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Growth Continues in Higher Ed Research Facilities
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Will Mainor Page 16
Northeastern University Integrated Science and Engineering Complex / Payette Architects page 18 Mark Reed Page 19
Scott Robbins Page 47
Rendering of Temple University SERC building interior Rendering by ARC page 14
KBE-UConn STEM Residence Hall Rendering by Newman Architects page 36
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HP Interviews Susan Windham-Bannister of MLSC Model Student Housing Project Gets Off the Ground ARC and Deerfield Academy Complete $24M Hess Center for the Arts RIC Art Center Grand Opening Fraser Underway On Fabrazyme Acella Finalizes Renovations at Thayer Academy J. Derenzo Begins Infrastructure Overhaul of UMass Boston Campus St. Joseph Healthcare Opens New Building Designed by MorrisSwitzer Northeastâ€™s Largest Green Project Completed KBE CM at Risk Featuring: Protecting Lives During R & D by John Carvalho, III ABF: Always Be Firing by Colm Allen
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Boston – The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics have teamed up to launch a new exhibit in the third-floor lobby of City Hall that blends public art and urban design. Dubbed “Bird’s-eye Boston,” the installation invites people to explore a three-dimensional model of Boston’s downtown. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings are highlighted on the model to help visitors orient themselves to the unique view, and staff will lead brief guided tours that offer insight on the history of downtown’s redevelopment. “If you spend a lot of time in the city, it’s easy to overlook some of the truly special views and destinations that are in our own backyard,” Mayor Walsh said. “The Bird’s-eye Boston exhibit will help activate the main entrance to City Hall and give people an opportunity to learn a bit about the history of buildings in the downtown area.” The three-dimensional model of Boston’s downtown, which was recently
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Susan Windham-Bannister High-Profile recently interviewed Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., president and CEO at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. HP : Massachusetts is such a hub for research and pharmaceutical companies: What do you think draws them here? How does this affect our overall landscape of Massachusetts (or New England)? SWB: After six years of strategic investment by the MLSC, Massachusetts has emerged as the global leader in life sciences and has become a magnet for companies large and small from every part of the U.S. and the world. There are many reasons for companies to come to Massachusetts, including proximity to our world-class academic institutions and medical centers, the presence of industry leaders in all sectors of the life sciences, our talented workforce, and our vibrant life sciences community. In 2008, we added Governor Patrick’s Life Sciences Initiative to that mix, and it has brought a
simmering pot to a roiling boil! All of this is not happening by accident. It’s because, through the implementation of the Life Sciences Initiative, including more than $535 million in state investment supplemented by more than $1.7 billion in third-party leverage, we’ve built the world’s best ecosystem for life sciences innovation and growth. All 10 of the top 10 biopharma companies in the world now have a presence
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in Massachusetts. Baxter announced in September its decision to locate its new global innovation and R&D center for the company’s biopharmaceuticals business in Cambridge, Mass., bringing 400 new jobs. GE Healthcare announced this past summer its decision to relocate its life science HQ from New Jersey to Marlborough, Mass., a $21 million capital investment by the company that will bring more than 220 new jobs. Small to midsize companies from all over the world are also choosing Massachusetts, companies like Oryzon, a Biotech company from Spain, and Nihon Kohden, a medical device company from Japan, both of which opened offices in Cambridge over the past month. The center’s investments in creating a vibrant community of early-stage companies are also playing a role in this. Large companies have told us that they want a front seat to the innovation that is taking place in Massachusetts, and that this is playing an important role in their decisions to locate, invest, and grow here. That’s why one of our “innovation
enablers” is to focus on entrepreneurship and the pipeline of early stage companies, an area in which we have invested more than $38 million. The impact on the landscape of Massachusetts and New England has been an influx of jobs, creating economic opportunity for our residents, a boom in real estate development and commercial leasing, and an increase in the pipeline of new treatments, therapies, and cures that will result from work going on in Massachusetts. HP: What is the biggest challenge facing the life sciences sector in the coming year? SWB: One challenge is the need for seedstage financing for pre-startup R&D, product development, testing, or even development of a prototype. Innovators are finding such financing hard to locate, and the MLSC is working on a program that will help to fill that gap. We want to continue to reduce barriers that can continued to page 26
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Corporate Profile Rhino Public Relations Celebrates 10 Years Getting laid off usually has the effect of crippling one’s sense of confidence and security for the future. It often takes days, weeks, or months to put a plan together to move on and begin again. Not so for Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM. On November 18, 2004, Susan was informed she was being let go from her position as director of marketing and business development for a local architecture firm due to a corporate downsizing measure that eliminated her department entirely. So on November 19, with pluck and determination, Rhino Public Relations was born. In the 10 years since launching Rhino PR, Susan has taken the AEC industry by storm, making a name for herself as a respected leader, a knowledgeable resource, and a networking whiz. What started as a one-woman consulting business has grown into a team of three highly qualified communications professionals: Jennifer Shelby, CSPM – no relation to Susan – joined Rhino in 2007, and Michele Spiewak joined the “crash” (a group of rhinos) in 2008. Today, their clients include some of Greater Boston’s most well-known and respected firms within the design, real estate, and professional services industries, each of whom rely on the Rhino team to keep their marketing and communications programs running. Susan and her team have never seen themselves as consultants in the true sense of the word. When Rhino works with a
client, they become an extension of their client’s marketing departments, taking on the culture and accountability for each client’s success. Susan herself makes a point of having face time with each client as often as possible and communicates consistently through status calls, strategic planning, and sometimes just by passing along interesting information or making an introduction that contributes to a client’s best practice or bottom line. Rhino PR’s very first client, Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) is still a client today. “Rhino PR has been a terrific partner for the past 10 years,” says Marc Margulies, AIA, LEED AP, founding principal of MPA. “At Rhino’s instigation, we have integrated their PR program with our marketing and business development efforts to communicate a seamless message about our firm. It has proven a very successful strategy, clearly giving us
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a strong presence in the marketplace in a world where quantifying that success is often difficult. We count on Rhino PR to be an integral part of our team and trust their judgment.” Of course, it’s the results of these efforts that matter most. Rhino PR has worked with clients toward several memorable accomplishments, and many have reported their own return on investment (ROI) from the agency’s PR efforts, mostly in the form of new leads and secured projects. A lead can even come from reading the author bio at the end of a contributed article. Often, maintaining a PR program that promotes visibility by keeping a firm in the news is enough for people to pick up the phone to learn more. For example, a colleague complimented a Rhino PR client on the fact that she was “seeing them in print everywhere lately.” This client replied that her firm’s PR program had really become a welloiled machine, and it was really nice to get outside recognition for all of their efforts. Another Rhino client, a well-established architecture and interior design firm, was interviewed and quoted in a facility management publication article focused on collaborative offices and work engagement. A prospective client saw the article and invited the firm to interview for a project.While its name is Rhino PR, the agency offers much more than PR and prides itself on having the ability to operate as a virtual marketing department for its clients.
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Symphony Park Breaks Ground
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Boston – Warner Larson Landscape Architects announced that the renovation of Symphony Community Park in the Fenway commenced on September 6 with a groundbreaking attended by Mayor Walsh and other dignitaries. The new design for the park has been a collaborative process with city departments, agencies, and the local community.
As part of the planned $714,000 improvement project, local artist Jacob Kulin designed a large sculpture inspired by music. The half-acre park will continue to serve as the primary open space for the seniors at the Morville House in the East Fenway neighborhood of Boston.
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Easton, MA – Congress Building Corp. and LCB Senior Living, LLC held a groundbreaking ceremony recently for The Residence at Five Corners, an 84-unit assisted living, independent living, and memory care residence being developed in Easton. Congress Building Corp., a fullservice construction firm headquartered in Peabody, will provide construction management services for the project, which will be owned and operated by LCB Senior Living, LLC of Norwood. Designed by The Architectural Team of Chelsea, the residence will feature a
gourmet restaurant where residents will be able to dine on their own schedules, comfortable common areas, a library, media room, recreation facilities, outdoor sitting and walking areas, and many other amenities. Independent living apartments in the community will feature kitchenettes and baths, and residents can take advantage of available laundry and cleaning services, a full activities program, a host of other optional services, and the peace of mind of 24-hour security. The Residence at Five Corners is scheduled to open in late 2015.
Waltham, MA – Hobbs Brook Management, LLC (HBM) and Commodore Builders recently celebrated the topping-off of their latest collaboration. Designed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), the 315,000sf, fivestory class A office building located at 275 Wyman Street in the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham, is expected to be complete in June 2015. With the goal of achieving LEED Silver certification, MPA designed a sustainable, dynamic base building with views of the Cambridge Reservoir. The building, which features a fullservice cafeteria, landscaped green roof courtyard, and a 1,025-car parking garage in an office campus setting, will be the new Boston office of Vistaprint (Nasdaq:
VPRT), a global supplier of customized marketing products and services to micro businesses and consumers. The new building, designed, constructed, and operated as a highperformance green building, is the future home of Vistaprint. The project team includes: landscape architect, Studio 2112; MEP engineers, AHA Consulting Engineers; structural and building envelope engineers, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; civil
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disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, computational science and computer information science. “SERC represents Temple’s commitment to innovation in science and technology, which underpins the U.S. economy,” said Michael L. Klein, Dean of the College of Science and Technology. “Temple researchers and students working together will create new materials, help
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HMS Opens Laboratory Systems of Pharmacology
(l-r) Cochair of the advisory council for the Harvard program in Therapeutic Science, Joshua Boger; president and CEO of MLSC, Susan Windham-Bannister; dean of Harvard Medical School, Jeffrey Flier; executive director of the Harvard Program in therapeutic science, Laura Maliszewski; and director of the laboratory of systems pharmacology, Peter Sorger.
