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institutions from which exciting new opportunities will come. Some of our most popular events of the last year have been the discussions by Carole Gladstone of DCAMM, Katie Lapp from Harvard University, and the now unfortunately HP: Who are this year’s defunct Olympics bid. Anyone Dan Perruzzi inductees into the MBC Hall who wants to hear about the of Fame? Can you tell us about next wave of opportunities or the gala? just wants to connect with leaders from our constituent groups should attend our Dan Perruzzi: We are honoring two events. new inductees this year: The University of Massachusetts Building Authority HP: How are the speakers for your (UMBA) and Skanska USA. The MBC breakfast meetings selected? this year wanted to illustrate the breadth Dan Perruzzi: We have a panel that solicof our membership. We felt we could its ideas from members and provides their best demonstrate this by honoring an own thoughts on what they see happening outstanding public authority and a forin the industries represented by the MBC. ward-thinking private developer. Both Each of these panel members is a leader are helping to transform this city with in his or her industry. They have a keen inventive new projects. We also have a sense of what our members want in new wonderful keynote speaker, Kara Miller, programs. We also extensively review host of WGBH’s Innovation Hub. The past programs to determine what worked dinner will be on September 17 at the and where we can improve. We are also Westin Waterfront Hotel. always looking for input from our membership. The MBC is a member-driven HP: Besides the gala, what events are organization. Input from our members is most popular and who should attend? critical to enhancing the relevancy of our Dan Perruzzi: The MBC is all about programs and the MBC itself. representing our eight constituencies HP: Will we see more from the MBC — contractor, builder, owner, architect, Women’s Network and 20|30 Club this engineer, supplier, producer, and labor. year? We work very hard to produce events that will appeal to as many of these groups as Dan Perruzzi: Without question, yes. possible. The events that are most popular These groups are really thriving thanks in are, not surprisingly, those that feature the continued to page 8
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Concord, MA – PROCON of Manchester, N.H., broke ground recently on a new Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Concord, Mass. PROCON is the design-builder for the hotel and was joined by Waterford Development Corporation of Framingham, Mass., and XSS Hotels of Portsmouth, N.H., who share a joint ownership in the venture. Colwen Hotels of Portsmouth will manage the completed hotel. Representatives from the town of Concord, along with approximately 50 guests, gathered at the site located at 320 Baker Avenue to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony. Participating were Lance Bennett,
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New Canaan, CT – S/L/A/M Construction Services recently announced the start of construction on the new 28,000sf mixed-use, joint project with 4M Capital Trust, LLC in downtown New Canaan. 4M Capital is the developer and builder, with The S/L/A/M Collaborative serving as the architect and S/L/A/M Construction Services as the construction manager advisor. “We’re thrilled to be working with 4M Capital Trust,” said Gene Torone, president of S/L/A/M Construction Services. “In addition to providing the architectural services, our construction services division will be assisting 4M through the bidding and preconstruction phase.” Located a half mile from New Canaan’s Metro-North Station on Cross Street, the three-story mixed-use building will accommodate 7,000sf of retail space and 12 residential rental units. The building will feature flexible retail space fronting on Cross Street, with one- and two-bedroom market-rate apartments above, all in a desirable part of town adjacent to the downtown area. “4M Capital Trust is excited to collaborate with SLAM on this project,” said Arnold Karp, president of 4M Capital Trust. Sitework is currently under way, and construction is scheduled for completion in July 2016.
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Pittsfield, MA – Integrated Builders has topped off its Haddad Toyota renovation project at 130 Pittsfield-Lenox Road in Pittsfield. The Rockland-based firm kicked off the $4.5 million improvement program in March 2015, which includes the addition of a new 8,000sf service area, an enhanced showroom, and upgraded parking lot. Chris Dennis, project superintendent at Integrated Builders, has worked closely with the Curtis Architectural Group to ensure a timely and smooth construction process to meet the January 2016 delivery date.
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North Andover, MA – SAK Environmental was recently chosen from hundreds of applicants in a competitive process to participate in Northeastern University’s Capacity Building Program. This first-of-its-kind program for the university is designed to diversify Northeastern’s supply chain. The program included seminars geared for small business growth and interaction with Northeastern’s procure-
ment managers and user groups. Stephen Sakakeeny, principal at SAK, participated in the program on behalf of the firm and says, “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Northeastern University for this landmark program which complements our longstanding service to the education market sector. This program is another example of Northeastern’s leadership and commitment to the local and small business community.”
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Magnet School Makes Energy Upgrades to Align with Sustainable Culture
By Pat McDonnell Striving to enhance public education in Southcentral Connecticut, Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) provides valuable resources to 25 school districts and also operates eight special education and Interdistrict Magnet Schools. ACES provides programs that improve the quality of teaching and learning and continually seeks opportunities to be a community leader. Seeking cost-effective solutions to improve the environmental impact and exemplify its sustainable culture, ACES recently completed an energy-efficiency project at its Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School. Efficiency measures implemented at the K-8 building in Hamden, Conn., reduced operating costs while maintaining an optimal learning environment for its 640 students. To ensure core energy goals were met, ACES partnered with The United
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Illuminating Company (UI), as part of the Energize Connecticut initiative, throughout the Wintergreen project. In addition to helping the school secure approximately $133,000 in financial assistance through the Energy Efficiency Fund, the New Haven utility provided technical insight and developed a strategic plan to utilize key energy-saving technologies. An initial energy audit on Wintergreen established the framework for the comprehensive project, which included lighting
and heating system improvements. Lighting in the school entrance, halls, library, and gym were upgraded to highefficient fluorescent technology and lightemitting diode (LED) lights. Inefficient, high-maintenance metal halide light fixtures outside the school were retrofitted with LED lighting systems. The cumulative lighting upgrades completed generated an estimated $36,000 in annual savings. The school’s two oversized, outdated
boilers were replaced with one highefficiency condensing gas boiler. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) were also added to the primary circulation pumps, preventing the system from constantly running at full speed. The updated drives allow the system to operate on an as-needed basis, often at a lower speed, reducing energy use and associated costs. The boiler upgrades and VFDs installation resulted in an additional $6,250 estimated annual savings. “When you look at the annual expenses and tight budgets of a school, energy cost is one area to reduce without negatively impacting the quality of education provided,” said Tim Howes, assistant executive director at ACES. “The energy-efficient improvements implemented at Wintergreen improved our bottom line, and the resulting savings will go right back to our students in enhanced programs and services.” The efficiency projects completed at Wintergreen align with the school’s sustainable culture and green environment. The liberal arts education supports lessons and activities on renewable energy, sustainability, composting, and recycling. Every classroom also maintains an continiued to page 26
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Stone Academy is at the head of the class. As a career training school, Stone Academy is constantly striving to provide a top-notch education. They pride themselves on offering rigorous programs and frontline experience for students. Stone Academy also leads by example within the educational community, both in and out of the classroom, with forward-thinking smart and sustainable business strategies. With support from Energize Connecticut’s Small Business Energy Advantage Program, Stone Academy was able to implement energy upgrades at several of their campuses. Program engineers helped the academic institution with its ongoing sustainability efforts through a comprehensive project, including energy-efficient lighting and HVAC upgrades. Stone Academy also installed motion sensors to save energy on unoccupied spaces. Overall, they are saving nearly $17,000 on energy costs annually.
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Bergmeyer Designs New McGauvran Center at UMass Lowell Lowell, MA – Bergmeyer is repurposing a 40-year-old concrete and brick student center as a new dining and learning commons at UMass Lowell’s South Campus. The renovated building, centered on the campus quad, is expected to become a major attraction for students to dine and gather on campus. The redesigned building will add over 10,000sf to the existing 42,000sf of new space and will offer multiple dining options, a learning commons, and collaborative classrooms. Two entries facing the quad with large areas of glass will welcome students, faculty, and visitors, who will see three levels of activity connected by atriums and a wide central staircase. Each floor will serve different purposes and audiences. The first floor will feature a something-for-everyone dining option with an all-you-care-to-eat approach that will primarily serve students who live on campus. The second floor will cater to commuter students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a retail dining program featuring such well-known quick-serve brands as Subway and Freshii, a Canadian chain focused on fresh, nutritious meal choices. In addition there will be a grille, bakery, branded prepared foods, and a well-stocked market. On the third floor, an atrium stair will rise to provide additional
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Smithfield, RI – A/Z Corporation of North Stonington, Conn. will be the construction manager for a new practice facility to be developed on the Bryant University Smithfield, R.I. campus. The facility will be a ground-up development using a pre-engineered metal fabricated building. The sports complex will be approximately 80,000sf and feature an indoor carpet-style synthetic sports turf for the field application for use by various sports programs, particularly football and lacrosse. The design also includes a baseball locker room and showers, staff offices, controlled storage with overhead door access, men’s and women’s lavatories, a first-aid station, and other amenities. This is part of a major upgrade of the sports facilities planned by Bryant at its Smithfield campus and in Zhuhai, China, adding more than 250,000sf of innovative facilities at the two locations. The program is being made possible
by more than $15 million in leadership gifts to Bryant’s capital campaign. Under the leadership of University President Ronald K. Machtley, the historic Bryant Builds initiatives include a new entrance, integrated landscape, and point of arrival. A 50,000sf academic innovation center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, and a Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center will be completed in 2015. A 78,000sf Indoor practice facility features a state-of-the-art indoor turf field with a full 100 yards of turf. Other improvements include enhancements to the Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center, including a sports medicine and training center; and Bryant University Zhuhai, a joint venture with Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai campus. Bryant’s Chinese partners have invested 100% of the capital for this project.
