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Annual Focus: 

Institutions and Schools Featuring: SCUP North Atlantic Region Update PLUS Annual Bonus Supplement: M/E/P - Building Energy N E W E N G L A N D FA C I L I T I E S D E V E L O P M E N T N E W S

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Construction of EDU Facilities in New England Remains Strong Top: Mass. Maritime Academy mess hall / page 12

Bottom: Endicott College modular dorm, designed by Bergmeyer / page 21




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Inside this Issue: Finegold Alexander Architects’ Goodhart Hall renovation project at Bryn Mawr Picture This! Social Media and Visual Communication by Stephanie Goldberg Vision 3 Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Emera Astronomy Center Draws Stargazers by Tony Britton Bill Belichick: The Patron Saint of Utility Players by Colm Allen

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Plus: T rends & Hot Topics, Healthcare, Interior Design, Retail, Connecticut Awards, People, Calendar, and more!

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Bergmeyer Completes Design at Endicott College............................Page 21

Vision 3 Celebrates Ribbon Cutting...............................................Page 12

Endicott College modular dorm / Designed by Bergmeyer

(l-r) David R. Prengaman, V3 principal; James Hoyt, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket; and Stephen Amoroso, V3 project manager


Up-Front............................................ 8 SCUP................................................ 9 Institutions & Schools.........................21 Restoration & Renovation...................31 Trends & Hot Topics..32-34, 36-37, 44, 48 Healthcare...................................... 35

Interior Design............................ 40 Retail..........................................41 Connecticut.................................42 Awards.......................................50 People........................................52 Calendar................................... 54

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Emera Astronomy Center Draws Stargazers.................................. Page 33

Emera Astronomy Center. The planetarium theater building in the foreground; observatory visible in background, on right.

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Up-Front 2015 Fenway Park Improvement Under Way Gilbane Interiors Group Managing Renovation

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Boston – On January 22, the erection of the precast stadium seating panels marked a milestone at Fenway Park for the 2015 Improvements Program. Gilbane Interiors Group Boston has been hired by the Boston Red Sox to manage offseason renovations. The project, to be completed by opening day, includes the additional of a luxury suite along the left field line and a new section

of rooftop level seating above. The scope also includes a renovation of the center field Budweiser roof deck bar and concession stand, and the addition of a camera basket above the center field bleachers. In addition, there are renovations being made to the ground level center field concession stands and a historical remodel of the left field foul pole, AKA the “Carlton Fisk Pole.”

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SCUP Update: Regional – Welcome to Providence! by Annie Newman

Greeting to all attendees (and potential attendees) of the 2015 SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference! If you are not yet a member of SCUP, I certainly hope that the quality Annie Newman of the program at this conference will entice you to join. SCUP is a wonderful organization and a great resource for those of us charged with planning our campuses. I am so excited that Providence is the host city for this conference. A native Rhode Islander, I loved Providence even in its dark and dirty days in the ’70s. Thanks to some terrific urban planning, the city has been transformed. I hope that you have signed up for one of our tours, or take some time to explore the city on your own. Home to the main campuses of four higher education institutions and extension campuses of several others, Providence is a city that thrives in part

because of the students, faculty, and staff who learn, teach, and work here. Our conference theme, “Plans Within Plans: Campus Planning in Context,” was selected as we all plan in context. The city or town our campus is located in may have a master plan; the higher education system we may be a part of will have systemwide plans we need to respond to. Our campus may be in a historic district, and we have to deal with zoning ordinances and neighborhood groups. There are a myriad of other external forces that also are engaged in planning that affects us. Coordination of our planning efforts can only strengthen the planning we all do. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD, pronounced “riz-dee”) and Brown University, both situated on College Hill, are your cohosts for this event. While our main conference activities will take place at the Omni Hotel downtown (our conference is so successful we have outgrown most campuses), both schools are offering campus tours at the start and end of the conference.

Here are some things I like to tell people about Providence and its colleges:

• The motto of the city is “What Cheer?” a shortened version of “What cheer, netop?” (A 17th-century version of “What’s going on, friend?”), reportedly how the Narragansetts hailed Roger Williams when he landed here after his banishment from Massachusetts. • Rhode Islanders call water fountains “bubblers” (or “bub-lahs” in the local dialect) and milkshakes “cabinets” (don’t ask, no one really knows). • Both H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe used to hang around the Athenaeum, an independent membership library opened in 1836. • Roger Williams founded the congregation of the First Baptist Church in America. • Brown University is part of the Ivy League. • RISD was founded by a group of women who had $1,675 left over from fundraising for the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

Well-known alumni:

• RISD: Seth McFarlane, Shepard Fairey, Jenny Holzer, Nicole Miller, James Franco, Jemima Kirke, Gus Van Sant, Dale Chihuly, Roz Chast, David Macaulay, Chris Van Allsberg, and members of the Talking Heads. • Brown University: Jeffrey Eugenides, Bobby Jindal, Janet Yellen, Ted Turner, Laura Linney, Emma Watson, Ira Glass, Ira Magaziner, and a slew of royalty. • Providence College: Janeane Garofalo, John Hurley, Richard M. Daley, Ray Flynn, John E. Fogarty, Patrick Kennedy, and a lot of NBA, NHL, and track and field athletes. • Johnson & Wales: Tyler Florence, Emeril Lagasse, and several competitors on America’s Top Chef. Enjoy the conference!

Annie Newman is SCUP North Atlantic Regional Chair and Director of Campus Planning at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

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SCUP Update: National

From the Desk of Mike Moss Welcome, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) members gather annually at their regional conferences to catch up on what’s happening at the college and Michael Moss universities in their region. They enjoy sharing stories about planning: what works and what doesn’t. In the spirit of collegiality, examples of both good and bad planning are shared (either as part of the program or in private conversations during social events). SCUP members know that good planning not only saves a college or university time and money, it also can positively impact the institution’s reputation locally and worldwide. Bad planning, on the other hand, needs to be shared and examined for lessons learned. Everyone benefits from the honesty and transparency. In the end, the lessons learned boil down to this: Plan well and you increase your chances of producing a successful project.


Here is how SCUP defines “planning well”: People

The ability to understand and identify the players who are or should be part of the planning process and their roles (in other words, everyone who is directly impacted by the project). Language

The ability to use a common planning vocabulary to interpret and translate the ideas of all players.


The ability to identify alternative and realistic resource strategies and align them to stated plan priorities, thus grounding the plan in fiscal realities.

SCUP believes in planning that is “integrated” (you can also use terms like “collaborative” or “coordinated,” whatever makes you comfortable). It’s such a simple concept — sharing information during the planning process — but we all know that key conversations often don’t happen for a variety of

education has been profound, thanks to our members, and we will tell the stories of the men and women who have changed education through their volunteer work at SCUP and on the job. Visit http:// scupannualconference.org to learn more. In addition to our annual, international conference, SCUP’s North Atlantic regional conference is April 12-14 at the Omni Hotel in Providence, R.I. The theme is “Plans Within Plans: Campus in Context.” The early-bird deadline for registration is February 26. Regional sponsorships are available, and walk-in


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The ability to recognize and produce the elements of a collaborative plan that can be implemented and evaluated. Planning context

The ability to collect and filter relevant information of the internal and external environment.

reasons. Good planning is collaborative, transparent, and integrated! You can learn more about integrated (collaborative, coordinated) planning by attending our annual, international conference in Chicago in July. SCUP50 is a celebration of the society’s 50th anniversary. Our impact on higher

registrations are welcome. Please join us! Learn more about SCUP and how we can help you to improve your planning for the higher education environment. Visit www.scup.org. Michael D. Moss is the president of the Society for College and University Planning.

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Schools and University Planners Have New Tools

Bird’s eye view of modular construction

Littleton, MA – Schools and university planners have new tools to combat changing enrollment. It’s called “permanent modular construction.” They are high-quality permanent structures built to the highest codes and standards. These buildings are not typical “classroom trailers” that are famously inexpensive. Permanent modular buildings are more expensive but don’t cut corners concerning day-lighting, energyefficiency, air quality ,and acoustics, says Clifford Cort, president, Triumph Modular (TM). These buildings, properly maintained, will perform well beyond 30 years. Schools



will save millions if more planners took a good look at current permanent modular construction case studies, like Lexington. Triumph Modular completed a 16,000sf modular addition to Lexington High School, and recently won a bid for an additional 8,000sf to be completed in

the summer. TM worked with the building architect/project team of TBA Architects to bring this project in at $4.9 million, $297 per sf, using off-site construction methods, completed in nine weeks. To meet the increasing enrollment and changing student needs of Lexington High School, they required the addition of 10 new classrooms and a series of special education spaces. TBA Architects studied the existing site and, working closely with the town, determined the best location on the campus was a three-sided courtyard along the southeast side of the existing building. Lexington High is a campus made of

several buildings, some linked through enclosed corridors and some by exterior canopies and arcades. Three sides of the site are bordered by two-story classroom, library, and cafeteria spaces and the fourth side by a parking lot. Given the severe time constraints to get the building operational and the need to construct while school was in session, modular construction was chosen as the delivery method. By working in a controlled environment, construction activities could happen concurrently, rather than consecutively, compressing the construction timeline.

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Vision 3 Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Mass Maritime Reno Completed Shawmut CM

(l-r) David R. Prengaman, V3 principal; James Hoyt, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket; and Stephen Amoroso, V3 project manager

Pawtucket, RI – Vision 3 Architects (V3) attended the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the newly expanded facility. The 35,000sf facility encompasses new classrooms, flexible spaces, technology labs, music and art rooms, a cafeteria, offices, an expanded pool deck, and a new 18,000sf addition of a new teen center, which includes a games room, gymnasium, and program rooms for education and beyond. “This is the moment that so many of us have been working toward for several years, dating back to when this building was no more than a dream. Then it

The new expansion includes a games room, gymnasium, and program rooms

became a rendering on paper and then a concrete shell. Finally, here we stand in a new building that will allow the club to double the number of kids that we serve every day,” said James Hoyt, CEO.

Mass. Maritime Academy mess hall

Buzzards Bay, MA – With 582 hungry cadets pulling into port after completion of their winter sea term, construction crews scurried to get the campus ready for active duty. The re-opening of the Mess Deck Dining Hall expansion and Company 2 Dormitory renovations of the Mass. Maritime Academy Campus marked the completion of seven phases of design and construction that began in 2012. With only one small phase left for winter break 2016, the total work completed will result in renovations to the six dormitory buildings, including the addition of over 300 beds and a 200-seat expansion to the dining hall.

Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA) initially worked with the Mass. State College Building Authority (MSCBA) and the Mass. Maritime Academy (MMA) on master planning to add capacity to the sixbuilding complex. The original five-phase construction plan started to take shape by summer 2012 with the first phase of renovations. Every summer and winter break since then has been utilized to implement another phase of work. Midway through the dormitory work, the mess deck scope was added, including two additions and major interior renovations. Although scope was added, there was no change in the schedule. Shawmut, the construction managers for all the phases, worked hand-in-hand with PCA to develop plans that worked around this very active campus. With as many as four phases of work under construction simultaneously, the team pushed to get the additional work done concurrent with the original plan. Although sitework will continue into spring, this turnover will mark a real turning point in construction. This will be the first time in over two years that construction will truly be wrapping up for the residence halls and dining areas. Recently Completed Projects: • Keurig Greenroof Phase II - Gutierrez • 200 Wheeler Street - Gutierrez • Boston Scientific - Bldg 300 Columbia Construction • NMR Meditation Center - Consigli • Worcester City Square - Consigli

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Champlain College Unveils Residential Campus Designed by CBT plan which includes bringing 90% of the student body on campus. Taking advantage of the clear vistas to the Appalachians and Lake Champlain on a site previously used as a parking lot, the Quad brings much needed central green space to campus within the urban context of the college and will host residential life year round activities, such as the college’s annual “Rail Jam.” Interior of Juniper residence hall

A main feature of the new Res-Tri complex is much needed grassy quad bounded by an outdoor amphitheater

Burlington, VT – Champlain College students were welcomed back to campus this past fall beginning the new school year with a major amenity that has been missing throughout the college’s 136-year history: a residential campus. Champlain College’s intimate campus is nestled among the stately historic homes that comprise The Hill neighborhood of Burlington. To draw Champlain students on campus and to live near the core campus, CBT Architects was challenged to create contextually sensitive residence

halls that fit the neighborhood fabric while attracting students to a vibrant place to live, learn and connect with one another. The $30 million, multi-phased, 370-bed residential quadrangle project provides the college with three residence halls – Juniper, Valcour and Butler Hall, a pedestrian spine that links to the core campus and Main Street Burlington, and “The Finney Quad” which is formed by the three new and existing residence halls. The new residential quadrangle is a critical component of the college’s master

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Given the historic nature of The Hill, the new residences are thoughtfully scaled and articulated to fit the local architectural context and maintain the historic integrity of the neighborhood. Along the street edge, the buildings are clad in brick, with dormers, porches, and detailing that responds to the residential neighborhood context. The quad-facing façades feature a contemporary architectural expression

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Antinozzi Designs New Residence Hall for University of Bridgeport Construction by KBE

New University of Bridgeport residence hall

Bridgeport, CT – Antinozzi Associates announced the design of the first new residence hall on the University of Bridgeport campus in several decades. This sustainably designed, 60,000sf, four-story facility will house 220 students in a variety of modern residential configurations, including suites and traditional bedrooms, along with many social amenity rooms and student support services. The University of Bridgeport campus and the surrounding neighborhoods include many private homes in a beautiful seaside community built by wealthy

families during the industrial era in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The new residence hall is designed to embrace this context by utilizing an architectural style of the same historic era suggestive of a resort hotel, similar to those found in Bar Harbor, Maine. Steeply pitched hip roofs with wide overhangs shelter a façade composed of forest-green board-and-batten siding and wood shakes above a terra-cotta masonry base. The façade is punctuated by a curved bay window with a front porch that welcomes students home to an lobby decorated in a theme that extends the

Victorian flair of the exterior design. Construction by KBE Construction Company of Farmington is slated to begin in May 2015 and be complete by June 2016. Since 2002, Antinozzi Associates has provided architectural and interior design services for numerous facility renovations and additions at the University, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. These campus projects have including a wide range of building types such as the arts center, dental clinic, the main dining hall, graduate and undergraduate student housing additions and renovations, the


media center, the health services building, and the Ernest Trefz School of Business. The University of Bridgeport offers career-oriented undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and programs for people seeking personal and professional growth. The University promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility, and commitment to service. Distinctive curricula in an international, culturally diverse, supportive learning environment prepare graduates for life and leadership in an increasingly interconnected world. The University is independent and non-sectarian.






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SCUP Presentation

Student Residence Halls of the ’50s and ’60s SCUP will present “Student Residence Halls of the ’50s and ’60s: Creative, Budget-Friendly, and Innovative Solutions to Bring them into the 21st Century,” at SCUP North Atlantic at the Omni Providence in Providence, R.I. on Monday, April 13 at 2:45 p.m. by Jim Devol and Marco Tommasini

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In the 1950s and ’60s, colleges and universities built utilitarian residence halls that now do not serve the needs and expectations of students and residence life professionals. Many buildings are in need of modernization and program adjustments. Most are not ADAcompliant, and the mechanical systems are often at the end of their life cycle. In many cases, although these issues are present, the income from these facilities

often supports the debt service for newer residence halls. So how do you approach the reconditioning of these residence halls? If you need an elevator, the building has no real entry, and you need social space, consider building an elevator tower with the spaces you need in the tower. These might include lounges, laundries, hall director apartments, or mechanical spaces for new HVAC equipment. Building the tower can be more costeffective than trying to shoe horn an elevator into an existing building. Adding the entry tower in a new location can adjust the entry point and reposition and accommodate the new flow of the campus circulation. If added space is required for mechanical equipment, a generator, or a hall director’s apartment, consider building an “out building” to house these

functions. The structures can be utilized to create an edge to a new quad between buildings that does not exist. Many buildings have gang bathrooms, and often, renovating in-place to meet code results in losing a toilet fixture or shower. Consider splitting the large room into two separate rooms in the same footprint, allowing for the same total fixture count in the same area, but with smaller more private bathrooms. Many residence halls have tunnellike corridors with doors too narrow for accessibility. Articulating the walls can alleviate this perception. If you have to widen the doors for ADA reasons, recess them 4 inches into the room. This doesn’t have a large effect on the room square footage, but it dramatically changes the perception of the hallway, and the cost of the recess is minimal. Build ceiling coffers to provide MEP chasses and to break up the ceiling. The exterior of many of these buildings are flat planes of brick with large rectangular windows. Adding articulation to the façade using alternative materials can transform the exterior. However, adding weight to the building is a challenge. Hanging a ”box out” on

the slabs utilizing light-gage metal stud framing can push the exterior wall out to the edge of the slab, creating window seats, as they also relieve the flat plane of the exterior of the building. HVAC systems are often at the end of their life. In numerous studies, fan coil units end up being the most cost-effective systems to use. The location and type (vertical or horizontal) is driven by the structure of the building. The utilization of variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems is growing, and they are highly efficient with smaller piping than hot/ chilled water piping. Scheduling renovations can be a financial challenge as the bed income is an integral component on the financials/ budget of the school or housing auxiliary. These approaches can eliminate the lost income or reduce the down time: Building a swing space can be the easiest solution if the school needs the beds long-term. The new building should have the same or larger bed count than the building(s) to be renovated. Full renovations over summers only can be successful, but usually take at continued to page 42

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Academic Construction Growth in Rhode Island by Ron Simoneau

The future of construction in Rhode Island is bright, especially for education. Leaders in the marketplace are forecasting impressive growth. Shawmut Design and Construction Ron Simoneau is projecting a 51% increase, from $76.6 million in 2014 to $115 million in Rhode Island construction projects this year, with a large percentage coming from the academic sector. Educational institutions are economic pillars in the Rhode Island community. For such a small state, we have a wealth of incredible colleges and universities. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen an uptick in Rhode Island’s academic construction projects. Last year, we saw major investments including: RISD’s 189 Canal St. building for the Apparel Department; Johnson and Wales’ new Physicians’ Assistant Building; and several projects for Brown University, all managed by Shawmut. The trend to invest in construction continues in 2015, as we embark on the following projects: Brown University’s New School of Engineering

Shawmut recently completed a large-scale, multi-year renovation of RISD Museum’s Eliza G. Radeke Building.

and the New Applied Math Building; St. George’s Science Building renovation and expansion; and Moses Brown’s New Performing Arts Center. Academic institutions have specific needs when it comes to their construction projects. A combination of factors and approaches achieves successful projects: value, process, and logistical planning. Yes, creating a superior product is a major focus. Beyond that, there is

the emphasis on collaboration between clients and construction firms. In other words, the process is just as important as the result. Lean principles and alternative

delivery methods such as design-build and integrated project delivery enhance collaboration and deliver even more value for clients. Logistical factors are also closely tied to value. In Rhode Island, as well as in other states where we work, many academic institutions present the unique challenge of working in urban, occupied locations, which must be properly managed. This means coordinating with neighboring institutions and working effectively with neighborhood stakeholders and local residents. It also means overcoming complex logistical challenges such as mobility in narrow streets. This is why diligent, precise planning and collaboration with all parties are essential in ensuring successful projects. When looking at the future of academic construction, we only need to look at recent history for guidance. The most successful undertakings are those where we all — owners, designers, consultants, builders, and community — work together throughout the entire process to ensure seamless delivery on every campus. Ron Simoneau is vice president of Shawmut Design and Construction.


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Framingham, MA – Barr & Barr is currently managing the Framingham State University (FSU) Hemenway Hall and Annex upgrade project that is over $53 million and on schedule to finish August of 2015. These two facilities combined with the new Hemenway Laboratories addition will make the largest academic building on campus. Both Hemenway Hall and Annex are over 55 years old and home to the university’s family and consumer sciences program. They are currently undergoing 120,000sf of selective interior renovations which will provide a fully accessible

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and substantially improved teaching environment for their students. This project will include a new 68,000sf, four-story addition which will create more laboratory and research space. The new addition will join the existing facility by a new four-story atrium, which will create a better flow for entering and exiting the building. Barr & Barr helped to save FSU 15% of project cost through its Value Management program. Some examples include:

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by reclassifying the Atrium — saved $460,000. 2.  Eliminating the basement level to more cost-effective space — saved $800,000. 3. Utilizing ductless hoods for laboratory space — saved $47,000. The main focus of this program is to help clients keep the integrity of their projects while being able to offer other, and in many cases better, solutions that are more cost-effective and create substantial savings. The project is pursuing LEED Silver through the use of recycled and locally extracted and manufactured materials,

low-VOC building products, low-mercury fluorescent lighting, public transportation access, bike racks, storm water collection, and extensive natural daylight. This project is taking place within two occupied buildings that house over 4,000 students on a daily basis. One of the tougher challenges has been working around the students and making sure their routines and classes were uninterrupted by construction. The utilization of summer breaks was absolutely imperative. However, due to the expansive nature of this project it demanded that some work be in place prior to the 2014 summer start.

