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Southern New Hampshire University Learning Commons Opens

Hugh J. Gorman, III page 6

Doug Anderson page 13


Main entrance to the learning commons at Southern New Hampshire University

LEFT: Transparent vertical circulation of the library’s main staircase

Photos by Mike Sears, RDK STORY PAGE 26

Sheila Selby page 19

Linda May page 21

Colm Allen page 38

KBE Continues Retail Building in N.E. Grand Opening of Schneider Electric / J. Calnan, Perkins+Will, CBRE, and RDK United Illuminating Helps Quinnipiac Achieve Sustainability Metro Walls Completes Common, Begins Seabrook Crossing Laddawn Headquarters Expansion / Maugel Architects Featuring: The Fair Retainage Payment Act by Hugh J. Gorman, III Visual Translation: How a Professional Interior Photographer Sees by Christian Scully New Flooring Technologies Make a New Look an Overnight Sensation by Thomas Ricciardelli Managing Change Management by Joe Flynn Protecting the Interior Investment: Safeguarding the Inside Starts with Safeguarding the Outside by Linda May Plus: Trends & Hot Topics, Education, Life Sciences, Senior Living, Corporate, Retail/Hospitality, Municipal, Green, Northern New England, Connecticut, People, Calendar, and more...

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SNHU Learning Commons Opens............................................. 26

A Closer Look at IIDA NE........................................................12

Brittney Herrera, President IIDANE


The main entrance at dusk

Up-Front................................... 6 Interiors........................... 12 Green.................................... 22 Education............................... 24 Northern New England........... 26 Trends & Hot Topics............ 29,38 Retail/Hospitality.................... 30

Life Sciences........................... 32 Corporate.............................. 33 Senior Living........................... 38 Connecticut............................ 40 Municipal.............................. 42 People................................... 44 Calendar............................... 46

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Up-Front ArchitectureBoston Expo

ArchitectureBoston Expo floor

Boston – ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) is just around the corner, October 28 – 30 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The largest building industry event in the Northeast hosts over 400 exhibitors, 175 workshops and tours, and dozens of networking opportunities. The show kicks off with the annual opening night party, the ABX Social. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to be in the same room with exhibitors, industry colleagues, and BSA members. Tickets include one free drink and a one-year digital subscription to AZURE magazine. The social component of the show continues on the second night with various alumni and association receptions. And, you are sure to find a happy hour somewhere on the show floor starting at 4:00pm.


The sold out show floor welcomes new and returning exhibitors but all with products and services that are relevant to attendees and pertinent to their day-today. You will also find structures, projects, and designs from the industry throughout the hall. A Circus for Construction is an added exhibit on the floor. The Circus, located in a customfabricated trailer, is a traveling event space for collecting, constructing, and exhibiting works of art and architecture on the back of a truck. Funded in the majority through a wave of support on Kickstarter, the Circus for Construction represents a public desire for a new type of exhibition and event platform. The project is the work of Ann Lui, Ashley Mendelsohn, Larisa Ovalles, Ben Widger, and Craig Reschke, a design collective of young architects based in Somerville. Workshops spanning tracks on Case Studies and Project Types, Business Management and Development, and Multifamily Housing are led by industry experts over the three days of ABX. Workshop packages are available, and early-bird pricing is available for sessions when you register by October 14.

The Fair Retainage Payment Act by Hugh J. Gorman, III New Law Applicable To Large Private Construction Projects

On August 8, 2014 Governor Patrick signed into law The Fair Retainage Payment Act relating to private construction contracts. The act impacts owners, general/prime conHugh J. Gorman, III tractors, subcontractors and suppliers on projects where the prime contract is $3 million or more and is not a residential project of four units or less. The act is codified at M.G.L. c.149, § 29F and takes effect November 6, 2014. The Act specifies that no construction contract may provide for retainage that exceeds 5% of any progress payment and prescribes the timing and processes to be followed to establish project substantial completion, an application for, and the payment of, retainage. Within 14 days of achieving project substantial completion, the prime contractor must submit to the owner its “Notice Of Substantial Completion” in the form provided in the new statute (the “Notice”). Upon receipt, the owner has 14 days to accept or reject the Notice

or it is deemed accepted. If the owner rejects the Notice, it must provide the factual and contractual basis for same and certify that its decision was made in good faith. Within seven days of rejection, the prime contractor must commence dispute resolution with the owner pursuant to the terms of the contract. The statute also On August 8, 2014 Governor Patrick signed into law The Fair Retainage Payment Act relating to private construction contracts. The act is codified at M.G.L. c.149, § 29F and takes effect November 6, 2014. contains provisions requiring the owner (to prime contractor) and thereafter the prime contractor (to subcontractors and suppliers) to provide a punch list within 14 and 21 days of the date of substantial completion respectively. Following the expiration of 60 days after substantial completion or final and binding resolution of a dispute, an application for payment of retainage may continued on page 18

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October 2014

Publisher’s Message MBC breakfast with Katie Lapp: Harvard University’s Plan

2.5M SF New Construction and 500K Renovations for Harvard University.

Boston, MA – Over 250 design and construction professionals attended the recent Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) program featuring Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President, Harvard University. Lapp addressed the topic of Harvard’s institutional master plan (IMP). Its approval in October 2013 covers three new buildings and one renovation at Harvard Business School (HBS), a 200-room hotel and conference center on Western Avenue, a mixed-use institutional building on the site of the former Charlesview apartments, renovations to the Soldiers Field Park graduate student housing, a major renovation of and addition to Harvard Stadium, and a new home for Harvard basketball. Taken together and considered alongside projects already permitted – the science building on Western Avenue, and the residential and retail complex soon to break ground at Barry’s Corner, etc – the University is pursuing nearly 2.5M SF of new development over the next 10 years. The collective results of this 10-year plan will be transformative for both Harvard and the University’s neighbors.


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Jewett Breaks Ground on YMCA

l-r: Dean Ingram, Bank of N.H.; Craig Jewett, president, Jewett Construction; Russell Dean, Exeter town manager; Terry Sullivan, chair, southern district YMCA board; Victoria Arlen, paralympic gold and silver medalist; N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan; Rob McGregor, YMCA; Cindy Dominguez, vice chair, YMCA board; Chuck Withee, president, The Provident Bank; Larry Foss, Exeter area new car dealers Ass’n; Gary Blake, chair, Southern District YMCA Capital Campaign; and Karena Sisco, Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects.

Phase One construction will feature an expansive, two-floor, 30,000sf design that includes a cardio and weight room, group fitness studios, an indoor track running above a full-court gymnasium, a multipurpose community room, locker rooms, and dedicated child watch room.


Exeter, NH – Raymond-based Jewett Construction Co. (JCCI), Inc. broke ground on the new Exeter area YMCA on September 16. JCCI and its design team, including Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects and the mechanical engineering firm of

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Rendering of the new Exeter Area YMCA / Bruce Ronayne Hamilton, Architect

Environmental Design & Engineering, Inc., helped hone an early design into a facility promising to bring the community’s generations together via a broad range of activities and affordable programs.

This first phase is expected to be completed in August 2015. An aquatic center planned for Phase 2 is currently in the design phase.

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Rimas Veitas to Speak at ABX 2014 Boston – Architecture Boston Expo announced that Rimas Veitas, principal at Veitas and Veitas Engineers, will be speaking at ABX 2014 scheduled to be held October 28-30 in Boston. Rimas Veitas Rimas will team up with Nancy Ludwig of ICON Architecture and Jay Ierardi of the AKF Group to present “Pushing Wood Framing to Higher Heights”

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Ground Breaks for Marathon Survivors


(l-r) Andrew McBeth, GLC; David Franciosi, DSF; Jon Allain, Allain Sitework; Michael Gould, Interstate Elec.; Fran Allain, Allain; Peter Hennessy, Concord Lumber; Jeff Thompson, Webb; Jim Alibrandi, Interstate Elec.; Kevin Corcoran; Celeste Corcoran; Thomas Dube, Green Leaf; Thomas Gatzunis, Dept. of Public Safety; Michael Roy, Green Leaf; Dana Cohen, Renovate for Recovery; Eric White, BSA; Dawn Guarriello AIA, Renovate for Recovery; Gretchen Schneider Rabinkin AIA, Community Design Resource Center; Beth McLaughlin, Dept. of Public Safety; Janice Park, Wolfers Lighting.