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Farmington, CT – O&G Industries was recently awarded a contract to transform the old grist mill into the new admissions building for one of the nation’s most historic boarding schools, Farmington’s Miss Porter’s School. The property, home to the former Grist Mill Restaurant on Mill Street in Farmington, will be renovated and fit-out as the school’s new admissions building. All new electrical, HVAC, and finishes will be installed as a part of the 6,500sf
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Boston University Completes Building & Law Tower Renovation and the replacement of all infrastructure including life-safety systems, elevators, and interiors. The exterior restoration and interior life-safety upgrades to the adjacent Papas Law Library was also a portion of this project. Recognizing the building’s importance to the campus, Skanska developed a program to restore the structure of the tower while continuing its use as the school of law. As is the case with most of the buildings of this era, the exposed, castin-place concrete façade along with the exposed aggregate precast panels did not Student common area / all photos by Mike Donovan, director of purchasing for Skanska USA
Boston – Work has been completed by Skanska USA on Boston University’s Sumner M. Redstone Building & Law Tower. The project, which was started in June 2012, included 96,000sf of new construction and 164,000sf of renovation. The design and build teams included: The architect, Bruner Cott & Associates Inc.; MEP engineer, BR+A; and the structural engineer, Weidlinger Associates. The goals for this project centered on the academic program, which was focused on improving the classroom experience, increasing the amount of student space
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Waltham, MA – Students in four Massachusetts school districts returned to class this fall in new educational facilities constructed by CTA Construction Co., Inc., of Waltham. The new schools provide nearly 725,000sf of academic space and represent more than $150 million in investment in education. • The new Park Avenue Elementary School in Webster is built to achieve a LEED Silver rating and projected to save 41% of heating and cooling costs. With a $33 million construction budget, the 109,067sf school is nestled into the forest that surrounds the rural location.
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PDS Completes Powder Mill and Woodland Schools
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to the elementary school. The project became a regional effort funded by the MSBA to expand and renovate the high school as well as renovate Powder Mill Middle School and Woodland Elementary School. The Powder Mill Middle School project included moderate renovations to the existing school building with a small alternate gym addition. All of the existing MEP systems have been replaced with new, more energy efficient ones along with a new sprinkler system. Major interior renovations and updates at Woodland Elementary School, including all new, more energy-efficient, MEP systems along with a completely new
sprinkler system throughout the building, are included in the same project. What’s unusual about this project is that the state typically only approves renovations to one school at a time, but it approved renovations for all three Southwick schools simultaneously. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) offered reimbursement for renovations to the three schools as a group. In order to take a campus approach to the project, Southwick, Tolland, and Granville had to pass an agreement for Granville to join the regional school district at special town meetings in all communities.
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SCUP Symposium at Wellesley Wellesley, MA – The Society of College and University Planning’s (SCUP) North Atlantic Region will host a one-day symposium titled “Leadership, Legacy, and Looking Forward at Wellesley College.” Its intent is to explore the heritage, culture and curriculum, values and goals, stewardship and renewal, and landscape and structures that define and distinguish Wellesley College, the world’s preeminent women’s liberal arts institution. The Wellesley College speakers include H. Kim Bottomley, president; Jon Alvaraz, director of design and construction; Trina
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Greenwich, CT – The structural steel and miscellaneous metals departments at United Steel of East Hartford have completed Phase 1 of updates to Greenwich High School auditorium in Greenwich. Four sets of stairs have been completed, and the stainless-steel rail system is installed on the balcony and mezzanine levels, along with a catwalk and acoustical framing supports. The auditorium will be a 40,000sf building with 1,325 seats and appropriate backstage, lobby, and support facilities. The miscellaneous metals department
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new construction to constantly improve the quality of education and campus life. Yet, more often than not, the technology available to make new construction more cost-effective and efficient are overlooked for the traditional planning, construction, and facilities management techniques we’ve been using for decades. We often remain stubborn Yankees rather than embracing the tools that foster better design and faster construction. Most people think building information modeling (BIM) is only a tool to be utilized during the design process for new construction. But construction in our region goes beyond the benefits of utilizing BIM for new
buildings. In fact, most of our “new” construction is renovation or additions to existing structures. And in order to utilize BIM effectively, you need to create a BIM model of the structure to be renovated. How do you get real-world accuracy of an existing structure without breaking the bank? 3D laser scanning creates a fast, accurate, and detailed digital picture of existing conditions. Buildings can be documented in a virtual point cloud that can then be modeled into a very accurate existing-conditions model from which to base the new design. Mechanical rooms, piping, HVAC, fire protection, elevator shafts, just about anything that traditionally have been difficult to locate with marginal accuracy can be located, mapped, and modeled to millimeter accuracy utilizing laser scanning. That retrofit of your mechanical room or boiler replacement just got a lot easier and faster with the ability to plan exactly what needs to be removed and replaced, not to mention prefabricate. It creates the ability to see how construction is going to proceed before it happens. Why does BIM have to stop at the front door? What if all of the campus infrastructure were in an accurate 3D BIM model to assist in planning of new buildings, sports facilities, open spaces, parking lots, even
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throughout the property. Underground tunnels traverse areas of the campus from building to building. Even with thorough planning, well installations hit the tunnel not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions. Imagine the savings that would have occurred if the tunnel had been properly located utilizing 3D laser scanning and conventional survey technology, then modeled in relation to the rest of the campus prior to laying out the drilling pattern. Add in the numerous underground utilities and the lost change orders, and reduction in time to completion would have paid for the upfront modeling many times over. Combining 3D laser scans of the existing conditions with the vision of new buildings and layouts gives the ability to virtually see the reality of the concept. The ability to create detailed 3D models of real-world conditions on a campus infrastructure level allows planning and development projects to proceed at a rapid pace with few surprises, resulting in minimizing disturbance to ongoing activities, substantial cost savings, and the ability to clearly present design intentions. By embracing today’s technology we literally can see into the future. Chris Lorrain is president of LandTech Consultants, Inc.
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Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction announced the third Boston location for PAUL Bakery at One Boston Place. The newest location underwent a 6,600sf fit-out that incorporates two different concepts into one space: PAUL Bakery and Le Restaurant de PAUL. Shawmut’s work on the full-scale fit-out included the installation of antique chandeliers, millwork package, and custom French-provincial-inspired finishes such as black-and-white tile floors and bookshelf wallpaper. The team constructed both a graband-go bakery and a full-service sit-down
restaurant that seats 112 people within the space, which features 16-foot ceilings and an opulent mix of French provincial and modern furniture. Shawmut has built six other PAUL locations.
Salem, NH – Jewett Construction Company, Inc. has completed dual dealerships for Rockingham Motors in Salem. Jointly designed by the Curtis Architectural Group, structural engineer Flood Consulting, and civil engineer MHF Design Consultants, Inc., the client’s Honda and Toyota-Scion dealerships were constructed simultaneously and on the same lot in just under a year, despite severe weather conditions. The new, ground-up, 26,000sf Rockingham Honda features a 10,000sf showroom and air-conditioned 16,000sf service garage that includes 19 service bays and 12 lifts, as well as high-speed, air-operated, glass overhead doors. The interior design includes a customer lounge, service write-up area, tech room, and break room. Construction of the 33,000sf Rock-
ingham Toyota-Scion facility involved the renovation of a former Ultimate Electronics store into a state-of-the-art dealership featuring a 13,000sf showroom and 20,000sf service garage with 19 service bays, three additional bays for auto detailing services, and 12 lifts. Other interior features include imported ceramic tile, custom millwork, a new customer lounge with adjacent children’s entertainment room, service write-up area, parts department, and break room. The two new dealerships offer more service options to customers, while complying
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Marlborough, MA – J. Calnan & Associates, CSM Lodging, Group One, and Atlantic Management are well under way with the construction of the new Hilton Garden Inn located in Marlborough. The upscale Hilton Garden Inn is slated to open in the spring, 2016 and will offer 160 hotel rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant and bar, including two corporate private dining spaces, fitness room, pool, conference facilities, and breakout rooms. The new five-story, 105,000sf hotel is part of the Marlborough Hills mixed-use “LiveWork-Play-Stay” development.
