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Lowering the Collective Footprint in Laboratory Design Jeffords Lab / photo by Westphalen Photography /

Fifty Liberty Breaks Ground page 7

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Mark Reed



Daniel Herzig Jr.

Susan Welt



Chuck Raymond

Inside this Issue: BRA Board Approves $136 Million in New Projects KBE Building Corporation GC for UConn Storrs Project - designed by Amenta Emma Columbia Celebrates 90 Years of Excellence Dacon Celebrates 30 Years of Design-Build Project Delivery Kaplan Named Top 100 Women-Led Business in MA Marr Climbs One Canal by Katherine Marr How Good is Your Recruiting Pitch? by Colm Allen Sanborn Head Celebrates Bringing the Bruins Back to Boston Zildjian HQ Expansion Complete Design by RKB Architects Integrated Completes Tenant Fit-Up


Patrick McDonnell

Jennifer Shelby

Plus: Up-Front, Corporate, Awards, Interiors, Trends & Hot Topics, Education, Connecticut, Northern New England, Philanthropy, Senior/Assisted Living, Calendar, People, and more... Featuring:

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Lowering the Collective Footprint in Laboratory Design by Daniel Herzig Jr.................................................................................................page 22

BRA Board Approves $136M in New Projects......................................page 40

Jeffords Lab / photo by Westphalen Photography

New housing in Roxbury - view from Center Street / courtesy of Neshamkin French Architects, Inc.


Up-Front........................................ 4 Life Sciences.................................19 Trends & Hot Topics 26,38,49,50, 53, 54 Corporate.................................... 27 Mixed Use................................... 34 Interiors........................................36 Build Boston..................................39 Education.....................................42

Connecticut..................................51 Northern New England................. 56 Senior/Assisted Living....................57 Philanthropy..................................58 Awards........................................59 Bisnow........................................ 60 People.........................................61 Calendar......................................62

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Publisher’s Message Welcome ABXers

Michael Barnes If you are seeing High-Profile Monthly for the first time because of its extra distribution at ABX, from our kiosk at the BSA, or from your AEC association event, we welcome you. In these pages you will meet the companies and people that design and build corporate and institutional projects in New England, I hope you can use HP to find talking topics as you make merriment and kick off ABX2015 with the ABX Social on Tuesday, November 17 at 6 p.m. You can also learn more about the BSA Foundation by attending any of the “Meet the BSA Foundation” programs. These are one-hour, small group presentations and offer a chance to network with foundation leaders and volunteers. HP recently attended the MBC Breakfast Program, “Behind the Headlines - What’s Driving the Economy?” Noted political economist Barry Bluestone spoke about the impact that emerging demographic trends and the current economic environment will have on the housing market, the labor industry, and the A/E/C industry. Boston now ranks as the third most expensive in the U.S. in terms of average monthly rent. Less costly forms of housing must be at the forefront of the discussion. Smaller units, combined with innovation in modular construction techniques, can help to drastically reduce the cost of production, lessening the rental price. A video animation created by Chris Marciano, Mark Munroe, and Ryan Matthew of studioMAUD was presented to depict an example of the techniques. You can view it from a link (www. studiomaud.com/#!animation/c19m0) on www.buildingcongress.org.

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Earlier this month MBC’s 20/30 club met with Ted Tye, owner and developer of Boston’s Ink Block and the MBC Women’s Network hosting “Making Connections” in conjunction with Wentworth Institute of Technology. Thursday, November 19, the MBC Breakfast Program will present Chris Gordon, president, Dirigo Group & Development Director, Wynn Resorts in Everett, Lean design and construction are rapidly becoming the standard for project planning across the U.S. The 17th Annual Lean Construction Institute (LCI) held its annual national congress at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center in October. With attendees arriving from all over the world, the LCI Congress presented programs specifically designed for owners, designers, general contractors and trade partners. During the event Bernita Beikmann of HKS Architects was presented with LCI’s Chairman’s Award, LCI’s premier annual recognition for an individual who has served the Institute with extraordinary distinction and has furthered its mission of transforming design and construction through Lean tools and techniques. Next year’s event is scheduled for Chicago October 4 -7.

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The American Sanitary Plumbing Museum, better known as The Plumbing Museum, recently unveiled its redesigned website. Nearly seven years after reopening in Watertown, the museum has become well known as an educational resource, fun tourist destination, and unique function space. The museum was also featured in a cover story of a 2013 Wall Street Journal article and on WCVB TV’s Chronicle.

Some of the site’s highlights include an integrated blog for news and stories, a space where visitors can browse the museum’s collection, and easy access to information about private events and functions.

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Up-Front Fifty Liberty Breaks Ground thoughtful

communications (l-r) Peter Zmuidzinas of Elkus Manfredi, Charlie Buuck of Turner Construction, Myrna Putziger of The Fallon Company, Massachusetts State Representative Nick Collins, Fallon Company President & CEO Joe Fallon, Boston Redevelopment Authority DirectorBrian P. Golden, Fallon Company Executive Vice President Richard Martini, Pete Hammel of Turner Construction and Mike Zammitti of Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers

Boston – The Fallon Company recently broke ground on Fifty Liberty, a 14-story new construction residential tower that will feature sweeping views of Boston’s inner and outer harbors and city skyline. The ceremony marked the latest milestone at the 21-acre, mixed-use Fan Pier development, with construction on the 120-unit luxury condominium building commencing a mere two years after The Fallon Company broke ground on Twenty Two Liberty, the site’s first residential tower. Design for Fifty Liberty is helmed by Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects. The project will feature a staggered façade, featuring waved balconies and terraces as a nod to the building’s waterfront location, and will include a second floor “green roof,” complete with lush landscape architectural elements, adding additional aesthetic interest to its exterior. Designed to maximize views from the majority of units, the building boasts unparalleled 270-degree vistas of Boston’s cityscape, Fan Pier Park, Boston Harbor and Fan Pier Marina from

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various vantage points. The generouslysized condominiums will be available in several configurations, from studio pied–à–terres to 3+ bedroom homes, with high-end details and an array of luxurious amenities designed to surpass even the most refined expectations. Fifty Liberty’s luxury homes will be impeccably styled with quality materials and finishes throughout, and residents will enjoy the best of luxury from their first steps into the intimate lobby, complete with fireplace and welcoming seating areas.

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Bedford, MA – C.E. Floyd Company personnel will be participating in two workshops at ABX November 17 to 19 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Ray Caruso, vice president of estimating and preconstruction at C.E. Floyd, will be speaking at Advantages to Architects with the Design-Build Approach on

November 18 at 6 pm. Other panelists include Ron Brodeur of Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Tom Peterman of Peterman Architects, and Steve Ceglarski of The Matt Gustin Wyatt Group. Norm Fournier, vice president of operations at C.E. Floyd, and Matt Gustin, senior project engineer at C.E. Floyd, will be speaking at Successfully Navigating the Permitting Process on November 19 at 3:30 pm. Other panelists include Tom Peterman of Peterman Architects and William Barry of Heritage Planning and Design.

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Boston – The Boston Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently held its monthly meeting at 101 Federal Street. President Stacey Suh, of Stebbins Duffy, Inc., introduced speakers from Denmark and Portugal to address the theme, “Towards Zero Energy Buildings.” Speakers Prof. Bjarne W. Olesen of Technical University of Denmark and Prof. Per Heiselberg of Aalborg University, Denmark, were followed by the technical session, “Ventilative Cooling,” presented by Prof. Heiselberg and Guilherme Carrilho da Graça of the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Dan Diorio presented Stephanie Lafontaine with the ASHRAE Boston member of the year award. The chapter’s next meeting is

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NECA Boston Assistant Manager Kristen Gowin, Chapter President Joseph Bodio of LAN-TEL Communications, MA Deputy Secretary for Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, NECA Board Member Kathleen Guinee of Aetna Fire Alarm Company, and Chapter Executive Manager Glenn Kingsbury

Boston MA – Carolyn Kirk, Massachusetts Deputy Secretary for Housing and Economic Development, was the guest speaker at NECA Boston’s Fall Chapter Meeting at the Seaport Hotel in September. She spoke of new statewide initiatives introduced by the Baker administration that promise to spur continuing economic growth throughout all sectors of the economy and that will have major impact on the construction industry. One example is the Mass. Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), a tax incentive program designed to foster


job creation and spur business growth throughout the state. The tax credit program is focused on making Massachusetts more competitive for companies looking to expand in the commonwealth, offering tax incentives for communities that are spurring millions of dollars in investments. Kirk referenced that 56,500 jobs have been generated in the Bay State since Governor Baker took office in January. Secretary Kirk was joined at the meeting by Tim Wilkerson, State Director of Economic Policy Development.

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CWDG Takes Part in Topping-Off Mosaic on the Riverway Boston – Copley Wolff Design Group, Inc. (CWDG), a Boston-based landscape architecture and planning firm, recently participated in the topping-off ceremony for Mosaic on the Riverway, a highrise mixed-income apartment and condominium building located in the Longwood Medical area of Boston. The 145-unit residential building is owned by The Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH) and located at the corner of Brookline Avenue and the Riverway. Participants included Karen Gately, executive director of The Roxbury Tenants of Harvard; Chrystal Kornegay, undersecretary of the department of housing and community development; Collin Fedor, legislative aide at the office of State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez; and Josh Zakim, Boston City Councilor, with the keynote address given by the Honorable Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston. The 166,427sf building will feature a combination of low- and moderateincome housing, as well as a large daycare facility. The scope of landscape design services includes an outdoor play area and urban entry plaza with a dedicated drop-off for an onsite daycare facility. The project was designed in coordination with Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Brigham Building for the Future, a cutting-edge facility designed for accelerating biomedical research. The project also will feature shared pedestrian open space with a

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private, shaded garden lawn adjacent to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Historic Riverway — part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Additionally, as part of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) agreement, the development is committed to preserving some of the original site elements of the former Mass. Mental Health Center. This includes the surrounding historic fence, for which CWDG submitted plans and details of the replica. The project team was led by Consigli Construction Co., Inc., and includes Stantec; Munkenbeck Consulting; Traggorth Companies LLC; ADK Consulting, Inc.; Locke Lord LLP; McNamara Salvia, Inc.; Cosentini, VHB; and McPhail Associates. “Mosaic on the Riverway is the perfect match and an exciting challenge for CWDG,” says John Copley, ASLA, principal at CWDG. “We always look forward to these types of unique projects, with this one bringing a community together, while incorporating historic elements intrinsic to the Mission Hill and Longwood areas.”