Boston – Harvard Medical School has opened its new Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, an innovative new endeavor aimed at reinventing the fundamental science underlying drug development, located on Longwood Avenue in Boston. Harvard Medical School dean, Jeff Flier, along with director of the laboratory of systems pharmacology, Peter Sorger, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., and the chair of the facility’s Oversight Committee, Joshua Boger were among those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Construction of the new research facility was funded
through a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The architect for the project was Jon Whitney at Janovsky/Hurley. The project manager was Bruce Macintyre with the HMS Engineering and Construction office. “Massachusetts leads the world in life sciences thanks to our growth strategy of investing in education, innovation, and infrastructure,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We congratulate Harvard Medical School on the grand opening of the Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology and look forward to seeing the new treatments and therapies that will come
out of this groundbreaking new facility.” “With this new Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School is extremely well positioned to convene key entities, imagine new solutions, and marshal the talent and resources necessary to stimulate creation of new and more effective therapeutics, which is one of biomedicine’s greatest challenges,” said Flier. The Harvard Medical School (HMS) Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology (LSP) is a multidisciplinary effort within the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science (HiTS) to reinvent the fundamental science underlying the development of new medicines and their use in patients. “The funding provided by the MLSC is truly catalytic. Over the last year we have used the promise of a new interdisciplinary approach housed in a new lab to secure investments from the school, foundations, and now $30 million in federal grant funding to advance therapeutic discovery and ultimately improve patient care. Without the support from the people of Massachusetts, the LSP would still be an idea rather than the dynamic research environment we celebrate today,” said Peter Sorger, Harvard Medical School Professor of Systems Pharmacology, Head of the Program in Therapeutic Science.
The LSP brings together investigators in mathematical and experimental disciplines from multiple academic institutions (Harvard, MIT, Tufts) and research hospitals (Dana Farber, MGH, BWH) and eventually visiting scientists from the FDA and local drug companies to integrate computational and systems approaches into all phases of drug discovery and development. “This project is a great example of the goals of our capital program, as this innovative new facility will serve as a unique resource that will strengthen Massachusetts’ position as the global leader in life sciences innovation,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the agency charged with implementing Governor Patrick’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative. “The mission of the LSP is to be on the cutting edge of drug discovery and development and, with support from Harvard Medical School’s faculty and staff, together with other members of the state’s life sciences community I’m sure they will accomplish that goal. In that same spirit, we also are pleased to see that the center’s investment is helping to leverage substantial additional funding from other sources.”
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BIM for Today and Tomorrow: The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard by Will Mainor
Life science is a robust, innovative, and rapidly evolving industry. As research and technology barely begin to reach the peak of their potential, the industry is set to grow exponentially. Will Mainor The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a research institution focused largely on biological science, is at the forefront of this movement. As the Broad Institute continues to push the boundaries of technology within the life sciences field, it is critical that its facility serves as an integral tool that provides the functionality that will allow them to continue to excel in the industry. In May 2014, The Broad Institute opened its 375,000sf headquarters expansion on Ames Street in Cambridge, Mass. Due to evolving research needs, the expansion was commissioned to accommodate a continuous change and increase in projects at the institute. Suffolk Construction was recruited to construct a large, state-of-the-art
research space to support scientific collaboration and discovery. The new LEED Gold certified facility features a unique, flexible floor plan to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration among teams dedicated to research on critical diseases, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, metabolic, autoimmune, and psychiatric diseases. In order to ensure that the expansion could not only accommodate current technology, but also allow for it to be reconfigured or replaced based on research needs, Suffolk Construction enlisted the help of subcontractors to consolidate all assets from the building process. Microdesk supported the implementation of building information modeling (BIM) to ensure that all building intelligence, from original drawings to vendor information, would be taken from the planning phase into day-to-day building operations and maintenance. Microdesk’s involvement began as the subcontractors began coordinating the design virtually in 3D. By aggregating the trades’ coordinated shop drawings continued to page 46
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Cambridge, MA – Arup announced its involvement with seven university science centers throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The firm is performing multidisciplinary engineering and consulting services and implementing smart-building techniques to achieve client goals of energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental protection, and end user comfort. “Laboratories are becoming more flexible and digitally connected. The future of science facilities is also being shaped by the growing pressures of commercial and environmental sustainability,” said Mark Walsh-Cooke, PE, LEED AP BD+C, principal with Arup. Arup’s clients in science span academic, institutional, and corporate sectors.
The nine-story, 145,000sf Boston University Center for Integrated Life Science & Engineering, designed by Payette, will provide flexible research facilities for the science faculty. The visionary research center, housed within a modern and sustainability facility, is expected to open in 2017. Arup produced energy models for the newly completed 69,000sf UMass Lowell Health and Social Sciences Building. The high performance curtain wall at the 220,000sf Northeastern University Integrated Science and Engineering Complex balances openness with insulating spandrels, and will be wrapped with an outer skin of fixed solar shading to achieve the enhanced thermal performance requirements of
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CEO in a Cube by Mark S. Reed
Like other industries, many life sciences companies are shifting away from traditional office structures and implementing open office designs. Having worked with three companies recently Mark S. Reed that have taken this approach leads us to ask, “What does it mean to have your CEO sitting in a workstation just like everyone else, and what are the implications for the workplace?” The easy answer is that the CEO wants to demonstrate an egalitarian work environment in which there is no preferential treatment for rank order. It implies a horizontal organization in which all ideas and contributions have equal merit. But having seen these companies in action, we believe there is a much deeper and concrete explanation for this emerging concept. First, most emerging life sciences companies are led by CEOs who have been with the company since day one, serving as both a founder and the scientific visionary. As employee number 001, they have a seemingly parental interest in seeing the company grow, mature, and reach its potential. Like an involved parent, the CEO wants to have frequent and meaningful interactions with those whom they nurture. To be working openly within earshot and eyeshot of their teammates, the CEO is available to offer guidance and leadership on a range of issues, from the very minor to the consequential. Second, R&D is a creative endeavor. No matter how much scientific and technical experience a team member may possess, the most successful are the ones who see patterns, opportunities, and solutions in novel ways using their imagination and three-dimensional thinking. These are often the characteristics that give CEOs the ability to form and lead companies. In an R&D environment, there are multiple inputs that need to be processed and understood, from determining therapeutic areas, evaluating the potential of molecules, assessing safety and efficacy, understanding intellectual property and patent law, developing the marketplace, conserving resources, and making profits. A dynamic CEO values and solicits the opinions and thoughts of teammates and see a missed opportunity when walls prevent those interactions. Third, there are critical interchanges and handoffs between the research teams and the development teams when creating a drug therapy. Fumbling these handoffs can have significant schedule and cost impacts, and in some cases can threaten the viability of the whole
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Forsyth Institute Opens New Ctr. Cambridge, MA – The Forsyth Institute has officially opened its new salivary diagnostics center in Cambridge. The new facility will focus its efforts on revolutionizing medical diagnostics and replacing blood-based tests with tests that use saliva. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) awarded Forsyth a $4.2 million grant in 2013 to help develop this center. The architect for the project was ARC, Inc., and the builder was Jones Lang LaSalle, both of Boston. “Salivary diagnostics constitute a revolutionary new direction for the early detection of human disease,” said Dr. Phil Stashenko, president and CEO of the Forsyth Institute. “Saliva contains virtually all of the same medical diagnostic information as blood, including DNA, proteins, hormones, metabolites, and immune effectors, but is obtained noninvasively and painlessly. Most salivary diagnostics studies at Forsyth involve the discovery of new biomarkers for oral as well as systemic
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diseases. The center takes advantage of its access to large, carefully defined patient populations, combined with Forsyth’s long-standing expertise in oral and associated systemic diseases, and history of diagnostics development.”
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JM Coull Completes Facility at UNH
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Durham, NH – JM Coull recently completed construction of the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Advanced Technology Imaging Facility, which included the relocation of the Zeiss 922 transmission electron microscope from its previous location in Kendall Hall to Parsons Hall. This highly sensitive microscope is one of only several in the world, and replacement parts are
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Cambridge, MA – Oryzon Genomics announced that the company is opening a U.S. operation that will be located at 245 First Street in Cambridge. After incorporation of its U.S. affiliate, Oryzon Corp, in July 2014, the U.S. arm of Oryzon Genomics is now fully launching its operations in Massachusetts. Oryzon plans to have 15% to 20% of its total headcount in its U.S. office in the next quarter. Oryzon is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company and the European leader in epigenetics, a field of biotechnology that tries to modulate the enzymes governing the regional functionality of the chromatin and thereof the expression of genes residing there. By switching off those modulators, genes that are improperly activated can be turned off, stopping the progression of grave diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Through the Massachusetts Life Sci-
ences Center, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life sciences supercluster. These investments are being made under the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, proposed by Governor Patrick in 2007, and passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick in 2008. MLSC has been in discussions with Oryzon since first meeting with them at the BIO convention in Boston in 2012. Oryzon’s president and CEO, Dr. Carlos Buesa, said, “We are very happy and excited in this crucial moment in our company’s history. Massachusetts is clearly the place to be for an epigenetic company, a hub that is hosting the major U.S. players in the field, like Epizyme or Constellation, and with a huge concentration of pharma industry and health technology.”
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Bowdoin Completes Lab Fit-Out
Lowell, MA – Bowdoin Construction recently completed a 20,000sf fit-out of new labs and office space for Rapid Micro Biosystems at 1001 Pawtucket Blvd. The project, designed by Facility Planning and Management, included selective demolition within an occupied work/lab environment, followed by the fit-out of a BL2 Biolab, offices, open workstations, and bathrooms. The completed space includes new LED lighting, fluorescent lighting, epoxy floors, carpet tiles, epoxy paint, and biolab casework, as well as new RTUs, VAV, and FPT systems. All work was completed within eight weeks. Rapid Micro Biosystems delivers the Growth Direct System, an automated, nondestructive rapid detection and enumeration technology based on the
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Waltham, MA – Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ) (Sobi) formally opened the company’s new North American headquarters in Waltham with a ribbon-cutting ceremony arranged in collaboration with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). “North America is an increasingly important region for Sobi, and building our team in the Boston area supports us in our efforts to better address the needs of patients and healthcare providers throughout the United States and Canada,” said Geoffrey McDonough, president and
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SWB: At the MLSC, we believe that knowledge creation occurs worldwide and that global collaboration between life sciences companies has the potential to enable breakthroughs and fuel economic development. Toward that end, we have two collaborative programs focused on international collaboration: the International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP) and the Universal Partnerships (UP) Program. Through ICIP Massachusetts companies can secure grant funding for joint R&D projects with partner companies in six geographic regions around the world, matched by funding for the partner company from their region.
