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Senior Living and Multi-Residential Featuring:

2015 IIDA New England Winners 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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The Senior Living Sector Continues to Grow in New England Top: Christopher Heights / Rendering courtesy SMOOK Architecture / page 19 Bottom: D’Youville Life & Wellness Community / Rendering courtesy DiGiorgio Associates, Inc. / page 18



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Inside this Issue: Caldwell & Walsh Opens in Boston / Locke Named VP Circle Home Renovation Under Way / Maugel and Pinnacle Team Up Integrated Builders Completes Senior Center Trinity College Transforms the Student Experience with Vernon Social Margulies Perruzzi Architects Upgrades 101 Station Drive NECA Contractor’s Team Up for New Balance World Headquarters LKCo Begins New UMass Lowell Project / Designed by C7A 50 Ways to Leave Your Subcontractor by Bradley Croft


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Plus: T rends & Hot Topics, Healthcare, Retail/Hospitality, Corporate, Northern New England, Education, Awards, People, Calendar, and more!


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Christopher Heights Construction Under Way: TFMoran Provides Design Service............................................ Page 19

IIDA New England Design Awards for 2015.....................................Page 24

Christopher Heights rendering / Rendering courtesy SMOOK Architecture


Publisher’s Message..................... 7 Up Front..................................... 7 Multi Residential.......................... 8 Senior/Assisted Living................ 14 Corporate....................... 22,26-28 Professional Services.................. 29 Restoration/Renovation............... 30 Education.................................. 32

Retail/Hospitality....................... 36 Healthcare................................ 37 Northern New England.............. 38 Awards..................................... 40 Trends & Hot Topics.............. 41, 43 People................................ 42, 44 Calendar.................................. 46

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Publisher’s Message What I like about the prospect of a Boston 2024 is how directly it will affect the companies and people that we network with every month, the readers of High-Profile. Recently, I’ve heard comments Michael Barnes comparing the Big Dig with Boston 2024 as a public project. The cost was higher than promised, but the promise is a dream come true. The Big Dig was the lifeblood for many of our local contractors, but we hardly carried a story on it because only a small percent of

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HP’s readers are focused on that type of construction. On the other hand owners, developers, facility managers, architects, engineers and contractors can anticipate multiple stories each month generated by the construction of facilities that would make the Olympics possible. And all kinds of construction; new construction, renovations, demolitions and different sectors of construction not just stadiums but multi housing, retail hospitality and more. Its the sheer variety of jobs that will make the Olympics a success story before the first parade of athletes. So when I hear a comparison to the Big Dig for all its successes and failures as a public project I have to respond that as I perceive the potential for the AEC industry in New England, the success will be far greater. I don’t mean to diminish our interest in civil work and landscaping, our annual focus on civil engineering and landscape architecture with a special feature on the ACEC of Massachusetts awards slated for May. I look forward to a good response from our engineers, architects and contractors for it, and we look for a fantastic response from our AEC industry if we have the good fortune of having the economic engine of New England working on Boston 2024.


Bisnow Offers Case Studies HP will be covering the next Bisnow event. Bisnow will host its Boston Construction & Development Summit Thursday April 30 at the Sheraton Boston. Instead of panels, it is promising a new format that will have a series of 20-minute case studies.

CFMA on Ethics

Weston Smith

Weston Smith, former vice president and CFO for HealthSouth Corporation, told members of the CFMA of Massachusetts attending the March meeting in Needham that “the need for ethics and integrity isn’t just a business story. They should be the foundation for all worthwhile goals and accomplishments in life.” He said the history of his former company pointed out the importance of this maxim in real life terms. Here is his story as told to the CFMA and reported by William Mee:

The need for ethics and integrity isn’t just a business story. They should be the foundation for all worthwhile goals and accomplishments in life. By the late 90s, HealthSouth had grown from an idea to over 2,000 locations in all 50 states and five countries. The company became listed on the New York Stock Exchange and joined the Fortune 500. At the same time, senior management was perpetrating a massive fraud, to the tune of over $4 billion over a 14-year timeframe. Smith said it eventually cost investors billions, thousands their jobs, and put him in a federal penitentiary for 14 months. He pointed out that, at HealthSouth, the corruption began at the top and involved the executive management team. He highlighted the accounting gymnastics that the company was going through and pointed out many of the bright red flags, that in hindsight, should have tipped off the regulators, and auditors, as to what was going on. He eventually was unable to continue the fraud and worked with authorities to end that which took an enormous toll on innocent investors and HealthSouth employees. Over the past decade he has been telling his story to professionals and students all across the country as an example of what not to do.

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Up-Front New Leadership Team at JM Coull

Andrew Coull

Christopher Oldham

Maynard, MA – JM Coull recently announced that it has welcomed two members of its senior executive team into ownership positions within the company. With the recent retirement of long-term CEO and co-owner Robert Hennessey, president and current owner, Andrew Coull, welcomed Christopher Oldham, COO and executive vice president; and Richard Gilfoy, CFO, to join him as new owners of the 30-year-old firm. Oldham joined the firm in 1993 and oversees all aspects of construction operations. He also is responsible for providing the company’s vision for its safety training program that has earned numerous industry awards.

Most notable is its four consecutive Diamond Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards conferred by the Associated Builders and Contractors Richard Gilfoy (ABC). JM Coull was the first contractor in New England to achieve this honor. Gilfoy, a long-time active member of the Construction Financial Management Richard Gilfoy Association (CFMA), joined Coull in 2013 as chief financial officer and is responsible for all corporate financial matters as well as information technology.He is tasked with keeping the firm at the forefront of industry technology. “I am personally and professionally excited to welcome Chris and Richard into ownership with me, setting in place a new generation and guaranteeing the future of JM Coull,” said Coull.

TFMoran and MSC Announce Merger

Robert Duval

Corey Colwell

Bedford, NH – TFMoran, Inc. (TFM), a regional full-service engineering firm, announced that MSC Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, one of the leading engineering firms in the N.H. seacoast area, is now a division of TFM. This merger allows MSC to substantially expand its traditional survey and civil engineering services by adding structural engineering, landscape architecture, wetlands delineation, traffic engineering, and construction inspection services. Robert Duval, PE, president of TFM, explains that, “With the addition of MSC,

an established engineering firm with a long history and solid reputation, we can offer more value and convenience to our clients not only in the seacoast area, but throughout Dylan Cruess the region.” Corey Colwell, LLS, former president of MSC, will serve as the division manager, and oversee the Portsmouth division. The new office will retain the MSC name and current location at 170 Commerce Way in Portsmouth. The current staff contacts and phone numbers will also remain unchanged. Dylan Cruess, COO of TFM, stated that, “TFM has been seeking to expand its presence to the seacoast area, and the chance to merge with a quality firm like MSC presented an opportunity that the principals of TFM believed was an excellent fit for our growing company.”

Bolton Elected to MCAA Board Pawtucket, RI – Robert M. Bolton was elected to the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Board of Directors at the association’s annual convention on March 11. The event was held at the Wailea Marriott in Maui, Hawaii. Bolton is the chief executive

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Multi-Residential Multifamily Residential Construction Trends by Ken Woodward

Bitcoin, Snapchat, hashtags . . . all of these are continuing to characterize and define a society of constant change and innovation. What do these mean for construction, though? Ken Woodward They are all being adapted by Millennials, or Gen Y, the industry’s next target market in the world of residential development. Here’s an outline of the newer trends in design and construction that need to be considered when building and designing multifamily residential projects in today’s market. Bigger Isn’t Better

Millennials are getting married later, and Time Magazine predicts that 25% of Gen Y will never tie the knot according to a report from Pew Research.* There is also an increasing large trend toward city living and diminishing distance between work, play, and home. With

expenses such as student loans, this data highlights that expansive space and single family homes will no longer be as desired as this generation gains buying power in the market. Living units are now being designed with smaller square footage and include a more efficient use of space. The smaller unit size does not translate to a smaller building overall, though. The balance of space comes with the increased size of amenity areas like: larger community rooms, larger fitness areas, and Internet cafés where residents can collaborate on their tablets, smartphones, laptops, and smart watches. Green Machines

It is important to Millennials that they live and are engaged in a community that values sustainability and resources. The Energy Star program guarantees these efficiencies which result in lower utility bills, enhanced performance with increased comfort, and environmental protection (using less energy to operate MEP systems, etc). Pendant and LED lighting is a must. The vast availability of architectural styles of lighting seems lim-

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Being an active generation that aims to incorporate health and wellness into their

everyday schedules, Millennials value the outdoor areas that surround their homes. For example, outdoor gathering areas are being designed with high-end barbecue grills and gas fire pits. Millennials are also extremely pet friendly. In the past, the majority of multifamily communities prohibited pets. Now, the demand means that animal friendly living spaces are designed with finishes that are “pet friendly.” Popular upgrades have included eliminating carpet for luxury vinyl tile, and site amenities are now designed with doggie stations, grooming centers, doggie playgrounds, and parks where pets can roam off their leash. Exterior Architecture

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Construction Started for Goffe Mill PROCON Architect and CM

Goffe Plaza Bridge Removal

Bedford, NH – Construction is under way for the new Goffe Mill Plaza that is being built on the site of the former Wayfarer Inn and Convention Center in Bedford. The new retail development will be anchored by a 48,000sf Whole Foods Market and includes the proposed development of a 73-unit residential apartment building with spa/personal training space, a bank, and two restaurants. The historic site occupies 16.2 acres across Bowman Brook between South River Road and the FE Everett Turnpike in Bedford. PROCON of Manchester is the architect and construction manager for the mixed-use development, and TF Moran of Bedford, the civil engineer, was hired to redesign the property as a

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mixed-use development. The project, being developed by HIR Realty, LLC, includes the demolition of the former hotel and convention center and several smaller buildings on the property. The original, historic mill building on the property will remain in place, and the siding and roof will be replaced. Signage will be installed on the property identifying the building’s historical significance. The complex included a pedestrian covered bridge over the Bowman Brook, and the original mill building was the location of the hotel gift shop. The Dunfey family sold the property in 1986, and the current owners closed the hotel in 2009. The town of Wentworth intends to use the Goffe Mill Bridge as a replacement for its existing 97-foot bridge, which spans the Baker River and was closed in 2014 because of unsafe conditions. PROCON’s team of architects, engineers, and project managers; the town of Wentworth; and TF Moran developed a plan to ensure that the 107-foot long Goffe Mill Bridge, which weighs 72,000 pounds, could be successfully disassembled, transported, and then reassembled in Wentworth.