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space at the street level for new tenants. The contemporary space is brightly lit, lined with crisp, white marble walls, porcelain tile floors, and anchored with a rich wood reception desk. The new façade, stretching two-stories tall, creates activity at the ground floor with highly transparent storefronts to the retail spaces and a new main entryway on Boylston Street. NGKF was able to secure new retail tenants: a flagship store for AT&T and boutique fitness location for BFX Studio. The new ground floor tenants benefit from the abundant glazing which highlights their interior spaces and connects them with the bustling pedestrian activity on Boylston Street. The streetscape in front of 699 Boylston was transformed with a simple and strategic design that delineates a plaza in front of the building, a public way, and a public furnishings zone with permeable pavers. Due to the design team’s work with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, this streetscape palette also serves as a model for future public realm improvements on Boylston Street
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New Residence Hall Rendering — Front View // Credit: Antinozzi Associates
How a sparkling construction partnership is transforming the UB campus community. In the early 1900s, Bridgeport, CT was one of the last US cities to have reached a population of 100,000 without hosting an institution of higher learning. But the tides have clearly turned for the picturesque seaside city. Today, the University of Bridgeport (UB), which boasts the world’s first school of dental hygiene, is now a mecca for top US and international students, thanks in part to construction manager KBE Building Corporation (KBE). Bedazzling Buildings Situated on 53 acres on the coast of Long Island Sound, the UB campus was once home to American showman P.T. Barnum’s exotic mansion, Iranistan, a Moorish-style building that enthralled tourists of the day. Today’s visitors are equally bedazzled by the area’s other Victorian-era buildings, which the University has been gradually renovating for use as faculty offices. “When I started here eight years ago, there was a lot of room for growth,” says George Estrada, UB’s Vice President of Facilities. “Now there’s hardly an empty corner because of the extraordinary success of the university. We are fortunate that the many construction projects we’ve undertaken have been so successful.” Since 2007, the campus has erupted with laboratories, dormitories, athletic fields, office buildings, and more thanks to $60 million in new construction and renovations. Funding has come from both private donors and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA). Trefz School of Business Credit: University of Bridgeport/Kazuhiro Shoji
“Ongoing CHEFA funding is NOT easy to come by — it’s a vigorous vetting process that looks at an organization’s financial stability and strength, fiscal management practices,
and more,” says KBE CEO and Principal Owner Mike Kolakowski. “Having worked with the University for many years, we can easily see why they have been so successful in meeting the state’s requirements.” KBE is serving as Construction Manager at Risk for the new residence hall project now under construction, and also led renovations to the Fones School of Dental Hygiene and the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business (see project profiles on adjacent page). Other KBE projects on campus include renovations to Wahlstrom Library and the President’s Offices and campus-wide upgrades to the electrical grid and IT infrastructure, the Anatomy Lab, and the new athletic fields, locker rooms, and press box. Safety First Preserving the campus’ Victorian architectural style has been essential for visual unity. But it’s the high quality of construction work that has helped unify the UB community into near-universal support for current and upcoming projects. KBE’s numerous project safety awards and extensive experience working around vulnerable populations at hospitals, K–12 schools, and universities has been key to making ongoing construction not only safe but also enjoyable. “KBE has done a great job at keeping disruptions to a minimum,” says Estrada. “I’ve found that the campus community is always very upbeat about our projects. They just need to know what to expect and when construction will be over. That’s why keeping schedules is so important — something that KBE lives up to every day.”
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NEW RESIDENCE HALL // CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK
• new construction of 4-story, 60,000 s/f residence hall to house 220 students in a variety of configurations
• demolition of adjacent, 11-story Schine Hall to provide student parking and sitework for new construction
• building heating supplemented through connections to UB’s fuel cell building and a heat exchanger
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• completion scheduled for fall 2016
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ERNEST C. TREFZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS // CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK
• 7,900 s/f addition and renovation
• two additions and renovations to lobby and to existing lecture theaters
Fones School of Dental Hygiene Credit: Paul Burk Photography
• new seating and intricate millwork • designed by Antinozzi Associates
Master Plan With no end in sight for campus construction, UB leaders have reached a unanimous decision: It’s time to create a master plan. The long-term plan, to be developed with Sasaki Architects during the next year, will address current conditions and project growth to ensure success for UB’s approximately 5,300 students.
• classroom wing open for classes throughout construction, completed in April 2014
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FONES SCHOOL OF DENTAL HYGIENE // CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK
• 24,000 s/f transformation of two student residence hall
Planning ahead is also one of the key qualities UB admires in longtime construction partner KBE. “What’s important in a project is honesty — making sure projects are delivered on-schedule and not over-budget,” says Estrada. “KBE has always been reliable on those fronts, and it has been key to our successful relationship.” In fact, Estrada credits proper planning and estimating with the great start of the new residence hall project. “We were hoping for block-and-plank construction, but we knew there could be budget constraints with that type of construction,” says Estrada. “Both KBE and Antinozzi Associates worked hard to bring the costs in line with our budget and give us the structural system we were looking for.”
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• designed by Antinozzi Associates Credit: Paul Burk Photography
WAHLSTROM LIBRARY // CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK
• comprehensive interior renovation and fit-out of the 20,000 s/f first floor
• new classrooms, media center with laptop stations
Strength in Sustainability With so many new buildings, can UB support sustained growth? The short answer is a resounding yes. “We’re doing a lot of things that are truly extraordinary for a school of our size,” says Estrada. In addition to already operating its own underground electric grid, which KBE renovated several years ago, UB implemented fuel cells earlier this year to reduce carbon emissions. And thanks to a new CT law, UB has the opportunity to participate in a first-of-its kind program that will supply heating and cooling via an underground fuel cell from a garbage-to-energy plant in west Bridgeport. Known for LEED-certified projects, KBE appreciates the University’s cutting-edge green efforts. “All of these initiatives go hand-in-hand with UB’s status as a STEMfocused school with the best engineering program in the Northeast,” says Antonio Mancini, KBE VP of Operations. “And they’re just one more reason that UB’s continued growth is not just a flash in the pan.”
• completed in April 2008
• student lounge and café • main circulation desk
• comprehensive upgrades to the mechanical/electrical system and IT infrastructure
Credit: Paul Burk Photography
• designed by Antinozzi Associates • completed in 2008
KNIGHTS FIELD // CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AS ADVISOR
• conversion of vacant campus lot into multi-purpose athletic field
• new press facilities, concession stand, parking, and landscaped plaza
• stadium lighting and bleacher seating for 1,000+ • designed by Antinozzi Associates • completed in 2007
Credit: Paul Burk Photography
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The Impact of Flooring When a project is first conceived of, whether it be a renovation, addition, or completely new structure, most often the client has a specific idea in mind of how the project should look.
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Acoustically, floors play a very important role in the overall feel of the room, which needs to be taken into consideration depending on the type of structure being built. The J+J Flooring Group white paper, “How Flooring Affects Acoustic Performance,” which appeared in School Planning & Management, points out that flooring, “one of the most abundant finishes in the built environment,” has a great ability to positively, or negatively, impact the space from an acoustic point of view. Specifically, in educational settings, the article points out that “High noise levels . . . hinder teaching and learning in schools [but] . . . An environment with good acoustical control supports the activities and goals of that space, such as . . . effective teaching and learning in schools.” Students are not the only ones negatively affected; while background noise may worsen their reading and spelling efforts, as well as distract their attention, teachers must put forth more effort to increase their volume, which can contribute
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Flooring considerations are also important for facilities other than those with an education or music focus. A floor plan for good acoustical control has been shown to positively impact overall care and patient satisfaction in healthcare facilities, and improved worker productivity in offices. Additionally, the hardness (or softness) of a flooring material can be critical to the structure’s purpose. Kitchens in restaurants, for example, will want to feature a surface that absorbs sounds, is easy to keep clean, and is forgiving enough to allow people to stand on it for hours without painful side effects. In the process of a construction project, it is important to weigh flooring choices carefully, and to do so near the beginning of construction. Many times, for projects — especially school projects, when the bulk of the work is set to be completed during the short summer break — specialized colors or finishes are selected. In order to ensure that optimal flooring choices be accommodated, clients should take the flooring into consideration early in the design process. A structure’s floor is its foundation. Take the time to plan flooring materials to support the goals and activities of your space. Saul Schrader is a senior project manager at Acella Construction Managers in Norwell, Mass.
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Healthcare Facilities Symposium Ogunquit, ME – The 2015 Compass Healthcare Facilities Symposium will address how healthcare facilities managers and C-suite leadership can “Survive the Silver Tsunami,” on September 17 at The Cliff House Resort and Spa in Ogunquit, Maine. The symposium, organized by WBRC Architects•Engineers, is available free to healthcare executives and facility managers. Pre-registration is required. In its fifth year, Compass brings healthcare executives, managers, directors, and educators together to share challenges and best practices in an informal, picturesque environment along Maine’s coast. Speakers include a keynote address by
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UVM Mother-Baby Unit Complete Burlington, VT – The recently completed mother-baby unit for University of Vermont Medical Center, designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health, provides 22 private rooms for new mothers. This $15.8 million project upgraded rooms that were over 50 years old, relocating them to the same floor as the nursery as well as labor and delivery rooms, improving patient transport and communication. The new private rooms are larger and create a calm and nurturing environment
for new families. Each room includes a Murphy bed for supporting partners or family as well as updated technology that includes touch pads for patients to communicate their needs to staff. Additionally, the new unit includes border rooms for mothers who have been discharged while their babies are still intreatment. These overnight rooms allow mothers to bond and breast-feed their babies on-site, while freeing up motherbaby rooms for other patients.
