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Shawmut Nears Completion on Harvard Life Lab

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Inside this Issue: For Delphi Construction, Building Responsibly Also Means Giving Back Kaplan Construction Celebrates 40 Years Waterford Dev. & XSS Hotels Open Residence Inn Boston-Concord / PROCON Designer-Builder Maugel Renovates Properties for Carruth Capital BRA Becomes Boston Planning & Development Agency

Continuum Moves to Boston’s Seaport District STCC Breaks Ground on Student Learning Commons Daniel Marr & Son Braces for Change

Plus: Up-Front, Trends & Hot Topics, Senior/Assisted LIving, Corporate, Philanthropy, Education, Municipal, Restoration & Renovation, Retail/ Hospitality, Connecticut, Heatlhcare, Northern New England, Awards, People, Calendar, and more‌.

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Shawmut Nears Completion on Harvard University Life Lab....................... page 15

Maugel Renovates Properties for Carruth Capital....................................... page 37

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Restoration & Renovation............. 37 Retail/Hospitality........................ 39 Connecticut................................ 42 Healthcare................................. 44 Northern New England............... 48 Awards...................................... 49 People....................................... 51 Calendar................................... 54

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Boston – Shepley Bulfinch announced that Carole C. Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, president of Shepley Bulfinch, has been selected to chair the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Carole C. Wedge Large Firm Round Table (LFRT). Wedge’s term as chair commenced on October 15, 2016 at the AIA LFRT Fall 2016 meeting in Cuba.

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Boston – The historic Paramount Theater in Boston’s Historic Ladder Blocks District buzzed on a late October evening. Luminaries of Boston’s design, construction, and preservation communities gathered for the Boston Preservation Alliance’s Annual Preservation Achievement Awards to recognize 11 projects and Shawmut Design and Construction. The Alliance is Boston’s primary nonprofit advocacy organization that protects and promotes the use of historic buildings and landscapes throughout Boston. Nearly 100 corporate and 40 organizational members support the alliance.

The city of Boston’s Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury demonstrates that investing in historic buildings can anchor neighborhood rejuvenation. This project also topped online voting for “Fan Favorite.” The Godfrey Hotel in the Historic Ladder Blocks shows economic success within historic building envelopes, maintaining neighborhood uniqueness. Government investment in historic resources was clear, not only with the city’s Bolling project but with three restorations: the Soldier’s and Sailor’s continued to page 50

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Boston – The 96th annual Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) dinner featured three new inductees to its prestigious Hall of Fame: Northeastern University, Nitsch Engineering, and E. M. Duggan. The reception and dinner were held at the The Westin Boston Waterfront hotel in the Seaport District. The MBC Hall of Fame was created to permanently recognize and honor the best in the industry for their innovation, consistent leadership, community responsibility, and client service. Also at the gala were the announcements of the MBC 2016 Scholarship recipients. Stephanie Crepeau and Christopher Carey each received a check for $2,500. Both are attending


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BSLA Creates Lynn Wolff Fund Boston – The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) recently announced the Lynn Wolff Fund, which was established to honor the memory and work of the late Lynn Wolff, FASLA, president and principal of Copley Wolff Design Group, who passed away earlier this year. Stemming from the Lynn Wolff Fund is an annual grant, which is given to one exceptional candidate or project that builds common ground through a design improvement within the public realm. The fund was spearheaded by Deneen Crosby, principal and director of landscape architecture at Crosby|Schlessinger|Smallridge, in conjunction with other members of the Boston Civic Design Commission who served with Wolff. The 2016 grant was awarded to the Women’s Lunch Place (WLP), a Boston-based day community for women experiencing homelessness or poverty. The allotted amount will help build an outdoor garden, visible from Berkeley and

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University Orthopedics Breaks Ground

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BRA Becomes Boston Planning & Development Agency

Boston – September 27 marked the launch of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), following a 14-week effort by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to renew and refocus the agency’s identity and vision to better reflect its work and ongoing mission. The BPDA mission is to plan and guide inclusive growth in Boston, while creating opportunities to live, work, and connect.

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for all, but we won’t achieve that goal without an inclusive process for managing public and private investment, and without planning that can adapt to changing conditions and maintain deep community engagement,” said Mayor Walsh in his remarks. “The Boston Planning & Development Agency will look to the community first and will bring solutions across the city wherever they

are needed. It will ensure every resident in every neighborhood can benefit from Boston’s success.” “The past two years have been a transformative period for the BRA/ EDIC, and this new identity and refocused mission better reflect our goal to shape an inclusive future for all of Boston’s residents and neighborhoods,” said Director Brian Golden. “The Boston Planning & Development Agency will better engage with Boston’s residents, focus on comprehensive planning and smart development, and work with community partners. This will allow us to inspire greater trust and confidence from the people we serve.” In May, the BRA hired Continuum, a Boston-based global innovation design consultancy, to work with the BRA and the public to re-envision the agency’s identity, building upon the reform efforts at the BRA over the past several years under the leadership of Mayor Walsh and Director Brian Golden. Continuum spent months engaging with, interviewing, and holding group workshops with BRA employees and board members, residents, business owners, community activists, architects, developers, city agency partners, and members of the media. To achieve its new mission and vision, continued to page 25

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Lowell, MA – JM Coull (JMC) recently broke ground at Lowell Community Health Center’s (Lowell CHC) 101 Jackson Street site in Lowell. The firm is renovating 68,000sf of space across six floors in a former mill building to create a new medical facility for Lowell CHC patients. The completed space will house dental, optometry, and adult primary care medicine, and has a total value of $26 million. JMC is working with Durkee Brown Viveiros Werenfels (DBVW) Architects,

R.W. Sullivan, TEC, Inc., and Yoder & Tidwell, Ltd. on the project. The first three floors of the renovated building will contain more than 30 exam rooms, testing rooms, an optical shop, 16 dental operatory rooms, consultation rooms, labs and imaging stations, and support spaces for Lowell CHC’s CARIÑO program for HIV screening, counseling, and treatment. JMC will also provide a core and shell fit-out on the fourth floor and code compliance renovations on the fifth and sixth floors.

Dedham Town Center Breaks Ground

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Waltham, MA – The CTA Construction team joined Dedham town employees for a groundbreaking ceremony for Dedham’s new Town Center, which is expected to be complete in July 2017. The ceremony, held in August, marked the beginning of the $14.6 million renovation of Dedham’s historic Ames Schoolhouse (circa 1892) into a new town facility that consolidates the existing town hall, senior center, and associated town offices. The construction plan includes repairing and refinishing many of the Ames Schoolhouse’s interior historical features and finishes. Most of the exterior building components are original to the

building and will be refinished, including the windows. Once complete, the 50,000sf building will feature the town’s Council on Aging on the first floor and town offices on the second, third, and fourth floors. The Council on Aging’s new home — expected to be 16,000sf — will have improved accessibility and will include a large multipurpose room that residents can use for events and as a meeting space. Town offices will be spread across the second, third, and the newly constructed fourth floor, which will also contain community meeting rooms. Workers from CTA Construction spent the first few weeks of construction removing asbestos and taking out interior walls.



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Town of Carver Breaks Ground

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Carver, MA – The town of Carver and CTA Construction recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Carver Elementary School project. The new school is being constructed adjacent to the existing school buildings, which will remain fully operational for the duration of the two-year $37 million project. Matthew Kaye, project manager at CTA Construction, said, “CTA is pleased to work jointly with our partners in Carver, including HMFH Architects and PMA Consultants, to build a state-ofthe-art school that will serve students, faculty, and families in the community for decades to come.” In addition to the construction, two new wells will be brought online and connected to the two existing school buildings, along with a new water

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Focus: Life Science-Facilities Shawmut Nears Completion on Harvard University Life Lab

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Allston, MA – Shawmut Design and Construction, a national construction management firm, recently announced its work on Harvard University’s Pagliuca Life Lab, a new two-story modular Innovation Wet Lab. Set to open in November, the new lab will offer shared laboratory space for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups established by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars.

Shawmut collaborated with architect Shepley Bulfinch on the new 15,000sf facility located on Harvard’s Allston campus, adjacent to the Shawmut-built Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) and Launch Lab. It will include a fully equipped and permitted laboratory and office space for early-stage companies. One of the Life Lab’s goals is to contribute to building a thriving startup community in Allston by seeding the campus with

early-stage scientific ventures. “A major goal of this project is to ensure the ability to relocate the space in a five to 10-year time frame, which our team will accomplish through the modular building design,” said Kevin Sullivan, vice president at Shawmut. “We are proud to help expand Harvard’s innovative campus and contribute to Allston’s thriving startup community.” The new lab will provide learning

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OMNI HQ Completed

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Raynham, MA – Dacon Corporation; Dowling Houy, LLC; R.E. Dinneen Architects & Planners; and AHA Consulting Engineers recently completed OMNIlife Science’s (OMNI) new headquarters building at 480 Paramount Drive in Raynham. Recently purchased by Calare Properties, Inc. of Hudson, the formerly vacant 40,000sf, one-story building is located in the Raynham Woods Industrial Park across the street from DePuy Orthopaedic’s New England headquarters. OMNI’s build-out includes 20,000sf of office space, a 20,000sf warehouse, a fully functional machine shop space, as well as an R&D and finished goods area.

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Additionally, this property is serviced by a drive-in shipping dock. Under a 90-day construction schedule, Dacon broke ground in early April and occupants took their place in late June.

Institute for Applied Life Sciences ribbon cutting

Amherst, MA – The opening of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst was celebrated recently by Massachusetts life science industry leaders and state and university officials during a day-long event, celebrating a $150 million investment to bring new discoveries in healthcare services and products to market. IALS is a life sciences laboratory research center that includes state-ofthe-art equipment for research and development in collaboration with industry partners to develop new methods and technologies that may be translated into commercial services and products. The institute is organized into three distinct centers: Personalized Health Monitoring

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November 2016

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Farmington, CT – The Connecticut chapter of American Institute for Architects (AIA Connecticut) recently revealed its 2016 Design Awards recipients. Since its opening two years ago, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine has become highly regarded for its design and sustainability. JAX, designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners in collaboration with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, was named an Honorable Mention recipient, to bring its awards total to six. The Farmington-based research facility will be honored under the “Built

Design – Commercial, Institutional/ Educational, Public/Municipal, MultiFamily, Interiors” category at the AIA Connecticut Design Awards on Dec. 5. The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University will host the program. JAX was also recognized in September with a Commercial Honor Award by the Connecticut Green Building Council for its outstanding sustainable achievements. The previous calendar year was full of design accolades for JAX, which garnered four different awards, including the Project Award by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories.

