody, carpentry, electrical, masonry, and plumbing, and athletic fields
• New bus garage, gymnasium, classroom wing, media center, community café
W.F. KAYNOR REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL – WATERBURY, CT
• $55 million (in 2014 dollars) project completed in July 2009
• 100,000 s/f addition and 116,329 s/f renovation to existing tech high school
• New technical workshops and classrooms
• Remained fully operational and occupied during construction
Architect: The S/L/A/M Collaborative
NORWICH TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL – NORWICH, CT
• $49 million (in 2014 dollars) project completed in December 2008
• 100,000 s/f community college converted into 208,000 s/f tech high school
• phased construction in and around a fully occupied existing facility
Architect: Moser pilon Nelson Architects
• New culinary arts/teaching kitchen and hairdressing studio
Architect: The S/L/A/M Collaborative QUINEBAUG VALLEY MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL – DANIELSON, CT
• $17 million project completed in December 2013 • 12,000 s/f renovation and 48,910 s/f addition
• New classrooms, half-gym, art room, special education
VERNON CLEAVES VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURAL CENTER AT LYMAN HALL HIGH – WALLINGFORD, CT
• $25.1 million (in 2014 dollars) project completed in September 2007
• 73,500 s/f, two-story vocational agricultural center • Aquaculture/biotech classrooms with specialized wastewater reclamation systems
Architect: Tai Soo Kim partners
room, fitness room, science labs, music rooms
• Health suite, collaborative activities rooms, student gathering spaces, administrative and faculty offices
Architect: Amenta Emma Architects
PLATT TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL – MILFORD, CT
• $1.26 million (in 2014 dollars) project completed in August 2002
E.C. GOODWIN VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL – NEW BRITAIN, CT
• $50.6 million (in 2014 dollars) project completed in
• 11,500 s/f major demolition and renovation • Completed in half the time allotted Architect: oak park Architects, LLC
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Bridgeport School Demonstrates Sustainability and Innovation Designed by JCJ Architecture, Built by Fusco Corporation
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Bridgeport, CT – The new Fairchild Wheeler Inter-district Multi Magnet Campus, designed by JCJ Architecture and built by Fusco Corporation, is the culmination of more than a decade of work by a university professor, a city mayor, regional business & industry leaders, the local community and educational professionals. It represents five years of visioning and planning and seven years of creativity and perseverance by the design and construction teams. It overcame a complex process of city and town boundary redefinition that required state
legislative approval. It rehabilitated a closed state park and is the largest and most environmentally sensitive secondary school in the State. Fairchild Wheeler will bring an innovative educational approach to 1,500 students from Bridgeport and seven surrounding towns each year around a project-based STEM/STEAM curriculum. The 270,000sf 9-12 Magnet High School is set on 65 acres of park land running along the edge of Connecticut Route 25. The school is the first new high school built in Bridgeport in 50 years and draws 70% of its students from that city.
The built environment required for this progressive and high technology program was one that would be flexible, interactive and adaptable. The school has been organized into a single, continuous core building with three learning communities located in separate wings. The core building includes the school’s commons – an open, two-story space that runs the entire length of the building – that serves as the school’s main assembly area and as the cafeteria. This part of the building also includes overall building administration, school nurse, gymnasium, black-box theater, art, music, media center, food service and project rooms. These flexible “project rooms” provide space for business and industry partners, including Sikorsky, the Beardsley Zoo, and PerkinElmer, to work with students in project-based learning opportunities. These rooms are fronted by large glass accordion-fold doors that can be opened – so activity can spill into the hallways, or closed – to keep student activity on display while providing a quiet environment. The three magnet programs (information technology and software engineering; zoological science, research and biotechnology; physical sciences, engineering and aerospace/hydrospace)
are housed in separate three-story wings that accommodate labs, classrooms and “project workrooms.” These workrooms provide each student with a personal workstation – the effect is closely akin to an open-concept office environment. A focus on sustainability was key throughout the design and construction of
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this building. An underground rainwater harvesting tank provides the school with more than 2 million gallons of grey water annually. Energy-efficient design elements include a 106 kW photovoltaic array as well as 10 vertical axis roofmounted wind turbines located above the main student entry. The turbines are visible from the exterior as well as from continued on page 51
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Cambridge, MA- Acentech Inc. has provided architectural acoustics consulting and audiovisual systems design for Cornell Law School’s recent expansion and renovation. Constructed below grade, the new academic center adds three large state-of-the-art tiered classrooms, a new gathering space opening onto a restored courtyard, and a new accessible entrance leading to the law school’s primary entry lobby. Acentech worked closely with Ann Beha Architects to incorporate acoustical
treatments that embraced the architectural vision of the rooms. Strategic combinations of sound-reflective and absorptive treatments were seamlessly distributed on the ceiling and walls through the use of acoustical plasters and micro-perforated wood finishes. Acentech also provided recommendations toward achieving appropriate sound isolation between the lecture halls and the breakout space, and worked with the mechanical engineer to achieve exceptionally low background noise levels in the halls. Each lecture hall was designed to include three projectors and projection screens, as well as two large conference monitors that allow the presenter to see what is displayed on the screens without having to turn around. The lecture halls were also equipped with sophisticated audio systems, including microphones on student desks and suspended from the ceiling, in order to support speech reinforcement and distance learning. Each hall is equipped with a videoconference CODEC (Coder/ Decoder) unit for distance learning, and rich media recorders were also installed to enable the recording of classes for later review by students.