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(l-r) Shawmut executives: Shaun Carvalho, director of safety; Brandon DaSilva, assistant estimator; Matthew LeBarron, project manager; Josiah Herbert, senior project manager; Steve Ham, construction manager; Derek Whitehead, construction manager; Douglas Pilkuhn, superintendent; Les Hiscoe, CEO; Kimberley Maul, lean manager; William Cantelli, superintendent; Joubin Hassanein, project executive; Parviz Tabrizi, superintendent; Ron Simoneau, vice president.

Boston – Members of Shawmut Design and Construction presented three sessions at the 17th Annual LCI Congress in Boston on October 12-15. Shawmut executives joined experts in the field of Lean construction to present their Lean theories, principles, and techniques. CEO Les Hiscoe, Vice President Ron Simoneau, and Integrated Project Executive and Corporate Lean Champion Joubin Hassanein presented on Shawmut’s Lean journey. Hassanein also took part in a collaborative panel with Brown University, while Safety Director Shaun Carvalho, Lean Manager Kim Maul, and

Superintendent Parviz Tabrizi presented Shawmut’s integration of safety into their Lean methods and principles. LCI’s mission is to transform design and construction through new approaches that provide a foundation for different, more collaborative, and effective project management. Three members of Shawmut’s leadership team also were selected to speak earlier in the month at ERAPPA, the premier educational event for facilities professionals in Providence on October 4 to 7. The team presented on preservation work completed at MIT and RISD, along with construction and soundproofing of at The Boston Conservatory.

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Jamaica Plain, MA – Holliston-based Colantonio Inc. recently joined the city of Boston and local officials; Boston Public Library trustees; and Jamaica Plain residents at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library to kick off its long-awaited renovation. Colantonio is the general contractor for the $10 million project. The architect is Utile Architecture and Planning of Boston. The Jamaica Plain community has been working for 12 years to make this project a reality. Built in 1911 on the corner of South and Sedgwick streets, the 9,500sf building had its last renovation in 1936. The renovation will add 2,800sf of space that will provide a new reading terrace; separate areas for teens, tweens, and children; community meeting spaces; workrooms; maker space; and a new main entry to the building.

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Upgrades include full accessibility on all levels and new restrooms, mechanical systems, finishes, and exterior landscaping. Technology improvements include new computers, free Wi-Fi, self-checkout stations, and a 3D printer with a creative suite of software. The project will be completed by the summer of 2017.

Bean Group HQ Breaks Ground

Andrew Werry, Bean Group COO; Craig Jewett, president, and Steve Harris, construction exec. vp, for Jewett Construction; Ted Vrettos Plan Ahead president; Steve Scott, Provident Bank SVP; Michael Bean CEO ; and Adam Dean, principal broker, of the Bean Group

Portsmonth, NH – Raymond-based design-builder Jewett Construction Co., Inc. has contracted with the Bean Group to construct the firm’s new corporate headquarters at 1150 Sagamore Ave., in Portsmouth. A groundbreaking was held on October 5. The 8,000sf building, designed by the


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Lynn, MA – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and other dignitaries joined members of the North Shore Community College (NSCC) at the Lynn campus last month to break ground on a new threestory wing for the McGee Building. The 37,000sf addition, designed by Boston architects Shepley Bulfinch, will provide 10 classrooms; a centralized Student Success Center; a testing center; academic technology space; a center for teaching, learning, and assessment; offices; and a boardroom.

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Hamden, CT – The Connecticut Building Congress kicked off its 2015-16 program schedule recently with a lively discussion pertaining to liability insurance and risk management. The panel consisted of Rob Barrack, an attorney with Robinson & Cole; Maureen Hannon, director of commercial insurance underwriting at Acadia Insurance’s Connecticut office; and Augusto Russell, principal at the insurance agency firm May, Bonee & Walsh, Inc. Barrack opened the discussion with a brief overview of the liability issues facing the different parties involved in a construction project, including the owner, general contractors, and any subcontractors working on the job. The discussion included recent Connecticut cases that illustrated the need for robust insurance protection, not only for any bodily injury or property damage situations, but for costly legal representation, an important feature included in most insurance contracts. Russell discussed the insurance agent

or broker’s vital role in securing insurance protection that best meets the needs of the parties in a construction project. “We need to take the time to meet with our clients, to gain a comprehensive overview of their operations,” he said. Hannon was able to share the insurance company’s perspective from the inside. “We have to rely on the applications we receive from brokers and customers, so the information has to be thorough.” The panel also discussed the importance of using more-effective contracts between the different parties on a construction project. Spelling out insurance requirements for each of the parties, as well as additional insured wording, is more important than ever. The CBC will hold its next program on November 10 at The Marquee, Gershon Fox Ballroom in Hartford. Learn from state leaders about upcoming projects and initiatives from UConn, the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, and the department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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Temple Beth Shalom Breaks Ground

Steve Fox & Michael Bogdan of Fort Point PM pictured along with other members of the Mikdash project team

Needham, MA – Fort Point PM, Chapman Construction/Design, and BKA Architects broke ground recently on the Mikdash Building Project for Temple Beth Shalom in Needham. Renovations will add more than 25,000sf of space to the 30,000sf building. While the sanctuary portion of the building will remain intact, the central section will undergo extensive renovation in order to accommodate the growing community’s needs. A brand new threestory learning/administrative wing will be built, along with a new second social hall, and a new centralized entrance with a new reception area. With a targeted completion of August 2016, the project will transform Temple Beth Shalom’s ability to serve

Crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony

the members of its congregation and the community. Fort Point PM is partnering with Chapman Construction, BKA Architects, Kelly Engineering, and Hammer Walsh Landscape Design on the project. Temple Beth Shalom’s President Ed Zaval and Rabbi Todd Markley began the ceremony by thanking the community for

Rendering of Temple Beth Shalom expansion / image courtesy BKA Architects

their generosity and support, having so far raised over $9.5 million toward the project. “There are so many who have contributed to making it possible for us to be standing here to officially break ground on our new TBS Home today,” said Rabbi Todd Markley “We wanted to take an opportunity not only to celebrate this moment in time, but to say thank you to everyone who has enabled us to get this far, and is going to help us on our journey forward.” Since 1998, the congregation of Temple Beth Shalom has grown from 500 to 800 households in Needham and throughout the Greater Boston area. The current temple, built for a congregation half its current size and worn by many

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Storytelling for A/E/C Firms: Engage, Inspire, and Connect

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When discussing ideas for a message strategy with clients, I ask to hear a story showing how the company stands out from the competition. Without hesitating for a second, the storyteller takes me to the heart of the firm’s success and distinction. One of the big advantages professional service firms own, yet rarely use, is the power of their stories to connect and engage. Whether communicating via websites, project descriptions, videos, award submissions, blogs, or client conversations, most choose to play it safe. Why? Good storytelling requires us to take risks, and business communication is historically risk-averse. Sourcing your stories requires asking a different set of questions of the team and the client. What were the biggest

risks and fears at the outset? Who were the key characters taking the journey, and what did they learn along the way? Did the experience change them, alter a conventional practice, or uncover a colossal lesson no one expected? Was there a key moment that turned the outcome from sowhat to something unexpected? Three Methods. There are several methods for telling a business story. The Classic is the most frequently used framework. It establishes a protagonist,

Storytelling with Data is another great method. Here we use data and research to tell the story. Post occupancy metrics, noteworthy innovations leading to savings, evidence-based design, and research-driven success stories are well-matched to this method. Characters, plot, and journey are still important essentials; the data allows us to offer proof as part of the resolution. The Dialogue Method allows us to bring the audience behind the scenes and eavesdrop on a key moment drawn from

One of the big advantages professional service firms own, yet rarely use, is the power of their stories to connect and engage with audiences. often cast as the hero. There is the sidekick, loyal and sometimes conflicted. There is the journey, enlivened by the need to overcome big obstacles along the way, and finally the resolution. For most of our stories, the client is the protagonist and hero; we are the sidekick. This is hard for the all-about-me communicators. But it makes for a superior story when we can report on client success and our role in it. After all, where would Batman be without Robin, or Holmes without Watson?

a project or company story. Show how a question or revelation moved the dial, turned skeptics into believers, or solved the unsolvable problem. Each of these methods — and others — work well in both traditional and social media platforms. A data story, for example, can be told in 140 characters or a 2-minute video. Each method offers an entirely new opportunity for translating company knowledge and achievements into stories that will inject energy and authenticity

into a content marketing strategy. Choose one, find a story, and start connecting in ways the audience will enjoy and remember. Why Storytelling Works. Stories tap into our senses, emotions, and memories. Research on audience response consistently reveals that when information is relayed in the form of a story, people are more likely to remember it. Our earliest learning experiences came from the stories read by our parents and teachers. The emotional power of storytelling continues in adulthood with the books, movies, and music we love. Think about the storytelling honed by every great preacher, journalist, historian, and ad writer. They take us to a place where journeys, doubts, obstacles, and resolutions come to life. Begin by employing the classic methods of the craft. Storytelling techniques are universal and timeproven. Authentic stories use conflict and controversy to draw the reader or viewer in and spark engagement. Without these elements, it’s a brochure. Michael Reilly, FSMPS is principal consultant and the loyal sidekick at Reilly Communications in Boston.



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Bryant Tops Off Innovation Center

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Smithfield, RI – BOND recently celebrated a topping-off ceremony for Bryant University’s new Academic Innovation Center, a two-story, 50,000sf building that will serve as a welcoming focal point for the Smithfield institution. The Academic Innovation Center will foster a creative, immersive learning environment aligned with the university’s strategic plans to advance new models of innovative learning. Designed by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott (EYP), the building houses classroom and collaboration space for Bryant students in both the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. The facility will also include a café and a 4,000sf Innovation Forum. BOND is also at work on the expansion of Bryant’s Chace Wellness Center, which includes a two-story, 6,700sf addition and

3,400sf renovation along the east side of the existing Multipurpose Activities Center. Working closely with the design team at Sasaki Associates, BOND will expand a Training Room on the center’s first floor and construct office space for the Athletics Administration and Bryant’s Division 1 Football program on the second floor. Slated for completion prior to the 2016 academic year, the Academic Innovation Center’s flexible learning environment will add particular value to Bryant’s nationally recognized “first-year experience program.” BOND recently completed a 33,000sf renovation of the university’s Salmanson Dining Hall, which also included upgrades to the property’s kitchen, server, and adjacent office space.


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Augusta, ME – Raymond, N.H.-based design-builder Jewett Construction Co., Inc. has begun construction on a new Hyundai and Chrysler dealership in Augusta, Maine for the Darling’s Auto Group. A groundbreaking ceremony took place October 2. Designed by the team of Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects and Summit Engineering to comply with the manufacturer’s latest image upgrade requirements, the 32,578sf design-build dealership will be shared by the Hyundai and Dodge/Chrysler brands and will utilize a Butler Manufacturing hybrid building design that includes both a pre-engineered metal building and conventional steel construction.

