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Annual Focus:

Institutions and Schools PLUS Annual Bonus Supplement: M/E/P - Building Energy


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A New Gateway for a Historic Campus by Joshua Aisenberg

The new housing at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine creates a connection between the campus and the neighborhood / Š Ann Beha Architects / page 16



Hilary Williams



Joshua Aisenberg

Peter J. Davey


Inside this Issue: Makerspaces on the Rise for Interdisciplinary Higher Education by Toni Loiacano Atri-ummmm: Confused About How to Design Entryway AV? by Corey Salvatore Expansion at Massachusetts Maritime Academy by Karen Dubrovsky

Mark Reed


Susan Shelby


Featuring: SCUP North Atlantic Region Update page 10

BIM: Advancing Preconstruction Collaboration by Erik Sanford Fusco Builds New Charter School New England Lab Finishing Up at URI PROCON Nears Framework Completion at Rand-Whitney Facility Celgene Corporate HQ Doubles Size of Campus Campbell-McCabe Adds Bartoloni


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Plus: Northern New England, Senior Living, Trends & Hot Topics, Connecticut, MixedUse, Restoration and Renovation, Corporate, Philanthropy, Retail, Awards, People, Calendar, and more...

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A New Gateway for a Historic Campus.............................................page 23

Celgene Corporate HQ Doubles Size of Campus.......................................p39

The new housing at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine creates a connection between the campus and the neighborhood / © Ann Beha Architects


Publisher’s Message...................... 6 Up-Front....................................... 7 SCUP ........................................ 10 Institutions & Schools................... 19 Northern New England............... 30 Senior Living............................... 31 Trends and Hot Topics........... 32, 44 Connecticut................................ 33 Mixed-Use.................................. 36

Restoration and Renovation.......... 37 Corporate.................................. 38 Philanthropy............................... 40 Retail......................................... 42 Healthcare................................. 43 Awards...................................... 46 People....................................... 48 Calendar.................................... 50

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SCUP North Atlantic Region Update.................................................... page 10

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Publisher’s Message

Celebrating 25 Years of Survey & Engineering Excellence

SCUP, Energy, MEP

Michael Barnes Greetings to many new readers. This month, HP welcomes members of the North Atlantic Region of the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP).

Site Civil Engineering • Land Surveying • Construction Layout 3D Laser Scanning • 3D Site and BIM Modeling This issue reaches beyond our New England borders to be available at the annual SCUP conference in NYC and is distributed to institutions of higher learning throughout New York state. We want to offer special thanks to SCUP and its members for heading up HP’s annual Institutions and Schools focus starting on page 10.

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Boston – The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated nine Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) members to its prestigious College of Fellows (FAIA). The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. The new 2016 fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2013 National AIA Convention in Philadelphia on May 20. Honorees from BSA/AIA include Polly Carpenter, FAIA, BSA Foundation; Gianne P. Conard, FAIA, U.S. General Services Administration; David Eisen, FAIA, Abacus Architects + Planners; Emily A.

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Residence Inn Progresses Toward Summer Finish

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Concord, MA – PROCON construction crews are hard at work in Concord framing the historical town’s first large-scale hotel. The Residence Inn by Marriott is located just over a mile from Concord Center and 19 miles west of Boston. Waterford Development of Framingham shares joint ownership in the venture with Manchester, N.H.-based XSS Hotels. The two companies teamed again with longtime design-build partner PROCON of Manchester, N.H., who also designed the 77,250sf hospitality project. The three-story hotel will feature stylish extended-stay king and queen

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SCUP Update: Regional – Welcome to New York City!

by Ann Newman

Greetings to all attendees and potential attendees of the North Atlantic SCUP annual spring conference! If you are not yet a member I certainly hope that the quality of the program at this conference will entice you to join. SCUP is a wonderful organization and a great resource for those of us charged with planning our campuses. The conference co-chairs and I are very excited to bring NASCUP back to New York City. Home to numerous institutions of higher

education, large and small, New York is a dynamic setting for our conference. We are also excited to be at The New School this year and in their sensational new University Center, opened in 2014. The new University Center, a striking embodiment of The New School’s mission of challenging the status quo, provides a new focal point for the downtown New York City campus. At the intersection of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue, the forwardthinking design reflects The New School’s commitment to creativity, innovation, and social engagement. The 16-story building, which opened in January 2014, is designed to accommodate a decade of transformation and growth in The New School’s academic programs and student population. The University Center offers state-of-the-art classrooms, a libraryresearch center, a new auditorium, a cafeteria and an event café, and a 600-bed student residence. All our students will find crucial resources in the University


Described as “a celebration of the cosmopolitan city” by the New York Times’ Nicolai Ouroussoff and “a great addition to a great New York institution” by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the University Center is one of Manhattan’s most ambitious and innovative new buildings. Center, including spaces deliberately designed to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary learning — a cornerstone of the educational philosophy of The New School. Described as “a celebration of the cosmopolitan city” by the New York Times’ Nicolai Ouroussoff and “a great addition to a great New York institution” by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the University

Center is one of Manhattan’s most ambitious and innovative new buildings. Our theme, “Behind the Headlines: How Institutions Are Innovating to Meet the New Reality,” came out of a discussion at the regional council planning retreat, where the myriad of articles about issues facing higher education — enrollments, demographics, closures, race, affordability, relevancy, etc. — made us all wonder how colleges and universities are dealing with these ever-changing new realities. This theme will be addressed by our plenary speakers, concurrent sessions, and tours. Learn from your peers, tour the University Center, and take part in optional tours including the High Line, NYU, and Fordham University. Looking forward to seeing you there! Ann Newman is the regional chair of the SCUP North Atlantic Regional Council. She is also the director of campus planning at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.



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SCUP Update: National

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Welcome, Integrated Planning – A sustainable approach to planning that builds relationships, aligns the organization, and emphasizes preparedness for change. As a leader in higher education, you understand the importance of strong, disciplined planning practices. You recognize that the strategic aspirations of your institution become reality through good planning. And at the Society for College and University Planning, our organization is here to assist you in your journey of moving aspirations into action through an integrated planning approach. Central to good planning is building durable relationships across your institution and with other leaders in higher education planning. SCUP provides these connections through regional events,

our annual international conference, and membership. SCUP members gather annually at their regional conferences to catch up on what’s happening at the colleges and universities in their region. Stories are shared; conversations on good planning (and lessons learned) are enjoyed, all within an atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration. This year, SCUP’s North Atlantic Regional Conference is March 20 to 22

For event details, please visit http://www. scup.org/page/regions/na/2016. You can learn more about integrated planning by attending our annual, international conference in Vancouver, Canada, July 9 to 13. Leaders will share their real-world experiences that will give you tools to help build a culture of strategic, integrated planning on your campus. No other conference will give you the perspectives, experiences, and passion for planning! Using the practical strategies

You can learn more about integrated planning by attending our annual, international conference in Vancouver, Canada, July 9 to 13. Leaders will share their real-world experiences that will give you tools to help build a culture of strategic, integrated planning on your campus. at the New School in New York City. The theme is “Behind the Headlines: How Institutions Are Innovating to Meet the New Reality.” Your North Atlantic Regional Council leadership has assembled a fantastic roster of presenters, and we look forward to seeing you there.

and actionable tools you get from this event will save you and your institution time and money and will help you in your daily and long-term planning projects. Visit http://scupannualconference.org to learn more. We look forward to seeing long-time

and new members alike at our events. Your participation as a SCUP member is greatly appreciated, and we know that the relationships you will build with other higher education leaders will be meaningful, both professionally and personally. In addition, the integrated planning resources that are provided through SCUP membership will assist you in your planning efforts at your institution. New content is being developed constantly through our Planning Institute, the Planning for Higher Education journal, SCUP Trends for Higher Education reports, and other channels for our members. If you are currently not a member, we hope you will consider joining the SCUP community — we would value your participation. To learn more about SCUP and how we can help you to improve your integrated planning approach for the higher education environment, please visit www.scup.org today or contact me directly at mike.moss@scup.org or by phone at 713-824-7358. Thank you for all you do for higher education, and I look forward to our next opportunity to chat. Michael D. Moss is president at Society for College and University Planning in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Makerspaces on the Rise for Interdisciplinary Higher Education movwable furniture, and lots of vertical pin-up space to share ideas and thinking. Model spaces, like the Computer Lab, provide opportunities to digitally model ideas alone, or as a team. The inclusion of 3D printers allows for rapid prototyping as digital models progress. Finally, maker spaces, like the Innovation Studio and the adjacent metal wood and electronics shop, allow students to make ideas come to life. The Innovation Studio is the center-

by Toni Loiacano, AIA We’ve all experienced those “aha” moments when a piece of information finally clicks into place. One of my favorite such memories is building dodecahedrons in my ninth grade geometry class. The room was full of 22 students, working in pairs, intently focused on the measuring, cutting, and pasting of 12 pentagon surfaces into an approximately 2-ft. x 2-ft. x 2-ft. three-dimensional dodecahedron. There were sighs of frustration, squeals of joy, and cries for Mrs. Campbell’s help. As the last pentagon was attached, I could literally feel my understanding of vertices fall into place inside my toolbox — my brain. As an academic planning expert, I have the great pleasure of designing environments that support similar experiential learning opportunities at the college and university level. Of these environment types, one of my favorites is makerspaces — places that have three special characteristics:

Think, Model, Make

• They encourage play, tinkering, and experimentation. • They connect learners to resources — tools and people. • They inspire learners to explore, imagine, and dream. One of my favorite makerspaces is the Cube at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. A collection of spaces that allow students to easily engage in design thinking as a cyclical process, the Cube is

used as a teaching lab, but is focused on engineering design. Trinity selected the motto Think, Model, Make, and spaces for each modality are incorporated within the Cube. Each space type is in close proximity to encourage rapid rotation from one activity to the next. Think spaces, like the Innovation Lounge, provide areas for individuals and groups to aspire, dream, and imagine. These spaces have comfortable seating,

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Makerspaces on the Rise continued from page 12 strategically showcases the importance of design at Trinity by placing it adjacent to the front door of the Center for the Sciences and Innovation. The lab provides space for eight teams of five to seven students to work during class time. There is also adjacent space for two additional teams to have comeback time simultaneous to a lab session. A small area for 40 students is also available for a quick lecture. Over the course of a semester, each team will be moving through iterative cycles of brainstorming, problem definition, designing solutions, prototyping designs, testing designs, and refining designs. The Innovation Studio provides a range of tools for each team to work on as they develop their projects, ranging in scale from an electronic breadboard to a Baja Car. The Innovation Studio was quickly recognized as a unique resource on Trinity’s campus. Faculty and students from the arts, business, entrepreneurship, and the other science disciplines have already begun to use this space for their own design thinking experiences. At EYP Architecture and Engineering,

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designing these spaces for clients is only one aspect of our involvement in the innovation community. My colleagues architects Jeff Schantz and Kip Ellis are currently teaching a Maker Studio course at the Mass College of Art and Design. They are helping students refine and hone their ideas and make business connections that will help them develop feasible products that have real-world applications. I can’t wait to hear what they learn and, even more importantly, understand their students’ aha moments. Toni Loiacano, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is an architect at EYP Architecture and Engineering.

