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Dyer Brown Completes Criteo Expansion Cubby seating on 15th floor / photography by Darrin Hunter / page 22




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Inside this Issue: The Art and Science of Integrating AV Technology into Interior Spaces by Amy Holt and Strider Slocum

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Daniela Maher


Cora Visnick

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Dyer Brown Completes Criteo Expansion................................................. page 22

The Art and Science of Integrating AV Technology into Interior Spaces...... page 23

Cubby seating on 15th floor / photography by Darrin Hunter

Huddle spaces with audiovisual technology at Shawmut Design and Construction / design: CBT Architects / photo ©2016 Robert Benson


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Publisher’s Message..................... 6 Corporate.................................. 30 Retail & Hospitality...................... 33 Connecticut................................ 35 Restoration and Renovation.......... 36 Healthcare................................. 37 Sports & Entertainment................. 38

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“iidane WIRE”, The newsletter for International Interior Design Association New England, recently carried news on the rise of VR (Virtual Reality) in the design industry, noting, “With the ubiquitous presence of Revit in design offices, it only seems natural that design firms are figuring out new and exciting ways to use this technology. The time spent developing Revit models can now be leveraged to create the immersive environments that tell the design story. “While 3D modeling and rendering can result in photorealistic imagery, this pales in comparison with actually feeling like you are standing in a space. VR head mounted displays (HMD) can fool your brain into thinking what you’re seeing is real. This can give the wearer physical sensations of scale and depth in a space that a still image never could.”

• Payette: Pedestrian Bridge in the Vive and the Corner Cave. • Shepley Bulfinch: Simulation of the Harvard Life Lab in the Oculus Rift and the Corner Cave.

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ABX, new England’s largest expo for the AEC industry, will offer an opportunity to experience and explore the latest in immersive technologies through ConstructionVR. Directly across from the High-Profile booth in the 11th aisle, for three days, ConstructionVR will run hands-on demonstrations and exhibitions with the help of 14 ground-breaking Boston based companies, who will be there on all three days. They are: • 360 Heroes: 360 videos of construction sites, visible on the GearVR. • Arrowstreet: Interactive architectural walkthrough in the Vive, in the corner cave, and as panospheres in the GearVR, produced with InsiteVR. • Blu Homes: 16 Luxury Prefab Homes in the Oculus Rift.

• Building Conversations: AR app on an iPad for seeing virtual buildings in a real landscape.

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ConstructionVR is led by Immersive Visualization and full-spectrum VR Consultant, Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D. Sponsors include: Scalable Display Technologies: They make the foundational software for most high-end multi-projector displays, including the corner cave in the exhibit. The exhibit will be using their software and their high-end projectors. Jeffery Jacobson NVIDIA and Lenovo: These two manufactures make some of the best computer equipment for Virtual Reality and other high-end visualization tools. They have teamed up to provide three powerful computers to drive the high-end exhibits. Register to ABX before October 21 for free admission to the exhibit hall. Register at http://abexpo.com/register

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LMA New England to Host 2016 Regional Conference in Boston The Legal Marketing Association’s (LMA) New England Chapter will host its 2016 Regional Conference on November 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. Please join colleagues from LMA as we examine what the future may hold for legal marketers and business development professionals from law firms of all sizes by examining “Law Firms of the Future: Navigating for Success.” This regional Gold Sponsor: conference isn’t just for law firms, though. Join us to learn how to drive innovation and spark conversation that inspires meaningful, client-driven change within

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October 2016

Cube 3 Underway on Three Projects Boston – Recently, the BRA board approved Northeastern’s new residence hall project that will serve as a vertical landmark to its campus and will act as beacon for orientation on campus. CUBE 3 Studio is the architect, and is leading the design of the project, which is currently in the design development phase. Composed of three different heights: a low-rise portion of eight stories on Columbus Avenue, a mid-rise portion of 16 stories on Coventry Street and a high-rise portion of 20 stories in the middle of the block on Burke Street, the building is designed to slowly rise above adjacent buildings, with sensitivity to the surrounding neighborhoods. The mid-rise and high-rise parts are connected by a glazed narrow bridge, connecting these two parts together and unifying the design. The Cube 3 team also worked with Hitachi, at 610 Lincoln Street in Waltham, to create fresh and new spaces with some unique feature walls and design, while still creating cohesiveness between contiguous floors in the building. Since these particular spaces will be used by marketing, sales, and SETO, flexibility was designed into the space to accommodate 99 workstations and a few collaborative areas that can later be turned into workstations as the company grows.

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coordination during the construction process. The six-story building offers onsite amenities, is surrounded by green space, and is connected by a pedestrian footbridge to a public park and the Charles River waterfront. Telford 180 is now under construction, with an anticipated completion date of early fall 2017. The building is designed to incorporate a variety of materials such as woods and metals, producing a contemporary design aesthetic.

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South Portland, ME – WBRC’s Compass Healthcare Facilities symposium recently featured healthcare futurist, technology innovator, surgeon, and TedX speaker Rafael Grossmann MD, FACS for the keynote address sponsored by Siemens and Cianbro. The one-day educational event was free to healthcare facilities directors and C-suite executives, bringing together top healthcare and facilities speakers to more attendees representing more facilities than any previous Compass event. Each year a theme is established for the symposium that is appropriate to the current state of the nation’s healthcare industry. Some examples of previous years were: “Doing More with Less,” focused on addressing facilities’ issues on smaller budgets; “Disaster Preparedness,” readying facilities for both man-made and natural disasters; “Adapting to Change,” centered on the Affordable Care Act and its impact; and “Surviving the Silver Tsunami,” relating to the aging of both patients and caregivers. WBRC’s Healthcare Studio founded Compass in 2011 as an outreach to healthcare facility clients. This was the

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Boyde’s Crossing Breaks Ground Culture. Driven. Design

(l-r) Robert Bullock, Jr., Rep. Shawn Dooley, Scott Bugbee, Sen. Richard Ross, Scott LaMontagne, Danielle Rochefort, Bisher Hashem, Eoghan Kelley, Jack Hathaway, and Ray Goff




Norfolk, MA – On September 7, public officials and community members participated in the official groundbreaking of Boyde’s Crossing, Norfolk’s historic new environmentally sensitive pocket community. Located at 108 Main Street, the new community is one of the first pocket neighborhoods to emerge in the Boston area. These communities have been popular on the West Coast for the past decade, and the movement is gravitating to the East Coast. Among the public officials to lend a hand at the official groundbreaking and ribbon cutting were Robert Bullock, Jr., building commissioner; State Representative Shawn Dooley; Scott Bugbee, selectman; State Senator Richard Ross; Scott LaMontagne, project manager; Danielle Rochefort, realtor, Berskshire Hathaway Page Realty; Bisher Hashem, general manager, Stonebridge Homes, Inc.; Eoghan Kelley, general manager, Stonebridge Homes, Inc.; Jack Hathaway, town administrator; and Ray Goff, town planner.

Rep. Shawn Dooley and Sen. Richard Ross present proclamations to Bisher Hashem

Boyde’s Crossing is a thoughtfully designed neighborhood of sustainable homes promoting a healthy, comfortable lifestyle and a strong sense of community. Its emphasis on environmental stewardship appeals to everyone from young professionals to empty nesters looking to reduce their carbon footprint while at the same time being part of a larger community. The project is financed by Mechanics Cooperative Bank. Occupancy is scheduled for next spring.

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Iowa City, Iowa – The University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the college’s first new building in a decade. The new state-of-the-art building is designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) and OPN Architects.

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Focus: Interiors Trends in Corporate Interiors: View from the Inside

by Suzanne Abbott

Completing more than 1 million sf per year in corporate interior fit-outs, Gilbane has the advantage of surveying a variety of projects with varying levels of trends and innovation. Open workspace with added privacy continues to trend among larger firms. Gone are the days of staring straight at a co-worker across from you or the dreaded box cubicle of isolation. There are many new options for defining these open spaces, with custom erase boards, mobile presentation screens, and storage walls. Firms want employees to be more collaborative while having the option to work privately, as well as the ability to change the function of spaces to adapt to future changes. Flexibility in workplace design and convertible spaces is a focus. Furniture vendors are offering modular furniture

Brand installation at Newmark Grubb / rendering courtesy of Visnick & Caulfield.

pieces that can be moved easily to reconfigure space. Examples include multipurpose furniture including file cabinets that are mobile and serve as seating, swivel chairs, convertible ergonomic desks, etc. Along with the theme of flexibility and convertible work space, there is an emphasis on collaborative work spaces. Having seen many reputable studies where faceto-face interaction among employees is the most productive, designers are creating spaces that encourage instances of chance

encounters and unplanned interactions. Office trends include restaurant-style social and working spaces, including lounge areas with comfortable seating for collaborative sessions, and hub break-out spaces for team meetings. Offering employees the ability to move throughout office spaces during the day and choose how and where they work is vital. Designers are incorporating hoteling and bench desk configurations that are not designated for a designated

employee, therefore offering the opportunity for more social interactions, as well as mobility to relocate to different working spaces. Additionally, this results in decreased footprint and more efficient utilization of real estate. To improve employee retention, a focus on wellness, employee satisfaction, and building community through fun, recreational space is a priority. The inclusion of slides, play areas, and sports activities in nontraditional designs increases employee productivity, satisfaction, and retention and supports recruitment. Another trend making a comeback is the integration of full-service kitchens. More firms are opting to include installation of large kitchens to encourage employees to cook or bring their lunches and eat in the common kitchen area. Workplace comfort is a huge driver in employee efficiency with a health, wellness, and ergonomic trend to offer break/relaxation space within the office. These include wellness rooms such as meditation or napping rooms, in addition to private mothers’ rooms. Designers and furniture vendors are offering chairs that continued to page 47



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IIDA, the International Interior Design Association, is a network of more than 15,000 members in over 50 countries. Our New England chapter of almost 600 members is excited to be celebrating design and collaboration. These are topics near and dear to my heart, and as president I am excited by what I see our amazing members doing. Our passion is thinking about space, how it can serve all our needs and make our lives better. Our annual fashion show on October 20 is more than just a celebration of fashion manifest in alternative materials; it is an opportunity for interior designers to work together in new and exciting ways, collaborating and learning from each other. The 25 teams of professional designers, educators, and students will design and create up to four runway looks from materials like carpeting, vinyl flooring, upholstery fabric, and ceramic tile. The results are always amazing, but the stories that make me the happiest are about how much fun people had and how innovative their ideas are. I am really proud to be a part of this organization. We also celebrate how interior design can make our world a better place at our annual design awards gala. As an annual review of the best projects throughout

New England, we recognize the bestdesigned spaces for working, healing, and living. Amazing design is happening all around us; sometimes we don’t even notice it, but it does impact our lives in significant ways. We enjoy shining a light on the best of the best in New England each year. Our Philanthropy Committee is also hard at work helping the community through programs like “Cradles to Crayons,” providing essential items to children living in homeless or low-income situations and supporting Art in Giving, a unique program that combines childhood cancer researchers with the creativity of artists.