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Sanborn Head Celebrates Bringing the Bruins Back to Boston

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Brighton, MA – Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.’s Stan Sadkowski and Amy Blomeke were part of the Oct 22 topping-off ceremony for the new Boston Bruins’ training facility at Warrior Ice Arena. Sanborn Head is working with NB Development Group to provide geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, LSP services, and construction administration services for the majority of the Boston Landing development, including the new practice rink for the Bruins. Sanborn Head was one member of

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Life Sciences State-of-the-Art Building Energy Management Systems for Massachusetts Life Sciences Industry

by Matthew Guarracino

The commonwealth’s life sciences industry is a major economic driver in the state, employing more than 95,000 people, according to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The MLSC also notes that all of the world’s top 10 biopharmaceutical firms maintain facilities here, along with more than 500 other biopharma companies and 400 medical device makers. With the large cluster of life sciences companies in Massachusetts, so comes the need for state-of-the-art buildings, facilities, and lab space. From Cambridge to Boston’s Seaport district, this has helped drive the construction boom to meet the needs of the state’s life sciences sector.

To comply with the clinical, research, and regulatory requirements of life science companies, these new buildings must feature the most state-of-the art energy and building management systems. As energy reliability is essential for operating research labs smoothly without costly disruptions, these facilities also require innovative technology to handle their complicated energy, HVAC, and processing needs. In addition, the building owners and tenants of these facilities want systems that are energy-efficient to control costs without sacrificing reliability. Recently, we completed work on a mixed-use waterfront development in Boston’s Seaport district that required automated control systems throughout the entire 1.1 million-sf pharmaceutical facility. Our project team worked within a diligent schedule that involved work in a variety of spaces on the campus including parking facilities, office levels, and critical biomedical research and laboratory spaces. In an effort to reduce energy demand and consumption while simultaneously

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guaranteeing reliable energy delivery for power, heat, and water, we installed a sophisticated building automation system throughout the facility. Given the vivarium spaces housed within this facility, airflow is extremely important, and we are able to monitor it throughout the building. In addition to completing the project on time and on budget, the cutting-edge facility was designed to save money and reduce annual energy use. To achieve the desired energy savings within a building such as those serving today’s life sciences industry, it’s essential to ensure that every building subsystem, from heating to security, works together as a cohesive

unit. By aggregating these systems, the result is a better performing and more intelligent building. Today’s advanced building systems serving the needs of the growing life sciences industry here in Massachusetts are amazingly sophisticated, but it takes a wide range of skills and knowledge to ensure that all the systems work seamlessly and reliably. When these energy management systems are done correctly, the end result will save money and energy while providing a better work experience for all occupants. Matthew P. Guarracino is business development manager for J.M. Electrical Company, Inc.


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Moving Through the Workspace all images courtesy of LAB / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc.

by Mark Reed

The debate over open offices versus closed offices is far from over, but economics are driving our clients more and more toward open layouts. When they make that decision, they often ask us to design the workspaces so that they don’t feel like “Dilbert,” with endless rows of cubicles.

In each of these design solutions, the dominant perception is one of movement and energy, which disguises the placement of space-efficient workstations. A common initial response is to look at organically shaped workstations or Y-shaped triads to reduce the regularity of rectangular systems. However, we have found that these systems do not

The City Streets approach

achieve the same density of headcount as conventional L-shaped solutions. In three recent projects, we took on the challenge of achieving an organic informality within a rectangular format of workstations. Each of these projects shows an evolving approach toward the use of pathways to create a natural

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flow and sub-division of work areas. Metaphorically, we refer to these as City Streets, Clover Leafs, and Campus Paths. The City Streets design concept subdivides the workstations into team-based units and links them via an orthogonal, multidirectional system of pathways. The pathways lead to meaningful destinations such as the café, the board room, the lab entries, and smaller conference room clusters. Instead of being in an anonymous grid of cubes, the teams find themselves in smaller neighborhoods along a major circulation spine. The Clover Leafs approach seeks to lead people through the space along a large-scale, curved walkway. The pathway, in this case made from reclaimed oak, weaves through a rectangular grid of columns and workstations toward the company kitchen. Shared huddle rooms and conference rooms abut the path, ensuring that a maximum flow of people take this route. By placing an emphasis on the curve, the impact of the rectangular workstations is greatly reduced.

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The Campus Paths strategy takes its inspiration from the desire lines of trampled grass often found on college campuses. In this design, the board room, conference areas, kitchen and lab areas are situated at the perimeter of the plan, allowing for natural circulation paths to define the workstation groupings. In each of these design solutions, the dominant perception is one of movement and energy, which disguises the placement of space-efficient workstations. Successful arrangements of workspaces in an open office can reveal new collaborative possibilities within the organization, collaborations that might be inhibited by a closed-in office approach. Paying close attention to the culture of the company for which the design is created can lead to innovative designs that are also fun and efficient places to work. Mark Reed, AIA LEED AP is a principal at LAB / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc. a Boston-based laboratory design firm.

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As part of BVH’s efforts to reduce our clients’ operating costs, improve energy efficiency, and lower our collective footprint, the firm is committed to greening the practices in our laboratory designs. Labs have traditionally consumed 10 times the energy of an office facility of equal size. One of the reasons labs are so energy-intensive is that the importance of researcher safety and the necessity of the research itself have put energy usage on a lower rung of the priority ladder when designing and constructing such facilities. The recent focus on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint has brought energy consumption of labs and research sectors to the forefront of consciousness. This awareness now coincides with technical advancements that make true energy savings possible without compromising safety. Digital control systems, for example, are now sophisticated enough to allow for energy savings on laboratory air volume, which must be heated and cooled

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24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Actual realized savings in energy costs can range between 25% and 40% over traditional systems. An additional 10% investment in laboratory mechanical systems can yield proportionally larger energy savings that can have simple paybacks of five to 10 years. Many technologies can be employed to capture these savings. Some of the more common technologies include variable-volume hoods, low-flow hoods, occupancy monitoring, and glycol run-around loops. A selection of some less common applications that have the potential to increase savings include: Chilled beams

This technology is a 1960’s vintage approach that has been revitalized with modern manufacturing and control approaches. When applied to laboratories, total air flow delivered can be reduced by 50% to 65%. Chilled beams work

Continuous air-quality monitoring can drastically reduce annual energy usage by providing higher levels of air flow only when contaminants are actually present. Given the low percentage of a spill, air flows can be reduced from the traditional eight to 10 air changes per hour to four air changes per hour when the laboratory is occupied, and even to two air changes per hour when unoccupied.

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Much of the energy used by laboratories is the electricity required to run fans at all times. Fans are typically run at or near their full capacity in order to get any potentially harmful effluent up and away from the building. By employing

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to better match the demand of the facility, having a drastic effect on electricity draw. Saving energy no longer has to be, nor is it often permitted to be, a low-priority issue when designing and constructing a laboratory. The benefits and paybacks of many of today’s technologies make the incorporation of energy-saving measures considerably easier than it has been in the past. Their potential long-term effects on energy consumption and lower operating costs can be in harmony with the important research conducted in our laboratories and the safety of the personnel we are charged with protecting. Properly selected measures are a benefit all around. Daniel Herzig Jr., PE, is the vice president of BVH.

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NE Lab Completes Alkermes Reno

November 2015

Applied Photophysics Opens in MA

Wood panels add warmth to the movable steel benches for the recent Alkermes renovation project / © Damianos Photography

Waltham, MA – New England Lab recently completed first- and secondfloor renovations for Alkermes, a biopharmaceutical company. Constructed to match its existing design, this 1,700sf renovation was accomplished with the help of architect Margolis + Fisherman, Inc. and general contractor Siena Construction. With a need for highly adaptable laboratory furniture, hybrid systems were created to intersect flexibility and design. Adjustable shelves and suspended cabinets were mounted to double-sided lab benches with phenolic resin tops. These selfsupporting benches are factory-equipped with plumbing, electrical, and data services to serve as a hub of workspace activity. Removable rectangular collars

conceal hoses and cords that connect to the MEP system above, and local exhaust arms were provided to promote a comfortable working environment. Suspended cabinets were constructed with painted steel cases and boast plain sliced maple veneer fronts and side panels to make the space warm and inviting. Alkermes’ innovative research also required custom fume hoods. Constant volume floor-mounted fume hoods were outfitted with preplumbed services and apparatus bar systems. In addition, bench-mounted fume hoods were optimally positioned throughout the laboratories. These hoods have custom sash configurations and enable Alkermes to safely accomplish its varying scientific, development, and manufacturing goals.

Applied Photophysics grand opening

Beverly, MA – United Kingdom based Applied Photophysics (APL) announced the grand opening of its new North American Demonstration Lab at Cummings Center in Beverly. The 2,400sf space is the global firm’s first North American location. APL has also announced the launch of its qCD product series, which is designed to help develop novel biotherapeutics drugs. APL develops and manufactures high performance modern spectrometry equipment for the life sciences industry. Established in 1971 by Lord George Porter and the Royal Institution of Great Britain, it is headquartered near London. APL chose Beverly’s Cummings

Center to be part of the strong biotech community on campus and in the region, according to David Gregson, CEO of Applied Photophysics. ”The number and variety of biotech and biopharma companies in Massachusetts made for a very compelling case: being close to so many potential customers is a real advantage,” he said. “This new office and demonstration lab space will enable Applied Photophysics to make important contributions to the Massachusetts life sciences community, in the world’s leading ecosystem for life sciences innovation and growth,” said Mike Kennealy, acting president & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

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Aerated Floors for Green and Sustainable Mitigation of Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air

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In many parts of the Northeast, greenfield sites are becoming increasingly hard to find due to a number of factors, including a strong economy, vibrant real estate market, and population density. One of the advantages of greenfield sites is that they are less likely than previously developed sites to be impacted by remnants of past industrial use such as subsurface soil and groundwater contamination. As greenfield sites become more scarce, particularly in popular urban areas that have seen the most infill recently, developers have increasingly turned towards brownfield sites that have varying levels of subsurface contamination issues.

One of the risk factors that brownfield developers need to weigh when deciding what parcels to purchase and develop is the risk of vapor intrusion, a process where vapors from subsurface contamination emanate upwards into occupied space in the building above. According to the U.S. EPA, the main concern associated with vapor intrusion is whether the concentration of chemicals in the indoor air, even at low levels, poses an unacceptable risk to human health, including cancer, due to long- and even short-term exposure. There are both active and passive methods to mitigate or control vapor intrusion. Active methods include subslab depressurization, which involves connecting an electric fan to a suction pit dug into the foundation slab that is connected to a series of pipes under the building to actively remove vapors and emit them outside the building. Another method is over-pressurization of the building, where the air pressure indoors is increased relative to the air pressure beneath the slab, keeping the vapors out.