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Dracut, MA – A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently to start construction for a new, fully accessible residence for the Corcoran family of Lowell. Celeste and her daughter, Sydney Corcoran, were both severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Sydney suffered leg injuries as a result of being hit with shrapnel and Celeste has lost both her legs; one above and one below the knee. Supporters of the family and the project gathered to recognize the many who have contributed to the project. Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Thomas Gatzunis, spoke of teamwork and the creation of the Boston Survivor’s Accessibility Alliance (BSAA). Kevin Corcoran’s employer, Corcoran Company, worked with the family to connect them with partners including Green Leaf Construction (GLC), who is donating construction management The new home will include entries at grade, an accessible layout with wider doors and hallways, and an elevator to allow wheelchair access throughout. Tom

Dube, COO of GLC, opened the ceremony by reviewing the significant accessibility limitations within the Corcoran’s existing residence. Working in partnership with the BSAA, is Renovate for Recovery, a committee formed by members of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) immediately after the bombings. F.W. Webb also assisted in the process associated with the purchase of the land for the new home, and will be donating plumbing and heating materials to the project. Additional project partners include Allain Sitework, Concord & Littleton Lumber, DSF Construction, Interstate Electrical, Summit Engineering, Superior Mechanical and Wolfers Lighting. Gretchen Schneider Rabinkin AIA, executive director of the Community Design Resource Center and civic design director at the BSA, says “For survivors still out there who are settling into recovery and now have a clearer picture of how their buildings get in the way, please give the commissioner’s office a call. We are still here to help.”

Integrated Breaks Ground

Rendering of South Shore Mini dealership entrance

Rockland, MA – Integrated Builders has begun construction on new BMW and MINI dealerships at 1040 Hingham St. in Rockland. Gallery Automotive Group’s new 58,000sf of BMW and MINI showrooms and service facilities will replace BMW Gallery of Norwell located at 98 Accord Park Drive, in Norwell. The new location will provide space for over 400 vehicles, including more than 30 service bays, and charging stations catering to the electric vehicle market.


The high-visibility site along the Route 3 corridor is being developed by A.W. Perry, Inc. Integrated Builders will oversee construction management services and will be utilizing a design-build contract with Curtis Architectural Group. The Gallery Automotive Group currently includes BMW Gallery of Norwood, BMW Gallery of Norwell, Volkswagen Gallery of Norwood, Mazda Gallery of Norwood and Honda Gallery of Reading.

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Parkside On Adams Breaks Ground BOND Tops Off Sports Complex Designed by Sasaki

l-r: Colin Kane; Matt Kiefer, president of Historic Boston; Mayor Walsh; Adam Rogoff, substation committee co-chair; and Steven Gag.

Roslindale, MA – Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined the community and development team to toss a ceremonial shovelful of dirt in Roslindale, officially breaking ground on The Parkside on Adams, a mixeduse complex incorporating the historic former MBTA substation, and starting construction on 43 new residences, including six affordable units. Walsh praised the development partners in the project: Historic Boston Inc., Roslindale Village Main Street, Inc., and Peregrine Group LLC of Rumford, R.I. The apartments will be located in a four-story building and will include studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. Six of the units will be designated as affordable and available by lottery.

Parking spaces will be available for residents in an at-grade garage. There also will be a restaurant with approximately 120 seats on the main level of the former substation, anticipated to be owned and operated by Chris Douglass, the current owner of The Ashmont Grill and Tavolo in Dorchester. Demolition took place late in the summer on the closed Higgins Funeral Home on Washington Street, making way for the project, which includes a restoration and repurposing of the 8,000sf brick substation. The residential portion of the project is scheduled for completion in August 2015. The substation is expected to be completed at about the same time.

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Easton, MA – BOND recently celebrated the topping off ceremony for the 24,000sf renovation and 50,000sf addition to the Stonehill College Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex in Easton. Stonehill is expanding its current

sports and recreational facility to better complement the College’s recent growth in student population. Working closely with design firm Sasaki Associates, BOND is providing construction management services, and has already completed full preconstruction services for the project as well. Originally built in 1988, the renovated Sally Blair Ames building and new Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C. Athletics and Fitness Center will house additional recreation spaces for group exercise and dance on the existing first floor, with weight and fitness facilities and student locker rooms located in the addition. Stonehill College’s athletics program will occupy 12 new locker rooms and a dedicated varsity weight room. Athletic office space and the Lou Gorman ’53 Pavilion will also be housed in the facility. BOND has utilized both in-house Building Information Modeling (BIM) and laser scanning services to analyze the facility’s existing conditions and develop its infrastructure. Detailed safety protocols and mitigation practices are ensuring no disruption to continued athletic uses for students. The project is slated for completion in July 2015.

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In addition to the ELN, we are launching a Student Mentoring program that will pair a student with a seasoned professional who can offer advice on navigating the waters as they build their career. We have high hopes for this program, and look forward to the connections and careers it will build. Thank you for your support of IIDA NE, whether that be as a sponsor, member, volunteer, Design Award entrant, Fashion Show participant, Business Leaders Breakfast attendee, Program panelist, Art Uncorked contributor... the list goes on, and none of it would be possible without your participation in building this dynamic community. We are IIDA. Sincerely,

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October 2014

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On April 1, 2014 the Boston Fire Department (BFD) issued a revised Regulation IX-10 addressing the use of flame-retardant upholstered and plastic furniture. The Regulation is part of the Boston Fire Doug Anderson Prevention Code, a separate and often more restrictive regulation than the MA State Fire Prevention Code, 527 CMR. The updated regulation removes most Group B (business) occupancies from being required to have upholstered chairs, benches, couches, and banquettes; and solid plastic chairs, from complying with the California Technical Bulletin 133 (CAL 133). Note that most Group B spaces are now exempt not only from CAL 133 but also CAL 117. These changes bring the City of Boston in line with the rest of the state for most Group B spaces. Group A spaces are still required to have CAL 133 furnishings, even if the building is fully sprinklered. “Group A” spaces include rooms used for assemblytype purposes, such as conference and dining rooms, with individual room occupant loads of 50 or more. In tenant

spaces with mixed uses of Groups A and B, there is no requirement for separation between the uses. Thus, Group B office spaces can be provided with nonlisted furnishings, while an adjacent Group A cafeteria or conference room open to the office area must have CAL 133. In our recent experience, contractors and others have been slow to embrace these changes, because it is a “relaxation” of a code requirement and is “different” from the way things have been done for 30 plus years. One of the fears expressed is that “BFD will change their minds next

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Lexington, MA — Maugel Architects and J. Calnan & Associates recently completed the renovation of Lexington Crossing, a five building renovation and retro-fit project in the Lincoln Labs-Hanscom Field area of Lexington, for Griffith Properties. The new designs feature iconic architectural elements to clearly delineate each building’s identity as part of a newly repositioned product.

The workscope involved a re-imagining of the structures to include all experiential aspects of the properties including: major upgrades to lobbies and common areas, signage, lighting, landscaping and site amenities. New amenity spaces include fitness centers, full service cafeterias, internet cafés, and outdoor amenities adjacent to the Lexington bike trails.

Laddawn Headquarters Expansion

Rendering of Laddawn headquarters’ three-story expansion

Devens, MA. – Laddawn, Inc., a plastics manufacturer with facilities across the country, received zoning approvals for a three-story addition to its headquarters located at 155 Jackson Road in Devens. The current space is a Maugeldesigned adaptive reuse of the Devens Library which was built in the 1960s. The addition will nearly triple the size of the existing building and is considered a strategic component in attracting the industry’s top talent to Laddawn. Working closely with the owner, the team designed an innovative interpretation of the workplace. Traditional office layouts were replaced with creative, fun, and inviting common spaces, treadmill and balance ball workstation areas, a café-style kitchen, an outdoor patio, and lounge areas. The new design incorporates


an organic-industrial concept featuring a modern façade treatment and interior quality-of-life amenities. The aesthetic is achieved by bringing “the outside in” through the installation of a climbing wall and faux grass, combined with slate, concrete and exposed steel finishes. “Ladd Lavallee and Dawn Seiple, copresidents of Laddawn, had expectations for a 5,000sf to 7,000sf addition, but with some creative design and site plan orchestrations, we were able to add 18,000sf to the project,” said Brent Maugel, president of Maugel Architects. The project team members include Mike Lanney of Apex Properties, Jesse Johnson of David Ross Associates, and Christina Borella and Cindi Giugliano Cascio of Maugel Architects.