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Finegold Alexander Renovation Recognized intimate performance venue. Cushioned seating was installed, and state-of-the-art theatrical lighting and sound systems were added. “Code upgrades were accomplished in an efficient and nonobtrusive manner, which is always a careful nuance in the renovation of a historic building,” notes

Finegold Alexander Architects’ Goodhart Hall renovation project at Bryn Mawr College was recently named No.16 in the “25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers” list by College Degree Search.

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Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects’ Goodhart Hall renovation project at Bryn Mawr College was recently named No. 16 in the “25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers” list by College Degree Search.

The college “was built in 1928 and has maintained a look of classical beauty through recent renovations,” states the article. The Finegold Alexander-designed

renovations and addition marry the historic architecture of the building with modern theater technology. The Art Center’s stage was extended by 25 feet, improving sight lines and creating a more

Nancy Goodwin, principal, Finegold Alexander Architects. The addition included a new teaching or “black box” theater, a scene shop, and a glass-encased atrium for use as an additional entrance and lobby space. Where the acoustics and sight lines of the building were once deemed too poor for most events, users from across the campus are now booking space in the building for theater, lectures, and assemblies.

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This unwelcoming, inefficient layout required a full gut renovation to unify the spaces and create a dining destination. A new continuous servery line connects the previously disconnected dining spaces and showcases a broad variety of cooking stations. With a central salad bar featuring glass front coolers, fresh ingredients are highlighted as you enter. The cooking process is completely visible to students as they approach each station. With a compact open kitchen design, students see a made-for-them approach to dining. The dining areas offer a range of seating options for students to “perch, dine, or linger.” Farm tables will accommodate large groups, and flexible furnishings can accommodate after-hours entry to one half of the facility for events and a future late night attraction. F.L. Caulfield is the general contractor.

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Boston – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the city of Boston (COB) have selected Gilbane Building Company to provide construction management at-risk services for the construction of their first new school building in more than a decade. The project award was made to Gilbane in association with Roxburyowned partner Janey Construction Management. The project will be a collaboration between the COB Property and Construction Management Department, Jonathan Levi Architects, Daedalus and Gilbane. Funding for the project will come from the city of Boston and the Massachusetts School Building Authority. “The new Dearborn school is a tremendous economic opportunity for the city of Boston and specifically for residents in the Roxbury neighborhood. Together, Gilbane and Janey look forward to making this project a huge success

and a source of pride for its students, for the neighborhood, and the city of Boston for years to come,” said Ryan Hutchins, senior vice president, for Gilbane. The school will be transformed into a science/technology/engineering/math (STEM)-focused school for grades 6-12, preparing students for early college access, and will include cutting-edge science and engineering labs. The school will be built on its current site on Greenville Street. Dearborn has temporarily relocated its classrooms to Burke High School in Dorchester. Mayor Walsh noted that “STEM careers are some of the fastest growing in Boston, and it’s important that we provide high-quality education and learning opportunities to prepare students for the jobs of today and of the future.” Construction will start in the spring of 2015 and will be completed for the 20172018 academic year.

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Bergmeyer Completes Design at Endicott College The modular fabricators selected by the team are based in Pennsylvania and are the largest family-owned off-site built modular home manufacturer in the country. Constructed with the same materials used in traditional fabrication, the prefab units will be built off-site in a highly controlled environment and protected from weather-related damage while allowing the completed residential building to meet stringent building code requirements for new construction. Bergmeyer embraced and leveraged the constraints of modular construction, Endicott College modular dorm / Designed by Bergmeyer

Beverly, MA – Bergmeyer Associates has recently completed the design and construction documents for a modular student residence hall at Endicott College in Beverly. In order to meet the goal of designing and building this new 300bed facility in only 14 months, Endicott College, Bergmeyer and its design-build partner, Windover Construction, made a collective decision to use prefabricated modular housing units for 85% of the building’s construction. Unfamiliar territory for most in the building industry, the design-build team was eager to be a part of this innovative project. Prefabricated modular construction, or “prefab,” was popularized in the 1950s to meet the

housing needs of the growing Baby Boom generation. Because of its history as a method of mass-producing homes, prefab had become associated with inexpensive and poor-quality construction. Today, however, designers and construction firms are relying on this method to increase the quality of the craftsmanship and reduce the amount of time spent on-site doing traditional construction. In addition, advances in building information modeling technology now allow architects to manage the design process in a highly efficient manner. This new student residence hall for upper classmen will be the first modular housing project on the Endicott campus.

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producing a contemporary-looking scheme without sacrificing quality. Each apartment-style unit is designed for four or six beds in a combination of single and double bedrooms. For the exterior cladding, a randomized pattern of glazed openings and panels blends the seams of

the modules, enriching the perception of the building’s construction. Unique spaces such as entry lobbies and corner study lounges will be traditionally constructed, connecting the modular units into a unified exterior massing. As prefabricated units must be transported from the production facility to the site, Federal Highway Administration regulations for size and loads presented a major design constraint. To meet this constraint, all the modules were designed to be 12-foot 0-inch wide: right-sized for transportation and appropriate for the housing program. Highway height restrictions also required structure and mechanical systems to be meticulously studied in order to minimize the units’ overall dimensions. The project is just one of a handful of the latest improvements to the campus that has been shepherded by college president Dr. Richard E. Wylie. In total, the building houses 295 beds, reaching Endicott College’s expanded housing goal while incorporating amenities like student lounges, collaborative study rooms, fitness room, and in-unit laundry. The project is under construction with foundations and steel well under way in preparation for the arrival of the first modular pieces in late March. The completion of the new residences is for August for opening at the start of Endicott’s fall semester.

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Institutions and Schools Trend: Collaborative Space on Campus by Tony Hsaio and Rebecca Berry

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A new satellite campus is in the works in Brockton, combining three colleges into one collaborative space. At Boston University, an honors college is building a “teaming space” atop a dorm. At UMass Amherst, a chapel is transforming into a flexible meeting place. The common theme: the creation of collaborative and team-oriented workspaces designed to preserve architectural character while enhancing student interaction. The three existing buildings — all being designed by Finegold Alexander Architects — vary greatly in architectural character. However, all three have similar social and educational missions and goals: a mix of flexible, innovative, and interactive

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student spaces for socialization and gathering, individual study, small/large group project rooms, and flexible lecture areas. The educational philosophy guiding this approach: to foster interdisciplinary education at the highest levels. Working with the educational leaders, campus planners and with student input, there are common elements: • Team workspaces with smaller, semi-

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• Transformability from informal lounge area to flexible lecture space for up to 100 to 150 students. • Adaptability for formal and informal lectures or social events, and conference continued to page 46

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Looking at the Big Picture in Academic Building Design by Shelley Vanderweil

Many opportunities arise over the course of a building project, particularly for academic buildings embedded in a campus. The design team (architects, engineers, and construction partners Shelley Vanderweil when possible) plays an important role in applying big-picture thinking and lessons learned from past experience to identify the opportunities and guide the client to consider them for the benefit of the institution. Taking a big-picture, “campus view” of infrastructure, potential upgrades, and code issues can help the client get the most out of a building project, while also ensuring the minimization of unanticipated or undesirable scope creep. At many larger institutions there are opportunities to design satellite facilities — such as steam to hot water conversion plants or electrical substations to feed multiple buildings — which can reduce overall campus infrastructure and maintenance as well as long-term capital expenditures and utility space requirements. Put simply: spending more

now to spend less later. For this to be a viable option, the future plans of the institution must be well enough understood for the client to be comfortable pursuing such an expenditure, and the design team has to be able to think nimbly, have high-level discussions with the client to estimate probable future building scope in order to make load assumptions, and avoid getting bogged down in the details, which are usually unknown.

in the existing buildings, and anticipating this, discussing it with the owner, and developing alternative paths to meet the owner’s goals if the desire is to avoid these upgrades is important to project planning and ultimate success. Another way the design team can work to benefit the client is by using its experience with past projects to benefit the current project, while recognizing its unique aspects and its overall context,

Taking a big-picture, “campus view” of infrastructure, potential upgrades, and code issues can help the client get the most out of a building project, while also ensuring the minimization of unanticipated or undesirable scope creep. Additions and renovations offer opportunities to back-feed existing, aged, or unsuitable systems with new systems, similarly benefiting the institution by reducing longer-term maintenance, space requirements, and cost. Taking a campus view is also necessary to understand and control — to the extent possible — scope creep. Academic institutional projects involving additions or renovations to existing campus structures have the potential to trigger code or other upgrades

and tailoring the design accordingly. Similar experience can be used to inform system options and to provide valuable cost benchmarking early in the process. However, it is important to note that while relying on past experience to benefit the project, the design team must recognize that a given project serves a particular purpose, and has particular constraints, so the same approach or systems or level of quality are not necessarily suitable for an institution — even as compared to its

own campus buildings. For example, an enabling project functioning temporarily while a major renovation takes place across campus may not need the bells and whistles of the major project, depending on the future plans for the enabling project. The design team must recognize this and be flexible and creative in suggesting appropriate system options. Finally, the design team should bring past experience to the table to benefit not only the client, but also the design team to avoid repeating past pitfalls — for example, by setting schedules for owner decisions to minimize adverse schedule and cost impacts, raising red flags and concerns early, and not being afraid to have difficult conversations, all of which will serve to mitigate risks. For many clients, the design team is the expert in project development, and no matter how savvy the client, lessons learned from past projects — good or bad — and the feedback loop are an invaluable asset for the design team to apply to each and every project, to make the most for the client out of the project on the boards. Shelley Vanderweil, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP in Boston.