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Both of these methods can work very well, but due to their electricity needs over a long period of time, they can be expensive to operate and maintain. A greener and more sustainable option that is also less costly and equally effective is a passive venting system. As the name implies, these systems operate passively, requiring little or no energy to run. They involve installing a void space of some type beneath the basement or under the at-grade slab of a building. The void space is used to accumulate the vapors, which are then vented outdoors using solar fans or wind turbines, or even by simply taking

advantage of atmospheric and building pressure differentials. Since the vapors are vented outside, the potential for vapors to accumulate in living or working space within the building is greatly reduced, lessening potential health risks for building occupants. One example of a passive system is an aerated floor, such as the Cupolex system. With Cupolex, concrete is poured over modular dome forms, made from 100% recycled plastic that come in a variety of sizes, to create floating or structural slabs with an under-slab void. Some of the benefits of aerated floors include: • They are a green product, made from 100% recycled plastic. • They offer up to five LEED points towards USGBC green building certification. • Their use reduces steel and aggregate volume and costs. • There is no need for long-term and expensive operation, maintenance, and monitoring. continued to page 37


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Dacon Celebrates 30 Years of Design-Build Project Delivery Natick, MA – This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dacon Corporation, a fully integrated design and construction management firm that provides singlesource solutions to clients’ most complex facility requirements. Founded in 1985 by Richard Kuchinsky, AIA; Dennis Leahy; and Ron Gagnon, the company was among the first to challenge the traditional project delivery process in which the disconnect between architectural and building services often resulted in miscommunication, conflict, budget overages, project delays, and a less-than-ideal experience for all involved — particularly the client. Kuchinsky had a different vision — one that transformed the decades-old delivery process by streamlining architectural, design, engineering, and construction services. The way his new company, Dacon (short for design, architecture, and construction), did business was at the cutting edge of industry practices and set the gold standard for the future. Today, Dacon Corporation and its inhouse architectural firm, PDA Associates Inc., is a premier design-build company for leading corporate, healthcare, and development firms. With a singular focus on corporate facilities, Dacon has attained a reputation for helping each client reach its specific project goals.

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Southwick Expands Operations Haverhill, MA – Southwick Corporation, the manufacturer of American-made garments for Brooks Brothers and other clothing labels, recently expanded its manufacturing operations into 140,000sf. The building was formerly a Lowe’s retail store and is located at 25 Computer Drive in Haverhill. After being purchased by Brooks Brothers in 2009, Southwick moved into a 90,000sf clothing manufacturing plant at 20 Computer Drive owned by Paradigm Capital Partners. Six years later, Southwick had outgrown the existing space. To accommodate Southwick’s expanding operations, Paradigm Properties, as developer, bought 25 Computer Drive and renovated the building. Dacon was brought on board as the project design-builder. Boston Industrial Consultants was hired by Southwick as the project’s industrial engineer. Eight months of programming, pricing, and permitting allowed for commencement of construction in September of 2014 and occupancy in August 2015. Renovation of the building included new storefront and punch windows; a


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new office mezzanine for Southwick’s corporate office area of 8,500sf; new locker rooms; and a cafeteria that accommodates up to 600 Southwick associates.

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The new 275 Wyman Street office building in Waltham, Mass., was recently completed for owner/developer Hobbs Brook Management, marking a multiyear planning, zoning, and design process that brought another high-quality and sustainable building to the Hobbs Brook Office Park. Designed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) and built by Commodore Builders, the new, five-story, 315,000sf Class A office building features a full-service cafeteria, landscaped green roof courtyard, and a 1,050-car parking garage in an office campus setting. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the building is the new U.S. headquarters for Cimpress and its well-known brand Vistaprint, a global supplier of customized marketing products and services to micro businesses and consumers. Prior to contracts with Cimpress, and without knowing how many tenants would

ultimately occupy the building, MPA designed 275 Wyman for both multiand single-tenancy. The design intent was to create a superbly efficient office building that maximizes the number of people per rentable square foot, with the least amount of waste, while optimizing extensive window line views of the Cambridge Reservoir and surrounding landscape. The building’s floor plates are each 60,000sf, designed in mirrored pods of 30,000sf with a bathroom core and shared lobby. The highly efficient design can accommodate four tenants per floor with no wasted common space. Most tenants don’t entertain the idea of a build-to-suit lease in a base building that hasn’t started construction unless all

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Sophos engaged MPA to design and renovate its existing suite of offices in Burlington, one of three facilities in North America and the company’s U.S. headquarters and national training center. Providing space planning and interior design services, MPA designed a highperformance workspace that aligns with Sophos’ branding and evolving business structure to promote greater collaboration and communication among project teams. MPA substantially updated the two-floor office design by embracing an open-plan

layout and converting private offices into meeting spaces. A variety of conference rooms and huddle spaces support collaboration, and a client-facing briefing center with two technology-enabled conference rooms and a large breakout area was added to the main entrance floor. A multipurpose area with kitchen provides casual meeting space for staff on the first floor. MPA applied the company’s brand palette of orange and blue throughout the space and selected new sustainable finishes, furniture, and lighting. To allow business to continue during construction, MPA phased the renovation schedule and utilized available swing space to complete the project in three months. Timberline Construction served as construction manager for the project, and RDK Engineers provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering consulting services.

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AGC MA Recognizes Exceptional Building Teams and Projects Wellesley, MA – AGC MA Build New England Awards Gala was held October 8 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Boston. Award winners include:

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The Viridian Completed

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West Concord, MA – Completion of Brookside Square was celebrated recently at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was attended by project developer Oaktree FX Development, property manager WinnResidential, construction manager Tocci Building Companies, and special guest Mass. State Senator Michael Barrett. The three-story, 126,000sf mixed-use development is situated on five acres, featuring 74 luxury studio, one-, and twobedroom units on floors two and three, with the ground floor offering 36,000sf of first-class commercial space.

The residential units include openconcept layouts, private patios or balconies, shared green roof space, Energy Star appliances, chef’s kitchens, and custom high-end finishes. The commercial space is designed to include businesses that cater to the Brookside Square residents seeking a work-live-play environment. Designed to achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating of 50 out of 150, making it 50% more energy-efficient than a standard new home, the project features both energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems.

Cambridge, MA – Bruner/Cott & Associates announced the completion of The Viridian, a $200 million, 350,000sf, mixed-used high-rise at 1282 Boylston Street. The development is part of the transformation of a one-story retail strip to a smart-growth, transit-oriented neighborhood. Small in size, big on design, the building’s apartment layouts shift the emphasis from large personal space to community and amenity venues. Over half of the 342 units are 700sf or less, with micro studio units and one-bedroom metro units as well as traditional one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. This unit mix supports a diverse population from graduate students to empty-nesters, with 38 of the units meeting affordable housing requirements. The Viridian’s 350-foot-long street plane is highly activated, with 10,000sf of neighborhood retail space that provides the base for its two residential towers and includes a new Fenway Community Center. Highly articulated and transparent at the pedestrian scale, a large three-story opening marks the residential entry into a contemporary living room lobby that engages Boylston Street. Below-grade parking provides space for 290 vehicles and over 300 bicycles. The owner/design team conceived the

The Viridian / photos © Robert Benson

steel-framed complex in multiple volumes that ease the transition from historic lowrise buildings nearby to the new towers. These volumes include zinc and glass bays along with a ceramic tile rainscreen of varying textures, colors, and glazed accents designed to read at a variety of human and urban scales. LEED Gold registered, the project includes energy-efficient mechanical systems, environmentally responsible materials, and easily accessible bicycle storage.

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the base building was defined before the lease was signed, Cimpress envisioned great potential for flexibility in the design of the workspace. Leveraging MPA’s understanding of the base building design, Cimpress selected MPA for the interior design of its office, a move that allowed for greater creativity in design solutions. MPA used a collaborative design process to understand Cimpress’ goals for the new headquarters and suggest modifications to the base building to accommodate those needs. MPA’s open and collaborative workspace design maximized the efficiency of the building for Cimpress, reducing the need to occupy the full amount of square footage. To promote greater intra-floor circulation, MPA designed a monumental staircase in the lobby, adding glass and upgraded finishes to make the stair a convenient and compelling way to circulate. To address other needs, the design and construction team relocated the electrical rooms to accommodate Cimpress’ data center, enlarge the bathrooms, and alter the ductwork and penetrations to accommodate additional infrastructure needs. Cimpress also enhanced the base building with the addition of a living green wall in the cafeteria, as well as

expansion of the fitness center and creation of a game room. To ensure a seamless design and construction process, Cimpress selected Commodore for the interior fit-out. Because the base building and tenant fit-out targeted the same completion date, all interior design decisions needed to be made in coordination with the base building team. MPA and Commodore thus monitored two concurrent projects on site. The team was able to maintain the aggressive 14-month schedule by creatively scheduling interior fit-out activities around the completed phased construction of the base building — even during the severe snowstorms of February 2015. Because the building was split into two phases, subcontractors were able to proceed with interior construction even when conditions prevented work from being done to the exterior. With some strategic planning, foresight, and coordination, the design and construction team’s efforts ensured that 275 Wyman would be completed — and Cimpress would move into its new office — on time. Marc Margulies, FAIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.

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iHub Inspires Innovation

Integrated Completes Tenant Fit-Up

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Rockland, MA – Integrated Builders has completed a 4,300sf tenant fit-up at 302 Weymouth Street in Rockland on behalf of Noble Supply & Logistics, a global provider of supply, procurement, and logistics solutions to the U.S. military, federal, state, and local governments. The repositioning of the space transformed the company’s existing onsite warehouse area into additional offices to accommodate the continued growth and expanded workforce of the supply and logistics support firm. Bob Purdy, project manager at Integrated Builders, led his team while working collaboratively with Ken Hyszczak, director of Fort Hill Architecture. The mechanical, electrical,

plumbing, and fire protection systems were completed on a design-build basis. “Our team worked closely and effectively with Fort Hill Architecture to transform the shell warehouse space into a collaborative office use within a strict one-month project timeline.” With the completed office conversion, Noble Supply & Logistics’ space accommodates 27 additional employees and boasts an open, collaborative layout featuring a new reception/receiving area, conference room, kitchen, and server room. Additionally, the functionality of the installed data system is state-of-theart, which will allow the firm to continue its growth and expansion in the global commerce market.