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Interior Design Transforms Bemis Designed by Maugel Architects

Newly renoved corporate community room and idea center

Shirley, MA – Senate Construction Corporation and Maugel Architects recently completed the renovation of the corporate community room and idea center at Bemis Associates headquarters in Shirley. Bemis Associates is a world leader in industrial thermoplastic films. The new community room and idea center is an effort toward making a relaxing environment where the company workforce can access and share its creative energy. Maugel’s interior design team transformed the room into a modern, creative space. The use of clean lines and high-contrasting materials, in color and texture, created a contemporary feel. High-gloss floating cabinets were selected in place of the traditional casework most commonly seen, and glass was used in unconventional ways

in backsplashes, texture-glass dividers, sliding and floating marker boards, and on brushed metal stand-offs. LED strip lighting and a variety of pendant lighting were employed to create a dramatic effect. A combination of flooring materials was installed to mirror the floating ceiling soffits to create a geometry in an otherwise plain square room. To facilitate the community room’s multifunctional purpose, separate spaces were created through flooring, a variety of furniture types, and ceiling changes. Unwanted noise from the manufacturing floor above was a major concern. To solve the issue, Maugel worked with Cavanaugh Tocci Associates and Senate Construction to design a creative combination of acoustical treatments to reduce sound and add aesthetic appeal.

October 2014

Visual Translation How a Professional Interior Photographer Sees by Christian Scully

There is a very basic law of photography that should be confessed from the get-go: What appears in reality is not what appears in the camera, and vice versa. It has been said that the camera Christian Scully is the greatest liar of all (quote a photography history course, somewhere, sometime). While you could delve for days into the philosophical and ethical meaning of this idea, I’m simply referring to the ability of the camera to lie, or perhaps slightly bend the truth, or light. Our eyes and brain are very perceptive to our surroundings, able to recognize depth, size, and proportion as we move about a room. But place a glass lens at a single perspective and reality can start to morph. Pieces of furniture can change size. Five feet of space could become one. A tiny room can even appear large. It comes down to how the photographer’s lens choice translates the interior onto an image. The real job of an interior photographer, after gaining technical camera skills

and understanding light, is to become a mover, a stager, a set builder. I’m not the first in saying my job is 10% photography and 90% moving furniture, and though exaggerated, the notion is correct. Once I have determined the best angle to capture an interior, I then need to adjust everything in the frame according to the camera, not the eye. Often, when working with a new client, I see signs of worry and panic on their face as I move a piece of furniture or prop. They are viewing the space from perhaps several feet above and to the side of the camera, viewing the reality, not the story that the camera is about to tell. After assurance and an explanation, I will create the image and reveal the results, followed by sighs of relief and a couple of laughs. They understand. Representing interior design and architecture is a craft, requiring years of practice, trial and error, and attention to even the most minute details. It still consistently presents new technical challenges, and I’m always learning. Christian Scully is a professional architectural and interior photographer and founder of Design Imaging Studios.

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October 2014


MEP Engineering for Corporate Interiors – Back to Basics by Alex Vanderweil

MEP engineering is an important driver of the success of a corporate interior project, making the difference between comfortable and complaining occupants, sustainability Alex Vanderweil and excess energy consumption, and meeting versus exceeding the construction budget, to name just a few. The MEP engineer must meet the tenant’s goals while addressing the challenges of today’s dynamic design environment, where he or she is constantly confronted with new building codes, design tools, and technologies, all while meeting the architectural/interior design goals of the designer and supporting the construction manager. Luckily, although the building code may change, the fundamentals of engineering success in the corporate interior market do not. Three keys to MEP engineering success for the corporate interior market worth remembering are: Understand the Building

The MEP design is not a blank slate—it

is an extension of the “base building” systems, or a “fit-out.” These systems vary widely in the greater Boston market, in how they work, how much they cost to modify, and what environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, power, etc.) they can provide. Understanding the infrastructure and how the landlord operates the building is critical (as is helping the tenant to understand it). Similarly, the base building architecture will influence the MEP fit-out—high floor-to-floor heights may allow more equipment to be located above ceilings vs. equipment rooms, the type of envelope glazing will influence thermal and visual comfort, exposed utilities might be appropriate in a Boston Wharf building but not in a downtown tower, and so on. Understand the Tenant

The MEP engineer must guide the tenant through the sometimes bewildering range of MEP options—fan coils vs. fan boxes, LED lighting vs. compact fluorescent, is it worth pursuing utility rebates, etc. To do so, he or she must understand the tenant’s goals, and translate them into an MEP design that meets these goals. A sustainability or LEED goal might translate into a smart lighting system

aided by utility rebates, coupled with chilled beams for HVAC efficiency. A resiliency goal might translate into an emergency generator—which should be right-sized to meet the real load, not oversized based on unchecked assumptions. Maximizing comfort might mean more thermostats and HVAC equipment. Other possible tenant goals with MEP implications include minimizing first cost, using wireless controls, speeding the construction schedule, maintaining a low noise level, and accommodating future occupancy growth. When it comes to engineering successful systems, there is no substitute for understanding the tenant’s goals. Collaborate!

Truly successful projects are always collaborative in spirit. Architectural/ engineering collaboration helps ensure that the MEP engineering supports the interior design. Collaboration with the landlord should not be forgotten—the landlord often has key insights and experience about how to make the fit-out engineering work smoothly with the base building. Do not overlook this resource! Similarly, it is important that the MEP engineer and LEED administrator (if

different) meet early and often, to make sure the LEED goals are translated into tangible MEP (and architectural) strategies. Owner’s project managers and cost estimators can provide valuable insight on tenant goals and budget, helping to avoid the need for schedulebusting late stage value engineering. And don’t forget about the construction manager—incorporating their feedback into the MEP engineering can make the tenant, landlord, and construction team’s lives much more pleasant by improving schedule, reducing disruption to adjacent tenants, enabling more efficient construction phasing, reducing cost, and incorporating valuable insights from the field into the design. By focusing on these fundamentals, we, the MEP engineering community, can make sure our clients are getting the engineering they deserve—engineering that supports their architectural vision, meets their goals, and makes their environments safe, comfortable, sustainable, and productive. Alex Vanderweil, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP in Boston.

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October 2014

Twitter’s New Offices Completed


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Cambridge, MA – Columbia Construction, IA Interior Architects and Jones Lang LaSalle have completed the build-out of Twitter’s new offices in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Having acquired two Boston area companies (Bluefin Labs and Crashlytics) in 2013, Twitter sought to combine the two separate groups under one roof. Twitter’s new space on two floors of the 141 Portland Street office complex in Cambridge combines the companies’ workforces and

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promote transparency. Soft seating areas, standing desks, lounge areas, and game rooms are interspersed throughout the space. A centrally located common area is used to host office-wide events. A mix of spaces, ranging from cozy conference rooms to larger boardroom-type spaces, are available for meetings. The reception area, which includes a lush garden wall, is symbolic of the growth of not only Twitter but also of the Boston region’s innovation sector boom. Custom-built millwork reception desk, wood plank ceiling, a 17 foot living wall and a 500 gallon custom-built saltwater fish tank complete the interior fit-out. This project was completed on a fast-track basis, with a three month construction schedule.

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October 2014


The Heart of the Workplace by Sheila Selby

When you throw a party at home, the kitchen is the place where everyone congregates. And these days, the office kitchen, or break room, is the space in the workplace where co-workers like to Sheila Selby spend time together. Just like the kitchen is the heart of the home, the kitchen has become the heart of the workplace. It’s interesting how the workplace kitchen has followed suit with the kitchens in our homes. Many older houses were built with a distinct kitchen, where food was prepared and meals eaten. Newer houses are often built with great rooms: spaces where a kitchen is open to a family living room. Kitchens in offices used to be small rooms without any personality. They provided one function: a place to store your lunch. (If you were lucky, your break room had a table to eat at). Today, the traditional boundaries of working and playing are fading away in workspaces. The workplace kitchen is a space for employees to mingle, relax, and have fun. The socialization that occurs in

kitchens are separate rooms, and in open plan workplaces, where the lines between break room and workspace are blurred. You’re likely to see a bright, welcoming area with comfortable lounge seating, a counter-height bar and stools instead of, or in addition to, tables, and a TV. If the area is large enough, there’s often a game

Before: This kitchen was a small, drab, uninviting room, with no place to sit. Employees used the room only to store or prepare their food.

the break room is ideal for encouraging employee collaboration, strengthening corporate culture, and enhancing employee morale. What’s brought on this change in the workplace kitchen? My thought is it’s because the Gen Xers and Millennials grew up in homes with great rooms and are used to the blend of play and work. This melding of space and activities continues when they’re in college. As the proportion of Xers and Millennials grow in the workforce, they’re requiring these multi-functional spaces to feel at home. The current design elements are similar in both traditional offices, where

rooms in college residence halls. If you’re moving into new workspace or renovating your existing space, here are a few design ideas to create a break room of today. • Locate the kitchen in a primary circulation path of all employees.