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The Trickle-Up Effect of STEM Initiatives in University Construction by Saul Schrader

Universities and colleges throughout greater Boston continue to make headlines with their expansion plans. Northeastern University is set to open its brand new, 220,000sf interdisciplinary sciSaul Schrader ence and engineering facility in 2016. Boston University will break ground this May on the Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering, a $150 million, nine-story, state-of-the-art facility. And the University of Massachusetts at Boston just opened its Integrated Sciences Complex, which marked the first new academic building on campus in almost 40 years. The list goes on, and not just in Boston but across the country. With the growing emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives in elementary and secondary school curriculum, it’s no wonder that higher education institutions are also focusing on ways they can improve their STEMrelated facilities. At least some of the uptick in growth and renovation of these types of facilities can be attributed

to a trickle-up effect from this early exposure to these fields. Certainly some of the new constructions are the result of advances in the fields of science, technology, engineering and, to a lesser extent, math, that require the latest equipment

With the growing emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives in elementary and secondary school curriculum, it’s no wonder that higher education institutions are also focusing on ways they can improve their STEM-related facilities. and have potentially made other tools or configurations obsolete. As performance in these fields has been very publicly benchmarked with the performance of students in other countries around the globe, now more than ever it is crucial that higher educational facilities provide both rich curriculum in these subjects and the necessary surroundings that support hands-on learning in these subjects.

In addition, given that kids are getting more exposed to these fields than ever before in more complex ways and at earlier ages, the likelihood of continually increasing enrollment in these fields is a definite possibility. University presidents and boards are smart to recognize that enrollment interest in these majors will almost definitely continue to rise. Yet new buildings are not the only construction projects taking place on college campuses. Various levels of renovation allow a current space to be improved and sometimes repurposed. Certainly there are challenges to working in these types of environments, including tight

schedules based on academic calendars or research projects in labs and concern for worker safety as well as the safety of the people still working in the labs. At the completion of the project, however, there is no denying that the efforts were not only worthwhile but have enhanced the quality of learning. As advances continue in these fields, future renovations will be needed to allow them to continue to offer them cuttingedge facilities. Through these forwardthinking projects, the infrastructure has been put in place, allowing an excellent base from which to expand and grow. Saul Schrader is a senior project manager at Acella Construction Managers.

V3 to Design New RW Facility Providence, RI – Vision 3 Architects is in the preliminary stages to design Roger Williams University’s new downtown Providence campus facility at One Empire Plaza. The 76,566sf program will provide expanded space for RWU’s School of Continuing Studies, School of Law, various graduate schools, and a growing array of outreach and engagement programs within the community. The

university’s space, encompassing five floors of the building, includes a total of 17 flexible classroom spaces with capacities ranging from 30 to 50 seats. The facility integrates conference rooms, office space, and student break-out spaces together to foster student/faculty collaboration and interaction. The university’s new space is expected to be completed by May 2016.

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The project was slowed by various design and construction-team changes, leading to the need to complete the 16-month schedule in only 11 months. Corkill explains, “We went to a fast-track system once all of the changes were worked out, and the precaster kept things rolling. ” Oldcastle Precast operated two cranes 12 hours per day to meet the schedule, and was able to erect the north portion of the building while precasting details on the south side were still being designed. THE TEAM

New Haven University dormitory / Rendering courtesy of The Design Collaborative

New Haven, CT – Officials at the University of New Haven used a total precast concrete system with architectural insulated precast concrete wall panels in several finishes to create a new dynamic hub for student activities on the campus. Precast Chosen for the Aggressive Construction Schedule

“I was skeptical that precast concrete was the best choice for a high-design dormitory like this,” says John Corkill, project architect at Design Collective Inc. “But the erection has gone relatively

quickly while the final design and shopdrawing process was completed on a parallel schedule track.” The four-story, 90,000sf facility sits on a podium base consisting of below-grade mechanical, kitchen-support, and parking areas. Its first floor consists of a 300-seat dining room, common lounge spaces, office space for university personnel, and about 2,300sf of state-of-the-art technology classrooms. Above this are three more levels with 151 units providing space for up to 355 student beds, arranged in pod


Dormitory in progress / Photo courtesy of Oldcastle Precast Building System

thin brick, with large glass areas and projections to add dimension and visual interest. Oldcastle Precast fabricated the precast concrete components. “The blend of brick that can be achieved today with precast concrete panels has improved greatly, providing a more natural look,” says Corkill. A white cement mix was used as the backing and mortar between bricks, creating a bright joint pattern.

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Westwood, MA – Beacon Architectural Associates, of Boston, recently celebrated the completion of the sports and wellness center at Xaverian Brothers High School. The 30,000sf addition and 15,000sf renovation includes a three-court gymnasium, locker rooms, fitness center, office space, athletic storage, and an

entry lobby that spatially ties the athletic program elements to the academic wings of the school. Beacon also converted a roadway into a pedestrian plaza, providing a gathering spot and new use for the school. FW Madigan Company, Inc., of Worcester, was the general contractor.

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Boston – Copley Wolff Design Group, Inc. (CWDG) announced that Sean Sanger, ASLA, LEED AP, principal; and Lynn Wolff, FASLA, principal, have been selected to present “Designing a Road to Recovery” at the 2015 MED-Ed Facilities Conference at the Seaport Hotel in Boston on April 7 to 8. Their presentation will highlight CWDG’s work at the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Sanger and Wolff’s presentation will concentrate on their work on the Therapy Trail and Garden at the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. The inclusive design for the new facility and grounds utilizes the total campus as a tool for rehabilitation in Spaulding’s areas of expertise: amputee and vascular disease, brain injury, stroke, musculoskeletal, burn, and spinal cord injury. CWDG’s design at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital includes a

therapy trail for patients to take on a variety of real life challenges within a safe and controlled environment. The trail incorporates staggered stainless steel handrails, increased walk slopes, interpretive markers used to measure distance, interactive spinning rock elements for upper body conditioning, varied walking surfaces, and granite stairs. The scope of work also included a green roof, the integration of the hospital with the Boston Harbor Walk, and the use of environmentally friendly building materials and low-maintenance plant groups. The MED-Ed Facilities Conference is a two-day symposium focusing on healthcare and education design and construction topics that feature realworld, solutions-based case studies and management discussions.

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March 2015


Windover Construction Completes Ninth Project at Endicott College

Dining kiosk in Endicott’s new dining area at Callahan Center

Beverly, MA – Windover Construction of Beverly recently completed a $13.9 million renovation and expansion of the Callahan Student Center at Endicott College, marking its ninth project on the private college campus north of Boston. Windover led the design/build approach and completed the project during the active school year. The project architect was Connor Architecture of Lexington. The Callahan Center is at both the physical and figurative heart of Endicott College where students can eat and relax in a casual atmosphere. The original student center was already large at 35,000sf – the new plan was to completely renovate the existing structure and add 30,000sf

of new space around every side of the building. (In fact, when finished, there was only 12sf of original façade left.) The original Callahan building dates back to 1964. As with any structure of this age and size, unforeseen conditions are expected during renovation and the challenge, of course, is trying to understand the extent of these conditions before the walls are knocked down. Windover’s team proactively performed extensive investigative work well before construction commenced. This prepared Windover, Endicott, and all project partners to mitigate any age-related conditions as the gut rehabilitation of the building took place.

“On any project, you expect some hiccups and build contingency into your timelines and budget. Callahan faced a tight schedule without much wiggle room. Despite the structural challenges encountered, we achieved the project’s budget and schedule because our team was flexible and quickly implemented contingency planning as changes occurred,” said Windover project executive Tyler Virden. So the question is, how did they do it? How was it possible for a building undergoing complete rehabilitation to still remain accessible and provide dining to over 1,200 students every day of the school year? According to Windover president

Student study and activity space at Callahan Center

and CEO Lee Dellicker, collaboration and communication with Endicott made this feat possible on-time, on-budget, and without disruption to campus life. Much of the construction took place through the school year, which added to the logistical challenges. Demolition and

Lounge area at Callahan Center

construction were completed in phases to accommodate the occupied areas of the Callahan Center that needed to remain in use. Today, the completed Callahan Center features an expanded kitchen and dining areas that accommodate 950 students with multiple food “stations” creating an interactive dining environment unlike traditional cafeterias. The building also includes a new bookstore, administrative offices, a new health center, counseling center, mail and copy center, and an expanded student lounge. Outside is just as beautiful with a stunning new façade, attractive landscaping, and fresh pedestrian ways leading to and from the building.


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Mastering MEP at KBE

Connecticut College Boiler Replacement Project. Photo Credit: Paul Burk Photography.

How one firm is leveraging its expertise in mechanical, engineering, and plumbing coordination to improve the lives of students and seniors in the Northeast Though many of a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) elements go unseen by visitors, the construction industry has an increasingly keen eye on 21st-century MEP technologies. As a construction manager and design-builder, KBE works closely with design teams and trade contractors on the planning and coordination of MEP design and installation. Here’s a look at how this in-house expertise is helping improve quality of life for a diverse population in the Northeast, including students, hospital patients, and seniors. BIM, CAD, & MEP Lighting, acoustics, air quality, and other MEP-related building factors can make all the difference in helping a student succeed, or motivating a senior to stay active year-round. The often unpredictable March weather, for example, is no match for buildings with Variable Refrigeration Volume (VRV), which offers efficient simultaneous heating and cooling using electricity alone. Efforts to manage MEP activities are just as cuttingedge. “We use Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) for MEP Spatial Coordination and Design,” says Nicholas Wolf, BIM Specialist at KBE. “These tools help us identify ‘clash detection’ so that all trades are properly coordinated.” Refining Prefab No high school or university wants to graduate cookiecutter students. Yet, refined construction prefabrication processes have been instrumental in transforming schools into more effective learning environments. “More and more often, electrical contractors are prefabricating required materials to be installed either on an area-by-area or a room-by-room basis,” said


Charles Juhasz, Mechanical/Engineering Specialist at KBE. “In those cases, electrical workers are simply given a labeled palette to rough the space and reduce waste.” Design and construction management teams are also motivated to reduce waste through LEED — and there are more ways to earn credits than ever. “VRV, geothermal, solar, chilled beams/valances, photo-voltaic power, LED lighting, and power cogeneration — those are just a handful of the new technologies that are making it easier for builders to earn credits,” said Juhasz. For high schools, universities, hospitals, and senior living centers, LEED credits mean more than just a pat on the back for building teams. By supplementing power sources with solar array systems, or by harvesting rain water for toilet flushing and irrigation, institutions could save money that could be applied toward life-changing programs. Not to mention, LEED-certified school buildings such as the State of Connecticut’s J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford (project details on adjacent page) help instill a sense of pride in students. Safety First 21st-century students require ongoing education, while seniors often require continuing care as they age. That’s why MEP upgrades frequently take place in occupied, operational buildings — a major challenge for construction management companies. Both the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center project in Syracuse, NY and the Whitney Center expansion in Hamden, CT occurred while buildings were occupied. The burden of protecting patients, residents, and staff during construction was vitally important.

