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Chiofaro’s New Harbor Garage Development

The New Harbor Garage Development view from Grain Exchange / Rendering courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Assoc. and ADD Inc.

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Inside this Issue: Open and Closed by Stephanie Goldberg Predictions for Boston Construction 2015 by Colm Allen DCS Corp. Renovations Complete MPA Selected to Design CDM Smith’s New Global Headquarters Coddington Bldg Complete, Nauset and Wessling Team Up


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Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage Site Plans Presented at MBC Breakfast.......Page 14

Forecast 2015: State of the Market: The Bentall Kennedy Perspective..Page 12

The New Harbor Garage Development view from Grain Exchange / Rendering courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox Assoc. and ADD Inc.


Up-Front........................................6 Forecast...................................... 11 Multi-Residential...........................20 Corporate...................................22 Municipal....................................24 Education....................................27 Mixed Use.................................. 31 Senior Living................................ 32

Trends & Hot Topics................ 33, 38 Landscape...................................35 Life Sciences................................ 36 Retail.......................................... 37 Northern New England................ 39 Connecticut.................................40 Awards.......................................43 People........................................44 Calendar....................................47

National job growth remains steady; Significant differences across sectors

Coddington Renovations Complete / Nauset and Wessling Team Up...Page 24

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MLSC New Board Appointee Waltham, MA – The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced that Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Peter Parker, president of BioInnovation, to the MLSC Board of Peter Parker Directors. The MLSC’s seven-member board, appointed by the governor and co-chaired by secretaries Gregory Bialecki (Housing and Economic Development) and Glen Shor (Administration and Finance), oversees the agency’s operations and programs. For the past three decades, Parker has dedicated a significant amount of his time to early stage company foundation,

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Publisher’s Message Fast Facts Friday and the High-Profile calendar page highlight the most popular networking meetings and events for facility owners, designers, and contractors for the upcoming Michael Barnes month. To help you plan ahead, we have compiled a short list of outstanding AEC events that HP will be covering in 2015. Plan to visit these organizations for terrific networking opportunities. Most have more than one monthly meeting. In addition, events tailored for young and upcoming leaders in our industry can be found on most of these select association websites. A preview of events is listed for Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM) on page 19 and the Construction Finance Association of Massachusetts (CFMA) on page 13.

The International Interior Design Association of New England (IIDANE) Interior Design Awards will be on February 26 at Space 57, 200 Stuart Street (see space57.com).

BuildingEnergy 15 (BE-15) expo and conference organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the most established and most cross disciplinary renewable energy and highperformance building conference in the region. BE-15 brings together architects, engineers, builders, policymakers, developers, and building managers for three days of networking, accredited educational sessions, and a high-level trade show that attract participants from across the US and Europe. Enjoy the event, and please stop by our booth on the

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floor of the trade show. BE-15 will take place March 3 to 5 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

The ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence Awards Competition recognizes engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit and ingenuity. This year’s EEA Gala will be on March 18 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Mass.

This year the 9th Annual Healthcare Construction Conference hosted by the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) will be on May 8. MHA includes more than 100 Massachusetts hospitals and health system members. More information will be forthcoming at www. mhalink.org.

The Society for Colleges and University Planners (SCUP) North Atlantic Regional Conference, “Plans Within Plans: Campus in Context,” is slated for April 12 to 14 in Providence, R.I. The theme for this year examines how local planning and zoning affect campus plans.

Each May, Preservation Massachusetts holds an event to recognize and celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the commonwealth’s historic resources. Look for the 2015 Preservation Massachusetts Annual Awards Dinner May 6 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston.

The Boston Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the professional organization dedicated to advancing the facility management profession and supporting members of the built environment community, has more than 800 members locally, and is the second largest chapter in the world. IFMA Boston hosts five special events a year to raise awareness for the profession, raise money for philanthropic ventures, raise funds for the chapter, and build

January 2015 our membership, all while providing our membership with fun and exciting events and great opportunities for networking. They include: Awards of Excellence in May, the Golf Classic in June, Schmooze Cruise in July, Casino Royale in October, and the Holiday Gala in December. For details visit www.ifmaboston.org.

IFMA Boston is the Founder Platinum sponsor for ProExpos Group’s 10th annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference, June 17 and 18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Boston. This event features over 300 exhibitors displaying products and services necessary for the operation, management, maintenance, and renovation of buildings and facilities in the greater New England region. Running concurrently with the trade show is an educational conference featuring 30 individual 1-hour talks covering a wide range of topics and providing educational credits for IFMA and BOMI members. High-Profile is a media sponsor, so be sure to stop by our booth #252 for a chat and a gift subscription.

June is an eventful month, starting with the 2015 CBC 19th Project Team Award and Scholarship Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting Tuesday June 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Bond Ballroom, 11th Floor, Hilton Homewood Suites, Hartford, Conn. The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) honors project teams that showed extraordinary collaboration in the execution of their projects. The CBC Scholarship Fund also recognizes this year’s scholarship recipients.

High-Profile will announce the winners of the annual 2015 ROC Awards hosted by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Boston chapter. Traditionally held in June, the gala begins with a networking reception, followed by dinner. The evening culminates in the presentation of awards to firms and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. continued to page 11

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Brockton Announces Kickoff of Collaborative Three-College Campus Finegold Alexander Architect Brockton, MA – Governor Deval Patrick, the city of Brockton, and architectural firm Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc. of Boston announced the kickoff of the Downtown Brockton Higher Education Collaborative project on November 24. Three colleges will reside in one campus, to be situated at the historic building at 226 Main Street, Brockton. Massasoit Community College, Bridgewater State University, and University of Massachusetts Boston together will serve approximately 1,000 students at the site. Finegold Alexander is the project architect, calling upon the firm’s extensive 50-year history in historic renovation, restoration, and new additions for both public and private institutions. The expected cost will total $21 million in state funds. Matthew Malone, State Secretary of Education, attended the event and expounded on how this first-of-its-kind campus will impact the community. “Downtown is going to be revitalized. It’s going to be revitalized by the investments we’re making and the investments we will make in downtown,” he said. The collaborative’s mission is to create a downtown-Brockton-centered learning community providing support

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Jim Alexander, principal at Finegold Alexander, said, “Our firm is honored to be able to allow Brockton to retain one of the gems of its inner city, while adding onto it in a way that inspires 21st century learners.”

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Concord, MA – Governor Deval Patrick joined state and local officials and representatives from Ostrow Electric Company, NECA Boston Chapter, and IBEW Local 103 in the official groundbreaking of the Walden Pond State Reservation’s new visitor center project. Ostrow Electric, a Worcester-based NECA Boston/Local 103 contractor, was awarded the project’s first phase, which will feature a 100 kilowatt solar parking canopy and two electric vehicle charging stations. Ostrow Electric is serving as the project’s general contractor on the designbuild project, and Solar Design Associates LLC of Harvard is working as part of the Ostrow team. The solar installation is expected to power the new visitor center and the rest

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Boston – The board of directors for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC) have revised the tentative designation for Parcel P-3 in Roxbury so that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) can develop nearly 1 million sf of space for a new state transportation building, the National Center for Afro-American Artists museum, and retail, entertainment, and educational uses. Since 2007, the parcel has been tentatively designated to Elma Lewis Partners, which later merged with FeldCo

Development Corporation to form P-3 Partners, to develop the mixed-use Tremont Crossing project. MassDOT is expected to construct approximately 800,000sf of office space and 21,000sf of space for the museum. The state agency will lease an additional 126,000sf of floor space to P-3 Partners for retail and other uses. With several major development projects taking shape in that area of Roxbury, the BRA hopes that MassDOT will be a catalyst for jump starting construction at the site.

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Forecast 2015 Building Design and Construction in 2015 High-Profile asked Bud LaRosa, chief business performance officer at Tocci Building Companies, for his forecasts on building design and construction in 2015. HP: What does 2015 hold for the building design and construction sectors?

use of BIM and VDC. Many projects are becoming more complex, which in turn adds risk, particularly in projects with substantial mechanical requirements; BIM and VDC can help mitigate this risk.

BL: In 2015, construction starts will continue to rise. There has been Bud LaRosa significant pent-up demand across the country, and as we continue to come out of the recession, construction activity will meet this demand. A leading indicator of this rise, the AIA Architecture Billing Index (ABI) score, has been in excess of 50 for some time now. Any score over 50 indicates growth – signifying a strong start for 2015.

HP: How will integrated project delivery (IPD) continue to shape projects in 2015 and beyond?