Good design is good business. As an organization that champions good design and collaboration across all the amazing parts of our society, IIDA New England is working to ensure our success. Thank you to all of our members, collaborators, mentors, supporters, and clients. Together we are working to bring better design to our community. Paul Lewandowski IIDA AIA is a design principal at Lavallee Brensinger Architects and the 2016 president, IIDA New England.

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Become a Member The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to advance the value of interior design and its practitioners as well as to cultivate leadership within the profession. IIDA has more than 12,000 members in nine specialty forums in 30 chapters around the world committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge. By becoming a member you are making the decision to be an informed member of the design community. As a member of IIDA you are able to participate in two of eight specialty forums. Forums are unique to IIDA and allow the association to target your needs as a member and encourage professional development through each of IIDA’s forums. Visit www.iidane.org/membership for more details.


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Board of Directors 2016-2017 Immediate Past President Corinne Barthelemy, IIDA, LEED AP Tsoi Kobus & Associates President Paul Lewandowski, IIDA AIA LEED AP NCARB LAVALLEE | BRENSINGER Architects President Elect Matthew Hyatt, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. Vice President of Communications Brittany Kane, Associate IIDA Vice President of Membership Heather Hatfield, Industry IIDA Global Total Offcie Vice President of Chapter Events Holyn Nickerson, Industry IIDA Global Total Office Vice President of Professional Development Gable Clarke, IIDA Spagnolo Gisness & Associates Inc Vice President of City Centers Steven Wallace, Industry IIDA Shaw Dealer Group Vice President of Advocacy Aimee Schefano, IIDA Symmes Maini & McKee Associates Vice President of Sponsorship Andrea Coan, IIDA Knoll Vice President of Student Affairs Amanda Vicari, IIDA Spagnolo Gisness & Associates Inc Director of Philanthropy Stefanie Comeau, IIDA CBT Architects Hartford/New Haven, CT City Center Director Catherine Moore, Industry IIDA Halex Corporation Providence, RI City Center Director Meaghan Kennedy, Associate IIDA LLB Architects Chapter Administrator Jessica A. Bartram, CMP


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MIT Celebrates STL9 Grand Opening Newton, MA – MIT’s Sam Tak Lee Building 9 is no stranger to the world of architecture, planning, and design: The School of Architecture and Planning, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Center for Real Estate are all housed within the building. It’s also where the new Real Estate

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(l-r) Lisa Wexler, President – Elaine Construction Company, Inc. Eran Ben-Joseph, Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jan Burke, Program Manager, CRSP – MIT, Julie Azzianaro, Project Coordinator – MIT

Entrepreneurship Lab is now housed. This new program and the comprehensive renovations, window replacement, and new systems upgrade, were funded in part by Sam Tak Lee’s $118 million donation. Elaine Construction was hired to partner with Utile of Boston and the MIT Team to put a fresh face on Building 9. The renovations, which were carried out in just 16 weeks over the course of the summer,

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included removal and replacement of over 83 windows, the relocation of all building systems from the basement to the rooftop, the renovation of floor 2, and partial renovation of floors 3 and 4 to support

evolving departmental programs. “Elaine Construction was thrilled to reunite with MIT and Utile for this significant fast-track summer renovation,” said Lisa Wexler, Elaine Construction president.

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Antinozzi Completes Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder Office

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Bridgeport, CT – Antinozzi Associates recently completed Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder’s new office space in Bridgeport. In 2014, Joshua Koskoff, a third generation Koskoff, and Jim Horwitz, managing attorney, commissioned Antinozzi Associates to design a 21,300sf office space that reflects its changing office culture. The law firm occupies the entire fifth floor, and 3,300sf of the sixth floor, at 350 Fairfield Avenue. Built in the 1900’s, the existing concrete slab floors

and mushroom capped columns became the ideal structure for a partially open ceiling concept. Taking advantage of the old structure, the design of the newly renovated floors provides a warm, inviting, and open office interior. The original space had offices located along the perimeter with solid walls and doors which inhibited natural light into the rest of the office space. The walls were replaced with continuous butt-glazed walls with a low wall to hide the backs

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of chairs and other furniture. A wood wainscot was applied to the low wall to provide the desired warmth. A private aisle was created to access all of the files needed by the staff at the core, and a common aisle was incorporated for the attorneys and their visitors at the glass office walls. These two aisles are separated by workstations of the administrative assistants. The elevator lobby has a timeless and inviting composition – a space that can change with the times and responds to the

business now and in the future. The lobby features a monitor recessed in a wood grille surround to once again introduce the warmth desired. A combination of finished and reclaimed wood was then used throughout the open office to tie in the entrance lobby with the remainder of the space. To create an ever-changing first experience when entering the office, three large glass panels with film applied to the back can be easily replaced throughout the different stages of the firm.

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Corporate Art Group Designs District Oasis Opens in Peabody

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Providence, RI – Corporate Art Group, Inc. recently began the design of The District Restaurant. The 3,000sf historic building is located in the heart of the Providence Jewelry District. It will accommodate at least 60 persons, featuring a brick oven, two bars, and a private dining/event space located on the second floor. The scope of work included the selection of paint colors, flooring, tile, cabinetry, custom bar top/finishes, bar seating and upholstery, signage, tables, lighting fixtures, ceiling design, art and wall decor, greenery, menu presentation, and uniforms. Corporate Art Group’s designer Alisha Capobianco used the architectural influences of local factories in the 18th and 19th century to incorporate brick, concrete, and exposed overhead High_Profile - Advertisement - 11.11.15.ai 1 11/11/2015 beams into the restaurants interior and exterior design.

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Peabody, MA – Oasis Shower Doors, New England’s largest fabricator of custom frameless shower enclosures and specialty glass, has opened a new showroom to better serve Boston and the North Shore. The New Showroom is located at 47 Newbury Street in Peabody, on Rt. 1 and exit 44 off of Rt. 95. The showroom, which shares a building with Design Group 47 and Studio Becker, will feature Oasis signature products including frameless glass shower enclosures, steam units and designer sliding enclosures, as well as a large selection of specialty glass. Owner, Tom Daly, is excited about the company’s latest expansion and is looking forward to better serving Boston area architects, builders and home owners. “We

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A Catalyst for Creativity:

JCJ Architecture Makes Coltsville National Historical Park its New Home and low-tech, are close at hand. With more than a dozen different settings, the singlelevel space supports generational and working style differences by providing a blend of spatial experiences and options. Studio workstations are clustered in teams of four, and each offers sit-stand control, giving individuals a choice over their physical activity level. Conference

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Earlier this year, JCJ Architecture set out to find a new location for its Hartford, Connecticut studio — one that would enhance teamwork, promote serendipitous encounters, and offer a variety of spaces to support individual work styles and diverse project needs. The former Colt Armory, a historic factory complex built before the Civil War era, provided the perfect opportunity to create an agile workplace within the framework of a rich and textured industrial landmark that promotes collaboration, productivity, and brand expression. After a fire destroyed a portion of the Colt Fire Arms complex in 1865, Elizabeth Colt rebuilt the factory and operations founded by her husband. Located along the Connecticut River and just south of Downtown Hartford, the building was a marvel for its time. With its iconic blue onion dome, 3-foot thick masonry walls,


and long, narrow shop floors, the Colt East Armory was a center of 19th century U.S. industrial innovation. The very characteristics that made the Colt Armory a highly successful manufacturing hub for 125 years — high ceilings, abundant daylight, and an open floor plan — offered the raw material to support a creative enterprise of the 21st century. In the same way that Colt’s shop floor constantly adapted to new industrial technologies, JCJ’s workplace is designed to respond to the ever-changing demands of a global marketplace. Within the shell of the historic structure is now a blended and modern workspace that supports the firm as it celebrates its 80th

year in practice. A deep respect for the history of the East Armory is evident, with the cast iron and brick structure of the original building fully exposed. The tension between new elements and the patina of age creates an innovation-inspiring environment, complete with a lab for the testing, development, and production of new ideas. Ultimately, celebrating original architectural elements and seamlessly incorporating them with contemporary finishes and technologies has enriched JCJ’s employee experience. Project teams have a workplace that can be adapted at a moment’s notice and an environment where tools, both high-


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Colantonio Restores JP Library

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Jamaica Plain, MA – Colantonio Inc. is currently restoring the historic Jamaica Plain Branch Library, the oldest and busiest branch of the Boston Public Library. The 1911 building, which sits on the corner of South and Sedgwick streets, had its last renovation in 1936. The firm has removed, repaired, and reinstalled the original, single-pane windows, the massive oak front door, the exterior steel railings, and sections of the slate roofing. They have also restored the existing ceramic tile flooring. The architect for the project is Utile Design of Boston. Current work focuses on the glassenclosed, 2,500sf addition that houses the new main entry, community meeting spaces, workrooms, a makerspace, and a reading terrace. The upper section and lettering of the curtainwall is made of fritted glass, which is covered with a

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ceramic-coated color digital print that helps control solar heat gain and glare. The addition also features polished slab flooring. Upgrades, including new restrooms, mechanical systems, finishes, and exterior landscaping, are nearing completion. The project is scheduled to wrap up in November, nearly three months ahead of schedule.

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Cambridge, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) announced the start of four new projects on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. These projects consist of facility upgrades that will have a significant impact not only on the students and faculty, but on the institution as a whole. The projects consist of two specialized laboratories, office spaces, and the main campus bookstore. Building 46 at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex is the largest neuroscience center in the world. It is LEED Silver-certified. SCI will be reconfiguring existing office space to accommodate a greater number of offices. This begins with the installment of new walls and includes all of the finishes that will keep the style, functionality, and LEED certification of the building intact. South Coast will also be constructing the Marelli Lab to serve the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. A conference room will be renovated as a wet lab to satisfy unique requirements for research conduction and include highly

specialized systems and equipment. The project is expected to be complete by late fall. Additionally, SCI will reconfigure a large storage space into a specialized holding room at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. This sensitive work environment requires that all personnel pass through the existing and operational laboratory space to reach the construction area. The MIT Press Bookstore is a fasttrack full-tenant fit-out of a 2,500sf building to where the current bookstore will relocate.