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Bow, NH – North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord has completed Phase 2 of the Bow Highlands housing project, located off Bow Bog Road on Dicandra Drive, for CATCH Neighborhood Housing. Warrenstreet Architects, Inc. of Concord provided design for the project. This New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA)-funded project, situated atop a bluff with beautiful scenic views, included the construction of two wood-framed two-story buildings, each containing eight townhouse-style units for a total of 16 units of workforce housing, including one ADA accessible unit. The units were built to Energy Star standards and is in the process of receiving certification.

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This is North Branch’s first time working with CATCH Neighborhood Housing, a nonprofit organization committed to creating innovative and quality housing solutions for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

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Batch Yard Completes Final Phase

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Batch Yard – third building unit

Everett, MA – The Batch Yard, a 328-unit luxury loft-style apartment community located at 25 Charlton Street in Everett, has finalized the third, and final, phase of its three-building apartment complex, bringing the development to completion. Developed by Post Road Residential and managed by the Bozzuto Group, the Batch Yard’s third phase delivers the

final 73 units, offering large floor plans and features consistent with the overall community including stainless steel appliances, in-unit washers and dryers, kitchens with islands, and distinguished high-end finishes. Select units offer stylish concrete floors and large balconies, providing views of the new community courtyard.

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provided retaining wall services for The Residence at the Armory. The armory building was built in 1906 and has been a local landmark for over a century. It was an active barracks and training facility for our armed services for decades. More recently, the facility has been used for meetings, gatherings, and sporting events. Prior to the commencement of this project, the armory stood as an unoccupied eyesore in the community. This renovation marks not only the revitalization of a beloved part of the community, but also a key part of the return to active residential life in downtown Plymouth.

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Cambridge, MA – CTA Construction has been selected by the Cambridge Housing Authority as general contractor on a $44 million, phased-renovations of the eight-building Newtowne Court apartment complex on Washington Street in Cambridge. “CTA Construction is pleased to again work with the Cambridge Housing Authority to undertake another large-scale, complicated project,” said Patrick Tompkins, principal at Waltham-based CTA. The Newtowne Court renovation


includes replacement of systems and interior upgrades to the eight-building, 268-unit development. The project, designed by Baker/Wohl Architects of Boston, is expected to take 30 months to complete. The Cambridge Housing Authority awarded CTA a $21.6 million contract last year to revitalize the 122-unit Putnam Garden Apartments. Previously, CTA renovated the Harry S. Truman Apartment Building for the Cambridge Housing Authority.

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Senior/Assisted Living Design Considerations for Assisted and Senior Living Facilities by Michael Kerwin

The continued growth of the aging population is driving the occupancy rates of senior care facilities and the development of new facilities. Owner/ operators across the care spectrum, rangMichael Kerwin ing from independent living through skilled nursing facilities, look to boost profits and operational efficiencies through consolidation, increasing market positions, and aligning themselves for the next generation entering their facilities. This article looks at some key drivers within the senior care industry that are having direct impact on the physical and technical design of care facilities. Facility operator goals have to address their two major population groups: residents and family members/care managers. These two groups are often at odds: seniors with degenerating self-care skills and family members who may not acknowledge the need for or cannot provide the required care. Seniors may elect to enter a care environment near the

independent living end of the spectrum, and/or family members may be selecting care environments for parents at the more intensive care end of the spectrum. In either case, the facility operator has to satisfy both business and customer service performance goals. Business goals require facilities that operate efficiently while addressing

Instead of the traditional approach that builds separate facilities or areas for each level of care, the idea of creating spaces that support transitioning through multiple levels of care in the same space more closely resembles the urban phenomena of villages and spontaneous senior care communities. multiple levels of care. This approach expands the spectrum of care that can be provided within a specific living environment. Instead of the traditional approach that builds separate facilities or areas for each level of care, the idea of creating spaces that support transitioning

through multiple levels of care in the same space more closely resembles the urban phenomena of villages and spontaneous senior care communities. While there are practical limits to the level of care that can be provided without relocation of the resident, improvements in disease management, dementia care, and other medical breakthroughs will continue to extend these phases of people’s lives. Examples of the expanded-care spectrum approach include developing independent living apartments that can support “aging-in-place” without relocation by including accessible bathroom fixtures, safety bars, and discreet locations for medical equipment that can function as storage or meet other nonmedical needs when not required for treatment. Design considerations for safe later phase living such as turn-off timers on appliances, movement monitoring, and similar technologies, can be incorporated to support this approach. The design solution can be as simple as providing power outlets, spaces, and connectivity for the future implementation of these technologies. Safety and security are vital for

the welfare of residents and are key facility selection criteria, helping to competitively position properties in the crowded marketplace. Successful facilities need a coordinated security plan that acknowledges the privacy and independence of residents while providing for their safety and security at all levels of care. The growing threat awareness and demand for security are changing how people perceive their expectation of privacy, but there is still a general dislike of widespread surveillance. The desire and requirement for increased surveillance is expected to grow over time, so provisions should be included to support the future installation of additional surveillance within facilities. Technology systems need to support the full range of business, medical, educational, and social needs. Owner/ operator requirements include enterpriseclass secure business networks to support marketing, financial management, operational, and residential/patient records applications. Residential technology requirements include communications, continued to page 41


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Marlborough, MA – The Marlborough senior community recently celebrated the opening of its new senior center. Designed by Dietz & Company Architects, in conjunction with CourtStreet Architects, the center opened its doors after 16 months of construction. CTA Construction Company was the general contractor. This $6.5 million center brings a badly needed resource to the seniors of Marlborough. Once resigned to using small cramped spaces for their activities, the seniors now have a spacious 22,000sf facility that comfortably accommodates all of their programs with room to grow. Project Architect Dan Garte, who worked closely with the City of Marlborough and the Council on Aging to bring a vision to reality commented “This

gives the seniors of Marlborough a much needed resource and social hub. The Center will also benefit from the planned improvements to an adjacent park, which are currently underway.” Designed to fit within the context of its surrounding residential neighborhood, the Marlborough Senior Center is welcoming right from the entrance lobby where you find a seating area with a library and fireplace. To one side of the lobby is a large dining commons that can seat 300 and be divided into up to three smaller multipurpose areas. On the other side is a two-story wing that houses a computer lab, exercise rooms, a billiard room, and meeting rooms. The facility is also home to several offices where seniors can receive counseling and social services.

As we are approaching what we hope is the end of what has proven to be an epic winter in terms of snowfall and the adverse affects of that snowfall, my colleagues and I have decided to put ourJon Ciffolillo selves in your shoes. The visible and invisible damage that occurs on your property as a result of snow and ice control: This ranges from broken trees and shrubs and damaged signage to excessive sand, compaction and turf damage caused by snow removal equipment, and stockpiled snow. With snow budgets blown and landscape budgets being stripped, how can we meet the expectations of curb appeal that our clients and tenants demand? Morale is low and patience is being tested. Parking spaces are a premium. With snow piles mounting, visibility is diminished, and the simple trip from vehicle to building has become a gauntlet of snowbanks. People simply want the inconveniences to be eliminated. Normally, we can expect to see signs of transitioning from winter into spring.

By mid-March we start to see the familiar signs of spring clean-ups and mulch being applied on our properties. At a time when we most need those signs of spring, the clean-up schedules are going to be impacted by lingering snow banks and excessively wet ground. The true measure of a relationship is measured under stress. Has this snow season revealed strength and depth or capacity and communication deficiencies in your vendors? What levels are acceptable, and what are the true costs of such failures and value of successes? The good news is that none of these challenges are new. Those of us who have been in this business for 20 years or more have seen this cycle several times before, and we will surely see it again. With thoughtful planning and prioritization, you can take control of these conditions and drive the outcome that you want. We are all largely in the same boat, and those of us who plan properly will be clear winners in the battle for curb appeal and balanced budgets. For those who may not have the experience, make sure to reach out to your landscape professionals to help you sort through the competing needs. Jon Ciffolillo is vice president, business development at Greenscape Inc.


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April 2015

Integrated Builders Completes Senior Center Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype Architects Cohasset, MA – Integrated Builders, a firm specializing in general contracting and construction management services, has completed construction on the new Cohasset Senior Center on behalf of The Social Service League of Cohasset. The $3.7 million, 11,340sf center was funded entirely through a private/public partnership and offers a multitude of programs and activities for the local senior John Grace community. Integrated Builders Superintendent John Grace worked alongside architects Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc. and The Social Service League of Cohasset throughout the development. “The new Cohasset Senior Center provides a much-needed and dedicated gathering space for the local elderly population in a centralized location,” commented Jay Dacey, president of Integrated Builders. “With several multipurpose rooms, a spacious lounge, and multiple offices for various senior organizations, the center offers something

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for everyone.” The development includes a twostory, colonial style building on the west side that leads into a one-story building on the east end. The Cohasset Senior Center consists of a large, multipurpose function room, billiards room, second floor office space for Elder Affairs, and

a lounge for programming and social hours. Additionally, the building includes a kitchen, pantry, and dining area that is designed to host cooking classes. Conveniently contained under a single roof, Cohasset seniors can now easily access a variety of services with minimal transportation burdens.