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eter solar tubes in both the gymnasium and the wellness center have been installed as a daylight harvesting system working in conjunction with the interior lighting grid to minimize electrical usage in those areas. The gym, which can be divided into a half court, also includes two volleyball nets, six basketball hoops and score board, and a Neoshock subfloor system with FSC maple flooring marked with sports lines. The fitness studios, which will be used for programs such as spin, yoga, and aerobic classes also feature the Neoshock subfloor system. The flooring in the track, child watch room, and wellness center — which houses exercise equipment and work out areas—consists of an antibacterial rubber flooring system. The design-build construction model used by Jewett and its partners for this project — one built on an inclusive, streamlined team approach — mandates early and ongoing collaboration between client, builder, architect, and subcontractors. It’s an approach that creates a seamless, smart design, incorporating the best construction practices, resource, and materials — achieving the highest quality project within budget, on schedule, and with the
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client’s needs intact. “As a nonprofit,” says Rob McGregor, CEO of Southern District YMCA, “this cooperation ensured excellent resource stewardship and produced a beautiful new facility, the Exeter Area YMCA, which we believe will meet community needs and exceed expectations.” Construction of the long-awaited facility was funded by community support, a generous pool of corporate donors, and a construction loan from the Bank of New Hampshire. From the start, Jewett and the YMCA team encouraged community participation, such as during February 5 topping-off ceremony, when
local residents were invited to sign their names on the structure’s final steel beam before it was hoisted into place. In addition, Jewett and a number of its YMCA subcontractors have become corporate donors in support of the YMCA’s programming. “This is a stellar example of an entire community pulling together to get a job done,” says Craig Jewett, president of Jewett Construction. “We had an excellent team in place, and top-notch subcontractors all working a design-build model that came in on schedule and on budget.”
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Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently participated in the 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge, making it
the eighth straight year the firm has ridden in the three-day bike-a-thon. This year, Team Shawmut has raised $142,381 and counting — a record for the team — for the research being conducted by Dana-Farber’s Dr. Christopher Sweeney. “We are honored that this is our fourth year fundraising for Dr. Sweeney and his research,” said Jim Scarpone, director at Shawmut Design and Construction and Team Shawmut captain. “To be able to ride alongside Dr. Sweeney and some of his patients makes this whole experience that much more meaningful.”
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Putnam, CT – O&G Industries hosted an intern from the city of Norwich’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) at the company’s Putnam High School Renovation project. Anthony Diaz, an 18-year-old graduate of Norwich Technical High School, says: “I had studied aspects of residential construction during high school but never had an opportunity to work on a
commercial construction project.” Funded by the state of Connecticut and the Eastern Workforce Investment Board, the city of Norwich’s SYEP placed 120 youth ranging in age from 14 to 21. The youth work 15 to 25 hours per week for regional employers, with their salaries paid by the program. “The youth gain the benefit of realworld employment experience and receive additional mentoring in presentation skills, résumé, and interview preparation beyond the work site,” stated Patricia Dixe, program coordinator for the City of Norwich Youth and Family Services. Diaz is planning to attend New England Technical School in the fall with a concentration in architectural engineering.
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Woburn, MA – The seventh annual “Buddy Run” fundraiser was held on July 18. Sponsored by Tocci Building Companies, the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, and Boston Harley-Davidson, the Buddy Run featured motorcyclists par-
ticipating in a 2 hour urban “motorcycle run” to support the important work of the Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids (SPARK Center) in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood. John Tocci, chief enabling officer; Lila Tocci, director of company life + charitable giving; and Sam Mellen, assistant superintendent, participated by hitting the open road along with dozens of other riders. Design manager Mark Herstein assisted with set-up, event organization, and raffle ticket sales. The SPARK Center provides therapeutic, medically specialized programs for children of all ages.
Grodsky Team Rides PMC Needham, MA – The Pan Mass Challenge (PMC), a two-day, 190-mile bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown, was held this year on August 1 and 2. Harry Grodsky & Co Inc., one of the New England MCA members, reported that “for three days straight, we had some
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Lexington, MA – Nauset Construction is putting the final touches on the recently opened Lexington Community Center, formerly home to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. The renovation and conversion of the space into a community center also included renovations to the historic Richard Tower Mansion, originally built in 1905. Designed by Steffian Bradley Architects, the $6 million project included the construction of administrative office space; technology-enabled large and small meeting spaces for community use; multi-purpose fitness, wellness, and cardio rooms; game rooms for billiards and table tennis; an expansion of the existing dining area to accommodate up to 100 people; a warming kitchen for the town’s Meals on Wheels program and for functions and events; a renovated reception area; and The Window Pane Shop and Fix-It Shop The buildings required an extensive reconfiguration of the interior layout; upgrades to the MEP systems, including
HVAC energy recovery units and fire protection systems; as well as structural reinforcements to accommodate increased weight-bearing on the second floor. Exterior improvements to the Richard Tower Mansion included significant brick repointing, repairs to the exterior moldings and windows, as well as the addition of a handicap-accessible ramp.
O&G to Build Bus Facility Watertown, CT – O&G Industries was recently awarded a $75 million contract by the state of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) to build a bus maintenance facility on Frost Bridge Road in Watertown. Wendall Companies of N.Y. is the architect. The new facility will provide CT Transit with space for vehicle storage, washing, maintenance, and parts management, as well as administrative and operations support. The facility will provide space for 86 buses and 162 staff and replaces the company’s existing facility on Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury. In addition, the project includes extensive earthwork and conservation measures on the 20-acre site. These
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efforts include protecting a 100-year-old American Sycamore tree and creating a safe habitat for the New England cottontail rabbits during construction. The property, which borders the Naugatuck River, will also be enhanced with numerous plantings to revitalize the landscape. Sitework at the project began earlier this month. The project is expected to be completed in April 2017.
Pawtucket Waterfront Development YMCA Receives MassDev Bond Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $22.7 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, to expand and upgrade its five branch locations: Boroughs Family Branch, Westborough; Camp Lowe, Lancaster; Central Community Branch, Worcester; Greendale Family branch, North Worcester; and Montachusett Community Branch, Fitchburg. Also, a $10 million tax-exempt bond had been issued on behalf of the YMCA of Greater Boston, which will use bond proceeds to complete large-scale
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Pawtucket, RI – The Peregrine Group, LLC, has submitted a design proposal to the Pawtucket Waterfront Development Opportunity Committee that features construction of a parking garage as a central element in future plans for the 45 Division Street area. The review of the site conditions, neighborhood context, and market opportunities allowed the project team to evaluate a series of options that focused on the commercial and retail uses oriented towards the main frontage of the property located on Division and Water streets. This enables the balance of the property to orient towards the residential component, parking, open space, and public access to the waterfront and through the property to the surrounding amenities. Based on the criteria stated by the city of Pawtucket and internal density and economic objectives, the Peregrene team decided that a design solution with only surface parking is not feasible; therefore, a parking structure became a
core component of the project. The plan is not meant to be definitive; rather, it is a starting point for the team and the city of Pawtucket to begin a more-informed dialogue and detailed conversation around future development. As developers, owners, project managers, and property managers, Peregrine, based in Rumford, brings a comprehensive understanding of the development process life cycle and the challenges and opportunities that exist in every phase.
The late Henry Rothenberg would have been very proud to see how a contribution from his company, LATICRETE, helped create the Pease Place Woodbridge Community Playground, located on Pease Road. “Our founder, Henry Rothberg, was a long-term resident of Woodbridge, and we are proud to honor the entire community with a LATICRETE contribution,” said James L. Bouldin, vice president of operations at the company.
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CTA Completes Four Schools continued from page 24 minimize the impact on school operations. • In West Bridgewater, CTA constructed a new middle-senior high school totaling 141,000sf. Designed by Flansburgh Architects, the project construction budget totaled $49.6 million. The 20-acre site will also contain a new synthetic playing field for football and soccer with a six-lane running track, new baseball field, and a field hockey overlay field. Other site improvements include new roadways, parking, walkways, landscaping, and utilities. Designed by Flansburgh Architects, the project construction budget totaled $49.6 million. Strategic Building Solutions is the owner’s project manager for both the Assabet and West
Bethany, CT – With the support of several local businesses and organizations, including the Diamond-Level Sponsor LATICRETE, Woodbridge Community Playground Inc. constructed a community playground for children of all ages and ability levels. The group’s mission is to create a safe and accessible all-inclusive outdoor playground that fosters imaginative play and developmental learning, a place where all children can play side-by-side in an environment of acceptance and understanding of differences.
Bridgewater projects. • In Revere, CTA constructed a new, 103,000sf Revere Hill Elementary School for early childhood through fifth grade. The building is organized around a central, two-story lobby, that shares views into the cafeteria, media center and administration area. The school’s north wing will hold grades early childhood and first grade. The other grades, as well as specialneeds classrooms and computer labs, will be housed in the three-story classroom wing at the south end of the site. The project was designed by Drummey Rosane Anderson and the owner’s project manager is Hill International.
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Hartford, CT – O&G Industries was recently awarded a contract to build a new handicap accessible entrance at the historic Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. PEPIN Associates of Bloomfield is the project architect. The new entrance will add 11,000sf of space to the existing building and include a passenger drop-off area that provides convenient handicap access to a new elevator system. The project will also create additional restroom facilities and storage space.