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Presque Isle, ME - Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) opened its $6.4-million Rodney Smith Wellness Center and Akeley Student Center in late July. The addition serves more than just its faculty and 1,100-member student body. It meets the needs of residents from a cluster of northern Maine communities, including Presque Isle, Caribou and New Sweden, reinforcing its role as a community leader. “This facility sets a new standard,” says NMCC President Tim Crowley. “It gives us a new front entrance and enhances the appearance of the entire campus, but more importantly, it begins to address the challenges of health and wellness on campus and in the community. It’s about creating a healthier place to learn and work, and this facility is designed to do
that, and it does this beautifully.” With exposed Douglas fir beams, extensive curtainwall, and distinctive, curved roof profile, the Rodney Smith Wellness Center and Akeley Student Center draws the attention of all passersby. “One of Northern Maine Community College’s goals was to create a signature building with a wow factor. This design does that,” says architect Steve Pedersen, AIA, of WBRC Architects • Engineers. “It’s a modern look that sets itself apart.” The new main entrance opens into a light-filled lobby that houses a reception area. Here, wayfinding information is available for campus visitors as well as registration and membership services for wellness center users. “It’s a multi-functional space where one can get directions, learn about courses,
or sign up for a class,” says Pedersen, who designed and managed the project. WBRC led the concept design team to establish 16 guiding principles for the Rodney Smith Wellness Center and Akeley Student Center in 2012. “These principles guided the team from start to finish,” Crowley says. “All of the things we identified two years ago are embedded in this project, and it has more than met our expectations. It’s pretty gratifying.” Among its goals was to encourage informal interaction. The design meets this objective in several ways: lounge chairs and reading tables along the pedestrian path invite students and community members to gather and relax, acoustic panels soften noise levels for a more comfortable, enjoyable experience, and the nearbycollege storeoffers hot and cold food items for quick pick-me-ups. “It’s a place where people can mingle and support one another,” Crowley says. The college store also offers T-shirts and other brand items. Nearby, a security office is a central hub for monitoring campus activities and a health center offers nursing and assessment services. The light-filled wellness center offers a variety of LifeFitness cardio and strength-building equipment, each designed for Web accessibility. “Each piece of equipment not only
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Boston – Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc., headquartered in Rockland, has completed the fast-track electrical fit-up of the new MassChallenge offices at 21 Drydock Avenue in South Boston. The 25,000sf build-out for the world’s largest startup accelerator entailed installation of the facility’s power, lighting, and fire alarm systems, as well as the conduit system for the tel/data system. The project scope included installation of 25 Wiremold RC4 power and tel/data floor boxes to meet Mass Challenge’s power, communications, and audio-visual requirements. The warehouse space features high, open ceilings, and the NECA contractor installed exposed metal-
clad (MC) cable, suspended from ceiling areas, to handle all branch circuiting. Ceilings were then sprayed with an insulation coating, covering the conduit and providing the open environment office a uniform look. Lighthouse also installed more than 70 energy-efficient, 12-foot LED pendant lights throughout the exposed ceiling area. Lighting is controlled by a Lutron GRAFIK Eye lighting control system, that features occupancy and daylight sensors. The build-out also included installation of a Notifier fire alarm system, that interfaces to the building’s primary fire alarm system.
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Sharon, MA – A ribbon cutting was held recently to open the new 7,000sf welcome center and chapel located on the grounds of the Sharon Memorial Park. The new building was designed by BKA Architects of Brockton. cm&b of Danvers was the general contractor for the project. The new building replaces the 1960 existing structure. In addition to containing the staff’s administrative functions, plans called for a chapel with an 80-to 100-person capacity positioned to overlook the beautifully landscaped park. Further, the building needed to be able to accommodate functions such as a family room and flexibility as hospitality space.
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Stoneham, MA – Acella Construction Corporation recently completed several projects for Zoo New England’s Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo locations. Acella was contracted by Zoo New England to add and renovate multiple exhibits. Work at Stone Zoo in Stoneham included updating the Mammal House and Duck Pond to better meet new standards. A 20-ft. glass barrier was installed, allowing the animals to stay on exhibit well into the fall season and earlier in the spring. Additionally, 14 exhibits were updated with new lighting, plumbing, roofing, and HVAC distribution systems. At the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston,
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Challenges and Opportunities continued from page 14 reductions in systems, the addition of completely different program elements or a wholesale redesign of major portions, if not all, of the project. While the project needs may change, typically the schedule cannot. Therefore, the design and construction teams must be agile and flexible to accommodate the needs of the institution. As with other project types, project budget is a major driver in educational facilities development. An effective way to continuously monitor the project budget is through estimating at each milestone phase of the project. When possible, early CM engagement for preconstruction services is a huge benefit to the project through forecasting system and materials costs, market conditions and escalation, as well as subcontractor availability – all of which play into overall construction costs. An independent cost estimator and the architect and engineer can add to the success of construction cost estimating, by adding their experience to the conversation early in the process. Along with early pricing comes early value management. The design and construction teams must work together to effectively strategize on cost saving measures for the project at each milestone
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I want to be the first to come out and say this: Isn’t it time for employers and employees to admit that loyalty and stability, as we knew them, are long gone. Most hiring authorities know Colm Allen that in reality, they are in no position to offer a long term career to their new or existing employees any more. And knowing this, most employees have no intention of staying one day longer than the day they are approached with a better opportunity. But yet both sides play the game – pretending it will last forever. And any doubt of this went out the window during the recession when everyone, owner and employee, did what was required to survive. Not too long ago, a good super was golden, carried over as a valuable asset in the time gap between projects. It seems to us, these days, a super is often a line item commodity, bought and sold as merely an expense under the General Conditions. If
we have nothing for you, then “bye-bye.” We see clients trying to postpone a newly hired super for four weeks to save a few dollars on the bottom line. Because of Preconstruction complexities, project managers are less transactional, but even they are being viewed more and more as a commodity. You’d be amazed, when we ask candidates about the number of jobs they had in the last decade, how frequently the relationship was terminated by the employer to save overhead and not by the employee. The truth is, our industry is a project driven environment, so why not have a real dialogue about opportunities and retention? Doesn’t it make sense for all parties to be upfront about expectations and to enter into employment agreements acknowledging that these position are not meant to be permanent? Perhaps employers should offer candidates a commitment of time, a tour of duty, if you will. He or she commits to staying to get that school built or the hospital retrofitted. The construction industry is a perfect place to implement the tour of duty concept. We already do it to a degree, with
projects having very specific start and end date. Old-school employers will still scan résumés to screen-out “job hoppers,” but they can end up excluding potential candidates. Locating talent with the right amount of experience and a winning attitude is hard to find, do employers need to be creative to bring staff on board. If a candidate’s résumé shows they’ve had four jobs (average three years) in the last twelve years, then considering hiring that candidate for a three year tour of duty or your closest project timeline. You can always extend the tour of duty if the employee hits it out of the park. Let’s be clear — a tour of duty is also a good thing for candidates. It allows them the opportunity to expand their portfolio of work/projects without being penalized for change. They can take on a project with an explicit goal of moving toward growth in another area of professional development. Say they’re an assistant super now. They can let you know they’ll take a job with the explicit goal of working their way up to lead super on their next Tour — your job is to ensure
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Boston – Tocci Building Companies has been selected as the program manager for the clinical campus redesign of Boston Medical Center (BMC). The $270 million project includes renovations to the Menino Pavilion, Moakley and Yawkey buildings, and the construction of a patient transport bridge between the helipad and the medical center. Over the next four years, Tocci will oversee project delivery innovation, integrate cost and schedule controls, and coordinate implementation of the three projects. After overseeing the selection of Suffolk Construction and TRO|Jung Brannen, Tocci will enable the team to design, model, and construct the pavilion under the collaborative tenets of IPD. Work includes a 100,000sf addition and 230,000sf of renovations to the first five floors and basement of the building to enhance emergency and trauma, diagnostic imaging, and intensive care units, among other departments. New construction will also include the creation of a pedestrian bridge over Albany Street that will allow direct transport from the hospital to the heliport, loading dock, and central utility plant.