HP: How will building informational modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) continue to play an important role in 2015 and beyond? BL: BIM and VDC are key components to highly efficient projects and will continue to play an important role in 2015. Modular and prefab projects both benefit from the predictability that is created through the

BL: IPD will continue to gain market share in the healthcare sector for the foreseeable future, and it is beginning to gain traction in life sciences as well. As projects become more and more complex, collaborative delivery continues to have a great appeal to owners in these segments. IPD will also be making inroads into less sophisticated projects, albeit at a slower rate. With continued project success, the coming years could see 25% of all private projects delivered via IPD. HP: Which sectors show the most promise for 2015 and beyond? BL: Multi-unit residential will continue to perform well, although condos will be slower to revive than rentals. Vacancy rates are still very low, particularly in

cities where preference for urban living keeps adding to demand. This trend is expected to last well beyond 2015. Hospitality starts will also continue to rise. Last year’s growth was approximately 25%, and 2015 should see at least 10% to 15% growth or higher. Healthcare is seeing a slow uptick on a national level, but here in Boston competition continues to drive growth. Commercial construction is picking up, and we anticipate a 5% increase at a minimum, led by the growth of warehouse distribution centers in urban settings. High-end manufacturing will also continue to perform well, where we will look for increases in excess of 10%. HP: What does 2015 hold for your core markets/regions? BL: We expect to see continued growth for life sciences, healthcare, multi-unit residential, hospitality, warehouses, and select retail segments throughout 2015, and into 2016, in our core regions of New England, New York, and New Jersey. We also are planning for increased activity in these segments in the Mid-Atlantic states. Additionally, we have been working on a large project in the San Francisco area, and see promise there for the future. HP: Other trends in the sector? BL: The industry is constantly evolving

– alternative delivery methods, increased reliance on collaboration, and alternative financing arrangements are just a few of the current trends. We are also seeing a federal/public construction slowdown created by cash-strapped agencies whose capital budgets show little sign of improving in the future. The government is struggling to address the aging infrastructure, which will impact the economic recovery. Additionally, labor shortages in construction exist due to an unhealthy balance between supply and demand. Larger scale projects in excess of a billion dollars are becoming more prevalent thanks to surety capacity and alternative/collaborative delivery methods. Top economic trends nationally include the modernization of many of the Eastern seaports driven by the Panama Canal expansion and the increased construction in the energy sector, particularly in the Barnett and Bakken Shale regions. Technology trends include more contractors moving to the cloud, big data, artificial intelligence, jobsite connectivity, mobile devices, Google’s entry into the construction market (Google Glass, Project Wing, ATAP/Project Tango), and Oculus Rift, to name a few. Lastly, look for drones to become more common once the FAA issues regulations on their use (expected by September 2015).

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The 52nd American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition is taking place July 12 to 15 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. Attendee registration will open in the spring of 2015.

ISPE’s Boston Area Chapter offers an array of educational, career development, networking, and recreational events held throughout the Boston and surrounding areas. ISPE’s 24th Annual Product Show Wednesday, October 7, at the Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass., is one of our favorites. Last year’s show saw 2,000 industry professionals gathered for this one-day “can’t miss” extravaganza.

The Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) will host its annual Dinner Gala in October. Its Hall of Fame presentation, created to permanently recognize and honor the best in the industry for their innovation, consistent leadership, community responsibility, and client service, is the highlight of the evening. Visit buildingcongress.org for details as they become available.

The Boston Society or Architects (BSA) ABX 2015 will return to its traditional November schedule at the BCEC November 17 to 19. The largest building industry event in the Northeast, ABX 2014 welcomed nearly 10,000 architects, engineers, builders, and other design professionals. Please visit us at the HP booth during this must-attend event for the year 2015. Visit www.abexpo.com.

ABC Connecticut Chapter EICA and annual meeting is scheduled for January 29 at the Aqua Turf Country Club, Southington, Conn. This year ABC NH/VT will celebrate its 30th Annual Meeting Recognizing ABC Leadership on Thursday, January 29 at the LaBelle Winery, Amherst N.H. and its 17th Annual EICA Thursday October 22 at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, N.H. Look for ABC Mass. chapter to hosts it EICA for Massachusetts in the fall.


Massachusetts October is also the month for the biannual Build New England Awards hosted by Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts. Visit http:// www.agcmass.org for more on this in the near future.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) annual Excellence in Construction Awards (EICA) highlight the merit shop winners by categories (visit our December 2014 HP online for the most recent winners).

NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, will announce the recipients of its 2015 Distinguished Real Estate Awards in June or July, but the presentation of the awards is scheduled for November with a special evening gala. Visit www.naiopma.org.



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January 2015

State of the Market: The Bentall Kennedy Perspective High-Profile attended the NAIOP/SIOR Annual Market Forecast, one of the industry’s leading market updates. Doug Poutasse, executive vice president at Bentall Kennedy, began the program by providing a snapshot of the economy and its impact on the local real estate market. We met Doug again at a joint meeting Doug Poutasse of AGC, CFMA, and ASM, where he presented “State of the Market: The Bentall Kennedy Perspective.” In his preview, he leaned toward a “the times, they are good” sentiment. He then presented the following indicators: Economy and Demographics

• U.S. economic growth is attractive relative to the rest of the industrialized world. • It is early in the cycle in terms of wage growth, with plenty of labor force slack.

National job growth remains steady; Significant differences across sectors (Fig. 1)

• Key Question: How much do we choose to let in? Real Estate and Capital Markets

• Demand is rising in all major property types and most major markets. • Vacancies are falling, and rents are rising, generating strong NOI growth. • Construction is up from recessionary lows, but below peak levels. • Yields are attractive relative to other asset classes: Strong NOI growth and spreads vs. treasuries are near historic peaks. National Job Growth Remains Steady; Significant Differences Across Sectors (Fig. 1)

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are losing momentum (those below it). He included a bubble for total employment, which sits right on the line; growth has been about the same over the past 12 months as it was during the preceding 12 months. Most sectors in fact are clustered along the line. He pointed out the prof and business services sector, on the line but green (expanding) and also one of the better growth rates we see across the economy. This is largely technology and supporting

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Poutasse’s graph presented the increased foreign-born population in a historical perspective. He said, “Certainly another driver is demographics. I’m not going to talk too much today about the Millennials and the Baby Boomers; we’ve got plenty of material on that, but I think it is pretty

students. The percent of population that is foreign-born is beginning to approach historically high levels, at 13%. About 40 million people in the U.S. are foreignborn today compared to about 10 million in 1970. Removing these people from the equation would have a material impact on population growth over the past 40 years.” Poutasse continued through a series of graphs to point out the fundamentals


CFMA’s 2015 Calendar of Events

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Back to the future: Migration a driving force in America (Fig. 2)

Boston – Joseph Gates, President of CFMA of Massachusetts, sent information on some of the events that are coming up for 2015. He emphasized that the meetings are open to the public.

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of our economy and demographics. These graphs and comments can be downloaded from the AGC Massachusetts website at http://www.agcmass.org/newsand-events/news/ Conclusion: Not Quite “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

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Boston - Don Chiofaro, Don Chiofaro, Jr., & Rob Caridad of the Chiofaro Company, a privately held independent firm engaged in the development, investment, leasing, management, and ownership of real estate properties, reviewed their plans for a spectacular, $1 billion, two-tower, multiuse development at the Harbor Garage site in Boston at a recent Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) breakfast. Their proposal calls for the construction of two towers and the use of adjacent space to accommodate three levels of retail/restaurant space, 700,000sf of office

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2015 Shopping Center Trends by Mike Kercheval

The shopping center industry is thriving thanks to its ability to constantly adapt to new trends and respond to changing consumer shopping habits and preferences. In the next two Mike Kercheval years, more than 77,000 stores will open in the U.S. In addition to new stores opening their doors (including previously onlineonly retailers), many shopping centers and existing storefronts will undergo renovations and transformations, expand their omni-channel strategies, and adopt new technological services to better cater to the on-the-go, constantly connected consumer lifestyle. As the Internet and e-commerce continue to shape the consumer experience, shopping centers and retailers across the country are turning to omnichannel strategies, where mobile, online, and in-store experiences complement, rather than compete with, one another. Retailers will increasingly begin to use physical storefronts not only as showrooms, but also as storage and shipping centers to support their online businesses by offering online ordering and in-store pickup and returns. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) latest comprehensive survey, the omni-channel experience benefits retailers and customers, creating seamless shopping for consumers and resulting in increased sales for stores themselves, with omni-channel consumers shopping three times more frequently and spending 3.5 times more than single-channel shoppers. A Shop