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formed Logan Square, LLC. The Narrow Gate is the architect for the project, which is expected to begin construction in 2017. Located adjacent to the MBTA Fairmount Station, the project will create 27 units of housing, ranging in size from studio to three-bedroom, with 24 of those being affordable units and the three remaining ones being market rate units. The development’s proximity to the commuter rail and numerous bus lines will give residents direct and easy access to downtown Boston. A 6,000sf children’s play space and open green space along with dedicated bike parking are a few of the project’s unique features. The building will have a contemporary design, with metal and cement panels, and its sustainability features are designed to meet LEED Silver standards.
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Boston – The Hanover Pier 4 luxuryapartment building along the South Boston waterfront will feature a variety of sophisticated amenities when it is ready for occupancy in the spring of 2015. Included are a fitness center, third-floor sundeck with outdoor pool, mini-theater, business center, and underground parking. The development of 21 stories and 369 residential units features an L-shaped tower on a three-story rectangular base. The upper level of the base includes a swimming pool and other amenities. Precast concrete slabs and structural walls were specified to provide support for the pool. The precast concrete components were fabricated by Coreslab Structures (Conn.) Inc.
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The contractor for the project is John Moriarty & Associates of Winchester. To project the appropriate image for the development while meeting the city’s strict design requirements, the architects also chose architectural precast concrete panels to clad the building. James Gray, principal in charge of the project at ADD Inc., said: “It provided an attractive and economical approach and it also allowed us to close the skin of the building quickly in an efficient manner. It doesn’t require a multilayered backup system as would be needed with metal panels or brick. We are also taking greater advantage of the on-site tower crane that is erecting the steel during the day and the precast concrete panels at night.” The panels feature a ribbed pattern with a combination of light and medium sandblast to provide texture and shadow. The lower floor of the base features precast panels with embedded granite and marble veneer. Precast concrete slabs also were used for balconies on the units. “Metal balconies would need to be fireproofed and protected to be safe from corrosion,” Gray noted. “With precast concrete, we could install steel clips around the edges and put precast concrete balconies in place that would make the steel weather tight, with only the concrete exposed to weather. We took this approach on an earlier project, and it’s worked very well.”
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Boston – The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development Industrial Corporation recently approved $138 million for a transit-oriented development project in Mission Hill. Neighborhood Housing Services is the developer, and the project architect is Goody Clancy. The project is located across the street from the MBTA’s Roxbury Crossing Station on currently vacant land that was previously owned by the transportation agency. It is expected to be completed in three phases over five years. Phase 1, which involves the con-
struction of two buildings that will front Tremont Street, consists of approximately 88,000sf and includes 40 residential apartment units, 10,000sf of retail space, 35,000sf of office space, and 1,250sf of community space. Phase 2 will continue the residential development and create approximately 48 apartments in a five-story building. Approximately 161,000sf of office space with underground parking will be constructed in the final phase. Depending on when funding and potential tenants are secured, Phase 3 could happen before Phase 2 , or they could occur simultaneously.
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Boston – RMC Development received approval for a $4.1 million project to construct a three- to four-story 15-unit residential condominium building at 135 Athens Street in the Saint Vincent’s area of South Boston. The building, made up of nine one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units, will include two affordable units on-site.
As envisioned by Sutphin Architects, the building has a modern design that integrates brick, stone, and siding. On-site parking has been incorporated so as not to increase the strain on street parking. A larger mixed-use condominium and commercial building located adjacent to the Athens Street project is expected to be developed in the near future
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Everett, MA – The Batch Yard, a 328-unit luxury loft-style apartment community in Everett, held a grand opening party in October to celebrate the successful opening of the development and to recognize the groups that worked to bring the project to completion. Development team members attending the event included representatives of French Neshamkin Architects; Post Road Residential, owner/developer; Metric Construction and Plumb House, Inc.,
construction managers; and The Bozzuto Group, property manager. Grand opening guests also included Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the State of Massachusetts, numerous local dignitaries, current residents, and prospective tenants. As a restoration of the former Charleston Chew Candy Factory near the intersection of Route 99 and Route 16, the development team completely renovated
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Worcester Academy re-opening of newly renovated and restored Walker Hall Photo by Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Braintree, MA – Acella Construction Corporation recently completed renovation work for Thayer Academy, a private, coeducational college preparatory day school located in Braintree. The project focused on the Cahall Locker Rooms and Glover Lecture Hall. In the Cahall Locker Rooms, work revolved around updating the existing boys’ and girls’ locker rooms with better and more efficient showers and bathrooms. The lighting and flooring were
upgraded, and ductwork was replaced. The project culminated with rebalancing the systems to ensure that all aspects of the renovations are performing quietly and efficiently. In Glover Hall, new acoustic panels, lighting, flooring, and seating were installed in the existing lecture hall. The engineering rooms were remodeled with new millwork, ceilings, lights, and flooring. New office space for the staff was also created.
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Worcester, MA – Consigli Construction Co., Inc. and Schwartz/Silver Architects joined city officials, Worcester Academy board members, alumni, donors, and others on October 10 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the Grand ReOpening of Walker Hall on Worcester Academy’s Providence Street campus. Walker Hall, the oldest academic building on campus, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art humanities and arts hub following a $16 million renovation and restoration. The significant renovation was completed over two summers, eliminating the need for modular classrooms and trailers during the academic year. Originally constructed in 1890,
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Durham, NH – Construction on 86,000 sf private student housing project is underway and slated to open in the fall of 2015. The 197-bed project in downtown
Durham designed by DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth is a partnership between DeStefano Architects and Orion Student Housing. Other participants in the project
include The Dolben Company, who is serving as the owner’s representative, Fulcrum Construction and engineering firms Wozny Barbar Associates and
Allen & Major Associates. Realtors confirm there is a need for more student housing in Durham. Students who are not living in dorms are often forced to live in surrounding towns and commute to classes because of the lack of available off-campus housing. DeStefano Architects Director of Operations Adam Wagner, with 15 years of experience in the student housing market, spearheaded the project. He says the planning process in Durham took two years, receiving unanimous approval from all the local land use boards. Says Wagner, “The greatest challenge of this project was incorporating the amenities that today’s students are looking for within a historic New England village. The result is a project that compliments traditional architectural style, yet offers the latest in student housing trends and advanced technology integration.” There are six buildings on the site, located directly on Main Street. Durham, NH Police Chief Dave Kurz supports the Orion Student Housing project saying well-managed student apartment dwellings are key to a peaceful town: “This is an appropriate location due to the proximity of other student dwellings, distance away from residential continued to page 35
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At Orion Student Housing the units are more akin to apartments than dorm rooms, with each bedroom containing a private bath. The units are fully furnished and share a living room, kitchen and laundry room. There are granite counters and stainless appliances. There is also 24-hour security. The technology infrastructure is being provided by Pavlov Media and will be state-of-the-art. Orion Student Housing is a growing player in the student housing market with holdings in New Hampshire, Maine,
neighborhoods with fewer residents to disturb and in an area of the downtown where late night activity is prevalent.” Orion says their leasing company began hearing from students interested in renting the units before construction started and they pre-leased the entire facility for the fall 2015 Semester in less than 36 hours. Privatized student housing is a growing trend. Developers are capitalizing on the desire of parents and students to Orion Student Housing / rendering by find well-managed, clean and secure DeStefano Architects living quarters. Observers say one factor Massachusetts, Texas and Indiana. involved is the growing percentage of They currently have more than 3,000 college students who are female. Accordstudent beds in their portfolio or under ing to Pew Research Center, there are 13 development. percent more women than men enrolled MEP Engineer Mechanical Engineer Multi-disciplined services from in college.
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Storrs, CT – The University of Connecticut has chosen KBE Building Corp. to design and build a new $79 million multistory residence and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) building at its main campus in Storrs. KBE will serve as design-builder and constructor for the 210,000sf building, which will contain a STEM educational component and 727 student beds, including 23 that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The new building will be located west of Sherman Field and adjacent to the existing Hale and Ellsworth dormitories. This is the first project awarded under the university’s Next Gen building program, and it is pursuing LEED Silver certification. Completion is slated for summer 2016. The design team for the new STEM residence hall will be led by JSA Architects from Portsmouth, N.H., who previously teamed with KBE on the
Kellogg House residence hall designbuild project at the University of Virginia. JSA will be supported by structural engineer DiBlasi Associates; civil engineer BL Companies; and mechanical, engineering, and plumbing (MEP) engineer WSP. Newman Architects, PC with BVH Integrated Services were selected by the university as the design architect and engineer during the bridging documents phase and will serve as the university’s
design consultant during the completion of design and the construction phase. KBE has completed six university residence halls as design-builder and constructor, providing nearly 2,000 beds for students at Western Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University, the University of Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the University of Virginia, and the University of Connecticut. KBE has completed eight projects at the University of Connecticut.