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Natick, MA – Dr. Michael Kauffman, CEO of Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc., was joined by state officials recently at the grand opening of ABI-LAB, a state-ofthe-art 10,000sf differentiated accelerator and bio-incubator in Natick. It provides affordable lab space to seven biotech companies and will be home to over 15 companies as Phase 2 of the building is completed in January 2017. ABI-LAB offers open-lab and office

space for startup companies. It provides flexible lab space, a collaborative atmosphere, mentoring for startups, networking opportunities, and contract lab services, which include protein production, cell-culture, cell-based assays, biomarker analysis, and animal studies (oncology and NASH models). ABI-LAB is planning to expand and add eight additional suites, lab and office space by January 2017.

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Chestnut Hill, MA – Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction recently renovated the Tafti Lab in Higgins Hall as well as the Zhang Lab in the Merkert Chemistry Center at Boston College The Tafti Physics Lab included wood chemical storage cabinets, thermo box ovens, and a new exhaust hood. In addition, hydrogen gas lines were reworked to accommodate an argon/ hydrogen gas mixture. The focus of the Zhang Lab renovation was to increase functionality and utilization of existing space. Organic and organometallic chemistry researchers now benefit from an increase in lab benches. Casework, solid surface counters, and solvent system updates were required to accommodate needs.

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Waltham, MA – The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced recently that Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Pam Randhawa, founder and CEO of Empiriko Corporation, and Gary Paul Kearney, M.D., past president of the medical staff, chief of urology, and vice chairman of the department of surgery at New England Pam Randhawa Baptist Hospital, to the MLSC Board of Directors. Randhawa has 20 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries. Prior to founding Empiriko, she cofounded AgroGreen Biofuels, an alternative biofuels technology company. Previously, she held several executive positions with major healthcare technology companies,

including Phase Forward (now Oracle), McKesson, and the Medstat Group (now Thomson Reuter). She also served as an independent consultant to the state of Ohio’s Department of Health. Since 1973, Dr. Kearney has been on the staff of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (past president of the private staff), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and New England Baptist Hospital, where he was president of the medical staff, chief of urology, and vice chairman of the department of surgery. He currently serves as president of Longwood Urological Associates in Boston. He is also Gary Paul Kearney, M.D vice chairman and trustee of the USS Constitution Museum.

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November 2016


Shawmut Unveils Updated Robotics Lab at Northeastern

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Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently completed the conversion and renovation of an existing lab into the new robotics lab at Northeastern University. The facility, which officially opened in September, is located on the fourth floor of Northeastern’s Richards Hall at 330 Huntington Avenue in Boston. Working closely in tandem with architectural firm Linea 5, Shawmut renovated the just over 3,000sf space with brand new manufacturing and prototyping rooms.

The factory-like space features an open floor plan and exposed, Unistrutstyle ceiling with an overhead utility carrier system with sliding trolleys that allows robots to be vertically supported during experiments such as walking testing. In keeping with Northeastern’s College of Engineering’s “Science on Display” theme, the team installed storefront windows and high-efficiency LED lighting to allow visitors to better view the testing and display area in the main lab. The team also infused the space

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with an industrial aesthetic by including a polished concrete floor and stainless steel sink counters and affixing wood butcher block tops to all casework and mobile tables. The renovation was a fast-tracked project, kicking off in July with a completion deadline of September, in time for the new academic year. Meeting the pressing deadline was extra challenging given the many technical aspects of the project. In addition to the ceiling updates and storefront-style viewing corridor, the

team installed mobile benches and tool cabinets, a manufacturing facility for polymer casting, a prototyping room to house shop equipment, a mechanical room for the dedicated compressed air system, and a storage room. Accommodating the lab’s power needs was also a main focus for the team, which they resolved by hanging overhead cord reels from an existing waffle concrete slab, allowing for the space to remain flexible and configurable.

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Life Sciences: Technologies in the Connected World

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This article discusses some of the key technology trends and emerging technology products that are facilitating life sciences education and research activities. While new technologies and approaches are constantly marketed as must-have solutions by manufacturers and integrators, prudent selection of educational and business technologies should be made with a clear and focused understanding of how they support and/or enhance business and educational goals. With that in mind, one effective litmus test for selecting and implementing new technologies is having a good answer to the question “How will I measure success in 6, 12, and 24 months?� The life sciences fields addressed here include educational and commercial research, biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, research, and patient care. Key trends include mobility, security, collaboration, regulatory influences, and competition.

Compliance with the regulatory demands and in light of the competitive nature of the biopharmaceutical industry, product development and testing collaboration is best served by the formal-facilitated collaboration approach. As mobile devices continue to proliferate, expanding from laptops, iPads, and smartphones, to include wearables, smart watches, and sensors, excellent wireless coverage and capacity are fundamental requirements throughout modern facilities. Excellent wireless, serving mobile devices, reduces the demand for hardwired network access and associated network electronics costs. The offsetting expense may be the increasing requirement for network/data security to protect the applications, data, and mobile users. Recent cyberattacks and data breaches underscore the requirement for improvements in the network and


data security. Comprehensive security approaches require enhanced user policies, mobile device configuration, wireless network administration, encryption, and effective firewall implementation. The life sciences industry is subject to extensive government controls, significant penalties for noncompliance, and competitive pressure. Therefore, securing data, intellectual property, competitive information, and system integrity is vital. Successful data protection requires a combination of personnel and products, representing a relatively new cost center, and increasing the role of IT. This is driving the expansion of IT security personnel and supporting systems. Key contributions from mobility and collaboration include improved communications and speed-to-market. The competitive advantage, design efficiency, and timely sharing of currentbest-knowledge are examples of how the new work models can improve the design and manufacturing processes. However, the type of collaboration and supporting environment are crucial to success. Collaboration may occur in casual settings, more formal settings, and formalfacilitated and documented settings. Each collaborative working environment serves a purpose. Casual collaboration supports ad hoc or scheduled interactions and sharing that can occur locally or with remote participants. Ad hoc collaboration leverages wireless, cloud, and available technologies such as common area displays. The more formal collaboration is often scheduled and supported with cloud-based tools, including information and image sharing. Formal collaboration frequently occurs in reserved conference rooms that are equipped with fixed AV systems. Relevant interactive AV solutions include TRUETOUCH, ClearTouch, Microsoft Surface Hub, and Newline Interactive. Compliance with the regulatory demands and in light of the competitive nature of the biopharmaceutical industry, product development and testing collaboration is best served by the formal-facilitated collaboration approach. In this setting, secure cloud-based workspaces are configured, each user is specifically authorized to participate, the interactions are facilitated by trained professionals with solid agendas, and the content is recorded. Formal-facilitated collaboration sessions are best served by custom-designed workspaces, equipped with special systems and capabilities. There are an emerging set of solutions that allow the contents of all formal-facilitated work sessions to be recorded and preserved, creating a complete record of the interactions and information related to each specific project. These secure work

November 2016

Storage Solutions for the Life Sciences Market

Our team at Donnegan Systems, Inc. has been bringing expert advice on storage solutions to the life sciences market for over 16 years. Our company has provided expert storage solutions across a wide range of storage applications, using industry-leading products, for over 40 years. There is a wealth of storage solution experience in all phases, from assessment of need to implementation. The Donnegan team has experience working on a wide range of storage applications including documentation, lab consumables, supplies and equipment, glass slide and biological samples in a -30C walk-in freezer, raw chemicals and samples, and sterile supply and warehouse bulk storage. We always seek to leverage what we learn from each project to benefit the process of a similar project going forward. The result is a solution that continually exceeds the goals and expectations set by the customer. Donnegan Systems provides the life sciences industry with a range of high-density storage solutions tailored to the specific storage requirements of the customer, the materials stored, and the work flow or access required. We help customers address issues of space by providing them with storage that is not only efficient, but that also allows

them to easily access, stock, and retrieve individual or batched items. We also offer inventory management solutions that range from relatively simple and small in scope to large and technically complex where HVAC, ERP integration, and environmental conditions require a product integration that allows us to deliver a turnkey solution. Some recent storage trends within the life sciences industry that the team has worked to implement include chemical storage in high-density mobile shelving equipped for HVAC integration; the use of smart vertical carousels that automate storage and retrieval with ERP integration for complete network based inventory management and control; and highdensity storage in premium environments such as freezers. Donnegan Systems, Inc. brings a lot of experience and expertise to this industry, and in a recent project we were able to provide a high-density mobile system in limited lab space, giving a customer a 50% increase of storage capacity, which in turn delayed the need to expand that area of the lab for many years to come. Donnegan has extensive experience in this industry. With over 15,000 installations throughout New England, and our relationship with Spacesaver Corporation, who has installed over 60% of the high-density storage systems worldwide, our customers can be sure they are receiving the best. We are the exclusive New England area contractor for Spacesaver, and we constantly leverage our 40 years of experience to bring the best solution to each opportunity we receive. Jeff Loreaux is president of Donnegan Systems, Inc.

environments provide excellent background for defending the creation, intellectual property, testing, and marketing of the resulting products. Additionally, they support information persistence, maintaining information integrity regardless of changing personnel over the project period. However, the fact that these work environments and data are hosted in the cloud reinforces the requirement for enhanced data security and disaster recovery. One example of this technology is the ARES PRISM project management solution. Design considerations for collaboration spaces vary with the nature and requirements of the type of interactions. Specific enhancements required to support the formal-facilitated process workspaces include large interactive audiovisual work surfaces, excellent audio systems, coordinated lighting, and appropriate furniture. Drug trials and similar activities involve

patient interviews. The patient interviews and associated data are required to meet the data privacy requirements of HIPAA and related compliance legislation/regulations. Speech privacy solutions are offered by Cambridge Sound Management, Lencore, and Valcom. Design activities for life sciences projects need to integrate the requirements for flexibility, mobility, collaboration, and formal interactions. The associated specific space types and supporting systems need to be identified during the programming phase, and maintained throughout design, to deliver a successful end result. The increased demand for IT security systems and support personnel should be taken into account in the early design and budgeting activities. Michael Kerwin, RCDD, CCS, DCCA, is a principal at Vanderweil Engineers, Boston.

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November 2016


The Complex “Life” of a Life Sciences Building

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by Robert Reihl and Nancy Greenwald It is said that a new life sciences facility’s design and construction “. . . gets more complicated as the building comes to life”! And, in a creative inversion of a New Testament passage that declares, “our body is a temple,” we can explore the complexities of the life within the life science building. Laboratory facilities really are like complex living organisms. The environmental control systems that typically include redundant major components are the building’s internal organs. Examples include low-pressure dual-fuel steam boilers and multi-compressor screw-chillers that perform basic heating and cooling functions, but may also produce at a level up to three times the capacity of the similar-sized office building next door! They invariably sup-

port more complicated air handling units (or the lungs) that are normally equipped with one-pass air provisions and critical humidity control systems, supplemented by energy recovery features made necessary due to the combination of redundancy assurances and enormous capacities. Throw in an assortment of hepafiltration components, and before you know it, you have a pretty complicated air delivery (only) system; all upstream of variable air-flow control equipment necessary to maintain the operational pressure differentials within the work spaces. The exhausted air is managed separately by filtration, treatment, and enormous high-velocity, up-blast exhaust systems. These systems are engineered to discharge air, once exposed to the operational hazards within the labs, to the appropriate altitudes necessary for reintroduction into the local ecosystem. Normal power, emergency power, uninterrupted power, and auxiliary power systems are typically found within science buildings, and power is distributed uniquely throughout the facility in order to support the continuity of critical research functions and manufacturing. These systems play the comparative role of the central nervous system, routed throughout the entire structure, delivering power and control to building systems

that are primarily out of view. It doesn’t stop there. The discharge of wastes from within laboratory spaces is also likely to be regulated. The collection of water and wastes deposited in lab sinks, and supplemental building systems which include bio-safe fume-hoods and emergency eyewash stations, along with deionized and purified water distribution systems, are typically collected prior to their exit to a municipal sewer system.