Visible study also found that flexible pickup and return options boost conversion rates at physical stores. Online sales with direct delivery and only remote exchanges typically see net sales of 77%, whereas online sales with in-store returns result in an expected net sale of 95% because of an 18% increase in additional sales. Yet brick-and-mortar stores aren’t the only ones adapting to new consumer trends and preferences. Many formerly online-only retailers are reverting to the old, tried and true model — the physical storefront. E-tailers are planting roots in order to build stronger relationships with their customer base and hear firsthand about consumer preferences. They are also looking to provide a space where consumers can interact with merchandise: 73% of consumers prefer to try on merchandise or touch it before they buy. Shopping centers are also leveraging new technologies to personalize consumer experiences and make shopping more convenient. Retailers throughout the country will continue to use beacon technology in 2015, using the technology to track consumers within their stores to formulate purchasing recommendations and offer special promotions. They will also turn to cloud-based offerings to provide more convenience through systems such as Apple Pay. All in all, 2015 will bring many new changes to the shopping center — including enhanced technologies and physical transformations — and each will be an exciting step to better meet consumer needs and make each trip to the shopping center a more engaging and convenient experience. Mike Kercheval is president and CEO, International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use will grow exponentially, as the devices become more capable, smaller, and less expensive. As the use of UAVs and reality capture continues to develop and improve, the industry will be empowered to conduct mass data collection at a very low cost with a very high level of accuracy. Virtual and augmented reality will become the hot ticket item for the AEC community, as building owners and property managers ask to experience a building’s design before it is even built. The ability to actually engage the senses and interact within a model will provide AEC professionals the ability to make better design decisions during the planning process — before construction even begins.

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Predictions for Boston Construction 2015 by Colm Allen Millennials will become 50% of the workforce majority in 2015

Companies that find a way to attract and retain these tech-savvy, independent and adaptable candiColm Allen dates will have a huge competitive advantage. A recent BLS survey noted that 58% of Millennials expect to leave their job in three years or less, so if your firm does not support the culture in which they thrive, be prepared to watch your investment leave and go to a competitor that does. Average tenures of employees will get shorter

The sharing economy means candidates are looking for less structured work. The more progressive companies will be upfront with potential employees that they’re offering a “tour of duty,” rather a career. We anticipate seeing PMs and supers hired “for duration of contract” only. “Hire for attitude, train for skills” will be more common

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over experience. Adaptable candidates can be taught skills, but an inflexible candidate can be toxic to the team. A+ teams need A+ players. Candidates who can negotiate, motivate, lead, and train are the power players of the next decade. Employees with mere construction management qualifications, while valuable, will not be the most sought-after. Construction is rapidly changing, and success will go to the firms that communicate and innovate the best. The future of construction is communication and money management, not simply building.

environment. Tech is everywhere: APPs for purchase orders, text messages for updates, tweets about jobs, Facebook for social validation, Pinterest for design, Instagram for construction shots, drones over job-sites.

Estimators will become even scarcer

Union work will surge

Estimators are in huge demand again, and we’re seeing the re-emergence of third-party estimators. They are hired to produce benchmark pricing on a fee-perproject basis. While all salaries in general are rising, estimators will lead the curve of wage increases. According to the BLS, the employment cost of estimators is expected to grow by 36% from 2010 to 2020. Technology is here to stay

The world is digital, and the construction industry better get on board. Look for technology and tools that provide an immediate and collaborative

Construction in Massachusetts will increase by 10%

With both Feds and AGC predicting 9%+ growth nationally, and with Mayor Walsh and BRA’s aggressive development vision for Boston, we will remain one of the hottest construction arenas in the nation. Experienced tradesmen, such as p, electricians, carpenters, and welders, are becoming scarcer and scarcer. With the unions absorbing more and more personnel, this will put pressure on the nonunion sector. Here we see an influx of informally trained immigrant labor, with communications being difficult. Simply put, Americans are not entering the trades in adequate numbers. Also, although we don’t recruit for the trades, we are getting more and more requests to do so. Margins will become even tighter

Materials are becoming more expensive, the lack of available talent is causing

salary increases, and resources and pricing are becoming available online; ultimately, it means contractor expenses are up, only to make less profit. It’s almost impossible to get a competitive advantage now. We predict that less hard-bid work and more “fee for service” opportunities will emerge. It is already common in residential construction, and we foresee that it will become more common in commercial also. One way or another, there will be more “open book” and “negotiated.” LinkedIn as a recruiting tool will weaken

Every day we hear from candidates who are tired of unsolicited approaches on LinkedIn. The most desirable candidates are happily working and need more than a social media connect to consider a new opportunity. LinkedIn is a great sourcing tool, but that’s about it. What’s the value of LinkedIn if every manager, recruiter, and agency has access to the same information? Candidates want someone who understands what matters to them, and why, when considering their next move. This must be an internal talent acquisition manager or a third-party continued to page 27


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Francisco of Corwin & Corwin LLP. April 15: Safety Roundtable, location and topic TBA. May, date TBA: Massachusetts’ Sick Leave Law, a seminar explaining the new law and regulations. May, date TBA: Tech Talk presentation and discussion, providing IT advice for companies without IT departments.

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Affordable Housing for Chinatown Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $14.6 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of CEDC Oxford Ping On LLC, which will use the proceeds to build a 10-story building on Oxford and Ping On Streets in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood on a site currently used as a paved parking lot. The development will contain 67 rental units consisting of 48 studios, 16 one-bedroom units, and three twobedroom units. One unit will serve as a rent-free live-in property manager’s unit. The remaining 66 will be affordable to households earning no more than 60% of the area median income. Seven of these units will be affordable to households earning no more than 30% of the area median income. CEDC Oxford Ping On LLC is an affiliate formed by Chinese Economic Development Council, which works to enhance the economic development of the Chinese community in Boston, and helps low-income Asian residents of Chinatown achieve economic and social self-sufficiency by developing affordable housing, incubator office space, and employment training programs.

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lighting as well as electrical installations for a three-story, 282-vehicle below-grade parking facility. State Electric also is installing the conduit system for the building’s tel/ data and security systems. In early construction, the NECA contractor provided temporary power to the site for the construction trades. The building’s interior lighting exclusively consists of energy-efficient LED lighting systems throughout all interior spaces. The exterior lighting package for the facility also is comprised of custom LED lamping. The building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The project is scheduled for completion in October 2015.

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January 2015

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Cambridge, MA – CTA Construction has been awarded a $21.6 million contract by the Cambridge Housing Authority to revitalize the 122-unit Putnam Garden Apartments. The project includes replacement of common stairwells, renovation of kitchens and bathrooms, and installation of a new sprinkler system throughout the three-building complex. The construction on vacant apartments and stairwells will be done in phases. Inside the units, the kitchens and bathrooms will be renovated with new finishes and fixtures, as well as work, as needed, on insulation, painting, baseboard heating, supply and return ventilation, fire alarms, electrical systems, sprinklers, and wallboard ceilings and soffits. In addition, repairs will be made to floors,

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Malden, MA – Erland Construction of Burlington recently completed The Chase at Overlook Ridge, a multifamily housing development in Malden for Roseland Property Company. The Chase contains 371 rental apartment units in four four-story, woodframed buildings. The mix of studio, one-, and two- bedroom units features stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Resident amenities include a fitness center, club room, screening room, yoga room, and children’s play area. More than 700 surface parking spaces were part of the site development. The project architect was Lessard Design.