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Lakeville, MA – Acella Construction Corporation of Norwell has been named construction manager (design-build) for the renovation of and addition to the Island Terrace Nursing Home. Site work on the $8 million project has begun, and is expected to be completed in July 2015. Included in the scope of this project is installation of a new wastewater treatment system and stormwater management system. According to Acella senior project manager Ryan Klebes, the design-build documentation for the
project is already 50% complete. Acella brought on Mehdi Khosrovani of NEMD Architects of Providence, R.I. as the architect for the project. Kevin Klein of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike of Plymouth, Mass. is the civil engineer that designed the wastewater treatment system. Island Terrace is a family-owned and operated skilled nursing home, providing 24-hour care for people who can no longer live at home.
The project scope includes the relocation of digestive disorders, otolaryngology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and the endoscopy departments to a new 32,000sf addition. Tocci and BMC also are working with Shawmut Design and Construction and Levi Wong Design Associates on the development of a cohesive women’s and children’s facility in the Yawkey building. Shawmut and Tsoi Kobus & Associates, Inc. will use key Highly Collaborative Project Delivery (HCPD) strategies, including colocation, to finalize design documents and operate with profit at risk against project objectives. As the program manager, Tocci will advise BMC on choosing the delivery method for each project site. The firm will also organize the owner controlled insurance plan (OCIP) and manage the integration of digital information in a building information model (BIM). Tocci will oversee the structure of the project teams and manage day-to-day activities. These responsibilities include: budget oversight, schedule coordination, cost management, and safety and quality control.
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Providence, RI – DBVW Architects was hired to renovate an existing 17,000sf building into new academic medical space for Johnson & Wales University. The renovation transforms a historic building into an open, vibrant, and hightech facility that includes a gross anatomy lab; a clinical skills practice lab; a 60person lecture hall; an active learning classroom for 48 students; a library; and administration space. The design also features a new entrance and main staircase as well as new lounge and learning commons within 1,800sf of newly constructed space. To meet historic requirements and specific program needs, the exterior ribbon windows include specially screen-printed glass and shadow
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Middleborough, MA – Campanelli Construction of Braintree recently started renovation of the new 63,000sf High Point Hospital in Middleborough. The vacant former Cranberry Specialty Hospital will be converted into a state-of-the-art 72bed psychiatric hospital. “Our plan is to renovate a property that has been neglected, vandalized and currently provides no economic value to the Middleborough community. We will add jobs, offer life-changing treatments, and become an active member of the community by providing mental health and substance abuse prevention, education, and treatment services. We welcome the opportunity to work with
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Marlborough, MA – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) has completed the new global headquarters for Boston Scientific Corporation, a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical solutions. MPA provided corporate architecture and interior design services for the new 110,000sf, four-story building, that completes the fourth side of the company’s existing campus quadrangle in Marlborough. The design of the headquarters
building embraces a high-performance workspace strategy that fosters flexibility and collaboration, promotes company branding and core values, and provides a technology-enabled and healthy work environment. Columbia Construction was the construction manager for the project. RDK Engineers provided mechanical, engineering, and plumbing services, Odel Engineers provided structural engineering services, and Kelly Engineer-
ing provided civil engineering services. The new workspace features an open, collaborative work environment with flexible low-height workstations arranged in “neighborhoods” and supported by plenty of informal huddle and collaboration spaces and state-of-the-art video conference rooms. The open office floor plan places glass-fronted private offices away from the perimeter to offer natural light and views for everyone. Expected to achieve LEED Silver certification, the building is consistent with Boston Scientific’s emphasis on sustainability throughout the Marlborough campus. The two-story lobby is generously branded with dynamically presented information to express the medical device company’s culture of innovation and achievements in science. Directly adjacent to the lobby and viewed from the second floor, an “innovation café” encourages casual collaboration. An employee training center is accessed from a glass-walled gallery looking into a landscaped courtyard, allowing small meetings or outdoor relaxation.
The location of the new building was selected so that a courtyard between the new and existing buildings could become a series of outdoor rooms and vegetated meeting areas, accessible to and linking all four buildings. All of the buildings in the quadrangle are also connected by enclosed glass walkways.
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Bristol, CT – ESPN’s Digital Center-2 (DC-2), a 194,000sf, five-studio media facility, had its ceremonial opening this summer on the network’s Bristol campus, a 123 acre site that includes some 1.2 million sf of space in 18 buildings. SportsCenter was the first program to debut from the new state-of-the-art studio, followed by NFL programming. DC-2’s infrastructure is futureproof. The facility is format agnostic, currently planned for 1080p, and can handle all existing media formats and future industry standards capable of carrying data/signals at various rates, that haven’t yet been adopted by the television industry.
The architect was HLW International, headquartered in NYC, and the construction manager was The Associated Construction Company of Hartford. DC-2’s SportsCenter studio is designed to support 24 x 7 programming, and allows for distinct differentiation of each show. The unique environment features a video floor, virtual technology, two touchscreens, a 56 LED multi-dimensional monitor wall, and the ability to do live and preproduced segments simultaneously. The new SportsCenter set is divided by an enormous glass wall separating the 6,200sf Studio X, which will be home to those programs on ESPN and ESPN2, from the 3,500sf Studio XA – The Annex – from where SportsCenter on ESPNEWS will originate. The center of the annex will feature a large glass cube/work station, housing a new “SC Display Unit,” dedicated to overseeing what appears in the set’s 114 video and graphic display monitors. The nearly 10,000sf SportsCenter studio is twice the size of the current studio and contains 100 more monitors than the original digital center studio that debuted in June 2004.
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Marlborough, MA – Calare Properties of Hudson announced that 32,400sf of office space has been leased to IEP Technologies, LLC at South Street Business Park in Marlborough. Rachel Marks, senior associate at CBRE/New England, represented Calare. South Street Business Park is a 146,650sf flex/office building owned and operated by Calare. Subsequent to the lease agreement, Calare collaborated with Integrated Builders and CI Design for the construction of a light manufacturing space, a fire suppression system, and an explosion-proof room, all of which IEP Technologies requires for its operations.
R. Calabrese Recent Transactions West Hartford, CT - Bob Bowden of the R. Calabrese Agency has completed the sale of a property located at 1031 New Britain Ave in West Hartford, occupied by the Blast Fitness Center. The approximately 50,000sf multi level facility was formerly occupied by Bally Fitness Center. The sale price for the property was $750,000. It was purchased by local developer INVCAP LLC, who will be repurposing the building.
Bowden also recently leased a retail storefront to Edible Arrangements at Playhouse Corner in Southbury. The new 1,400sf store, the first Edible Arrangements in the Southbury area market, is located at 77 Main Street. In addition, Bowden completed the expansion relocation of ITD Corporation of Prospect, to its new assembly/ warehouse space leased in the Naugatuck Industrial Park.
