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Corporate and Interiors N E W E N G L A N D FA C I L I T I E S D E V E L O P M E N T N E W S

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Strategic Workplace Planning:

How to Create an Environment Where Business Fosters Culture Interior rendering of Tauck Inc. headquarters / rendering courtesy Perkins Eastman Architects / page 16



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Girard R. Visconti, Esquire

Inside this Issue: TripAdvisor Unveils New HQ Designed by Baker Design Group Maugel Completes Presidential Way Trinity to Construct New Craft Beer Tavern, The Ginger Man Ironwood to Work with Idle Hands With Complex New Roof, KBE Building Puts Hockey Rink Leaks on Ice / Designed by Daniel F. Tully by Jonelle Lawhorn United Steel One of Top Workplaces Integrated Begins 24,000sf Reno

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Plus: Retail/Hospitality, Education, Life Sciences, Municipal, Healthcare, Northern New England, Connecticut, Restoration & Renovation, Trends & Hot Topics, Multi-Residential, Awards, People, Calendar, and more... Featuring: IIDA NE

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Strategic Workplace Planning: How to Create an Environment Where Business Fosters Culture.................page 16

IIDA NE 2015 Large Chapter of the Year Recipient................................ page 14

Interior rendering of Tauck Inc. headquarters / rendering courtesy Perkins Eastman Architects


Up-front…..................................... 7 Interiors…....................................12 Corporate….................................20 Retail/Hospitality…...................... 24 Education…..................................26 Municipal…................................ 30 Life Sciences............................. …32 Healthcare............................... …33 Northern New England…............. 34

Connecticut…...............................36 Restoration&Renovation…..............38 Trends & Hot Topics…........40, 44-45 Senior/Assisted Living….................42 Multi Residential…....................... 43 Awards….................................... 46 People…..................................... 47 Bisnow-Boston…...........................49 Calendar…................................. 50

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Lincoln, RI – David Easterbrooks, FSMPS, CPSM, vice president and director of marketing and business development for Pare Corporation, was recently named a Fellow of the Society for Marketing Professional Services

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work with an install-certified member. There is something to discover in each aisle of the ABX floor. The 2015 conference program is expanded and features brand new tracks on high-performance topics, technology, healthcare, and education as well as a track of sessions designed for executivelevel firm principals and owners. Industry experts from the Northeast and abroad serve on the panels for over 200 workshops. Knowing the importance of networking in the building industry, ABX provides ample networking and professional development opportunities over the three days. Starting with the popular ABX social on Tuesday and continuing with alumni and association events on Wednesday night, there is a party for all tastes and topics. Admission to the exhibit hall is free when attendees register before the early bird deadline – October 23. Workshop pricing also increases after that. Sessions can be purchased à la carte, and some special packages are available. For more information and to register, visit abexpo.com.

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Boston - HP attended the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP’s breakfast titled “Next Wave of Condominium Developments,” along with 300 attendees, to examine what is down the road for the reviving condominium market sector. We learned that: : • There are 16 projects with 2,300 condos coming online in the next four years, and won’t be enough for demand.

• Foreign investors, especially China, are interested in deals as small as 200 units in the Boston residential market. • Musts for workforce housing include less amenity spaces, shared parking, lower condo fees, and a focus on neighborhood access. • Empty nesters and baby boomers are driving the market — they want convenience and high-end kitchens. For future NAIOP events, see the HP calendar on page 52.

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Greenfield, MA – The newly remodeled community room at the Greenfield Acres senior housing complex was the setting for a ceremonial groundbreaking event on September 22, marking the start of renovations at the community located at 10 Congress Street in Greenfield. Owned and managed by The Congress Companies of Peabody, the 94-unit complex is undergoing extensive upgrades that include installation of new energyefficient boilers, new thermostatic controls, windows, doors, roofing, insulation, elevators, emergency generator, common area architectural upgrades throughout, sprinkler system upgrades, electrical upgrades, and improved handicap accessibility, including conversion of multiple units to fully accessible dwellings. The project is being funded by a multifamily preservation loan through a federal/state partnership with MassHousing that provides lower interest rates to owners of rental housing with affordability agreements. Members of The Congress Companies’ construction and property management teams were on hand for the event along with local dignitaries, representatives from MassHousing, and Greenfield Acres residents. Welcome remarks were given by Congress Sr. Project Manager Peter C. Nicholson. Greenfield Mayor William

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F. Martin, MassHousing Loan Officer John McCormack, and Congress CEO William A. Nicholson also addressed the attendees. McCormack noted, “Many apartment complexes in the state built 30 to 40 years ago with government subsidized loans, have converted their income-affordable apartments to market rate once the loans have been paid off. That could’ve been the case here at Greenfield Acres, but it didn’t happen because The Congress Companies, led by Bill Nicholson, worked with MassHousing. By doing so, they obtained the low-cost financing they needed and both were willing and able to keep those units affordable for at least another 20 years.” Greenfield Acres residents will not be displaced during the renovation project, which is scheduled for completion in February 2016.

Integrated Tops Off Dealership Greenfield, MA – Integrated Builders has topped off the new Greenfield Toyota and Ford joint-dealership at 1 Main Street in Greenfield. The 32,000sf facility will replace the previous dealership located on the site. The new Greenfield Toyota and Ford facility will consist of a combined 30,000sf dealership space and feature an additional 2,000sf system parts mezzanine area, which has been completed. Integrated Builders has been providing construction management services while collaborating with the project team that includes The Curtis Architectural Group; civil engineers SVE Associates; structural engineers Flood Consulting; and fire protection, plumbing, mechanical,


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electrical, and fire alarm engineers Environmental Design Engineering, Inc. Additionally, the dealership will boast high-end materials and updated finishes that will be consistent with current Toyota and Ford design standards. The new facility is scheduled for completion in November 2016.

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Center of Healthcare Education at SHU Breaks Ground Designed by SLAM

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Glastonbury, CT – The Center of Healthcare Education at Sacred Heart University (SHU), a 117,000sf, $45 million project designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), broke ground recently. SLAM provided design, cost estimating, structural engineering, landscape architecture, programming, and planning in order to create the necessary teaching space for current and projected

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enrollment, experiential learning, and collaboration between departments. The new facility will offer state-of-theart simulation labs, immersive learning environments, educational spaces, as well as clinic space to serve its programs of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and health sciences all consolidated into one location.

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In addition, SLAM designed a new 300-car parking garage for the main university campus in Fairfield. The new facility has an increased space of teaching labs, clinical/skills labs, a simulation suite, theater-style learning classrooms, a dining hall, an interprofessional outpatient clinic, increased supporting classroom and office space to accommodate personnel

projections, and study and social space. The project team included architect, The S/L/A/M Collaborative; GC, Consigli Construction Co.; MEP, Arup; civil, Milone & MacBroom; AV/IT, Convergent Technologies Design Group; acoustics, Cavanaugh Tocci; code, Jensen Hughes; and simulation consultant, Performance Gap Solutions.

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Gilbane Breaks Ground on Lofts

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Bridgeport, CT – Gilbane Building Company recently celebrated the breaking of ground for Phase 1 of the Cherry Street Lofts project with developers Corvus Capital Partners and Bhagya Realty Holding. Governor Daniel P. Malloy, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, and representatives from the city of Bridgeport’s Economic Development Department, joined an enthusiastic community of project supporters to celebrate the commencement. Gilbane is serving as construction manager for the repurposing of multiple historic mill buildings into residential apartments, as designed by Crosskey Architects of Hartford. Phase 1 will

begin with the restoration of two buildings originally constructed in 1910 into 157 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment units and a charter school. The entire project encompasses two phases, including the development of a total of 311 apartments, the charter school, and a shopping market. The second phase (which has yet to be awarded to a construction manager) will include the restoration of another historic building into 154 residential units and grocery store. Both phases of this development project are scheduled for completion in 2019, with Phase 1 being completed in 2017.

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Acella Breaks Ground on Museum

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Hingham, MA – Acella Construction Corporation of Norwell recently broke ground on a Hingham Heritage Museum project. The $2.5 million project encompasses the renovation and restoration of Old Derby Academy and the museum and is scheduled to take approximately one year to complete. The project will include a new 4,600sf addition and the repair and restoration of foundations, windows, chimneys, and other parts of the 1818 building. It will also enlarge the visitor center, expand the collections storage and workspace areas for volunteers and staff, and create


an outdoor program event space for up to 200 guests. Local and state dignitaries and museum donors and stakeholders were present for the groundbreaking, as were Ryan Klebes, senior project manager, and Dave Dirubbo, president, of Acella Construction Managers. Participating from the Hingham Historical Society were Mike Studley, president; Carl Achille and Mark Cullings, board members; Sally Weston, board member and project architect; and Suzanne Buchanan, executive director.

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UConn STEM Residence Hall Tops Out

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A flag and a live tree are lifted to the roof during topping off ceremony / all photos by Peter Morenus/UConn Photo

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Storrs, CT – The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) residence hall at the University of Connecticut held a topping-out ceremony on Sept. 14. Hosted jointly by UConn and the project’s design-build team leader, KBE Building Corporation (KBE), the traditional ceremony was held in celebration of the latest milestone for the $79 million construction project. In the week leading up to the ceremony, all project subcontractors were invited to sign the building’s last two precast planks. During the ceremony, KBE staff members placed the final two planks, which were

attached to an American flag and a live potted tree to symbolize pride and the building coming to life, respectively. The STEM residence hall is part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Next Generation Connecticut (NGC) initiative, designed to greatly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the STEM disciplines at the school during the next decade, with the overall goal of creating an infrastructure that supports Connecticut’s most important industries, including high-tech manufacturing. One of the most ambitious state investments in economic development,

higher education, and research in the nation, NGC will transform the university into a top public research institution that fuels Connecticut’s economy through new technologies, highly skilled graduates, and the creation of high-wage jobs. Newman Architects was chosen by the university as the bridging design architect and the university’s design consultant

during the construction phase. BVH Integrated Services is serving as engineer during the bridging documents phase. The design team for the new STEM residence hall also includes architect of record JSA Inc. from Portsmouth, N.H.; structural engineer DiBlasi Associates; civil engineer BL Companies; and mechanical, engineering, and plumbing (MEP) engineer WSP.

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Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) has completed the redesign of the Boston office of Robinson+Cole, a national law firm. MPA substantially updated the office design and created a conference center in the office at One Boston Place. The design of the new reception area announces a more modern office and ushers visitors

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Providence, RI – Work was recently completed at United Natural Foods Inc.’s (UNFI) headquarters, an independent distributor of natural, organic, and specialty foods, in Providence. DBVW Architects of Providence was the designer for the original headquarters (completed in 2008) as well as this current expansion, a 30,000sf commercial fit-out. The new expansion adds open, collaborative workstations, traditional private offices, shared hoteling spaces, informal touchdown spaces, multiple flexible conference rooms, a seminar room and an employee café. A combination of modern furniture and natural finishes

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evoke UNFI’s company mission and values, and the project has been designed to achieve a Silver certification in LEED for Commercial Interiors.