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UMass Amherst Old Chapel: The Return of a Beloved Landmark Finegold Alexander Architects

by Regan Shields and Hilary Williams Amherst, MA – Located at the heart of the campus, the Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is its most recognizable historic landmark. Slated to become a new destination, the project boasts a balance of thoughtful new design, restoration, and innovative solutions to the complex integration of modern mechanical and energy systems. First constructed in 1884 as the campus library and place of assembly, and later used as office and classroom space, it was closed for exterior repairs in 1999 and has remained closed due to code compliance issues. Despite being unused, the building maintained a strong presence on campus while the administration worked to determine how to transform the historic structure to meet the needs of a 21st-century university.

Exterior, UMass Amherst Old Chapel

After numerous studies, Finegold Alexander Architects was brought on board as lead designers for the reinvention of the Old Chapel. The building, recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, is currently under construction. The design preserves the historic granite exterior and restores important architectural components such as a new

slate roof and stained glass windows. A new entry, featuring a delicate glass vestibule fronted by an exterior terrace, looks over a campus green and connects to a major pedestrian spine, serving as an anchor in the campus neighborhood. Inside, the building has been consciously gutted to transform its function while preserving important

architectural features like the large exposed structural roof trusses. The new design creates technology-rich multipurpose spaces for use by faculty, students, the administration, alumni, and other campus groups for meetings, lectures, performances, and banquets. The project respects the history of the building and integrates energy-efficient MEP systems and state-of-the-art technology. Achieving this was no easy task. Working closely with ARUP and ART, who are serving as the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineers, the team devised an approach to thread the complicated building systems through the existing structure with minimal impact to the historic fabric both on the interior and exterior of the building. The main challenges and solutions from an HVAC and plumbing perspective were actively addressed through the following: • C reating an underground mechanical vault adjacent to the building to house the major mechanical equipment. By locating the air-handling units and intake/exhaust systems in the vault, precious square footage in the basement continued to page 45

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A New Gateway for a Historic Campus filtering 100% of the rainwater that falls on the buildings and 95% of the site’s rainwater. Porous paving, approximately 100 new trees, and thousands of plantings will dot the site and further filter captured rainwater. Designed to exceed LEED Silver standards, the buildings’ shared central chiller and boilers contribute to the reduction of energy consumption by more than 40% compared to the code baseline building.

by Joshua Aisenberg

College campuses are often compared to living organisms: Their architectural heritage is their DNA. Their landscapes reflect the values of the past, while aspiring and evolving to the changing needs of the future. As the city of Lewiston, Maine has grown around Bates College, the boundary of the once pastoral campus has blended into the surrounding neighborhoods. This fall, when Bates students arrive on campus, they will be welcomed by a new gateway, one which not only celebrates their initial arrival, but that anchors the residential life of the campus community. Working closely with administrators, faculty, staff, and students, Ann Beha Architects (ABA) has designed two new mixed-use residence halls that are set to be completed by the end of the summer. The project began with researching the rich architectural history of the Bates Campus. While many campuses are constantly in a

The new housing creates a connection between the campus and the neighborhood / © Ann Beha Architects

physical state of flux, Bates opts instead for a slower, methodical evolution; few new-construction projects have been completed on campus in the past two decades. Sited across Campus Avenue from two of the campus’ earliest buildings, Chase Hall and Muskie Archives, the new buildings, 55 and 65 Campus Avenue, are clad in brick and granite, extending the Bates vernacular across the street to a side of campus that was largely occupied by two-story clapboard structures. Few buildings on this side of campus stand taller than three floors.

This scale is acknowledged in the setback of the new buildings’ fourth floors. By sensitively responding to their context and the materials of the campus, the new residence halls are undeniably of Bates. Campus projects are rarely afforded the opportunity to add green space, yet the college and design team were able to create new active and passive use lawns which are central to the project. Rain gardens, planted with hearty native flora, frame the lawns and walkways. The robust lawns will provide a flexible venue for students to play Frisbee or to lie down and study, while catching and

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Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently completed the renovation of Northeastern University’s Dodge Hall. Shawmut’s work created an open, modern space for students to work and socialize in, and a new space for the growing global business program. Updates to the 5,000sf space included transforming the lobby into an open space and an enclosed suite into a new student lounge, modernizing a conference room, and updating seating and work areas. Shawmut also reconfigured the suite to create a new Center for Global Business, including office spaces. In partnership with CBT Architects, Shawmut installed custom features such as baffle ceiling fixtures backlit with color-changing LED lights, radius millwork soffits, woven vinyl flooring, and

bench walls with built-in backlit signage. “Our team implemented a strategy to ensure we didn’t disturb Northeastern’s students and faculty, and that Dodge Hall remained fully operational,” said Kevin Sullivan, vice president at Shawmut. “We look forward to seeing how the renovations enhance the student and faculty experience.” Over the 14-week period of accelerated, fast-tracked construction, Shawmut worked between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. while the building maintained its 24-hours-a-day, sevendays-a-week schedule. The team completely cleared the construction areas after every shift to keep the lobby safe and accessible for students. Shawmut’s completion of Dodge Hall is the latest in its academic work, with projects at Simmons College, Boston University, and Boston College.

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The two new buildings share a common green space / © Ann Beha Architects

determined that two buildings better fit the scale of the site with less impact on the surrounding neighborhood. Rather than compromising the program, ABA and Bates sought a way to meld the public aspirations of the campus bookstore and package center, formerly located in the basement of Chase Hall, with the highsecurity needs of a residence hall. The solution includes a flexible student living room at 65 Campus Avenue which can be extended into the campus store during business hours, and is zoned to host community events such as a book signing. The unique result of this flexible space is a destination that will attract students from across the entire campus and entice members of the community to make use

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of the new package center, bookstore, and green space. The project’s 240 beds are a mixture of single- and double-bed rooms. Common spaces are aligned on each floor and punctuated by floor-to-ceiling windows, offering daylight and views back to campus. At night, the living rooms, study rooms, and kitchens will glow to reveal the activity inside while acting as a beacon to signify that Bates is busy preparing its students for what lies ahead in the future. With the completion of these two new buildings, there will be no denying you have arrived at Bates. Joshua Aisenberg, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect at Ann Beha Architects in Boston.

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Institutions & Schools SCI Wins Harvard Museum Project Cambridge, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) was recently awarded renovation projects at the Harvard Museum of Natural History at 26 Oxford Street on the campus of Harvard University. The projects will feature the creation of student suites within the open space in the Comparative Zoology section of the museum. Each suite will include desk/ workstation with data links and updated furniture. The other renovation will involve converting open space in Suite B23 into office space for museum staff. The two renovation projects cost a total of approximately $600,000, with a completion date anticipated in the spring. “The goal of renovations at educational and institutional facilities like the Natural History Museum is to create an exceptional final product and cause min-

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imal disruption to staff and students in the process,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company. “Fortunately, we have a lot of experience with these kinds of projects and we can’t wait to get going.”

TFMoran Designs SNHU Quad Southern New Hampshire University

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Hooksett, NH – TFMoran, Inc. of Bedford worked with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in providing conceptual designs, civil engineering, landscape architecture, permitting and land surveying services to convert an old parking lot into a new green space. The new Quad is located in the center of the campus, across from the new Library and Learning Commons and the Dining Hall. A pedestrian light provides safe crossing on North River Road from the Dining Hall to a set of stairs leading down into the new green space. At the top of the stairs stands a new black metal archway displaying the university’s iconic leaf symbol and creates a gateway into the Quad. At the foot of the stairs the leaf is engraved in a granite circle where multiple walkways lead students across and around the Quad through the new green space. Leighton A. White, Inc. of Milford was the sitework contractor.

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A Collaborative Approach to Strategic School Security Plans

by Peter J. Davey

Opinions vary on approaches to improving building security. We can debate these opinions relative to the right to bear arms against gun control laws; privacy rights against increased psychiatric support services for at-risk individuals; racial profiling against increased screenings, etc. However, despite differing opinions and approaches, there remains undeniable common ground in a mutual goal to mitigate potential damages, injuries, and loss of life due to catastrophic events. Public and private sector facility security teams have and continue to improve security, albeit vulnerabilities and room for improvement undoubtedly remain. Most of our school and institution administrators have implemented robust safety and security plans. National School Safety and Security Services presents five key strategic areas of importance: 1) Training school administrators, teachers, and support staff on school security and school emergency planning


best practices; 2) evaluating and refining school security measures; 3) updating and exercising school emergency preparedness plans; 4) strengthening partnerships with public safety officials; and 5) creating enhanced crisis communications plans.* I would like to emphasize and expand upon 4, strengthening partnerships with public safety officials. When planning to enhance security systems with products, it is important to consider this a collaborative effort between the school (administrators, staff, and students); public and private emergency responders (police and fire departments, private security, etc.); and your security product specialist. Company representatives who sell and install safety and security products should be available to meet with, educate, and collaborate with your local emergency response officials — particularly when product information and placement would facilitate more effective and efficient protection when emergency services are required. Overall, the window film industry’s outreach efforts to educate primary and secondary school security decisionmakers as well as city and town police and fire department officials about safety and security window films has been successful. Locally and nationally, there has been an increase in security window film installations, particularly in schools and institutions.

With a lengthy background in the window film industry, as well as involvement in emergency preparedness on a local level, I have educated and

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collaborated with police departments on the features and benefits of safety and security window film both pre- and post-installation. The primary reason for security film installation is to mitigate potential injury, loss of life, and damage to property caused by violent attack, severe weather, explosions, and other man-made or catastrophic events, as well as theft, vandalism, or accidents that could send dangerous glass shards flying and leave property exposed to the elements. Despite outreach, myths related to window film still circulate. “Bullet-proof” has been associated falsely with security window film. Bullets will penetrate both glass and installed security film. Security film holds shattered glass in place. Although a bullet hole remains, a quality security film with a strong adhesive and

attachment system is extremely difficult to tear or penetrate. Factors that determine the length of time it takes for an intruder to penetrate glass with security window film installed include force and type of impact, film strength, type of attachment system, thickness and strength of glass, and size of opening required to enter. Deterring and slowing down forced entry provides precious emergency response time, and its importance cannot be overemphasized. Emergency response teams as well as school or facility personnel need to be aware of security window film placement. Just as a strong security window film installation slows down entry of intruders, it can slow down rescue worker entrance and emergency escape. Knowledge and collaboration of all parties are paramount. A well-trained, authorized, and certified window film dealer will meet with local emergency response departments and school officials to provide essential information about the installed security product, its placement, and best practices for quick entry and escape for innocents. Peter J. Davey is president of American Window Film, Inc., a 3M Authorized & Certified Prestige Window Film Dealer, located in Foxboro and Boston. *Source: K en Trump, “Best P ractices for School Security and Emergency P reparedness P lanning,” National School Safety and Security Services (schoolsecurity.org, n.p., n.d., web, 2/17/16).