“Working around vulnerable populations requires meticulous attention to various factors, especially air quality,” said Peterson. “Some HVAC systems supply both occupied areas and areas subject to construction. We use the pre-construction process to ensure that all occupied spaces will experience minimal impact.” Renovating occupied buildings poses another potential MEP challenge: staying on schedule. “For the Connecticut College boiler replacement project, we had just a few summer months to replace all of the equipment at the campus steam generation plant,” said Juhasz. “Early procurement of major equipment was critical for completing this project before heating was required in early autumn.” High Quality of Life As technology continues to evolve, MEP components and systems will continue to be a catalyst for changing and improving lives. KBE’s construction management and in-house MEP expertise will help ensure that the designed systems are properly coordinated, operate at optimum levels, and provide the greatest efficiencies to the greatest number of people possible. “Imagine a high school student taking notes in a classroom containing the perfect mix of natural and artificial light — or a senior citizen enjoying her group exercise class in a well-ventilated room with restrooms located nearby,” said Peterson. “Efficiency is important, but MEP is about so much more. It’s essential to building occupants’ quality of life — and that’s why our firm makes every effort possible to stay cutting-edge and support the MEP engineering design teams through the process.”

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CONNECTICUT COLLEGE BOILER REPLACEMENT PROJECT | NEW LONDON, CT • $5M project completed in 2014 • removal of three aging boilers and replacement with four flexible watertube boilers • installation of a de-aerator, surge tank, pumps, condenser water system, condensate polisher and pumps, new direct digital controls, and water treatment equipment • asbestos abatement and minor structural architectural modifications Architects: Koniecko Architects and Charney Architects, LLC

Connecticut College Boiler Replacement Project. Photo Credit: Paul Burk Photography.

J.M. WRIGHT REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION & ADDITION | STAMFORD, CT • $60.5M, 202,400 s/f renovation and addition of two entrances completed in 2014 • full upgrade to high-efficiency MEP systems • exterior masonry restoration and redone interior finishes • new windows, new curtain wall systems, new roof • new equipment for technical education shops and laboratories • new kitchen and dining hall • fully renovated lecture hall with new seating and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems • LEED-certified Architect: Northeast Collaborative Architects BIM model, J.M. Wright MEP systems. Photo Credit: KBE Building Corp.

ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL HEALTH CENTER RENOVATION & ADDITION | SYRACUSE, NY • multi-year project completed in 2014 • new $95M, 200,000 s/f full-service, critical care Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower featuring 110 private rooms and a 4,000 s/f surgical waiting room • additional $80M, 73,000 s/f emergency facility and subsequent 50,000 s/f renovation of the former emergency facility center • Completed in partnership with Hayner Hoyt Corporation Architect: King & King Architects

New OR, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Photo Credit: Revette Photography.

WHITNEY CENTER CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY RENAISSANCE PROJECT | HAMDEN, CT • $50.7M project completed in 2011 • new 7-story, 195,000 s/f addition to existing CCRC • 87 new independent living units ranging from 1,400 s/f to 1,800 s/f • 1-story addition “Main Street” connecting various support functions • 2-story parking garage • “green” roof, energy-efficient lighting, rooftop air handling units • awarded Excellence in Construction and People’s Choice awards by CT ABC Architect: SFCS, Inc. BIM model of MEP systems at the Whitney Center. Photo Credit: KBE Building Corp.


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Rockland, MA – Integrated Builders of Rockland recently completed the construction of an 18,000sf facility for Sunbelt Rentals Inc. at 417 South Street in

Marlborough. The total construction cost for the build-out was $420,000. Sunbelt’s new location includes 1,800sf of traditional office space, with the majority of the area to be used for production and warehousing purposes. 417 South Street is a recently built, 146,650sf, flex-building owned by Calare Properties of Hudson. Project manager Dean Kelliher and superintendent Ryan Aitken led the project team for Integrated Builders along with architect Chris Ladd of Ci Design. Integrated Builders had previously completed the initial base building construction along with a recent 32,400sf office build-out for IEP Technologies.

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Restoration and Renovation Randolph Automotive Servicenter Upgraded Designed by Main Street Architects

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Randolph, MA – People who travel Route 28 through Randolph have probably noticed the flurry of construction activity taking place at the Randolph Automotive Servicenter located at 1245 Main Street. The third-generation, 50+ year-old family-owned business, which consists of an automotive repair facility, gasoline station, and convenience store, will soon have an entirely new look. The present

building, which houses all aspects of the operation, will be replaced by two new buildings over the next four to five months. The estimated $2.5 million renovation will take place in two phases. The first phase now under way is the construction of a new, standalone, state-of-the-art repair facility located adjacent to the existing building. The new two-story,

3,740sf repair center will house six repair bays for Randolph Automotive’s regular and commercial fleet repair customers, on its first level. The second story will be used for office and administrative space. Main Street Architects of Weymouth is the firm which has designed this new building, and the construction contractor is the Randolph-based Joy Construction. The second phase of construction

is slated to begin in early April and be completed by July. The existing structure will be demolished and a new, 2,880sf facility will be constructed in its place. The new building will house a significantly expanded convenience store presence, and Randolph Automotive Servicenter will add a Dunkin’ Donuts to the store, including a drive-through operation.

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Picture This! Social Media and Visual Communication by Stephanie Goldberg

Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest. As the critic Andrea Lange noted in her article in De Zeen (“It’s easy to make fun of Bjarke Ingels on Instagram,” January 7, 2014), Stephanie Goldberg architects too often use the platform of social media to promote themselves, their work, and the image of how they would like to be seen. It does not have to be this way, and Dr. Lange continues in her article to explain her thoughts this topic. As a tool for investigation, recording of inspiration and vision, applications such as Instagram have great potential. Instagram users create unending galleries of images that flow like trains of thought or even as dreamlike continua. Unlike Pinterest, this platform is at its best when the user creates the images, usually with a smartphone, edits, and uploads the original artwork. There are three main ways of using the gallery platform; the first is

to focus on creating images, the second is to look through other galleries for inspiration, and the third is to connect similar kinds of images from across the globe or to connect to those in your community.

as important as the detail bits that are captured daily. Mimicking how we look at designing a building, seeing the detail in the context of the whole is part of the exercise.



Our built environment is a constant source of inspiration. We live and work surrounded by architecture, urban design, and landscape. The square format of our smartphones encourages us to focus in, find the details, the irregularities, and symmetries. We look up, capturing the edges of skyscrapers as they seemingly bend in towards each other. As an architect, the opportunity to capture daily these moments is very powerful. Sketching is wonderful, making us pause and study what we see. However, using the quickly taken image and then studying it through the editing software also forces us to take stock of what is important about that moment and distill the essential image, if we choose to take the time. As well, one can look at how the images hold together as one scrolls through the gallery. Tonality, shape, and compositional balance become

One of the greatest aspects of this global collection is that some of the best images are not created by designers and professional photographers, but by people who simply love the spaces in which they live and travel. As designers, we have a unique opportunity to see the built environment through their eyes via their Instagram images. These are the people we are designing for, and to see what they see, and so globally, is new and exciting. Platforms such as Instagram are highly public; most people choose to allow the world to view their work. It is also wonderfully anonymous; all we know of the photographer is the image they created and what they choose to say on their intro line. By using hashtags we can sift and create our own galleries of ideas and study how others see objects and places: skyscrapers, bridges, the urban street.

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Hashtag searches, often seen as the way to generate Twitter buzz for gossip, is also an ideal way to search out likeminded photographers and architects.As the blogger Michael Riscica notes in his blog, Young Architect, by using a specific hashtag (in his case #portlandarchitecture) he became connected to local architects, photographers, etc. In a sense, this gets away potentially from the anonymity of Instagram, but also opens up the possibility of very real communication that is purely visual. It’s possible to hold discussions on individual images, linking and connecting images intentionally through comments. Rather than using the visual platform for showcasing one’s own work, the very real opportunity is there to show and learn about yourself as a designer and to discover and look at how others see the world. In the continuous flow of information, it’s an exciting place to be. Stephanie Goldberg is a principal with LAB/ Life. Science. Architecture, Inc. in Charlestown and maintains an Instagram feed: segold.

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Emera Astronomy Center Draws Stargazers by Tori Britton

The new Emera Astronomy Center at the University of Maine is helping people see stars — as well as asteroids, comets, and far away galaxies. Designed by WBRC Architects Engineers, in partnership with planetarium expert Kasian of Vancouver, Canada, the 7,400sf Emera Astronomy Center is delivering an impressive experience to space enthusiasts of all ages, from pre-K children to graduate students. In operation since late 2014, Emera Astronomy Center delivers its initial “wow” through the building’s intriguing exterior. Conceived by project architect Kristian Kowal of WBRC, the design, he says, “serves as an invitation to open

The new Emera Astronomy Center at the University of Maine is helping people see stars — as well as asteroids, comets, and far away galaxies. one’s mind and enter a new realm.” The cylindrical side of the building, which houses the planetarium theater, is an asymmetrical mix of textures and materials. The walls create a suspension of disbelief by appearing to defy gravity,

Emera Astronomy Center is located next to Littlefield Gardens on the University of Maine campus in Orono. Planetarium building is on the right, observatory in the field on the left. / photo by Butch Moor

and signify a lean toward the future. Entrances to both the building and the theater are designed as “portals” to facilitate the illusion that one is passing from Earth to the outer reaches of space. In the lobby, the space theme continues with metallic floors, dramatic dark blue walls, and an undulating metal ceiling with star-like light fixtures. Scott Mitchell, space science educator at Emera Astronomy Center, says the new facility is attracting many more student groups and families. “It’s encouraging to see people so excited about the building and the quality of our new shows,” he says.