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Effluent is treated through complicated, thermal-kill and chemical neutralization systems — before leaving the building. We’ll call this, the digestive tract! And then there is the brain of the facility, or what our industry refers to as the building automation system, or BAS. This buildingwide network of digitally controlled points of operation enables the plant operators to virtually control all of the operational conditions within separate

science building spaces, in real time. These controls may direct operational sequences within spaces that demand environmental conditions that can vary in range from -80°F to above 121°F! So, the next time you drive by a new life sciences facility, and you admire its brilliant shape and size, recognize that within that facility is a vast assortment of building systems and construction details that have been specially appointed to serve the scientists and researchers who work there. The placement and sizing of the exterior windows (that the facility manager may call the eyes) and the borrowing of natural light through the occupied spaces to properly illuminate the work being performed, has been taken into account. While the ears may be compared to the life safety systems including alarms for fire, gas control, hazardous waste, and airflow notification, you should also know that the facility has been built to provide a very safe environment for our friends who work there! Robert Reihl is the facilities director at the Dr. Katherine A. Kelley Public Health Laboratory, in Rocky Hill, Conn. and is a certified healthcare constructor and facility management professional at A/Z Corporation. Nancy Greenwald is the executive director of the Construction Institute.

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Hereva Consultants, Inc. provides owner’s representation and project consulting services specializing in the science and technology industry. Within the last six months, Hereva has been awarded two process manufacturing facilities for local biotech innovators. Each project is in excess of 200,000sf – representing over $350 million in design and construction. Both biotech companies are currently located in Cambridge but leading the way in creating local manufacturing just outside the city. One company is building from the ground up, allowing for total customization. The other is leasing an existing manufacturing space. There at the onset of the project, Hereva instantly became imbedded in the team, seamlessly engaging the customer groups, facilitating the design process, managing the budget, and scheduling milestones on behalf of the client’s team. How does Hereva do it?

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Having spent the vast majority of my career in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, I am fortunate to have gained a deep understanding of the special requirements and approach that these projects require of our industry. When it comes to safety at these facilities, whether new construction or renovations to existing facilities, zero failures is the bar by which these clients measure success. Safety does not happen by chance. Planning, communication, and commitment are required by all participants. A truly safe project is one where the project is planned not only for the safety of the workers constructing it or the occupants during a renovation, but for the safety of all who use, operate, and maintain it throughout its lifetime.

One of my previous clients, EMD Serono, is at the forefront of such efforts. On one major ground-up project, they engaged the entire design, construction, and facilities team in a custom-created version of Harvard’s School of Public Health program “Safety in Design and Construction, A Life Cycle Approach.” The program highlighted how thinking differently about safety can impact the way the entire team operates. For example, the idea of using parapets wherever possible not only made safety for the roofing crews easier to manage, it left behind a condition that would be safer for the maintenance of the building’s rooftop equipment and negate the need for tie-off in most locations. Throughout the project, construction safety and maintenance, as well as aesthetics, function and cost, were constantly considered in the decision process. EMD Serono’s efforts paid off. The program created a culture of safety within the project leadership team, and this mindset was instilled in every project participant, subcontractor, supplier, and worker. The team developed an entire continued to page 32

by Jenna Meyers

The design industry loves buzzwords to describe office design: workspace that is flexible, collaborative, innovative, agile, and sustainable, to name a few. These are popular words in our industry lexicon because they define many of the soughtafter trends that have been sweeping the design scene for the last decade. However, over time, these words have become so commonplace that their original intentions and meanings have become diluted. One of the best examples of this is the phrase: “workplace strategy.” The concept has received a lot of buzz and research; clients know they need it. But what really is it and why is it so powerful? Workplace strategy focuses on marrying three important aspects of the modern workplace: 1) applying better space utilization metrics; 2) optimizing real estate costs; and 3) updating an office space to meet current design trends. However, none of that really means anything unless a workplace is designed

correctly. Simply put: Workplace strategy is first and foremost about people. A company can have the most streamlined business model and the coolest looking office, but if the space isn’t uniquely designed to suit specific employees and the way they work best, then odds are the company won’t be operating at maximum productivity and efficiency. Behind every successful company are engaged employees who have all the tools they need to do their job the best they can. Wouldn’t every company like this to be true? Having engaged employees means having a workforce that is excited about the work they do and the company they do it for. For employers, this results in less staff turnover, greater productivity, and increased employee satisfaction. This is why harnessing the energy of a successful workplace strategy is so important. Take the concept of the open office. It seems like the perfect facility management solution: Reducing the number of private offices results in lower build-out and real estate costs, and an open and transparent work environment can help to foster communication and collaboration among staff. Yet, the open office concept is constantly challenged as being distracting and even disruptive, prompting some to point to unintended consequences such continued to page 33

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Now that you have clear goals and objectives, it is time to create a PR plan. Just like your firm’s marketing plan, a PR plan provides a long-term road map for coordinating the various activities and strategies to meet your stated PR goals. Media opportunities often require advance planning (from a few months to a year in some cases), and there are many tools that can be implemented to broaden thought leadership and brand awareness. Within the plan, create a calendar to track the following PR opportunities: Media relations involves providing positive, consistent, and credible information to editors, reporters, and journalists with the goal of obtaining third-party endorsement in the mass media, including newspapers, radio, television, and the online outlets. Build a media list by identifying which industry publications are an appropriate match for your firm, including local and national publications such as High-Profile Monthly and Building Design + Construction, and vertical publications — also known as

PR plan provides a long-term road map... trade publications — where the content is focused on one particular industry. Identify editors to pitch ideas to, and research editorial calendars for upcoming issue topics and deadlines. Byline articles printed in industry publications are a great way to reach target audiences and establish your firm as an industry expert. Pitch ideas to editors that communicate a newsworthy message or story. Many publications accept byline articles. Aim for one or two bylines per quarter. Write and distribute press releases to announce firm news and keep the company’s name top-of-mind to target audiences. New project wins, staff changes, groundbreakings, and awards are all excellent ways to increase awareness of your firm and showcase its work. Aim for one or two press releases per month. Identify speaking opportunities and industry award competitions. Both can

position your firm to its chosen audience and promote the firm and its employees as thought leaders. Monitor professional associations to seek opportunities to present at events and publish articles. Integrate your PR plan into your social media. Determine which platforms best reach your target audience, and distribute relevant material in short, timely snippets to build the firm’s brand. Build language into your website content that includes SEO keywords your target audience will search to find the company. Consider a blog to deliver valuable and useful content at regular intervals. Deliver e-marketing blasts to a tailored distribution list to strengthen

media relations is an ongoing task, typically requiring several “touches” to make an impression relationships. Keep content short and to the point, showcasing your firm’s thought leadership. Step No. 3: Execute the plan

Commit to executing your PR plan for a full year, evaluating and adapting as needed. Remember that media relations is an ongoing task, typically requiring several “touches” to make an impression. Show return on investment (ROI) by circulating the coverage your press releases receive, recording award/ speaking opportunity submissions/wins, and monitoring analytics. Public relations creates visibility and brand recognition, builds credibility, and helps to generate new business leads. Firms of all sizes will benefit from a thoughtful and well-planned PR program, reaching its target audience and establishing the firm as an expert in the field. Don’t let this invaluable marketing tool be missing at your firm. At ABX session C43 on November 17 at 1 p.m., Rhino PR’s Susan Shelby will present “The Anatomy of a PR Plan: Developing a Content Marketing Strategy,” which will cover these points and more. We hope to see you there! Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM is the president and CEO of Rhino Public Relations.

November 2016


Senior/Assisted Living Callahan Finishes Sr. Living Project

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Woburn, MA – Callahan Construction Managers, a Bridgewater-based construction management firm, has completed its second of three assisted living projects with Benchmark Senior Living in Woburn. The 73,000sf senior housing project includes a total of 87 apartments that consist of 20 memory care units, which provide a variety of services for those with Alzheimer’s and other illnesses that cause memory impairment, as well as 67 assisted living units, that contain individual bathrooms, kitchenettes, and living spaces. Callahan collaborated with the architectural team of JSA Architects on the project. Benchmark features top-of-the-line amenities for residents that include a commercial kitchen, dining area with bistro, library, spa, dentist’s office,

common area living rooms, exercise rooms, computer room, arts and crafts room, beauty salon, commercial laundry, landscaped grounds, courtyard, and walking path with pergola. Callahan was selected as the project’s construction management firm, following the recent successful completion of Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock in Shelton, Conn. Callahan is also nearing completion of its third project with Benchmark Senior Living in Norwood, Mass. “We are extremely proud of the relationship we continue to build with Benchmark Senior Living through partnership on these three exceptional properties. It is an honor to deliver another successful project to a satisfied client,” said Patrick Callahan, president of Callahan Construction Managers.

BRA Becomes Boston Planning & Development Agency continued from page 12 the Boston Planning & Development Agency will focus on designing new systems, processes, tools, and communications to address four areas of focus: 1) engage communities; 2) implement new solutions; 3) partner for greater impact; and 4) track progress: Engage communities

To shape an inclusive Boston, the BPDA will engage a broader and more representative community — the people, businesses, and communities of Boston as well as its own employees. The BPDA will create a redesigned community meeting format to provide more context and more clarity, and an online platform for neighborhood-specific updates and feedback. This will ensure that conversations are open, ongoing, and available to all. Implement new solutions

To be a leader in planning and solve many of the challenges that 21st century cities face, the BPDA will leverage its deep expertise, tap into Boston’s innovative spirit, and capture inspiration from around the world. The BPDA will identify new approaches and collaborate with partners to implement new solutions that positively

impact the people of Boston. Partner for greater impact

The BPDA will work together with each partner in the most appropriate way, in order to amplify everyone’s efforts, making the sum truly greater than its individual parts. In the end, the collective efforts of many entities will help shape the future of Boston. The agency will launch BPDA+, a program to forge collaborations with nonprofits, businesses, universities, and startups; and host innovation fellowships for leading-edge global experts. Track progress

To build trust externally and confidence internally, the BPDA will track its progress and impact. The agency will start with the right measures, use appropriate tools to make tracking simple, and translate the results into relatable benefits. Beginning this fall, planning and development review teams will visit Boston’s neighborhoods together to discuss the renewed approach to community engagement and collaboration. Building upon the reforms since 2014, the BPDA will continue to implement recommendations from this process over the next 18 months.