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Lexington, MA – J. Calnan & Associates recently announced the completion of another building reposition for Griffith Properties, helping them to continue to attract new tenants.The most recent reposition is 81 Hartwell Ave in Lexington. Working collaboratively with Maugel Architects, the project included significant upgrades to the common area lobbies; the addition of a full-service 14,000sf cafeteria; a new spec suite comprised of open office space, conferencing space, and a kitchenette; as well as a fitness
center complete with locker rooms. The building is located in the heart of the Route 128 technology corridor at the interchange of Routes 128 and 4/225. With a full complement of area amenities, it is adjacent to Hanscom Air Force Base and easily accessible from all directions. In addition to 81 Hartwell Ave, J. Calnan & Associates has repositioned several other buildings in Lexington to attract future tenants for Griffith Properties including 131 Hartwell Ave, 20 Maguire Road, and 70 Westview Street.
Abbot Removes Concrete Shelf Boston – Abbot Building Restoration recently removed the concrete shelf around the perimeter of the rooftop at 11 Elkins Street in South Boston. Originally utilized for commercial purposes, the four-story concrete frame building was converted into offices in the 1990s. An investigation determined that the sections of the shelf along the sides and back of the building above the top floor windows had severely deteriorated and were in need of repair. Toward that end, Abbot was contracted to demolish the shelf, finish the area to a smooth profile, and apply a waterproof elastomeric coating to match the color of the building. Certain situations require that sensitive construction practices be implemented for the convenience of building occupants.
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Windover Construction Moves HQ Beverly, MA – Windover Construction recently moved from Manchester-by-theSea to its new headquarters in Beverly. The new space is designed with “teamwork” in mind, as the entire company is now housed on one level. Features include new offices, a break room and café, seating areas, intimate conference rooms, a gallery of project
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Lowell, MA - Anchor Line Partners and Farallon Capital Management, LLC. have acquired and started construction on Cross Point on the Route 3 corridor in Lowell, a complex of three tower buildings offering more than 1.2 million sf of combined office, retail and shared amenity space, as well as approximately 4,000 parking spaces. The architect for the project is Perkins + Will, and the general contractor is Chapman Construction. Newly formed Anchor Line, led by Andrew Maher and Brian Chaisson, along with their strategic partner, former Tishman Speyer senior managing director Casey Wold, plans to transform the property for the next generation workplace, with the addition of multipurpose campus-style features. Anchor Line’s capital partner is Farallon Capital Management, LLC, a San Francisco-based asset management firm.“ We envision a 21st century village
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Cambridge, MA – Google officially opened its second largest office east of the Mississippi River recently in Cambridge, across the street from Mass. Institute of Technology in Kendall Square, in the heart of greater Boston’s high tech community. The greatly expanded office complex features 300,000sf of office space for more than 800 employees who work on everything from Google’s web browser and Google Play to search and Google’s operating system, Android. Google Ventures, Google’s venture capital arm,
also has an office in the building. The Cambridge office spans a total of 12 floors across three buildings, with a connector bridging the different buildings together. It features a public rooftop garden as well as a private one for Google employees. There’s a cafe for employees hungry for free food and a tech support area to service Google employees’ needs. Three of the floors in the new space are Gold or Platinum LEED certified, and each of the connectors are currently undergoing Gold LEED certification review. Google first established a presence in Cambridge in 2005 with about 80 employees and has expanded around the Kendall Square neighborhood to two and then three buildings over the years. Steve Vintner, engineering director for Google’s Cambridge office, said, “Kendall Square’s exploding right now. It really is the center of biotech. So much innovation is going to happen here in the next 20 years.”
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Andover, MA – A team of Boston architects has helped a refurbished and redesigned federal office building achieve the second-highest rating for sustainable design from the US Green Building Council. The Andover building has earned LEED Gold certification. Led by Jonathan Levi Architects and Stantec this gut renovation of the approximately 400,000sf 1960s-era building creates a modern workplace that encourages the creation, retention and productivity of its 1,800-person workforce. In addition to reorganizing the interior of the building to replace a maze of isolating cubicles with more collaborative “boulevards” and a multi-functional lobby and training complex, the new design incorporates a number of sustainable design elements. The building’s envelope works with
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CTA in Top 100 Green Builders Waltham – CTA Construction ranks among the top 100 contractors based on revenues generated by environmentally friendly construction projects. The firm placed 82nd on the list of Top 100 Green Building Contractors, as ranked by Engineering News-Record magazine in early August. In 2013, CTA’s green revenue topped $116 million, or 84% of its total revenue.
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Could Passive House Be the New LEED? by Charles R. Hopkins
Most design professionals have begun to recognize the benefits of energy efficiency within sustainable design – it just makes sense. Simply put, designing a building to exCharles R. Hopkins ceed code results in reduced utility bills and more comfortable tenants, strategies that have been made possible through a wide variety of advancements within the design and construction industry. Local and state jurisdictions, especially in New England, have taken steps to validate building energy use and establish more stringent codes. Here in Massachusetts, over 140 municipalities have adopted the MA Stretch Code. In Boston, the first round of the city-mandated Energy Benchmarking Ordinance is under way, requiring medium- and large-sized buildings to report their energy use on an annual basis. As such, owners and designers look to certification programs such as LEED, Green Globes, and NE-CHPS to support recognition of designs to meet these initiatives. All are viable options, with LEED as the frontrunner for
most commercial developments. One rating system gaining traction is Passive House, a German-based standard that is touting itself as the most rigorous standard to date. Instead of trying to capture site development, energy and water use, material selection, and IAQ requirements in one submission package, Passive House simply requires that projects meet a short but uncompromising list of energy goals. Passive House is not just a rating system but also a series of design principles, the driving factor being building mass; maximizing the use of efficient building materials leads to super-insulated, extremely airtight buildings. There is also an emphasis on passive design strategies such as selfshading and natural ventilation. In return, these buildings typically use up to 80% less energy than conventional, equivalent buildings. So how does Passive House stack up to LEED? In all respects, Passive House does not have the green certification market share that LEED occupies. This is mostly due to marketability and certification dynamics. LEED is sexy, easily understood by building owners and developers. Reducing water use is a tangible component, as is specifying that all office chairs be made with
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cogeneration and heat recovery. Passive House has proven to be a feasible option in most climates, but LEED still has a firm handle on its ability to apply itself on a global scale while also incorporating design components such as water efficiency and site development; LEED is more of a “whole picture” certification. In contrast, Passive House relies on envelope and shell improvements alone to reach certification and has not seen as much adoption by larger developments, the Distillery being the exception and also a possible foreshadow of how the market may shift to accept Passive House principles on a larger scale. Regardless, Passive House’s aggressive energy targets have raised the bar in the name of energy efficiency—it has gained a foothold in the green certification industry by proving-out substantial energy savings, practically from shell optimization alone. This isn’t to say that LEED or Green Globes are failing, but a mandated 38 kBtu/ sf/yr (Passive House’s energy requirement) for most large-scale developments would certainly rock the design world if it were part of the next round of energy codes. Charles R. Hopkins, LEED AP BD+C, works within the sustainability department at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP in Boston.