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Lowell, MA – Located in Lowell’s historic Hamilton Canal District, the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub (iHub) and The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) have officially opened. The 22,000sf business incubator occupies the top two floors of the 110 Canal Street building, formerly the Freudenberg Nonwoven Mill. The iHub features coworking spaces, meeting rooms, café, and a maker space in a flexible, friendly, modern space. The M2D2 space provides coworking, meeting, and lab spaces for biomedical and medical device startups. Spaces are designed to foster collaboration and to support a variety of styles of working. ICON Architecture, Inc. is the architect for the project. IHub fosters innovation, entrepreneur-

ship, economic development, and job creation by linking the region’s technology startups and entrepreneurs to resources that facilitate the development, manufacturing and commercialization of their respective innovations. It hosts technology based startup companies based on university technology as well as innovations and concepts developed in the larger, regional entrepreneurial community. M2D2 supports the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers. The 110 Canal Center is the second M2D2 facility on the UMass Lowell campus. The new center is made up of a fully equipped, shared lab facility that can house 50 researchers.

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Rockland Trust Begins Fit-Up

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Providence, RI – Integrated Builders has begun a 5,000sf tenant fit-up for Rockland Trust at 10 Memorial Boulevard in Providence. Integrated will work with architecture firm DRL Associates, Inc. and engineering service provider Engineering Design Services, Inc. This marks the second project that Integrated Builders has undertaken on behalf of the commercial bank and the fourth tenant fit-up the firm will complete at 10 Memorial Boulevard, bringing the total

size of work at the building to 25,000sf. The fit-up will take place on the ninth of the 10-floor building and is an expansion of the firm’s existing office space. The enhanced workspace will include new mechanical and electrical systems and plumbing as well as updated walls and finishes to support 15 individual offices, two new conference rooms, and an employee lounge. Additionally, a large portion of the existing entrance walls will be replaced with glass panes, providing a vibrant, well-lit environment.

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populated area like New England where subsurface contamination issues are common, passive aerated floors are a costeffective and green alternative to other methods of mitigating vapor intrusion risks. Chuck Raymond, CPSM, is the marketing manager at Geosyntec Consultants in Acton, Massachusetts. Susan Welt, M.P.H., P.E., is a senior environmental engineer at Geosyntec Consultants in Latham, New York.

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How do you get the best candidates from the best companies to join your team? When a candidate walks away from an interview with your company, they should be clear on what you stand for and why they should leave their job and join you. They’re not looking for just a job, they’re looking for an opportunity to grow. Consider these points before hosting your next interview: The 1,000-foot view

Outline the reasons someone would want to join your company. This should take no more than 5 minutes and should happen regardless of the role a candidate is interviewing for. Mention how long you have been in business, size of your company, any awards:

• Give an overview on the short- and longterm company goals. • Lay out how they can grow their career with you. • Describe typical responsibilities for that type of role. • What are the benefits/perks to joining your company? Do you offer “free food Fridays,” matching 401K, on-site laundry, paternity leave, or professional development? Be clear on who you are

Candidates want more than just money; they want to work for a company that supports their personal goals, even if they don’t actively express those to you in the interview process: • Share the company motivations and why you are in business. • Do you have a philanthropic component to your business goals, flat management structure; are you investing in technology, growing divisions, etc.? What makes your company tick? • Talk about your employees who have found success in their roles, and why. • Give potential candidates a glimpse into

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Don’t pretend your company is something it’s not. It will only cost you time and money in the long run. • Also, no HR mumbo jumbo when it comes to their employment package, such as “competitive salaries.” What does that mean, competitive to who? • Passive candidates are employed and don’t need to make the move unless you have something they really want to join. • Be clear about the role and any difficulties associated with the position. A cranky superintendent they will need to work with, a micro-managing superior, etc. Let them know upfront. This way they

are informed before they start and will make it past their 90-day review. This saves you time in the long run. Focus on people, not just the perks

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Build Boston BRA Board Approves $136 Million in New Projects

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Boston – The board of directors for the Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved new development projects, which represent a combined investment of $136.3 million that will result in over 400,000sf of development and an estimated 355 construction jobs In addition, the Boston Renewal Authority has granted final designation to a local development group to construct a

hotel and residences along Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury. Whittier Street Housing

Whittier Street public housing will be redeveloped, adding more units and a growing mix of incomes. The total project cost is $44 million for 111,000sf of improvements. The project will create a total of 387

Madison Park Development – street view: corner of Melnea Cass and Soujourner Truth / Elton + Hampton Arcihtects

mixed-income rental units. The first phase will result in 83 new units, and subsequent phases call for the redevelopment of all 200 low-income units. When complete, the new development will include over 7,600sf of commercial space, public open space, and a recreation area. A fitness room, lounges, and community rooms are also planned. New street trees, benches, sidewalks,

and lighting will help revitalize the surrounding streets, and residents will have access to bicycle parking as well as 121 underground parking spots. The Madison Park Development Corporation

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BRA Board Approves $136 Million in New Projects continued from page 39 The building will receive a major facelift as part of a broad improvement plan being led by property owner Shorenstein. Highlights include new lobbies and passageways between three buildings and a 21,000sf penthouse addition that will provide more office space and a rooftop garden. A 9,400sf addition will be constructed on the ground floor and mezzanine levels. Shorenstein and CBT Architects have designed the new Center Plaza to be LEED Gold certifiable through the US Green Building Council.

Center Plaza, Boston / CBT Architects All phtos are courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority

housing along Melnea Cass in Lower Roxbury at a cost of $37 million. MPD will add 76 units of housing in Lower Roxbury. Already the operator of Madison Park Village, which was developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s along Melnea Cass Boulevard, the nonprofit will construct two new buildings on nearby infill sites. Designed by Elton + Hampton Architects, the Madison Park Infill project will be composed of a four-story building with 16 units and a five-story building with 60

units located just southwest of the Ruggles MBTA Orange Line station. Most, if not all, of the 76 units will be marketed as affordable housing thanks to Low Income Housing Tax Credits that the developer has secured. Center Plaza, Boston

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New housing of 49,000sf will be developed on a former manufacturing site in West Roxbury at a cost of $10 million. A series of outdated, abandoned, and burned-out former light-industrial buildings at the corner of LaGrange and Centre Streets will soon come down

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under a proposal approved by the BRA. Developer Michael Argiros of Charles River Realty plans to demolish a shuttered factory and construct a three-story residential building with 48 apartments, six of which will be designated as affordable. The Victorian style multi-family building at 425 LaGrange Street will be designed by Neshamkin French Architects. The project will contain eight studios, 22 one-bedroom, 16 twobedroom, and two three-bedroom units. The developer hopes to break ground by March 2016 and complete the project by July 2017. Housing Project in South Boston

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West Fourth Street and A Street in South Boston will be demolished to make way for a six-story project that will include nine residential units, a two-floor photography studio, ground-floor retail space, and offstreet parking. 33 A Street Development won approval to construct the new building, which will have one four-bedroom unit, six three-bedroom units, and two twobedroom units. Eight units will be rental apartments, while one will be occupied by the property owner. The project was designed by Embarc Studio.

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Storage Facility Approved

Boston Self Storage will be an 83,500sf facility with flexible storage space for customers. By incorporating sustainable design features, such as an energy-efficient water system and environmentally friendly materials, the developer hopes to achieve LEED Silver certification. The project will also include 19,000sf of fabrication space for local entrepreneurs for experimental manufacturing.

Raymond Schneider, the owner of Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa on Southampton Street in Newmarket, received BRA approval to build a new storage facility at a cost of $12 million.

An important parcel in the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan is closer to being redeveloped after the BRA board granted

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Melnea Partners to Develop Hotel and Residences

final designation to Melnea Partners, LLC, a collaborative being led by the local design and development firm Urbanica, as the developer for Parcel 9. It is jointly owned by the BRA and the Mass. Department of Transportation and will be redeveloped as the 126,400sf Melnea Hotel and Residence at a project cost of $38 million. The project includes a 108-room hotel, 50 units of rental housing, and 8,000sf of retail space. The development team hopes to begin construction of the hotel and residences by the end of this year, with the hotel slated for completion in spring 2017 and the residential units that summer.

Boston Children’s Hospital received approval to amend its Institutional Master Plan in order to build a new pedestrian bridge over Longwood Avenue. The 3,250sf connector will link the patient and family parking garage with the hospital’s main building. A new concierge desk in the garage will process patient discharges, and visitors will have access to valet service. The steel-and-glass bridge was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects to be visually unobtrusive to passersby on Longwood Avenue. Children’s Hospital will create a pocket park outside the historic Hunnewell Building and make landscaping improvements along Longwood Avenue and Blackfan Street. Lighting will also be installed to better showcase the Hunnewell Building and its historic character. An existing concrete pedestrian bridge that spans Blackfan Street will be removed.

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Education KBE Building Corporation GC for UConn Storrs Project Designed by Amenta Emma Storrs, CT – KBE Building Corporation was recently awarded its third active construction project at UConn’s Storrs campus: a comprehensive 42,000sf renovation to the Israel Putnam refectory dining hall. KBE is serving as general contractor for the $12.6 million project on the Storrs campus to accommodate an overall seating capacity of 700 students. Project scope includes full renovation of the existing servery and seating area on the upper floor and the conversion of lower level into an additional level of seating and servery plus installation of the following new elements: service elevator; two-level tray return system; monumental open stair to connect upper- and lower-level seating areas; new roof-top mechanical and kitchen equipment condensing units; new servery-related foodservice equipment, serving lines, beverage stations, condiment stations, and serving counters; new finishes, graphics, and lighting; and new furnishings throughout. The project was designed by Amenta Emma Architects and is scheduled for

Putnam dining hall / rendering by Amenta Emma Architects

completion in late summer 2016. In addition, KBE is leading the design-build team for the historic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) residence hall, now under way at the Storrs campus. The new residence hall

is 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,

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Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects has been awarded the go-ahead to design and completely transform 585 Commercial Street in the North End of Boston for grades 2 through 4 of the Boston Eliot Innovation School. The firm previously worked with the city to design the first and second floors of the building in order to house the upper school students during the construction of its permanent location on North Bennett Street. When complete in 2016, the location will become the permanent home for grades 2 through 4, one of three Eliot Innovation School buildings in the North End.

The Eliot Upper Innovation School project, for grades 5 through 8, is also well under way, designed and overseen by Finegold Alexander. This extensive project encompasses a complete gut renovation and expansion of three connected historic structures that formerly housed the North Bennett Street School. The new design will include classrooms, a multipurpose/cafeteria space, and media center in the three-story school structure. When the three buildings are complete, the schools will hold upwards of 800 to 1,000 students, compared with 157 in 2007.