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Corporate Continuum Moves to Boston’s Seaport District

Continuum headquarters / John Horner Photography

Boston – Acentech, Commodore Builders, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, and STV|DPM recently announced the completion of a new global headquarters in Boston for Continuum, a global innovation design consultancy. The firms jointly provided design, consulting, and construction services for Continuum’s new 50,000sf office in Boston Seaport’s Innovation and

Design Building, a 1.4 million sf mixeduse complex attracting a dynamic mix of companies and industries. Relocating its 120 employees from West Newton, Continuum sought to create an open work environment with opportunities for collaboration and space for client interaction. Designed by Höweler + Yoon Archi-

Continuum headquarters / John Horner Photography

tecture and built by Commodore Builders, the office supports the unique work patterns of Continuum’s interdisciplinary design practice, balancing the need for open and informal spaces for interaction and collaboration, discrete private spaces for individual work and small group meetings, and public spaces for visitor tours, large meetings, and events.

Acentech provided acoustical, audiovisual, and IT system design for the project, ensuring that technological amenities and proper acoustics were seamlessly integrated throughout the space. STV|DPM provided lease review; design/construction oversight; furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) coordination; and move management for Continuum’s new office.

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High-Profile: Corporate Profile


Kaplan Construction Celebrates 40 Years “Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.” We have all heard this saying, but to the Kaplan family, they have a different take. Four decades ago, they accepted brie and cheddar as partial payment for their first job, a design-build of a wine and cheese shop, and today they are celebrating 40 years in business. Founded by Ken and Cathy Kaplan, Kaplan Construction has been serving the Greater Boston area since 1976. With a passion for building and a clientfocused approach, Kaplan quickly earned an outstanding reputation within the industry for high-quality, cost-effective, and timely construction management services – a reputation that endures 40 years later. In September 2014 Kaplan announced the culmination of a three-year management transition. Nathan Peck was promoted to president, and Jane Kaplan Peck, majority owner, was appointed chief operating officer (COO). Company founders Ken and Cathy Kaplan took on new roles as chairman of the board and senior advisor, respectively. The company was certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that same year. While Kaplan has grown over the years, it has remained a family-based firm with a core staff, many of whom have been with Kaplan for 10, 20, or even 30 years, and a second generation of employees has come onboard. Barry Markham, senior project manager of 40 years, and son Evan are the quintessence of the Kaplan work family. Evan had been a frequent fixture at job sites from a young age, even working summers as a laborer under two of Kaplan’s veteran superintendents, Tom Pontes and Paul Pavao. After graduating college, Evan rejoined the company as a superintendent and has since been involved in several phased and fast track renovation projects. Kaplan’s services include preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, and designbuild. Recent projects include: Commercial: Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Small Business Center

A redevelopment project in Dorchester converted the vacant former Pearl Meats manufacturing facility and adjacent land into a 36,000sf multitenant, light industrial business center with a focus on small-scale food production. Over the course of the project Kaplan employed a significant number of construction workers from the local neighborhood (57%) in addition to minority (36%) and women-owned (24%) subcontractors from the Greater Boston region.

achieved LEED Silver certification in 2015 and has received various awards from the Boston Society of Architects, AIA New England, and the Associated Builders and Contractors. Worship: Congregation Beth Shalom

Jane Kaplan Peck and Nate Peck / © Frank Monkiewicz Photography Healthcare: Longwood Pediatrics

A 75-year-old private pediatric medical practice was renovated to maximize patient-provider interactions and minimize travel with a dedicated check-in, exam rooms, and collaborative team rooms in 7,000sf spread over two floors of a medical building. Historic Rehab: Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI)

for teens. Serving grades 9 through 12, the 12,000sf teen center features a bowling alley, gym, recording studio, lounge, outdoor patio, café, aerobics dance studio, game rooms, and study hall. The project

The ground-up construction of an 8,500sf, two-story building for Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills in Milton, Mass. The new facility contains a sanctuary that can seat 160, four classrooms, offices, a library, kitchen and areas for socializing. “We are proud of the deep roots we have formed after four decades of commitment to our Brookline neighborhood and the surrounding Greater Boston area,” said Nathan Peck, president of Kaplan Construction. “We value our staff and our clients and commit ourselves to fostering these relationships and delivering high quality construction services.” Submitted by Kaplan Construction.


A 12,540sf historic building in Newton was converted into BPSI’s new Educational Center to support more than 500 members and 150 volunteer faculty, providing space for seminars and educational programs for members, students, and the public as well as the largest psychoanalytical library and archives in the country. In 2015, the Associated Builder and Contractors of Massachusetts awarded Kaplan a Merit Award for historical restoration, as well as honors in safety and sustainability. Institutional: Northeastern University

Multiple renovation projects, including: interior fit-ups at Egan Engineering/ Science Research Center and SMILE lab at Richards Hall; exterior renovations to International Village residence and dining hall; and interior upgrades to Meserve Hall and Nightingale Hall. Multi-Family: 2101 Washington Street

Extensive renovations to a 44,000sf historic building, formerly the Tropical Foods supermarket, for Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) created 30 apartment units of affordable housing and ground floor retail space.

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November 2016

Amenta Emma Completes HQ

Exterior after

Glastonbury, CT – Amenta Emma Architects recently completed a new corporate headquarters for Symmetry Partners located in Glastonbury. A fast-growing financial services company, Symmetry Partners saw a “diamond in the rough” in a windowless data center commonly referred to as “the bunker,” which sat vacant for several years. In this contemporary adaptive reuse, Amenta Emma designers were challenged to bring daylight deep into the 40,000sf building, and to stretch the budget with the creative use of raw, industrial materials. To bring light to the interior, new perimeter glazing and large, central skylights were incorporated as critical elements of the renovation. To mitigate the added heat gain and glare from the expansive new glazing, a brise-soleil was integrated with the exterior walls to provide shade. This façade screen not only provides thermal comfort, but creates lasting iconography on the building’s exterior with its playful pattern and sweeping forms. The skylights crown a “plaza” community space, where employees can gather to eat or relax, showering the social hub of the space with light. The interior of the project is designed to provide highly collaborative and flexible spaces for staff and visitors. Space is organized around the central skylights and a group of nested “boxes” that contain shared resources such as conference rooms, phone rooms, and team spaces. Bench workstations and enclosed

Exterior before

Collaborative workspaces

Skylights over community space

offices — necessary for the confidential information handled by an assessment management group — are arranged around the nested boxes and interstitial lounge spaces for informal meetings. In addition, the project features a group of spaces for the company’s visiting clients that include a 50-seat multipurpose training room, private meeting rooms, and a dedicated lounge.

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November 2016


Philanthropy For Delphi Construction, Building Responsibly Also Means Giving Back

Delphi team making finishing touches on the treehouse / credit Jordan Salvatoriello of Make-a-Wish, Mass. and RI

Waltham, MA – Charitable giving has been part of Delphi Construction’s corporate citizenship since the company got started in 1992. This year, the multimarket construction management firm out of Waltham had the opportunity to take its support for good causes beyond the financial to the practical when Makea-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island invited Delphi to design and build a dream treehouse for a seriously ill, nineyear-old boy named Connor. Delphi CEO, Jake Simmons, enthusiastically accepted the invitation not only because it was a worthy cause

but also because it fit perfectly with his desire to make his company’s charitable efforts more personal. “Writing checks is important and something we will continue to do, but I had been looking for creative ways to get my entire team involved in our charity outreach. Building a treehouse with Make-a-Wish gave us the opportunity to do good by doing what we do best.” The project, dubbed “Build Connor’s Tree House,” involved the participation of nearly 50 of Delphi’s 70-plus fulltime employees. Volunteer crews built components of the massive structure

ahead of time in the parking lot of Delphi’s Waltham office so that Connor would not see the work in progress. They trucked the pieces in for build day, which was scheduled for a time when the family would be out of the house for the day. Team Delphi arrived early in the morning and worked at a fevered pace to complete the treehouse in time for Connor’s afternoon arrival back home. While perhaps not as complex as the assisted living facilities, hospitals, and banks that the company typically builds, the treehouse project had a long list of requirements dreamed up by the nineyear-old client, including: a multilevel indoor/outdoor space, climbing course, target practice area, and drawbridge, along with a separate zipline platform. Simmons said that working to meet the tight deadline was well worth it when he and his team got to see Connor’s reaction upon seeing the new addition to his back yard. Family friends and neighbors, along with Make-a-Wish representatives and the local media, were all on hand to witness the big reveal and the emotional ribbon-cutting ceremony that followed. Simmons said that partnering in this

Connor with mom and dad; Jake Simmons, CEO Delphi; and Laura LeTourneau, director of development for Make-a-Wish Mass. and R.I.

way was as rewarding for his organization as it was for the family. “The unexpected part of being involved with a physical charity outreach was the profound impact it would have on our employees. Without exception, everyone involved said the experience was extremely rewarding and further solidified our sense of team spirit. I would encourage my fellow business leaders to seek out similar opportunities to bring the special skills within their organization to bear for the benefit of charity. Make-a-Wish is one fantastic organization to partner with, but there are many other areas of need where together we can make a difference.”


November 2016


Education STCC Breaks Ground on Student Learning Commons

Exterior, dusk rendering

Springfield, MA – Officials from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), Ann Beha Architects, and Consigli Construction Co., Inc. broke ground recently on construction of the STCC Student Learning Commons. The ambitious project marks a significant step forward for the college, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. The renovated, 100,000sf building will become the center of campus life on a site

that was once a storehouse for supplies. The Student Learning Commons was designed by Ann Beha Architects. The goal of the renovation is to combine the school’s student administrative services, library, and social spaces all under one roof in a newly restored space. With an anticipated opening date of fall 2018, the Student Learning Commons will honor the past while embracing new energy-efficient technology. Philip Chen, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Ann Beha Architects, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to transform

Second floor

this remarkable historic building and site into a vibrant and needed resource for STCC, and a new center for student services and student life on campus.” The renovations and modern additions to the expansive building will include the integration of all new systems into the historic fabric, masonry restoration, and replacement of more than 200 historic windows. The 700-ft.-long building will house essential student resources and services, including advising, tutoring, career services, the library, a café, and more. The

Third floor

Student Learning Commons will serve about 8,000 students. The project will include the coordination of multiple historic agencies, including the National Parks Service and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Archaeologists will be required throughout the project. STCC is targeting LEED Silver certification for the building, and the project will engage STCC students and staff in internships and hands-on learning opportunities. Construction will last about 24 months and will cost about $50 million.