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Transforming a Brute continued from page 23 opportunities for social connections between the library floors, and create a modern, vibrant Information Commons with a focus on collaborative learning A dramatic double-height window and canopy over the entry will welcome the campus inside. New bay windows are created from the original paired slits will give the exterior facades new rhythm and additional glimpses of activity inside. In all, the design preserves and enhances the best features of the Shain Library – its open, flexible plan – and transforms the building’s appearance with a series of rather modest, strategic interventions that bring lightness, vitality and a new appreciation to the 1974 library. The Shain Library is located in the center of Connecticut College’s campus in New London, Conn. Angela Ward Hyatt, AIA, is a Principal at Schwartz/Silver Architects in Boston, Mass.
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the entire community. This included a historic storage building repurposed for the property’s maintenance staff and a historic singlefamily house renovated as office space, gallery space, and studios for the Easton Chamber of Commerce and the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Coop. This was based on a strategic design approach to create modern, historically respectful and light-filled apartment units and added loft bedrooms through creative adaptation of existing trusses and rooflines. The Ames Shovel Works is a 19th century manufacturing complex in North Easton previously listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the nation’s most endangered historic landmarks. The complex played a significant role in the industrial transformation of 19th century America. Employing over 500 workers at its height of operations, Ames used productionline assembly methods 50 years before Henry Ford. Ames shovels helped build the transcontinental railroad, enabled the California gold rush, and were standard field tools for U.S. Army soldiers from the Civil War to the Korean Conflict.
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BSA Session Highly Informative by Annie McEvoy
I had the pleasure of attending the “Building Blocks: An introduction to Boston Architecture” on August 18, held by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). Annie McEvoy This was a session of the popular crash course on Boston’s architectural history, led by Boston University professor of American and European architecture Keith N. Morgan, who was able to cram an enormous amount of information into the hour long session. When thinking of the early architecture of Boston, one is reminded of the Old North Church, the Paul Revere House, and the Bunker Hill Monument to name a few. Prof. Morgan, pointed out that it is our history that has architecturally shaped Boston. He told about the Pemberton, Beacon, and Mt. Vernon hills being leveled and the fill used to start the shape of Boston, It made one wonder if anyone was thinking ” the first big dig!” Boston is the most reworked city in the U.S. with ¾ of its land mass being
artificial. Prof. Morton showed a map of the city, then and now, and compared it to the grids of other U.S. cities such as Philadelphia, Williamsburg and Washington D.C. The differences were astounding with Boston’s grid being, as he put it, “schizophrenic. ” A must see!
Boston has had a lot of firsts. The first architectural planning school, hotel and triple deckers (or three deckers, depending on who you ask), to name a few. If you haven’t taken a walk inside of the BSA to view the “Urban Timber from seed to city“ now on view, it is worth a look. It was a very informative and entertaining evening and I would highly recommend the next session to anyone. The Boston Society of Architects, a non-profit professional service organization, was established in 1867. Annie McEvoy is sales manager at High Profile Monthly.
Restoration Begins on Kittredge Boston – Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Historic Boston Inc., city and state officials, and hundreds of friends and neighbors recently celebrated the dedication of the renovation of the historic Greek Revivalstyle Alvah Kittredge House in Roxbury into five new residential apartments. The formerly dilapidated building with peeling white paint is fully restored on the exterior and transformed into modern and fully appointed residences inside. It is now painted in a rich off-white tone that recalls an important period in the structure’s proud past. “I’m proud that the rehabilitation of this iconic but long vacant property is an investment that creates housing for the future while respecting the building’s storied past,” Mayor Walsh said. “I want to thank Historic Boston for their vision and commitment to persevering the Alvah Kittredge House and many other historic gems across our city.” Geoffrey Caraboolad and Metric Construction Corporation of Brighton renovated, restored, and reconstructed major portions of the building, and generously contributed to the completion. Vacant since the early 1990s, the
Alvah Kittredge House has undergone rehabilitation by Historic Boston Inc. into five two-bedroom residential units, two of which will be affordable housing. The architect for the Kittredge House “I’m proud that the rehabilitation of this iconic but long vacant property is an investment that creates housing for the future while respecting the building’s storied past,” Mayor Walsh said. renovation is Amory Architects PC. Preservation consultant is Tremont Preservation Services, LLC. Sustainability consultant is Conservation Services Group. The total development cost was $3.8 million. The Boston Redevelopment Authority turned ownership of the property over to Historic Boston after taking the house by eminent domain in 2011 to save it from further deterioration. The city has contributed several hundred thousand dollars to the project to help preserve the landmark and aid in the construction of affordable housing. Money also was raised through fundraising and Historic Boston’s Trilogy Fund.
Bridgeport School Demonstrates Sustainability continued from page 34 multiple locations within the building, and they have been oriented to take advantage of the prevailing coastal winds. It is anticipated the school’s wind turbines and solar panels will generate 120kW of power and a building dashboard will monitor energy use and become part of the curriculum. The wind turbines and solar panels alone save approximately 24% of normal electricity costs per year for the school, and the energy-efficient design as a whole is expected to save the school $150,000 per year in utility costs. The project utilizes 42% recycled materials and 22% of the materials were sourced within 500 miles of Bridgeport. Indoor air quality was monitored
closely during construction. Large expanses of glass provide a connection between indoor and outdoor learning areas and offer plenty of natural light throughout the campus. The building’s open and light-filled interior is facilitated by various types of shading—enabling light to penetrate the building and for occupants to have views to the forested site without solar heat gain. The interior is not only visually connected to the site, but five vegetated roofs – accessible off classroom spaces – make the building itself an extension of the outdoors. The exterior incorporates metal panel, masonry and composite wood panels. This building earned LEED Gold certification in February 2014.
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neighborhoods or private homes. SITES is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden to transform land development and management practices through the nation’s first voluntary guidelines and rating system for SITES is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. SITES is currently in negotiations with ASLA, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), on the future direction and management of SITES. Under the new collaboration, GBCI would administer project certification and professional credentialing. Toby Wolf and Nyssa Gyorgy are a principal and the marketing director, respectively, at Wolf Lighthall, a landscape architecture and planning firm in Lincoln, Mass.
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of higher learning. For that kind of money, families rightfully expect first-rate buildings and facilities. That’s a lot of pressure to produce on the people you are working most closely with: facilities managers and business managers. So you must take that into consideration and always go the extra mile to meet deadlines. Meeting deadlines like the ones these projects have is not a lot of fun. It can mean late nights and working weekends during a time of year when most people would rather be at the beach or getting our own children ready to go off to school. Yet it’s the general contractor that is committed to meeting the deadline regardless of the time of year that typically gets the repeat business from colleges and universities. That may be considered old school, but that’s something that will not change no matter how sophisticated the projects get. Tom Quinlan is the president and founder of South Coast Improvement.