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Littleton, MA – Integrated Builders has completed the renovation of a 30,000sf, Class-A flex/office space at 295 Foster Street in Littleton on behalf of DCS Corporation. The project comprised over $2.5 million in significant renovations and consolidated DCS Corporation’s Harvard and Waltham offices into the single location. Integrated’s project manager, Dean Kelliher, and project superintendent, Greg Webster, worked alongside Sarah Cormier and Jonathan Cocker of Maugel Architects, as well as RDK Engineers, throughout the entirety of the renovation. DCS Corporation was represented by

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Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) recently announced that it has been selected to design the new 120,000sf global headquarters for CDM Smith, a global engineering and construction firm providing integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy, and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. Desiring a more current and collaborative workspace, CDM Smith engaged MPA to design and renovate six

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Quincy, MA – Patriot Restoration was selected as the masonry contractor to assist Wessling Architects and Nauset Construction with the renovation of the historic Coddington Hall in Quincy. Coddington Hall was designed by renowned Boston architect Charles Brigham and constructed in 1909. The building was originally used as a grammar school, more recently as a part of Quincy College, and will now serve as the Quincy School administration building. Patriot Restoration’s scope of work involved restoring the exterior of the building to its original appearance and correcting

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2015 will be a year of continued growth and excitement on college and university campuses, tempered by familiar pressures not likely to go away or diminish Trina Mace Learned quickly. Whether due to peer competition, the need to attract a diverse student body, changes in pedagogy, advances in technology, or simply ongoing pressures to phase out deferred maintenance and conserve scarce resources, institutions will continue to expect their campus physical plant to perform well in support of their mission. Competitive advantage and the race to attract the best students: With a shrinking high school population and ever-increasing pressure for demonstrable outcomes from tuition dollars, institutions continue to work hard on admissions. Landscapes and entries, bright and shiny student and athletic centers, and residence halls with amenities greater than those at home are all front-and-center on the admissions tours. If students and families are attracted to the campus, if they can see themselves at the coffee bar with their laptop, they will apply. Environmental stewardship will remain an important goal: Both students and faculty continue to subscribe to human values and our roles in the just and sustainable universe. Regardless of the rating system used (LEED, STARS, Energy Star, etc.) students expect academic institutions to set the example, offering high-performance buildings with a campus culture of acute energy and environmental stewardship. Alternative energy sources will continue to take focus, not just for central energy plants but also for vehicles, while best practices in recycling will govern how we manage

diminishing quantities of food, paper, and plastic waste. Scarce resources will continue to influence choices: As tuition rates remain under public scrutiny and pressures to meet diversity in the student body are realized by increasing financial aid awards, institutions are looking for new ways to meet both operating and capital costs. Auxiliary revenue sources need to be maximized, operating budgets continue to be trimmed, staffing is being cut, and capital budgets receive increased scrutiny. Construction projects, identified through master plans with costs estimated when market pressures kept annual rises to 3%, are now facing 6% to 8% escalation on materials and labor from the construction sector. Further burdens are being felt by ever-increasing code and compliance requirements. Therefore, construction projects may face pressure to limit scope as they accelerate schedules. And even today’s high investment earnings performance only now brings endowments back to pre-2008 levels. In general, despite the ever-present technology carried by our students and even with interest in MOOCs, distance learning, Internet-based partnerships with universities on other continents, our brick-and-mortar residential academic institutions go on. In 2015, we will continue to see campuses renew and grow, ever dependent on the successful collaboration between administrators, teachers, learners, designers, engineers, and builders. Just as we have for decades, the education sector will work with its partners to assure that all resources (money, people, space, and time) are spent effectively and efficiently in support of our fundamental mission – imparting knowledge. Trina Mace Learned is director of operations, facilities management, and planning at Wellesley College.

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North Bennington, VT – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a short video that applauds the voluntary efforts of a professor and students at Bennington College to help their local community combat climate issues by analyzing energy use of municipal streetlights and working with the local power utility to dramatically increase efficiency, saving the town thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2012, EPA’s New England office began an informal partnership with Bennington College to work with students in a class called “Solving the Impossible.” The class, taught by Professor Susan Sgorbati, charges students to study difficult policy problems and develop the skills to identify and implement solutions. EPA helped Professor Sgorbati by identifying environmental public policy problems for the students to address. One recent class tackled the issue of climate change. “Through this partnership between Bennington College and EPA, students were able to learn about climate change

and adapting to a changing climate — and then put this knowledge into practice,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “Now their work is a great example for other schools and towns, who can duplicate the success of the Bennington Project without having to start from scratch.” The class approached officials of North Bennington, who in turn identified a program publicized by Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power to convert municipal street lights with LED lighting. The students of the class took on a comprehensive effort to identify all street lights in the community, monitor use, and solicit input from members of the community on lights in use. For example, the class identified some lights that had been on for 24 hours a day, for several years.”This was a win-win,” said Mariko Silver, president of Bennington College. “Our students benefited by working through a complex real-world problem, and they got to see the tangible fruits of their efforts. The town will save money and reduce emissions.”


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The Chapter’s May and final meeting of the season has traditionally been when scholarships are awarded to deserving students, and as such, the speaker for that meeting has been someone who has been able to leave both award recipients and attendees with a unique message regarding the topic of leadership. Syndicated radio talk show host, journalist, and political columnist Howie Carr will lend his insight and unique views on the topic of leadership. With examples from the context of the levels of local, state, and federal politics, he will be sure to provide attendees with original and entertaining observations and opinions.

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Revere, MA – Eurovest Development Inc. (Eurovest) led a discussion recently regarding the ongoing progress of its Waterfront Square project in Revere. The $500 million, 1.3 million sf, mixeduse development is located along Ocean Avenue. The presentation was part of the planned program at the “2014 Revere Economic Development Summit” featuring elected officials, regional policy experts, business leaders, and real estate development teams. The summit was convened to present an overview of Revere’s ongoing development strategy, recent successes, and future plans for the city.

The Waterfront Square development team was represented by Joe DiGangi, founder and managing director of Eurovest; George Tremblay, principal at Arrowstreet Architecture & Design; Walter Upton, partner and CEO at Upton + Partners; and Lou Minicucci of Covington Realty Partners. “Waterfront Square is part of an ongoing master plan to revitalize and transform the Revere Beach area into the premier live, work, and play center along the coastal corridor of Massachusetts,” commented DiGangi. The Waterfront Square project will feature more than 900 luxury residences, a 200-key hotel, five acres of public plazas/open space, immediate access to beachside walking, jogging, and biking paths via the Markey Footbridge, and multiple office, hotel, retail, and restaurant accommodations. The Vanguard at Waterfront Square, a 294-unit, luxury residential community, is currently under construction with moveins slated for spring 2015. An additional 230-unit, luxury residential development, 650 Ocean Avenue at Waterfront Square, will begin construction in spring 2015.

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Boston – ADD Inc., now with Stantec, completed the design of One Channel Center, the final phase of the sevenacre Channel Center master plan, a 2.1 million sf mixed-use development by Commonwealth Ventures. The contractor was Suffolk Construction. The $175 million project is located at 1 Iron Street in the burgeoning area of the Fort Point Channel in Boston’s Innovation District, the largest urban redevelopment near a major downtown area in the country. The 500,000sf, 11-story structure is home to approximately 4,000 employees of State Street Bank and is part of a multibuilding master plan that includes a new two-acre park and a 10-level, 900-car garage. The design team’s vision for the project was based on a digital vortex, a concept that aligns with the technologyfocused culture of State Street Bank, the building’s only tenant. In order to reduce the apparent scale of the building, the design team divided it into three parts. Two volumes flank a sloping glass curtain wall entry façade at the building’s center. The curtain wall is a design gesture that breaks down the visual scale of the building, delineates its entry, and it transforms to a shimmering light display at night. The two masonry sides of the building incorporate textured red and brown

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Ipswich, MA – Congress Building Corp., based in Peabody, and LCB Senior Living, LLC of Norwood, announced the completion of The Residence at Riverbend, a state-of-the-art senior housing community located at 149 County Street in Ipswich. Congress Building provided construction management services for the 73,674sf community which features 53 studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments for traditional assisted living and independent living, and 22 studio and shared apartments in a memory care wing for residents with early Alzheimer’s

disease and other memory impairments. Owned and operated by LCB Senior Living, and designed by The Architectural Team of Chelsea, The Residence at Riverbend opened its doors on December 2. The independent and assisted living apartments feature private living space with efficiency kitchens. Residents enjoy three meals daily served in a restaurantstyle dining room, 24-hour security, as well as access to a variety of other spacious common areas including activities spaces, computer rooms, and a library. The Residence is situated on a 15acre site that stretches from County Road to the Ipswich River. Congress and LCB have donated more than two acres of riverfront land to the Ipswich River Watershed Association. As part of this plan, an access road was constructed for public use for direct access to the Ipswich River, and additional open space land has been placed in a permanent conservation restriction. The road and three-space parking area will be open seasonally for members of the community to take canoes or kayaks out on the Ipswich River.