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November 2016

SCI Completes Work at Shady Hill




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Cambridge, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) has recently completed work with Shady Hill School in Cambridge. South Coast Improvement Company constructed a fast-track addition for the school, creating a nautical themed deck shaped like a ship and complete with a mast. The project began with excavation and required skillful carpentry work. The unique shape and design aspects required expert work from the framing process through the extent of the build. The lifelike ship bow provides the perfect takeoff for imaginative play, and is built to last! The project cost just over $200,000 and is ready just in time for the students to enjoy at the start of this new school year. The school serves pre-K through 8th grade students on an 11-acre campus in historic Cambridge, which integrates

some of the best programs in the industry with a resourceful setting that optimizes the social, physical, emotional, and mental development of the children. Shady Hill School was born on the back porch of a home owned by Ernest and Agnes Hocking in 1915. By 1925 the number of students had grown, new space housed the school, and it gained its official name. Today, the campus has 18 buildings of impressive stature, and the school is looking to continue development with an extensive construction plan geared toward even greater integration and innovation among their educational community of staff and students. As experts in occupied space renovations recognized professionals in the education sector, South Coast Improvement Company hopes to be part of more projects for this school as they chip away at their long-term construction plan.

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Lowell, MA – N.B. Kenney Company, Inc., a union mechanical contracting firm in Devens, successfully completed a fourday campuswide steam plant shutdown over the Columbus Day weekend to perform the HVAC piping work on the University of Massachusetts Lowell steam bunker repairs/upgrades to the North Power Plant project. “The project was originally scheduled to be done during the summer, but unfortunately was delayed in being awarded, so subsequently, the work was commencing at the same time the university was gearing up for the fall semester. Shutting down the North Campus steam plant for a few months was no longer an option,” stated Robert Dejadon, N.B. Kenney’s VP of special projects. Utilizing a little creative ingenuity, N.B. Kenney engineered a way to install the new system vaults and pipe systems while leaving the existing system active. However, this required a four-day

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November 2016

Mount Ida College Transforms Campus Facilities with Help from MPA

by Marc Margulies

With the ever-increasing demand for career-oriented education on today’s college campuses, Mount Ida College, a small private college in Newton, Mass., needed to ensure that its facilities matched the excellence of its faculty and academic programs. Mount Ida College blends career-relevant education with broadbased learning in the arts, sciences, and humanities to prepare students to succeed in a changing world. Since 2014, the school’s campus renovation and construction projects have focused on creating more comfortable and functional living and learning spaces for both residential and commuter students, upgrading campus amenities, and renewing its historic buildings for a new age. As part of its Vision 2020 strategic planning initiative, Mount Ida College engaged Boston-based Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) to invigorate its campus with new laboratories, new

Mount Ida School of Applied Science / photo by Warren Patterson

academic space, and renovated student amenities. The college’s long history of success in the sciences, as evidenced by its programs in animal science, dental technology and forensic science, prompted the establishment of the School of Applied Sciences in 2012, and the creation of a new science center was the next logical step. The School of Design, a curriculum staple at the college, required updated facilities to expand its offerings with animation, game art, and digital visualization among others, a move that helped energize the School of Design into becoming the home of some of the most popular majors at Mount Ida. With


approximately 60% of Mount Ida College students choosing to live on campus, the college strives to provide a vibrant and dynamic residential community and meaningful opportunities for living and learning in and out of the classroom. To keep pace with the 50% of Mount Ida students who enroll in science courses or choose a science major, the college chose to convert a general classroom building into a new science center for the School of Applied Sciences. Designed by MPA and built by Commodore Builders, the facility includes new state-of-theart biology and chemistry laboratories, classroom space for undergraduates,

audiovisual resources, and equipment to provide an exceptional teaching and learning environment for the applied science programs. The new science center, which consolidated science programs housed in other buildings on campus, also expands existing campus facilities with more collaborative meeting spaces and a central auditorium. Jamie Chan, a Mount Ida College School of Design graduate and MPA’s graphic designer, created the mural that animates the science center lobby and expresses excitement for Mount Ida’s science programs. MPA’s renovations to Mount Ida’s School of Design included updated faculty spaces that promote interdisciplinary exchange among students and faculty, new computer and game art classrooms, and the creation of a gallery to showcase student work as well as innovative national and international artists and designers. The improvements to the School of Design have created a completely new and re-energized tenor at the school. Furniture and lab benches for the School of Design and the School of Applied Sciences were generously donated by Boston Scientific Corporation and Hobbs Brook Management. Laboratory scientific continued to page 35

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Sustainable Client Development: How to Create a Plan that Works and assign responsibilities. Post-it note planning

by Bill Johnson

Many firms try client development programs yet experience lackluster performance. The application of the Lean A-3 system can guide the process to creating a customized and targeted plan. Ownership is a key component for success, and engagement of senior staff is fundamental. Lean originated as a management technique to determine the most efficient way to accomplish a goal. The tool works by listing the evaluation, planning, and implementation process on one 11-x-17inch (A-3) piece of paper. Many people in your firm have contact with clients on existing work. What are the most effective strategies to mine for new work, and how do you take advantage of existing relationships? How do you identify and pursue potential opportunities? Use Lean to review your current process, identify areas for improvement, develop a plan,

Capturing the experience present in the room is critical. Generally, 20% of attendees dominate the conversation, but you need everyone engaged. Post-it Note sessions accomplish this by creating an atmosphere where everyone is heard and more ideas and solutions are generated. Give people 10 minutes to write ideas on Post-its, and you will be amazed at the quantity and quality of the thoughts generated. People will see how they align with others as you put the Post-it Notes on the wall and discuss as a group. It’s empowering to the participants. Why?

The first step is to answer why. What’s the end game, the expectations, and the motivation? The professionals at your firm are highly educated, have years of experience working on a variety of projects, and are recognized as experts. They want to use their expertise to help solve difficult issues and problems, but without being associated with sales. Explaining their role as a helper will motivate them and help them understand their role in client development.

What’s working or not working? The idea of determining the current state is to see the system clearly. Once this has been documented using Post-it Notes, the facilitator will categorize them and the group can discuss. A quantity of information will be generated in a short period of time with this inclusive technique. Summarize this on the A-3. Root cause

Now look at the root causes of your client development failures. Why have you not made calls, attended meetings, visited clients, followed up on leads? There might need to be systemic changes in how the business is structured. Add these results in another block on the A-3. Future state

Now look at where you want to be and how you will get there. This is where the ideas people would like implemented are discussed. The ideas are in full view with no prioritization. The facilitator will guide the group to categorize the ideas. Implementation plan

The key to the implementation phase is shared responsibility and accountability.

All staff need to help develop tactics for implementation and see it through, reporting to the group on a schedule that the group sets. These steps need to be measurable with milestone dates. Plan-do-check-adjust (PDCA)

As you are implementing your plan, you will experience shifting priorities or have new ideas. Incorporate them! The PDCA cycle is meant to be a continuous improvement process based on learning as you are doing. Creating a sustainable client development culture

We all want to do meaningful work and have a positive impact. Creating a sustainable client development culture will make you aware of new opportunities to help your clients. By embracing a culture of client development, you have the opportunity to move your firm into the role of trusted advisor. To learn more, you can register for the session B03 at ABX on November 16, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Bill Johnson is the client development manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Current state

What’s the current state of client and business development in your firm?

Workplace Strategy: Back to Basics continued from page 23 as lower productivity and employee dissatisfaction. However, in most cases, it’s not the concept of the open office that is at fault; the error is in the execution and implementation of designing — and preparing people to work in — an open office. To create a successful workspace environment (open office or not), designers need to be attentive listeners to understand how people work, and then design a space that allows them to be as productive as they can. Case in point: the design of a new North American office for Cimpress, the world leader in mass customization and its well-known brand Vistaprint. Outgrowing its office in Lexington, Mass., Cimpress decided to move to 275 Wyman Street in Waltham and selected Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) to design an energetic workplace that would inspire creativity, encourage employee empowerment, and promote its culture of change. Cimpress’ previous workspace had an open officestyle culture, and the company was keen to evaluate the concept of a 100% flexible workspace to improve upon it. However, after testing several mock-

up designs, Cimpress and the design team recognized that due to the technology and infrastructure required, this concept would end up being more of a hindrance for employees. Instead, Cimpress and MPA modified its approach, outfitting each workstation with a sit-to-stand desk for individual flexibility and creating several alternate workspaces such as quiet rooms and open collaboration areas. Cimpress successfully followed the golden rule of any open office concept: If you take office features away — be it private offices or workstation panel height — you must give something back in return. In this case, the addition of several types of quiet spaces for heads-down work helped mitigate the issue of distractions in the open office. By taking the time to understand its workforce, Cimpress was able to implement an effective workplace strategy that resulted in an office designed with an eye toward talent recruitment, retention, and satisfaction — in other words, its people. Jenna Meyers, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, is a senior interior designer at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.


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Boston – A new residence hall, designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, opened for its inaugural student occupants this fall on the campus of Framingham State University. The 316-bed, all-suite West Hall is an integral part of a phased campus renewal and expansion program. The six-story, 97,000sf residence was funded and developed by The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA). Stegman + Associates provided interior design, and Consigli Construction was its construction manager. Student amenities include a hotelstyle lobby with a two-sided fireplace anchoring social and study spaces, a game room, and a sixth-floor media center for watching movies, sporting events, and video streams. Residential floors are configured into two neighborhoods linked to a lounge on each floor. The university’s newest residence hall features the latest in energy management and conservation. High-efficiency mechanical systems, energy-efficient fiberglass windows, LED lighting, and an interlock sensor system that turns off heating and cooling in a room

when occupants open the windows are among the features that contribute to an anticipated LEED Gold certification. “This building helps us meet the growing demand for high-quality oncampus living options,” said Framingham State president F. Javier Cevallos. “We are proud of the fact that it’s built to some of the highest standards for energy efficiency.” “West Hall is designed to create an interactive and welcoming student life community, with shared lounges, kitchens and study spaces forming distinct neighborhoods throughout the building,” said Robert Quigley, AIA, principal with ARC. In 2013, ARC and Stegman + Associates completed a comprehensive study for new student housing at Framingham State University. The study evaluated a number of innovative cost savings techniques including modular construction and other prefabricated delivery methods to reduce first costs and maximize the number of beds provided. The opening of West Hall allows the university to transition a former residence, O’Connor Hall, from living quarters to much-needed office space for faculty and staff.

KBE Begins Work at CCSU New Britian, CT – KBE Building Corporation recently began preconstruction at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Barnard Hall, originally built in 1953, will be fully renovated and will receive an addition. The firm is also working on the new Engineering Building as part the new School of Engineering, Science, and Technology. KBE is serving as construction manager at risk for the 20,000sf four-story addition and 11,000sf renovation to Barnard Hall, that will house new offices and a space for student advising and student teaching.