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SGA Completes New Infinidat HQ




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Waltham, MA – SGA, a full-service architectural, planning, interior design, virtual design and construction, and branded environments firm with offices in Boston and New York, announces completion of Infinidat’s new U.S. headquarters at 10 CityPoint in Waltham. SGA designed the top-floor office of Infinidat, a technological pioneer and industry leader in data storage. The office concept and design reflect Infinidat’s highpowered, high-performance product, with technology-driven features and trademark efficiency with space. Upon arrival, a client zone immediately showcases Infinidat’s feature data center, while a real-time entry sequence livestreams a projection of the firm’s data usage (in true Matrix style) and a wall displays the company’s multitude of patents in playful, eye-catching fashion. A gallery space features sculptural

letters that activate the brand and extend the exterior presence, and the space’s front desk is even designed in the style of the company’s signature data storage project, the InfiniBox. Finishes for the office were selected to evoke the idea of an efficient data stream, immersing guests, clients, and employees in a cutting-edge environment throughout. To enable employee communication and collaboration (and to attract and retain talent), SGA designed a technically driven, open, and modern office environment designed for ease of use, featuring plug-and-play, technologydriven meeting rooms, glass office fronts, and plenty of transparent light. The office also includes a café space, billiards room, and roof deck. The office has been honored with the 2016 Boston Properties University “Innovation in Design” Award.

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A Catalyst for Creativity continued from page 19 the heart of the studio, providing a highly flexible and energetic crossroads with an ever-present buzz of new ideas. Directly off of the main entry, The Assembly blurs the boundaries between work and social activities as it offers pin-up space, casual seating, café tables, and booths for either group work or individual activity. A deep connection to the local community is a critical part of JCJ Architecture’s mission, and The Assembly has allowed the firm to welcome the community into the studio for both public and professional events. After becoming one of the first firms in the nation to have provisionally WELL building accredited professionals last year, it was particularly important to JCJ that its new studio positively impact employees’ health and wellness through the physical environment. A combination of physical improvements and operational policies that support employee productivity and overall wellness have been incorporated, including the many choices of work setting, a living wall, improved air and water quality, and bicycles for local errands. As a result of these efforts, the studio is expected to be

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Dyer Brown Completes Criteo Expansion

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Boston – Criteo, an international technology company that focuses on digital performance advertising, engaged Dyer Brown Architects to relocate and design its new space at 60 State Street. Beginning in January 2015, Dyer Brown designed the relocation of Criteo’s existing team into an expansive 25,000sf on the 14th floor of 60 State Street in downtown Boston. The following year, Dyer Brown was re-engaged to design its

second floor build-out on the building’s 15th floor, adding another 25,000sf to accommodate the firm’s continuous growth. The open office layout on the 14th floor consists of a mix of high and low workstations to accommodate 175 employees, conference rooms, a phone room, a mothers’ room, large pantry area, and lounges throughout the workstation areas. The collaborative, connected office environment offers sweeping views of

Boston Harbor and provides employees with a variety of workstation styles from which to choose depending on preference. Fully equipped with AV and data capabilities, conference/collaboration rooms are located along the perimeter wall and are enclosed with full floorto-ceiling glass walls to allow light to penetrate the space. Exposed ceilings and polished concrete floors add a raw, industrial element to the spacious pantry

lounge/employee recreational area, while an original hand-painted wall mural by a Criteo employee energizes the otherwise monochromatic office with a burst of color. The new floor includes an additional 136 workstations (with the ability to add another 36 stations at a future date), conference rooms, a scrum area, a 32-seat training room, a nap room, storage, collabcontinued to page 44

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The Art and Science of Integrating AV Technology into Interior Spaces conference table and associated audiovisual technology. The client and project partners were then invited to a mockup in our AV Lab to see how the microphones, cable management, and touch-panel interface would integrate into the table so they could experience it and make adjustments before installation. Amy Holt

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by Amy Holt and Strider Slocum As with all good design, a successful implementation begins with a tailored strategy built around the organization’s unique business, culture, and work process. Spending time upfront with both leadership and employees lays the foundation for a workplace that is a key asset in supporting the organization’s vision and goals. When planning the integration of AV technology into interior space, there are several important considerations. Developing a Consistent User Experience

Generally, everyone agrees that they want an easy-to-use system. A key consideration, however, is that each application, regardless of the size or functionality, should have a common

Huddle spaces with audiovisual technology at Shawmut Design and Construction / design: CBT Architects / photo ©2016 Robert Benson

user experience. The visual interface, graphics, layout, and terminology should follow a consistent design so an end user can navigate all systems, in any room, proficiently. Given the importance of the technology’s appearance and functionality, a best

practice is to give customers the opportunity to visualize how the technology will be integrated. At Red Thread, we utilize our AV Laboratory to prebuild and test our systems before coming onsite. On a recent project, our furniture and AV design teams specified and ordered the

Clients, architects, and designers generally prefer to conceal the AV technology within the architectural details. In environments with audio- and videoconferencing, tabletop microphones are ideal for audio pickup. However, selecting ceiling microphones can provide the audio performance required without impacting the table design. Additionally, they can be specified in a color that allows them to blend into the ceiling. Many organizations invest in beautifully designed boardroom tables but often forget to incorporate access to technology, power, and data into the design. Working with the custom furniture manufacturer, we recommend codesigning the cable management solution to support the design and functional intent. Together, we can customize the size of the cable passages, determine the number, type, continued to page 45

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The Changing Workplace: Choice is the New Trend that support every kind of employee, their job function, and preference for comfort, from touch down spaces for remote workers coming into the office a couple of days a week to colocation rooms for cross-disciplinary projects. As employees team with each other in new ways, assigned seating may be a hindrance to collaboration. Informal and comfortable spaces are serving the purpose.

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The typical office workplace has been changing for decades, and most rapidly in the last 10 years. Cubical “farms” of the 1980s are disappearing. Workstation panel heights are coming down or vanishing altogether. “Free address workplace” is the new catchphrase for the modern workplace, and the old way of calculating real estate square footage per employee no longer applies. Choice in the work environment is the new trend, and here’s why Studies show that, on average, only 50% of work seats in an office environment are occupied at any given time. Space utilization studies indicate the same trend: Companies are paying rent on consistently unused space. Clearly, how we work is affecting how much time we spend in the office chair. Increased communication with mobile devices and 24×7 accessibility allow people to work anywhere. Remote working and flex-

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time hours are common, and in some industries, expected. We have learned that innovation is a team effort that requires collaborative and inspiring workspace, not solitary time at a desk. Flexible work practices are driving this trend toward choice in the work environment. According to studies conducted by Margaret Gilchrist Serrato, a workplace strategist at Herman Miller, “Innovation occurs when you support a variety of work styles and activities and increase informal interactions.” In other

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Remove the high-walled workstations and you’ll find a brighter space with natural light and opportunities for people to see each other. Visibility fosters communication and collaboration, and access to daylight has proven wellness benefits. An open office environment with a variety of common spaces should serve different employee work styles; limiting foot traffic in heads-down work areas ensures fewer disruptions. For the facility manager, an open plan office allows an organization to change and grow while retaining its elements of productivity and efficiency. Create Impactful Moments — and Places — of Collaboration

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applied to glass can capture the look of etched, frosted, or cut glass without the expense and permanence of actual glass etching. When ready for a change, the film can be removed and replaced. Choices range from opaque, semitransparent, gradient, patterned, textured, geometric, and solid films to achieve desired effects.* Form need not compromise function. Requirements for privacy, increased security, and aesthetics can be satisfied by using one or multiple film types. Knowledgeable sales representatives can guide clients toward the best film to fulfill specific requirements. Skilled, welltrained installers who use quality films

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with reliable adhesives will ensure an accurate, durable installation. According to Dana Savoie, American Window Film, Inc. account executive, “Our installers are the unsung heroes of our business. It’s a huge part of why our company can deliver the product efficiently and professionally.” Savoie helped satisfy multiple goals for his client, Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College (RINIMC) of Providence,

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Tall Buildings, Higher Learning, and Time on Their Side

UConn’s Next Gen Connecticut Residence Hall, completed this summer by design-builder KBE, Architect of Record JSA Architects, and Bridging Architect Newman Architects. // Credit: Robert Benson

Connecticut universities are changing the future with help from KBE A Blast from the Past It was just over a year ago at Connecticut’s University of Bridgeport that curious students, staff members, and construction workers huddled around a dirt-dusted time capsule as it was pried asunder, their imaginations rife with the wonders that might lie within. The capsule had been discovered in the cornerstone of “the aging Shine Hall dormitory” by Ken Beaudoin, a project superintendent for KBE Building Corporation, which was spearheading a new four-story, 60,000 square-foot residence hall on site. “Many construction sites contain remnants of past buildings or occupants, but it’s not every day that we find a bona fide time capsule,” Beaudoin said at the time of the discovery. With the capsule dated from 1970, the crowd’s cumulative anticipation mellowed somewhat as the contents were ultimately revealed: a course catalog, a commencement program, and a campus guide – frozen in time for 46 years, though not exactly earth-shattering. Or were they? The University of Bridgeport New Residence Hall Consider this: When those polyester and pantsuit-clad undergrads and assorted Bridgeport academics assembled to stow their time capsule 46 years ago, life on campus looked remarkably different than it does today. The campus guide chosen as one of the capsule’s voyagers no doubt reveals a decidedly different landscape from today’s, thanks to the restructuring and renovations that have transpired over the course of four decades.


KBE, in particular, has had a hand in the transformation and changes on the University of Bridgeport campus over the last decade. Since 2005, the $300 million commercial construction firm has worked with the University on 16 different projects, including new construction and renovation of the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business and renovations to create the Fones School of Dental Hygiene and upgrade Mandeville Hall and Wahlstrom Library. When the University decided to move on a new residence hall for its ever-expanding campus, their “to call” list was a short one, choosing KBE as the Construction Manager for the new, 60,000 sf residence hall. Designed by Antinozzi Associates, facilitation of the $16.9 million project included the demolition of the adjacent, 11-story Schine Hall to make way for student parking and new construction. The new four-story structure now houses a total of 220 students in a variety of configurations. Most interestingly, the residence hall’s heating is supplemented by connections to the University’s fuel cell building and a heat exchanger, taking advantage of the excess heat created there. Green construction? The 70s crowd would have liked that. Design-Build and Beyond The University of Bridgeport’s residence hall was just one of four active university projects in KBE’s pipeline that celebrated a graduation day this summer. As a long-time builder for the University of Connecticut, KBE has completed a number of on-campus construction projects over the years – from dining halls to student unions – that continue to enrich students’ college experiences.