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These shows take place in the new Maynard F. Jordan planetarium, an ADAaccessible theatre that seats 50. Unlike the old planetarium, the new 33-foot dome is tilted 22 degrees for more comfortable viewing, and a state-of-the-art Definiti projection system allows visitors to be fully immersed in the theater experience. With the new technology, the theater can now show Imax-type shows, 3D films, as well as project high-definition, scientifically accurate models of stars, planets, and galaxies from a host of vantage points. “It has really opened things up in terms of what students can explore,” Mitchell says. In the adjacent 618sf observatory, a whole new level of observational astronomy is taking place on clear nights, thanks to a new 20-inch PlaneWave CDK 20 telescope. Located on the darkest corner of campus, the observatory has significantly less light pollution than UMaine’s former facility, due in part to an innovative system of colored exterior lights. Red LEDs illuminate the parking lot when the observatory is in use, preserving the dark-sky critical to enhanced stargazing, while still making the observatory safely accessible to student pedestrians.

Safely accommodating large groups of visitors, often schoolchildren, was also an important design consideration, so the chosen site has ample space for parking and visitor buses. “At our old facility,” Mitchell says, “school buses would basically block the road to let the kids

Emera Astronomy Center. The planetarium theater building in the foreground; observatory visible in background, on right.

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Bill Belichick: The Patron Saint of Utility Players by Colm Allen

If Belichick ran his team like a lot of contractors run their businesses, they would not have won their fourth Super Bowl in 13 years. Bill would have dismissed playmaking Colm Allen superstars because of seemingly imperfect résumés and an inability to see how these players could become important contributors to an already awesome team. We often hear of clients rejecting exceptional candidates because their résumé is not apples-to-apples perfect. A multi-unit apartment builder rejects an obvious superstar because he or she only built houses, or a corporate interiors company rejecting a superstar millwork PM because they “only” do millwork. On paper, Julian Edelman, who was a quarterback in college, could hardly be considered a hand-in,glove fit for a slot receiver position. How about Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie out of a Division 2 School who waited tables at Popeye’s before the Patriots gave him a second chance? Heck, Brady was No. 199 in the sixth round draft pick and played


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If Belichick judged by résumé only, Brady, Edelman and Butler never would have been hired. the team. In our world, seeing more than line items on a résumé or a perfect project list is what makes the difference between a good leader and a great one. What was it that Bill saw in Julian that made him think he could become a winning wide receiver? Did Bill see the same characteristics that Malcolm’s boss from Popeye’s Kitchen did? Even though his grades were never good enough to qualify for Division I football and Malcom was initially suspended from his community college, he saw that Malcolm was curious

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and took to being cross-trained in various positions, was dependable, and made contributions to the team, and people liked to be around him. Two areas Belichick looks for are trustworthiness and versatility in players, and he never stops looking for a place to upgrade and gap fill. If Bill was running your company, would the same people still be sitting at their desks? And more importantly, if so, would they be doing the same jobs? Another example of seeing more than just experience is Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon. In his hiring process, Jeff has three fundamental questions he asks – which have nothing to do with a résumé. Will you admire this person?

Admiration meant that his hiring managers would bring on members they valued and who could in turn be an example to others, keeping the talent benchmark high for the company overall. Will this person raise the average level of effectiveness of the group he or she is entering?

Rather than have the company culture shrink into itself as it grew, he wanted his hires to challenge the status quo and push for constant change. He looks for

curiosity and independent thinking. All stuff hard to put on a résumé. Along what dimensions might this person be a superstar?

And finally, Jeff looks for a distinctive skill or interest to contribute to the company’s culture and help cultivate a fun and interesting workplace outside of a direct job skill. One such employee is a National Spelling Bee champion! And my lastly, my fourth recommendation. How do we keep superstars?

What should a company be doing to ensure their last great hire will still be there in five years? How can the work experience be made so good that the staff would not ever dream of talking to a recruiter? Employers don’t have to answer this, just ask your existing superstars: They will tell you. To state the obvious, companies don’t hire résumés, people hire people. I tell my clients over and over “hire for attitude, train for skills.” Finding the next Edelman or Butler takes more than just a résumé. Employers, stop “screening out” and start looking for your own No. 199 Brady draft pick. He might just make you a champion! Colm Allen is president at Construction Recruiters of Milton, Mass.


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Healthcare EMMC Celebrates Topping Out of Modernization Project

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Bangor, ME – The Construction Management joint venture between Mainebased Cianbro Corp. and Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie recently topped out the Eastern Maine Medical Center’s (EMMC) new eight-story modernization project patient tower in Bangor. The modernization project consists

of a new 361,000sf patient tower that will support a state-of-the-art sterile processing department, main lobby, heart center, surgical suite, NICU, and three floors of private patient rooms. The project was designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health and utilizes evidence-based design in

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Trends and Hot Topics

Academic Building Trends: Where Past Meets Present by Nicole Imbergamo

It is nearly impossible to walk down a street in Boston or Cambridge today without passing a building that is part of a university campus. These campuses are filled with Nicole Imbergamo historic and iconic buildings which express the character and strong history of each institution. While many of these buildings house prominent researchers and professors who push the envelope on new technology research, the systems within many of these the buildings are as historic as the buildings themselves. In an effort to combat the growing problem of increased utility cost associated with outdated building systems and existing structures, universities are embracing the historic nature of their buildings and choosing to renovate and expand. These expansions create spaces that meld together existing architecture with new architecture. By creating unique

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spaces that represent the rich history of the university, as well as showcasing new building technology and architectural trends, universities are leveraging these buildings to attract new faculty, researchers, and students. With the next generation of faculty and students being savvier regarding green house gas (GHG) emissions and building energy use, these metrics are excellent selling points for university recruiting. As universities look to create new “cornerstone” buildings at campus centers through a combination of building reuse and new construction, the building occupancies are evolving to be spaces of collaboration, teaching, research, libraries, athletics, housing, dining areas, and student life activities. By reusing existing building structures, universities can often save in construction costs while increasing the building efficiencies. Reuse of these buildings, along with the changes in building use, present both exciting challenges and opportunities to building designers. With existing buildings accounting for 39% of the U.S. energy consumption and 38% of


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the carbon dioxide emissions, with more than half of these numbers coming for HVAC and lighting energy, new building expansion and renovations afford architects and engineers opportunities to reduce these numbers. Even though building expansions will increase the building footprint, overhaul of the existing building’s systems and envelope many times results in more usable space with very little change in the GHG emissions and overall energy use. Improving building envelope design and lighting power density, as well as replacement of end user equipment, will improve both energy usage as well as GHG emissions. Building envelopes can be improved by adding insulation, replacing windows, and air sealing the exterior wall, which effectively reduce the heat transfer from inside to outside and vice versa. Lighting improvements, including fixtures and improved controls, as well as end user equipment replaced with Energy Starrated equipment, improves both electric usage as well as heat loads to the space. All of these measures reduce the amount

of heating and cooling required, keeping occupants comfortable. Along with reducing loads, new building expansions also entice universities to centralize their building heating and cooling systems to serve both the new expansion spaces as well as the existing areas. Centralizing heating and cooling plants can decrease both annual utility costs as well as maintenance costs while adding reliability and accountability through using automated building management systems. Centralized systems also allow campus officials to strategize for campus preparedness as we begin to see the effects of sea-level rise and extreme weather events. By expanding existing buildings rather than building new, institutions can improve their existing facilities and mitigate risks of climate change while simultaneously giving faculty better-controlled research environments. As with most great things, the positive improvements always come with their continued to page 48

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Save it or Gut It?

Making the Best Renovation Choice by Steven Allen

How do you decide when it’s time for the building you have been nursing along for decades to undergo more than just another cosmetic renovation and apply “tough love” to Steven Allen reinvent it? Our architectural and interiors firm, PCA, faces this question whenever we renovate academic and student life buildings on campuses. Once the vision is cast for what a building can become, the process begins of placing value to what exists in the building. Architecturally, if the “bones” of the building are sound, and there are features that enhance the renovation outcome, those qualities are integrated with the new. One university hired us to gut a dining hall kitchen and some servery stations with a budget of $6 million. Once the project began, the administration decided that they wanted to spend as little money as possible, and directed the team to maintain as much of the existing systems as feasible. Much time was spent

documenting and designing around existing infrastructure. A complicated set of construction documents produced a reduced scope project for $5.5 million. Wheaton College faced similar decisions with kitchen, servery, and dining spaces at its two dining halls. Chase Hall, built in 1957, didn’t function as a unified space and had a severely aging infrastructure. Emerson Hall, built in 1908, offered historic character, but was operating with significant functional deficiencies. For Chase Hall, the choice was to gut the entire kitchen and servery. Although the college initially wanted to keep parts of the main kitchen, PCA convinced Wheaton that building a compact kitchen would save money and allow for more flexibility in relocating the program. Wheaton’s strength was the decision to gut the building rather than try to work around a failing infrastructure. By clearing house, PCA was able to reconnect the separated dining areas to create a unified Chase Hall. Bids came in below expectations, and in the end, the school will have a “new building.” Cost: less than $5.5 million. At Emerson Hall, the goal was to

improve the function and program offerings while amplifying the existing character. The kitchen was determined to be adequate for the future program. Renewing the servery to match the character of the dining area and providing proper restrooms will allow for increased flexibility. Emerson will become a hangout for students and also be available for campus events, conferences, and rentals. • When building systems are evaluated, what criteria can be used to determine what remains, what is altered, or what is replaced? • Does it meet present code? In today’s renovation codes, there is not an obligation to bring up all existing systems to code compliance. Unless specifically noted, existing systems can remain, while new work must meet the building code for new construction. The designer will present the code compliance strategy in its construction documents to the building officials. • Can you leave a present system untouched and supplement it? • Do the long-term benefits of new

systems outweigh the short-term costs? Replacing older systems likely saves energy costs that may pay for the replacement over a few years. Utility rebates for lighting, variable speed motors, controls, and water-saving equipment may shorten the time. New systems may enhance ease of operation and improve staff productivity. New systems must be maintained, but repair costs are reduced. • Will new systems enhance the long-term flexibility of spaces for future uses? • Constructing new building systems can cost less than adding and modifying new systems. At Chase Hall at Wheaton College, gutting the space meant that subcontractors could limit their risk of finding hidden conditions and interpreting complex scope implications. More subcontractors were interested in a straightforward, clean project, and multiple bids meant substantial savings to the owner. Steven Allen, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Prellwitz Chilinski Associates.