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building, as well as a repointing of the entire brick façade. In addition, the renovated building will feature: all new electrical, HVAC, plumbing and life safety; new framing and reconfiguration of existing space to accommodate needs of incoming administrative offices with continuous ongoing consultation as to maintaining historical aspects of the building; sitework around the entire building to facilitate new MEP hookups and feeds as well as ensuring proper drainage; construction of a new elevator and shaft for ADA compliance; and roofing, flashing, and moisture protection. “As a general contractor, we love new construction as well as the next contractor, but there’s something special about restoring these historic buildings and bringing them into the 21st century that brings a great feeling of satisfaction,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company. Work on the Atria Marland Place began on November 1 and is anticipated to be finished in spring 2015.



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Despite all the talk about replacing your old wood sash with low-e, argon-filled vinyl windows, there is another solution: triple-track storm windows. A government study, conductJane McLaughlin ed in Chicago, has shown that installing clear-glass storm windows can reduce your heating load by 13%, and storms glazed with hard-coat low-e can reduce the load by 20%. Installing storm windows is also an easier do-it-yourself project, assuming, of course, that you’re not afraid of heights. (You will need a ladder for upper floors.) There is all kinds of information available on-line to show you just how to measure and install your windows. But be warned! If you measure incorrectly, you’re stuck. Suppliers will not take back your mistakes, nor will they cut them down, and they can’t be stretched.

So do your homework. Learn the difference between eastern and western casings, protruding headers, and drop sills, and then take a good look at your casings to determine what you’ve got. Check your measurements before ordering your windows. If you’re unsure, order only one window to see how it goes. If it fits, order the rest! If not, figure out where you went wrong, or bite the bullet and hire a contractor. If you’ve already replaced your windows, don’t feel left out. Storm windows can also be applied to vinyl or aluminum replacement windows for improved insulation and noise control. They attach to the outside of the screen track with screws and glazing tape. Finally, most manufacturers stick with standard colors — white or bronze — but a few have started painting their windows. It comes at a price, but if your budget allows, you could add a pop of color. Jane McLaughlin is Production Manager of Coastal Industries, Inc. of Haverhill, Mass.

Fall River, MA – Apollo Safety, Inc. a veteran-owned, Fall River-based company specializing in safety products and services, recently announced the formation of a mining John V. Carvalho III division to better the mining industry in general and other entities that work underground. The new division will feature extensive offerings for mines and

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Landscape Boston Landscape Architecture 2015 Forecast by John Copley and Lynn Wolff

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Boston will continue to be an active market for landscape architecture in 2015, with a variety of exciting projects beginning or progressing. The city’s new administration is encouraging expediency in permitting, which will lead to increased opportunities and project pipeline. With additional development, we see open space amenities, roof decks, and outdoor social spaces becoming necessities for developers to attract new clients in this competitive environment. Areas showing the most promise for 2015 include higher-education, traditional office, and mixed-use projects as well as

Copley Wolff Design Group designed the streetscapes, plaza, and riverfront park for Phase 1 of the new modern-day urban village located in Somerville. The firm is currently planning and designing streetscapes and a linear park for Phase 2.

multifamily residential developments. Within these areas, transit-oriented projects will continue to play an important

role as employers and residents look to move toward urban areas serviced by multiple forms of transportation.

John Copley, ASLA, and Lynn Wolff, FASLA, are principals at Copley Wolff Design Group.

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Life Sciences Open and Closed by Stephanie Goldberg

At the start of the year we at LAB take a look at our work over the course of the last 12 months, and see where we are heading in the next. December, though Stephanie Goldberg busy, is a good time for reflection and evaluation. Recently we compared several of the laboratory/office renovations that our office has completed. The comparison was inspired by a question from a potential client who was interested in open offices. We have noticed that our In high tech, biotech, or any tech for that matter, experience is crucial – a fact

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themselves to recruit young scientists. From a purely economic standpoint, an open office arrangement allows companies to use a smaller footprint and plan for flexibility and change. In the expensive and tight Cambridge market in which we do much of our work, this could be highly advantageous. Additionally, studies have shown that Millennials value social space and alternative work and meeting areas. With a wider range of community spaces available, companies can tailor shared space to suit a range of work types, attracting these younger workers. In the spirit of looking ahead to the new year, and in thinking further about how biopharmaceutical research


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work has fallen into two categories: first, the completely open office where no one, not even the CEO, has a private office; and second, the traditional mix of closed offices surrounding a core of open offices. Evaluating the spaces in terms of area per capita led to some interesting and telling results. The laboratories that had open offices as their primary arrangement were significantly more space efficient. This was not unexpected. What we term community space, huddle rooms, conference rooms, kitchen, etc., remained relatively the same in size per person across the board, no matter what type of office arrangement was employed. However, for the open office designs, the community-to-office ratio was significantly higher. Those working in open office environments had far more access to community space than those in the more traditional environments. In these types of renovations, for every 100sf of office space there was close to 50sf of community space. The more traditional office/open office arrangement, on the other hand, was closer to 25sf of community space for each 100sf of office. The results have implications both for project size and for how companies shape

companies use space, we ask ourselves whether we could take this a step further. Could the hotel concept be applied to this project type? Many researchers spend significant and predictable time in the lab. By sharing office space and utilizing laptops and a work anywhere ethos, the community space could be further developed and enhanced. We have noticed that those companies that use the open space concept also use huddle rooms and other meeting spaces well, meeting as smaller teams and working collaboratively throughout the day. Could this be enhanced and made better if scientists were not tied to individual desks outside the lab? Would space utilization become even more efficient, allowing companies to use less space and expand more within their footprint rather than outgrowing space potentially very quickly as their research expands? As we look forward to the new year and to the increasingly active economy, we wonder if companies will take the leap and reevaluate the role of community space and rethink the way we work, both alone and together. Stephanie Goldberg, AIA, LEED 1 AP BC+D, is a principal with Lab/Life. Science. Architecture Inc.

January 2015


Retail More Dealerships Under Jewett’s Belt

Herb Chambers Ford dealership

Raymond, NH – Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc. recently completed renovations to the Herb Chambers Ford

dealership in Braintree, Mass. Engineered and designed by Regent Associates, Inc. to comply with Ford Motor Company image upgrade requirements, this multiphase project

entailed 31,800sf of interior and exterior renovations. Exterior upgrades include new ACM panels on the façade and new entry tower, the installation of mini piles to support

new concrete foundations, and a reroofing of the existing building. Interior renovations include new Autostone floor tile in the service bay area, and a number of showroom upgrades including new ceilings, new tile flooring, painting, and millwork, as well as new mechanical and electrical systems. Existing bathrooms were renovated and received new finishes, as did the existing service write-up area. Jewett Automotive was also recently contracted with Commonwealth Motors for the renovation of its Chevrolet dealership in Lawrence, Mass. Designed by the team of O’Sullivan Architects and Summit Engineering, the project involves a 2,500sf addition to the company’s current service shop, a pre-engineered metal building complete with energy-saving insulated metal panel siding that will add six new service bays to the facility. Work also includes heat, plumbing, roofing, painting, and the installation of overhead doors.

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Nickerson Presents to BOMA in Final Roundtable of Year to your people,” Nickerson shared. “Your people are not just editors; they are your current and prospective tenants, employees, and clients, as well as the neighborhood and the community. Create a relationship and foster that neighborhood within your own property. Use their voice to build your brand.” “Social media has changed the way people interact with brands and with

management plan, ensuring that even though the ownership may be unavailable, there is a clear chain of communication to aid in the protection of the brand.” “Make sure the brand standards you have created filter throughout every medium supporting the brand,” King said. “Create a brand plan that starts at the signage at the entrance, carries into the garage, and follows into the lobby area.

”Social media has changed the way people interact with brands and with each other,” added McMahon. “Establish consistently named social media accounts for your property and use them to reach out and monitor conversations, respond to tenants in a timely manner, and keep tenants up-to-date on relevant information.” Matthew King, Lisa Nickerson, and Kevin McMahon

The use of digital signage within your space is another method of engagement. Each of these pieces represents your brand.” BOMA Boston roundtables are monthly luncheons featuring industry leaders who provide updates on timely industry topics.

each other,” added McMahon. “Establish consistently named social media accounts for your property and use them to reach out and monitor conversations, respond to tenants in a timely manner, and keep tenants up-to-date on relevant information. Have all members of your team in agreement with the risk/crisis

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Northern New England Metro Walls Begins Work on Hotels Team Nissan North Begins Reno Jewett Automotive, Port One Team Up

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Work in progress: Metro Walls Homewood Suites Nashua

Manchester, NH – Metro Walls has started the steel framing and sheeting work on two different hotels — one located in New Hampshire and the other in Massachusetts. Metro Walls is currently on the jobsite of Homewood Suites Gateway Hills, an extended stay hotel in Nashua, N.H. The upscale, all-suite, residential-style hotel is located at 15 Tara Boulevard, Nashua. Metro Walls is responsible for the construction of the structure’s exterior wall framing, interior framing, and drywall, creating one- and two-bedroom suites in the four-story, 105 room hotel. Homewood Suites Gateway Hills is

owned by John J. Flatley Company and is expected to open in summer 2015. “It’s great when we get the opportunity to work for a quality, local company like Opechee Construction Corporation; they have been great to work for,” said Metro Walls president, Mike Dion. “We are also very pleased to be doing work for Callahan Construction, one of our top customers for the Marriott hotel in Waltham, Massachusetts. We fully expect the work to be completed on time and on budget with both of these projects.” The Courtyard Marriott is located in Waltham, Mass and includes the addition of 55 guest rooms.