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Woburn, MA – Maugel Architects, of Harvard, recently announced it has completed the design of 19 Presidential Way, the former ArQule headquarters in Woburn, for Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. The repositioning included renovations to the building’s main lobby and amenity improvements to the facility. The innovative design adds space and volume to the lobby — creating a multipurpose high-energy activity zone with a collaborative high-tech vibe. The dramatic space features contemporary finishes and lighting, a monumental stair with a feature fabric wall, a high-end kitchenette, counter-height table

tops, banquets, and outdoor seating. Maugel, Alexandria, The Richmond Group, and R.E. Dinneen Architects collaborated on the new aesthetic for the building. “Lobbies are no longer just a path to the elevators — they are essential to the marketability of a building,” said Mark Pelletier, director of architecture at Maugel Architects. “Today’s lobbies are being repurposed as vibrant community spaces with cafés, lounge areas, and all-handson-deck presentation spaces,” added Pelletier. “Maugel was thrilled to work with the team at Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. to transform 19 Presidential Way into an innovative workspace.”



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“Our dedicated, outrageously creative committee members are constantly asking questions and pushing the envelope to better each event and initiative we offer” Show attendees, get ready); and our Board is continually asking what else IIDA NE can do to advance our community (midcareer members, we’re coming for you). Thank you to all who have contributed to this milestone in IIDA NE. This is truly a collective achievement that includes chapter partners, event sponsors, members, volunteers, event participants and attendees, and the past presidents and board members that have worked toward our mission for the past 20 years. I look forward to what we will build together next. Sincerely, Corinne Barthelemy IIDA President, IIDA New England



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Meet the Chapter Corinne Barthelemy President TSOI / Kobus & Associates

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Brittney Herrera Immediate Past-President Baker Design Group

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5:00-6:00 PM – Registration and Networking 6:00-7:30 PM – Program and Q&A An in-depth presentation of the specification and fabrication of wallcoverings, panel fabrics, and drapery. Fire codes, measurements, and various forms of installation will be presented with examples. This program is IDCEC approved for 0.1 LU Speakers:

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Strategic Workplace Planning:

How to Create an Environment Where Business Fosters Culture Culture Nurtures People — People Fuel Business The new workplace is comprised of complex intangibles with many drivers. The business purpose is the ultimate driver for every company and industry. In addition to this purpose is the organization’s “heart” or culture that enables longevity. Add to this a

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multigenerational workforce that requires a comprehensive vision to enable and increase its engagement. Both the business purpose and the people shape and nurture culture in a continuous flow that is supported through a greater awareness of how each are intrinsically linked to the other. Space must support this flow — deliberately and faithfully — as well as respond to the ever-changing needs of the organization’s client base. To support this complex coalition, the

design process must surpass the status quo of confirming counts of workstations, offices, and conference rooms that result in a safe, pragmatic approach, but does not facilitate the evolution of what space must become. As the complexities of operating and managing increase, corporations cannot afford to risk the engagement of its employees, and ultimately the success of its business, by implementing uninformed workplace concepts. Space must reshape the way companies think about real estate and create a dynamic connection between an organization’s culture, its people, and business objectives. A customized strategic workplace planning process supports the enterprise in making culturally informed decisions about its built environment and provides long-lived solutions. Engagement, productivity, and performance are extremely difficult to measure. However, a sophisticated and collaborative strategic planning process that engages clients early will unite all aspects of the organization and support its evolution into a highperformance workplace. The effects of the traditional design approach are more evident when reviewing

Interior rendering of Tauck Inc. headquarters / rendering courtesy Perkins Eastman Architects

Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report: “Seven in 10 American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ in their work.” The ongoing study also finds that “. . . the 30 million engaged employees in the US come up with most of the innovative ideas, create most of a company’s new customers, and have the most entrepreneurial energy.” These disengaged employees cost the US economy up to $350 billion a year in lost productivity. So, how does a strategic workplace planning process help to increase

employee engagement? What creates a successful organization’s “special sauce” is wildly different from company to company. Only by working through a diligent strategic planning process can the organization distill the elements that motivate and help retain its employees. For example, Apple and Microsoft, or Google and Yahoo, or Zappos and its competitors — each pair provides similar products and knowledge, but the cultures are vastly different. To increase engagement, continued to page 44

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Green Leaf Starts on New Balance


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Lawrence, MA – Green Leaf Construction of Leominster, having recently completed a multiphased construction project in New Balance Athletic Shoe’s historic Lawrence Mill Building, announced that it has begun construction on a new project that will expand office space in the facility. The completed project included the relocation of an employee fitness facility to accommodate new state-of-the-art




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equipment and subsequent fit-up of the vacated space, including architectural and infrastructure upgrades required to house the machinery. Construction has begun on the fit-up of office, meeting, and conference spaces in a previously unfinished portion of the expansive building. This project includes the installation of new mechanical, plumbing, sprinkler, and electrical systems to support the new space.

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Cummaquid Golf Club

Yarmouth Port, MA – Acella Construction Corporation of Norwell announced completion of a new, state-of-the-art clubhouse for Cummaquid Golf Club. Scott Brash served as project manager for the $4.5 million, 4,200sf project. Cotuit Bay Design, LLC served as the architect. Clubhouse construction included a formal dining room overlooking the golf course, grill-style lounge and restaurant, locker rooms, pro shop, 70-ft. covered

porch for outdoor dining, a board room, office, and storage rooms. The project also included extensive sitework such as utility upgrades, septic, and landscaping. Interior finishes include two-way fieldstone gas fireplace separating the dining room and lounge, extensive millwork and coffered ceilings, chandeliers, pendants above the bar on track, wall sconces, and exterior lighting on outdoor posts. John Bowes, chair of the building committee for Cummaquid Golf Club, said, “We chose the worst year weatherwise to undertake this task [but]…. The Acella team led by Scott Brash, the project manager, and with several huge time-saving ideas by Anthony Dirubbo, allowed us to complete our 14,200sf building on time.”

Harborlight Renovates Living Facility

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Beverly, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $4 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Harborlight House LLC, an affiliate of Harborlight Community Partners, a Beverly affordable housing manager and developer. The organization will use bond proceeds to buy and renovate


Harborlight House, an affordable senior supportive living facility at 1 Monument Square in Beverly. The developers plan to improve the building’s energy efficiency and renovate the units to improve wheelchair accessibility. The project will maintain the building’s 30 units as affordable for another 30 years. Harborlight Community Partners expects the project will support 14 construction jobs. 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 $2 million in equity. East Boston Savings Bank purchased the bond.


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Corporate Corporate Conference Centers: The New Hub of the Office As companies streamline operations and improve how they work, collaborative workspaces and conference centers are changing, too. The old model featured conference rooms sprinkled throughout the office, creating a logistical nightmare

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for food service and audiovisual staff as well as foot traffic and noise through areas where people are trying to work. Today, conference rooms are making way for corporate conference centers: dedicated areas with a variety of fullservice conference rooms offering dining/catering, audiovisual, and videoconferencing capabilities. The advantages are clear:

• Dining and catering, housekeeping, and audiovisual staff operate in a concentrated area, creating operational


A worldwide financial services firm’s conference center offers visitors and clients sweeping views of the city and Boston Harbor / Warren Patterson Photography

efficiencies and a more polished service approach. • A unified meeting space accommodates large groups of people yet enhances company security by not requiring visitors to enter private office areas to attend meetings. • A well-placed conference center projects a polished and accommodating image to visitors and clients meeting in the office.


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• Consolidating staff to fewer floors and unifying the company’s conference rooms to one floor can potentially save the company significant money by requiring less leased space. To promote user flexibility, convenience, and comfort, conference center designers need to be mindful of room sizing and programming, lighting and shading, acoustics, audiovisual and technology integration, and “future-proofing” infrastructure. Designing multipurpose conference rooms that serve several corporate functions is also key. The solution is to create a conference center overflowing with flexibility to accommodate many different corporate and public functions to maximize use and return on investment. Two project examples illustrate how it’s done. A worldwide financial services firm relocated and consolidated its headquarters from two existing locations to a new tower in Boston totaling over 400,000sf on 15 floors. One of the stated project goals was a better visitor experience for the many potential investors who visit the headquarters. The design solution created a conference center on the top floor of the headquarters building and consolidated the main reception area with all of the client-facing meeting spaces. Locating both the reception area and conference spaces on a single floor allows for critical services to be more readily provided. The conference center features an array of meeting room sizes, and visitors wait in a spacious reception area with views of Boston Harbor. Integrated audiovisual systems in the individual meeting rooms allow for communication with other offices around the world, with special production rooms supporting these operations. A catering kitchen at the heart of the floor provides everything from beverages and

snacks to full meals and special celebrations. The conference center has provided the polished client experience the firm sought and has resulted in a 60% increase, on average, in the number of meetings, from January 2011 to January 2015, when compared with the previous year. Case Study: Robinson+Cole

Robinson+Cole, a national law firm with nine offices in the Northeast, Florida, and California, recently completed the redesign of its Boston office at One Boston Place. A new conference center with reception area is the showcase of the Robinson+Cole office, providing a welcoming, comfortable, and flexible space with the technology necessary to accommodate client needs. With an emphasis on natural light and warm neutral colors, the design of the new reception area announces a more modern office and ushers visitors into the adjacent 4,200sf conference center. Featuring a suite of conference rooms and a large breakout pantry area, the new conference center allows the firm to better serve its clients as well as accommodate public groups of various sizes. The largest conference room provides easy-to-use audiovisual technology, lighting, and mechanical shades for daylight control, and all of the rooms offer plenty of natural light and views of the city. The conference center was designed as the updated “front door” to Robinson+Cole’s office. The latest design trends in conference centers promote collaborative work, technology integration, and efficient use of space, providing an enhanced user experience. Companies endeavoring to begin such a project would be prudent to employ an integrated process to think through the design, logistical, and technological issues of conference centers. Dan Perruzzi, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.

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October 2015

TripAdvisor Unveils New HQ

the Spanish Steps of Rome, and a foursided fireplace. The Forum is equipped with a central video projection screen measuring 25 ft. wide and 15 ft. tall along with smaller video displays distributed throughout the space. Advanced audiovisual and sound systems, theater lighting and acoustic treatments, and video capture capabilities complete this-high performance venue.