“Our elderly community represents one of the fastest growing populations in the town of Cohasset, a demographic that will benefit greatly from the construction of our new senior center,” said Marita Carpenter, president of The Social Service League of Cohasset.



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Circle Home Office Reno Underway Maugel and Pinnacle Team Up Lowell, MA – An interior office renovation is currently underway for The Circle Home, Inc., a home healthcare and hospice provider and an affiliate of Circle Health. The 17,774sf space is located at 847 Rogers Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. Circle Home, formerly the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell, will consolidate its departments and offices in the new facility. The agency’s private duty company, Commonwealth Nursing Services, will also be housed in the new space that features conference rooms, classrooms, and a training room that resembles a home care setting. One of the interior design challenges was to create ample work space for traveling employees, while incorporating them into the everyday workflow of inhouse staff. Working closely with Rachel Chaddock, Circle Home executive director, Maugel created a design that fosters communication and collaboration and provides an inviting, well-organized environment. Circle Home’s services require the collection and maintenance of highly sensitive documents. Security was a crucial factor in the

design and flow of the space. Maugel introduced a central entrance with a circulation pattern that allowed visitors and employees to navigate easily to their destinations, without compromising privacy. Maugel will also be designing a new entry addition and upgrading the common areas of the 55,000sf office building, which is currently home to the Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis Center. The design will create a new entry vestibule addition, a more inviting internal lobby area, and upgrade the common area elevator and finishes. Maugel Architects is working closely Pinnacle Construction Company and the owner representative, Equity Alliance, LLC. The project is expected to be completed by late spring of this year.


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April 2015

Congress Co. Completes Cedar Hill DiGiorgio Completes D’Youville Designed by Mackenzie Architects

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Windsor, VT – The Congress Companies announced that the expansion to The Village at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community has been completed on schedule and is open for residents. Congress Building Corp. of Peabody, Mass. provided construction management services for the $10.6 million project. Founded in 1988, Cedar Hill offers a continuum of care ranging from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing, rehabilitative, and Alzheimer’s care, all on one campus. The community is owned by Mary Louise Sayles, a registered nurse and licensed nursing home administrator, and her daughter Patricia Horn, also a licensed nursing home administrator. Designed by Mackenzie Architects of Burlington, the addition includes a 20-patient memory care unit and another


20 independent and assisted living apartments, tripling the space and resident capacity of the Cedar Hill Community. The original Village at Cedar Hill housed 21 one- and two-bedroom apartments and common areas in 17,854sf. This expansion added a full two levels and increased the square footage to 59,720sf. Cedar Hill’s Memory Care Center is the first of its kind in the area. One entire floor of the addition is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Fully staffed and secure, it includes a large common area with a country kitchen, dining room, living room, multipurpose activity room, salon, greenhouse, art center, and a secure outdoor garden area. The Center also features solar tubes, a whirlpool, and an enclosed walking area.

D’Youville Life & Wellness Community new assisted living and memory care residences

Lowell, MA – DiGiorgio Associates Inc. (DAI) recently completed the design of new affordable housing with supportive services, and assisted living for early memory loss residence for D’Youville Life & Wellness Community in Lowell. This facility will provide an affordable and comfortable option for the city and its surrounding communities through the continuum of care provided. In addition to the services of the new facility, D’Youville offers nursing home care, adult day health care, rehabilitation (for post-operative and other medical conditions), independent living and hospice care. DAI worked with D’Youville to develop programming requirements for its new facility. Supportive housing resident amenities include a café, activity space, wellness center, chapel, fitness room, hair

salon, dining room and patio with serene views of the wetlands. The Memory Care residence will have secured access and will contain 15 studio units with amenities such as dining, activity kitchen, family living room, reading, games/art and sunroom. These residents will have access to a private and secure outdoor garden space. Family and visitors are welcome to join residents for activities and dining, with access to a private room available for family functions. Construction began in August 2014 and is expected to be complete in Fall 2015. DAI also recently completed the design of a non-residential senior services center on the campus. Construction on this project will begin April 2015.

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Wood-Framed Construction Trends

Christopher Heights Under Way

by Rimas Veitas

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Three to four years ago the large wood framers and panelizers did not have adequate work load. Today GC’s are forced to get commitments from wood framers six months in advance. Material Rimas Veitas availability sometimes becomes an issue and projects may need to have structural designs altered for differing species or grades of wood product. The wood construction industry continues to improve productivity with better designs and more efficient processes for manufacturing of wood panels. Veitas and Veitas Engineers currently has nearly two thousand housing units

proper distance from the property line. The current Massachusetts Code allows for either the VA or IIIA buildings to be elevated on top of a one level above grade non-combustible structure with a possible basement level below. These so called podium structures are a wood frame over a three hour rated structure of noncombustible construction. The preference of podium construction used to clearly be composite steel construction. Today the all-in cost of post-tensioned concrete podiums is on par with the composite steel framed podium. The selection of the podium is usually based on owner and construction manager preference. As structural engineers our podium preference is PT slabs which allows for increased flexibility for

These revisions in the IBC 2012 Code now allow six and seven story wood framed structures to be constructed in wood. Some recent trends in wood framed housing include cantilevered balconies, very large windows (not much solid wall is left for shear walls), double wall demising walls, thicker gypcrete with acoustic mat to meet the STC requirements, large clubhouse areas requiring large areas without columns or bearing walls at the first floor.

either under construction, in design or pending final zoning approval within a 15-mile radius of its corporate office in Braintree, Mass. Projects include Zero Penn Street, Residences at Marian Bay, AvalonBay Quincy, Quarry Hills and West of Chestnut Apartments. With the exception of a proposed 15-story tower in downtown Quincy all of these projects are being designed with a wood frame. Throughout New England, New York and New Jersey, wood-framed housing has proven to be the most cost-effective structural system of choice for market rate housing, hotels, independent and assisted living communities. Not long ago we would construct three and maybe four story wood structures bearing on grade over a thickened concrete slab foundation system. Today the four story wood structure know as Type VA construction has been surpassed by the five story Type IIIA construction to allow for increased project densities. Type IIIA construction is required to have a two hour rated non-combustible wall construction. This is achieved utilizing FRT wood studs at the perimeter walls along with an acceptable FRT sheathing and Code compliant siding and two layers of 5/8 gypsum on the inside face to provide a 2 hour rating from inside out as long as the building is located at the

Christopher Heights rendering / Rendering courtesy of SMOOK Architecture

Northampton, MA – The Christopher Heights new assisted living facility is Cutler Associates’ sixth project for this long-standing client. Over the years, a prototype has been developed that serves Christopher Heights’ affordable approach utilizing Mass. low-income housing credits. The result is a highly functional, service-rich building that includes 43 apartments for low- to moderate-income seniors. Cutler services included finding the project land and making the owner introduction to Mass. Development. In order to maximize the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing building performance while fixing and controlling costs early, Cutler coordinated the building systems through detailed scope

control and design-build delivery. TFMoran Structural Engineers of Bedford, N.H. provided structural design services. Construction officially started mid November 2014. This 12-month project will meet LEED for Homes Silver for energy efficiency. Cutler’s latest improvement to the AL prototype is the use of pre-insulated metal stud panels that results in a building envelope well above code requirements. Together with SMOOK Architecture and Urban Design, the project team collaborated to design a building that includes a myriad of green features such as rain water harvesting, green landscaping, a project durability analysis, and white roof.

mechanical piping and simplicity of making revisions to the units above the podium at the later stages of design. The pre-cast industry is looking to become competitive in this market place also. Time will tell where pre-cast concrete podiums will find a niche. The 2012 IBC Code currently allows for the use of a two story podium structure. In Massachusetts the current Code is based on an older version of IBC and does not allow two story podiums. Two recent projects were granted building code variances and utilized the two story podium concept to allow projects to increase the parking count for the project. The first project was designed in steel and the second project was designed and constructed with PT concrete. These revisions in the IBC 2012 Code now allow six and seven story wood framed structures to be constructed in wood. Some recent trends in wood framed housing include cantilevered balconies, very large windows (not much solid wall is left for shear walls), double wall demising walls, thicker gypcrete with acoustic mat to meet the STC requirements, large clubhouse areas requiring large areas without columns or bearing walls at the first floor. Rimas Veitas PE, is principal at Veitas and Veitas Engineers. Braintree, Mass.


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Senior Living Facilities

Cut Costs with Energy Efficiency by Roy W. Haller

As multiple-unit residential facilities with high operational costs, senior care centers and assisted living facilities have to consistently assess energy usage and system efficiencies Roy W. Haller to ensure longterm sustainability. These facilities also have the added responsibility to provide a high quality of life for their residents, so becoming more energy efficient is critical to keeping costs down and improving care delivery. As an administrator of Energize Connecticut programs, The United Illuminating Company (UI) partners with senior care facilities to develop custom savings plans. Through energy assessments and efficiency consulting, UI identifies costeffective upgrades, providing technical insight and turnkey solutions. UI also presents options to help facilities secure rebates, incentive payments, or lowinterest financing through the Connecticut Green Bank.