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Lowell – Administrators at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell needed to expand on-campus parking supply for faculty, staff and students. The site-selection process identified a location, footprint, and orientation that required the structure to be built into the side of a hill at the end of an existing surface lot. A structural-system selection study was performed to consider construction schedule, campus disruption, cost, availability, and long-term durability. The study identified precast concrete construction as the preferred system for the seven-level, 764-car facility. “In the Northeast, it’s pretty common to use this system for parking structures,”
says Christopher Brennan, director of operations and the project manager for Walker Parking Consultants in Boston. “It’s the most prevalent system used in this region for standalone structures, due to its availability, construction/cost efficiency, and durability.” Precast concrete accommodated some distinct aesthetic elements on the 226,000-square-foot building, such as protruding fins on the two long sides, which attach to the exterior spandrels. “The fin elements created a design and construction challenge because they’re designed to look integral with the spandrels panels and stand away from
the structure,” he explains. The design also “pushed the limits of structure length we typically utilize without benefit of an expansion joint,” he adds. The two-bay structure is 287 feet long and includes a full-height, 80-footwide curtain wall enclosing the stair hall on one end. Select wall panels were hung off columns rather than stacking them full height, while shear wall elements were strategically located, he notes. “The key was to prevent certain building elements from inadvertently restricting volume change. It wasn’t a major difficulty, but it was out of the ordinary.” The precast concrete components comprised double tees, columns, beams, spandrel panels, solid panels, spandrels with fin elements, stairs, and other elements. Unistress Corp. fabricated all of the components. The construction team took advantage of the sparser summer schedule to begin the erection, but then the fall semester caused the site limits to be pulled in. “The structure was built between the existing parking and the main south campus, so it was being traversed by people moving between the two,” he explains. “It was a challenging site.” In addition to the tight site, the precaster had to strategically plan routes
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Deerfield, MA – Deerfield Academy’s Hess Center for the Arts, an 80,000 sf expansion and renovation of the school’s Deerfield Academy Hess Center for Performing Arts_ARC Photoperforming and visual arts complex, officially opened during a recent dedication ceremony hosted by the school’s Board of Trustees. Designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, the Hess Center
for the Arts maintains a connection to the historic fabric of the campus while transforming the arts education experience at Deerfield Academy by adding several new teaching, practice and performance spaces. The arts center renovation adds 150 seats to the existing auditorium, providing an 800-seat theater and meeting space accommodating the entire Deerfield
student body and faculty. The auditorium includes new stage technology, lighting, acoustic upgrades, new seating and a renovated lobby. A new art gallery addition, The Von Auersperg Gallery, will showcase student work and host art exhibitions for the public. A new 160 seat, state-of-the-art music performance space addition, the Elizabeth Wachsman Concert Hall, is one of five performance spaces on the Center’s main floor. A black box theater, dance studios and a recording studio are also included within the $24M project. The Center is expected to achieve LEED certification for sustainable design from the US Green Building Council. Construction Manager for the Hess Center is Daniel O’Connell’s Sons. “Bringing all of the arts and performance facilities together, and integrating the new Hess Center seamlessly with the rest of the campus, provides students and faculty with exciting new opportunities for learning and creative expression,” said Deerfield Academy Headmaster Dr. Margarita Curtis. ARC was selected as the architect for the Hess Center after winning a design competition. Central to the winning design proposal was an approach that
created a cohesive, unified complex for all of the arts disciplines, while maintaining critical elements and connections to the history of the Memorial Building, Deerfield Academy’s central gathering and community space originally designed in 1951 by the firm of Geoffrey & William Platt. “Renewing and expanding the existing Memorial Building gave us an ideal opportunity to not only bring all the arts education elements at Deerfield Academy together, but to also create a cohesive, easy to navigate facility where each space connects with its surroundings and facilitates creative collaboration among the various arts disciplines,” said Philip Laird AIA, LEED AP, President of ARC and the project’s Principal-in-Charge. The renovated spaces were upgraded with new technology, updated materials, and energy efficient lighting and technology. The repurposed space provides a seamless connection between the original buildings and the newly-added arts venues, resulting in an integrated, energized, and forward looking environment for the visual and performing arts.
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Designed by Finegold Alexander Boston – Finegold Alexander + Associates announced that the city of Boston has begun an $18.7 million, 22-month renovation of the former North Bennet Street School, in the heart of the North End, for the future Eliot Upper School. Finegold Alexander is the project architect. The Eliot Upper School project is the latest phase in Boston Public Schools’ expansion plan for Eliot K-8 Innovation School, which has grown from 150 K-5
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Concord, NH – North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord has completed a new 5,0750sf two-story, wood-framed duplex for St. Paul’s School. The new duplex on Sawmill Road on the St. Paul’s School campus has two detached garages and two screened porches and is providing housing for faculty members and their families. The building also includes numerous cutting-edge environmentally friendly building practices including air-source
heat pumps, R-100 roof insulation, and 2 inches of continuous insulation outside the wall sheathing. ICON Architecture of Boston provided design for the project. This is the seventh faculty housing project that North Branch has completed for St. Paul’s School, along with other recent projects including the 2013 mechanical upgrades of the Ohrstrom Library and the 2012 Schoolhouse Repairs.
students in 2007 to 475 K-8 students in 2014. The rapid success and growth of the Eliot K-8 Innovation School has spurred the need to expand the school through acquisition and renovation. The future Eliot Upper School will house fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders starting in the fall of 2016. The other two Eliot School locations — 16 Charter Street and 585 Commercial Street — will serve students in grades K-2 and 3-4.
UConn Taps Amenta Emma Putnam Refectory Dining Hall Renovations Storrs, Conn – As part of UCONN’s Nex Gen and campus construction program, Amenta Emma Architects is providing full architectural services to modernize, upgrade and expand student dining capacity to the Putnam Refectory on the Storrs campus. Built in 1969 adjacent to the Hilltop residence halls, the 42,000 sf dining hall structure will undergo a complete renovation of existing servery
and seating areas, internal expansion to create increased capacity, and modifications to major building systems. Currently in the design phase with an overall project budget of $20 mil, construction on the project is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2015 with a late summer 2016 completion date slated to coordinate with the planned opening of the new 750 bed STEM residence hall.
RIC Art Center Grand Opening
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Exterior of RIC Art Center
Providence — Pare Corporation (PARE), a multi-disciplinary engineering and planning firm, recently announced the grand opening of Alex and Ani Hall at Rhode Island College (RIC). A ribboncutting ceremony with RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, Alex and Ani CEO Carolyn Rafaelian, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond, and members of the US and state congressional delegations took place on September 23rd. As a member of the architectural/engineering design team for the facility, PARE provided structural and site/civil engineering services. The 54,000-SF facility is a renovation of the college’s original 34,000-SF structure constructed in 1958 as a dining hall, library and bookstore. That building was converted to an Art Center in 1977, but had numerous infrastructure and ADA deficiencies, as well as insufficient space for current art-related programs, which had been forced to relocate to other campus buildings. The project required renovations to 6,000 SF of the existing RIC Art Center building and the addition of 31,000 SF of new building space. The new $17-million Alex and Ani Hall art center includes new amenities
such as a digital laboratory and 3-D printer; a pottery studio with indoor and outdoor kilns; a photography suite with a seminar room, laboratory and photoshooting studio; and separate studios
GBCC student success center underway
Portsmouth, NH – North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord has begun the construction of a student success center on the campus of Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth. JSA, Inc. of Portsmouth is providing design for the project, which will be completed in the summer of 2015. This one-story, 20,000sf addition to the existing college will include a gymnasium, administrative offices, a student lounge, an exercise space, and locker rooms. The center will serve as a
place for students to engage in leadership activities, develop teamwork, and encourage lifelong learning. The building will provide meeting space for student clubs and organizations, as well as serve as a location for the college in collaboration with the Seacoast community in hosting job fairs, conferences, and meetings. This is North Branch’s second time working on the GBCC campus – the firm completed major re-roofing and HVAC infrastructure upgrades to the building in 2007.
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Ground Breaks for Sandy Hook Design team, led by Svigals + Partners Architects Sandy Hook, CT Consigli Construction Co., Inc. (Consigli) has broken ground for the new 87,000 sf state-of-the-art Sandy Hook School in the Town of Newtown, Connecticut. Consigli was selected as construction manager to build the new $50 million elementary school, which will accommodate 500+ students from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Diversified Project Management (DPM) announced that it will provide OPM services for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School project during the construction phase. “There has been a tremendous outreach to allow everyone impacted to have a voice,” said First Selectman Pat Llodra, “and the beginning of construction will be a turning point in the community.” The school will include three classroom wings, two of which are two-stories
that overlook central courtyards. Breakout spaces in the form of treehouses will be built to create an alternate learning environment. The new school will incorporate the most current and advanced educational approaches, security and design. After extensive evaluation, the Town of Newtown decided to demolish and rebuild the Sandy Hook School on its existing property. Consigli oversaw the demolition of the original 70,000 sf building in the fall of 2013 and worked closely with the Town and the design team, led by Svigals + Partners Architects, throughout the process. Construction also includes a reconfigured entrance road to the site and a new soccer and ball field. Completion is slated for summer 2016.
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Boston – Colantonio Inc, a general contracting firm based in Holliston, has begun an $18.7 million, 22-month renovation of the former North Bennet Street School (NBSS), in the heart of the north end, for the future Eliot Upper School. The project is part of Boston Public Schools’ expansion plan for the Eliot K-8 Innovation School, which has grown from 150 K-5 students in 2007 to 500 K-8 students in 2014. NBSS will be ready for third, fourth, and fifth graders in the fall of 2016. The other two locations — 16 Charter Street and 585 Commercial Street – will serve students in grades K-2 and 6-8 respectively. The historic four-story masonry and wood-framed building will be completely gutted. Colantonio will execute a complex
shoring plan to support the exterior while the interior is demolished. The new space will feature modern classrooms, a cafeteria, kitchen, computer labs, a multipurpose room, and media center. Exterior changes include masonry repair and repointing, new windows, new doors, and a new public entrance where the former NBSS gallery existed. The project team includes: Finegold Alexander + Associates, architect; Boston Building Consultants, structural engineer; R.W. Sullivan, MEP/FP engineer; Bryant Associates, civil engineer; McPhail Associates, geotechnical engineer; and R.F. Freel Associates, structural engineer for temporary shoring.
Northern New England St. Joseph Healthcare Opens New Building Designed by MorrisSwitzer
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Bangor, ME – St. Joseph Internal Medicine has relocated to a new $6.2 million, 23,000sf medical office building, designed for patient convenience and confidentiality, and for clinical efficiency. MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health designed the building to be light-
filled and calming, with a hospitality-focused environment for patients and staff. Lobby skylights bring in soft diffused light that supports the spa-like, restful ambiance of the space. Strategically placed art glass and wooden trellises create areas of
contemplation and increase patient privacy in the lobby while providing visual control for the staff. The color palette focuses on natural hues and textures, highlighting the walnut grain of the millwork. The building is the first commercial
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Durham, NH – Construction has started on Madbury Commons, an off-campus, mixed-use, student apartments for UNHDurham. PROCON, Inc. selected Denron Plumbing and HVAC, LLC as the mechanical contractor to work on the 126 apartment style residents. The apartments will accommodate 525 students. Madbury Commons also has 45,000sf of commercial space.