Designed by Baker Design Group Needham, MA – Baker Design Group, Inc. has completed the design of TripAdvisor’s new 282,000sf headquarters located at 400 First Avenue in Needham. Baker Design Group’s inspiration for this suburban headquarters was an urban loft with thoughtful design details reflecting TripAdvisor’s brand, from incorporating images of user-generated travel photos into the end-panels in work stations to naming each floor after a different continent, which then inspires the art and artifacts found on that floor, to designing a reception area with suitcases and a map graphic wall with a thousand images curated by the firm from all over the world. A textural, layered experience was delivered that makes each person entering the building feel like they have a global connection. The design also provides many different places for employees to work — at a table with others, standing up, or lounging in front of a fireplace, the kitchen, pub, or game room are all third places employees can use to support multiple work styles. The TripAdvisor Forum, a four-story atrium/theater, is at the center of the building designed to serve as the heart

21 Scrum areas supported with technology and whiteboard are infused throughout each floor to support teams in those areas. A large conference space can be subdivided into three rooms; when open, it hosts employee “hackathons” or “tech reviews” of their programs, promoting innovation and teamwork among TripAdvisor employees.

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of their new home, utilized daily as a vertical collection of open meeting and collaboration spaces. The forum can accommodate seating for 1,100 and supports worldwide company meetings streamed to other TripAdvisor global offices. Other features include a threestory vertical garden, a partly cloudy sky, a grand stair and seating area inspired by

Boston – BRG, an international workplace management solutions firm, announced their acquisition of Fox RPM Corp., a leading provider of project management and relocation management services throughout the Northeast and MidAtlantic regions, with principal offices in downtown Boston (headquarters) and Washington, D.C. Fox will merge into BRG’s workplace management services division, which has more than doubled in size in the past three years as more major corporations and institutions have made strategic decisions to outsource workplace occupancy management services. The combination of Fox and BRG furthers the strategic goal for both companies to become the largest independent provider in North America for space management, move

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NE Lab Teams Up with Stevens

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New England Lab, experts in laboratory furniture, can now provide Stevens institutional furniture to just about any commercial market in need of casework or millwork. “By teaming up with Stevens Industries, we can now bring our 25 years of experience in lab casework construction into other demanding environments, such as corporate break rooms, nursing homes, PreK-12 classrooms, and even banks,” says Rand Weyler, client technical services manager at New England Lab. Stevens Industries serves the education, hospitality, corporate, and healthcare markets. The bulk of its product line centers on high-end thermally fused melamine and high-pressure laminate products.

Its educational lineup includes nursery school through high school furniture and includes science lab furniture, music lockers and library cases. Hospitality capabilities include everything from reception desks to breakfast areas, and corporate capabilities range from decorative wall panels to conference room cabinets. To round out their product line, healthcare furniture is available for patient rooms, nursing stations, and even clinical labs. Combine this with New England Lab’s own local manufacturing and service facility, New England Caseworks, and your project is in good hands. Together, Stevens and New England Lab have the ability to deliver nearly every casework and millwork product you need, whether standard or custom.

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Malden, MA – Ironwood announced a collaboration with Idle Hands Craft Ales. Former tenants of Everett, Idle Hands’ previous location has been purchased by Wynn Casino with future plans of demolition, forcing them to relocate.

The design build delivery package will include manufacturing and laboratory space, offices and tasting room. Its new home will be 89 Commercial St. Malden. The anticipated project completion date is spring, 2016.

JCJ Architecture Relocates Office Boston – JCJ Architecture recently announced the firm’s relocation of its Boston office to One State Street as part of its continued expansion within the market. The move will accommodate plans to hire additional employees in this location as well as provide its current and future clients better access to project teams with a more-centralized location.

“JCJ’s Boston office expansion marks the next step in our firm’s continuing growth trajectory,” said Peter Stevens, president of JCJ Architecture. “As part of the strong Boston architectural community, we remain committed to designing higher education, K-12 education, mixed-use, commercial, and civic buildings of the highest quality for the commonwealth and its communities.”

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October 2015


UPS Opens LEED-Certified Center

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Londonderry, NH – UPS Supply Solutions recently opened its new 614,240sf LEEDcertified high bay logistics center at 52 Pettengill Road, near the ManchesterBoston Regional Airport. The facility provides storage, light assembly, and distribution services for Pratt & Whitney, one of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers. Situated on 45 acres off Raymond Wieczorek Drive, this steel and concrete panel building, developed by Prologis, covers more than 14 acres and encloses 22.2 million cubic feet of office and industrial space. Within the fully landscaped site there are 400 employee parking spaces and storage capacity for 100 truck trailers. The facility is one of the largest single-story industrial buildings in New Hampshire. TFMoran, Inc. of Bedford prepared the site plans and secured all state and local approvals for this major project within 60 days, including the 45-acre site itself and design of several thousand feet of new roadway and utilities to access the site. The facility was designed and constructed by the design-build firm of Dacon Corporation from Natick, Mass., working with Jay Steel of Amherst, N.H., and Continental Paving.

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Prologis also constructed several thousand feet of new Pettengill Road. This major industrial roadway, long planned by the town of Londonderry, opens hundreds of acres of prime industrial land to new economic development and new jobs for the region.

Evelyn Audet Celebrates 20 Years East Providence, RI – Evelyn Audet Lighting Design, LLC celebrates 20 years of lighting design services, and while the industry has changed since the business’ inception, its success has, and continues to be, the rewarding relationships with its clients and business partners, according to owner Evelyn Audet The firm’s numerous projects encompass commercial, custom residential, landscape lighting, dimming control systems, restaurants, retail, hospitality, medical facilities, office buildings, ma-

rine lighting, galleries, museums, and houses-of-worship, with government, municipal, and institutional projects appearing in its portfolio. The company is owner-operated, certified DBE/WBE and WBENC. Audet has won several awards including IES Illumination awards for Tarbox Toyota, Chophouse Grille, BIN312 Wine Store, and the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. The firm also has been recognized by the Providence Preservation Society as well as Rhode Island Monthly.

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Lawrence, MA – Jewett Construction, based in Raymond, N.H., recently completed renovations to Commonwealth Motors’ Volkswagen dealership in Lawrence, Mass.

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Designed by the team of O’Sullivan Architects and Summit Engineering, the project involved renovations and the construction of a new 1,100sf service drive. Work included enclosing the canopy at the entrance to the service garage and adding a foundation, slab, walls, tiled floor area, new overhead door, windows, lighting, and heating. Exterior upgrades included the installation of a new Butler Buildings High Profile Metal over Metal Reroof System and the repaving of the parking lot. All work was completed while the dealership was fully operational.

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Dartmouth, MA – South Coast Improvement Company of Marion was recently contracted by Hannoush Jewelers to build out the jeweler’s new location on Route 6 in Dartmouth. Currently, Hannoush Jewelers is located in the North Dartmouth Mall.

The new store will be on a 3.5-acre parcel of land located between Brandt and Greystone avenues. The $2.4 million project will include retail space both for Hannoush Jewelers and other retailers. A December 15 completion date is anticipated.

Jewett Awarded Two Auto Projects Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction Co., Inc., has contracted with O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. of Springfield, Missouri, for renovations to an existing O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Augusta, Maine, as well as construction of a new, ground-up store in Milford, Mass. Renovation of the Augusta facility at 61 Western Avenue includes a 3,000sf pre-engineered metal addition and upgrades to the existing sales area. Work

includes selective demolition, sitework and drainage upgrades, and steel erection. All work will be completed while the store is in operation. The new store at 150 East Main Street in Milford, Mass., involves the demolition of an existing structure, asbestos removal, sitework, concrete paving, and the erection of a 6,650sf pre-engineered metal building.

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October 2015


Trinity to Construct New Craft Beer Tavern, The Ginger Man Boston – Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp. announced the start of construction on its latest project, The Ginger Man, at 148 State Street, in downtown Boston. The new 8,400sf tavern will offer an extensive craft beer selection, with 75 fresh ales and lagers on tap and over 150 bottled beers, in an entirely updated setting on the first and lower levels. The architect of record is Ken Hyszczak of Fort Hill Architecture, with Mike Denommee from BLW Engineers as the consulting engineer. The Ginger Man, owned by Bob Precious and named after the novel by J.P. Donleavy, originated in Texas. Boston will be The Ginger Man’s second Northeast location. Jack Baum of Tree House Architects has designed two other locations for The Ginger Man. In this space, he incorporates comfortable finishes such as a custom oak bar, copper back panels at the beer taps, and back-painted glass with a gold leaf design at the perimeter, making this truly a unique space that both tourists and native Bostonians will want to enjoy time and time again. Tim Rogovich, project manager, and J. Hynes, project superintendent for Trinity, have been working closely with the design team to ensure a smooth and

Tree House is designing the Boston location to have many similar design elements as the New York location, shown above

timely build-out. The Ginger Man’s expected completion is early December 2015. The Boston craft beer community will love being able to enjoy all its favorites,

conveniently located at the bustling intersection of Boston’s financial district and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, in the space formerly occupied by The Stadium and McFadden’s.

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Education North Branch Completes Student Ctr.

PROCON Completes Phase 1 Merrimack College North Residential Village

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Merrimack College North Residential Village GBCC student success center exterior

Portsmouth, NH – North Branch Construction, Inc. of Concord has completed the construction of a $4.4 million student success center on the campus of Great Bay Community College (GBCC) in Portsmouth. This one-story, 20,000sf addition to the existing college includes a gymnasium, administrative offices, student lounge, fitness center, and locker rooms. JSA, Inc. of Portsmouth provided design for the project, which, despite the tough winter, was completed two weeks ahead of schedule.


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This is North Branch’s second time working on the GBCC campus; the firm completed major reroofing and HVAC infrastructure upgrades to the building in 2007.

North Andover MA – PROCON has completed two student residence halls on the Merrimack College campus in North Andover. PROCON, based in Manchester, N.H., is the design-builder for the $12.5 million project, which accommodates approximately 175 students starting the fall 2015 semester. The three-story townhome-style dorms were designed to blend in with the nearby neighborhood and will meet an increased demand for student oncampus housing. Work began in November 2014 with $2.5 million in sitework that included the installation of underground utilities

to prepare the site for the two buildings. Simultaneous with the sitework was the placement of the footings and foundation. In February, wood framing began, and by spring the buildings were weathertight and ready for interior installations. The building’s exterior is a pleasing, hardy, panel-and-brick combination that blends effortlessly into the surrounding area. The dorms are 76,000sf, offering four- and six-bedroom units for incoming students. Besides the convenience of oncampus accessibility, the buildings supply an onsite laundry area and a community room for student gatherings. Plans also include the added bonus of an adjacent café with a wrap-around porch for students to enjoy. The college is located about 25 miles from Boston, sits on 220 acres, and is situated at the border of Andover and North Andover. The residence halls are Phase 1 of the North Residential Village project, which includes the construction of two additional 170-student dormitory buildings. PROCON has designed and built several projects over the years for Merrimack College and recently completed renovations on the Academic Innovation Center.