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The Television Broadcast Revolution

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34 million television subscribers tuned in to watch the most viewed show in cable television history – the inaugural BCS Bowl Championship Playoff Series on ESPN. Probably none of those viewers were thinking about the 1,100 miles of fiber optic cabling or the 372 miles of electrical wiring coursing through ESPN’s Digital Center 2 television broadcast production facility in Bristol, CT. Chances are, however, that they did notice the sweat on Cardale Jones’ forehead – particularly if the game was viewed on a 60”, 1080p HD TV. Whether or not you are a college football fan, the finely detailed high resolution television images, which effectively immersed us into the action as it unfolded thousands of miles away from our living rooms, added unprecedented quality to the visual experience. The ability of ESPN and other broadcast networks to provide such incredible viewing experiences is the result of years of technological R&D, spurred on by the network’s broadcast


Golf Lifestyle network studio vision. Brought to reality by the combined efforts and hard work of owners, design team and construction managers, vacant land and empty buildings are physically transformed into the high performance television production and data transmission facilities that deliver such powerful television imagery. The Associated Difference

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Company of Hartford, CT has been an important team member in the construction of these highly complex, technologically sophisticated facilities for the past thirteen years. During its 72 years of construction experience, Associated has shown an ability to embrace innovation and technological change. Adapting time-tested construction means and methods to the industry, the firm has delivered some of the most advanced television production

and digital data transmission facilities in the world to Connecticut’s broadcast networks, private defense contracting firms and state agencies. Associated was introduced to the broadcast industry in 2002, when it undertook significant renovations to a major sports network’s radio station and transmission studio in Bristol, CT. At this early stage, the firm showed a propensity for streamlined, efficient and cost-effective performance in broadcast data construction. Using this advantage, Associated was able to successfully compete for larger and more significant projects, including a new studio and office complex for the world’s largest sports broadcast network in 2008. In 2009, Associated constructed the first major TV network facility in CT to broadcast in high definition for NBC. This digital media center was followed in 2011 by the construction of a highly sophisticated data transmission facility in 2011 for a large Bristol sports network. Today, this digital media center still functions as the network’s nerve center. This pattern of success solidified Associated’s position as an industry leader, and led to their contract to build the world’s most advanced, state of the art, digital television production facility for the same Bristol sports network. The facility went online in June, 2014 and has already received multiple award recognitions for its design, construction.

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Data Transmission Technological Advances

Twenty-five years ago, broadcast television production facilities like the world class digital center in Bristol could not have been imagined, much less constructed. However, with the advances in data transmission technology, most notably the fiber optic routing systems, the size and speed of the data signal being transmitted is ever increasing. The fiber optic router found in the Bristol digital center has the capacity to handle up to 120,000 signals at once. The entire network easily processes 45 petabytes of data per day - twice the amount of Google’s daily workload – and has the speed and capacity to download the entire text of the Library of Congress 169 times per day. The building infrastructure required to support the television production capabilities of this system, however, does not come without its challenges from both a design and construction standpoint. Broadcast/Data Construction Obstacles

Most television broadcast networks operate 24/7. Downtime is not an option. Accordingly, the MEP/IT/Data infrastructure systems required to support the production and transmission of television broadcasts – often referred to as the “mission-critical” elements – cannot fail. Redundant systems are the norm, and the manufacturing and installation of these systems typically constitute 50% or more of the cost of the building. The possibilities for delay due to conflicting system pathways within the facility are numerous and the challenges unavoidable. The design/construction hurdle is perhaps best expressed by Scott Herrick, AIA, a principal of HLW International, LLP, the architectural firm responsible for designing the Bristol television production facility. Herrick states: “Coordinating all of the interdependent technological, space, and building system requirements is like solving a very complex, multidimensional puzzle.” “[The facility] is a highly compact container,” said Herrick, “One that allows the various elements to work both independently and in unison.” Thus stated, the main challenge posed for any project management team in the industry lies in scheduling and coordinating installation of these mission-critical data, heating/cooling and power applications. For example, Associated’s last digital center project required the project management team to oversee the installation of over 64 miles of electrical conduit, 372 miles of electrical wiring, and almost 7 miles of cabling. The HVAC system alone was comprised of over 40 pieces of AHU equipment connected by 60,000 lbs. of ductwork, some of it large enough to fit a full size Mercedes Benz. Over 37,000 linear feet of pipe was installed in the building. The final level of complexity adding to this construction “puzzle” was the 12,000 SF Data Center, which housed

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the fiber optic routing system integrating more than 1,100 miles of fiber optic cable and 247 miles of copper wiring. Fluent in Building Information Modeling, the Associated project management team successfully and seamlessly navigated through the conflicts, delivering the facility a full 30 days ahead of schedule. The Team Rises to the Top

The successful delivery of these large, complex broadcast/data transmission projects is positively impacted by the proactive role that the construction management team takes in fostering an open, communicative and collaborative environment among the broadcast network Owner, the Design Team and the entire corps of subcontractors. Weekly, and often daily, meetings among the principal stakeholders lead to effective troubleshooting and the devising of systems for expeditious resolution of critical path task items which threaten to throw projects off-line. Temporary setbacks are turned into positive, forward reaching achievements. This is why firms like The Associated Construction Company retain the confidence of broadcast clients and why they continue to be the contractor of choice for broadcast and data center construction in the region.


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Interior Design Eastern Bank Selects Margulies Perruzzi Architects for Interior Design

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Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) has been selected by Eastern Bank to provide interior design and graphic design services for the company as it redefines its retail branch banking program and develops ideas for more self-service, high-tech branches. Eastern Bank, the oldest and largest mutual bank in the country, also collaborated with MPA to redesign the lobby of its corporate

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headquarters in Boston in conjunction with the establishment of the company’s new innovation lab, Eastern Labs. MPA redesigned Eastern Bank’s corporate headquarters at 265 Franklin Street in Boston to complement this new “branch of the future” concept. The 4,500sf, two-floor executive office space features a giant nine-screen video wall that displays the bank’s technology-

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the press, employees, clients, and partners, in an effort to protect and preserve your firm’s image and reputation. If you do not provide information, the story can take on a life of its own — and not always an accurate one. Whether you hire someone to develop a crisis communications plan for you or handle it in-house, you should create and implement a crisis communications plan before a crisis affects your company. A well-conceived crisis communications plan will outline who to alert in the event of an unfortunate event, how to develop and implement your firm’s response to it, and how to provide staff with the tools they need to handle the situation. Your plan should include guidelines for dealing with the media, such as: • Appoint one effective and well-informed spokesperson to interact with the press in order to centralize all information. This is usually the chief executive. • Monitor social media and online posts diligently, and respond immediately via the same platform. Deal with rumors swiftly.

• Return phone calls as quickly as possible. You can’t influence a story once the deadline has passed. • If a reporter calls and you’re not prepared to be interviewed, assure them you will call back before their deadline. Don’t feel compelled to be interviewed on the spot. It is entirely acceptable to call them back once you’ve had a chance to gather the facts you need. • The same is true if a TV crew shows up unexpectedly at your office. Escort them to an area where they will not have access to staff and clients, and have someone stay with them until you’re ready to speak with them. • Offer an explanation instead of flatly refusing to answer. If something is too controversial to discuss, explain as much as you can. “No comment” sounds as though you’re hiding something. • Until you have confirmed information, don’t speculate on the cause of the emergency, the condition of the people involved, the resumption of normal operations, the dollar value of losses, etc.

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rooms for five-person to 20-person group gatherings. The preference is for rooms separated by glass — with transparent activity to the whole center. For single-floor spaces, glass/glazed walls separate semi-enclosed and conference rooms from the main gathering/lecture areas. In multifloor spaces, designs foster communication between the levels — through open stairs, double-height spaces, and glazing.

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create a sustainable facility, the design team chose a closed-loop geothermal HVAC system with electric thermal storage - the first such system at UMaine - which offered the best long-term energy efficiency. Targeted for LEED Silver certification, Emera Astronomy Center also incorporates LED lighting, a highly efficient building envelope, and extensive use of local materials. The project was constructed by Nickerson & O’Day. Tori Britton is marketing director at WBRC Architects Engineers.

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The long-vacant Old Chapel — on the National Register of Historic Spaces — will house student gathering and education space. The main floor will hold student-focused project spaces that open to a central gathering space featuring the latest technology. The upper floor will house a large, flexible gathering space for lectures and special events. A new glass entry addition with a double-height glazed lobby will allow visibility between the floors and a glimpse of the activity happening on each floor. The entry creates transparency and reinvigorates the interaction of the chapel with the campus. Boston University

At the other end of the spectrum is this former hotel on an urban campus that now houses the 462-student Kilachand Honors

College. This project restores what was a former rooftop dance pavilion by creating a new student-focused educational/work/ social space. Brockton Higher Education Collaborative Campus

This project is reusing an empty historic building on Main Street for an innovative campus sponsored by UMass Boston, Bridgewater State University, and Massasoit Community College. The goal is to create a diverse, multidisciplinary higher education center that includes social work spaces and flexible classrooms. The project consists of transparent learning centers — a large open stair connects the main floors, social spaces are located at the front of the building along the Main Street as well as social gathering terrace at the back of the building. Collaboration, flexibility, technology, and transparency — using renewed historic architectural spaces engenders new thinking about the reuse of “old” buildings and their ability to serve as comfortable, thoughtful, and encouraging backdrops for our next generation of learners and leaders. Tony Hsaio is principal and design director at Finegold Alexander Architects, Rebecca Berry is a senior associate.

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Pulling the Trigger on Modular Construction by Colin Dutton

Modular construction is not a new concept by any means. In fact, it has been around in Europe for decades and is now on the rise in the United States, particularly in the case of custom modular. Modular construction is a process in which a building is built off-site under controlled plant conditions. Using the same materials, and adhering to the same codes and standards as in conventional construction, modular buildings are then shipped to the site and assembled. This construction technique often proves to be cost-effective and time-efficient, and offers a safer and cleaner working environment. Based on PM&C’s experience, we have come to see a few potential risks — as well as a few benefits — that you may want to consider before pulling the trigger on modular construction. The obvious benefit in choosing modular is the potential impact to the schedule. The duration for a wellcoordinated modular project can be cut in half, so if time is a major constraint, this form of delivery may be a great option.

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Coordination, however, is a tricky endeavor and demands a greater level of commitment from the entire project team than might be expected. The designer will be required to delineate the trades in terms of what scope falls under what trade (modular vs. general contractor).