The plans call for the development of two buildings. The first floor of Building A (169,000sf) will have commercial space with resident apartments above. Building B (39,000sf) will have commercial space at street level, with residential apartments both above and below. The apartment units will offer a variety of floor plans, have a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, washer, and dryer, and separate living areas.
Scarborough, ME – Jewett Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors (JMB), a Scarborough-based division of Jewett Construction Co., Inc. of Raymond, N.H., recently completed a number of projects in both Maine and New Hampshire. Working under contract with Benchmark Construction, Jewett’s metal buildings division erected an 8,500sf preengineered metal building and installed siding for a new Family Dollar retail store in Lewiston, Maine. And working under Langford and Low, JMB installed and welded four 30-foot, 1,600-lb. beams and X-bridging into the roof at an existing
building at 290 Congress St. in Portland. Working in conjunction with parent company Jewett Construction, JMB reinforced canopy steel support columns at Cumberland Farms in Raymond, N.H. The company also installed two roof frames for new air handlers in an existing building at Gemini Valve in Raymond — a challenging project that was completed during normal operating hours. At Chadwick-BaRoss, Inc., in Concord, N.H., Jewett Metal Buildings replaced an overhead door header and six metal wall panels and replaced both header and jamb trim.
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Syracuse, NY – Doctors, nurses, and patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center are now enjoying the increased efficiency and productivity promised by the Northeast’s largest green healthcare construction project, completed with help from KBE Building Corporation of Farmington, Conn. Partnering with Hayner Hoyt Corporation of Syracuse, KBE served as
construction manager at risk for the $95 million, 200,000sf, full-service, critical care Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower, which features 110 spacious private rooms and a 4,000sf surgical waiting room with seating for approximately 135 people. The Nappi Tower is located on the north end of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, a nonprofit, 431-bed hospital and
healthcare system providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. The surgical tower, which took one year to build, was designed by King & King Architects to maximize productivity while minimizing the possibility for medical errors. The new surgical tower extends St. Joseph’s green footprint beyond its
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Iron Mountain’s New Headquarters Awarded Gold
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Boston - Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that its highperformance workspace design for Iron Mountain’s new global headquarters at One Federal Street in Boston has been awarded LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors by the USGBC. Iron Mountain, a leading provider of storage and information management solutions, moved into its new 112,000sf global headquarters in February 2014. Having outgrown its previous space
at 745 Atlantic Ave. in Boston, Iron Mountain sought a high- performance and sustainable office environment to reflect its culture, support its increasingly mobile workforce, increase collaborative space and improve efficiency, and support the company’s focus on health and wellness for its employees. With the move to One Federal Street, Iron Mountain decided to adopt a high-performance workspace strategy and launch a formal mobile workforce
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program called “Mobile Mountaineering.” Featuring an open, flexible, and efficient floor plan with individual workspaces, fewer offices, and technology-supported conference and collaboration rooms, the high-performance workspace design of Iron Mountain’s new global headquarters promotes collaboration and sustainability. MPA’s design was focused on bringing natural light deep into the interior of the space, and along with motion-sensing high-efficiency fluorescents, LED fixtures,
and motion-sensing task lighting at all work areas, this approach reduced the required lighting power by 30%. Iron Mountain also offset 100% of its estimated electricity usage for at least two years via the purchase of a renewable energy credit. The use of low-flow plumbing fixtures reduced water use by 33%. The project team included Structure Tone, Inc.; RDK Engineers; LeMessurier; and Acentech Inc.
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Framingham, MA – Fraser Engineering Company, a mechanical contractor based in Newton, is currently involved in the first phase of a project for M+W Group at Genzyme’s new Fabrazyme plant in Framingham. The project involves the installation of a cleaned compressed air system which consists of two large Kobelco compressors, two 150-gallon receiver tanks, two Parker air dryers, and approximately 1,000 feet of 2-inch air main with 40 user points, and a new natural gas system with a 10-inch schedule 80 gas main, approximately 800 feet of gas piping feeding 18 locations, the installation of two new Cleaver Brooks
boilers, three large air handlers, four HVUs, and five steam humidifiers. Also included in this phase of the project is a domestic water system, a nonpotable water system, potable hot water supply and return, tempered water skids feeding 30 safety showers, fiberglass reinforced plastic vent systems for glycol, zinc, and process waste, and a fire water glycol system pumped to a 10,000=gallon tank with 2-inch stainless steel schedule 10 piping. This phase of the project began in August and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
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Boston – R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP, a Boston-based, full-service engineering firm, announced the recent completion of the new TIBCO office where they expanded its regional sales and R&D operations. Vanderweil collaborated with architecture firms CBT Architects of Boston and Whitney Polycyn Architects of San Jose on the design of TIBCO’s new Boston office. The project team worked closely on the renovation of a 40,000sf, two-floor space, located within a historic 19th century mill building in Boston’s Seaport District. Several features of the original mill design were prominently incorporated into the new office design aesthetics, such as exposing the original brick, columns, and
beams that had been previously hidden behind layers of walls; incorporating the open ceiling plan; and restoring the original wood flooring. Vibrant colors were also incorporated throughout the office; glass dividers and doors, both colored and clear, were used to help define the offices and workspaces, creating a new functional space while pairing the traditional character of the 19th century building a contemporary aesthetic. This project was designed for and received a utility rebate for lighting design efficiency. The newly renovated office included the design of open and private offices, conference rooms, an executive briefing center, restrooms, a small data center, and breakout areas.
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Arden Acquires Corporate Mech. Pawtucket, RI – The Arden Building Companies of Pawtucket announced the purchase of Corporate Mechanical, Inc. of Tewksbury, Mass. Robert M. Bolton, president of Arden Building, said, “The multiple resources available from the Arden Building Companies, such as mechanical engineering, construction, and electrical installation and service, combined with the powerful relationships Corporate Mechanical has with local trade unions and their growing customer base, will help us develop lasting relationships with a segment of customers we simply could not reach independently.” Mike Mahoney, who will lead Corporate Mechanical as president after the acquisition, said, “The purchase of Corporate Mechanical by The Arden Building Companies enhances our ability to grow and broaden our range of opportunities and offer more
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professionals in two offices Southborough, MA – Beals and Thomas, Inc., a multidisciplinary located in Southborough and land planning and consulting Plymouth, and attributes its firm, announced that 2014 marks continued success to its skilled the company’s 30th anniversary. and talented staff, commitment Since its founding in May 1984, of its senior personnel, the firm has provided planning, and dedication to quality design, and permitting services performance. for more than 2,000 properties George (Gerry) Preble throughout New England. recently led the firm through George Preble To commemorate its 30th its first-generation ownership year, Beals and Thomas has released a transition and has served as the president celebratory logo which will be used in since 2012. conjunction with the standard company “I want to thank our current employees, logo throughout the year. former employees, clients, and board of The firm has also committed to directors for their collective contribution provide pro-bono services to selected to the success of the company. I look Massachusetts non-profit institutions. forward to continuing the legacy of Beals Beals and Thomas employs 40 and Thomas.”
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Consultants located in Rockland, along with his daughter Haley and approximately 50 other members of the Boston Scientific HQ design team, participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk. Organized by prime consultant, Margulies Peruzzi Architects, the BSC HQ team was composed of several firms and individual design team members that were involved in the design and construction of Boston Scientific’s new 110,000sf, four-story headquarters located in Marlborough. On the day of the walk, BSC HQ had exceeded its team fundraising goal by $5,051, contributing a total of $15,051 towards the Heart Walk’s target of $2 million.
Waltham, MA – A 41,400sf retail/office complex in Sudbury that stood vacant for five years has a new lease on life, thanks to a massive renovation project conducted by Vantage Builders, Inc. The construction firm helped transform the three-building complex into Sudbury Town Square, a vibrant setting for a growing number of retail stores, medical offices, restaurants, and business offices. The project team for Sudbury Town Square included Maugel Architects and Engineering Design Services, Inc. (EDS) for mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering services. “When the project began, Sudbury Town Square was a bit of an eyesore — the building was dilapidated, the landscaping was unkempt,” said Ed Silva, principal, Vantage Builders, Inc. “It has a terrific, central location within Sudbury and, with
the right lenses, you could see a wealth of potential. It just needed a lot of work to get there.” Vantage Builders expanded the size of the complex, removing the roof and adding a third floor. New windows and siding were installed that not only made the buildings more appealing but also adhered to the historic look and feel of the buildings. Due to the size of the renovation project, the firm installed seismic bracing, to ensure the structural integrity of the building. The firm installed new base building systems, including electric, septic, and natural gas. By retaining the existing electric main, costs were reduced and a new distribution was installed throughout. Five separate septic tanks, each with 1,500-gallon capacity, were deployed throughout the property, while a new high pressure line supplies natural gas. The entrance to the building was completely renovated, creating a more welcoming first impression for visitors. The buildings’ common areas and restrooms were redesigned. Along with a new elevator — installed to help ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act — two additional stairwells improve access to the various suites in the complex.