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Regis College Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Suffolk CM, Sasaki Architects Weston, MA – After a year-and-a-half modernizing its campus through a sweeping master redevelopment plan, Regis cut the ribbon on new construction recently. A beautiful grassy quadrangle, new suite-style residence hall, and redesigned library entrance and foyer now articulate the heart of the campus, which is marked at eastern and western entrances by the Regis seal and its motto in granite: Via Veritas, Vita, the “Way, the Truth, and the Life,” a passage from the Gospel of St. John. Vinicius Gorgati, principal of Sasaki Associates, the architectural design firm

that transformed the inner campus, spoke of the stunning prospect of “this college upon a hill. “Three years ago when Regis and Sasaki began talking,” Gorgati said, “it was clear that Regis had a vision about the heart of its campus. Together we saw that vision, and together we set about working upon it. As President Hays said, ‘It’s about the students making a community and a home here and, obviously, about their future.’” Suffolk Construction managed construction of the project, and despite the

Amenta Emma Wins CCSU Project New Britain, CT – Amenta Emma Architects, of Hartford, in association with Davis Brody Bond, was awarded the new 100,000sf engineering building for the School of Engineering, Science and Technology at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain. With a $44 million construction budget, the new facility will create innovative high-tech labs, research, instructional, and collaborative student spaces to support CCSU’s undergraduate

and graduate programs in mechanical, aerospace, electrical, computer, civil (including construction management), and technology engineering. Prominently located in the center of the CCSU campus, the new building will strengthen, expand, and showcase the university’s commitment to STEM education and technology-based interdisciplinary collaboration. Targeted construction completion date is December 2019.

Lauren Ghazal, President Toni Hays, and Matt Norton cut the ribbon, laughing at the oversize scissors. Vinicius Gorgati, principal of Sasaki Associates, is smiling in the background

noise and detours around campus, students seemed to thrive. “Planning for Phase 2 of the master plan, which will renovate Regis science facilities,” said board chair Joan Shea, “is now in progress.” Regis President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, Lauren Ghazal, and student government president Matt Norton hoisted huge golden scissors and cut the ribbon. A bundle of red and gold balloons – the Regis colors – climbed into the sky pushing the drizzle away, and U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day” rang around the heart of the campus.

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Boston – September 9 saw the ribbon cutting of the new Suffolk University 20 Somerset Street campus. The historic site, previously the home of the Metropolitan District Commission, boasts a 10-story, 110,000sf facility that is the new home of the Communications and Journalism Department. The upper floors are devoted to science and feature state-of-the-art laboratories. The vibrant space includes a light-filled cafeteria, space for functions, and indoor and outdoor lounging areas. This inclusive environment creates a gathering space for students to relax, study, learn, and collaborate. John Nucci, senior vice president of government relations and community affairs, stated, “It is a big day for the city of Boston, downtown neighbors, and, most importantly, a big day for the students.” Mayor Walsh described the campus as an essential part of downtown that would provide the students with a wealth of opportunities and internships for their careers.

RDK worked with the architect, NBBJ, and provided the mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering services. Mechanical design included new classrooms, labs, fume hoods, and office space control systems that were tied in with the new central heating and cooling plant as well as the central energy management system. Plumbing design included domestic hot and cold water, waste and vent system for toilet rooms, kitchens, and art classrooms, and a specialized acid

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neutralization system. A water pressure and natural gas pressure booster pumps were also included. Fire protection design included a system of automatic sprinklers throughout the building with a fire pump to support the system.

Erland Building School Wellness Ctr. Newton, MA – Construction of the new wellness center at Newton Country Day School is moving right along. Erland Construction, construction manager for this project, has worked on this independent school campus in the past on projects that include the award-winning library addition to the main school building. Compass Project Management is the owner’s representative. The 46,816sf Wellness Center, designed by D’Agostino Izzo Quirk of


Somerville, is a free-standing, four-story structure built into a sloping hillside. In addition to a full gymnasium, the athletic center features squash courts, a dance studio, fitness rooms, locker rooms, and classrooms. The project is scheduled for completion in May 2016. Newton Country Day School is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5 to 12, situated on the historic Towle Estate.

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October 2015


A/Z Corporation Starts at Bryant U 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

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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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Durham, NH – PROCON completed construction work in time for the fall 2015 semester on Madbury Commons, a 525-bed student housing development that is just steps away from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The mixed-use complex is a combination of student housing and commercial retail space. Golden Goose Capital developed the multipurpose complex. PROCON of Manchester was the construction manager, TMS Architects of Portsmouth produced the comprehensive design, and

financing was led by Kennebunk Savings. Construction work began on the project in June 2014. Severe winter conditions and site conditions challenged the construction schedule, but the PROCON construction team worked aggressively to keep the project on target. The two multipurpose buildings are comprised of 126 student apartments. The buildings sit on 2.6 acres and total 208,000sf. The property includes 46,000sf of commercial retail space. continued to page 46

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Municipal Atlantic Prefab Provides Trusses Laconia, NH – Atlantic Prefab of Nashua was recently contracted by North Branch Construction in the building and renovation of the Central Fire Station in Laconia. The $4.2 million project includes the addition of new administrative office space, new dormitory facilities, a trainingEOC facility, additional vehicle storage, and parking. The fire station, which is a 40-yearold building, includes the renovation of 13,200sf of the existing two-story CMU block and steel-framed building and the addition of a 13,000sf, two-story steelframed building with brick and PVC trimmed façade. The fire station remains in full service throughout the extensive renovations.

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Architectural design work was done by Warrenstreet Architects of Concord. Structural Engineer was SW & C of Manchester. Construction services are provided by North Branch Construction of Concord. Occupancy of the new addition is slated for early October, and final completion is scheduled for mid-December.

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Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Department of Transportation recently announced plans to upgrade Hartford’s Union Station. The $3.1 million contract was awarded to O&G Industries. The project involves constructing a new 260-ft.-long, high-level passenger platform and egress stair tower

finished with new decking, decorative railings, and ornamental metal fencing. Within the station, areas will be renovated to house new electrical and communications rooms. There will be significant upgrades to improve the customer experience including new exterior lighting, signage, public address, and passenger information display systems. Security upgrades include emergency lighting and call boxes, video surveillance, fire alarms, and bird control devices. The project is expected to be completed in April 2016.

Springfield, MA – City Point Partners has been selected by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) to oversee the design and construction of its new bus operations and maintenance facility on Cottage Street in Springfield to replace an existing 100-year-old facility. The new 280,000sf, $70 million facility will be built on an 18-acre site and will provide bus maintenance and storage for the PVTA’s Springfield fixed-route operation. The facility will be able to accommodate approximately 150 fixedroute buses including standard size diesel buses and articulated buses. Included in this new facility will be management office space, fuel bays, wash bays, bus and van storage bays, garage and body shop areas, parts storage, exercise rooms, locker rooms and showers, lounge, dispatch center, employee parking, and green spaces. A new cell tower will also be installed

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onsite to support the PVTA’s IT communications. The new facility will seek LEED certification under the US Green Building Council’s green building rating system. City Point Partners will provide owner’s project management services advising with respect to the design, scope of work, cost estimating, construction manager at risk and subcontractor selection, schedule overview, and performance monitoring.

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October 2015


Dover Police Station Parking Garage Under Way

Construction in progress at Dover Police Station parking garage / photo courtesy of Dailey Precast

Dover, NH – A 138,000sf, five-level, precast parking garage is being rapidly erected within 2 inches of a new steelframed, two-story police station being constructed at the same time. The goal is to have the precast garage open before winter. The police station won’t be complete until early next year. Erection of the police station had to start first, according to Andrew Martino, project manager for the contractor, Harvey Construction Company, because there is a common block firewall between the two structures that had to be built prior to the precast erection. “But what is going to end up happening is that, even though the precast garage started later, it will finish much earlier than the [steel-framed] police station.

The two bay wide, five bay long garage fits in a 121’ by 212’ footprint and provides five levels of parking. It consists of 332 precast pieces, including 141 double tees (totaling 94,000sf), precast concrete columns, beams, spandrels with thin brick, wall panels, a precast stair/ elevator tower, and a second precast dropin stair in another corner of the building. Exterior design elements of the garage consist of thin brick spandrel panels in a picture-frame layout. The thin brick architectural surface was selected, said Martino, to both match the brick used on the police station and to be in keeping with the downtown Dover Mill aesthetics. Because the garage is so close to the 31,000sf police station (a category 4

critical facility), the durability and innate fire resistance of precast was critical, according to Timothy Breen, sales manager with Dailey Precast. Precast wall panels and spandrels with infill panels are utilized where the two buildings abut for fire separation, and a fire-rated foam

is installed along vertical joints of the precast wall panels. Typical column and spandrel framing covers the rest of the garage perimeter. The project also showcases how precast construction can fit in the tightest of places. The use of precast components requires less staging area at the jobsite. This was a big advantage since it kept the worksite clean and allowed the police station to be constructed at the same time. Precast members were trucked in sequentially as needed. “Since this is a parking garage,” Martino added, “precast was the most economical way to build, not only from a constructability standpoint but from a speed standpoint. We are erecting a 300-plus space parking garage in about five weeks. This type of structure could not be built in any other way in that time frame.” The garage is also projected to come in on budget.

PROJECT TEAM: PRECASTER: Daily Precast, Shaftsbury, Vt. OWNER: City of Dover, Dover, N.H. ARCHITECT: Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester, N.H. STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates, Inc., Manchester, N.H. SPECIALTY PRECAST ENGINEER: Walker Parking Consultants. Boston, Mass. CONTRACTOR: Harvey Construction Company, Bedford, N.H.

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Life Sciences Marr Installs Shoring Platforms at Lonza Biologics Facility by Katherine Marr

During the height of summer, Marr Scaffolding Company’s Shoring Division commenced work in Portsmouth, N.H. Working for Integrated Project Solutions (IPS) at the Lonza Biologics Facility, Marr was awarded the contract to install two pre-engineered platforms onsite with a target completion period of two weeks. Previously a standalone shell for years, the 97,500sf, three-level building had been outfitted by design to become a manufacturing facility. As such, the building was equipped with roll-up doors on the exterior to accommodate loading platforms for the transfer of heavy mechanical and manufacturing equipment in and out of the facility. For the initial phase of the project, Marr built two different elevation platforms, one standing at 25 feet and the other at 50 feet, for loading materials onto the second and third floors, respectively. Utilizing a Lull from Marr Scaffolding’s Aerial Lifts Division and a crane from Marr Crane & Rigging, Marr was able to meet the critical

The deck level of the platforms was built with steel covering

deadline of constructing the platforms given its various equipment resources and the expertise of its crew. After working with a geotechnical engineer to assess the ground on which the platforms would be built, it was determined that the area was viable to support the loads that would be applied. With this confirmation, a core crew of six (including a foreman, laborers, and carpenters) proceeded to construct the towers using a steel Shore-X system combined with uniformed-sized steel, as well as aluminum joists, at the deck level. The platforms were outfitted with lumber, plywood, and a perimeter guardrail system that were pressure-treated to ensure

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durability throughout the multi-year rental. Steel plates were also brought in to cover the plywood decks, increasing the capacity of the platforms to a maximum allowable point load of 6,250 lbs. and uniform load of 500 lbs. psf. According to project manager Chris Madden, a key part of the installation involved securing the two towers so that they would withstand the lateral forces of heavy equipment loads. In order to accomplish this, Marr tied the platforms

into the structural steel beam of the building using tube and clamp ties, in addition to guy wires alongside the two structures that tied into concrete barriers below on the ground level. Due to a timely and successful completion, Marr was able to turn over the platforms for active use on time and will regularly service them in addition to conducting a monthly inspection. Marr looks forward to continuing work with IPS at this facility throughout the duration of this project.