The project will also include replacing the window system installed during the original construction in 1953, and installing a new central HVAC system for the building and the addition. KBE is serving as construction manager at risk for the new 100,000sf engineering building, which will consist of a laboratory, classroom, and office space to support the new school of engineering, science, and technology. The facility will be located on the main campus, located at 1615 Stanley St. in New Britain.

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Municipal Daniel Marr & Son Braces for Change by Katherine Marr

In early May of 2016, Daniel Marr & Son (DM&S) began work for JDC Demolition Company at 33 Congress Street in the heart of Boston’s Financial District. With developer Related Beal, LLC planning and developing the project, this property is first in a series of properties being transformed into the new Congress Square development, which will bring about new office, retail, and residential spaces to a prominent city block joined together by the historic Quaker Lane. Thirty-three Congress Street consists of three interconnected buildings where Devonshire, Water, and Congress streets meet. Built between 1904 and 1921, these buildings were originally home to Shawmut Bank, and most recently served as part of Fidelity’s main corporate headquarters. Phase 1 of the project consists of the gut demolition of the existing structure, which entails breaking through the party walls that connect the buildings and allowing the floor plans to be opened up to create a common flow. Atop the existing 10-story buildings will be a seven-story “glass box” vertical structure that will serve as additional office space. Structural demolition work is now underway. Working with a design team from Thornton Tomasetti, DM&S has installed temporary bracing throughout the structure to allow JDC to selectively demo sections of the 10-story interior in preparation for 14 new “super columns,” a new concrete core and structural

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steel framing. Over time, the property has undergone a long list of renovations, and various characteristics of the current internal structure have complicated the demolition, particularly the shoring work. Results from sampling and testing the existing steel columns revealed that the carbon content was too high, thus requiring DM&S ironworkers to create bolted connections for the bracing in lieu of welding throughout the structure. Next steps include the installation of temporary bracing for demolition of the structure’s roof and parapet, as well as preparing for a hoist installation by Marr Crane & Rigging. As the project progresses, Marr will continue to be involved in various capacities under the direction of JDC. Completion of 33 Congress Street construction is anticipated for spring of 2017. Katherine Marr is communications coordinator at The Marr Companies in Boston.

Mount Ida College Transforms Campus Facilities continued from page 32 equipment was provided through a generous gift by Trustee Carmin Reiss. MPA also designed renovations for Mount Ida’s CONNECT, a new Living Learning Community established in 2014 for first-year students in selected majors. CONNECT offers a strong student community of common learning and easy access to built-in academic support from upperclassman peer tutors. MPA renovated the third floor of Wingate Hall, designing a new classroom, two lounge and study spaces, and an office for the resident instructor. Mount Ida’s Living Learning Communities are enormously successful at fostering the tight-knit, diverse, and supportive community for which Mount Ida College is known. Lastly, the newly renovated Commuter Student Lounge in Holbrook Hall will open in the fall 2016. MPA’s design creates

a place on campus for commuter students to study, collaborate, and socialize, helping them feel more connected to the community and providing them with the flexibility and freedom to participate fully in campus life. “Over the course of the school’s 117 years, Mount Ida College has changed to meet the needs of our students, jobs, and the economy, but our core values and the college’s purpose have remained constant: preparation for careers, life, and being the best version of yourself,” said Mount Ida College president Barry Brown. “We have invested more than $25 million on our campus in the past three years, and this dedication of time and energy into campus improvements enhances the robust college experience we offer our students.” Marc Margulies, FAIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.

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So you just had your review and it went great — with the exception that your supervisor now wants you to start participating in business development for the firm. The current firm principals are the primary rainmakers, but the boss said, “If you want to move toward becoming a principal, you must be able to bring in new work. And there is no time like the present.” The good news is that you are now on a leadership track; bad news is you have no idea where to start when it comes to “participating in business development.” And never mind that in any given week you are already working more hours than you care to count working on your clients’ projects. Sound familiar?

It is highly likely that the folks at the top — the ones that always seem to get a call out of nowhere about the next RFP, bid opportunity, or pitch presentation — were not fully formed as excellent rainmakers when they started out as young professionals either. But what did they do over the last 10, 15, or 20 years of their careers to become the ones that get the call? The first thing to remember is that as service providers — whether they are architects, interior designers, builders, or engineers — they did, and still continue to, provide stellar service to their clients. If you do not go the extra mile in your interactions with your clients — what you do for them and how you do it — you are not going to get very far in the business development game. First and foremost as a seller-doer, you must be exceptional in your work. It is always the right starting point, but just doing great work is not enough to have the next job show up on your door step. So what else can you do? There are some specific tasks and regular activities that you can do in order to build your network of associates,

colleagues, and even clients that can lead you to your next, and the next, and even the next project assignment. Looking to create relationships with clients that can provide repeat project work is as important — if not more so — as chasing project leads, and an experienced rainmaker does both.

Great rainmakers are in it for the long term and also help others with their rainmaking activities. Sharing information and knowledge is just as important as providing referrals. Great rainmakers are in it for the long term and also help others with their rainmaking activities. Sharing information and knowledge is just as important as providing referrals. Using technology to support the business development process is central to the information gathering process, but there is nothing like making a more personal or

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Restoration & Renovation Maugel Renovates Properties for Carruth Capital

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Westborough, MA – Maugel Architects recently announced Carruth Capital, LLC of Westborough selected the firm to reposition two commercial office properties located at 2400 Computer Drive in Westborough and 450 Bedford Street in Lexington. The renovations will include upgrades to the façades, lobbies, and building amenities. The original building at 2400 Computer Drive had nondescript entrances and a small, dark lobby with a low ceiling that could not be raised due to utilities. Maugel transformed the facility by designing a new two-story lobby addition adding visual drama and natural

light to the space. The new lobby features floor-to-ceiling curtain wall on three sides, a floating metal tile ceiling, pendant lighting, and a top cap with Alucabond and Kalwall panels lit with a color-changing LED light strip. The 80,000sf two-story R&D building is strategically located at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 495. Maugel defined the main entry at 450 Bedford Street by using a contrasting wall tile and adding an outdoor seating amenity. The new patio, which replaced an unusable landscaped area, gives interest to the space and allows daylight into the interior. The lobby was completely gutted and redesigned.

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Boston, MA – Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc., based in Rockland, has completed the renovation of the Regal Fenway Stadium 13 Theatre complex at the Landmark Center on Brookline Avenue in Boston. The project was comprised of Lighthouse’s complete demolition and renovation of nine theatres at the Regal Theatre complex as well as electrical installations for the new Regal Fenway Theatre bar. The scope encompassed installation of motorized recliner seating, new speakers, exit signs, and stair lighting in nine of the Regal Fenway’s 13 theatres. The new Regal Fenway cinema bar features dramatic neon lighting and is

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equipped with convenience outlets. New corridor lighting was also installed. Lighthouse project manager Scott Sullivan headed the project team, supervising a crew of IBEW Local 103 electricians in the fast-track four-month project. The NECA Boston contractor worked on the project team with general contractor Baker Incorporated of Middleton.

Boston – McMahon Architects, Inc., a Boston-based architectural firm, and Feldman Land Surveyors announced the completion of a renovation to a historic factory building in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood that will serve as the headquarters for Feldman Land Surveyors. The project called for a complete gut of the existing space, since it would not serve as a 21st century office environment. Throughout the building, the brick walls and wooden beam structural elements have been left exposed. The second and third floors have been converted into office space that will become the Feldman work areas. The interior layout of the third floor is designed to emphasize the cathedral ceiling on the top floor, as well as the buildings original 19th-century construction. Blocked for years, original window penetrations on the upper floors have been reopened to bring in natural light to the space. Skylights have been added to the peaked roof, adding even more light to the third floor. Both the brick and the wood beams have been painted white to help reinforce the sense of light. The color also serves as a way to refine the roughness of the original building materials. All the newly installed HVAC

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Plymouth, MA – Jewett Construction Co., Inc. of Raymond, N.H., has started the 28,000sf Premier Mazda dealership project in Plymouth, Mass. This new, ground-up project at 500 Colony Place was designed by BKA Architects of Brockton, and will include

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Dave’s Marketplace Starts Construction Designed by Vision 3 Architects

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Cranston, RI – Vision 3 Architects recently completed the design of a new Cranston location for Dave’s Marketplace. The existing building will be transformed to match the company’s brand of its nine other locations throughout the state.

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The exterior renovations include multiple small additions and a new façade on the parking lot side of the building while the interior will be completely gutted and rebuilt. Construction completion is expected in the spring of 2017.

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Gloucester, MA – Windover Construction of Beverly announced the opening of The Beauport Hotel, a 115,000sf, three-story, 94-room boutique hotel overlooking Gloucester Harbor. The building’s design pays homage to the classic seaside hotels that once dotted Gloucester’s coast at the turn of the 19th century, with an abundance of timeless finishes such as copper roofing details, sophisticated millwork, coffered ceilings, and shingle siding. The hotel also features a ballroom, conference center, restaurant and bar,

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Chelsea Station Restaurant Opens Caldwell & Walsh CM

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Chelsea, MA – Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction recently completed the Chelsea Station Restaurant Bar & Lounge on Everett Avenue in the only structure to survive both the 1908 and 1973 great Chelsea fires. The building formerly served as a fire

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station and a bank. Reclaimed heart pinewood was used for the flooring, banquette seating, and bar front. With limited quantities available, crews were especially mindful of being efficient as they simultaneously worked on these components.

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East Hartford, CT – United Steel celebrated SteelDay2016 with current and future industry leaders, including U.S. Army cadets who traveled from West Point in New York to learn more about America’s successful steel industry. UConn engineering students also attended the event, showcasing their “steel bridge of the future.” The day was filled with product demos, tours of United Steel and its new clean room, and discussions on the future of America’s successful steel industry.

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Construction Institute Fall Lineup West Hartford, CT – The University of Hartford Construction Institute announced its fall lineup of workshops for construction, design, and facilities management professionals. Participants can select from a wide range of training sessions focusing on current issues in construction management, facility management, and project management. The Construction Institute offers certificate programs in project management, construction management, and facilities management. Workshops are also available for continuing education credit, based on the number of contact hours for each session. The Construction Institute is an approved registered provider of continuing education for the Amer-

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CES Names Walsh New President Middletown, CT – Consulting Engineering Services (CES) is naming the second president in CES history, Michael B. Walsh, PE. In its 22nd year, CES continues to strengthen its commitment to its employees and clients and sustain its record of success by investing in its next generation of leadership. An essential part of this commitment was the development of a succession strategy by the firm’s board of directors, formalized in a 10-year transition plan to develop the next generation of CES leadership. Walsh currently is a vice president in the firm. He leads commercial design

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teams and the firm’s commissioning practice. Walsh will serve as president beginning January 1, 2017. George Keithan will be stepping down as president and will remain CEO and a principal in the firm, focusing on engineering and mentoring of the staff.