• Make the space as large as possible to accommodate multiple functions. • Use home-like finishes, such as vinyl plank flooring resembling hardwood floors.

After: This workplace kitchen was enlarged during an office renovation. Bright colors, high-top tables, a wood-look vinyl floor, and windows to the hall make this space welcoming. Employees now use this break room for eating, socializing, and collaboration.

table. The workplace kitchen is mimicking your great room at home. It’s also interesting to note that many of the break rooms in today’s workplaces are virtually interchangeable with the rec

A company’s workspace design is a huge selling point for new hires. Research shows that after compensation and benefits, the physical workspace is the third most important factor in a prospective employee’s decision about joining a company. Investing in the creation of an inviting, multi-functional workplace kitchen is an excellent use of a business’s resources. Having a wonderful heart pays off. Sheila Selby is the founder/owner of On The Move Interiors, a commercial interior design and workplace strategy firm based in Brookline, Mass. She is also the Workplace Design Strategic Advisor for NorthBridge CRE Advisors and other firms.

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McDonald Completes Legoland

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Somerville, MA – McDonald Electrical Corp., based in Hingham, recently completed the electrical fit-out of Legoland Discovery Center’s first New England family entertainment center, at Assembly Row Mall in Somerville. The

project entailed developing electrical installation plans based on a generic design narrative. McDonald coordinated and created drawings for the installation of multiple electrical systems and utility services at the 44,000sf retail location and, installed a 1200 amp secondary electrical service for the two-story Legoland retail facility. Unique features of the build-out included electrical installations of multiple amusement park rides, a 4D theatre, special interactive gaming areas, and a retail store. The project also required installation of an extensive lighting package and stateof-the-art lighting control installations. The project team included architect: Darlow Christ Architects of Cambridge, GC: Lee Kennedy Company, Inc. of Quincy, and EE: Cosentini Associates of Cambridge.

Waters Corp. Starts Renovation Collaborates with Design Advantage Milford, MA – Waters Corporation, a public corporation headquartered in Milford, recently embarked on a multiyear, multiphase renovation project for its eight-building, 300,000sf corporate campus. Initially, Waters contracted two separate millwork contractors to develop and install furniture and casework design prototypes for shared print/copy/mail areas, but was unhappy with the results. Shelves in the two pilot installs were not deep enough to hold oversize mail or toner cartridges, and vertically mounted index labels for mail slots were hard to read. Exposed wood surfaces on the inside of components would break down over time and did not allow for reconfiguration. Perhaps most importantly, a design plan would have to be developed individually, for each room, from scratch with the architect.

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Waters chose to collaborate with Design Advantage because of its “design thinking” approach and its comprehensive capabilities that include workspace/ workflow analysis, design services, furniture and installation. During multiple predesign meetings with Waters managers and its local architect, Design Advantage posed critical questions to managers and to employees about workflow and how they would be utilizing the various taskspecific workspaces. Images were taken and samples of what would be stored in each of the areas were cataloged. After gaining a clear understanding of the functional requirements and workflow that was critical for each space, 2D and 3D color perspective drawings made it easy for Waters to visualize how the design solutions would fit.

October 2014

New Flooring Technologies Make a New Look an Overnight Sensation by Thomas Ricciardelli

Does any other part of a retail outlet, restaurant, or hotel warrant more attention than the floor? You might be thinking there are plenty of other things. Yet if you really thought Thomas Ricciardelli about it, how many times does somebody say, “Look at that display” compared to “Watch your step”? And does anything make a room stop more abruptly than when a waiter drops a tray of dishes on the, you guessed it, floor? Okay, those may be extreme examples, but people, specifically customers, do notice and care about floors. Generally, they care about it more when something is wrong with it. That’s awhy many retail outlets will delay replacing wornout flooring rather than deal with a costly replacement that may require a lengthy and messy installation. Simply put, “Pardon our appearance” signs are never good for business. Well, times are changing and so is flooring. There are new flooring technologies out there—interlocking tiles, specifically—that make installing a new floor or parts of a floor possible without any disruption or down time. These tiles, made from recycled materials, can be placed over existing tiles. So, installation time is dramatically reduced because there’s no need to remove the old floor—that eliminates messy and environmentally unfriendly adhesives and excessive dust. The interlocking technology also opens up the potential for numerous marketing opportunities. Having your store’s logo and branding on the floor becomes a matter of simply putting it on the tiles. The same holds true with special promotions. You can literally change the flooring in different parts of your store or venue to suit your marketing needs. Of course, the true beauty of the interlocking tiles comes into play should a tile wear down or begin to fade. Then, you simply replace the tile instead of the entire area. This kind of convenience becomes even more practical if you own multiple locations. With installation impacts minimized, the benefits of these newer technologies abound. As these tiles are mostly made from recycled products and are 100% recyclable, you have a green floor. Being greener is something that makes everybody—customers, staff, vendors, etc.—feel better about your business. Aside from that, the newer floors, through use of a seam sealer, are virtually seamless. This eliminates moisture build-

up within floor seams, which can harbor dirt and provide a breeding area for bacteria. Nothing can impact a restaurant or food store more than somebody getting sick from eating something that came out of your operation. This kind of green technology makes it much easier to keep your restaurant, hotel, or store cleaner and safer. In addition to being better environmentally, greener flooring tends to have more of a cushion and is more comfortable to stand on for long periods of time. This is an obvious benefit for customers and guests who might stay or browse longer. More comfortable flooring can also reduce workers comp claims and sick days for staff, as the softer surface is not as problematic for feet, legs, and backs. It also mitigates injuries on falls that do oc-

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cur (e.g., a fall on the green floor results in a bruise where a fall on the harder, older floor may have broken a bone or caused a sprain). Beyond day-to-day maintenance, this newer technology is built to last. For example, the commercial grade flooring that our company sells has a 10-year commercial grade warranty. Even if one area wears out before another, repair is simply a matter of replacing a tile, not an entire floor. Again, that’s with zero down time. So you never need to compromise the look of your floor because of a few wornout spots. In the retail and hospitality industries, presentation is everything. Your floor can either be part of the overall presentation or a distraction to it. By taking advantage of the newer technologies out there, you have a ground floor opportunity to make your floor a thing customers and guests remember for the right reasons. Thomas Ricciardelli is the president of SelecTech, Inc. of Avon, Mass.

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October 2014


Protecting the Interior Investment Safeguarding the Inside Starts with Safeguarding the Outside by Linda May

being considered in several states. Second largest contributor nationally, General Growth Properties, is floating a new mall for Norwalk, Conn. as early as 2017. In East Rutherford, N.J., developers hope to create the largest mall in the world, complete with an amusement park and indoor ski slope. In Minnesota, the iconic Mall of America is embarking on a $325 million expansion in an effort to build on its estimated 42 million annual visitors. While the size of a mall’s roof can be comparable to a football field, maintaining it is a full time job, but investors know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Large commercial real estate investors and corporations often specifically set aside money in their budgets for preventive roof maintenance. Due diligence in their risk managing has them paying special attention during the winter months when roof collapse incidents are commonly heard throughout the country. The threat of roof collapse not only poses thousands in costly repairs, but also in lost business income, and more importantly the immeasurable threat to the lives of those in the building. Regular inspections of the roofs and their drains

are a vital part to the roof’s integrity and sustainability. Viewing just some of the stories and videos of mall roofs collapsing across the country leaves one to appreciate the vital importance of maintaining the roof’s drains and snow loads. While interior decorators and design engineers are hard at work to bedazzle and amaze us with their interior designs attracting shoppers to spend their time and money, the investors have to keep

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Many retail malls are turning to interior renovations to reignite interest from shoppers. Locally in Taunton, Mass., MGHerring Group and Tricom Real Estate Group are spending $5 million Linda May for interior and exterior improvements, including a new escalator in the center of the East Taunton mall. Interior upgrades will include the food court and bathroom renovations as well as enhanced inside lighting throughout the mall. The Westfarms Mall in West Hartford, Conn. is busy at work on its own building project — a multi-million dollar facelift to the 40-year-old facility. “The company is constantly reinvesting in the mall to keep it fresh and relevant,” said Westfarms general manager Kevin Keenan. “It doesn’t look or feel like a 40-year-old shopping center when you walk through it.” After a sluggish stretch following the recession, U.S. malls are beginning to show signs of life, with new developments

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Green United Illuminating Helps Quinnipiac Achieve Sustainability