Selvita Establishing First U.S. Offices Cambridge, MA - Selvita, the largest drug discovery company in Central and Eastern Europe is establishing its first offices in the United States. Appreciating the importance of the U.S. biotechnology and pharmaceutical market, Selvita decided to come closer to its partners and clients and open a fully-owned U.S. subsidiary, Selvita Inc. The new company will initially have two offices located where the heart of the biotechnology industry beats - in Greater Boston and in the San Francisco Bay areas. Its new office located at 485 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge will be the headquarters of Selvita Inc. and responsible for supporting the ongoing and future projects for business partners from the East Coast, while the office located in San Bruno, California will function to support the projects for partners from the West Coast.

“The U.S. drug discovery market is already the largest for Selvita and absolutely strategic for the future development of the company,” said Pawel Przewiezlikowski, the CEO of Selvita. “Both Greater Boston Area and San Francisco Bay Area are key to the whole biotechnology industry. Our presence in the U.S. will not only bring us closer both to our current and potential U.S. clients, but at the same time will facilitate the bidirectional transfer of know-how between our labs in Poland and the partner base in the U.S. We continuously invest in top-class facilities and equipment, and employ highly skilled and experienced professionals. Establishing permanent presence in the U.S. is an investment in the quality of service and sales, and becoming even more easy to do business with for our U.S.-based customers.”

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Healthcare Greengard Center for Autism Residence Approved

Rendering of Greengard Center for Autism

Portsmouth, NH – DeStefano Architects (D|A) announced that The Greengard Residence, to be located on Brewery Lane in Portsmouth, recently received unanimous approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. As part of the Greengard Center for Autism (GCFA), the residence will be home to four individuals diagnosed with autism who are 21 years of age or older. Each resident will participate in the Greengard Center Day Program, which provides a community-based curriculum and is individually tailored to each participant’s interests and abilities. The design of the house encourages social participation while providing customized space for residents. The goal of the center is to ensure a stable, safe, and secure home while providing an enriched and expansive

environment over a lifetime. Other members of the project team include the builder and owner’s representative V. Todd and Company, MSC Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, and Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormely & Roberts, providing legal services. Executive director and founder of GCFA Barbara R. Frankel, PhD, says of the approval, “I was so deeply touched by the warm welcome that The Greengard Center’s residence received from the Portsmouth Zoning Board of Adjustment. I am grateful for the heartfelt words spoken by Chairman David Witham, recognizing the importance of the project, not only to individuals with autism and their families but to the community as well.” She also spoke of the center’s mission: “This residence will

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Northern New England Jewett Completes Steel for KIA

Steel erection at the new AutoServ showroom

Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction Company, Inc. has completed steel erection for AutoServ KIA’s new auto

dealership showroom in Belmont. Built on a site shared with the AutoServ Collision Center, the 5,729sf design-build project is comprised of a pre-engineered Butler building with MR-24 standing seam roof; and an exterior of insulated glass, ACM, and insulated metal panels. Roofing is currently under way. When complete, the interior will be of porcelain floor tiles, acoustic ceilings, and interior glazing at the offices, bathrooms, and new delivery space. This is the fourth dealership project Jewett has undertaken for the client.

Bowerman Completes Tasca Project Cranston, RI – Bowerman Associates of Providence recently completed a major renovation project for Tasca Automotive to expand and relocate its auto body shop and relocate its administrative offices, training center and call center. The facility is located at 33 Sharpe Drive in Cranston. Bowerman teamed with Lincoln Architects for the project design. The project consisted of a 15,000sf

build-out to be designated as administrative offices, a call center, customer lobby, employee training center, and café for customers and staff. The remaining 25,000sf is being used for the auto body service area that consists of 18 service bays, a bed-liner prep/spray bay, two full paint booth lines, and all new LED lighting in the shop area Bowerman Associates has worked on many projects with the Tasca family.

Landry/French Promotes Mitchell He most recently served Scarborough, ME – Landry/ as project manager on the French Construction Company 88,000sf State of Maine Office recently announced that Geoff Building in South Portland, a Mitchell has been promoted to project that was completed in senior project manager. just eight and-a-half months He has 15 years of experiand received a 2015 AGC Build ence in commercial construcMaine Award. tion including several years At Landry/French, Mitchell with some of the country’s top Mitchell has demonstrated strong project construction companies. He’s management and leadership worked on a wide range of skills, managing some of the company’s projects including multi-million dollar largest and most complex construction projects for healthcare, education, and projects. corporate clients.

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Connecticut With Complex New Roof, KBE Building Puts Hockey Rink Leaks on Ice Designed by Daniel F. Tully Thomas Gribbin, president of Noyes Vogt Architects and lead architect on the project. “So the re-roofing pays homage to him in addition to being exactly what the Dayton Arena needed to mitigate leaks.”

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When it comes to ice hockey teams, the Connecticut College Camels are downright intimidating. But this past summer, the Dayton Arena design and construction team faced an even more daunting challenge: reroofing a hyperbolic paraboloid roof in time for the first game of the season.

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The average person probably couldn’t describe a hyperbolic paraboloid roof, although she’s likely seen one before. Often the roofs of choice for churches, fieldhouses, and other buildings that require large spaces unencumbered by columns, these designs appear at many distinguished Northeast institutions, including Connecticut College, Amherst College, and Brown University. Achieving large interior clear spans made the hyperbolic paraboloid roof type a good fit for the Dayton Arena hockey rink at Connecticut College. But

Aerial photograph of the hyperbolic paraboloid reroofing at Connecticut College’s Dayton Arena / Don Couture Aerial Photography

time takes its toll on all structures, and this was no exception. “The roof was last replaced in the 1990s,” said Michael Guidera, project manager at KBE Building Corp. “Not only was it necessary due to the age of the existing roof, but this was also a good opportunity for Connecticut College to retain the benefits of this versatile

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Even with a talented construction team, reroofing a 30,000sf hyperbolic paraboloid roof is nothing to shake a hockey stick at. First, team members had to remove the existing two layers of shingles, made of asphalt and fiberglass. That process also included the painstaking removal of longer-than-normal nails. “Removing those longer nails not only required more leverage, but it also added considerable time to the project,” said Guidera. “A half-second per nail versus several seconds per nail adds up when you’re talking about a million nails.” To fit the new roof, the construction team then had to individually cut strips of PVC membrane tapered to various dimensions, depending on where the strips were being

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Norwalk, CT – To celebrate KBE Building Corporation’s selection of Norwalk for its third corporate office — and to officially welcome the $300 million firm to town — the city of Norwalk hosted a fanfare ribbon cutting on Sept. 15 at 200 Connecticut Ave. Attendees included Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling; Congressman Jim Himes; KBE president, CEO, and principal owner, Mike Kolakowski; and KBE vice president of business

development, Allan Kleban. “Having completed so many projects in Fairfield County over the years, we knew that was where we needed to open our third corporate office,” said Kolakowski. KBE has completed more than $140 million in construction volume in Fairfield County since 2009. Markets include senior living, K-12 schools, retail, and higher education.

LATICRETE Promotes Susan Dolata Bethany, CT – LATICRETE, a global manufacturer of installation and finishing systems for the building industry, announced that Susan Dolata has been promoted to the position of director, strategic accounts group. Dolata has over 20 years of experience in architectural sales

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and account management across a wide variety of customers and product lines. Most recently, she worked as global account manager with LATICRETE. In that role, she was able to participate in architectural and national account sales for all business units and divisions of the company.

KBE Building Puts Hockey Rink Leaks on Ice continued from page 36 placed. And the challenge didn’t end there. “Because of the roof’s structure, all work had to be done from lifts rather than on top, which was tough because some parts of the roof were almost vertical,” said Guidera. Structural Integrity.

KBE assembled a great team to ensure success: The firm worked with roofing contractor Offshore Roofing on the installation and to determine the ideal placement for the vapor barrier. As well, an engineering firm was on call throughout the project (although its services were not needed). “All of our team members did such a great job,” Guidera said. “The peace of mind we got from having such a solid team made a huge difference.” KBE’s reputation for safety, especially

when working around vulnerable populations at hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, contributed major peace of mind for Connecticut College. In addition to the roof’s structural integrity, great design ensured an aesthetic match with a nearby athletic fieldhouse and natatorium in addition to high energy-efficiency. “This roof type originated in the 1970s, but we wanted to bring it into the 21st century with a focus on unity and sustainability,” said Gribbin. Clearly, delivering the Dayton Arena’s new hyperbolic paraboloid roof has been a team effort, with the project completing in early October 2015. The happiest party of all? Connecticut College’s ice hockey players, says Guidera. “We’re glad that the Camels can get back to focusing fully on hockey.”

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Restoration & Renovation Integrated Begins 24,000sf Reno

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Hanover, MA – Integrated Builders recently announced that it has begun a 24,000sf renovation campaign at 75 Mill Street in Hanover, on behalf of the South Shore YMCA – Emilson. The Rockland-based firm will provide construction management and contracting services to deliver updated studio spaces and a more open and efficient layout. Michael Kelly, project superintendent at Integrated Builders, will lead his team to work efficiently and effectively with architects Tiryaki Architectural Design, LLC, and the South Shore YMCA team, which includes Paul Gorman,

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North Branch Completes UNH Reno

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Durham, NH – North Branch Construction of Concord completed nearly $6 million in major hyper-track renovations to the UNH Holloway Commons Dining Hall this summer. Design for the project is provided by Miller Dyer Spears, Inc. of Boston. This highly complex structural steel job included the removal of roof systems over existing finished space. Other work included structural steel additions to multiple sides of the building, new HVAC systems, a new dishwashing and tray return area, a new grill area, and

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SCI Completes Reno for Brightview LandTech Completes Scan and Model Woodbury, NJ – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), of Marion, Mass., and Reading, Penn., completed a series of renovation projects for Brightview Woodbury Lake, an assisted living facility in Woodbury, N.J. The renovation projects, totaling approximately $590,000, featured renovation of the Bistro bar area (new flooring, paint, wall covering, lighting, countertops, and the refurbishment of existing cabinets). Other significant renovations included new finishes for the occupational therapy/ physical therapy unit, new office space,

and an enlarged dining room and activity space for the antimeres unit. Additional improvements as part of the renovation included the design-build creation of outdoor deck space for the second floor ALS unit, featuring added safety precautions for Alzheimer’s patients. The Alzheimer’s dining area also received a number of renovations, such as paint, flooring, millwork, plumbing, fixtures, lighting, and installation of appliances. South Coast Improvement replaced windows throughout the facility as well as some of the building’s siding.