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Farmington, CT – A sterling safety record has given KBE Building Corporation the opportunity to enter into two new strategic partnerships with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hartford Area Office. “Clearly, we are honored to have been chosen by OSHA for these partnerships,” says KBE CEO and principal owner, Mike Kolakowski. The two new projects that these industry leaders will be working on together are the 211,000sf STEM
Residence Hall for the University of Connecticut in Storrs and the new 183,000sf Litchfield County Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington. KBE and OSHA will combine forces to set a standard that will inspire construction companies around the country to voluntarily take steps to improve their own safety practices instead of waiting for the government to get involved when a situation becomes too dangerous. For the Litchfield and UConn projects, KBE and OSHA will aim to decrease the total case incident rate (TCIR); and days away, restricted, and transferred (DART) rate to 20% below the current national average. To achieve these goals, KBE’s safety manager on-site for each project will conduct regular meetings with subcontractor foremen to analyze any outstanding safety issues. The company will also develop a comprehensive safety strategy that OSHA will review and make recommendations on. KBE employees will be encouraged to participate in this process by identifying hazardous situations and submitting suggestions for safety improvements. Once a month, OSHA representatives will be on each site to conduct and monitor safety training.
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Glastonbury, CT – The recently completed Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS) at Montclair State University, a new 100,000sf building designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative, will serve as the home for the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences starting in the fall of 2015. The building has been designed with labs to accommodate the diverse research teams to tackle today’s complex multidisciplinary research problems. The lab rooms have been designed with robust technology to aid in real-time computational needs and allow for inlab research meetings to foster better
communication among researchers. The teaching labs have been designed within the same footprint as the research space to allow for them to flex over time. This footprint provides ideal locations for informal and formal breakout spaces to help foster interaction among faculty and students. This project expands the university’s science research infrastructure by 50% and provides students with state-ofthe-art facilities and high-tech learning environments. The new building will provide a seminar/lecture hall, instructional and research laboratories, research support and
The lab rooms have been designed to aid in real-time computational needs. / © Mike Peters Photography
equipment rooms, incubator laboratories, offices, and seminar conference rooms for the College of Science and Mathematics. In addition to the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, the building will house the university’s Sokol Institute for the Pharmaceutical Life Sciences, PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies,
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Symphony Court Begins Phase 2 Boston – Catamount Management, SMMA and Berkeley Building Company team up once more to build the second phase of Symphony Court in the Fenway area of Boston. The team broke ground on April 8 of this year, and foundations are now under way with structural steel expected to start in September. Phase 2, which will connect to Phase 1 on the ground floor, will consist of 34 luxury condominium units in a mixture of studio, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units in both the single floor and town house configuration. The two buildings will share exercise space, concierge, common area, and parking. The project
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BRA Approves Apt. Construction Boston – The Boston Home, an organization that serves adults with progressive neurological diseases, was granted approval to construct a new, 43,676sf independent living facility on its Dorchester campus. The $14.1 million project, known as Harmon Apartments, will be a mixed-
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Quincy, MA – MassDevelopment has issued an $11.3 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of 10 Winter Street Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Quincy-based NeighborWorks Southern Mass. The organization will use bond pro-
ceeds to purchase and renovate Kendrigan Place Apartments, a 78-unit affordable multifamily rental housing facility in Quincy. The apartment complex consists of 27 one-bedroom units and 51 two-bedroom units, all of which are affordable. NeighborWorks Southern Mass will upgrade kitchens, bathrooms, and floors and install a heating system and windows. In addition to the tax-exempt bond, MassDevelopment assisted the Department of Housing and Community Development with the approval of federal low-income housing tax credits, which provided approximately $6.5 million in equity. Boston Private Bank purchased the bond.
BRA Approves Two Projects Boston – The BRA board offered its support for Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Four Corners Plaza project, a 43,537sf, entirely affordable development with 31 rental units and 9,200sf of commercial space. The $14.5 million project is composed of two buildings, one of which will contain 28 units and the commercial space, while the second building will consist of three townhouses. Four Corners Plaza was designed by DHK Architects. The developer plans to begin construction on the project in 2017. Approval also was given to the site of a former gas station at 1650 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton that will be trans-
formed into a five-story development with 40 condominiums, 2,400sf of retail space, and a fitness center for residents. The $18 million development will be a mix of 12 one-bedroom units, 25 two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom units. Five of the units will be deed restricted as affordable, in accordance with the Inclusionary Development Policy. The developer has agreed to make a $35,000 contribution to the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to fund improvements to green space in Allston-Brighton. Construction is expected to begin in late fall, and the developer hopes to complete the project by summer of 2016.
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Construction Management From an Owner’s Point of View Part 1 Construction management (CM) has evolved into the private sector and oftentimes replaces the traditional concept of a lump sum contract between the owner and the contractor. CM has taken on a dominant role in public works contracts, especially with
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state agencies and in the private sector. CM could be defined as a consultant to an owner at one extreme, and to the actual contractor to the owner on the other extreme. The traditional concept of construction is where the owner hires an architect who designs a project, and thereafter, the project is placed for bid with several contractors. The lowest, responsible and qualified bidder usually receives the award. CM has taken away the bidding process in that the owner hires an architect and the construction manager at the same time with no competitive bidding by contractors (the public sector
CM has taken away the bidding process in that the owner hires an architect and the construction manager at the same time with no competitive bidding by contractors (the public sector requires prequalification and competitive bidding). requires prequalification and competitive bidding). The owner, architect, and the CM are a team who attempt to work together to design a project, and once a project is designed, the CM is the actual contractor for the project.
The CM gives the owner a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) when the drawings are not complete, as opposed to the traditional method of a contractor bidding on 100% completed drawings and specifications. The CM would be responsible for any cost overruns over the GMP. If the cost is below the GMP, such savings belong to the owner. The CM actually constructs a project on a cost-plus basis with a GMP. The question is, should an owner use a CM or utilize the traditional form of construction whereby the architect completes the drawings and specifications, and the
CM could be defined as a consultant to an owner at one extreme, and to the actual contractor to the owner on the other extreme. documents are placed out to bid with several bidders on a lump sum basis? CM can be divided into two different definitions: 1. The owner could utilize a CM as the owner’s consultant. Oftentimes an owner is without a responsible and experienced staff to determine construction means and methods, to participate in the actual construction project, reviewing the architect and contractor’s work product, etc. The owner can make a good investment by retaining a CM to represent the owner during a construction project. In such a case, the CM does not actually participate in the construction, but merely represents the owner’s interests in the project. 2. The other use of CM is where an owner retains a CM who actually builds the construction project for the owner. It is this author’s opinion that CM can be beneficial on two occasions: 1) in representing the owner’s interest in the construction project simultaneously with the retention of an architect, and also to represent the owner during the construction phase of the project; or 2) when there is no time to retain an architect draft plans and specifications and place the project out to bid. Gerard Visconte, Esq., Schechtman Halperin & Savage, LLP.
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Additionally, transparency becomes the architectural equivalent of connectivity, allowing both teachers and students to see and be seen. This is a time when peer pressure can also play a positive role in a student’s life, inspiring them to try new things and display accomplishments. Great school design needs to provide generous amounts of space for display and presentation. Twenty-first century students not only need to study, they also must be comfortable discussing and presenting ideas. A large commons or open space at the heart of the school provides an ideal, informal learning environment that supports this approach. This central hub also acts as the heart of the school and fosters a strong sense of community at a time in life when students are beginning to find their footing in a larger world. A truly great middle school provides a physical space that supports this yearning. While it is important to learn to work effectively in a group, schools must also recognize the importance of the individual, because each student’s approach to learning and new challenges is personal. This intimate scale can be reflected in a variety of ways. Many students confide to us about their need for quiet, concentration time. Furniture that can be easily moved to create personal space in the library or media center provides an effective solution. The traditional library carrel is still relevant and can fill this need for privacy and concentrated individual study. Small niches or breakout spaces scattered throughout the hallways provide
impromptu meeting or study space that can be so useful at this age. These are areas where the use of transparency can allow for smaller groups or individuals to concentrate, but still facilitate faculty supervision. Flexibility and adaptability is also critical to the design of a great school; therefore, it is more important than ever to anticipate change. While we cannot predict the future, we do know schools will continue to adapt to new teaching methodologies, technology, and modes of communication. Architects and our clients must keep this in mind and create spaces with robust connectivity. Whenever possible, it is important to keep the design simple and modular, with walls that can be relocated without costly changes to the structure or mechanical systems. We caution our clients to guard against the hyper-specific space, and favor generous flexible rooms that can accommodate a variety of functions. A successful middle school design must reflect the scale and optimism of this age group, with durable and easily maintained materials. There is something comforting and familiar about brick and stone, something timeless and substantial that seems particularly well-suited for a middle school. This doesn’t mean the design needs to be traditional or limit creativity. A really great middle school can be all these things — innovative and inspiring, safe and secure and, like its students, open to the world. Mark McCarthy, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Perkins Eastman Architects in Boston, Massachusetts.