Senior care communities of all types can benefit from the strategic, custom approach we take to keep energy efficiency technically and financially feasible. Energy-saving techniques are wide-ranging and can be incorporated into the maintenance, design, and operation of any facility. Comprehensive lighting projects are

efficiency, and reducing costs. Collaborating with UI, Mary Wade Home, Inc. integrated fluorescent lighting into the expansion of its Adult Day Center and Skilled Nursing Facility in New Haven. The lighting overhaul, along with the installation of an energy-efficient chiller unit and a new condensed boiler, resulted in an annual energy savings of

Comprehensive lighting projects are one of the most common energy-saving solutions implemented in healthcare facilities. Indoor and exterior lighting, signage backlights, and parking lights can be easily upgraded to LED and fluorescent systems, streamlining facility maintenance, increasing overall energy efficiency, and reducing costs.

one of the most common energy-saving solutions implemented in healthcare facilities. Indoor and exterior lighting, signage backlights, and parking lights can be easily upgraded to LED and fluorescent systems, streamlining facility maintenance, increasing overall energy

$29,900, with an estimated $452,400 lifetime savings. Whitney Center of Hamden, a continuing care retirement community, successfully lowered operating costs by upgrading to energy-efficient lighting. The enhancement to the facility improved

its environment with increased lighting control and supported the bottom line by reducing energy usage. Beyond lighting upgrades, energy management systems and equipment improvements provide opportunities to reduce energy consumption and increase savings. Upgrading HVAC systems, refrigeration controls, faucet aerators, spray valves, and high-efficiency washers and dryers significantly impacts operational costs. Bridgeport Hospital completed a facilitywide efficiency makeover, integrating a new energy management system, variable speed drives, and lighting sensors. The hospital is expected to achieve an estimated lifetime energy savings of $5 million. As an energy authority, UI is an excellent resource and partner for senior living and healthcare facilities proactively looking for ways to conserve energy through the portfolio of Energize Connecticut programs. Roy W. Haller is director of commercial and industrial energy service programs at The United Illuminating Company.

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Corporate CBT Architects Lands Two Megaprojects With Spear Street Capital buildings, as well as a common corridor linking the two buildings, allowing tenants more opportunities to interact and socialize with their peers. These public spaces provide people with places to recharge during the day as well as work remotely if they want a change of environment. In addition, CBT and Spear Street Capital are leveraging the property’s prime location adjacent to a new public transit stop nearby so that tenants can feel Office buildings

Boston – CBT Architects has been engaged by Spear Street Capital for two new asset strategy/building repositioning projects, including one in Canada. These two projects will transform a former BlackBerry office complex just outside Toronto, as well as three former mill buildings in Watertown, Mass., into revitalized, contemporary campuses to attract multitenant users. CBT’s first international building repositioning project is set for Spear Street Capital’s property in Mississauga,

Canada, a growing urban hub for those who want more innovative and flexible office space. Located right outside Toronto, the property consists of two sixstory office buildings and a connecting data center totaling 315,000sf originally built by BlackBerry for its own use. Tenants will enjoy new amenities, including a café, outdoor gathering areas that can accommodate different seasonal activities, and a 24-hour vending area. CBT’s redesign efforts also include changes to the main lobbies in both


close connectivity to downtown Toronto. In Watertown, Mass., Spear Street Capital’s 200,000sf newly rebranded Riverworks property is composed of three historic mill buildings. CBT was selected to create a fresh brand and identity to

transform these brick and beam buildings into an integrated, contemporary office campus. The team will renovate and upgrade the common areas, including the courtyard, lobby, and café, upgrade signage, and perform general architectural services for the property, such as space planning. CBT used the property’s historic nature as inspiration for the design, drawing on textile concepts that reflect the previous use of the mill buildings. It blends a mix of modern and traditional materials and motifs, creating a distinct identity as well as warm, inviting spaces that are attractive to today’s Millennial workforce. The project includes work on the main entrance/arrival area, lobby, common hallways and elevator lobbies, fitness center, as well as the café and dining spaces located along the Charles River. CBT’s design also reinforces indoor/ outdoor connections through engaging circulation sequences at the main employee entrance and front courtyard, heightening the user experience. In addition, the new Riverworks brand expands to the street level through façade and landscape improvements.

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IIDA New England Awards for 2015 Boston – The New England chapter of IIDA (International Interior Design Association) held their annual Interior Design Awards ceremony in Boston’s theater district in late February of this year. The Design Awards event was created in 2007 to celebrate teamwork and showcase interior design projects throughout New England. The event has successfully attracted an audience of key decision-makers from all aspects of the design, real estate, construction, and engineering industries. Interior design firms from all over the region competed in this year’s event. People’s Choice

Carbonite Interior Architects; Columbia Construction Company; Jones Lang LaSalle; WB Engineers + Consultants; Environments at Work; Tritech; Haworth Interface; Reflex Lighting; Mill City Iron Fabricators, Inc.; BostonArt / M27 Design Best In Show

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Harbor Court Hotel/ LaSalle Hotel Properties (Kimpton Brand) CBT Architects; LaSalle Hotel Properties; S&H Renovations; Bray Whaler International; AJAX Consulting Services; Fairmount Designs Hospitality; Signature Hospitality Carpets; Kalisher; Astoria Compass; Chapman; Bryan Ashley Best Office Over 80,000sf

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Caldwell & Walsh Opens in Boston Peter Locke Named VP commercial construction opBoston – Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction, Inc., portunities in market segments a provider of commercial in which the firm is already construction services headquarfamiliar and has a proven track tered in Sandy Hook, Conn. record of successes. with an office also in New York Peter Locke, the newly City, has opened an office on appointed vice president of Atlantic Avenue in Boston. Boston operations, has been The addition of this location, in the industry working in the in conjunction with its design Peter Locke greater Boston area for nearly professional and subcontractor 30 years. He will work closely with resources, means the firm can be Caldwell & Walsh executives to oversee responsive to its colleagues in the region. operations and construction assignments Mark Principi, president of the firm, in the Greater Boston area. says client satisfaction is also a motivating Locke comes to Caldwell & Walsh factor for opening the office. “We’ve been having successfully completed projects discussing adding another business unit ranging from $1 million to $50 million, for some time. Several colleagues who mostly in Eastern Massachusetts. His already have Boston offices asked us to portfolio demonstrates his expertise in set up operations there. They’ve expressed healthcare, research, technology, educaa strong interest in working with us.” tional, and corporate office space projects. Within the area are a number of

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Boston – Schneider Electric and its subcontractors have been tasked with the implementation of a multidisciplinary building automation system that will ensure building energy savings, thermal comfort, and occupant safety at 101 Seaport Boulevard in Boston. The 440sf office/retail building was designed by KlingStubbins. The developer of the project, Skanska USA, is also acting as construction manager and general contractor. Active chilled beams, massive air handling units, high-efficiency centrifugal chillers, and a staged boiler system are just some of the equipment that Schneider Electric’s system will control in the 18-story office building in Boston’s rapidly expanding Seaport District. With the goal of LEED Platinum certification, the robust new automation system is essential in meeting the energy management demands and HVAC control sequences developed by WSP’s mechanical engineers.

Tenant metering and an easy-tonavigate graphical user interface will ensure that building managers are equipped to handle the demands of a multitenant building, including those from an international consulting firm that will occupy 75% of the space. In addition to HVAC control, the new electric system, installed by J.M. Electrical, will be responsible for smoke purge sequencing during a fire alarm event that requires the highest levels of network reliability. Schneider Electric’s team of experienced control professionals are dedicated to accomplishing Skanska’s fast track schedule while maintaining high quality standards with rigorous check-out procedures and advanced system testing processes. Under the guidance of TG Gallagher’s mechanical expertise and project leadership as mechanical contractor, the functionality of the HVAC system is positioned for success. 101 Seaport is scheduled for completion October 2015.

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April 2015

NECA Contractor’s Team Up for New Balance World Headquarters

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Brighton, MA – In the first phase of the highly anticipated Boston Landing revitalization project in Brighton, State Electric Corporation of Bedford is at peak construction of the state-of-theart, 477,000sf New Balance world headquarters building. The NECA contractor’s comprehensive project scope consists of providing the building’s primary and emergency power distribution systems, energy-efficient LED lighting and lighting control system, and advanced fire alarm system. State Electric is also installing the extensive conduit infrastructure for the New Balance facility’s tel/data, audio/visual and security systems. All building systems are designed and installed to achieve

LEED certification. Fellow NECA contractor, J. M. Electrical Company of Lynnfield, is providing building automation system installations both for core and shell electrical construction and tenant fit-out at the New Balance world headquarters facility. The contractor’s HVAC automation control systems for the five-story building and electrical penthouse will also tie into the life safety CO system in the facility’s parking garage. The project team included architect: Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston; GC: John Moriarty & Associates of Winchester; EE: WSP of Boston, and owner New Balance Development Group of Brighton.

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requirements and timelines are met. State Electric is also handling provisions to supply and coordinate additional utility requirements that will meet Boston Landing’s master plan for future buildings and site amenities. When complete, the 14-acre Boston Landing site will be a community-focused, mixeduse development. It will be comprised of 650,000sf of Class A, LEED certified office space, a 175-room boutique hotel, 65,000sf of ground floor restaurant and retail space, a 325,000sf sports complex that will serve as the Boston Bruins practice facility, and a commuter rail station on the Framingham/Worcester line with direct service to South Station.

In the raised floor system facility, all air distribution and mechanical systems are located under the floors, requiring J.M. Electrical’s crew to have control system tie-ins for all mechanical systems online and then tested in dry runs prior to installation of each floor. The head end of the sophisticated building automation control system, located on the first floor of the facility, will provide complete web access control of the facility’s heating and cooling for the property’s facility management. Close coordination between the J.M. Electrical and State Electric teams are critically important to the project, as the NECA contractor’s team approach is ensuring that detailed project






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Professional Services Beware of Shifting Design Risk by Michael Sams

It is important for contractors to understand that unless they are intending to take on design risk, they (and we) really need to carefully review proposed contracts to weed out provisions that Michael Sams potentially shift design risk to the contractor. Unless a design-build delivery method is intended, removing the design risk is imperative because the client contractor likely is not being paid to take it on and, moreover, likely does not have insurance to cover it. The notable shifting of design risk was seen in a very recent Massachusetts Superior Court case, Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc., v. Gilbane Building Company and Travelers Casualty & Surety Company of America.* In Coghlin, the plaintiff subcontractor sued the construction manager at risk, with whom it had contracted, for alleged additional costs incurred because of, among other things, alleged design changes. Gilbane, the construction manager at risk, responded in part by asserting third-party claims against the awarding authority/ owner, including for breach of contract, contribution and indemnification related to “damages caused by design changes and design errors” that it might ultimately be obligated to pay to Coghlin. The awarding authority filed a motion to dismiss the claims.