SLAM CS Celebrates 20 Years Glastonbury, CT – S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS), a division of The S/L/A/M Collaborative, announced that September 30 was the company’s 20th anniversary of its founding. In 1996, The S/L/A/M Collaborative founded SLAM CS as the firm recognized a benefit to clients’ project outcomes by offering a single solution for design and construction. SLAM believed that by taking on additional responsibility, they could achieve greater control of a project and, therefore, better manage risk.


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Shepley Bulfinch Completes Yale New Haven Health Outpatient Center

A large canopy at the Park Avenue Medical Center welcomes patients and visitors while protecting from the elements / Robert Benson Photography

Trumbull, CT – Shepley Bulfinch recently announced the completion of the 100,000sf Park Avenue Medical Center in Trumbull. Part of Yale New Haven Health, the center provides a new level of access to quality outpatient care, with a range of services that includes outpatient cancer care provided by Smilow Cancer Hospital; pediatric specialty care provided by Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital; an ambulatory surgery endoscopy center, radiology, and laboratory services, and rehabilitation medicine including physical and occupational therapy provided by Bridgeport Hospital; and primary care

and specialty physician practices. Programmed, planned, and designed by Shepley Bulfinch, the new 100,000sf three-story facility creates a hub for unified patient care, transforming a disconnected medical office building and freestanding radiation/oncology facility into a seamlessly connected healing campus, organized around a central garden. Sheltered by a generous canopy, the patient circular drop-off at the prominent main entrance conveys a sense of welcome, with easy access to all services from the lobby. An enclosed pedestrian bridge connects the outpatient center to a new, adjacent 525-car, five-level garage.

Infusion bays are strategically located on the garden façade of the Park Avenue Medical Center / Robert Benson Photography

The center’s medical oncology program is now integrated with the radiation oncology program, sharing a day-lit lobby flanked with gardens, a dedicated entrance, and parking. The centerpiece of the new stateof-the-art facility is the Norma Pfriem Healing Garden. Designed by landscape architects Towers|Golde, the healing garden is a visual focus for the complex with a rich palette of plantings, while a waterfall and pool provide soothing respite in the sunken terrace. Shepley Bulfinch’s design for the new building brings nature and light into the space. The garden-level cancer center

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New York – JCJ Architecture and Leong Leong recently unveiled the design of the Center for Community and Entrepreneurship, a new mixed-use community building for the nonprofit organization Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE). Expected to be complete in 2018, the 90,000sf seven-story building will be located at the corner of College Point Boulevard and 39th Avenue in Flushing, Queens. AAFE’s center will include a sweeping outdoor plaza, designed as an interface to the surrounding neighborhood, connecting a 5,000sf public market to the street. On the second level, a flexible, multipurpose event space can be configured for community programs, meetings, exhibitions, and performances. Large doors open onto a terrace, allowing the event space to expand to the exterior. On the third floor, Flushing’s first business incubator will provide coworking space for local small businesses and startups to collaborate with one another. AAFE’s Flushing program offices will be located on the fourth floor. A three-story open staircase functions as a vertical interface between floors. Four interlocking structures with outdoor terraces give the building its

distinct form, articulated by a gradient of vertical transparencies that emphasize its distinct silhouette. The more transparent lower two floors

contain the most public programs, and as the programs become more private on the upper floors, the exterior becomes more opaque while still internally supporting views of the city and the Flushing Creek waterfront.

Builtech Continues with Starbucks Chicago – Builtech Services LLC has been awarded a contract to perform the construction on the historic Howard Building on Randolph Street in the West Loop for Sterling Bay. Located at 1000 W. Randolph St. in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, the adaptive reuse project entails the rehabilitation and renovation of the twostory, 15,500sf building for new retail tenants, which include Starbucks and Anthropologie. Located at the northwest corner of the West Loop, the Fulton Market

District continues its evolution from longtime meatpacking district to upscale neighborhood. The shops will sit across the street from what will be the new McDonald’s headquarters building, with Google’s Midwest headquarters also in the vicinity. The renovation project is expected to be completed in early January 2017. “Builtech is excited to continue its relationship with Sterling Bay and Starbucks and is happy to be part of the ongoing positive transformation of Randolph Street,” said president of Builtech, Chris Noon.

November 2016


Trends and Hot Topics

Eight Ground Improvement Myths Debunked

by Derek Simpson

The future of Geopier ground improvement in the Northeast is a bright one. Pushing the boundaries of our in-house engineering and technology will take us to new heights, literally and figuratively. Say goodbye to the days of only supporting lightly loaded, low-rise structures, and say hello to the present and future of supporting taller, 10+ story structures. Here’s a round-up of the top eight ground improvement myths. Myth No. 1. Caving soils or shallow groundwater conditions preclude the use of ground improvement. Geopier Impact Rammed Aggregate Pier and GeoConcrete Column (GCC) rigid inclusion systems utilize a specialty displacement mandrel that is vibrated

into the ground using low-amplitude, high-frequency energy. The mandrel acts as a temporary casing, which makes these Geopier technologies a great match for sites with caving soils or shallow groundwater conditions. Myth No. 2. Thick layers of relatively soft soils, such as organics or clay, preclude the use of ground improvement. In the past, the presence of soft soil layers such as organics and soft clays would generally require excavation/ replacement or deep foundations such as driven piles, drilled piles, or pressure

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injected footings (PIFs). Today, however, Geopier rigid inclusions such as grouted Impact RAP elements and GCCs help transfer loads through soft soil layers that are more than 20-ft. thick and allow for traditional shallow footing support without the need for pile caps and grade beams. Myth No. 3. If relatively soft soils, such as organics or clay, are present at/near the proposed bottom-of-footing elevation, then ground improvement cannot be used. The use of Geopier Rammed Aggre-

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Northern NE NCA Earns AIA Preservation Award

Eight Ground Improvement Myths Debunked contiued from page 47 improvement to be used effectively on sites where the unsuitable soils (such as fill and organics) extend well beyond 25 feet deep. Myth No. 6. Ground improvement can be used effectively on sites with thick, natural compressible clay or inorganic silt layers, but only if the ground improvement elements fully penetrate through the clay or inorganic silt layers and into an underlying relatively dense/ stiff soil layer. It is standard practice in the Northeast to fully penetrate unsuitable man-placed fill and natural compressible organic

Church of St. Gregory the Great at Portsmouth Abbey / photo by Aaron Usher

Portsmouth, RI – The New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently recognized Northeast Collaborative Architects with the 2016 Honor Award for the preservation of the Church of St. Gregory the Great at Portsmouth Abbey in Portsmouth. The annual award program, held on September 30 at the Customs House building in Portland, Maine, recognizes design excellence in projects in New England or by New England architects. A New York-based jury met to review 237 entries of varying size and scope.

The design team, led by Northeast Collaborative Architects, reinforced the structure, refurbished the 60-ft. spire, improved energy efficiency, and added new chandeliers without altering Belluschi’s Modernist aesthetic. Members of the design team include Advanced Building Concepts, Odeh Engineers, Newmans, Ltd., Lighting Resource and Design, Artigiano Stained Glass, and Aaron Usher. The project has also earned restoration awards from Faith & Form and the Rhode Island and Connecticut chapters of the American Institute of Architects.

Structure Tone Opens NH Office Salem, NH – Construction academic campuses. management firm Structure Tone Structure Tone has completed has opened a new office in Salem dozens of projects throughout to serve as a home base for the New Hampshire, Southern Maine, company’s expanding client base and Northern Massachusetts. throughout the state. This summer alone, Roy and his The new office, located at 59 team led renovations to several Stiles Road, is led by construction residential and administrative veteran Thomas Roy, who has buildings at UNH and Plymouth Tom Roy managed hundreds of projects State as well as restoration efforts at institutions across the state, from to update and preserve many of the colleges and hospitals to food banks and historic buildings across the campus of churches. He has particular expertise in Phillips Andover.

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November 2016


Awards Vision 3|URI Butterfield Named Award Winner

Butterfield Dining Hall / Frank Giuliani Photography

Kingston, RI – Vision 3 Architects was presented with the challenge of renovating the existing Butterfield Dining Hall to meet the changing needs of today’s students. The existing facility was in operation for over 60 years and was in dire need of an update. Some of the challenges faced were the need to increase the overall seating count, provide more seating options, renovate the servery to accommodate additional food service options, fix student queuing

problems, increase visibility to and from the dining hall, and explore sustainable options for the construction and operation of the renovation. The Butterfield Dining Hall work included a complete gut and renovation of approximately 10,000sf of the existing dining room/servery spaces, a new 7,500sf dining room addition located adjacent to the existing dining areas on the ground level, and a new 2,000sf student lounge/ exterior patio located on the upper level.

The dining hall seating capacity was increased from approximately 380 to 560 seats. The old, long, eight-person tables were replaced with several different seating options; high table tops, large round tables, and various smaller tables, designed to encourage small-group gatherings. Students are presented with several seating types, with the option to experience the new space in several new and different ways. The new servery features new and improved food service options including a large salad bar, cook-to-order omelet station, pizza/pasta station, homestyle/ favorites station, and an international station that claims to serve over 700 burritos a day! Another welcomed enhancement to the new addition was the relocation of the

Dining area / Frank Giuliani Photography

Patio / Frank Giuliani Photography

main queuing line from the exterior to the interior. The existing dining hall offered limited interior queuing space forcing the students to wait in line outside, often in difficult weather conditions. The new design provides over 100 feet of interior queuing space. The queuing space is also adjacent to a large glass interior wall, which allow students to see directly into the dining hall while they are waiting. The state-of-the-art facility and the new upper-level patio create a strong feeling of community and provides a place for students to gather and relax with friends. This project is seeking LEED Silver certification and incorporated use of recycled materials, highly efficient equipment, water conserving fixtures, and several other sustainable features.

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Sherman Fairchild Wins I2SL Award Nickerson Earns 16 PRISM Awards

Sherman Fairchild Lab space / photo by Rachellynn Schoen © Payette

Cambridge, MA – Harvard University’s Sherman Fairchild Biochemistry & Bauer Laboratory Building, a project designed and renovated by Payette and Vanderweil Engineers, was recently presented with the “Go Beyond” award at this year’s annual International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories conference (I2SL) which took place in Kansas City, Missouri in late September. In 2011, Harvard University’s Sherman Fairchild Laboratory facility completed a gut renovation throughout all floors and the mechanical penthouse in order to provide new open bench laboratory space, tissue culture laboratories (high occupant density), lab support spaces, microscopy spaces, a therapeutic screening area,

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administrative offices and conference rooms, and service support spaces. The Bauer facility alterations included modifications to laboratory areas within the basement, second, third, and fourth floors, as well as common areas on the first floor.