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Design, Construction, and BIM Coordination by Scott M. Robbins
Architects and engineers generate documents for the purpose of bidding and construction. In order to obtain a permit for construction, design documents must be signed and sealed by a licensed Scott M. Robbins professional. This statement has been true for many years; however, the tools used for this purpose have changed significantly over time. Computers and software such as AutoCAD shifted our industry from handdrawn documents to two-dimensional electronic documents. This helped with the transfer of information by allowing electronic files to be shared rather than hard copies couriered. Additionally, the shift to software-based documentation allowed for further cycles of design to ideally increase the coordination and optimization of various design elements. We are now at the next major shift in document preparation — three dimensional and smart models. The industry has been working within the BIM environment (Revit, Microstation, etc.) for several years so it is no longer a mystery. Beyond producing impressive colored 3D images for marketing purposes, how does this new technology help an owner and where should it be going? We need to start with the basic process of how our industry operates. Engineers produce code-compliant designs that are diagrammatic. What does that mean? Documents are primarily performance in nature, allowing contractors the opportunity of choosing options, which optimize utilizing their fabrication and trade skills. These can be items such as pipe joining methods (welding versus mechanical), ductwork construction (SMACNA provides several options to achieve required pressure classes), and different manufacturers of products. During design, locations of equipment and distribution through the building are coordinated so the project is constructible. The major purpose of performance documents is so the owner can get a competitive bid at the quality and sustainability required by the owner. So let’s talk coordination. By spending the extra time to model in three dimensions during design, it is easier to see congested areas and optimize the design. What is the benefit? It assists contractors with their fabrication models, reducing schedule. Contractor fabrication models also substantially reduce rework on the site and allow for more prefabrication
at contractor facilities. This saves both time and money — schedule and budget. Good things! It’s important to remember that the contractors are responsible for coordination of systems. This is true because the design is diagrammatic only. Remember, documents are performancebased, allowing contracto’s fabrication options and multiple manufacturers for a competitive bid. Here are some items often not contained in the design model which will be part of the fabrication model/ installation: pipe and duct insulation, hangers and supports (for pipe duct, and conduit), guy wires, pull boxes, junction boxes, offsets of small piping to clear obstructions, volume dampers, plumbing branch piping drops to fixtures and equipment, smaller valves, seismic mounts and vibration isolators, condensate and overflow drains, branch circuits, access panels, etc. These items affect installation and space within a building. The majority of the A/E industry utilizes clash detection as part of their work process to identify and resolve hard clashes, but the boundary between the A/E design model and the final fabrication model clash detection/resolution (coordination model) is becoming blurred into today’s industry. It’s also important to understand that most contractors do not use Revit for their fabrication model. Most use custom plug-in software that operates with 3D AutoCAD because the model can then be directly exported into their fabrication machinery. So there is a design 3D model and a contractor 3D fabrication model. Is that good? The short answer is yes. Design teams are producing documents for bid with a greater understanding of design intent. This leads to improved bids. Contractors are generating models with fabrication and installation detail to support clash detection. With confidence of a clash-free model, prefabrication is even more viable today and leading to lower costs, minimized field rework, and shorter schedules, and even a safer field construction environment. Engineers are working with contractors more closely to support the fabrication model with new project execution approaches options like Design Assist and Lean Construction. Engineers bring the strength of design, and contractors bring their strength of field and fabrication experience. There is one additional item to discuss: information. Savvy owners are now using BIM models designed with industry standards such as COBie to integrate with their building management system for facility management (FM). One click of a
button and they see real-time information of the operation of a pump along with the information on the installed product and any maintenance or replacement information. The closer the A/E team and the construction team can work together
irrespective of project delivery method, the better the project will be for the owner and eventually the building occupants. Scott M. Robbins, PE, LEED BD+C, CEM is an associate principal at Vanderweil Engineers in Boston.
BIM for Today and Tomorrow continued from page 16
and as-builts into Revit software, Microdesk created an intelligent, fully integrated model of the building that would allow the facilities management team to maintain seamless control of the building’s operations. The 3D BIM model becomes an essential tool for property maintenance even after construction is completed. This model provides the Broad Institute with a digital resource that enables their team to troubleshoot potential problems, identify all assets, track equipment, and access warrantee data and vendor
information that may be of importance over the course of the building’s life cycle. Having a single source of information also allows management staff to perform preventive maintenance and safety checks on an annual or semi-annual basis. Most importantly, BIM enables the Broad team to digitally re-imagine spaces within the facility as new research opportunities arise, allowing the institute to attract and accommodate the most advanced and compelling projects. Will Mainor is a solutions specialist.
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gas detection professionals in order to be in compliance with OSHA and other state and federal regulations. Regrettably, many facilities managers go by the mantra that if the gas detection system is reading zero that nothing is wrong. Unfortunately, you can’t know a gas detection system is working unless it is tested with the correct gases. Investing in a routine maintenance Preventative Maintenance (PM) program for your lab’s gas detection systems protects the health, lives & property of visitors and workers first and foremost.
Second, it protects your organization from tremendous liability. As a life sciences company, creating a safe lab environment does more than protect those working for you. It provides “peace of mind awareness” and preparation. It makes your workers feel better about your organization because it shows your care and concern for their well-being as well as your commitment to the next discovery. John V. Carvalho, III is the president of Apollo Safety, Inc.
Landscape Landscape Design If You Design It, They Will Come by Dana Day
When designed properly, streets and outdoor public spaces can provide a setting for social interactions that make a place inviting, interesting, and aesthetically pleasing. UnderDana Day standing factors such as accessibility, human scale, user needs, and pedestrian amenities is imperative when designing urban landscapes, as these spaces should be designed with the user in mind. The recently completed Phase 1 of the new mixed-use Assembly Row development in Somerville, Mass. is an excellent example of how outdoor spaces — streetscapes, plazas, parks, and playgrounds — all play a role in attracting
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urban park to complement the already successful plaza. Danna Day is the director of marketing at Copley Wolff Design Group Landscape Architects & Planners of Boston.
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facility. PARE also worked closely with Thompson Consultants (mechanical and plumbing) and Architectural Engineers (electrical and fire protection) to develop the specialized building systems that were required. Mike Rongione, Managing Structural Engineer at Pare, described the collaborative approach that was needed. “With the variety of specialized art programs, the building required state-ofthe-art ventilation, dust collection, and arts-related technology. Incorporating these systems into an attractive building renovation project was a real structural challenge, but I think the design team worked well together to provide all of these cutting-edge technologies within an aesthetically striking building.” The design team addressed a number of specific requirements including a review of the previously prepared feasibility study, along with analyzing programming and space requirements; providing alternative building layouts; improving the exterior appearance of the facility and openness of walkways and entrances; and replacing all HVAC equipment. Crucial elements of the design included providing dust collection systems for ceramic areas, sculpture/welding areas, and woodshop
areas; and providing fume hoods, spray hoods, and exhaust fans in printmaking, photography, jewelry/metals and ceramic areas. A wastewater pretreatment system for printmaking, photography, jewelry/ metals and ceramic areas was also included in the design. PARE’s structural engineering design included an investigation of the building’s structural framing systems to provide guidance on partial demolition and reconstruction options in the renovated areas. Structural design was also provided for the two-story, 31,000-SF building addition on the south side of the existing building. A total of 98 rooms, sized for different functions, were designed to span two floors. Some of the workspaces are very tall loft-like areas able to accommodate large-scale welding, cutting and lifting equipment. PARE’s civil engineering services for the project included the design of a new pedestrian-oriented corridor by removing a parking area and roadway, new utility services, and a new sustainable and lowimpact stormwater management system for control of stormwater runoff which included the design of several rain gardens around the facility.
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Subcontractors in Construction Boom by Scott Clifford
Driving around Boston, one can’t help but think that Boston is poised for a post-recession construction boom. New buildings in various levels of completion rise into the cityscape every day, and in Scott Clifford an October 9 article appearing in the Boston Globe, Casey Ross reports that Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is calling for $21 billion in private and public construction — and 53,000 more housing units — over the next 20 years to keep pace with the city’s population demands. As construction firms around the region react to and plan for better times in the industry, undoubtedly more subcontractors will be hired to contribute to these projects. Those firms that weathered the recession should continue to demonstrate the prudence and efficiency that got them to this point by ensuring they remain compliant with all applicable legal requirements, especially those that relate to hiring subcontractors. Hiring subcontractors makes a lot
of sense for construction firms, and is not, surprisingly, a common practice. By hiring subcontractors to perform specialty work like plumbing or cabinetry, a company can save not only the costs associated with training an employee in those kinds of skills or purchasing specialized but infrequently used equipment, but also the overhead costs (benefits, etc.) associated with having an employee in the first place. (That said, it’s important for a construction firm to check with the state(s) they operate in to confirm the definition of “subcontractor,” as there is no one determination.) Once subcontractor status is confirmed, the company should ensure that the subcontractor is properly licensed, insured, and bonded. No matter how far a construction project is behind schedule, making up for lost time by fast-tracking a subcontractor without performing due diligence — even if that individual has worked for the company on previous projects — is never a good idea. This is not to say that nothing will go wrong as long as a firm employs a subcontractor with an up-to-date license, but if it does, the firm will face a great deal less legal liability. Workers’ compensation insurance
should also be considered when hiring subcontractors. While not required, in most situations it makes sense for a construction firm to buy coverage for its subcontractors. Generally speaking
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(again, different states have their own laws with regard to this issue), a firm could purchase workers’ compensation insurance for a subcontractor who is not insured, as the company would be held liable should the subcontractor not have his/her own insurance and be injured on the job. This makes even more fiscal sense for the firm as the cost of the workers’ compensation insurance can be passed on to the subcontractor by deducting it from the initial agreed-upon payment amount.
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If the firm does not want to be responsible for holding the policy, language should be included in the subcontractor agreement that workers’ compensation insurance coverage must be maintained at all times during the project for the subcontractor and the subcontractor’s employees. While construction bonds, or surety bonds, are almost always a requirement for construction companies, they could be overlooked if the firm was just getting off the ground. In addition to being a legal necessity, though, one of their functions offers protection to firms that hire subcontractors. Should the unexpected occur, and the actions of a subcontractor prevent the project from being completed as originally agreed upon, a surety bond ensures that the client is compensated. As new constructions continue to rise, firms should poise themselves to take advantage of this influx of opportunity while ensuring that they are aware of and understand the legal considerations required of them, and their subcontractors. Scott Clifford is a partner at Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford, P.C., a full-service law firm with offices in Hanover, Plymouth, Quincy, Mansfield, and Boston.