KBE’s most recent roster of renovation and design-build work for UConn was no exception, and even enjoyed the distinction of helping the institution usher in a statewide STEM initiative. The University of Connecticut Putnam Refectory Dining Hall Before college graduates can impact the future, however, they will need some food for thought. At UConn, that involved giving the Israel Putnam Refectory a facelift. KBE served as the General Contractor for this $13.5-million project, which encompassed a 42,000 square-foot renovation to the existing Storrs campus dining facility. A complete overhaul of the upper floor servery and seating area, paired with a lower level conversion that added seating and service areas, now accommodates upwards of 700 students. New serving lines and counters, beverage and condiment stations, and furnishings were also installed throughout, in accordance with design work by Amenta Emma Architects. University of Connecticut Henry Ruthven Monteith Building and Andre Schenker Lecture Hall KBE was also awarded a $16.7-million General Contracting project entailing the renovation of the Henry Ruthven Monteith Building at UConn, as well as the attached auditorium – the Andre Schenker Lecture Hall – both of which comprise classroom and administrative space for departments such as economics, journalism, and political science. No less than 27 major upgrades were made to these facilities, including improvements to mechanical and

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October 2016 electrical systems, upgraded faculty offices and classrooms, new seating; and more. KBE’s biggest job on campus, however, was destined to be historic.

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• Design-Builder and Constructor for the first new

University of Connecticut Next Generation Connecticut Hall In October of 2014, the University of Connecticut selected KBE as design-builder and constructor for the Next Generation Connecticut Hall, an $84.1-million multi-story residence hall and STEM facility on its main campus in Storrs. JSA Architects was Architect of Record, with Newman Architects as UCONN’s Bridging Architect. The 210,000 square-foot, ADA-compliant building, containing a STEM educational component and 727 student beds, is designed for LEED Silver certification, and features numerous sustainability measures, including a “green” roof, photovoltaics, high-efficiency mechanical systems, and more. Most noteworthy – Next Gen Hall is the first project completed as part of CT Governor Dannel Malloy’s ambitious $1 billion + Next Generation Connecticut initiative.


residence hall to open on this campus in more than a decade

• $84.1 million, 212,000 s/f construction project featuring 727 student beds

• Multi-story building nestled amid several adjacent buildings

• Met a schedule few thought achievable: 22 months, Credit: Don Couture, Aerial Photography

including completion of design, and one of the worst winters on record

• Multiple eco-friendly features, including solar plumbing, photovoltaic arrays, green roof, re-claim water system, and high-efficiency mechanical equipment

• Project selected for invitation-only OSHA Safety Training Partnership with KBE

• JSA Architects was Architect of Record, with Newman Architects as UCONN’s Bridging Architect


Designed to expand on educational opportunities, research, and innovation surrounding the STEM disciplines, the initiative aims to transform the university into a top public research institution that fuels the state’s economy.

• $13.5 million, 42,000 s/f renovation to the existing

And KBE was in on the ground floor.

• Full renovation of the existing servery and seating area

“These three UCONN projects were each remarkable and important in their own right,” said KBE principal owner and CEO Mike Kolakowski. “But what I am particularly proud of is that all three of these were taking place simultaneously and each had an exacting, unwavering deadline to meet – which we did. Our project teams did a remarkable job of getting these jobs done safely and on time.” A New Page in History Much will change over the next 10 years as colleges and universities continue to explore new technologies and learning environments.

dining facility on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus to accommodate an overall seating capacity of 700 students

• Designed by Amenta Emma Architects on the upper floor

• Conversion of lower level into an additional level of seating and servery

Credit: Paul Burk Photography

two-level tray return system, monumental open stair to connect upper- and lower-level seating areas, and more


• Served as General Contractor for the $16.7 million

renovation of the academic floors and attached Andre Schenker Lecture Hall at the University of Connecticut

• Constructed at the same time as the Putnam Refectory and the Next Gen residence hall

Within that time, new buildings will rise, old structures will crumble, and somewhere, someone might squirrel away a time capsule containing images of what their world once looked like. Some things, however – like dedication – remain constant.

million Earlier this year, KBE was honored with the 2016 ation Excellence in Construction Award from the Connecticut Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. for its e red work on the Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut vice College in collaboration with Schwartz-Silver Architects. The project has also been recognized with five other awards, including the Boston Society of Architects, a joint award ent from the International Interior Design Association,and the t, in ALA (American Library Association), and the AIA New tects. England Honor award.


Connecticut College, Charles E. Shain Library KBE served as Construction Manager at Risk for the acting library project, which comprised 41,000 square feet of renovations and 4,600 square feet of additions, including a three-story entrance with clerestory. of All told, the renovation work was completed with no r injuries and no claims – and was delivered three months cal ahead of schedule. From capsules to construction, it seems time is on KBE’s side.

• Installation of new elements including a service elevator,

• The scope of work includes no less than 27 major

upgrades, including complete mechanical systems upgrade; improved electrical systems to support the air conditioning and other programmatic needs; and more


• Served as Construction Manager at Risk for the four-story residence hall, which provides housing for 220 University of Bridgeport students

• $16.9 million, 60,000 s/f construction project • Designed by Antinozzi Associates

• Block-and-plank structure with pre-fabricated metal roof trusses topped with asphalt shingles


• $9 million renovation and addition

• 41,000 s/f of renovations to the existing 3-story library

• 4,600 s/f of additions, including a new

3-story entrance with clerestory, enlarged windows, and mechanical and electrical upgrades

• Designed by Schwartz-Silver Architects Credit: Paul Burk Photography


October 2016


Connecticut Silver/Petrucelli 25th Celebration

Kratz Named to 40 Under 40 Glastonbury, CT – Gilbane In addition to her extraordinary Building Company recently career advancements and raising announced that Karrie Kratz has her two young daughters, Kratz been named to Hartford Business is a Mentor Committee Member Journal’s 40 Under 40. for the National Association Kratz started her career of Professional Women in with Gilbane 17 years ago as an Construction (PWC of CT). She accounts payable clerk. As one also spends many hours focusing of the youngest vice presidents on the educational market sector within the company, she manages of the industry in which she works Karrie Kratz field operations for Gilbane’s to create programs within local Connecticut Business Unit, handling a communities that offer career options, portfolio of $200 million in construction educational and mentoring opportunities to young adults. contracts.

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Hamden, CT – As part of the year-long celebration of its 25 years of service, Silver/Petrucelli + Associates hosted an open house for more than 100 clients, colleagues, and friends on September 15 on its grounds in Hamden. Guests enjoyed wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres and had the opportunity to tour the firm’s three buildings including its new training room. A mounted, mural-

like timeline drew many to the main lobby to reminisce over the firm’s humble beginnings and success to date. Throughout this year, the firm has been telling its story through pictorial snapshots that highlight its early projects, the uniting with Sgorbati & Associates, mechanical and electrical engineers in 2006, and the addition of interior design services in 2009.

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researching products and reinforcing best practices, standards, and technologies. He joins SLAM from Fletcher-Thompson, Inc., where he served as an associate, senior specification writer, and a green team leader.

KBE Announces New Projects Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation is adding a variety of projects to its ever-expanding roster, with several retail projects completing or in the works and one extensive bank renovation. Cumberland Farms, Naugatuck, Conn. — KBE recently completed the Cumberland Farms, the fifth project KBE has constructed for this convenience store retailer. The project included demolition of a house on the site along with rebuilding the existing Cumberland Farms. The Lock Up Self Storage, Ardsley, N.Y. — KBE is serving as general contractor for the new construction of an 82,284sf climate-controlled storage facility. The four-story steel-framed facility is set on steel piles, with a metal panel exteriors. Scope of work includes demolition of an existing building onsite. Market Place at Braintree, Mass. — KBE is transforming a former Kmart to create a new retail strip shopping center. First Niagara Bank, New Haven,


Conn. — KBE is currently working on two projects for First Niagara Bank at its Church Street location and branch bank.

The new Jewish Senior Services (JSS) building on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus opened its doors in Bridgeport, Conn. Local seniors are now able to enjoy Connecticut’s first “household model” senior care building featuring assisted living, skilled nursing, hospice care, and a full range of senior care services. In addition, Bethesda, Md., residents recently celebrated the grand opening of the new Harris Teeter store thanks to general contractor KBE Building Corporation. KBE previously completed three other locations with the regional grocery chain.




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Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) recently welcomed Michael Pritchett, AIA, NCARB, and Ross Spiegel, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP, to its Glastonbury office. Pritchett brings more than 28 years’ experience in all aspects of project and program management. He joins SLAM from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Formerly, he served as director of the Healthcare Studio at WBRC Architects Engineers Inc. in Portland, Maine. Spiegel brings more than 40 years’ experience to SLAM as a specifications coordinator. He will serve as a technical resource to the firm and to project teams,

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How Creative Interior Design Can Help Brand Your Business, Bring Your Team Together, and Improve Work-Life Experience

by Nancy Greenwald

Interior design affects our lives every day. Exploring possibilities, working with the right interior design partner, and finding the right design make all the difference in crafting how people experience the business, not just the space, and the right choices can lift a business to a new level. I had the privilege of interviewing four interior designers from three members of the Construction Institute: George J. Perham, AIA, IIDA, principal-in-charge and vice president, and Stephanie Barbagiovanni, NCIDQ, senior associate, registered interior designer, at Antinozzi Associates; Stevanie Demko, IIDA, interior design principal,

from ID3A, LLC; and Terri LaRose Frink, IIDA, principal/studio leader interior architecture, of the S/L/A/M Collaborative. For each of them, the process is one of shaping interior design to honor the spirit of a business while meeting the needs of the business, its team of employees, and its clients, allowing them to work together effectively in the space. Yet each brings a unique perspective to the discussion. Here’s what they had to say. What you see as the trends in interior design? What do you find useful or exciting?