R.H. White Presents Charity Funds Auburn, MA – R.H. White Companies recently presented proceeds from its charity golf tournament to two designated organizations – Easter Seals of Massachusetts and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). In total, the event raised $30,000 with each charity receiving $15,000. Giving back to the communities where its employees live and work is a fundamental philosophy of the R.H. White Companies. The company continually provides funds, labor, equipment, and other resources for a wide range of local and

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national causes and outreach programs. It also regularly collaborates with its business partners and professional trade associations to participate in other worthy fundraising endeavors.

Recognizing the Importance of Historic Preservation in Boston continued from page 6 Monument in Boston Common by the city; Boston Light by the U.S. Coast Guard; and the State House Executive offices by the commonwealth. Preservation and affordable housing were exemplified by the Carleton, Cooper, and Walnut houses in Roxbury, a concept that will continue when the Community Preservation Act is passed in Boston. The preservation movement has grown beyond the expectation of many, highlighting Boston University’s successful remaking of its Brutalist Law School Tower and the innovative new life given a run-down Fenway motel, transformed into the eclectic Verb Hotel. Awardees ran small to large from a


carriage house, now private residence, in Dorchester to a decrepit wharf and industrial building now Converse’s headquarters in the North End and the historic Filene’s, restored and bringing life back to Downtown Crossing while anchoring the 60-story Millennium Tower. Shawmut Design and Construction was presented the President’s Award for decades of work on the full spectrum of Boston historic icons, impacting the full breadth of the Boston experience to residents and visitors. The Ayer Mansion and Chi Phi fraternity received a new Stewardship recognition. For more information visit www. bostonpreservation.org.

Lisa Nickerson and Nickerson PR team celebrate at BRAGB’s 2016 PRISM Awards

Boston – Nickerson recently received 16 PRISM awards following the annual PRISM Awards Gala hosted on October 6 by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB). This marks the second time that the firm has been recognized by the prestigious real estate industry organization’s awards program. Nickerson received Gold Awards in the following categories: • Marketing Professional of the Year – Lisa Nickerson. • Most Valuable Team Player – Bridget Kelly. • Rising Star of the Year – Michael Wood • Community Spirit Award. • Best Ad (Digital or Print), Builder or Associate – On behalf of Integrated Builders. • Best Website, Community – On behalf of Center Plaza. • Best Digital or Print Marketing Campaign, Builder or Associate – For campaign #MyFuseFit. • Best Digital Marketing Campaign, Community – For campaign #CenterofItAll. • Best Logo of the Year, Builder or Associate – On behalf of Visnick & Caulfield.

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Logo of the Year, Community – On behalf of Center Plaza. Additionally, the team received Silver Awards in the following: • Sales Person or Team of the Year, Associate – Sharon Viens. • Best Website, Builder or Associate – On behalf of A.W. Perry. • Best Ad (Digital or Print), Community – On behalf of The Preserve at Bay Club. • Best Direct Mail Campaign, Builder or Associate – For Nickerson Holiday Cards. • Best Logo of the Year, Builder or Associate – On behalf of Baystate Services. • Best Logo of the Year, Community – On behalf of The Preserve at Bay Club. “The Nickerson team’s passion and enthusiasm for the marketing and real estate industry is embodied in all the work we deliver for our industry-leading clients, making these distinguished honors even more meaningful in our ongoing mission of delivering excellence to our clients,” said Lisa Nickerson, Founder and Principal of Nickerson. “We’re excited to be recognized by BRAGB for our integrated communications work and congratulate all of this year’s PRISM Award winners.”

State Offices 2016 BPA Winner Finegold Alexander Designer

Award-winning Massachusetts State House renovation

Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects recently announced that the Massachusetts State House Executive Offices of the Governor has been named a winner of a 2016 Boston Preservation Alliance Achievement Award for restoration and renovation of this national landmark. The renovation and restoration project

State House interior

was designed and managed by the firm. This is the first time in a century that the state house and executive offices have been updated. “This was a very special opportunity, and we are delighted for the recognition,” said Maurice Finegold, senior principal of Finegold Alexander Architects.

November 2016



DMS Welcomes Three

New SBA Stockholders

Derek Noble, Teresa Wilson, and Chris Waltz

Boston – Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) has announced that Derek Noble, AIA, LEED AP; Chris Waltz, AIA, LEED AP; and Teresa Wilson, AIA, LEED AP are now stockholders in the company.

Noble has worked in SBA’s Connecticut office for over 10 years, serving as principal and design director. He contributes over 20 years of design experience in architectural and interior design, space programming and planning, site design, and construction methodology to the firm. Waltz has over 15 years of experience, working and living in the U.S. and Europe. He is a principal and operations director in SBA’s Connecticut office. Wilson has worked at SBA Boston for the majority of her 24 years of professional practice. She was recently named managing director of the Boston Office.

Bowdoin Promotes Buckman to VP


Needham, MA – Bowdoin recently announced the promotion of Andrew Buckman to vice president. He joined Bowdoin as a co-op in January of 1993 and started full-time in 1994 as an estimator before moving to project manager. For the past several years Buckman has served as director of construction. In addition to his current duties, he will be providing advice on strategic planning for the growth of the company.

Beverly, MA – DMS design, llc, recently welcomed new professionals to its firm. Michael J. Doyle and Lisbeth Guerrero join as architectural drafters, and Lauri A. Stilianos as office Doyle manager. Doyle will support multiple project managers with various projects ranging from single family homes to 100+ unit multifamily housing developments. His skill set includes a demonstrated ability to create highly accurate onsite measurements and drawings. Guerrero will collaborate with all project managers on housing and interior



design projects. She brings considerable drafting experience, ranging from schematic design through construction documents. Stilianos brings over two decades of experience in office administration as well as expertise in preparing and filing legal documents. She will provide both notary and paralegal services to DMS.

Geosyntec Names Zeeb Acton, MA – Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., firm’s executive committee since P.G., LSP was elected as pres2009 with oversight of operations ident and CEO of Geosyntec in the Northeastern United States, Consultants, succeeding RuCanada, and Europe. dolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., F. For more than 25 years, ASCE, NAE. his practice has focused on the Zeeb joined Geosyntec evaluation and remediation of in 1999 and is now a senior some of the most challenging principal hydrogeologist based contaminated sites in the country. Zeeb in Acton. Zeeb has also served as a His management responsibilities have technical expert in a number of highincluded serving as a member of the profile environmental litigation cases.

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November 2016

Harriman Welcomes Seven to Staff



Auburn, ME – Harriman recently welcomed a new design and professional staff to its firm. Lisa Sawin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, and Stephen J. Fraser, AIA, Rai LEED AP, join as architects, Jennifer M. Siciliano, AICP, as senior urban planner, Samuel K. Forgue, PE, as civil engineer, Pranjali Rai as urban designer, Mary Zambello as a designer in the Interior Design Studio, and Benjamin P. Hackett as mechanical designer. Sawin brings 12 years of design and construction experience with energyefficient educational buildings to her role as architect. Her portfolio spans from Vermont to California. Fraser, a practicing architect, brings over 24 years of extensive experience with regulatory codes, building construction, project management, and construction administration. Siciliano’s strong background in community and regional planning and her expertise in writing zoning ordinances and bylaws will be advantageous to her role at Harriman.





Forgue joins Harriman as a civil engineer in a design and project management role responsible for business development and outreach in the New England area. He brings a strong background in solid waste engineering. Rai will contribute to the urban design of communities, mixed-use development projects, and college and university campuses as part of a multidisciplinary team of urban designers, architects, landscape architects, and planners. Zambello joins Harriman as a designer in the Interior Design Studio, where she will be responsible for developing and coordinating detailed design solutions. Hackett joins the team as a mechanical designer. His responsibilities include HVAC design, plumbing and fire protection design, and building analysis for new and existing facilities.

Kaplan Promotes Lepore Genzyme Corporation; and the Boston – Kaplan Construction recently announced that Sean historic rehab and adaptive reuse Lepore has been promoted to of 2101 Washington Street, soon project manager. home to 30 apartment units with His portfolio as a Kaplan suground floor retail space. perintendent includes renovations He is currently the project and restoration of Congregation manager for the 73,000sf interior Kehillath Israel; site improverenovation for 40 Berkeley, a ments for athenahealth’s master Lepore hotel/hostel hybrid in Boston’s plan expansion; fit-outs for Bright historic South End. Horizons, Tufts Medical Center, and

Howard Joins Market Sq. Architects Portsmouth, NH – Market Square Architects PLLC announced that Sarah Howard has joined the firm as a project coordinator. She brings more than 10 years of experience on both residential and commercial projects to this exciting new startup that is quickly taking root on the seacoast. “Sarah has a wonderful balance of design skill, technical competence, and management experience,” firm partner Adam Wagner, AIA, said.



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November 2016


PCA Promotes Three

Brunner Returns to Woodard & Curran

Cambridge, MA – Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA) recently announced the promotion of three to its staff. Nidhi John is currently working with Samuels / John Eden Properties on two high-profile multifamily housing projects — Goddard House Adaptive Reuse in Jamaica Plain and 89 Brighton Ave in Brighton — in addition to work on phased renovations at Mount Wachusett and Bunker Hill community colleges. Leslie Simpson has made major

Portland, ME – Woodard & Curran recently announced that Phyllis Brunner joined the firm as the president of consulting, a new position for the firm. She is returning to the firm after 16 years at Brown and Caldwell where she worked as the west regional manager and a senior consultant.



contributions to PCA’s office culture, constantly seeking feedback from the real-time actions that sustain the humanist culture at PCA. Rob Hagan is a team leader on the redevelopment of the six-block Washington Village site in South Boston.

QA Architects Welcomes Davis


Farmington, CT – Quisenberry Arcari (QA) Architects recently announced the addition of Dan Davis, AIA, as the firm’s new senior architectural designer. He brings more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of architectural design and program management. Formerly, he served as senior architectural designer at Fletcher-Thompson, Inc. Davis is also a tenured professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.


At Woodard & Curran, Brunner will lead the firm’s consulting practices and will work with the firm’s CEO, Doug McKeown, to focus on market and business systems to support strategic efforts to expand nationally around water and environmental issues.

Piping Systems Promotes Babcock Assonet, MA – Piping Systems, Inc. (PSI) has promoted Gary Babcock to assistant project manager. With Piping Systems since 1995, Babcock will oversee planning, coordination, and execution of multiple client projects from start to finish.


“Gary is a great example of what we look for at PSI,” said Pauline Lally, owner of Piping Systems. “He’s a hard worker, and someone who has invested his time in becoming a master of his trade. As a foreman for us, he oversaw a lot of our larger projects to completion.”

Vandal Joins NB Kenney


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Devens, MA – NB Kenney Co., Inc. announced that Victoria Vandal has joined its team as marketing coordinator. She formerly was with Comcast Cable, and brings a wealth of experience in marketing and communication. Entering its 47th year, N.B. Kenney, along with its service division, Boston Mechanical Services, is a provider of plumbing, HVAC, piping, and refrigeration services.





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