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Donnegan Benefits Higher Ed Market Residence Hall Under Way at NEIT

by Jeff Loreaux

Within the higher education market there is a growing need for more collaborative space on campus. Libraries are often the center of campus learning and can be the perfect space for students, professors, and the community to come together. Through reevaluating how volumes and collections are stored, and where they are stored within the library, Donnegan Systems has successfully helped many campuses create makerspaces and additional collaboration spaces. Expansion is a costly endeavor for any college or university. Anything we can do to help save extra space within their existing footprint is paramount. Our goal is to be thorough and to provide a solution that makes our customers’ lives easier. The first step in our process is to understand exactly what the customer is storing, as well as how it is currently being stored and retrieved. Once we have that information, we are

able to look at the space they have. We then look to develop a space utilization and storage system plan that allows them to meet their goals within their existing footprint in a more cost-effective way. We also spend time understanding how to properly protect and secure what they are storing. Quality, ease-of-use, and security are also among top priorities when providing customers with solutions. Our team of Artist’s rendering of the NEIT student housing project / Elkus Manfredi Architects

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traditional student residences. The design-build team was asked to create a thriving residential community that encourages prospective freshmen students to attend NEIT, while creating an on-campus residential experience that enhances the opportunity for existing students to mature. They were asked to create identifiable living clusters that encourage residents to make personal connections with other students. They are achieving this through such projects as a community kitchen which residents can use to facilitate communitybuilding activities and indoor/outdoor recreational spaces where activities like pool, video games, barbecuing, and live music will attract students.

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New Achievement First Amistad High School

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New Haven, CT – The new Achievement First Amistad High School in the Newhallville section of New Haven, built by Fusco Corporation on the site of the former Martin Luther King School (1968), carries on the legacy and pays homage to what had been there before (exactly what the neighborhood and city had asked of Achievement First and the building team). The 80,000sf college preparatory high school is continuing a tradition of providing quality education to inner-city school students in a new three-story building with new science labs, a new gymnasium, library and media center,

and new athletic fields. The official dedication of the school took place in June 2015 and celebrated not only the new facility but the accomplishments of the school’s students; most notable were U.S. News and World Report recognizing the school as the No. 2 high school in the state of Connecticut in its 2015 Best High Schools Rankings and for the sixth consecutive year of 100% of graduating seniors being accepted to a four-year college or university. This was the second new school project that Fusco has undertaken for Achievement First, a nonprofit network of

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29 high-performing, college preparatory, K-12 public charter schools serving more than 9,500 students in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. The high school, which was built to Connecticut High-Performance standards for Sustainability, also includes a green signage program to bring attention and visibility to the many green features of the school. Fusco Corporation worked with Achievement First to develop and implement this program. Highlights of this project include portraits of 16 people who have had a major impact on society, including

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Founders Hall Underway at NVCC

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Waterbury, CT – Founders Hall will serve as the new home for the Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Center for Health Sciences. This $44 million project includes over 85,000sf of comprehensive renovations and additions to the former NVCC engineering building to create a new facility designed to house a variety

of health sciences programs — all under one roof. The architect for the project is Moser Pilon Nelson of Wethersfield, in association with RCG Architects of Baltimore, Md. The construction manager is The Morganti Group, Inc., and the construction administrator is A/Z Corporation.

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Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex at Tufts central staircase connects all four floors, while seating areas, whiteboard and blackboards, and meeting spaces fill the central core. This collaborative theme was taken one step further in organizing the research areas around the concept of a visual lab. The design literally and figuratively broke down walls between groups, incorporating large, open research labs shared by multiple areas of study.

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Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex / Trent Bell Photography

Boston – Tufts University’s new Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) is helping to fulfill the school’s goal to create interdisciplinary space to foster innovation. Designed by Stantec and completed last spring, the 95,000sf building — a former 1920s-era warehouse — now houses faculty, staff, and students from multiple disciplines, ranging from physics and robotics to human development and community health. The building was designed specifically to encourage collaboration and sharing ideas as

members of these various disciplines interact in both formal and social atmospheres. A loose play on the idea of Tufts’ mascot, Jumbo the elephant, the watering hole theme plays off the idea that a gathering space — whether it is a watering hole in the jungle or a lounge in a waiting area — brings its occupants together. While there are dedicated classroom, meeting, and offices spaces throughout the building, the design maintains a healthy amount of public social zones for crossmingling of departments. A dramatic

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This not only fosters idea sharing, but also a more efficient use of building circulation and sharing of utilities and natural light. The open concept further embraces the idea that great things are happening at Tufts and they should be

celebrated, not hidden behind closed doors. As one of the largest buildings on campus, the CLIC creates a gateway for visitors approaching campus from the south with a decidedly modern, scientific aesthetic, blending the building’s historic timber frame with a more contemporary, industrial façade. The building also activates this section of the campus, turning a former parking lot into a rain garden and tree-filled park, with plans to convert the old carriage house into a restaurant later this spring.


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Kaplan Finishes Boston College and Northeastern University

Waiting area at the O’Neill Library / photo by Ed Wonsek

Boston – Kaplan Construction has recently wrapped up a series of projects for Boston College and Northeastern University. Kaplan worked on two projects at Boston College’s O’Neill Library, one of the center points of the college’s campus. Over the course of three months, Kaplan completed renovations at the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). The two-phase 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. Kaplan also renovated the main circulation desk and reconfigured the back office for increased efficiency and functionality. 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. Project team members include Lavallee Brensinger Architects (LBA) and BR+A Consulting Engineers. 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. The 1,100sf slide library has desktop computers for users as well as AV equipment, projectors, and power/data for

College of Engineering and installed new mechanicals, lighting, fire alarm, finishes, and millwork to create a new experimental laboratory. The research facility includes a grouping of labs that currently serves multiple professors and students. The new lab will contain a 1,300-gallon acrylic water tank for experiments and an adjacent space with workstations where

graduate students can plan and review experiments. In order to minimize disruptions, the lab space has sound-proofing features in the walls, ceiling, and doors. During construction, the neighboring labs were operational, so Kaplan and its subcontractors coordinated work closely with Northeastern faculty and staff to reduce interruptions to ongoing experiments.

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Training and testing area at the O’Neill Library / photo by Ed Wonsek

viewing slides from the collection. In its first project for Northeastern University, Kaplan renovated an existing interior laboratory at the Egan Engineering/Science Research Center for the

Kingston, RI – New England Lab is in the final stage of installation at the University of Rhode Island’s new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. Designer Wilson Architects and contractor Bacon Construction created the chemistry building to hold state-of-the-art teaching and research labs for areas such as energetic materials, forensic science, and other disciplines. New England Lab outfitted the labs

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Atri-ummmm: Confused About How to Design Entryway AV?

by Corey Salvatore

We’ve all had the experience of walking into buildings with an expansive entrance, or atrium. Stepping into a welldesigned one can leave visitors feeling welcome, while others can do the exact opposite. Stark, ill-equipped atria can leave visitors lost and even intimidated by their surroundings. So what do you put in this space to make it as useful as possible? A growing trend involves integrating large visual displays boasting vibrant and dynamic graphics into entryway architecture. But, seamlessly blending high-tech features with the flow of a structure requires some finesse — and not just in terms of physical installation. More importantly, you have to consider the content that is going to be shown on this media wall system. Will it have interactive components? What about wayfinding? A building/

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personnel directory? Or even a resource center? Will branding need to be showcased? Do you have in-house developers to create such content, or will it be outsourced to a third party? Looking at what you want to accomplish helps you figure out how to get there. Taking a simple step back to meditate on simple questions can determine the difference between making a wise investment in technology and wasting a boatload of money. After pausing to determine your AV goals, the next step — wall installation—

poses a different set of challenges. Basic specifications, like the overall size and weight of the displays need to be addressed when designing structural support. And other, more specific, decisions come into play. Different types of available technologies, each with its own idiosyncrasies in power requirements, have associated heat offsets to account for. The content delivery method to the displays themselves is not cut and dry, either. Plus, they are in public areas. Where should they be located? Not just in a way that makes them easy to view, but also to keep them from being

inadvertently damaged from passers-by. Students with bulky backpacks, children who are attracted to screens like moths to a flame, corporate bigwigs distracted by an email on their phone. . . . Who is passing through your atrium depends on why they are there in the first place. If these factors start to feel overwhelming, remember to keep your ultimate goal in mind: Engage your visitors and/or staff with their surroundings. Sure, there is a lot that goes into doing it right, but the payoff is worth it. Corey Salvatore is a senior consultant at Acentech, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

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Boston – Northeastern University is a global experiential research institution with its main campus located in the heart of Boston. The university’s research enterprise focuses on solving global challenges in health, security, and sustainability. Suffolk Construction is currently managing construction on the approximately $225 million Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC) that will open by the end of the year. The 220,000sf structure will eventually include an impressive walkway that will literally bridge the gap between the Huntington and Columbus Avenue sides of campus separated by train tracks. The bridge spanning the MBTA Commuter Rail, Orange Line, and Amtrak tracks will also connect to green areas that will be accessible to students, faculty, and the community at large. This iconic building will also include state-of-the-art research facilities that will allow the school to foster collaboration across disciplines and continue to hire top faculty and academic leaders.

Designed by Payette, the structure has a distinctive curved curtain wall. The wall’s sun-shading system features a series of vertical fins that cast shadows inside the building’s rooms. This allows the building to save on energy that would normally be used to cool the building. “It is a unique building not only to Northeastern but to the Boston skyline,” Suffolk Construction assistant project manager Adam Benjamin said. “There’s no other project in the city of Boston that looks like it. There may not be another project in the Northeast that looks like it.” The inside of the building includes a massive steel staircase that will spiral up a glass-filled, six-story atrium. The atrium will double as an event space big enough to seat 200 people for dinner, and a 280seat auditorium will also be built on the ground floor. The facility will also feature lab­o­ra­to­ries, class­room space, and offices for fac­ulty and grad­uate stu­dents. Building such a magnificent facility, however, doesn’t come without construction constraints. The building is located

Northeastern U’s ISEC atrium / image courtesy of Payette

less than 50 feet from the railroad tracks and approximately 35 feet from a parking garage. Benjamin said they have to make sure building materials don’t fall onto the train tracks. That’s why cranes and man lifts are not allowed in the back alley. One

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Revitalizing Underutilized Academic Space

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For more than a decade, a dark, trapezoidal shaped basement lab at WPI’s Gateway campus sat as an undersized shell. Originally designed as an NMR lab, the basement extended outside the footprint of the building and had removable roof panels to allow large equipment to be installed at a later date. This potential was never realized, and the faculty and administration struggled with finding an appropriate use for their unusual asset which was seeming more and more like a liability. In order to find a solution, WPI engaged the design-build team of Consigli and LAB / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc. to work with the faculty and develop a new solution. When programming and design began, it became clear that the unusual geometry of the footprint created inefficient circulation systems with odd hallways and short spurs to doorways. In order to free up the thinking, we created a blank

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plan, leaving only the permanent features, including columns, an existing toilet room core, and the below-slab piping. For waterproofing reasons, we were required to reuse all the piping lines in order to avoid penetrating the basement slab. With only those constraints in front of us, it became possible to see new possibilities for efficient lab layouts. The program called for a large shared wet biology lab, a shared student office for a dozen students, and numerous small dry labs. By strategically placing the

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open lab and the open office, it became possible to eliminate hallways and to use the aisles within the open spaces to access doorways and egress points. The more-efficient plan allowed WPI to house three additional faculty labs in the space — nearly doubling their original expectations. But creating efficient space was not the only obstacle that needed to be overcome. The space was still dark and damp, with no natural day light. As part of the renovation, we were able to locate

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The project opened last fall and, with its capacity to house a significant amount of new research space, has enabled the departments to recruit new faculty and reorganize existing space with improved adjacencies and efficiency. Revitalizing underutilized space is a great strategy for unlocking constraints in an academic setting. Mark Reed, AIA, is a principal at LAB / Life. Science. Architecture, Inc., a Boston-based laboratory design firm.