Perham and Barbagiovanni are extremely thoughtful about trends. They point out that trends are exactly that. Trends may have value, but they are not inherently focused on any individual clients’ needs. For example, LED lighting has taken over the lighting industry, but as with other technology, things are changing quickly. It’s important to help a client navigate through technology choices to make selections appropriate for them. Current colors and finishes are bright and exciting. Perham and Barbagiovanni design to infuse the company branding into the décor, so that every space captures the


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company’s spirit and reflects its values. “We get very intimate,” Perham says. “As soon as you walk in the front door, you can’t be in anyone else’s space.” Demko brings a combination of focus and flexibility through the creation of agile space. That means creating conference spaces that can accommodate a 10- to 12-person group with technology, white boards, and other collaborative

... a current trend is to reduce the footprint of real estate while creating spaces that will attract and retain employees. tools, along with spaces for groups as small as two. She is seeing more of a need for open space, with a variety of types of space and flexible use, and less of a need for the private rooms. Demko mentions that integration with offshore offices adds an interesting dimension that she is exploring for ways to translate into space. Working with a client who is ready to change their space means engaging them in a different thought process. Many

clients are attached to what they know and, designers, Demko says, are trying to help them figure out what they are becoming. New materials and techniques, like laser cutting are allowing her to give her clients “the wow without the wow budget.” Frink explained that a current trend is to reduce the footprint of real estate while creating spaces that will attract and retain employees. This involves providing a variety of spaces, including cafés and lounges. A major challenge of many businesses is knowledge transfer. Much information exchange is unplanned, so providing the right environment to promote the exchange of knowledge is an important component of design. In Frink’s words, “From an interior design perspective, it is not so much about the color of the carpet or the type of furniture, it is about designing an environment that truly supports the way people work and encourages the behaviors and information exchange that help make the business successful. This is what is matters.” What is the best way for owners to work with interior designers to achieve the results they desire?

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The Predictive Index Finds a New Home in MPA-Designed 101 Station Drive

by Dan Perruzzi

The suburbs have seen an uptick in repositioned office buildings, as the urban office market continues to tighten and rents increase. Developers and landlords are taking the opportunity to refresh older office buildings in the suburbs and provide tenants with the amenities they need to attract new talent. New live/ work/play developments are critical to luring companies — and their employees —into the suburbs, and the mixed-use developments with transportation options will do even better. University Station in Westwood, Mass., is a vibrant example of this new live/work/ play destination, so it made perfect sense for National Development to reposition and renovate the nearby 101 Station Drive office building. National Development

engaged Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) to develop a comprehensive strategy for improvements to the threefloor, 208,000sf office building to meet the demands of today’s office tenants. After significant exterior and interior updates, 101 Station Drive has emerged as an upscale office building with urban amenities, attracting new tenants and raising its profile in the marketplace. One such tenant, The Predictive Index (PI), engaged MPA to design the interior fit-out of its new corporate headquarters at 101 Station. Taking advantage of the flexible open floor plates of the building, the modern and collaborative open concept office space occupies 21,000sf, nearly doubling the size of its previous location in Wellesley Hills. PI is a fastgrowing firm that added more than 30 employees in 2015 and expects to hire a dozen more in 2016. The firm needed a new office expressive of its brand and culture to help it attract and retain talent as well as flexible space to accommodate further expected growth. Working closely on the interior design led by Lannhi Tran of Little Dragon Decor, MPA created PI’s new headquarters

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to be reflective of the company’s commitment to employee engagement, collaboration, and teamwork and delivers on the company’s core values and recent rebrand. The new headquarters includes open area and collaborative workspaces, massive expanses of whiteboard and glass brainstorming walls, and multiple gathering areas. A large percentage of the walls are demountable, providing more glass and writable surfaces than would be available with a traditional stick-built environment. The demountable wall system also allows for more flexible expansion options for the fast-growing firm. Huddle spaces in the café offer flexible meeting spots. Convertible desks move from a seated to standing position. The firm’s signature red brand color is splashed throughout the offices. The office space features polished concrete floors that take the place of carpet, allowing employees to get around the office on scooters and skateboards. Ping-Pong and shuffleboard make for nice mini-breaks in the work day. Fun lighting, bean bags, and rocking buoy chairs are scattered throughout to encourage unconventional thinking. Whiteboard surfaces cover most walls and tables, allowing work to get done everywhere. “The new office space truly captures the essence of our brand and really does

foster high employee engagement and teamwork,” noted PI’s CEO, Mike Zani. “There’s an energy and a buzz in the new space that’s got everyone pumped to be part of PI.” The location and amenities of 101 Station Drive were major factors in PI’s decision to relocate to University Station. With gorgeous views of the nearby Blue Hills Reservation, PI’s energized,

light-filled space achieves both workday enjoyment and high productivity. Dan Perruzzi, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal and senior partner at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.

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Caldwell & Walsh Completes Entegris Renovation

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Danbury, CT – Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction recently announced the completion of an office integration project for Entegris, Inc., a provider of products and materials for semiconductor and other high-technology manufacturing. When challenged to consolidate employees from two facilities into one location, its objectives were not only to accommodate the increased number of employees but to enhance features of the existing site. As staff and visitors enter the

lobby, they are now greeted by a branded, glass-partitioned conference room with a painted accent wall. Doubling the amount of employees in a single space required more cubicle space, private offices, and conference rooms. An existing conference room was renovated to double the size. The newly installed operable partition offers flexibility, allowing the room to be turned into two smaller spaces if needed. Operable partitions were also installed in a conference room adjacent to the cafeteria

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to accommodate large gatherings and presentations. Upgrades to the mechanical systems were necessary in order to redistribute air and provide comfort for employees. In addition, a cafeteria was outfitted with new millwork, cabinetry, counters, and additional seating. All construction activities were carefully coordinated with the owner. The company remained fully operational during construction, maintaining its three-shift schedule.

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Acella Completes YMCA Dining Hall

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South Sandwich, MA – Acella Construction Corporation of Norwell has completed the new dining hall for the South Shore YMCA Camp Hayward for Girls. The new $2.5-million, ground-up project comprised the construction of a 10,000sf dining hall that accommodates up to 600 campers and staff. Anthony Dirubbo, Acella’s vice president of operations, was the lead on this project. Acella has previously collaborated

with the South Shore YMCA. Bruce Netherwood, vice president of camping and social responsibility, said, “In addition to being a time to come together as a group, dining halls can create the setting for healthy attitudes toward eating. The design and construction of our new dining hall fosters this atmosphere.” “We are grateful for our relationship with the South Shore YMCA and for all that their organization does for the greater community,” said Dave Dirubbo, president of Acella Construction.

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Quonset, RI – TFM Structural Engineers were part of the design-build team with Division 5 Metals, LLC of Amherst, N.H., and led by RKB Architects of Braintree, Mass., in providing design for this new 83,000sf corporate office and manufacturing facility located in the Quonset Business Park. According to the company’s website, “Edesia is a unique nonprofit organization that manufactures specialized readyto-use foods that change lives. Each year millions of ‘miracle packets’ leave Edesia’s Rhode Island factory and are delivered into the hands of malnourished children all over the world by humanitarian aid workers working in the hardest-

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Bedford, MA – In late August, Jet Aviation, Massport, and PROCON celebrated a raising of the beam (truss) on a new 40,000sf hangar under construction at the Boston/Bedford location. PROCON of Manchester, N.H., is the construction manager for the project, and SAA Architects and Design of Iselin, N.J., is the design architect. The 40,000sf project underwent preliminary enhancements earlier this year when a 92,000sf ramp and apron upgrade were installed, along with two new roads accessing Hanscom Drive. In addition, two parking lots were added, one for MassPort and the second for Jet Aviation clients, employees, and visitors. The new facility upgrade is designed to improve operational safety and efficiency with a capacity for the storage/ maintenance needs of aircraft up to the

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Gulfstream G650 and a Global 6000. Plans also include a 16,000sf office and shop space, and a two-story 13,000sf state-of-the-art fixed-base operator (FBO), to accommodate the customized needs of the Jet Aviation clientele. Upon completion, the upgraded facility will feature a state-of-the-art architectural design with the emphasis on safety and efficiency.

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Retail & Hospitality Crosspoint Teams Up With DiPrete

Jordan’s Furniture N.H. to Renovate Nashua, NH – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) has been contracted to perform renovations for Jordan’s Furniture in Nashua. The store will remain fully operational while the renovations are made. Recently, South Coast completed a renovation for La-Z-Boy, while it was fully occupied and operational. It included innovative accent walls that supported the illusionary experience of different

stylized furniture sets, and crisp, clean finishes throughout the facility. “We’re confident that this project will be a great success,” says Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement.

Jewett Selected for Long Subaru Slatersville Plaza

North Smithfield, R.I. – Crosspoint Associates of Waltham, Mass., has set in motion the transformation of Slatersville Plaza with the help of DiPrete Engineering. Slatersville has served as a grocerybased shopping center for smaller-sized retailers for over 50 years. After acquiring the 70,000sf building in June 2014, Crosspoint set out to implement its long-term vision that will tap into pent-up consumer demand by creating a new shopping experience. Crosspoint hired DiPrete Engineering, a civil engineering, planning, and surveying firm, for its expertise in shopping center revitalization and design to provide a new perspective for the

property. Together, the two implemented a plan that resulted in a more efficient parking layout benefiting both tenants and customers. Large expanses of parking were broken up and made more inviting by creating landscape barriers between vehicular and pedestrian access ways. Energy-efficient lighting replaced outdated fixtures and shines bright over the freshly striped crosswalks and parking stalls to create a safer shopping experience for the community. The final landscape plantings were installed in the spring, and Crosspoint has plans to continue to improve the physical appearance of the center’s storefronts and signage.