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Retail RKB Creates Retail Center for Cape Cod Lumber headquarters to better support business activities and meet customer expectations. RKB worked with the company to move to its new location on Groveland Street in Abington. This ocation boasts a 136,000sf building which houses a drive-through lumber yard, custom order millwork shop, and the company’s corporate operations.
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Abington, MA – After the successful completion of its corporate office and warehouse center last year, Cape Cod Lumber (CCL) again engaged RKB Architects of Braintree to create the new home for its retail design center and showroom, “HomeScapes,” locating it adjacent to the new headquarters. When entering the design center, guests will be welcomed into a
comfortable reception area featuring a library millwork display complete with a fireplace and relaxed seating. Space flows from the reception into the large 12,000sf showroom that includes millwork display areas for windows, doors, decking, and stair parts. The showroom also has a cabinet display area holding numerous kitchen vignettes, as well as sales, meeting, and support spaces.
The interior space will be open and flexible thanks to clear spanning wood roof trusses (supplied by CCL). Windows in the showroom were placed high on the wall to provide for future reconfiguration of displays. The kitchen display area is anchored by a culinary demonstration kitchen which opens to an outdoor gathering area. In 2013, CCL expanded its corporate
Southborough, MA - Jewett Automotive Design & Construction of Raymond, N.H. has completed renovations to the RH Long Motor Sales Cadillac dealership on Turnpike Road in Southborough, Mass. The project consisted of installing approximately 600sf of decorative stone veneer panels over the existing façade of the service building. All work was done while the dealership was in full operation, requiring special care and coordination to avoid disruption to the client’s business.
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popularity since it began in 2006 with 160 participants. Last year, the event drew 300 supporters. Javier Colon, singer, songwriter, and 2011 winner of The Voice, was the event’s featured guest and host. Achieve Hartford!, an initiative of the MetroHartford Alliance, is an independent nonprofit that collaborates with parents, business owners, and community leaders to find solutions for improving the quality
of education provided by Hartford Public Schools. The mission of the alliance is to raise awareness around education issues in Hartford; hold leadership, officials and the community accountable for district improvement; and, engage parents, business, and community and school leaders to participate in education improvement. “This event draws the attention of the entire community, from students, parents, and educators to policy makers, community and business leaders, to the positive and enthusiastic efforts of the Hartford Public School system,” said Glenn Gollenberg, AIA, and SLAM principal. According to Gollenberg, SLAM’s market sector leader for K-12 public education, the quality of public education everywhere foretells our future. “The combination of Achieve Hartford! knowledge with the support of local business is a powerful force that can help improve the quality of education in Hartford Public Schools.” “When we design a school we strive for a thorough knowledge of each school’s
history and mission, as well as the faculty, students and staff who use its buildings,” Robert F. Pulito, AIA, SLAM president said of the 150-person multi-disciplined design firm’s philosophy. “We believe the design of learning environments must reflect and enhance the vision and teaching methodology
of each school. SLAM’s planning and design promotes spontaneity, innovation and collaboration; encourages interdisciplinary study and problem-solving skills; accommodates changing technology; and most importantly, celebrates the value of learning itself.”
Kirsten Waltz Accepted into ACHA
Enfield, CT – The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) announced that Kirsten Waltz, managing principal of Steffian Bradley Architect’s Connecticut office, has earned her Board Certificate in health-
care architecture. Waltz recently passed an accredited examination that assesses the knowledge and understanding of architects who practice as healthcare specialists. She joins
the ranks of over 400 ACHA colleagues in the U.S and Canada who have received this important architectural credential In order to be eligible to even take the examination, applicants must submit data-heavy portfolios outlining their range of experience, including six recommendation letters from clients and peers. Waltz’s long-standing relationship with SBA started in 1999, at the Boston office, where she worked on a range of healthcare projects before transferring to the London office for three years. Upon returning to the United States, Waltz moved to Connecticut to oversee the opening of SBA’s Enfield office.
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KBE Sponsors Conn. 5K Walk
Madison, CT - With its premier sponsorship of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance’s first annual 5K walk, “Path of Hope,” KBE Building Corp. is helping to bring hope and support to those affected by brain tumors and the medical professionals who care for them. The walk is scheduled for Oct. 5 at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. All proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance,
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a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. “The message of the walk is that ‘no one has to take the journey alone,’” said KBE principal owner and CEO, Mike Kolakowski. “We wanted to give those in our community affected by cancer – including survivors, family members, and friends – our full support by sponsoring the walk as part of our corporate philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference.” The “Path of Hope” 5K won’t be the first time KBE’s employees and their families have used their legs for a good cause. The firm participates in the annual Camp Challenge Ride & Bandit 5K to benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with lifethreatening illnesses.
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Middletown, CT – KBE Building Corporation has been chosen for its 10th Petco construction project, this one in Middletown. KBE will serve as general contractor for the $925,000, 13,500sf fit-out at the existing Middletown Plaza. KBE’s
previous Petco projects include new construction and fit-outs for various stores and Pooch Hotels in Connecticut and North Carolina. With 1,300 locations across the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico, Petco provides products, services, advice, and experiences that meet its mission: Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. The Petco Foundation, an affiliated nonprofit, has raised more than $125 million since 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. Completion is scheduled for late 2014. The project’s owner is Block & Kahan Properties, LLC, which is based in New Haven, Connecticut.
Restaurants Become More Energy-Efficient with Energize Connecticut Help
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New Haven, CT – Retailers seeking immediate and long-term savings through energy-efficient measures must also balance the effect that changes in infrastructure will have on their customers’ experience. In the competitive restaurant industry, that means costsaving, efficiency upgrades in food storage, cooking equipment, and lighting
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ABF: Always Be Firing Why Firing Your Bottom 10% of Underperforming Staff Makes Good Business Sense by Colm Allen
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I firmly believe, that in this economy, with full employment in our construction industry, staff retention is absolutely imperative for firms to thrive and prosper. But not all staff – Colm Allen only the committed, good ones. You don’t always need a vacancy to make a hire. You should hire or at least consider hiring, every top performer you meet, and do what’s necessary to make room for them on your team. That usually means shedding the lower 10% of nonperformers. Look around your business. Which employees would you be devastated to lose and which ones would you gladly “refer” over to a competitor? Then ask yourself: “Why are we keeping underperforming employees?” Before you go scorching the earth, consider these questions: • Who is underperforming in their job? • How long has this poor performance been going on? • Why is this the case? Did anything in their immediate team change recently to cause this effect? • Do you have clear, written expectations for the desired performance activity for that position? • Did your employee receive appropriate training to meet the expectations for their role? • Can they be mentored to improve their performance? • What impact is this having on the rest of your team? • What is this performance saying to your customer?
Whether the stakeholders in your company are private investors, family, shareholder, or employees, the market is too tight to be carrying the baggage of less than fully committed, performing employees. Jack Welch, formerly of GE, says, “A company should rid itself of the bottom 10% of poor performers,” and this “selection” process should be an ongoing activity. It’s interesting to note that the company value of GE rose 4,000% while
Welch was CEO, so it seems he knows a little something about building highperforming teams! Proactive firms need to be dropping dead wood and acquiring new blood. In this day and age, you should be paying for employee performance, not attendance. Having someone sitting at their desk but not contributing to the bottom line is a poor investment. Think of a competitor you admire, fear, or respect. Do you have any of their previous employees on your team? If no, why not? If you fire your underperforming staff, you have now found room in your talent acquisition budget to bring on new talent without having to identify a new source of funds. You might even get a two-for-one deal where the new hire, being more responsible and productive, can take on the jobs or a few departed slackers. You’ve heard of signing bonuses, but what if we had “firing bonuses”? What if an employer sent a memo offering to pay a modest lump sum (say $5,000) to anyone who wanted to leave. Those who expressed interest would have “selfselected” themselves as not committed and ready for departure. Ultimately, the cost of an underperforming employee sends the wrong message to everyone. It says that, as a leader, you endorse poor performance and set a tone of low expectations for future recruits, and that’s not good for anyone. If, on the other hand, you can honestly say your team is so good, you would not want to get rid of anybody, you are to be congratulated, as you are one of the few who can then concentrate on their core business — not construction, but customer service. The better the team, the better service. As always, let me know if we can be of any help. colm@construction-recruiters. com. Do good work. Colm Allen is President at Construction Recruiters, Inc. in Milton, Mass
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PARE’s civil division as a senior engineer in the structural engineering group and was recently promoted to project engineer. Prior to working at PARE, he operated his own company, DBM Engineering & Associates. Victoria Howland joined PARE’s civil division in February. She is currently enrolled in the sustainable buildings program at Northeastern University. Dino D. Trotta is a senior engineer with
PARE’s Environmental Division. He is an experienced senior- level project manager with over 20 years of electrical design and project management experience. Mark N. Georgian recently joined PARE’s Foxboro office as a geotechnical engineer. Kailyn Corrigan joined PARE’s Marketing Team in May as the marketing coordinator.
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Marc J. Gabriel, P.E., recently joined as a senior project engineer in the civil division. He has spent his 10-year career providing project management, planning, site design, and permitting services for a wide variety of land development and facility improvement projects throughout
New England. Amy J. Archer, P.E. recently joined PARE’s transportation division as a project engineer. For the first seven years of her career, she worked in Baltimore and throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. Jesse Giuliano, P.E., is a project engineer within PARE’s civil division. He has 13 years of consulting experience on infrastructure projects from Maine to California, with much of his work in the Four Corners region of the Southwest. Projects have ranged from highway and water/wastewater improvements to site/ civil design and LEED documentation for major commercial, educational, residential, industrial, and public facilities. David B. McCombs, P.E., joined
Bradford, VT – ARC Mechanical announced the hiring of new employees in several departments, as well as one promotion. Ray Klinger joined the ARC sales Klinger team, bringing an indepth knowledge and experience in the HVAC industry, ranging from installation and technician to sales and distribution at the national level. Debra Belyea is ARC’s new receptionist. She has over 20 years of experience working with the public in various settings of service, construction, legal, and medical. Kathy Eastman joined ARC as its new service dispatcher. She comes to ARC
with dispatching experience from Irving Oil and the Vermont State Police. Aaron Keith joined ARC as a service technician apprentice. Jeff Morris comes to ARC with many years of experience in repair of mechanical, electrical, HVAC, pneumatics, hydraulics, water, sewer, and building construction systems. Matt Savard joined the firm earlier this year as a service technician. Andrew Smith is a Journeyman plumber of eight years and works primarily in the southern region. Travis Trask is an HVAC system installer for ARC. Tyler Williams is another new service technician apprentice. Katie Stygles has been promoted to accounting assistant.