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Construction Under Way on New Science & Academic Bldg. at JWU Providence, RI – A new 71,000sf academic and science building on the Providence campus of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Johnson & Wales University new classroom and laboratory building combines teaching, laboratory, social, and teaming spaces and ARC_Johnson & Wales University - New Classroom and Laboratory Building - Exteriorexpands the university’s longtime commitment to interdisciplinary learning. The executive architect is Edward Rowse Architects of Providence. ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge is the design architect. The project is expected to open this summer. It will house the School of Engineering & Design, a new biology program, social and teaming spaces, and a street-level Innovation Lab. This will be the first new facility built on reclaimed land made available by the relocation of a 1950s-era interstate highway which split the city’s historic Jewelry District into two unconnected neighborhoods. The relocation of I-195 opens up approximately 40 acres between downtown Providence and the Jewelry District. Development plans for the district include technology, life sciences, and academic facilities. JWU is serving as a pioneer in anchoring a newly reknit neighborhood. The building is designed to support the evolving urban street grid, with cafés, lobby event space, and

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learning activities visible from the street. JWU Chancellor John J. Bowen called the new academic building an affirmation of the university’s commitment to providing the best education possible for students from across the globe. “Today’s world demands that we not only provide the most technologically advanced learning environment, but one that also allows for the integration of disciplines, the freedom to create and innovate, and the kinds of collaborations that are the norm in virtually every industry,” he said. Flexibility as a Guiding Principle

The building design creates a central hub for students and faculty to meet,

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team learning spaces built to allow for easy repurposing and reconfiguration, encouraging alternative ways for instructors to interact with students. The classrooms are designed at a larger scale to promote teaming and provide ample break-out space. Labs include movable casework, open ceilings, and accessible ductwork with options for adaptable HVAC containment. Another flexibility solution is the designed capability to add more labs without significant rework. Nearly every room can be converted to lab space as science programs grow and requirements change. A variety of collaboration spaces throughout the building, including those sandwiched in around faculty offices, support team projects and group study. Pin-up areas, movable furniture, and erasable whiteboard walls offer creative options for students from all academic majors to meet and learn together. Science on Display

Facing the street, and featuring wide windows with display areas for pedestrians, is an active Engineering Innovation Lab. This makerspace, in use day and night, will offer 3D printers, laser cutters, assembly tools, and computer workstations. The large first-floor lobby will serve as a gallery to showcase project continued to page 45

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Northern New England PROCON Nears Framework Completion at Rand-Whitney Facility

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Dover, NH – Rand-Whitney’s Corporate Drive facility in Portsmouth will be relocating to a new 118,600sf container building currently under construction at Stonewall Industrial Park in Dover. Rand-Whitney collaborated with Summit Land Development of Dover on the land, and PROCON of Manchester was selected as the design-builder on its new facility. PROCON is currently nearing completion on the framework. The $7.7 million enterprise is a welcome sight to

Dover city officials as part of the city’s commitment to promoting an attractive environment for new businesses. The 35-foot-high structure will be segmented into 118,600sf overall with 112,500sf dedicated to manufacturing/ warehouse use and 6,100sf for offices. The company intends to hire more employees and add additional equipment. Plans call for transferring the existing equipment to the Dover location and integrating the new equipment and machinery. The structure is a standard industrial

building over a steel frame clad covered with 3-inch structured insulated panel (SIP). A 2-inch thermal break was installed between the interior and exterior slab to prevent the perimeter slab from exposure to excessive cold, which in turn will help minimize the operation’s energy consumption within the structure. Initial work involved foundation placement in October 2015, simultaneous with the construction of underground utilities and subsequent installation of the parking area. Structural steel framework began in late November along with the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing.

Work also commenced on the erection of 3-inch insulated metal panels in January 2016 that will take approximately a month to complete. Roof work is set to begin shortly. This is a landmark moment for RandWhitney after years of searching for a new location in which to expand its equipment, production, and workforce in the New Hampshire area. This summer, it will pack up its 45-plus Portsmouth employees and move into the substantially larger building adjacent to specialty food company, Stonewall Kitchen.

Jewett Chosen for Kittery Trading Post Kittery, ME – Raymond, N.H.-based Jewett Construction Company, Inc. has been chosen for a second renovation project at the Kittery Trading Post, 301 Post Road, in Kittery. The project consists of a structural steel and decking in-fill whose steel components include pre-assembled bolted connections for swift construction. Engineered by JSN Associates, Inc.

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Canton, MA – Brightview Senior Living Community, located at 125 Turnpike Street in Canton, is on schedule for a summer 2016 completion. The community is situated 15 miles from Boston and lies at the foot of Great Blue Hill, located within the Blue Hills Preservation. PROCON of Manchester, N.H., was selected as the designer and construction manager for the $30 million project. Construction began in December 2014 on the 167,000sf community occupying 29 acres. The current status ranges from finishes in the first area to the hanging of drywall in the third area. Each Brightview community is unique in its architecture and layout. The Canton community was designed to echo the style of New England’s historical Victorian

mansions — with a mansard roof, porches, turrets, and dormer windows with top quality construction and high-end finishes. Plans call for 160 residential units, including 95 independent living apartments, 40 dedicated apartments for assisted living, and 25 for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Brightview communities also offer a specialized program and environment for dementia care known as Wellspring Village, designed to enhance the lives of those living with memory limitations. The project was developed by The Shelter Group, a firm located in Baltimore, Md. This is the seventh collaboration between PROCON and The Shelter Group on Brightview senior housing in Massachusetts since 2012.

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Lowell, MA – Element Care partnered with Chapman Construction/Design and Architectural Consulting Services to renovate 166 Central Street in Lowell, a 19th century High Victorian Gothic building that had not been fully utilized in more than 30 years. As they embarked on this year-long project, the team knew it would present many challenges, but everyone shared the same vision of the building’s potential. The layout was not typical of an adult day health facility, but with a creative design and a thoughtful construction approach, the team was able to modernize the building’s systems and structure to create a space that is now home to one of the most advanced Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) centers in the country. To keep the building’s historic charm,

many period details were restored, including the colonnade that was incorporated into the building’s central hallway and the ornamental ceiling medallions in the main day room. The addition of a roof deck, two new elevators, more than 200 new windows, and an insulated envelope were among the major renovations. Multipurpose rooms offer space for art, music, and cooking programs, while the many exam and physical therapy rooms allow for in-house patient care from top physicians and nurses, and the occupational therapy apartment helps train patients in self-care tasks. At full capacity, the space can provide comprehensive care to more than 250 participants and staff living in the area. What had once been a blight on the community is now a thriving resource for the elderly in the heart of downtown Lowell.

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by Susan Shelby Whether we’re willing to admit it, marketers seem to have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. Those tweets of 140 characters or less are pithy and fleeting, and we often feel pressured to come up with content to post. More, the popular micro-blogging service speaks its own language, so the savvy marketer should understand the Twitter vocabulary. Can you define a handle, follower, direct message, hashtag, retweet, or trending topic? If your company’s Twitter account isn’t getting the attention it deserves, read on. Twitter is a useful communication tool that allows companies to interact with people around the world. The service allows users to send a short message to a group of people publicly, a specific

person publicly, or a specific person privately. At its essence, Twitter is a relationship-building and relationshipmaintenance tool, allowing you to promote your company’s brand, interact with clients, create buzz and dialogue, and develop relationships with bloggers and the media. An active Twitter presence will consistently keep your firm’s name in the blogosphere, which can help generate leads for new business. THE TWITTER BASICS: Choose a user name wisely.

Your Twitter user name will be how people refer to your firm on Twitter, so think of it as a brand name. It could be a company’s full name, a variation, or a combination of company name and industry. Just make it recognizable as coming from your firm. Personalize your profile by adding the company logo, name, and location.

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If you check the Protect my Tweets box, your Twitter stream will be private and no one will be able to see your posts without following you. That’s a tough way of growing a following, so don’t keep people from getting a peek. Once you’re set up, learn the rules of the road. Use Twitter’s Who to Follow feature to start building your followers. Follow people your followers are following, and be sure to follow thought leaders, bloggers, media, and professional organizations. The hashtag (#) is used as a tagging system to aggregate conversations on Twitter, so remember to use hashtags when posting about industry or current events. Now that you’re ready, what do you tweet? A tweet can be an observation or original content to inform your followers, as well as a recommendation of what you’re reading, watching, or attending by way of events. Live-tweeting (i.e., tweeting what you see or hear in real time) at an event or conference builds an online conversation around an event or topic. You can tweet someone else’s content (and tagging that person tracks the conversation and encourages them to follow you, too), or retweet someone

else’s tweet with or without your own commentary. Like other marketing tools, create a calendar to manage your content and scheduling on Twitter. Space out tweets so you’re tweeting every day, and stagger tweets that are sent on the same day. Use a third-party platform like HootSuite to manage your Twitter account, monitor your followers, and conveniently schedule tweets ahead of time. Your tweets can be a mix of industry news, company news, retweets, and something fun on, say, Fridays. Make sure your tweets are always appropriate and professional, as they are in the public domain of Twitter. Twitter alone won’t bring in new business, but used in your social media mix, Twitter can drive people to your website or blog and promote your firm and its projects. Twitter allows you to monitor your brand and hear what people are saying about you, while providing a channel to communicate with clients, partners, and employees. Interact with your growing network of followers, and use Twitter to establish your firm as a thought leader in your industry. Just say it in 140 characters or less. Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM is president & CEO of Rhino PR in South Hamilton, Mass.