Webster, MA – Jewett Construction Company, Inc. of Raymond, N.H., has been selected by Long Subaru to undertake a 7,000sf design-build addition and site upgrade project of its Webster, Mass., auto dealership. The project includes two additions housing a new service department and service drive. Designed by the team of Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects and Summit Engineering, the 7,000sf of additions, a combination of conventional steel and a Butler Manufacturing preengineered metal structure, will contain the new service department and service drive with fully tiled Autostone flooring system and stainless steel trim kits. The new service area will be equipped with high-speed pneumatically operated overhead doors with traffic control stop-

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Boylston Properties Opens Watertown Marriott Residence Inn PROCON GC Watertown, MA – In September, the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston/ Watertown, located at 570 Arsenal Street in Watertown, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Boylston Properties of Boston and Stonebridge Companies of Denver, Colo., are the joint-venture Residence Inn Watertown First New Hotel in 50 Years

owners of the 108,000sf hotel. PROCON of Manchester, N.H., was the construction manager, Stantec Architecture (a/k/a ADD Inc.) of Boston was the designer, and Group One Partners, Inc. of Boston was the interior designer. Boylston Properties president William McQuillan and principal Mark Deschenes were joined by the president of the Watertown Town Council Mark Sideris, Watertown officials, and business executives. McQuillan opened the event by welcoming the attendees and thanking all the participants in the success of the project. Sideris stated, “This is a welcome addition to Watertown and a product that has been lacking for many years.” Six stories feature 150 spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom suites with

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Providence, RI – Bowerman Associates has started construction on the Grace Episcopal Church located on Westminster Street in downtown Providence. Westminster has seen a renaissance of development in recent years. As a centuryand-a-half-old anchor of the street, Grace Church will expand into a new, modern glass-filled gathering hall. This new building will be adorned with outdoor cloister gardens and peaceful meditation areas to complement the spacious eventgathering hall. The church was originally designed

in 1844 by Richard Upjohn, the foremost architect of the time, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Grace was the first asymmetrical Gothic Revival church in America. In 1912, another renowned architect, Ralph Adams Cram, designed the chancel, making it the only Upjohn-Cram church in the world. Bowerman Associates is the construction manager; Centerbrook Architects and Planners of Centerbrook is the project architect; e2 Engineers of New London, Pare Corporation of Lincoln, R.I., and Wilkinson Associates of Warwick, R.I., lead the engineering efforts.

How Creative Interior Design Can Help continued from page 29 All four emphasized that engaging an interior designer as soon as possible is key. The question “How much space do we need?” can only be answered by asking “What is the best way for your team to use space?” Perham and Barbagiovanni point out that current 3D modeling technology has greatly enhanced owners’ ability to review alternative designs and really see how the space will look, feel, and work. Demko says she likes to hit the ground running with clients, to see how they are working and doing business. “What I love is when the client knows they need something different and they allow us to explore innovative ideas with them.” It’s about collaboration, connecting, and translating ideas that are reflective of the client. Frink says it is critical for


owners to be sure that the designers have the open support of the senior business managers to help invest the managers and employees in the process. She also notes that the owner’s dialogue often starts with size discussions. However, good design is about figuring out the attitude and behaviors that are good for the business. And the design of space comes from that. Antinozzi Associates has offices in Bridgeport and Norwalk, Conn. ID3A is a full-service architectural and interior design firm with offices in Glastonbury, Conn. The S/L/A/M Collaborative is in Glastonbury, Conn., with additional offices in Atlanta, Boston, and Syracuse, N.Y. Nancy Greenwald is the director of the Construction Institute.

October 2016


Healthcare Dimock Renovates Treatment Ctr. Boston – MassDevelopment has provided an $11 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation to Dimock Support Corporation, an affiliate of the Dimock Center. The Dr. Lucy Sewall Center for Acute Treatment Services will use the proceeds to add 12 beds to the Center for Acute Treatment, allowing it to serve 1,000 more clients annually. The center will also reconfigure inpatient rooms, restrooms, and offices; build out its basement for outpatient services; and install new flooring, ceilings, plumbing, electrical, fire alarm, and other mechanical systems. The Dimock Center, a nonprofit health and human services organization

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in Roxbury, was founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children. It was the first hospital in New England and the second nationwide opened and operated by and for women

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Providence, R.I. – Ryan Construction, Inc. and Providence Community Health Center (PCHC) partner once again to revitalize a former Brownfield site that was abandoned decades ago into an award-winning “Smart Growth Leader.” Ryan Construction was initially engaged to provide demolition and cleanup of the existing buildings and site for revitalization.

Nearly seven years later, Ryan is given the opportunity once again to serve as PCHC’s construction manager to build three additional floors of the now stateof-the-art nationally registered historic medical and health facility designed by Vision 3 Architects. Work includes 5,098sf specialty, 4,496sf admin and 1,200sf fit up.

CareOne Selects SCI Marion, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) is in the midst of work for three CareOne skilled nursing facilities for the second year in a row. Three locations including Lexington, Concord, and Wilmington enlisted the help of South Coast Improvement Company one year ago to begin renovation work that would actively improve the daily functions of the staff and the important comforts enjoyed by the residents. Today, the team is renovating many highly trafficked rooms throughout the facilities. CareOne assigns a new set of resident rooms to renovate on a biweekly basis — including the resident rooms — complete with grab bars and updated fixtures for

restroom safety, updated flooring and wall coverings, lighting, and more. Everything from the ceiling to the floor in these rooms is included in the upgrade plans. In addition to the resident room upgrades, SCI is working on other important wings of the facilities including nursing stations, chart rooms, and medication rooms. The nature of the work provides added obstacles to construction jobs because residents continue to occupy the space throughout the duration of any and all construction work. The team at South Coast Improvement has expert experience working unobtrusively in these sensitive environments.

Patient care is complicated. It gets harder when contaminants from the materials, process and workers involved in construction are introduced. That’s why the Carpenters union has developed “Infection Control, Risk Assessment” (ICRA) with national leaders in construction, health care and infection control. It’s a comprehensive certification program that teaches carpenters to recognize and avoid creating environments that hamper the healing process. Ask for ICRA-certified carpenters for your next project.

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October 2016


Sports & Entertainment BARNES Completes Ice House

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Canton, MA – The Canton Ice House, opened in September, will be the newest state-of-the-art ice rink facility in the New England area. It will be home to several local area high school hockey teams, an elite private club program, several local youth programs, and a premier figure skating club. The Ice House will also host several large regional hockey tournaments each year, as well as figure skating competitions. BARNES buildings was brought on board during the design phase to assist Pando Associates, the architect for the project, and By Design Construction, Inc., the general contractor.

BARNES delivered and installed the entire steel package for Canton Ice House, LLC, which included the fabrication and installation of the following features: • Approximately 80,000sf encapsulates two large clearspans covering the double ice arena, including mezzanine areas for viewing and services. • Standing seam metal roofing with an R-30 Arenashield insulation system and Metl-Span foam insulated wall panels offer airtight conditioning of the arenas and building envelope. • Steel fabrication of the entire grandstand structure, stairways, railings, and the entire miscellaneous iron package.

















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October 2016


Senior/Assisted Living Steel Goes up at Brightview

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Wakefield, MA – Structural steel installations began recently at the Brightview Senior Living community at 21 Crescent Street in Wakefield. Shelter Development of Baltimore, Md., developed the new 167,000sf community. PROCON of Manchester, N.H., is the project’s architect and construction manager. Preliminary sitework involving building abatement, demolition, and removal of the existing sidewalk and utilities began in the spring. New sewer lines were installed, followed by foundation placement, that continues as steel erection goes into full swing.

Brightview Senior Living Community in Wakefield is expected to be completed in December 2017 and will serve the areas of Wakefield, Reading, Saugus, Woburn, Lynnfield, and Winchester, Mass. The four-story, Victorian-inspired community features 130 luxury apartments in a variety of floor plans and care options. Independent living residents will occupy 61 units, and 32 are dedicated to assisted living. The remaining 27 apartments fall under Wellspring Village, which is a specialized program designed to enhance the lives of those living with memory limitations and is unique to Brightview Senior Living Communities.

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Mystic, CT – Atlantic Prefab Inc. (API), provider of prefabricated building components and systems, recently completed work at the new Masonicare at Mystic Assisted Living Facility. “Atlantic Prefab supplied nearly 100,000sf of cold-formed steel roof trusses for the Masonicare project. The scope of this project ranges from simple

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Farmington, CT – Quisenberry Arcari Architects (QA Architects) became a Silver Associate donor of The Simon Konover Company’s fundraising for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s annual Camp Challenge Ride and Bandit 5k, which took place in September. This year the team raised over $145,000. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was

founded by Paul Newman in 1988, as a special place for seriously ill children and their families to participate in unique healing experiences. QA also recently donated to the CFC Storehouse Community Day with the New Britain Bees. The firm recently designed improvements to convert the New Britain Stadium.

Springfield, MA – Recently, the team from New England MCA member , Harry Grodsky & Co Inc, took part in the 190 mile bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown and the other various routes available to riders. 33 riders took part this year, the most ever for Team Grodsky. They also had 32 volunteers, another

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Kaplan Begins Bright Horizons

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Scituate, MA – Bacon Agostini Construction Joint Venture of East Providence, R.I., recently won the bid for the Scituate Middle School project. As the general contractor, Bacon Agostini joins owner’s project manager, Daedalus Projects Inc., and architect, Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc., to manage the completion of this middle school in time for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. This new 130,000sf middle school is being built as an addition to the existing high school building, which will remain occupied during construction. Approximately 23,000sf of the high school building is to be demolished, and approximately 11,000sf of the existing high school is to be renovated, to accom-

modate displaced programs. A new construction auditorium and music classroom will be added to the existing high school. Sitework includes infrastructure and landscaping for the middle school addition, necessary relocation of utilities for the existing high school, and associated parking renovation and upgrades for the entire facility. The new Scituate Middle School is anticipated to receive LEED Silver certification under the LEED for Schools rating system. Some of the sustainable features include daylight harvesting, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, low-emitting finish materials, FSC certified woods, and water-efficient landscaping.

Cambridge, MA – Kaplan Construction has completed its third child care center in Cambridge, Mass., and started the construction on the expansion of a center in Natick, Mass. for Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Kaplan worked with Davis Square Architects of Somerville and StudioMLA of Brookline to complete this project. The project team also included structural engineer Summit Engineering of Portsmouth, N.H., and MEP engineer WB Engineers of Boston. DivcoWest is the landlord of the building. Following a complete demolition of the building interior, Kaplan renovated the existing office building into a new 8,000sf early education and preschool that can accommodate up to 97 children ranging from

Bright Horizons Brookline / photo by Shelly Harrison

infants to prekindergarten. In addition to the classrooms organized by age group, Kaplan created an enrichment center for ballet and the arts and a playground for infants and toddlers. The interior fit-out included removal and replacement of the structural slab, new finishes, upgraded MEP systems, and the installation of new windows and skylights.

DRA Awarded MHS Project Middleborough, MA – Drummey Rosane Anderson (DRA) was recently selected by the Massachusetts School Building Authority Designer Selection Panel to provide a feasibility study and schematic design services for the Middleborough High School building project. The design enrollment is 720 students and includes grades 9-12. The project may include renovation of the existing school,

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October 2016

Bowen Center Opens at Johnson & Wales University

The John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation

Providence, RI – Students, faculty, and administrators at Johnson & Wales University celebrated the fall semester opening of The John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation, a new science and engineering building that expands the university’s longtime commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning. With three floors of adaptable learning and group study spaces, the 71,000sf building is designed as a hub for collaboration.

Designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge in association with executive architect Edward Rowse Architects Inc. of East Providence, R.I., the center is home to the School of Engineering & Design and the new biology program of the College of Arts & Sciences. The design creates a central hub on campus where students and faculty come together and benefit from a variety of spaces to meet, collaborate on projects, and use the technology resources for

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Another flexibility solution is the building’s readiness to add more labs without significant cost and rework due to the open ductwork, movable casework, and strategically placed support infrastructure. The building also offers a large courtyard that welcomes the public and JWU students from all academic majors to meet and learn together. Facing the street, and featuring wide windows with display areas allowing pedestrians to see in, is an active Engineering Innovation Lab. This maker space, in use day and night, will offer 3D printers, laser cutters, assembly tools, and computer workstations. The large first-floor lobby is designed to double as a gallery to showcase project work built in the Innovation Lab. The lobby is also designed to accommodate events and social gatherings including lectures, conferences, and symposiums. The engineering and science building is expected to earn LEED certification for sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council.

KBE Projects Completed Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation has put the final touches on major projects in Connecticut. The University of Connecticut Next Generation Connecticut Hall, also referred to as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) residence hall, opened to students on August 24. The hall is part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s $1 billion Next Generation Connecticut (NGC) initiative, designed to greatly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the STEM disciplines at the university over the next decade. KBE was the design-builder and constructor for the first new residence hall to open on this campus in more than a decade. The $79 million, 212,000sf construction project featuring 727 student beds was carried out in a multistory building nestled amid several adjacent buildings. JSA Architects was architect of record, with Newman Architects as UConn’s bridging architect. KBE served as construction manager

at risk for the $12.6 million, 42,000sf renovation to the existing dining facility on University of Connecticut Storrs campus, which was renovated concurrent with the construction at the nearby Next Gen residence hall. Amenta Emma Architects was the design architect. KBE also served as general contractor for the renovation of the academic floors and attached Andre Schenker Lecture Hall at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. This project was constructed at the same time as the Putnam Refectory and the Next Gen residence hall. In addition KBE was contractor for the Henry Ruthven Monteith Building and Andre Schenker Lecture Hall in Storrs. KBE served as construction manager at risk for construction of the new $17 million, four-story, 60,000sf residence hall, which provides housing for 220 University of Bridgeport students. The new residence hall complements the historic neighborhood while utilizing modern sustainability features.

DRA Architects Selected for BHRTS Canton, MA – The Massachusetts School Board Authority (MSBA) recently selected Drummey Rosane Anderson (DRA Architects) for the Blue Hills Regional Technical School (BHRTS) project in Canton. DRA will provide professional design

services during the feasibility study and schematic design phases of the BHRTS renovation project in conjunction with the MSBA. DRA has provided on-call planning and design services to BHRTS since 2012.

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October 2016

Workplace Design for Millennials

Daniela Maher

Cora Visnick

by Daniela Maher and Cora Visnick As the youngest corporate generation falling between the ages of 18 and 35, Millennials are notoriously known for having extremely high standards and a “dream big” mentality when it comes to their job titles, salaries, hours, and benefits. Businesses across every industry are faced with two challenges when it comes to the Millennial workforce: finding and filtering the top talent from their application pool, and further, retaining these employees. To face these challenges, businesses are setting themselves apart from their competitors through the reinforcement of corporate brand, culture, and community. An effective way to accomplish this is through company aesthetics and office design. Along with new technology and company culture, office design plays an

important role for the corporate success among this generation: “Sleek, cuttingedge office environments have . . . been instrumental to elevating a company’s public image and hiring top talent,” notes The Huffington Post. This tech-savvy generation has been brought up in a world that is flexible and collaborative. Giving them alternative places to work both alone and in groups, like huddle spots and lounge areas, is


A common description of the Millennial generation is that they want to be able to maintain their lifestyles outside of work including working out, catching up on their favorite shows, playing video games, and having coffee with a friend. While offices are primarily places of work, they also are where employees spend a large portion of their lives. Providing employees with amenities like fitness centers, state-of-theart kitchens, media lounges, and gaming areas, makes maintaining happiness and lifestyle a part of going to work every day. Latest and Greatest Technology

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Millennials are the guinea pigs of adapting to technology in the workplace. They have been introduced to computers, the internet, smart phones, and tablets through their education and careers. They are able to adapt quickly to the latest technology and can modify their work habits accordingly. Office designs must be able to do the same and should be connected through high-speed internet and equipped with the technological tools that influence Millennial work ethic. Flexibility and Open Plans

Workplace design that targets Millennials requires access to natural light and room to move and explore. Designs that allow employees the flexibility to see one another and the ability to interact and collaborate provides the open environment

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Millennials seek and helps to eliminate negative feelings of enclosure. This in turn translates into an open mind about coming into work every day and helps to boost productivity and enthusiasm throughout the office. Ultimately, design matters — smart, innovative, sustainable, and collaborative design is what sets companies apart. Flexibility of design in the workplace is also key to being able to keep and retain this generation, as they are always seeking the ability to have freedom in the decisions of where they work, which in turn helps them be more productive. Daniela Maher, IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ is a Senior Associate is atVisnick & Caulflield Architecture & Design. Cora Visnick, Associate AIA is a Designer at Visnick & Caulflield Architecture & Design.

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upholstery, and of course, the gracefully curved, stainless steel slide that connects the two floors. Knowing that a slide would help to reflect their fun, creative culture, Criteo and Dyer Brown worked together to determine how they could fit the slide into the project’s budget. Reviewing the geometry and structure of the space, the design team determined that by installing the slide in an existing beam bay in the

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spaces for casual meetings and impromptu encounters that foster collaboration. While an office requires a quiet and focused environment for thinking and writing, opportunities for people to interact and socialize are equally important. Companies are going to great lengths to design inspiring office environments that keep employees happy, productive, and more engaged. Dedicated Workspace is Decreasing per Employee



to function as conference and huddle rooms. In addition, they reused areas of ACT ceiling and mixed it with areas of open ceiling with cost-effective pendant light fixtures. Polygon-shaped carpet runs throughout office, creating a unique floor pattern and allowing for maximum flexibility in desk layouts for future modifications.

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The old assigned 6-ft. x 8-ft. workstation no longer exists, replaced by smaller low-walled workstations or table-like desks called benches. The formula for calculating square footage per person also varies by organization, with less emphasis on individual workspace and more on common collaboration areas. In some cases, even with smaller workstations, the amount of square footage per person remains the same. It is just arranged differently. In a Flex Office, it’s less Important to Define What Kind of Space it is; it’s Just Unassigned Space

This new way of working is changing the workplace and, as an ancillary benefit, reducing the real estate burden for many companies. With employees working

from home, taking personal time, or traveling to clients, a percentage of your office may be empty at any given time. Apply a flex ratio to your work space (say a 3:2 ratio of people to seats), and you can accommodate more employees in the same — or smaller — work environment. For a global financial services company, an office redesign provided an opportunity to examine their real estate footprint and utilization. The company determined that 20% of its employees were reside and required an assigned seat. The remaining 80% of seats were deemed flex, allowing a ratio of 1.5 people per seat and accommodating 40% more employees in the space. Reducing the number of dedicated private offices in favor of unassigned, flex space is another way of optimizing space utilization. The bottom line? By giving employees the freedom to work as they choose, companies can increase engagement and commitment to their organizations. Choice in the work environment can go a long way toward workforce recruitment and retention. Peter J. Pinkerton, IIDA, NCIDQ, is an associate and senior interior designer at Harriman.

October 2016


National Shepley Bulfinch Designs HBSB2

The Shepley Bulfinch-designed HBSB2 viewed from Wheeler Ave. / courtesy Shepley Bulfinch

Boston – Shepley Bulfinch recently provided programming, planning, and designing services for the University of Houston’s Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2, the second phase of the development designed by Shepley Bulfinch.

A full-scale cardboard mock-up was created for key rooms, and UH staff members were invited to participate in a working session in order to reach consensus on room layout and size. The new nine-story, 300,000sf facility is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

Difficulty Finding Skilled Workers Two-thirds of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industrywide survey released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that many firms are changing the way they pay and operate to cope, but warned that labor shortages could undermine broader economic growth and called for new workforce measures to improve the pipeline for recruiting and training new craft workers. “With the construction industry in most of the country now several years into a recovery, many firms have gone from worrying about not having enough work to not having enough workers,” said Stephen Sandherr, chief executive officer for the Associated General Contractors. “These shortages have the potential to undermine broader economic growth by forcing contractors to slow scheduled work or choose not to bid on projects, thereby inflating the cost of construction.” Of the 1,459 survey respondents, 69% said they are having difficulty filling hourly craft positions, Sandherr noted. Craft worker shortages are the most severe in the Midwest, where 77% of contractors are having a hard time filling those positions. The region is followed by the South where 74% of contractors are having a hard time finding craft workers, 71% in the West and 57% in the Northeast. The labor shortages come as demand for construction continues to grow. Sandherr noted that construction employment expanded in 239 out of

358 metro areas that the association tracks between July 2015 and July 2016, according to a new analysis of federal construction employment data the association also released. Growing demand for construction workers helps explain why 75% of firms report it will continue to be hard, or get harder, to find hourly craft workers this year. Tight labor market conditions are prompting nearly half of construction firms to increase base pay rates for craft workers because of the difficulty in filling positions. Twenty-two percent have improved employee benefits for craft workers, and 20% report they are providing incentives and bonuses to attract workers. Forty-eight percent of firms also report they are doing more in-house training to cope with workforce shortages, while 47% report they are increasing overtime hours and 3% are increasing their use of subcontractors. In addition, 37% report getting involved with career-building programs in local schools. Twenty-one percent report they are increasing their use of labor-saving equipment, 13% are using offsite prefabrication, and 7% are using virtual construction methods like building information modeling. Sandherr called on federal, state, and local officials to act on the measures in the association’s Workforce Development Plan to address the growing worker shortages. In particular, he urged Congress to reform and increase funding for the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, enact immigration reform, and make it easier to set up charter schools and career academies that teach basic construction skills.