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Boston – MassDevelopment has issued two tax-exempt bonds totaling $60.3 million on behalf of Babson College in Wellesley. Babson will use $37 million to renovate student residence halls. Babson will also use $23.3 million to refund a prior MassDevelopment bond. “MassDevelopment is pleased to support Babson college as it renovates its campus, continuing to provide an outstanding learning environment for future leaders of the commonwealth,”

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CBT Architects Completes Champlain College Dorm Burlington, VT – Champlain College recently celebrated the completion of the first residential quadrangle in campus history, designed by CBT Architects, Inc. The $30 million multiphased, 370-bed residential dormitory and quadrangle project provided the college with three new residence halls, which serve as the foundation for the college’s master plan of bringing 90% of students on campus. The new Finney Quad provides engaging common space and landscaped areas to the community. When designing the residence halls, CBT drew inspiration from the architectural aspects of the surrounding neighborhood. Known as The Hill, area around the campus is home to stately historic homes with large porches and other traditional details. To complement this setting, the dormitory buildings are clad in brick with dormers, porches, and unique detailing, each responding consistently to the neighborhood context. CBT also made sure that Finney Quad took advantage of the unique and breathtaking setting of the campus, which includes clear vistas to the Appalachians and Lake Champlain. By transforming a parking lot into centralized green space within the quad featuring an amphitheater and inviting

Champlain College dormitories / rendering by CBT Architects

seating, CBT shifted the focus of the campus and developed the key elements needed to create an urban context

within the college. This green space is now home to year-round residential life activities, including the famous annual

Rail Jam competition, hosted by the Ski and Snowboard Club. The space also includes a pedestrian walkway linking the campus to downtown Burlington, physically connecting the campus to the wider community. The entire residence hall project was designed with the environment in mind, and its construction meets the highest standard of sustainability, LEED Gold certification. Key design features supporting this certification include high-performance windows and exterior envelope design, heat-recovery systems, geothermal sourced heat pumps for cooling and heating, ultra-low flow fixtures, natural daylighting with auto sensors for light fixture controls, building management systems for all HVAC components, and energy-efficient appliances and laundry machines. Students are invited to play a role in preserving the environment and continually meeting these standards by utilizing the recycling centers located on every floor. Unique building features include a large common area on the first floor, with small study areas and lounge areas throughout the rest of the buildings.

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Kaplan Renovates Two Libraries Boston – Kaplan Construction has completed two library projects for Boston College (BC). Kaplan completed interior renovations at the Slide Library in Devlin Hall and a second round of renovations at O’Neill Library. The libraries remained open 24×7 during construction, and Kaplan did much of its work after-hours to avoid disrupting students and staff. BR+A Consulting Engineers provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering on both projects. O’Neill Library: Over the course of three months in 2014, Kaplan completed renovations at the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects (LBA), the twophase project answered the school’s request for a well-located and attractive place for faculty to collaborate as well as to bring together staff members who were previously dispersed in different departments. This summer, the interior renovations to a 5,400sf area encompassed the overhaul of classroom space and the construction of a new circulation desk and associated administrative areas, including

adjustable counters for accessibility and new soffits and lighting for improved visibility. Kaplan also converted existing classrooms into six training/testing areas and a media viewing room. Kaplan worked closely with LBA on this renovation. Slide Library, Devlin Hall: Named for Rev. William J. Devlin, SJ, 15th president of Boston College, Devlin Hall is one of four buildings comprising the Quad in the Middle Campus. With a goal of creating a training room within the Slide Library, Kaplan shuffled library partitions to reconfigure the space, repositioned the slide storage units, created shelving units and renovated some offices.

Mayor Walsh Kicks Off UFI Boston – Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently joined a team including Historic Boston Inc.; The Trust for Public Land; and the Urban Farming Institute of Boston, North Bennet Street School; along with the Mattapan community, to celebrate the start of the transformation of the historic, 18th-century Fowler Clark Epstein Farm house, barn, and land into an urban farm and education/training center. Mayor Walsh announced that the city of Boston would contribute $150,000 to the project from the Department of Neighborhood Development. Historic Boston Inc. plans to raise $1.5 million to reach the $3 million overall cost. Historic Boston Inc., a 55-year-old nonprofit organization that preserves and redevelops historic buildings in Boston for new uses, is the owner and developer of the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, founded in 1786. Rehabilitation plans include land and open areas cultivated for local food; classrooms for educational programs and a residence for an on-site farm manager in the historic house; an education/ training center that will promote urban farming knowledge with classrooms; a demonstration kitchen and offices in the 1860s carriage barn for both farmers in training and public programs about farming and food production; a greenhouse to extend the New England growing season; and a farm stand with fresh produce available to neighbors and the public.

The project will be funded partially through state historic tax credit and federal historic tax credit proceeds. More than $450,000 has been raised to date, including the city’s contribution. Several area foundations and public agencies have committed $260,000 to the project to date. The 1772 Foundation, based in Newport, R.I., has awarded a $50,000 grant to Historic Boston Inc.

Mayor Walsh announced that the city of Boston would contribute $150,000 to the project from the Department of Neighborhood Development. for capital development costs of the project. The 1772 Foundation is a longtime, nationally recognized proponent of historic properties redevelopment programs, sometimes called revolving funds HBI acquired the Fowler-ClarkEpstein Farm in June with the goal of preserving the 1786 house for reuse. Historic Boston Inc. will be developer of the property, assembling and structuring all financing sources and managing the rehabilitation of the buildings. The Trust for Public Land will build the farm’s planting beds and prepare the site for farming. The Urban Farming Institute will be the primary tenant and operator of the property and urban farming center after rehabilitation.

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ARC Designs STEM Center

ST. Marks STEM Center / Bruce Martin Photography

Southborough, MA – A new integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center was recently dedicated on the campus of St. Mark’s School in Southborough. Designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, the 30,000sf STEM Center is part of the school’s continuing commitment to innovation in its learning and teaching spaces. The center includes a wide variety of settings where students and faculty can discover, pursue, and expand their creative interests and passions through STEM-based learning. A fabrication lab, robotics program, and several teaming spaces of varying size are key elements of the new facility.

ARC designed the center with an emphasis on shared spaces where students from different math and science classes can collaborate in a team environment. Transparency and visibility throughout the interior are key design features, with glass walls allowing views into the active labs, classrooms, and group collaboration areas. Modular work benches and furniture in the labs and classrooms offer total flexibility for changing needs. The lab spaces feature retractable power supplies overhead for flexible, moveable access. Consigli Construction Co., Inc. was the construction manager and provided preconstruction services.

November 2015

Charter Oak School Tops Out

Rendering of Charter Oak International Academy

West Hartford, CT – Stamford office of Perkins Eastman congratulated the town of West Hartford and West Hartford Public Schools on the recent topping out of its new elementary school, Charter Oak International Academy. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 86,800sf building will accommodate 560 students in grades Pre-K to 5. The building is expected to be complete in time for the 2016-2017 school year. An intradistrict magnet school that delivers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), Charter Oak International Academy’s curriculum is centered on inquiry-based learning, where all concepts are examined through the investigation of current world issues. The school’s distinctive circular design

addresses this method of learning through four distinct quadrants that organize the students’ activity and progression through the day, radiating outward from a central exterior courtyard. At the same time, the building itself is a teaching too l— much of the building systems will be left exposed to view with energy performance displayed on interactive monitors. The central interior courtyard includes an amphitheater, where the back of the auditorium stage opens up to allow for exterior or interior performances. The design recalls the current 1929 building in its use of brick materials, its scale, and in retaining the historic entry off of Oakwood Avenue, which ties it to its neighborhood. With large glass façades that let in ample natural light, the school is envisioned as a pavilion in a park-like setting. Other features of the design include separate playscapes for pre-kindergarten, grades K-2, and grades 3-5, and an earth mound and space for a learning garden. Utilizing heat pumps, a geothermal well field, and a roof-mounted 100kW photovoltaic array, the new Charter Oak International Academy is anticipated to receive LEED Gold certification. This is the first entirely new school West Hartford Public Schools has constructed in a generation.

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age rode along in the family car while his mother delivered bids for the company. During the late ’50s, Columbia transitioned into the healthcare market. From 1955 to 1975, all of Columbia’s work was for healthcare institutions, and it was considered the go-to company for healthcare construction. In the 1960s, Columbia outgrew its

With a majority of construction happening on Columbia Road in Dorchester, Sam eventually named the company for the place where he found his early success.

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eventually named the company for the place where he found his early success. In 1950, the company moved to Malden, Mass., and Sam’s son, Murray Lilly, came to work for the company. After working alongside his father for several years, Murray took over the business as president in 1954. During Murray’s time, a number of family members joined the company. At one time almost all of the cousins worked for the company, including Bruce Gordon, who at a young

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Malden offices and moved to North Reading. Around this time, Bruce Gordon became a full-time staff member. Bruce and the Columbia team worked on many prestigious healthcare projects. When the recession hit in 1973, the firm’s focus shifted to life sciences. Columbia completed its first project for Siemens (Corning Medical Products at the time), and has worked with Siemens ever since. Though Columbia continued to work in healthcare and life sciences, in the 1980s

the firm moved into hospitality work, and Murray’s son, Randy Lilly, joined the business. Randy worked as an architect on the West Coast, and his experience provided another level of insight to the firm. He consulted on several projects, including the renovation of 270 guest rooms at the Ritz Carlton Boston. Today, Randy serves as the company’s executive vice president/treasurer. As the firm continued to grow, Bruce Gordon took on additional leadership responsibilities, and in 1987 he was appointed president. Ten years later, Jim Marsh joined the firm as senior vice president. Under the guidance of Bruce, Randy, and Jim, the company’s capabilities and resources expanded. In 2005, the company moved to its current headquarters at 100 Riverpark Drive in North Reading. With an annual volume of over $230 million, the firm ranks in the top 10 of Massachusetts’ largest construction firms. Now, at 90 years old, and under the direction of a forward-thinking leadership group, Columbia is well-positioned to continue its growth in the Boston area and throughout the Northeast.