To prevent conflicts when the units come to the site, the designer should expect to spend some time at the manufacturing facility during the early stages of unit construction to help establish finishes and coordinate layout. This could take a few days to more than a month, depending on the size and scope of the project. Costs should be allotted for a full-time “clerk of the works” or engineer to work with the manufacturer to maintain quality control during the manufacturing process. A controlled environment does not always equate to high quality. For some projects, hiring a CM can help with the coordination and pricing, as they have the ability to bring in manufacturers early on in the design process. On public projects, however, current statutes prohibit procurement using a CM-at-risk. Contract negotiation is critical; specifically, the payment schedule. Many manufacturers will require upfront payments for as much as 30% before

they start manufacturing. This payment structure should be discussed openly at the beginning of the project, ensuring the owner and lending institutions are prepared, and not blindsided, by these upfront costs. Costs for a third-party inspection agency should also be considered. The state of Massachusetts allows modular construction with the understanding that a third-party inspection agency will confirm that construction meets Massachusetts code. However, this does not alleviate the need for local inspection. On city of Boston public projects, all fire sprinklers must be installed on-site. Therefore, ceilings cannot be installed in the manufacturing plants, leaving the lights, fire alarms, diffusers, and other ceiling-related work items to be installed on-site at the prevailing wage rate. What is allowed to be installed off-site will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so it should be confirmed early in the project what is allowable. For a successful modular project, site coordination is critical. Typically, the modular company would own the unit utilities and finishes, while the GC would be responsible for MEP/FP feeds and connections, as well as finishes to common areas. Without maintaining proper coordination at the onset, there can be major conflicts between the manufacturer and the site subcontractors. Overall, modular construction can be an effective tool for speeding up project delivery. However, in our experience, it will not necessarily cost less than traditional site-built projects, and may cost more if the appropriate level of coordination does not occur. Colin Dutton is senior cost estimator/ project manager at PM&C.

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As universities continue to improve their building stock with new and sustainable technology, from improved internal electric loads and new heating and cooling systems to renewable energy and reduced water usage, architects and engineers are embracing the challenge. It is exciting to see how campuses will transform from existing brick-and-mortar structures towards a fusion of innovative and classic design in the coming years. Nicole Imbergamo, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is an engineer at Vanderweil Engineers of Boston.

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JM Coull Receives Two ENR Awards

Associated Construction Wins Award

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Plantsville, CT – Associated Construction recently was recognized for its accomplishments and success on the Digital Center 2 project at the ABC CT

2014 Excellence in Construction Awards. Associated took first place in the category of Commercial Construction. Digital Center 2 is currently the most technologically advanced broadcasting center in the world. This 190,000sf facility houses four new sports broadcasting studios totaling more than 20,000sf, six production control rooms, and 26 edit rooms and is supported by a 12,000 sf data center. Associated played an integral part in the LEED certification of this building through green initiatives on site. BIM technology was utilized to coordinate the installation of 100% redundant mechanical and electrical systems.

AGC Recognizes Standard Builders Newington, CT – Standard Builders was recently recognized by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) with a 2014 National Safety Award. Standard Builders is the only Connecticut firm to receive this award within the Building Division and was selected because it had no work-related injuries and illnesses (a zero incidence rate).

Standard Builders’ president, Robert J. Sullivan, P.E., stated, “This is a significant honor because it exemplifies the professional expertise that the Standard Builders’ team demonstrates on a daily basis.” The firm was honored in 2011 and 2012 with Platinum Safety Awards, that honor firms that exceed national safety statistics.

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Maynard, MA – JM Coull recently earned two awards from Engineering NewsRecord for its E Ink Innovation Center project located in Billerica: the 2014 New England Regional Best Project Award of Merit (renovation/restoration category) and the Best Safety Project. The firm also received an Excellence in Construction Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors for the project in late 2014. JMC renovated and consolidated two existing buildings into one 140,000sf

facility comprising 70,000sf of labs, cleanrooms, and MEP support space, as well as 70,000sf of office and administrative space. Chris Oldham, COO & executive vice president, comments, “The ENR awards — JMC’s second and third awards in 2014 for the E Ink Innovation Center project — are a testament to our capabilities and expertise as construction managers, and as a trusted partner to E Ink. We are very proud of our work for the company, and truly value our relationship with them.”

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David Godfrey Joins South Coast

McIntire and Tyll Join MPA

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Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that Paul McIntire, AIA, and Stephanie Tyll have joined the firm. McIntire joins MPA with more than 20 years of architectural experience working on commercial, office, institutional, and multifamily projects. Previously, he held design positions at several Boston-based architecture firms.

In his new role as senior architect he will be responsible for the design of selected projects, from early conceptual stages through construction documentation. He is currently working on the building repositioning at One Cabot Road in Medford for The Davis Companies. Tyll brings 10 years of experience to her role as senior marketing coordinator at MPA. In her role as senior marketing coordinator, she will assist with MPA’s marketing needs, including proposal development, events, and photography. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a contract editor and layout artist assisting self-publishing authors with content editing and book layout. Her experience also includes marketing coordinator roles at two Boston-based architecture firms.

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Lincoln, RI – Pare Corporation recently added three to its staff. Jason (Jay) Gaudette has been promoted to senior CADD technician. He has been a member of PARE’s staff since 2004, and has demonstrated an affinity for problem solving and learning, especially in regards to the ever-changing world of software and technology. He helps with the preparation of contract drawings for civil, geotechnical, dam, and waterfront projects, as well as promotional graphics.

Jesse Herman recently joined PARE as an engineer in the civil division. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Pennsylvania Society of Professional EngiPierce neers. Herman comes to PARE with wellrounded experience, including water and wastewater treatment facility design, environmental consultation, and project management. Sarah Pierce recently joined PARE as an environmental scientist. Her undergraduate professional experience includes working alongside conservation commissions, planning boards, and highway departments. PARE is pleased to welcome her to its growing civil division.

Michael Buckley Joins Avison Young Buckley brings to Avison Boston – Michael Buckley Young more than 25 years of recently joined Avison Young commercial real estate experias a senior vice president in the ence as an advisor, lender, and Boston office. His responsibiliinvestor. Before joining the firm, ties will include raising capital Buckley served as a senior vice and providing commercial real president for New Boston Fund, estate finance services to Avison Inc., a private-equity real estate Young’s clients nationwide. His investment, development, and focus will be on entity and asset Buckley management firm. Buckley was financing, distress resolution, responsible for executive management equity joint ventures, and programmatic of investment, financing, and portfolio fundraising, as well as advising institumanagement decisions across seven tions on deploying capital into appropriate active funds. U.S. investment opportunities.


Marion, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) recently announced the hiring of David Godfrey as a senior project manager. Working out of its corporate headquarters in Marion, he will work on several current South Coast Improvement projects while enhancing the company’s presence in the areas of retail, restaurant, and corporate construction. Godfrey began his career working for a major retailer as a construction manager before forming his own tenant improvement and renovation construction company in 1994. Godfrey / photo by The company specialized in the build-out of retail, medical, Nicolaus Czarnecki and corporate interiors on a national basis.

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Concord, NH – North Branch Construction recently named Nicolas Trudel project superintendent, and Gabe Dinicola assistant project manager. Both men have been with the company for almost

four years, starting as jobsite carpenters. Trudel currently serves as a member of the North Branch Safety Committee and Dinicola serves on the North Branch University CommitAlley tee. North Branch also welcomed Donna Alley to the team. Alley joined the firm as a project manager assistant, bringing with her over a decade of administrative assistant and management experience.

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Harvard, MA – Maugel Architects recently announced that Mark Pelletier has joined the firm as the senior director of architecture. He has nearly 20 years of experience. His project experience ranges from commercial office and tenant interiors to Fortune 100 clients such as Covidien, Millipore, IBM, and Blue Cross Blue

Shield. He has particular expertise in the design of cleanrooms, bioprocess manufacturing facilities, and laboratories. Pelletier’s role will be to assist in the growth and management of the firm while managing large design commissions. Maugel Architects also announced that Jodi Lundin-Emmons has joined the firm’s interior design studio as a senior interior designer. She brings over 12 years of design experience in the corporate and higher education markets. Lundin-Emmons will join Maugel’s design team to service the firm’s expanding portfolio of large corporate interior clients. Prior to joining Maugel, she was a designer for ADD, Inc.; JMZ Architects & Planners; and Cube 3 Studio.

Moskowitz Joins City Point


Boston – City Point Partners recently announced that Jay Moskowitz, an 11 year veteran of the architecture/engineering/ construction industry, has joined the company as its marketing manager. He brings more than 20 years of overall marketing leadership to City Point Partners, where he will supervise the firm’s marketing activities and manage its strategic marketing initiatives. Moskowitz has overseen an array of multi-million-dollar pursuits, from transportation infrastructure projects with public clients to municipal and private clients.

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Boston – Christopher McLean, facilities. He was previously an PE, LEED AP, recently joined electrical engineer and project Vanderweil Engineers as a manager with Vanderweil, and project director for critical returns to the firm to oversee facilities. An electrical engineer major design and construction with several years of experience projects ranging from data center in electrical service systems and development to engineering of distribution, he has worked on facilities requiring missionprojects throughout the United critical infrastructure. States. McLean’s experience inMcLean McLean most recently served cludes engineering design and as director of data center design and construction administration services for construction with The Markley Group in numerous office buildings, data centers, and operations centers. Clients have Boston, where he was responsible for the design and construction of data centers included IBM, Bank of America, and the and the infrastructure that served these Smithsonian Institution.

Chris Ruta Joins Integrated Builders Rockland, MA – Integrated each client and their respective Builders, Inc. announced that projects, he will foster close Chris Ruta has joined the team as collaboration among all parties project manager. With 27 years (architects, engineers, and speof extensive industry experience, cialists), and ensure that all conhe will oversee all phases of struction complies with various construction projects through building codes and regulations. coordinated efforts with the Prior to joining Integrated firm’s project superintendents. Builders, Ruta managed office, In his new role, Ruta will Ruta industrial, pharmaceutical, fine manage contractor and project chemical and pilot plants, nuclear faciliteams and oversee high-impact and ties, and laboratory developments in the complex tasks. In addition to establishing estimates, budgets, and timetables for $100,000 to $750 million range.



Boston – Dana Ricci and Alison Smith have been hired by Group One Partners, Inc., as the newest additions to the company’s growing team. Ricci is an interior designer working on two Residence Inn by Marriott hotels

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