JMB Underway at MIT Building Cambridge, MA – J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB) is under way with the comprehensive electrical renovation of MIT’s Building NW23 in Cambridge. When complete, the former lab building will serve as MIT’s Department of Facilities and the Office of Campus Planning. The general contractor on the project is Columbia Construction. JMB’s electrical project scope at the three-story, 52,000sf building includes demolition of the existing infrastructure, prior to providing ground-up electrical installations for the renovated facility. It is installing new, stacked electrical closets to house the distribution equipment, a

new fire alarm system, and lighting and lighting control systems. The renovated facility’s interior will feature an open ceiling design with an energy-efficient lighting package controlled by an advanced Sylvania wireless lighting control system. Temporary power for construction is being drawn from an adjacent MIT building. In its design and layout of the facility’s new electrical rooms, JMB is utilizing 3D CADD technology. Electrical work commenced in August, and the project is scheduled for completion in January 2016. The MIT facility is designed to achieve LEED certification.

Westford, MA – LandTech Consultants Inc. announced that its team of professional surveyors recently completed a 3D laser scan and Revit model of an exclusive three-story penthouse suite overlooking Central Park in New York City. The 9,500sf penthouse, adjoining mechanical room, and elevator room are currently going through an extensive renovation by its owner. LandTech completed the scan and delivered the Revit model to the client within two weeks. While the Revit model allows the architects to develop detailed designs of the interior finishes, the ability of the scanner to acquire spatially accurate

dimensions in 3D through the resulting point cloud will allow extensive millwork to be custom-crafted to demanding and discerning specifications. Accurate dimensioning in the mechanical areas will allow for better renovation planning and prefabrication, which will result in a faster project delivery with little to no impact to the existing infrastructure. Upon completion of structural alterations currently being made on the outdoor roof deck, LandTech will return to the project site and scan the roof deck structure so that designs can be completed and prefabricated panels and finishes can be constructed.

Seekonk, MA – Bowerman Associates announced it has completed renovation of the Ford dealership located in Seekonk for Tasca Automotive. Highlights from the project include construction of a new 4,000sf showroom, new parts counter, new service write-up, new restrooms, a customer café, and a new lounge area. All the service bays received new epoxy coated floors and interior paint and new high efficiency glass garage doors. The entire facility and parking lot lighting systems were upgraded to LED high-

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A CM can advise the owner as to the project site, alternate designs, sequencing of construction, materials, scheduling, cost analysis and budgets, long-lead procurement items, recommendations as to construction, labor matters, value engineering (cost savings), accounting systems, contract document input, review of design and scope divisions with the architect, bid package identification, bidding negotiation, contract award, inspection of work, review of progress payments, change orders (vs. in scope work), project close-out services, coordination of owner-purchased materials, etc. Unless there is no time for the traditional architectural design of specs and drawings, an owner should not retain a CM to actually build the project, but should rely on the traditional concept of construction by retaining an architect and placing the project out for bid to several contractors. (A suggestion: An owner hires a CM for preconstruction services. Thereafter, the CM gives the owner a guaranteed maximum price with the owner bidding out the project to other contractors to compare the lump sum versus the guaranteed maximum price.)

• All subtrade items, including selfperformed work by the CM, should be competitively bid by the CM, with sealed file bids being opened in the presence of the CM, the architect, and the owner. • An audit provision should be inserted in the contract between the owner and the CM. A CM contract with a GMP is nothing more than a cost-plus contract not to exceed a certain price (GMP). At the end of the project, the owner is entitled to an audit of all costs and expenses, which should include general conditions of the CM and any and all costs expended by the CM under the contract. The CM submits applications for payments to the owner based on the cost of the work performed on a monthly basis. The CM submits its costs for that period, plus a fee. • The owner should not agree to a contingency fund as requested by CMs. Many contracts have no definitions of contingency funds, and most CMs take the position that contingency funds are for the contractor’s use. If the contingency fund is utilized, there must be a well-defined “definition” of the use of the monies. Any “contingency issue” can be treated as a change order request. • Cost of the work in a CM contract should be clearly defined, and costs not to be reimbursed should likewise be defined. • A CM contract should always be based on drawings that are at least 80% complete, if practical. It is imperative

that the owner, with the assistance of its architect and other consultants, determine whether or not a requested change order is in scope or out of scope. If the requested extra is within scope, a change order should not be approved by the owner since the CM (“CM at risk”) guarantees its price based on incomplete drawings and should know that certain items are included in the traditional scope of work for a certain project. Authorized change orders should either increase the GMP when there is an additional scope, or decrease the GMP when there is a deduction in scope. • General conditions may be subject to audit or could be agreed upon in a lump sum or percentage without audit (for example, 3% to 4% of construction costs to be paid to the CM for general conditions not subject to audit.) (A “matrix” should be used to define General Conditions to avoid overlapping with direct costs).

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It is this author’s recommendation that an owner should not utilize the CM method to build a project except where there is no time to develop plans and specifications by an architect and place the project out to bid or as a construction consultant to the owner. With today’s state of the art, an architect can be retained by an owner, and 100% of construction drawings and specifications can be developed in four months, providing the owner has a construction program and budget. At the end of the four-month period, plans and specifications can be advertised for bid and a contract awarded to the lowest, responsible, qualified bidder within four to six weeks from the completion of contract documents and bid package preparation by the architect. Girard R. Visconti is a partner of Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP of Pawtucket, R.I.

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Massachusetts Construction Managers at Risk (CMAR), take heart! On September 2, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court vacated and remanded the Worcester Superior Court decision in Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Gilbane Building Company, which ignored decades of case law in order to hold that a CMAR under Chapter 149A is responsible and liable for any errors and omissions by the project’s designer — even though a CMAR has no contractual relationship with the designer and no control over its plans. In its decision, the SJC held that notwithstanding the fact that the relatively new statutory CMAR project delivery model alters the relationship between a CMAR and a public owner such as the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), it does not override the owner’s common law implied warranty of its designer’s plans and

specifications. Thus, when faulty plans result in a claim by a subcontractor, the CMAR can bring a third-party complaint against DCAMM seeking reimbursement for design-related damages. The SJC also rejected DCAMM’s argument that an indemnification provision in the CMAR agreement required the CMAR to insure DCAMM against design problems. Just because a CMAR may provide consultation regarding the design of a Project— consultation that may impact the final plans and specifications — that did not

The SJC’s decision preserves common sense principles of construction law on public CM-at-risk projects and insulates construction managers against unfair risk allocation by public owners. make it a “guarantor” against all design defects, the court ruled. The SJC’s decision preserves common sense principles of construction law on public CM-at-risk projects and insulates construction managers against unfair risk allocation by public owners. Hugh Gorman is a partner at Prince Lobel Tye LLP in Boston. He and partner Jeffrey J. Pyle filed an amicus curiae brief with the SJC in the Coughlin case.

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Multi-Residential Capstone to Develop Port Landing Cambridge, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $4.9 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Port Landing Tenant LLC, an affiliate of Cambridge-based developer Capstone Communities LLC. The organization will use bond proceeds to build, furnish, and equip a 31,100sf, 20-unit affordable housing development on a vacant parcel near Kendall Square in Cambridge. The development, to be called Port Landing, will contain four one-bedroom units, 13 two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom units. Capstone Communities will rent 18 units to households earning no more than 60% of area median income and rent two units to households earning no more than 30% of area median income. 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 roughly $3.5 million in equity. Cambridge Trust Company purchased the bond.

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JMB Completes Electrical at Pier 4

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Boston – J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB), of Jamaica Plain, has completed the comprehensive electrical construction of 100 Pier 4, the newest luxury residential high-rise in Boston’s Seaport district. The NECA contractor provided installation of the facility’s primary and emergency power, state-of-the-art lighting and lighting control system, fire

alarm system, and tel/data and security systems at the 21-story residential tower. The project also included electrical fit-out for all 369 residential units, the facility’s fitness center, and an underground parking-garage for 258 cars. The tel/data and security system installations were provided by Spectrum Integrated Technologies, the low-voltage division of J&M Brown Company. The general contractor on the project was John Moriarty & Associates, of Winchester; the architect was ADD, Inc./Stantec, of Boston; and the owner/ developer is The Hanover Company. The 100 Pier 4 project is the first project in the multibuilding master plan development on the 9.5-acre site overlooking Boston harbor. J&M Brown Construction Group Vice President Bryan Greene and Operations Manager Robert Carabia supervised the electrical project, managing a field crew of 45 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction. Spectrum IT Project Managers Mike Anderson and Terry Kilduff led the tel/data and security project effort with a team of eight IBEW technicians at peak construction. The twoyear project was completed in May and The Hanover Company took occupancy at that time.


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Why Are You Really in Business? What are the values by which your company is run? Is your company vision so clear that your employees could clearly articulate those values and goals to a stranger and perform them on a daily basis?

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What’s the difference between your company and your No. 1 competitor? It’s the people. You can’t build a great company by hiring bad people, and there’s no sustainable growth without the right team. No matter what you “do,” recognize we are all in the people business. In our industry, the job of leadership is to define the company strategy and build the right teams to perform the “service” of construction management. A very wise senior construction executive we know is fond of saying, “When the project is over, and the building is occupied, all the client remembers is the ride.” The ride = service. The journey should be driven by your company vision so that your team can take your clients on the ride of their lives!