The court identified the question before it as whether the constructionmanager-at-risk contract that imposed upon Gilbane “extensive planning and oversight duties” can trump long-standing Massachusetts common law “protecting a contractor from liability for design error where another party furnishes the design and impliedly warrants their sufficiency for the purpose intended.”** After an apparent lengthy hearing, the court allowed the awarding authority’s motion to dismiss, leaving Gilbane in a position of potentially incurring financial responsibility for design changes on the project even though it did not expressly contract to provide the design. As part of reaching its decision, however, the court noted that the contract placed “extensive ‘Design Review’ responsibilities” on Gilbane. Specifically, the court cited the following provision: The CM [i.e., Construction Manager] shall review, on a continuous basis, development of the Drawings, Specifications and other design documents produced by Designer. The design reviews shall be performed with a group of Architects and Engineers, who are either employees of the CM or independent consultants under contract with the CM. Review of the documents is to discover inconsistencies, errors and omissions between and within design disciplines.

The CM shall consult with DCAM and the Designer regarding the selection of materials, building systems and equipment, and shall recommend alternative solutions whenever design details affect construction feasibility, schedules, cost or quality (without, however, assuming the Designer’s responsibility for design) and shall provide other value engineering services to DCAM. Without limitation, the CM shall review the design documents for clarity, consistency, constructability, maintainability/ operability and coordination among the trades, coordination between the specifications and drawings, compliance with M.G.L. c. 149A for procurement, installation and construction, and sequence of construction, including recommendations designed to minimize adverse [e] ffects of labor or material shortages. As these provisions make clear and the court noted, the typical relationship between an owner and construction manager differs from that of owner and general contractor. Unlike a general contractor, a construction manager customarily is involved in the design phase, and the contract is customarily amended during or at the end of the design phase to include a guarantee maximum price, with the construction manager

having had the benefit of participation in (and being compensated for it) the design phase. The court concluded that with these added responsibilities, and given the material changes in the roles and responsibilities a construction manager voluntarily undertakes as compared to a general contractor, the protections that Massachusetts courts historically have extended (the Spearin doctrine) are inapplicable. With the growing use of CM-at-risk contracts and a seeming trend towards pushing design responsibility over to the contractor even in standard design-bidbuild projects, contractors need to be aware of the potential design risk they are taking on. Either weed it out or insure it and get paid for it. *Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc., v. Gilbane Building Company and Travelers Casualty & Surety Company of America, Worcester Superior Court C.A. No. 2013-1300-D (Memorandum of Decision and Order On Third Party Defendant Division of Capital Asset Management’s Motion to Dismiss, June 23, 2014). **Alpert v. Commonwealth, 357 Mass. 306, 320 (1970) (adopting the Spearin doctrine). Michael P. Sams, Esq. is a founding member and shareholder at Kenney & Sams, P.C. in Boston.

Nadeau Contracts with Yankee Andover, MA – Group Purchasing Organization Yankee Alliance announced a new contract with Nadeau Corporation Construction Development & Engineering to provide affordable construction solutions for its New England and New York members. Nadeau Corporation specializes in construction management, design-build, general contracting, and consulting to healthcare clients and has been successfully performing projects since 1984. Craig Shoukimas, vice president contracting at Yankee Alliance, says, “Through Nadeau, our members will be able to receive prenegotiated contract pricing on many of the products used in construction. This contract is a great addition to our portfolio that will help our members decrease their overall costs.”

Nadeau services that are available to Yankee Alliance members include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, and cost and quality control. “We are excited to have formed this strategic relationship with Yankee Alliance,” said Nadeau’s president and CEO, Ernest Nadeau. “We really pride ourselves on our ability to deliver highquality and green construction projects to our many New England healthcare clients through affordable construction services. Whether the project is a ground up stateof-the-art imaging facility, significant renovations to a working clinical area, or just refreshing the accompanying administrative space, our team has lots of experience delivering construction solutions on time and within budget.”

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Restoration/Renovation Margulies Perruzzi Architects Upgrades 101 Station Drive Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), has been selected to re-position and renovate the 101 Station Drive office building adjacent to University Station in Westwood. National Development engaged MPA to develop a comprehensive strategy for improvements to the three-floor, 208,000sf office building to meet the demands of today’s office tenants. Built in 1984, 101 Station Drive required significant exterior and interior updates to renovate it as an upscale office building with urban amenities. To open the building to more natural light, MPA repositioned the front entrance forward, and redesigned the front façade with a new dynamic self-tinting glass curtainwall. Providing a more gracious entrance on approach, the front entry also features a new canopy, landscaping, and outdoor gathering places around a central fireplace. A new parking entrance provides employee access from the west side of the building. Inside, MPA connected the lobby with the outdoors via a two-story “living wall.” The new lobby has stadium-style

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Toyota Improvements Underway

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Pittsfield, MA – Integrated Builders has been selected to oversee the renovation of Haddad Toyota, located at 130 PittsfieldLenox Road in Pittsfield. The 36,390sf facility will receive $4.5 million of improvements including new lifts, storage and tech areas, waiting facilities, and redesigned offices. Integrated Builders will lead the renovation of the dealership and provide construction management services on behalf of George Haddad, owner of Haddad Toyota, and will work alongside The Curtis Architectural Group throughout the project.

The scope of the project consists of the demolition of two existing, pre-engineered annexes in the rear of the building and the construction of a single-story service space featuring additional lifts, tire storage, and tech/equipment. Other pre-existing buildings will be renovated to include new customer write-up and waiting facilities, redesigned offices, new tech facilities, and a refinished showroom. Additionally, new roofs and exterior metal panels will be installed to further enhance curb appeal of the dealership. A completion date is scheduled for January 2016.

Franklin, MA – Integrated Builders of Rockland has completed the renovation of a 110,000sf flex/warehouse space at 210 Grove Street in Franklin, on behalf of Boston International. The project comprised over $800,000 in renovations, securing the asset as a top tenant destination in a premier market. Integrated Builders project manager Bob Purdy worked closely with owners Calare Properties and The Grossman Companies throughout the project. Architects Ci Design completed the design aspects and renovation plan to suit the property’s newest tenant, Boston International, an exclusive importer and distributor of design-led superior quality paper products, giftware, and decorative accessories, who is leasing the 110,000sf space. This project marks the latest successful collaboration between Calare

and Integrated Builders, having worked together on multiple fit-outs. The capital improvement plan at 210 Grove Street included new light fixtures, updated finishes, bathroom renovations, and the replacement of all HVAC equipment. In addition, Integrated Builders worked on an adjacent space involving demolition, new loading docks, pit infills, and utility separation. Located in the I-495 South market, 210 Grove Street comprises 165,000sf. The industrial space features high-quality construction with 19-ft. to 27-ft. clear heights, 17 loading docks, abundant parking and trailer storage, and access to a CSX rail line which has capacity for eight standard freight carts. Notably, the property is strategically located less than three miles from the I-495 and Route 140 junction, with easy access.

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Education Acentech Selected to Provide Services for College Projects

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Amherst, MA – Acentech has been selected to provide consulting services for four new residence halls and a 240,000sf science center on the campus of Amherst College. Acentech is collaborating with Kyu Sung Woo Architects for the Greenway Residence Halls and with Payette for the New Science Center. “The eastern portion of our campus will be transformed by the addition of the new science center and residence hall cluster along the landscape of the Green-

way,” said Tom Davies, director of design and construction at Amherst College. Designed by Kyu Sung Woo Architects, Amherst College is building four new residence halls that will house 300 students in a total of 110,000sf. Acentech is providing acoustics and audiovisual systems consulting services for the project. Expected to open for fall 2016, each residence hall will connect to each other via above-ground bridge lounges and feature a combination of single rooms,

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double rooms, and four-person suites. The Greenway residential complex will include community gathering spaces and entertainment rooms, a demonstration kitchen suitable for cooking classes, and a yoga, exercise, and meditation space. The common outdoor space shared by the buildings will include a courtyard, barbecue grills, and recreational space suitable for intramural sports. Acentech’s consultants are designing audiovisual systems for the common areas

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LKCo Begins New UMass Lowell Project Designed by C7A Lowell, MA – Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. is gearing up to begin the demolition of an existing building and construction on the 52,000sf Pulichino Tong Business Building, the new home for the Robert J. Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The state-of-the art building is being constructed adjacent to the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center and near the Colleges of Engineering and Sciences to form the new North Campus Innovation District. Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the $40 million project will incorporate high-performance, sustainable, and energy-efficient features that will meet or exceed LEED Silver-Plus standards. The new building will feature a four-story atrium, technology-enhanced classrooms, seminar rooms, a finance laboratory simulating a trading room floor, meeting spaces, and collaborative study areas, and will also include a plaza that will func­tion as an outdoor event and gathering space. The open design will foster social and academic interaction, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a sense of community among students, faculty, and the business community. Work will also include renovations to

Rendering of UMass Lowell’s Pulichino Tong Business Building

the adjacent Lydon Library, that LKCo. will connect to the new business building. Conference and meeting rooms, staff offices, a receiving room, open group work, and meeting spaces will be renovated and a new reception and IT help desk will be added along with a new entrance from the plaza. Lee Kennedy Co. will be

partnering with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to complete the project. “The Pulichino Tong Business Building will offer a state-of-the-art center for business education at UMass Lowell to enhance the high-quality instruction our students are receiving as

we prepare them for success in a global economy. This new building will also be a place for research and collaboration by faculty members with industry and entrepreneurs,” said Scott Latham, interim dean of UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business.