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State of N.H. Selects Samyn-D’Elia Gilford, NH - Samyn-D’Elia Architects has been selected by the state of New Hampshire to provide architectural and engineering services for the new Gilford Marine Patrol Headquarters to be located on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford. The new facility will include office space, a secure booking area and related police services facilities, classrooms for boating education, a training room,
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Concord, NH – Kyle Barker, AIA, owner and founder of Barker Architects, Inc., announced that he will join Warrenstreet Architects, also of Concord. Barker first began Barker Architects in January 2000 after more than a dozen years working for prominent architectural firms specializing in K-12 educational and municipal projects throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Jonathan Halle, a principal with
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Hooksett, NH – Granite State Hospitality, LLC, a partnership between Alex Ray, owner of The Common Man family of restaurants in New Hampshire, and Rusty McLear, co-owner and president of Mill Falls at the Lake, will bring a new approach to the design and construction of two New Hampshire-themed service areas on Interstate 93 North and South in Hooksett. Working with Ward D’Elia, AIA, of Samyn-D’Elia Architects, P.A. located in Ashland, and Jeff Downing of Conneston Construction Inc. located in Laconia, this new service area, to be named Common Man Hooksett, will feature elements that set it apart from service areas elsewhere. The team was pleased to announce that the project is six weeks ahead of schedule.
Members of the team were selected based on their commitment to investing in and improving New Hampshire’s roadways and tourism, their past successes in projects of similar scale and impact, and their proven ability to deliver quality projects in a timely manner. The team is dedicated to designing and building a service area that is convenient, appealing, and exciting to tourists and locals alike; is forwardthinking in its environmental impact; is responsive in its ability to adapt its capacity during peak hours and seasons; that maximizes cost-effectiveness in its construction and operations; that delivers high quality services; and that is fully compliant with all applicable state and federal safety and other regulations, procedures, laws, and codes for its construction and operations. This service area will be productive for the state. North and southbound service areas will include a 3,000sf interactive visitor center; 16,000sf food court; 3,000sf country store; over 300 parking spaces; new 20,000sf liquor store; 16 fueling stations; 1950s style diner; dog walking park; and energy-efficient and sustainable features that exceed the Green Building Standard.
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Boston Preservation Alliance Awards Boston - This fall, 10 property owners representing multiple Boston neighborhoods and a diverse variety of projects will be honored by the Boston Preservation Alliance during its 2014 Preservation Achievement Awards. Antonia (Toni) Pollak will receive the Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement. The first ever President’s Award for Excellence will be given to Howard Elkus and David Manfredi of Elkus Manfredi Other awardees include: Clapp Family
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Springfield, MA - Dietz & Company Architects, Inc. has announced that Jason Newman, Associate AIA and an architectural associate at the firm, has been selected for the 2014 AIA Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE scholarship. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected 10 recipients to receive the scholarship. They will receive compensation for the entire cost of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and a full set of study guides provided by Kaplan Architecture Education.
SMPS National Honors MPA Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that the firm was honored with two awards from the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) national 2014 Marketing Communications Awards program. MPA received a Barbara Hicks / Photo first place honor in by Bruce Rogovin the Holiday Digital Piece category for its 2013 holiday video entitled “Kids at Heart,” and a second place honor in the Special Event category for its 25th anniversary video competition. MPA’s focus on video is part of the firm’s marketing strategy to promote client projects in the clients’ own words and convey the firm’s design approach and company culture as a fun group of creatives and a great place to work. Barbara Hicks, MPA’s director of marketing and media, and her team created the award-winning video. “It is extremely gratifying to be honored by a jury of my peers,” said Hicks. “These award-winning anniversary and holiday videos truly capture the culture and personality of our firm, and show our clients that we are
more than just corporate project teams: we are fun and creative individuals.” In 2014, MPA was honored with three SMPS Boston Recognizing Outstanding Communications (ROC) awards, receiving an honorable mention in the Integrated Marketing Campaign category, the first place honor in the Holiday Piece category, and the People’s Choice award. MPA’s goal for its 2013 holiday video, “Kids at Heart,” was to make a personal connection with the firm’s staff. By promoting its people, MPA hoped to highlight the talented group of creatives that work at the firm. A detailed storyboard/script was crafted for the adults, but the staff’s children featured in the video—ranging in age from 9 months to 12 years—provided a fun yet unpredictable element during filming. MPA received a dozen credible leads and ultimately secured four projects as a result of using this creative outlet to follow up with potential prospects. SMPS’s Holiday Digital Piece category recognizes a one-time digital piece produced for a specific holiday. MPA’s 2013 holiday video may be viewed at http://bit.ly/1mWtQyR.
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Facility managers are being required to manage more buildings with less staff and budget than ever before. With many buildings to oversee, and less personnel available to stay current, it has become critical to develop organized methods for tracking past, current, and future building repairs. Facility managers are required
Knowing the roof’s history is invaluable in understanding its current condition and in anticipating potential repairs/ replacement needs. • Roof warranty information is critical for making claims on roof failures and, in some instances, scheduling maintenance checks by the manufacturer’s representatives. This information must be provided by the facility manager and can be included as an appendix within the report for easy reference. • On-site visual evaluations are necessary because the condition of roofs cannot be determined without a visual observation of the membrane, seams, flashings, transitions, and associated components, such as potential moisture intrusion concerns at rising walls. Copies of the existing roof area plans should be used if available. A detailed plan that notes penetrations, parapets, drains, etc. is used to note defects observed and is
to keep careful track of detailed repair histories and recommended repairs, while managing current and projected costs. A formal roof management plan (RMP) can assist in the day-to-day operations and long-term planning. The purpose of a well-defined RMP is to establish current and long-term budgeting for roof repairs/replacement. Facility managers are often expected to estimate the type, and more importantly, the cost of repairs necessary not only for the next year, but often for the next five to ten years. They seldom have the resources necessary to evaluate their roofs on a yearly basis so are forced to make educated guesses regarding the types of repair or replacements needed, based on the roofs’ history and age. Estimating roof repair and replacement costs using warranties and expected roof servicenlife can be ineffective since roofs fail for various reasons including the material/system designed and installed, amount of traffic or mechanical equipment maintenance on the roof, and weather conditions. It cannot be assumed that a five-year-old roof won’t need maintenance or repairs for another fifteen years. The best way to track and predict roof system performance is with a well-organized RMP that consists of the following components: • Building histories are used as a background for the report and include the name, use, and age of the building; type of roof system; and repair history.
Dorchester - Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston announced that U.S. Pavement Services is donating sealcoating and line painting for the 17,000sf parking lot at Blue Hill Place in Dorchester. Blue Hill Place is Habitat Greater Boston’s largest single project to date, and includes 24 Habitat homes and one commercial unit.