Op-Ed Keep Solar’s Future Bright The sun will soon set on solar job creation in Massachusetts if lawmakers don’t turn up the heat. Net metering, a mechanism allowing customers to offset consumption by
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selling excess power their solar electrical systems produce back to the utility grid, is in the cross hairs. It is a crucial catalyst for solar deployment. Because of the solar industry’s explosive growth — Massachusetts had the fourth most new capacity nationally in 2014, with 12,000 jobs born to date — caps on net metering were quickly met in National Grid’s service territory, effectively stalling future projects in shovel-ready regions. The State Senate recently passed legislation to raise the cap but still needs approval from the House of Representatives
and, ultimately, Gov. Charlie Baker. Until then, the commonwealth’s green economy will languish under current caps that constrain how much energy utilities must accept from local solar projects. Without the ability to trade excess power, solar’s full economic benefits go unrealized. Generally, 20 electricians are hired per megawatt of solar installed. The 7,500 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 and over 200 National Electrical Contractors Association employers are already suffering the repercussions of harmful regulatory obstacles: mass job loss while the construction industry still recovers from the Great Recession. Even worse, the short New England construction season is quickly slipping away while politicians do nothing. Dan McGrath founded Malden-based United Solar Associates shortly after graduating from the IBEW’s electrical apprenticeship. His family-owned business proudly employs union electricians on solar installations. Six significant projects in United Solar’s pipeline that would have created over 30 family-sustaining jobs are likely dead because of net metering
Massachusetts is squandered, as well as $1 million in federal solar investment tax credits. Job loss as a result of economic factors beyond our control is awful, but it’s especially egregious when a bureaucratic logjam is the culprit. Make no mistake: House lawmakers and Gov. Baker can save the 12,000 jobs supported by solar and thousands more that could be created by raising net metering caps as soon as formal session begins in September. At a minimum, they must raise the net metering caps to align with the 2016 federal solar tax credit expiration as legislators craft a longer-term plan. Anything less will undoubtedly destroy the solar marketplace. Visionary leadership and a cuttingedge workforce have positioned Massachusetts as a national renewable energy leader. Now is not the time to cut the lights. Matthew A. M. Lash is the director of business development for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 and the National Electrical Contractors Association of Greater Boston.
uncertainty. Sadly, many more union electricians are experiencing similar pain. Waltham’s Mass Electric Construction cut its workforce by over 100 employees because two $14 million, six-megawatt municipal solar farms — one of them developed with former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II’s Citizens Energy — are on hold. A 1-megawatt, $2.5 million solar investment in Newburyport slated to be installed by Bradford’s All Pro Electric was axed after net metering obstacles scared labor-friendly investors. Almost 18 megawatts of municipal solar with union-friendly Ameresco, including 3 megawatts for MassDOT along the Massachusetts Turnpike, are delayed — robbing communities of clean, affordable energy. At IBEW Local 223 in Taunton, 100 solar electricians are collecting unemployment instead of building projects. Over 48 megawatts of solar in National Grid’s area are currently on hold, according to the Massachusetts System of Assurance of Net Metering Eligibility, placing almost 1,000 electrical jobs in harm’s way. What’s more, every day the legislature fails to raise the caps, $3 million in private investment to
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Kick it up a Notch: Using PR to Augment Business Development Efforts Public relations should take the chill out of business development. Successful PR can create an environment in which no new business meeting is truly “cold” by raising the visibility of a company
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and its offerings. Moreover, PR can bring measurable results to a company’s bottom line and help achieve its business development goals. Targeted, strategic public relations can produce tangible results that: 1) promote a company’s reputation; 2) enhance brand identity; 3) raise awareness of a company’s competitive differentiators; 4) increase name recognition in the marketplace; 5) promote a niche expertise; 6) target specific markets; and 7) recruit talented staff.
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While some company needs are addressed by the PR basics — media relations, press releases, and articles — others require a more expansive program of strategic counsel and tactical implementation. While your PR professional should excel in these basics, every tool in the marketing arsenal should be considered for maximum impact. Award programs, speaking opportunities, and byline articles provide specific and high-profile outlets for touting your work and selling yourself as a seasoned expert in your field. Just as a well-written, quality proposal can win you work, so too can a well-executed award submission or well-placed byline article offer prestige and credibility. The consultants at Acentech, an acoustics, audiovisual, IT, and security system, and noise and vibration consulting firm, have written many byline articles in the seven market sectors in which the firm works. Acentech enjoyed great business development success by placing these articles in strategic publications. Each year, Acentech receives several leads and secures new work from its byline article placements in publications such as Healthcare Facilities Management,
Medical Construction & Design, Appliance Design, High-Profile Monthly, and The Construction Specifier. It’s not uncommon for prospective clients to contact the firm directly after reading an article written by one of Acentech’s industry experts. Case in point: An architecture firm in Buffalo, New York, did a Google search of “academic research laboratories” and found Acentech’s byline article on the topic in College Planning & Management. After making introductions, the architecture firm invited Acentech to join its submitting team for a project at a medical university. Acentech has completed many projects in the past for this university and has a plethora of similar higher education experience. The CP+M article put the firm in front of a new architecture client, and the design team — including Acentech — won the job. PR and marketing can assist with direct business development outreach. Zampell FM sent marketing letters and a targeted e-blast to prospective clients after the launch of the company’s new web site. The firm enjoyed many positive emails and calls about the quality of the website and strong reactions to service areas of interest from existing and prospective clients. Customized and personal emails to nearly 75 people resulted in 10 to 15 interest calls and several in-person meetings from the marketing letters that were distributed. PR is a critical piece of any firm’s business development efforts. With media savvy and an unyielding focus on your company’s goals, PR is a bridge best crossed for business development success Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM, is president and CEO of Rhino PR in Hamilton, Mass.
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Related Beal unveiled a plan to build a $220 million all affordable/workforce housing project in North Station. Designed by CBT Architects to be LEED Silver certifiable, it will have a 220-key hotel, 10,000sf of ground-floor retail, parking for 220 cars, and a public park. The developer is pursuing tax-exempt bond financing through MassDevelopment and hopes to break ground in November.
Roxbury Latin School will spend $30 million to build eight new athletic facilities on it West Roxbury campus. In a new building it will have an ice hockey rink, indoor soccer, football, and other sports, and it will also add eight outdoor tennis courts and revamp its existing athletic fields.
Future of Downtown Boston High-Profile recently attended the Bisnow event titled “Future of Downtown Boston.” Bisnow panelists and 350 guests discussed the warp speed at which Boston seems to be changing. Nixon Peabody partner Larry DiCara, whose firm has had a downtown office for 25 years, kicked off the event by saying that decades ago, the most popular hotel in the neighborhood rented rooms by the hour and city residents were fleeing to the ’burbs. Now, there’s the Hyatt, a RitzCarlton, and the boutique Godfrey Hotel due to open later this year. The population is the largest it’s been in 50 years, and Boston has changed from a city of brawn to one of brains. The first panel on offices was moderated by Vidaris’ Walter Hartnett and featured EOP’s John Conley, Arrowstreet’s David Bois, and Sonos’ Chad Lundeen. In the 18 months that Hartnett’s been in Boston, he’s already seen a “radical change.” David Bois said, “Revitalization of historic building-addition provides a distinctive new identity, existing building provides historic details, character (two-story lobby, classic details, terracotta ceilings). The building retains its
authenticity while being modernized to support tenants. On Congress Square and buildings like it, the addition of new floors adds needed area and provides the historic building with state-of-the-art office space. We see this as a trend that makes sense — preserving the historic character of downtown Boston and promoting the use of these buildings for future generations.” Tyler Fisher, director of Bisnow Boston, said, “I was absolutely thrilled with the event, which was made possible by our amazing speakers and sponsors. Larry DiCara’s keynote set the tone of the event and was referenced throughout the panels to follow. “On those panels, I thought the blend of perspectives was amazing — from Rosemarie Sansone to Arrowstreet, Equity Office and Justin Krebs to Sonos and Roche Brothers. We had a diverse group of people and firms who have shaped what downtown has become, and are the driving forces behind its future, which I think we all can agree is quite exciting.”
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Developers Dan Mangiacotti and Justin Iantosca will replace a car repair shop and other industrial buildings with a $25 million, three-building, 76-unit residential complex at 3200 Washington St. It will have parking for 41 cars, nearly 4,500sf of retail, and bike storage designed by RODE Architects.
National Development won city approval to build a $50 million, 200key AC hotel on Albany Street adjacent to the Ink Block in the hot South End’s New York Streets neighborhood. The European-style hotel will be designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects. It will have a public art gallery, dining, bar, lounges, conference rooms, fitness center, and indoor pool. Artists for Humanity plans to spend $30 million to triple the capacity of its existing facility on the South Boston side of Fort Point. At EpiCenter, Boston’s first LEED Platinum building that opened
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Landscape Copley Wolff’s Upgrades Will Have the Professors Asking
‘Can we Have Class Outside?’ Even in the City! Copley Wolff Design Group (CWDG) has been leading a movement on higher education campuses to connect the interior to the exterior and has been creating environments outside
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the classroom not only for additional educational opportunities, but also for social and recreational use. “We are focusing on creating enriching open spaces for the students,” says Sean Sanger, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, principal. “These higher education institutions have made great renovations and upgrades to their interior spaces, and we are using our expertise to help connect the entire campus, inside and out.”