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Reading, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $5,957,500 501(c)(3) tax-exempt bond on behalf of the Austin Preparatory School of Reading. Proceeds from this bond will fund the construction of an outdoor athletic stadium. The bond will also refinance two former loans that went towards renovating school buildings and purchasing technology equipment. “MassDevelopment is pleased to support Austin Preparatory School’s new athletic facilities,” said MassDevelopment president and CEO Marty Jones. “Students will enjoy valuable opportunities for leadership, development, and enhanced well-being through athletics.” Austin Preparatory School, founded by the Augustinian Friars of the Province

of St. Thomas of Villanova, began as an all-male high school in 1963. It is an incorporated Catholic independent school led by a board of trustees. The school expanded to include a middle school in 1987 and admission, was opened to women in 1992. The school currently enrolls 700 students from 55 area cities and towns, consisting of 50% men and 50% women. Faculty consists of 57 men and women including two priests and one Dominican sister. The architect for the project is Cornerstone Architects Inc. of Westford; the engineering firm is Gale Associates Inc. of Weymouth; and the general contractor is Quirk Construction Corp. of Georgetown.

NECA Establishes Student Chapter Boston – The Boston Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) recently established a student chapter with Wentworth Institute of Technology.The NECA Wentworth Student Chapter will enable student members at the highly ranked engineering and construction management school to gain knowledge about the electrical construction industry, interact with NECA contractors at industry events, explore career opportunities in electrical construction, and visit job sites on field trips.In addition, NECA Wentworth Student Chapter members will have an opportunity to participate in NECA’s

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April 2015


Trinity College Transforms the Student Experience with Vernon Social Designed by Tecton Architects

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Hartford, CT – Vernon Social was created from an underwhelming space on the campus of Trinity College for the purpose of giving all students a fun, modern place to meet, eat, study, and relax. Before the design process began, the team at Tecton, together with the administration at Trinity College, sought to reflect the true needs of Trinity’s

students, particularly those who were not involved in Greek life. It was imperative, therefore, to include them in the planning, so the dean of students championed action with Tecton and interviews were set up to solicit survey feedback. A charter committee was formed, and every Trinity student was encouraged to participate, from initial meetings through

to a final presentation of the interior design choices. This inclusive strategy gave Tecton the design direction it needed to completely transform the existing, centrally located building that was underutilized except for the occasional administrative meeting or party, to a vibrant space where every student was equal, welcome, and comfortable. The design is flexible and has multiuse spaces that combine practicality with educational and social enrichment. A warm and colorful aesthetic was inspired from two distinctive features — the existing vaulted wood ceiling and the celebrated Sol LeWitt mural, and we divided the 7,000sf into smaller hubs to accommodate a variety of functions: dining, artistic performances, relaxation, and quiet study. One of the signature features enjoyed by all is the bleacher style seating that overlooks the stage area to allow students to comfortably watch a variety of performers from guest speakers to musical acts to films. Another feature is a fun and welcoming “quiet study room” that doesn’t require students to choose between undisturbed study and functional needs like eating (a rare thing to come by on a college campus).

The entire space was equipped with the very latest, controllable high-end AV system that can balance the quiet areas with the louder social area. Large projection screens are located throughout the space with a significantly larger dropdown screen at the stage. The AV system also serves as additional security for the campus; it can provide emergency notifications to keep the community safe and informed. Finally, there are dining options and accommodations located in the main concourse, as well as a convenience store. On the exterior of the building, a new patio with a fire pit was added for students gathering in the evening. Now Vernon Social is the first stop on the tour for prospective freshmen and their parents. It has made a positive impact on Trinity’s campus community with its blend of practical, educational, and social functions designed so students don’t have to choose between studying, socializing, and taking care of themselves. Furthermore, its range of uses encourages students to engage with their university and their peers, regardless of Greek affiliation, so that they feel connected to and inspired by, their learning community.

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East Hartford, CT – United Steel is in the process of fabricating the structural steel, metal stairs, and railings for Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. Both the Miscellaneous Metals and Structural Steel divisions started work in early December 2014 on the 130,000+ sf hotel. Commonly referred to as “a nod to Fenway,” the Hotel Commonwealth expansion will face Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. The expansion will include additional rooms, three stories of valet parking,

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Chelsea, MA – The owners and staff of the new 140-key TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel officially opened the doors and welcomed their first overnight guests on March 6, 2015. The TownePlace Suites hotel, located at 30 Eastern Avenue in Chelsea, was developed by XSS Hotels. PROCON of Manchester, N.H. was the architect and construction manager for the $13.4 million development. The property is being managed by Colwen Hotels of Portsmouth, N.H. PROCON designed the 82,000sf TownePlace Suites hotel to achieve LEED Silver. The hotel used regional and recycled materials in construction and incorporated environmentally friendly

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Healthcare Keeping up With Medical Advances by Tom Quinlan

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The advances in medicine over the course of the past decade have truly been astounding. The domino effect of these advances goes way beyond prolonging the lives of patients. It also raises the bar for the facilities that treat these patients to meet the needs for people receiving these treatments, as well as a

growing elder population. As a general contractor specializing in renovations and new construction, the challenge for healthcare, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities is twofold. In addition to the actual work, you have to be able to complete the project with minimal disruption to patients/residents and staff

IPD Team Works on BMC’s Project Boston – Boston Medical Center (BMC) has signed a $184 million, single integrated project delivery (IPD) contract agreement with Tocci Building Companies, TRO JB, and Suffolk Construction for its Menino addition and renovations project. The project is the largest capital investment included within BMC’s four-year Clinical Campus Redesign plan. With the Menino project, BMC is the first academic medical center in Massachusetts to use IPD and the largest to employ collaborative project delivery in New England. Led by a four-party project management team, under the

IPD agreement, all risk and reward is shared equally by the four parties and key subcontractors. The project management team is comprised of owner Boston Medical Center, program manager Tocci Building Companies, architect and engineer TROJB, and construction manager Suffolk Construction. The Menino project includes the recent demolition of an existing infill building, a new 120,000sf addition, 220,000sf of renovations to the Menino Pavilion, and construction of a pedestrian bridge with elevator towers at each end.

Coull Design Builds VA Clinic Fit-Up Teams with TRO JB Worcester, MA – JM Coull Dan Cobb, project executive (JMC) will be performing the at JMC, said construction is design-build fit-up for the new expected to start in mid-May 13,000sf Veterans Administraand be completed in October. tion (VA) Clinic at Biotech Park JMC is teamed with Bostonon Plantation Street in Worcesbased TRO JB, an integrated ter. The property is owned by planning, architecture, and Worcester Campus Services engineering firm, for the Corp. and abuts and shares serturn-key project. The scope vices with the UMass Medical Dan Cobb includes all interior finishes School campus. and new MEP systems including HVAC The clinic will be sited at Biotech 4 upgrades and ductwork, electrical wiring that currently houses faculty offices and and lights, emergency call system and labs of the Meyers Primary Care Institute. security wiring, IT wiring, sprinkler, and Th clinic will offer audiology, podiatry, plumbing. and optometry, among its other services.

at the facility. When you consider the scope of work for a particular project, that’s much easier said than done. A recent renovation our firm undertook at Concord Health Care Center in Concord, Mass., provides a sample of how these projects have to be thoughtfully coordinated and executed. The Concord Health Care Center is a post acute-care facility offering rehabilitation services. Additionally, they provide longterm care and a state-of-the-art memory care program for residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The $4.3 million renovation project involved reallocation of space, new designs to accommodate new programs, and updated mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. Here’s the breakdown of the entire renovation: • Remodeling of all common areas on the second and third floors (included flooring, paint, lighting, lineal wall covering). • Renovation of 25 resident rooms in the short-term rehabilitation wing. • Lobby renovation that included an ADA-compliant reception desk. • Exterior front entrance renovation. What makes a project like this more challenging is that it involves work with the front entrance and a lobby. For any building, these areas are critical both for people who work there and guests. When it’s a post acute-care facility, it takes on even greater importance, as it’s the first

point of contact for loved ones going to visit a sick family member or friend or if you are bringing somebody in for treatment. So when a renovation of an entrance or reception desk occurs, you have to plan accordingly to minimize downtime. For a project of this scope, we create a process that involves frequent communication with the appropriate staff, signage, and other ongoing efforts to minimize the impact to operations. Now, for many contractors, the finished product is the ultimate litmus test for the success or failure of a job. For a general contractor working on a renovation at a healthcare facility like this one, the barometer is the finished product and whether or not the project makes a ripple on the day-to-day operations. When you have a project where both residents and staff say, “That went by quickly” followed by “That looks fantastic,” you know you have accomplished your mission. Those were not the exact words used at the end of the renovation of the Concord Health Care Center. The owners went one step further. Based on our firm’s work, the owners hired us for renovation work at two of their other properties: Lexington Health Care Center in Lexington, Mass. and Essex Park in Beverly. And for a general contractor, that’s the ultimate thank you: repeat business. Tom Quinlan is the president and founder of South Coast Improvement.

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Northern New England Jewett Completes Toyota Dealership New Leaders for Sanborn Head Announces New Leadership

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Raymond, NH – Jewett Automotive Design & Construction, a division of Raymond-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc., has completed construction of a new Toyota dealership for Rockingham Motors in Salem. Part of a dual dealership project designed by the Curtis Architectural Group and engineered by Flood Consulting, the new, 33,000sf facility involved the renovation of a former Ultimate electronics store into a stateof-the-art dealership featuring a 13,000sf

showroom and 20,000sf service garage. The building incorporates Toyota’s latest image upgrades, including imported ceramic tile; vinyl and carpet flooring; custom millwork; ACM siding panels; EIFS stucco; new roofing and HVAC rooftop units; new plumbing, electrical, lighting, and HVAC systems; and the large white Toyota entry portal. The team worked in severe winter conditions in order to honor the tight construction schedule.