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Connecticut Making a Difference in Construction, One Brick at a Time by Mike Kolakowski Last week I had the opportunity to see how the work that my company, KBE Building Corporation, performs every day can make a profound and fundamental difference in the lives of others. The project, Alex’s Library, is no doubt the smallest project we’ve ever built. Just 90sf, the library is a little larger than a small office. We converted the space, with the help of many others, to a parents’ resource library and quiet study. The library is located off of the main entrance to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UConn Health Center in Farmington, Conn. It was a simple enough request; Adria Giordano at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center contacted KBE to see if we could help convert the tiny office into a library. Funding would come in part from The Baby Alex’s Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization established by parents Nicky Schmidt and Erik Skulte, following the premature birth of their son Alex. “Pretty straightforward,” I thought when the request came in. KBE has a long history of taking on projects similar to

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Alex’s Library. We also make an effort to financially support many programs focused on helping children and their families. We agreed to donate our project management services to this project without hesitation. We collaborated with Tecton Architects, which donated its design services, and five other subcontractors with whom we’ve worked frequently over the years. The library design provided by Tecton Architects called for a fresh coat of paint, installation of recessed bookshelves, soft lighting, and a new wood floor. We coordinated with the Medical Center staff, performed the minor demolition, updated the mechanical and electrical systems,

and completed the new finishes. Four weeks later, the library was completed. A few weeks and a furniture delivery later, the new library was ready for the grand opening. I had a little speech prepared, nothing too fancy. But when I arrived at the hospital that morning for the ribbon cutting, I met a very captivating and engaging young man named Alex Skulte, age 8 — the Alex in Alex’s Library. It was then that I realized this tiny job, that was a piece of cake for my team to accomplish, made this young boy and his family incredibly happy. Moreover, this project will provide a lasting benefit to parents trying to deal with the very challenging and trying days of a child’s premature birth and subsequent care in the NICU. Alex’s mother, Nicky Schmidt, delivered an incredibly moving speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. She informed us that Alex had been born at just 26 weeks gestation and weighed under 2 pounds. After five months in the NICU and numerous surgeries, complications, and challenges, Alex was able to head home with his parents. There were undoubtedly dark times throughout Alex’s recovery

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Glastonbury, CT – S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS), a Connecticutbased design-build firm, recently announced that Eugene Torone, president, has joined the Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut (CT ABC) Board of Directors. He has more than 30 years of experience in planning and managing construction projects, with 19 years managing design-build projects. “I am pleased to be part of an organization that promotes the education,

networking, and support of the merit shop construction trades in Connecticut and nationally, and I look forward to contributing to ABC as it continues to grow and expand its services to members,” said Torone. In addition to becoming a recent Design-Build Institute of Americacertified professional, Torone currently serves on Connecticut ABC’s member recruitment committee.

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Newington, CT – OFI was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut for the fourth consecutive year by The Hartford Business Journal, Best Companies Group, and Hooker and Holcomb. The Best Places to Work in Connecticut survey and awards program identifies, recognizes, and honors the state’s best employers, with consideration given to how companies benefit the local economy, workforce, and other businesses. OFI was selected as one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut in the small/medium category. The company has been a provider of commercial

interiors in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for more than 48 years. In addition to its furniture lines, OFI offers owners, architects, and designers a full range of support services including space planning, project coordination, installation, and warehousing. OFI’s clients include some of the region’s largest companies and institutions such as ESPN, United Technologies Corporation, The Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals. “OFI is thrilled to be recognized for the fourth year in a row as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut,” said Rick Mills, president of OFI.

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Amenta Emma Wins 3 IIDA Awards KBE Awarded Supermarket Contract

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Stamford, CT – Amenta Emma Architects received three awards at the ninth annual IIDA New England Design Awards ceremony at the Royale in Boston on February 11. IIDA New England is a chapter of the International Interior Design Association. The awards presented were: Best in Healthcare – Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT, one of the leading fertility centers in the country. Designers created a relaxing environment through the use of soothing colors, soft forms, and floral wall coverings. The 20,635sf space includes a comfortable and spacious reception area, exam and treatment rooms, recovery areas, consultation rooms, education rooms, as well as administrative and doctors’ offices. Best Office Design, 30,000sf to 80,000sf – Xylem, a company dedicated to developing drinking and wastewater systems to improve water quality and

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accessibility in more than 150 countries around the world. The design team incorporated the company’s values and brand throughout the entire new 70,000sf corporate headquarters, while earning USGBC’s LEED Gold certification. Best in State, Connecticut – CREC Discovery Academy, an abandoned electric utility site producing renewable energy in the form of a PK-grade 5 magnet school devoted to literacy in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and math. Amenta Emma designers salvaged 48,000sf of an existing building and created a 19,000sf addition to accommodate learning spaces, labs, and a multipurpose gymnasium/ theater/cafeteria. The facility takes full advantage of natural light and emphasizes indoor-outdoor connections, aligned with the school’s STEM theme.

Oxford, CT – A new, sophisticated supermarket concept will grace the streets of Oxford in 2016, thanks to KBE Building Corp. and Pepin Associates. KBE,a $300 million construction firm located in Connecticut and Maryland, recently began construction on a new Market 32 by Price Chopper Supermarket in Oxford. Market 32 is a new banner for the Golub Corporation, parent company of Price Chopper Supermarkets, and offers a modern brand experience marked by open space; a décor filled with soft earth tones and product-focused displays, murals, and lighting; convenient, ready-to-eat foods; fresh, handcrafted, and locally grown, produced, and manufactured products; and intuitive product/department adjacen-

cies. Upon completion, the Market 32 on Oxford Road will be one of only five other locations in the Northeast. KBE is serving as general contractor for the $6.4 million project, which was designed by Pepin Associates and scheduled for completion in May 2016. The project encompasses: 54,902sf of space, structural steel frames, exterior finishes consisting of composite wood veneer panels, EIFS and stone veneer, exposed structural steel canopy system, complete floor and wall finishes. The finished Market 32 will be equipped with a full-service pharmacy, bakery, floral department, and fresh meat, seafood, and dairy departments.

Combs Joins Stamford Junior Board Stamford, CT – Erland Construction of Burlington, Mass. announced that Matt Combs, who joined the company in 2011, has been named to the Stamford Family YMCA Junior Board of Directors. Combs currently is a project manager in the company’s Stamford office, working on the Summer House project.

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Mixed Use Construction Begins at City Square

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Worcester, MA – Erland Construction Co. has begun work on City Square, a 368-unit rental housing complex with core and shell retail space in the heart of downtown Worcester. City Square is developed by Roseland Property (a Mack Cali Company) and designed by ICON Architecture.

The 398,000sf wood-frame, partial podium structure transitions from five to six stories. The development will include amenities such as an exterior pool and outdoor entertaining areas. The project scope also includes the construction of a 409-car precast parking garage. The first units will be available by the summer of 2017.

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Marr Crane & Rigging’s 70-ton Liebherr crane hoists a prefabricated unit.

Marr Crane & Rigging has been working on a complex and demanding project at the Amgen Next Generation Labs at One Kendall Square in Cambridge, Mass. Working for J.C. Cannistraro’s Prefabrication Division, Marr was responsible for trucking pre-assembled modules of pipe from Wilmington to the crane yard for storage and then to the layover area for the job site, to hoist them into the fifth and sixth floors of the lab. Due to the length of the units (20 ft. to 30 ft.) and that they were being floated through a glassed-in area, preparation was critical in terms of understanding the safety protocols of the project. It was imperative that project personnel from Marr Crane & Rigging attend various meetings with J.C. Cannistraro, Suffolk Construction (GC), and the owner, Amgen, to determine best practices for executing the work. Additionally, given the sensitive nature of the project due to the exposed


glass on the floors and the necessary security of Amgen’s human therapeutic and bio-technology products, Amgen arranged for their safety director to be on-site to facilitate and oversee the work. Beginning in late November, Marr spent three weeks hoisting the units into their respective floors utilizing a 70-ton Liebherr crane. The first crane mobilization involved the expertise of five crewmen. The challenge was drifting the units into the building without damaging the glass above with the ball of the crane. The crew addressed this by wrapping the ball in protective foam and using a 20-ft. drop chainfall at the front of the units to lower them carefully onto the floor and into the building.

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Over the course of the project, Marr was able to hoist an average of 12 units into the lab per day — far exceeding the expectations set forth in the project timeline. Kyle Clayson is a sales representative, Marr Crane & Rigging. Katherine Marr is the communications coordinator for the Marr Companies of South Boston.

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Restoration and Renovation Abbot Restores Brick Bank Façade

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Needham, MA – Needham Bank is a neighborhood community bank with its main facility located downtown and has multiple branches around the western suburban Boston area. In early 2015, the owners decided to embark on a three-phase renovation project at the Needham location, encompassing restoration of the interior and exterior of its main facility, constructing a new entrance from the parking lot side, and building a new operation center. Abbot was contracted by Delphi Construction of Waltham, the general contractor for the project, to restore the façade of the main facility. This involved

cleaning the brick and cast stone, repointing all of the brick with matching mortar, and repairing and replacing the stone as required. The most complex part of the project involved three large arched windows on the side of the main building. The two outer windows had a precast stone section under the windows, whereas the middle window had brick. To establish a consistent appearance, Abbot removed the existing brick from under the middle window and installed precast stone that was fabricated to match the shape and color of the stone under the windows on either side.

Scarborough, ME – Landry/French Construction Company has begun renovations on the 43,000sf Schlotterbeck & Foss building located at 117 Preble Street in Portland. The renovations were designed by Goduti-Thomas Architects of Portland. The historic industrial building that formerly housed special sauce maker Schlotterbeck & Foss is being renovated into 55 housing units with a mix of 15 efficiencies and 40 one-bedroom units, as well as 1,750sf of office space on the first floor. The renovations to the 1927 building will include all new windows, masonry restoration, new EPDM roof system with copper flashing, sitework, and landscaping. Existing concrete floors will be polished, and new electrical and mechanical systems will be installed throughout. A photovoltaic system with 136 solar modules will be installed on the roof. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2016.

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Bedford, MA – Integrated Builders, a firm specializing in general contracting and construction management services, has completed an exterior renovation project at 205 Burlington Road in Bedford on behalf of Calare Properties, the building’s owner and operator. The Rockland-based firm provided construction management services while working with architectural design firm ci design, inc. to deliver an updated façade and overall improved look for the 51,502sf flex/office building. The renovation plan included enhancements to the existing façade through the

demolition and reconstruction of two exterior canopies and renovation of the two current entryways, one of which includes a vestibule. Additionally, Integrated Builders replaced the walkways, repainted the doors and window frames, and installed exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS) to provide an insulated, waterresistant, finished surface in an integrated composite material system. “205 Burlington Road is a quality, well-located asset that is strengthened by this exterior renovation plan,” said Jay Dacey, president of Integrated Builders.

Spectrum IT Completes Regional HQ Boston – Spectrum Integrated Technologies (Spectrum IT), the low-voltage division of J. & M. Brown Company, recently completed an elaborate, fast-track, state-of-the-art AV infrastructure project at PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Northeast headquarters facility at 101 Seaport Ave. in Boston. The project encompassed Spectrum’s AV wiring and installations on 17 floors of the building, covering more than 350,000sf. Spectrum’s PM Michael Anderson and GF Kristin Hurley managed a skilled field crew of 15 IBEW Local 103 technicians in the eight-month project.

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JLL Awarded Two Assignments Boston – JLL Construction has been awarded two new projects in downtown Boston. Daintree Advisors, a multifamily office and wealth management firm, has hired JLL to construct 6,300sf of expansion office space on the 11th floor of 100 High St. The architect is Dyer Brown Associates. Also, Payden & Rygel, a global independent investment management firm, assigned JLL to build its 2,400sf office expansion at 265 Franklin St. The architect for this will be Gensler.

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Celgene Corporate HQ Doubles Size of Campus

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Exeter, NH – Raymond-based Jewett Construction Co., Inc. recently made a $40,000 donation to the Exeter Area YMCA — a 33,000sf energy-efficient facility the company spent some eight months building. This is just the latest in Jewett’s longstanding tradition of supporting community nonprofits — a history that includes everything from fundraising and

donating labor, to sponsoring events. “Giving back is a big part of our corporate culture,” says Craig Jewett, the firm’s president. “The Exeter Area YMCA project was a stellar example of an entire community pulling together to get a job done — one that will serve the community well for many years to come. Our donation was a natural outgrowth of that group energy and enthusiasm.”