“When the ride is so good, it’s never about money — it’s about the experience.” If you need some inspiration, look to industries outside of construction that have already made the investment in service, and you’ll see it’s paid off. It’s definitely possible to make service the factor that defines your company, and it’s 100% worth doing. Take The Ritz-Carlton for example. They have a philosophy called their Gold Standards, which encompass the values by which they operate. In their motto, they state who they are and what they stand for: “We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen. This motto exemplifies the anticipatory service provided by all staff members.” They define their commitment to service values so clearly that everyone from the bellhop to the managing director understands how to behave and perform as a member of The Ritz-Carlton team: • I am proud to be Ritz-Carlton. • I build strong relationships and create Ritz-Carlton guests for life. • I am always responsive to the expressed and unexpressed wishes and needs of our guests. • I am empowered to create unique, memorable, and personal experiences for our guests. • I understand my role in achieving the Key Success Factors, embracing Community Footprints, and creating

The Ritz-Carlton Mystique. • I continuously seek opportunities to innovate and improve The Ritz-Carlton experience. • I own and immediately resolve guest problems. • I create a work environment of teamwork and lateral service so that the needs of our guests and each other are met. • I have the opportunity to continuously learn and grow. • I am involved in the planning of the work that affects me. • I am proud of my professional appearance, language, and behavior. • I protect the privacy and security of our guests, my fellow employees, and the

When the ride is so good, it’s never about money it’s about the experience. company’s confidential information and assets. • I am responsible for uncompromising levels of cleanliness and creating a safe and accident-free environment. And finally, they have made a promise to their employees to “nurture and maximize talent to the benefit of each individual and the company” because it knows “our Ladies and Gentlemen are the most important resource in our service commitment to our guests.” Let’s connect service back to the bottom line. Consider The Ritz-Carlton in Boston. Depending on the suite size, room rates are between $650 and $6,000

for a regular Tuesday night, and their customers will happily pay a premium for the experience. Why? Because the ride at The Ritz-Carlton is outstanding. They are so good at the ride, that in 2000 they launched The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, where thousands of executives from various industries go to learn about customer service, employee engagement, and leadership development. Your competition could be training with them right now! The Ritz-Carlton has over 35,000 employees and 89 hotels in 29 countries and territories, and their Gold Standards apply to each team member worldwide. Their luxury properties are consistently rated among the best in the world, so they must be doing something right. It goes to show that if a company of this size can make service a “critical success factor” to their business, then there’s no reason your company can’t adopt some version in your own business. In a world where we are being inundated with all things technology, service still matters. So, again I ask, why are you really in business? • What do you stand for? • How are your values defining your company? • Have you articulated them to your team? • Do you have the right team to execute your vision? The good news is that when you’re clear on your values, your company will be like a magnet; it will be so compelling it will attract the right talent to help you grow the business, the best vendors to partner with, and great clients to work for. Colm Allen is President and Owner at Construction Recruiters, Inc. in Milton, Mass.

Strategic Workplace Planning: How to Create an Environment Where Business Fosters Culture continued from page 16 one needs to carefully determine what is important to the organization — its purpose — and begin to measure, report, celebrate, and establish boundaries as the enterprise continues to evolve. The best way to effect positive organizational change is through engaging a cross-section of individuals at all levels in the organization to participate in a series of tailored workshops that utilize engagement tools and surveys before beginning a dialogue about design. The strategic process connects the organizational culture with a new way of working, and in doing so, it explores alignments and resolves discontinuity, creating a more cohesive, motivated, and informed workforce. This becomes the foundation for formulating real estate strategies, identifying performance metrics, developing resources and alternative solutions, and creating


Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals / rendering courtesy Perkins Eastman Architects

new work processes and collaborative methods, directly informing the ultimate design solution. As an experiential design or a

physical narrative begins to emerge, the designer may calibrate and fine-tune the organization’s vision, brand, and culture into a definable road map describing the

company and how it engages its employees. This in turn stimulates the performance of both the employees, as well as the business. Experiential design is not about developing an over-complicated design; instead it focuses on enhancing corporate reputation, promoting innovation and best practices, and ultimately influencing the organization’s culture. Peter Drucker, “social ecologist,” often argued that a company’s culture would trump any attempt to create a strategy that was incompatible with its culture. Using a strategic planning process can assist an organization to develop a deeper “business self-awareness” to achieve a dynamic workplace, celebrate its culture, evolve work processes, integrate flexibility, and attract and retain a diverse and engaged workforce. Sabret Flocos, IIDA, LEED AP, is a principal at Perkins Eastman Architects.

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Trends and Hot Topics

base building as well. Therefore, the design and construction teams have to remain very flexible and be prepared to react and adjust as needed. Gaming projects are rarely utilizing the traditional design-bid-build project execution strategy. Multiple bid packages are the way of life — with a heavy emphasis on “multiple”! It is certainly important to establish early on what will be the critical milestones for all the design and construction team members, and outline a schedule the team will commit to. Many times, the major subcontractors

Blackjack in the Bay State With the opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville earlier this summer, casino gambling is officially finally here and will now only continue to grow. With the Wynn and MGM projects moving forward and now the

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Mashpee Wampanoag project as well, there will certainly be impacts coming to the construction community in what is already a very busy time for all those in the middle of the construction boom. Regardless of where you may stand on the subject of gambling in Massachusetts, the numbers are impressive. For the Plainridge Park Casino, for example, the first month in operation saw $18.1 million in gross gaming revenue. The first week in operation alone saw $6.1 million in

revenue — nearly a million dollars a day! Once the larger full resort casinos coming down the road are completed, it is estimated that the casinos in Massachusetts will produce $300 million to $500 million annually in new revenue to the state. With these kinds of revenues on the line, it’s easy to understand why the casino design and construction world is a high risk and high reward environment. As soon as it is decided that a casino is to be built, it is already late. Schedules are extremely accelerated, and it is critical that both the design and construction teams understand that the process involved of putting these projects together is far from typical. Programming and design times are significantly reduced — and therefore designs can be very fluid early on as the project evolves and the final concepts determined. Many times, areas like food service venues may not be fully determined until later in the project. In these cases, the appropriate MEP services need to be planned for and installed to support these future venues. In addition, significant impacts can happen on the architecture and interior designs of the

nothing short of amazing, and can be extremely complicated and intense. These interior designs require significant coordination with major mechanical infrastructure that typically exists as well as with custom lighting fixtures, high densities of surveillance and audio/visual systems, and fire protection systems. All of this coordination is typically taking place and being finalized while the project is well into construction, due to the need to get the property open as soon as possible. For the construction team, management of the multiple bid packages and associated cost impacts becomes a very important piece to the puzzle. The updated coordination the design team is going through can impact many trades and certainly leads to heavy stress on the construction team. With the number of subcontractors involved, sourcing of high-end finishes and materials that often can be from overseas, required time the owner needs to install gaming machines, etc., managing this process becomes very critical for success. The casino design and construction process can certainly be a stressful one, but with the right players involved early and all parties understanding the process required, along with the typical fluidity of this project type, a successful gaming project can be achieved! Paul Van Kauwenberg, PE, LEED AP is associate principal at. Vanderweil Engineers.

Regardless of where you may stand on the subject of gambling in Massachusetts, the numbers are impressive. are brought on board early as well, long before the design drawings are complete. This allows for greater collaboration, as well as obtaining additional input on the designs to help to make them as efficient as possible from a construction time and cost standpoint. For the design team, separate document packages for foundations, underground MEP, structural, long lead MEP, food service equipment, interior design, signage, etc. are typical, and all require coordination with each other. As one can see by walking through many of the casino resorts in Las Vegas, the interior designs in these facilities are

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PROCON Completes Madbury Commons

TK&A Receives Award for Lab Farmington, CT – Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A) has received a 2015 Go Beyond Award from the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories for its work designing the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington. The award honors lab sustainability “that goes beyond the facility itself to consider shared resources, infrastructure and services, and neighboring communities and energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable designs,

systems, and products.” The firm’s partner on the project was Centerbrook Architects and Planners. TK&A also has been named one of Architect magazine’s Top 50 firms in the business category, while Building Design + Construction has named the firm sustainability practice leader, Blake Jackson, as the sole Boston-area professional on its 40 under 40 list of “emerging superstars of the AEC industry.”

United Steel One of Top Workplaces East Hartford, CT – United Steel has been selected as one of The Hartford Courant and FOXCT Top Workplaces. The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. “United Steel’s core vision is ‘Empower a team to build success,’ and this vision has helped us to operate

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Integrated Builders Hires Kidder

DiPrete Welcomes Joe Penney Dedham, MA – DiPrete Engiin site design and land use neering, a civil/environmental approvals throughout New engineering firm serving Mass., England and brings a variety of R.I., and Conn., announced that skills to DiPrete’s team. Joe Penney is the company’s In addition to managing the new vice president of develdevelopment process for several opment at its Dedham office. supermarket and fueling Penney is a past director of facility sites, Penney played a development for Ahold USA, key role in the development of Penney parent company of Stop & Shop the 1.3 million sf distribution New England; and a former facility in Freetown and the principal for Gale Associates, a consultpermitting for one of the first anaerobic ing engineering firm. digesters in the state that is presently in construction. He has over 30 years of experience

Shepley Bulfinch Names Wells VP Boston – Jennifer Donham show’s producer. Wells was recently named to Her new post is a homecomthe newly created position ing of sorts. She once worked in of vice president, brand Shepley Bulfinch’s model shop strategy at Shepley Bulfinch, as a young college graduate. the national architecture firm “Shepley Bulfinch is a headquartered in Boston. seasoned, ambitious design Donham Wells comes firm,” she said. “The consistency to Shepley Bulfinch after and high quality of our design Donham Wells a decade with the PBS work has never been more series “This Old House,” important, particularly for teams working across multiple offices.” most recently as the award-winning

Rockland, MA – Integrated ing all project and construction Builders, a firm specializing management services including in general contracting and conthe establishment of estimates, struction management services, budgets, logistics, and timetarecently announced that Brian bles. Additionally, he will lead a Kidder has joined its team as a select team of superintendents, senior project manager. Bringassistant project managers, and ing over 35 years of industry contractors to ensure the timely experience to his new role, and cost-effective delivery of Kidder he has led a variety of project exceptional projects for Intetypes including industrial grated Builders’ clients. power plants, distribution, cold storage, Prior to his role at Integrated Builders, residential housing, laboratories, healthKidder served as a senior project manager care, manufacturing, office buildings, and at CMC Design-Build and as project industrial developments. Kidder will be responsible for overseemanager at Dacon Corporation.

Vaivoda Joins Wilson Butler Boston – Paul Vaivoda, and work with the firm’s direcAIA, LEED AP, has joined tors and associates to expand cliBoston-based Wilson Butler ent relations in higher education. Architects as a senior associate. Prior to joining Wilson Butler He brings extensive experience Architects, Vaivoda directed the in the planning and design education studio for King + King of campus projects for acaArchitects in Syracuse, N.Y. demic institutions throughout “Paul’s creativity and the United States, including understanding of the client Vaivoda award-winning work designing perspective is an ideal match student life projects. for our firm and design approach,” said Vaivoda will provide planning, design, A. Scott Butler, AIA, director at Wilson and project leadership for academic clients Butler Architects.