Lebanon, NH – Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymondbased Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has begun renovations to the Team Nissan North dealership in Lebanon. Designed by the team of Port One Architects and Summit Engineering, the project entails 5,300sf of showroom renovations and the creation of a new service write-up area in the existing service department — both to include

updated Nissan image elements including lighting, flooring, and finishes. Exterior upgrades include the new Nissan entry element and a façade of updated aluminum coated metal (ACM) panels — some in a duotone pattern incorporating the new Nissan logo, and others installed in a fixed louver pattern and highlighting the Team Nissan dealership name. New, updated site lighting will feature modern styling and the latest in brighter and more efficient LED technology. This is the third project Jewett Automotive has undertaken for this client. Other projects include the ground-up construction of this same facility in 2007.

Jewett to Build ME Bowling Facility Scarborough, ME – Jewett Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors, a Scarborough-based division of Jewett Construction Co., Inc., has contracted with HE Callahan Construction to construct the Sugar Bowl, a bowling alley in Carrabassett Valley. Owned by the Valley Bowl Corporation

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Design of New Weaver HS Begins

KBE Shares Bidding Advice West Hartford, CT – Small business, minority-owned, and women-owned subcontractors across Connecticut learned the best way to bid on two historic KBE Building Corp. design-build projects at a free conference recently hosted by the firm at the University of Connecticut. The two building projects were the Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Residence Hall at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. The Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse is a $67.8 million construction project that includes a 183,600sf L-shaped building with two wings; a two-story parking structure, and an on-site parking at grade level. It is·pursuing LEED Silver certification, and completion is scheduled for March 2016. The design-build team includes KBE Building Corp., design-builder and constructor; The DLR Group, lead architect; AM Design Architects, Inc., associate architect; BVH Integrated Services, structural, civil, mechanical/ electrical/plumbing, fire protection, security and IT systems engineer; CR3, LLP, landscape architect; Geodesign,

Inc., geotechnical engineer; and Cerami Associates, acoustical design. The STEM Residence Hall at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus is a $79 million construction project that includes a 210,000sf multi-story residence hall with 727 beds and a STEM educational component. It is pursuing LEED Silver certification, and completion is scheduled for summer 2016. The design-build team includes UConn, project owner; KBE Building Corp., design-builder and constructor; JSA Architects, architect of record; DiBlasi Associates, structural engineer; BL Companies, civil engineer; WSP, mechanical/ engineering/plumbing engineer; Newman Architects and BVH Integrated Services, design architect and engineer, bridging documents phase and university’s design consultant during the completion of design and the construction phase. “When Eric Brown, Simon Etzel, and I became principals in 2007, one of our main goals was to increasingly show our subcontractors how much we appreciate what they do,” said CEO Mike Kolakowski. “This is just one of several free events we’ve hosted for their benefit in recent years.”

Hartford, CT – The long-awaited “extreme makeover” of Hartford’s Weaver High School will soon be a reality. The team of The S/L/A/M Collaborative and Amenta Emma Architects was selected to provide Hartford’s North End community with a transformed campus for the 40-yearold, 370,000sf high school located on Granby Street. During the next four years, Weaver will be transformed into a theme-driven community school for grades 9-12, offering students three themes under one roof: The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, which is an expansion of the Culinary Arts Academy; The Arts and Sciences Academy, a college preparatory model; and The Academy of Architecture & Urban Design. The design will accommodate a projected enrollment of 900 students and after-hours use of the more public, multi-

use spaces. Sustainable design measures such as increased natural light within the building and the use of cost-effective, energy-efficient materials and systems will meet Connecticut High Performance Building Standards. Existing features such as the multicourt field house with natatorium, stadium field with spectator seating, auditorium, practice fields, and tennis courts will be retained with moderate renovation. The school is expected to be completed for the 20182019 school year. Anecdotally, Weaver’s entrance now contains a directive for students, which is literally written on the wall. In bold colorful letters is the phrase “Dream Big.” It’s a phrase the team embraced to deliver a solution that will inspire students to strive for greatness, and this team wants to help make that a reality for the entire community.

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January 2015


DPM Completes CHWC Expansion The completion of the new construction phase will be followed by the renovation of the existing administrative offices and includes a two-phased relocation of staff and clinical services into the completed facility. Completion of the entire project is projected for the spring of 2015. DPM project executive, Mark DuPré, and senior project manager, Geralyn Hoerauf, worked closely with Ray Sevigny of Sevigny Architects to manage

the design development process, ensuring that CHWC’s needs were met with regards to the space program, design, budget, and schedule. During construction phases, DPM coordinated the construction administration work of Oak Park Architects LLC, of West Hartford and building commissioning services of Innovative Engineering Services LLC of East Haven.

Santini 2014 “Builder of the Year” Completed exterior

Torrington, CT – Diversified Project Management (DPM) of Hartford has completed the new construction phase of its expansion project for the Community Health & Wellness Center (CHWC) of Greater Torrington. CHWC retained DPM to provide comprehensive owner’s project management services for its planned 23,000sf medical office building — a project made possible by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, through the

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. DPM acted as the owner’s representative beginning in 2012 with the design phases and continued through construction of the new facility, which was completed in October. DPM also assisted with the selection of the PAC Group, LLC as the construction manager and represented Community Health & Wellness throughout the project to deliver a facility accommodating CHWC’s growing needs.

Vernon, CT -Builder/developer Eric A. Santini was named the 2014 Builder of the Year by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Central Connecticut in September. Eric Santini jr A d d i t i o n a l l y, Santini’s Deer Valley North community in Ellington, received awards for the Best Overall Community, Best Rental Community and Best Luxury Rental Unit from the HBRA of Connecticut, Inc. at its prestigious annual Home Building

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KBE Donates $134K Nearly 2,000 Volunteer Hours

KBE Building Corp 2014 CT Gift of Gobble

Farmington, CT – Residents of various parts of Connecticut received meals, gifts, scholarships, and more, thanks to donations and volunteer time contributed by KBE Building Corp.’s Northeast regional office in 2014 – the sixth year of the firm’s corporate philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Donations went to Jewish Senior Services fall gala, local homeless shelters, Racing 4 Vets, Tons of Toys (Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce), and the Tower One/Tower East Wellness Program. Endowed scholarships at Eastern Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University will benefit 11 students, and scholarships for Connecticut technical high school students

pursuing post-high-school educational programs in a building industry-related field will benefit 17 students. Volunteers worked on Breakfast with the Easter Bunny for military families at the Connecticut State Armory, Gift of Gobble Thanksgiving meals for 200 families and the Cardinal Shehan Center back-to-school backpack drive, as well as the 17th annual run for the Cove Center for Grieving Children, Association of Builders and Contractors – CT – Construction Rodeo, Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance Walk, Dream Ride Special Olympics, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Challenge Ride, St. Francis Hospital’s Swing Golf Tournament, and WFSB Channel 3 Kids Camp.

CBC Program: Great Hunger Museum

Leonard Wyeth and Sal Filardi

Hamden, CT – Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, the world’s only museum dedicated to Ireland’s Great Hunger of the 1800s, was the site for the December Program for the Connecticut Building Congress. The museum, devoted to the Irish hunger tragedy of the 19th century, was a 2014 Connecticut Building Congress Project Team Award winner. The First Place winner in Small Projects category is a shining example of the spirit of collaboration in the face of difficult conditions. Bill Hardy, president of FIP Construction, discussed the challenges facing


the AEC team. “The biggest challenge was having to reuse the building with no change in footprint.” The team was given an extremely small area to work in due to the close proximity of neighboring properties. Sal Filardi, vice president, facilities and capital planning of Quinnipiac University, spoke of the complete support from the University’s president, John Lahey, who conceived the idea when he served as grand marshal for St. Patrick’s Parade in New York City in 1994. Leonard Wyeth, AIA, principal at Wyeth Architects, agreed. The cooperation between the owners and AEC professionals on the project was critical. Wyeth helped to bring the tragedy into perspective, noting that 1.5 million Irish starved and another 2 million left Ireland from 1845 through 1852, resulting in a population reduction of 50% in a seven-year period. The discussion was planned and moderated by Marty Onorato, Robinson & Cole, who serves on the CBC Programs Committee.