The donation will help provide important cost savings and benefits for Blue Hill Place owners. Sealcoating the lot will ensure its longevity and minimize future repairs, and the painting of new parking spaces will provide clear and safe markings for vehicle parking.
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Timberline Welcomes Burke Canton, MA - Timberline Conoperations; providing general struction Corp. has welcomed direction for all superintendents, Jeff Burke as vice president and carpenters, and laborers, and director of field operations. working with the estimating His project expertise includes team and the project executives diverse tenant improvements, to assist in preconstruction life science laboratories, and scheduling, planning, and new building construction. logistics to ensure proper project Burke will be responsible for approach. the leadership and operational He will work with all project Burke excellence of Timberline’s GC teams overseeing scheduling and division construction assignments within project close-out requirements; identifythe Northeast. ing areas of training needs; and ensuring His role includes further developing that the company safety plan is adhered standard operating procedures for all field to at all times by staff and subcontractors.
Copley Wolff Welcomes Winters Boston - Benjamin Winters has joined Copley Wolff Design Group. He offers the firm over three years of experience working on a range of project types including academic, transportation, commercial, residential, and large-scale public art projects. His work focuses on project management, design, drafting, and 3D modeling and representation. He currently is teaching digital modeling and representation at the Boston Architectural College. Winters
Cambridge, MA - TG Gallagher announced the promotions of Brian Morton and Jeremy Knipe to project managers. Morton, who previously served as an assistant project manager, began his career with TG Gallagher in 2012. During his time at the firm, he has worked on some of the company’s most complex design-build, design-assist projects. In
his new role, he will be responsible for the overall performance of the project. Knipe, who has been with TG Gallagher for the past year, has over eight years of construction industry experience. He previously served as an assistant project manager for TG Gallagher, and has been involved in large-scale, designassist projects. In his new role, Knipe will facilitate all aspects of the construction process from preconstruction through project completion. “Both Morton and Knipe are extremely bright young men and are tremendous assets to our company,” said TG Gallagher’s president Brian Potter. “We look forward to seeing these two progress further in their new roles.”
CMI Welcomes Martin P. Matheny Maynard, MA— Campbell-McCabe Inc. (CMI) has added Martin P. Matheny, AHC, to its professional staff of architectural hardware consultants who advise, design, and write specifications for door hardware. He has over 30 years of experience in the architectural hardware industry.
Matheny has worked closely with members of the CMI team, including Robert J. McCabe and Stephen M. McCabe, on projects within the U.S. and internationally. His experience includes numerous projects in the areas of education, healthcare, hospitality, and the military.
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Worcester, MA - Cutler Associates has hired former U.S. Air Force officer Shane M. Sweeney as its new safety officer. Sweeney was honored recently at a ceremony in his hometown of Leicester, where CMSgt Hendershot and Major
General Rice presented him with his final commendation medals and paid tribute to him and his family. Sweeney’s 20-year career in the US Air Force groomed him as an accomplished environmental health and safety professional. He has specialized training in OSHA, FEMA, HAZMAT, HAZDEK, and is also a certified Quality Assurance, Compliance and Munitions Inspector. His most recent assignment was as Safety Manager at Fairchild AFB in Washington and prior to that in Lakenheath, England. From Germany to Missouri, Guam to New Mexico, England to Washington, Sweeney proudly served the USA over a remarkable 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
Amenta Emma Adds Kushner Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma Architects recently welcomed Lauren R. Kushner to its Hartford office. In her most recent position with Granoff Architects in Greenwich, she worked on corporate interiors where she further developed her design and technical skills. Kushner, is a graduate of the Interior Design program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, In Rochester, NY. Kushner
Boston - The International and renewable energy project Brotherhood of Electrical construction, training, continuWorkers (IBEW) Local 103 and ing education, and safety to the National Electrical Contractors Greater Boston construction-usAssociation (NECA), Boston er community. Chapter announced that Lisa She also will promote the A. Podgurski has joined the associations’ proactive roles in organizations as manager of labor relations and government business development. affairs that impact the electrical In her new position, Podconstruction industry and the Podgurski gurski teams with business construction industry in general. development director Matthew Lash in Podgurski comes to IBEW and NECA advocating the dynamic joint resources of from the Massachusetts Electrical Conthe IBEW and NECA as the leading protractors Association (MECA), where she viders in electrical, telecommunications, served as executive director for 10 years.
D.F. Pray Promotes Burke CVS, Titleist, Chic-fil-A, Atria, Seekonk, MA – D.F. Pray announced Michael A. Burke’s and Thermo Fisher Scientific. promotion from senior vice presScott Pray, president of D.F. ident to executive vice president. Pray, said “Mike is a consummate A longtime employee of professional, evidenced by his the company, Burke brings ability to integrate his personal to the table three decades of experience in all facets of the knowledge and expertise into firm from estimating, business each of his projects and through Burke development, and construction his leadership he has helped operations, with a focus on large our company grow in ways we couldn’t projects. have anticipated.” Some of his national clients include
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South Boston, MA - Daniel Marr & Son Company (DM&S) recently announced the promotion of three key personnel: Kevin J. Walsh, Eric F. Laurie and, Robert C. Hunter. An employee since 1998, Walsh has worked as a project manager on numerous high-profile steel erection projects throughout Boston. In his expanded role, he will be responsible for the oversight of all DM&S projects including preplanning, scheduling, cost management and the coordination of field operations.
Also a long-term employee, Laurie has been promoted to chief estimator. Since 1998, he has served as project manager and estimator for Daniel Marr & Son. As Hunter chief estimator, he will be responsible for all bidding activity including preparation of takeoffs, cost estimates, scope review, and proposal development. Hunter has worked as an assistant project manager since early 2013 and has been promoted to project manager. In his new capacity, he will take a lead role on various projects, and his responsibilities will now include daily coordination with customers and DM&S foremen. He will also be charged with change order management, scheduling, and planning.
John Giachino Joins PC Construction South Burlington, VT - PC asset management, operations Construction announced that and maintenance, and capital it has hired John Giachino as a program execution. director of business development While working for major to focus on the construction global engineering, construction firm’s integrated delivery and and operations companies, Public-Private Partnership (P3) his contributions have been markets in the Southeast with a instrumental in the development focus on the Florida region. and management of more than Giachino brings over 40 Giachino 20 water and wastewater utility years of industry experience to projects utilizing P3 delivery in the his new role, including more than 35 years United States and abroad. in municipal water and wastewater utility
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Maynard, MA - JM Coull, Inc. announced the addition of Patrick Giammarco and Robert Samarel as superintendents, and the promotion of Matt LaVangie to project manager. Giammarco has 29 years of construction experience, and most recently worked at Cutler Associates, Inc. in Worcester. Samarel joins JMC from TRB Group in Hooksett, N.H. The two are currently overseeing field activities for JMC’s projects at ASML in Wilton, Conn. and the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Acton, Mass.