Concord, NH – Over the past 22 years, Sanborn Head & Associates has quietly grown its consulting engineering firm to over 115 employees with its largest presence in N.H. and Mass., and with offices as far west as Ohio. With two out of the four founders being officially retired by June of 2015, they have followed through on their long-time plan of ‘turning the company leadership over to the next generation. ’ Barret Cole, P.G., L.E.P., is assuming the role of president and COO responsible for the day-to-day management. He has run the firm’s industrial practice, for the past four years. Matthew Poirier, P.E., who has been a leader in the firm’s solid waste practice, is taking on the role of executive vice president, in which he will oversee the firm’s corporate operations. Patricia Pinto, P.E., L.S.P., L.E.P., is assuming leadership of Sanborn Head’s development market sector, in which she takes over from recently retired leader, Mat DiPilato.. Donna Clarico, CPA, is now the vice president of finance, having an expanded

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role in the financial management of the firm. Charles Head, P.E., P.G., remains Sanborn Head’s CEO and will direct his efforts externally on visibility and growth initiatives for the firm. David Adams, P.E. will continue to lead the company’s growing solid waste practice. Mike Nicoloro, P.E. will continue to lead the energy services group, providing services to clients in all market sectors. Kim Sousa, who joined the firm last fall, will continue to build a solid marketing infrastructure and integrate business development activities as vice president of business development and marketing. 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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KBE Earns Two Awards Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corp. has earned a second award for its 2014 safety performance — the 2014 CCIA Safety Recognition award from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA). Earlier this year, KBE was awarded the “Best of Best General Contractor” Safety Award at the Associated Builders and Contractors, Connecticut Chapter’s (CT ABC) Annual Excellence in Construction Awards program. The Connecticut Construction Industries Association’s (CCIA) Safety Recognition Program is designed to help

construction companies either establish or enhance a construction safety and health program by recognizing the safety achievements of its members. CCIA’s Safety Recognition Awards Program follows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidelines, which require a safety and health program to include the following components: • Correction of violations and noncompliance. • Employee training. • Management involvement. • Safety hazard analysis.

CRC Receives LEED Gold Burlington, VT – The Clinical Research Center (CRC) at University of Vermont Medical Center has recently been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health designed the new 10,800sf center that provides scientists and clinical researchers with collaborative research space in which to study and discover the causes of, and treatments for, disease.

MorrisSwitzer worked closely with UVM Medical Center, Richard Moore Environmental Consulting, PC Construction, and BVH Integrated Services on the project. Sustainable design was combined with Energy Star-rated equipment, water use reduction methods, energy efficient lighting, and reuse of material to achieve LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors.

Boston – AKF Group, LLC, of Boston, has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 49th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for designing the building infrastructure systems for Education First’s North American headquarters in Cambridge. The 300,000sf facility alongside the Charles River incorporates many sustainable design and energy-saving features, including high-performance building materials, energy-efficient mechanical/ electrical systems, and LED lighting.

Engineers estimate that the building will consume nearly 35% less energy each year than a comparable structure using conventional infrastructure technology. Complementing the sustainable features is an atrium with a 10-story glass “waterfall” that cascades down the façade to the building entrance and ground-floor restaurant. The project is among 170 engineering projects throughout the nation and around the world recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements and eligible for one of the top 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards.

KC&A Announces Awards Lincoln, RI – Kenneth Castellucci & Associates Inc. (KC&A) has announced its participation on several recent awardwinning projects. KC&A received the Marble Institute of America’s 2014 Pinnacle Award of Excellence as stone installer for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy library modernization, Bourne, Mass. Other project team members included project owner Division of Capital Asset Management, architect Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects and stone supplier and stone fabricator A. Grebelsky & Son.

KC&A also participated on the winning team for Boston Society of Architects’ prestigious 2014 Harleston Parker Medal for work on the Museum of Fine Arts, Art of the Americas Wing. Three other projects that relied on services of the company were nominated for the 2014 Harleston Parker Medal: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum addition, Temple Beth Elohim, and Boston Public Library. KC&A also worked on the East Boston Branch that received the BSA’s Fourth People’s Choice Award.

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You don’t have one? Oh yes you do. In these times of talent wars, of zero candidates being available, and with almost every construction company needing some new hires, the No. 1 thing owners Colm Allen and leaders can do is protect the good staff that they already have. If you become a company that employees love to stay with, you will also become a magnet for good talent. We know as recruiters that employees don’t leave bad companies, they leave bad bosses. Think back to the good people your company has lost in the last few years. Analyze in your head why they left. And, presuming you figured out it was to avoid a certain person, take a wild guess at who that person in your company is. Most companies have one. I call him or her the “Director of Desertion.” Time and time again, there is one person in the company whose negativity, table thumping, or browbeating is responsible for a majority of talent drain from the company. Whether it’s a VP abusing many in the firm or a PM’s attitude to an APM or project coordinator, desertion is most often attributed to the same known nay-sayers, complainers, and whiners. And yet most of our clients accept this behavior, because the troublemaker was “too valuable to lose.” When you think of the financial cost of replacing valued employees, it’s horrendous. Adding up the opportunity costs of lost productivity, errors due to management overload, recruiting fees, training of new hires, etc., it’s huge. And

then, adding insult to injury, some of your best people are working for your opposition, giving away your secrets. And worst of all, you become known on the street as a revolving door firm, where top talent will not even consider working. Analysts predict that the construction industry will need 1.2 million in the next year (management and labor), and there are just over 300,000 qualified candidates available. It’s easy to predict the pressure that is coming; your staff will be recruited as indeed you will try to recruit from other firms you compete with. Salaries are already rising, and it will be across the board. Hiring great staff will not be just about money. The No. 1 reason

We know as recruiters, employees don’t leave bad companies, they leave bad bosses. people change jobs is “quality of life.” The single biggest thing that negatively affects quality of life at work is a toxic atmosphere. And almost invariably, one person creates it more than any other. So, before you buy one more piece of software, or send box seats to your clients, spend some time, energy, and, if need be, money, figuring out how to make your company a great place to work. “Hire for attitude, train for skills.” I write it here every month. Great companies have great attitudes. And their employees have great attitudes. In this coming talent shortage, improving your workplace is the greatest single investment you can make in your business. Colm Allen is president at Construction Recruiters of Milton, Mass.


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Senior residential and care facilities can be financially successful and attractive to residents through the inclusion of simple design considerations that support the business requirements, guest experience requirements, and facilitate the extended care spectrum with fewer guest relocations and space types. Leveraging the evolution of virtualized technology solutions reduces business costs, keeps service offerings current, and allows the operators to focus on the core business of care delivery. Michael Kerwin, RCDD, CCS, DCCA, is principal at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP in Boston.


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Columbia Promotes Six

JM Coull Hires Wendell Maynard, MA – JM Coull, Inc., around New England. At JM a 30-year-old Massachusetts Coull, she is currently managing construction management firm, two laboratory renovations at has added Evelyn Wendell Boston University (Holmes and as project manager. She has White) as well as an HVAC worked in the construction inupgrade at Boston College. dustry for the past two decades, “Evelyn has proven expewith expertise in commercial, rience on a variety of projects hospital, academic, and laboraboth within the academic sector tory projects. as well as healthcare,” said Evelyn Wendell Wendell has managed project executive Josh Brandt. projects for VA Medical Centers, Boston “Both are key markets for JM Coull and University, Boston College, Harvard ones we expect significant growth in throughout 2015 and beyond.” University, and other institutions in and

Marr Promotes Lederman

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Boston – The Marr Companies announced that Bill Lederman, manager of Marr Scaffolding Company’s Hydro Mobile Mast Climber Division, has taken on the additional responsibility of sales and project management for the Elevator Division at Marr Crane & Rigging. He has previous experience managing the sales and rentals of both mast climbing equipment and construction elevators. Lederman began his career with Marr in 2006 in project management and customer service.

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North Reading, MA – Columbia Construction Company celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2015. The firm recently announced the promotion of six employees: Sam Dettore, project executive, with 30 years of experience in construction, has served in a leadership capacity for several complex projects for Columbia. His experience includes an interior fit-out for Dassault Systèmes as well as ongoing work for Boston Scientific Corporation. For the past five years he has served as the firm’s point person for Hobbs Brook Development. David Scott, project manager, has 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He has worked on a new office building for FM Global and the fit-out of Dedham Medical Associates. He has also completed multiple projects for Boston Scientific. Michael Hamill, LEED AP, senior project manager, has more than 20 years of industry experience. His significant projects include the corporate headquarters expansion for Wayfair, the Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Subaru of New England Headquarters,

currently in construction and pursuing LEED Platinum certification. Michael Barrett, senior project manager, with over 25 years of experience in construction, helps Columbia’s clients meet accelerated schedules while achieving project goals. For nearly a decade, Mike has served as Columbia’s client relationship manager for The Chiofaro Company, managing fit-outs at One and Two International Place, including The Palm Restaurant. Rosemary Duffy, senior project manager, has 15 years of experience in the construction industry. She has worked on a variety of project types for Columbia and has recently completed several significant high-tech projects for corporate clients. Her current assignments include Sonos, Inc. and Potamus Trading. Carol Ascolillo, project engineer, has nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry, working closely with the firm’s teams to review, process, and update project. She has served on Columbia’s Waltham Watch Factory, Dassault Systèmes, and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics teams among others. Her current projects include 9 Channel Center and 300 Cambridge Street.