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Casinelli to Lead BL’s Arch. Div. Meriden, CT - BL Companies recently announced that Daniel L. Casinelli will lead the architectural project design, planning, and development team in Bridgeport. He joined the Daniel L. Casinelli company’s Meriden architectural division in April 2014. BL Companies recently moved from an office at 215 State Street, Bridgeport, into a larger space at 855 Main Street as part of its growth strategy in the Fairfield County market. “Dan brings more than 27 years of architectural design and project management experience to the table,” said Rainer Muhlbauer, director of architecture

for BL Companies. “His presence will help our company continue to grow and develop throughout the region.” Casinelli’s portfolio includes management of architectural design projects such as new and renovated K-12 school projects, facilities assessment studies, mixed-use development projects, and commercial and retail office space expansion. Prior to joining BL Companies, he worked for another architecture firm, where he had been since 1996. During that time he was a project manager in the K-12 market sector, and a principal of the firm from 2007 to 2014 with a focus on business development and K-12 market sector. Casinelli is a LEED-accredited professional and a registered architect in 15 states. He also is a registered interior designer in Connecticut.

Tim O’Brien Named Award Finalist Hartford, CT – The Hartford Business Journal named KBE Building Corp. CFO Tim O’Brien a finalist for its coveted CFO of the Year Award, in recognition of his contributions Tim O’Brien and commitment to KBE’s people and mission. “I’m humbled to be named a finalist — and a little surprised, given the extraordinary pool of candidates,” said O’Brien, who became CFO in 2010 after

joining KBE in 1996. “I couldn’t have made a single advancement without the support of everyone at our offices in Connecticut and Maryland.” KBE staff members at all levels reciprocate O’Brien’s appreciation. Accounting department members are especially grateful for his caring demeanor, which has helped many of them achieve unprecedented professional growth within the organization. “Tim is the consummate team player — highly practical, with an exceptionally calm demeanor that lends great confidence to our organization,” said Mike Kolakowski, principal and CEO.

Designer of the Year Award Bestowed upon Craig Saunders

(l-r) Craig Saunders receives the award from Thomas Giardini, president of The Associated Construction Company and president of AGCCT.

Plantsville, CT - The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Connecticut selected Craig Saunders, AIA, LEED AP, as the 2014 Designer of the Year.

In its 10th annual event held October 15 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, Saunders was honored alongside many of his construction industry peers. As an associate principal at Tecton Architects, Saunders has been involved in many outstanding projects across Connecticut, notably the Sport & Medical Sciences Academy High School, Loomis Chaffee School Richmond Hall, and the historic renovation of Noah Webster Elementary School. He thanked the AGC in his acceptance speech, and noted that he’s been lucky enough to do what he loves for over four decades. He concluded with a sincere appreciation for the construction partners in the audience whose great skill and hard work have brought these ideas from design to reality.

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President Thomas Hickey presents the Recognition Award to Susan Windham-Bannister

Marlborough, MA – The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) has recognized Susan WindhamBannister, Ph.D., the founding president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life

Sciences Center (MLSC), for her strong contributions to workforce development and to diversifying the state’s life sciences workforce. The MLSC is a state-funded investment organization charged with implementing the state’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative that was proposed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature in June 2008. At the fall general meeting of the membership of MAVA, with over 200 members present, Dr. WindhamBannister received an award for her efforts on behalf of public education and, in specific, vocational technical education. MAVA is a statewide association of vocational technical and agricultural administrators dedicated to rigor, relevance, relationships, and results for student success. “Dr. Windham-Bannister has been an outstanding supporter during a time when budgets are extremely tight, and yet the need for an improved ability to provide life sciences education and workforce development has never been greater,” said David Ferreira, MAVA executive director.

Interstate Receives Awards

Kent Hoerle Hall

Glastonbury, CT – S/L/A/M Construction Services was recently honored with a 2014 Project Team Award from the DesignBuild Institute of America (DBIA) New England Region in the Building Construction category for its work on Hoerle Hall at Kent School in Kent. This is the team’s second award for this project. Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut (ABC) honored the team last year with an Excellence in Construction Award and People’s Choice Award. Despite forces of nature — two lightning strikes, two floods, a hurricane, a blizzard, and the threat of confronting the protected Timber rattle snake — the entire SLAM team, including construction manager, architect, engineer, and subcontractors, continued to work. The $11.5 million project was both

designed and built by The S/L/A/M Collaborative. Hoerle Hall is a new, 35,000sf dormitory and academic building, housing 80 students and five faculty families. In addition to bright and homey living and community spaces, the Georgian-style building provides studios and classroom space, doubling the space for the art department on campus. A multipurpose room adjoins the art studios, digital imaging lab, and a darkroom at the south end of the lower level. The multipurpose room also provides multimedia capabilities for lectures, seminars, classes, and clubs to gather in an open and flexible space overlooking the club fields. The winners were announced at the DBIA New England Annual Meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts on Thursday, December 11, 2014.


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Aerial view of Shaffer Landfill PV project

Billerica MA – Interstate Electrical Services Corporation was recognized by the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors with two awards; an Excellence and Green Award for its participation in the Shaffer Landfill Photovoltaic project in Billerica. This installation blankets the 63 acre site with over 20,000 solar panels,

racking, inverters and various electrical components, transforming a capped superfund site into a community asset that on a sunny day generates nearly 6.0 megawatts of clean renewable energy. Interstate began construction of this fast track project in February, and completed the project in 92 days.


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People New Owners Announced by SMRT






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Portland, ME – SMRT Architects and Engineers, with offices in Portland, Maine; Andover, Mass; and Albany, N.Y., announced that seven employees have joined its Webb ownership ranks, as the company continues growing its key markets of healthcare,

Erin Anderson, IIDA, LEED AP, ID+C, NCIDQ, EDAC, is director of interior design. Suzette Bois, CPA, has served as SMRT’s finance director for 15 years. Andrew Bradley, PE, is leading the firm’s structural engineering group. Katherine Everett, PE, LEED AP, serves as co-leader of the mechanical engineering group. David Mains, AIA, CSI, CCCA, is coleader of the firm’s science/technology/ industry practice. Derek Veilleux, AIA, NCARB is SMRT’s architectural discipline leader. Richard Webb, ASLA, LEED AP, is director of site design.

Shawmut Personnel Announcements



Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently announced that CEO Tom Goemaat will retire effective July 1, 2015. He has been with the firm for over 20 years, serving as CEO for the past 15. Current President Les Hiscoe will succeed Goemaat as CEO. Hiscoe has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, with 17 years at Shawmut. As a hands-on leader. He works closely with his deep senior management team and has fostered solid, long-standing relationships with many of Shawmut’s high-profile clients. He has been instrumental in the growth of the company’s New York office, expanding its retail business nationwide,


and founding the academic group which has completed projects at Yale University and Columbia University. Shawmut Design and Construction also announced the recent hire of Hassell Stephen Hassell as director of business development. In this role, he will focus on growing Shawmut’s institutional and corporate clients throughout New England and will work closely with the executive management team to oversee regional client relations. Hassell has over 40 years of experience in building construction, design, and real estate development. He has held executive positions at Anderson-Nichols, Cushman & Wakefield, and Collaborative Engineers, and has managed major complex projects such as the former Wang Towers. He most recently served as vice president of client development at Columbia Construction Company.

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LJ Zarpaylic has been hired as an intern architect. He is currently working with the corporate office team on an office renovation for TIAA-CREF Financial Services in the Gateway Center. Alex Otterbein also has been hired as an intern architect. She is currently working on a Tasca Ford car dealership in Seekonk and on a project for Women & Infants Hospital with the healthcare team. Travis Serra joined Vision 3 Architects

Crosby Becomes Registered Architect


as job captain. He is currently working with the education team on the URI Butterfield Dining Hall renovation/addition and Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket renovation/addition, both currently under construction. Brittani Fleury has joined the firm as interior designer. She currently is working with the corporate office team on office renovations for Astro-Med and The Providence Journal.