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Providence, RI - PARE Corporation recently announced that it has named four new full-time employees, including interns from summers past, and a parttime staff member promoted to full-time. Sarah Pierce has been promoted to the position of full-time environmental scientist. She joined PARE part-time in December 2014 and has proven to be a great asset to the firm’s wetland science and natural resources group over the past seven months. She also has worked extensively providing geographic information system (GIS) services on Pare projects. Brian Dutra, who interned as an undergraduate student, was recently hired

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full-time as a civil engineer. PARE is pleased that Brian will continue his work, now as full-time staff member. Travis Johnson, also a previous intern, has now joined the staff as a full-time environmental engineer. He interned within the environmental division throughout his senior year at the University of R.I. He joins the staff with hands-on experience with many of PARE’s current environmental projects. David Magnano recently joined PARE as an engineer in the civil division. He is a structural engineer and comes with experience in design, permitting, AutoCad, and project management.

Jason Curtis Joins Tighe & Bond conceptual design phase through Westfield, MA – Tighe & Bond hired mechanical engineer construction administration. Jason Curtis, P.E., LEED AP, to He has completed heating, bolster its growing mechanical, ventilating, and air conditioning electrical, and plumbing (MEP) (HVAC) system designs and team. overseen the production of MEP He has experience designing and fire protection construction a range of institutional, documents. educational, residential, Known for working closely Curtis healthcare, commercial, and with owners and architects in combined heat and power (CHP) design coordination efforts, projects throughout the region. He will he also has performed energy models work primarily out of the firm’s corporate and life-cycle cost analyses to evaluate office in Westfield. various prospective energy conservation Curtis has managed projects from the measures for renovation

Jewett Hires Three Superintendents



Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction Co., Inc. has added three superintendents to its growing project management team: Robert Carbone, Rob Bernier, and Tim Corbett. Carbone brings 25 years of construction industry experience to Jewett. Berni-


er has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of construction supervision, and Corbett has been a construction superintendent for more than 10 years, building successful projects across all sectors of the industry including governmental, educational, institutional, healthcare, and office/retail. All three hold Massachusetts construction supervisors licenses as well as a variety of OSHA certifications. Jewett Construction, an official Butler Builder, is a family-owned design-build/ construction management firm specializing in automotive, commercial, and industrial projects throughout the Northeast.

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Vision 3 Promotes Two



Providence, RI – Keara Duffy was recently promoted to job captain by Vision 3 Architects. She began her career with two internships at Vision 3 during her fourth and fifth years of college and joined the firm as a full-time intern architect.

She is currently working on designs for University Medicine’s 54,000sf medical office space in East Providence. Also, Vision 3 promoted David Parente, RA LEED AP, to senior project manager. With the firm for 11 years and previously working as a project manager, he progressively took on greater responsibilities on projects for the healthcare team and the firm’s auto dealership clients. He recently completed the new 11,500sf Women & Infants Hospital Urogynecology Outpatient. Parente is currently working on the Care New England Cancer Center, the Hilton Garden Inn, and Anchor Subaru.

McKenna Joins CannonDesign of inpatient programs and Boston – Brian McKenna outpatient centers for Newtonrecently joined CannonDesign Wellesley Hospital in Newton, as the health practice leader in its that earned him three Partners Boston office. As a principal, he in Excellence Awards from will strengthen the firm’s Boston Partners HealthCare. health practice. Notable projects include McKenna joins CannonDethe Vernon Cancer Center at sign with 20 years’ experience Newton-Wellesley Hospital, as a healthcare architect, most McKenna Slotnick Inpatient Pavilion, recently as an associate prinand the Blum Emergency cipal with Boston-based TRO Department. Recently he led the design Jung|Brannen. of a 500,000sf outpatient care facility for He has successfully led teams for the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in health projects of all sizes throughout Canandaigua, New York. New England, including over 200,000sf

JACA Architects Promotes Fowler Quincy, MA – Anthony Cavallaro, president of JACA Architects, recently announced the promotion of John Fowler to associate principal. The promotion is a result of a recent reorganization within the 24-year-old firm, a restructuring intended to further strengthen JACA’s focus on the exclusive design of facilities in the


healthcare/medical industry. Fowler, who joined JACA Architects nine years ago and has 18 years of industry experience, previously held the title of associate. Prior to joining JACA he was with The McKenna Group Ltd in Quincy as a project manager; previously, he was a designer with Payette in Boston.

Amenta Emma Welcomes Hudak Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma recently welcomed Mallory K. Hudak to the Hartford office. Hudak’s work experience includes internships at Perkins + Will and Group One Partners Inc. in Boston. She also is the recipient of an IIDA NE Design Award for Best Undergraduate Student Design for her Corporate Office Showroom design. Hudak

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Bisnow – Boston

Tyler Fisher on Upcoming Bisnow

The following excerpts are from the weekly Bisnow Dealsheet

Chiofaro Floats Tax Break Idea

Tyler Fisher addressing the Bisnow attendees at recent event Boston Higher Education and Student Life

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

Boston – The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently recommended that the city increase the height and density that current zoning allows around the Boston Harbor Garage. This meant that Chiofaro Co. CEO Don Chiofaro would be allowed to build a 900,000sf project at the site, not the $1 billion, 1.3 millionsf two-tower mixed-use complex Chiofaro has been planning, according to BRA’s Nick Martin. So Chiofaro has floated the idea of the city granting him a tax break.

Eight years ago, Chiofaro and his partners at Prudential paid $155 million for the 1,400-car garage overlooking Boston Harbor. Ever since, he’s been finetuning his plans to redevelop the rare site. But until a formal proposal is presented to the BRA, it’s premature for the authority to discuss the tax relief. It has been discussed informally, as these matters often are, and must be seriously considered when the time is right, Martin says.

BRA Approves Davis Plan Boston – The Davis Co. won BRA approval on its amended plan for the final phase of the New Charlesview Residences. The $35 million plan, designed by architects from Cube 3 Studio, calls for up to 88 home ownership units at 180 Telford Ave.

in Allston-Brighton. It’s the latest phase in a long-term plan to build 340 homes to replace the old Charlesview public housing project on a corner adjacent to the Harvard Business School campus.

TCB to Begin Multifamily Projects Stull and Lee Architect Roxbury, MA – The Community Builders (TCB) won BRA approval to build the $12 million Clarion, a 38-unit multifamily rental building, and a two-family home

along Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury designed by architecture firm Stull and Lee. TCB hopes for a fall construction start with completion slated for winter 2016.

Cambridge MA - Bisnow will offer “A Look at the Urban Campus vs. the Classic Campus, and the Macro Impact of Local Universities on Boston,” at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, October, 15. HP asked Tyler Fisher, director, Boston about the event. “We’re really excited about our higher education event,” he said. “We used to title it our ‘Student Housing Summit,’ but now we’re taking a step back and discussing local institutions’ greater impact on Boston. Having the expected leaders like John Nucci from Suffolk, while also including Devin Quirk, to discuss universities’ impact on the Mayor’s 2030 plan should make for a diverse and interesting event” The panel “Urban Campus Lifestyle” includes Marc Robillard, executive director, Boston University; John A. Nucci, VP, Suffolk University; Daniel Raih, principal, Bruner/Cott with moderator Jim Rogers, principal, LeftField Project Management. A second panel entitled “The Classic College Campus Update” will include Jeffrey Resetco, VP, EdR; Paul King, lead designer, EYP; and lastly, “Building for the Future, and Institutions’ Lasting Impact on Boston” will feature Margaret Ann Ings, associate director, Emerson College; B.K. Boley, principal, ADD Inc., now with Stantec; and Devin Quirk,

director of operations, Department of Neighborhood Development. Boston Captial Markets

The October 22 Bisnow event is titled “Boston Captial Markets, Why Boston Remains so Attractive & the Foreign Capital Influx.” Tyler Fisher, director, Boston at Bisnow told HP, “It’s no secret that there is a ton of foreign capital coming into Boston, but we’re going to look at what makes Boston different. We haven’t seen investors get scared off yet, which not many markets can say. I’ll let our experts get into the detail, but attendees should hear some fascinating discussion, both from the debt side” Speakers on the “Debt Outlook” panel include: Brandon Weber, cofounder | CEO, Hightower; Katie Keenan, principal, Blackstone; Melissa Farrell, MD, Prudential; Sarah Lagosh, director, Eastdil Secured; and moderator Amy Fracassini, shareholder, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. The panel for “Equity and International Investment” includes Scott Jamieson, principal, Avison Young; Young Park, president, Berkeley Investments; Paul Nasser, COO, Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation For more information on these and other Bisnow events visit www.bisnow. com/events/boston.

JW Plans Lewis Wharf Hotel

Harbinger Plans Development

Boston – Harbinger Development won tentative designation to develop a 405-room hotel, 6,500sf of restaurant/

retail space, a 4,000sf function space, and an indoor pool at the Boston Marine Industrial Park. Harbinger is in talks with Hilton Worldwide to operate the hotel. Perkins+Will is the project architect. Harbinger has developed the Aloft and Element across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and is planning on a 70-year ground lease with EDIC for its new project.

Boston - JW Capital filed a plan with the city to build a $260 million, 277-key luxury hotel on Lewis Wharf downtown with parking and outdoor public green

space. If the developer gets a green light from the city, initial site work could start in the second quarter of 2017, followed by 36 months of construction.


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The new venue will give you the chance to experience the state’s first casino, try your luck at the slots and interact with your colleagues. The educational component will feature a variety of business related vignettes that have been designed to provide attendees with a chance to share and learn, plus learn about new legislative proposals and laws that can and will impact the steel fabrication industry in New England. http://www.ssfne.org/index.php?id=56

ISPE November 8 to 11

2015 ISPE Annual Meeting Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia

New Programs This Year! Global Regulatory Town Hall - International and US FDA regulators weigh in on the biggest challenges facing the industry. Lend your voice to the discussion. See more at: http://www.ispe.org/ annualmeeting#sthash.UaMfYo7A.dpuf

IFMA Boston December 3

IFMA Holiday Gala Fenway Park, Boston 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

More info: http://www.ifmaboston.org.

NAIOP @ Noon: Solar’s Hot 6th Annual Women of Influence Luncheon November 3

Commercial Leasing November 5

2015 Distinguished Real Estate Awards GALA The Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

NAIOP Massachusetts is proud to present the 2015 Distinguished Real Estate Award to Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. for their achievements in real estate, charitable activities and community betterment. Alan Leventhal is being honored with this year’s Edward H. Linde Public Service Award in recognition for his civic and charitable contributions, as well as a life-long commitment to the highest values of service to the greater community. More information on all events at: http://www.naiopma.org

MBC Women’s Network Nov. 12

Making Connections 5-8:00pm

Join us at our second “Making Connections” event in conjunction with Wentworth Institute of Technology Students and women professionals will enjoy a networking dinner buffet, and - back by popular demand - facilitated career development roundtables.

MBC October 15

Breakfast Program Barry Bluestone, noted Northeastern economist, talks about the economy. November 19, 2015

Breakfast Program Chris Gordon, president, Dirigo Group and development director of Wynn Resorts in Everett, talks about the Wynn Casino project. For more information: www.buildingcongress.org

October 2015



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