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Hamden, CT – Quinnipiac University recently completed an extensive initiative on the North Haven campus, reconstructing four outdated corporate office buildings into the state-of-the-art center

for medicine, nursing and health sciences, and school of law center. The university worked with The United Illuminating Company, an administrator of Energize Connecticut programs,

from the earliest stages of the projects, ensuring prescriptive and custom energy-efficiency measures were initiated. In addition to helping the university secure approximately $87,000 in financial assistance through the Energy Efficiency Fund, the New Haven utility also provided strategic guidance and technical insight. The building redesign emphasized energy efficiency throughout. Lighting was upgraded to high-efficiency CFL and LED lights, and motion and sound sensors were installed to control lighting usage in unoccupied spaces. The heating and cooling systems were updated with new drives, fans and pumps, and a new supplementary 10-ton chiller was added— all resulting in an estimated $61,700 cost savings annually. The medical center also utilized windows with energy-saving thermal glazing and used low VOC paint and carpeting. Sustainable energy endeavors at the York Hill Campus, including 721 roof-top solar panels which generate nearly 250,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, earned Quinnipiac University a spot on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Top

20 Colleges & Universities. “Quinnipiac is continually looking for ways to improve our efficiency and conserve environmental resources,” said Keith Woodward, associate vice president for facilities operations at Quinnipiac University. In addition to comprehensive recycling programs and filtered water stations across its three campuses, the university boasts a community garden, seasonal farmer’s markets and annual Earth Day celebrations, all promoting sustainable practices and greener living. To engage students further, an online building energy dashboard is available to track electricity, heating, and cooling energy usage in real-time. The university’s facility staff monitors the data to track trends for energy inefficiencies in all campus buildings. “Quinnipiac University’s success in utilizing Energize Connecticut programs to chart its own path to sustainability provides an ideal footprint for others to follow,” said Roy W. Haller, director of commercial and industrial energy service programs at The United Illuminating Company.

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Brigham Parking Garage and Centennial Park Completed to reduce floor-to-floor heights. The newly landscaped open space above the garage will accommodate a new bus stop. The overriding cost factor for the project was the blasting and removal of bedrock. SDE’s approach to the project reduced the amount of bedrock removal so significantly that it eliminated one full

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Boston – Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced the completion of the patient parking garage and Thea and James M. Stoneman Centennial Park as of September 22. Simon Design Engineering (SDE), of Wellesley, engaged in the structural engineering and parking garage design work. The completed project will provide additional patient parking spaces and open space for the hospital and surrounding community. The 400-space underground parking

garage and 40,000sf landscaped park are surrounded by three hospital buildings in Boston’s busy Longwood Medical Area. The project resurrected the original formal entrance to the Peter Bent Brigham Building. Key features included extending the underground structure to within two feet of existing buildings by using secant pile walls in lieu of slurry walls, reconfiguring parking and circulation to improve efficiency, and using posttensioned concrete flat-plate construction



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Lavallee Brensinger, PC, and Populous Team Up Durham, NH – The University of New Hampshire has chosen the design-build team of Populous, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, and PC Construction for the new $25 million athletic complex slated to open in the summer of 2016. The new four-story stadium will feature tiered seating for 11,500 and include dedicated levels for concessions and restrooms, a president’s suite, press and club boxes with a common multipurpose stadium club room, a gateway entry with ticket sales building, and a pedestrian concourse. The project will be built to UNH’s high sustainability requirements, and meet the standards associated with a LEED Silver facility. Lavallee Brensinger will serve as the architect of record, and brings its long-standing relationship with the university to the table. Lavallee Brensinger most recently completed the lighting and grandstand renovations

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to Cowell Stadium. It teamed with Populous to design the Verizon Wireless Arena in 2001, and has worked with PC Construction on numerous education, corporate, and healthcare projects throughout the northeast region. Populous, a sports facility design firm, is recognized for its focus on designing spaces as steadfast, enduring landmarks within their communities. PC Construction of Portland, Maine has partnered on many projects for the University System of New Hampshire, and most recently completed the 115,000sf LEED Gold Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics on the university campus. The official groundbreaking for the stadium is scheduled for the spring of 2015. The new facility will open in time to host the University’s 2016 football season home opener.

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UMass Lowell Completes Two Major Projects fall, for the first time in UMass Lowell’s history, total enrollment tops 17,000, and the undergraduate population numbers more than 10,000. The student center was designed by Perkins+Will. Construction management was provided by Joslin, Lesser + Associates, and the general contractor was Shawmut Design and Construction. University Suites

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Exterior of the new $95 million student-engagement center at UMass Lowell’s University Crossing

Lowell, MA – UMass Lowell has officially opened its new, $95 million studentengagement center at University Crossing and with it, a new era in the institution’s history. In addition, it has completed work on a new $54 million University Suites residence hall. University Crossing

University Crossing is the hub that links UMass Lowell’s south, north, and east campuses with the city’s downtown business district and cultural attractions. For UMass Lowell students, the center brings together for the first time under

one roof, all the services they need to complement their classroom experience. With its cutting-edge sustainable and contemporary design and four-story glass front with views of the Merrimack River, the complex is as beautiful as it is functional. The new student-engagement center is the 10th building opened in five years by UMass Lowell, which has aggressively grown its academic and research facilities and student residence halls to accommodate nearly a 50% increase in enrollment over the last seven years. This

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of Lowell’s textile and industrial heritage in mind and complements the Northern Canal neighborhood, which was home to the storied Lawrence Mills. The project is the latest academic project by the architecture and design firm ADD Inc. The construction manager was Walsh Brothers, Inc.

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The color scheme and materials used for the interior design are tied to the building’s exterior of gold, brown, and red, which was inspired by the brick hues of the surrounding historic mills. The five-story, 148,000sf residence hall houses 472 students. There are a total of 88 four- and six-bed suites with bathroom, living room, and kitchenette. Windows were added, creating inviting and light-filled hallways. The first-floor communal lounge features a glass-fronted living room with fireplace. There are two lounges on every floor with flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, full kitchens, and living rooms that can seat 35 people. A multipurpose room is available and can accommodate up to 126 people. Quiet study rooms are also available throughout the residence hall. The residence hall is currently seeking LEED Silver certification from the USGBC.

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Jewett Caps Off Indoor Range

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Hudson, NH – Jewett Construction Company, Inc. of Hudson has completed the capping off of the interior firing range enclosure at the Granite State Indoor Range and Gun Shop. Designed by Port One Architects and scheduled for completion in the fall, the new 12,960sf facility is Jewett’s fourth gun range project. Centrally located just off Route 3 in Hudson for easy access, the new facility contains two ranges with a total of 15 shooting stalls, gun shop, offices, and members’ area. It is designed to cater to experts and novices alike by facilitating firearms training courses for all ages.

Concord, NH – Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. of Concord has completed the Plymouth branch for the Bank of New Hampshire. The new branch includes a teller line, drive up window, private offices and a conference room. The exterior is a brick veneer with PVC detail trim for low maintenance. The wood work was installed by Milestone’s craftsmen. The architect for the project was Dennis Mires, PA, The Architects of Manchester.

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“Jewett is doing a great job with the range,” says Rich Nutile, Granite State Indoor Range and Gun Shop’s General Manager. “Your people are great to work with and really get things done.”

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Canton, MA – Eli Florence, CEO of the Kaydon Group of Companies, announced that its Consolidated Electric division located in Merrimack, N.H. will now carry the Florence Electric brand name. Florence spoke of the resilience of the long-established Consolidated brand in the industry: “We acquired Consolidated Electric of N.H. in 2007 and kept the name and familiarity to the local market. Now

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Boston – Carlton Cooper sales representative for Eldorado Stone in New England reports that the company has opened a new outdoor multi-functional showroom at its southern California headquarters in San Diego. According to Cooper, the new 3,000sf showroom asserts the elegance of a retreat, country club and restaurant – all in one, and features more than two dozen Eldorado Stone product installations for customers to experience first-hand how its products transform spaces.

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Retail/Hospitality Metro Walls Completes Common

CSM Lodging Plans New Hotel

Begins Seabrook Crossing

Marlborough, MA. – CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, officially closed on a parcel of land within Marlborough’s thriving Forest Park Development. The company plans to build, own, and operate what will be the newest hotel in the area, a Hilton Garden Inn. Marlborough’s Forest Park development includes nearly 1 million sf of commercial office space, 350 new residential units, and an estimated 35,000sf of retail and dining space planned as the second phase of the project.

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Working toward a first quarter 2016 grand opening, CSM’s planned Hilton Garden Inn will be the newest hotel in the area and feature 160 rooms, restaurant and bar, patio, a business center, fitness center, and pool.