The University of Connecticut (UConn) in Storrs, Conn., has utilized CWDG on several projects, most recently on the Sundial Plaza and Business School Quad, both located on the Storrs’ campus. For each of these projects, pedestrian circulation was a key objective for CWDG, alongside integrated stormwater solutions and general refurbishment. For both of these projects, pathways were designed to utilize permeable precast pavers, allowing stormwater to be captured locally rather than piped off campus. Three rain gardens were created to visually express the stormwater solutions within the designs. The Sundial Plaza, located on the main axis between the Benton Art Museum and Student Union Terrace, was repositioned to be elevated on a multi-tiered granite base for prominence and seating, and is located among circular granite seat walls for increased gathering space. CWDG utilized a high-end turf soil mix to allow the lawn adjacent to the Student Union Terrace to be more tolerant of heavy
pedestrian and special event usage, and unified the entirety of the axis through trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. The Business School Quad is the second largest open space on the UConn campus and necessitated CWDG incorporating separate pedestrian and vehicular/service areas into its designs. In creating a designated service drive with loading zones and accessible parking spaces, CWDG ensured that the rest of the quad remained free of vehicles. Notably, this allowed for a new treelined pedestrian walkway to be created, serving as the university’s processional for graduation ceremonies. CWDG also has several projects under way on Boston University’s (BU) tight urban campus. CWDG has been working on a pocket park for Myles Standish Hall, as well as streetscapes and pocket Ironwood-HighPro-8-14rev07.pdf 1 8/25/14 parks for the new Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE). Outdoor space is a premium on campus, and CWDG is often required to make the
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lined with floor-to-ceiling frameless glass walls — designed around a custom-made solar panel table; an employee lounge and games area; and cubicles arranged in a bullpen formation with 48-inch walls and
glass panel to allow for collaboration and visual connection to the exterior. Additional team members included Redstar Contracting and EDE Engineers. This is Maugel’s second commission for Borrego Solar. The property at 55 Technology Drive was well known to Maugel. The firm had previously renovated the building’s lobby and common areas and designed multiple office fit-ups for the space while it was owned by Nordblom Company. Maugel was working with the current owners, Novoya Real Estate, to market the building when Borrego expressed interest. Brendan Nagle, chief operating officer at Borrego Solar Systems, said, “Maugel created the perfect space for us at Technology Drive — with its open floor plan, glass walls, ample conference rooms, and lounge areas, we are able to work more collaboratively and comfortably. We are continuing to build out the Borrego team and while we needed an office that could accommodate our practical needs for space, we also wanted the office to facilitate our inclusive work culture and be a welcoming space to host customers.“
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contractor can make for an innovative and seamless construction process. In July 2014, CDM Smith, a global engineering and construction firm, was facing an accelerated design and construction project to prepare for its global headquarters relocation from 50 Hampshire Street in Cambridge to 75 State Street in Boston. The firm desired a more current, collaborative, and engaging space that would appeal to its multigenerational workforce, but it needed to design, build, and move into its new headquarters by March 1, 2015. To meet this challenging seven-
month schedule, CDM Smith engaged Margulies Perruzzi Architects to design and Structure Tone to renovate the new six-floor, 123,000sf headquarters. From the start, the team was committed to meeting the tight schedule, and close collaboration between MPA, Structure Tone, consultants, and the internal team at CDM Smith made the success of this project achievable. MPA outlined a conceptual schedule that featured an accelerated design phase, and Structure Tone advised that construction deadlines could be met if the project implemented a prefabricated wall partition system in lieu of stick-built construction. By using a partition system, the demolition and construction work would involve only the floor, ceilings, and MEP systems. Early partition drawings were prepared by MPA and submitted to the partition manufacturer, allowing fabrication to commence before final construction documents were completed. By submitting early drawings for the construction permit, accelerating the construction phase, and having MEP consultant Bala|TMP collaborate directly with the design team and subcontractors, CDM Smith would be in its new space on schedule.
Strategic Workspaces designed the wall system, and the manufacturer, DIRTT, began fabricating it as soon as MPA finished drawing the design. MPA, Structure Tone, and Strategic Workspaces collaborated closely on the design schedule, and wall components started to arrive on-site within four to five weeks after they were ordered. Approximately 5,000 linear feet of prefabricated walls with electrical and audiovisual integration were used in custom sizes and finishes. The walls were partially assembled off-site to allow for minimal site disruption and rapid final site construction. CDM Smith valued the flexibility the partition system provided, as well as the added assurance that the approach would deliver the project on time and on budget. CDM Smith’s new headquarters features workstations and bench seating in an open plan setting, glass-front offices, conference rooms with audiovisual technology to enhance collaboration, huddle and focus rooms, a design-build center, automation lab, and a multipurpose room for training and all-staff meetings. To improve acoustical privacy and reduce sound distraction in the open office environment, acoustical consulting
firm Acentech was engaged to design and specify a sound-masking system. Most of the private offices are located on the interior, preserving natural light and views for those in open plan workstations. Flexibility was considered in the design of private offices and in furniture selection, enabling offices to double as meeting spaces. Overall, the quantity of meeting space increased by more than 133% in the new headquarters. “The team did a remarkable job of delivering this project on time and on budget,” said Timothy B. Wall, president and chief operating officer of CDM Smith. “The success of this project is the result of great people working together exquisitely toward a team goal, understanding their individual and team roles, and having clear expectations of the strategy. Another team could have used the same design and not achieved the same outcome. Staying true to CDM Smith’s passion for client and team partnership, we are proud of the project teamwork that brought our new company headquarters to successful fruition.” Dan Perruzzi, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.
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Regan Selected for ’40 Under Forty’ Hartford, CT – Robinson+Cole made an impact in their various construction lawyer Todd R. business sectors. Regan has been selected as Regan, a partner at one of the Hartford Business Robinson+Cole, is dedicated Journal’s “40 Under Forty” for to supporting the local 2015. community. He is a volunteer The 2015 class of 40 Under reader at Hartford’s Wish Forty will be recognized at Elementary School with the an awards celebration on United Way’s literacy program. Regan September 30 and were profiled He also serves as a pro bono in a special supplement of the attorney with Lawyers for Children Hartford Business Journal on July 20. A America and as a board member with panel of judges chose the honorees for Connecticut Landmarks, Organized their extraordinary leadership qualities, Parents Make a Difference, Inc., and the ongoing commitment to personal Connecticut Community for Addiction and professional development, and Recovery. outstanding accomplishments that have
EnviroVantage Business of the Year Exeter, NH – EnviroVantage, of Epping, was recently honored by The Exeter Area Chamber Of Commerce as the winner of the prestigious 2015 Business of the Year in the category of Real Estate, Construction, and Engineering. The judges selected the winners based on their significant involvement and generous contributions made to both their industry and community. Recognizing this year’s winners were cohosts Mark Danie (People’s United Bank) and Beth MacDonald (Donahue, Tucker, and Ciandella) with opening remarks made by chamber president, Mike Schidlovsky. “We are very honored to have been presented with this wonderful award and would like to express our gratitude to the amazing people involved with the Exeter Chamber of Commerce for all their support, along with our hardworking, dedicated employees here at EnviroVantage, because without them, none of this would be possible,” said
(l-r ) EnviroVantage employees accepting the award: Mike Rodgers, David Massaro, Billy Martin, Mike Stansbury, and Ben Guilliani
owner and president, Scott Knightly. EnviroVantage also was honored by The Associated Builders and Contractors Association of New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter with three safety awards for work performed in the last 12 months. EnviroVantage’s commitment to safety on behalf of its workers was highlighted with a first place acknowledgement for 200,000–300,00 man hours worked, a Most Creative award for the company’s approach to workplace safety challenges, and a third recognition for zero cases resulting in lost workdays.
Eversource Awarded CQIA Gold Berlin, CT – Eversource was recognized recently as a 2015 Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Innovation Prize recipient. The company received a Gold Innovation Prize for its PRIME program, which helps Connecticut’s manufacturers combine lean training with energy efficiency enhancements. Over the last two years, the Process Reengineering for Improved Manufacturing Efficiency (PRIME) program has soared as customers look to lower energy costs and compete on the global scale. One example is Eversource’s work with United Steel, a structural steel fabricator located in East Hartford. Through PRIME, United Steel was able to improve its work flow stream by rearranging the
physical layout of the facility. The new layout included energyefficient equipment and system upgrades, resulting in estimated annual electricity savings of approximately 256,000 kWh. The new physical layout and the behavioral opportunities identified through PRIME also supported United Steel’s growth, reflected in its hiring of 20 new employees and the construction of an additional energy-efficient work space. The CQIA Innovation Prize is presented to organizations that have introduced a new product, service, or process within the state of Connecticut in the past five years that is innovative in the marketplace or its industry.