JC&A Receives Silver Impact Award Quincy, MA – J. Calnan & Associates (JC&A) has officially been awarded a 2015 Silver Impact Award from Building Impact for their commitment to volunteerism and making a meaningful difference within the community. “Building Impact is proud to award J. Calnan & Associates with a Silver Impact Award for their commitment to strengthen the local community through volunteerism and giving. Their efforts have truly made a difference in the community, leaving a positive impact,” said Diana Brennan of Building Impact. Building Impact makes it easy to help in the community by partnering with companies to implement a fully integrated volunteer program of options and opportunities with various ways to serve. They deliver high-quality volunteer, donation, and networking opportunities to help companies become more civically engaged. Through JC&A’s affiliation with Building Impact, they have helped generate over $1.06 million in volunteer time and product donations for over 250 nonprofit partners throughout 15 Massachusetts communities. “The people of JC&A have a keen understanding of how much help we received from our community in our 20 years of business,” said Jay Calnan, chief executive officer of JC&A. “We have successfully grown from a start-up company to an industry leader and are

extremely cognizant of how instrumental our community has been in helping us to realize our goals. Our community continues to inspire us every day to our very best, and we feel strongly that it is our obligation to return that support in every way we can.” Philanthropy is woven into the fabric at JC&A. They have been recognized nine years in a row by the Boston Business Journal as a Top Corporate Philanthropist and named in the top 5 three of those years for average employee volunteer hours donated. Additionally, JC&A and Team IMPACT, a nonprofit housed in JC&A’s office, were recognized by the Boston Business Journal as Partners of the Year for their continued work to improve the quality of life for children facing lifethreatening illnesses by matching them with college athletic teams. JC&A has maintained its important work with Team IMPACT and is proud to report that they have matched over 800 children at more than 300 colleges and universities across 43 states. J. Calnan & Associates also continues to give time and financial resources to organizations like The United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children’s Hospital, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, The International Rett Syndrome Foundation, Heading Home, On the Rise, The Jimmy Fund, as well as countless local charitable organizations.

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KBE Provides New NICU Library at no Cost to CCMC

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Members of the KBE team gathered to celebrate the new NICU library at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. (l-r) Allan Kleban, KBE; Isabelle Skulte; Alex Skulte; Barrie Deschaine, KBE; Mike Kolakowski, KBE; Michael Kolakowski, Jr., KBE; Jonelle Lawhorn, KBE; Sierra Fournier, KBE)© KBE Building Corp.

Mike Kolakowski, president and CEO of KBE, and Michael Kolakowski Jr., project manager, requesting Alex’s autograph / © KBE Building Corp.

Hartford, CT – KBE Building Corp. recently completed construction of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Library for parents. Thanks to donations of time and services from KBE, its subcontractors, and Tecton Architects, the project was completed at no cost to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Interior Building Contractors, DLZ Architectural Millwork, M Brett Painting

provide books and other informational materials to families of NICU patients striving to find solace during difficult times. The organization was started by parents Nicole Schmidt and Erik Skulte after the premature birth of their son, Alex. Alex, now 8, his parents, and his sister Isabelle were on hand to cut the ribbon for the library opening.

Company, North Haven Ceramic Tile & Floor Coverings, Builders Hardware, and Sarracco Mechanical Services also donated time and materials to the project. The idea to turn a storage room into a peaceful library and retreat was conceived by The Baby Alex Foundation, an organization focused on pediatric brain surgery research, and its Alex’s Library initiative. The initiative’s mission is to

East Hartford, CT – The official season of giving has come and gone, but supporting local veterans is always a top priority for KBE Building Corp. That’s why the Wounded Warriors Project recently honored KBE for supplying Thanksgiving dinner to 13 families of veterans. KBE representatives joined the Chapter 1 Veterans of Korea, Vietnam, and Saudi Wars along with the Disabled American Veterans for a ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, Conn., last month to receive the award. “It’s pretty surreal to be honored by actual heroes like these veterans,” commented KBE President and CEO Mike Kolakowski. “We dedicated some money and man hours to support them, but they have truly dedicated their entire lives to support us.”

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Wayland, MA – Jewett Construction of Raymond, N.H., has been selected by the Herb Chambers Companies for a renovation of its Bentley Boston auto dealership located adjacent to its Maserati, Rolls Royce, and Lamborghini brands at 533 Boston Post Rd. in Wayland, Mass. The 4,500sf high-end renovation, designed by Regent Associates, Inc. to comply with Bentley corporate’s latest image upgrade requirements, involves a number of showroom enhancements, including the relocation of office spaces to accommodate new hospitality, service advisor, and Bentley personalization areas.

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mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems throughout the space. To incorporate Uniqlo’s modern aesthetic into the 190-year-old building, black design elements were combined with existing brick and granite, resulting in a design unique to this location. Original exposed brick, granite piers, and original wood ceiling trusses were all historic elements that were protected or enhanced as part of the construction. BOSTON: one of the leading sustainable cities inBOSTON: the world is home to one of the leading sustainable cities in the world is home to

Boston – Hirsch Construction Corp. is on its way to completing the 1,000th project since its inception in 1983. The project will be Jimmy Choo opening in New York City on Madison Avenue in spring of this year. This month, AKRIS Boston opened on 29 Newbury Street. Hirsch has been working with luxury retailers for the past 33 years. AKRIS, which is an independent family-owned fashion house, started in St. Gallen, a Swiss town known for its tradition as the heart of the textile industry. Two brothers, Albert and

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Eckman to Renovate Elliot Hospital Manchester, NH – Elliot Hospital in Manchester has selected Bedford-based Eckman Construction for the upcoming renovation of its emergency department to create a new rapid triage and treatment (RTT) unit. The project will consist of renovation to the check-in, waiting room, and clinical areas to create the new treatment spaces. MorrisSwitzer of Boston is serving as the architect. This will mark the third project for Eckman and Elliot. Past experience includes construction of the medical office building and parking garage at the main campus and Elliot at River’s Edge ambulatory center, a joint venture between Eckman and Suffolk Construction of Boston.

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Middletown, CT – Middlesex Hospital opened the doors to the renovation of a 14,750sf nursing unit this past January designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative. SLAM has worked closely with Middlesex Healthcare System for over 20 years in the planning and design of a multitude of projects on its main hospital campus in Middletown, as well as offsite locations. The recently completed North Building sixth floor renovation includes 24 beds with 17 private rooms, three semiprivates, and one isolation room. As part of the ongoing effort directed toward the North Building of the hospital

campus, the fifth floor was completed in 2008, and construction is already under way on the fourth floor, which is expected to open in September. Additional room features include ceiling-mounted lifts, dedicated family space, and a location for staff documentation directed toward the patient for constant communication. In keeping with previous renovations and the campus master plan for finishes, durable wood-tone flooring, neutral colors, abundant lighting, and flat-panel televisions were chosen to create a home-like setting for patients and visitors.

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BIM: Advancing Preconstruction Collaboration

by Erik Sanford In the increasingly complex world of design, construction, and building operations/maintenance, building information modeling (BIM) enables exceptional vision and management with incredible speed and offers significant opportunity during the preconstruction process. I have witnessed, over the past 20 years, the incredible growth that modeling has experienced within the industry, as well as the tangible, impactful results that a BIM can help us — designers, builders, and owners — to achieve together. Whether used for putting together an estimate, or planning where and when to construct and install, a model provides the ability to see from multiple angles, as well as with both macro and micro lenses, what I like to call “BIM vision.” In my experience, this BIM vision,

guided by skilled preconstruction teams, brings an unparalleled advantage to the process during the design phase of a project. As a designer creates items within a BIM, each item exists as a specific object, i.e. doors, windows, walls, etc. Every object also has a corresponding set of parameters that allow for automatic reference to calculations, as well as notes and details from contract documents. All those parameters and levels of data help at the preconstruction and estimating phase with generating quantities directly from the BIM. The associated data (the “I” in BIM) is searchable, sortable, and accurate — and reflects real-time changes and updates. Data within the model allows the experienced estimator to see what was counted (and, equally importantly, what wasn’t) and generate accurate and predictable estimates and plans. Alternatively, developing a plan based on 2D documents can be complex and take a significant investment of time— days, or even weeks or months. A CM must then attempt to explain the plan in meetings that often cover multiple aspects of a project, leaving room for confusion. The visual, three- and four-dimensional

BIM estimating

nature of the model can provide the CM with clearer understanding of design intent and the owner with clearer construction intent. The fourth dimension of time can be added to a model by linking schedule tasks to elements within a model to show when and where different work is going to be completed. Developing time-enhanced models tests the plan — like a dress rehearsal for major, complex construction. Here, the project team can identify any possible misalignments in the plan and correct them. Ultimately, the project team has greater confidence in the plan because it has been tested, and everyone proceeds with better alignment and a clear, shared understanding. BIM vision can also help in looking at specific design assemblies. For

example, a column enclosure needs to be created in a room that is already very tight. Different enclosure options can be tested in a virtual mockup approach. A planner working with the architect can model out the different options as they would be built. The best option can then be picked with greater confidence knowing that it has already been tested. This timely collaboration between CM and architect will also improve the subcontractor submittal approval process. I have experienced great success with this approach over the years. The trust that is created with collaboration like this is invaluable; it enhances communications, and earlier, more comprehensive solutions. It is important to note there is a difference between a design model and a construction model, and each has a purpose. Design models primarily provide important documentation and energy analysis information, while construction models allow teams to test constructability and run spatial coordination analysis. Erik Sanford, CM-BIM, CMLEAN, currently spearheads Dimeo Construction Company’s Virtual Design & Construction Group.

Celgene Corporate HQ Doubles Size of Campus continued from page 39 bring down the scale of the large building mass,” Scott explains. The client initially was hesitant about using prefabricated brick panels, he notes, until a plant visit showed them the panels’ infrastructure strength and overall quality. The office’s steel-column loads were transferred to footings via additional precast concrete columns, shear walls, and precast lite walls built into the parking levels. A transfer deck was not possible due to total building-height restrictions in the area, he notes. Particular attention was paid to separating the parking levels from the office floors to deaden acoustics ceilings. “We spent a good amount of time with our consultants, design team, and steel and precast concrete subcontractors discussing issues and ultimately decided to drill and epoxy the anchor bolts into the precast concrete columns for the office’s structural steel,” says Rosen. “This eliminated the issue of differing tolerances between the structural steel and the precast concrete.” The precast concrete helped the building achieve LEED certification, especially through use of local materials and local manufacturing, as well as


Celgene Corporate Headquarters Location: ....................... Summit, N.J. Precaster: ...................... Dailey Precast, Shaftsbury, Vt. Owner: ......................... Celgene Corp., Summit, N.J. Designer: ...................... Highland Associates, New York, N.Y. Structural engineer:......... Innovative Engineering Services, Fort Wayne, Ind. Contractor: .................... Turner Construction Co., Somerset, N.J. Erector: ......................... JEMCO Erectors Inc., Shamong, N.J.