Jewett Completes Autoserv Addition Seabrook Commons

Seabrook NH – Metro Walls of Manchester recently completed Seabrook Commons, a retail project that consists of more than 300,000sf on Route 1 in Seabrook. “We started this project in April of this year, and the stores opened their doors in late July,” said Mike Dion, Metro Walls president “Our project managers and the KBE Construction team clicked and the project came together quickly, on-budget

and ahead of schedule.” While Metro Walls put the finishing touches on Seabrook Commons another Metro Walls framing team started with Seabrook Crossing, a 145,000sf retail project right next door. Seabrook Crossing will consist of eight buildings and is scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2015.

Tilton, NH – Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymondbased Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has completed an infill addition for the AutoServ Dealer Group in Tilton. Designed by Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects, the project involves a twostory, 4,800sf parts storage addition between the client’s Ford and Chrysler dealerships. Exterior metal panels were installed by Jewett’s Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors division. This is the fourth project Jewett

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Boston – JM Coull (JMC) recently completed renovations to six laboratories in the Egan Research Center at Northeastern University. The project scope called for complete gut renovations of Labs 157, 160, 216, 230, 231, and 464. The labs included fume hoods and emergency showers and eye wash stations. JMC extended the existing nitrogen

line from the building’s loading dock tank farm to Lab 231 and provided future tees and valves for other labs. Lab 216, the largest of the spaces, features an aluminum and glass storefront to support Northeastern’s “Science on Display” initiative. JMC has been doing projects at the university for more than 10 years.

Holyoke, MA – Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) has completed construction for Baystate Medical Center’s microbiology lab in Holyoke. The 11,000sf lab was designed with an aim towards long term adaptability and flexibility by utilizing adjustable, mobile work benches to allow quick reconfigurations, overhead service panels to distribute power, data, and gases throughout the lab ceilings, and additional building systems capacity to allow future lab equipment to be added. The design process focused on the study of sample material, and staff workflows using lean principles to reduce

staff fatigue and sample test turnaround times. These factors led to an organization consisting of a large open lab surrounded by offices, support spaces, and a small high containment lab. The energy-efficient lighting design approach utilizes clerestory windows to share light between the core and perimeter spaces and highlight the vibrant accent colors. SBA’s design team included Kirsten Waltz, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, project executive; Harvey Kirk, AIA, lab planner, and principal-in-charge; and Luke Thiboutot, AIA, design architect.


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Brookline, MA – Kaplan Construction recently announced the culmination of a three-year management transition. Nathan Peck has been promoted to president and Jane Kaplan Peck, majority owner, has been appointed chief operating officer (COO). Company founders Ken and Cathy Kaplan have taken on new roles as chairman of the board and senior advisor, respectively. Founded in 1976, Kaplan Construc-

tion’s highly experienced staff has worked together for many years, building a strong resume of renovation and new construction projects along the way. The company’s long history of professional teamwork and collaboration, combined with detailed planning and thoughtful execution, provides clients with optimal results: well-built, cost-effective, and timely projects.

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“We attribute our success to a passion for building and the trusted relationships we foster with our clients. Our mission —above all else—is to construct quality work for our clients,” said Ken Kaplan. “I step away from the president’s role with the full confidence that Nate and Jane will

continue to follow our guiding principles of client service, technical excellence, collaboration, and mutual respect. I know the company will thrive with them at the helm, and Cathy and I look forward to providing support and leadership as they continue to grow the company.”

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An eight-month-long Kaplan renovation project transformed a former auto body garage into a vibrant, modern environment for teens. / Shelly Harrison Photography

The Brookline Teen Center (BTC) project is an adaptive reuse of an early twentieth century cast-in-place, concrete, 20,000sf garage building. Today, this facility serves hundreds of Brookline teens who gather after school and on weekends for constructive, educational and leisure activities. The Kaplan team renovated this former auto body garage and transformed it into a modern environment while maintaining some of the unique characteristics of the building. The space features a bowling

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October 2014

Capone Iron Hosts Steel Day Event during the event by Rachel Kaprielian, the secretary of labor and workforce. SteelDay is the industry’s largest educational and networking function, with events occurring all over the country.

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will include interconnecting stairways, floor-to-ceiling windows along the main façade and 6’6” throughout the rest of the space, high ceilings, and energy efficient systems. On site at Burlington Woods are three full service cafeterias and a fitness center. The site will include parking for up to 350 spots. The development is scheduled for completion in the first quarter 2015. JLL has been assigned as the exclusive leasing agent.

High-Profile Feature: Daikin Roadshow

October 2014


Stebbins Duffy Hosts Daikin Roadshow

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Boston – John Duffy & Emery George of Stebbins Duffy, Inc. recently hosted the “Ideas in Motion Roadshow” at the Seaport World trade center. Daikin loaded up 18-wheelers and hit the road with industry-Daikin solutions. The event included presentations on chiller plant systems, advanced motor and drives for HVAC and energy savings, and intelligent equipment. The speakers were Tom Watson, PE, past ASHRAE society president, and

Wally Bjorkstand of Daikin Applied. Stebbins Duffy also hosted an after party at the Rosa Mexicanno in Boston. Daikin Applied, (formerly known as Daikin McQuay) was started in 1924 and has an extensive history of developing new, industry-leading innovations and technology. US headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minn. Stebbins Duffy, located in Peabody, is a manufacturer’s rep for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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Grand Opening of Schneider Electric J. Calnan, Perkins+Will, CBRE, and RDK that included a combination of open office, closed executive offices, conference rooms and dry labs. The sizable project required 800 pieces of steel weighing over 315 tons! Some of the first floor amenities include a large conferencing and training center, full service cafeteria, cutting-edge fitness center, and a hospitality lounge. Some of the highlights include

Schneider Electric’s Boston One Campus / photos by Richard Mandelkorn Photography

Quincy, Mass – Governor Deval Patrick, among other dignitaries, recently joined executives from J. Calnan & Associates, Perkins & Will, CBRE and RDK Engineers to celebrate the grand opening of Schneider Electric’s Boston One Campus. Located at 800 Federal Street in Andover, the campus will also serve as their new North America headquarters and will be home to 850 employees across multiple business units” To create this new state-of-theart headquarters facility, Schneider Electric and CBRE engaged J. Calnan & Associates, construction managers; Perkins and Will, architects and RDK Engineers. The scope included renovating the existing 150,000sf as well as adding

a three story addition which created an additional 77,000sf of space to house Schneider’s laboratory and office spaces. There also was a tenant improvement package totaling 235,943sf to both the existing building and the new addition

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Schneider’s Discovery Center which allows visitors to learn about their history as well as test their solutions through simulated demonstrations using 65-inch interactive panels. Boston One is also equipped with 53,000 square feet of StruxureLabs, labs where Schneider Electric engineers test and validate products that go into real-world customer deployments. Additionally, the LEED

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Senior Living Congress to Build Senior Housing

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Easton, MA – Congress Building Corp. is serving its repeat client, LCB Senior Living, LLC of Norwood in the construction of The Residence at Five Corners, a senior living community in Easton. The Congress Companies will provide construction management services for the project, which will be owned and operated by LCB Senior Living, LLC. Designed by The Architectural Team of Chelsea, The Residence at Five Corners will be an 84,000sf, 74-unit, assisted living, independent living and memory care residence located at 678 Depot Street in Easton. There will be studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments available to residents as well as a Reflections Memory Care wing that

will engage residents with early stage Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders in meaningful, therapeutic activities. The Residence will also include a variety of common areas, featuring comfortable living rooms, a library, a computer room, cafes, exercise room and other signature high standard amenities designed to keep residents active and engaged. Residents will have access to private dining, entertainment and recreation as well. The landscaped grounds will feature walking paths, sitting areas and gardens. Construction for The Residence at Five Corners is expected to commence in summer 2014 and is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

Avita Names Gallin Exec. Director Newburyport, MA – Avita of screened porches, social and Newburyport, a new assisted recreational programs, assistance living community opening with personal care, and much this winter in Newburyport, more. has appointed Gerry Gallin Gallin has more than two dethe community’s executive cades of experience in the assistdirector. The community is ed living industry and has been being developed and managed by with Northbridge for the past six The Northbridge Companies, a years. She served as executive privately owned company based director of Avita of Needham, a Gerry Gallin in Burlington. memory care community located Upon opening, Avita of Newburyport in Needham, for four years. will be a 70-unit, state-of-the-art, senior Most recently, she served as corporate living community focused on memory marketing liaison for the Northbridge care. The community will feature an array communities. She is also a geriatric care of amenities for its residents, including manager, and was one of the first in the a salon and barber shop, computer lab, state of Massachusetts.