LaVangie has been with the firm for the last two years as an assistant project manager. During this time, he has worked to support several of JMC’s high-profile projects, including LaVangie the award-winning E-Ink Innovation Center in Billerica and multiple projects for ASML in Wilton Conn. His résumé spans advanced technology, life science, and institutional projects. LaVangie is an active member in the construction community, in particular through his affiliation and support of the Associated Builders and Contractors Young Leaders Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
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AHERA reports often are not sufficient for the more current construction rules. In particular, the AHERA reports do not sufficiently address hidden or concealed ACBM nor do they address most exterior suspect building materials. Supplemental prerenovation/demolition surveys must be completed. Another little known fact is that even if a school building was constructed in the late 1980s, 1990s or even 2000s there still is the requirement for a pre-renovation/ demolition survey. We have found many “newer” school buildings with asbestos present. Some asbestos building materials are still produced and can be purchased today. For new school construction, be sure to provide an architect or engineer statement certifying that no asbestos was used in the new construction and to differentiate if some older buildings may still be present with ACBM or suspect ACBM following completion of the work. Lead-based paint is also present in many buildings constructed prior to 1978. Many schools are now impacted by the recent EPA Lead Paint Renovation and Repair (RRP) rule bringing more widespread requirements for renovation of older buildings. PCB caulking has also become an issue over recent years requiring hazardous waste disposal,
coordination with the EPA for remediation planning, costly handling procedures, and possibly in place management plans. In addition, general indoor air quality (IAQ) must be considered, especially if work is taking place in conjunction with occupancy by school staff and kids. Some level of testing should be performed prior to the start of work such that if complaints or concerns arise during the job, there are some baseline readings to use as comparison. This is particularly true in the case of contaminants with little or no regulatory standards for indoor air quality, for example, mold and ultrafine particles. Other IAQ components frequently considered include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, thermal and relative humidity, and volatile organic compounds. All of these potential hazards and concerns are best handled proactively. Have an EH&S expert on the project design team, and be sure to consult with the school’s asbestos program manager. Be sure that a recent, thorough preconstruction survey has been completed by a certified firm. These considerations are well worth the effort for you, your employees, and your customers. Roger Francoeur is president of RPF Environmental, Inc. in Northwood, NH.
Suggested topics include trends in student housing, transforming computer labs to student support spaces, transforming spaces on a limited budget, understanding the needs of international students, the role of the university in revitalizing urban downtowns, developing campus safety and emergency response plans, and demystifying campus planning jargon. We encourage people to take advantage of early registration discounts at the SCUP North Atlantic Symposium that will be held at Stony Brook University at Stony Brook, New York, on October 24. On September 23, the BSA/SCUP Roundtable will host a program on the Emerging Trends in Campus Libraries. The program will be held in the Forum Room of Lamont Library at Harvard University. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. RSVPs are required through the BSA (www.architects.org) calendar because Lamont Library security mandates that only preregistered guests be admitted. Sarah Thomas, vice president for the
Harvard Library, will present an overview of emerging trends at college libraries and recent developments at the Harvard Library System. Returning to Harvard in August 2013 after serving as the Bodley Librarian (the Head Librarian at the University of Oxford), Sarah Thomas is widely published and has been acknowledged by awards for excellence in library leadership. Thomas is the first woman and first non-British citizen to hold the Bodley Librarian position. Under Thomas’ leadership, the Bodleian Libraries were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the excellence of their collections and their efforts to widen access to their historic collections. We also encourage people to take advantage of early registration discounts at the SCUP North Atlantic Symposium that will be held at Stony Brook University at Stony Brook, New York, on October 24. The early bird deadline ends on September 10th. The Symposium: Building Excellence from the Ground Up: Stony Brook’s First Fifty Years, will explore opportunities and challenges associated with maintaining a research university for the coming decades.
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September 15 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m Westin Hotel, Waltham
September 24 12:00 noon – 2:45 p.m For SMPS members only Lunchtime Learning Labs: An Introduction to InDesign Interactive Elements.
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On August 8, Governor Deval Patrick signed Chapter 276 of the Acts of 2014, “An Act Relative to Fair Retainage Payments in Private Construction.” Join us to learn about the new law, that takes effect November 6. Atty. Carolyn Francisco, a primary author of the law, will answer your questions. Join us immediately afterward for a reception with cash bar and complimentary refreshments. www.associatedsubs.com/events/ event_details.asp?id=483947
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CFMA of Massachusetts will be hosting a workshop designed for accounting professionals new to the construction industry. This one-day class presents an introduction to the key processes that make construction accounting unique.
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COMPASS HEALTHCARE September 18 Annual Symposium Cliff House Resort, Ogunquit, Maine How Do We Afford Affordable Care? Creative Financing Options Post-ACA. According to a recent study, 90% of healthcare providers say the Affordable Care Act, when fully established, will be a “step forward” in addressing long-term health issues in the United States, yet 74% predict it will challenge their organization’s financial condition. Compass will address these concerns through a full day of networking and educational sessions. The symposium, organized by WBRC Architects/Engineers, is available free to healthcare executives and facility managers. Preregistration is required. www.compass-symposium.com September 23
Annual Golf Tournament
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DisruptCRE October 16 1:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston Join technology innovators and professionals at the forefront of New England’s commercial real estate industry.
Disrupt CRE planners are lining up visionaries and pioneers who will deliver presentations, lead panel discussions, and showcase new products and services that are evolving in the CRE industry. www.disruptcre.com
BOSTON PRESERVATION ALLIANCE October 21 2014 Preservation Achievement Awards Faneuil Hall, Boston The Alliance is honored to host this year’s awards ceremony in the Great Hall of historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Greenhouse, located beside Faneuil Hall. https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/ bostonpreservation/eventRegistration. jsp?event=78
“Seventeen thousand dollars in annual savings translates to a full scholarship for one of our programs or funding for a new medical lab, which are invaluable advances to keep us at the forefront of our industry.” Joe Bierbaum, President & CEO of Stone Academy
Stone Academy is at the head of the class. As a career training school, Stone Academy is constantly striving to provide a top-notch education. They pride themselves on offering rigorous programs and frontline experience for students. Stone Academy also leads by example within the educational community, both in and out of the classroom, with forward-thinking smart and sustainable business strategies. With support from Energize Connecticut’s Small Business Energy Advantage Program, Stone Academy was able to implement energy upgrades at several of their campuses. Program engineers helped the academic institution with its ongoing sustainability efforts through a comprehensive project, including energy-efficient lighting and HVAC upgrades. Stone Academy also installed motion sensors to save energy on unoccupied spaces. Overall, they are saving nearly $17,000 on energy costs annually.
Stone Academy also received a generous incentive fund from the Energy Efficiency Fund, making it possible for them to payback the full cost of the project in just three years. Project:
Energy-efficient lighting upgrades
75,690 kWh electricity/year 125 ccf natural gas/year
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High-Profile: September 2014