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Celgene corporate HQ exterior

reductions in construction waste and other measures. “Material and proximity played a large role in helping us achieve certain credits,” Scott says. Attention to detail ensured the project reached its goals, both functionally and aesthetically. “There was a working relationship to get the ideal final product from a design and cost standpoint,” says Scott. “Designers went to the precast facility and watched the sandblaster rough up surfaces to select the exact right amount for the finish and overall aesthetic.”

40,000sf corporate headquarters addition with four 5 lower levels of parking and two upper levels of office space.

Two floors of steel framing constructed on a base of four floors of precast concrete structural framing.

recast concrete structural components include double tees, P columns, beams, lite walls, shear walls, stair and elevator walls, and spandrels with inset full-thickness brick.

Full thickness Monarch Sized bricks with dimensions of 15 9/16 by 3 5/8 by 3 5/8 inches used in spandrels.

Custom white cement used on exterior components with gray used on interior.

Four precast concrete stair towers and four separate elevator cores located in parking footprint.

nchor bolts for office levels drilled and epoxied into A the precast concrete columns for stability and support.

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“It adds a level of logistical planning of how you really access the other side of the building,” Benjamin said. “We’ve had to figure out ways to think creatively to make sure we could construct the building in a safe manner, not only for those on the project site but to make sure trains passing by aren’t in any danger.” Another constraint is the fact that the MBTA is planning its own construction nearby. Benjamin said that means they have to make sure that the installation of sub-surface infrastructure is coordinated with the MBTA plans. “We have to do that well in advance of when they are going to be conducting construction,” he said.

As Northeastern extends its campus into Roxbury, they are also making a commitment to the community. The workforce goals for the project are to employ 51% of Boston residents and 40% minorities on the job, which is much higher than the 25% required by the Boston Resident Job Policy (BRJP). Another 10% of the workforce on the job are women, Benjamin said. “This building is really going to be an anchor to the next phase of Northeastern’s Institutional Master Plan,” Benjamin said. “So it really is a significant project for the university, both in terms of building out their campus physically, but also in terms of relations with the community.”

The Design-Build Team: CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Suffolk Construction ARCHITECT: Payette Associates, Inc. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Stephen Stimson Associates

UMass Amherst, Old Chapel

CIVIL ENGINEER: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

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STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.


Construction Under Way on New Bldg. at JWU continued from page 29

UMass Amherst Chapel panoramic

was used for programmable space, such as a catering kitchen and storage. • Connecting the building to the adjacent Du Bois Library’s chilled and hot water systems to avoid the need for exterior, unsightly condensers on the lawn of the chapel. This also conforms to the university’s energy strategy, which aims to utilize existing heating and cooling equipment in adjacent buildings to share spare capacity and provide greater efficiency and redundancy to the whole campus infrastructure. • Implementing a displacement ventilation system, which takes advantage of the voluminous space within the chapel, reducing the amount of air required to heat and cool the building. It also limits the amount of overhead ductwork, particularly in areas where the historic architectural features do not want to be compromised by the mechanical system. The displacement ventilation system provides comfort, flexibility, and acoustic control, which are three key

elements needed in a multifunctional building with activities ranging from performances to sit-down dinners. Restoration and reuse projects require a carefully coordinated team effort in order to successfully reprogram a historic space for a new use, so that the characterdefining elements which make it unique are not compromised. The project will bring a new life to the Old Chapel, UMass Amherst’s campus icon, and students will soon engage in a new thriving student life center. Not only will they have contemporary work spaces that encourage assembly, interaction, and collaboration, they will also experience an incredible sense of place and architectural history at the heart of the campus. Regan Shields Ives, AIA, LEED AP, is senior associate at Finegold Alexander Architects in Boston. Hilary Williams, CEng MIMechE LEED AP BD+C, is senior mechanical engineer at Arup in Cambridge, Mass.

Interior of new Johnson & Wales building

work built in the Innovation Lab. The lobby is also designed to accommodate events and social gatherings including lectures, conferences, and symposiums. Laboratory spaces on the upper floors range from materials testing and research, computer science and CAD, and robotics to labs that support physics, chemistry, and biology. Sustainability in Practice

The design by ARC will include several sustainable elements and is tracking for LEED certification. Daylighting throughout the building will allow lights to be kept off for much of the day. Daylight sensors, LED lighting, and highefficiency HVAC systems will provide significant energy savings.

Project Team: DESIGNER/ARCHITECT: ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT: Edward Rowse Architects CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Dimeo Construction Company

Consultant Team: STRUCTURAL: Odeh Engineering MEPFP: BR+A CIVIL: Woodward & Curran, Inc. COST ESTIMATING: Vermeulens


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LeFlore Honored by APA-MA

Awards Shain Library Receives EIC Award

The new, modern Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College / photo by KBE Building Corp.

New London, CT – Connecticut College students and staff members have expressed admiration for the Charles E. Shain Library. Now its construction team has been officially recognized with an award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) — Connecticut Chapter. Staff members from KBE Building Corporation, construction manager at risk for the renovation, received the 2016 Excellence in Construction Award (Institutional) at the Chapter’s 14th Annual Excellence in Construction awards ceremony, held at Aquaturf in Southington

in January. KBE also received the “Best of the Best” General Contractor Safety Award, the most prominent safety award in the state, and the Spirit Award at the ceremony. The Shain Library project comprised 41,000sf of renovations to the existing three-story library, plus 4,600sf of additions, including a new three-story entrance with clerestory, enlarged windows, and mechanical and electrical upgrades. The renovation was carefully planned and executed with zero injuries, zero claims — and delivery three months ahead of schedule.

C.E. Floyd Wins for GreatHorse


Middletown, CT – The Connecticut Associated Builders and Contractors (CT ABC) recently honored C.E. Floyd Company with an Excellence in Construction Award for its work on the new clubhouse at GreatHorse designed by TMS Architects of Portsmouth, N.H. Earlier this month TMS received an AIA NH Honorable Mention for the 25,000sf clubhouse, which they modeled after two resorts in Jackson Hole. The new clubhouse is a blend of the Western Arts and Crafts and New England Farmhouse styles.


The GreatHorse team

Clubhouse amenities include men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam rooms and saunas, separate men’s and women’s member lounges, spa and treatment room, exercise room, conference room, pro shop, two golf simulators, dining room with indoor and outdoor seating, bar and lounge, and club room. Other amenities include an 18-hole golf course; driving range; practice greens; swimming pool with pool house, splash pad, and playground; tennis hut with two tennis courts; four paddle tennis courts; and an outdoor ice rink.

Boston – The Cecil Group, the urban design, planning, and landscape architecture studio of Harriman, recently announced that Alison LeFlore has been honored by the American Planning Association-Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) with the Young Planner Award. An urban planner for the firm’s Boston office, LeFlore has served on the board of the APA-MA since 2011. She was honored for her achievements at the organization’s annual awards luncheon, which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD). The APA-MA Young Planner Award is given to a junior or mid-level young practicing planner who has excelled in leadership, increased the impact of planning in public and private decision making, or enhanced the APA-MA Chapter. LeFlore’s background includes work for private consultants and municipalities. Her professional expertise includes urban planning, land use policy and zoning, historic preservation, sustainability, open space planning, and community outreach and engagement. She currently serves

Alison Leflore / photo by Siri Blanchette

on the chapter’s board as secretary and previously held the position of Young Planners Group (YPG) chair. She has served on the committee for the Southern New England APA (SNEAPA) conference for three years and created The Emerging Professionals Rebate, which provides financial assistance to early career planners who want to attend the SNEAPA Conference. LeFlore also developed and coordinated a Mentor Match program at the 2015 SNEAPA conference, which pairs new professionals with experienced planners to encourage informal mentoring relationships.

Bencks to the College of Fellows Keene, NH – The 2016 Jury recognizes the achievements of of Fellows of the American architects as individuals, but Institute of Architects (AIA) also their significant contribuelevated Douglas Bencks to its tion to architecture and society prestigious College of Fellows, on a national level. an honor awarded to members As the university archiwho have made significant tect and director of campus contributions to the profession. planning, Bencks has led the Bencks will be honored advancement of the university’s Douglas Bencks at an investiture ceremony at broadly defined and well-balthe 2016 National AIA Convention in anced sustainable development practices Philadelphia in May, as well as at an AIA by overseeing capital planning, master New Hampshire event at 3S Artspace in planning, transportation planning, project Portsmouth, March 17. planning and programming, and design He was nominated for “advancing the for all campus projects for more than two living standards of people through an decades. improved environment.” With the limited financial resources The fellowship program was deavailable for investment for grounds and veloped to honor those architects who facilities, Bencks has molded the Univerhave made a significant contribution to sity of New Hampshire campus into one of architecture and society and who have the finest public educational environments achieved a standard of excellence in the in New England, serving as an example for profession. Election to fellowship not only institutions across the country.

TFMoran Selected for BOB Award Bedford, NH – TFMoran, belongs to our staff, who show Inc. has been selected for the their commitment to client fourth straight year as Best service every day, going the Engineering Firm in New extra mile for our clients. We Hampshire Business Review’s are proud of the reputation we BOB Awards reader’s survey, have earned for first-class engiwhich honors the best of neering, survey, and landscape business in New Hampshire in architectural services.” over 90 categories. Winners will be honored on Robert Duval “We are grateful to the readThursday, March 3 at the Grapers of NHBR for this special recognition, pone Conference Center in Concord. A now four years in a row,” says Robert portion of the proceeds will benefit New Duval, president of TFMoran. “The credit Horizons for N.H.

High-Profile: EM Duggan 90th Anniversary

March 2016


E.M. Duggan Celebrates 125 Years

E.M. Duggan, Len Monfredo, and Vin Petroni

E.M. Duggan, present day

Canton, MA – “Sophisticated,” “efficient,” “committed,” “cutting-edge,” and “mavericks” are just some of the words that industry, union, and political leaders use to describe E.M. Duggan. In 2016, the fifth-generation, family-run Massachusetts company turns 125 years old. In 1891 Ed Duggan started out as a mom and pop shop; since then, they have become a more than $165 company operating out of four massive buildings in Canton and another in Boston. Their drive and perseverance makes them one of the oldest family-run HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection companies in the country. As the business grew, Edward Duggan II fostered a culture of high standards for both its clients and workers. “I would say that E.M. Duggan is one of the most sophisticated subcontractors in the industry today,” states John Fish CEO, Suffolk Construction. “I think the use of technology, their appetite for innovation, the desire to do things efficiently with a high level of quality, is unmatched in the industry and we’re just proud to have a wonderful relationship with the Duggan family.” In 1979, Vincent Petroni joined the company, representing the fourth generation. With the help of the past and present management team, Petroni took E.M. Duggan from a $2 million to $3 million company in revenues to more than $140 million in 2014, all the while never forgetting about the employees and company legacy. “You treat people with respect the way you want to be treated,” states Vincent Petroni, E.M. Duggan CEO, president, and CFO. In 2009, Len Monfredo carried on the Duggan way of keeping the familyfriendly atmosphere while continuing to catapult the company to the next level. Monfredo represents the fifth generation, and as executive vice president he fosters even more great relationships with both

employees and outside vendors. “In today’s world we have state-of-the-art technology and equipment, but it’s our people that run and operate the technology that make us leaders in the industry. There is no doubt that our people are what make E.M. Duggan so successful, and we appreciate and applaud each and every one of them.” In 1967, E.M. Duggan was the first to add a prefabrication shop, a safe place for workers to assemble parts rather than being subjected to the outside elements as a high-rise is being built. They now have two prefab shops spanning 100,000sf. “I just think that they pay attention to the culture. If you look at some of the things that they’ve done here, just as far as making the guys comfortable, you know, where they’re going to work, the safety, the lighting, they’ve put a lot of thought into what they do and they’re always thinking ahead,” states Plumbers Local 12 business manager, Harry Brett. E.M. Duggan has left an indelible mark on the hundreds of high rises, hotels, sporting arenas, and condos they have helped build and continue to maintain with their world-class mechanical service department. In 2014, they created an E.M. Duggan Special Projects division located in the heart of Boston so they could extend their expertise to smaller buildings projects. The company’s 125 years of forward thinking, combined with family tradition, has made them trailblazers in the industry. E.M. Duggan is proud and honored to be reaching this major milestone as a familyrun company.