Other than playing my 36 lefty guitars, there is no other one thing in my life that I have done longer than recruiting. I love it. I was born to do this job, but it is becoming more and more difficult. Colm Allen Recruiting is changing before my very eyes. Coming up on two decades now, I sometimes think I have seen it all. Yet every so often, as a headhunter, exec search consultant, talent diviner, or whatever exotic name our industry is labelled with next, something novel hits me between the eyes. I have been wondering for a long time, why do some great employees leave, and others stay? If you are in a role, charged with finding and retaining talent, the answer lies in the following question: “What’s it like to work for me?” I am now firmly of the opinion that many, many employees don’t leave, they are driven out by what I used to call “the bad manager,” but these days, call “a bad

power to hire them. They are the next wave of construction professionals, and they don’t want managers, they want to follow leaders. They know what they want in a work environment, and they are not shy at telling their employers (and potential employers) what it will take to recruit them and, more importantly, to keep them happy. Once they are in the job, they need a clear directive and then let them get the job done. However, they need regular feedback to tell them how they are doing, be it good or bad. Further, they are not promising loyalty “till death us do part.” Know this job for them is a stepping stone but when they are with you they will work hard, really hard. They are not interested in a gold watch at the end. Heck, they don’t even wear watches any more. So, go on, ask yourself, “What’s it like to work for me”? Are you still managing, or have you started leading? Are you still telling employees exactly what to do, how to do it? Still castigating people in public? Does your mood determine the vibe in the room? How many times do you use “me/my/I/mine in conversation? Are you relating to your direct reports in the

If you are in a role charged with finding and retaining talent, the answer lies in the following question: “What’s it like to work for me?” leader.” Most people today in management roles don’t even realize that management has morphed into leadership. “What’s the difference?” you ask, Managers tell their staff what to do, and leaders show them how it’s done. A good leader will assume the risk, make the decision, explain the deliverables, and then frequently connect with their team to make sure everyone is on the same page. And, when necessary, they are in the trenches with them. This behavioral style lends itself to a collaborative environment rather than what many employees consider the “them versus us” attitude of typical managers who only measure by metrics and performance. The techniques so often pontificated in the coffee table tomes of the ’80s and ’90s are all but irrelevant now. They were written in a time when companies could control information. When secrecy was your advantage. When those with knowledge had the upper hand. And it was the role of those who knew what to do, to tell or order others how to; technology has evened the playing field, and today your only real competitive advantage is your committed workforce. That brings us to Millennials. If you’re smart, you are doing everything in your

same way your old-fashioned boss relates to you? By next year, these new type of employees will be 35% of the workforce, and by 2025, they will be 75% (U.S. Dept. of Labor). And yet, most of our client companies are led by either Baby Boomers or those just behind them in age. There is a communications gap looming in every industry, but especially in our most old-fashioned world of construction. Couple all of this with the emerging pool of clients and owners reps who have employed their own Millennials, and we are looking at a Tower of Babel situation in the construction world where old can’t talk to new. We must find a common language between generations. Now, we have known for years that most people change jobs for life enhancing opportunities, not just more money. Add to that, what the next generation of employees want: Belonging to a Team – It’s the “Peers not Beers” approach

Millennials are most motivated by who they work with, and whom they work for. They want to work with people they admire and respect. continued on page 41

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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.

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Choate Rosemary Hall

Wallingford, CT – The Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science at at Choate Rosemary Hall, a private college-preparatory boarding school in Wallingford, is underway, sited on the historic side of the campus with connections and views to the contemporary side. The contextual duality sets up an interesting framework for the building and landscape development. While

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the building is outwardly contextual in nature, the inside is contemporary, expressing current trends in math and science education. The curriculum will take students beyond the traditional STEM subjects—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—and incorporate the art of elegant design. The new center will integrate technology, education, and creativity into a 21st century program preparing Choate

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students for innovative thinking and creative collaboration. The building, designed by architects Pelli Clarke Pelli, is organized around a heritage Copper Beech tree forming a courtyard to protect the tree. An elevated wood deck rings the interior glass walls of the courtyard to protect the tree roots while allowing student use of the courtyard. A lower courtyard connects the building to the existing pond, and a grand

stair marks the entry to the building, creating a south-facing entry plaza. The Ager Group of Boston is the landscape architect. The project is proposed to achieve a LEED Gold certification, with the landscape composed of native vegetation requiring no irrigation, and local and recycled materials. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.



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Porland, Conn KBE Cumberland Farms Paul Burk Photography

Portland, Conn – In keeping with the efficiency of the convenience store model, KBE Building Corporation recently announced its completion of the new Cumberland Farms convenience store and gas station in Portland, Connecticut. Despite harsh winter weather and other challenges, the $300 million commercial construction firm demolished the existing convenience store and 2-pump gas station and built a new 4,600-square-foot Cumberland Farms-branded convenience store and 8-pump gas station in its place. “It’s exciting to have finished our first Cumberland Farms,” said KBE president and CEO Mike Kolakowski, who purchased KBE in 2007 with fellow senior executives Eric Brown and Simon Etzel. Cumberland Farms provides residents in eight states with convenient access to gas, coffee, and food and beverage items, along with many everyday needs. The

company has nearly 600 stores and more than 6,000 employees. Located at 204 Marlborough Road, the Portland Cumberland Farms features freshly prepared hot sandwiches, a shake machine, and a state-of-the-art Chill Zone – all with a commitment to cleanliness. “Cumberland Farms stores are known for being clean and pleasant,” said Kolakowski. “In construction, jobsite cleanliness correlates directly to safety, which is KBE’s priority.” The winner of Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards of Achievement every year since 1995, KBE recently signed a partnership with OSHA to help facilitate voluntary safety improvements during the Jewish Senior Services Project in Bridgeport, Connecticut. “Whether we’re looking out for our employees and sub-contractors on the jobsite or we’re spending time volunteering in the community, we make people our focus at KBE,” said Kolakowski. Since its 2009 inception, the firm’s charitable giving program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference, has donated more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable organizations in Connecticut and Maryland. The Portland Cumberland Farms opened to the public on May 9. In addition to the Portland project, KBE was recently awarded two more Cumberland Farms projects in Connecticut. Construction for the Milford and Quaker Hill locations began in late May.

What’s it like to work for me? continued from page 38 Mentorship

They want to be led, not managed. They also want to share what they know. And they will work really hard for those they respect. Sense of Purpose/Mission

They need to connect with the company they work for and feel that everyone is committed to a common, clearly defined goal or cause. Opportunity

They seek to contribute in more than one arena. They want to cross-train, swap roles, and accept different responsibilities. Freedom

This is a big one. They don’t want 9 to 5. Nor walled offices (either for them or their bosses either). They want to work from home. To check Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest at their desks. But they will work while on vacation too. Contribution

They want to be listened to, to be able to

(l-r): back row: Members of the United Steel executive team: Lynn Caouette, Glen Corneau and John Gagas. front row: District Director Rich Kehoe, Conn. State Sen. Gary LeBeau, Keith Corneau, Ken Corneau, Mayor Marcia LeClerc, Coach Mike Ditka, and Conn. State Reps Tim Larson and Jason Rojas

East Hartford, CT – United Steel Inc. welcomed Connecticut State Senator Gary LeBeau, East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc, and other local and state dignitaries and partners in September to celebrate its 40th anniversary in business, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a 20,000sf addition to its facility in East Hartford. The newly constructed manufacturing extension will increase efficiency and productivity at United Steel. The addition was coordinated and managed by United Building Solution, a division of United Steel that launched earlier this year. Special guest Coach Mike Ditka addressed the crowd that included customers, vendor partners, and members of United Steel’s 165 employees. Keith

Assessing the Ambulatory Network

make suggestions, and to feel important in the team, (even if they are just recent Wentworth grads). Honesty & Openness

They will not get behind a program that they don’t believe in. You must share good and bad news with them. If you do, they are very loyal to the company and the cause. Also, they know every technology out there so if you have something to hide, they will find out! This is a huge topic, and I have barely scratched the surface. But be assured, it is being discussed by every enlightened leader in our industry seeking to find and retain the intelligent talent that is becoming harder and harder to recruit. So having read this, go ahead and ask yourself, one more time: “What’s it like to work for me?”

Colm Allen is President and Owner at Construction Recruiters, Inc. in Milton, Mass.