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Boston, MA – Diversified Project Management (DPM) announced the addition of Stephen Porter, Stella Zammitto, and Marie Peters to its project management staff. As senior project manager, Porter brings over 30 years of facilities and construction project management experience to DPM. Prior to joining the firm, he successfully managed many projects in the private sector as a general manager
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Seekonk, MA – D.F. Pray, a national general contractor and construction management company, announced key leadership promotions. Michael Burke has been promoted to executive vice Burke / Photo by president. A long- Brian McDonland time employee of D.F. Pray, Burke brings three decades of experience in all facets of the firm, including estimating. Some of Burke’s national clients include CVS, Titleist, Chick-fil-A, Atria, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Ronald H. Laprise, Jr. was promoted to senior vice president of corporate operations management. He is responsible for managing, implementing, and promoting the firm’s safety and health program, and personally conducts project audits to monitor safety performance. Gary Smith was promoted to senior vice president. He began his career at D.F. Pray in 1986, working his way up to the position of senior vice president of special projects. He holds and maintains licenses in 39 states. A LEED accredited professional, Smith is responsible for overseeing the creation of the company’s “School of Continuing Education” LEED Certification program, which provides LEED training and guidance to employees, subcontractors, and clients. Vincent H. Villella has been promoted to senior vice president. He joined D.F. Pray in 1984 and has extensive experience
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in all aspects of commercial construction, including proposal development and estimating, staff and budget management, vendor selection and pricing, risk management, and subcontractor selection and supervision. William “Bill” Hoffmann was promoted to vice president. He has 30 years of commercial construction experience in all aspects of design-build, remodeling, and out-of-the-ground projects. His portfolio includes renovation and remodel projects for some of the largest national retailers in the country.
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West Newton, MA – The Boston Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) announced that Kristen Gowin has been selected as assistant chapter manager. She comes to the chapter Gowin from the national office of NECA, where she served as the director of government affairs, promoting the association’s position as a leader in the electrical construction industry in the legislative, regulatory, and political areas.
Quincy, MA – J. Calnan & project with a very aggressive Associates ( JC&A) recently schedule in Needham for announced that Stephen Robak PTC. Additionally, Robak has has been promoted to executive completed complex projects vice president/partner. for Children’s Hospital, NESN Robak has been with JC&A for Studios, Shire, The Park School, 10 years and has worked on many Puma , Thayer Academy, and high-profile projects including the Converse to name a few. new 250,000sf corporate campus Robak joins partners Jay project in Andover for Schneider Robak Calnan, CEO; James Cahill, Electric; a 750,000sf project president; Michael Crowther, COO; and across a 110-acre campus in Marlborough Timothy Kelly, CFO. for Atlantic Management; and a 320,000sf
Gowin has focused much of her time and expertise building and maintaining relationships to advance multi-employer pension reform, improvements to the Affordable Care Act, and a renewed effort addressing comprehensive tax reform. She is also an expert in several key issues including misclassification of independent contractors, project labor agreements, and prevailing wages. Prior to joining NECA, she worked at Mercury Public Affairs as a legislative assistant. During the 2008 election cycle, she moved to Washington, D.C. to launch her professional career at Public Opinion Strategies, a political polling firm.
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Jeff Keener New Red Thread CEO Boston – Red Thread announced that Jeff Keener has assumed the role of CEO at the New Englandbased integrated interiors dealership. A 30-year veteran of Steelcase, he has relocated to Boston from Detroit, and began work at Red Thread in September. As CEO, he will focus on
leading the firm to become an exemplary place to work, cultivating a collaborative culture and energetic environment, one that is customer-focused and supports innovative employee initiatives. “I see it as my job to help create an environment where our people can do their best work,” said Keener.
Marion, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor headquartered in Marion, has hired Jared Butler for its Northeast region business development department. Based in SCI’s, Penn. office, Butler will be part of the business development team and the company’s efforts to retain new construction and renovation projects throughout the region. South Coast Improvement specializes in construction projects for senior living, educational, institutional, and hospitality industries.
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Boston – The Victor, located in Boston’s Bullfinch Triangle District, was chosen by Multifamily Executive (MFE) as the recipient of its 2014 Project of the Year Editor’s Choice Award. This prestigious industry award honors The Victor and the project’s developer, Simpson Housing LLLP. The Victor was chosen for its delivery of accommodations that suit the modern urban dweller while overcoming the myriad of technical and spatial limitations that challenged the building’s design and construction.
Constructed over the existing below-grade tunnels of Interstate 93 in Boston that were part of the Big Dig project and close to the iconic Leonard P. Zakim cable-stayed bridge and Portal Park, the project is strategically set back to create a small plaza, which provides a synergy with both the bridge and the park while also allowing for two sets of corner apartment homes with stunning bridge views. The Victor contains 286 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments featuring Brazilian granite countertops, Italian wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The Victor also has 17,000sf of retail space available on the ground floor that includes Tavern in the Square, a 5,600sf bar/restaurant, the eighth location of this popular restaurant chain in the Boston area. The Victor provides 24-hour front desk concierge as well as a host of unique conveniences and amenities to accommodate all resident needs. These amenities include an 1,800sf state-of-theart strength and cardio club, an indoor sports court, private garage parking, and “The Living Room,” a fifth-floor lounge complete with an entertaining kitchen,
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family-style hand-carved dining table, and access to a beautiful 5,300sf outdoor terrace. “Receiving this recognition from MFE is a great honor,” said Spencer Welton, senior vice president of development at Simpson Housing LLLP. “The development of The Victor was no easy task, and we are extremely
proud of the work that was done with our partner Heitman LLC to deliver the highest quality living experience for our community’s residents.” The development team included Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M); Simpson Housing, LLLP; Heitman LLC; ADD Inc; Copley Wolff Design Group; and Suffolk Construction.
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Trinity Honored With PRISM Award Boston – Trinity-built Skylark cocktail lounge in New York City was recognized for professional excellence with a PRISM Award for the Best Commercial Project (Medical, Non-Medical, Retail, or Institutional) on October 9. Hosted by The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), the PRISM Awards recognize industry professionals for excellence in residential building,
remodeling, design, architecture, sales, and marketing. This year’s PRISM Awards Gala presented awards in more than 50 different categories to honor the accomplishments of those who influence the building and design industry of Greater Boston. Trinity Building + Construction Management won in the commercial category and was recognized as a trailblazer in its field.
BLFR Wins BRICC Awards Hyannis, MA – Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects (BLFR), a diversified architectural firm located in Yarmouthport, has been named the Gold winner in the Best Non-Residential Project category of the 2014 BRICC Awards sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod for the design of a major addition and renovation of The Centerville Public Library. BLFR was also acknowledged, along
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AICPA Construction Industry Conference
Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev. The 2014 AICPA Construction Industry Conference is designed to bring together top industry experts and thought leaders to share insights and experience to help guide you through today’s complex construction industry – the new complexities, the biggest challenges and where there’s room for new opportunities. http://cafe.cfma.org/
Turning Your Project Managers into Business Managers Westin Waltham Hotel 70 Third Avenue, Waltham, Mass. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. FMI Management consultant Andy Patron will provide business owners with guidance on how to help project managers develop critical management skills. http://www.associatedsubs.com/
18th Annual Construction Financial Management Conference
Building Leaders Series – Branding Strategy: Tips from the Experts
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nev.
3:30: Registration • 4 p.m. - 6 p.m: Event District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., Boston
The three-day conference is filled with 36 interactive sessions, covering the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Sessions are delivered “group-live” and are at intermediate, overview, and update program levels. There are no prerequisites or advanced preparation required. http://cafe.cfma.org/MassBostonMA/ events\
BSA Events November 18 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Emerging Professionals Network A social and professional network of building-industry professionals. More at www.architects.org/committees/emerging-professionals-network.
November 20 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
scheduled MBC events.
BSA/SCUP College and University Roundtable This meeting is free and open to all Designers, planners and administrators focus on college and university planning and design issues. www.architects.org/committees/bsascup-college-and-university-roundtable. These and many more events are located at BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston www.architects.org/calendar
In this panel discussion, hear from industry experts on branding, brand strategy, and how to approach a rebrand. Get tips on how to begin a rebrand inhouse or work with an outside consultant. This is the second in the five part Building Leaders series. www.smpsboston.org/program/event. php?event_id=368
Mark your calendar for these upcoming December 4: Breakfast Program / details tba December 11: Congress Unplugged / Holiday Social / details tba http://www.buildingcongress.org
Promoting the Mechanical Contracting Industry for
125 We oﬀer membership within the Mechanical Contractors Association, Mechanical Service Contractors Association, and the National Certiﬁed Pipe Welding Bureau. We support our member contractors through our educational seminars, labor and government relations, industry news and marketing. Committed to the future of our industry, we sponsor MCA student chapters at Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Our aﬃliation with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and our strong, cooperative relationship with the United Association enable us to oﬀer our members numerous opportunities to build lasting, beneﬁcial relationships with peers while acquiring the business knowledge and tools to keep their company successful.
In high tech, biotech, or any tech for that matter, experience is crucial – a fact to keep firmly in mind when yo u’re choosing a construction company. After all, turning a humble warehouse intoa lab, call center, or internet switching station is not a task for the uninitiated. At Integrated Builders, we’re old hands at developing complex construction packages and ‘tech-centric’ structures. Ask any of our satisfied customers. Then call Integrated Builders, or look us up online at www.integratedbuilders.com
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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.
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:
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