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Marr Climbs One Canal Additionally, because of these load restrictions, at ground level Marr had to install P units on the upper decks inside the building’s courtyard using spreader beams. While tight spacing required some units to be installed via tower crane, Marr Crane & Rigging also supplied 50-, 70-, and 115-ton cranes to set up and dismantle units throughout the duration of the project. At this point in time, the

by Katherine Marr

Marr Scaffolding Company’s Mast Climber Division has supplied over 20 Hydro Mobile mast climbers for façade work at One Canal, a mixed-use development on a 1.5-acre lot near TD Garden. The building, located on the historic footprint of the Big Dig and directly above three transit tunnels – 93 Southbound and the MBTA’s Orange and Green lines – presented numerous challenges during the preconstruction and construction phases of the project. In September 2014, general contractor John Moriarty & Associates contracted with Marr after it was determined that the building’s tight footprint and distinctive U-shaped design (accommodating an MBTA electrical substation and vent building) produced limited options for equipment that could be used for six trades to complete the traditional brick façade. Mast climbers were the only means to provide masons, drywall contractors, window contractors, and others with the working platforms needed. All but two sides of the building required the installation of mast climbers

has experienced a seamless and safe operation for all units on site. Project manager Bill Lederman attributes a great deal of their success at One Canal to JMA’s cooperation, coordination, and site readiness. Also integral to the project’s success were the hydro and hoist crews who managed a high volume of complex installation and dismantling services. One Canal’s completion is set for spring of 2016. Katherine Marr is the communications coordinator for the Marr Companies of South Boston.

Over 200 tradespeople were trained to operate the more than 20 F and P units onsite

due to the lack of sidewalk space, the inability to close drive lanes, and balcony obstructions. Since the start of the project, Marr has trained over 200 tradespeople on a combination of F and P units, both with single and twin configurations. The majority of mast climbers were installed on 8-ft. by 8-ft. bases, made of wood cribbing and steel plates, as instructed by the engineers in order to accommodate load restrictions due to the tunnels below.

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The United Illuminating Company Assists in Energy Upgrades

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Within the past few years, the town of Stratford, Conn., proactively sought opportunities to reduce overall energy consumption and operating budget of town buildings. The replacement of old or malfunctioning equipment such as water heaters and HVAC systems in the town hall, public works, and various school buildings, coupled with lighting retrofits and energy management system upgrades, helped the town achieve approximately $496,625 in energy and gas savings annually. With this positive past experience as a guide, the town approached recent new construction projects with an eye on energy-efficient design and operations. Stratford again turned to its local utility, The United Illuminating Company (UI), to assist with planning and technical

guidance as well as identifying potential financial resources. As part of the Energize Connecticut initiative, UI helped the town develop a plan of action for the construction of Victoria Soto Elementary School. Project design of the new 36,000sf, K-2 magnet elementary school incorporated energy efficiency in lighting systems, air conditioning, and HVAC systems. Detail was also paid to the building envelope to address efficient weather-stripping, doorsealing, and caulking. Stratford was able to utilize the Energy Conscious Blueprint program — a program under the Energize Connecticut umbrella that provides incentives for higher efficiency equipment and systems in new construction. As part of that forward-thinking efficiency plan, a cool roof was installed over the air-conditioned spaces of the school. Designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof, the cool roof provides sufficient insulation and reflectance to increase savings on energy and costs. The efficient HVAC systems incorporated have variable frequency drives and variable refrigerant

flow, which provide efficient cooling throughout the entire space. The systems will deliver significant energy savings, estimated to save about $2,300 annually compared to conventional units. Additionally, interior lighting systems incorporate daylight dimming fixtures in the classrooms, and photocell controls in the gym and the corridors. Utilizing these more-advanced and efficient systems, combined with the LED lighting fixtures installed outside of the building and in the parking lot, will save the town approximately $12,000 annually over standard efficiency equipment. “Efficiency is a goal in all that we do — we worked to tie in measures at the school with those we are familiar with and have in place in all of the other town buildings,” said Raynae Serra, operations coordinator for the Stratford Public Works Department. “Beyond reducing our footprint, we’re also focused and have implemented many cost-saving measures that have reduced our operating costs, which ultimately benefit the taxpayers. Everyone should be moving in this direction; there are a lot of savings to be achieved through energy-efficient equipment, design, and operations.”

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Victoria Soto Elementary School, which opened in September 2015, serves as a great example of efficient school construction. And, Stratford continues to seek new opportunities to utilize efficiency programs. Another recent initiative supported by the Energy Conscious Blueprint program helped the town’s fire department to upgrade HVAC equipment. New AC units, controls, and variable frequency drives for the air-handling equipment will deliver approximately $7,000 in savings for the town on annual energy costs. In the town of Stratford, as with any municipality, operating costs are a key consideration when designing a new building or purchasing new equipment. Energize Connecticut programs are part of an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Connecticut Green Bank, the state, and your local electric and gas utilities with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy efficiency programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877. WISE.USE. Patrick McDonnell is senior director conservation and load management at The United Illuminating Company.

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Trends and Hot Topics Remote Control:

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Trends in corporate office design are constantly evolving. The start-up world has been at the forefront of occupying open plan workspaces that allow for more collaboration. To open or not to open, that is one of the key components in stimulating a collaborative work environment. But it’s

and conversations from adjacent spaces, which can be extremely unprofessional. When a space is not designed for the purpose of videoconferencing, it may result in the participant hearing a source room that sounds as reverberant as a bathroom shower. Meetings in the C-suite require videoconferencing systems with higher quality video transmission. These are often seen in boardrooms and conference rooms, especially for the legal and financial industries where both clarity and speech privacy are important. A more sophisticated videoconferencing system, with higher quality cameras, microphones, and speakers, becomes much more important for these cases.

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Advances in technology have enabled meetings to happen remotely without a significant investment in proprietary videoconferencing equipment. Offices across the country or even across the world can now easily communicate and collaborate thanks to all of these advances. not just the physical space that allows for collaboration, but also the technology involved to help promote such efforts. Advances in technology have enabled meetings to happen remotely without a significant investment in proprietary videoconferencing equipment. Offices across the country or even across the world can now easily communicate and collaborate thanks to all of these advances. Technologies such as GoTo Meeting and Skype for Business are inexpensive and relatively intuitive for most users. These systems are integrated into Microsoft Outlook calendar and do not require an external component beyond a computer and a phone. Meetings can be held almost anywhere — even at home or in a café — as long as there is an Internet connection. Employees can host and participate in web conferences right at their desk. Such flexibility in the web conferencing system comes at a price acoustically. For open plan offices, it often means that adjacent occupants will feel like they are part of the conference call. This is distracting and results in some employees wearing headphones, which somewhat defeats the collaborative spirit. Sometimes the web conference can pick up noise

These spaces must also be designed from the start with the correct programming, including room shaping, seating arrangement, interior finishes, lighting and ambient light control, and HVAC design. All of these elements can affect the quality of the videoconference experience not only for the participants in the room, but more importantly, for those remotely connecting into this room. If the far-end can’t understand or see you, what did you spend all that money on technology for in the first place? Videoconferencing can also occur in more nontraditional spaces and still be effective. However, identifying the right acoustical environment is a critical step from the beginning. For example, if a forum or lecture hall will have live streaming talks, the room needs to be acoustically appropriate with a quiet HVAC system. Clear understanding between the client and the designers from the start of the project will help provide the right type of spaces for such uses. David Bateman is principal consultant, and Rose Mary Su is a senior consultant, at Acentech in Cambridge, Mass

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Print is dead. Or, at least that’s what we often hear. We also hear digital, automated, or online communications are here to stay. And, that’s true. But, print communications still have a role in the marketing mix, and their value should not be discounted. Marketing collateral encompasses a wide variety of messaging vehicles. Certainly, digital modes play a part. Printed pieces add a tactile resonance to in-person meetings, stand out from the digital chatter, and visually enforce a company’s brand in a way that can still be effective. Email blasts, e-newsletters, social channels, and other digital means of communicating can do the same, with a different effect and often for a different audience. Regardless of the chosen format, all marketing collateral should follow the following guidelines for effective brand management.

their concerns. For those of us from the OshKosh era (circa 1972), follow the Garanimals rule. A rhino matches with a rhino. A hippo with a hippo. The idea being that if you pair one consistent piece of marketing materials with another, you’ll ensure the “outfit” is coordinated and well-matched.

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Northern New England N.H. Dept of EDU Finds New Home Jewett Supports Local BSA Manchester, NH – DeStefano Architects (D|A) announced the completion of a new 7,000sf business suite at the Sundial Center in Manchester. The suite will serve as the Manchester Regional Office for the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Vocational Rehabilitation program. D|A teamed with CP Management of Exeter to establish the new suite. The new space will support the mission of the program: to help eligible New Hampshire citizens with disabilities secure suitable employment and financial and personal independence by providing rehabilitation services. Other recently completed commercial design services in New Hampshire include the Great Bay Kids Company facility in Exeter, a student housing project in Durham, and multiple restaurants and retail establishments in Portsmouth. The Sundial Center is a 360,000sf former mill building that serves as a showcase for commerce and education for the city of Manchester. The building is currently being repositioned as a mixed-use occupancy facility to include commercial offices, residential units, and

Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction Company, Inc. continued its longtime support of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America, by donating labor to assemble the track for this year’s Pinewood Derby— part of the BSA’s 2015 New Hampshire State Jamboree guest-hosted by New

Hampshire Motor Speedway. Jewett team members Dave Martel, Carl Cooper, and Tim Holt spent several days assembling the half-mile track — certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest Pinewood Derby track ever built. Jewett’s involvement with the BSA includes the construction of the Camp Carpenter Dining Hall in Manchester and heading up the Jewett Golf Classic fundraiser to benefit the BSA for a number of years.

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centers for research and development. “D|A’s passion towards sustainable design was key in the revitalization of such an iconic building in Manchester” Director of Operations at DeStefano Architects, Adam Wagner, says of the building repositioning. “To bring new life to an old building while providing the community with an imperative resource is what we love to do.”

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Senior/Assisted Living Nauset Completes Memory Care

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Weston, MA – Nauset Construction recently completed a 13-unit memory care neighborhood for Westport-based operator Maplewood Senior Living. The project involved repositioning 13 assisted living units into memory care units on the first floor of an occupied community. The transformation represents a shift in thinking among senior care providers that allows residents to “age in place” in their adopted retirement communities as they progress along the continuum of care. In addition to reconfiguring the rooms, each received new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and fire suppression systems.

The Architectural Team of Chelsea was responsible for the design of the new memory care neighborhood, which also included the construction of a community kitchen and multiple common spaces to provide a welcoming, easy-to-navigate and safe environment for residents and visitors. “By converting one floor of our existing assisted living apartments into dedicated memory care units, we offer our current and future residents the opportunity to effectively age in place and maintain the stability of a familiar location and environment,” said Thomas Gaston, executive VP of acquisitions and development of Maplewood Senior Living.

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Nashua, NH – Atlantic Prefab was awarded a contract by Commercial Drywall & Construction Inc. for the production of 93,426sf of cold formed steel roof trusses for a 179-unit assistedliving facility in Mystic. Atlantic Prefab will fabricate the trusses offsite at its Nashua location and deliver the trusses to the Mystic jobsite continuously between November 2015

and early 2016. “Our Cee section truss system offers superior strength and span capacities required for this project in addition to far less bracing requirements,” said Mark Beroney, general manager, senior designer at Atlantic Prefab. The $35.5 million upscale assisted living facility is expected to be completed in fall 2016.