Above: E.M. Duggan prefab before; Below: E.M. Duggan prefab today


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SMMA Appoints Two Principals

Mauren Freire Joins WBRC

Portland, ME – WBRC and the Morar Mais. Architects welcomes architect Over her career, Freire has Mauren Freire to its team. Freire worked for ARQ&URB Projcomes to the United States ects, Edison Musa Architecture, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, where and Place Design, and has lived she owned the award-winning in Australia, Switzerland, and Mauren Freire Architecture & Japan. Interior Design, specializing WBRC Architects Engineers in residential and commercial has offices in Portland and Freire design. Her work has been Bangor, Maine and Lakewood exhibited at the Casa Cor Es Exhibition Ranch, Fla.

JC&A Promotes Trull to VP Quincy, MA – J. Calnan & Assonearly 20 years in the industry, ciates, Inc., a New England-based he has also been able to work on construction management firm, projects for various universities recently announced that Scott on the East Coast and also has Trull has been promoted from managed the construction of project executive to vice president. multifamily residential properHe successfully directed ties in Baltimore, Philadelphia, over 200 corporate office projand New Jersey. ects of all sizes, including work In his new role as vice presTrull for high-profile companies and ident, Trull will focus on the landlords such as Parexel, Boston Propcontinued advancement of JC&A’s initiaerties, EMC, Pegasystems, Reebok, GE, tives including the training and developSanDisk, Polycom, Philips, and Liberty ment of employees, technology tools, and Mutual to name a few. Throughout his overall processes and procedures.

Campbell-McCabe Adds Bartoloni

Need dateline – Campbellthe practice leader of National McCabe Worldwide (CMW) has Lumber’s Door Hardware added Michael Bartoloni to its Division. professional staff of architectural His experience includes hardware consultants who advise, numerous projects in the areas design, and write specifications of healthcare, office buildfor door hardware. He has ings, public administration 40 years of experience in the buildings, and high-rise and architectural hardware industry. multifamily housing. Some of Bartoloni Bartoloni has worked closely his most noteworthy projects with many of the most prestigious design include Boston Public Library, Boston and construction firms in New England. City Hospital, Hingham Middle School, He was a hardware consultant and project and Modern Continental’s executive manager for Shawmut Hardware Comoffices. pany and served as Shawmut’s president Currently he is working on Muscat from 1997 to 2003. Most recently, he was International Airport.

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Cambridge, MA – SMMA announced the promotions of technology studio director Jessica Smith and marketing director Ryan Farias to principal. They join SMMA’s senior leadership team in setting the strategic direction of the company’s services, culture, and community responsibility. Smith has been a key contributor at SMMA for more than a decade. In addition to her responsibilities heading the Technology Studio, she serves as a project manager. She is also SMMA’s quality manager, ensuring that the firm meets the International Organization of Standardization’s stringent ISO 9001:2008 requirements and continuing a 20-year SMMA commitment to ISO certification and process integrity. Farias joined the firm in 2011 and



provides strategy and execution oversight for marketing, communications, and client development. He is SMMA’s point person for advancing knowledge management and communities of practice. As marketing director, he introduced The Hub, an employee resource-center and knowledge-sharing platform, and his team recently relaunched the company website at SMMA.com.

Amenta Emma Promotes Three Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma Architects recently named three staff members as new associates: Peter Bowman, RA, and Dennis Faga, AIA, in the firm’s Hartford office and Steffany O’Neill in its Stamford office. Since joining the firm in 2012, Bowman has managed the construction administration of several of the firm’s most complex academic and senior living projects. He is currently overseeing the firm’s construction administration of the Putnam Refectory renovation at UConn Storrs. Following several years as a project architect in the Washington, D.C. area focused on large-scale commercial projects, Faga joined Amenta Emma in 2012 and manages a diverse portfolio of interior projects. Current work includes restoration and full renovation of the 320,000sf State Office Building at 165 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. O’Neill has played a key role in the operation of Amenta Emma’s Stamford



office and the management of its commercial projects in New York City, Westchester, and Fairfield counties since joining the firm in 2013. Her work has included O’Neill the headquarters office space for the global water technology company Xylem in Rye Brook, N.Y., which achieved LEED Gold certification and won the Best of BOMA Westchester Signature Award for Best Tenant Fit Out.

Shawmut Welcomes Two New Hires Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently announced the addition of two new project executives to its life sciences and healthcare division. Shawn Donovan and Christopher Jankins will oversee operations for major clients throughout the region. Since joining Shawmut, Donovan has worked on projects at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With more than 37 years of construction experience, his past projects have included Boston Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He has OSHA 10-hour certification. With more than 30 years of construction experience including managing and



supervising, Jankins has worked on a variety of projects, from fast-track fit-outs to specialty construction on biotechnology and medical spaces. His past clients include MIT, Harvard Medical School, Novartis, and Raytheon. Jankins is OSHA certified and has also undergone biohazard safety training.

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Boston Bisnow Q&A with Bisnow’s Tyler Fisher High Profile recently had a chance to talk with Tyler Fisher of Bisnow. Here is a transcription of that conversation: High Profile: What is the creative office focus coming up in April?

Tyler Fisher

HP: Can you tell us more about the speakers and panels?

TF: Of course! We have our annual Higher Ed & Student Housing event coming up in September. I’d tell you the details, but they’re still a secret.

TF: They’re different at every event; it all depends on the hot topic of the moment. Our one constant is focusing on having a good mix of perspectives on stage together. The combination of landlords, tenants, architects, GCs, brokers, lawyers, and beyond, really makes for a more interesting and complete discussion.

HP: Bisnow has become quite popular within the AEC community. To what do you attribute the recent success?

HP: Do you find that there are popular topics that you will be revisiting this year?

TF: I think it’s all about getting the most influential CRE leaders on the panel and providing a second-to-none experience the morning of the event. Nothing makes me smile like hearing an attendee tell me our events are different than anything else. We put a lot of effort into standing out, so it’s good to know people appreciate it — whether that be the banter between panelists on stage, the eclectic music playing during networking, or something else.

TF: Absolutely. There are events that are no brainer to host every year. For instance, healthcare and the future of downtown have been so wildly popular, the calendar would seem incomplete without them. On the other hand, we put a big focus on trying new topics, and keeping things fresh. We have our Real Estate Tech event this summer, which will be amazing, and we’re also looking at a Hospitality event for Q4 as well. There’s so much to talk about right now, it’s tough to cover it all!

HP: Our focus this issue is institutions and schools; will Bisnow be covering this topic this year?

Paolino Achieves EBD Certification


Providence, RI – Vision 3 Architects recently announced that Stephanie Paolino, healthcare team leader, has been awarded the credentials of Evidence Based Design (EBD) Accreditation and certification by the National Center for Health Design. She has led the Vision 3 healthcare team in the incorporation of the EBD process in recently completed projects for Thundermist Health Center of South County and Providence Community Health Centers Prairie Avenue Health Center and Dental Clinic.

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Tyler Fisher: Our Office of the Future event on April 14 will bring together a mix of owners, tenants, tech firms, and more. We’ll look at how employees’ needs are changing, and the ripple effect it is having. What are employers doing to continue attracting talent? How are landlords having to adapt? What are the design trends? These are just a few of the questions we will answer.

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March 16 – May 2

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie This major retrospective explores the work of international architect and 2015 AIA Gold Medal winner Moshe Safdie FAIA, tracing the trajectory of his more than 50-year career.

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Curated by Donald Albrecht, in coordination with local firm NADAAA and Safdie Architects, this exhibition will include large-scale models of built, unbuilt, and in-process projects from throughout the firm’s history that explore how Safdie’s works combine the social activism and advanced technologies of modernism with profound respect for historic and regional content. For info: http://www.architects.org/ bsaspace/exhibitions/global-citizenarchitecture-moshe-safdie

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Massachusetts Building Congress Breakfast Program Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, Jay Ash is a dynamic speaker who will address the transformative development plans of the Baker administration. He will discuss Gateway Cities, job creation and plans for expedited permitting. For more information contact www. buildingcongress.org

ISPE March 24

Learning Through Doing: The Interplay of Pilot Plant, Product, and Process Fortis Lecture Hall 200 Shire Way, Lexington, Mass.

4:30-5:15pm - Free members-only tour 4:30-5:30pm - Young Professional’s pre-meeting. Registration & Networking Reception 5:30-6:30pm. Program: 6:30-9:00pm. To register online, visit www. ISPEboston.org/events. March 31

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at the WPI BETC at Gateway Park in Worcester, Mass; the Tech Collective in Providence, R.I.; or at Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth, N.H. The programs all will feature a networking reception including refreshments and appetizers. Registration & Networking Reception:

5:30-6:30pm. Program: 6:30-9:00pm. Members, Non-Members, and student members attend free. To register online, visit www. ISPEboston.org/events. For further information, contact the ISPE Boston Area Chapter office at office@ ispeboston.org or 781-647-ISPE(4773).

Boston Preservation Alliance March 15

2016 Annual Meeting of the Boston Preservation Alliance Boston Architectural College, Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury Street, Boston 6:00pm

Join us for our 2016 Annual Meeting, featuring guest speaker Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program will consist of a brief business meeting, during which we’ll share highlights from 2015 and outline our goals for the coming year. for information: www. bostonpreservation.org/programs/ upcoming-events.html

BSA April 2-4

Architectural Iron & Steel In The 21st Century: Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture MIT campus, Cambridge, Mass.

Over 35 noted architects, engineers, and researchers will give presentations. Full details on the conference including schedule: www.architects. org/sites/default/files/2016%20Arch. Iron&Steel%20Conf.-Revised%20 Info%20Flyer.pdf

SCUP March 20–22

SCUP 2016 North Atlantic Regional Conference Behind the Headlines: How Institutions Are Innovating to Meet the New Reality More Information at: http://www. scup.org/page/eventsandeducation/ SCUP_Regional

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For more information, samples or to schedule a 1-hour Omni Block “Lunch and Learn” please contact Bill at Genest Concrete. 1-800-649-4773 ext. 155 or bbraisted@genest-concrete.com • www.GenestArchitecture.com




March 2016