Corneau, United Steel’s vice president of construction, followed Ditka’s speech by introducing his father, company founder and president, Ken Corneau. Ken Corneau said that the pairing of the company anniversary and addition provide an opportunity to reflect on the company’s accomplishments and to look forward to continued growth. Earlier in the day the company celebrated SteelDay, an annual event sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and hosted by its members and partners. United Steel invited students from local high schools and colleges to attend, as well as architects, business contacts, and construction industry professionals.

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Groton, CT – Daniel J. Fenyn, AIA, and Elizabeth J. Normand, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, both from The S/L/A/M Collaborative, and Stephen J. Carbery, vice president for facilities, design, Steven Carbery construction, and real estate for the Yale New Haven Health System (YNHH), presented “Assessing the Ambulatory Network” at the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society (NEHES) conference at the Groton

Mystic Marriott in September. Discussion focused on how YNHH methodically evaluated its extensive ambulatory network of more than 230 service locations to create the necessary foundation for the current retooling and expansion that is currently being instituted. According to Fenyn, SLAM’s healthcare market sector leader, with the shift in care from inpatient to outpatient environments, assessing an institution’s ambulatory environment is more important than ever. “A facility manager’s responsibilities expand to that of a real estate expert,” he said. “Facilities management needs to be able to quantify and understand their system’s resources before moving forward with expensive building repurposing, expansion, and new construction,” Carbery said. Carbery, Fenyn, and Normand shared challenges, methodologies for assessment, and lessons-learned during the 90-minute session.


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Nauset Breaks Ground for Station

Kevin Gaspar, Sr., chair, board of selectmen (center) speaks to guests, flanked by selectmen David E. Wojnar (l) and Garry L. Rawcliffe (r).

Acushnet, MA – Nauset Construction recently broke ground for the town of Acushnet’s new police station. A groundbreaking ceremony was attended by town officials, members of the police force, and representatives of Nauset Construction, the project architect Kaestle Boos Associates, and the community at large. The 11,000sf police station will be located adjacent to the town’s emergency medical services headquarters at 60 Middle Road, a site that was seized from a convicted drug dealer in the mid-1980s. The finished product will be a significant upgrade to the existing police station that is housed in the Parting Ways Building built in 1877.

During the ceremony, Police Chief Michael Alves gratefully acknowledged the town officials who approved the $4.3 million facility, quipping, “Thanks for taking our police department out of the 19th century and into the 21st century.” The new police station will house adult and juvenile detention cells, secure booking and processing areas, administrative offices, interview rooms, an E911 communication equipment room, a dispatch room, locker rooms, and a community/training/emergency operations center room. The facility will also feature a sally port and a secure motor vehicle area that will allow for the safe delivery and receipt of prisoners.

Boston – STV was selected to provide a range of owner’s project management (OPM) services for three historic restoration projects in Massachusetts. STV will oversee the design and construction of the $35 million renovation and expansion of the 1820 courthouse in the town of Plymouth that will serve as the future home of the Plymouth Town Hall. Additionally, the firm was selected to provide OPM services for the renovation and expansion of the 119-year-old Reading Public Library, on behalf of the town of Reading, and the rehabilitation of the iconic 130-year-old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst. Plymouth’s historic Federalist-style brick courthouse includes the majestic Daniel Webster Courtroom on the second floor. Once it is renovated, the structure will adjoin to a new, 61,300sf building, which will house many of Plymouth’s municipal departments. The buildings will be connected by a shared glass entranceway and lobby on the ground floor. Scheduled for completion in 2017. The 31,000sf Reading Public Library, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will undergo a $13 million renovation and expansion. The current three-story building will eventually accommodate a new, large children’s

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room; a two-story addition for book stacks and house collections; and new spaces for public computing, group learning, and community meetings. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016. The UMass Amherst Chapel, with its Richardsonian Romanesque stone clock tower and spire, is one of most recognizable landmarks on campus. The facility first functioned as a library when it opened in 1884, but has since been used for classroom space, and most recently, a home for the university’s marching band. A $14 million renovation project is now underway. Once it is reconstructed, the chapel will be used for lectures, musical performances, banquets, exhibitions, and student activities. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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People IBEW Local 103 Elects John Dumas Boston – Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers elected John Dumas as its new business manager. He was elected to fill the vacancy left by former business manager Dumas Michael P. Monahan, who had earlier resigned to accept a position with the International Union. In Dumas, Local 103 will be getting a seasoned and experienced leader with no need for on-the-job training. He is a 37year member of Local 103 and has served the past 18 years as the union’s president. Dumas served the union in a number of leadership roles, including business agent, member of the union’s executive board, and trustee of the health, annuity, pension, LMCT, and JATC funds. He also has served as a member of numerous

contract negotiation teams, playing a pivotal role in several major contracts governing members’ benefits. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UMass Boston in the studies of labor and law, and is a 1995 graduate of Harvard University’s Trade Union Program. A long-time presence in Massachusetts labor circles, Dumas was honored in 2012 as winner of the Cushing Gavin Award, recognizing outstanding leadership on behalf of working families. Throughout his career he has shown a keen interest in nurturing younger union officers in preparation for leadership roles in the future, and his leadership style has always been one of inclusion and accessibility to all members. In his role as business manager, he will be responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the union as well as for designing and implementing all short-and long-term strategies and procedures on behalf of Local 103 members.

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years with RAC/AIA in Los Angeles, as the solo interior designer to principal and project architects. Richards is an experienced researcher, color theorist, artist, and interior designer. At Visnick & Caulfield, she will continue to collaborate with project teams through all phases of design. Boscio will be working on multiple design projects for the firm. She will be assisting in all phases of the design process, including construction drawings, site verifications, and schematic design. She previously worked with Visnick & Caulfield through an internship during the summer and fall of 2013 before being invited back as a full-time employee. Hemmers will be working primarily on the firm’s digital marketing efforts, including managing and generating content for the company blog and social media channels. In addition, she will assist with all marketing strategies, including public relations efforts, generating proposals, and other internal communications endeavo

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Boston – Benjamin Winters has joined Copley Wolff Design Group. He has 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.

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Metro Walls Welcomes Beroney

Boston – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 Business Manager Michael P. Monahan is leaving his post at the 7,500-member union to become an International repreMonahan sentative with the IBEW’s 2nd District. Led by International V.P. Frank Carroll, the 2nd District covers 40,000-plus IBEW members and over 50 local unions across New England. Monahan, a Boston Redevelopment Authority board member, became Local 103’s chief executive in 2003 after serving as a business agent for eight years. He

Manchester, NH – Mike Dion, experience in both the architecpresident of Metro Walls, a tural and structural design fields, full-service commercial framing with a concentrated expertise in and drywall company based cold-formed steel design. in Manchester, announced that He is knowledgeable in the Mark Beroney has joined the design of prefabricated wood Metro Walls team as an estimator. and metal framed panels and Most recently, he was the prefabricated building envelope senior designer at Porter Building systems along with prefinished Systems in Maine. panel systems utilizing EIFS, Beroney Beroney joined the Metro Think Brick, ACM, and a range team with more than 15 years of in-depth of building envelope products.

earned his electrical license in 1986 and is credited with making Local 103 one of the region’s most respected labor organizations. At Local 103, Monahan is a principal negotiator for 50-plus collective bargaining agreements and helps oversee over $1 billion in member benefit funds. “Michael is a fierce advocate for responsible construction who meets every challenge with vigor,” said IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill. “For many years, he has been one of the IBEW’s most highly-regarded visionaries, always on the cusp of innovation as it relates to the electrical industry. I am excited a person of his caliber accepted this promotion to implement his trailblazing initiatives regionally.”

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Andover, MA – RDK Engineers recently welcomed Rebecca Adams as business development manager. She brings with her more than 12 years of experience in marketing, business development, and project management for clients in the biotech/pharmaceutical, academic, commercial, and missioncritical/data center markets. Adams will work with the RDK principals and marketing/ business development team to support the growth and success of the firm’s science/advanced technology and ac ademic sectors.

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Rockland, MA – Integrated Builders, Inc. announced the addition of John Grace and Chris Dennis to its team of construction professionals. As project superintendents, Grace and Dennis will

oversee all phases of on-site construction with Integrated Builders subcontractors through coordinated efforts with each of the firm’s project managers. Grace has managed projects around the New England area in the $3 million to $10 million range. His work has spanned a wide range of product types, including biotech, retail, corporate, and healthcare. Dennis most recently worked as construction superintendent at Shawmut Design and Construction. In addition to owning and managing a construction company, he has experience working on a variety of project types, including life sciences and commercial and residential construction.

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