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Philanthropy KBE Runs for Charity

AEC Takes Part in Canstruction Boston – Canstruction is a charity event and exhibition where teams of architects, designers, engineers, and contractors compete to create colossal sculptures made out of canned goods and other nonperishable food items. According to local hunger-relief organization and beneficiary Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, this year in Massachusetts, 700,000 children and adults cannot confidently predict where their next meal is coming from — a number almost 40% higher than it was before the recession and almost 80% higher than

KBE employees and loved ones participate in the Race for The Cove to benefit The Cove Center for Grieving Children

Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation (KBE) employees and their families and friends raised money for The Cove Center for Grieving Children through the organization’s annual race on Oct. 18. KBE has participated in Race for The Cove every year since 2010. This year’s event was held along the picturesque Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison. KBE’s Senior Management Team donated an amount equal to the total donations and registration fees paid

by KBE employees and their loved ones, bringing the firm’s total contribution to $2,330. “The Cove provides complimentary support to those grieving in our community, and that means that the community has to support The Cove as well,” said Simon F. Etzel, Jr., KBE principal owner and SVP and chairman of The Cove’s board of directors. “The annual race is a healthy and fun way to give back while strengthening our own team in the process.”

at the beginning of the last decade. For nearly two decades, the design community in Boston has united through a fun medium that provides canned food for charities fighting hunger in Massachusetts. In the past 19 years, Canstruction Boston has collected more than 750,000 pounds of food, which has provided roughly 600,000 meals to those in the Greater Boston and surrounding areas. After the sculptures are dismantled,

all the canned goods, supplied by the teams and coordinated in part through Whole Foods Market, will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts. Participating firms:

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Awards MBTA Commuter Rail Station Parking Garage Wins Design Award

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Salem, MA – Transforming the site of a former historic rail yard into a state-of-the-art commuter train station and parking facility in Salem required design creativity to achieve all of the schedule, aesthetic, and economic goals. A total-precast concrete parking structure, complete with an old-time brick appearance achieved with embedded thin brick, helped meet these challenges. The 6.25-acre yard formerly housed a locomotive roundhouse and turntable from the late 1800s. The new facility features a passenger waiting shelter; a 690-space, five-level parking structure; a station with at-grade bus platform; and

a pedestrian bridge connecting a raised street to the structure’s second level. After an extensive historic-data recovery phase, the project required expedited construction to meet the tight schedule. To achieve that, a total-precast concrete design was created for the parking facility. Unistress Corp. fabricated the 535 precast concrete components. Designers initially planned to use brick for the parking structure’s façade, but that plan changed. “The use of brick was highly desirable to fit in with the surround historic structures,” explains Deborah Fennick, principal at Fennick McCredie Architecture. “However, the owner did not have the time or budget necessary for traditional hand-laid brick.”

The precast concrete spandrels had thin brick embedded into them, providing a traditional look in a panelized system. “The use of embedded thin brick in the larger concrete panels brought the warmth and materiality that was desired by the community but allowed the schedule to be maintained,” she explains. “Additionally, the use of embedded brick greatly reduces the need for future maintenance associated with traditionally laid brick.” Precast concrete’s plasticity also aided the design. “Aesthetically, the use of

precast concrete was an attractive option, in that it could be manipulated to provide multiple aesthetic approaches with a single subcontractor and single base material.” It also simplified construction and reduced the potential for coordination errors, she notes. Due to site constraints and the significant ground-transportation requirements, seismic shear walls couldn’t be used in their traditional arrangements. Structural engineer Desman used lock-up continued to page 60

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Salem Intermodal Commuter Rail Station Parking Garage The use of precast concrete allows architects and designers to take advantage of precast concrete’s many attributes. These include aesthetic compatibility, economy of design, speed of construction and low maintenance.

Architect: Fennick McCredie Architecture, Boston, MA. Structural Engineer: Desman, Rocky Hill, MA. Contractor: Consigli Construction Co., Milford, MA. Precaster: Unistress Corp., Pittsfield, MA.

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Awards/Bisnow Events BRAGB Recognizes Excellence 2015 PRISM Awards Gala

Bob Ernst speaking at 2015 PRISM Awards

Waltham, MA – The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) hosted its 2015 PRISM Awards Gala on October 9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston. With over 300 guests in attendance, the formal event recognized the finest projects and outstanding achievements of regional builders, developers, owners, architects, designers, marketers/advertisers, and land planners that are shaping the home building industry. The gala honored over 125 winners in

(l-r) Lorraine DeVaux, CEO of BRAGB, and Emily Smaldon, development director of Heading Homes

67 different categories. Notable recipients included Woodmeister Master Builders for Best Green/Sustainable Home Design; Haddad Hakansson Design Studio for Best Logo of the Year; TMS Architects for Best Website by a Builder/Associate; Heritage Sands for Best Land Planning; and Windover Construction for the Overall Judge’s Award. The awards presentation was emceed by Ed Harding, co-anchor at NewsCenter 5, who distributed the iconic, glass PRISM statues.

MBTA Commuter Rail Station Wins Design Award continued from page 59 devices connecting double tees across the building joint to transfer loads. “This eliminated the need for a shear wall and the associated deep foundations, reducing cost and construction scheduling,” Fennick explains. The erection of the precast concrete components was completed in only two months. The aesthetic design was planned to minimize the predominantly horizontal expression of the open parking structure. The historic nature of the site was acknowledged with the use of patterned spandrels in two colors that evoked images of steam locomotive wheels and drive bars. The design was accomplished with sculpted, deeply ribbed formliners. The 44-foot-long molds were created in 14 separate panels and reassembled at the precast plant. Precast concrete’s versatility helped ensure the project met its varied goals. “The use of precast concrete allowed the project architects and engineers to fast-track the schedule with the use of early competitive bidding and an efficient erection process that would not have been feasible using other cost-competitive methods,” Fennick says. The $44.5 million, 250,000sf intermodal commuter rail station and five-story, 690-space parking structure project was named Best All-Precast Concrete Parking Structure in the 2015 Design Awards competition by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).


PROJECT TEAM Precaster: Unistress Corp. Pittsfield, Mass. Owner: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Boston Designer: Fennick McCredie Architecture Boston Structural Engineer: Desman Rocky Hill, Conn. Contractor: Consigli Construction Co. Milford, Mass.

Boston Capital Markets

Speakers on the first Boston Capital Market panel (l to r) Amy Fracassini of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.; Melissa Farrell of Prudential; Sarah Lagosh of Eastdil Secured and Katie Keenan of Blackstone on the panel discussing “Debt Outlook and Impact on Investment”

The following excerpts are from the weekly Bisnow Dealsheet Recently King Street Properties broke ground on the first new spec lab to be built in the ‘burbs; Lexington, to be exact. Demand is historically high because of very little available space in and around science-loving Cambridge, says principal Tom Ragno. Cambridge—in the midst of a record development boom—has a commercial real estate pipeline of 5.2Msf, including 2.3Msf in construction. Demand is so strong that many tenants are seeking space in the type of outlying locations in which King Street specializes. In suburban Lexington, the developer just broke ground on a $45.5M, 91ksf lab at The Hartwell Innovation Campus (THINC), King Street’s fourth and final building on that site. THINC rents have gone from $28/sf NNN in 2010, to $38/sf NNN in early ’15 for renovated labs and an anticipated $45/sf NNN for the more upscale new building, Tom tells us. If ever there was a time to do spec, he says, it’s now. King Street began pushing the Cambridge life science frontier nearly two years ago when it started to acquire existing light industrial buildings in the Alewife neighborhood on the western edge of town. It has redeveloped 350k sf in three buildings—200 CambridgePark Dr, 87 CambridgePark Dr and 733 Concord Ave, King Street partner Stephen Lynch says. Alewife may be on the city’s border, but it is adjacent to the all-important Red Line T-stop that gives it a direct link to the Cambridge science and tech hotbed, Kendall Square, where demand is outstripping anything that Steve has seen

in 30 years. The groundbreaking in Lexington comes against the backdrop of Kendall Square rents for lab space hovering around $75/sf NNN (nearing $100/sf gross) and a vacancy rate of 3.5% for offices and 0.5% for lab space. Scientific advances are pushing demand, as personalized medicine and gene therapy make healthcare more effective. Last year, one-third of the tenants in King Street’s 700k sf Cambridge portfolio went public or signed partnership agreements with major pharmaceutical firms that stabilized cash flow. Big pharma, on the hunt for new products, has brought to town global powerhouses like Sanofi, Novartis, Millennium (Takeda), Baxter, and Bristol Myers Squibb. Their arrival has led institutional investors to give greater attention to labs as an asset class for their portfolios.

In Lexington, the King Street team— including Tyson Reynoso and Mike Di Minico—is developing a “Cambridge quality” mid-rise. Starting in 2010, King Street started to acquire existing lowrise industrial structures it redeveloped. Construction on the new building will be completed late 2016. The LEED-certifiable, Class-A lab is being leased by JLL

Bisnow Event Boston 2016 Forecast The next Bisnow event, Boston 2016 Forecast - A View from the Top is slated for Dec. 1, 2015. Speakers include Ron Druker, president, The Druker Company: Thomas O’Brien, MD, The HYM

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Breakfast Program Chris Gordon, President, Dirigo Group and Development Director, Wynn Resorts in Everett joins MBC to talk about the Wynn Casino project. Details: www.buildingcongress.org

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2016 Forecast: A View from the Top


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23rd Annual ABC MA Excellence in Construction Awards The Westin 70 3rd Ave, Waltham,

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Join SMPS Boston at ABX! Come to booth 481! We’ll be raffling off some great prizes, including year-long memberships. Stop by and say hi! 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Learn from industry specialists how to get started. 1:30 AM - 3:00 PM: Methods and skills of classic storytelling, and how to apply them. 3:30 - 5:00 PM: Bringing buyers and sellers together to make deals; 5:00 - 7:00 PM: Join the Boston Chapter of SMPS for informal networking, lively conversation and fantastic raffle prizes. November 19

10:00 - 11:30 AM: Practical information around a range of crisis issues, including how to implement a crisis communications plan. 1:30 - 3:00 PM: What Wins & Why? The Art & Science of Winning Presentations.

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Tour of, and Future Project Overview of PTA Award-winner Connecticut College 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Connecticut College, Blaustein Humanities Center in Palmer Library, 270 Mohegan Avenue Parkway, New London, Conn.

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