Krebs Leads TNP’s Winthrop Square Street, which is currently owned Boston – Trans National Propby Trans National. erties (TNP), developer and Steve Belkin, CEO of TNP, owner of 133 Federal Street and said, “Justin is well-respected the Trans National building at 2 in all aspects of the real estate Charlesgate in the Fenway, anindustry both locally and nounced that veteran Boston real nationally, including his extenestate professional Justin Krebs sive permitting, finance and has joined TNP as executive vice development experience with president. hotels, residential and office Krebs, who most recently Justin Krebs properties, which makes him was the partner in charge of Normandy Real Estate Partners Boston & uniquely qualified to lead our growing development team.” New England offices, joins TNP to expand Prior to joining TNP, Krebs managed its real estate investment and development Normandy’s successful ownership and platform, and to lead the development repositioning of the John Hancock team working on the proposed 740-foot Tower. In addition, he was responsible Trans National Tower. An iconic mixedfor the permitting and codevelopment of use development in Winthrop Square, the the 378-unit Troy residential project in new Tower will include hotel, residential, the South End, along with the historic office, and ground floor retail at the Winredevelopment of the Ames Building. throp Square Garage site and 133 Federal


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by Bradley Croft

Slip out the back, Jack

So now what? Most subs believe they either performed properly or should have been given another chance to remedy the problem. The way in which the GC approaches termination of a subcontractor can be the difference between a clean, healthy break and a long, drawn-out separation and the inevitable heartache and price tag that comes with it. Well-drafted subcontracts should answer the most common questions that accompany termination: How and when can you terminate for cause and what are your payment obligations if you terminate for convenience? Is written notice required? Does the subcontractor have an opportunity to cure? What happens to the subcontractor’s materials or equipment stored on site? What effect does termination have on warranties for equipment or materials already delivered? Do you have offset rights? Make a new plan, Stan

As strong as the urge may be to rip off the bandage and move on, a GC is always well-advised to consider the impact the termination may have on the project and the schedule, and to have “Plan B” available. If near the end of the job, it may make sense to postpone the formal breakup until after the subcontractor has completed its performance. General contractors should know

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y of Envoy Hotel Practices to Expedite Deliver Lee Kennedy Uses Lean

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exactly where the defaulting subcontractor stands with its downstream subs and suppliers prior to invoking its termination rights. The more unknowns with respect to payments, equipment, OEMs, and materials, the greater a subcontractor’s leverage to increase the pain on the general contractor in response to a termination.

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In the beginning, it was a fairytale relationship: young and growing GC meets capable and experienced subcontractor. Everything seemed so effortless then – the bids fell Bradley Croft exactly into place, the schedule was always met, the work was flawless and payments were never a problem. Then, slowly, things began to change. At first you chalked it up to innocent mistakes – a missed item here or underordered materials there. But then the mistakes became more common and carried greater potential risks – the wrong insurance certificate or a call from the local union rep about a few missed benefit payments. Most recently, it’s as though the sub has just given up. Refusing to sharpen its numbers. Woefully understaffing the job. Failing to pay lower-tier subs and allowing liens to hit the project. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that the bloom is off the rose. It’s time to part ways.


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Provide clear and timely notice of subcontractor defaults and memorialize performance concerns early and often. Trust your gut. There is often an impulse to look the other way and hope the problems you’ve noticed are not going to continue or have a lasting negative impact on the project. Identify the problems, determine whether they can be cured, and if not, be prepared to move on.. Hop on the bus, Gus, you don’t need to discuss much

Once the decision has been made to terminate, it is critical that the GC not

Although 50 may be a bit of an exaggeration, there are several effective ways to break-up with a non-performing subcontractor. deviate from its decision or backtrack. Minimizing the drama, the emotional reactions, and the back-and-forth will help to minimize the potential harm to the project or the schedule. And if the GC had been providing and memorializing timely notices of default or reasons for rejecting change orders or pay applications, then there should not be much left to discuss once the termination takes place. Just drop off the key, Lee, and get yourself free

An amicable breakup is nearly always preferable – and less expensive — than the alternative. Try to preserve the relationship if possible, but if not, at least try to negotiate a settlement so that the subcontractor is less apt to disrupt the project and more likely to give you a release. Although 50 may be a bit of an exaggeration, there are several effective ways to break-up with a non-performing subcontractor. If and when that happens, it is critical for a GC to be prepared to act decisively to avoid the potential risks and costs that can result from a scorned subcontractor. Bradley Croft, Esq. is a shareholder at the Boston law firm of Ruberto, Israel & Weiner P.C.


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PROCON Hires Two



Manchester, NH – PROCON announced that Tracey Pelton has joined its ranks as the executive director of business development and marketing. She has over 15 years of marketing, branding, and business development experience, with 12 years specifically in the construction industry. Her background includes six years at Suffolk Construction SE Division, including receiving the annual Core Value Award in 2006, a broad history of private

development experience in client services, as well as design-build and construction knowledge. John Samenfeld, president of PROCON, stated, “We are very pleased that Tracey has joined our leadership team.” PROCON also recently welcomed Beth Carter as marketing manager. She has fast-tracked her collective experience in the construction industry over 15 years to support multiple departments at PROCON. Her A-to-Z approach to marketing enhances everything from graphic design to database implementation. Her résumé also includes comprehensive oversight of graphic and web design collaborations, website management, and social media promotion. Formerly, she was marketing manager of William A. Berry & Son.

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Nickerson Hires McMahon Waltham, MA – Nickerson PR ence and extensive industry recently announced that Kevin knowledge to ensure consistent McMahon has joined its growing messaging for clients across all team as director of social media of Nickerson’s services. and digital content. In his new With over 15 years of prorole, he is working closely with fessional experience, McMahon the agency’s senior leadership previously served as interactive and industry-leading clientele to marketing manager at John deliver creative and consistent Hancock Investments, and as McMahon social media strategies across technical product manager at all digital platforms. Standard & Poor’s. His portAs director of social media and digifolio of work includes the development tal content, McMahon is responsible for of email marketing campaigns, overall developing and growing comprehensive strategies for new web and mobile apsocial media programs to reach specific plications, and the coordination of social target audiences across a broad range of media strategies for prominent asset social and digital channels. Additionally, he will utilize his managerial experimanagement firms.

DiPrete Engineering Promotions

EnviroVantage Adds New Estimators



EnviroVantage of Epping recently announced addition of Walt Lufkin, Nicholas Morse, and Mathew Fitzpatrick to its team of estimators. In their positions, Lufkin, Morse, and Fitzpatrick will be charged with doing complete breakdowns of impending jobs that will increase the company’s capacity to create thoroughly inclusive and all-encompassing proposal presentations.

Lufkin has a degree in mechanical engineering and an extensive background in design, estimating, and sales. Morse’s background in business and applied mathFitzpatrick ematics will match well with his need to closely interact with general contractors and on-site work teams to evaluate the work to be performed well in advance of work beginning. Fitzpatrick has a background in government contracting, which will be an asset in preparing comprehensive and detail-oriented plans that government projects require.

CWA New Hires



New Haven, CT – Amy Williams and Andres Daza have joined Christopher Williams Architects LLC (CWA ). Working as an architectural designer,

Daza recently graduated from Roger Williams University (where he captained the men’s soccer team) and completed a professional internship. He is working on CWA’s largest lab project to date implementing his expertise in Revit. Williams is a recent graduate of Connecticut College and brings her passion for both the digital arts and technology to the firm. She is currently working with the design teams on renderings, graphic design, drafting, and 3D modeling utilizing Photoshop, AutoCad, and Revit software.

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Newport, RI – DiPrete Engineering, a civil/environmental engineering firm, announced the promotions of two professional engineers. David A. Russo, based out of the firm’s Cranston office, has been promoted to project manager, while Molly R. Titus will join the team of leaders at the firm’s Newport office. Titus, a licensed professional engineer in both R.I. and Mass., joined DiPrete in 2011. With more than 18 years of land development experience, she has worked with both public and private clients on institutional, industrial, and commercial projects. Molly has since expanded into

site design and permitting for highend single family homes and on-site wastewater treatment systems, on projects such as Bishopsgate Road in Newton, Mass., and Adams Street in Lexington. Titus’ current projects include the Newport State Airport in Middletown, R.I., a due diligence study at Spring Wharf in Newport, and the Butterfield Dining Hall expansion and renovation at the University of Rhode Island. Russo will assume the role of project manager. He first joined DiPrete’s team in 1998 through a Cranston High School West internship. A licensed professional engineer in both R.I. and Mass., he has over 10 years of experience in roadway and utility design, stormwater management, and regulatory permitting. Currently, Russo is working on projects such as Cedar Ridge, a 127-unit multifamily development in West Greenwich, The Estates at Camden Woods, an 80-lot subdivision in Cranston, and the Briarcliffe Gardens Expansion, a senior living facility in Johnston.

Corcoran Joins Columbia as Sr. PM North Reading, MA – Columbia career, she has worked on Construction Company recently many cutting-edge laboratory announced that Josie Corcoran facilities for such clients as has joined the company as Vertex Pharmaceuticals, senior project manager. BioMed Realty Trust, and She brings over 25 years Genzyme, to name a few. of experience and expertise Senior vice president and in the planning, budgeting, chief operating officer Jim construction, commissioning, Marsh adds, “We are thrilled and validation of cGMP/CGLP Corcoran that Josie has joined Columbia. life science and healthcareShe brings a lot of great ideas to the table, based laboratory facilities. In her new and will add a tremendous amount of role, she will be actively involved in value to Columbia’s ability to provide managing the construction initiatives of Columbia Construction’s Life Science our clients with unparalleled services and client-base. Throughout her extensive attention to client satisfaction.”

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Earth Day Clean Tech Building Forum

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May 20, 2015

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AGC May 12-14

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June 03

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