The Art and Science of Integrating AV Technology into Interior Spaces continued from page 23 and separation of cables, define types of terminations, and design how the cables will retract to maintain a seamless appearance Impact of Spatial Elements

One of the most challenging aspects of integrating technology into a space is the need to be cognizant of how all of the elements impact one another. Every situation presents unique challenges. For Shawmut Design and Construction’s new headquarters, ceiling microphones were specified for the boardroom. The microphones had to coexist with ceilingmounted speakers, lighting fixtures, smoke and proximity sensors, sprinklers, and HVAC registers. This required coordination with the AV design team to ensure there was no negative interaction between the devices. Shawmut’s space also features a two-story high lobby with exposed brick and floating wood panels that needed to beautifully accommodate a video wall.

A significant amount of engineering and architectural details had to be coordinated, such as proper structural support, access to power and data in recessed wall boxes, and exacting measurements to ensure the video displays would sit flush with the wood slats. Integrated Project Schedule

Designing and implementing technology within interior spaces can be complex. Building upon the contractor’s key milestones, it’s important to integrate the installation of all elements into a timeline and illustrate their co-dependencies. An integrated project schedule should include all necessary infrastructure required including; power, data, IP addresses, structural support, floor cores, floor boxes, wall boxes, ventilation etc. There are often nuances from drawings to the actual built environment. To address this and minimize rework, the schedule should include specific sequencing details. For example, the floor cores

Lobby of Shawmut Design and Construction / design: CBT Architects / photo ©2016 Robert Benson

should be installed after the table is set in place so that cables and the core opening may be properly concealed.

Amy Holt is VP of marketing at Red Thread. Strider Slocum is AV sales representative at Red Thread.


October 2016


Northern New England TAMC Dialysis Center Expansion

TAMC Dialysis Center

Presque Isle, ME – County Dialysis Center has moved into an expanded new space, with interior design solutions by WBRC Architects Engineers. The new 9,500sf facility, part of The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC), is housed in leased space in a 1960s strip mall. The age of the building shell dictated that no changes be made to structure; this necessitated an

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additional layer of light-gauge framing be added to support ductwork, plumbing, ceilings, and lighting. Contractor for the project was A & L Construction.ter was reorganized to provide 12 larger, more comfortable dialysis cubicles for patients and improved access and sight lines for medical staff. Warm, wood-look flooring and bead board wainscoting create a non-

clinical feel to the entire facility. A prominent feature of the dialysis treatment room is a series of skylight-like light fixtures that seemingly bring the Aroostook County sky into view. Family and friends who drive patients to dialysis have their own waiting area with a view and natural light just inside the entrance.

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Amenta Emma Wins Design Award

Awards KBE Named a Top Workplace

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(l-r) front row: Aimee Falcigno, Susanne Donohue, Judy Hock; back row: Simon Etzel, John Mann, James Glaser, Jonathan Coccorese attend the 2016 Top Workplaces event at Aqua Turf in Southington, Conn.

Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation, located in Farmington and Norwalk, was named one of the Top Workplaces in Connecticut for 2016. The winners of the The Hartford Courant 2016 Top Workplaces were named solely by surveys measuring

employee satisfaction conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Only 61 companies were named in 2016. KBE ranked very high in effectiveness among employees who submitted their survey.

Trends in Corporate Interiors: View from the Inside continued from page 13 recline and pod spaces for added comfort while sitting at desks or at the computer. Interesting custom-branded spaces are widespread in new corporate interior designs. Firms are incorporating branding elements and messaging into their office space to create emotional connections with their employees and visitors. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s new office space, as designed by Boston Architect Visnick & Caulfield, is a relevant example of the brand integration. Utilizing the design of their space to align with their mission and purpose as an organization, visitors are visually captured through use of color and

messaging in lobbies, conference rooms, artwork, and accent walls. A series of values, images, attributes, and narratives create a sense of the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank brand. Trends today are centered on nurturing employees, the spaces that they work in, and innovative ways to promote strategic business initiatives. Corporate interiors play a much larger role in employee satisfaction, engagement, and retention, and the spaces we design and build need to address these factors. Suzanne Abbott is business development manager for Boston Interiors, Gilbane Building Company.

Window Film for Interior Environments Installations continued from page 25 films that simulate a wide variety of finishes such as wood, steel, marble, and granite can be applied to flat and curved surfaces. Effectively resurfacing desks, doors, elevators, columns, and other structural elements, these films are more economical and less wasteful than replacement.** Perimeter windows films for safety, security, solar control, and energy conservation continue to evolve, improve, and work hard all year long. The strength of a quality security window films need not depend upon thickness, but rather the technologies used in their manufacture.

Highly engineered energy conservation films now address both solar and radiant heat gain and loss in one film — particularly effective in cold weather climates. When cold winds blow, New England window film dealers are keeping busy — moving inside where they can continue to install innovative architectural and designer films to interior spaces. A once seasonal business has turned year-round. Peter J. Davey is president of American Window Film, Inc. *Examples of designer films: americanwindowfilm.com/gallery **Specialty film options: americanwindowfilm.com/specialty-films/#architectural

Stamford, CT – The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) recently announced the winners of its 2016 Healthcare Interior Design Competition. Amenta Emma Architects’ project, Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT, received an award in the Ambulatory Care Centers – Medical Practices Suites category. The 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 room

exam and treatment rooms, recovery areas, consultation rooms, education rooms, as well as administrative and doctors’ offices.

Kit of Parks Selected as a Winner

Boston – Kit of Parks was selected as a winner in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award innovative ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Landscape architects Nina Chase, ASLA, and Philip Dugdale, ASLA, in partnership with the city of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Franklin Park Coalition, and Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), created a unique plan to design and build Kit of Parks, a portable kit of parts to build a park. Designed to serve under-programmed

public spaces in Boston’s neighborhoods, Kit of Parks is a self-contained play unit that can be hitched to the back of a bike and unpacked in under 5 minutes. Kit of Parks injects an immediate dose of color, whimsy, and experimental fun wherever it’s parked. In the fall of 2015, Chase and Dugdale designed and constructed a Kit of Parks prototype as a teaching tool for the BSLA. The prototype was funded by the BSLA and fabricated in Sasaki


October 2016



Finegold Alexander Promotes Three

Two Join Amenta Emma Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma recently announced the addition of Debra L. Seay, AIA, and Lauren M. Bord to its Hartford office. Seay is a project manager in the firm’s Civic and Commercial Studios. Most recently with the Albuquerque, N.M. firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, she brings over 10 years of experience on largescale, complex projects. Current project assignments with Amenta Emma include several renovations for Hartford Steam Boiler and work for Subway’s World Headquarters Bord, most recently with the design firm id3A in Glastonbury, brings over six years of interior design experience on



large commercial and high-end residential projects throughout Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Current project assignments with Amenta Emma include work for The Phoenix Companies and the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors.

De Jong joins Dietz & Co. Springfield MA – Dietz & Company Architects recently announced the addition of Craig E. De Jong, AIA, to its staff as a senior project architect. He brings 31 years of experience to Dietz, having worked for firms in Hartford, Conn., throughout his career.

Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects announced that Ellen Anselone, AIA; Rebecca Berry, AIA; and Regan Shields Ives, AIA, have been promoted to principal in recognition of their contributions to leadership and design excellence. They join senior principals Maurice Finegold, FAIA; James Alexander, FAIA; and principals Jeffrey Garriga, AIA; and Tony Hsiao, AIA. Each of the principals, while having broad expertise across the spectrum of the firm’s work, has a particular role and responsibility. Anselone leads the public library and independent school practice areas, Berry leads higher education and directs the firm’s sustainable practice initiatives, and Shields Ives leads public school and cultural projects and oversees the inhouse mentoring program. Garriga and Hsiao continue to provide


Kathy Smith Joins Jewett

De Jong has worked on an array of projects in the educational, institutional, historic preservation, and public sectors and brings his commitment to design and project management to the firm. Smith

De Jong


leadership in their areas of focus, state and federal work, and private development, respectively. The firm has also recognized Alan Gerofsky, comptroller, with a promotion Shields Ives to senior associate; Clair Colburn, AIA; and Aaron Udy, AIA, were appointed to associate.

Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction Co. has hired Kathy Smith as the latest member of its project management team. As a Jewett Construction project coordinator/project accountant, she works closely with the controller and project managers, from project startup through closeout, handling many project-specific coordination, accounting and logistics details.

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October 2016

Acentech Welcomes Four

Colantonio Adds Keller Holliston, MA – Construction management firm Colantonio Inc. recently hired Jonathan Keller as a project superintendent. He brings 10 years of experience supervising academic, large residential, commercial, and transportation projects, specializing in occupied renovations

with tight deadlines and restricted urban locations. Keller is working on the historic renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, the oldest branch of the Boston Public Library, which includes a new entrance and the reading room addition. Keller


Kaplan Peck on WIC List

Kaplan Peck

Boston – Kaplan Construction’s COO, Jane Kaplan Peck, has been named one of the 2016 Women in Construction by the editorial board of Constructech Magazine. She was one of 38 honorees selected based on their ability to go far beyond their own roles to instill changes in both their company’s technology and the industry as a whole.

DRA Hires Roscoe Waltham, MA – Drummey Rosane Anderson (DRA) recently announced that Pamela Roscoe, CPSM, joined as marketing associate for the firm. She has over 20 years of marketing experience, with 16 years focused in the A/E/C industry. In her new role, she will develop and implement all aspects of the


sales and marketing efforts. Roscoe is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Boston Chapter, and she currently serves as cochair on the Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) Committee, and previously served on Roscoe the Awards and Communications Committees.


Boston – Acentech recently welcomed four new consulting and professional staff to its Cambridge headquarters. Ryan Edwards has joined Acentech as a consultant in architectural acoustics, Mariana Botero has joined the firm as a CAD specialist in the systems group, Sandy Kane is Acentech’s new senior marketing coordinator and graphic designer, and Daniel Lewis assumes the role of accounting assistant. Edwards consults in Acentech’s



Architectural Acoustics group, working with various projects involving performing arts, educational, and commercial facilities. Botero, as a CAD specialist, assists Acentech’s Systems group with audiovisual and IT projects, supporting the firm’s architectural, corporate, and institutional client base. Previously, she worked as an engineering associate at an architectural acoustics and noise control firm in Bogotá, Colombia.

Mc Labor Adds Wright


Needham, MA – Kristen Wright has joined Mc Labor Sources, Inc. as a business development manager. She will be responsible for the business development with general contractors and subcontractors in the commercial, residential, and industrial sectors. Wright joins the team from prior roles held in business development, marketing and sales, most recently Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches.

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