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Boston – Fort Point Project Management has been recognized, along with Commodore Builders and Sasaki Associates, by CoreNet Global New England for Havas/Arnold Worldwide’s new headquarters at 10 Summer Street in downtown Boston.
Fort Point PM served as the owner’s project manager and move manager for the 116,000sf build-out, which involved the relocation of 400 employees from Back Bay to Downtown Crossing, and the restoration of the legendary Burnham Building built in 1912 by urban architect Daniel Burnham. The project team also included Millennium Partners, DTZ (formerly Cassidy Turley), CBRE, Hacin + Associates, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, and RG Vanderweil Engineers. Completed in September 2014, the project continues to receive recognition from various organizations. CoreNet’s 13th annual Awards of Excellence Gala will be held on November 19, 2015 at InterContinental Boston.
Bergeron Named Woman of the Year Boston – Janice Martin sits on the advisory board, a Bergeron, senior program position she’s held since 2006, director of Kennedy/Jenks and participates at the national Consultants, was named 2015 level. Woman of the Year by the At Kennedy/Jenks, Bergeron Boston Chapter of the Women’s oversees transportation Transportation Seminar (WTSprojects and manages the firm’s Boston). The award recognizes new Boston office. a member who is a leader in With over 25 years in the Bergeron the transportation industry and engineering and construction has advanced the reputation industry with a focus in and credibility of women and minorities transportation, Bergeron has extensive within the industry through her career experience managing and coordinating achievements. large-scale projects. Working in senior Bergeron has served in leadership management roles, her primary focus has roles for WTS-Boston since 2002 and is a been on transit-related projects involved previous board of director. Currently, she in program management, real estate, and chairs the appointments committee and environmental.
Commodore Wins AGC Award
Boston – Commodore Builders of Newton announced that it has been recognized by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts as a 2014 National Award winner for
an Excellent Safety Record. The National AGC Safety Awards are based on a stringent, nationwide program and provides an excellent opportunity for organization members to evaluate their safety record compared to other firms of similar size and construction type across the country. This represents Commodore’s fifth award of 2015, having received honors from IIDA New England, Boston Preservation Alliance, the Commercial Brokers Association, and the Boston Business Journal.
Canton, MA – Beacon Piping Company was recently presented with a 2014 MCAA Safety Award. The MCAA serves the unique needs of approximately 2,500 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. Beacon Piping won the National Award in Category Two (100,000 to
250,000 work hours) by maintaining zero incidents, zero accidents, and zero lost time injuries for the entire year. Statistics were not the only criteria; the selection task force also conducted telephone interviews with executives at each of the top companies to gather additional information on their company’s practices.
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Torrington, CT – O&G Industries recently promoted Ryan Benoit to the position of project manager. He is currently working on the Windsor Locks High School window replacement project. Benoit began his career with O&G in 2008 as an intern and was hired on fulltime as a project engineer. He has worked in roles as a project engineer on the Lyme-Old Lyme High School renovation project, the construction of Quinnipiac University’s York Hill Campus, and multiple projects at UConn. Most recently, Benoit was an assistant project manager on the CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering Magnet School project in Windsor Locks. O&G also recently hired three project
engineers to join O&G’s building division. Carrie Rux joins as a senior project engineer on the Wethersfield High School project. She brings more than a decade of educational project leadership experience to O&G. Zack Mordenti joins O&G as a project engineer on the Waterbury Bus Maintenance Facility project in Watertown. He brings over a decade of construction experience to O&G. Evan Nelson joins the firm as a project engineer at the Orville H. Platt High School project in Meriden. Prior to joining O&G, he worked as a field engineer on the New Britain-Hartford Busway project.
Bedford, MA – C.E. Floyd recently announced employees who have received Health CareConstruction Certificates from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE): senior estimator Adam Bergevin, senior project manager Christopher Merrick, project manager Craig Johnson, senior project engineer Andrew Fournier, project superintendent Mark Giglio, project superintendent Paul Fournier, and project engineer Steve Clark. The HCC Workshop combines an
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Fort Point Adds Rosario and Moore
Boston – Fort Point Project Management recently announced that Samantha Rosario and Rachel Moore will be joining the firm as associate project managers. “We found Rachel and Samantha through Wentworth Institute of Tech-
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Raymond, NH – Jason Mayeu, Portsmouth and Manchester, director of marketing for Jewett and Mayeu was recently apConstruction Co., Inc. (JCCI ), pointed marketing co-chair of has been named to the board the Auction Committee for the of directors of the March of October 19 “2015 Manchester Dimes – NH Chapter. Signature Chefs Auction and Mayeu’s involvement with Night of Giving,” of which the group began seven years JCCI is a Silver Sponsor. ago when a friend’s son was He is a former senior diMayeu born 12 weeks early and rector of creative services at received assistance, both during Southern New Hampshire Uniand after his many weeks in intensive versity and project manager at O’NEIL care, from the organization that works to Communications in Tyngsboro, Mass. “The March of Dimes holds a special prevent premature birth and birth defects. Mayeu and Jewett Construction have place in my heart, having done some participated in the New Hampshire chapamazing things for a number of loved ones,” Mayeu says. ter’s annual “March for Babies” walks in
Scarborough, Maine – Landry/French Construction Company announced that Jim Gardner has joined the company as director of preconstruction services and Jon Sirois as project manager. Gardner will be responsible for directing and managing all preconstruction activities. A senior construction professional, he has 30 years of experience in the commercial construction industry. He most recently served as senior estimator at Consigli. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a certified professional estimator. Sirois joins Landry/French with over 12 years of project management experience specializing in healthcare, commercial, and municipal projects. Prior to joining Landry/French, he spent several years with a national con-
Shawmut Promotes Hurdelbrink
Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently announced the promotion of Tim Hurdelbrink to director of construction operations for institutional clients in the New England region. Previously a senior executive, he will bring extensive experience to this new role to improving project delivery and client satisfaction. Current notable work includes projects at Harvard University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of New Hampshire, and Sacred Heart University. His portfolio over the years includes Tufts Dental School Vertical Expansion, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
tractor in Virginia working on projects at The Pentagon, United States Naval Academy, and Andrews Air Force Base. Locally, he has served as project manager on projects at Central Maine Medical Center, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, and the Bangor Public Library. At Landry/French he’s serving as project manager on Maine Aviation Corporation’s new General Aviation Facility in South Portland.
ESC Adds Jim Crabtree Burlington, MA – Electric Supply Center (ESC) announced the addition of Jim Crabtree as the company’s new director of supply chain. He will be responsible for overseeing all ESC operations and purchasing across
the company’s five Bay State locations.
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Nickerson Hires Coffey
Beha Architects of Boston, Cambridge, MA – Bruner/ where he was employed most Cott & Associates recently recently as senior associate, announced the appointment of leading interdisciplinary teams Scott Aquilina, AIA, as a new through all phases of project principal. planning, design, and impleAquilina’s practice spementation while maintaining cialties, which include historic a leadership role in marketing preservation, master planning, outreach. and design for cultural instiAquilina His portfolio includes design tutions and higher education, for the Student Life and Perforclosely align with those of mance Building for the New England ConBruner/Cott. servatory, a project now under construction. Aquilina comes to the firm from Ann
Prior to joining Nickerson, Waltham, MA – Nickerson PR Coffey served as president at the has hired Kathleen Coffey as Center for Business Intelligence chief strategy officer. With over (CBI), the premier life 25 years of diverse businesssciences, business-to-business to-business experience, Coffey will provide expert insight conference organization. while working closely with Coffey transformed a highly Nickerson’s senior leadership challenged organization team to propel the company into a best-in-class company Coffey forward. launching first-to-market, As chief strategy officer, product innovation and Coffey is responsible for identifying new initiating an integrated, relationshipverticals and opportunities for continued based approach to ensure the customer growth at Nickerson. In addition, as a experience. thought leader and mentor, she will work In addition to CBI, Coffey has served collaboratively with all team members in various senior marketing positions to promote innovation, operational throughout her career including chief excellence, and business development in marketing officer for the Massachusetts Nickerson’s target markets. Convention Center Authority (MCCA).
Baldwin Joins South Coast Marion, MA – South Coast as senior project manager on Improvement Company (SCI), a several current South Coast design-build general contractor Improvement projects, while serving New England and the enhancing the company’s Mid-Atlantic states, recently presence in the areas of retail, announced the hiring of Dave restaurant, and hospitality Baldwin as a senior project construction. manager. Baldwin comes to Baldwin has worked as a SCI after serving as director of contractor for his own firm and Baldwin construction at the Nova Hotel several others throughout the Renovation and Construction country during the course of his career. In Company of Clearwater, Florida. his previous time with SCI, he managed A construction veteran with more multiple projects in the New England and than 25 years’ experience, Baldwin will work out of SCI’s corporate headquarters Mid-Atlantic regions.
WBRC Promotes Adcock to Principal Bangor, ME – WBRC Architects • Engineers, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and Florida, announced the promotion of Laura Adcock, AIA, CDT, NCARB, to principal. She joined WBRC in 2005. Doug Whitney, CEO of WBRC, said, “She is key to our firm’s long-term growth strategy and its present success, and we are happy to welcome her to the table as a member of our board of directors.” Adcock
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