Matthew Powers Joins RPF Northwood, NH – RPF Envithrough his past work at a ronmental, Inc., an environmennationally recognized retail tal health and safety consulting firm providing sales and and testing firm, announced that customer support that required Matthew Powers recently joined drive and creativity. its staff. He will be working in Since 1991, RPF Envibusiness development providing ronmental, Inc. has provided sales support for industrial indoor air quality assessments; hygiene, indoor air quality, construction safety; OSHA and hazardous materials, mold and EPA compliance services; site Powers asbestos testing, and consulting inspections for asbestos, lead, services throughout New England. and other environmental hazards; and corPowers brings innovation and a strong porate health and safety training programs work ethic with him that was developed for clients throughout New England.

Metro Walls Welcomes Blondeau



Manchester, NH – Mike Dion, president of Metro Walls, announced Mark Blondeau has joined the Metro Walls team as a project manager. He joins the firm with more than 18 years in the construction industry, including commercial, industrial, and residential project management experience. Blondeau’s qualifications focus on all aspects on the job site, to include customer service, job and material scheduling, plus acting as liaison with all contractors on the project. As a project manager with Metro Walls, Mark will be responsible for all the day-to day operations on job sites.

Boston – Dyer Brown Architects challenging projects, most announced that Amy Crosby notably as an assistant project has successfully completed her manager for Highland Capital registration exams and is now a Partners, a venture capital firm registered architect and a memthat relocated to Kendall Square ber of the American Institute of in Cambridge. Architects. Recently, as project manager, Crosby joined Dyer Brown she completed the 415,000sf after moving to Boston from flagship office relocation of Chicago in 2011. Brown Brothers Harriman, from Crosby While at Dyer Brown she has three Boston offices into one, been involved in a number of technically located at the head of Post Office Square.

Martin Named President

Chris Martin / photo by Tom Kates

Boston – Wilson Architects recently announced that Chris Martin, AIA, LEED AP, has been named president of the firm, effective January 1, 2015. He has worked closely for 25 years with academic clients and enjoys designing innovative environments that foster scientific discovery. Martin assumes the role of president from Bill Wilson, FAIA, who will become the firm’s chair/CEO. Both will continue as active client-focused principals in the firm.

JM Coull Expands Staff



Maynard, MA – JM Coull, Inc. announced the addition of Atiya Rahim, assistant project manager; Cortney Kiewel, project engineer; and Larry Mercier, superintendent. Rahim comes to JMC with a background from Legion Construction in Chelmsford. As assistant project manager, she supports management of several JMC projects. Kiewel supports the operations and preconstruction staff at JMC. She first

joined the firm last summer as an intern, and has become an important asset to the team. Mercier, formerly of JK Blackstone, is currently superintendent for JMC’s Mercier work at a large life sciences company. He has more than 13 years of experience in the construction industry, having managed a range of projects throughout Massachusetts. “We’re excited to add Atiya, Cortney, and Larry to our highly capable staff at JMC,” says President Andy Coull. “We’re looking forward to a busy and successful 2015, and as we continue to grow our company, each will play an integral role in enhancing JMC’s capabilities.”

Griffin Joins Green Leaf Const.

Boudreau Joins Marr

Leominster, MA – Green Leaf Construction recently announced that Kevin Griffin has joined the firm’s team as a project manager. He brings years of project management experience, having worked both as an owner’s project manager for Construction Monitoring Services, Inc., and in construction management at

Springfield, MA – Ken Boudreau has recently joined Marr Scaffolding Company’s Scaffold and Shoring Division as sales representative for the Springfield area. He has spent his entire 32-year career in construction with Harsco Corporation, Hartford, New York and held positions of increasing responsibility with


Gilbane Building Company. In his new role, Griffin will guide customers through the process from preconstruction to closeout. “Combined with his experience, Kevin’s energy and enthusiasm for building make him a fitting addition to the Green Leaf team,” said Tom Dube, COO of Green Leaf Construction.


them including designer, branch manager, and sales manager. He will be responsible for overseeing the sales operation in the Springfield branch office. He will focus primarily on securing work for shoring, concreteforming, and scaffold projects in the Western Massachusetts and Albany, New York regions.


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January 2015

Jewett Personnel Announcements



Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction Co., Inc. recently announced the promotion of Steve Harris to senior project manager. Harris joined Jewett Construction in the spring of 2011, bringing an extensive background in all manner of commercial construction including federal, municipal, manufacturing, retail, educational, and automotive projects. He is responsible for managing all operations of the company as pertains to the various projects undertaken by its three divisions — overseeing and

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Boston – CBT Architects recently announced several principal-level promotions. Chad Reilly, AIA; Dave Madson, LEED AP; and Philip Casey, AIA, LEED AP, have each been named to principal, bringing extensive industry experience to the executive team. Reilly has 20 years of architectural design experience. Prior to joining CBT in 1996, he was a designer at Epstein Global in Warsaw, Poland and Wilson, Gregory, Aeberhard, PLC in London, England. In addition to being named principal, he


was recently promoted as the firm’s chief operating officer. Madson has been with CBT since 1997 and has played a key role in the expansion of the firm’s Workplace Design Group, which creates cutting-edge office spaces that reflect today’s trends of collaboration and flexibility. He has over 20 years of architectural and interior design experience. In his role as principal, he will help enhance CBT’s core business and overall ability to work efficiently and effectively with clients. He is a visiting thesis advisor at the Boston Architectural College and New England School of Art and Design. Casey has been with CBT since 2004 and has over 17 years of professional experience in leading a wide range of projects from multifamily residential to commercial mixed-use developments. In his role as principal, he will continue to spearhead the firm’s most complex and large-scale, mixed-use residential projects in Boston, including Skanska’s 121 Seaport Boulevard project, the 30-story AVA Theater District development, and the 38-story Avalon North Station.

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coordinating all necessary resources and personnel, from start-up through closeout, for their successful management and completion. He will personally manage Jewett’s most challenging and technically complex projects, while also supervising a staff of project managers, project coordinators, and job superintendents, streamlining the project reporting system to maximize efficiencies. Other duties include team recruitment, the ongoing development of Jewett’s award-winning safety culture, and liaising with owners, architects, consultants, government authorities, vendors, and subcontractors. Jon Warner, a former JCCI intern, has been hired as project coordinator working under Harris to assist the project management team. He is a graduate of the Thompson School of Applied Sciences at UNH where his concentrations included construction management and architecture.


Portsmouth, NH – DeStefano Architects (D|A), PLLC, recently hired Mitchell Lahar as a project coordinator for the firm. He was previously employed at Black River Design Architects, PLC in Montpelier, Vt. and has hands-on experience working with finish carpenters. Lahar’s background in small commercial work will lend valuable contribution to the firm’s portfolio of restaurants, retail, industrial and mixed-use design.

January 2015


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related enforcement by Gillian Feiner and Sara Cable, assistant attorneys general with the Attorney General Office.

BSA/SCUP College and University Roundtable January 15 8 AM - 9:30 AM BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston Designers, planners, and administrators focus on college and university planning and design issues in this BSA and Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) collaborative group. architects.org/committees/bsascupcollege-and-university-roundtable.

Managing Enterprise Risk for Your Growing Construction Company

This session will focus on understanding the various enterprise risks associated with the construction industry. The event will feature an overview of the Mass. False Claims Act, the Data Breach Notification Law and Data Security regulations and

The CPSM Study Group

Negotiating Pay and Benefits: The Script

Jan 27: Session Four, Proposals and Qualifications

February 10 5:30 PM - 8 PM

Feb. 17: Session Five, Promotional Activity March 10: Session Six, Marketing and Business Performance


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The study group is held to help candidates ready to take (and pass) the exam in time for the UBER Conference, being held in Boston in April 2015.

Breakfast Meeting

AGC 96th Annual AGC Convention: 360o of Construction March 18-20 Join Us in San Juan, Puerto Rico


The AGC Annual Convention is North America’s only conference of its kind, where general contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, and more converge for three days of content essential to your future in the construction industry. If you’re tasked with delivering the best the construction industry has to offer, you need to join us at AGC’s Annual Convention.

4th Annual Ski Day

Newly elected Attorney General Maura Healey, who will be sworn in as the state’s new attorney general on Jan. 21, will speak at ABC’s January meeting.

January 20 5 PM - 8 PM McGladrey Boston Office 80 City Square, Boston

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January 27 Boston Marriott Burlington One Burlington Mall Road Burlington, Massachusetts 8 AM to 9:30 AM

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